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Fall 2024
Session 1: August 19–October 11

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.

Economics [BA105; 3 credits]
CSU Staff
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.

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.

Gospel of John [BI334; 3 credits]
CSU Staff
This course is 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.

Isaiah [BI342; 3 credits]
CSU Staff
This course is a study of the nature and function of Old Testament prophecy, the historical setting of the book, special introductory problems, and a survey of the entire book. Detailed study is given to selected passages in Isaiah.

Hebrews [BI446; 3 credits]
CSU Staff
This course makes an analysis of the epistle to the Hebrews in light of the people to whom it was written and the reason for which it was written. Contrasts between Christianity and Judaism are emphasized.

The Family Life of the Ministry Leader [EM412; 3 credits]
Dr. 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]
CSU Staff
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]
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.

American Literature I [LI221C; 3 credits]
Carleigh Smith
This course provides a chronological, historically relevant, thematic study of the social, political, philosophical, and religious ideas that sparked the poetic imagination of the early American writer. This is a writing–intensive course that requires reading, discussion, writing, and critical thinking. It reviews the development of American thought as it is revealed in the great works of American literature from the Puritan period to the Civil War (1600–1850).

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), and in preparing an individual training program.

Understanding and Treating Addiction [PS117; 3 credits]
CSU Staff
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]
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.

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.

Abnormal Psychology [PS303; 3 credits]
CSU Staff
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.

Women Counseling Women [PS304; 3 credits]
CSU Staff
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.

Building a Biblical Lifestyle [TH120; 3 credits]
Dr. James Buchanan
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 worldview, ethics and patterns of behavior; Bible study; prayer; and making Biblically-informed choices.

Theology Survey [TH211; 3 credits]
CSU Staff
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)

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.

Ministry-Mentored Courses

CSU offers specialized courses where students can work in a ministry setting and earn credit. These courses are facilitated by CSU faculty in partnership with a ministry leader. Permission to take these courses must be through the dean of the school of Theology.

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. Prerequisite: permission of dean.

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-based 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. Prerequisite: permission of dean.

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. Prerequisite: permission of dean.

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. Prerequisite: permission of dean.

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. Prerequisite: permission of dean.

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. Prerequisite: permission of dean.

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. Prerequisite: permission of dean.

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. Prerequisite: permission of dean.

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. Prerequisite: permission of dean.

Session 1 & 2: August 26–December 13

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 cyle. Topics include financial statement preparation, assests, accrual based accounting, internal controls, and revenue and expenses.

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.

Elements of Greek – 1 [NT502; 3 credits]
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]
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.

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.

Physiological Psychology [SC231; 3 credits]
Vincent Vargas
This course is a study of the nervous system as it relates to psychology including neural structure and function, pathology, and psychopharmacology. Students will apply this knowledge in the field of counseling including evaluating research, describing drug interaction, and identifying potential physiological causes for psychological symptoms. Prerequisite: PS100.

 

Session 2: October 21–December 13

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.

Principles of Bible Study [BI100; 3 credits]
Diane Lytle
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 studied from Genesis to Revelation.

Pastoral Epistles [BI339; 3 credits]
CSU Staff
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]
CSU Staff
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]
CSU Staff
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.

Educational Ministry of the Church [EM421; 3 credits]
Dr. Darryl Meekins
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.

Writing Across the Disciplines [EN122; 3 credits]
CSU Staff
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.

Business Communication [EN313; 3 credits]
CSU Staff
This course examines the verbal and written forms of professional communication. Emphasis is placed on clear and succinct expression with a focus on audience and purpose. Topics include developing professionalism, conducting business research, preparing proposals and reports, engaging in collaborative decision making, developing formal and informal presentations, explaining data through storytelling, and employing technology to craft compelling content that drives action in today’s global marketplace and nonprofit sector.

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 fitness and 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.

Missions Seminar [MI402; 3 credits]
Dr. Paul McGuinness
Missions Seminar serves as the culminating experience for senior-level students in the Intercultural Studies program. This capstone course is designed to integrate and apply the foundational principles, cross-cultural competencies, and biblical insights acquired throughout the program.

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]
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 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]
Dr. James Buchanan
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]
CSU Staff
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 media and group membership upon attitude formation are considered, as well as the role of self-presentation strategies in indicating credibility. Students will complete a social psychological quasi experiment and present a poster session. Prerequisite: PS100.

Earth Science Survey [SC202; 3 credits]
Dr. 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.

Integrated Science [SC205; 3 credits]
CSU Staff
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.

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

Ministry-Mentored Courses

CSU offers specialized courses where students can work in a ministry setting and earn credit. These courses are facilitated by CSU faculty in partnership with a ministry leader. Permission to take these courses must be through the dean of the school of Theology.

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. Prerequisite: permission of dean.

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-based 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. Prerequisite: permission of dean.

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. Prerequisite: permission of dean.

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. Prerequisite: permission of dean.

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. Prerequisite: permission of dean.

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. Prerequisite: permission of dean.

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. Prerequisite: permission of dean.

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. Prerequisite: permission of dean.

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. Prerequisite: permission of dean.

Summer 2024
May 20–July 12

Entrepreneurship [BA230; 3 credits]
Dr. David Ober
This course overviews the fundamental principles and processes of the establishment of new ventures and the management of small firms. Student teams will create a business plan from scratch and defend its financial viability.

Quality and Productivity [BA385; 3 credits]
CSU Staff
This course focuses on issues such as continuous improvement, organizational change, teamwork, motivation, and leadership, which support both quality and productivity in organizations.

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.

Life of Christ [BI333; 3 credits]
Dr. James Buchanan
This course is a study of the earthly life and ministry of Christ as revealed in the four Gospels. The study, which will place value on the harmony of the Gospels, will emphasize understanding that Jesus Christ was and is, what He did, and why such revelation is important.

Jeremiah [BI347; 3 credits]
Dr. 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.

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 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.

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.

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
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. James Buchanan
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.

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. Prerequisite: PS100.

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. Prerequisite: PS100.

Building a Biblical Lifestyle [TH120; 3 credits]
Dr. James Buchanan
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]
CSU Staff
This course surveys eight of the major divisions of theology- the doctrines of the Bible, God, Christ, Holy Spirit, Man, Sin, Salvation, and Angels (including Satan and demons).

Theology Distinctives [TH308; 3 credits]
CSU Staff
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.

Ministry-Mentored Courses

CSU offers specialized courses where students can work in a ministry setting and earn credit. These courses are facilitated by CSU faculty in partnership with a ministry leader. Permission to take these courses must be through the dean of the school of Theology.

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-based 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 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.

 

May 20–August 9

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.

Communication Internship [CM402; 3 credits]
Dr. Janet Hicks
This course is a 100 to 120-hour internship enabling Communications students to learn new skills, gain on-the-job experience, and to function as a professional communicator. Students have completed internships in varied venues. Prerequisite: Permission of advisor.

Pastoral Apprenticeship [PA480; 3 credits]
Dr. Donald McCall
A minimum of six weeks summer apprenticeship or its equivalency in the fall or sping semester. Qualified student 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.

