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  • 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.

    Prerequisites

  • BCS 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 Church; the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church; the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church; the National Baptist Convention, U.S.A., Incorporated; the National Baptist Convention of America, Unincorporated; the Progressive 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 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 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 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 5541
    Spiritual Formation in the Black Tradition (1): Readings
    2

    Spiritual Formation in the Black Tradition (1): Readings

    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 5542
    Spiritual Formation in the Black Tradition (2): Retreat 2
    2

    Spiritual Formation in the Black Tradition (2): Retreat 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 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 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 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 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 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 7794
    Independent Study in Black Church Studies
    3

    Independent Study in Black Church Studies

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

  • 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/CRE 5527/5525
    Dynamics of Black Church, Black Family and Black Minister

    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/CTH 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/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

    (FOR CLINICAL COUNSELING STUDENTS ONLY) 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 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.

  • BSG 5530
    Womanist Hermeneutics
    3

    Womanist Hermeneutics

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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

    Cross-listed with CHS 6607 and CTH 6607 The Apocrypha contains Jewish texts from the Hellenistic and Roman period but exists as a collection because of the reading practices of the early Christian Church. This course will introduce students both to the contents of this collection as windows into the history, social context, faith, and practice of Jewish groups in the Second Temple Period and to the impact of these texts upon, and formation as a collection within, the early church.

  • BSG 6645
    The Intertestamental Period
    3

    The Intertestamental Period

    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 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.

  • CHP 5501
    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.This course MUST be taken within the first semester or first year before continuing on in the chaplaincy program.

  • CHP 6601
    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 5501

  • 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.

    Prerequisites

    CHP 5501

  • 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.

    Prerequisites

    CHP 5501

  • 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.

    Prerequisites

    CHP 5501

  • 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 5501

  • CHP/EVG/MSS 7726
    Navigating the Multi-Faith Context
    3
  • 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 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 Church; the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church; the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church; the National Baptist Convention, U.S.A., Incorporated; the National Baptist Convention of America, Unincorporated; the Progressive 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.

  • CHS 5550
    Global Christianity
    3

    Global Christianity

    An introductory history of Christianity in Africa, Asia and South America.

  • CHS 6607
    Apocrypha and the Christian Church
    3

    Apocrypha and the Christian Church

    Cross-listed with CHS 6607 and CTH 6607 The Apocrypha contains Jewish texts from the Hellenistic and Roman period but exists as a collection because of the reading practices of the early Christian Church. This course will introduce students both to the contents of this collection as windows into the history, social context, faith, and practice of Jewish groups in the Second Temple Period and to the impact of these texts upon, and formation as a collection within, the early church.

  • 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 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.

  • 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 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 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 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 studies are: Perpetua, Hildegard of Bingen, Julian of Norwich, Teresa of Avila, Susanna Wesley, Phoebe Palmer, Amanda Berry Smith, and Everyn Underhill

    Prerequisites

  • 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 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 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 7706
    History of the (____) Church
    2

    History 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.

  • 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 in Church History
    3

    Senior Seminar in Church History

    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.

    Prerequisites

  • 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/CLD/SPF 6668
    Biographical Studies in Leadership
    3

    Biographical Studies in 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/CTH 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.

    Prerequisites

  • 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 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 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 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.

    Prerequisites

  • 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.

    Prerequisites

  • 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.

    Prerequisites

  • 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.

    Prerequisites

  • 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.

    Prerequisites

  • 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.

    Prerequisites

  • 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.

    Prerequisites

  • 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.

    Prerequisites

  • CLC 6636
    Practicum in Counseling
    2

    Practicum in Counseling

    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 6636-6637
    Practicum/Practicum 2
    2

    Practicum/Practicum 2

    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.; Practicum 2 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.

    Prerequisites

  • 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 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.

    Prerequisites

  • CLC 7721
    Crisis Counseling (III)
    3

    Crisis Counseling (III)

    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.

    Prerequisites

  • 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 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 (Category I)
    3

    Introduction to Substance Abuse (Category I)

    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 7758
    Psychopharmacology for Counselors
    3

    Psychopharmacology for Counselors

    This course will explore the varied biological mechanisms commonly associated with the expression of psychological disorders and their relationship to pharmacological treatments. Students will be introduced to general principles of neurobiology, normative brain function, pathophysiological processes, and the major categories of psychotropic medications. Consideration will be given to professional and ethical boundaries when integrating psychopharmacology knowledge into counseling practice.Prerequisites: CLC 5511 Human Growth and Development, CLC 7729 Differential Diagnosis

    Prerequisites

  • 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.

