Bachelor of Theology

General Education Courses

 

GS 150 Academic, Professional & Personal Development

An introductory freshman level course designed to launch a successful college career:  It includes exploration of study skills, research skills and information literacy, personality testing, development of emotional and spiritual resources, and an understanding of the goals of their college program. Every student will demonstrate a beginning understanding of salvation by both writing an essay on how to become a Christian (including quoting assigned verses), and presenting the way of salvation to the professor (i.e., in a personal interview).

 

GS 499 Capstone

As a look back at what has been learned and a look forward at where students my aim for in the future, this course focuses on self-analysis and reflection.  This is facilitated by personality / aptitude tests, a look at how careers are found, the place of personal/emotional/spiritual resources and an understanding of how to find one’s niche and even a job.  Every student will demonstrate an understanding of salvation by both writing an essay on how to become a Christian (including quoting assigned verses and basic principles of growth), and presenting the way of salvation to the professor (i.e., in a personal interview).

 

Biblical Languages

GE 111 Elementary Greek I

This course is a beginning study of New Testament Greek with emphasis on the essentials of grammar and basic vocabulary. (3 credits)

GE 112 Elementary Greek II

This course is a continuation of Elementary Greek I. It includes the reading of selected prose passages. Completion of this course allows students to read the New Testament with the help of a grammar and a dictionary. (3 credits)

GE 115 Elementary Hebrew I

This course is a beginning study of Biblical Hebrew with emphasis on the essentials of grammar and basic vocabulary. (3 credits)

GE 116 Elementary Hebrew II

This course is a continuation of Elementary Hebrew I. It includes the reading of selected prose passages. Completion of this course allows students to read the Old Testament with the help of a grammar and a dictionary. (3 credits)

Communication

GE 121 Introduction to Communication

This course establishes a foundation for the study of communication: its breadth, various cultural contexts, and the major issues and concerns in the field. (3 credits)

GE 222 Intercultural Communication

This course studies the nature of problems of communication within and across cultural contexts, the role of cultural differences in communication, and strategies for effective communication across cultural lines. (3 credits)

English

GE 102 Grammar & Composition

This course begins with instruction in grammar and writing then moves on to instruction in how to write college-level narrative, descriptive, analytical and persuasive essays, as well as an introduction to writing research papers.

GC 240 Research and Writing

This course focuses on information literacy, research skills, citations and ethics (e.g., avoidance of plagiarism), and construction of research papers.  (Prerequisite: GE 102 Grammar & Composition)

Fine Arts

GE 212 Christian Literature

This course is an introduction to classic Christian literature which offers students the opportunity to read and appreciate a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction.

GE 284 Church Music

Students will examine the purpose of music in worship with attention to music literature for the church from the earliest practices to the present. Emphasis will be placed on hymnology, liturgy and special music in the church. (3 credits)

History

HIST 101 Western Civilization

An exploration of the cultures, people and events that have become what we today recognize as Western Civilization.  This study includes an understanding of the uniqueness of Western culture, its positive and negative influences, how Jewish and Christian foundations and continuing influence had shaped Western civilization, and the results of Western civilization becoming increasingly post-Christian.

CH 101 Church History

An exploration of the people and events that have become the story of the Christian community from the time it left the context of the first Jewish Christian community to today when there are more Christians south of the Equator than north of it and when there are more missionaries coming from non-Western countries than from Western nations.

GE 161 World History I

This course focuses on the social, economic, and cultural processes or systems that have interlinked the world in the pre-modern period. It will sample the historiographical literature on world history from origins to 15th century.

GE 162 World History II

This course continues World History II and will sample the historiographical literature on world history from 15th century to contemporary globalization.

Mathematics

GS 121 Mathematical Principles

This course provides an introductory survey of mathematics science with particular emphasis on topics from algebra, geometry, and statistics. (3 credits)

Philosophy

GE 141 Critical Thinking

This course focuses on the analysis and evaluation of arguments, identification of erroneous reasoning, and the creation of persuasive, valid arguments. The clear articulation of an argument in written form will be emphasized. (3 credits)

GE 145 Ethical Issues

A study of the major ethical theories and thinkers, ethical problems and related biblical teaching. (3 credits)

Social Science

GS 210 Cultural Anthropology

An introduction to the study of how to understand, adapt to and work in other cultures.  This includes discussions of worldview, form verses meaning, culture shock and adjustment, analysis of norms (e.g., of host culture verses own culture and Biblical standards) and an understanding of one’s own ethno-centricity.  The course will also include a discussion of contextualization (e.g., how believers should indigenize their own Church).