Youth Ministries Apprenticeship [YM480; 3 creidts]
Frank Passetti
This course is a minimum of ten weeks full–time summer apprenticeship. Qualified students are placed under the supervision of an experienced youth worker for training and experience in a youth ministry environment. Open to students who have completed the junior year. May or may not be taken for credit. Interested students should consult with the department chair early in the junior year.

Current & Past Terms

(for planning purposes)

Spring 2024
Session 1: January 15–March 8

Strategic Human Resources Management [BA225; 3 credits]
Dr. David Ober
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.

Acts [BI335; 3 credits]
Tom 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]
CSU Staff
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.

Academic and Researched Writing [EN121; 3 credits]
Grace Scotch
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]
Dr. Sherrie Holloway
This course is designed to provide students with a better understanding of the mechanics and components of fitness and 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.

Missional Theology [MI401; 3 credits]
Dr. Paul McGuinness
A study of reaching people and building the local church both stateside and cross–culturally is considered. This will start with the need to plant churches and that which is necessary to have a developing/expanding church. Biblical principles, theories, methods, and philosophies is discussed along with the giving of real–life illustrations. The intent of the course is to be extremely practical so that the student will be prepared to start a church.

The Personal Life of the Ministry Leader [PA311; 3 credits]
Dr. 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]
Christina Crain
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.

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]
Dr. James Buchanan
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]
CSU Staff
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).

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.

Ministry-Mentored Courses

CSU offers specialized courses where students can work in a ministry setting and earn credit. These courses are facilitated by CSU faculty in partnership with a ministry leader. Permission to take these courses must be through the dean of the school of Theology.

Leadership [MM301; 3 credits]
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. Prerequisite: permission of dean.

Communication [MM302; 3 credits]
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. Prerequisite: permission of dean.

Outreach/Evangelism [MM303; 3 credits]
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. Prerequisite: permission of dean.

Discipleship [MM304; 3 credits]
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. Prerequisite: permission of dean.

Strategic Planning [MM305; 3 credits]
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. Prerequisite: permission of dean.

Spiritual Formation [MM306; 3 credits]
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. Prerequisite: permission of dean.

Service/Missions [MM307; 3 credits]
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. Prerequisite: permission of dean.

Small Groups [MM308; 3 credits]
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. Prerequisite: permission of dean.

Special Ministry Focus [MM309; 3 credits]
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. Prerequisite: permission of dean.

Session 1 & 2: January 15–May 10

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.

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.

Introduction to Statistics [MA216; 3 credits]
Robert Plantz
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.

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.

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 18–May 10

Economics [BA105; 3 credits]
Todd Jones
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.

Social Entrepreneurship [BA323; 3 credits]
Dr. David Ober
This course provides students with an introduction to the theory and practice of social entrepreneurship. Social entrepreneurship can be defined as the establishment and management of successful social mission-driven ventures. This course is designed to provide future nonprofit, for-profit, and government managers and leaders with practical knowledge about how to identify potential opportunities; develop skills for developing social entrepreneurship ideas; and examining ways of measuring the success of the activity.

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]
Dan Price
This course surveys the Old and New Testaments. Major dates, events, characters, theological passages, and themes are studied from Genesis to Revelation.

Genesis [BI340; 3 credits]
Nigel Black
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]
Herbert Boutilier
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.

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.

Writing Across the Disciplines [EN122; 3 credits]
Carleigh Smith
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 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.

Expository Preaching [PA412; 3 credits]
Dr. 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.

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.

Dynamics of Discipleship [PS310; 3 credits]
Dr. James Buchanan
As Christians, we are called to be disciples of Jesus Christ, followers in His way, and 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.

Marriage and Family Dynamics [PS414; 3 credits]
Dr. 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.

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.

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).

Ministry-Mentored Courses

CSU offers specialized courses where students can work in a ministry setting and earn credit. These courses are facilitated by CSU faculty in partnership with a ministry leader. Permission to take these courses must be through the dean of the school of Theology.

Leadership [MM301; 3 credits]
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. Prerequisite: permission of dean.

Communication [MM302; 3 credits]
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. Prerequisite: permission of dean.

Outreach/Evangelism [MM303; 3 credits]
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. Prerequisite: permission of dean.

Discipleship [MM304; 3 credits]
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. Prerequisite: permission of dean.

Strategic Planning [MM305; 3 credits]
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. Prerequisite: permission of dean.

Spiritual Formation [MM306; 3 credits]
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. Prerequisite: permission of dean.

Service/Missions [MM307; 3 credits]
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. Prerequisite: permission of dean.

Small Groups [MM308; 3 credits]
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. Prerequisite: permission of dean.

Special Ministry Focus [MM309; 3 credits]
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. Prerequisite: permission of dean.

Fall 2023
Session 1: August 21–October 13

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.

Investment Management [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.

Principles of Bible Study [BI100; 3 credits]
Diane Lytle
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.

Studies is 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]
Thomas 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 Churchs Ministry [EM200; 3 credits]
Dr. Bill Higley

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.

The Family Life of the Ministry Leader [EM412; 3 credits]
Dr. 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]
CSU Staff
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]
CSU Staff
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.

Cross-Cultural Communication [MI302; 3 credits]
Dr. Paul McGuinness
A study on the nature of intercultural communication in verbal, non-verbal, and written forms.

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. Prerequisite: permission of dean.

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-based 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. Prerequisite: permission of dean.

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. Prerequisite: permission of dean.

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. Prerequisite: permission of dean.

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. Prerequisite: permission of dean.

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. Prerequisite: permission of dean.

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. Prerequisite: permission of dean.

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. Prerequisite: permission of dean.

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. Prerequisite: permission of dean.

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), and in preparing an individual training program.

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.

Abnormal Psychology [PS303; 3 credits]
Teresa Kiser
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.

Integrated Science [SC205; 3 credits]
CSU Staff
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]
CSU Staff
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 worldview, 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]
Josh 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 28–December 20

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 cyle. Topics include financial statement preparation, assests, accrual based accounting, internal controls, and revenue and expenses.

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 examining 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.

Elements of Greek – 1 [NT502; 3 credits]
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]
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 2: October 23–December 15

Introduction to Humanities [AR210; 3 credits]
Dr. David Harris
This course is 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.

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.

Business Law, Ethics and Theology [BA403; 3 credits]
Todd Jones
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 is paid to the application of differing legal and ethical frameworks and various principles to work-related challenges in contemporary organization.

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]
Thomas Hutchinson
This course is 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]
Frank Passetti
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 opportunity to consider applications of Luke’s Gospel to their personal lives as well as to a ministry context.

Jeremiah [BI347; 3 credits]
Dr. 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.

Educational Ministry of the Church [EM421; 3 credits]
Dr. 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.

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.

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. Prerequisite: permission of dean.

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-based 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. Prerequisite: permission of dean.

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. Prerequisite: permission of dean.

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. Prerequisite: permission of dean.

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. Prerequisite: permission of dean.

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. Prerequisite: permission of dean.

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. Prerequisite: permission of dean.

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. Prerequisite: permission of dean.

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. Prerequisite: permission of dean.

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]
James Buchanan
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 media and group membership upon attitude formation are considered, as well as the role of self-presentation strategies in indicating credibility. Students will complete a social psychological quasi experiment and present a poster session. Prerequisite: PS100.

