BBC: Christian College Master of Arts Degrees | Current Schedule
Eight-week sessions begin each August, October, January, March, and May.
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The area of study requirement satisfied by each course is listed below.
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August 18–October 10
BI510–Inductive Bible Study–3–credits–Diane Lytle
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.
ED550–Contemporary Issues in Education–3 credits–Dr. Ritchie 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.
ED560–Principles & Methods of Teaching & Learning–3 credits–Dr. James King
A study of the K-12 learner characteristics, Biblical concepts related to learning, and elements of effective teaching methods. Active involvement in the total teaching/learning process as instructional principles, methods and skills are enhanced for effective classroom instruction.
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
This course in literary criticism deals with the philosophies, systems, and patterns by which literature is studied. The focus of the course is to understand how to work with literary text within its literal, grammatical, cultural/ historical context in order to determine authorial intent. Works that lay the foundation for literary criticism will be examined and several stellar literary texts will be evaluated.
PH511–Worldviews in Tension: The Greeks–3 credits–Mr. Andy Giessman
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–Mr. Allen Mickle
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–Mr. Jay Riggleman
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.
TH524–Dynamics of Spiritual Growth–3 credits–Rev. Ross Riggs
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.
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.
PS416–Crisis Counseling–3 credits –TBA
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.
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.
**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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 570.585.9286.
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