BBC: Christian College Master of Arts Degrees | Current Schedule

current Schedule

Eight-week sessions begin each August, October, January, March, and May.

Check the Online Course Schedule for dates.

To register, contact the Registrar's Office at registrar@bbc.edu.

The area of study requirement satisfied by each course is listed below.

Check the Scope & Sequence to see which classes are set to be offered and when.

 

 

FALL 2014
Session 2
October 20–december 19

BI503–The Interpretation of Genesis–3 credits–Mr. Ken Pyne
An expository study of the book of Genesis designed to give an overview of Genesis as well as matters relating to the origins of the human race, sin and fall, and Israel.  Special attention will be given to the historical, theological, and prophetical themes of Genesis.  Students will be challenged to make thoughtful spiritual formation applications, and to develop for the use of this book for the edification of the Body.

CO506–Biblical Philosophy of Counseling – 3 credits–Mrs. Lynelle Buchanan
This course covers student formulation and articulation of a personal philosophy of biblical counseling with emphasis on the Scripture’s sufficiency in meeting human needs. Analysis of various Christian counselors and philosophies toward biblical counseling and historical perspectives relative to contemporary issues in counseling will be taught.

CO530–Human Development –3 credits– Dr. Heather Hall
This course covers lifespan learning and development with respect to human personality formation; developmental processes and adjustment functions within cultural contexts; and interplay between human development, personality formation, and the role of learning in formulating life constructs.

CO539–Marriage and Family Counseling–3 credits–Dr. Gerlin Valencia
In this course, students will learn to develop a biblical/theological template for working with marriages and families. Both theory and techniques of a systemic approach to marriage and family counseling are presented. The course Introduces students to the classical and modern theoretical therapeutic models for marriage and family counseling. **This course requires the use of a proctor service. Proctor fees are the responsibility of the students. Learn more about this here.

ED520–Development of Curriculum– 3 credits–Dr. Janet Hicks
This course is a presentation of the philosophical and applicational factors affecting curriculum development. Students will develop a personal philosophy of curriculum and learn how to evaluate and develop curriculum models and lesson plans. Procedures for development, implementation, and evaluation of an effective curriculum in an educational setting will be discussed. Students will prepare a curriculum for the grade or subject areas in which they teach.

ED532–School Counseling Programs: Model, Development, & Management– 3 credits–Steve Peterson
This course covers the development and implementation of guidance functions in the Christian school, leadership and management functions of the counselor within the administrative setting, and pupil personnel services as they relate to guidance counselor functions are included.

ED586–Literature for Children and Adolescents– 3 credits–TBA
This course is a study of the genre found in children’s and adolescent literature. The course will show how literature can be used within the school reading program as well as be used with struggling readers. Students will learn how to use reading circles to draw students into the joy of literature.

LI518–Dramatic Genre–3 credits– Dr. Brian Maxwell
This course explores the history and structure of main genres of dramatic literature: tragic plays, comedic plays, and dramatic poetry. It seeks out historical context, structure, rhetorical strategy, and thematic intent found in the selections from each type of dramatic literature.

PH512–Worldviews in Tension:  The Romans–3 credits–Mr. Andy Giessman
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.

TH511–How to Develop a Biblical Worldview–3 credits –Mr. Michael Eiras
A presentation of the basic steps for building a Christian worldview that is true to the Bible.  The student will be guided  through the process of building a biblical worldview using case studies at various levels of doing theology:  exegesis and biblical theology, linking from one passage to another in the Scriptures, categorizing all of the biblical data on various themes, validating extra-biblical truth claims, and applying biblical teaching to all of life.

 

Spring 2015
Session 1
January 12–march 6

BI531  Interpretation of the Gospels:  John–3 credits–TBA
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.

CO508 Methods of Biblical Change–3 credits–TBA
This course covers the centrality of the Bible in its relationship to biblical counseling, student development of a theology of counseling with respect to counseling philosophy and methodology; and the church’s role in counseling from the perspective of pastors and non-clergy.

CO510 Research Methods–3 credits–Dr. Barry Smith
This course is an introduction to tools, methods, and design of research studies, with emphasis on students’ contribution skills as well as their intelligent use of research literature. Quantitative and qualitative approaches to scientific inquiry and included survey, observational, descriptive, correlational, and experimental research designs are presented. (Prerequisite: An undergraduate or graduate course in statistical methods is recommended.)

