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Undergraduate Courses

Spring 2022 Sessions
Session 1: January 10–March 4

Introduction to Humanities [AR210; 3 credits]
CSU Staff
An introductory exploration of the humanities through the examination and discussion of select artistic, literary and philosophic works of Western civilization. Students will exercise hermeneutic, critical thinking, and communication skills, while laboring to uncover the power of these works and texts to express and/or form a worldview. Ultimately, students will confront their own worldviews in light of these competing visions of reality in order to better understand, embrace and share the Christian worldview.

Strategic Human Resources Management [BA225; 3 credits]
Robert Plantz
This course examines the fundamental nature and strategies associated with human resources. Students will study the traditional and modern principles of human resources in for-profit and non-profit contexts. Special attention will be given to evaluation of abilities and performance; effective recruitment and selection; motivation techniques; and developing human resources as directed by SHRM guidelines and recommendations.

Principles of Bible Study [BI100; 3 credits]
Diane Lytle
An introduction to various tools of Bible study and a methodical and inductive approach to study of the Scriptures, basic laws, and principles of interpretation.  This course includes opportunities to practice using the tools, methods, and principles.

Bible Survey [BI111; 3 credits]
Paul Golden
This course surveys the Old and New Testaments. Major dates, events, characters, theological passages, and themes are studied from Genesis to Revelation.

Acts [BI335; 3 credits]
Thomas Hutchinson
This course is an expository analysis. Emphasis is placed upon the birth and beginnings of the Church, transitional and dispensational programs, teaching concerning the Holy Spirit, biblical basis of missions and the missionary journeys of the Apostle Paul, and the nature and form of the Christian Church in its early development.

Proverbs [BI343; 3 credits]
Nigel Black
This course is designed to help the student study, understand, apply, and communicate the book of Proverbs. The course will focus on the unique interpretation issues of Proverbs and the concept of “wisdom” as presented in the book. The course will also include a “Spiritual Formation” element, with the intention of helping the student understand the need for spiritual wisdom and how to live in that wisdom.

Daniel and Revelation [BI447; 3 credits]
Dan Price
This course is a practical exposition of selected portions of the books of Daniel and Revelation. Presentation of the prophetic Scriptures and the person of Jesus Christ with doctrinal and eschatological features are emphasized.

Educating the English Learner [ED422; 3 credits]
Whitney Young
This course presents an overview of the areas pertinent to teaching English Language Learners in the content areas, K–12: language, culture, standards–based instruction, assessment as related to ELLs, and professionalism. Prerequisite: admission to the School of Education.

Effective Bible Teaching [EM303; 3 credits]
Dr. William Higley
This course is designed to develop the student’s ability to teach the Bible effectively. Emphasis is placed on understanding the purpose of Bible teaching and the essential factors necessary to achieve that purpose. These factors include practical guidance in the areas of writing objectives, session planning, and other teaching skills.

Academic and Researched Writing [EN121; 3 credits]
Britney Sewall
This course is designed to enable the student to communicate clearly and effectively in written and spoken word. Emphasis is on academic writing style, employing rhetorical strategies, and the processes for researching and writing.

World Religions [EV220; 3 credits]
Dr. Paul McGuinness
This is a survey of the history, doctrine, and philosophy of major non-Christian belief systems. The presentation of the Gospel to meet the unique needs of each group will be emphasized. An analysis of each belief system in reference to its cultural, political, and geographical setting is developed during the semester. The student will have an understanding of the world religions studies and be able to analyze other religious systems in a systematic manner. Also, appropriate evangelistic methods for each religion/worldview will be considered.

History of Western Civilization & Thought I [HI111; 3 credits]
Sue Cagley
This course is an introduction to the seminal events, ideas, thinkers, and works of our Western civilization. The primary means of investigation will be direct interaction with poetic, political, and philosophic texts in the light of Divine revelation granted us in Scripture. Underlying ideas, which influence deeds, will be our focus as we examine the flow of history and thought from the creation account in Genesis through the Greco-Roman World to the beginning of the Modern Era.

American History II [HI206; 3 credits]
David Muse
This course is a survey of United States history from the end of the Reconstruction Era (1877) to the present. Attention is focused on the social, intellectual, and cultural threads of American history.

Living Well [HP101; 1 credit]
Sherrie Holloway
This course is designed to provide students with a better understanding of the mechanics and components of wellness as it relates to the biblical principle of body stewardship. The intent of this course is to help each student realize and practice the value and role of wellness on a philosophical, physiological, psychological and personal level.

American Literature II [LI222C; 3 credits]
Carleigh Smith
This course provides a thematic survey of the three major literary movements that have occurred since the Civil War: Realism, Modernism, and Postmodernism. This is a writing–intensive course that requires reading, discussion, and critical thinking. The development of American thought as it is revealed in the great works of American literature from the Civil War to the present will be reviewed. Readings will center on primary works, and writings will predominantly consist of literary analysis. Prerequisite: EN105 or EN122.

Cultural Anthropology [MI315; 3 credits]
Dr. Paul McGuinness
A study of culture, customs, moral codes, social institutions, languages, arts, religions, and industries of the world’s peoples in order to give the student a better understanding of the social science of Anthropology along with skills and abilities to reach the people with whom he/she will labor.

Leadership [MM301; 3 credits]
Darryl Meekins
This course is a study of the foundational concepts and practices of leadership. The course will combine study of leadership theory and principles, with a carefully mentored experience-based application and practice of leadership in a ministry context. The experiences will be assessed for effectiveness within the ministry context, and the student will be evaluated for growth in their knowledge, application, and practice of leadership.

Communication [MM302; 3 credits]
Darryl Meekins
This course is a study of the foundational concepts and practices of communication. The course will combine the study of communication theory and principles, with a carefully mentored experience-bases application and practice of communication in a ministry context. The experiences will be assessed for effectiveness within the ministry context, and the student will be evaluated for growth in their knowledge, application, and practice of communication.

Outreach/Evangelism [MM303; 3 credits]
Darryl Meekins
This course is a study of the foundational concepts and practices of outreach & evangelism. The course will combine the study of outreach theory and principles, with a carefully mentored experience-based application and practice of outreach & evangelism in a ministry context. The experiences will be assessed for effectiveness within the ministry context, and the student will be evaluated for growth in their knowledge, application, and practice of outreach & evangelism.

Discipleship [MM304; 3 credits]
Darryl Meekins
This course is a study of the foundational concepts and practices of discipleship. The course will combine the study of discipleship theory and principles, with a carefully mentored experience-based application and practice of discipleship in a ministry context. The experiences will be assessed for effectiveness within the ministry context, and the student will be evaluated for growth in their knowledge, application, and practice of discipleship.

Strategic Planning [MM305; 3 credits]
Darryl Meekins
This course is a study of the foundational concepts and practices of Strategic Planning. The course will combine the study of Strategic Planning theory and principles, with a carefully mentored experience-based application and practice of Strategic Planning in a ministry context. The experiences will be assessed for effectiveness within the ministry context, and the student will be evaluated for growth in their knowledge, application, and practice of Strategic Planning.

Spiritual Formation [MM306; 3 credits]
Darryl Meekins
This course is a study of the foundational concepts and practices of Spiritual Formation. The course will combine the study of Spiritual Formation theory and principles, with a carefully mentored experience-based application and practice of Spiritual Formation in a ministry context. The experiences will be assessed for effectiveness within the ministry context, and the student will be evaluated for growth in their knowledge, application, and practice of Spiritual Formation.

Service/Missions [MM307; 3 credits]
Darryl Meekins
This course is a study of the foundational concepts and practices of service/missions. The course will combine the study of service/missions theory and principles, with a carefully mentored experience-based application and practice of service/missions in a ministry context. The experience will be assessed for effectiveness within the ministry context, and the student will be evaluated for growth in their knowledge, application, and practice of service/missions.

Small Groups [MM308; 3 credits]
Darryl Meekins
This course is a study of the foundational concepts and practices of small groups. The course will combine the study of small group’s theory and principles, with a carefully mentored experience-based application and practice of small groups in a ministry context. The experiences will be assessed for effectiveness within the ministry context, and the student will be evaluated for growth in their knowledge, application, and practice of small groups.

Special Ministry Focus [MM309; 3 credits]
Darryl Meekins
This course is a study of the foundational concepts and practices for the area of ministry focus. The course will combine the study of the area of ministry focus theory and principles, with a carefully mentored experience-based application and practice of the area of focus in a ministry context. The experiences will be assessed for effectiveness within the ministry context, and the student will be evaluated for growth in their knowledge, application, and practice of the ministry area/focus.

The Personal Life of the Ministry Leader [PA311; 3 credits]
Donald McCall
This course is based on the fact that those who would be ministry leaders within the church of Jesus Christ are called upon to be examples of the believers in all aspects of life. This course is intended to help students explore God’s expectations for leaders in relation to personal discipline, integrity, relationships, and financial prudence. Students will be given opportunity to evaluate themselves and to develop a plan for personal character development.

Worldviews: Humanities and Science [PH206; 3 credits]
Scott Hicks
This course provides an interdisciplinary examination of worldviews with the humanities with an emphasis on the role of science. Students will look at modern science through the lenses of history, philosophy, religion, and popular culture to understand the nature of science and its proper place in their lives.

General Psychology [PS100; 3 credits]
Kayla Vine
This course is an introduction to the field of psychology as a scientific discipline concerned with the study of behavior and cognitive processes. Included is a survey of fields such as biological bases of behavior, sensation and perception, learning, motivation and emotion, cognition, development, personality, intelligence, social behavior, abnormal behavior, and counseling.

Introduction to Counseling [PS203; 3 credits]
Jeanna LaCava
This course is a study of counseling theories and practices which apply to all people-related professions. A biblical counseling model covering intake to termination of a counseling relationship is presented.

Behavioral Addictions [PS219; 3 credits]
Christina Crain
An overview of substance and behavioral addictions with leading focuses on treatment. The student will explore biological, neuropsychological, social, spiritual and Eco systematic influences and concerns related to helping those struggling with addictions.

Women Counseling Women [PS304; 3 credits]
Faye Moore
This course is designed to develop the student’s ability to provide biblical counsel relevant to issues facing women today. The student will assess the interaction of cultural influences and biblical principles and how that has an impact on growth and discipleship in women. Discussion will center on how one’s spiritual heart condition influences one’s ability to counsel and to be counseled. Also listed as EM336. Prerequisite: PS100.

