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AR210
Introduction to Humanities

An introductory exploration of the humanities through the examination and discussion of select artistic, literary and philosophic works of Western civilization. Students will exercise hermeneutic, critical thinking, and communication skills, while laboring to uncover the power of these works and texts to express and/or form a worldview. Ultimately, students will confront their own worldviews in light of these competing visions of reality in order to better understand, embrace and share the Christian worldview.

 


BA102
Introduction to Business
This course provides a foundation in business operations through a survey of major business functions. Offers an overview of business organizations and the business, strategic planning, international business and quality assurance.



 
BA104
Business Law
Examines the legal system's role and impact regarding business transactions, liability issues, and ownership of intellectual property.

 


 
BA105
Principles of Economics
The course presents a survey of basic micro and macro economic principles and concepts. It reviews the economic dynamics of market forces affecting competition, different economic systems, the role of government in the economy, and economic aspects of international trade. It also discusses the labor market, interest rates and the supply of money, and the performance of a national economy. Finally, it examines the use of economics in business decisions, considering such principles as opportunity costs, diminishing returns, and the marginal principle.

 


BA202
Business Ethics
This course examines ethical principles through the application of moral reasoning to work– related challenges encountered in contemporary organizations. students consider personal values and organizational values in examining organizational culture as a metaphor for the moral environment of an organization. the analysis of case situations will illustrate the application of various ethical approaches to managing organizations.
Pre–requisite: BA102 or instructor placement

 


BA203
Introduction to Management Information Systems
This course provides an overview of the role of MIS in management, including information technology related business initiatives, electronic commerce, database development and analysis, data security, and emerging trends and technologies. These concepts are critical to gaining a competitive edge in today’s global economy.




BA303
Principles of Marketing
This course introduces basic marketing principles and concepts, emphasizes the development of
marketing strategy and the key components of the marketing mix, and highlights the integration
of marketing with other functions in a business organization.
Pre–requisite: BA105




BA309
Fundamentals of Selling
This course explores principles underlying the sales process and practical application of these
principles to selling situations. Students will study the role of selling in the total marketing
process.
Pre–requisite: BA303




BA511
Global Perspectives on Social Entrepreneurship
This course introduces students to the basic ideas, tools and emerging activities of social entrepreneurship around the world. Social entrepreneurs use entrepreneurial talents and managerial skill to address social problems. As such, students will explore and discover ways to create and sustain social value in business contexts. They will learn to design enterprise processes to support innovation and adaptation with a clear focus on the needs of those being served.

 


 
BI100
Principles of Bible Study
This course is an introduction to various tools of Bible study and a methodical and inductive approach to study of the Scriptures, basic laws, and principles of interpretation. This course includes opportunities to practice using the tools, methods, and principles.

What they are saying about this course:
"I have learned a great deal from this course, both in regard to Bible study in general and in regard to Philippians specifically. From reading the books and lectures, to properly completing the assignments, I know that this 3-credit course has been a God-honoring use of my time. "
Missie Becker, dual enrolled online student

 


 
BI105
Introduction to Old Testament Literature
This class surveys the entire Old Testament with an emphasis on its historical and theological foundation to the great ideas of the Bible - creation, transgression, redemption, and consummation.   The three main genre of the Old Testament (narrative, poetry, and prophecy) will be studied along with the significance of the great eschatological covenants (Abrahamic, Davidic, Palestinian, and New) and the place of Israel in God's plan.

 


BI106
Introduction to New Testament Literature
This course develops the overarching themes of the Bible begun in the Old Testament and revealed in the literature of the New Teatament.  The Gospels reflect the hinge of history--the incarnation, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The balance of the New Testament describes the story of the early Church as it proclaimed the themes of transgression, redemption, and consummation.  The various types of New Testament lliterature are explained along with interpretive principles associated with each.

What they are saying about this course:
“This was a really great class for me. I have learned so much over these last eight weeks. With redemption being the main theme of the New Testament and really the entire Bible, it has been a good week to see how love and faith are intertwined in our salvation. Thank you for taking the time to help me learn and grow in my faith as we have walked through the New Testament.”
– Diana Hall, online student



BI201
Old Testament Prophets
This course is a study of the major themes of the prophetic books of the Old Testament. Each book is placed in its historical context, and its major themes are developed in light of this context. Selected passages are studied in detail to provide examples of the use of good principles of interpretation.

 


BI202
Old Testament Poetry

This course is an introduction to the poetic books of the Old Testament. It includes an introduction to the nature and interpretation of Hebrew poetry, presenting the major themes of the books of Job, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Solomon. Selected Psalms are studied to illustrate the various types of Psalms.

