Biblical Studies, Theology & Philosophy

Learning, Living and Serving

Integrating scholarship with the needs of the world to prepare Christians to serve the global community.

The world is complex…

God’s people must engage the hard questions that face us.

We believe God’s word is still relevant and foundational to a robust and winsome expression of Christ’s mission. Biblical studies at Houghton prepares students to be Biblically well-versed, theologically informed, and spiritually vibrant Christian scholars, equipped to serve God in a multitude of ways.

The mission of the Department of Biblical Studies, Theology and Philosophy is to provide study opportunities in all three areas and to prepare Christians to serve in the global community. Career options for majors in these fields vary widely. Houghton graduates go into business, church-related work, counseling, education, finance, government service, journalism, law, library science, linguistics, medicine, missions, public administration, relief work and translation as well as other fields.

The mind and reason are gifts of God; scholarship assists faith. At Houghton, we seek to apply reason in partnership with grace as we think critically about our world, the Bible and ethical issues in the Church and the world. The Bible is not only literature but also the word of God. We study and teach the Bible as people of faith, without apology, who employ the tools of scholarship to help us listen more carefully to the voice of God in Scripture.

To Stop and To Look

Houghton student Emily Friesen reflects on how majoring in art at Houghton College has changed how she looks at the world.

Careers in Bible, Theology & Philosophy

A degree in Bible, philosophy, or theology from Houghton College provides opportunities for a variety of fulfilling careers, as demonstrated by the lists below. In a recent survey of Houghton Bible, philosophy, and theology graduates, 100 percent of respondents reported being employed in their field or attending a graduate program within one year of graduation from college.


What They’re Doing
  • Bible teacher
  • Camp director
  • Chaplain
  • Church planter
  • College professor
  • District superintendent
  • Missionary
  • Musical director
  • Pastor
  • Youth minister
Grad Schools Attended
  • Asbury Theological Seminary
  • Dallas Theological Seminary
  • Duke University Divinity School
  • Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • Fuller Theological Seminary
  • Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
  • Hebrew University, Jerusalem
  • Regent College (Vancouver, Canada)
  • Princeton Theological Seminary
  • University of Notre Dame
  • Wheaton College Graduate School
  • Yale University Divinity School


What They’re Doing
  • Artist
  • Attorney
  • College professor
  • Finance manager
  • Industrial engineer
  • Librarian
  • Missionary
  • Psychotherapist
  • Translator
  • Video producer
Grad Schools Attended
  • Baylor University
  • Boston University
  • Florida State University
  • Fuller Theological Seminary
  • New York University
  • Princeton Theological Seminary
  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Syracuse University
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Yale Divinity School
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