Course Descriptions

[Note: All courses are numbered from 100 to 699, with a prefix code of two letters that indicates the department or discipline in which the course is taught. The first numerical digit indicates the level of difficulty or advancement of the course. The 100 to 300 level are undergraduate courses. Courses numbered 400 and above are graduate level courses. The second and third digits may have significance within their particular departments. Not all courses will be offered each semester; course offerings may vary.]

 

Biblical and Theological Studies
Biblical Studies – Old Testament / Hebrew Bible

OT100 Intro to the OT (3 units)
An introductory survey into the literature of the First Testament, as it is conceptualized as both the Hebrew Bible and the Old Testament of the Christian canon. The course will focus on the historical-critical method and will also explore the role of canonical and textual criticism, teaching the students basic interpretive and exegetical methods for usage in Biblical Criticism.

OT110 Intro to the Torah (3 units)
An introduction to the first five books of Moses in the Hebrew Bible. Course will focus on the texts individually as well as corporately within the canon.

OT220 Historical Literature of the Old Testament (3 units)
A study of Joshua through II Kings and the history, ideology, and theology found there.

OT210 Pentateuch (3 units)
This course examines creation, fall, Israel’s ancestors, exodus, and the Law using literary and historical analysis. Theological issues explored include the character of God, human nature, and covenantal relationship with God.

OT331 Prophets: Major and Minor (3 units)
A general literary and historical analysis of the prophetic books of the Old Testament / Hebrew Bible. Attention paid to their function and purpose in both the Jewish and Christian canons.

OT333 Minor Prophets (3 units)
A study of the historical backgrounds, the theological aspect, time, and place of ministry, and personality of each of the authors of the books from Hosea through Malachi.

OT340 Psalms and Wisdom (3 units)
This course will explore the Psalms and the Wisdom books of the Hebrew Bible, both as literary products of the ancient world, and as Scripture for both Christian and Jewish communities. The Psalms will be given particular attention, both as aids to prayer and spiritual practice, and for their role in Christian liturgy, past and present. We will also examine Ecclesiastes, Job, and Proverbs in some detail, with careful attention to each book as an expression of people of faith in light of the joys and sorrows of daily living.

OT341 The Book of Job (3 units)
The Book of Job has given expression to the pain of countless people over the course of time and expresses the early Israelites’ treatment of the age-old question of why bad things happen to good people. This course provides an in depth study of the Book of Job in its literary-historical context, treating various theories of composition and meaning.

OT342 Wisdom Literature (3 units)
A study on the basis of the English language of the various books of wisdom literature in the Old Testament, including Job, Ecclesiastes, Proverbs and the Song of Solomon.

OT360 Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha (3 units)
A survey of the corpus of texts that were omitted from the Protestant canon, and their historical and literary significance to the Jews that composed and read them.

OT371 The Dead Sea Scrolls and Their Impact on Biblical Scholarship (3 units)
This course deals with the ways in which the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls has impacted Biblical Studies, particularly textual criticism and canonical criticism.

OT372 The Old Testament and Archaeology (3 units)
A study of the history of the OT from Abraham to the Exile with special attention given to archaeology in relationship to history.

OT385 Canonical Criticism (3 units)
A reading of biblical texts with its emphasis on the corporate faith and responsibility of early believing communities that read and transmit the biblical texts and the thrust of their hermeneutical modes.

OT400 History of the Old Testament (3 units)
A general study of the Old Testament with special attention given to the history and message as well as literary features. This course is intended as an entry level, or refresher, course for masters level students.

OT410 Pentateuch (3 units)
This course examines creation, fall, Israel’s ancestors, exodus, and the Law using literary and historical analysis. Theological issues explored include the character of God, human nature, and covenantal relationship with God.

OT447 Selected Psalms (3 units)
A study on the basis of the English language to acquaint the student with the nature of Hebrew poetry, the various types of Psalms with special reference to their theology.

OT445 Wisdom Literature (3 units)
A study on the basis of the English language of the various books of wisdom literature in the Old Testament, including Job, Ecclesiastes, Proverbs and the Song of Solomon.

OT460 Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha (3 units)
A survey of the corpus of texts that were omitted from the Protestant canon, and their historical and literary significance to the Jews that composed and read them.

OT470 Geography and Archaeology of the Bible (3 units)
A survey of the topography, climate, historical times, and archaeology of the Bible lands designed to provide background for Bible study.

OT485 Technology and the Dead Sea Scrolls (3 units)
Course discusses the various stages of preservation, conservation, and dissemination of the Dead Sea Scrolls throughout the last century. Beginning with the photography of John C. Trever, through the multi-spectral imaging projects of Jet Propulsion Laboratories and the Ancient Biblical Manuscripts Center, this course offers the student a glimpse into how technology can assist the scholar in reconstructing the past.

OT531 Former Prophets: Joshua – 2 Kings (3 units)
A study of the historical background and theological purposes, and personages behind each of these prophetic books of the Old Testament.

OT532 Major Prophets: Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel (3 units)
A study of the historical background and theological purposes, and personages behind each of these prophetic books of the Old Testament.

OT533 Minor Prophets (3 units)
A study of the historical background, the theological aspect, time, and place of ministry, and personality of each of the authors of the books from Hosea through Malachi.

OT535 OT Prophets: Jeremiah (3 units)
A study of prophetic literatures in Hebrew Bible in general and Book of Jeremiah in particular.