 

 
BI210
Romans
This course is an expository study of the book of Romans. Special attention is given to the text of Romans, the development of its major theological themes and arguments, and the application of them in the lives of believers.

 

 
BI305
Deuteronomy
The book of Deuteronomy will be examined in depth to gain a proper understanding of what this significant Old Testament book teaches. The book will be overviewed broadly to gain an overall understanding then it will be broken down into manageable units to understand the breadth of what the book teaches. The student will gain an appreciation for the significance of covenant law as well what the Law means for New Testament believers today.

 
BI332
Studies in Psalms
This course is a survey of the formation and organization of the book of Psalms, the nature of Old Testament poetry, and application of sound principles for studying the book. Selected Psalms are used to illustrate the various kinds of psalms and the doctrinal and devotional values of the Psalms

 

 
BI334
Gospel of John
An expositional study of the fourth Gospel emphasizing its literal, grammatical, historical context; the development of John’s argument; key themes and doctrine; and a critical examination of problem passages.



 
BI335
Acts
This course is an expository analysis. Emphasis is placed upon the birth and beginnings of the
Church, transitional and dispensational programs, teaching concerning the Holy spirit, biblical
basis of missions and the missionary journeys of the Apostle Paul, and the nature and form of
the Christian Church in its early development.
Prerequisite: BI100

 
BI336
I Corinthians
This course is an expository, analytical, and practical study of selected portions of 1 Corinthians with special attention to God’s solutions to major problems of the Church in every generation.

 


BI338
General Epistles
This course is a study of the New Testament epistles known as the General Epistles: James, 1 and 2 Peter, 1, 2, and 3 John, and Jude. Authorship, date, and historical context of each Epistle are examined. The content and theme of the epistles are analyzed in detail.

 


BI339
Pastoral Epistles
this course is designed to be a verse–by–verse study of the new testament epistles of 1 and 2 timothy and titus. authorship, date, argument, and historical setting are analyzed for each of these late pauline epistles.

 


BI340
Genesis

This course examines the historical, theological, and prophetical themes of Genesis, matters relating to the origins of the human race and of Israel, a section-by-section exposition, including close analysis of selected passages and themes, and application of principles to contemporary life.


 
BI342
Isaiah
The nature and function of Old Testament prophecy, the historical setting of the book, special introductory problems, and survey of the entire book. Detailed study of selected passages in Isaiah.


 
BI343
Proverbs

This course is designed to help the student study, understand, apply, and communicate the book of Proverbs. The course will focus on the unique interpretation issues of Proverbs and the concept of “wisdom” as presented in the book. The course will also include a “spiritual Formation” element, with the intention of helping the student understand the need for spiritual wisdom and how to live in that wisdom


BI344
King's and Chronicles

This course surveys the major movements of the records of the kings of the United and Divided Kingdoms of Israel in the context of historical, geographical, and contextual settings, together with personal applications for today. Prerequisite: BI100


 
BI347
Jeremiah
An expository analysis of the major prophet, Jeremiah with emphases on background, interpretation, application, and theology especially the New Covenant.

 
BI353
Post-Exilic Minor Prophets

This course is an analytical, historical, and theological book study of Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi. Their relations to Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther along with the intertestamental period and the New Testament will be emphasized. Prerequisite: BI100



BI420
Christ in the Old Testament

This course focuses on the progressive revelation of the person and work of Christ in the OT. Special attention will be given to context, historical setting, and need for a given prophecy along with its fulfillment in Christ. In addition, the literal interpretation of yet unfulfilled prophecies will be explored.

 


BI443
Pre-Exilic Minor Prophets

Divine origin and functions of the Old Testament prophets. Careful analysis of selected Pre-Exilic Minor Prophets; reconstruction of the religious and political conditions of the times in which the prophets ministered.

 


BI445
Matthew

This course is a careful analysis of the book in light of its use of many old testament prophecies of Israel's messiah and His kingdom as well as how Matthew presents Jesus Christ as the literal fulfillment of those prophecies.

 

BI444
Post Exilic Minor Prophets

This class is an analytical, historical, and theological books study of Haggai, Zechariah, and Malach.

 


BI446
Hebrews

This course is an analysis of this epistle in the light of the people to whom it was written and the reason for which it was written. Contrasts between Christianity and Judaism emphasized.