Dynamics of Discipleship [PS310; 3 credits]
CSU Staff
As Christians, we are called to be disciples of Jesus Christ, followers in His way, participants in His mission in the world. Ministry leadership, in all of its variances, is about helping people become such followers of Jesus Christ. This course will focus on facilitating discovery of what it means to lead people toward their process of aggressive growth. To do so, we will explore what it means to be a disciple and we can help people grow to be more like Jesus. Prerequisite: PS100.

Personality Theory [PS451; 3 credits]
Marilyn Luster
This course is an exploration of major theories regarding the development, structure, and dynamics of human personality. Prerequisite: PS100.

Earth Science Survey [SC202; 3 credits]
Jonathan Henry
This course Is a study of the fundamentals of geology and astronomy, emphasizing the biblical teaching of a literal six-day creation and a universal flood for Interpreting scientific data.

Building a Biblical Lifestyle [TH120; 3 credits]
Dwight Peterson
This course helps the student to develop a philosophy and strategy of godly living that will guide him or her for a lifetime.  These foundational concepts for successful Christian living include developing a Biblical world view, ethics and patterns of behavior; Bible study; prayer; and making Biblically-informed choices.

Theology Survey [TH211; 3 credits]
Daniel Wiley
This course surveys eight of the major divisions of theology- the doctrines of the Bible, God, Christ, Holy Spirit, Man, Sin, Salvation, and Angels (includes Satan and demons).

Theology Distinctives [TH308; 3 credits]
Dr. Ken Pyne
This course studies the theological distinctives of the University in the doctrines of the Church (ecclesiology), Last Things, and Separation (both personal and ecclesiastical).

Senior Seminar [TH480; 3 credits]
Dr. Ken Pyne
This course serves as a comprehensive review of the biblical, theological, and worldview components of the Biblical Studies curriculum. It will include a review of hermeneutics and of the biblical meta narrative, which provides the framework from which all of the University’s Biblical Studies courses are developed. It will also include a theological review based on the University’s theological and ecclesiastical positions (Baptist, Separatist, and Dispensational). Prerequisites: BI111, TH211, TH308.

Session 1 & 2: January 10–April 22

Elements of Greek – 2 [NT503; 3 credits]
Dr. Wayne Slusser
This course is a two-semester, introductory course covering the basic aspects of New Testament Greek grammar. The course is designed to prepare the student to read the Greek New Testament through a mastery of Greek vocabulary, grammar, and syntax. Prerequisite: NT502.

Elements of Hebrew – 2 [OT503; 3 credits]
Dr. Mark McGinniss
In this continuation of OT502, increasing emphasis is placed on syntax and the translation of extended texts. Prerequisite: OT502.

Session 1 & 2: January 10–April 29

Financial Accounting II [BA212; 3 credits]
Rebekah King
The second of two accounting courses, this course continues the introduction to the collection, recording, summarization, and interpretation of accounting data. Students will learn the liabilities and equity section of the balance sheet. Topics include accrual-based accounting, liabilities, equity, statement of cash flows, and financial statement analysis. Prerequisite: BA211.

Business Internship [BA485; 3 credits]
Dr. David Ober
This culminating course is designed for business administration degree students to gain valuable experience with on-the-job training in real-world vocational and/or ministry settings. The internship will complete the students’ total academic preparation for their profession by allowing them to apply classroom knowledge in actual work situations.

Business Capstone [BA487; 3 credits]
Dr. David Ober
This is the capstone course for the business program. It is designed to integrate the knowledge and techniques studied in other courses as a tool to examine the processes by which organizations formulate strategy, implement policy and evaluate outcomes in a competitive and global environment. The ethical implications of strategic choices are a key concern of this course. Integrative, analytical and decision–making skills will be exercised through the use of case analyses and business games. Prerequisites: BA220, BA301.

Introduction to Statistics [MA216; 3 credits]
Dr. John Best
This course is an introduction to the basic concepts and methods of statistics. Students will acquire an understanding of such topics as methods of random sampling, measures of central tendency and dispersion of data, histograms, binomial and normal distributions, linear regression and correlation, confidence intervals, and hypothesis tests for means and proportions. The student will also learn how to use web-based statistical calculators.

Senior Portfolio [PS480; 1 credit]
Dr. Lynelle Buchanan
A capstone course that collects and refines key assignments and achievements from the counseling program. The student will then defend that learning to a panel of counseling faculty and staff. Prerequisite: PS100.

Session 2: March 7–April 29

Economics [BA105; 3 credits]
Robert Plantz
This course presents a survey of basic micro and macro-economic principles and concepts. Reviews the economic dynamics of market forces affecting competition, different economic systems, the role of government in the economy, and economic aspects of international trade. Discusses the labor market, interest rates and the supply of money, and the performance of a national economy. Examines the use of economics in business decisions, considering such principles as opportunity costs, diminishing returns, and the marginal principle.

Principles of Bible Study [BI100; 3 credits]
Dr. Ken Pyne
An introduction to various tools of Bible study and a methodical and inductive approach to study of the Scriptures, basic laws, and principles of interpretation.  This course includes opportunities to practice using the tools, methods, and principles.

Bible Survey [BI111; 3 credits]
Frank Passetti
This course surveys the Old and New Testaments. Major dates, events, characters, theological passages, and themes are studied from Genesis to Revelation.

Deuteronomy [BI305; 3 credits]
Herbert Boutilier
This course will study the Old Testament Pentateuch book, Deuteronomy. Authorship, date, historical context, content, and theme of the book will be analyzed.

Genesis [BI340; 3 credits]
Dan Price
This course examines the historical, theological, and prophetical themes of Genesis, matters relating to the origins of the human race and of Israel, a section–by–section exposition, including close analysis of selected passages and themes, and application of principles to contemporary life.

Matthew [BI445; 3 credits]
CSU Staff
This course is a careful analysis of the book in light of its use of many Old Testament prophecies of Israel’s Messiah and His kingdom as well as how Matthew presents Jesus Christ as the literal fulfillment of those prophecies.

Introduction to Criminal Justice [CJ214; 3 credits]
CSU Staff
This course will explore the history and function of criminal justice in society. Current events and issues will be considered, including the role of law, enforcement of that law, judicial processes, and correctional strategies. The class will also consider implications for future trends in the criminal justice both in the United States and abroad.

The Church’s Ministry [EM200; 3 credits]
Darryl Meekins
This course is a study of God’s corporate purpose for and design of the Church. Special attention is given to the value and necessity of edification and outreach being accomplished through a community of saints. The Church’s activity in education, worship, fellowship, evangelism, and missions is considered.

Women in Ministry [EM332; 3 credits]
Diane Lytle
This course will equip and encourage Christian women to fulfill their ministry in the various roles and settings in which God has placed them during the different stages of their lives. The course will give attention to a biblical philosophy of women in ministry in the home, workplace, local church, parachurch organizations, and society.

Foundations of Ministry Leadership [EM413; 3 credits]
William Higley
This course teaches that there is a great deal of profitable theory related to leadership. Leading a group of God’s people toward the accomplishment of the mission He has given them requires a clear understanding of principles of spiritual leadership. This course will take students into an exploration of the practicalities of administration and management surrounded by and built on the foundation of an understanding of biblical servant/shepherd leadership.

Academic and Researched Writing [EN121; 3 credits]
Britney Sewall
This course is designed to enable the student to communicate clearly and effectively in written and spoken word. Emphasis is on academic writing style, employing rhetorical strategies, and the processes for researching and writing.

Writing Across the Disciplines [EN122; 3 credits]
Britney Sewall
This writing course presents an overview of reading, discussion, and writing throughout various academic disciplines. The coursework seeks to strengthen reading and writing skills and establishes connections among biblical studies, psychology, literature, and other areas of the humanities.

World Religions [EV220; 3 credits]
Dr. Darryl Meekins
This is a survey of the history, doctrine, and philosophy of major non-Christian belief systems. The presentation of the Gospel to meet the unique needs of each group will be emphasized. An analysis of each belief system in reference to its cultural, political, and geographical setting is developed during the semester. The student will have an understanding of the world religions studies and be able to analyze other religious systems in a systematic manner. Also, appropriate evangelistic methods for each religion/worldview will be considered.

History of Western Civilization and Thought II [HI112; 3 credits]
Jessica Preusser
This course is an introduction to the seminal events, ideas, thinkers, and works of our Western civilization. The primary means of investigation will consist of sustained interaction with primary texts in the light of divine revelation granted in Scripture. Ideas which influence deeds will be our focus as we examine our Western heritage from A.D. 1500 to our present century.

Living Well [HP101; 1 credit]
Sherrie Holloway
This course is designed to provide students with a better understanding of the mechanics and components of wellness as it relates to the biblical principle of body stewardship. The intent of this course is to help each student realize and practice the value and role of wellness on a philosophical, physiological, psychological and personal level.

Leadership [MM301; 3 credits]
Dr. Darryl Meekins
This course is a study of the foundational concepts and practices of leadership. The course will combine study of leadership theory and principles, with a carefully mentored experience-based application and practice of leadership in a ministry context. The experiences will be assessed for effectiveness within the ministry context, and the student will be evaluated for growth in their knowledge, application, and practice of leadership.

Communication [MM302; 3 credits]
Dr. Darryl Meekins
This course is a study of the foundational concepts and practices of communication.  The course will combine the study of communication theory and principles, with a carefully mentored experience-bases application and practice of communication in a ministry context. The experiences will be assessed for effectiveness within the ministry context, and the student will be evaluated for growth in their knowledge, application, and practice of communication.

Outreach/Evangelism [MM303; 3 credits]
Dr. Darryl Meekins
This course is a study of the foundational concepts and practices of outreach & evangelism.  The course will combine the study of outreach theory and principles, with a carefully mentored experience-based application and practice of outreach & evangelism in a ministry context.  The experiences will be assessed for effectiveness within the ministry context, and the student will be evaluated for growth in their knowledge, application, and practice of outreach & evangelism.

Discipleship [MM304; 3 credits]
Dr. Darryl Meekins
This course is a study of the foundational concepts and practices of discipleship. The course will combine the study of discipleship theory and principles, with a carefully mentored experience-based application and practice of discipleship in a ministry context.  The experiences will be assessed for effectiveness within the ministry context, and the student will be evaluated for growth in their knowledge, application, and practice of discipleship.

Strategic Planning [MM305; 3 credits]
Dr. Darryl Meekins
This course is a study of the foundational concepts and practices of Strategic Planning.  The course will combine the study of Strategic Planning theory and principles, with a carefully mentored experience-based application and practice of Strategic Planning in a ministry context.  The experiences will be assessed for effectiveness within the ministry context, and the student will be evaluated for growth in their knowledge, application, and practice of Strategic Planning.

