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  Jul 03, 2022
2019-2020 Academic Catalog 
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2019-2020 Academic Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Bible-MDiv Major (BDIV), BA

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This 3+3 program makes it possible for qualified students to complete both the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Bible and the Master of Divinity  (M.Div.) degrees in six years.


Liberal Arts: 42 Hours

All majors are at Harding are required to complete 53 hours of Liberal Arts studies.  The following Liberal Arts requirements are met within the content of the major:

Bible and Ministry Core: 51 Hours

All bachelor of arts (B.A.) majors in the College of Bible & Ministry  share a uniform core of classes that serve as foundational to all future ministry pursuits. The purpose of the core is to equip all majors with basic tools and knowledge for ministry. The College of Bible and Ministry core consists of:


  • This core does not apply to Leadership and Ministry majors.
  • Bible and Family Ministry majors should taken BMIS 3000  in the Liberal Arts Program to fulfill 3 hours of the Global Perspectives requirement.
  • Bible and Missions majors are required to take BMIS 3080  in place of BMIS 3000 .


Students must take three semesters of Greek and three semesters of Hebrew.

Total number of Bible Hours: 63

Year 4 at Harding School of Theology: 24 Hours

  • During Year 4, students will complete 24 hours of graduate courses at Harding School of Theology (HST) that apply to both the B.A. and M.Div. Students will continue to live in Searcy and complete the courses through HST Live, through one-week intensives, or by commuting to Memphis.
  • Students in Year 4 will be classified as undergraduate seniors.
  • BMIN 5990  must be taken in the first semester of Year 4 and must be taken in Memphis. In Year 4 students must also take at least two textual courses (with BNEW or BOLD prefix). The remaining 5 courses may be chosen from the M.Div. course menu.
  • Students receiving the Arkansas Challenge Scholarship must take a minimum of 15 hours per semester including Year 4. These students should reserve two 3-hour Liberal Arts courses to take on the Searcy campus in the fall and spring of Year 4.
  • This degree program does not include electives.
  • Students who earn an “A” or “B” in HEB 2010  may take a Hebrew textual course at HST without the prerequisite BOLD 5100 .
  • Students who earn an “A” or “B” in GRK 2010  may substitute a Greek textual course for the M.Div. requirement of BNEW 5320 .

Total Hours: 129

NOTE: During years 5 and 6 at HST, students will complete 36 additional M.Div. hours to earn the M.Div. degree, for a total of 60 hours. Ordinarily, the M.Div. requires 78 hours but is reduced by 18 hours of advanced standing by examination, which is available to the student who follows this curriculum.

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