OT536 True or False Prophets (3 units)
An understanding of hermeneutical modes and its validity adopted and used by the early believing community attested within the Bible.

OT541 The Book of Job (3 units)
The Book of Job has given expression to the pain of countless people over the course of time and expresses the early Israelites’ treatment of the age-old question of why bad things happen to good people. This course provides an in depth study of the Book of Job in its literary-historical context, treating various theories of composition and meaning.

OT561 The Books of the Maccabees (3 units)
An in depth study of the literary occasion and purposes of each of the books 1-4 Maccabees. Attention will be paid to the historical context, genre, and the employment of the Jewish martyrdom stories as a topos in this literature.

OT571 The Dead Sea Scrolls and Their Impact on Biblical Scholarship (3 units)
This course deals with the ways in which the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls has impacted Biblical Studies, particularly textual criticism and canonical criticism.

OT572 The Septuagint (3 units)
An overview of the most well-known codification of the Greek translation of the Torah, and subsequent translations of the rest of the Hebrew Bible. Focus will include a comparative analysis of the text with the Masoretic Text, emphasizing variations.

OT583 Hermeneutics: Exodus (3 units)
A detailed study of the book of Exodus with emphasis on the development of theological issues in the demarcation of texts.

OT595 Hebrew Exegesis (3 units)
Cross listed as BL505. See the section on Biblical Languages.

OT611 Reading in Genesis (3 units)
A reading of Genesis in general and Genesis 1-11 in particular with the emphasis on its smaller and larger literary blocks.

OT620 Deuteronomistic theory and the Historical Books of Hebrew Bible (3 units)
A reading of Joshua, Judges, I & II Samuel, and I & II Kings with emphasis on the intent of deuteronomistic writers who attempted to explain the fall of Israel during or after the exile. The merits and critiques of the deuteronomistic theory will be discussed.

OT621 I Kings: Social-Political Contexts of Ancient Israel (3 units)
A reading of I Kings in Hebrew Bible with the emphasis on its social political background behind the texts

OT636 Book of Jonah: Rhetorical Criticism and Beyond (3 units)
A reading of Jonah by using form critical analysis and rhetorical analysis.

OT645 Ecclesiastes (3 units)
A detailed reading of Ecclesiastes and wisdom literature and its influence in Hebrew Bible.

OT685 Canonical Criticism (3 units)
A reading of biblical texts with its emphasis on the corporate faith and responsibility of early believing communities that read and transmit the biblical texts and the thrust of their hermeneutical modes.

OT691 Pentateuch: Exegesis, Theology and Hermeneutics (3 units)
A study of first five books in Hebrew Bible and its composition, structure and overarching theological issues.

OT695 Advanced Hebrew Exegesis (3 units)
Cross listed as BL605. See the section on Biblical Languages.
Biblical Studies – New Testament / Early Christianity

NT101 Introduction to New Testament (3 units)
A study of the New Testament with emphasis on the historical, theological and literary features.

NT171 Late Second Temple Judaism / Judaism of Jesus’ Day (3 units)
A survey of the strains, sects and movements within Palestinian and diaspora Judaism during Jesus’ time. Focuses on the variety of “Judaisms” and their socio-political standpoints, as well as the state of religious literature at the time. Emphasis on the Council of Yavneh, the destruction of the Temple at Jerusalem, and the Bar Kochba Rebellion, and the cultural and religious ramifications of these events.

NT172 Religions of the Greco-Roman World: The New Testament in Context (3 units)
A survey of the various religious strains and cults of the Greco-Roman world and their significance to the development of Christianity and Late Second Temple Judaism.

NT201 An Introduction to the Synoptic Problem (3 units)
An overview of the classic problem of the Synoptic Gospels, their literary and traditional relationship, and the numerous solutions to the problem. Course will focus on the Two and Four Source Hypotheses and the postulated existence and reconstruction of a Q Source.

NT210 The Four Gospels (3 units)
A study of the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John with emphasis on content, similarities, and differences. Critical methodologies are studied and evaluated. Occasional comparison will be made to a few of the more significant non-canonical gospels, on the basis of theology and socio-historical significance.

NT220 Pauline Epistles (3 units)
A study of the letters attributed to Paul in terms of their literary and theological issues and in the context of early Christianity. Attention will be paid to the issue of pseudepigraphy and pseudonymity of the Deutero-Pauline and Pastoral Epistles.

NT230 Acts (3 units)
A detailed study of the Book of Acts with emphasis on the development of the early church and on the life and missionary journey of Paul. Its relationship to the Gospel of Luke will be highlighted, on both a literary and thematic level as well as a theological one.

NT241 The Book of Revelation in Context (3 units)
The Revelation to John will be studied in its socio-historical context, with emphasis on the significance and meaning to its authors and intended readership.

NT305 The Early Christian Martyrs (3 units)
An overview of the martyrological literature of the first several centuries prior to Constantine. Addresses the common scholarly definitions of martyrdom in comparison with Jewish martyrs and pagan and Noble Deaths. Emphasis will be placed on the theological diversity represented in the Christian martyrologies, particularly with respect to their views of the afterlife.

NT307 Women in Early Christianity (Images of the Feminine in Early Christian Literature) (3 units)
This course will briefly explore the role of women, and views on femininity in the Greco-Roman world and Judaism, in comparison with the roles of women in the early church. Emphasis will also be placed on female deities in Greco-Roman religion and feminine aspects of God in Judaism. Female personages in the gospels and in early Christian literature will be studied, including the Syro-Phoenician woman, Thecla, Phoebe, and Mary Magdalene. Focus will be placed on the controversy over women’s roles and leadership in the late first and early second century, particularly in the Pauline churches and with respect to the Mary Magdalene traditions.