Spiritual Formation [MM306; 3 credits]
Dr. Darryl Meekins
This course is a study of the foundational concepts and practices of Spiritual Formation.  The course will combine the study of Spiritual Formation theory and principles, with a carefully mentored experience-based application and practice of Spiritual Formation in a ministry context.  The experiences will be assessed for effectiveness within the ministry context, and the student will be evaluated for growth in their knowledge, application, and practice of Spiritual Formation.

Service/Missions [MM307; 3 credits]
Dr. Darryl Meekins
This course is a study of the foundational concepts and practices of service/missions.  The course will combine the study of service/missions theory and principles, with a carefully mentored experience-based application and practice of service/missions in a ministry context.  The experience will be assessed for effectiveness within the ministry context, and the student will be evaluated for growth in their knowledge, application, and practice of service/missions.

Small Groups [MM308; 3 credits]
Dr. Darryl Meekins
This course is a study of the foundational concepts and practices of small groups.  The course will combine the study of small group’s theory and principles, with a carefully mentored experience-based application and practice of small groups in a ministry context.  The experiences will be assessed for effectiveness within the ministry context, and the student will be evaluated for growth in their knowledge, application, and practice of small groups.

Special Ministry Focus [MM309; 3 credits]
Dr. Darryl Meekins
This course is a study of the foundational concepts and practices for the ministry area/focus.  The course will combine the study of the ministry area/focus theory and principles, with a carefully mentored experience-based application and practice of the area/focus in a ministry context. The experiences will be assessed for effectiveness within the ministry context, and the student will be evaluated for growth in their knowledge, application, and practice of the ministry area/focus.

Expository Preaching [PA412; 3 credits]
Donald McCall
This course focuses on expository preaching, a method of sermon development which expounds a biblical text in an accurate and effective manner. This course is designed to equip the student in the preparation of expository sermons. To develop proficiency as an expositor, the student will learn the process of moving from analysis of the text through exegesis to a sermon structure which communicates truth to contemporary minds.

Worldviews: Humanities and Science [PH206; 3 credits]
Scott Hicks
This course provides an interdisciplinary examination of worldviews with the humanities with an emphasis on the role of science. Students will look at modern science through the lenses of history, philosophy, religion, and popular culture to understand the nature of science and its proper place in their lives.

General Psychology [PS100; 3 credits]
Faye Moore
An introduction to the field of psychology as a scientific discipline concerned with the study of behavior and cognitive processes. Included is a survey of fields such as biological bases of behavior, sensation and perception, learning, motivation and emotion, cognition, development, personality, intelligence, social behavior, abnormal behavior, and counseling.

Abnormal Psychology [PS303; 3 credits]
Marilyn Luster
This course is a study of mental and behavioral pathology including possible causes, symptoms, and methods of remediation for given disorders. A survey of diagnostic classification systems and preventive measures with attention to cultural and philosophical factors is included. Prerequisite: PS100.

Psychology of Learning and Education [PS308; 3 credits]
Jeanna LaCava
This course is an introduction to the concepts of psychology which relate to the learning process. Among the topics considered are learning theories and their applications, characteristics of students and teachers, learning and teaching styles, and exceptional children. Prerequisite: PS100.

Marriage and Family Dynamics [PS414; 3 credits]
James Buchanan
This course is a study of both ineffective and effective marital and family relating patterns. The student will be introduced to a variety of counseling approaches for group intervention. Students will also be equipped with a biblical model for working with couples and families. Prerequisite: PS100.

Tests and Measurements [PS454; 3 credits]
Kayla Vine
This course is an introduction to personality, psychological and intellectual assessment instruments. Statistical concepts and techniques are introduced, such as measures of central tendency and dispersion, normal probability curve, and descriptive and inferential statistical procedures. Prerequisite: PS100.

Physical Science Survey [SC200; 3 credits]
Jonathan Henry
An Introduction to the fundamentals of matter and energy, emphasizing the Biblical teaching of a literal six-day creation for Interpreting scientific data.

Marine Biology and Ecology [SC254; 3 credits]
Peggy Wright
This course is an overview of the marine environment. Basic scientific principles will be applied to the study of marine organisms and their diverse ecosystems.

Building a Biblical Lifestyle [TH120; 3 credits]
Dwight Peterson
This course helps the student to develop a philosophy and strategy of godly living that will guide him or her for a lifetime.  These foundational concepts for successful Christian living include developing a Biblical world view, ethics and patterns of behavior; Bible study; prayer; and making Biblically-informed choices.

Theology Survey [TH211; 3 credits]
Paul Crichton
This course surveys eight of the major divisions of theology- the doctrines of the Bible, God, Christ, Holy Spirit, Man, Sin, Salvation, and Angels (includes Satan and demons)

Theology Distinctives [TH308; 3 credits]
Joshua Littler
This course studies the theological distinctives of the University in the doctrines of the Church (ecclesiology), Last Things, and Separation (both personal and ecclesiastical)

Fall 2021 Sessions
Session 1: August 16–October 8

Introduction to Humanities [AR210; 3 credits]
Carleigh Smith
An introductory exploration of the humanities through the examination and discussion of select artistic, literary and philosophic works of Western civilization. Students will exercise hermeneutic, critical thinking, and communication skills, while laboring to uncover the power of these works and texts to express and/or form a worldview. Ultimately, students will confront their own worldviews in light of these competing visions of reality in order to better understand, embrace and share the Christian worldview.

Personal Finance [BA215; 3 credits]
Daniel King
This course develops the students’ understanding of personal finance concepts and ability to assess these concepts critically within a Biblical worldview.  Topics will include personal budgeting, sources of financial information, use of credit, compound interest, and personal investing.  Students will apply these concepts to their current and future personal financial situations.  The course will  equip students to become responsible steward of financial recourses, goods savers, and wise users of credit.

Principles of Bible Study [BI100; 3 credits]
Diane Lytle
An introduction to various tools of Bible study and a methodical and inductive approach to study of the Scriptures, basic laws, and principles of interpretation.  This course includes opportunities to practice using the tools, methods, and principles.

Bible Survey [BI111; 3 credits]
Paul Golden
This course surveys the Old and New Testament. Major dates, events, characters, theological passages, and themes are studied from Genesis to Revelation.

Studies in Psalms [BI332; 3 credits]
Nigel Black

This course is a survey of the formation and organization of the book of Psalms, the nature of Old Testament poetry and application of sound principles for studying the book. Selected psalms are used to illustrate the various kinds of psalms and the doctrinal and devotional values of the Psalms.

1 Corinthians [BI336; 3 credits]
Herbert Boutilier
This course is an expository, analytical, and practical study of selected portions of 1 Corinthians with special attention to God’s solutions to major problems of the Church in every generation.

General Epistles [BI338; 3 credits]
Tom Hutchinson
This course is a study of the New Testament epistles known as the General Epistles: James, 1 and 2 Peter, 1, 2, and 3 John, and Jude. Authorship, date, and historical context of each Epistle are examined. The content and theme of the epistles are analyzed in detail.

The Church’s Ministry [EM200; 3 credits]
Dr. William Higley
A study of God’s corporate purpose for and design of the church, special attention is given to the value and necessity of edification and outreach being accomplished through a community of saints. The church’s activity in education, worship, fellowship, evangelism, and missions is considered.

The Family Life of the Ministry Leader [EM412; 3 credits]
Don McCall
A ministry leader must first exercise that leadership at home. This course is designed to lead students in a consideration of biblical principles concerning the family, especially as it relates to God’s expectations for the ministry leader. Students will be helped in formulating approaches for carrying out their own responsibilities and for helping others understand and pursue godly relationships in their homes.

Academic and Researched Writing [EN121; 3 credits]
Britney Sewall
This course is designed to enable the student to communicate clearly and effectively in written and spoken word. Emphasis is on academic writing style, employing rhetorical strategies, and the processes for researching and writing.

Writing Across the Disciplines [EN122; 3 credits]
Britney Sewall
This writing course presents an overview of reading, discussion, and writing throughout various academic disciplines. The coursework seeks to strengthen reading and writing skills and establishes connections among biblical studies, psychology, literature, and other areas of the humanities.

World Religions [EV220; 3 credits]
Dr. Paul McGuinness
This is a survey of the history, doctrine, and philosophy of major non-Christian belief systems. The presentation of the Gospel to meet the unique needs of each group will be emphasized. An analysis of each belief system in reference to its cultural, political, and geographical setting is developed during the semester. The student will have an understanding of the world religions studies and be able to analyze other religious systems in a systematic manner. Also, appropriate evangelistic methods for each religion/worldview will be considered.

History of Western Civilization & Thought I [HI111; 3 credits]
Jessica Preusser
This course is an introduction to the seminal events, ideas, thinkers, and works of our Western civilization. The primary means of investigation will be direct interaction with poetic, political, and philosophic texts in the light of Divine revelation granted us in Scripture. Underlying ideas, which influence deeds, will be our focus as we examine the flow of history and thought from the creation account in Genesis through the Greco-Roman World to the beginning of the Modern Era.

American History I [HI205; 3 credits]
David Muse
This course is a survey of United States history from pre-Colonial times through the Reconstruction Era of 1877. Special attention is focused on the social, intellectual, and cultural threads of American history.

Living Well [HP101; 1 credit]
Sherrie Holloway
This course is designed to provide students with a better understanding of the mechanics and components of wellness as it relates to the biblical principle of body stewardship. The intent of this course is to help each student realize and practice the value and role of wellness on a philosophical, physiological, psychological and personal level.

Cultural Anthropology [MI315; 3 credits]
Dr. Paul McGuinness
A study of culture, customs, moral codes, social institutions, languages, arts, religions, and industries of the world’s peoples in order to give the student a better understanding of the social science of Anthropology along with skills and abilities to reach the people with whom he/she will labor.

Pastoral Counseling [PA442; 3 credits]
Dr. Donald McCall
This course focuses on helping the student to understand the fundamental causes of the deep personal struggles people are experiencing in our homes, churches, and society, and then, to equip the student with the necessary skills and materials to effectively bring about life change. Recognition of the place of truth, the preeminence of Jesus Christ and the work of the Holy Spirit in the healing process will be central to the dynamic of this emphasis.

Walking/Jogging [PE115; 1 credit]
Sherrie Holloway
The course is designed to give the student an understanding of and a proficiency in walking and jogging for fitness.  The course content includes instruction about correct technique/form, training principles, equipment (clothing & shoes, pedometers, etc),

Worldviews: Humanities and Science [PH206; 3 credits]
Scott Hicks
This course provides an interdisciplinary examination of worldviews with the humanities with an emphasis on the role of science. Students will look at modern science through the lenses of history, philosophy, religion, and popular culture to understand the nature of science and its proper place in their lives.