CO511  Statistical Methods & Application–3 credits–Dr. Barry Smith
This course is an examination of descriptive and basic inferential statistical techniques, including correlation, principles of probability, and hypothesis testing, with emphasis on computer applications and the utilization of a statistical package.

CO519  Evaluating Research–3 credits– Dr. Barry Smith
An introduction to research methods and statistics. Students will demonstrate an understanding of how to critically evaluate quantitative and qualitative research.

CO520  Theories and Techniques in Counseling–3 credits–TBA
This course is an analysis of a broad range of theories in counseling. The nature of the counseling relationship and techniques used in promoting counselee change, and use role and practice of the professional counselor will be taught.

CO532  Career Counseling–3 credits–TBA
This course is a survey of developmental theories, decision-making paradigms, and principles for vocational guidance. Factors involving choice of colleges and/or other educational options as they relate to career planning, and information service tools as they relate to the career counseling process are included.

CO535  Introduction to Group Counseling–3 credits–TBA
This course is a study of the process involved in group development, dynamics, counseling, and closure. Leadership styles, elements of cohesion, issues of confidentiality, and various theories of group approaches; ethics and moral guidelines, as well as analysis of long-term effectiveness from group

ED500 The Philosophic Base of Education – 2 credits–TBA
Investigation of the historical foundations of education through its many phases and periods with careful analysis of each school of philosophy in the light of the Christian philosophy of education. Emphasis is upon the historical, philosophical, social, international, and political events that have shaped American education. Special attention is given to the development of a consistent biblical philosophy of education.

ED529  Advanced Curriculum Design– 3 credits–TBA
This course is designed to present and evaluate models of curriculum design that will enable curriculum leaders to assist faculty in curriculum evaluation, curriculum writing, and curriculum revision. Emphasis will be placed on interaction among curriculum, integration, instruction, and assessment activities.

ED531 Learning Disabilities–3 credits–Diana Kelley
This course is an introduction to the exceptional child with emphasis on the area of learning disabilities. Intellectual function, attention-deficit hyperactivity, and childhood behavior disorders, including their characteristics and educational implications are covered.

ED580 Educational Administration–3 credits–TBA
This is a study of the philosophical and practical models of leadership, management, and organization in a school setting. Various organizational forms of Christian schools will be examined with an emphasis on the administrative processes involved in each of them. The role and responsibilities of the effective school board will be analyzed.

EN507 Advanced Expository and Criticism–3 credits–TBA
This course emphasizes development of a mature, professional style in expository writing by study of stylistic and analytical principles underlying effective, stimulating prose and by writing graduate level papers and, if chosen, a thesis.  It challenges the student in methods of research and evaluation/criticism of writer’s philosophical perspectives.

PH513 Worldviews in Tension :  Christendom Divided–3 credits–Jeremy Carpenter
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 source and consequences of embracing competing visions of Christian monotheism.

TH516 Christology–3 credits–TBA
A study of the person and work of Christ.  It will deal with the question of all ages “Who do you say that I am?” which Jesus asks his disciples two thousands years ago.  The course provides an examination of the biblical and theological evidence concerning the identity of Jesus Christ and His life, work, teaching, death, resurrection, present work and second coming.

TH517 Survey of Doctrine–3 credits–TBA
This course is an overview of the ten major theologies of the Bible spread over an eight-week online course.  Examination of the major issues behind Bibliology, Theology Proper, Christology, Pnuematology, Angelology, Anthropology, Hamartiology, Soteriology, Ecclesiology and Eschatology will be covered in a systematic approach.

TH524 Dynamics of Spiritual Growth–2 credits–TBA
This course is a study of biblical texts concerning sanctification and discipleship along with practical implementation through spiritual disciplines.  Emphasis will be made on application to the student’s personal and ministry life.

Spring 2015
Session 2
march 16–may 8

BI508 Interpretation of Hebrews–3 credits–TBA
An analysis of the content of this general epistle in light of its main themes: the superiority of Christ as high priest and sacrifice, correlation of the Old and New Testaments, and the potential apostasy of the New Testament audience.  The student will analyze the paragraph content and flow of the argument while answering theological questions raised by the application of the themes to the text.