NT320 Theology of Paul (3 units)
A study of the theology of Paul’s undisputed epistles with an eye toward the coherency of his theology. It will entail a close reading and exegetical study of key passages in the primary texts, as well as readings in standard text books.

NT321 Romans (3 units)
Interpretation of key passages of the epistle with special attention to its theological teaching and its relation to other Pauline letters.

NT325 Deutero-Pauline and Pastoral Epistles (3 units)
In depth study of the disputed letters of Paul in their historical and literary context. Theological, thematic, and communal issues will be addressed mainly, as well as the issue of possible pseudonymous authorship.

NT365 Writings of the Apostolic Fathers (3 units)
This course will emphasize readings in the primary texts of the Apostolic Fathers: Clement of Rome, Ignatius of Antioch, Barnabas, Polycarp, Papias, and the Didache.

NT381 Comparative Christology in the New Testament and Beyond (3 units)
Compares the various Christological depictions of Jesus in the major texts of the New Testament, highlighting both similarities and differences in portrayal. Emphasis is placed on canonical texts, with additional focus on significant non-canonical traditions.

NT400 New Testament Introduction (3 units)
A study of the New Testament with emphasis on the historical, theological and literary features.

NT410 The Four Gospels (3 units)
A study of the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John with emphasis on content, similarities, and differences. Critical methodologies are studied and evaluated.

NT412 A Study of Mark (3 units)
A study of the Gospel of Mark in socio-historical context, with an eye toward thematic and theological analysis. It will touch on the theory of Markan Priority and will analyze Mark’s Christological and Eschatological ideologies.

NT420 Pauline Epistles (3 units) (3 units)
A study of the letters attributed to Paul in terms of their literary and theological issues and in the context of early Christianity. Attention will be paid to the issue of pseudepigraphy and pseudonymity of the Deutero-Pauline and Pastoral Epistles.

NT425 Deutero-Pauline and Pastoral Epistles (3 units)
In depth study of the disputed letters of Paul in their historical and literary context. Theological, thematic, and communal issues will be addressed mainly, as well as the issue of possible pseudonymous authorship.

NT427 General Epistles (3 units)
Respectful study of the oft-forgotten epistles of the New Testament and their importance to the early communities that championed their inclusion in the canon. Their theological and socio-historical significance will be addressed.

NT430 Acts (3 units)
A detailed study of the Book of Acts with emphasis on the development of the early church and on the life and missionary journey of Paul.

NT431 Luke-Acts (3 units)
An exegetical, theological and hermeneutical reading of Luke and Acts with emphasis on their theological concepts

NT471 Late Second Temple Judaism / Judaism of Jesus’ Day (3 units)
A survey of the strains, sects and movements within Palestinian and diaspora Judaism during Jesus’ time. Focuses on the variety of “Judaisms” and their socio-political standpoints, as well as the state of religious literature at the time. Emphasis on the Council of Yavneh, the destruction of the Temple at Jerusalem, and the Bar Kochba Rebellion, and the cultural and religious ramifications of these events.

NT472 Religions of the Greco-Roman World: The New Testament in Context (3 units)
A survey of the various religious strains and cults of the Greco-Roman world and their significance to the development of Christianity and Late Second Temple Judaism.

NT505 The Early Christian Martyrs (3 units)
An overview of the martyrological literature of the first several centuries prior to Constantine. Addresses the common scholarly definitions of martyrdom in comparison with Jewish martyrs and pagan and Noble Deaths. Emphasis will be placed on the theological diversity represented in the Christian martyrologies, particularly with respect to their views of the afterlife.

NT507 Women in Early Christianity (Images of the Feminine in Early Christian Literature) (3 units)
This course will briefly explore the role of women, and views on femininity in the Greco-Roman world and Judaism, in comparison with the roles of women in the early church. Emphasis will also be placed on female deities in Greco-Roman religion and feminine aspects of God in Judaism. Female personages in the gospels and in early Christian literature will be studied, including the Syro-Phoenician woman, Thecla, Phoebe, and Mary Magdalene. Focus will be placed on the controversy over women’s roles and leadership in the late first and early second century, particularly in the Pauline churches and with respect to the Mary Magdalene traditions.

NT511 The Synoptic Traditions (3 units)
An overview of the classic problem of the Synoptic Gospels, their literary and traditional relationship, and the numerous solutions to the problem. Course will focus on the Two and Four Source Hypotheses and the postulated existence and reconstruction of a Q Source. Emphasis on the proposed reconstructions and content of Q.

NT515 John and Johannine Tradition in Context (3 units)
A study of the Gospel of John with emphasis on its historical, literary and theological aspects in view of modern scholarship. Emphasis will be placed on its Christological innovations, as well as its relationship to Stoic, Platonic, and Proto-Gnostic thought. The Johannine epistles will be studied in the context of the overall tradition of the Beloved Disciple.

NT520 Theology of Paul (3 units)
A study of the theology of Paul’s undisputed epistles with an eye toward the coherency of his theology. It will entail a close reading and exegetical study of key passages in the primary texts, as well as readings in standard text books.

NT540 The Book of Revelation and Christian Apocalypses (3 units)
The Revelation to John will be studied in its socio-historical context, with emphasis on the significance and meaning to its authors and intended readership. Comparison will be made with other apocalyptic texts of the period, such as the Shepherd of Hermas.

