Course Descriptions

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Fall First Year

Bi 101 Pentateuch (3 credits)

A study of the first five books of the Old Testament. This course focuses on the Pentateuch's literary and structural nature, its historical and cultural settings, and its content and theology. Special attention is given to understanding the God of Israel, creation, humanity, Israel, salvation, covenant, and law. The course will also examine the various theories of the Pentateuch's origin and development.

Bi 113 Intro. to Biblical Literature (3 credits)

An overview of the Old and New Testaments upon which a solid understanding of God’s Word can be built. Emphasis is given to the unfolding story of God’s plan of salvation for mankind as the relationship of people, events, and locations are studied in their biblical and historical context.

†Co 101 English Composition & Grammar (3 credits)

English Composition & Grammar emphasizes a variety of genre formats, grammar, and the mechanics of good writing, with an aim at building confident, competent writers with strong analysis skills and creativity. Students learn to write for a variety of situations, purposes, and audiences. Technical support of web-based research and assistance with MLA formatting in Microsoft Word is provided.

†Co 103 English Composition & Research (3 credits)

Prerequisite: Verification of English Proficiency

This course focuses on sharpening general writing and research skills within the context of the production of research-based essays. Attention is given to skill development in areas of locating relevant materials in both print and electronic media, formatting papers according to the appropriate guidelines (MLA), and constructing logical, evidence-based arguments. The course culminates in a formal research project.

*Ev 110 Multi-Cultural Evangelism (3 credits)

A study of the practical basis for evangelism as a lifestyle for the believer in various environments. The principles and perspectives learned will enable the student to communicate the central tenets of the Gospel, contextualize the message to meet varied contexts, and guide the student in establishing relationships with the unconverted. The biblical basis for worldwide evangelism, its historical development and current status are studied along with an analysis of contemporary religions.

†So 131 Cultures of Ancient Civilizations (3 credits)

This course analyzes the cultures of the Ancient Near East from c. 3000 BC up to and including the Greco-Roman period. Included in the course is a study of the social structure, religion, philosophy, art, economics, law, and politics of the various cultures. Special attention is given to the integration of this cultural understanding with the biblical text.

Fall Second Year

Bi 205 History of Ancient Israel (3 credits)

Prerequisite: So 131 Cultures of Ancient Civilizations

An analytical survey of the dynamics of Hebrew national history from Joshua to Nehemiah. This course covers the material in the books of Joshua through Esther. Special emphasis is given to the typology of Jesus Christ.

Bi 216 Synoptic Gospels (3 credits)

Prerequisite: So 131 Cultures of Ancient Civilizations

An expository and historical study of the life of Christ as revealed in the first three Gospels. Jesus’ life and teaching are analyzed and studied against the backdrop of the contemporary human situation in which He lived.

Bi 230 Biblical Exegesis Practicum (3 credits)

Prerequisite: La 131 Biblical Language and Exegesis; So 131 Cultures of Ancient Civilizations

Through the deductive and inductive study of biblical passages, students will refine the methodological skills acquired in Biblical Languages and Exegesis. Students will also learn the principles necessary to interpret Old and New Testament texts in light of their literary genre.

Gm230 Discipleship & Spiritual Formation (3 credits)

A study of the biblical principles that Christ employed in training His disciples. Practical guidelines are offered to identify Christ-like character and accomplish personal discipleship, including an introduction to spiritual direction as an art and discipline for spiritual growth and mentoring others; group participation is required of students.

†Co 202 Speech & Presentation (3 credits)

In this course, students study and practice the essential elements of expository and persuasive communication. Attention is given not only to the traditional forms of public expression, but also to the use of multimedia tools to enhance public presentations.

Fall Optional

Gm 409 Foursquare Polity (2 credits)

This course takes students through the required elements of Foursquare Licensing Coaching and prepares them for the interview required with local Foursquare pastors in order to obtain International Ministerial Credentials.

Spring First Year

Gm 130 Foundations of Ministry (3 credits)

Defines the nature and function of the church from a Spirit-filled perspective. The course introduces ministry models and healthy church development concepts and includes an examination of biblical passages concerning the church, its ministers and ministries.

†Ms 112 Integrated Life Science/Lab (4 credits)

Students will define what constitutes life and how the Christian and secular scientific communities view life and life processes. Students will study how plants and animals complement each other, how energy flows through an ecosystem, environmental factors, the complexity and variety of organisms, and the structural and functional units of life. Students will study life in controlled laboratory situations and out in the field.

†Hi 105 Western Civilization to 1500 (3 credits)

Co-requisite: Co103 English Composition & Research

A study of the social, economic, and political contributions of the ancient people of Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, and Rome, and the contributions of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance to Western culture. Study will include the development of the Christian Church before the Reformation.

†La 131 Biblical Languages and Exegesis (3 credits)

This course includes the study of (1) the basic elements of Hebrew and Greek for developing simple word studies; (2) the general hermeneutical approach of grammatical-historical interpretation; and (3) the inductive Bible study method, including practical assignments and application of biblical truth to the student’s personal life and ministry.

Spring Second Year

Ev210 Spiritual Gifts and Evangelism (3 credits)

A practical course in which the student is encouraged to participate in the ministry of the Holy Spirit, to understand the purpose of each spiritual gift, and operate in his/her “gifting.” The effective working of the gifts will be examined from the individual to the assembled church. Personal involvement in ministry will be encouraged both within and beyond the classroom setting with a view toward the development of ongoing ministry wherein God confirms His Word with signs and wonders.

†Ms 252 Applied Math (3 credits)

This course offers a personal and practical approach to applied mathematics. The course is case-study driven and includes topics such as: personal finance, saving and investing, debt and debt reduction strategies, small business reporting, loans, and responding to economic trends. Additionally, students will learn the basic components of accounting software.

†Li 220 Great Books I (3 credits)

Prerequisite: Co103 English Composition & Research

Students will read and critically analyze major works that have influenced Western Civilization prior to the 1500s. Authors from the Greek philosophers up to the Reformation will be studied. Students will read these books with a view towards gaining an understanding of the “Great Conversation” that has intellectually shaped our day.

†Ph 214 Roots of Modern Thought (2 credits)

An examination of the foundations of modern and postmodern thought in an effort to discover why contemporary persons think as they do. Beginning with the Greek philosophers, lines of philosophical thought are examined to assist the student in thoughtfully, respectfully, and biblically joining the “great conversations” of our time.

†*So205 Cultural Anthropology (3 credits)

Prerequisite: Co103 English Composition & Research

A Christian approach to the most important and fundamental concepts of cultural anthropology. This course deals with the different but valid perspectives of various cultures, cultural substructures, and the way in which change is affected.

Th 220 Theology I (3 credits)

In the first of three sequential courses, students in Theology I will use Scripture to formulate theological positions. As they come to know God and live in the world he created, students will also discover how tradition, community, and reason can inform their viewpoints.

  • Prolegomena — Explores preliminary questions that set the foundation for studying theology, including how we know what we know, the doctrines of revelation and Scripture, and theological method.
  • Doctrine of God — Explores the triune nature of God, his character, and his works.
  • Anthropology — Explores humanity as God’s creation, sinners alienated from God by voluntary disobedience, and objects of his redeeming grace.

Prerequisite: Course must be completed prior to taking the desired course.
Corequisite: Course must be completed prior to or taken simultaneously with the desired course.

Indicates General Education credit in addition to “Ge” course numbers.
*Indicates Ministry credit in addition to “Gm” course numbers.