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ID Title Credits
BCS 5500
Introduction to Black Church Studies
3

Introduction to Black Church Studies

This course will examine the enduring institution and changing dynamics of the Black Church from its inception in America to present. It will explore its changing history, theology, interpretation of the Bible, culture, education, ethics, nurture and ministry. It will examine the importance of the Black Church in the life of the community and its people.

BCS 5511
Black Theology
3

Black Theology

This course examines the development of the discipline of Black theology in America since 1960. Focus will highlight the works of the founder of Black Theology, James Cone, the early voices such as J. Deotis Roberts and Gayraud Wilmore, as well as other evolving contemporary voices, such as Dwight Hopkins, Jacquelyn Grant, Kelly Brown Douglas, and Delores Williams. A historical perspective of the richness of the Black theological tradition will also be offered with references to the works of W.E.B. DuBois, Benjamin E. Mays, Howard Thurman and Martin Luther King, Jr.

BCS 5520
Spiritual Formation in the Black Tradition: Readings/Reflections 1
2

Spiritual Formation in the Black Tradition: Readings/Reflections 1

This course explores primary and secondary sources in the African American religious experience in an effort to uncover indigenous material that reflects a distinctively Black spiritual formation tradition. Students will explore different genres - slave narratives, conversion narratives, call narratives, prayers, sermons, art - as well as the life and works of selected personalities. This course will alternate with BCS 5521, which explores the same concerns using different resources.

BCS 5521
Spiritual Formation in the Black Tradition: Readings/Reflections 2
2

Spiritual Formation in the Black Tradition: Readings/Reflections 2

This course explores primary and secondary sources in the African American religious experience in an effort to uncover indigenous material that reflects a distinctively Black spiritual formation tradition. Students will explore different genres - slave narratives, conversion narratives, call narratives, prayers, sermons, art - as well as the life and works of selected personalities. This course will alternate with BCS 5520, which explores the same concerns using different resources.

BCS 5522
Spiritual Formation in the Black Tradition: Workshops/Retreat 3
2

Spiritual Formation in the Black Tradition: Workshops/Retreat 3

This course explores the heritage and modalities of spiritual formation in the Black Tradition and engages students in traditional and contemporary practices and activities by means of workshops, seminars, or retreat formats. Particular attention will be given to how spiritually forming activities interface with issues of justice. This course will alternate with BCS 5523, which explores the same concerns using different resources.

BCS 5523
Spiritual Formation in the Black Tradition: Workshops/Retreat 4
2

Spiritual Formation in the Black Tradition: Workshops/Retreat 4

This course explores the heritage and modalities of spiritual formation in the Black Tradition and engages students in traditional and contemporary practices and activities by means of workshops, seminars, or retreat formats. Particular attention will be given to how spiritually forming activities interface with issues of justice. This course will alternate with BCS 5522, which explores the same concerns using different resources.

BCS 5527
Dynamics of Black Church, Black Family and Black Minister
3

Dynamics of Black Church, Black Family and Black Minister

This course will present an overview of issues, concepts, events, heritage, as well as customs that have evolved to comprise a general African American world view. The course will outline and explore the elements of Black culture that are expressed in the social institutions of Church and Family. The unifying cultural themes will be discussed as functional and central to personal identity and emotional equilibrium. Implications for pastoral care and worship will be discussed.

BCS 5530
Womanist Hermeneutics and Literature
3

Womanist Hermeneutics and Literature

This course is an introduction to the historical, methodological, ideological, interdisciplinary, multidimensional, global scholarship of womanist scholars. It builds upon the work of first generation scholarship that was primarily a challenge to feminist and African American male theologies, as well as the evolving work of second and subsequent generations. It engages the interlocking, independent and interdependent systemic issues of race, gender, class and sexual orientation as central to liberation for all humanity, as well as the universe.

BCS 6605
Ethical Leadership and the Black Church
3

Ethical Leadership and the Black Church

The Black Church has historically been the center of black communal life in America as well as serving as an instrument for positive social change. This class will focus on the religious and ethical teachings of the Black Church. Various ethical stances will be discussed: nonviolent resistance, gradualism, social protest and liberation. Various ethicists will be examined: Martin Luther King, Jr., James Cone, W.E.B. DuBois and Malcolm X.

BCS 6610
Pedagogies of Liberation
3

Pedagogies of Liberation

This course will explore the role of education ministry within the Black Church context. Emphasis will be placed upon the synthesis of African heritage, biblical faith, and educational approaches that are relevant to the needs and conditions of African American people. This course will examine the tasks and purposes of Christian Education, the unique challenges that confront Christian educators in the Black Church as well as Afro-centric models for Christian Education.

BCS 6615
Preaching in the Black Tradition
3

Preaching in the Black Tradition

This course is intended to introduce students to the history of the black preaching tradition in the United States, and to the various forms of preaching that are presently employed by black preachers throughout the country. The primary emphasis will be on the rich diversity of form and content that falls under the term “Black Preaching.” This is not a how-to course that promises students that they will be able to preach in a certain way. Preaching is an art form and a system of work and study habits that each person must develop and refine over time. This course is meant to offer wide exposure to the concepts and definitions of Black Preaching.

BCS 6620
Call to Ministry in the Black Church Tradition
3

Call to Ministry in the Black Church Tradition

This course is a general introduction to call to ministry from an African American perspective. The call phenomenon has been a central tenet in the Black Church experience. The call to ministry has focused the church's ministry on the existential plight of African Americans. The course will examine the biblical, theological and historical basis of call to ministry from a Black perspective, especially the changing dynamics that the church faces in the post Civil Rights era.

BCS 6625
Pastoral Care in the Black Church
3

Pastoral Care in the Black Church

The primary objective of this course is to acquaint students with the reality of the uniqueness of pastoral care in the African American Christian church experience. In conveying this perspective we will address the issues of 1) the range or scope of pastoral care; 2) special concerns of pastoral care; and 3) the practice of pastoral care in the African American Christian experience.

BCS 6630
Music in the Black Church
3

Music in the Black Church

This course examines the role of music in the Black Church and the prominent role African Americans have had in the evolution of music as it finds expression in the Christian tradition. This course will assist church leaders in teaching those in their context of ministry the importance of music both from a biblical and socio-cultural perspective as well as the importance of context in song.

BCS 6635
Black Church Administration
3

Black Church Administration

This course will provide students with an overview of Church Administration with a specific emphasis on the African American cultural context. It will examine the Biblical understanding of leader-administrator as a servant of God and a servant of people. It will examine the mission of the church, recognition of need, planning, organizing, staffing, communicating, budgeting and evaluation.

BCS 6640
Models of Youth Ministry
3

Models of Youth Ministry

This course is a general introduction to youth ministry from a Black perspective that will acquaint students to the historical landscape of youth ministry in the Black Church, as well as look at various models of youth ministry. This course will also explore challenges that face the various models of youth ministry in the Black Church. A primary goal of the course is to explore the theoretical concept of “hope” that runs through the various models of youth ministry in the Black Church. This course will engage the diverse needs and challenges of youth in the Black Church in the 21st century and engage intentional, practical strategies and models in which the Black Church can inform and equip itself to minister in meaningful and transformative ways.

BCS 6645
Conversations about Youth Ministry
3

Conversations about Youth Ministry

This course is a conversation of 21st century dynamics, issues (race, culture and sexuality), concerns and strategies regarding black youth and youth ministry in inner city America. The complexity of this conversation will necessitate interdisciplinary sources, strategies and models.

BCS 6650
Life and Works of Martin Luther King, Jr.
3

Life and Works of Martin Luther King, Jr.

This course examines in detail the enormous contribution of one of the greatest religious leaders of the 20th century. King's life and contribution to the Black church and the Civil Rights Movement will be addressed. His work as a theologian and an ethicist will be studied with reference to his primary works, such as his speeches, sermons, essays and books. The course will discern the major themes of King's works, such as his doctrine of life and his ethic of non-violent resistance.

BCS 6655
Life and Works of Howard Thurman
3

Life and Works of Howard Thurman

This course is an examination of the life, works, and contributions of Howard Thurman.

BCS 6660
Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm
3

Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm

This course is a comparison and contrast, as well as an examination of the life, works, and contributions of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X in America.

BCS 6665
Post-Colonial Approaches to Biblical Study
3

Post-Colonial Approaches to Biblical Study

One of the defining characteristics of postcolonial biblical interpretation is distinguishing between the biblical reading strategies of dominant cultures and dominated cultures. Drawing especially upon cultural criticism, cultural studies, social location ideology, and cross disciplinary study, this approach seeks to unmask the power dynamics involved in biblical reading strategies in order to examine, critique, confront and challenge the effects upon both the individual and the culture. Moreover, this approach seeks to broaden the student’s exposure as well as engage the student in a genuine global dialogue with voices from the marginalized, colonized, disenfranchised, and dispossessed with the goal of uncovering and using reading strategies that liberate and empower the powerless.

BCS 7700
Internship in Black Church Studies 1
1

Internship in Black Church Studies 1

This course engages students in an Internship in Black Church Studies under the supervision of a mentor. The primary goal of the Internship is to connect the student holistically and intimately with the life of the institution so that the student is identified as “one of them.” The internship also mentors, guides and assists students in their efforts to secure employment in ministries suited to their calling.

BCS 7705
Internship in Black Church Studies 2
2

Internship in Black Church Studies 2

This course engages students in an Internship in Black Church Studies under the supervision of a mentor. The primary goal of the Internship is to connect the student holistically and intimately with the life of the institution so that the student is identified as "one of them." The internship also mentors, guides and assists students in their efforts to secure employment in ministries suited to their calling.

BCS 9999
Black Church Studies Project

Black Church Studies Project

BCS/BSG 5515
African American Biblical Interpretation
3

African American Biblical Interpretation

This course will examine the historical roots of hermeneutical ideologies and methodologies that have ignored and/or denied the influence of people of African descent in the Bible and upon the Bible. More basically, the course will examine the de-Africanization of the Bible, address this phenomenon by re-Africanizing the Bible and illustrate how the peculiar perspective and development of an African American hermeneutic contributes a fresh and needed insight for the Christian church as regards biblical interpretation

BCS/BSG 5530
Womanist Hermeneutics and Literature
3

Womanist Hermeneutics and Literature

This course is an introduction to the historical, methodological, ideological, interdisciplinary, multidimensional, global scholarship of womanist scholars. It builds upon the work of first generation scholarship that was primarily a challenge to feminist and African American male theologies, as well as the evolving work of second and subsequent generations. It engages the interlocking, independent and interdependent systemic issues of race, gender, class and sexual orientation as central to liberation for all humanity, as well as the universe.

BCS/BSG 6600
Race, Gender, Class, Sexuality and the Bible
3

Race, Gender, Class, Sexuality and the Bible

A graduate seminar that focuses specifically on the intersection surrounding race, gender, sexuality and the Bible. It is part of a substitution theory of post-colonial biblical interpretation that takes seriously the hermeneutical shift from centering to decentering the politics of interpretation. A great deal of emphasis is placed on reading, reflection and dialogue.

BCS/BSG 6665
Post-Colonial Approaches to Biblical Study
3

Post-Colonial Approaches to Biblical Study

One of the defining characteristics of postcolonial biblical interpretation is distinguishing between the biblical reading strategies of dominant cultures and dominated cultures. Drawing especially upon cultural criticism, cultural studies, social location ideology, and cross disciplinary study, this approach seeks to unmask the power dynamics involved in biblical reading strategies in order to examine, critique, confront and challenge the effects upon both the individual and the culture. Moreover, this approach seeks to broaden the student’s expo-sure as well as engage the student in a genuine global dialogue with voices from the marginalized, colonized, disenfranchised, and dispossessed with the goal of uncovering and using reading strategies that liberate and empower the powerless.

BCS/CHS 5505
History of the Black Church
3

History of the Black Church

An examination and interpretation of the history of the Black Church, including the seven historic American Black denominations: the African Methodist Episcopal Church; the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church; the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church; the National Baptist Convention, U.S.A., Incorporated; the National Baptist Convention; and the Church of God in Christ. The role of the Black Church in the Black community will be emphasized along with the contributions to and distinctives within American Protestantism which the Black Church offers.

BCS/HOM 6615
Preaching in the Black Tradition
3

Preaching in the Black Tradition

This course is intended to introduce students to the history of the black preaching tradition in the United States, and to the various forms of preaching that are presently employed by black preachers throughout the country. The primary emphasis will be on the rich diversity of form and content that falls under the term “Black Preaching.” This is not a how-to course that promises students that they will be able to preach in a certain way. Preaching is an art form and a system of work and study habits that each person must develop and refine over time. This course is meant to offer wide exposure to the concepts and definitions of black preaching.

BSG 5501
Engaging Texts & Contexts
3

Engaging Texts & Contexts

This course introduces students to a three-fold framework for biblical interpretation involving the investigation of the "world in front of the text" (between the text's composition and us as readers), the "world within the text" (the close reading of the text itself), and the "world behind the text" (the environment and situation that contributes to the occasion and shaping of the text, and therefore its contextual interpretation). The applicability of this model also to the literature and contexts of other curricular areas will also be demonstrated.

BSG 5502
Encountering Scripture beyond Translations
3

Encountering Scripture beyond Translations

The goal of this course is to enable students to enrich their grasp of a given Scripture passage by researching its meaning in the original-language. Students will learn about the theory and practice of translation, the evaluation of translations, how to recognize when investigation of the original-language text is warranted, and how to pursue such investigation responsibly.

Prerequisites

BSG 5501

BSG 5505
Literature of the Biblical World
3

Literature of the Biblical World

An Old Testament background course surveying the literatures of Egypt, Mesopotamia, Anatolia and Canaan in English translation, and their role in illuminating Old Testament literary genres, with special emphasis on the relevance of Canaanite literature for specific biblical passages.

BSG 5510
Fundamentals of Biblical Interpretation
2

Fundamentals of Biblical Interpretation

Mental health professionals will often encounter clients operating from within a Christian world view. This course seeks to provide these professionals with a framework for examining how an individual's interpretations of discrete Scriptures position him or her for greater or diminished mental and relational health. In particular, the course seeks to equip future counselors to help disentangle interpretations of Scripture that perpetuate dysfunction and to help construct interpretations that are both sound and healthful.

BSG 5530
Womanist Hermeneutics
3

Womanist Hermeneutics

The format for this class is a graduate seminar that focuses primarily on theological literature produced by womanist scholars. Womanist scholarship gives expression to African American women's efforts - politically, culturally, emotionally, psychologically, spiritually - to resist the interlocking system of multiple oppression, i.e., racism, sexism, and classism, that would thwart the life and well-being of all ages. Selected readings, dialogue, reports and papers are designed to give the student a broad appreciation for this literature and the issues addressed.

BSG 6615
Preaching in the Black Tradition
3

Preaching in the Black Tradition

This course is intended to introduce students to the history of the black preaching tradition in the United States, and to the various forms of preaching that are presently employed by black preachers throughout the country. The primary emphasis will be on the rich diversity of form and content that falls under the term “Black Preaching.” This is not a how-to course that promises students that they will be able to preach in a certain way. Preaching is an art form and a system of work and study habits that each person must develop and refine over time. This course is meant to offer wide exposure to the concepts and definitions of Black Preaching.

BSG 6635
Virgins, Whores, Virtue and Violence: Biblical Constructions of Women
3

Virgins, Whores, Virtue and Violence: Biblical Constructions of Women

This course will explore the literary construction of women in the Old and New Testaments as virgins and whores/prostitutes and how virtue and violence is associated with such images. We will also discuss how such constructions impact or intersect with contemporary understandings and treatment of women in the church and in the world.

BSG 6637
Social-Scientific and Rhetorical Approaches to Biblical Study
3

Social-Scientific and Rhetorical Approaches to Biblical Study

This course continues the introduction to modern techniques of biblical criticism, extending the foundation to include social-scientific, cultural-anthropological, rhetorical, and ideological modes of analysis. Special emphasis will be given to discerning the kinds of questions each mode of analysis brings to a text, what theoretical resources each mode draws upon outside the discipline of biblical studies, and what fruits the student can expect from pursuing these lines of inquiry.

BSG 6638
Critical Approaches to Biblical Interpretation
3

Critical Approaches to Biblical Interpretation

A survey of the methods and approaches that constitute contemporary biblical scholarship, with special attention given to the historical-critical method, social-scientific approaches, and literary and postmodern reading stances. Students are introduced to the assumptions, objectives, and operations of each approach.

BSG 6644
Apocrypha and the Christian Church
3

Apocrypha and the Christian Church

This course introduces students to the history, culture, and developments of thought in Judaism during the Hellenistic and Greco-Roman periods, chiefly through the windows provided by the major documents written during this period. Students will read the Apocrypha, selected Dead Sea Scrolls, and other texts which throw important light on the world into which the church and its theology and piety were born.

BSG 6650
Archaeology of the Biblical World
3

Archaeology of the Biblical World

Aspects of the history and archaeology of the Oriental, Greek and Roman culture of the ancient world of the Mediterranean will be illustrated using materials from the Seminary's Pictorial Archives and artifacts from the Smith Collection of Palestinian ceramics. Special attention will be given to the philosophical and religious perspectives of the ancient Gentile and Jewish world which illuminate the history, literature and the theology of early Christianity.

BSG 6651
History and Archaeology of Jerusalem
3

History and Archaeology of Jerusalem

The history and religious importance of Jerusalem will be portrayed for the student. Students will gain a comprehensive knowledge of the geography, history and topography of the immediate locality. Students will investigate accounts of archaeological projects in and around the city and will become aware of certain specific problems of identification of controversial sites.

BSG 6652
Old Testament Archaeology
3

Old Testament Archaeology

A brief introduction to methods of archaeological research and the interpretation of the findings will be considered at the beginning of the course. Then will follow a survey of archaeological work in the Bible lands with particular attention to the cultural and religious life of Israelite and non-Israelite populations of Palestine and adjacent territories for exegetical study of the Old Testament.

BSG 6653
New Testament Archaeology
3

New Testament Archaeology

This course will deal with the findings of archaeology as they bear upon the interpretation and understanding of the New Testament and its original language. It will include examination of the literary, historical and cultural background of the New Testament.