NT555 Thomas Traditions (3 units)
An introduction to the literature attributed to the Apostle Thomas and his schools. Focuses on traditions from the Nag Hammadi Library, other Gnostic and non-canonical literature, with special emphasis on the Gospel of Thomas. Addresses the relationship of these to canonical traditions about him.

NT565 Writings of the Apostolic Fathers (3 units)
This course will emphasize readings in the primary texts of the Apostolic Fathers: Clement of Rome, Ignatius of Antioch, Barnabas, Polycarp, Papias, and the Didache.

NT581 Comparative Christology in the New Testament and Beyond (3 units)
Compares the various Christological depictions of Jesus in the major texts of the New Testament, highlighting both similarities and differences in portrayal. Emphasis is placed on canonical texts, with additional focus on significant non-canonical traditions.

NT611 Synoptic Gospels (3 units)
A critical reading of first three gospels in the New Testament with emphasis on its literary features and theological message.

NT615 John (3 units)
A study of the Greek text of the Gospel of John with emphasis on its historical, literary and theological aspects in view of modern scholarship.

NT621 Exposition of Romans (3 units)
In a study of the Greek text, students apply linguistic and exegetical methods for the exposition of the book of Romans. Attention is given to developing a series of lessons or sermons from Romans.

NT622 Corinthian Correspondence (3 units)
An overview of Paul’s epistles to the Corinthians within their socio-historical context. Focuses on the relationship of Paul to the community, the evident problems and Paul’s admonitions. Literary analysis of composition will also be discussed.

NT624 Galatians (3 units)
An exegetical, theological and hermeneutical reading of Galatians.

NT625 Ephesians: Bearing the Image of Christ (3 units)
A critical understanding of composition, literary feature and theological concepts of the New Testament.

NT626 Philippians (3 units)
An exegetical reading of Philippians with the emphasis on its structure and theological issues.

NT627 Philippians and Colossians (3 units)
An in depth study of two of Paul’s “prison letters”. Explores the occasion, theology, and purpose of both letters, as well as the possibility that Colossians was written pseudonymously at a later time.

NT650 Gnosticism and Heterodox Traditions (3 units)
Seeks to explore the varying definitions of “Gnosticism” and place it amid the various heterodox traditions reported by the heresiologists and represented by many of the heterodox non-canonical writings. Attention will be paid to the Nag Hammadi Library and such scholarly works as Walter Bauer ’s Orthodoxy and Heresy in Earliest Christianity.

NT681 Son of God (3 units)
Course addresses the most significant Christological term in the New Testament, studying its background in Jewish literature throughout the First and Second Temple Periods, its connection to messianic thought, and its significance in the Greco-Roman world.

NT682 Son of Man (3 units)
Course addresses one of the most enigmatic Christological terms in the New Testament, studying its background in Jewish literature throughout the First and Second Temple Periods, as well as its presence in various non-canonoical literature like Enoch and Nag Hammadi. Special emphasis on the various scholarly opinions about the nature of the term and its possible apocalyptic meaning in contrast to its idiomatic meaning.

NT683 Biblical Interpretation: Luke and Scripture (3 units)
An in-depth study of intertextuality in Scripture in general and Luke in particular
General Biblical Studies

BS101 History of Christian Biblical Interpretation (3 units)
This course will examine the range of Christian modes and methods of biblical interpretation, from biblical times to the present. Particular attention will be paid to: (1) The interpretation of the First Testament by writers of the New Testament, including Paul and the Gospel writers; (2) the foundational work of the Church leaders of the first five centuries of Church life, including both Western and Eastern traditions; (3) forms of medieval exegesis, including allegorical and mystical methods of reading; (4) the development of modern methods of interpretation, examining Protestant, Catholic, and Orthodox procedures; and (5) the wide diversity of hermeneutical approaches to Scriptures current today, including liberationist, literary, post-colonial, and canonical methods, among others.

BS103 Biblical Interpretation (3 units)
A study of the methods of interpretation of the Bible with special attention to textual, historical and theological issues.

BS585 Bible as Canon (3 units)
A critical reading of the Bible as canon and its understanding of early believing communities.

BS692 Hermeneutics and Bible Exposition (3 units)
A detailed exposition of hermeneutics (or interpretation) as a discipline and endeavor, dealing with modern methodological issues in understanding the Bible.

BS699 Biblical Understanding of Peace (3 units)
An understanding of peace in the Bible and its applicability in modern contexts.

Biblical Languages

BL101 Hebrew I (3 units)
An introduction to O.T. Hebrew with emphasis on vocabulary, syntax and grammar.

BL102 Hebrew II (3 units)
Advanced study of Hebrew grammar with emphasis an improvement of vocabulary.

BL103 Greek I (3 units)
An introduction to the grammatical forms, syntax and vocabulary of N.T. Greek.

BL104 Greek II (3 units)
Continued study of vocabulary and advanced grammar with translation of portions of the N.T.
BL401 Hebrew I (3 units)
An introduction to the elements of Biblical Hebrew with emphasis on equipping the student to be able to read the Hebrew text.

BL402 Hebrew II
Advanced study of Hebrew grammar with emphasis an improvement of vocabulary.

BL403 Greek I (3 units)
A study of basic vocabulary and an analysis of the grammar of New Testament Greek. The student will learn to use Greek through an inductive study of the Gospel of John.

