Biblical and Religious Studies at Messiah College
Deepen your Christian commitment, interpret biblical texts responsibly, and minister to others with wisdom and compassion.Messiah College’s flexible biblical and religious studies curriculum allows you to pursue electives in other departments, choose a double major, or even customize an individual major based on your personal career goals. By preparing you to interpret biblical texts responsibly and to reflect on religious beliefs and practices, you’ll acquire leadership skills that enable you to mature academically and spiritually, and to ultimately become an agent for reconciliation in church and society.
It is not surprising that students in this major are extremely successful in finding ministry-oriented employment and in gaining admission to prestigious graduate schools, law schools, and seminaries including Evangelical School of Theology, Wesley Theological Seminary, Villanova University, Princeton Theological Seminary, Duke Divinity School, Yale Divinity School, University of Notre Dame, Fuller Seminary, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, and Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary.
Biblical and religious studies major distinctives
As a biblical and religious studies major at Messiah College, you’ll be able to:
- Study a wide range of courses on various aspects of biblical text including Pentateuch, historical books, poetical and wisdom literature, Gospels, Paul and His Letter, and Revelation.
- Take an in-depth look at the main tenets of Christian theology
- Learn about Islam, Buddhism, Judaism and Hinduism.
- Study world Christianity, including Christianity in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
- Pursue internships in local churches and community development organizations while studying at the Religion and Society Center in Harrisburg.
- Spend a semester off campus at locations such as:
- University of Marburg, Germany (theology and biblical studies),
- Jerusalem University College (biblical studies, Judaism, Islam),
- Jerusalem, Israel-- Middle East Studies Program (Islam, inter-religious conflict and dialogue),
- Oxford, England – Reformation history and theology
- Join the Theology Club that meets regularly to read and discuss Christian theology.
- Live and learn at the Reconciliation House, a student residence where students orient learning around issues of racial and cultural reconciliation.
- Enjoy learning and socializing in one of the College’s state-of-the-art buildings, Boyer Hall, which includes 21st-century “smart” classrooms and an inviting student lounge.
Career options for biblical and religious studies majors
As a graduate of the biblical and religious studies program, students are equipped to secure areas such as:
- Parachurch ministry
- Social work
For more information on career planning for the biblical and religious studies program, visit the Messiah College Career and Professional Development Center.
Internship opportunities for biblical and religious studies majors
Messiah’s nationally recognized internship program places students in a variety of biblical and religious studies internships. A few examples include:
- Religion and Society Center
- Brethren Housing Association
Learn more about the Department of Biblical and Religious Studies
The Department of Biblical and Religious Studies is housed in the School of the Humanities. Learn more about the Department of Biblical and Religious Studies by visiting our website, or check out some of the distinctives below.
- The Department of Biblical and Religious Studies (BRS) has 13 tenure-track faculty members, all with terminal degrees.
- Professors hold Ph.D.s from a variety of prestigious institutions, including University of Chicago, Emory University, Duke University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Drew University, Southern Methodist and Hebrew-Union.
- The BRS faculty have produced a range of books from prestigious publishers including University of Indiana Press, Oxford University Press, T&T Clark, Baker Academic, The Johns Hopkins University Press, Fortress/Augsburg, and Westminster John Knox.
- Faculty research and interests include topics such as hermeneutics, theology and pop culture, Muslim-Christian relations, the Bible in the 19th century slave narrative, reading the Bible non-violently and Amish culture.
- Faculty lead cross-cultural trips to destinations such as Turkey, Israel, Ghana, and Kenya.