BI447
Daniel/ Revelation

This course is a practical exposition of selected portions of the books of Daniel and Revelation.
Presentation of the prophetic Scriptures and the person of Jesus Christ with doctrinal and
eschatological features are emphasized.
Prerequisite: BI100

 


BI449
Wisdom Literature

This course is an expository analysis of the Hebrew poetic books, Job, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes,
and Song of Solomon with emphasis on interpretation and application to the New Testament
age.
Prerequisite: BI100

 


BI452
Pre-Exilic Minor Prophets

This course is an expository analysis of the minor prophets: Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah with emphasis on their background, interpretation, application, and place in eschatological theology.

 


BI504
Interpretation of the Gospels: Luke    

This course will be a thorough analysis of the Gospel of Luke within its historical and cultural
context. Careful consideration will be given to how the structure, theology, and literary features
of the book influence one’s interpretation of it. The course will focus on thoughtful exposition
of the book to build a depth of understanding the content of Luke’s Gospel. And, building from
the exposition, the student will have the opportunity to consider applications of Luke’s Gospel to
their personal lives as well as in a ministry context.

 


BI531
Interpretation of the Gospels: John    

This course is an expositional study of the fourth Gospel emphasizing its literal, grammatical, historical context; the development of John's argument; key themes and doctrine; and a critical examination of problem passages.

 


ED216
Teaching the English Language Learner PreK-6th Grade

This 3-credit-hour course presents an overview of five subject areas pertinent to teaching English Language Learners in the content areas, K-12: Cross-Cultural Communication and Understanding, Applied Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition, Methods in Teaching English as a Second Language, Curriculum Development and Adaptation, and Language Assessment.  These five subject areas, which are the focus of the course modules, promote the understanding of first and second language acquisition processes, facilitate the development of culturally and linguistically appropriate instructional and assessment skills, and present effective means for modifying curricula.


 

ED222
Teaching the English Language Learner K-12

This 2 (or 3)-credit-hour course presents an overview of five subject areas pertinent to teaching English Language Learners in the content areas, K-12: Cross-Cultural Communication and Understanding, Applied Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition, Methods in Teaching English as a Second Language, Curriculum Development and Adaptation, and Language Assessment.  These five subject areas, which are the focus of the course modules, promote the understanding of first and second language acquisition processes, facilitate the development of culturally and linguistically appropriate instructional and assessment skills, and present effective means for modifying curricula.


EM200
The Church’s Ministry

This course is offered as an opportunity for students to think seriously about the Church and their relationship with it. It is foundational to more specialized ministry courses to be taken in their various programs of study. The focus will be on gaining a Biblical perspective about God’s purpose for the Church and about how He designed it to function, with a view to helping students become strong contributors to their church bodies.

 


EM303
Effective Bible Teaching

This course is designed to develop the student's ability to teach the Bible effectively. Emphasis is placed on understanding the purpose of Bible teaching and the essential factors necessary to achieve that purpose. These factors include practical guidance in the areas of writing objectives, session planning, and other teaching skills.

 


EM331
Ministry in Marriage and Motherhood

This course teaches women how to experience the joy of the Lord as they live to their full potential as wives, mothers, and homemakers. A special emphasis will be given to developing a ministry mindset (a serving heart) in marriage and the home.

 


EM332
Women in Christian Ministries

This course is a study of the biblical role of women in ministry. It will establish a theological foundation and facilitate the creation of personal philosophy of women in vocational ministry. The course will include both theoretical and practical components, along with an overview of ministry opportunities available to women.

 


EM336
Women Counseling Women

This course is designed to develop the student’s ability to provide biblical counsel relevant to issues facing women today. The student will assess cultural influences versus biblical principles and how that has an impact on growth and discipleship in women. Discussion will center on how one’s spiritual heart condition influences one’s ability to counsel and to be counseled. Also listed as PS304.


EM412
Family Life of the Ministry Leader

This course teaches that a ministry leader must first exercise that leadership at home. This course is designed to lead students in a consideration of biblical principles concerning the family, especially as it relates to God’s expectations for the ministry leader. Students will be helped in formulating approaches for carrying out their own responsibilities and for helping others understand and pursue godly relationships in their homes.


EM413
Foundations of Ministry Leadership

This course teaches that there is a great deal of profitable theory related to leadership. Leading a group of God’s people toward the accomplishment of the mission He has given them requires a clear understanding of principles of spiritual leadership. this course will take students into an exploration of the practicalities of administration and management surrounded by and built on the foundation of an understanding of biblical servant/shepherd leadership.


EM421
Educational Ministry of the Church

This course studies the practical leadership of the educational agencies available in a local church, including philosophy, background, objectives, personnel, preparation, and evaluation techniques of local church educational agencies.