BL404 Greek II (3 units)
This course continues the study of grammar and vocabulary and develops techniques for reading and exposition of the Greek text. The principles of interpretation are studied and applied as the student develops insights from the Gospel of John for production of sermons and Bible studies.

BL505 Hebrew Exegesis (3 units)
Cross listed as OT595. See the section on Biblical Studies – Old Testament.

BL605 Advanced Hebrew Exegesis (3 units)
Cross listed as OT695. See the section on Biblical Studies – Old Testament.

Religious Studies

RS101 World Religions (3 units)
This course provides an introduction to the ideas and practices of the religious traditions of the world. We will pay particular attention to the Asian traditions of Confucianism, Taoism, Buddhism, and Hinduism; the Abrahamic religions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam; as well as the indigenous religious traditions of Africa and the Americas. Assumes both a phenomenological and historical-critical approach, from the “etic” and “emic” standpoints. Focus will be on exploration and comparison, in an atmosphere of respect for the wealth of wisdom in all aspects of human religious experience.

PS201 Psychology of Religion (3 units)
This is a more advanced course that deals with the psychological interpretation of Religious beliefs, as well as psychological theories about the development of human religion. Readings will focus on Sigmund Freud, Eric Ericson, William James, and others. See this course under general education.

RS200 Anthropology of Religion (3 units)
Study Religion from an anthropological standpoint. Tribal religions and their practices and traditions will be highlighted.

Systematic Theology

ST101 Introduction to Theology (3 units)
This course is designed to give the student an introduction to basic theological concepts.

ST102 Systematic Theology I (3 units)
A study of the inspiration of the scriptures, the works of God, origin, and destiny of angels, and man.

ST103 Systematic Theology II (3 units)
A study of the purpose and plan of God, the person and work of Christ, conversion, grace, justification, regeneration, and sanctification.

ST201 Systematic Theology III (3 units)
A study of work of the Holy Spirit and the second coming of Christ.

ST202 Apologetics (3 units)
The defense of the Christian faith against anti-theistic thought and theories.

ST203 History of Christian Doctrine (3 units)
A study of the development of doctrines in accordance with church history

ST301 Calvin’s Pastoral Theology and Sermons (3 units)
A study of Calvin pastoral life and his sermons delivered weekly in his pulpit.

ST302 Christian Ethics (3 units)
A consideration of various areas in personal and social ethics as they relate to the Christian life.

ST303 Contemporary Theology (3 units)
This course focuses on the study of related representation theologians.

ST402 Introduction to Theology (3 units)
A brief look at each of the four departments of Theology, with attention to each one and its divisions.

ST501 History of Christian Doctrine (3 units)
A survey of the history of Christian doctrine with an emphasis on understanding the antecedents of contemporary doctrinal problems in theology.

ST504 Doctrine of God (3 units)
A study of the doctrine of God. His nature, attributes, personality, and work.

ST506 The Charismatic Movement (3 units)
A study of the theology and experience of the charismatic movement and its effect on the body of Christ.

ST605 Doctrine of Jesus Christ (3 units)
A study of the Person, claims, and work of Jesus Christ.

ST606 Doctrine of the Holy Spirit (3 units)
A study of the doctrine of the Holy Spirit as to His Person and work.

ST608 Doctrine of Man and Sin (3 units)
A study of the doctrine of man and sin, including the depravity of man and the nature and consequences of sin.

ST609 Doctrine of Church (3 units)
A study of the nature and responsibilities of the Church with attention to its relations to the Kingdom of God and society in historical context.
Church History
HT101 History of Early Church (3 units)

A study of early church development including major theologians and their writings.

HT102 History of Medieval Church (3 units)
A study of medieval church development including major theologians and their writings.

HT103 History of Modern Church (3 units)
A study of the modern church development including major theologians and their writings.

HT104 History of Korean Church (3 units)
A study of the Korean church development including its identity and growth within historical-theological framework.

HT401 History of Early Church (3 units)
A study of the Church from Pentecost to the end of the Ancient Church, 600 A.D.

HT402 History of Medieval Church (3 units)
A study of the Church at Nicaea and the Christological Controversy, through the Dark Ages, to the Reformation.

HT403 History of Reformation ((3 units)
Also early attempts at Reformation; Luther, Calvin, the English Reformation.

HT404 History of Modern Church (3 units)
A study of the modern church development including major theologians and their writings.

HT501 History of Christianity in Korea (3 units)
The establishment and growth of the churches in Korea.

HT603 Reformed Theology (3 units)
A study of the Reformed theological tradition beginning with Augustine and following the Reformed trail through Wycliffe, Hus, Luther, Zwingli and on to Calvin.

Professional Studies
Practical Theology

PT101 Christian Worship (3 units)
A study of biblical foundations, historical development and current trends in worship.

PT102 Preaching (3 units)
A study of preparing sermon construction and style of delivery of the sermon.

PT203 Preaching Practice (3 units)
Actual practice in preaching a sermon in the seminary chapel.

PT301 Christian Counseling (3 units)
This course provides an examination of theories of counseling with an emphasis on principles and techniques integral to Christian practice of counseling.

PT401 Christian Counseling (3 units)
This course provides an examination of theories of counseling with an emphasis on principles and techniques integral to Christian practice of counseling.

PT403 Worship (3 units)
A study of biblical foundations, historical development and current trends in worship.

PT405 Evangelism (3 units)
This course examines biblical foundations and different methods of evangelism.

