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Biblical Studies


The Biblical Studies program provides you with the tools you need to interpret, teach, and apply God’s words faithfully. You will develop communication, leadership, and critical thinking skills essential in any job while being firmly grounded in God’s mission as revealed in Scripture.


Program Highlights 


Complete your college education and your Masters of Divinity in 5 years.


Study the theology of Scripture, the discipline of fasting, and more. Hands-on and experiential learning.


Connect your experience in the field with your learning in the classroom.  


What Will I Learn?

  • Be equipped to interpret even the most difficult and challenging biblical texts from the Old and New Testaments by understanding their linguistic, literary, and cultural contexts.
  • Study the biblical languages with the option to either grow toward fluency or to simply develop a basic ability to use the languages in interpretation.
  • Develop communication skills, leadership, and critical thinking skills essential for a number of careers.
  • Learn to address intellectual challenges to orthodox interpretations of the biblical text with confidence.
  • Connect one’s heart of love for God with rigorous study of God’s word.

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Where Can It Take Me?


  • Church or Community Ministry
    • Pastoral Ministry
    • Youth Ministry
    • Christian Education
    • Community Organization
    • Missions
    • Chaplaincy
    • Worship Leader

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)

Double-Major to enhance any career as one’s mission field for God

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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