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St. Petersburg Seminary and Yeshiva
An Association of St. Petersburg Theological Seminary and Netzer David International Yeshiva


• Bachelor of Arts Degree

The Biblical Studies major is the only undergraduate degree that is currently offered at St. Petersburg Seminary and Yeshiva.  Students will either have already completed the first two years of undergraduate classes prior to beginning at the Seminary or will work with an advisor to complete the first two years elsewhere while work is being done at the Seminary.  A recommended program of the requirements is illustrated here:

Years One and Two:  Associate of Arts degree or its equivalent, 60 credits.

Year Three Semester 1 Semester 2
CJS 3103 The Jewish Experience: Judaism 101* 3
BOT 3503 Old Testament Survey 3
BOT xxxx Old Testament Elective 3
BNT 3603 New Testament Survey 3
BNT xxxx New Testament Elective 3
BIE 4823 Biblical Hermeneutics 3
PRE 3023 Philosophy of Religious Education 3
BIE xxxx Bible Interpretation and Expos. Elective 3
BST 3313 Introduction to Theology 3
xxxx Open Elective** 3
Credits earned in a standard 3rd year 15 15


Year Four Semester 1 Semester 2
CCH 3613 Church History I 3
CCH 3623 Church History II 3
CJS 3313 Jewish Roots and Foundations of Scripture I 3
CJS 3323 Jewish Roots and Foundations of Scripture II 3
BST xxxx Theology Elective 3
xxxx Open Elective** 3
BOT or BNT Language Requirement*** 3 3
xxxx Open Electives** 3 3
Credits earned in a standard 4th year 15 15


Credits transferred from a liberal arts program 60
Total Credits required for the Bachelor of Arts degree: 120

* CJS 3103 is prerequisite for BIE 4823, Biblical Hermeneutics, BST 3833, Biblical/Messianic Apologetics, and all CJS (Judaic Studies) courses, unless exempted by instructor permission, examination, or prior applicable course work.  If it is exempted these 3 credit hours will be used for an additional open elective course.

**Open electives are courses to be chosen from at least three departments and under the direction of the student's advisor.

***the State requirement of one year of formal language study at the undergraduate level may be met by one of the following alternatives.  If either #1 or #2 is used to satisfy the State's requirements, SPTS students are required to take, in addition, one year of Beginning NT Greek (#3) or Beginning Hebrew (#4) to satisfy the Seminary's requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree:

  1. Two years of any high school foreign language study completed with at least a "C" (if this applies, these credit hours
    are to be used to take one year of NT Greek or Hebrew to meet the Seminary's requirements), OR
  2. One year of college level study of any foreign language completed with at least a "C" (if this applies, these course hours
    are to be used to take one year of NT Greek or Hebrew to meet the Seminary's requirements), OR
  3. BOT 3203, 3213 Beginning Hebrew I, II, OR
  4. BNT 3213, 3223 Beginning New Testament Greek I, II.
Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies with an Emphasis in Youth Ministry

For students who have not yet completed an undergraduate program and would like to prepare for meaningful ministry in specialized areas, it is possible to design the Biblical Studies major to accommodate the student's special interests.  It is required, however, both for the following illustration and any other alternative that students consult with and obtain the approval of their faculty advisor.  The emphasis on youth ministry, or any other alternative, can be pursued only with prior approval of the registrar, upon recommendation from the faculty advisor. The Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies can be modified to focus on Youth Ministries, defined by replacing the Biblical Studies major electives with:

Electives in Youth Ministry, 18 hours* Credits
CWM 3133 Teaching Youth 3
CWM 3233 Youth Ministry Discipleship 3
CWM 3243 Youth Ministry Theories 3
CWM 3143 Youth Ministry Dynamics 3
CWM 3103 Personal Evangelism 3
CWM 3353 Evangelistic Preaching 3

*Specifically, 12 or 15 credit hours of Open Electives and 3 or 6 credit hours in place of either a BIE and/or a BST elective.

Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies with an Emphasis in Judaic Studies

Students who wish to complete their undergraduate program in preparation for earning a degree in the Yeshiva program may wish to use their Biblical electives to focus on the history and background of Judaism.  To do this, it is essential to consult with the Rosh of the Netzer David International Yeshiva.  There is a great deal of flexibility, but it is important to plan in advance.

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