CC 302 Intro to Psychology

An introduction to psychological terms, facts and principles designed to aid the student in understanding individual behavior.  Class material includes such topics as motivation, emotion, perception, learning, and intelligence.

Science

GS 104 Principles of Psychology

This course includes an overview of human development, personality, mental abilities, motivation and emotion, psychological disorders and treatment, and health psychology. These issues are viewed in the light of a biblical view of humans. (3 credits)

GS 106 Scientific Principles

This course provides an introductory survey of science with particular emphasis on topics from biology, chemistry, and physics. The history of and methods used in these disciplines sciences are studied. (3 credits)

GS 202 Social Issues

This course focuses on the importance of Christian involvement in sociology and how this relates to the three major areas of the field: social interaction, social concerns, and social institutions. Students will be exposed to important methodological tools. (3 credits)

 

Bible & Theology Courses

Old Testament

OT 101 Old Testament Survey

An overview of the Old Testament with an emphasis on historical and cultural background, literary genre, themes, people, and events. (3 credits)

OT 102 Pentateuch

Mosaic authorship, historical and cultural backdrop, themes, theological issues, literary structure, and content. (3 credits)

OT 212 Poetic & Wisdom Books Authorship, historical and cultural background, themes, and literary content of Job through Song of Solomon. (3 credits)

OT 213 Conquest, Judges, and United Kingdom

An expository study of Israel’s history from conquest to the end of the united kingdom as portrayed in Joshua, Judges, 1st Kings (Chapters 1-11), 1st Chronicles and 2nd Chronicles (Chapters 1-9).

OT 301 Divided Kingdom, Prophets & Kings of the Assyrian Crisis

An expository study of Israel’s history from the division of Solomon’s kingdom through the end Assyrian Crisis as portrayed in 1st Kings (Chapters 12-22), 2nd Kings (Chapters 1-20),  2nd Chronicles (Chapters 10-32) Obadiah, Joel, Amos, Jonah, Hosea, Isaiah, Micah, and Nahum.

OT 411 Prophets & Kings of the Babylonian Crisis

An expository study of Israel’s history during the Babylonian Crisis (up to the Exile) as portrayed in 2nd Kings (Chapters 21-23) and 2nd Chronicles (Chapters 33-36), Zephaniah, Jeremiah (Chapters 1-47), Habakkuk, and Lamentations.

OT 412 Exile & Restoration

An expository study of Israel’s history during the Exile and Restoration as portrayed in Daniel, 2nd Kings (Chapters 24-25), Jeremiah (Chapters 48-49), Ezekiel, Ezra, Haggai, Zachariah, Esther, Nehemiah and Malachi.

New Testament

NT 101 New Testament Survey

An overview of the New Testament with emphasis on historical and cultural background, literary genre, structure, themes, people, and events. (3 credits)

NT 103 Synoptic Gospels

Chronological study of the gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke, as well as a look at the historical, cultural, and theological factors aiding the interpretation of the events and teachings. (3 credits)

ST 202 Hermeneutics

Methods and principles for interpreting Scripture throughout church history and present era with an emphasis on the grammatical-historical method. (3 credits)

NT 303 Johanian Writings (Gospel, Letters, Revelation)

Authorship, occasion of writing, themes, theological issues, literary structure and content of John’s writings. (3 credits)

NT 201 Book of Acts

An expository study of the Book of Acts including an emphasis on the theological, historical, geographical, and missiological understandings and implications (3 creddits)

NT 402 Pauline Epistles

Authorship, occasion of writing, themes, theological issues, literary structure and content of Paul’s writings. (3 credits)

Theology

ST 101 Study of Theology

Introduction to the discipline of theology with attention to the nature, methods and topics of theological reflection. (3 credits)

ST 201 Theology I

The biblical doctrines of God, Christ, man, and sin with reference to the history and development of Christian theology. (3 credits)

