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Biblical Worldview Curriculum

Everyone has a worldview. It is, of course, how a person views the world. A worldview consists of the core values and commitments a person has, which in turn influence all the rest of one's beliefs and behaviors.

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Your worldview is what you use to evaluate the world around you and to make decisions about what you do. But all worldviews are not equal. Conflicting worldviews cannot both be true; Christianity and non-Christianity cannot both be ultimately right. The worldview a person has really does matter because having a wrong worldview can have terrible consequences.

The biblical worldview is about viewing all of life the way God wants us to view it, the way God has communicated about life to us in the Bible. The biblical worldview can be summarized in a few sentences that simply reflect the basic Gospel message.

  • God created the whole universe and everyone in it is ultimately accountable to Him (Gen. 1–2; Acts 17:24–27; Col. 1:16,17; Rom. 1:20). As Creator of the world, God knows all things and how life is to be best viewed and lived (Isa. 46:9–10; Heb. 4:13).
  • People are valuable creatures of relationship because they are created in God's image (Gen. 1:26–27; cf. Gen. 9:6; James 3:9).
  • But we have chosen to sin against God and consequently are separated from God and our sinfulness harmfully affects all areas of our lives (Rom. 3:10–20).
  • Nevertheless, God mercifully sent His Son Jesus Christ—the perfect image of God—to restore humans to God's image by dying on our behalf and rising again from the dead (Rom. 5:8; 6:8–10). A new relationship is established with God by faith in Jesus Christ (Rom. 10:9–13; 2 Cor. 5:17) and the new life affects not only the person's eternal destiny but also the person's choices here and now (Rom. 6:1–23).

A worldview affects everything about a person's life. The biblical worldview is about viewing everything—our friendships, careers, property, environment, interaction, ultimate responsibilities, even our homework—the way God views it and talks about it in Scripture.

The Core – Academic Requirements

Foundation Courses – 19 Credits

Developing a foundation for a biblical worldview and communication skills.

Foundations of a Biblical Worldview - 10 Credits

  • BIB1005 Progress of Redemption (or BIB1829 Honors) – 2 credits
  • BIB1002 New Testament History and Literature (or BIB1826 Honors) – 2 credits
  • BIB1006 Old Testament History and Literature 1: Law & History (or BIB1827 Honors) – 2 credits
  • BIB1007 Old Testament History and Literature 2: Poetry & Prophecy (or BIB1828 Honors) – 2 credits
  • BIA1005 Spiritual Formation (or BIA1825 Honors) – 2 credits

Foundations of Communication9 Credits

Written Communication

  • ENG1105 Composition (or ENG1825 Honors) – 4 credits
  • ENG2205itical Thinking & Writing (or ENG2825 Honors) – 2 credits

Oral Communication

  • SPE1075 Public Speaking (or SPE1825 Honors) – 3 credits


Exploring the liberal arts through a biblical worldview.

Examining the Human Condition: History, Social Sciences, & Physical Education 9 Credits

  • HIS1005 History of Western Civilization (or HIS1825 Honors) – 4 credits
  • Social Sciences (Any ANT, ECO, GEO, POS, PSY, or SOC prefix course or COM4105) – 4 credits
  • Fitness & Wellness Selectives –1 credit

Reflecting God's Image: Fine Arts & Literature - 4-6 Credits

  • Fine Arts: Art, Music, Theater, Film – 2-4 credits
  • Literature (Any LIT course or SPA3325) – 2-4 credits

Engaging Communities and Cultures4-6 Credits

  • BIA2026 Christianity and Culture – 2 credits
  • Cross Cultural course or
  • Modern World Language – 2-4 credits


  • Mathematics (One course with MAT prefix; PSY3208) – 4 credits
  • Lab Science (One laboratory science course) – 4 credits


Probing the depths of a Biblical worldview

Biblical Worldview: Texts & Application - 10-12 Credits

  • Bible Exposition (Select one Old Testament and one New Testament) – 6-10 credits
  • Spiritual Formation and Integration Selectives – 2-6 credits

Biblical Worldview: Theory & Contexts – 6-8 Credits

  • BIB4360 Systematic Theology or
  • BIB4365 Historical Theology – 4 credits
  • PHI3345 Christian Thought or
  • Theological Philosophy Selectives – 2-4 credits

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