Biblical Studies


Majoring in Biblical Studies will significantly enhance your ability to interpret, teach, and apply God’s words faithfully. You will learn to read the Bible in its original languages and to understand its contexts. This major provides a solid foundation for ministry, service, or seminary.


Program Highlights 


After graduation, students attend seminary, graduate school, and become ministry leaders.


Spend a semester off campus studying in locations such as Israel, Brazil, and Germany.


You can intern in local churches and ministries.


What Will I Learn?


Students take nine Bible courses, four theology courses, three or more courses in the Biblical languages of Greek and Hebrew, and courses in supporting disciplines such as philosophy, communication, literature, and history.

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Where Can It Take Me?


  • Browncroft Community Church, Rochester, NY
  • Edgewood Free Methodist Church, Brighton, NY
  • First Bible Baptist Church, Greece, NY
  • Heart and Soul Free Methodist Church, Rochester, NY
  • New Hope Free Methodist Church, Rochester, NY
  • Park Ridge Free Methodist Church, Greece, NY
  • Pearce Memorial Church, North Chili, NY
  • Roberts Wesleyan College, Chaplain Ministries, Rochester, NY
  • Shema Yisrael Messianic Jewish Congregation, Rochester, NY
  • Youth for Christ, Rochester, NY
  • Church Radiant, Rochester, NY
  • Pearce Memorial Church, North Chili, NY
  • Parkside Lutheran Church, Buffalo, NY
  • Mary’s Place Refugee Outreach, Rochester, NY
  • Free Methodist Bible Quizzing, Rwanda, Africa


  • Recruiter for the United States Army
  • Youth Pastor 
  • Church Administrator
  • Worship Pastor
  • Ministry Staff Member
  • Resident Counselor
  • Teaching Assistant
  • Admissions Counselor
  • Community Living Instructor

Grad Schools

  • Asbury Theological Seminary
  • Colgate Rochester Divinity School
  • Duke University
  • Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • Fuller Theological Seminary
  • Gordon Conwell Seminary
  • Northeastern Seminary
  • Ohio State University
  • Pittsburgh Theological Seminary
  • Princeton Theological Seminary
  • SUNY Albany
  • Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
  • University of North Texas
  • University of Toronto
  • University of Rochester
  • University of St. Andrew's (Scotland)

Who Will I Meet?

Dr. Kristin Helms

Kristin Helms has a Ph.D. in Biblical Studies from Princeton Theological Seminary with an emphasis upon the Old Testament.  Her primary areas of research include the prophets, post-exilic period, and pastoral concerns related to the practice of ministry.  She is currently a Section Leader for the update edition of the New Revised Standard Version translation of the books of 2 Kings, 1&2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther, in which her role is to oversee an assessment of the readability of the updated translation for today’s audience.  Prior to coming to Roberts, she taught courses at the Masters and Doctoral levels at Princeton Theological Seminary, Missio Seminary, and the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary.  In addition to her academic interests, she has served in numerous ministry settings, including working with at-risk children in urban centers as well as developing and implementing both outreach and Christian Education programs in local churches.  She has a passion for helping college students learn to study and apply Scripture faithfully to their lives. 

Allyson Turner

Getting the opportunity to study in the Religion and Philosophy department has been life-changing. I am being equipped for ministry with the necessary skills and knowledge I will need. Not only do the professors care about your studies, they care most importantly about your spiritual growth and the person you are becoming to help fulfill the calling God has placed on you.

Alumni Success

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Calvin Smith '11


Belfast Free Methodist Church

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Seana Vitoff '15

Graduate Student

Nyack College

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Paul Zittel

Youth Pastor

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 Natalie Stedner

Offender Rehabilitation Coordinator

Woodbourne Correction Facility

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 Anna Valeria Iseman

Executive Director/CEO

 Open Door Mission

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Evan Stark '05

Vice President of Sales for the Dorschel Automotive Group

Rochester, NY

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Related Majors

Ministry - The Ministry major is designed for that person who is hoping to pursue ministry, while keeping open the possibility of attending seminary later on.
Religion & Philosophy - Interested in religious studies? Our Religion-Philosophy major will help students become intelligent, grounded, well-read people with the ability to communicate effectively.
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