Department of Biblical & Theological Studies


Why pursue Biblical Studies or Philosophy at Northwestern?

Learn to articulate, interpret and apply biblical content and to critically think through theological perspectives. Experienced faculty will show you how to understand the Bible in its original languages and cultural context.

Expand your mind and improve your thinking skills through our vigorous philosophy program. Our faculty teach philosophy from the starting point that all things are rooted in Christ and find meaning in Him. 

What you can expect from us...

  • The Bible embraced as "the whole counsel of God"
  • Training to interpret and apply the biblical text
  • Personal discipleship toward a life submitted to Christ
  • Development of a biblical worldview characterized by vitality and strength
  • Opportunity to observe and do ministry
  • An intentional community of love and respect

The "more" you've been looking for

Our Faculty

Undergraduate Theology Conference

Don't miss the annual Undergraduate Theology Conference where 16 students from four institutions will present papers on April 10, 2014. Next year it could be you presenting!



Study Abroad in Israel, Greece, and Turkey

Learn about the Bible on-location in Israel for a whole semester or just a few weeks with the Biblical & Theological Studies department. Trips to Greece and Turkey offer more insight into the biblical world of Asia Minor.


New Philosophy Major

Perfect for you deep thinkers who want to be rooted in Christ with room for all of life's questions.



Mastering your theology

Dual Degree – B.A./M.Div.

Now you can complete your Bachelor of Arts degree in Pastoral Ministry and a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) in just five years! Talk to your admission counselor for details about the dual degree program and available scholarships. 

Graduate Studies

If you plan to pursue theology at the graduate level, Northwestern’s Center for Graduate Studies has two degrees for you:

  • Master of Arts in Theological Studies (MATS)
  • Master of Divinity (M.Div.)

Northwestern biblical studies undergraduates meet all prerequisites for these degrees. The MATS and M.Div. are offered on campus and online, so whether you plan to stay in Minnesota or relocate, you can complete your degree at UNW from anywhere!

"Faithful men and women..."

"I would not be where I am today if the Lord did not put faithful men and women in my path at University of Northwestern to teach me His Word."

John Stromberg ’10, pursuing graduate studies at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School 

Going social

Join our facebook group for updates and biblical chatter.

Know who you are

"Our identities are neither in property ownership, nor in our place in the economic game. We are stewards of whatever talents, gifts, grace and wealth God has entrusted to us.”

Walter Schultz, Ph.D.
Professor of Philosophy

Your faculty

They are experienced biblical scholars, experts and authors. To name a few books:

Their interests just might match yours...

  • Ancient Languages & Warfare
  • Apologetics
  • Archaeology
  • Church Health & History
  • Ethics
  • Leadership
  • Urban and International Ministry