ST 202 Theology II

The biblical doctrines of salvation, the Holy Spirit, the church, and end times with reference to the history and development of Christian theology. (3 credits)

ST 361-369 Systematic Theological Studies

These courses offer in-depth examination of major doctrines of the Christian faith such as the

Trinity, Christology, salvation, or the church. (3 credits each course)

ST 271 Systematic Theology I (3 credits)

An examination of the doctrines of God, Christ, and Holy Spirit

ST 372 Systematic Theology II (3 credits)

An examination of the doctrines of Man, Sin, and Salvation

ST 473 Systematic Theology III (3 Credits)

An examination of the doctrines of the Bible, Church, and Eschatology

Church History

CH 101 Study of Church History

Introduction to the discipline of church history with attention to the nature, methods and topics of historical research. (3 credits)

CH 201 Church History I

This course examines the history of the Christian church from the time of the apostles to the European Reformation of the 16th century. Emphasis will be given to the geographical expansion of the church, the development of orthodoxy, forms of spirituality, and worship. (3 credits)

CH 202 Church History II

This course is a continuation of HIS 315 from the Reformation to the present time. Emphasis will be given to the diversity of Protestantism, the challenges of the modern age. (3 credits)

CH 301 World Christianity

An introduction to the contemporary worldwide Christian movements, focusing on social, cultural and missiological issues. (3 credits)

CH 401 Religion in America

This course is a historical survey of the varieties of religious faith and practice in the United States from the colonial era to the present. (3 credits)

Ministry

PT 101 Foundations of Ministry

An overview of the discipline of Christian ministry. Topics of study include the historical and theological nature of the church, principles of evangelism and discipleship, spiritual gifts, training lay leadership, and an examination of contemporary ministry opportunities. (3 credits)

PT 201 Personal Evangelism

While there is some discussion of the reasons we evangelize, the bulk of the course is a practical study in how to engage others in spiritual conversation, present the path to salvation (learning various methods), the basics of follow up, and alternative strategies (e.g., visitation programs, relationship evangelism, events).  Every student will demonstrate competence in presenting the way to salvation by both writing an essay on how to become a Christian (including quoting assigned verses and basic principles of growth), and presenting the way of salvation to the professor (i.e., in a personal interview).

PT 211 Spiritual & Leadership Development

An overview of the fundamentals of developing a deep and abiding relationship with God through theological and experiential perspectives. Also, an overview of biblical and contemporary leadership theories applied to personal leadership development within the local church. (3 credits)

PT 222 Christian Ministry Skills

Includes instruction and skill development in a variety of functions expected of those in full-time Christian ministry, including examples such as: public speaking, leading worship, working with pastoral leadership, and church staff, and conducting visitation. (3 credits)

PT 303 Methods of Bible Study

Foundational development of the inductive Bible study method applied to narrative and epistolary literature with additional methods explored including biographical, topical, book, and word study. (3 credits)

PT 420 Basic Biblical Counseling

Investigation of foundations for pastoral counseling to individuals and families in ministry settings. Study of psychological theories and the development of personal counseling skills. (3 credits)

PT 360 Christian Education

A study of educational principles useful in a church context (e.g., a Sunday school class or home group, a K-6 academy sponsored by a local church).  This includes setting and targeting learning objectives, a variety of teaching methods, and personal care for students.

PT 380 Principles of Leadership

A biblically integrated study of leadership theories and their application.  This study includes discussion of servant leadership, promoting vision and recruiting the best efforts of followers, and delegation of both responsibility and authority.

PT 405 Children’s Ministry

An exploration and assessment of various contemporary approaches to Children’s Ministry. Includes practice in the development of strategies involving family, community, and church resources. (3 credits)

PT 407 Youth Ministry

An exploration and assessment of various contemporary approaches to teenagers. Includes practice in the development of ministry strategies involving family, community, and church resources. (3 credits)

PT 442 Homiletics & Preaching Practicum

A study of the construction and effective presentation of a sermon.  Students will present sermons and evaluate each other’s work according to a list of evaluation criteria.

MI 212 Theology of Mission

A study of the centrality of God’s redemptive acts on behalf of mankind from both the Old and New Testaments, as well as theological issues related to the mission of the Church in modern times. (3 credits)

MI 230 History of Mission

An historical study of how the Church has expanded from society to society with an emphasis on the key people and strategies that facilitated this advance.