    Prerequisites

    CLC 6692

  • 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.

    Prerequisites

  • 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.

    Prerequisites

    CLC 7729

  • 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.

    Prerequisites

  • CLC 7782
    Advanced Family Counseling (IV)
    3

    Advanced Family Counseling (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.

    Prerequisites

  • CLC 7783
    Marriage and Family Counseling
    3

    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.

  • 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 (Category IV)
    3

    Treatment of Mood and Anxiety Disorders (Category IV)

    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.

    Prerequisites

    CLC 7729

  • CLC 7791
    Integrative Healthcare for Professional Counselors
    3

    Integrative Healthcare for Professional Counselors

    This course will focus upon both the historic, and rapidly changing, relationship between medical and mental health. The integration of medical, cognitive behavioral (CBT), and spiritual approaches in counseling will be explored to assist both counselor and client in understanding the comprehensive nature of client difficulties and their treatment. Trauma informed care will be highlighted in the course and attention given to "What happened to us?" (versus "What is wrong with you?"), how this affects the choices clients make in their lives, and the "costs" of such choices.

    Prerequisites

  • CLC 7793
    Supervision in Counseling (IV)
    3

    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.

    Prerequisites

  • CLC 7794
    Narrative Approaches to Counseling (IV)
    1

    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.)

    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.

    Prerequisites

    CLC 6636

  • CLC 7796-7798
    Internship in Counseling I-III
    2

    Internship in Counseling I-III

    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 B

    Prerequisites

  • 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 7797-7798
    Internship II-III
    2

    Internship II-III

    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 B

    Prerequisites

    CLC 6636, CLC 7796

  • 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 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 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.

  • CLD 7794
    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.

    Prerequisites

  • 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 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
    1.5

    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 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 6635
    Practicum in Counseling
    2

    Practicum in Counseling

    Provides students with practice in helping skills via activities such as written exercises, structured exercises, role-playing, verbatims and field exercises. Includes constructive feedback on student's practice of helping skills.

    Prerequisites

  • 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 6656
    Advanced Counseling Practicum 1
    1

    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.

    Prerequisites

  • 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 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 7728
    Formational Prayer
    3

    Formational Prayer

    Students will explore the qualifications and preparation necessary to embrace a ministry of inner healing prayer. The course will focus upon the relationship between past woundings, false beliefs, emotional upheaval, and dysfunctional behaviors in the lives of broken people. Special emphasis will be given to the Spirit-directed process of helping hurting people find healing and freedom in Christ, balancing insights from both counseling and pastoral theology.

    Prerequisites

  • 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
    2

    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.

    Prerequisites

  • CNS 7753
    Scenario Role Playing
    2

    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.

    Prerequisites

  • CNS 7777
    Addictions
    2

    Addictions

    Provides a basic introduction and overview of alcoholism and other chemical dependencies and their treatment. The pathology of addiction is explored while examining the signs, symptoms and stages involved.

    Prerequisites

  • CNS 7795
    Treatment Planning Practices and Principles
    2.5

    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.)

    Prerequisites

  • CNS 7796
    Internship in Counseling 1
    1.5

    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 7796-7798
    Internship in Counseling 1-3
    2

    Internship in Counseling 1-3

    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.

    Prerequisites

  • CNS 7797
    Internship in Counseling 2
    1.5

    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.

    Prerequisites

  • 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.

  • CNS/PCC 7728
    Formational Prayer/Care of the Soul & Formational Prayer
    3

    Formational Prayer/Care of the Soul & Formational Prayer

    CNS 7728 - Students will explore the qualifications and preparation necessary to embrace a ministry of inner healing prayer. The course will focus upon the relationship between past woundings, false beliefs, emotional upheaval, and dysfunctional behaviors in the lives of broken people. Special emphasis will be given to the Spirit-directed process of helping hurting people find healing and freedom in Christ, balancing insights from both counseling and pastoral theology.PCC 7728 - 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.

  • 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 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 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 5525
    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.

  • CRE 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.

  • CRE 7794
    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.

    Prerequisites

  • CRE/PCC 5512/7761
    Adult Discipleship and Small Group Ministry
    3

    Adult Discipleship and Small Group Ministry

    CRE 5512 - 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.PCC 7761 - 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.