BSG 6665
Post-Colonial Approaches to Biblical Study
3

Post-Colonial Approaches to Biblical Study

One of the defining characteristics of postcolonial biblical interpretation is distinguishing between the biblical reading strategies of dominant cultures and dominated cultures. Drawing especially upon cultural criticism, cultural studies, social location ideology, and cross disciplinary study, this approach seeks to unmask the power dynamics involved in biblical reading strategies in order to examine, critique, confront and challenge the effects upon both the individual and the culture. Moreover, this approach seeks to broaden the student’s expo-sure as well as engage the student in a genuine global dialogue with voices from the marginalized, colonized, disenfranchised, and dispossessed with the goal of uncovering and using reading strategies that liberate and empower the powerless.

BSG 6694
Field Experience in Archaeology
3

Field Experience in Archaeology

Upon request students will be given opportunities to explore a wide range of individual options in pursuing hands-on activities in the field of Biblical Archaeology. Participation on a dig in the Near East, work with the Robert Houston Smith Collection of artifacts and individual projects of research and study are several of the options available.

BSG/NTS 6653
New Testament Archaeology
3

New Testament Archaeology

This course will deal with the findings of archaeology as they bear upon the interpretation and understanding of the New Testament and its original language. It will include examination of the literary, historical and cultural background of the New Testament.

BSG/OTS 6652
Old Testament Archaeology
3

Old Testament Archaeology

A brief introduction to methods of archaeological research and the interpretation of the findings will be considered at the beginning of the course. Then will follow a survey of archaeological work in the Bible lands with particular attention to the cultural and religious life of Israelite and non-Israelite populations of Palestine and adjacent territories for exegetical study of the Old Testament.

CHP 6645
Introduction to Chaplaincy
3

Introduction to Chaplaincy

This course orients students to chaplaincy and prepares them to do cooperative ministry in an extension setting as an endorsed representative of a faith community. It introduces students to the history, theology, and practice of chaplaincy ministries and exposes them to hospital, prison, hospice, military, police, industry, and sports chaplaincy settings.

CHP 6646
Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) Basic Unit
3

Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) Basic Unit

Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) is a professional, process-oriented, action-reflection educational experience that helps students develop a new awareness of themselves as persons and professionals. In the CPE Basic Unit, students work ordinarily in a hospital or other institutional setting, gain 400 hours of intensive experience in chaplaincy, and engage in supervised theological reflection on the practice of ministry. This course may be taken in an intensive (10 week) or extended (20 week) format depending on the CPE site.

Prerequisites

CHP 6645

CHP 6650
Advanced Ethics for Ministry Practitioners
2

Advanced Ethics for Ministry Practitioners

This advanced course provides an in-depth and focused study on ethical is-sues and Christian moral responses pertinent for a variety of ministry con-texts. This course may be taught in conjunction with ETH 6650, for this 2 hours course only.

CHP 7726
Navigating the Multi-Faith Context
3

Navigating the Multi-Faith Context

This course explores religion and how various faith traditions practice it. Students will learn numerous ways to study and define religion. The course will help students effectively engage practitioners of other faiths in terms of a given ministry setting. The course gives attention to major world religions, Atheism, and New Religious Movements like the Latter Day Saints and Jehovah Witnesses. Additionally, the course examines the impact of religion on American life.

CHP 7790
Capstone Experience for Chaplaincy
1

Capstone Experience for Chaplaincy

Graduating chaplaincy students will synthesize the subject-matter knowledge they have acquired, integrate cross-disciplinary knowledge, and connect theory with application in preparation for entry into professional ministry by offering a comprehensive report on a chaplaincy setting to which they feel called. The final project will include reflection on artifacts from courses in the chaplaincy core.

CHP/ETH 6650
Advanced Ethics for Ministry Practitioners
2

Advanced Ethics for Ministry Practitioners

This advanced course provides an in-depth and focused study on ethical issues and Christian moral responses pertinent for a variety of ministry contexts.

Prerequisites

CHP 6645

CHS 5500
The Story of the Christian Faith
3

The Story of the Christian Faith

This course enables students to understand the development of the church in historical context, with special emphasis on the theological, cultural, philosophical, and political factors that shaped the church.

CHS 5551
History of Missions
3

History of Missions

A survey of the expansion of Christianity from a global perspective. The course emphasizes the Great Commission, the example of the New Testament Church, critical factors and themes in each historical era, the genesis of Protestant missions, influential missionaries, and the modern missionary movement including the major missionary conferences of the 20th century.

CHS 6607
Apocrypha and the Christian Church
3

Apocrypha and the Christian Church

This course introduces students to the history, culture, and developments of thought in Judaism during the Hellenistic and Greco-Roman periods, chiefly through the windows provided by the major documents written during this period. Students will read the Apocrypha, selected Dead Sea Scrolls, and other texts which throw important light on the world into which the church and its theology and piety were born.

CHS 6611
Historical Theology 1
3

Historical Theology 1

The course examines the thought of the church from the Apostolic Fathers to the Reformation. The emphasis of the study will be upon major figures, literature and controversies as they affected Christian thought.

CHS 6612
Historical Theology 2
3

Historical Theology 2

This course is a continuation of Historical Theology 1 and takes up the development of Christian thought with the Reformation and continues to the modern era. Special consideration is given to major figures, literature and controversies that have influenced the church in a significant way.

CHS 6615
History and Literature of Christian Spirituality
3

History and Literature of Christian Spirituality

This course is a chronological survey of outstanding devotional writings from the apostolic age to the present. The focus will be on the breadth of this literature as well as acquaintance with major authors and their works.

CHS 6616
History of Women in the Church
3

History of Women in the Church

A study of women's lives, service and contribution to the church beginning with the Bible and early Christian writings. Women's roles and contributions will be surveyed in the apostolic period, the ascetic movement, the medieval period and the Reformation. The post-Reformation period will focus on women in America and the quest for ordination.

CHS 6619
History of Christian Ethical Thought
3

History of Christian Ethical Thought

This course is designed to provide students with an overview of the history and development of Christian ethical thought and practices from the early church to today.

CHS 6620
Varieties of Early Christian Thought
3

Varieties of Early Christian Thought

This course is a survey of extant literature produced by the church in the patristic period (ca. AD 95-750). Its goal is a working knowledge of early Christian thought in its unity and diversity, continuity and development. Students will be encouraged to draw upon the wisdom of patristic writers for their own lives and ministries.

Prerequisites

CHS 5500

CHS 6621
History and Thought of the Eastern Church
3

History and Thought of the Eastern Church

This course is a study of Orthodox Christianity from the first century to the present, examining both its historical development and its distinctive theological perspectives. Students will consider the actual and potential contributions of this ancient tradition to current theological conversations.

CHS 6622
History and Thought of the Medieval Church
3

History and Thought of the Medieval Church

This course examines historical and theological developments within the church from the end of the patristic period to the eve of the Reformation. It will highlight important individuals, groups, and ideas that have influenced the development of Christian thought.

CHS 6630
History and Thought of the Reformation
3

History and Thought of the Reformation

This course focuses on the historical and theological developments of the Reformation period. It will explore important people, ideas, and events in the major Protestant streams—Lutheran, Reformed, Anglican, and Anabaptist—as well as in the Catholic Church. Students will read selected primary sources from these traditions to gain insight into the period and to reflect on their significance for Christians today.

CHS 6635
History and Thought of Pietism
3

History and Thought of Pietism

This course considers the history and thought of Pietism, identifying its origins and focusing on the major people and institutions that are connected with the varied expressions of Pietism in the latter 17th and early 18th centuries. The course also gives attention to more recent expressions of Pietism and explores how Pietism has contributed to the development of American Christianity.

CHS 6637
Christianity in America
3

Christianity in America

This is a study of Christianity in the American environment from the seventeenth century to the present. The transplanting of the European churches, the development of unique expressions in Christianity in America and the nature of Christianity will be examined.

CHS 6637
Christianity in America
3

Christianity in America

This is a study of Christianity in the American environment from the seventeenth century to the present. The transplanting of the European churches, the development of unique expressions in Christianity in America and the nature of Christianity will be examined.

CHS 6638
American Methodism and Pentecostal Roots
3

American Methodism and Pentecostal Roots

An examination of the Methodist contribution to American Christianity and the rise of the perfectionistic and Pentecostal groups that resulted from it.

CHS 6640
Contemporary Theological Perspectives
3

Contemporary Theological Perspectives

This course is a chronological survey of major theologians and theological movements of the 20th and 21st centuries. Through engagement with both primary and secondary sources, students will gain an understanding of the diversity of voices within contemporary theology and will be challenged to consider their significance for the church today.

Prerequisites

CHS 5500

CHS 6668
Biographical Studies in Christian Leadership
3

Biographical Studies in Christian Leadership

An examination of the lives of representative figures in the history of Christianity, specifically analyzing the essential features of their message and mission as Christian leaders in response to the challenges of their age.

CHS 6690
Life and Works of Martin Luther King, Jr.
3

Life and Works of Martin Luther King, Jr.

This course examines in detail the enormous contribution of one of the greatest religious leaders of the 20th century. King's life and contribution to the Black church and the Civil Rights Movement will be addressed. His work as a theologian and an ethicist will be studied with reference to his primary works, such as his speeches, sermons, essays and books. The course will discern the major themes of King's works, such as his doctrine of life and his ethic of non-violent resistance.

CHS 6691
Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm
3

Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm

This course is a comparison and contrast, as well as an examination of the life, works, and contributions of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X in America.

CHS 7700
History of the Brethren Church
3

History of the Brethren Church

This course considers the historical development of the Brethren movement from its origins in Anabaptism and Pietism to the present day. Special attention is given to the Brethren Church since the 1880s.

CHS 7703
History of the United Methodist Church
2

History of the United Methodist Church

This course surveys the history of United Methodism from its rise in England in the 18th century to the present, with attention to the forces that have shaped the movement and its impact on the various contexts in which it has developed. Approximately half of the course is devoted to Methodist origins in the period of the Wesleys. (Fulfills the United Methodist History requirement stated in the UM Discipline [2012], Par. 324.4).

CHS 7705
Polity of the United Methodist Church
2

Polity of the United Methodist Church

This course explores United Methodist polity as a connectional system which frames the mission, ministry and structure of the denomination. (Fulfills the United Methodist Doctrine requirement stated in the UM Discipline [2012], Par. 324.4).

CHS 7730
Life and Thought of the Wesleys
3

Life and Thought of the Wesleys

This course focuses upon the distinctive theological contributions of the Wesleys to the larger Christian tradition, exploring the dynamic of living faith that characterized early Methodism and made the movement a potent source for spiritual and social renewal. It will explore vital Wesleyan syntheses and will intentionally integrate theology and the practice of ministry so as to demonstrate the relevance of a Wesleyan theological method and model for the contemporary church.

CHS 7740
Studies in Liberalism and Fundamentalism
3

Studies in Liberalism and Fundamentalism

The course provides an overview of the liberal-fundamentalist controversy in America that raged during the first third of the twentieth century. American Christianity during the nineteenth century will be studied as a background for the controversy. Attention will be given to the history of the controversy, the major issues of debate, and the leading figures on both sides of the conflict.

CHS 7745
Eschatology in America
3

Eschatology in America

A survey of the significant eschatological views in America from the seventeenth century to the present. Consideration will be given to the historical roots of the views, the impulses which fostered their appearance, growth, decline and their impact on the broader life and thought of the Christian church.

CHS 7750
History and Thought of the Christian Peace Position
3

History and Thought of the Christian Peace Position

This course focuses on those individuals and groups, especially Anabaptist, who have contributed to the peace position in the Christian church. Consideration will be given both to the history of and a biblical and theological rationale for the Christian peace witness.

CHS 7792
Conference/Seminar in Church History
3

Conference/Seminar in Church History

Credit is available for those who attend approved conferences and seminars. Students should check with the department chairperson for reading and writing requirements associated with attendance at approved conferences and seminars.

CHS 7794
Independent Study in Church History
3

Independent Study in Church History

Independent Studies are designed to cover specialized material not usually included in a course offering listed in the catalog.

CHS 7798
Senior Seminar
3

Senior Seminar

This course provides the capstone experience for students enrolled in the Master of Arts (Historical and Theological Studies) program. Students will write a seminar paper presenting the results of their investigation of a particular historical or theological problem. If there are not enough students to populate a regular class, students will write their papers in the context of either an advanced-level elective course or an independent study project. In either case, students will also be expected to present and discuss their projects at a gathering of other MA (HTS) students and faculty during the late Spring.

CHS 7799
Thesis
3

Thesis

This course represents the credit awarded for the successful completion of a master's thesis. Students will consult regularly with their thesis advisors through the drafting and revising process until the thesis advisor determines that the thesis is acceptable. Students will then present the results of their research to fellow students and members of the department during May of the year they graduate.

CHS/CTH 6611
Historical Theology 1
3

Historical Theology 1

The course examines the thought of the church from the Apostolic Fathers to the Reformation. The emphasis of the study will be upon major figures, literature and controversies as they affected Christian thought.

CHS/CTH 6611
Historical Theology 2
3

Historical Theology 2

This course is a continuation of Historical Theology 1 and takes up the development of Christian thought with the Reformation and continues to the modern era. Special consideration is given to major figures, literature and controversies that have influenced the church in a significant way.

CHS/CTH 6620
Varieties of Early Christian Thought
3

Varieties of Early Christian Thought

This course is a survey of extant literature produced by the church in the patristic period (ca. AD 95-750). Its goal is a working knowledge of early Christian thought in its unity and diversity, continuity and development. Students will be encouraged to draw upon the wisdom of patristic writers for their own lives and ministries.

CHS/CTH 6621
History and Thought of the Eastern Church
3

History and Thought of the Eastern Church

This course is a study of Orthodox Christianity from the first century to the present, examining both its historical development and its distinctive theological perspectives. Students will consider the actual and potential contributions of this ancient tradition to current theological conversations.

CHS/CTH 6622
History and Thought of the Medieval Church
3

History and Thought of the Medieval Church

This course examines historical and theological developments within the church from the end of the patristic period to the eve of the Reformation. It will highlight important individuals, groups, and ideas that have influenced the development of Christian thought.

CHS/CTH 6630
History and Thought of the Reformation
3

History and Thought of the Reformation

This course focuses upon the historical and theological developments of the Reformation period. It will explore important people, ideas, and events in the major Protestant streams - Lutheran, Reformed, Anglican, and Anabaptist - as well as in the Catholic Church. Students will read selected primary sources from these traditions to gain insight into the period and to reflect on their significance for Christians today.

CHS/CTH 6635
History and Thought of Pietism
3

History and Thought of Pietism

This course considers the history and thought of Pietism, identifying its origins and focusing on the major people and institutions that are connected with the varied expressions of Pietism in the latter 17th and early 18th centuries. The course also gives attention to more recent expressions of Pietism and explores how Pietism has contributed to the development of American Christianity.

CHS/CTH 6640
Contemporary Theological Perspectives
3

Contemporary Theological Perspectives

This course is a chronological survey of major theologians and theological movements of the 20th and 21st centuries. Through engagement with both primary and secondary sources, students will gain an understanding of the diversity of voices within contemporary theology and will be challenged to consider their significance for the church today.

CHS/CTH 6690
Life and Works of Martin Luther King, Jr.
3

Life and Works of Martin Luther King, Jr.

This course examines in detail the enormous contribution of one of the greatest religious leaders of the 20th century. King's life and contribution to the Black church and the Civil Rights Movement will be addressed. His work as a theologian and an ethicist will be studied with reference to his primary works, such as his speeches, sermons, essays and books. The course will discern the major themes of King's works, such as his doctrine of life and his ethic of non-violent resistance.

CHS/CTH 6691
Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm
3

Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm

This course is a comparison and contrast, as well as an examination of the life, works, and contributions of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X in America.

CHS/CTH 7740
Studies in Liberalism and Fundamentalism
3

Studies in Liberalism and Fundamentalism

The course provides an overview of the liberal-fundamentalist controversy in America that raged during the first third of the twentieth century. American Christianity during the nineteenth century will be studied as a background for the controversy. Attention will be given to the history of the controversy, the major issues of debate, and the leading figures on both sides of the conflict.

CHS/CTH 7745
Eschatology in America
3

Eschatology in America

A survey of the significant eschatological views in America from the seventeenth century to the present. Consideration will be given to the historical roots of the views, the impulses which fostered their appearance, growth, decline and their impact on the broader life and thought of the Christian church.

CHS/CTH 7750
History and Thought of the Christian Peace Position
3

History and Thought of the Christian Peace Position

This course focuses on those individuals and groups, especially Anabaptist, who have contributed to the peace position in the Christian church. Consideration will be given both to the history of and a biblical and theological rationale for the Christian peace witness.

CHS/CTH 7798
Senior Seminar
3

Senior Seminar

This course provides the capstone experience for students enrolled in the Master of Arts (Historical and Theological Studies) program. Students will write a seminar paper presenting the results of their investigation of a particular historical or theological problem. If there are not enough students to populate a regular class, students will write their papers in the context of either an advanced-level elective course or an independent study project. In either case, students will also be expected to present and discuss their projects at a gathering of other MA (HTS) students and faculty during the late Spring.

CHS/CTH 7799
Thesis
3

Thesis

This course represents the credit awarded for the successful completion of a master's thesis. Students will consult regularly with their thesis advisors through the drafting and revising process until the thesis advisor determines that the thesis is acceptable. Students will then present the results of their research to fellow students and members of the department during May of the year they graduate.

CHS/PTS 7700
History of the Brethren Church
2

History of the Brethren Church

This course considers the historical development of the Brethren movement from its origins in Anabaptism and Pietism to the present day. Special attention is given to the Brethren Church since the 1880s.

CHS/PTS 7703
History of the United Methodist Church
2

History of the United Methodist Church

This course surveys the history of United Methodism from its rise in England in the 18th century to the present, with attention to the forces that have shaped the movement and its impact on the various contexts in which it has developed. Approximately half of the course is devoted to Methodist origins in the period of the Wesleys. (Fulfills the United Methodist History requirement stated in the UM Discipline [2012], Par. 324.4).

