The Department of Biblical and Theological Studies is Wheaton College’s largest academic department, offering two undergraduate majors, five M.A. degrees and a Ph.D. in Biblical and Theological Studies. In addition, we provide general education courses for all Wheaton undergraduates, as well as a range of theological courses for graduate students that focus on relating biblical faith to their chosen academic fields. In these ways we offer biblical and theological grounding for every student at Wheaton, in keeping with the College’s historic vision of learning “for Christ and His Kingdom.”
The department’s course offerings provide a rich range of learning opportunities in biblical archaeology, biblical studies in Old Testament and New Testament, systematic theology, historical theology, global Christianity and Christian ethics.
The department’s faculty are accomplished evangelical scholar-teachers drawn from across the range of Protestant denominations and theological traditions. This offers students many opportunities to engage with faculty from across the spectrum of Protestant theology, and affords the occasion for them to gain appreciation for the depth and breadth of our shared Christian heritage. An exciting feature of our department is the Wheaton Center for Early Christian Studies. The Center’s courses and programs explore the life and thought of the Christian church in its first seven centuries.
Wheaton College is a rich learning environment where biblical reflection and theological discussion go beyond the classroom. Our department offers a rich array of guest speakers, seminars and conferences throughout the year. The annual Archaeology Lectures in the fall semester and the annual Wheaton Theology Conference in the spring are always highlights of our academic year. The most prominent educational offering of our department beyond the classroom is the Wheaton in the Holy Lands program, which takes place each summer. Undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at Wheaton College are eligible to participate in a seven-week study-travel experience in Israel, Turkey, Greece and Rome, led by faculty members from the department.