  • CTH 5510
    Fundamentals of Christian Theology
    2

    Fundamentals of Christian Theology

    (FOR CLINICAL COUNSELING STUDENTS ONLY) 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 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.

  • 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 6601 / 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

  • 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

    Cross-listed with CHS 6607 and CTH 6607 The Apocrypha contains Jewish texts from the Hellenistic and Roman period but exists as a collection because of the reading practices of the early Christian Church. This course will introduce students both to the contents of this collection as windows into the history, social context, faith, and practice of Jewish groups in the Second Temple Period and to the impact of these texts upon, and formation as a collection within, the early church.

  • 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 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 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 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 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
    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 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 7705
    Polity of the United Methodist Church
    3

    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).

    Prerequisites

  • CTH 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 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 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 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 7790
    Pilot Course in Christian Theology
    3

    Pilot Course in Christian Theology

    Uncatalogued courses are offered occasionally to enrich the offerings of the major and to tap the resources of department faculty and visiting scholars. Specific course titles and descriptions are available when the course is scheduled.

  • CTH 7792
    Conf/Seminar in Christian Theology: Kingdom of God in Christian Practice
    3

    Conf/Seminar in Christian Theology: Kingdom of God in Christian Practice

    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.

  • CTH 7794
    Independent Study in Christian Theology
    3

    Independent Study in Christian Theology

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

  • 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/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.

  • CTH/ETH/SPF/PTS 7792
    Conf/Seminar in Christian Theology: Kingdom of God in Christian Practice
    3

    Conf/Seminar in Christian Theology: Kingdom of God in Christian Practice

    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.

  • 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 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).

    Prerequisites

  • 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 5512/HOM 6613
    Worship and the Community of God/Preaching in Contemporary Context
    3

    Worship and the Community of God/Preaching in Contemporary Context

    Prerequisites

  • 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 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 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.

  • 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 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

    This seminar examines special topics of interest in the area of 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 9950
    Chaplaincy Leadership and Administration
    4

    Chaplaincy Leadership and Administration

    This course will equip students to define leadership as it resonates with who they are and their specific call to chaplaincy. Competency in understanding and articulating the chaplain’s scope of practice, standards of practice, evidence-based chaplaincy, and administrative responsibilities will also be addressed.

  • DMN 9951
    Chaplaincy Systems
    4

    Chaplaincy Systems

    This course will engage students with concepts about family systems, team systems, and organizational systems as they pertain to the role of Chaplaincy. The dynamic complexities will be discussed.

  • DMN 9953
    Chaplaincy Ethics
    4

    Chaplaincy Ethics

    This course will orient learners to the ethical principles and practices chaplains engage as those often believed to be the moral compass of the institution they serve. Christian ethics, professional ethics, and clinical ethics, will all be part of the conversation.

  • DMN 9964
    Personal Leadership: Character, Self-Awareness, and Power
    4

    Personal Leadership: Character, Self-Awareness, and Power

    This course will equip students to discern and develop personal leadership character. The course instructs students to understand how to lead one's self, not only lead others in ministry. The course will deal with the use and misuse of power in leadership. The course will also address integrity, along with biblical roles and models of leadership. Transformation of the leader will be the focus of the course. (F 16, ASH)

  • DMN 9964/9951
    Personal Leadership/Chaplaincy Systems
    4

    Personal Leadership/Chaplaincy Systems

    This course will equip students to discern and develop personal leadership character. The course instructs students to understand how to lead one's self, not only lead others in ministry. The course will deal with the use and misuse of power in leadership. The course will also address integrity, along with biblical roles and models of leadership. Transformation of the leader will be the focus of the course.

    This course will engage students with concepts about family systems, team systems, and organizational systems as they pertain to the role of Chaplaincy. The dynamic complexities will be discussed.

