Academic Catalog 2022-2023 
    
    Jul 06, 2022  
Academic Catalog 2022-2023

Biblical Exegesis and Linguistics


The Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Exegesis and Linguistics emphasizes informed interpretation and skilled translation of the Scriptures. This degree equips individuals for intercultural ministry assignments as a field linguist (missionary living in location with non-existing Christian witness) or translation advisor (missionary supporting translation efforts in locations where an indigenous church exists). The degree is comprised of four content domains: 1) foundational principles of applied linguistics, 2) hermeneutical strategies for biblical interpretation rooted in the historical-grammatical tradition, 3) intermediate linguistic skills in one of the biblical languages (Hebrew or Greek), and 4) practical skills for effective service as a cross-cultural missionary.

The B.A. in Biblical Exegesis and Linguistics is offered in partnership with Dallas International University (DIU), a regionally accredited institution with highly-qualified faculty members, most of whom have performed extensive fieldwork in the areas of applied anthropology and linguistics. Students in this major will earn 16 credit hours of applied linguistics at Dallas International University, either through a semester on location at DIU or through synchronous online courses with DIU. All DIU course tuition and fees are paid directly to DIU. CCU academic scholarships cannot be applied to tuition charges for off-campus enrollment.

The Biblical Exegesis and Linguistics Major requires completion of the following 120 credits:
General Education (45 credit hours)
Biblical Exegesis Core (36 credit hours)
Applied Linguistics Core (16 credit hours)
Electives (23 credit hours)

General Education Requirements (45 credit hours)


Arts and Humanities (9 credit hours)


Take one course from each of the following three academic disciplines:

Biblical Studies (9 credit hours)


Take the following three courses (some courses are cross-listed and only one prefix needs to be taken):

Integrative Studies (3 credit hours)


* Please see the First-Year Integration (FYI)  page for specific information about this required course.

Mathematics (3 credit hours)


Social Sciences (12 credit hours)


Take each of the following four courses:

Biblical Exegesis and Linguistics Major (52 credit hours)


Biblical Exegesis Core (36 credit hours)


Applied Linguistics (16 credit hours)


The following courses are taken through CCU’s partnership with Dallas International University (DIU), either through a semester on location at DIU or through synchronous online courses with DIU. Transfer equivalents may also be used to satisfy Applied Linguistics course requirements. 

  • AA4305 Second Language and Culture Acquisition (3)
  • AA4350 Language and Society (3)
  • AL4302 Principles of Articulatory and Acoustic Phonetics (3)
  • AL4303 Principles of Phonological Analysis (3)
  • AL4410 Principles of Grammatical Analysis (4)

Graduation Requirements for Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Exegesis and Linguistics


The faculty recommends students in the B.A. in Biblical Exegesis and Linguistics to the Board of Trustees as candidates for graduation when they have completed the following requirements.

  1. Completion of a total of 120 credits, including all general education, electives, and Biblical Exegesis and Linguistics major program requirements.
  2. A letter grade of D or better and a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better in all CCU coursework, and a GPA of 2.0 or higher for all courses specified for the major.
  3. Completion of 180 hours of ministry/community service and 180 chapel credits. Transfer students are required to complete 45 hours of ministry/community service and 45 chapel credits each year of attendance at CCU. For further details on ministry/community service, see the Life Directions Center (LDC)  section of this catalog. For further details on chapel credits, see the Student Life  section of this catalog.
  4. Meet the CCU Residency requirements 
  5. Acceptable performance on exit exams, as required by the faculty.
  6. Formal and timely application for graduation by the date specified by the University Registrar.
  7. No outstanding financial obligation to the University.