Earth Science Survey [SC202; 3 credits]
Dr. 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]
CSU Staff
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.

Graduate Courses

Future Terms

Fall 2024
Session 1: August 19–October 11

Leadership and Management of Organizations [BA514; 3 credits]
Dr. David Ober
This course gives students the opportunity to explore the subject of leadership through a value-focused, narrative approach, emphasizing the leader’s responsibility to provoke and manage change within organizations and individuals in a manner that captures the organizational benefits of diversity, transformational leadership, servant and authentic leadership, as well as other influential theories and approaches to contemporary business issues. Students will apply these ideas, theories, and strategies to analyses of case studies and to examples from their own professional lives and spiritual journey.

Financial Investment Management [BA561; 3 credits]
Dr. David Ober
An analysis and comparison of the various techniques that aid in the decision-making process. Major themes stressed include shareholder wealth maximization, cash flow management, the international aspects of financial management and the standards of ethical behavior adopted by managers and Certified Kingdom Advisors.

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.

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. Stacie Norman
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]
Vince Vargas
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.

Clinical Intervention and Prevention of Mental and Emotional Disorders [CO704; 3 credits]
CSU Staff
Psychological and educational methods of intervention including culturally sensitive intervention methods for a diverse population and situations. Counselor ethics, legalities, clinical supervision, and consultation are addressed in this course with an emphasis on cultural competency.

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.

How to Develop a Biblical Worldview [TH511; 3 credits]
Dr. James Buchanan
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.

Survey of Doctrine [TH517; 3 credits]
Dr. James Buchanan
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.

Apologetics [TH521; 3 credits]
Dr. James Buchanan
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.

Dynamics of Spiritual Growth [TH524; 3 credits]
Dr. James Buchanan
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.

Leadership Development Courses

The courses below are for the traditional Master of Arts – Organizational Leadership program. The Leadership Development courses are facilitated by a qualified CSU professor. Each course involves independent work along with weekly interaction with the course professor.

Leadership Foundations [LD500; 3 credits]
This course examines the core principles and practices relevant to leadership in a ministry, non-profit, or marketplace context. The course will help students understand critical organizational leadership foundations and build on those foundations to develop a personal leadership philosophy. In the course, leadership is examined theologically and through the lens of current leadership research, theories, and best practices. The primary individual outcomes of this course are for the student to (1) assess their readiness for leadership and (2) develop a theologically and research-informed leadership philosophy.

Biblical Theology of Leadership [LD502; 3 credits]
This course examines the ideas and practices of leadership from a biblical perspective. It is purposely built on the biblical theology method of studying the Bible so the student will gain a comprehensive biblical vision of leadership. The course will survey significant leadership figures from the Bible to discern a biblically informed view of leadership. In this course, the student will develop a synthesis, or “Biblical Theology,” of God-informed leadership best practices in the course. The primary personal outcome of this course will be for the student to create a strategy to apply those biblically informed best practices to their leadership life.

Theories of Leadership  [LD503; 3 credits]
This course examines the development and applications of the major leadership theories. The course will survey and analyze the significant theoretical developments that have historically guided leadership study, research, and practice. In the course, students will critically examine the contributions and weaknesses of each theory. The primary personal outcome of this course will be for the student to discern what leadership wisdom can be gained from each theory to inform their understanding and practice of leadership.

Leadership Communication [LD550; 3 credits]
This course examines the nature of communication between leaders and followers, explores the varied styles of leadership communication, and extends these principles into the ethics, values, and modes of communication. A personal evaluation of leadership will be assessed and an ethical/philosophical approach to leadership communication will be developed.

Leading Strategic Thinking and Process [LD560; 3 credits]
In this course, students will be exposed to basic cognitive psychology to help them understand strategic thinking and decision-making. Understanding thinking errors and common biases, students will be encouraged to examine their thought process and consider personal applications. Armed with that understanding, the students will be challenged to learn analytical methodology to make critical decisions for organizations and ministries.

Project Management [LD580; 3 credits]
Directing major projects effectively is essential to the success of any organization or ministry. This course is designed to help students develop the skills necessary to oversee major projects through an understanding of managing people, communication, scheduling, budgeting, quality, and risk. Using these concepts, the student will produce a comprehensive Project Management Plan.

Readings in Leadership Literature [LD590; 3 credits]
In this course, students will read classic and contemporary readings on foundational and theoretical leadership knowledge and practice. Students will read leadership classics, exemplary research-based articles, and relevant contemporary electronic sources. The primary personal outcome of this course will be for the student to develop a foundational knowledge of leadership and how to apply it to their understanding and practice of leadership.

Eleven:6 Courses

CSU parents with Eleven:6 to offer the following courses for students in the experienced-based Master of Arts – Organizational Leadership program. These courses are structured for an on-site internship or ministry context and are facilitated through our Eleven:6 partnership. Students must have an approved context and their advisor’s permission to enroll in these courses.

Communication of the Word [BI551; 3 credits]
Ministry leaders are responsible for communicating God’s words to the people for whose care they have been given re­sponsibility. That communication takes many forms if the truth is to be planted deeply into the hearts of the hearers. The focus of this course is to help the student focus their communication of the Word and to build skill for delivering it effectively.

Leadership in Active Learning Environments [OL501; 3 credits]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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.

Developing a Biblical Worldview [TH532; 3 credits]
Developing a Christian worldview that is biblically sound and practically functional requires a foundational skillset in a way that effectively intersects with the practical and philosophical questions of life, community and culture. This course will engage the student in the development of that skillset using basic steps for building a Christian worldview that is biblically accurate, including exegesis and biblical theology, linking passages across Scripture, catego­rizing all of the biblical data on various themes, validating extra-biblical truth claims, and applying biblical teaching to all of life.

The New Testament Church [TH533; 3 credits]
This is a study of the origin, nature, purpose, mission, polity, and ministry of the church. It examines the biblical and theological issues involved in the doctrine of the church with a particular focus on the practical preparation of students for effective or enhanced ministry in local churches or parachurch ministry organizations, based on a biblical understanding of the local church.

An Interpretive Study of Biblical Discipleship [TH538; 3 credits]
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.

An Interpretive Study of Biblical Leadership [TH548; 3 credits]
Cultures shape leadership and leadership shapes cultures. As leadership styles and theories continuously morph, it is essential for the follower of Christ to understand and embrace a clear understanding of leadership as God sees it, in line with God’s purposes in a broken world. This course will help the student apply sound principles of biblical theology to de­velop a clear and compelling biblical theology of leadership from which to evaluate the many and varied approaches and norms in the culture while pursuing the capacity for godly spiritual leadership.

Session 1 & 2: August 21–December 13

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. Combined version of previous CO580, CO581, CO582 courses as of Spring 2020. Prerequisite courses include CO505, CO506, CO520, CO535, CO544, CO550, CO571, and permission of the instructor.

Supervised Counseling Internship I [CO590; 3 credits]
Dr. Heather Fornes
This course is 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; 0 credits]
Dr. Heather Fornes
Students will take the CPCE (Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Exam) to fulfill this program requirement. The exam consists of multiple-choice questions over the course material from required 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 may be taken when required coursework has been completed but before the CO590 Supervised Counseling Internship course. Please see the testing manual for further details.