    Prerequisites

  • DMN 9968
    Relational Leadership: Mentoring, Coaching, and Empowering for the Future
    4

    Relational Leadership: Mentoring, Coaching, and Empowering for the Future

    This class will orient the student to the roles of Instructor, Spiritual Guide, Mentor, and Coach as they relate to the development of leaders. It will equip the student with the competencies necessary for each of these roles. The student will understand the contexts where differing roles serve the leadership development process best and will be given opportunity to practice the skill sets necessary for each. (S 18, ASH)

  • DMN 9969
    Cultural Leadership: Embracing Personal Ministry Context
    4

    Cultural Leadership: Embracing Personal Ministry Context

    This course will explore the nature of post-Christian Western culture and the way that churches decline, the media, social justice issues and the digital age pose challenges and opportunities for Christian leadership both in growing local churches and in public communication of the gospel. (SU 18, ASH)

  • DMN 9996
    Research Proposal Seminar
    4

    Research Proposal Seminar

    The purpose of this class is to prepare the student to write an acceptable proposal for a Doctor of Ministry project. The student will conceive and design a ministry project. The proposal is a document with the precise form that outlines the strategic planning and rationale of the ministry project. The class will include instruction in project design, assessment, and academic research.

  • DMN 9997
    Dissertation Writing Seminar
    4

    Dissertation Writing Seminar

    The purpose of this class is to prepare the student to write an acceptable final paper for the Doctor of Ministry degree. The student will learn the expectations and design of each chapter in the final doctoral paper. The final paper is an academic report of the student's ministry project. The class will include instruction in academic writing and research.

  • 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.

    Prerequisites

    CTH 5520

  • 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 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 7790
    Pilot Course in Leadership Ethics
    3

    Pilot Course in Leadership Ethics

    This course explores the nature and necessity of moral leadership in church and society. In conversation with Scripture and theology, we will explore various ethical theories and their relevance to the goals and practices of leadership as understood in the context of Christian faith. A significant component of this course will be applied ethics in leadership, addressing such areas as the importance of character, the use of power, truthtelling, inclusive decision making, sexuality, functioning with integrity in organizational and institutional contexts, the use of resources, and contributing to the formation of a just community.

    Prerequisites

  • ETH 7792
    Conf/Seminar in Ethics
    3

    Conf/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.

    Prerequisites

  • 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/PCC 7710/7770
    Power Encounter in Ministry and Missions
    3

    Power Encounter in Ministry and Missions

  • 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 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

    This course is concerned with the task in assisting students in understanding contemporary North American cultural milieu and then to assist students to preach skillfully under the anointing of the Holy Spirit in that milieu. The course will give attention to understanding the contours of postmodern thought, implications of technological revolution, alternative expressions of preaching such as found in the Emerging Church movement, and preaching in a free society with its political dimensions. Each student will preach in this course.

  • 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 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 7794
    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.

    Prerequisites

  • ITS 7790
    Senior Seminar/Capstone
    3

    Senior Seminar/Capstone

    The Senior Seminar is meant to be an interdisciplinary experience in which students conduct research in either a field of their special interest or a general topic selected by faculty leading the seminar. Students will be encouraged to critically reflect upon a topic from a biblical, historical or theological perspective. Students will share the results of their research in a paper presentation in a seminar format.

    Prerequisites

  • 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 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 6685
    Global Church (Study Abroad)
    3

    Global Church (Study Abroad)

    This course entails a cross-cultural immersion experience to observe and ana-lyze the church in a specific global context. Aspects of culture, mission/church relations, and ministry issues will be studied. The course will include both a study of the specific country or subculture in preparation for the immersion experience and a debriefing afterward. All students must be approved for par-ticipation in this course based upon criteria related to the context as deter-mined by the professor of record in consultation with the Academic Dean.

  • 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 7794
    Independent Study in Missions
    3

    Independent Study in Missions

    Prerequisites

  • 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 6601
    Gospel of Matthew
    3

    Gospel of Matthew

    (English Text) An introduction to the Gospel, the background and the purpose of the author will be investigated. An analysis, theological context and didactic values of the Gospel will receive emphasis.

  • NTS 6601/7701
    Gospel of Matthew/Exegesis of Matthew
    3

    Gospel of Matthew/Exegesis of Matthew

    (English Text) An introduction to the Gospel, the background and the purpose of the author will be investigated. An analysis, theological context and didactic values of the Gospel will receive emphasis.Exegesis - The student is given the opportunity to engage in the exegetical and interpretive study of the Gospels of the New Testament. The course is built around the exegesis of the Greek text and involves the grammatical, historical and linguistic tools of exegetical procedure. Special attention is given to the translation of selected passages related to twentieth century idiom.

  • NTS 6602
    Gospel of Mark
    3

    Gospel of Mark

    (English Text) An introduction to the Gospel, the background and the purpose of the author will be investigated. An analysis, theological context and didactic values of the Gospel will receive emphasis.