 
 
EN107
Introduction to Academic Writing
An intense, thorough presentation of the academic writing skills necessary for college and one's teaching profession/ministry.  Students will learn to write expository, augmentatives, and persuasive essays free of error that obstruct reader comprehension. Research and the use of quality sources will be a focus of this course.

 


EN234
Creative Writing

This course provides a cursory study of rhetorical techniques and application of principles for writing effectively in a variety of genres that include poetry, short story nonfiction, and plays. Prerequisites: EN102, EN103, or EN105

 


EN301
Contemporary Christian Writing

This is a survey course considering the context and works of prominent Christian writers of the 20th and 21st centuries who have explored their faith in essay, allegory, biography and the novel. This is a writing course that requires critical thinking throught reading and discussion and requires writing about and imitating various models from the writers studied.


ES105
Principles of Economics

This course presents a survey of basic micro and macro economic principles and concepts. Reviews the economic dynamics of market forces affecting competition, different economic systems, the role of government in the economy, and economic aspects of international trade. Discusses the labor market, interest rates and the supply of money, and the performance of a national economy. Examines the use of economics in business decisions, considering such principles as opportunity costs, diminishing returns, and the marginal principle.

 


EV220
World Evangelism

This course offers a very practical combinational study of world religions and the sharing of one’s faith. It prepares the student to answer the most common objections of three major religions: Islam, Judaism, and Mormonism, along with the intentional relationship building and verbalizing of the Gospel. In addition, the course will teach the basic discipleship methods for developing new believers. Also considered are evangelistic methods, such as tract distribution, questionnaires, interviews, and personal correspondence.

 


HI101
American History I
This course is a survey of United States history from pre–Colonial times through the Reconstruction Era of 1877. Special attention is focused on the social, intellectual, and cultural threads of American history. Secondary purpose includes satisfying the requirements for education students regarding Pennsylvania state history.

 


HI102
American History II
This course is a survey of united states history from the end of the reconstruction era (1877) to the present. attention is focused on the social, intellectual, and cultural threads of the american history.

 


HI111
History of Western Civilization and Thought I
This course is an introduction to the seminal events, ideas, thinkers and works of our Western Civilization.  The primary means of our investigation will be direct interaction with poetic, philosophic and historical texts in the light of divine revelation granted us in Scripture.  Underlying ideas, which influence deeds, will be our focus as we examine the flow of history and thought from the creation account in Genesis through the Greco-Roman World to the beginning of the Modern Era.




HI112
History of Western Civilization and Thought II
This course is an introduction to the seminal events, ideas, thinkers, and works of our Western civilization. The primary means of investigation will consist of sustained interaction with poetic, political, and philosophic texts in the light of Divine revelation granted us in Scripture. Ideas, which influence deeds, will be our focus as we examine our Western heritage from A.D. 1600 to the present century.


HI205
American History I
This course is a survey of United states history from pre–Colonial times through the Reconstruction era of 1877. Special attention is focused on the social, intellectual, and cultural threads of American history.


HI206
American History Ii
This course is a survey of United States history from the end of the Reconstruction Era (1877) to the present. Attention is focused on the social, intellectual, and cultural threads of the American history.


HI302
American Regime

This course constitutes an inductive exploration of the fundamental principles of american political life through the close reading of seminal texts in the light of biblical revelation. The primary purpose of the course is for students to read difficult and unfamiliar texts that pertain to american political life with increasing skill and pleasure and to converse with each other so as to better understand and embrace the Christian worldview in light of competing systems of political thought. Of particular concern will be the meaning of the united states Constitution, the government that has emerged from it, the virtues and principles underlying democratic republican government in general, and the particular demands it places upon citizens and statesmen.



HI401
Politics and the Christian Worldview
This course constitutes an inductive exploration of politics and society through the close reading of seminal texts in the light of biblical revelation. The primary purpose of the course is for students to read difficult and unfamiliar political texts with increasing skill and pleasure and to converse with each other so as to better understand and embrace the Christian worldview in light of competing systems of political and sociological thought. In this regard, particular attention will be paid to the study of how political systems and governments emerge, how they maintain themselves (both internally and with respect to foreign powers), and how they deal with question of injustice leading to reform or revolution.

 



HP100
Life Fitness

This course teaches that the goal in Christian Education is to develop total or whole persons so that they may exemplify Christ and set examples in all areas of life. Life Fitness provides students with a better understanding of the mechanics and components of fitness and wellness. The intent of this course is to help students realize the value and role of physical activity on a philosophical, physiological, and personal level.