PT406 Mission (3 units)
This course examines biblical and theological foundations of mission with attention to historical, cultural and methodological issues.

PT407 Pastoral Leadership (3 units)
A study of theories and styles of leadership in ministry context with attention to a biblical image of leadership and service.

PT410 Church Growth (3 units)

A survey of the biblical principles and crucial factors in church growth, including an analysis of theological, sociological and missiological elements.

PT501 Homiletics I (Theory) (3 units)
A basic course in the theory and practice of developing a sermon. Remedial work will be provided.

PT503 Homiletics II (Practice) (3 units)
Actual practice in preaching a sermon in the Seminary Chapel with constructive criticism on the part of the instructor.
PT504 Pastoral Theology (3 units)
A study of applied theology in a pastoral context. Course discusses how a pastor’s views and methods of expression can help shape and alter the congregation ’s theology.


Christian Education

CE102 Principles of Teaching (3 units)
A study of the complexities of teaching with attention to methods of teaching and effective interaction with students.

CE301 Christian Education (3 units)
A study of educational philosophies with an emphasis on promoting Christian growth through educational planning and evaluation.

CE303 Youth Ministry (3 units)
A through study of the Scriptures is involved in this class as it relates to the needs of young people. Contemporary methods of youth ministry will be analyzed.

CE401 Children’s Ministry (3 units)
An exploration of the theories and practices of ministry directed toward children with an emphasis on the developmental and cultural dynamics of childhood.

CE501 Christian Education (3 units)
A study of educational philosophies with an emphasis on promoting Christian growth through educational planning and evaluation.

CE503 Youth Ministry (3 units)
An exploration of the theories and practices of ministry directed toward teenagers with an emphasis on the developmental and cultural dynamics of adolescence.

CE601 Discipleship (3 units)
A study of the biblical principles and contemporary issues of disciple-making with attention to evaluating existing programs of discipleship.

CE615 Bible Study Methods (3 units)
This course will not only teach the essentials of inductive Bible study methods, but will present the techniques using new modes of communication.


Christian Counseling

CC101 Introduction to Christian Counseling (3 units)
This is a survey course of Christian approaches to the field of counseling focusing on paradigms and models. It is also concerned with counseling strategies that can be implemented in ministry

CC111 Introduction to Behavioral Analysis (3 units)
This class teaches about the individual’s “nature” (what God gives you at birth) compared to “personality” (your learned behavior), why we act differently, and how to integrate this information in counseling situations.

CC191 Biblical Counseling (3 units)
The class addresses relevant issues applying Biblical principles as solutions. The student will understand the interrelationship between Biblical truth and godliness, as well as be able to defend their counseling position with sound Biblical principles of the ministry.

CC240 Family Systems (3 units)
An introduction to the basic elements of the Family Systems Theory as applied to the family. It is an alternative approach to individual-focused counseling strategies, which views the individual as a part and product of the larger system called family.

CC281 Effective Counseling Skills (3 units)
A beginning examination of Biblical counseling to assist the student in helping others find God’s purpose for their lives and a study of the difference between secular counseling and Biblical counseling

CC341 Marriage and Family Counseling (3 units)
This is a study of the foundation of a successful marriage and the basic building block of the family, and the church. Also examined are counseling methods used with married couples undergoing conflicts, child nurturing and disciplining, and cross cultural ramifications

CC351 Grief Counseling (3 units)
This course is designed to give students an understanding of the dynamics of counseling situations guiding families and patients through the stages of grief and death. It also includes other types of losses

CC352 Stress Counseling (3 units)
Stress Counseling Students are guided through the aspects of stress detection and resolution in a variety of settings. The course offers a combination of spiritual and psychological components designed to help counselees manage and control stress levels.

CC353 Crisis Counseling (3 units)
This course is designed to examine major stress and crisis from birth to death. Attention is given to programmatic and therapeutic responses to crisis

CC371 Addictions Counseling (3 units)
This course is designed to teach the dynamics involved in addictive behavior. It includes focusing on the root of the problem, not just the symptoms

CC372 Counseling Domestic Violence (3 units)
Victims and abusers both need help in domestic violence situations. The student is trained in the skills necessary to detect, intervene and counsel people involved in domestic violence

CC400 Christian Counseling (3 units)
This course will be a survey with a Biblical basis for counseling, integration of psychology and theology, counseling needs, methods of counseling, and theories of personality.

CC422 Adolescent Christian Counseling (3 units)
This course examines the physical, cognitive, emotional, social, and spiritual developmental processes of the adolescent. Family and peer relationships are explored as well as school influences. Attention will be given to self-concept and self-esteem, identity diffusion, psychosexual development, and adjustment problems.

CC440 Marriage and Family Counseling Christian Perspective (3 units)
The course for the dynamics of marriage and family relationships focusing on the counselor’s role in premarital, marital, and family counseling through lectures, discussion, case studies, and demonstrations.

CC551 Crisis Counseling (3 units)
This is a course that deals with the theory and practice of crisis intervention, with emphasis in the Christian implications of crisis counseling, the training of crisis counselors, and the dynamics of specific crisis situations.

CC581 Pastoral Counseling (3 units)
This is a course to the principles, techniques and theories of counseling with emphasis on counselor characteristics, helping skills, the various types of pastoral counseling, the most common counseling problems, and the uniqueness of Christian counseling.

CC609 Research Design (3 units)
This course provides an introduction to research design and its application to the doctor of Christian counseling course work. Emphasis is given to developing knowledge and skills in research design, and in assessing the technical adequacy of research conducted by others. Various types of research proposals are presented and discussed to assist students in developing their dissertation proposals.