CLC 5501
Spiritual Themes in Clinical Counseling
2

Spiritual Themes in Clinical Counseling

This course provides the clinical counselor an overview of components of the client's identity, focus, and direction from a spiritual perspective. Special attention is given to the self-concept, forgiveness, and suffering in clinical work. Attention will be given to the impact of spirituality on the healing process.

CLC 5504
Introduction to Mental Health Counseling
2

Introduction to Mental Health Counseling

This course introduces the student to the history and trends within the counseling profession and information on professional counseling organizations. Students will obtain an understanding of the roles and functions as well as the professional, legal, and ethical responsibilities of licensed counselors. Preparation standards for licensure as Professional Counselors (PC) and Professional Clinical Counselors (PCC) will be discussed.

CLC 5508
Counseling Techniques
3

Counseling Techniques

This course is designed to equip the student with a knowledge of the essential counseling skills such as attending, listening, probing, focusing, goal setting and challenging.

CLC 5508L
Counseling Techniques Lab
3

Counseling Techniques Lab

This course is designed to equip the student with a knowledge of the essential counseling skills such as attending, listening, probing, focusing, goal setting and challenging.

CLC 5509
Counseling Theories
3

Counseling Theories

Surveys major concepts and practices of contemporary therapeutic systems. Attention is also given to the integration of biblical principles with sound behavioral science.

CLC 5510
Abnormal Psychology
3

Abnormal Psychology

Provides a descriptive survey of the major categories of maladaptive behavior as specified in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the APA. Major theoretical perspectives on etiology, prevention and remediation are addressed.

CLC 5511
Human Growth and Development
3

Human Growth and Development

This course is an overview of the normal developmental processes and life crises through which a person generally moves from conception to death. Some attention will be given to the technique and teaching tools which a Christian counselor might use to assist the client who is struggling to pass productively through life's stages.

CLC 5520
Social and Cultural Issues in Counseling
3

Social and Cultural Issues in Counseling

This course examines cultural and ethnic uniqueness and differences as significant issues for counselors and counselees. Emphasis is given to designing culturally and socially sensitive counseling interventions.

CLC 5522
Lifestyle and Career Counseling
3

Lifestyle and Career Counseling

Designed to equip the counselor with the concepts and skills necessary to do lifestyle and career assessment and to implement career goals in a plan of action from a Christian viewpoint.

CLC 5530
Group Dynamics 1
1.5

Group Dynamics 1

Designed to help group members discover their interpersonal styles and improve their interpersonal skills such as self-disclosure, listening and responding. Students learn how to set and move toward individual personal growth goals. Process awareness skills are sharpened.

CLC 5531
Group Dynamics 2
1.5

Group Dynamics 2

Continues the learning of interpersonal skills with additional attention to advanced empathy, constructive confrontation and immediacy. Personal growth goals are set and pursued and process awareness skills are sharpened.

CLC 5532
Group Dynamics 3
1.5

Group Dynamics 3

Interpersonal skills are further developed with additional attention given to leadership styles and individual and group defensiveness. Personal growth goals and process awareness skills continue to be developed.

CLC 5534
Preparation for Practicum
3

Preparation for Practicum

Students will gain the requisite skills for successful participation in their practicum. Students will also be presented with basic information on ethics and professional practice in preparation for their practicum.

CLC 6636
Practicum in Counseling 1
2

Practicum in Counseling 1

This practicum focuses on the basic counseling skills, providing opportunities for observation and active practice of these behaviors. Constructive feedback is provided by the practicum supervisor through the use of role-playing and structured exercises.

CLC 6637
Practicum in Counseling 2
2

Practicum in Counseling 2

This course continues to build on the basic listening and speaking skills required for effective counseling. Sessions focus on practical role-plays. Feedback from practicum supervisor and peers is used to help in skill development.

CLC 6638
Practicum in Counseling 3
2

Practicum in Counseling 3

Continues the development of basic counseling skills. Students receive feedback on audio and videotaped material of their own counseling activities in field settings.

CLC 6647
Counseling and Consulting Services
3

Counseling and Consulting Services

This course deals with consultation theory and process as related to agencies and post-secondary educational institutions. Explores roles and functions of counselors and student personnel specialists in program and proposal development, conflict management, organization, administration, evaluation of services, public relations, and knowledge of community resources and referral process. Students will be helped to respond to the cultural context of each group, agency, or organization.

CLC 6691
Introduction to Research Methods and Design
3

Introduction to Research Methods and Design

Provides the student with a review of the basic concepts and methods of social/behavioral research. Material to be covered includes: questionnaire construction, interview techniques, observational methods and statistical analysis.

CLC 6692
Assessment
3

Assessment

Acquaints the student with the history and theory of psychological testing. Covers the most popular psychological tests, helpful interpretive concepts and application of psychological tests most available to pastoral counselors.

CLC 7721
Crisis Counseling
3

Crisis Counseling

This course is designed to acquaint the student with the special models, theories, and techniques of crisis intervention. Crisis management resources are identified and special crisis situations are explored.

CLC 7721
Crisis Counseling
3

Crisis Counseling

This course is designed to acquaint the student with the special models, theories, and techniques of crisis intervention. Crisis management resources are identified and special crisis situations are explored.

CLC 7729
Differential Diagnosis (III)
3

Differential Diagnosis (III)

Advanced concepts are presented for the proper assessment of different categories of abnormal behavior. Special attention is given to the principles underlying the multiaxial approach of the DSM system. Includes material on conducting the diagnostic interview and the mental status exam.

CLC 7743
Special Issues in Family Counseling (IV)
2

Special Issues in Family Counseling (IV)

This course is designed to prepare the pastoral counselor with a background for ministering to families. Attention will be given to history taking, problem assessment and therapeutic interventions.

CLC 7744
Introduction to Marital Counseling (IV)
2

Introduction to Marital Counseling (IV)

An introduction to marriage counseling and special issues in family counseling. Attention will be given to history-taking, problem assessment, and therapeutic interventions.

CLC 7751
Special Issues in Abnormal-Personality Disorders (I)
3

Special Issues in Abnormal-Personality Disorders (I)

This course is designed to give the student a deeper understanding of personality disorders. Attention is given to recognizing and addressing the dynamics the various personality disorders create in the therapeutic process and to adapting treatment plans to address Axis II diagnosis.

CLC 7751
Special Issues in Abnormal-Personality Disorders (I)
3

Special Issues in Abnormal-Personality Disorders (I)

This course is designed to give the student a deeper understanding of personality disorders. Attention is given to recognizing and addressing the dynamics the various personality disorders create in the therapeutic process and to adapting treatment plans to address Axis II diagnosis.

CLC 7753
Special Issues in Counseling Adolescents (I)
3

Special Issues in Counseling Adolescents (I)

This course will present the dynamics of adolescent conflicts within the family system. Attention will be given to etiology, assessment, and treatment. The course will consist of both didactic and experiential learning.

CLC 7753
Special Issues in Counseling Adolescents (I)
3

Special Issues in Counseling Adolescents (I)

This course will present the dynamics of adolescent conflicts within the family system. Attention will be given to etiology, assessment, and treatment. The course will consist of both didactic and experiential learning.

CLC 7754
Dynamics of Eating Disorders (IV)
3

Dynamics of Eating Disorders (IV)

This course is designed to give the student an understanding of the dynamics and treatment of eating disorders. Attention is given to understanding the etiology, differential diagnosis, and special treatment factors.

CLC 7755
Special Issues in Counseling Older Adults (I)
3

Special Issues in Counseling Older Adults (I)

Older adults comprise one of the fastest growing segments of the American population. This course examines normal and abnormal aging with special emphases upon assessment, differential diagnosis, treatment planning, and treatment implementation. Ethical issues in working with older adults will also be explored. (Prerequisites; CLC 5511 and CLC 7729)

CLC 7756
Introduction to Substance Abuse (III)
3

Introduction to Substance Abuse (III)

This course will provide students with an introductory overview of Substance Abuse and Dependence. Emphasis will be given to the origin, diagnosis and treatment (including self-help programs) of substance related disorders, as well as their impact on the family of the addicted individual. This course will serve as a prerequisite for the other advanced courses for those students having no prior coursework in Substance Abuse and Dependence.

CLC 7756
Introduction to Substance Abuse (III)

Introduction to Substance Abuse (III)

CLC 7761
Personality Assessment (II)
3

Personality Assessment (II)

Advanced concepts are presented for the assessment of personality using objective (i.e. non-projective) assessment instruments. Special attention will be given to the development, nature (structure), administration, and interpretation of objective personality instruments. Both scientific and practical aspects of these inventories will be addressed.

CLC 7761
Personality Assessment (II)
3

Personality Assessment (II)

Advanced concepts are presented for the assessment of personality using objective (i.e. non-projective) assessment instruments. Special attention will be given to the development, nature (structure), administration, and interpretation of objective personality instruments. Both scientific and practical aspects of these inventories will be addressed.

CLC 7770
Professional Ethics and Responsibilities
3

Professional Ethics and Responsibilities

Students will receive an overview of significant professional, legal and ethical considerations applicable to the counseling process. Attention is also give to issues of licensure.

CLC 7771
Advanced Issues in Diagnosis (III)
3

Advanced Issues in Diagnosis (III)

Advanced concepts are presented for the proper assessment of different categories of abnormal behavior. Special attention is given to the principles underlying the multiaxial approach of the DSM-IV. This includes material on conducting the diagnostic interview and the mental status examination.

CLC 7772
Diagnosis in Substance Abuse (III)
3

Diagnosis in Substance Abuse (III)

This course is designed to assist the student in the development of assessment skills in working with substance-abusing clients. Focus will be on the DSM-IV criteria for intoxication, abuse and dependence. Standardized assessment instruments and interviewing techniques will also be covered.

CLC 7773
Diagnosis of Children (III)
3

Diagnosis of Children (III)

This course is for anyone who may encounter children in their clinical practice. It offers clinical descriptions of childhood disorders commonly seen by mental health professionals including complete discussion of assessment, diagnoses, and treatment options from a Christian worldview. This course will cover the diagnostic consideration issues related to making a diagnosis. These issues include a broad description of childhood disorders, difficult differential diagnoses, prevalence of the disorder, course, and subtypes of the diagnosis. Broad assessment strategies will be covered that are useful in the assessment of more than one disorder. These tests tap broad psychological, behavioral, and social characteristics of the child, which may pertain to multiple disorders.

CLC 7774
Diagnosis at Intake (III)
3

Diagnosis at Intake (III)

This course focuses upon the need for clinical counselors to arrive at the correct diagnosis by the end of the intake process and explores the method and means for doing so. Special emphasis is given to the appropriate use of the DSM-IV-TR (and the current version of the ICD) in terms of the symptoms, etiology and psychodynamics of the various mental and emotional disorders. The mental status examination will be highlighted during the course, as will the ethical, legal, and professional standards of care which apply to diagnosis.

CLC 7780
Counseling the Dying and Grieving (IV)
3

Counseling the Dying and Grieving (IV)

Issues of death, dying, loss, and grief impact lives on a regular basis. This course will provide counseling students with foundational biblical, historical, and theological "end of life" principles. The course will provide an overview of current conceptualizations of grief and mourning. Interventions will be presented for supporting the dying, as well as individuals going through bereavement. Additional strategies will be presented for identifying and intervening with those who have clinically significant complicated grief. Throughout the course, the students will be encouraged to explore their own grief reactions, as well as to consider the meaning of life and death from a Christian worldview.

CLC 7781
Advanced Marriage Counseling (IV)
3

Advanced Marriage Counseling (IV)

This class is to help the students gain a deeper understanding of theory, as it applies to clinical application. Specific techniques will be learned to help the student intervene in difficult patterns and situations.

CLC 7782
Advanced Family Therapy (IV)
3

Advanced Family Therapy (IV)

This course is designed to broaden the student's theoretical understanding of family therapy. The course will also help the student assess dysfunctional family behavioral patterns and strategize intervention techniques that will disrupt rigid behavioral patterns among family members.

CLC 7784
Counseling Survivors of Sexual Abuse (IV)
3

Counseling Survivors of Sexual Abuse (IV)

This course investigates major issues pertinent to counseling adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse. Major theoretical approaches, stages of treatment, therapeutic interventions, and professional issues are explored.

CLC 7786
Human Sexuality (IV)
3

Human Sexuality (IV)

This course focuses on issues of sexuality in counseling. Students explore sexual development, sexual orientation and the fundamentals of sexual biology. Strategies will be presented for intervening and monitoring client change in commonly occurring sexual disorders, clinically significant sexual problems and paraphiliac conditions. Throughout the course, students will be challenged to develop and refine a Biblically-based theology of sex and theology of healthy sexuality.

CLC 7787
Treatment of Mood and Anxiety Disorders
3

Treatment of Mood and Anxiety Disorders

This course focuses on the theory, research, and counseling interventions related to the treatment of mood and anxiety disorders (and related conditions). Special attention is given to the DSM-IV classifications and cognitive-behavioral interventions.

CLC 7787
Treatment of Mood and Anxiety Disorders
3

Treatment of Mood and Anxiety Disorders

This course focuses on the theory, research, and counseling interventions related to the treatment of mood and anxiety disorders (and related conditions). Special attention is given to the DSM-IV classifications and cognitive-behavioral interventions.

CLC 7789
Child and Play Therapy (IV)
3

Child and Play Therapy (IV)

The treatment of children from several different theoretical orientations will be presented in this course. Because play is the language of children, much of the class time will be spent teaching play therapy techniques. Resources and equipment needed for treating children will be discussed. The course will include "hands on" experience of psychological methods used with children.

CLC 7790
Brief Therapy in an Era of Managed Care (IV)
2

Brief Therapy in an Era of Managed Care (IV)

This course will focus on the current managed care climate, strategies for navigating this environment successfully, possible future trends, and brief therapy as the preferred treatment modality within managed care.

CLC 7793
Supervision in Counseling (IV)
2

Supervision in Counseling (IV)

The purpose of this course is to provide an overview of the supervisory processes and procedures in the field of clinical counseling. Students will gain an understanding of various models of supervision, the supervisor-supervisee relationship, supervisory contracts, evaluation procedures, legal and ethical issues in supervision, documentation, and individual and cultural differences in supervision.

CLC 7794
Narrative Approaches to Counseling (IV)
3

Narrative Approaches to Counseling (IV)

This course provides an understanding of the ideas, assumptions, goals, and methods of narrative therapy as they apply to the practice of clinical counseling. Conceptualization of client concerns from a narrative worldview, treatment planning, and the strategies and techniques for attaining treatment goals will be explored. Emphasis will be given to the varied needs of individuals, couples, and families seeking help.

CLC 7795
Treatment Planning Practices and Principles (V)
3

Treatment Planning Practices and Principles (V)

This course will examine the value of treatment planning within the therapeutic endeavor, general guiding principles for treatment planning, and well-researched, effective treatment protocols for dealing with specific DSM-IV diagnoses. (A basic understanding of DSM-IV diagnostics, counseling theory, and mental health treatment is required for this course.)

CLC 7795
Treatment Planning Practices and Principles (V)
3

Treatment Planning Practices and Principles (V)

Prerequisite: CLC 7729 This course will examine the value of treatment planning within the therapeutic endeavor, general guiding principles for treatment planning, and well-researched, effective treatment protocols for dealing with specific DSM-IV diagnoses (a basic understanding of DSM-IV diagnostics, counseling theory, and mental health treatment is required for this course). *This course is required for the M.A.C.M.H.C. degree.

Prerequisites

CLC 7729

CLC 7796
Internship in Counseling I
2

Internship in Counseling I

An internship is a post-practicum, on-the-job experience in professional counseling which enables the student to refine and enhance basic counseling skills and to integrate professional knowledge and skills. The internship involves work with bona fide clients and is under the tutelage of an on-site supervisor who is an independently licensed mental health professional, acceptable to the Ohio Counselor and Social Worker Board.

CLC 7797
Internship in Counseling II
2

Internship in Counseling II

This course continues the experience of CLC 7796 in an on-the-job experience in professional counseling under the tutelage of an on-site supervisor.

CLC 7798
Internship in Counseling III
2

Internship in Counseling III

This course continues the experience of CLC 7797 in an on-the-job experience in professional counseling under the tutelage of an on-site supervisor.

CLD 3
Independent Study in Christian Leadership
3

Independent Study in Christian Leadership

Independent Studies are designed to cover specialized material not usually included in a course offering listed in the catalog.

CLD 5512
Issues in Biblical Leadership
3

Issues in Biblical Leadership

Through a case study approach, this course will examine the biblical view on how leaders accomplish the five categories of management: planning (determining vision and direction), organizing (organizational behavior), staffing (selection and training), directing (leadership in supervision) and controlling (evaluation and re-direction).

CLD 6630
Leading the People of God
3

Leading the People of God

This course equips students to develop a philosophy of leadership, based upon a biblical, theological, and Christian tradition. This will include both character and competency issues that leaders must know, develop and apply within their context of ministry. This course will also orient the students to healthy congregational structures, administration, and stewardship with a particular emphasis on essential financial processes. (Ministry Cohort Course)

CLD 6660
Pastors of Excellence I
3

Pastors of Excellence I

This course will equip students to integrate the discovery and community components of the Pastors of Excellence program into their lives and ministries. Students will experience a process of self-discovery using several assessment tools, lecture, individual reflection times, and small group processing. Students will also experience covenant group formation and understand the critical place non-dualistic peer community must have in sustaining long-term pastoral excellence. This course in available only for those currently in the Pastors of Excellence program.

CLD 6661
Pastors of Excellence II
3

Pastors of Excellence II

This course will equip students to integrate the personal well-being and spiritual vitality components of the Pastors of Excellence program into their life and ministry. Students will experience a process of formational prayer through lecture, spiritual exercises, individual reflection time, and small group processing. Students will also experience a process for spiritual vitality utilizing a spiritual formation paradigm and understand the critical place spiritual exercises hold in sustaining long term pastoral excellence.

CLD 6670
Coaching Fundamentals
3

Coaching Fundamentals

This initial course focuses on the core skills needed to coach effectively. Classroom instruction would focus on a repeatable process for coaching and the skills required to deliver a high quality coaching experience. The field work connected to this course would build a baseline of coaching competence.

