Feb 26, 2018
Biblical Studies, Christian Ministries & Philosophy Department
Though all Taylor students take biblical classes within this department, students who desire to dive further into an enriching and challenging study of the Bible, ministry, or philosophy should consider majors within the Biblical Studies, Christian Ministries & Philosophy department (BSCP). Students in the BSCP department experience purposeful programs, stimulating classes, and refreshing relationships with wise and caring faculty and motivated and talented classmates. Students also gain valuable preparation for careers in churches, ministries, or educational institutions, or become equipped for further studies in seminary or graduate school.
In this department students can pursue four different majors—Biblical Literature, Christian Ministries, Youth Ministry, and Philosophy—nine different minors, and many different combinations of majors and minors or double-majors. These options and combinations open doors to many possible careers after graduation, including church ministry or Christian ministry with other organizations, cross-cultural ministry opportunities, Bible translation work, teaching in secondary schools or colleges, student development positions in higher education, and work in law, ethics, or public policy.
Learning in the BSCP department takes place through classroom lectures and discussions, carefully crafted assignments and projects, and hands-on summer practicum opportunities. Some students plan and lead retreats together. Others present major papers to classmates, invited guests, and professors, and a few even teach a class session for an introductory course in their area. Students also have opportunities to contribute to three major departmental grants, including the Taylor Center for Scripture Engagement featured on the Bible Gateway website, the Sacred Roots theological resource initiative, and Taylor’s Empower high school discipleship training events.
Students in the BSCP department are also encouraged to participate in on-campus and local activities, including campus chapel bands, peer-leadership positions in the dorms, church youth groups, and community-based ministry and service projects. Some students put their critical thinking skills to the test in the nationally ranked Ethics Bowl team—Taylor’s chapter of a national intercollegiate program where students from different schools debate complex ethical topics.
Biblical- and ministry-focused study abroad opportunities are especially recommended for students in the BSCP department. Students can walk in the footsteps of the apostle Paul and study the New Testament while exploring Greece and Italy, or visit important sites from Old Testament history and the areas where Jesus ministered during a trip to Israel. Other opportunities include semester-long academic trips and January-term or Spring Break mission trips that allow students to represent Christ in diverse cultures around the world.
Devoted faculty serve as scholars, mentors, and teachers who push students to think through critical issues, expose students to important ideas and great literature, invest in students’ spiritual formation, and give students opportunities to develop their leadership competence and sense of calling. Many students also enjoy attending cookouts or breakfasts at professors’ homes, having lunch or coffee with professors, or traveling to conferences or special events with professors and classmates.
Professors are committed to both a high view of Scripture as divine revelation and staying well informed on new developments in their fields. Professors in the department regularly make significant scholarly contributions in their research and writing, and give presentations at professional conferences and ministry retreats. BSCP faculty have also published a number of books, book chapters, journal articles, popular-level printed or online articles, and study-Bible materials in recent years.
Taylor’s Biblical Studies, Christian Ministries & Philosophy graduates have a 99% placement rate coming out of Taylor. Recent graduates are working at many different churches, in organizations such as InterVarsity Press and Youth for Christ, in cross-cultural missions, as teachers in high schools, and in student development positions at various universities. Others have gone on to graduate school or seminary at places such as Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Wheaton Graduate School, Denver Seminary, University of Notre Dame, Princeton Theological Seminary, University of St. Andrews (Scotland), and Taylor University’s Master of Arts in Higher Education program.