Understanding and Treating Addiction [PS117; 3 credits]
Christina Crain
An overview of substance and behavioral addictions with leading focuses on treatment. The student will explore biological, neuropsychological, social, and spiritual and Eco systematic influences and concerns related to helping those struggling with addiction.

Introduction to Counseling [PS203; 3 credits]
Kayla Vine
This course is a study of counseling theories and practices which apply to all people-related professions. A biblical counseling model covering intake to termination of a counseling relationship is presented.

Child and Adolescent Development [PS204; 3 credits]
Jeanna LaCava
This course is an exploration of the physiological, social, cognitive and spiritual development of children. Consideration is made of the implications of family systems and cultural diversity. Special emphasis is placed on facilitation of this development in educational and counseling contexts.

Integrated Science [SC205; 3 credits]
Landon Morey
This course covers topics in physics, chemistry, astronomy, geology, meteorology, and botany. Students will develop literacy in science and technology and be introduced to current science pedagogy. This course is designed to give students majoring in Early Childhood/Elementary Education PreK-4 a strong foundation in and a practical understanding of the content necessary to successfully teach science in pre-school and any grade from kindergarten through fourth.

Building a Biblical Lifestyle [TH120; 3 credits]
Dr. Dwight Peterson
This course helps the student to develop a philosophy and strategy of godly living that will guide him or her for a lifetime.  These foundational concepts for successful Christian living include developing a Biblical world view, ethics and patterns of behavior; Bible study; prayer; and making Biblically-informed choices.

Theology Survey [TH211; 3 credits]
Dr. Ken Pyne
This course surveys eight of the major divisions of theology- the doctrines of the Bible, God, Christ, Holy Spirit, Man, Sin, Salvation, and Angels (includes Satan and demons).

Theology Distinctives [TH308; 3 credits]
Joshua Littler
This course studies the theological distinctives of the University in the doctrines of the Church (ecclesiology), Last Things, and Separation (both personal and ecclesiastical).

Senior Seminar [TH480; 3 credits]
Dr. Ken Pyne
This course serves as a comprehensive review of the biblical, theological, and worldview components of the Biblical Studies curriculum. It will include a review of hermeneutics and of the biblical meta narrative, which provides the framework from which all of the University’s Biblical Studies courses are developed. It will also include a theological review based on the University’s theological and ecclesiastical positions (Baptist, Separatist, and Dispensational). Prerequisites: BI111, TH211, TH308.

Session 1 & 2: August 23–December 3

Elements of Greek – 1 [NT502; 3 credits]
Dr. Wayne Slusser
This course is a two-semester, introductory course covering the basic aspects of New Testament Greek grammar. The course is designed to prepare the student to read the Greek New Testament through a mastery of Greek vocabulary, grammar, and syntax.

Elements of Hebrew – 1 [OT502; 3 credits]
Dr. Mark McGinniss
This course examines the basic principles of the sounds, forms, vocabulary, and grammar of biblical Hebrew. Selected passages from the Hebrew Bible are translated and analyzed.

Session 1 & 2: August 23–December 15

Introduction to Business [BA102; 3 credits]
Dr. David Ober
This course provides a foundational overview of various business functions and competencies, such as management, global competition, ethics, marketing, technology, leadership and motivation.

Business Computer Skills 1: Information, People and Technology [BA109; 3 credits]
David Bosket
An overview and introduction to technology, technology usage and its future, as well as leaders in technology and information literacy. This course provides aspects of hardware, software, and network elements following CompTIA A+ 220-1001 standards. This course presents mobile devices, networking technology, virtualization, cloud computing and network troubleshooting, thereby, preparing the student to gain success in passing part one of the CompTIA A+ certification exam.

Financial Accounting I [BA211; 3 credits]
Rebekah King
The first of two accounting courses introduces the student to the collection, recording, summarization, and interpretation of accounting data. Students will learn generally accepted accounting principles and the accounting cycle.  Topics include financial statement preparation, assess, accrual-based accounting, internal controls, and revenue and expenses.

Marketing [BA220; 3 credits]
Dr. David Ober
This course introduces basic marketing principles and concepts, emphasizes the development of marketing strategy and the key components of the marketing mix, and highlights the integration of marketing with other functions in a business organization.

Investment Managment [BA280; 3 credits]
Dr. David Ober
The basic principles underlying individual and institutional investment decisions are explored. The structure and operations of the stock exchanges, as well as the functions of securities dealers and brokers, are presented together with a detailed examination of the various types of stocks and bonds. Participation in the National Collegiate Investment competition is the foundation of the course.

Management and Organization [BA301; 3 credits]
Robert Plantz
This course provides a survey of fundamental management concepts and techniques. It highlights the development of management principles and their integration into contemporary management theory. Emphasis is placed on the role and the primary functions of the manager, as well as the skills and techniques used to perform these functions.

Business Law, Ethics and Theology [BA403; 3 credits]
Robert Plantz
This course examines both micro and macro business ethics from a philosophic and theological perspective. The course will also provide a foundational overview of various business law essentials, such as an introduction to law and contracts, business and technology, real property, wills and trusts. Particular attention will be paid to the application of differing legal and ethical frameworks and various principles to work-related challenges in contemporary organization.

Session 2: October 18–December 10

Principles of Bible Study [BI100; 3 credits]
Diane Lytle
An introduction to various tools of Bible study and a methodical and inductive approach to study of the Scriptures, basic laws, and principles of interpretation.  This course includes opportunities to practice using the tools, methods, and principles.

Bible Survey [BI111; 3 credits]
Paul Crichton
This course surveys the Old and New Testament. Major dates, events, characters, theological passages, and themes are studied from Genesis to Revelation.

Romans [BI210; 3 credits]
Tom Hutchinson
A methodical and inductive study of Romans with emphasis upon the argument of the book, its doctrinal themes, and its demands upon the believer.

Luke [BI303; 3 credits]
Nigel Black
This course will be a survey of the Gospel of Luke within its historical and cultural context. Careful consideration will be given to how the structure and major content of the book. The course will focus on a careful exposition of the book to build a solid understanding of the content and structure 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 to a ministry context.

Jeremiah [BI347; 3 credits]
James Buchanan
This course is an exposition of the historical, theological, and prophetic themes of this major prophet with emphasis on the eschatological application particularly the New Covenant.

Advanced Principles of Bible Study [BI490; 3 credits]
Dr. James Lytle
A program of independent research open to qualified students interested in areas of biblical study not covered by current courses. Written reports required. Offered upon application to department. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

Educational Ministries of the Church [EM421; 3 credits]
Don McCall
This course studies the practical leadership of the educational agencies available in a local church, including philosophy, background, objectives, personnel, preparation, and evaluation techniques of local church educational agencies.

Contemporary Christian Writing [EN301; 3 credits]
Teresa Ingalls
This is a survey course considering the context and works of prominent Christian writers of the 20th and 21st centuries who have explored their faith in essay, allegory, biography and the novel.  This is a writing course that requires critical thinking throught reading and discussion and requires writing about and imitating various models from the writers studied.

Business Communication [EN313; 3 credits]
Rebekah King
The course will introduce the student to informal and formal forms of communication along with a concise and clear language structure used in most organizations. Additionally, the student will be introduced to various forms of communications, such as Emails, blogs, content management, formal letters, memos and agendas.

World Religions [EV220; 3 credits]
Dr. Darryl Meekins
This is a survey of the history, doctrine, and philosophy of major non-Christian belief systems. The presentation of the Gospel to meet the unique needs of each group will be emphasized. An analysis of each belief system in reference to its cultural, political, and geographical setting is developed during the semester. The student will have an understanding of the world religions studies and be able to analyze other religious systems in a systematic manner. Also, appropriate evangelistic methods for each religion/worldview will be considered.

History of Western Civilization and Thought II [HI112; 3 credits]
Susan Cagley
This course is an introduction to the seminal events, ideas, thinkers, and works of our Western civilization. The primary means of investigation will consist of sustained interaction with primary texts in the light of divine revelation granted in Scripture. Ideas which influence deeds will be our focus as we examine our Western heritage from A.D. 1500 to our present century.

Living Well [HP101; 1 credit]
Sherrie Holloway
This course is designed to provide students with a better understanding of the mechanics and components of wellness as it relates to the biblical principle of body stewardship. The intent of this course is to help each student realize and practice the value and role of wellness on a philosophical, physiological, psychological and personal level.

Leadership [MM301; 3 credits]
Dr. Darryl Meekins
This course is a study of the foundational concepts and practices of leadership. The course will combine study of leadership theory and principles, with a carefully mentored experience-based application and practice of leadership in a ministry context. The experiences will be assessed for effectiveness within the ministry context, and the student will be evaluated for growth in their knowledge, application, and practice of leadership.

Communication [MM302; 3 credits]
Dr. Darryl Meekins
This course is a study of the foundational concepts and practices of communication.  The course will combine the study of communication theory and principles, with a carefully mentored experience-bases application and practice of communication in a ministry context. The experiences will be assessed for effectiveness within the ministry context, and the student will be evaluated for growth in their knowledge, application, and practice of communication.

Outreach/Evangelism [MM303; 3 credits]
Dr. Darryl Meekins
This course is a study of the foundational concepts and practices of outreach & evangelism.  The course will combine the study of outreach theory and principles, with a carefully mentored experience-based application and practice of outreach & evangelism in a ministry context.  The experiences will be assessed for effectiveness within the ministry context, and the student will be evaluated for growth in their knowledge, application, and practice of outreach & evangelism.

Discipleship [MM304; 3 credits]
Dr. Darryl Meekins
This course is a study of the foundational concepts and practices of discipleship. The course will combine the study of discipleship theory and principles, with a carefully mentored experience-based application and practice of discipleship in a ministry context.  The experiences will be assessed for effectiveness within the ministry context, and the student will be evaluated for growth in their knowledge, application, and practice of discipleship.

Strategic Planning [MM305; 3 credits]
Dr. Darryl Meekins
This course is a study of the foundational concepts and practices of Strategic Planning.  The course will combine the study of Strategic Planning theory and principles, with a carefully mentored experience-based application and practice of Strategic Planning in a ministry context.  The experiences will be assessed for effectiveness within the ministry context, and the student will be evaluated for growth in their knowledge, application, and practice of Strategic Planning.

Spiritual Formation [MM306; 3 credits]
Dr. Darryl Meekins
This course is a study of the foundational concepts and practices of Spiritual Formation.  The course will combine the study of Spiritual Formation theory and principles, with a carefully mentored experience-based application and practice of Spiritual Formation in a ministry context.  The experiences will be assessed for effectiveness within the ministry context, and the student will be evaluated for growth in their knowledge, application, and practice of Spiritual Formation.

