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Abilene Christian University    
2017-2018 Catalog 
  
 
  Oct 19, 2017
 
2017-2018 Catalog

Course Descriptions


The numbers in parentheses following course titles indicate (1) hours per week of lecture, (2) hours per week of laboratory and (3) semester credit hours. An asterisk (*) following these three figures indicates variable or alternative credit, and the last figure represents the maximum variation in semester credit hours. In general, credit hours for these variable courses may range from one to the number indicated.

The frequency of offering follows the meeting and credit hour information. Courses offered every year are designated by semester(s) only. Courses offered every other year are designated by semester and odd/even year.

Note: Since most courses are not offered every semester, students should be aware that failure to take a required course when it is offered may delay graduation.

Any course may be offered on demand should sufficient interest be demonstrated and should a qualified instructor be available. “Demand” courses with a defined content will be offered as regularly as practical for the host department.

At the end of the course description, the following information will be given when applicable: laboratory information, corequisites (“concurrent enrollment”) and prerequisites, cross listed courses (“same as”), special fees, and pertinent information about the use of the course.

Courses and Numbering

All courses are listed alphabetically by course prefix and numerically within each prefix. The department and college assignments are also noted. ACU uses a three-digit course numbering system. Courses numbered 100 to 299 are lower-level courses (primarily for freshmen and sophomores). Courses numbered from 300 to 499 are upper-level, or advanced, courses (primarily for juniors and seniors). Courses numbered 500 to 799 are graduate courses. All courses numbered 000 to 099 do not count toward graduation or GPA.

Prerequisites and Corequisites

Some courses have prerequisites, which must be met before a student may register for that course. In some cases, a student may have special knowledge, skills or background that will enable him or her to perform well in a given class without meeting its prerequisites. Such a student should seek special permission from the department and/or instructor offering the course. Courses listed as corequisite must be taken together. Students should refer to the most recent catalog for course corequisites, prerequisites, and restrictions.

Course Sequencing

Some courses have recommendations of a previous course(s) for appropriate sequencing. Such recommendations are not prerequisites; the system will allow any student meeting a course’s prerequisites to enroll for a course regardless of whether the student meets the sequencing recommendations. Students are cautioned, however, to follow sequencing recommendations when all of the courses in the sequence are on their degree plans.

Guided Study, Special Topics, and Tutorial Courses

Each department may offer Guided Study (also called Independent Study) courses (100, 200, 300, 400, 500, 600, 700); Special Topics courses (140, 240, 340, 440, 540, 640, 740); or Tutorial courses (generally offered to students at Study Abroad locations) as special needs dictate and/or available faculty allow. The first number will indicate the level of the course. Special Topics courses are offered on a one-time basis, to take advantage of particular faculty expertise, or to allow a department to develop a course for permanent inclusion in the inventory of courses. Generally, Special Topics and Tutorial courses may be included in the Semester Schedule when they are offered; Guided Studies will not be included in the Semester Schedule.

The Texas Common Course Numbering System

The Texas Common Course Numbering System (TCCNS) has been designed for the purpose of aiding students in the transfer of general academic courses between colleges and universities throughout Texas. Common courses are freshman and sophomore academic credit courses that have been identified as common by institutions that are members of the common course numbering system. The system ensures that if the student takes the courses the receiving institution designates as common, then the courses will be accepted in transfer.

For further information contact the transfer course coordinator in the Registrar’s Office.

 

Theology (Undergraduate)

   •  BIBT 332 - Religious Teachings of C.S. Lewis
   •  BIBT 342 - Christianity in Culture
   •  BIBT 379 - The Church
   •  BIBT 491 - Theology

Theology (Graduate)

   •  BIBD 642 - Contemporary Religious Thought
   •  BIBD 647 - Research Problems in Theology
   •  BIBD 660 - Systematic Theology I
   •  BIBD 661 - Theological Explorations
   •  BIBD 662 - Systematic Theology II
   •  BIBD 678 - Philosophy of Religion
   •  BIBD 686 - Christian Ethics
   •  BIBD 699 - Master's Thesis

Church History

   •  BIBH 380 - Survey of Church History
   •  BIBH 383 - Restoration History
   •  BIBH 432 - Story of Christian Spirituality
   •  BIBH 633 - Readings in Christian Spirituality
   •  BIBH 651 - History of Christianity I: Early to Medieval
   •  BIBH 652 - History of Christianity II: Reformation to Present
   •  BIBH 655 - History of Christianity in America
   •  BIBH 664 - Advanced Restoration History
   •  BIBH 667 - Research Problems in Church History
   •  BIBH 670 - Issues in Global Christianity
   •  BIBH 671 - Explorations in the Christian East
   •  BIBH 674 - Christian Mission in Global Contexts
   •  BIBH 683 - Restoration History and Polity
   •  BIBH 699 - Master's Thesis