 


HP422
Exercise and Nutrition

This course seeks to investigate the foundational content areas of exercise and nutrition and help the student apply them in the realms of sports and performance. Areas of healthy living will be explored both individually and in interactive formats to provide students with both general application tools as well as personal feedback.



LI202B
World Literature II

This course includes the study of great masterpieces of world literature from the seventeenth century through the Post-modern period. It examines literary approaches included within Neoclassicism, Romanticism, Realism, Naturalism, Modernism, and Post-modernism.  This is a writing intensive course that requires reading, discussion, writing, and critical thinking. Prerequisite: EN102, EN103, or EN105

 


LI203
Survey of Biblical Themes in Literature

This course is designed to trace biblical themes, motifs, and allusions in the literature of Western Civilization as they emerged after the Reformation. Specific attention will be given to the authors whose works reflect themes found in Scripture regarding the fall, salvation, and sanctification of man. This is a writing-intensive course that requires reading, discussion, writing, and critical thinking. Prerequisite: EN102, EN103, or EN105

 



LI210
Writing about Literature
This course provides an introductory study in reading literature and writing about literature. It introduces students to the genres of fiction, drama, and poetry.  By studying important works by writers of various backgrounds, students gain experience reading, analyzing, and interpreting literature.  This course establishes connections between literature and other areas of arts and communications.



LI221
American Literature I
This course provides a chronological, historically relevant, thematic study of the social, political, philosophical, and religious ideas that sparked the poetic imagination of the early American writer. This is a writing-intensive course that requires reading, discussion, writing, and critical thinking. It reviews the development of American thought as it is revealed in the great works of American literature from the Puritan period to the Civil War (1600-1850). Prerequisite: EN102 EN103, or EN105




LI222
American Literature II

This course provides a thematic survey of the three major literary movements that have occurred since the Civil War: Realism, Modernism, Postmodernism. This is a writing-intensive course that requires reading, discussion, and critical thinking. We will review the development of American thought as it is revealed in the Great Works of American literature from the Civil War to the present. Readings will center on primary works, and writings will predominantly consist of literary analysis. Prerequisite: EN102, EN103, or EN105

 


MI402
Missions Seminar

This course is a study of the relationships and ministry of the missionary as well as research into current trends in missionary work.


MI306
Dynamics of Discipleship

This course teaches that at the core of ministry leadership is the business of shepherding individuals toward God, helping them grow in their faith, and mobilizing them as productive parts of the body of Christ. this course is designed to introduce students to concepts of spiritual development, a biblical understanding of what it takes to be a shepherd, and approaches for growing people of various age groups through each stage of growth.

 


OP110
Comprehensive Microsoft Word

This course emphasizes the theory and practice of word processing with the use of Microsoft Word for Windows. Training in the computer’s operating system is also included. Prerequisite: Keyboarding competency

 

 
OP112
Comprehensive Microsoft Excel
This course is designed to teach the concepts of spreadsheets using Microsoft Excel. Instruction will include spreadsheet preparation, charts, functions, tables, auditing tools, analyzing and consolidating data, macros, templates, and more. The format will include quizzes, lesson application assignments, exams, and projects.

 

 
PA311
The Personal Life of the Ministry Leader
This course is based on the fact that those who would be ministry leaders within the church of Jesus Christ are called upon to be examples of the believers in all aspects of life. This course is intended to help students explore God's expectations for leaders in relation to personal discipline, integrity, relationships, and financial prudence. Students will be given opportunity to evaluate themselves and to develop a plan for personal character development.

 

 
PA412
Expository Preaching
This course focuses on expository preaching, a method of sermon development which expounds a biblical text in an accurate and effective manner.Tthis course is designed to equip the student in the preparation of expository sermons. To develop proficiency as an expositor, the student will learn the process of moving from analysis of the text through exegesis to a sermon structure which communicates truth to contemporary minds.

 
PA442
Pastoral Counseling
This course focuses on helping the student to understand the fundamental causes of the deep personal struggles people are experiencing in our homes, churches, and society, and then, to equip the student with the necessary skills and materials to effectively bring about life change. Recognition of the place of truth, the preeminence of Jesus Christ and the work of the Holy Spirit in the healing process will be central to the dynamic of this emphasis.


PE110
Weight Training
This course seeks to help the student become aware of the principles, equipment, programs, methodologies, and discipline required to maintain a weight training program. The Scriptures inform us that we are to take care of our bodies, which are the "temple of the Holy Spirit". Research continues to show weight training is an excellent way of caring for them. Increased student knowledge base and hands on experience is a major goal of this class.