Service/Missions [MM307; 3 credits]
Dr. Darryl Meekins
This course is a study of the foundational concepts and practices of service/missions.  The course will combine the study of service/missions theory and principles, with a carefully mentored experience-based application and practice of service/missions in a ministry context.  The experience will be assessed for effectiveness within the ministry context, and the student will be evaluated for growth in their knowledge, application, and practice of service/missions.

Small Groups [MM308; 3 credits]
Dr. Darryl Meekins
This course is a study of the foundational concepts and practices of small groups.  The course will combine the study of small group’s theory and principles, with a carefully mentored experience-based application and practice of small groups in a ministry context.  The experiences will be assessed for effectiveness within the ministry context, and the student will be evaluated for growth in their knowledge, application, and practice of small groups.

Special Ministry Focus [MM309; 3 credits]
Dr. Darryl Meekins
This course is a study of the foundational concepts and practices for the ministry area/focus.  The course will combine the study of the ministry area/focus theory and principles, with a carefully mentored experience-based application and practice of the area/focus in a ministry context. The experiences will be assessed for effectiveness within the ministry context, and the student will be evaluated for growth in their knowledge, application, and practice of the ministry area/focus.

Worldviews: Humanities and Science [PH206; 3 credits]
Scott Hicks
This course provides an interdisciplinary examination of worldviews with the humanities with an emphasis on the role of science. Students will look at modern science through the lenses of history, philosophy, religion, and popular culture to understand the nature of science and its proper place in their lives.

General Psychology [PS100; 3 credits]
Faye Moore
An introduction to the field of psychology as a scientific discipline concerned with the study of behavior and cognitive processes. Included is a survey of fields such as biological bases of behavior, sensation and perception, learning, motivation and emotion, cognition, development, personality, intelligence, social behavior, abnormal behavior, and counseling.

Substance Addictions [PS227; 3 credits]
Christina Crain
An overview of substance dependency and chemical addictions with leading focuses on assessment and treatment. The student will explore various categorical defining chemical dependency and social trends in addressing substance related disorders. With a focus on biblical worldview, students will explore competing arguments for addressing social concerns related to substance addictions.

Adult Development [PS307; 3 credits]
Jeanna LaCava
A study of human biological, sociological, and psychological development from early adulthood through senescence.  Emphasis is given to the physiological, cognitive, social and spiritual developmental processes. Prerequisite: PS100.

Dynamics of Discipleship [PS310; 3 credits]
Josh Wilhite
As Christians, we are called to be disciples of Jesus Christ, followers in His way, participants in His mission in the world. Ministry leadership, in all of its variances, is about helping people become such followers of Jesus Christ. This course will focus on facilitating discovery of what it means to lead people toward their process of aggressive growth. To do so, we will explore what it means to be a disciple and we can help people grow to be more like Jesus. Prerequisite: PS100.

Ethics and Professionalism [PS313; 3 credits]
Teresa Kiser
This course is an orientation to the fields and professions in the arenas of counseling and psychology and a review of legal and ethical issues relevant to counseling activities. Consideration is given to licensure and certification issues as well as continuing education. Prerequisite: PS100.

Social Psychology [PS453; 3 credits]
Kayla Vine
This course is a study of the influence of social forces and interaction on human behavior. The effects of social class, mass communication, and group membership upon attitude formation are considered, as well as the role of self- presentation strategies in indecating credibility.  Students will complete a socail psychological quazi experiment and present a poster session. Prerequisite: PS100.

Earth Science Survey [SC202; 3 credits]
Jonathan Henry
This course is a study of the fundamentals of geology and astronomy, emphasizing the Biblical teaching of a literal six-day creation and a universal flood for interpreting scientific data.

Building a Biblical Lifestyle [TH120; 3 credits]
Dr. Dwight Peterson
This course helps the student to develop a philosophy and strategy of godly living that will guide him or her for a lifetime.  These foundational concepts for successful Christian living include developing a Biblical world view, ethics and patterns of behavior; Bible study; prayer; and making Biblically-informed choices.

Theology Survey [TH211; 3 credits]
Dan Price
This course surveys eight of the major divisions of theology- the doctrines of the Bible, God, Christ, Holy Spirit, Man, Sin, Salvation, and Angels (includes Satan and demons)

Theology Distinctives [TH308; 3 credits]
Allen Mickle
This course studies the theological distinctives of the University in the doctrines of the Church (ecclesiology), Last Things, and Separation (both personal and ecclesiastical)

 

Summer 2021 Sessions
Session 1: May 10–July 2

Quality and Productivity [BA385; 3 credits]
Dr. David Ober

This course focuses on issues such as continuous improvement, organizational change, teamwork, motivation, and leadership, which support both quality and productivity in organizations.

Principles of Bible Study [BI100; 3 credits]
Dr. Kenneth Pyne
This course is an introduction to various tools of Bible study and a methodical and inductive approach to study of the Scriptures, basic laws, and principles of interpretation. This course includes opportunities to practice using the tools, methods, and principles.

Bible Survey [BI111; 3 credits]
Paul Golden
This course surveys the Old and New Testament. Major dates, events, characters, theological passages, and themes are studies from Genesis to Revelation.

Pastoral Epistles [BI339; 3 credits]
Nigel Black
This course is designed to be a verse–by–verse study of the New Testament Epistles of 1 and 2 Timothy and Titus. Authorship, date, argument, and historical setting are analyzed for each of these late Pauline Epistles.

Kings and Chronicles [BI344; 3 credits]
Thomas Hutchinson
This course surveys the major movements of the records of the kings of the United and Divided Kingdoms of Israel in the context of historical, geographical, and contextual settings, together with personal applications for today.

Post-Exilic Minor Prophets [BI353; 3 credits]
Dan Price
This course is an analytical, historical, and theological book study of Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi. Their relations to Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther along with the intertestamental period and the New Testament will be emphasized.

World Religions [EV220; 3 credits]
Dr. Darryl Meekins
This is a survey of the history, doctrine, and philosophy of major non-Christian belief systems. The presentation of the gospel to meet the unique needs of each group will be emphasized. An analysis of each belief system in reference to its cultural, political, and geographical setting is developed during the semester. The student will have an understanding of the world religions studies and be able to analyze other religious systems in a systematic manner. Also, appropriate evangelistic methods for each religion/worldview will be considered.

Leadership [MM301; 3 credits]
Dr. Darryl Meekins
This course is a study of the foundational concepts and practices of leadership. The course will combine study of leadership theory and principles, with a carefully mentored experience-based application and practice of leadership in a ministry context. The experiences will be assessed for effectiveness within the ministry context, and the student will be evaluated for growth in their knowledge, application, and practice of leadership. Available to online students who meet specific criteria.

Communication [MM302; 3 credits]
Dr. Darryl Meekins
This course is a study of the foundational concepts and practices of communication. The course will combine the study of communication theory and principles, with a carefully mentored experience-bases application and practice of communication in a ministry context. The experiences will be assessed for effectiveness within the ministry context, and the student will be evaluated for growth in their knowledge, application, and practice of communication. Available to online students who meet specific criteria.

Discipleship [MM304; 3 credits]
Dr. Darryl Meekins
This course is a study of the foundational concepts and practices of discipleship. The course will combine the study of discipleship theory and principles, with a carefully mentored experience-based application and practice of discipleship in a ministry context. The experiences will be assessed for effectiveness within the ministry context, and the student will be evaluated for growth in their knowledge, application, and practice of discipleship.  Available to online students who meet specific criteria.

Small Groups [MM308; 3 credits]
Dr. Darryl Meekins
This course is a study of the foundational concepts and practices of small groups. The course will combine the study of small group’s theory and principles, with a carefully mentored experience-based application and practice of small groups in a ministry context. The experiences will be assessed for effectiveness within the ministry context, and the student will be evaluated for growth in their knowledge, application, and practice of small groups. Available to online students who meet specific criteria.

Pastoral Apprenticeship [PA480; 3 credits]
Dr. Donald McCall
This course is a minimum of six weeks summer apprenticeship or its equivalency in the fall or spring semester. Qualified students are placed under the supervision of an experienced pastor for training and experience in the work of a church. This course is open to men who have completed 12 credits in any pastoral curriculum. May or may not be taken for credit. Interested students should consult with the department chair upon completion of the 12 credits in the pastoral curriculum. Available to online students with instructor approval.

Adventure Sports [PE121; 1 credit]
Philip Hawthorne
This course seeks to help the student experience and improve their basic techniques of hiking, mountain biking (single track for beginners and intermediate riders) and kayaking and/or canoeing (for flat water adventure). Instruction in each activity’s core principles, techniques, and safety guidelines will be discussed and experienced.

Worldviews: Humanities and Science [PH 206; 3 credits]
Scott Hicks
This course provides an interdisciplinary examination of worldviews with the humanities with an emphasis on the role of science. Students will look at modern science through the lenses of history, philosophy, religion, and popular culture to understand the nature of science and its proper place in their lives.

General Psychology [PS100; 3 credits]
Faye Moore
This course is an introduction to the field of psychology as a scientific discipline concerned with the study of behavior and cognitive processes. Included is a survey of fields such as biological bases of behavior, sensation and perception, learning, motivation and emotion, cognition, development, personality, intelligence, social behavior, abnormal behavior, and counseling.

Dynamics of Discipleship [PS310; 3 credits]
Dr. Dwight Peterson
As Christians, we are called to be disciples of Jesus Christ, followers in His way, participants in His mission in the world. Ministry leadership, in all of its variances, is about helping people become such followers of Jesus Christ. This course will focus on facilitating discovery of what it means to lead people toward their process of aggressive growth. To do so, we will explore what it means to be a disciple and we can help people grow to be more like Jesus.

Historical and Contemporary Theories in Counseling [PS402; 3 credits]
Marilyn Luster
This course is a survey of trends in secular and Christian counseling. Theories are traced with reference to their historical settings; diverse counseling models are critiqued and evaluated.

Building a Biblical Lifestyle [TH120; 3 credits]
Dr. Dwight Peterson
This course will help you to develop a philosophy and strategy of godly living that will guide you for a lifetime. These foundational concepts for successful Christian living include developing a biblical world view, ethics and patterns of behavior; Bible study; prayer; and making biblically informed choices.

Theology Survey [TH211; 3 credits] 
Joshua Littler
This course surveys eight of the major divisions of theology- the doctrines of the Bible, God, Christ, Holy Spirit, Man, Sin, Salvation, and Angels (includes Satan and demons).