Biblical Studies

   •  BIBL 101 - Jesus: His Life and Teachings
   •  BIBL 102 - Early Christians: Life, Literature and Community
   •  BIBL 103 - Story of the New Testament
   •  BIBL 211 - Message of the Old Testament
   •  BIBL 320 - Introduction to Biblical Interpretation
   •  BIBL 359 - The Gospel of John
   •  BIBL 364 - Pauline Mission and Message
   •  BIBL 365 - General Epistles
   •  BIBL 367 - The Book of Acts
   •  BIBL 451 - The Pentateuch
   •  BIBL 452 - Historical Books of the Old Testament
   •  BIBL 453 - The Devotional and Wisdom Literature of the Old Testament
   •  BIBL 454 - The Prophetic Literature of the Old Testament
   •  BIBL 458 - The Synoptic Gospels
   •  BIBL 460 - Galatians and Romans
   •  BIBL 461 - The Corinthian Letters
   •  BIBL 466 - Book of Revelation
   •  BIBL 601 - German for Theological Studies
   •  BIBL 610 - Critical Interpretation of the Old Testament
   •  BIBL 611 - Old Testament Theology
   •  BIBL 620 - Critical Interpretation of the New Testament
   •  BIBL 621 - New Testament Theology
   •  BIBL 627 - Biblical Exegesis
   •  BIBL 630 - Biblical Theology
   •  BIBL 649 - Women in the Old Testament
   •  BIBL 650 - Women in the New Testament
   •  BIBL 651 - The Pentateuch
   •  BIBL 652 - Historical Books of the Old Testament
   •  BIBL 653 - Devotional and Wisdom Literature of the Old Testament
   •  BIBL 654 - Prophetic Literature of the Old Testament
   •  BIBL 658 - The Synoptic Gospels
   •  BIBL 659 - The Gospel of John
   •  BIBL 660 - The Books of Galatians and Romans
   •  BIBL 661 - The Corinthian Letters
   •  BIBL 662 - Backgrounds of the New Testament and Early Christianity
   •  BIBL 663 - The Pastoral Epistles
   •  BIBL 664 - The Book of Hebrews
   •  BIBL 665 - The General Epistles
   •  BIBL 666 - The Book of Revelation
   •  BIBL 667 - The Book of Acts
   •  BIBL 671 - Baptism and Eucharist
   •  BIBL 672 - Sermon on the Mount
   •  BIBL 680 - Christian Scripture
   •  BIBL 682 - Teaching Scripture in Contemporary Contexts
   •  BIBL 684 - New Testament Hermeneutics
   •  BIBL 699 - Master's Thesis

Christian Ministry

   •  BIBM 330 - Foundation of Youth Ministry
   •  BIBM 331 - Youth Ministry Design
   •  BIBM 390 - Family Relations
   •  BIBM 391 - Ministry in Context
   •  BIBM 395 - Introduction to Hospital Ministry
   •  BIBM 401 - Christian Leadership
   •  BIBM 403 - Christian Worship
   •  BIBM 404 - Worship Leading
   •  BIBM 405 - Women in Christian Tradition
   •  BIBM 413 - Seminar in Adolescent Moral/Sexual Issues
   •  BIBM 422 - Ministry on the University Campus
   •  BIBM 429 - Field Education
   •  BIBM 434 - Spiritual Formation of Children
   •  BIBM 435 - Adolescent Spiritual Formation
   •  BIBM 439 - Teaching and Learning for Spiritual Formation
   •  BIBM 442 - Leadership of Youth and Family
   •  BIBM 451 - Sexuality and Personal Issues of Sexuality
   •  BIBM 480 - Arts and Culture: A Christian Aesthetic
   •  BIBM 491 - Senior Capstone Experience
   •  BIBM 492 - Children and Family Ministry
   •  BIBM 493 - Preaching
   •  BIBM 601 - Church Leadership
   •  BIBM 602 - GST Orientation
   •  BIBM 603 - Foundations of the Theology of Ministry
   •  BIBM 604 - Homiletics
   •  BIBM 605 - Preaching Old Testament Literature
   •  BIBM 607 - Effective Practice of Ministry
   •  BIBM 609 - Healthcare Ministry
 

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