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What will I learn?

The biblical studies major is centered on the study of ancient Mediterranean religious thought and practice, extending from the second millennium BCE into Late Antiquity, encompassing the Hebrew Bible and its ancient Near Eastern contexts, Greco-Roman polytheism, and the classical contexts in which rabbinic Judaism and Christianity developed. The major is rooted in ancient texts; it concentrates on the Hebrew Bible, the New Testament, and related texts by studying them in the ancient languages and by situating them in their broad historical, intellectual, and religious contexts. This interdisciplinary program covers a diverse range of religious traditions, focusing on pivotal cultural encounters and interchanges in the ancient world. Students also have an exceptional opportunity to explore the vital relationships between past and present as they examine the ancient origins of modern religions. Students in this program gain a solid grounding in at least one relevant ancient language (Greek, Hebrew) and also study different methods of textual interpretation, both ancient and modern.

Intake: Fall and Spring

Which department am I in?

College of Liberal Arts

Study options

Full Time (120 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$34,986.00 per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

Expected January 2023


College of Liberal Arts

215 Johnston Hall,

101 Pleasant Street SE,



55455, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Student are required to have a high school graduation A GPA above 2.0 is preferred for the following: 2.50 already admitted to the degree-granting college; 2.50 transferring from another University of Minnesota college

For international students

Student are required to have a high school graduation

English Language Proficiency Requirements: TOEFL iBT – 79; IELTS Academic – 6.5; Pearson Test of Academic English (PTE Academic) – 59; Cambridge Assessment English (CAE) C1 Advanced – 180.

Application Deadline for Fall: For freshmen international students the deadlines are November 1 (early action 1 deadline), December 1 (early action 2 deadline) and January 1 (regular deadline)


About University of Minnesota

UMN is one of the United States’ top public research institutions, where students gain a world-class education on a historic campus in a vibrant city.

  • 150+ undergraduate and 200+ graduate programs
  • Beautiful campus with the Mississippi River on site
  • World-class academics and close personal support throughout
  • Opportunities for scholarships and financial awards

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