Theology Distinctives [TH308; 3 credits]    
James Buchanan
This course studies the theological distinctives of this school in the doctrines of the Church (ecclesiology), Last Things, and Separation (both personal and ecclesiastical).

Session 2: June 21–August 13

Writing Across the Disciplines [EN122; 3 credits]
Britney Sewall
This writing course presents an overview of reading, discussion, and writing throughout various academic disciplines. The coursework seeks to strengthen reading and writing skills and establishes connections among biblical studies, psychology, literature, and other areas of the humanities.

American Literature II [LI222c; 3 credits]
Carleigh Smith
This course provides a thematic survey of the three major literary movements that have occurred since the Civil War: Realism, Modernism, and Postmodernism. This is a writing–intensive course that requires reading, discussion, and critical thinking. The development of American thought as it is revealed in the great works of American literature from the Civil War to the present will be reviewed. Readings will center on primary works, and writings will predominantly consist of literary analysis. Prerequisite: EN105 or EN122.

Leadership [MM301; 3 credits]
Dr. Darryl Meekins
This course is a study of the foundational concepts and practices of leadership. The course will combine study of leadership theory and principles, with a carefully mentored experience-based application and practice of leadership in a ministry context. The experiences will be assessed for effectiveness within the ministry context, and the student will be evaluated for growth in their knowledge, application, and practice of leadership. Available to online students who meet specific criteria.

Communication [MM302; 3 credits]
Dr. Darryl Meekins
This course is a study of the foundational concepts and practices of communication. The course will combine the study of communication theory and principles, with a carefully mentored experience-bases application and practice of communication in a ministry context. The experiences will be assessed for effectiveness within the ministry context, and the student will be evaluated for growth in their knowledge, application, and practice of communication. Available to online students who meet specific criteria.

Outreach/Evangelism [MM303; 3 credits]
Dr. Darryl Meekins
This course is a study of the foundational concepts and practices of outreach & evangelism. The course will combine the study of outreach theory and principles, with a carefully mentored experience-based application and practice of outreach & evangelism in a ministry context. The experiences will be assessed for effectiveness within the ministry context, and the student will be evaluated for growth in their knowledge, application, and practice of outreach & evangelism. Available to online students who meet specific criteria.

Discipleship [MM304; 3 credits]
Dr. Darryl Meekins
This course is a study of the foundational concepts and practices of discipleship. The course will combine the study of discipleship theory and principles, with a carefully mentored experience-based application and practice of discipleship in a ministry context. The experiences will be assessed for effectiveness within the ministry context, and the student will be evaluated for growth in their knowledge, application, and practice of discipleship.  Available to online students who meet specific criteria.

Strategic Planning [MM305; 3 credits]
Dr. Darryl Meekins
This course is a study of the foundational concepts and practices of Strategic Planning. The course will combine the study of Strategic Planning theory and principles, with a carefully mentored experience-based application and practice of Strategic Planning in a ministry context. The experiences will be assessed for effectiveness within the ministry context, and the student will be evaluated for growth in their knowledge, application, and practice of Strategic Planning.  Available to online students who meet specific criteria.

Spiritual Formation [MM306; 3 credits]
Dr. Darryl Meekins
This course is a study of the foundational concepts and practices of Spiritual Formation. The course will combine the study of Spiritual Formation theory and principles, with a carefully mentored experience-based application and practice of Spiritual Formation in a ministry context. The experiences will be assessed for effectiveness within the ministry context, and the student will be evaluated for growth in their knowledge, application, and practice of Spiritual Formation.  Available to online students who meet specific criteria.

Service/Missions [MM307; 3 credits]
Dr. Darryl Meekins
This course is a study of the foundational concepts and practices of service/missions. The course will combine the study of service/missions theory and principles, with a carefully mentored experience-based application and practice of service/missions in a ministry context. The experience will be assessed for effectiveness within the ministry context, and the student will be evaluated for growth in their knowledge, application, and practice of service/missions.  Available to online students who meet specific criteria.

Small Groups [MM308; 3 credits]
Dr. Darryl Meekins
This course is a study of the foundational concepts and practices of small groups. The course will combine the study of small group’s theory and principles, with a carefully mentored experience-based application and practice of small groups in a ministry context. The experiences will be assessed for effectiveness within the ministry context, and the student will be evaluated for growth in their knowledge, application, and practice of small groups. Available to online students who meet specific criteria.

Special Ministry Focus [MM309; 3 credits]
Dr. Darryl Meekins
This course is a study of the foundational concepts and practices for the area of ministry focus. The course will combine the study of the area of ministry focus theory and principles, with a carefully mentored experience-based application and practice of the area of focus in a ministry context. The experiences will be assessed for effectiveness within the ministry context, and the student will be evaluated for growth in their knowledge, application, and practice of the ministry area/focus. Available to online students who meet specific criteria.

Crisis Counseling [PS416; 3 credits]
Jeanna LaCava
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.

Session 1 & 2: May 10–August 13

Senior Seminar [TH480; 3 credits] 
Theodore Boykin
This course serves as (a capstone) a comprehensive review of the biblical, theological, and worldview components of the Biblical Studies Curriculum. It will include a review of hermeneutics and of the biblical meta–narrative, which provides the framework from which all the university’s biblical studies courses are developed. It will also include a theological review and oral examination based on the university’s (Baptist, Separatist, and Dispensational) theological and ecclesiastical positions. Prerequisites: TH211 and TH308.

Graduate Courses

Spring 2022 Sessions
Session 1: January 10–March 4

A Chronological Interpretation of the Life of Christ [BI523; 3 credits]
David Durst
This course surveys the life and teachings of Christ in chronological order from the four gospels. Students use a harmony of the gospels to analyze the events in the life of Christ. Students will gain insight into how to become committed disciples of Jesus through this course.

Principles of Bible Teaching [BI550; 3 credits]
Diane Lytle
This course is a practical overview of the purpose of Bible teaching and essential factors for achieving that purpose. Through interaction with expert sources and fellow teachers, the student will understand the distinctiveness of Bible teaching and develop practical skills for effectively and creatively communicating God’s Word to learners. As a result, the student will be able to design appropriate Bible sessions for any age group.

Evaluating Research [CO519; 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.

Theories and Techniques in Counseling [CO520; 3 credits]
Lynelle Buchanan
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 role and practice of the professional counselor will be taught.

Abnormal Behavior [CO540; 3 credits]
Gary Hardin
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.

Foundations of Clinical Mental Health [CO571; 3 credits]
Keith Marlett
This course provides an overview of the history and philosophy of the counseling profession and its specialty areas. The multiple professional roles and functions of the counselor and the counselor’s relationship to other human service providers is examined. Professional identity, credentialing, the role of supervision, advocacy for the client and the counseling profession, strategies for self-evaluation plus other key requisites of the counselor and profession are also presented.

Behavioral Addictions [CO619; 3 credits]
CSU Staff
An overview of behavior addictions focused on assessment, treatment, and biblical applications for the counseling room. The student will discover the complex needs that society and the church face when supporting those struggling with a behavior addiction. Students will be asked to engage in high-level discussion to explore the many conflicts related to worldview, treatment theories, and techniques in the area of treating behavioral addictions.

Crisis and Trauma Counseling [CO640; 3 credits]
Michele Fry
This course is a survey of issues related to crisis, trauma, bereavement, and stress responses. Theories of the causation and treatment of trauma will be covered, including both acute and chronic states of crisis. Empirically-supported models of intervention will be addressed to help the student develop a compassionate, Biblically-grounded philosophy of crisis intervention.

The Philosophic Base of Education [ED500; 3 credits]
James 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 will be placed 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.

Leadership in Educational Settings [ED526; 3 credits]
Ritchie Kelley
This course provides an emphasis on the role of educators as instructional leaders and innovators within the arena of curriculum and faculty development. It explores the approaches to developing, organizing, implementing, supervising, and evaluating PreK to 12 curricula or a faculty development plan from the leadership perspective. An important emphasis will be on the leadership interaction among faculty and curriculum, integration, instruction, and assessment.

Leadership in Active Learning Environments [OL501; 3 credits]
Ben Wilhite
This course is a study of organizational leadership theory and practice as it relates to the development and facilitation of active learning environments. Emphasis will be placed on identifying and evaluating students’ personalities and leadership styles, adapting and using leadership approaches, and exploring principles for moving individuals and organizations toward growth and development.

Organization as a Learning Community [OL502; 3 credits]
Ben Wilhite
Students will interact with organizational theory and learning theory to help them develop effective approaches to encouraging and facilitating learning in all levels of the organization.

Strategic Thinking [OL503; 3 credits]
Ben Wilhite
This course engages students in the application of strategic theory, change theory, and implementation disciplines applied to real challenges within their organizations.

Development of a Dynamic Team [OL504; 3 credits]
Ben Wilhite
This course leads students in an application of group and team theory for recruiting, developing, mobilizing, and mending teams for maximum effectiveness.

Governance and Administration of Non-Profits [OL505; 3 credits]
Ben Wilhite
This course exposes students to theories of governance and administration with a view to helping them interact effectively with all levels of a non-profit organization from any position within that organization.

Financial Management of Non-Profits [OL506; 3 credits]
Ben Wilhite
This course exposes students to financial management in the non-profit organization include planning, fundraising, marketing, oversight, and accountability. Students interact with all aspects of their organization’s finances to gain proficiency in the rudiments of financial oversight.

Risk Management [OL507; 3 credits]
Ben Wilhite
This course is designed to familiarize students with current law and industry standards over against which liability is determined. Students also interact with accreditation agencies and processes and the development of sound risk management policy.

Organizational Communication [OL508; 3 credits]
Ben Wilhite
This course will provide a brief history of the field of learning disabilities and the laws that govern testing and placement. The student will learn to identify cognitive, behavioral, and social characteristics of the learning-disabled student. Emphasis will be placed on the services, treatment intervention, and instructional approaches that can be used in the classroom.

Spiritual Disciplines in Leadership [OL509; 3 credits]
Ben Wilhite
This course is designed to develop the believer’s spiritual life, with a focus on the spiritual disciplines, prayer, and the bibli­cal nature of calling, ministry, character, and the relation of spiritual formation to the process of sanctification.

Emotional Intelligence [OL510; 3 credits]
Ben Wilhite
This course will introduce students to emotional intelligence as a skill that can be developed with training and practice. Students will learn to engage the style of individuals and adjust their communications accordingly. This course will focus on the core competencies of emotional intelligence, including self-management, self-awareness, self-regulation, self-moti­vation and empathy. Students will learn to develop and implement these competencies to enhance their personal, profes­sional and ministry relationships by increasing their understanding of social and emotional behaviors and adapting and managing their responses to various situations.