Comprehensive Oral Exam [CO597; 0 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.

Supervised Counseling Internship II [CO598; 3 credits]
Dr. Heather Fornes
This course is 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: CO590 and permission of the instructor.

Capstone Project [ED591; 1–3 credits]
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.

Session 2: October 21–December 13

Today’s Business environment [BA501; 3 credits]
Dr. David Ober
This course incorporates learning experiences in contrasting economies and integrates opportunities to explore today’s marketing, human resources, accounting, financial management, project management and operations management trends. Managers must understand these functional areas and the relationships between them to competently lead their team within the organization. In addition, Students will be challenged to identify their God-given gifts and talents that can make an effective contribution to the Kingdom of Christ in the global marketplace. This foundational course in the MBA program provides this necessary context and sets the stage for students to delve deeper into these concepts throughout their program.

Business Modeling and Research [BA550; 3 credits]
Dr. David Ober
This course will enable students to create quantitative models using spreadsheet applications, as supporting tools for decision-making. The course will follow the case study method, exposing students to business situations typically encountered by business managers. Students will learn how to select the applicable tool to address the situation described in every case, create the corresponding quantitative model. Students will write objective recommendations derived from the analysis, and present these in a simulated virtual boardroom meeting environment.

Strategic Management Seminar/Capstone [BA591; 3 credits]
Dr. David Ober
In this capstone seminar for the MBA program, students demonstrate their ability to integrate and apply theory to practice in case studies and experiential exercises that require the mastery of strategic thinking. NOTE: Must be completed in the last term, or with advisor’s approval may be completed in the next-to-last term of study if available.

Biblical Philosophy of Counseling [CO506; 3 credits]
Dr. Keith Marlett
You will formulate and articulate a personalized philosophy of Biblical counseling. The Scripture’s sufficiency in meeting human needs is emphasized. Various Christian counselors’ perspectives are analyzed and critiqued in relation to Biblical counseling. Historical perspectives are considered relative to contemporary issues and milieu in counseling.

Counseling Children [CO514; 3 credits]
Dr. Stacie Norman
An exploration of difficulties experienced by children (up through age 12) and their parents as understood from the perspective of healthy development and biblical guidelines for parenting. Emphasis will be on incorporating parents in the intervention process, supporting their primacy as God’s intended agents for disciplining children toward spiritual, emotional, and behavior health. Additional topics will include interviewing, assessment, treatment planning, how children learn, parent training programs, and research support for biblical wisdom on child rearing.

Human Development [CO530; 3 credits]
Dr. Stacie Norman
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]
Dr. 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.

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.

Clinical Treatment of Mental and Emotional Disorders [CO706; 3 credits]
Michele Fry
Developing and implementing a treatment plan, reporting, and assessing progress with benchmarks through diagnostics, referral procedures, and an understanding of biopsychological responses including consideration of psychotropic medications and mood altering chemicals.

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.

Contemporary Issues in Education [ED550; 3 credits]
Dr. Ritchie Kelley
Current information and research pertaining to issues of importance to educators will be examined. The implications of these issues for the field of education and the Christian school movement will be discussed.

How to Develop a Biblical Worldview [TH511; 3 credits]
Dr. James Buchanan
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.

Survey of Doctrine [TH517; 3 credits]
Dr. James Buchanan
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.

Apologetics [TH521; 3 credits]
Dr. James Buchanan
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.

Dynamics of Spiritual Growth [TH524; 3 credits]
Dr. James Buchanan
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.

Leadership Development Courses

The courses below are for the traditional Master of Arts – Organizational Leadership program. The Leadership Development courses are facilitated by a qualified CSU professor. Each course involves independent work along with weekly interaction with the course professor.

Leadership Foundations [LD500; 3 credits]
This course examines the core principles and practices relevant to leadership in a ministry, non-profit, or marketplace context. The course will help students understand critical organizational leadership foundations and build on those foundations to develop a personal leadership philosophy. In the course, leadership is examined theologically and through the lens of current leadership research, theories, and best practices. The primary individual outcomes of this course are for the student to (1) assess their readiness for leadership and (2) develop a theologically and research-informed leadership philosophy.

Biblical Theology of Leadership [LD502; 3 credits]
This course examines the ideas and practices of leadership from a biblical perspective. It is purposely built on the biblical theology method of studying the Bible so the student will gain a comprehensive biblical vision of leadership. The course will survey significant leadership figures from the Bible to discern a biblically informed view of leadership. In this course, the student will develop a synthesis, or “Biblical Theology,” of God-informed leadership best practices in the course. The primary personal outcome of this course will be for the student to create a strategy to apply those biblically informed best practices to their leadership life.

Theories of Leadership  [LD503; 3 credits]
This course examines the development and applications of the major leadership theories. The course will survey and analyze the significant theoretical developments that have historically guided leadership study, research, and practice. In the course, students will critically examine the contributions and weaknesses of each theory. The primary personal outcome of this course will be for the student to discern what leadership wisdom can be gained from each theory to inform their understanding and practice of leadership.

Leadership Communication [LD550; 3 credits] 
This course examines the nature of communication between leaders and followers, explores the varied styles of leadership communication, and extends these principles into the ethics, values, and modes of communication. A personal evaluation of leadership will be assessed and an ethical/philosophical approach to leadership communication will be developed.

Leading Strategic Thinking and Process [LD560; 3 credits]
In this course, students will be exposed to basic cognitive psychology to help them understand strategic thinking and decision-making. Understanding thinking errors and common biases, students will be encouraged to examine their thought process and consider personal applications. Armed with that understanding, the students will be challenged to learn analytical methodology to make critical decisions for organizations and ministries.

Project Management [LD580; 3 credits]
Directing major projects effectively is essential to the success of any organization or ministry. This course is designed to help students develop the skills necessary to oversee major projects through an understanding of managing people, communication, scheduling, budgeting, quality, and risk. Using these concepts, the student will produce a comprehensive Project Management Plan.

Readings in Leadership Literature [LD590; 3 credits]
In this course, students will read classic and contemporary readings on foundational and theoretical leadership knowledge and practice. Students will read leadership classics, exemplary research-based articles, and relevant contemporary electronic sources. The primary personal outcome of this course will be for the student to develop a foundational knowledge of leadership and how to apply it to their understanding and practice of leadership.

Eleven:6 Courses

CSU parents with Eleven:6 to offer the following courses for students in the experienced-based Master of Arts – Organizational Leadership program. These courses are structured for an on-site internship or ministry context and are facilitated through our Eleven:6 partnership. Students must have an approved context and their advisor’s permission to enroll in these courses.

Communication of the Word [BI551; 3 credits]
Ministry leaders are responsible for communicating God’s words to the people for whose care they have been given re­sponsibility. That communication takes many forms if the truth is to be planted deeply into the hearts of the hearers. The focus of this course is to help the student focus their communication of the Word and to build skill for delivering it effectively.

Leadership in Active Learning Environments [OL501; 3 credits]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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.