CC612 Object Relations Theory and Christian Counseling (3 units)
This course provides advanced instruction and training in object relations approaches to personality and psychotherapy. This seminar-style course includes a review of the British Middle School’s distinctive contributions to personality theory, the primary object relations’ models of personality, and contemporary clinical applications of this theory. Implications for the understanding of Christian experience from within the theoretical and clinical framework are also explored.

CC621 Child and Adolescent Therapy (3 units)
This course provides an understanding of the broad range of childhood and adolescent problems and disorders. A variety of psychotherapeutic modalities is presented, offering the student an opportunity to develop knowledge of basic child and adolescent therapy skills, assessments, and treatment strategies in terms of Christian counseling and care. The impact of developmental aspects, family dynamics, and the social environment is addressed.

CC625 Gerontology and Christian Counseling (3 units)
This course focuses on the specific developmental issues, psychopathology, and therapeutic interventions relevant to the aging in the local church. Special attention is given to theological and spiritual issues and ecosystemic factors, such as extended family dynamics and community services, as they relate to treatment.

CC630 Christian Counseling and Human Sexuality (3 units)
This course will examine human sexuality from the biological, psychological, social, moral and theological perspectives of the theories of sexual development and functioning. In addition, students survey literature on sexual dysfunction, develop diagnostic skills for assessing the nature and extent of sexual dysfunction, and learn treatment strategies in the local church.

CC641 Family Therapy and Christian Counseling (3 units)
The student examines the issues of family therapy, stressing the application of general principles of family theory. The focus is on the major constructs in family therapy, identification of family structures and communication patterns, and the formulation of treatment goals. Theological reflection and therapeutic interaction will be integrated as the student explores his/her own multigenerational family system and applies learning to participation in family of origin and in intentional family ministry.

CC642 Marital Theory and Counseling (3 units)
This course reviews the current literature on dyadic relationships theological understanding, and psychotherapeutic approaches to couples. Several contemporary theoretical orientations and their clinical applications are studied in-depth. Demonstration, simulation, case presentations, and clinical experience are used to reinforce the models presented.

CC660 Introduction to Clinical Practice (3 units)
This course introduces the student to skills in attending behavior, clinical interviewing, treatment planning, progress notes, clinical intervention, and professional consultation and referral in their care ministry. Activities include reading, observation, role playing, and student audio/videotaped clinical practice.

CC661 Legal, Ethical, and Moral Issues in Christian Counseling Practice (3 units)
The purpose of this course is to familiarize students with the relevant ethical, legal, moral issues associated with Christian counseling work with individuals and families. Students will review the central role of ethical decision-making to professional life and practice, and explore the practical application of ethical principles to a variety of moral dilemmas facing the Christian Counselor or caregiver.

CC669 Advanced Clinical Practice (3 units)
This course is designed to further develop the psychotherapeutic skills of students prior to their entry into a Christian counseling placement. Students focus on developing proficiency in the core interviewing qualities, deriving goals for a clinical session, and in making contracts with clients for change. Students are also encouraged to address issues regarding the integration of their faith with the practice of counseling.

CC671 Christian Counseling and Personality Disorders (3 units)
: This course considers the developmental etiology of personality disorders, surveys various models of the disorders of personality, addresses the place of personality disorders in a systemic model of psychology, and introduces therapeutic treatment models for personality disordered individuals in terms of Christian counseling and care.

CC672 Christian Counseling and Addictions (3 units)
This course explores all aspects of Christian counseling for people struggling with addictions. A range of addictive behaviors are studied, including substance use and eating disorders, gambling, sexual addictions, and relationship addictions. In addition to providing theological perspectives on the addictive process, this class will help participants develop the understanding and skills needed by a Christian counselor and caregiver who seek to help individuals and families affected by addiction.

CC681 Communication Skills in Christian Counseling and Care (3 units)
This course is designed to provide students with a biblical foundation, a theoretical framework and some practical applications for discovering and developing their individual gifts as communicators. Specifically, this course is based on the study of communication theology and theory, as applied to a variety of ministerial contexts.

CC685 Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (3 units)
This course focuses on an understanding of both behavioral therapy (BT) and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). While students study the theoretical framework of BT and CBT, they learn how to apply specific cognitive and behavioral skills in myriad settings including pastoral care ministry

CC691 Theological Foundations, Spiritual Formation, and Christian Counseling (3 units)
This course examines key issues in the theological foundations of human nature and spiritual formation. Students are encouraged to develop a view of human nature that demonstrates theological consistency, reflects on frameworks of meaning in spiritual development, and engages clinical perspectives that are beneficial in therapeutic practice.

CC692 Using Spiritual Resources in Christian Counseling and Care (3 units)
This course will examine issues involved in using spiritual resources in Christian counseling and care. This class will help students to develop skills in evaluating the implicit and explicit values in their own use of spiritual resources in Christian counseling and care ministry.

CC695 Psychological and Spiritual Assessment (3 units)
This course provides students with a broad under- standing of psychological and spiritual assessment. Emphasis is placed on developing skills in interviewing, understanding and interpreting assessment data and reports and gaining knowledge of referral questions.
Psychology

PSY210 Developmental Psychology (3 units)
A study of the processes of human growth and developing patterns of behavior throughout the lifespan. Particular emphasis will be placed on the physical, mental, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual growth of the individual

PSY220 Cognitive Therapy (3 units)
This course will highlight the theory and practice of cognitive, behavioral, interpersonal, experiential, and solution focused treatment models. Assessment, intervention and self-management strategies through this approach will be emphasized. Application of cognitive and behavioral techniques to human problems will be discussed from a Christian perspective, with a focus on the belief system of the individuals.