MI 351 The Local Church and World Missions

Designed to study theology and strategy of missions from the perspective of the local church, including approaches to mission education, and mobilization; disciple making, prayer, and member care; partnerships, church-based teams, and responding to contemporary global issues. (3 credits)

Master of Divinity Courses

GS550 Academic, Professional & Personal Development

A course designed to launch a successful graduate school career:  It includes exploration of study skills, research skills and information literacy, personality testing, development of emotional and spiritual resources, and an understanding of the goals of their program. Every student will demonstrate a beginning understanding of salvation by both writing an essay on how to become a Christian (including quoting assigned verses), and presenting the way of salvation to the professor (i.e., in a personal interview).

 

GS 599 Capstone

As a look back at what has been learned and a look forward at where students my aim for in the future, this course focuses on self-analysis and reflection.  This is facilitated by personality / aptitude tests, a look at how careers are found, the place of personal/emotional/spiritual resources and an understanding of how to find one’s niche and even a job.  Every student will demonstrate an understanding of salvation by both writing an essay on how to become a Christian (including quoting assigned verses and basic principles of growth), and presenting the way of salvation to the professor (i.e., in a personal interview).

Biblical Languages    

BL 531 New Testament Greek I

This course is a beginning study of New Testament Greek with emphasis on the essentials of grammar and basic vocabulary. (3 credits)

BL 532 New Testament Greek II

This course is a continuation of New Testament Greek I. It includes the reading of selected prose passages. Completion of this course allows students to read the New Testament with the help of a grammar and a dictionary. (3 credits)

BL 551 Biblical Hebrew I

This course is a beginning study of biblical Hebrew with emphasis on the essentials of grammar and basic vocabulary. (3 credits)

BL 552 Biblical Hebrew II

This course is a continuation of Elementary Hebrew I. It includes the reading of selected prose passages. Completion of this course allows students to read the Old Testament with the help of a grammar and a dictionary. (3 credits)

Biblical Studies

BI 500 Intro to Bible

An overview of the Old and New Testaments with an emphasis on historical and cultural background, literary genre, themes, people, and events. (3 credits)

BI 531 Hermeneutics

A study of how to accurately interpret the scriptures through historical-contextual methods.

Old Testament

OT 501 Old Testament Survey

An overview of the Old Testament with an emphasis on historical and cultural background, literary genre, themes, people, and events. (3 credits)

OT 510 Pentateuch

Exegetical study of selected passages with discussion of background issues (historical and compositional) and exegetical methodology.  (3 credits)

OT 525 Historical Books & Wisdom Literature

A study of the history and poetry of Israel from the time of the conquest through the restoration.  (3 credits)

540 Major Prophets

Exegetical study of selected passages with discussion of background issues and exegetical methodology.  (3 credits)

OT 555 Minor Prophets

Exegetical study of selected passages with discussion of background issues and exegetical methodology. (3 credits)

New Testament

NT 501 New Testament Survey

An overview of the New Testament with emphasis on historical and cultural background, literary genre, structure, themes, people, and events. (3 credits)

NT 510 Gospels

Exegetical study of the gospels. Application of exegetical methodology and discussion of background issues, including historical backgrounds, composition, authorship, and distinctives of each book. (3 credits)

NT 525 Acts & Pauline Epistles  This course begins with an exploration of the early Church as reveled in the Book of Actus up to the ministry of the Apostle Paul.  The remainder of the course studies the Apostle Paul’s pastoral work in the establishment and care of churches and his formative contribution to the theology of the church through examination of his work and letters. (3 credits)

NT 540  General Epistles & Revelation  Exegetical study of selected passages from letters other than those written by Paul, as well as the Book of Revelation, with discussion of background issues and exegetical methodology. (3 credits)

Theology

ST 502 Theology I

Bible, God, Man (3 credits)

ST 503 Theology II

Christ, Sin, Salvation (3 credits)

ST 504 Theology III

Holy Spirit, Church, Eschatology (3 credits)

Church History

CH 501 Early & Medieval Church

History of the church from the Apostolic Fathers to the eve of the Reformation with an emphasis on the development of doctrine. Discussion of key thinkers, such as Origen, Tertullian, Augustine, Anselm, Aquinas and Scotus. (3 credits)