Developing a Biblical Worldview [TH532; 3 credits]
Developing a Christian worldview that is biblically sound and practically functional requires a foundational skillset in a way that effectively intersects with the practical and philosophical questions of life, community and culture. This course will engage the student in the development of that skillset using basic steps for building a Christian worldview that is biblically accurate, including exegesis and biblical theology, linking passages across Scripture, catego­rizing all of the biblical data on various themes, validating extra-biblical truth claims, and applying biblical teaching to all of life.

The New Testament Church [TH533; 3 credits]
This is a study of the origin, nature, purpose, mission, polity, and ministry of the church. It examines the biblical and theological issues involved in the doctrine of the church with a particular focus on the practical preparation of students for effective or enhanced ministry in local churches or parachurch ministry organizations, based on a biblical understanding of the local church.

An Interpretive Study of Biblical Discipleship [TH538; 3 credits]
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.

An Interpretive Study of Biblical Leadership [TH548; 3 credits]
Cultures shape leadership and leadership shapes cultures. As leadership styles and theories continuously morph, it is essential for the follower of Christ to understand and embrace a clear understanding of leadership as God sees it, in line with God’s purposes in a broken world. This course will help the student apply sound principles of biblical theology to de­velop a clear and compelling biblical theology of leadership from which to evaluate the many and varied approaches and norms in the culture while pursuing the capacity for godly spiritual leadership.

Residential Courses: August 26–December 18

Theological Foundations of Change [CO505; 3 credits]
Dr. James Buchanan  |  Monday, 6–8:50 p.m.
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.

Marriage and Family Counseling [CO539; 3 credits]
Dr. Lynelle Buchanan  |  Tuesday, 6–8:50 p.m.
In this course, students will learn to develop a biblical/theological template for working with marriages and families. Both theory and techniques of a systemic approach to marriage and family counseling are presented. The course introduces students to the classical and modern theoretical therapeutic models for marriage and family counseling.

Abnormal Behavior [CO540; 3 credits]
Dr. Heather Fornes  |  Thursday, 6–8:50 p.m.
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.

Summer 2024
May 20–July 12

Operations Management [BA570; 3 credits]
Dr. David Ober
A comprehensive analysis and comparison of the various techniques that can increase productivity for manufacturing and service operations. Provides an opportunity to assess the methods used in striving for long-term strength and growth in economic enterprises.

Strategic Management Seminar/Capstone [BA591; 3 credits]
Dr. David Ober
In this capstone seminar for the MBA program, students demonstrate their ability to integrate and apply theory to practice in case studies and experiential exercises that require the mastery of strategic thinking. NOTE: Must be completed in the last term, or with advisor’s approval may be completed in the next-to-last term of study if available.

Interpretation of the Gospels: Luke [BI504; 3 credits]
Dr. James Buchanan
This course will be a thorough analysis of the Gospel of Luke within its historical and cultural context. Careful consideration will be given to how the structure, theology, and literary features of the book influence one’s interpretation of it. The course will focus on thoughtful exposition of the book to build a depth of understanding the content of Luke’s Gospel. And, building from the exposition, the student will have the opportunity to consider applications of Luke’s Gospel to their personal lives as well as in a ministry context.

Biblical Philosophy of Counseling [CO506; 3 credits]
Dr. James Buchanan
You will formulate and articulate a personalized philosophy of Biblical counseling. The Scripture’s sufficiency in meeting human needs is emphasized. Various Christian counselors’ perspectives are analyzed and critiqued in relation to Biblical counseling. Historical perspectives are considered relative to contemporary issues and milieu in counseling.

How to Develop a Biblical Worldview [TH511; 3 credits]
Dr. James Buchanan
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.

Survey of Doctrine [TH517; 3 credits]
Gregory Gifford
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.

 

Leadership Development Courses

The courses below are for the traditional Master of Arts – Organizational Leadership program. The Leadership Development courses are facilitated by a qualified CSU professor. Each course involves independent work along with weekly interaction with the course professor.

Leadership Foundations [LD500; 3 credits]
This course examines the core principles and practices relevant to leadership in a ministry, non-profit, or marketplace context. The course will help students understand critical organizational leadership foundations and build on those foundations to develop a personal leadership philosophy. In the course, leadership is examined theologically and through the lens of current leadership research, theories, and best practices. The primary individual outcomes of this course are for the student to (1) assess their readiness for leadership and (2) develop a theologically and research-informed leadership philosophy.

Biblical Theology of Leadership [LD502; 3 credits]
This course examines the ideas and practices of leadership from a biblical perspective. It is purposely built on the biblical theology method of studying the Bible so the student will gain a comprehensive biblical vision of leadership. The course will survey significant leadership figures from the Bible to discern a biblically informed view of leadership. In this course, the student will develop a synthesis, or “Biblical Theology,” of God-informed leadership best practices in the course. The primary personal outcome of this course will be for the student to create a strategy to apply those biblically informed best practices to their leadership life.

Theories of Leadership  [LD503; 3 credits]
This course examines the development and applications of the major leadership theories. The course will survey and analyze the significant theoretical developments that have historically guided leadership study, research, and practice. In the course, students will critically examine the contributions and weaknesses of each theory. The primary personal outcome of this course will be for the student to discern what leadership wisdom can be gained from each theory to inform their understanding and practice of leadership.

Leadership Communication [LD550; 3 credits]
This course examines the nature of communication between leaders and followers, explores the varied styles of leadership communication, and extends these principles into the ethics, values, and modes of communication. A personal evaluation of leadership will be assessed and an ethical/philosophical approach to leadership communication will be developed.

Leading Strategic Thinking and Process [LD560; 3 credits]
In this course, students will be exposed to basic cognitive psychology to help them understand strategic thinking and decision-making. Understanding thinking errors and common biases, students will be encouraged to examine their thought process and consider personal applications. Armed with that understanding, the students will be challenged to learn analytical methodology to make critical decisions for organizations and ministries.

Project Management [LD580; 3 credits]
Directing major projects effectively is essential to the success of any organization or ministry. This course is designed to help students develop the skills necessary to oversee major projects through an understanding of managing people, communication, scheduling, budgeting, quality, and risk. Using these concepts, the student will produce a comprehensive Project Management Plan.

Readings in Leadership Literature [LD590; 3 credits]
In this course, students will read classic and contemporary readings on foundational and theoretical leadership knowledge and practice. Students will read leadership classics, exemplary research-based articles, and relevant contemporary electronic sources. The primary personal outcome of this course will be for the student to develop a foundational knowledge of leadership and how to apply it to their understanding and practice of leadership.

 

Eleven:6 Courses

CSU parents with Eleven:6 to offer the following courses for students in the experienced-based Master of Arts – Organizational Leadership program. These courses are structured for an on-site internship or ministry context and are facilitated through our Eleven:6 partnership. Students must have an approved context and their advisor’s permission to enroll in these courses.

Communication of the Word [BI551; 3 credits]
Ministry leaders are responsible for communicating God’s words to the people for whose care they have been given re­sponsibility. That communication takes many forms if the truth is to be planted deeply into the hearts of the hearers. The focus of this course is to help the student focus their communication of the Word and to build skill for delivering it effectively.

Leadership in Active Learning Environments [OL501; 3 credits]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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.