PSY301 Psychology & Theology (3 units)
This course will help the student compare and contrast the fields of psychology and theology to better understand how these disciplines interrelate.

PSY401 Counseling Theory and Practice (3 units)
This course serves as the introduction to counseling theory from a Christian perspective. It is concerned with significant concepts including Senses and Perception, Emotions, Motivation, Abnormal Psychology, Psychotherapy and well known Counseling Theories.

General Education (Humanities and Sciences)
General Education

LA101 Introduction to Philosophy (3 units)
Study of philosophical methods and how these methods may serve as a means of integrating learning and faith.

LA103 Sociology (3 units)
Study of the basic principles concerning the understanding of social relationships.

LA104 Logic (3 units)
Study of deductive and inductive reasoning, elementary symbolic, logic and language structure with consideration to argument, inference, proof, fallacies and semantics.

LA105 American History (3 units)
An overview of the entire sweep of American history from colonial period to the present.

LA106 Western Civilization to the 15th Century (3 units)
A study of the social, economic, and political contributions of the ancient people of Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece and Rome, and the contributions of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance to Western Culture. Emphasis will be placed on the development of the Christian Church before the Reformation.

LA122 Presentational Communication (3 units)
A course designed to teach the basics of effective oral communication. Attention is given to the following areas: selection of subjects, aim, targeted audience, organization, and effective delivery. Includes recommendations on the use of presentational technology.

LA212 General Biology (3 units)
Students will define what constitutes life and how the Christian and secular scientific communities view life and life processes. Students will study how plants and animals complement each other, how energy flows through an ecosystem, environmental factors, the complexity and variety of organisms, and the structural and functional units of life. Students will study life in controlled laboratory situations, and out in the field.

LA222 Music Appreciation (3 units)
Basic elements of music theory. Understanding and cultivating a life of worship, with emphasis upon simple worship-planning techniques. Recognition and history of Western music from Medieval times to the present. Appreciation for music from non-Western cultures.

LA223 Human Growth and Development (3 units)
An analysis of the life span of persons as it unfolds, viewed through the lenses of contemporary theories of development. Special emphasis will be given to successful transitioning into adulthood and the relational issues of young adults. Prerequisite: PS201, General Psychology, and LA212, General Biology.

LA400 Senior Integrative Seminar (3 units)
A seminar designed to challenge the student to integrate his/her knowledge of the Bible, theology, and the humanities and sciences into a consistent Christian worldview. Answering contemporary problems and questions, from both a Modern and Postmodern viewpoint, with a respectful but convincing Christian apologetic will be stressed. Students will develop the skills needed to write a graduate thesis. Prerequisite: Senior standing.
MA100 Math Fundamentals (3 Units)
Mathematical skill and fluency is one of the first hurdles for lifetime success. This course is designed to help overcome the participants “math anxiety.” Specifically, the course will develop the participants competency skills, including basic algebra, the use of calculators and computers, estimation, and graphs and tables. NOTE: This three-hour course does not count toward the hours required for graduation.

MA102 College Algebra (3 units)
For anyone who has wondered, “When will I ever use algebra?,” this course is loaded with concrete examples and practical applications. This course concentrates on the beauty, power, and fun of algebra: functions and transformations, linear and quadratic inequalities, systems of equations, complex numbers, polynomial and rational functions, sequences, mathematical induction, and the binomial theorem. NOTE: Participants in MA102 are expected to have a graphical calculator with the following capabilities:

• The ability to plot the graph of a function within an arbitrary viewing window; and
• The ability to find the zeros of functions (solve equations numerically).

Prerequisite: MA100, SAT II score of 500 or above, ACT Math score of 22 or above, or SAT Math score of 500 or above.

PS101 General Psychology (3 units)
This comprehensive survey of psychology explores human mind and behavior in relationship to psychological aspects concerning human development and intra/interpersonal relationship.

PS201 Psychology of Religion (3 units)
This is a more advanced course that deals with the psychological interpretation of Religious beliefs, as well as psychological theories about the development of human religion. Readings will focus on Sigmund Freud, Eric Ericson, William James, and others.

EN103 College English (Composition and Reading)
Writing college-level academic essays. Students will study the art and elements of writing, develop editing and revision skills, practice critical reading and critical analysis, and develop library skills for research. Prerequisite: EN303 or successful English placement test.

EN113 Introduction to English Literature
Develops writing and reasoning skills beyond the levels of proficiency required by EN103. The course emphasizes interpretation, evaluation and persuasion. Also provides students with opportunities to further develop their research skills. Prerequisite: EN103.

EN301 English I (3 units)
This course trains students in basic English skills. Students practice simple conversations, basic listening skills, pronunciation, reading comprehension and strategies, vocabulary development, and writing sentences and paragraphs.

EN302 English II (3 units)
This course develops students’ proficiency in all the English language skills. Students practice interpersonal communication skills; develop reading skills and vocabulary to improve comprehension; write paragraphs incorporating grammatical concepts and writing strategies.

EN303 English III (3 units)
This advanced course enables students to perform basic academic tasks. The academic focus of this course enables students to use their English language skills in regular academic activitie