CLD 6671
Coaching for Multiplication
3

Coaching for Multiplication

This course will focus on coaching's place in a larger toolkit, one that is aimed to equip a leader with insight from multiple disciplines with an eye toward organizational growth, ideally by multiplication. The relationship between various kinds of intentional relationships (coaching, counseling, consulting, spiritual direction, and mentoring, etc.) is explored. In-the-moment decision making maps are developed to ensure that coaches are approaching their coaching relationships situationally, but with solid coaching fundamentals at the core. A leadership multiplication pathway is explored.

CLD 6675
Team Coaching
3

Team Coaching

While the other courses in this track are specifically built on individual coaching relationships (one on one), this course explores the distinctives in coaching a team or group, how that differs from one on one coaching, and best practices for maximum effectiveness.

CLD 7774
Communication and Conflict in the Church
3

Communication and Conflict in the Church

This course will provide an overall view of communication and the process of conflict resolution in the administration of the local congregation including committees, boards and staff.

CNS 5501
Spiritual Themes in Counseling
2

Spiritual Themes in Counseling

This course provides the counselor with an overview of components of the client's identity, focus, and direction from a spiritual perspective. Special attention is given to the self-concept, forgiveness, and suffering in clinical work. Attention will also be given to the impact of spirituality on the healing process.

CNS 5510
Abnormal Psychology
2

Abnormal Psychology

This course provides a descriptive survey of the major categories of maladaptive behavior as specified in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the APA. Major theoretical perspectives on etiology, prevention and remediation are addressed.

CNS 5511
Human Growth and Development
3

Human Growth and Development

This course is an overview of the normal developmental processes and life crises through which a person generally moves from conception to death. Some attention will be given to the technique and teaching tools which a Christian counselor might use to assist the client who is struggling to pass productively through life's stages.

CNS 5520
Social and Cultural Issues in Counseling
3

Social and Cultural Issues in Counseling

This course examines cultural and ethnic uniqueness and differences as significant issues for counselors and counselees. Emphasis is given to designing culturally and socially sensitive counseling interventions.

CNS 5521
Crisis Counseling
3

Crisis Counseling

Designed to familiarize the counselor with the special models, theories and techniques of crisis intervention. Crisis management resources are identified and special crisis situations are explored.

CNS 5527
Dimensions of Healing
1.5

Dimensions of Healing

This course is designed to provide an understanding of some of the holistic approaches to healing, with a major focus on the role of the Spirit in healing. As such, it complements both Biblical Themes in Pastoral Counseling (CNS 5501) and Counseling Theories (CNS 5508) by providing the student with an overview of the pastoral counseling process. Within this course, the theoretical and didactic will be wedded to the practical and experiential through the use of both large group presentations and small group interactions. Emphasis will be placed upon the student's personal and spiritual growth.

CNS 5531
Group Dynamics 1
1.5

Group Dynamics 1

Designed to help group members discover their interpersonal styles and improve their interpersonal skills such as self-disclosure, listening and responding. Students learn how to set and move toward individual personal growth goals. Process awareness skills are sharpened.

CNS 5532
Group Dynamics 2
1.5

Group Dynamics 2

Continues the learning of interpersonal skills with additional attention to advanced empathy, constructive confrontation and immediacy. Personal growth goals are set and pursued and process awareness skills are sharpened.

CNS 5533
Group Dynamics 3
1.5

Group Dynamics 3

Interpersonal skills are further developed with additional attention given to leadership styles and individual and group defensiveness. Personal growth goals and process awareness skills continue to be developed.

CNS 5548
Counseling Theories and Techniques
3

Counseling Theories and Techniques

This course is designed to equip the student with a knowledge of essential counseling skills such as attending, listening, probing, focusing, goal setting and challenging.

CNS 5570
Professional Ethics and Responsibilities
3

Professional Ethics and Responsibilities

Students will receive an overview of significant professional, legal and ethical considerations applicable to the counseling process. Attention is also give to issues of licensure.

CNS 6622
Lifestyle and Career Counseling
2.5

Lifestyle and Career Counseling

Designed to equip the counselor with the concepts and skills necessary to do lifestyle and career assessment and to implement career goals in a plan of action from a Christian viewpoint.

CNS 6636
Practicum in Counseling 1
2

Practicum in Counseling 1

This practicum focuses on the basic counseling skills, providing opportunities for observation and active practice of these behaviors. Constructive feedback is provided by the practicum supervisor through the use of role-playing and structured exercises.

CNS 6637
Practicum in Counseling 2
1

Practicum in Counseling 2

This course continues to build on the basic listening and speaking skills required for effective counseling. Sessions focus on practical role-plays. Feedback from practicum supervisor and peers is used to help in skill development.

CNS 6647
Counseling and Consulting Services
2

Counseling and Consulting Services

This course deals with consultation theory and process as related to agencies and post-secondary educational institutions. Explores roles and functions of counselors and student personnel specialists in program and proposal development, conflict management, organization, administration, evaluation of services, public relations, and knowledge of community resources and referral process. Students will be helped to respond to the cultural context of each group, agency, or organization.

CNS 6651
Group Counseling 1
1.5

Group Counseling 1

Promotes interpersonal skill development and personal growth through the group counseling experience. Covers basic skills in facilitating group development and promoting individual wholeness through group modalities.

CNS 6652
Group Counseling 2
1.5

Group Counseling 2

Continues to provide opportunity for personal growth through group counseling. It also acquaints the student with a variety of group therapy models and techniques. Students explore their own leadership interventions.

CNS 6653
Group Counseling 3
1.5

Group Counseling 3

Continues the work of CNS 6652. Additional attention is given to exercising leadership. Termination issues are explored.

CNS 6656
Advanced Counseling Practicum 1
1.5

Advanced Counseling Practicum 1

This course provides students with practice in advanced helping skills via activities such as written exercises, structured exercises, role-playing, verbatim and field experience. Constructive feedback on students' practice of helping skills is provided.

CNS 6657
Advanced Counseling Practicum 2
1

Advanced Counseling Practicum 2

This course serves as a continuation of CNS 6656 and focuses on the honing of advanced counseling skills, providing opportunities for observation and practice of these behaviors. Constructive feedback is provided by the practicum supervisor through the use of role-playing, verbatim, structured and written exercises.

CNS 6658
Advanced Counseling Practicum 3
1

Advanced Counseling Practicum 3

This course continues to build on the advanced counseling skills practiced in CNS 6657, which are required for effective counseling.

CNS 6691
Introduction to Research Methods and Design
3

Introduction to Research Methods and Design

Provides the student with a review of the basic concepts and methods of social/behavioral research. Material to be covered includes: questionnaire construction, interview techniques, observational methods and statistical analysis.

CNS 6692
Assessment
3

Assessment

Acquaints the student with the history and theory of psychological testing. Covers the most popular psychological tests, helpful interpretive concepts and application of psychological tests most available to pastoral counselors.

CNS 7704
Pastoral Counseling 1
2

Pastoral Counseling 1

This course explores the basic concepts and skills used in pastoral counseling. Students are helped to develop skills in attending, listening, empathy, probes, leads and the management of feelings, blocks, reluctance and resistance. Assessment of needs, problems, and assets is also covered, along with coverage of the initial interview and referral.

CNS 7729
Differential Diagnosis
3

Differential Diagnosis

Advanced concepts are presented for the proper assessment of different categories of abnormal behavior. Special attention is given to the principles underlying the multiaxial approach of the DSM system. Includes material on conducting the diagnostic interview and the mental status exam.

CNS 7744
Marriage and Family Counseling
1.5

Marriage and Family Counseling

An introduction to marriage counseling and special issues in family counseling. Attention will be given to history-taking, problem assessment, and therapeutic interventions.

CNS 7746
Counseling the Dying and Grieving
1.5

Counseling the Dying and Grieving

This course will assist students in developing an understanding of death and grief based on biblical and historical perspectives which will help facilitate students' endeavors to embrace their own mortality, examine its implications for the way they live their lives, as well as provide practical skills for counseling the terminally ill and those who suffer from grief and loss.

CNS 7753
Scenario Role Playing
1.5

Scenario Role Playing

This course provides theory, experience and training in the Blees Scenario (Group) Role Playing methodology. Using this method, the student will experience simulated life situations providing practice in interpersonal behavioral techniques compatible with Christian principles which focus on replacing dysfunctional behaviors.

CNS 7782
Seminar in Gerontology
1.5

Seminar in Gerontology

An introduction to gerontology with a focus on the present gerontology situation, the nature and theories of aging, the needs of the aged, health care of the aged, retirement, aging parents and the role of the clergy and the aged.

CNS 7795
Treatment Planning Practices and Principles
3

Treatment Planning Practices and Principles

This course will examine the value of treatment planning within the therapeutic endeavor, general guiding principles for treatment planning, and well-researched, effective treatment protocols for dealing with specific DSM-IV diagnoses. (A basic understanding of DSM-IV diagnostics, counseling theory, and mental health treatment is required for this course.)

CNS 7796
Internship in Counseling 1
1-2

Internship in Counseling 1

An internship is a post-practicum, on-the-job experience in professional counseling which enables the student to refine and enhance basic counseling skills and to integrate professional knowledge and skills. The internship involves work with bona fide clients and is under the tutelage of an on-site supervisor who is an independently licensed mental health professional.

CNS 7797
Internship in Counseling 2
1-2

Internship in Counseling 2

This course continues the experience of CNS 7796 in an on-the-job experience in professional counseling under the tutelage of an on-site supervisor.

CNS 7798
Internship in Counseling 3
2

Internship in Counseling 3

This course continues the experience of CNS 7797 in an on-the-job experience in professional counseling under the tutelage of an on-site supervisor.

CRE 5501
Forming the People of God
3

Forming the People of God

This course explores the biblical and theological principles and processes for making disciples in the local church. Attention will be given to how the Christian leader can be a forming and transforming agent for discipleship in the community of faith. Skills related to teaching and leading a small group Bible study will be addressed. Educational and developmental theory will be consulted in pursuit of course aims.

CRE 5502
Developmental Dimensions of Christian Formation
3

Developmental Dimensions of Christian Formation

Faith Formation is considered by consulting human developmental theorists and their frameworks (e.g. Erikson, Fowler, Kohlberg, Westerhoff). This review is undertaken so that the Christian leader may consider the implications for discipleship ministry and develop imaginative strategies for Christian formation.

CRE 5503
Disciple-Making and the Community of Faith
3

Disciple-Making and the Community of Faith

This course seeks to give grounding to the work of disciple-making by understanding the redemptive purpose and communal nature of the church. Relational practices for making disciples and building community will be emphasized. Additionally, biblical strategies for disciple-making will receive attention.

CRE 5509
Ministry of Teaching
3

Ministry of Teaching

This course seeks to assist the student in becoming an effective teaching force in the learning space by exploring and utilizing principles, methods, and resources for impactful communication and instruction in the ministry context. Special attention will be given to teaching the Bible in the Church.

CRE 5510
Christian Formation of Children
3

Christian Formation of Children

This is a study of the major approaches currently in use to aid pre-schoolers through sixth-graders as they grow in the practice and understanding of the faith. Emphasis is placed on curriculum development and organization for the most effective formation program.

CRE 5511
Youth, Culture and Identity
3

Youth, Culture and Identity

This course examines the challenge of ministering to and raising Christian children in a secular society. There will be emphasis on providing ways for the church to empower parents to assist their children to live godly lives in the current cultural milieu. Special attention will be given to issues related to sex, substance abuse, and the mass media.

CRE 5512
Adult Discipleship and Small Group Ministry
3

Adult Discipleship and Small Group Ministry

Adult Ministry is complex due in part to the evolving, changing nature of the lifespan and its inherent challenges. This course will introduce the foundational concerns of adulthood, and then consider ministry approaches to meet the needs of adults. Special attention will be given to the use of small groups.

CRE 7700
Conference/Seminar in Christian Education
1

Conference/Seminar in Christian Education

Credit is available for those who attend approved conferences and seminars. Students should check with the chairperson of the respective department (Biblical Studies; Church History, Theology and Philosophy; or Practical Theology) for reading and writing requirements associated with attendance at approved conferences and seminars.

CRE 7795
Independent Study in Christian Education
3

Independent Study in Christian Education

Independent studies are designed to cover specialized material not usually included in a course offering listed in the catalog.

CTH 5510
Fundamentals of Christian Theology
2

Fundamentals of Christian Theology

This course is a survey of Christian theology for students in professional counseling. Building upon key themes in biblical theology, the course gives students an overview of Christian doctrines, with special attention to issues important in counseling. The course is designed to expose students to a variety of theological perspectives so that they can develop a coherent theological framework for themselves as Christian professionals and so that they can engage the religious views of Christian clients with integrity and respect.

CTH 5520
Christian Theology for the Kingdom of God
3

Christian Theology for the Kingdom of God

This course addresses the traditional topics of systematic theology as a narrative of salvation history. It is designed to equip students with a comprehensive and coherent theological framework for engaging in life and ministry in light of the present and future reign of God.

CTH 6600
Old Testament Theology
3

Old Testament Theology

A chronological analysis of the theological content of progressive revelation in the Old Testament. After a synchronic description of the theological content of each biblical covenant and epoch, the diachronic progression and unity will be noted in preparation for a future study of the loci of Systematic Theology.

CTH 6601
New Testament Theology
3

New Testament Theology

This course is a survey of the content of the New Testament revelation historically understood together with an orientation to the major schools of New Testament theology in current scholarship.

Prerequisites

CTH 5520

CTH 6605
Pauline Theology
3

Pauline Theology

This course is a detailed exegetical survey of the major topics of Pauline theology set in the context of his eschatological world view. The implications of his theological thought for ethics will also be addressed without focusing primarily on the ethical material in the Pauline corpus.

CTH 6607
Apocrypha and the Christian Church
6607

Apocrypha and the Christian Church

This course introduces students to the history, culture, and developments of thought in Judaism during the Hellenistic and Greco-Roman periods, chiefly through the windows provided by the major documents written during this period. Students will read the Apocrypha, selected Dead Sea Scrolls, and other texts which throw important light on the world into which the church and its theology and piety were born.

CTH 6611
Historical Theology 1
3

Historical Theology 1

The course examines the thought of the church from the Apostolic Fathers to the Reformation. The emphasis of the study will be upon major figures, literature and controversies as they affected Christian thought.

CTH 6612
Historical Theology 2
3

Historical Theology 2

This course is a continuation of Historical Theology 1 and takes up the development of Christian thought with the Reformation and continues to the modern era. Special consideration is given to major figures, literature and controversies that have influenced the church in a significant way.

CTH 6619
History of Christian Ethical Thought
3

History of Christian Ethical Thought

This course is designed to provide students with an overview of the history and development of Christian ethical thought and practices from the early church to today.

CTH 6620
Varieties of Early Christian Thought
3

Varieties of Early Christian Thought

This course is a survey of extant literature produced by the church in the patristic period (ca. AD 95-750). Its goal is a working knowledge of early Christian thought in its unity and diversity, continuity and development. Students will be encouraged to draw upon the wisdom of patristic writers for their own lives and ministries.

Prerequisites

CTH 5520

CTH 6621
History and Thought of the Eastern Church
3

History and Thought of the Eastern Church

This course is a study of Orthodox Christianity from the first century to the present, examining both its historical development and its distinctive theological perspectives. Students will consider the actual and potential contributions of this ancient tradition to current theological conversations.

CTH 6622
History and Thought of the Medieval Church
3

History and Thought of the Medieval Church

This course examines historical and theological developments within the church from the end of the patristic period to the eve of the Reformation. It will highlight important individuals, groups, and ideas that have influenced the development of Christian thought.

CTH 6630
History and Thought of the Reformation
3

History and Thought of the Reformation

This course focuses on the historical and theological developments of the Reformation period. It will explore important people, ideas, and events in the major Protestant streams—Lutheran, Reformed, Anglican, and Anabaptist—as well as in the Catholic Church. Students will read selected primary sources from these traditions to gain insight into the period and to reflect on their significance for Christians today.

CTH 6633
Anabaptist Theology
3

Anabaptist Theology

This course explores the theology of the Anabaptist tradition from its beginnings in the 16th century until today. It will examine the distinctive beliefs of Anabaptism as well as the relationship between Anabaptism and other Christian traditions. Students will be encouraged to consider how Anabaptist views and practices might shape their own lives.

CTH 6635
History and Thought of Pietism
3

History and Thought of Pietism

This course considers the history and thought of Pietism, identifying its origins and focusing on the major people and institutions that are connected with the varied expressions of Pietism in the latter 17th and early 18th centuries. The course also gives attention to more recent expressions of Pietism and explores how Pietism has contributed to the development of American Christianity.

CTH 6640
Contemporary Theological Perspectives
3

Contemporary Theological Perspectives

This course is a chronological survey of major theologians and theological movements of the 20th and 21st centuries. Through engagement with both primary and secondary sources, students will gain an understanding of the diversity of voices within contemporary theology and will be challenged to consider their significance for the church today.

Prerequisites

CTH 5520

CTH 6642
The Holy Spirit
3

The Holy Spirit

This course deals with the person and work of the Holy Spirit biblically, historically, and experientially. Students will have opportunity to reflect on the role of the Spirit in their own lives as well as in the church and world today.

CTH 6645
Person and Message of Jesus
3

Person and Message of Jesus

This course focuses on the identity, life, and teachings of Jesus as understood in biblical, historical, and contemporary contexts. Students will be challenged to engage with Christ as the center of Christian faith and practice.

CTH 6646
Christ and Salvation
3

Christ and Salvation

This course focuses on the cross and salvation in Scripture, Christian history, and the church today. It examines both the provision of salvation (atonement) and the reception of salvation (conversion, justification, sanctification, etc.). Students will be encouraged to consider the implications of soteriology for Christian life and ministry.

CTH 6650
Kingdom, Church and World
3

Kingdom, Church and World

This course examines the church in Scripture, Christian history, and contemporary contexts. It explores the identity, mission, and practices of the church within the narrative of God’s coming kingdom and in the context of the world God loves.