Developing a Biblical Worldview [TH532; 3 credits]
Developing a Christian worldview that is biblically sound and practically functional requires a foundational skillset in a way that effectively intersects with the practical and philosophical questions of life, community and culture. This course will engage the student in the development of that skillset using basic steps for building a Christian worldview that is biblically accurate, including exegesis and biblical theology, linking passages across Scripture, catego­rizing all of the biblical data on various themes, validating extra-biblical truth claims, and applying biblical teaching to all of life.

The New Testament Church [TH533; 3 credits]
This is a study of the origin, nature, purpose, mission, polity, and ministry of the church. It examines the biblical and theological issues involved in the doctrine of the church with a particular focus on the practical preparation of students for effective or enhanced ministry in local churches or parachurch ministry organizations, based on a biblical understanding of the local church.

An Interpretive Study of Biblical Discipleship [TH538; 3 credits]
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.

An Interpretive Study of Biblical Leadership [TH548; 3 credits]
Cultures shape leadership and leadership shapes cultures. As leadership styles and theories continuously morph, it is essential for the follower of Christ to understand and embrace a clear understanding of leadership as God sees it, in line with God’s purposes in a broken world. This course will help the student apply sound principles of biblical theology to de­velop a clear and compelling biblical theology of leadership from which to evaluate the many and varied approaches and norms in the culture while pursuing the capacity for godly spiritual leadership.

May 20–August 9

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. Combined version of previous CO580, CO581, CO582 courses as of Spring 2020. Prerequisite courses include CO505, CO506, CO520, CO535, CO544, CO550, CO571, and permission of the instructor.

Supervised Counseling Internship I [CO590; 3 credits]
Dr. Heather Fornes
This course is 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; 0 credits]
Dr. Heather Fornes
Students will take the CPCE (Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Exam) to fulfill this program requirement. The exam consists of multiple-choice questions over the course material from required 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 may be taken when required coursework has been completed but before the CO590 Supervised Counseling Internship course. Please see the testing manual for further details.

Comprehensive Oral Exam [CO597; 0 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.

Supervised Counseling Internship II [CO598; 3 credits]
Dr. Heather Fornes
This course is 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: CO590 and permission of the instructor.

M.S.C. Module 1 (residential): June 10–14

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.

M.S.C. Module 2 (residential): June 17–21

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.

Current & Past Terms

(for planning purposes)

Spring 2024
Session 1: January 15–March 8

Organizational Innovation and Design [BA552; 3 credits]
Dr. David Ober
Understanding the theories behind organizations and organizational design is essential for any leader. This course provides an understanding of organizational innovation and structure as well as organizational lifecycle development and entrepreneurial and design thinking mindset. Students examine the role of the leader as an organizational architect evaluating both the social and technical systems of organizations.

Managerial Accounting [BA556; 3 credits]
Rebekah King
This course overviews the processes of financial reporting, summation, and analysis. Students will learn how to prepare and interpret financial statements, evaluate an organization’s financial health, and forecast future financial decisions. The emphasis of this course will be on the managerial insights of financial accounting rather than day-to-day accounting practices. Students will be equipped with the skills and knowledge to manage the financial aspects of their teams, departments, and organizations effectively and responsibly.

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]
Dr. Gary Hardin
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]
Dr. Keith Marlett
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]
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.

Crisis and Trauma Counseling [CO640; 3 credits]
Dr. Stacie Norman
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; 2 credits]
Dr. 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]
Dr. Ritch 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 Development Courses

The courses below are for the traditional Master of Arts – Organizational Leadership program. The Leadership Development courses are facilitated by a qualified CSU professor. Each course involves independent work along with weekly interaction with the course professor.

Leadership Foundations [LD500; 3 credits]
This course examines the core principles and practices relevant to leadership in a ministry, non-profit, or marketplace context. The course will help students understand critical organizational leadership foundations and build on those foundations to develop a personal leadership philosophy. In the course, leadership is examined theologically and through the lens of current leadership research, theories, and best practices. The primary individual outcomes of this course are for the student to (1) assess their readiness for leadership and (2) develop a theologically and research-informed leadership philosophy.

Biblical Theology of Leadership [LD502; 3 credits]
This course examines the ideas and practices of leadership from a biblical perspective. It is purposely built on the biblical theology method of studying the Bible so the student will gain a comprehensive biblical vision of leadership. The course will survey significant leadership figures from the Bible to discern a biblically informed view of leadership. In this course, the student will develop a synthesis, or “Biblical Theology,” of God-informed leadership best practices in the course. The primary personal outcome of this course will be for the student to create a strategy to apply those biblically informed best practices to their leadership life.

Theories of Leadership  [LD503; 3 credits]
This course examines the development and applications of the major leadership theories. The course will survey and analyze the significant theoretical developments that have historically guided leadership study, research, and practice. In the course, students will critically examine the contributions and weaknesses of each theory. The primary personal outcome of this course will be for the student to discern what leadership wisdom can be gained from each theory to inform their understanding and practice of leadership.

Leadership Communication [LD550; 3 credits] 
This course examines the nature of communication between leaders and followers, explores the varied styles of leadership communication, and extends these principles into the ethics, values, and modes of communication. A personal evaluation of leadership will be assessed and an ethical/philosophical approach to leadership communication will be developed.

Leading Strategic Thinking and Process [LD560; 3 credits]
In this course, students will be exposed to basic cognitive psychology to help them understand strategic thinking and decision-making. Understanding thinking errors and common biases, students will be encouraged to examine their thought process and consider personal applications. Armed with that understanding, the students will be challenged to learn analytical methodology to make critical decisions for organizations and ministries.

Project Management [LD580; 3 credits]
Directing major projects effectively is essential to the success of any organization or ministry. This course is designed to help students develop the skills necessary to oversee major projects through an understanding of managing people, communication, scheduling, budgeting, quality, and risk. Using these concepts, the student will produce a comprehensive Project Management Plan.

Readings in Leadership Literature [LD590; 3 credits]
In this course, students will read classic and contemporary readings on foundational and theoretical leadership knowledge and practice. Students will read leadership classics, exemplary research-based articles, and relevant contemporary electronic sources. The primary personal outcome of this course will be for the student to develop a foundational knowledge of leadership and how to apply it to their understanding and practice of leadership.

Eleven:6 Courses

CSU parents with Eleven:6 to offer the following courses for students in the experienced-based Master of Arts – Organizational Leadership program. These courses are structured for an on-site internship or ministry context and are facilitated through our Eleven:6 partnership. Students must have an approved context and their advisor’s permission to enroll in these courses.

Communication of the Word [BI551; 3 credits]
Ministry leaders are responsible for communicating God’s words to the people for whose care they have been given re­sponsibility. That communication takes many forms if the truth is to be planted deeply into the hearts of the hearers. The focus of this course is to help the student focus their communication of the Word and to build skill for delivering it effectively.

Leadership in Active Learning Environments [OL501; 3 credits]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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.

Developing a Biblical Worldview [TH532; 3 credits]
Developing a Christian worldview that is biblically sound and practically functional requires a foundational skillset in a way that effectively intersects with the practical and philosophical questions of life, community and culture. This course will engage the student in the development of that skillset using basic steps for building a Christian worldview that is biblically accurate, including exegesis and biblical theology, linking passages across Scripture, catego­rizing all of the biblical data on various themes, validating extra-biblical truth claims, and applying biblical teaching to all of life.