 
PE115
Walking / Jogging
The course is designed to give the student an understanding of and a proficiency in walking and jogging for fitness.  The course content includes instruction about correct technique/form, training principles, equipment (clothing & shoes, pedometers, etc), and in preparing an individual training program.




PE119
Cross Training
The course will examine cross training as an exercise program by using multiple training activities such as swimming, walking, jogging, cycling, weight training, etc for developing overall fitness.

 


PH111
Introduction to Apologetics
This course introduces students to Christian apologetics and its more prominent elements. Students will explore the basic alternative approaches to apologetics as well as the fundamental issues addressed by apologetics. Students will also gain an understanding of the use of logic, rhetoric, and imagination in a biblical apologetics strategy.

 



 
PH201
Ethics and the Christian Worldview
This course is an exploration of ethics and its relation to the Christian Worldview.  As an elective designed for the Associate of Arts degree, it is one among four courses intended to introduce students to the relevance of the Christian worldview for various disciplines and to prepare them for entering into dialogue with others in a secular college campus environment.  This course focuses on prominent ethical systems and the nature and significance of virtue.

 


PH202
Epistemology and the Christian Worldview

This course is an exploration of Epistemology and its relation to the Christian faith.  As an elective designed for the Associate of Arts degree, it is one among four courses intended to introduce students to the relevance of the Christian worldview for various disciplines and to prepare them for entering into dialogue within a secular college campus environment. This course focuses on the nature, knowledge and communication of truth.


 
PH203
Philosophy of Religion and the Christian Worldview
This course is an exploration of Philosophy of Religion and its relation to the Christian faith. As an elective designed for the Associate of Arts degree, it is one among several courses intended to introduce students to the relevance of the Christian worldview for various disciplines and to prepare them for entering into dialogue within a secular college campus environment. This course focuses on the relation of faith to reason, religion to philosophy, and in general, on some of the more prominent criticisms against the Christian faith.

 

 
PH205
Life of the Mind and the Christian Worldview
This course is an exploration of the life of the mind and its relation to the Christian faith. It is one among several courses intended to introduce students to the relevance of the Christian worldview for various disciplines and to prepare them for entering into dialogue within the wide spectrum of worldviews found in society. This course focuses on the relation of education and learning to the life of Christian service, and on developing the spirit and habits necessary for a life-long pursuit of God's truth.

 

 
PH323
Ethics and the Contemporary World
This course addresses the place of ethics in our contemporary cultural context. Students will explore a current attempt to pursue ethics without reference to divine revelation in terms of its philosophic roots and its expression in mass media. They will engage this context by evaluating an apologetics response to ethical challenges to the Christian faith and an expression of Christian ethics within the context of business.

 


PH331
Philosophy of Religion and the Contemporary World
This course addresses the place of world religions within our contemporary cultural context. Students will explore current interests in Buddhism, Hinduism and Islam in terms of their textual sources and their expression in mass media. They will engage this context by evaluating an apologetics response to the faith and an evangelical method for engaging in interfaith dialog.

 

 
PH401
Ancient and Medieval Philosophy
This course constitutes an inductive exploration of ancient and medieval philosophy through the close reading of select seminal texts in the light of biblical revelation. the primary purpose of the course is for students to read difficult and unfamiliar philosophic texts with increasing skill and pleasure and to converse with each other so as to better understand and embrace the Christian worldview in light of competing systems of philosophic thought. secondary purposes include the development of those intellectual and interpersonal skills necessary for articulating one’s thought clearly and cogently.

 


 
PH421
Worldviews Studies I: The Greeks
A studied exploration of the tension between ANE, Greek and biblical worldviews as recorded in Homer's Iliad, Plato's Republic and divine revelation.  Through sustained reading and discussion of seminal texts students will exercise hermeneutic, critical thinking, and communication skills, while laboring to uncover the power of these extraordinary texts to express and form a worldview. Ultimately, students will confront their own worldviews in light of these competing visions of reality. This course in the sequence will probe the transition in the Western world between Homer's poetic vision of polytheism and Plato's argument for monotheism.

 


 
PH423
Worldviews Studies II: Rome
A studied exploration of the tension between Stoicism, Epicureanism and Augustine's vision of Christianity as embedded in Virgil's Aeneid, Lucretius' On the Nature of Things  and Augustine's Confessions.  Through sustained reading and discussion of seminal texts students will exercise hermeneutic, critical thinking, and communication skills, while laboring to uncover the power of these extraordinary texts to express and form a worldview. Ultimately, students will confront their own worldviews in light of these competing visions of reality. This course in the sequence will probe the transition in the Western world between Lucretius' scientific atheism, Virgil's Stoic pantheism and Augustine's biblical monotheism.