Nonprofit Management [OL511; 3 credits]
Ben Wilhite
Leaders of nonprofit organizations are responsible to shape and navigate governance structures, create and manage fi­nancial processes and navigate risk dynamics across multifaceted political, social and economic contexts. This course lays a foundation of concepts and skills necessary to design and lead the essential structural functions of nonprofit organiza­tions with the full range of stakeholders in view.

Christology [TH516; 3 credits]
Herbert Boutilier
This course is 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 thousand 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.

Survey of Doctrine [TH517; 3 credits]
Dan Wiley
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, Pneumatology, Angelology, Anthropology, Hamartiology, Soteriology, Ecclesiology and Eschatology will be conducted in a systematic approach.

Session 1 & 2: January 10–April 29

Supervised Counseling Practicum [CO583; 3 credits]
Dr. Heather Fornes
Superintended experience in which the student participates in providing counseling services under the direction of a qualified supervisor and maintains logs documenting participation experiences. Professional development acquired from on-site supervision, clinical supervision from the course instructor, and peer interaction in the classroom context. Prerequisites: CO505, CO506, CO520, CO535, CO544, CO550, CO571 and permission of the instructor.

Supervised Counseling Internship [CO590; 3 credits]
Dr. Heather Fornes
An advanced-level experience in which the student performs extensive professional counseling functions under the guidance of an approved supervisor and maintains logs documenting participation experiences. Prerequisites:CO505, CO506, CO520, CO535, CO544, CO550, CO571 and permission of the instructor.

Comprehensive Written Exam [CO595; 3 credits]
Dr. Heather Fornes
This course is the  written portion of the comprehensive examination consists of multiple-choice questions over the course material from the requited professional counseling courses. The examination will be similar in nature and preparatory in function to the National Board of Certified Counselors’ (NBCC) National Certification Examination (NCE). This examination will be taken when all course work has been completed.

Comprehensive Oral Exam [CO597; 3 credits]
Dr. Heather Fornes
The oral portion of the comprehensive examination reviews the major tenets from the required counseling courses in the MSC curriculum. Emphasis in the oral examination is given to philosophy,  methodology, and expressed counseling skills.

Session 2: March 7–April 29

Interpreting Biblical Prophecy: Daniel & Revelation [BI526; 3 credits]
David Durst
This course is an examination of Daniel and Revelation as a basis for understanding how to interpret prophetic literature. Interpretive methods will be studied and contrasts will be made between the dispensational and covenant approaches to hermeneutics. These will include how to deal with symbolism, types, and fulfillment of prophecy. The many differences between allegorical and literal interpretation will be surveyed and emphasized.

Theological Foundations of Change [CO505; 3 credits]
Dr. Keith Marlett
In this course the centrality of the Bible in its relationship to counseling is explored. Emphasis is given to embedding theological truth as the sine qua non of an effective biblical counseling relationship so that biblical change can be embraced by the counselee. The student will develop a foundational theology of counseling that promotes personal and professional growth as a skilled people-helper.

Career Counseling [CO532; 3 credits]
Dr. Lynelle Buchanan
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.

Ethics & Professional Orientation to Counseling [CO550; 3 credits]
Gary Hardin
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.

Spiritual Issues in Counseling [CO584; 3 credits]
Heather Fornes
A survey of Biblical and theological issues commonly encountered in faith-based therapy. An application of a Biblical world view in getting to the core of the counselee’s problems and fostering transformative change. Specific application of a faith-based model to the lives of counselors and clients will be explored. Students will be asked to deeply examine their own spiritual beliefs and their contribution to healthy functioning as a person of faith and as a counselor.

Evaluation and Consultation of Mental and Mood Disorders [CO701; 3 credits]
Michele Fry
An understanding of mental and emotional disorders with evaluation and consultation. The classification systems of mental and emotional disorders are studied with emphasis on symptomatology, etiology, and implications for treatment modalities with special emphasis given to the understanding of the DMS 5. This course prepares counselors to work within the framework of state licensure and Christian counseling while being spiritually sensitive and culturally competent when offering consultation.

Philosophy of Learning [ED506; 3 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 his style of teaching. The theological implications of the philosophy of learning will also be discussed. This course is required for all M.Ed. students.

Learning Disabilities [ED531; 3 credits]
Diana Kelley
This course will provide a brief history of the field of learning disabilities and the laws that govern testing and placement. The student will learn to identify cognitive, behavioral, and social characteristics of the learning-disabled student. Emphasis will be placed on the services, treatment intervention, and instructional approaches that can be used in the classroom.

The Ministry of Women [EM532;3 credits]
Diane Lytle
This course will equip and encourage Christian women to fulfill their ministry in the various roles and settings in which God has placed them during the different stages of their lives. The course will give attention to a biblical worldview of women in ministry in the home, workplace, local church, parachurch organizations, and society.

Leadership in Active Learning Environments [OL501; 3 credits]
Ben Wilhite
This course is a study of organizational leadership theory and practice as it relates to the development and facilitation of active learning environments. Emphasis will be placed on identifying and evaluating students’ personalities and leadership styles, adapting and using leadership approaches, and exploring principles for moving individuals and organizations toward growth and development.

Strategic Thinking [OL503; 3 credits]
Ben Wilhite
This course engages students in the application of strategic theory, change theory, and implementation disciplines applied to real challenges within their organizations.

Development of a Dynamic Team [OL504; 3 credits]
Ben Wilhite
This course leads students in an application of group and team theory for recruiting, developing, mobilizing, and mending teams for maximum effectiveness.

Governance and Administration of Non-Profits [OL505; 3 credits]
Ben Wilhite
This course exposes students to theories of governance and administration with a view to helping them interact effectively with all levels of a non-profit organization from any position within that organization.

Financial Management of Non-Profits [OL506; 3 credits]
Ben Wilhite
This course exposes students to financial management in the non-profit organization include planning, fundraising, marketing, oversight, and accountability. Students interact with all aspects of their organization’s finances to gain proficiency in the rudiments of financial oversight.

Risk Management [OL507; 3 credits]
Ben Wilhite
This course is designed to familiarize students with current law and industry standards over against which liability is determined. Students also interact with accreditation agencies and processes and the development of sound risk management policy.

Organizational Communication [OL508; 3 credits]
Benjamin Wilhite
This course will provide a brief history of the field of learning disabilities and the laws that govern testing and placement. The student will learn to identify cognitive, behavioral, and social characteristics of the learning-disabled student. Emphasis will be placed on the services, treatment intervention, and instructional approaches that can be used in the classroom.

Spiritual Disciplines in Leadership [OL509; 3 credits]
Benjamin Wilhite
This course is designed to develop the believer’s spiritual life, with a focus on the spiritual disciplines, prayer, and the bibli­cal nature of calling, ministry, character, and the relation of spiritual formation to the process of sanctification.

Emotional Intelligence [OL510; 3 credits]
Benjamin Wilhite
This course will introduce students to emotional intelligence as a skill that can be developed with training and practice. Students will learn to engage the style of individuals and adjust their communications accordingly. This course will focus on the core competencies of emotional intelligence, including self-management, self-awareness, self-regulation, self-moti­vation and empathy. Students will learn to develop and implement these competencies to enhance their personal, profes­sional and ministry relationships by increasing their understanding of social and emotional behaviors and adapting and managing their responses to various situations.

Nonprofit Management [OL511; 3 credits]
Benjamin Wilhite
Leaders of nonprofit organizations are responsible to shape and navigate governance structures, create and manage fi­nancial processes and navigate risk dynamics across multifaceted political, social and economic contexts. This course lays a foundation of concepts and skills necessary to design and lead the essential structural functions of nonprofit organiza­tions with the full range of stakeholders in view.

Apologetics [TH521; 3 credits]
Dr. David Lackey
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.

Fall 2021 Sessions
Session 1: August 16–October 8

Interpretation of Psalms [BI512; 3 credits]
Mike Weston
An  introductory exploration of  the major literary categories in the book of Psalms.  The student will focus on understanding selected psalms based on their genre and authorial intent.  The theological message of the psalm and its contribution to the spiritual growth of the student as an individual and in the body of Christ will also be examined.

Theological Foundations of Change [CO505; 3 credits]
Dr. Keith Marlett
In this course the centrality of the Bible in its relationship to counseling is explored. Emphasis is given to embedding theological truth as the sine qua non of an effective biblical counseling relationship so that biblical change can be embraced by the counselee. The student will develop a foundational theology of counseling that promotes personal and professional growth as a skilled people-helper. (3 Credit Hours)

Evaluating Research [CO519; 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.

Counseling Interventions for Women [CO561; 3 credits]
Dr. Lynelle Buchanan
This course explores the myriad of developmental, relational and spiritual issues that women navigate across the lifespan.  Emphasis is placed on strength of identity, fulfilling purpose, and finding joy in living to the fullness of design.  Aimed at helping professionals, the course’s topics will include appropriate assessment of women, treatment planning, and the building of supportive relationships.

Ethnicity and Counseling [CO565; 3 credits]
Dr. Keith Marlett
This course is 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.

Understanding and Treating Addictions [CO617; 3 credits]
CSU Staff
An overview of behavior addictions focused on assessment, treatment, and biblical applications for the counseling room. The student will discover the complex needs that society and the church face when supporting those struggling with a behavior addiction. Students will be asked to engage in high level discussion to explore the many conflicts related to worldview, treatment theories, and techniques in the area of treating behavioral addictions.

Research Methods [ED510; 3 credits]
Dr. Janet Hicks
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.

School Law [ED584; 3 credits]
Donald Thomson
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.

Capstone Project [ED591; 3 credits]
Dr. Janet Hicks or Dr. Ritch Kelley
This is a professional contribution to the education field, usually a research project utilizing empirical methodology. It may be another type of contribution, however, with permission of the advising professor.

Leadership in Active Learning Environments [OL501; 3 credits]
Ben Wilhite
This course is a study of organizational leadership theory and practice as it relates to the development and facilitation of active learning environments. Emphasis will be placed on identifying and evaluating students’ personalities and leadership styles, adapting and using leadership approaches, and exploring principles for moving individuals and organizations toward growth and development.

Organization as a Learning Community [OL502; 3 credits]
Ben Wilhite
Students will interact with organizational theory and learning theory to help them develop effective approaches to encouraging and facilitating learning in all levels of the organization.

Strategic Thinking [OL503; 3 credits]
Ben Wilhite
This course engages students in the application of strategic theory, change theory, and implementation disciplines applied to real challenges within their organizations.

