Middle Eastern Studies

The Middle Eastern Studies Major introduces students to the breadth of issues needed for witnessing and working in the Islamic context, including history and politics; Islamic law and theology; Arabic language; the structure of culture and values; and Christian theology, apologetics, witnessing, and church planting. Students in the Middle Eastern Studies Major will have the opportunity to travel to a Middle Eastern country to study Arabic language and culture.  

Students in the Middle Eastern Studies major will benefit from Johnson’s accreditation, affordable tuition, and an experienced and engaged faculty dedicated to the spiritual formation and professional preparedness of each student. Both the Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degree coursework integrate a Bible & Theology Core and an Arts & Sciences Core.

Bachelor of Arts degrees usually include 12 or more credits of foreign language study, while Bachelor of Science degrees include additional Natural Science (like Biology and Science Concepts) and Social and Behavioral Science courses (like Psychology and Economics). Students also apply their theoretical knowledge in real-world settings through professional internships.

When students complete the Business Administration program, they will be able to do the following:

  • Work in Middle Eastern contexts, domestic and international.
  • Articulate biblical, theological, and missiological foundations for their chosen ministry field.
  • Successfully implement missional ministry within world contexts.
  • Pursue Christian formational growth conducive to cross-cultural ministry.

For a comprehensive list regarding program goals and objectives, see the catalog.

Professional Course Sampling
Islam: History, Beliefs, and Practices
History and Theology of Judaism
Modern Middle East
Introduction to Arabic Language & Middle Eastern Cultures
Encountering Cultures

Bible and Theology Course Sampling
Orientation to the Old Testament I
Orientation to the Old Testament II
Orientation to the New Testament
Fundamentals of Christian Faith
Exegetical Methods
Old Testament Poetry/Wisdom or Prophets Selective
New Testament Epistles or Gospels Selective