  • NTS 6603
    Gospel of Luke
    3

    Gospel of Luke

    (English Text) An introduction to the Gospel, the background and the purpose of the author will be investigated. An analysis, theological context and didactic values of the Gospel will receive emphasis.

  • NTS 6604
    Gospel of John
    3

    Gospel of John

    (English Text) An introduction to the Gospel, the background and the purpose of the author will be investigated. An analysis, theological context and didactic values of the Gospel will receive emphasis.

  • 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 6607/7707
    Corinthian Correspondence/Exegesis of
    3

    Corinthian Correspondence/Exegesis of

    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 book 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 6610
    Galatians
    3

    Galatians

    (English Text) An introduction to Galatians, the background and the purpose of the author will be investigated. An analysis, theological context and didactic values of Galatians will receive emphasis.

  • NTS 6610/7710; CHS/SPF 7790
    Galatians
    3

    Galatians

    Together with Romans, Paul’s Letter to the Galatians has stood at the heart of discussions of Christian theology from Augustine through the Reformation to the present day.  It is possibly Paul’s earliest formulation (in writing) of his teachings about justification attained by trusting Jesus, the opposition between faith and “works of the Law,” the role of Torah in God’s plan for humanity, salvation history, and life in the Spirit.  This course invites students into a close reading of the text as the basis for analysis of its theological and ethical contributions to Christian formation, both as individual disciples and as communities of faith.  Students will seek out Paul’s meaning and purposes in writing as a basis for their critical engagement with the interpretation and application of Paul throughout the Christian era and their vision for Christian formation.  Students taking the course to fulfill curricular requirements in different areas will have readings and assignments tailored to those curricular objectives.

    Prerequisites

  • 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 6623/7723
    Revelation/Exegesis of Revelation
    3

    Revelation/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.

    Prerequisites

  • 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 6625/7725
    Luke-Acts/Exegesis
    3

    Luke-Acts/Exegesis

    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.This course will focus on Luke's two volume work, the Gospel of Luke and its sequel, The Acts of the Apostles. The course is built around the exegesis of the Greek text and involves the grammatical, historical and linguistic tools of exegetical procedure. Special attention is given to the translation of selected passages related to twentieth century idiom.

  • 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 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 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 6661
    The Parables of Jesus
    3

    The Parables of Jesus

    This course examines the nature and use of parables in the Gospels and early Jewish literature. It will include a survey of interpretive approaches as well as historical, cultural and geographical issues. Students will be given the opportunity to consider the usage and repackaging of parables in the modern media. Special attention will be given to the exegetical examination of parables and their usage in ministry settings.

  • NTS 7701-7704
    Exegesis of _______________
    3

    Exegesis of _______________

    The student is given the opportunity to engage in the exegetical and interpretive study of any of the four Gospels. This course is built around the exegesis of the Greek texts and involves the grammatical, historical and linguistic tools of exegetical procedure. Special attention is given to the translation of selected passages related to twentieth century idiom.

    Prerequisites

  • NTS 7703
    Greek Exegesis of Luke
    3

    Greek Exegesis of Luke

    The student is given the opportunity to engage inthe exegetical and interpretive study of theGospels of the New Testament. The course is builtaround the exegesis of the Greek text andinvolves the grammatical, historical andlinguistic tools of exegetical procedure. Specialattention is given to the translation of selectedpassages related to twentieth century idiom.

    Prerequisites

  • NTS 7705
    Greek Exegesis of Acts
    3

    Greek Exegesis of Acts

    Prerequisites

  • NTS 7706
    Greek Exegesis of Romans
    3

    Greek Exegesis of Romans

    Prerequisites

  • NTS 7707
    Greek Exegesis of 1 and 2 Corinthians
    3

    Greek 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.

    Prerequisites

  • NTS 7710
    Greek Exegesis of Galatians
    3

    Greek Exegesis of Galatians

    Selected epistles are studied upon the basis of the Greek text. The perspective of the course will be to gain a grasp of the letter as a whole, as well as its parts. Emphasis will be placed
    upon the basic content of the letter in relation to the Christian faith and the church.

    Prerequisites

  • NTS 7717
    Greek Exegesis of the Book of Hebrews
    3

    Greek Exegesis of the Book of Hebrews

    Selected epistles are studied upon the basis of the Greek text. The perspective of the course will be to gain a grasp of the letter as a whole, as well as its parts. Emphasis will be placed upon the basic content of the letter in relation to the Christian faith and the church.