The New Testament Church [TH533; 3 credits]
This is a study of the origin, nature, purpose, mission, polity, and ministry of the church. It examines the biblical and theological issues involved in the doctrine of the church with a particular focus on the practical preparation of students for effective or enhanced ministry in local churches or parachurch ministry organizations, based on a biblical understanding of the local church.

An Interpretive Study of Biblical Discipleship [TH538; 3 credits]
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.

An Interpretive Study of Biblical Leadership [TH548; 3 credits]
Cultures shape leadership and leadership shapes cultures. As leadership styles and theories continuously morph, it is essential for the follower of Christ to understand and embrace a clear understanding of leadership as God sees it, in line with God’s purposes in a broken world. This course will help the student apply sound principles of biblical theology to de­velop a clear and compelling biblical theology of leadership from which to evaluate the many and varied approaches and norms in the culture while pursuing the capacity for godly spiritual leadership.

Session 1 & 2: January 15–May 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. 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 18–May 10

Strategic Human Resources and Talent Management [BA541; 3 credits]
Robert Plantz
The course addresses the strategic and analytical roles of practitioners in the modern organization. Emphasizes human resources strategy, metrics and measurements of human resources, human resources information systems, and change management. Explores career paths in human resources.

Marketing Management in a Global Economy [BA554; 3 credits]
Dr. David Ober
This course focuses on the major decisions that marketing managers and top management face in their efforts to mesh the objectives, core competencies and resources of an organization with the opportunities and threats in an increasingly global marketplace. Students apply marketing thinking to products and services for any profit or not-for-profit organization.

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. Stacie Norman
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]
Dr. 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 Interventions in Counseling [CO584; 3 credits]
Dr. 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.

Clinical Evaluation and Diagnosis of Mental and Emotional Disorders [CO702; 3 credits]
Michele Fry
Psychological and educational methods of intervention including culturally sensitive intervention methods for a diverse population and situations. Counselor ethics, legalities, clinical supervision, and consultation are addressed in this course with an emphasis on cultural competency.

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.

How to Develop a Biblical Worldview [TH511; 3 credits]
Dr. James Buchanan
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.

Apologetics [TH521; 3 credits]
Dr. James Buchanan
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.

Leadership Development Courses

The courses below are for the traditional Master of Arts – Organizational Leadership program. The Leadership Development courses are facilitated by a qualified CSU professor. Each course involves independent work along with weekly interaction with the course professor.

Leadership Foundations [LD500; 3 credits]
This course examines the core principles and practices relevant to leadership in a ministry, non-profit, or marketplace context. The course will help students understand critical organizational leadership foundations and build on those foundations to develop a personal leadership philosophy. In the course, leadership is examined theologically and through the lens of current leadership research, theories, and best practices. The primary individual outcomes of this course are for the student to (1) assess their readiness for leadership and (2) develop a theologically and research-informed leadership philosophy.

Biblical Theology of Leadership [LD502; 3 credits]
This course examines the ideas and practices of leadership from a biblical perspective. It is purposely built on the biblical theology method of studying the Bible so the student will gain a comprehensive biblical vision of leadership. The course will survey significant leadership figures from the Bible to discern a biblically informed view of leadership. In this course, the student will develop a synthesis, or “Biblical Theology,” of God-informed leadership best practices in the course. The primary personal outcome of this course will be for the student to create a strategy to apply those biblically informed best practices to their leadership life.

Theories of Leadership  [LD503; 3 credits]
This course examines the development and applications of the major leadership theories. The course will survey and analyze the significant theoretical developments that have historically guided leadership study, research, and practice. In the course, students will critically examine the contributions and weaknesses of each theory. The primary personal outcome of this course will be for the student to discern what leadership wisdom can be gained from each theory to inform their understanding and practice of leadership.

Leadership Communication [LD550; 3 credits] 
This course examines the nature of communication between leaders and followers, explores the varied styles of leadership communication, and extends these principles into the ethics, values, and modes of communication. A personal evaluation of leadership will be assessed and an ethical/philosophical approach to leadership communication will be developed.

Leading Strategic Thinking and Process [LD560; 3 credits]
In this course, students will be exposed to basic cognitive psychology to help them understand strategic thinking and decision-making. Understanding thinking errors and common biases, students will be encouraged to examine their thought process and consider personal applications. Armed with that understanding, the students will be challenged to learn analytical methodology to make critical decisions for organizations and ministries.

Project Management [LD580; 3 credits]
Directing major projects effectively is essential to the success of any organization or ministry. This course is designed to help students develop the skills necessary to oversee major projects through an understanding of managing people, communication, scheduling, budgeting, quality, and risk. Using these concepts, the student will produce a comprehensive Project Management Plan.

Readings in Leadership Literature [LD590; 3 credits]
In this course, students will read classic and contemporary readings on foundational and theoretical leadership knowledge and practice. Students will read leadership classics, exemplary research-based articles, and relevant contemporary electronic sources. The primary personal outcome of this course will be for the student to develop a foundational knowledge of leadership and how to apply it to their understanding and practice of leadership.

Eleven:6 Courses

CSU parents with Eleven:6 to offer the following courses for students in the experienced-based Master of Arts – Organizational Leadership program. These courses are structured for an on-site internship or ministry context and are facilitated through our Eleven:6 partnership. Students must have an approved context and their advisor’s permission to enroll in these courses.

Communication of the Word [BI551; 3 credits]
Ministry leaders are responsible for communicating God’s words to the people for whose care they have been given re­sponsibility. That communication takes many forms if the truth is to be planted deeply into the hearts of the hearers. The focus of this course is to help the student focus their communication of the Word and to build skill for delivering it effectively.

Leadership in Active Learning Environments [OL501; 3 credits]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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.

Developing a Biblical Worldview [TH532; 3 credits]
Developing a Christian worldview that is biblically sound and practically functional requires a foundational skillset in a way that effectively intersects with the practical and philosophical questions of life, community and culture. This course will engage the student in the development of that skillset using basic steps for building a Christian worldview that is biblically accurate, including exegesis and biblical theology, linking passages across Scripture, catego­rizing all of the biblical data on various themes, validating extra-biblical truth claims, and applying biblical teaching to all of life.

The New Testament Church [TH533; 3 credits]
This is a study of the origin, nature, purpose, mission, polity, and ministry of the church. It examines the biblical and theological issues involved in the doctrine of the church with a particular focus on the practical preparation of students for effective or enhanced ministry in local churches or parachurch ministry organizations, based on a biblical understanding of the local church.

An Interpretive Study of Biblical Discipleship [TH538; 3 credits]
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.

An Interpretive Study of Biblical Leadership [TH548; 3 credits]
Cultures shape leadership and leadership shapes cultures. As leadership styles and theories continuously morph, it is essential for the follower of Christ to understand and embrace a clear understanding of leadership as God sees it, in line with God’s purposes in a broken world. This course will help the student apply sound principles of biblical theology to de­velop a clear and compelling biblical theology of leadership from which to evaluate the many and varied approaches and norms in the culture while pursuing the capacity for godly spiritual leadership.

Fall 2023
Session 1: August 21–October 13

Inductive Bible Study [BI510; 3 credits]
Diane Lytle
This course is 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.

