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.

 

SUMMER 2014

May 12–July 4

BI504–Interpretations of the Gospels:  Luke–3 credits–TBA
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 that 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.  

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.

CO535  Introduction to Group Counseling ** – 3 credits–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.
** This course includes one week on campus the week of May 12.

CO544–The Helping Relationship–3  credits–Dr. Gerlin Valencia
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. **This course requires the use of a proctor service. Proctor fees are the responsibility of the students. Learn more about this here.
This course includes one week on campus the week of May 19.

CO550–Ethics and Professional Orientation in Counseling–3 credits–Dr. Gerlin Valencia
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. **This course requires the use of a proctor service. Proctor fees are the responsibility of the students. Learn more about this here.

ED513–Assessment of Learning –3 credits–TBA
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.

ED575–Theory, Methodology, & Materials for Grammar & Writing Across the Curriculum –3 credits–TBA
This course is designed to enable administrators, English teachers, and content area teachers to evaluate the theories of understanding and teaching grammar and determine the teaching method that will enable them to teach grammar and its correlating writing skills successfully and to apply these concepts to content area classes. Attention will be given to the process of moving the teaching and application of writing skills across disciplines. Attention will be given to creating rubrics for the grading of student work

ED587–Best Practices in Teaching 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.

LI530 –The American Novel–3 credits–Dr. Brian Maxwell
This course that traces the American novel as a literary genre from its 17-18th century inception to the present.  This course will trace the changes that ensued in this literary form in the areas of plot structure, characterization, and ethical appeal.  The position of the novel in American literary tradition, the purpose of the American novel as a genre, and the power of the novel form will be discussed.

PH550–Reason and Revelation 5:  Communicating in a Fallen World–3 credits–TBA
An inductive study of the communication of truth and goodness in a fallen world through an examination of the Gospels and select texts related to rhetoric.  We will examine contemporary efforts to present the Gospels in visual form and study the theological and sociological implications of confronting a fallen humanity with truth and goodness. The course will culminate in a final project involving the production of a video related to course themes.

SC506–Astronomy:  The Heavens Declare the Glory of God–3 credits–TBA
A survey of basic astronomical concepts.  Students will demonstrate an understanding of stars, planets, galaxies and the universe along with various techniques for collecting astronomical data. Additionally, students will discuss how a Christian worldview is viable in the study of astronomy.

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

TH523–Dispensational Premillenialism–3 credits–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.

 

FALL 2014
Session 1
August 18–October 10

BI510–Inductive Bible Study–3–credits–TBA
An introduction to the inductive Bible study method and its use with different genres of Scripture such as narrative, history, wisdom literature, epistles, and prophecy. The student will complete practical assignments using the three steps of observation, interpretation, and application, and will interact with the professor and other students in accurately evaluating their findings.

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. **This course requires the use of a proctor service. Proctor fees are the responsibility of the students. Learn more about this here.

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.

CO565–Ethnicity and Counseling– 3 credits–Dr. Gerlin Valencia
A study of the ethnic and multicultural influences that contribute to the development of individual identity in our society along with consideration of the relevant implications for counseling in an ethnically diverse society. **This course requires the use of a proctor service. Proctor fees are the responsibility of the students. Learn more about this here.

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.

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.

EN511–Academic and Professional Writing–3 credits– TBA
An advanced study of the writing of papers for academic and professional discourse.  The student will have the opportunity to practice and master a systematic procedure for effectively organizing and writing graduate-level papers of all kinds: research, essays, critiques, and other papers required of students in a variety of disciplines.

LI512–Principles of Literary Criticism–3 credits–Dr. Janet Hicks
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PH511–Worldviews in Tension:  The Greeks–3 credits–TBA
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.

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.

TH522–The Church and Baptist Distinctives–3 credits–TBA
Students in this course will understand God’s design for the nature and mission of the Church in the world.  As to the nature of the Church, students will analyze the tensions that exist between various views in Christendom concerning the relationship of Israel and the Church, global versus local aspects of church, church government, leadership, the practice of baptism and communion, and church discipline.  Students will resolve these tensions by a methodologically sound approach to Scripture rather than tradition or contemporary culture. As to the mission of the Church, the student will understand a broadly based and biblical rationale for social responsibility of the part of the churches and Christians.  They will exhibit the priority of the Gospel of eternal life through Christ.

FALL 2014
Session 2
October 20–december 19

BI503–The Interpretation of Genesis–3 credits–TBA
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.

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–TBA
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 –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.

  

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.