    Prerequisites

  • NTS 7722
    Greek Exegesis of Johannine Literature
    3

    Greek Exegesis of Johannine Literature

    Selected epistles are studied upon the basis of the Greek text. The perspective of the course will be to gain a grasp of the Gospel and the Epistles of John as a whole, as well as their parts. Emphasis will be placed upon the basic content of the letter in relation to the Christian faith and the church.

    Prerequisites

  • NTS 7723
    Greek Exegesis of Revelation
    3

    Greek 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.

    Prerequisites

  • NTS 7725
    Greek Exegesis of Luke-Acts
    3

    Greek Exegesis of Luke-Acts

    This course will focus on Luke's two volume work, the Gospel of Luke and its sequel, The Acts of the Apostles. The course is built around the exegesis of the Greek text and involves the grammatical, historical and linguistic tools of exegetical procedure. Special attention is given to the translation of selected passages related to twentieth century idiom.

    Prerequisites

  • NTS 7761
    Greek Exegesis of the Parables of Jesus
    3

    Greek Exegesis of the Parables of Jesus

    This course examines the nature and use of parables in the Gospels and early Jewish literature. It will include a survey of interpretive approaches as well as historical, cultural and geographical issues. Students will be given the opportunity to consider the usage and repackaging of parables in the modern media. Special attention will be given to the exegetical examination of parables and their usage in
    ministry settings.

    Prerequisites

  • 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 7771
    Israel Study Tour
    3

    Israel Study Tour

    Credit is available for those who take an approved tour of Israel and the Holy Land. Students should check with the chairperson of the Biblical Studies department for reading and writing requirements associated with receiving credit for the trip.

  • NTS 7790
    Pilot Course in New Testament
    3

    Pilot Course in New Testament

    Uncatalogued courses are offered occasionally to enrich the offerings of the major and to tap the resources of department faculty and visiting scholars. Specific course titles and descriptions are available when the course is scheduled.

  • NTS 7790
    The Bible, Media, and the Cinematic Jesus
    3

    The Bible, Media, and the Cinematic Jesus

    This course explores how the Bible and the person of Jesus are portrayed and reinterpreted in a variety of media. We will consider various presentations of the Bible/Jesus - they tells us about Bible/Jesus, about those who created the presentation, and about those who engage it. Students will reflect on how media can both help and hinder Christianity’s perception of the Bible/Jesus as well as how that perception is communicated to those outside of the Church.    

    Prerequisites

  • 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 7798
    Senior Seminar in Biblical Studies
    3

    Senior Seminar in Biblical Studies

    This course provides the summative experience for students enrolled in the Master of Arts (Biblical Studies) program. Within the context of an elective course in Biblical Studies, students will write a substantial research paper exceeding by approximately 30% a typical term paper for such a course.  This will address a particular exegetical or hermeneutical problem in the interpretation of a text, or another appropriate research topic.  If a suitable elective course is not available, students may opt to complete this requirement through a directed study course.  In either case, (a) the course is to be completed in the final or penultimate term prior to graduation, and (b) in addition to the written paper, the student's findings are to be presented orally for the corresponding elective course, or to a gathering of departmental faculty and other MA(BS) students.

    Prerequisites

  • NTS 7799
    Thesis in New Testament
    3

    Thesis in New Testament

    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.

  • 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 6600/7700
    Genesis/Hebrew Exegesis
    3

    Genesis/Hebrew Exegesis

    Prerequisites

  • OTS 6606
    Joshua and Judges
    3

    Joshua and Judges

    A comprehensive consideration of the literary structure, content, and theological perspective of the book.

    Prerequisites

  • OTS 6607
    Ruth and Other Outsiders
    3

    Ruth and Other Outsiders

    A comprehensive consideration of the literary structure, content, and theological perspective of the book.

    Prerequisites

  • 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 6608/7708
    1 & 2 Samuel/Hebrew Exegesis
    3.0

    1 & 2 Samuel/Hebrew Exegesis

    The books of Samuel tell one of the most complex, beautiful, and significant stories in the Old Testament. The course will explore the many facets of this scriptural gemstone: its literary artistry, location in history, political vision, and impact on Christian faith and life.

    Prerequisites

  • 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 6618
    Isaiah
    3

    Isaiah

    A canonical approach to the book that explores the circumstances of its composition and the development of the major theological themes expressed within it, with particular attention to affirmations about Zion and Jerusalem's interaction with the nations.