Theological Foundations of Change [CO505; 3 credits]
Gary Hardin
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.

Counseling Children [CO514; 3 credits]
Dr. Stacie Norman
An exploration of difficulties experienced by children (up through age 12) and their parents as understood from the perspective of healthy development and biblical guidelines for parenting. Emphasis will be on incorporating parents in the intervention process, supporting their primacy as God’s intended agents for disciplining children toward spiritual, emotional, and behavioral health. Additional topics will include interviewing, assessment, treatment planning, how children learn, parent training programs, and research support for biblical wisdom on child-rearing.

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.

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]
Vince Vargas
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.

Clinical Intervention and Prevention of Mental and Emotional Disorders [CO704; 3 credits]
Michele Fry
Psychological and educational methods of intervention including culturally sensitive intervention methods for a diverse population and situations. Counselor ethics, legalities, clinical supervision, and consultation are addressed in this course with an emphasis on cultural competency.

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. This course is required for all M.Ed. students.

Leadership Foundations [LD500; 3 credits]
Dr. Bill Higley
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. This course is required for all M.Ed. students.

Biblical Theology of Leadership [LD502; 3 credits]
Dr. Bill Higley
This course examines the ideas and practices of leadership from a biblical perspective. It is purposely built on the biblical theology method of studying the Bible so the student will gain a comprehensive biblical vision of leadership. The course will survey significant leadership figures from the Bible to discern a biblically informed view of leadership. In this course, the student will develop a synthesis, or “Biblical Theology,” of God-informed leadership best practices in the course. The primary personal outcome of this course will be for the student to create a strategy to apply those biblically informed best practices to their leadership life.

Theories of Leadership [LD503; 3 credits]
Dr. Bill Higley
This course examines the development and applications of the major leadership theories. The course will survey and analyze the significant theoretical developments that have historically guided leadership study, research, and practice. In the course, students will critically examine the contributions and weaknesses of each theory. The primary personal outcome of this course will be for the student to discern what leadership wisdom can be gained from each theory to inform their understanding and practice of leadership.

Leadership in Active Learning Environments [OL501; 3 credits]
Benjamin 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]
Benjamin 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]
Benjamin 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]
Benjamin 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]
Benjamin 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]
Benjamin 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]
Benjamin 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 is designed to develop students’ skills in managing organizational behavior through the leveraging of effective communicative processes. It will provide them with a solid grounding in theories and strategies of organizational communication relevant to their experiences, real-life professional settings, and potential situations.

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 multifacted 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.

Survey of Doctrine [TH517; 3 credits]
CSU Staff
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.

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.

The New Testament Church [TH533; 3 credits]
Benjamin Wilhite
This is a study of the origin, nature, purpose, mission, polity, and ministry of the church. It examines the biblical and theological issues involved in the doctrine of the church with a particular focus on the practical preparation of students for effective or enhanced ministry in local churches or parachurch ministry organizations, based on a biblical understanding of the local church.

An Interpretive Study of Biblical Discipleship [TH538; 3 creidts]
Benjamin 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 1 & 2: August 21–December 15

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. Combined version of previous CO580, CO581, CO582 courses as of Spring 2020. Prerequisite courses include CO505, CO506, CO520, CO535, CO544, CO550, CO571, and permission of the instructor.

Supervised Counseling Internship I [CO590; 3 credits]
Dr. Heather Fornes
This course is 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; 0 credits]
Dr. Heather Fornes
Students will take the CPCE (Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Exam) to fulfill this program requirement. The exam consists of multiple-choice questions over the course material from required 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 may be taken when required coursework has been completed but before the CO590 Supervised Counseling Internship course. Please see the testing manual for further details.

Comprehensive Oral Exam [CO597; 0 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 23–December 15

Biblical Philosophy of Counseling [CO506; 3 credits]
Dr. Keith Marlett
You will formulate and articulate a personalized philosophy of Biblical counseling. The Scripture’s sufficiency in meeting human needs is emphasized. Various Christian counselors’ perspectives are analyzed and critiqued in relation to Biblical counseling. Historical perspectives are considered relative to contemporary issues and milieu in counseling.

Evaluating Research [CO519; 3 credits]
Dr. Barry Smith
This course is an introduction to research methods and statistics. Students will demonstrate an understanding of how to critically evaluate quantitative and qualitative research.

Human Development [CO530; 3 credits]
Dr. Stacie Norman
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]
Dr. 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.

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.

Methods of Prevention and Intervention of Mental and Emotional Disorders [CO705; 3 credits]
Michele Frey
An in-depth look at current empirically based methods of prevention and intervention of mental and emotional disorders and their alignment with a Biblical Worldview. Tangible resources will be explored in the areas of cognitive therapies, trauma based cognitive therapies, DBT, strongholds, and emotional regulation.

Clinical Treatment of Mental and Emotional Disorders [CO706; 3 credits]
Michele Fry
Developing and implementing a treatment plan, reporting, and assessing progress with benchmarks through diagnostics, referral procedures, and an understanding of biopsychological responses including consideration of psychotropic medications and mood altering chemicals.

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.

Leadership Foundations [LD500; 3 credits]
Dr. Bill Higley
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. This course is required for all M.Ed. students.

Biblical Theology of Leadership [LD502; 3 credits]
Dr. Bill Higley
This course examines the ideas and practices of leadership from a biblical perspective. It is purposely built on the biblical theology method of studying the Bible so the student will gain a comprehensive biblical vision of leadership. The course will survey significant leadership figures from the Bible to discern a biblically informed view of leadership. In this course, the student will develop a synthesis, or “Biblical Theology,” of God-informed leadership best practices in the course. The primary personal outcome of this course will be for the student to create a strategy to apply those biblically informed best practices to their leadership life.

Theories of Leadership [LD503; 3 credits]
Dr. Bill Higley
This course examines the development and applications of the major leadership theories. The course will survey and analyze the significant theoretical developments that have historically guided leadership study, research, and practice. In the course, students will critically examine the contributions and weaknesses of each theory. The primary personal outcome of this course will be for the student to discern what leadership wisdom can be gained from each theory to inform their understanding and practice of leadership.

Leadership in Active Learning Environments [OL501; 3 credits]
Benjamin 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]
Benjamin 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]
Benjamin 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]
Benjamin 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]
Benjamin 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]
Benjamin 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]
Benjamin 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 is designed to develop students’ skills in managing organizational behavior through the leveraging of effective communicative processes. It will provide them with a solid grounding in theories and strategies of organizational communication relevant to their experiences, real-life professional settings, and potential situations.

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.

An Interpretive Study of Biblical Discipleship [TH538; 3 credits]
Benjamin 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.

An Interpretive Study of Biblical Leadership [TH548; 3 credits]
Benjamin Wilhite
Cultures shape leadership and leadership shapes cultures. As leadership styles and theories continuously morph, it is essential for the follower of Christ to understand and embrace a clear understanding of leadership as God sees it, in line with God’s purposes in a broken world. This course will help the student apply sound principles of biblical theology to de­velop a clear and compelling biblical theology of leadership from which to evaluate the many and varied approaches and norms in the culture while pursuing the capacity for godly spiritual leadership.

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