CH 502 Reformation to the Modern Church

History of the church from the Reformation to the present with an emphasis on the key Continental and English Reformers, including Zwingli, Luther and Calvin. Discussion of the Counter-Reformation, Protestant scholasticism, the Enlightenment, the development of the modern mission movement, the growth of the non-Western church and important theological developments. (3 credits)

CH 601 World Christianity

An introduction to the contemporary worldwide Christian movements, focusing on social, cultural and missiological issues. (3 credits)

CH 605 Religion in America

This course is a historical survey of the varieties of religious faith and practice in the United States from the colonial era to the present. (3 credits)

Ministry

PT 502 Spiritual Formation

In this course, the student is introduced to the historic disciplines and practices of the Christian faith that promote intimacy with God and Christ-likeness in character with the goal of fostering ongoing personal vitality essential to ministry and the ability to facilitate spiritual renewal and consistent discipleship in others.

PT 511 Spiritual Theology & Formation

Introductory study of spiritual theology and formation, which attempts to understand the nature of new life in Christ and the process of formation in the Spirit. Attention is given to developmental spirituality, how the Spirit transforms the heart over time and how this affects ministries of teaching, preaching and discipleship in the church.

PT517 Evangelism & Outreach  The biblical principles and practice of evangelism and discipleship. The class will seek to develop the skills of personal evangelism, outreach strategies, and strategies for a discipleship ministry.

PT 533 Foundations of Worship

This course is a study of the worship of the believing communities of the Bible and early Christianity, with special attention to its historical expressions and theological foundations.

PT 535 Discipleship and Cell Groups

A study of discipleship techniques, programs and training areas (e.g., consistent devotions, prayer, Bible study, committed relationships with fellow disciples, serving God, witnessing, production of Christ-like character, stewardship and giving, commitment for disciples to become disciplers, …) plus practical material on leading and managing cell groups.

PT 550 Pastoral Ministry

A study of a pastor’s call, purpose, and role in ministry. Special attention will be given to providing leadership in worship, music, ordinances, weddings, funerals, and hospital and home visitation.

PT 580 Homiletics

The process of preparation that results in sermons that are biblically accurate, easy to follow, interesting to listen to and relevant to contemporary needs.

ED 505 Intro to Christian Education

Analysis of ministries of edification as they relate to the personal, congregational and administrative aspects of ministry with people of all ages. Focus is on the explanation of various methods and resources available for ministry and on the development of individual skills in communicating and leading in these ministries.

PH 552 Christian Apologetics

As a study in the defense of the faith in the face of such challenges as atheism, other religions, the New Age, Cults, and post-modern and relativistic worldviews.

MI 500 Intro to Missiology

A study of theology, history, and methodology of worldwide missions and the place of the local church in this endeavor (e.g., missions committee, missions conference, missions trips, sending-supporting-caring for missionaries.

PT 577 Theology of Mission

A study of the centrality of God’s redemptive acts on behalf of mankind from both the Old and New Testaments, as well as theological issues related to the mission of the Church in modern times. (3 credits)

PT 579 The Local Church and World Missions

Designed to study theology and strategy of missions from the perspective of the local church, including approaches to mission education, and mobilization; disciple making, prayer, and member care; partnerships, church-based teams, and responding to contemporary global issues. (3 credits)

PT 521 Pastoral Leadership

The biblical basis for organizational management and leadership. Examination of the process of planning, organizing, leading and supporting from a biblical basis and made applicable to Christian service and ministry

CC 544 Pastoral Counseling

Explores ministry to people who request counseling in church and para-church contexts. Starting with relationship building skills, students will discover their limits in help-giving, and learn appropriate referral process.

PT 591 Introduction to Field Education

Introduction into the practical elements of ministry. Emphasis will be placed on career planning, field experience and preparation for Field Education Internship.

PT 592, 593, 692, 693 Field Education I-IV

Weekly involvement in ministry with satisfactory completion of student’s self-evaluation form, supervisor’s evaluation form and sermon evaluation form.

PT 599 Thesis Draft

This is a course of independent study in which the student prepares a thesis supervised by the instructor.