 


PH425
Worldview Studies III: Christendom Divided

A studied exploration of the tension between Roman Catholicism and English Protestantism as revealed in Dante's Divine Comedy and Milton's Paradise Lost. Through sustained reading and discussion of seminal texts students will exercise hermeneutic, critical thinking, and communication skills, while laboring to uncover the power of these extraordinary texts to express and form a worldview.  Ultimately, students will confront their own worldviews in light of these competing visions of reality. This course in the sequence will probe the consequences of embracing competing visions of Christian monotheism.

 


PH424
Epistemology and the Contemporary World 




PH427
Worldview Studies IV: Early Modernity

A studied exploration of the tension between Hobbes's modern materialistic Enlightenment thinking and perhaps its greatest secular critic in Jean Jacques Rousseau.  Through sustained reading and discussion of seminal texts students will exercise hermeneutic, critical thinking, and communication skills, while laboring to uncover the power of these extraordinary texts to express and form a worldview. Ultimately, students will confront their own worldviews in light of these competing visions of reality. This course in the sequence will probe Hobbes's Leviathan and Rousseau's Emile for their competing visions of the definition and significance of modernity.


PH429
Worldview Studies V: Late Modernity

A studied exploration of the tension between the existentialistic visions of nietzsche, Kierkegaard and Dostoevsky. Through sustained reading and discussion of seminal texts students will exercise hermeneutic, critical thinking, and communication skills, while laboring to uncover the power of these extraordinary texts to express and form a worldview. Ultimately, students will confront their own worldviews in light of these competing visions of reality. This course in the sequence will probe the various responses to the crisis of modernity in the Western world as confronted in Nietzsche’s Thus Spoke Zarathustra, Kierkegaard’s Fear and Trembling and Dostoevsky’s Brothers Karamazov.

 


PO302
American Regime

This course constitutes an inductive exploration of the fundamental principles of American
political life through the close reading of seminal texts in the light of biblical revelation. The
primary purpose of the course is for students to read difficult and unfamiliar texts that pertain
to American political life with increasing skill and pleasure and to converse with each other so
as to better understand and embrace the Christian worldview in light of competing systems of
political thought. Of particular concern will be the meaning of the United States Constitution,
the government that has emerged from it, the virtues and principles underlying democratic
republican government in general, and the particular demands it places upon citizens and
statesmen.


PS100
General Psychology
An introduction to the field of psychology as a scientific discipline concerned with the study of behavior and cognitive processes. Included is a survey of fields such as biological bases of behavior, sensation and perception, learning, motivation and emotion, cognition, development, personality, intelligence, social behavior, abnormal behavior, and counseling.

 


PS117
Understanding and Treating Addiction


 
PS202
Human Growth and Development
This course is a study of human biological, sociological, and psychological development from birth through senescence. Emphasis is given to the child and adolescent periods.

 


PS203
Introduction to Counseling 
This course is a study of counseling theories and practices which apply to all people–related professions. a biblical counseling model covering intake to termination of a counseling relationship is presented.


PS227
Substane Addictions

 


PS303
Abnormal Psychology 
This course is a study of mental and behavioral pathology including possible causes, symptoms, and methods of remediation for given disorders. A survey of diagnostic classification systems and preventive measures with attention to cultural and philosophical factors is included.

 


PS312
Issues in Professionalism

This course is an orientation to the fields and professions in the arenas of counseling and psychology. A review of legal and ethical issues relevant to counseling activities. Consideration is given to licensure and certification issues as well as continuing education.

 


PS308
Psychology of Learning & Education

This course is an introduction to the concepts of psychology which relate to the learning process. Among the topics considered are learning theories and their applications, characteristics of students and teachers, learning and teaching styles, and exceptional children.


 
 
PS402
Historical and Contemporary Theories in Counseling
This course is a survey of recent trends in secular and Christian counseling. Theories are traced with reference to their historical settings; diverse counseling models are critiqued and evaluated.

 
PS414
Marriage and Family Dynamics
This course is a study of both ineffective and effective marital and family relating patterns. The student will be introduced to a variety of counseling approaches for group intervention. Students will also be equipped with a biblical model for working with couples and families



PS416–Crisis Counseling

This course is a study of crisis intervention and counseling. Students will be introduced to a variety of models for assessing, strategies for helping, and approaches for counseling those in crisis. They will learn how to effectively help others in times of crisis from both professional and ministry perspectives.