Development of a Dynamic Team [OL504; 3 credits]
Ben Wilhite
This course leads students in an application of group and team theory for recruiting, developing, mobilizing, and mending teams for maximum effectiveness.

Governance and Administration of Non-Profits [OL505; 3 credits]
Ben Wilhite
This course exposes students to theories of governance and administration with a view to helping them interact effectively with all levels of a non-profit organization from any position within that organization.

Financial Management of Non-Profits [OL506; 3 credits]
Ben Wilhite
This course exposes students to financial management in the non-profit organization include planning, fundraising, marketing, oversight, and accountability. Students interact with all aspects of their organization’s finances to gain proficiency in the rudiments of financial oversight.

Risk Management [OL507; 3 credits]
Ben Wilhite
This course is designed to familiarize students with current law and industry standards over against which liability is determined. Students also interact with accreditation agencies and processes and the development of sound risk management policy.

Survey of Doctrine [TH517; 3 credits]
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, Pneumatology, Angelology, Anthropology, Hamartiology, Soteriology, Ecclesiology and Eschatology will be conducted in a systematic approach.

The Church and Baptist Distinctives [TH522; 3 credits]
Daniel Wiley
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.

Dynamics of Spiritual Growth [TH524; 3 credits]
Gregory Gifford
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.

Session 1 & 2: August 16–December 10

Supervised Counseling Practicum [CO583; 3 credits]
Dr. Heather Fornes
Superintended experience in which the student participates in providing counseling services under the direction of a qualified supervisor and maintains logs documenting participation experiences. Professional development acquired from on-site supervision, clinical supervision from the course instructor, and peer interaction in the classroom context. (Prerequisite courses include CO520, CO535, CO550, a CO500-series course, and permission of the instructor.)

Supervised Counseling Internship [CO590; 3 credits]
Dr. Heather Fornes
An advanced-level experience in which the student performs extensive professional counseling functions under the guidance of an approved supervisor and maintains logs documenting participation experiences. (Prerequisite: completion of all required courses and permission of instructor.)

Comprehensive Written Exam [CO595; 3 credits]
Dr. Heather Fornes
This course is the  written portion of the comprehensive examination consists of multiple-choice questions over the course material from the requited professional counseling courses. The examination will be similar in nature and preparatory in function to the National Board of Certified Counselors’ (NBCC) National Certification Examination (NCE). This examination will be taken when all course work has been completed.

Comprehensive Oral Exam [CO597; 3 credits]
Dr. Heather Fornes
The oral portion of the comprehensive examination reviews the major tenets from the required counseling courses in the MSC curriculum. Emphasis in the oral examination is given to philosophy,  methodology, and expressed counseling skills.

Session 2: October 18–December 10

Inductive Bible Study [BI510; 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.

Interpretation of the Gospels: John [BI531; 3 credits]
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.

Biblical Philosophy of Counseling [CO506; 3 credits]
Dr. Keith Marlett
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.

Human Development [CO530; 3 credits]
Michele Fry
Lifespan learning and development with respect to human personality formation. Developmental processes and adjustment functions within cultural contexts. Interplay between human development, personality formation, and the role of learning in formulating life constructs.

Marriage and Family Counseling [CO539; 3 credits]
Gary Hardin
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.

Substance Addictions [CO627; 3 credits]
CSU Staff
An overview of substance dependency and chemical addictions with leading focuses on assessment and treatment. The student will explore various categorical defining chemical dependency and social trends in addressing substance related disorders. With a focus on a biblical worldview, students will explore competing arguments for addressing social concerns related to substance addictions.

Human Sexuality [CO630; 3 credits]
Dr. Lynelle Buchanan
This course exploring sexuality from physiological, social, and spiritual perspectives.  Healthy functioning and remediation for dysfunction will be considered.  The influence of a biblical worldview will be foundational to the topic.

Development of Curriculum [ED520; 3 credits]
Dr. Janet Hicks
This course will present the philosophical and application 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. This course is required for all M.Ed. students.

Principles and Methods of Teaching and Learning [ED560; 3 credits]
Dr. Caroline Burleigh
This course assists the classroom teacher in understanding the learner as well as developing characteristics of excellence through a study of teaching and learning styles and methods coupled with the elements of effective teaching. Active involvement in the total teaching/learning process is included as instructional principles, methods, and skills are enhanced for effective classroom instruction.

Instructional Supervision [ED565; 3 credits]
Dr. Ritch Kelley
This course is a study of effective concepts of instructional supervision topics, including the school’s supervision policy, the administrator’s supervision plan, and the role of the teacher’s job description, techniques of supervision, and the improvement of classroom instruction.

Capstone Project [ED591; 3 credits]
Dr. Janet Hicks or Dr. Ritch Kelley
This is a professional contribution to the education field, usually a research project utilizing empirical methodology. It may be another type of contribution, however, with permission of the advising professor.

Leadership in Active Learning Environments [OL501; 3 credits]
Ben Wilhite
This course is a study of organizational leadership theory and practice as it relates to the development and facilitation of active learning environments. Emphasis will be placed on identifying and evaluating students’ personalities and leadership styles, adapting and using leadership approaches, and exploring principles for moving individuals and organizations toward growth and development.

Organization as a Learning Community [OL502; 3 credits]
Ben Wilhite
Students will interact with organizational theory and learning theory to help them develop effective approaches to encouraging and facilitating learning in all levels of the organization.

Strategic Thinking [OL503; 3 credits]
Ben Wilhite
This course engages students in the application of strategic theory, change theory, and implementation disciplines applied to real challenges within their organizations.

Development of a Dynamic Team [OL504; 3 credits]
Ben Wilhite
This course leads students in an application of group and team theory for recruiting, developing, mobilizing, and mending teams for maximum effectiveness.

Governance and Administration of Non-Profits [OL505; 3 credits]
Ben Wilhite
This course exposes students to theories of governance and administration with a view to helping them interact effectively with all levels of a non-profit organization from any position within that organization.

Financial Management of Non-Profits [OL506; 3 credits]
Ben Wilhite
This course exposes students to financial management in the non-profit organization include planning, fundraising, marketing, oversight, and accountability. Students interact with all aspects of their organization’s finances to gain proficiency in the rudiments of financial oversight.

Risk Management [OL507; 3 credits]
Ben Wilhite
This course is designed to familiarize students with current law and industry standards over against which liability is determined. Students also interact with accreditation agencies and processes and the development of sound risk management policy.

How to Develop a Biblical Worldview [TH511; 3 credits]
Daniel Wiley
This course is 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.

Summer 2021 Sessions
Session 1: May 10–July 2

Supervised Counseling Internship [CO590; 3 credits]
Dr. Heather Fornes
An advanced-level experience in which the student performs extensive professional counseling functions under the guidance of an approved supervisor and maintains logs documenting participation experiences. Prerequisite: completion of all required courses and permission of instructor.

Comprehensive Written Exam [CO595; 3 credits]
Dr. Heather Fornes
This course is the  written portion of the comprehensive examination consists of multiple-choice questions over the course material from the requited professional counseling courses. The examination will be similar in nature and preparatory in function to the National Board of Certified Counselors’ (NBCC) National Certification Examination (NCE). This examination will be taken when all course work has been completed.

Comprehensive Oral Exam [CO597; 3 credits]
Dr. Heather Fornes
The oral portion of the comprehensive examination reviews the major tenets from the required counseling courses in the MSC curriculum. Emphasis in the oral examination is given to philosophy,  methodology, and expressed counseling skills.

Leadership in Active Learning Environments [OL501; 3 credits]
Ben Wilhite
This course is a study of organizational leadership theory and practice as it relates to the development and facilitation of active learning environments. Emphasis will be placed on identifying and evaluating students’ personalities and leadership styles, adapting and using leadership approaches, and exploring principles for moving individuals and organizations toward growth and development.

Organization as a Learning Community [OL502; 3 credits]
Ben Wilhite
Students will interact with organizational theory and learning theory to help them develop effective approaches to encouraging and facilitating learning in all levels of the organization.

Strategic Thinking [OL503; 3 credits]
Ben Wilhite
This course engages students in the application of strategic theory, change theory, and implementation disciplines applied to real challenges within their organizations.

Development of a Dynamic Team [OL504; 3 credits]
Ben Wilhite
This course leads students in an application of group and team theory for recruiting, developing, mobilizing, and mending teams for maximum effectiveness.

Governance and Administration of Non-Profits [OL505; 3 credits]
Ben Wilhite
This course exposes students to theories of governance and administration with a view to helping them interact effectively with all levels of a non–profit organization from any position within that organization.

Financial Management of Non-Profits [OL506; 3 credits]
Ben Wilhite
This course exposes students to financial management in the non–profit organization include planning, fund raising, marketing, oversight, and accountability. Students interact with all aspects of their organization’s finances to gain proficiency in the rudiments of financial oversight.

Risk Management [OL507; 3 credits]
Ben Wilhite
This course is designed to familiarize students with current law and industry standards over against which liability is determined. Students also interact with accreditation agencies and processes and the development of sound risk management policy.

Survey of Doctrine [TH517; 3 credits]
Allen Mickle
This course is an overview of the ten major theologies of the Bible. Examination of the major issues behind Bibliology, Theology Proper, Christology, Pneumatology, Angelology, Anthropology, Hamartiology, Soteriology, Ecclesiology and Eschatology will be conducted in a systematic approach.

An Interpretive Study of Biblical Discipleship [TH538]
Ben Wilhite
An exploration of key New Testament passages key to Biblical interpretation of spiritual development and of the practice of making disciples.  Focus will be given to the discipling ministry of Christ and of the early church as displayed in the Gospels and in the Acts of the Apostles.  Focus will also be given to  the process of spiritual development as discussed in the New Testament Epistles.

Session 2: June 21–August 13

Foundations of Clinical Mental Health [CO571; 3 credits]
Dr. Keith Marlett
This course provides an overview of the history and philosophy of the counseling profession and its specialty areas.  The multiple professional roles and functions of the counselor and the counselor’s relationship to other human service providers is examined.  Professional identity, credentialing, the role of supervision, advocacy for the client and the counseling profession, strategies for self-evaluation plus other key requisites of the counselor and profession are also presented.

Module 1 (residential): May 3–7
Introduction to Group Counseling [CO535; 3 credits]

Dr. Keith Marlett
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. This course includes an experiential component which includes voluntary self-disclosure activities.

Appraisal and Testing in Counseling [CO542; 3 credits]
Dr. 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.

Module 2 (residential): May 10–14

The Helping Relationship [CO544; 3 credits]
Dr. Heather Fornes
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.

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