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.

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


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.

CO566 Biblical Counseling of Difficult Issues–1 credit–Dr. Heather Hall
This course addresses the question: “Is biblical counseling effective with difficult issues?” Topics include: Solving problems Biblically, Biblical Counsel for Those Struggling with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and the New Epidemic of ‘Cutting,’ Counseling and Demonic and Discovering Our Identity in Christ

CO574 Solving Marriage Problems–1 credit–Dr. Heather Hall
This course covers the analysis of the major problems presented in the marriage counselor’s office. The course covers a wide range of solutions needed to guide a couple back to harmony

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.

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.


Summer 2015

May 11- May 15
CO542 Appraisal and Testing in Counseling–3– Mrs. Lynelle Buchanan
This course is a survey of assessment instruments which are involved in appraisal and counseling processes, including intellectual, personality, and vocational interest inventories. Validity/reliability, report writing, and ethical practices in the use of assessment devices is included along with supervised opportunities to administer various assessment instruments to counselees. (Prerequisite: equivalent of an undergraduate or graduate course in tests and measurements or statistics.)

May 18 – May 22
CO535 Introduction to Group Counseling–3–Mrs. Lynelle Buchanan
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 experiences, and includes an experiential component which includes voluntary self-disclosure activities.

CO544 The Helping Relationship–3– Dr. Gerlin Valenica
This course focuses on developing the basic counseling skills that a beginning counselor needs in
order to deliver quality counseling services to clients, as well as to most effectively contribute to
a counselee’s transformative and meaningful change.


Summer 2015
may 11–JULY 3

BI507 Interpretation of Romans–3– TBA
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.

BI520 Wisdom Literature and Proverbs–3–TBA
This course will be a collaborative online study that will serve as an introduction to the OT Biblical Wisdom Literature, with a concentrated focus on the book of Proverbs. You will examine how the message of wisdom literature fits into the meta-narrative of the whole Bible (God’s grand story of redemption), with special attention given to its use and application to the believer today. With this in mind, you will have the opportunity to experience a “Spiritual Formation” element of this study of wisdom literature.And, the course will also give students the opportunity to design a useful teaching-learning experience (e.g., something that can be used in a small group Bible study, discipleship, ABF or Sunday School class, Bible institute, preaching, etc.).

CO508 Methods of Biblical Change–3– Dr. Gerlin Valencia
This course covers elements for effective relationship-building between counselor and counselee, the process of affecting behavioral, attitudinal, cognitive, emotional, and spiritual heart change in counselees’ lives, and elements of spiritual dynamics, grace accountability, and follow up in their relationship to affecting biblical change in counselees’ lives.

ED510 Research Methods–3–Dr. John Best
This course introduces the student to the tools, methods, and design of research studies.  Emphasis is given to contribution skills as well as intelligently understanding how to utilize research literature.

ED513 Assessment of Learning– 3– Dr. John Best
This course is an overview of the assessment process within schools. Standardized tests and alternative instruments will be examined. Instrument development and evaluation, student evaluation, and reporting of student progress will be emphasized.

ED550 Contemporary Issues in Education–3–Dr. Ritch Kelley
This course covers current research pertaining to issues of importance to educators and implications of these issues for the Christian school movement. Emphasis is given to societal trends, church/state issues, and Christian versus public school issues.
ED576   Advanced Methods of Teaching Literature– 3– Dr. Janet Hicks

LI517 Narrative Genre–3–Dr. Janet Hicks
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.

TH511 How to Develop a Biblical Worldview–3–TBA
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.

TH517 Survey of Doctrine–3–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.

TH523 Dispensational Premillenialism–3– TBA
Students in this course have the opportunity to examine God’s multifaceted plan for the world, past, present, and future. The course offers a dispensational premillennial approach enabling students to understand God’s plan for the ages. The course experience helps students to compare and contrast this interpretive approach to others.


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 or 570.585.9286.