CTH 6655
Church, Ministry and Sacraments
3

Church, Ministry and Sacraments

A study of the doctrine of the church, its ministry and its sacraments in light of Scripture, history and the contemporary milieu. Discussion of the church in ecumenical perspective will lead to consideration of baptism, the Lord's Supper and ministry in recent dialogue.

CTH 6665
Women Theologians of the Church
3

Women Theologians of the Church

This seminar is a collaborative examination of selected women in the history of Christianity who have contributed to the life of the church as theologians. This exploration of women theologians includes a study of women's faith development, the unique features of the women's theological vision, and a consideration of their continuing legacy in the life of the church. Beginning with the witness of Hildegard and concluding with contemporary global theological perspectives of women, particular attention is given to the holistic understanding of theology manifest in their lives and writings.

CTH 6670
Christian Apologetics
3

Christian Apologetics

An introduction to issues surrounding the defense of the faith, with an emphasis up on practical methodology.

CTH 6690
Life and Works of Martin Luther King, Jr.
3

Life and Works of Martin Luther King, Jr.

This course examines in detail the enormous contribution of one of the greatest religious leaders of the 20th century. King's life and contribution to the Black church and the Civil Rights Movement will be addressed. His work as a theologian and an ethicist will be studied with reference to his primary works, such as his speeches, sermons, essays and books. The course will discern the major themes of King's works, such as his doctrine of life and his ethic of non-violent resistance.

CTH 6691
Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm
3

Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm

This course is a comparison and contrast, as well as an examination of the life, works, and contributions of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X in America.

CTH 7701
Doctrine of the Brethren Church
3

Doctrine of the Brethren Church

This course considers the background and development of Brethren doctrine in the Brethren movement generally and The Brethren Church specifically. Attention is given to the beginnings in Anabaptism and Pietism and to how Brethren doctrine has developed from the eighteenth century to the present.

CTH 7702
Polity and Ordinances of the Brethren Church
2

Polity and Ordinances of the Brethren Church

This course examines the doctrine of the church from a Brethren and a Believers' Church perspective. It provides an overview of the organizational structure of the Brethren Church at the local, district and national levels. Consideration is given to both the doctrine and practice of the ordinances.

CTH 7704
Doctrine of the United Methodist Church
2

Doctrine of the United Methodist Church

This course surveys doctrine within the United Methodist heritage, beginning with the Wesleys to the present, with attention to the major doctrinal concerns that have characterized Methodism historically. Approximately half of the course is devoted to foundational aspects of Wesleyan theology. (Fulfills the United Methodist Doctrine requirement stated in the UM Discipline [2012], Par. 324.4).

CTH 7720
Theology of a Selected Writer
3

Theology of a Selected Writer

The person, works and topics to be studied will be announced. This course will focus on the life, thought, perspective and contribution of the particular thinker chosen.

CTH 7725
Selected Pietist Thinkers
3

Selected Pietist Thinkers

This course uses a seminar format to investigate the writings of some of the most influential Pietist leaders Johann Arndt, Phillip Jakob Spener, August Herman Francke, Gottfried Arnold, Johann Albrecht Bengel, Nicholas Ludwig von Zinzendorf, Theodorus Jacobus Frelinghuysen, for example.

CTH 7740
Studies in Liberalism and Fundamentalism
3

Studies in Liberalism and Fundamentalism

The course provides an overview of the liberal-fundamentalist controversy in America that raged during the first third of the twentieth century. American Christianity during the nineteenth century will be studied as a background for the controversy. Attention will be given to the history of the controversy, the major issues of debate, and the leading figures on both sides of the conflict.

CTH 7745
Eschatology in America
3

Eschatology in America

A survey of the significant eschatological views in America from the seventeenth century to the present. Consideration will be given to the historical roots of the views, the impulses which fostered their appearance, growth, decline and their impact on the broader life and thought of the Christian church.

CTH 7750
History and Thought of the Christian Peace Position
3

History and Thought of the Christian Peace Position

This course focuses on those individuals and groups, especially Anabaptist, who have contributed to the peace position in the Christian church. Consideration will be given both to the history of and a biblical and theological rationale for the Christian peace witness.

CTH 7753
Beauty in Theology and Worship
3

Beauty in Theology and Worship

This class explores the various dimensions of what has been called theological aesthetics or the "glory of God." It will include the examination of historical and contemporary expressions of this theme and will assess its appropriateness for a theological foundation of worship. In addition, the formative role of aesthetics in the life of the Christian will be explored. In addition to addressing the theological/philosophical aspects of aesthetics, various forms of expressing beauty through art will be examined.

CTH 7757
Contemporary Readings in Theology and Ethics
3

Contemporary Readings in Theology and Ethics

This course will explore contemporary issues in theology and ethics through critical and intensive readings of select authors. The goal is to attain greater awareness of the way in which contemporary realities present ethical questions to theological categories and ideologies. The course will rely on students' abilities to read texts critically, to engage in theological reflection and formation, to participate in informed interaction based on the readings, and to integrate course readings with other academic disciplines. It is highly recommended that students have at least one course in theology.

CTH 7765
Race, Gender, Class, Sexuality and the Bible
3

Race, Gender, Class, Sexuality and the Bible

A graduate seminar that focuses specifically on the intersection surrounding race, gender, sexuality and the Bible. It is part of a substitution theory of post-colonial biblical interpretation that takes seriously the hermeneutical shift from centering to decentering the politics of interpretation. A great deal of emphasis is placed on reading, reflection and dialogue.

CTH 7775
Theology of Suffering, Reconciliation and Forgiveness
3

Theology of Suffering, Reconciliation and Forgiveness

A study of the theology of suffering and pain together with the Christian response of grace and hope. Examination of biblical and theological sources such as the book of Job, Karl Barth, C.S. Lewis and Jurgen Moltmann.

CTH 7798
Senior Seminar
3

Senior Seminar

This course provides the capstone experience for students enrolled in the Master of Arts (Historical and Theological Studies) program. Students will write a seminar paper presenting the results of their investigation of a particular historical or theological problem. If there are not enough students to populate a regular class, students will write their papers in the context of either an advanced-level elective course or an independent study project. In either case, students will also be expected to present and discuss their projects at a gathering of other MA (HTS) students and faculty during the late Spring.

CTH 7799
Thesis
3

Thesis

This course represents the credit awarded for the successful completion of a master's thesis. Students will consult regularly with their thesis advisors through the drafting and revising process until the thesis advisor determines that the thesis is acceptable. Students will then present the results of their research to fellow students and members of the department during May of the year they graduate.

CTH/CWP 6655
Church, Ministry and Sacraments
3

Church, Ministry and Sacraments

A study of the doctrine of the church, its ministry and its sacraments in light of Scripture, history and the contemporary milieu. Discussion of the church in ecumenical perspective will lead to consideration of baptism, the Lord's Supper and ministry in recent dialogue.

CTH/CWP 7753
Beauty in Theology and Worship
3

Beauty in Theology and Worship

This class explores the various dimensions of what has been called theological aesthetics or the "glory of God." It will include the examination of historical and contemporary expressions of this theme and will assess its appropriateness for a theological foundation of worship. In addition, the formative role of aesthetics in the life of the Christian will be explored. In addition to addressing the theological/philosophical aspects of aesthetics, various forms of expressing beauty through art will be examined.

CTH/ETH 6670
Christian Apologetics
3

Christian Apologetics

An introduction to issues surrounding the defense of the faith, with an emphasis up on practical methodology.

CTH/ETH 7757
Contemporary Readings in Theology and Ethics
3

Contemporary Readings in Theology and Ethics

This course will explore contemporary issues in theology and ethics through critical and intensive readings of select authors. The goal is to attain greater awareness of the way in which contemporary realities present ethical questions to theological categories and ideologies. The course will rely on students' abilities to read texts critically, to engage in theological reflection and formation, to participate in informed interaction based on the readings, and to integrate course readings with other academic disciplines. It is highly recommended that students have at least one course in theology.

CTH/PTS 7701
Doctrine of the Brethren Church
2

Doctrine of the Brethren Church

This course considers the background and development of Brethren doctrine in the Brethren movement generally and The Brethren Church specifically. Attention is given to the beginnings in Anabaptism and Pietism and to how Brethren doctrine has developed from the eighteenth century to the present.

CTH/PTS 7702
Polity and Ordinances of the Brethren Church
2

Polity and Ordinances of the Brethren Church

This course examines the doctrine of the church from a Brethren and a Believers’ Church perspective. It provides an overview of the organizational structure of the Brethren Church at the local, district and national levels. Consideration is given to both the doctrine and practice of the ordinances. (Required of all Brethren M.Div. Students)

CTH/PTS 7704
Doctrine of the United Methodist Church
2

Doctrine of the United Methodist Church

This course surveys doctrine within the United Methodist heritage, beginning with the Wesleys to the present, with attention to the major doctrinal concerns that have characterized Methodism historically. Approximately half of the course is devoted to foundational aspects of Wesleyan theology. (Fulfills the United Methodist Doctrine requirement stated in the UM Discipline [2012], Par. 324.4).

CTH/PTS 7707
Doctrine of the ___Church
2

Doctrine of the ___Church

This is a course to satisfy various denominational standards in history, doctrine, and polity and can be arranged through the Academic Dean's office.

CTH/SPF 7775
Theology of Suffering, Reconciliation and Forgiveness
3

Theology of Suffering, Reconciliation and Forgiveness

A study of the theology of suffering and pain together with the Christian response of grace and hope. Examination of biblical and theological sources such as the book of Job, Karl Barth, C.S. Lewis and Jurgen Moltmann.

CWP 5512
Worship and the Community of God
3

Worship and the Community of God

This course is an introduction to the liturgical life of the Christian faith. Building upon the foundations of the Bible, Christian tradition, and theology, the course provides the necessary information for a robust understanding of Christian corporate worship. In addition, this course examines the ways in which worship plays a fundamental role in forming and sustaining the community of faith. It also presents students the opportunity to acquire and practice the skills that are necessary to plan and lead meaningful corporate worship. (Ministry Cohort Course)

CWP 5515
Chapel Choir Participation
1

Chapel Choir Participation

This ensemble experience is offered as an opportunity for personal growth and ministry. Requirements include a weekly rehearsal and ministry at Monday chapel services. A total of 4 hours of credit may be applied toward graduation. There is no charge for this credit, even if the total hours of credit in a given semester exceed 12 hours.

CWP 6655
Church, Ministry and Sacraments
3

Church, Ministry and Sacraments

A study of the doctrine of the church, its ministry and its sacraments in light of Scripture, history and the contemporary milieu. Discussion of the church in ecumenical perspective will lead to consideration of baptism, the Lord's Supper and ministry in recent dialogue.

CWP 7753
Beauty in Theology and Worship
3

Beauty in Theology and Worship

This class explores the various dimensions of what has been called theological aesthetics or the "glory of God." It will include the examination of historical and contemporary expressions of this theme and will assess its appropriateness for a theological foundation of worship. In addition, the formative role of aesthetics in the life of the Christian will be explored. In addition to addressing the theological/philosophical aspects of aesthetics, various forms of expressing beauty through art will be examined.

DMB 900
The Black Church and the Bible
5

The Black Church and the Bible

This course will examine traditional and non-traditional approaches to biblical interpretation in order to determine how the Black Church can use the Bible as a tool of liberation in order to address the ills that afflict oppressed people.

DMB 906
The Major Prophets and the Black Church in the 21st Century
5

The Major Prophets and the Black Church in the 21st Century

This course will examine traditional and non-traditional approaches to biblical interpretation in order to determine how the Black Church can use the Bible as a tool of liberation in order to address the ills that afflict oppressed people.

DMB 910
The Black Church and Church History
5

The Black Church and Church History

This course will examine historical personalities, institutions, and movements in the black experience in an effort to discover paradigms, structures, and characteristics that will help make the institution of the Black Church and its leaders liberators of oppressed people.

DMB 920
The Black Church and Culture
5

The Black Church and Culture

This course will examine the intersection of the Black Church and culture in a variety of settings and times to explore how each affects the other. It will examine issues of power, character, personalities, and major events in order to access how the Black Church can best affect change in its culture.

DMB 924
What Is Black Church Studies
5

What Is Black Church Studies

This course will examine the intersection of the Black Church and culture in a variety of settings and times to explore how each affects the other. It will examine issues of power, character, personalities, and major events in order to access how the Black Church can best affect change in its culture.

DMB 925
What Is Black Church Studies? - Pt. II
5

What Is Black Church Studies? - Pt. II

DMB 930
The Black Church and Ministry
5

The Black Church and Ministry

This course will examine the intersection of the Black Church and ministry through a variety of ministerial applications such as mission, spiritual formation, faith-based initiatives, youth, family, economic development, counseling, music, and a host of others.

DMB 940
The Black Church and Preaching
5

The Black Church and Preaching

This course will examine the dynamics of black preaching and preachers in the history of the black experience in order to assess the role and power of preaching to liberate the oppressed. It will examine models, styles, personalities, structures, and content.

DMB 950
The Black Church and Theology/Ethics
5

The Black Church and Theology/Ethics

This course will examine theological and ethical approaches and voices, such as black theology, womanist theology, as well as other marginalized approaches and voices in order to construct a moral discourse that aids the Black Church in its theological and ethical formulations for the purpose of liberation.

DMB 989
The Black Church Studies Research and Design Seminar
5

The Black Church Studies Research and Design Seminar

This seminar will help the student prepare the proposal for their final project document. It will address research approaches, project design, and document structure.

DMB 990
The Black Church Studies Project
5

The Black Church Studies Project

You will carry out the strategic plan outlined in your proposal, implementing your project and assessing the results. Your project may apply the principles you've learned through teaching, process, or model. Or, your project may seek to explore the principles you have learned in their actual use in ministry. You will report your project in a final document. A "Final Document Symposium" will provide specific instruction and support for reporting your findings. The document will be reviewed at your final exam.

DMB 9900
What Is Black Church Studies?
4

What Is Black Church Studies?

This course will examine the enduring institution and changing dynamics of the Black Church from its inception in America to present. Particular focus is given to its changing history, theology and interpretation of the Bible. It further examines the importance of the Black Church in the life of the community and its people.

DMB 9901
Contesting Identities
4

Contesting Identities

DMB 9902
African Americans and the Bible: Reading the Folk and the Text
4

African Americans and the Bible: Reading the Folk and the Text

DMB 9903
Frontier Issues in African American Biblical Hermeneutics
4

Frontier Issues in African American Biblical Hermeneutics

DMB 9904
Major Prophets and the Black Church
4

Major Prophets and the Black Church

This course will help students explore the books and ministries of ancient Israel’s three major prophets (Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel) as sources of Christian teaching, preaching, ministry and to examine the role and nature of the modern prophetic voice in contemporary discourse.

DMB 9905
Afrocentrism and the Changing Landscape of Biblical Interpretation
4

Afrocentrism and the Changing Landscape of Biblical Interpretation

DMB 9906
Womanist Hermeneutics
4

Womanist Hermeneutics

This course is a general introduction to womanist hermeneutics and thought. Womanist scholars distinguish themselves from white feminist scholars and black male theologians by interpreting texts and contexts through the lens of black female experiences and sources. Major attention will be given to the hermeneutical methodology and interdisciplinary sources womanist use to interrogate Bible and context in addressing contemporary issues like racism, sexism, classism, and sexuality.

DMB 9907
Politics of Jesus and the Black Church
4

Politics of Jesus and the Black Church

This course will interrogate the words and works of Jesus, the socio-political and socio-economic dynamics of his challenge to disciples and religious structures in an effort to challenge the Black Church to engage same to alter the contemporary discourse and existential plight of the marginalized.

DMB 9910
The Black Church and the Legacy of MLK, Jr.
4

The Black Church and the Legacy of MLK, Jr.

DMB 9911
The Black Church in the Post Civil Rights Era
4

The Black Church in the Post Civil Rights Era

DMB 9912
Keeping the Faith Differently
4

Keeping the Faith Differently

DMB 9913
Primary and Secondary Readings in African American Religious History
4

Primary and Secondary Readings in African American Religious History

This course will focus on the reading of primary documents in the African American religious tradition in the 19th and early 20th Century. The texts reflects a sampling of writing that reflect what Vincent Harding has called in his book, There is a River, the radical stream within the African American religious tradition, there have been ebbs and tides of this tradition. Lectures, readings, presentations and discussions will focus on various topics including: the rise of independent black Protestant churches; gender relationships within African-American religion; the relationship of religion and culture; nationalism versus integration; race relations in American church life; and religion and politics in black American churches.

DMB 9914
African Religious Retentions in Gullah Christianity
4

African Religious Retentions in Gullah Christianity

DMB 9915
Praying Grounds: Religion and African American Social History
4

Praying Grounds: Religion and African American Social History

This course will focus on the reading, analysis, and discussion of books and other documents related to the study of African American religious traditions with an emphasis on the 19th and 20th centuries. Assigned readings will consider the intersection of religion with race, class, and gender issues in African American history.

DMB 9920
The Black Church as Cultural Production
4

The Black Church as Cultural Production

DMB 9921
The Black Church and the Image Making Challenge vs. Technolocial Humanity
4

The Black Church and the Image Making Challenge vs. Technolocial Humanity

DMB 9930
The Black Church, Public Policy and Social Justice
4

The Black Church, Public Policy and Social Justice

DMB 9931
Black Church, Family and Faith-Based Ministry
4

Black Church, Family and Faith-Based Ministry

DMB 9932
Black Church and the Call to Ministry
4

Black Church and the Call to Ministry

DMB 9933
Wealth, Poverty and Black Church Alignments
4

Wealth, Poverty and Black Church Alignments

This course is designed to expose participants to social distortions and inequalities stemming from America’s economic structures and systems, and to interrogate African American church responses to the American socio-economic context. In exploring this, the course will assess Black Church relational and programmatic alignments with the poor at neighborhood levels; Black Church socio-cultural perspectives pertaining to normative social lifestyles, attitudes toward work, and family structures; and Black Church political and public policy alignments bearing on their relationship with the poor.

DMB 9934
Prophetic Proclamation
4

Prophetic Proclamation

This course is designed to provide a survey and analysis of the development of Prophetic Proclamation from biblical days up until the present day. Special emphasis will be given to Prophetic Proclamation as found in the black religious experience and the preaching of African and African-descended preachers within the Christian faith, both on the continent of Africa and in the African Diaspora.

