two-year program:
Diploma in Bible

Course Overview

Diploma in Bible

Two-Year Program (60 Credits)
In two years you’ll study the entire Bible in a way that’s designed to make the scriptures come alive through classroom instruction and spiritual reflection in community. Faculty will walk with you as you come to know the Living Word of God in fresh ways. You will grow in confidence as you come to know what the Bible teaches and how to view the world by its light. The Diploma in Bible is a valuable preparation for lay ministry or university studies, with introductory level biblical studies, theology, and humanities courses that will help you develop a solid Christian worldview.

Courses revolve around:

  • Reading the entire Biblical canon
  • Developing a Christian worldview
  • Thinking, writing and leading well

Learn about your role and responsibilities to the global Church and communicate your faith clearly to others.

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Diploma in Bible: In Depth

Program Outcomes

  1. Competently interpret both testaments of Scripture in their literary, historical, and theological contexts.
  2. Articulate the relevance of the Bible for contemporary faith and practice.
  3. Develop theological discernment grounded in Scripture.
  4. Grow in maturity as a disciple of Jesus in community with other believers.
  5. Demonstrate basic thinking, research, and writing skills for college-level work

International Travel

Diploma in Bible students are eligible to join our Bible faculty on a 2-week study tour of Israel (planned every 2 years).

Diploma in Bible: Program Requirements

Program Requirements

All courses are three credits unless shown otherwise.

Bible & Theology (30 credits)

  • NT 112 Reading the Gospels & Acts
  • NT 221 Reading Paul’s Letters
  • NT 251 Reading Hebrews to Revelation
  • OT 112 Reading the Torah
  • OT 221 Reading the Historical Books
  • OT 243 Reading the Psalms & Wisdom Literature
  • OT 353 Reading the Prophets
  • ST 100 The Christian Life
  • TH 100 Introduction to Christian Theology
  • TH 210 The God of the Gospel

Arts & Sciences (18 credits)

  • HF 111 Thinking & Writing
  • SS 170 Christianity in the 21st Century World
  • SS 210 Introduction to Psychology
  • SS 261 Leadership Foundations
  • HF/SS electives (6 credits)

General Electives (12 credits)

Note: Students considering transferring into a BA program should use their electives for courses from that program.

For course descriptions, see our catalogue here.

Expanded Opportunities

Your training at Prairie College will provide you with a vital biblical foundation that will complement and enhance your future professional training. Depending on your choice of electives the Diploma in Bible can be structured to count as two years toward one of Prairie's four-year bachelor degree programs. You should also be able to transfer many of your credits to another school (you will need to confirm transferability requirements with them) and continue towards a Bachelor's degree in a large number of fields.

 

Carmen Imes Program Coordinator

For nearly 100 years, Prairie has been known for its focus on the Bible. Today Prairie offers more Bible courses in its core than almost any other college. Students have the opportunity for rigorous engagement with the entire Bible, paired with electives on a variety of related subjects. 

If you sense a call to marketplace ministry or church ministry where a 4-year degree is not required, the Diploma in Bible is just the thing for you. In just two years' time you'll study through the entire Bible and gain a solid theological foundation for life and ministry. If you sense a calling to academic ministry, Bible translation, or Bible teaching in the church, you may stick around for the 4-year degree. At Prairie we prepare you for a lifetime of study and a lifetime of service. We're eager to encounter the God of the Scriptures with you. Come join us!

Encounter1
It's all about learning more about Scripture and really diving into it and growing closer to Christ through it.
Taylor
Encounter1
This program is Biblical study. You dig into scripture in a deep way, especially in 2nd year, but you also have a great variety of electives to choose from that you will love! There is a lot of joy in learning when you get to choose what you study!
Aleena
Encounter1
I really only have one goal as a student: to grow deeper with God; to learn about Him and study His Word, but then to take this knowledge further and apply it not only to my life but also to use that knowledge to encourage those around me as well.
Sawyer
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Aleena
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Future Opportunities

 

The Certificate in Bible program will encourage you to know and be nourished by God through the Scriptures. It prepares a foundation for service, ministry and life. For specific career preparation, the Certificate in Bible program transfers into any of our other four year programs.

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I look back on my time at Prairie and think: "If only I went there now; the campus is so alive these days." Then I remember that my Prairie experience, like anything in our faith life, really is as good as you allow it to be. For me, it was a safe haven in uncertain times, a source of refinement and my best friend forever factory. It was the place where Jesus met me often through the professors, my coaches, and the people within the town of Three Hills itself. I love where Prairie has come, and where it is going. As a mother, I am confident that anyone who attends is being well equipped to impact my son's world with the love of Jesus! 
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