BBC: Christian College Master of Arts Degrees | Current Schedule

current Schedule

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

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

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

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

 

Spring 2015
Session 1
January 12–march 6

BI531 Interpretation of the Gospels:  John–3 credits–Mrs. Diane Lytle
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–Dr. Gerlin Valencia
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–Dr. Gerlin Valencia
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–Dr. Heather Hall
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.

ED500 The Philosophic Base of Education – 2 credits–Dr. Jim Lytle
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–Dr. Janet Hicks
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–Mrs. 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–Mr. Howard Hicks
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–Dr. Brian Maxwell
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–Dr. Steven Shumaker
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–Mr. Jay Riggleman
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–Mr. Don Done
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.

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–Dr. Gerlin Valencia
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–Dr. Kris DeWitt
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–Mrs. Lynelle Buchanan
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–Dr. Ritchie Kelley
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.

LI525 Readings in Modern American Thought–3 credits–Dr. Brian Maxwell
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–Dr. Steve Shumaker
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 kaMcGinniss@bbc.edu or 570.585.9286.