DMB 9935
The Black Church, Ministry and Criminal Justics
4

The Black Church, Ministry and Criminal Justics

DMB 9936
Pedagogies of Liberation
4

Pedagogies of Liberation

DMB 9940
Black Preaching: Past, Present and Future
4

Black Preaching: Past, Present and Future

DMB 9950
The Political Economy of Misery
4

The Political Economy of Misery

DMB 9951
Forged in the Fiery Furnace: African American Spirituality
4

Forged in the Fiery Furnace: African American Spirituality

This course provides an introduction to and overview of the more than 400 year spiritual journey of African Americans in the United States. Beginning with the spirituality of their ancestors in Africa itself, we explore how that spirituality was brought to the United States and, forged in the furnace of the Middle Passage, slavery, Reconstruction, Jim Crow and the Civil Rights and other liberation movements, developed into a spiritual foundation that enabled African Americans to embrace Christianity and persevere in their struggle towards freedom and full citizenship in the United States.

DMB 9952
Ethical Leadership and Black Church Traditions
4

Ethical Leadership and Black Church Traditions

This course is designed to acquaint students with major figures, movements, and issues in African American theological and ethical traditions with particular emphasis on leadership. The course explores theoretical concerns within respective traditions and offers a forum for practical engagement with contemporary problems associated with African American church life and culture.

DMB 9953
What it Means to Be Human
4

What it Means to Be Human

DMB 9954
Black Church and Theology: Music and Justice
4

Black Church and Theology: Music and Justice

DMB 9955
The Black Church and the Legacy of James Cone
4

The Black Church and the Legacy of James Cone

DMB 9957
Understanding and Transforming the Black Church
4

Understanding and Transforming the Black Church

DMB 9958
Christian Social Ethics and Black Church Traditions
4

Christian Social Ethics and Black Church Traditions

DMB 9990
Directed Study in Black Church Studies
4

Directed Study in Black Church Studies

DMB 9997
Black Church Research/Design Seminar
3

Black Church Research/Design Seminar

This seminar will help the student prepare the proposal for their final project document. It will address research approaches, project design, and document structure.

DMB 9997
Black Church Research/Design Seminar
4

Black Church Research/Design Seminar

DMB 9998
Black Church Studies DMin Project Continuation

Black Church Studies DMin Project Continuation

DMB 9999
Black Church Studies Project
4

Black Church Studies Project

You will carry out the strategic plan outlined in your proposal, implementing your project and assessing the results. Your project may apply the principles you've learned through teaching, process, or model. Or, your project may seek to explore the principles you have learned in their actual use in ministry. You will report your project in a final document. A "Final Document Symposium" will provide specific instruction and support for reporting your findings. The document will be reviewed at your final exam.

DMB 9999
Black Church Studies Project

Black Church Studies Project

DMN 9909
Technology for Angel Course

Technology for Angel Course

DMN 9911
Formational Hermeneutics
4

Formational Hermeneutics

This course explores the interpretation of Scripture for the purpose of personal and ministry formation. Students will be challenged to develop a self-aware, consistent hermeneutic that integrates responsible interpretation with personal transformation. They will apply this hermeneutic to their own ministry contexts to enrich their use of Scripture in preaching, teaching, and spiritual formation.

DMN 9912
People in Relationship to God
4

People in Relationship to God

This course will acquaint the student with the biblical, theological, historical, and contemporary dimensions of the church. The focus is on the leadership and spiritual formation aspects of the church's life. The student will come to a deeper understanding of the nature and mission of the church and experience unique elements that make the church community of Christ.

DMN 9913
Leading the Church in the 21st Century
4

Leading the Church in the 21st Century

This course will focus on selected issues facing Christian leaders in an ever-changing world. Particular attention will be given to understanding the context in which the student lives and serves and how to develop effective forms of ministry that remain faithful to biblical principles, while being relevant, incarnational in approach, and culturally sensitive in presentation. The relationship between spiritual formation and leadership development will be included.

DMN 9921
Biblical Foundations of Formational Counseling
4

Biblical Foundations of Formational Counseling

The student who successfully completes this course will be able to develop a biblical and theological foundation for the work of formational counseling. They will be equipped to integrate the principles and practices of formational counseling with the relevant theological and biblical themes, most notably the concepts of brokenness, healing, grace, authority, and community. The student will be able to practice formational counseling from a strong biblical and theological base.

DMN 9922
Healing Prayer and the Formational Counselor
4

Healing Prayer and the Formational Counselor

Students will explore the biblical, historical, and practical aspects of healing and well being, as well as learn to integrate the Spirit-directed ministry of formational prayer into the formational counselor's commitment to helping the broken person. Students will explore the process of formational prayer and the relationship that past woundings and traumatic events have upon dysfunctional behavior and emotional upheaval.

DMN 9923
Self-Care and the Formational Counselor
4

Self-Care and the Formational Counselor

The demands of formational counseling strain the body and soul. This course addresses the issues connected with maintaining the caregiver’s total well-being. Serving as a foundation for future courses, Self Care and the Formational Counselor will examine a variety of requirements for acquiring and maintaining physical, emotional and spiritual vitality. Particular attention will be given to the pilgrimage toward wholeness God has for us in Christ. This course will include a psychological assessment and personal interview for each student.

DMN 9924
The Formational Counselor as Prophet, Priest, and Storyteller
4

The Formational Counselor as Prophet, Priest, and Storyteller

This course will expose students to the ministry of spiritual direction as it relates to formational counseling. Particular attention will be given to the biblical roles of prophet, priest, and storyteller, as each relates to helping broken people find hope and healing in Jesus Christ. Historical considerations relative to spiritual direction will be discussed as well as the practical application of spiritual direction in the ministry of formational counseling.

DMN 9925
Special Issues in Formational Counseling
4

Special Issues in Formational Counseling

Formational counseling seeks to integrate pastoral care, spiritual direction, Spirit-directed counseling primarily focused on the use of formational prayers. Providing care to broken people in this way will bring the caregiver into contact with persons of deep woundedness. It is therefore crucial that the Formational counselor have at least a rudimentary understanding of the empirical clinical literature regarding the common syndromes which they will most often encounter. In this course students will learn from the integration of clinical information about Personality Disorders and Mood and Anxiety Disorders with the practice of Formational Counseling. An intentional focus will be maintenance of a scope of practice within the ethical and legal standards of state and local statues. In addition general diagnostic categories, and functional use of Spiritual Disciplines in the application of Formational Counseling will be topics of discussion.

DMN 9926
Formational Counseling in Small Groups
4

Formational Counseling in Small Groups

Students will explore the transformational elements of Christian community as expressed in small groups that gather for healing care and formational prayer. Built upon biblical, psychological, and historical principles, students will learn to facilitate small groups in a practicum structure during the two week class intensive. A specific curriculum will be used as the vehicle for learning during this experience.

DMN 9929
Self-Directed Study
4

Self-Directed Study

DMN 9930
Wesleyan Spirituality
4

Wesleyan Spirituality

DMN 9931
Biblical Engagement
4

Biblical Engagement

DMN 9932
Incarnational Leadership
4

Incarnational Leadership

DMN 9933
Accountable Discipleship
4

Accountable Discipleship

DMN 9934
Passionate Worship
4

Passionate Worship

DMN 9935
Missional Community
4

Missional Community

DMN 9941
Formational Guidance
4

Formational Guidance

This course will expose the student to the disciplines that enhance an intimate pursuit of God's embrace, including the history and practice of spiritual direction, formative prayer, and formational reading of God's Word. The practice of direction will be included as part of the class experience.

DMN 9943
Special Topics/Spiritual Formation
4

Special Topics/Spiritual Formation

DMN 9945
Spirituality of Henri Nouwen
4

Spirituality of Henri Nouwen

This course will expose the student to the writings of the great contemporary spiritual writer and master, Henri Nouwen. The class will foster a depth of understanding of themes of the spiritual life from Nouwen's works. Topics such as God, Christ, prayer, silence, community, ministry, church, and world will be addressed. Students will integrate Nouwen's spiritual themes into some aspect of their ministry context.

DMN 9946
Biblical/Theological/Historical Foundations of Spiritual Formation
4

Biblical/Theological/Historical Foundations of Spiritual Formation

DMN 9947
Discipleship as Life in Kingdom of God: Spirituality of Dallas Willard
4

Discipleship as Life in Kingdom of God: Spirituality of Dallas Willard

DMN 9960
Political Reality and Spiritual Leadership
4

Political Reality and Spiritual Leadership

To deepen and cultivate participant's knowledge of spiritual renewal theologically, historically and to practically equip them to experience, lead, prepare and organize the local church for renewal.

DMN 9961
Organizing for Spiritual Renewal
4

Organizing for Spiritual Renewal

To deepen and cultivate participant's knowledge of spiritual renewal theologically, historically and to practically equip them to experience, lead, prepare and organize the local church for renewal.

DMN 9962
Leading Profound Change
4

Leading Profound Change

In a broken turbulent world change is an inevitable reality of leadership - both the leader and those led by a leader are all subject to the winds of change. Change can be both positive and negative, affecting all involved in the process internally and externally. Leading change requires the articulation of an authentic vision that motivates and casts direction. A vision must be cast in truthfulness and not deny the present realities of one's ministry setting. Rather than seeking to develop the "Hero-Pastor," this class will teach the Pastor-leader to mobilize a community of leaders, who will together become deeply involved in the formation of shared vision resulting in profound change or transformation of the church community.

DMN 9963
Special Topics/Transformational Leadersip
4

Special Topics/Transformational Leadersip

DMN 9990
Independent Study
4

Independent Study

DMN 9991
Independent Study
4

Independent Study

DMN 9992
Independent Study
4

Independent Study

DMN 9995
Literature Review
4

Literature Review

DMN 9996
Research Proposal Seminar
4

Research Proposal Seminar

DMN 9997
Dissertation Writing Seminar
4

Dissertation Writing Seminar

DMN 9998
DMin Project Continuation

DMin Project Continuation

DMN 9999
DMin Project

DMin Project

ETH 5530
Christian Ethics
3

Christian Ethics

This course assists students to reflect on moral issues through the perspective of Christian faith and discipleship, by developing responses and practices of justice that bear witness to the full scope of the kingdom of God when applied to a variety of ethical concerns.

ETH 6619
History of Christian Ethical Thought
3

History of Christian Ethical Thought

This course is designed to provide students with an overview of the history and development of Christian ethical thought and practices from the early church to today.

ETH 6650
Advanced Ethics
3

Advanced Ethics

This course provides an in depth and focused study of contemporary ethical issues and Christian moral responses. This course may be taught in conjunction with CHP 6650, in which case chaplaincy students complete the normal requirements for that 2 hour course.

ETH 6670
Christian Apologetics
3

Christian Apologetics

An introduction to issues surrounding the defense of the faith, with an emphasis up on practical methodology.

ETH 6672
Christian Social Ethics
3

Christian Social Ethics

This course provides an overview of historical and contemporary models for understanding the relationship of the Church to society along with presenting theological foundations for social engagement. Particular attention will be given to theological and missional understandings of the Church's commitments to social justice, the challenges of political involvement, prophetic critiques of "the powers and principalities," and various ways of responding to social ethical issues from the perspective of Christian faith. Practical application will be made to current issues.

ETH 6673
Global Ethics
3

Global Ethics

We live in a world of compressed interdependence and interaction between local and global contexts so that ethical issues impact all who share this planet. This course provides biblical, theological and missional frameworks for fostering global moral concern by the Church for the world. We will analyze macro-ethical issues, such as care for creation, economics, poverty, disease, religious violence and terrorism, and develop practical strategies of response for local congregations.

ETH 7757
Contemporary Readings in Theology and Ethics
3

Contemporary Readings in Theology and Ethics

This course will explore contemporary issues in theology and ethics through critical and intensive readings of select authors. The goal is to attain greater awareness of the way in which contemporary realities present ethical questions to theological categories and ideologies. The course will rely on students' abilities to read texts critically, to engage in theological reflection and formation, to participate in informed interaction based on the readings, and to integrate course readings with other academic disciplines. It is highly recommended that students have at least one course in theology.

ETH 7772
Spiritual Formation and Social Activism
3

Spiritual Formation and Social Activism

This course is designed to integrate theology and ethics with spiritual and moral formation. By looking at select writers, concepts, processes and aims of spiritual formation, and by exploring and participating in social activism as both a means and expression of spiritual formation, we will attempt to move toward a more holistic spirituality and morality that takes seriously the call to “do justice, love mercy and walk humbly with God” (Micah 6:8).

ETH 7792
Conference/Seminar in Ethics
1

Conference/Seminar in Ethics

Credit is available for those who attend approved conferences and seminars. Students should check with the department chairperson of the respective department for reading and writing requirements associated with attendance at approved conferences and seminars.

ETH 7794
Independent Study in Ethics
3

Independent Study in Ethics

Independent Studies are designed to cover specialized material not usually included in a course offering listed in the catalog.

ETH/CHS/CTH 6619
History of Christian Ethical Thought
3

History of Christian Ethical Thought

This course is designed to provide students with an overview of the history and development of Christian ethical thought and practices from the early church to today.

EVG 5513
Evangelistic Practices
3

Evangelistic Practices

This course explores the praxis of evangelism from the context of the individual faith-sharer and the local church. The course examines the biblical, theological, and historical foundations for evangelism, church growth, and church planting to include various concepts, models, techniques, and methods used by disciple-making congregations. Students will also explore how the local church partners in world evangelization.

EVG 7710
Power Encounter in Ministry and Missions
3

Power Encounter in Ministry and Missions

Explores the biblical concepts of spiritual power as they relate to God, Christ, the Holy Spirit, angels, Satan and demons, clarifying the influence of world views which accept or reject the concepts of the presence of spiritual power. It deals with spiritual warfare as it affects the personal lives of Christians and as it is encountered cross-culturally in bringing people from the control of Satan to commitment to God.

EVG 7726
Navigating the Multi-Faith Context
3

Navigating the Multi-Faith Context

This course explores religion and how various faith traditions practice it. Students will learn numerous ways to study and define religion. The course will help students effectively engage practitioners of other faiths in terms of a given ministry setting. The course gives attention to major world religions, Atheism, and New Religious Movements like the Latter Day Saints and Jehovah Witnesses. Additionally, the course examines the impact of religion on American life.

EVG/CHP/MSS 7726
Navigating the Multi-Faith Context
3

Navigating the Multi-Faith Context

This course explores religion and how various faith traditions practice it. Students will learn numerous ways to study and define religion. The course will help students effectively engage practitioners of other faiths in terms of a given ministry setting. The course gives attention to major world religions, Atheism, and New Religious Movements like the Latter Day Saints and Jehovah Witnesses. Additionally, the course examines the impact of religion on American life.

FLD 6601
Field Study Introduction
1

Field Study Introduction

This course introduces students to the Field Study program and helps them launch into their Field Study at a Field Site with a Field Mentor. Class includes one face-to-face Orientation Seminar to prepare students for online learning and the rigors of self-directed field education. 50 hours of field ministry required.

FLD 6602
Field Study 2
.50

Field Study 2

This course continues the work begun in FLD 6601 Field Study Introduction. Students will continue to broaden and deepen their experience in ministry as they work at their Field Site and meet with their Field Mentor. 75 hours of field ministry required.

Prerequisites

FLD 6601

FLD 6603
Field Study 3
.50

Field Study 3

Students will continue to develop in their chosen ministry as they work at their Field Site with their Field Mentor. After completing FLD 6603, MAPT, MAPCC, and MASF students may register for FLD 6610 Field Study Capstone. 75 hours of field ministry required.

Prerequisites

FLD 6602

FLD 6604
Field Study 4
.50

Field Study 4

This course allows M.Div. students to delve deeper into ministry practice. Students will continue in their Field Study with their Field Mentor as they maximize their strengths and develop their growth areas. 75 hours of field ministry required.

Prerequisites

FLD 6603

FLD 6605
Field Study 5
.50

Field Study 5

This course allows MDIV students to delve deeper into ministry practice. Students will continue in their Field Study with their Field Mentor as they maximize their strengths and develop their growth areas. A portion of the field hours in this class will be used to complete an advanced ministry project in the context of their Field Study. 75 hours of field ministry required.

Prerequisites

FLD 6604

FLD 6610
Field Study Capstone
1

Field Study Capstone

Students conclude their Field Study through final evaluation and reflection upon their entire seminary experience. The Capstone experience for Field Study includes writing a Case Study, compiling a Capstone Portfolio, and arranging a Graduation Interview with a team of ministerial, personal, and academic mentors. Graduation interviews must be completed by November 15th for December graduation and by April 15th for May graduation. 50 hours of field ministry required.

Prerequisites

FLD 6603 OR FLD 6605

FLD 6697
Student Pastorate Credit
1

Student Pastorate Credit

The student assumes chief responsibility for the needs of a local congregation. Supervision procedures are under the direction of the Director of Field Education.

FLD 6698
Internship Credit
1

Internship Credit

Extended learning experiences are offered in churches and other institutions. Supervision should be arranged by the Director of Field Education.

HOM 5511
Proclaiming the Word of God
3

Proclaiming the Word of God

This is the foundational course on preaching. It is concerned with both the construction and delivery of sermons. It involves the important relationship that preaching has with exegesis, theology, and hermeneutics. Special attention is given to the practice of expository preaching as well as the formation of a spiritual life necessary to vitalize and sustain preaching throughout one's ministry. The creative dimensions of sermon-making such as rhetorical device and illustration will receive attention. Each student will preach in this course.

HOM 6613
Preaching in Contemporary Context
3

Preaching in Contemporary Context

HOM 6615
Preaching in the Black Tradition
3

Preaching in the Black Tradition

This course is intended to introduce students to the history of the black preaching tradition in the United States, and to the various forms of preaching that are presently employed by black preachers throughout the country. The primary emphasis will be on the rich diversity of form and content that falls under the term “Black Preaching.” This is not a how-to course that promises students that they will be able to preach in a certain way. Preaching is an art form and a system of work and study habits that each person must develop and refine over time. This course is meant to offer wide exposure to the concepts and definitions of Black Preaching.