  • 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 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.

    Prerequisites

    BSG 5501

  • OTS 6660
    Wisdom Literature
    3

    Wisdom Literature

    Instruction for growing wise and wrestling with thorny issues dominate the pages of Wisdom Literature of the Old Testament. The theological and practical messages found within Job, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, selected Psalms, and Song of Songs will be explored in their literary context during this course. Wisdom in surrounding cultures of the Ancient Near East will also be explored.

  • OTS 6660/7760
    Wisdom Literature/Exegesis of Wisdom Literature
    3

    Wisdom Literature/Exegesis of Wisdom Literature

    Instruction for growing wise and wrestling with thorny issues dominate the pages of Wisdom Literature of the Old Testament. The theological and practical messages found within Job, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, selected Psalms, and Song of Songs will be explored in their literary context during this course. Wisdom in surrounding cultures of the Ancient Near East will also be explored.

  • OTS 7700
    Hebrew Exegesis of Genesis
    3

    Hebrew Exegesis of Genesis

    An exegetical and theological study of selected books of the Old Testament. These will be offered in response to the demands and requirements of individual students.

    Prerequisites

  • OTS 7706
    Hebrew Exegesis of Joshua and Judges
    3

    Hebrew Exegesis of Joshua and Judges

    An exegetical and theological study of selected books of the Old Testament. These will be offered in response to the demands and requirements of individual students.

    Prerequisites

  • OTS 7707
    Hebrew Exegesis of Ruth
    3

    Hebrew Exegesis of Ruth

    An exegetical and theological study of selected books of the Old Testament. These will be offered in response to the demands and requirements of individual students.

    Prerequisites

  • OTS 7708
    Hebrew Exegesis of I & II Samuel
    3

    Hebrew Exegesis of I & II Samuel

    An exegetical and theological study of selected books of the Old Testament. These will be offered in response to the demands and requirements of individual students.

    Prerequisites

  • OTS 7714
    Hebrew Exegesis of Psalms
    3

    Hebrew Exegesis of Psalms

    An exegetical and theological study of selected books of the Old Testament. These will be offered in response to the demands and requirements of individual students.

    Prerequisites

  • OTS 7718
    Hebrew Exegesis of Isaiah
    3

    Hebrew Exegesis of Isaiah

    An exegetical and theological study of selected books of the Old Testament. These will be offered in response to the demands and requirements of individual students.

    Prerequisites

  • OTS 7760
    Hebrew Exegesis of OT Wisdom Literature
    3

    Hebrew 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.

    Prerequisites

  • 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 7771
    Israel Study Tour
    3

    Israel Study Tour

    Credit is available for those who take an approved tour of Israel and the Holy Land. Students should check with the chairperson of the Biblical Studies department for reading and writing requirements associated with receiving credit for the trip.

  • OTS 7790
    Pilot Course in Old Testament

    Pilot Course in Old Testament

    Uncataloged courses are offered occasionally to enrich the offerings of a major and to tap the resources of department faculty and visiting scholars. Specific course titles and descriptions are available when the course is scheduled.

  • 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 7799
    Thesis in Old Testament
    3

    Thesis in Old Testament

    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.

  • PCC 5520
    Person in Ministry
    3

    Person 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 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 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
    3

    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.

    Prerequisites

  • PCC 7794
    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.

    Prerequisites

  • 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
    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.

  • 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 7706
    HISTORY OF THE (___) CHURCH
    2

    HISTORY 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.

  • 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.

  • PTS 7708
    Polity of the (_____) Church
    2

    Polity 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.

  • 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.

  • SPF 5540
    Spiritual Formation
    4

    Spiritual Formation

    This course introduces students to the nature and processes of spiritual formation and its goal of 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 spiritual disciplines, with an in-depth focus on prayer, for growth in personal and social holiness.

    Prerequisites

  • SPF 6615
    History and Literature ot Christian Spirituality
    3

    History and Literature ot 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 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 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.

    Prerequisites

  • 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 7790
    Pilot Course in Spiritual Formation
    3

    Pilot Course in Spiritual Formation

    Uncatalogued courses are offered occasionally to enrich the offerings of the major and to tap the resources of department faculty and visiting scholars. Specific course titles and descriptions are available when the course is scheduled.

  • 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/CHS 6667
    Women Spiritual Writers
    3

    Women Spiritual Writers

  • SPF/CHS 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.

    Prerequisites

  • 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).

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