PS451
Personality Theory
This course is an exploration of major theories regarding the development, structure, and dynamics of human personality


PS453
Social Psychology
This course is a study of the influence of social forces and interaction on human behavior. The effects of social class, mass media and group membership upon attitude formation are considered. Application is placed on ministry settings.


PS454
Tests and Measurements
This course is an introduction to personality, psychological, and intellectual assessment instruments. Statistical concepts and techniques are introduced, such as measures of central tendency and dispersion, normal probability curve, and descriptive and inferential statistical procedures.


 
SC214A
Astronomy
This course provides an overview of astronomy from antiquity to the present with descriptions of stars, planets, galaxies, and the universe.



SC220
Understanding Science
This course provides an interdisciplinary view of science. Students will consider science, religion, history, philosophy, and popular culture to get a better understanding of the nature of science and its place in the life of the student.

 


SC254
Marine Biology

An overview of the marine environment.  Basic scientific principles will be applied to the study of marine organisms and their diverse ecosystems.

 


SO111
Introduction to the Human Sciences 

This course offers a survey of the major disciplines that constitute the human sciences. Students will consider the fundamental character of disciplines such as psychology, economics, history, jurisprudence, and politics both from positivistic and praxeological standpoints. Furthermore, they will consider the contributions and place of each within the Christian Worldview.



 
TH120
Building a Biblical Lifestyle

This course covers foundational concepts for successful Christian living including Bible study, prayer, determining God’s will, developing biblical ethics, and patterns of behavior. Students will develop a philosophy of godly living that will be a guide for a lifetime.

 

 
TH201
Theology II

This course is a study of the revelation, inspiration, and canonicity of the Bible. Divine attributes, divine decree, trinitariansim, the trinitariansim, the Person of the Father, and the Person of Christ are also covered.

 



TH202
Theology III

This course is a study of the doctrine of the Holy Spirit in both the Old and NewTestaments, the creation, fall and death of man, the doctrine of salvation considered from man's need,  God's methods in reaching man, and the application of the work of the Holy Spirit.  The doctrines of angelology and demonology are also presented. **This course requires the use of a proctor service. Proctor fees are the responsibility of the student. Learn more here.

 


TH306
Theology IV

This course presents the distinctively Baptist beliefs concerning the New Testament Church (ecclesiology) and ministry during the Church Age. The Baptist Distinctives are presented as a single, coherent theology of the Church beginning with the doctrine of biblical authority. The doctrines of angelology and demonology are also presented.


TH401C
Theology V

The biblical, hermeneutical, and historical basis of premillennialism and pretribulationism is presented and contrasted with other millennial views. The major eschatological events are studied with special emphasis given to the doctrine of pretribulational premillennialism. Hermeneutical presuppositions of each eschatological system are discussed. The hermeneutics of the premillennial system are then related to an overall approach to Bible study.


TH480
Senior Seminar

This course serves as (a capstone) a comprehensive review of the Biblical, Theological, and Worldview components of the Biblical Studies Curriculum. It will include a review of hermeneutics and of the biblical meta-narrative, which provides the framework from which all of the college’s Biblical Studies courses are developed. It will also include a theological review and oral examination based on the college’s (Baptist, Separatist, and Dispensational) theological and ecclesiastical positions. Prerequisites: TH201 and TH202.


 
YM301
Youth Ministry Philosophy

This course is designed to introduce students to skills and competencies necessary for successful youth ministry. It will involve students in an exploration of characteristics unique to youth and youth culture; educational principles as they apply to youth; and a biblical philosophy and direction for the discipline of youth.


YM402
Youth Ministry Seminar

This course provides students with a grid for integrating the various pieces of their youth ministry education into a useable foundation for effectiveness as a youth pastor.


YM480
Youth Ministries Apprenticeship

This course is a minimum of ten weeks full–time summer apprenticeship. Qualified students are placed under the supervision of an experienced youth worker for training and experience in a youth ministry environment. Open to students who have completed the junior year. May or may not be taken for credit. Interested students should consult with the department chair early in their junior year.



**Proctor service
Some courses will require the use of a proctor service. BBC&S has chosen to use "Proctor U" as the service provider. Payment of all proctoring fees will be the obligation of the individual examinee. Any charges applicable to the examinee must be paid with a credit or debit card. Fees vary depending on the length of the exam and the timeliness of scheduling. For questions contact Kara McGinniss at kmcginniss@bbc.edu or 570.585.9286.