HOM 6617
Oral Communication
3

Oral Communication

This course is designed to provide students with multiple opportunities for oral communication in the context of Christian worship. Each student will preach twice in the class setting. Students will also be called upon to publicly read from selected portions of Scripture, pronounce calls to worship, lead in the reading of an appropriate church confession or statement of faith, and lead the class in spoken prayer.

HOM 6618
Preaching from the Old Testament
3

Preaching from the Old Testament

This course is designed to introduce students to the challenges and opportunities of preaching from the various literary genres of the Old Testament. The course will focus on the major personalities, theological themes, and defining historical events of the Old Testament. Time will also be spent focusing on the points of continuity and discontinuity between the Old and New Testament.

HOM 6695
Preaching Practicum
3

Preaching Practicum

This follow-up course to HOM 5511 assumes all of the skills and readings that were presented there. The focus in the practicum is to build upon the exegetical, sermon delivery and other skills that students encountered in HOM 5511.

HOM 7700
Conference/Seminar in Preaching
1

Conference/Seminar in Preaching

Credit is available for those who attend approved conferences and seminars. Students should check with the department chairperson for reading and writing requirements associated with attendance at approved conferences and seminars.

HOM 7795
Independent Study in Homiletics
3

Independent Study in Homiletics

Independent Studies are designed to cover specialized material not usually included in a course offering listed in the catalog.

ITS 5500
STEP ONE Platform
Pass/Fail

STEP ONE Platform

This 5-week introductory, online, non-credit platform that will set the student on pace for a thriving Seminary journey by exposing them to several tools necessary for success. Student will have an opportunity to give feedback on their experience as an entering new student through the ESQ (Entering Student Questionnaire). Student will complete a writing assessment to gain a better understanding of what is necessary for academic writing success at Ashland. Opportunity will be given to each student to learn how to navigate through an online format via a LMS (Learning Management System). Participation in online dialogue with fellow students, devotions, email correspondence, videos, and special readings are all a part of this introductory platform. Additionally, we are excited to be able to offer an opportunity for the student to complete a personality assessment to discover personal strengths and preferences that will enhance a deeper knowledge of one's self. This will be achieved through a one on one meeting with a certified MBTI (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator) practitioner about the results of their personality assessment and its integration with their learning style, family life, relationships and career goals. Lastly, each student will be assigned to an academic advisor who will put together a MAP (My Advising Plan) for an appropriate and successful educational journey at ATS.

MSS 5501
Kingdom Mission in a Global Community
3

Kingdom Mission in a Global Community

This course presents the mission of God (mission Dei) and lays biblical, theological, and practical foundations for its conceptualization. It also exposes students to the worldwide context as it explores issues related to Christian missions, the intersection of Christianity and world religions, and the global church.

MSS 6611
History of Missions
3

History of Missions

A survey of the expansion of Christianity from a global perspective. The course emphasizes the Great Commission, the example of the New Testament Church, critical factors and themes in each historical era, the genesis of Protestant missions, influential missionaries, and the modern missionary movement including the major missionary conferences of the 20th century.

MSS 6613
Cultural Competencies
3

Cultural Competencies

This course emphasizes the idea of culture as it uses the disciplines of cultural anthropology, cross-cultural communication, and sociology to help students develop cultural competencies that will inform how they practice ministry in the multi-cultural context of a given ministry setting. The course emphasizes cultural knowledge, cultural awareness, and cultural encounters. The course utilizes case studies, self-assessment, and participant observation.

MSS 6621
Global Ethics
3

Global Ethics

We live in a world of compressed interdependence and interaction between local and global contexts so that ethical issues impact all who share this planet. This course provides biblical, theological and missional frameworks for fostering global moral concern by the Church for the world. We will analyze macro-ethical issues, such as care for creation, economics, poverty, disease, religious violence and terrorism, and develop practical strategies of response for local congregations.

MSS 7726
Navigating the Multi-Faith Context
3

Navigating the Multi-Faith Context

This course explores religion and how various faith traditions practice it. Students will learn numerous ways to study and define religion. The course will help students effectively engage practitioners of other faiths in terms of a given ministry setting. The course gives attention to major world religions, Atheism, and New Religious Movements like the Latter Day Saints and Jehovah Witnesses. Additionally, the course examines the impact of religion on American life.

MSS 7730
Introduction to Islam
3

Introduction to Islam

The course provides an overview of the development and content of major aspects of Islam to include: Qur'an, the life of Muhammad, Hadith, Sunni, Shiite, geography, early history, rituals, pillars, and its relation with Christians and Jews. The course helps students to understand the Islamic mind and way of thinking so that students can develop interpersonal skills and a knowledge base that will allow them to minister effectively with people of the Muslim faith.

MSS 7770
Conference/Seminar in Missions
1

Conference/Seminar in Missions

Credit is available for those who attend approved conferences and seminars. Students should check with the department chairperson for reading and writing requirements associated with attendance at approved conferences and seminars.

MSS 7789
Mission Field Internship
3

Mission Field Internship

Allows the placement of students in U.S. or overseas settings such as Bible school teaching, evangelism and church planting. Participating missionaries provide on site supervision and evaluation after an initial preparation seminar. Requires a full quarter or summer. An interactive diary is submitted at the end of the field experience.

NTS 5501
Biblical Greek 1
3

Biblical Greek 1

This is the first of a two-course sequence that trains students to use the original language of the New Testament competently for preaching, teaching, and study. Emphasis is placed on how the language works. Students are taught the principles of Greek grammar, a basic vocabulary, how to read the Greek New Testament, translation strategies, and the basic exegetical skills appropriate to the stages of their facility in the language.

NTS 5502
Biblical Greek 2
3

Biblical Greek 2

This is the second of a two-course sequence that trains students to use the original language of the New Testament competently for preaching, teaching, and study. Emphasis is placed on how the language works. Students are taught the principles of Greek grammar, a basic vocabulary, how to read the Greek New Testament, translation strategies, and the basic exegetical skills appropriate to the stages of their facility in the language.

Prerequisites

NTS 5501

NTS 5511
Introduction to the New Testament
3

Introduction to the New Testament

This course introduces students to the critical study and interpretation of the New Testament. The course focuses student on hearing the New Testament writings as pastoral responses shaped by and addressing first-century socio-historical settings. It includes exploration of their theological and narrative content, exposure to diverse interpretive approaches, and examination of literary, historical and cultural issues relevant to their interpretation.

Prerequisites

BSG 5501

NTS 6603
Gospel of Luke
3

Gospel of Luke

NTS 6605
Acts of the Apostles
3

Acts of the Apostles

As an introduction to the study of this New Testament book, attention will be given to literary and historical problems associated with it. The content will be studied as an integrated whole and an authentic report of the early history of the church.

NTS 6606
Romans
3

Romans

A careful and detailed study of the organization of the epistle, with attention to the development of Paul's thought. The relation of the book to the whole of Pauline theology will be noted. The importance of the book in the life of the church will be pointed out.

NTS 6607
Corinthian Correspondence
3

Corinthian Correspondence

This course is a careful and detailed study of Paul’s letters to the Corinthians with attention to the development of Paul’s thought. The relation of the books+ to the whole of Pauline theology will be noted along with an emphasis on the formational importance of the letters for modern Christian discipleship and community.

NTS 6617
Hebrews
3

Hebrews

Hebrews stands as a monument to early Christian reelection on the significance of the work of Jesus, his benefits, and the response to faith. Students will learn rhetorical analysis and cultural-anthropological analysis and apply these to a close reading of the Epistle to the Hebrews.

NTS 6622
Johannine Literature
3

Johannine Literature

The authorship, background, purpose, intended readers, methodology and theology will be studied for the Gospel and the Epistles of John. Special attention will be given to style and such key words as Messiah, Son of Man, Son of God, Logos, Paraclete, life, truth, faith, love, etc.

NTS 6623
Book of Revelation
3

Book of Revelation

This course explores the Book of Revelation as an attempt by the Jewish Christian prophet John to open his congregations' eyes to what Roman imperial politics, economy, and ideology look like in the light of God's claim upon all human beings and God's vision for human community, and thus to guide these congregations into a more faithful response to God and a clearer witness to the world. This reading becomes the basis for our application of John's model and challenge to twenty-first century Christians and congregations.

NTS 6624
Sermon on the Mount
3

Sermon on the Mount

Special attention will be devoted to this portion of Matthew's Gospel and the Lukan parallels. The form, context, and history of interpretation and application will be surveyed.

NTS 6625
Luke-Acts
3

Luke-Acts

This course will focus on Luke's two volume work, the Gospel of Luke and its sequel, The Acts of the Apostles. Attention will be given to literary and historical background of the two works as well as external, historical and internal literary evidence that supports the linking of the two books. This course will also engage the narrative, thematic, and theological content of each book.

NTS 6633
Pauline Theology
3

Pauline Theology

This course is a detailed exegetical survey of the major topics of Pauline theology set in the context of his eschatological world view. The implications of his theological thought for ethics will also be addressed without focusing primarily on the ethical material in the Pauline corpus.

NTS 6636
New Testament Christology
3

New Testament Christology

A detailed study of the doctrines of the person and work of Christ with special reference to the atonement. Special emphasis is given to its relation to the Trinity and theological motifs.

NTS 6637
New Testament Eschatology
3

New Testament Eschatology

Examination of selected and important passages will deal with the place of eschatology in the New Testament, the relation of the work of Christ to eschatology and the New Testament understanding of history.

NTS 6640
New Testament Backgrounds

New Testament Backgrounds

This course provides an overview of the social, economic, political, and religious arenas of the Greco-Roman world through a variety of primary and secondary resources coupled with evidence from archaeology. Selected passages from the New Testament whose perspective and content reflect or are illuminated by the thought world of the first century will also be examined.

NTS 6645
Life and Times of Paul
3

Life and Times of Paul

This course will cover the life of Paul with attention devoted to the Greco-Roman world of his day. Special concentration will be given to the chronology of the missionary journeys and to a survey of the geographical and archaeological evidence for these journeys.

NTS 6652
New Testament Theology
3

New Testament Theology

This course is a survey of the content of the New Testament revelation historically understood together with an orientation to the major schools of New Testament theology in current scholarship.

Prerequisites

CTH 5520

NTS 6653
New Testament Archaeology
3

New Testament Archaeology

This course will deal with the findings of archaeology as they bear upon the interpretation and understanding of the New Testament and its original language. It will include examination of the literary, historical and cultural background of the New Testament.

NTS 7703
Exegesis of Luke
3

Exegesis of Luke

NTS 7707
Exegesis of 1 and 2 Corinthians
3

Exegesis of 1 and 2 Corinthians

This course is a careful and detailed study of Paul’s letters to the Corinthians with attention to the development of Paul’s thought. The relation of the books+ to the whole of Pauline theology will be noted along with an emphasis on the formational importance of the letters for modern Christian discipleship and community.

NTS 7723
Exegesis of Revelation
3

Exegesis of Revelation

This course explores the Book of Revelation as an attempt by the Jewish Christian prophet John to open his congregations' eyes to what Roman imperial politics, economy, and ideology look like in the light of God's claim upon all human beings and God's vision for human community, and thus to guide these congregations into a more faithful response to God and a clearer witness to the world. This reading becomes the basis for our application of John's model and challenge to twenty-first century Christians and congregations.

NTS 7724
Exegesis of the Sermon on the Mount
3

Exegesis of the Sermon on the Mount

Special attention will be devoted to this portion of Matthew's Gospel and the Lukan parallels. The form, context, and history of interpretation and application will be surveyed.

NTS 7725
Luke-Acts
3

Luke-Acts

This course will focus on Luke's two volume work, the Gospel of Luke and its sequel, The Acts of the Apostles. Attention will be given to literary and historical background of the two works as well as external, historical and internal literary evidence that supports the linking of the two books. This course will also engage the narrative, thematic, and theological content of each book.

NTS 7730
Advanced Greek Grammar
3

Advanced Greek Grammar

This course is designed to round out the student's inductive experience by building on a solid foundation of grammar and syntax. Selected editions of New Testament Greek writings will be read.

NTS 7735
Greek Pedagogy
3

Greek Pedagogy

A survey of Greek pedagogical method to develop an understanding of teaching a non-living language. In light of this theoretical base, the student will evaluate current Greek grammars, while participating in the Greek teaching process.

NTS 7747
Texts and Manuscripts of the New Testament
3

Texts and Manuscripts of the New Testament

A textual and exegetical study of selected readings in which significant distinctive differences occur between major textual traditions and the translations and versions of the New Testament. Facsimiles of ancient manuscripts will be used in this course.

NTS 7770
Conference/Seminar in New Testament
1

Conference/Seminar in New Testament

Credit is available for those who attend approved conferences and seminars. Students should check with the department chairperson for reading and writing requirements associated with attendance at approved conferences and seminars.

NTS 7791
Senior Seminar in Biblical Studies
3

Senior Seminar in Biblical Studies

This course provides the capstone experience for students enrolled in the Master of Arts (Biblical Studies) program. Students will write a seminar paper presenting the results of their investigation of a particular exegetical or hermeneutical problem in the interpretation of a text, or another appropriate research topic, in the context either of an advanced-level exegetical course or other biblical studies elective or an independent study project. Students will also be expected to present and discuss their projects at a gathering of other MA (BS) students and faculty during the late Spring.

NTS 7794
Independent Study in New Testament
3

Independent Study in New Testament

Independent Studies are designed to cover specialized material not usually included in a course offering listed in the catalog.

NTS 7795
Independent Study in New Testament
3

Independent Study in New Testament

Independent Studies are designed to cover specialized material not usually included in a course offering listed in the catalog.

NTS 7796
Independent Study in New Testament
3

Independent Study in New Testament

Independent Studies are designed to cover specialized material not usually included in a course offering listed in the catalog.

NTS/OTS 7791
Senior Seminar in Biblical Studies
3

Senior Seminar in Biblical Studies

This course provides the capstone experience for students enrolled in the Master of Arts (Biblical Studies) program. Students will write a seminar paper presenting the results of their investigation of a particular exegetical or hermeneutical problem in the interpretation of a text, or another appropriate research topic, in the context either of an advanced-level exegetical course or other biblical studies elective or an independent study project. Students will also be expected to present and discuss their projects at a gathering of other MA (BS) students and faculty during the late Spring.

OTS 5501
Biblical Hebrew 1
3

Biblical Hebrew 1

Here the learner will begin to experience first-hand the message of scripture, as expressed in the language and culture of ancient Israel. This course will lay a foundation of linguistic and exegetical skills.

OTS 5502
Biblical Hebrew 2
3

Biblical Hebrew 2

This course builds on the linguistic and exegetical skills learned in the first semester of Biblical Hebrew as we read more extended segments of scripture and explore pivotal nuances of expression often bypassed in translations.

Prerequisites

OTS 5501

OTS 5511
Introduction to the Old Testament (Part 1)
3

Introduction to the Old Testament (Part 1)

This study focuses on the content, interpretation, and theology of the books of the Old Testament canon from Genesis through 2 Kings. Besides concerted study in the biblical text, the course explores aspects of the history, societies, and literature of the ancient Near East relevant to the interpretation of these books and their reception in the New Testament.

Prerequisites

BSG 5501

OTS 5512
Introduction to the Old Testament (Part 2)
3

Introduction to the Old Testament (Part 2)

This study focuses on the content, interpretation, and theology of the books of the Old Testament canon from Chronicles through Malachi. It will also explore the ancient Near Eastern context for these books and their relevance for the New Testament.

Prerequisites

OTS 5511

OTS 6600
Genesis
3

Genesis

A comprehensive consideration of the literary structure, content, and theological perspective of the book of Genesis. Special attention will be given to the many issues of Genesis 1-11.

OTS 6608
1 and 2 Samuel
3

1 and 2 Samuel

A comprehensive introduction that focuses on the theological tensions rendered in the books' account of the rise of the Israelite monarchy, joining narrative analysis with an analysis of the books' composition and rendering of history. The course will focus on the books' employment of metaphor to work through issues of power, leadership, and social transition.

OTS 6614
Psalms
3

Psalms

Celebration and consternation, anger and adoration—these and more unfold among the poetic expressions of prayer and reflection collected in the Book of Psalms. In this course we will critically explore both the variety of psalms as well as the cogent and powerful messages they preserve for the Church today.

OTS 6621
Daniel and Apocalyptic Literature
3

Daniel and Apocalyptic Literature

Though often couched as “prophecy” and employing forms resembling prediction, apocalypses function in quite a different way to bring God’s perspective and challenge to bear on the communities of faith that they address. The book of Daniel is examined alongside other apocalypses like 1 Enoch, 4 Ezra, and 2 Baruch as an incentive to covenant faithfulness based on a clear communication of God’s larger purposes at work behind the scenes. Attention will also be given to the reception of Daniel and its message in Jesus’ sayings and the Book of Revelation.

OTS 6645
Dead Sea Scrolls
3

Dead Sea Scrolls

The texts of the Dead Sea Scrolls will be read in the latest English editions. The foundation, history, rites and theology of the sect will be discussed and thought parallels in the Old and New Testaments and Intertestamental Literature evaluated.

OTS 6646
Texts and Manuscripts of the Old Testament
3

Texts and Manuscripts of the Old Testament

An exploration of textual transmission both in its oral and written stages. Scribal practices as well as those of translators will be studied. The selection of biblical texts (canon) will also be investigated. (Some knowledge of biblical languages is an advantage, though not required.)

OTS 6647
Social World of the Old Testament
3

Social World of the Old Testament

Through study of textual and archaeological evidence from Israel and its neighbors, this course will place the Israelites in their anthropological, cultural, and religious world. The course will use computers to assist in instruction and interaction, so the face-to-face class contact time will be less than in a regular course.

OTS 6651
Old Testament Theology
3

Old Testament Theology

A chronological analysis of the theological content of progressive revelation in the Old Testament. After a synchronic description of the theological content of each biblical covenant and epoch, the diachronic progression and unity will be noted in preparation for a future study of the loci of Systematic Theology.

OTS 6652
Old Testament Archaeology
3

Old Testament Archaeology

A brief introduction to methods of archaeological research and the interpretation of the findings will be considered at the beginning of the course. Then will follow a survey of archaeological work in the Bible lands with particular attention to the cultural and religious life of Israelite and non-Israelite populations of Palestine and adjacent territories for exegetical study of the Old Testament.