CO502 Biblical Theology of Counseling–3 credits–TBA
This course covers the centrality of the Bible in its relationship to biblical counseling, student development of a theology of counseling with respect to counseling philosophy and methodology; and the church’s role in counseling from the perspective of pastors and non-clergy.

CO510 Research Methods–3 credits–Dr. Barry Smith
This course is an introduction to tools, methods, and design of research studies, with emphasis on students’ contribution skills as well as their intelligent use of research literature. Quantitative and qualitative approaches to scientific inquiry and included survey, observational, descriptive, correlational, and experimental research designs are presented. (Prerequisite: An undergraduate or graduate course in statistical methods is recommended.)

CO511  Statistical Methods & Application–3 credits–Dr. Barry Smith
This course is an examination of descriptive and basic inferential statistical techniques, including correlation, principles of probability, and hypothesis testing, with emphasis on computer applications and the utilization of a statistical package.

CO540 Abnormal Behavior–3 credits–TBA
This course is an in-depth examination of causes, classifications, referral procedures, and intervention strategies relating to character, personality, cognitive, and affective disturbances. The student will gain a working knowledge of the DSM.

CO550 Ethics and Professional Counseling–3 credits–TBA
This course is an investigation of legal, ethical, and moral issues germane to professional counseling, as well as credentials and professionalism, affiliation, professional membership, licensure, and certification. Malpractice and legal responsibilities in relationship to counselor trainees and professional counselors is covered.

ED506  Philosophy of Learning–2 credits–TBA
An overview of the development of the philosophy of learning and how each philosophy impacts teaching. The course will focus on the what, why, and how of learning. Various philosophies of learning will be compared and evaluated as well as how the student’s view of learning impacts their style of teaching. The theological implications of the philosophy of learning will also be discussed.

ED548  Instructional Design–3 credits–TBA
This course provides an overview of the theoretical and practical framework for creating effective instruction. Topics include instructional systems, instructional outcomes, varieties of learning, designing instruction, and delivery systems for instruction. Emphasis will be on determining goals, identifying appropriate resources and strategies to reach those goals, and evaluating the ultimate achievement of the goals. In addition, student involvement in the instructional development process will be emphasized.

ED569 Writing Practicum–1 credits–TBA
This course is an exploration of theory, research, and practice related to the educator as an academic and professional writer.  Study of the writer’s craft, including issues of voice, audience, revision, conventions and style, and editing are a main focus.  Participants may begin their writing for ED 591, assignments for their profession, and/or for publication.

ED584  School Law–3 credits–TBA
This course will introduce students to a variety of legal principles. Particular consideration will be given to Christian schools, although the class will also cover legal issues involved in public education. The class will also examine school law issues from a philosophical/theoretical framework.

ED587  Best Practices in Reading–3 credits–TBA
A study of the best practices used in the teaching and assessment of reading. Attention will be given to the areas of emergent literacy, reading development in the middle grades, and strengthening reading skills of the secondary students.

EV520 Personal Evangelism in a Post Modern Era–3 credits–TBA
This course will equip the student in doing personal evangelism in light of the rise of postmodernism in Western culture.  The culture will be examined for the purposes of communicating to it the transcultural truth of the gospel of Christ.  The study will ground personal evangelism upon biblical theology.  Discussion will be given to various ways of presenting the gospel in the postmodern era in various cultural settings.

LI517  Narrative Genre–3 credits–TBA
This course explores the history and structure of the main genres of narrative literature: the novel, the short story, the poem, and the play. It seeks out historical context, structure, rhetorical strategy, grammar, and thematic intent found in selections from each genre.

LI525 Readings in Modern American Thought–3 credits–TBA
This readings course is designed to study works of American literature that have influence post 1950. This course will review poetry, short stories, plays, and/or novels that contribute to American thought

PH514 Worldviews in Tension:  Modernity in Question–3 credits–TBA
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.  

TH521 Apologetics–3 credits–TBA
This course is designed to present the truths of biblical Christianity in comparison to other religions and world views.  Students have the opportunity to explore the biblical and philosophical basis for knowing and communicating their Christian faith.  The course seeks to help students understand their Christianity and joyfully share their lives with others around the world.

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.