OTS 6653
God, Scripture and Violence
3

God, Scripture and Violence

How are followers of the Prince of Peace to make sense of the violent God of the Bible? How does the Bible speak to a world saturated with violence, and faithful readers who are entangled in it? How are Christians to address the use and legitimization of violence by Christian communities today and throughout the past? Does the exertion of violence play any part in God's redemptive work? If you feel the urgency and challenge of these questions, join us for hard-hitting conversations provoked by biblical texts and an array of biblical interpreters and theologians.

OTS 6654
Joshua and Judges
3

Joshua and Judges

A comprehensive study of Joshua and Judges that focuses on the exegesis of the books (via narrative criticism), as well as questions of history (the emergence of Israel in Canaan) and theology (e.g. the violence of God, the promise of the land).

OTS 6660
Wisdom Literature
3

Wisdom Literature

A literary and theological study of the wisdom books of Job, Proverbs and Ecclesiastes as well as selected Psalms and the Song of Songs. Wisdom in the ancient Near East will also be explored.

OTS 7700
Exegesis of Genesis
3

Exegesis of Genesis

A comprehensive consideration of the literary structure, content, and theological perspective of the book of Genesis. Special attention will be given to the many issues of Genesis 1-11.

OTS 7714
Exegesis of Psalms
3

Exegesis of Psalms

Celebration and consternation, anger and adoration—these and more unfold among the poetic expressions of prayer and reflection collected in the Book of Psalms. In this course we will critically explore both the variety of psalms as well as the cogent and powerful messages they preserve for the Church today.

OTS 7735
Hebrew Pedagogy
3

Hebrew Pedagogy

A survey of Hebrew pedagogical method to develop an understanding of teaching a non-living language. In light of this theoretical base, the student will evaluate current Hebrew grammars, while participating in the Hebrew teaching process.

OTS 7740
Introduction to Biblical Aramaic
3

Introduction to Biblical Aramaic

A grammatical and exegetical study of the Aramaic portions of the Old Testament, Daniel, Ezra and the glosses in Genesis and Jeremiah.

OTS 7742
Introduction to Akkadian
3

Introduction to Akkadian

An introduction to the grammar, vocabulary and writing system of the best documented of the ancient Semitic languages. Selected texts in the NeoAssyrian script will be read. Offered on demand or by directed study.

OTS 7744
Introduction to Ugaritic
3

Introduction to Ugaritic

An introduction to the vocabulary and grammar of this language which is so important for understanding the religio-cultural environment of biblical Israel. Offered on demand or by directed study.

OTS 7745
Introduction to Middle Egyptian
3

Introduction to Middle Egyptian

An introduction to the language of Middle Egyptian, with primary focus on vocabulary and grammar, and secondary focus on culture.

OTS 7754
Joshua and Judges
3

Joshua and Judges

A comprehensive study of Joshua and Judges that focuses on the exegesis of the books (via narrative criticism), as well as questions of history (the emergence of Israel in Canaan) and theology (e.g. the violence of God, the promise of the land).

OTS 7760
Exegesis of OT Wisdom Literature
3

Exegesis of OT Wisdom Literature

A literary and theological study of the wisdom books of Job, Proverbs and Ecclesiastes as well as selected Psalms and the Song of Songs. Wisdom in the ancient Near East will also be explored.

OTS 7770
Conference/Seminar in Old Testament
3

Conference/Seminar in Old Testament

Credit is available for those who attend approved conferences and seminars. Students should check with the department chairperson for reading and writing requirements associated with attendance at approved conferences and seminars.

OTS 7791
Senior Seminar in Biblical Studies
3

Senior Seminar in Biblical Studies

This course provides the capstone experience for students enrolled in the Master of Arts (Biblical Studies) program. Students will write a seminar paper presenting the results of their investigation of a particular exegetical or hermeneutical problem in the interpretation of a text, or another appropriate research topic, in the context either of an advanced-level exegetical course or other biblical studies elective or an independent study project. Students will also be expected to present and discuss their projects at a gathering of other MA (BS) students and faculty during the late Spring.

OTS 7794
Independent Study in Old Testament
3

Independent Study in Old Testament

Independent Studies are designed to cover specialized material not usually included in a course offering listed in the catalog.

OTS 7795
Independent Study in Old Testament
3

Independent Study in Old Testament

Independent Studies are designed to cover specialized material not usually included in a course offering listed in the catalog.

OTS 7796
Independent Study in Old Testament
3

Independent Study in Old Testament

Independent Studies are designed to cover specialized material not usually included in a course offering listed in the catalog.

PCC 5516
Couples in Ministry
3

Couples in Ministry

This course is designed for the student and spouse to participate in together as a couple. The purpose of the course is to help prepare both the student and his or her spouse for successful ministry together. Focus will be on exploration of pastor/spouse roles and expectations, and steps toward maintaining a vital relationship within the challenges of ministry. Guest clergy couples will share from varying ministry experiences.

PCC 5520
Well Being in Ministry
3

Well Being in Ministry

This course equips students to experience ongoing personal development and growth necessary for well-being in ministry. Attention will be given to core identity, character, calling, and competency, identified within the course as the upward, inward, outward, and forward journeys. The course will detail the challenges of Christian ministry and their impact on personal and professional well-being, highlighting essential commitments clergy must make in prayer, spiritual formation, inner transformation, and supportive community within the context of ministry. (Ministry Cohort Course)

PCC 5530
Pastoral Counseling & Care
3

Pastoral Counseling & Care

This course is designed to introduce students to the historic practices of pastoral care and counseling as set forth both in scripture and in church history. Pastoral care will be viewed as involving interactions with individuals and groups of people needing pastoral care; equipping the people of Christ to care for one another; and helping the local church embrace its responsibility to the surrounding community and the wider world. This course will also explore preliminary intervention in pastoral counseling, helping students to practice basic counseling skills and mobilize lay people in the local church to engage in a broad range of care giving ministries. (Ministry Cohort Course)

PCC 6653
Chronic Illness, Dying and Grieving
3

Chronic Illness, Dying and Grieving

This course will provide students with the understanding and competency necessary to effectively minister to individuals experiencing health related crises. Students will be assisted in developing an understanding of death and grief based on biblical and historical perspectives which will help facilitate endeavors to embrace their own mortality and examine its implications for the way they live their lives, as well as provide practical skills for counseling the terminally ill and those who suffer from grief and loss.

PCC 6657
Counseling Marriage, Family and Relational Issues
3

Counseling Marriage, Family and Relational Issues

This course will assist caregivers in addressing the issues that arise within the church relative to marriage, family, and relational dynamics. Included will be understanding and skill development in pre-marital counseling, basic marriage counseling from a pastoral perspective, and counseling family dynamics. This course will also provide essential understanding and competency that equips the pastoral counselor to be an effective servant of reconciliation and relational well-being.

PCC 7727
Dimensions of Healing
3

Dimensions of Healing

This course is designed to provide an understanding of some of the holistic approaches to healing, with a major focus on the role of the Spirit in healing. Within this course, the theoretical and didactic will be wedded to the practical and experiential through the use of both large group presentations and small group interactions. Emphasis will be placed upon the student's personal and spiritual growth.

PCC 7728
Care of the Soul and Formational Prayer
3

Care of the Soul and Formational Prayer

This course is designed to equip students with the understanding and competency necessary to provide Christian nurture and counsel that leads to healthy Christian formation. Attention will be given to the place of spiritual direction, pastoral care, and basic counseling skills as each relates to soul care. Special attention will be given to the ministry of formational prayer, and as such students will explore the qualifications and preparation necessary to embrace a ministry of inner healing prayer.

PCC 7730
Group Dynamics
3

Group Dynamics

Designed to help group members discover their interpersonal styles and improve their interpersonal skills such as self-disclosure, listening and responding. Students learn how to set and move toward individual personal growth goals. Process awareness skills are sharpened.

PCC 7761
Small Groups as the Context for Pastoral Counseling & Care
3

Small Groups as the Context for Pastoral Counseling & Care

This course seeks to equip students in the competencies necessary to developing and leading effective small groups that are specifically designed for care and counsel. Attention will be given to the unique challenges and opportunities present in developing and leading such groups, as well as providing guidance in group dynamics and group development. An additional component of the class will be equipping students to mobilize, train, and supervise lay leaders for this specific form of ministry within the local church.

PCC 7770
Conference/Seminar in Pastoral Counseling and Care
1

Conference/Seminar in Pastoral Counseling and Care

Credit is available for those who attend approved conferences and seminars. Students should check with the department chairperson for reading and writing requirements associated with attendance at approved conferences and seminars.

PCC 7795
Independent Study in Pastoral Counseling and Care
3

Independent Study in Pastoral Counseling and Care

Independent Studies are designed to cover specialized material not usually included in a course offering listed in the catalog.

PTS 5591
Models for Women's Ministry
3

Models for Women's Ministry

This course provides opportunity for students to relate with persons from a variety of settings in ministry.

PTS 6619
Urban Strategies
3

Urban Strategies

Introduces the dynamics of the city with awareness of problems in both social and religious areas. The unique methods of evangelism and church planting needed are explored and researched within the concept of the world city.

PTS 6623
Principles of Church Planting
3

Principles of Church Planting

This course examines the biblical, historical, sociological and theological principles particular to church planting. Emphasis will be given to methods and strategies faithful to God's Word and effective in producing new, healthy churches.

PTS 6625
Church Growth, Theory and Practice
3

Church Growth, Theory and Practice

A study of crucial factors in same cultural and cross-cultural evangelism and church planting leading to growing churches. Explores such expansion dynamics as people movements, webs, redemptive analogies and procedures that stop growth or promote growth. Also applies church growth principles to the local setting with concern for visitation, discipleship, incorporation, and the use of gifts and ministry in the body.

PTS 7700
History of the Brethren Church
2

History of the Brethren Church

This course considers the historical development of the Brethren movement from its origins in Anabaptism and Pietism to the present day. Special attention is given to the Brethren Church since the 1880s.

PTS 7701
Doctrine of the Brethren Church
2

Doctrine of the Brethren Church

This course considers the background and development of Brethren doctrine in the Brethren movement generally and The Brethren Church specifically. Attention is given to the beginnings in Anabaptism and Pietism and to how Brethren doctrine has developed from the eighteenth century to the present.

PTS 7702
Polity and Ordinances of the Brethren Church
3

Polity and Ordinances of the Brethren Church

This course examines the doctrine of the church from a Brethren and a Believers' Church perspective. It provides an overview of the organizational structure of the Brethren Church at the local, district and national levels. Consideration is given to both the doctrine and practice of the ordinances.

PTS 7703
History of the United Methodist Church
2

History of the United Methodist Church

This course surveys the history of United Methodism from its rise in England in the 18th century to the present, with attention to the forces that have shaped the movement and its impact on the various contexts in which it has developed. Approximately half of the course is devoted to Methodist origins in the period of the Wesleys. (Fulfills the United Methodist History requirement stated in the UM Discipline [2012], Par. 324.4).

PTS 7704
Doctrine of the United Methodist Church
2

Doctrine of the United Methodist Church

This course surveys doctrine within the United Methodist heritage, beginning with the Wesleys to the present, with attention to the major doctrinal concerns that have characterized Methodism historically. Approximately half of the course is devoted to foundational aspects of Wesleyan theology. (Fulfills the United Methodist Doctrine requirement stated in the UM Discipline [2012], Par. 324.4).

PTS 7705
Polity of the United Methodist Church
2

Polity of the United Methodist Church

This course explores United Methodist polity as a connectional system which frames the mission, ministry and structure of the denomination. (Fulfills the United Methodist Doctrine requirement stated in the UM Discipline [2012], Par. 324.4).

PTS 7794
Independent Study in Pastoral Ministry
3

Independent Study in Pastoral Ministry

This course permits students to explore academic, professional, and personal issues related to pastoral ministry. The course requires critical reflection and theological integration. It assumes that the student engages the independent study from the perspective of doing ministry. It may be taken in conjunction with Clinical Pastoral Education.

RLS 5509
Introduction to Ecclesiastical Latin
3

Introduction to Ecclesiastical Latin

This course is designed for students desiring a knowledge of basic Latin for biblical research. Through an inductive approach using portions of the Vulgate, students will be introduced to the Latin texts of the early church.

RLS 5510
Readings in Ecclesiastical Latin
3

Readings in Ecclesiastical Latin

Students will be introduced to the grammatic and stylistic characteristics of Ecclesiastical Latin. Selected readings will include Church Fathers, the Vulgate and Latin manuscripts of the New Testament.

RLS 5515
Theological German 1
3

Theological German 1

This course is designed for students desiring knowledge of German for theological research. Essential grammar will be reviewed and selected readings from German theological writings will be featured.

RLS 5516
Theological German 2
3

Theological German 2

This course is a continuation of course RLS 5515 Theological German 1 and is designed to expose students to religious works penned in the German language from various time periods and authors throughout church history. An emphasis will be on the translation of materials in order to prepare the student for working with German language materials.

RLS 7794
Independent Study in Research Languages
3

Independent Study in Research Languages

Independent Studies are designed to cover specialized material not usually included in a course offering listed in the catalog.

RLS 7795
Independent Study in Research Languages
3

Independent Study in Research Languages

Independent Studies are designed to cover specialized material not usually included in a course offering listed in the catalog.

RLS 7796
Independent Study in Research Languages
3

Independent Study in Research Languages

Independent Studies are designed to cover specialized material not usually included in a course offering listed in the catalog.

SPF 5541
Spiritual Formation Core (1): Spiritual Disciplines
2

Spiritual Formation Core (1): Spiritual Disciplines

This course introduces students to the nature and processes of spiritual formation, drawing upon the models of Dallas Willard and Robert Mulholland. It explores spiritual growth as directed by the Holy Spirit through classical disciplines, both personal and communal, of the Christian tradition. Students will have the opportunity to practice particular spiritual disciplines for growth in personal and social holiness. The course is graded pass/fail.

SPF 5542
Spiritual Formation Core (2): Prayer
2

Spiritual Formation Core (2): Prayer

This course introduces students to the varieties of prayer in the Christian tradition. It focuses on the role of prayer in the formation of believers in the image of Christ for the sake of the church and the world. Students will practice a variety of individual and corporate prayer forms for personal and ministry formation. This course is graded pass/fail.

SPF 6615
History and Literature ot Christian Spirituality
3

History and Literature ot Christian Spirituality

SPF 6625
Christian Monasticism
3

Christian Monasticism

An introduction to the history, practices, and ideals of Christian monasticism from its origins to the "new monasticism" of contemporary North America, with special attention to the Benedictine tradition. The seminar includes immersion in a monastic community.

SPF 6660
Human Development and Christian Formation
3

Human Development and Christian Formation

This course is a comparative, integrative study of developmental psychology, faith development, and spiritual formation.

SPF 6667
Women Spiritual Writers
3

Women Spiritual Writers

This course offers an in-depth study of the primary writings of prominent women in the field of spirituality throughout Christian history. Particular writers to be studied are Perpetua, Hildegard of Bingen, Julian of Norwich, Teresa of Avila, Susanna Wesley, Phoebe Palmer, Amanda Berry Smith, and Evelyn Underhill.

SPF 6675
Social Dynamics of Spirituality
3

Social Dynamics of Spirituality

An exploration of the corporate dimension of spirituality as it pertains to both worship and service. The course will include participation in Christian community and ministry to the needy.

SPF 7770
Practices of Prayer
3

Practices of Prayer

This course is an in-depth examination of the practices of prayer throughout the great masters of prayer in the story and tradition of the church. Biblical examples and models of prayer as well as the variety of the different Christian traditions of prayer throughout church history will be addressed. Students are encouraged to apply the practice of prayer to a particular ministry context for their ministry formation and training. Growth in individual practices and corporate ministry leadership for the local and global church are emphasized.

SPF 7772
Spiritual Formation and Social Activism
3

Spiritual Formation and Social Activism

This course is designed to integrate theology and ethics with spiritual and moral formation. By looking at select writers, concepts, processes and aims of spiritual formation, and by exploring and participating in social activism as both a means and expression of spiritual formation, we will attempt to move toward a more holistic spirituality and morality that takes seriously the call to “do justice, love mercy and walk humbly with God” (Micah 6:8).

SPF 7775
Theology of Suffering, Reconciliation and Forgiveness
3

Theology of Suffering, Reconciliation and Forgiveness

A study of the theology of suffering and pain together with the Christian response of grace and hope. Examination of biblical and theological sources such as the book of Job, Karl Barth, C.S. Lewis and Jurgen Moltmann.

SPF 7780
Spiritual Guidance
3

Spiritual Guidance

This course will expose students to the history and practice of spiritual direction in the Christian tradition. It will address biblical, classical and contemporary models of spiritual direction. Students will develop skills as spiritual guides to mentor and lead others by the power of the Holy Spirit. These skills will enhance students' own development and growth as leaders in spiritual direction for the formation of others in the church and world.

SPF 7792
Conference/Seminar in Spiritual Formation
1

Conference/Seminar in Spiritual Formation

Credit is available for those who attend approved conferences and seminars. Students should check with the department chairperson for reading and writing requirements associated with attendance at approved conferences and seminars.

SPF 7794
Independent Study in Spiritual Formation
3

Independent Study in Spiritual Formation

Independent studies are designed to cover specialized material not usually included in a course offering listed in the catalog.

SPF/CHS 6615
History and Literature of Christian Spirituality
3

History and Literature of Christian Spirituality

This course is a chronological survey of outstanding devotional writings from the apostolic age to the present. The focus will be on the breadth of this literature as well as acquaintance with major authors and their works.

SPF/ETH 7772
Spiritual Formation and Social Activism
3

Spiritual Formation and Social Activism

This course is designed to integrate theology and ethics with spiritual and moral formation. By looking at select writers, concepts, processes and aims of spiritual formation, and by exploring and participating in social activism as both a means and expression of spiritual formation, we will attempt to move toward a more holistic spirituality and morality that takes seriously the call to “do justice, love mercy and walk humbly with God” (Micah 6:8).