2019-2020 Catalog with Addendum II 
    
    Jul 19, 2024  
2019-2020 Catalog with Addendum II [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Course Descriptions


The information following course titles indicate (1) hours per week of lecture, (2) hours per week of laboratory and (3) semester credit hours. A small number of courses are offered for a variable number of credit hours, and the semester credit hours listed represent the maximum number of hours possible for credit. This will be noted in the course description.

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 (“simultaneous 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, or corequisites, which must be completed simultaneously. 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 or corequisites. Such a student should seek special permission from the department offering the course.

A course may not use the same requirement as both prerequisite and corequisite. Courses listed as corequisite must be taken together. Students may not drop or withdraw from a course with corequisite requirements without dropping or withdrawing from both courses. Students may repeat a course with corequisite requirements alone in subsequent attempts if they fail or do not receive degree credit for the course on the first attempt. However, in courses with a subject code of EACH, EDUC, NURS, or SPAN, students must repeat both corequisite courses if they fail or do not receive credit for one or both courses on the first attempt.

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.

Independent Study and Special Topics Courses

Neither an independent study nor a special topics course should be a version or instance of a course that already has been approved for inclusion in the catalog.

Independent Study

An independent study course is a unique, student-initiated and student-driven course. An independent study course should be used to enhance a degree. It should be used as a substitution for degree requirements only in rare circumstances; it should not be used to correct poor planning. All other catalog policies apply.

Independent study courses are usually designed to be worth 3 credit hours. Ideally, independent study courses should make up no more than 6 hours (5 percent) of any student’s undergraduate degree. They should make up no more than 20 percent of any student’s graduate degree. Independent study courses should use the even hundred course number appropriate to the level of study (100, 200, 300, 400, 500, 600, 700, etc.)

Student proposals for independent studies may be approved or denied based on faculty interest or availability and departmental priorities. Students in the Doctor of Ministry (DMin) program will incur a separate fee for an independent study course and should contact the Director of the DMin Program for details.

When proposing an independent study, the student should complete the Independent Study Request form and discuss it – including the outcomes and artifacts of the study – with the proposed faculty member. Artifacts should support the student’s and the faculty member’s intended outcomes for the course through research, written work, creative projects, and/or professional projects. If the course is approved by the faculty member, the faculty member is responsible for creating the syllabus for the independent study. The syllabus must include the learning outcomes and how they will be measured.

The syllabus and Independent Study Request form should be submitted to the chair and dean on a timeline that would allow for the proposal to be approved or denied prior to the beginning of the term or part of term in which the course is being proposed. Study Abroad courses should be approved prior to departure from the United States.

Special topics

A special topics course is faculty/department-initiated and faculty-driven. A special topics course will be included in the course schedule for registration in a given term and could be used as a pilot for addition to the curriculum. A substitution form must be submitted for a special topics course to satisfy degree requirement. All other catalog policies apply.

The special topics syllabus must be submitted to the dean before March 1 for a fall course or October 1 for a spring or summer course, so that it will be available for student registration. Special topics courses should choose the course number appropriate to the level of study from the following: 140, 240, 340, 440, 540, 640, 740, etc.

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.

 

Christian Ministry

  
  • BIBM 621 - Fundamentals of Spiritual Nurture


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: on demand

    Vital Christian task of spiritual guidance beginning with early faith and leading to mature, active discipleship.
  
  • BIBM 627 - Preaching New Testament Literature


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: on demand

    An exploration of the challenges of preaching from various books of the New Testament. Particular attention is paid to the theological shape and flow of whole canonical books and the homiletical possibilities they offer as students move from text to sermon. This variable topic course periodically focuses on different canonical books. As topics vary, the course may be only taken twice. May be taken as text elective credit. Prerequisite: BIBL 627 .
  
  • BIBM 628 - Preaching Pauline Literature


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: on demand

    Enhances the ability of students to move from text to sermon as they preach from Pauline literature and examines how the form and function of different genres influence form and function in sermons. Taught as an Internet course.
  
  • BIBM 629 - Field Education Contextual Immersion


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: On Demand

    An immersive learning experience for students to practice, observe, and reflect on ministry through a ministry project within a selected ministry context.
  
  • BIBM 635 - Engaging Adolescents in Christian Formation


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Spring, Summer

    Explores the processes of Christian spiritual formation and implications for ministry with adolescents. Students will think critically and theologically about adolescence as a socially constructed concept and plan intentionally for spiritual formation in a ministry directed at those in this time of life.
  
  • BIBM 637 - Ministry with Older Adults


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: January

    Covers demographics of the aging community, analyzes programs for serving the older member, and how to utilize the talents of mature church members. Same as GERO 637 .
  
  • BIBM 644 - Pastoral Ministry Skills for Church Leaders


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Summer

    Pastoral ministry theory and skills for individuals, families, and congregations in crisis, especially designed for church leaders.
  
  • BIBM 645 - Managing Conflict in Churches


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Spring

    The course will offer an examination of the causes, arenas, and dynamics of conflict in churches with an introduction to five major approaches to interviewing in conflicted situations. A variety of instructional methods, including lectures, case studies, role plays, media, expert resource persons, and personal style instruments will be employed. Additional course fee required.
  
  • BIBM 646 - Youth and Family Ministry


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: on demand

    A detailed study of youth/family ministry in light of congregational systems, developmental studies, and youth culture with readings on topics significant to advanced youth ministry.
  
  • BIBM 648 - Christian Spiritual Formation


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Fall, Spring

    Christian spiritual formation is the process of being conformed to the image of Christ for the sake of others. This course identifies how God utilizes Scripture, people, contexts, literature, spiritual disciplines, and events to transform believers into Christ likeness.
  
  • BIBM 651 - Supervised Practice of Ministry I


    Lecture Hours: 1
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 1
    Terms Offered: Fall

    Classroom preparation is balanced by a variety of ministry experiences, self-discovery processes, and nurturing relationships with faculty, supervising ministers, and church leaders in multiple contexts. Through the process of gradual immersion into ministry practice, an examination of professional identity will begin. (BIBM 652 , BIBM 656  are a continuation of this course.) Additional course fee required.
  
  • BIBM 652 - Supervised Practice of Ministry II


    Lecture Hours: 1
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 1
    Terms Offered: Spring

    Additional course fee required.
  
  • BIBM 656 - Supervised Practice of Ministry VI


    Lecture Hours: 1
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 1
    Terms Offered: Spring

    Additional course fee required.
  
  • BIBM 657 - Contexts of Ministry


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Spring

    Identify and explore contemporary ministry contexts. Students will study and practice methods of observation and reflection on ministry that result in an enriched practice of ministry in diverse contexts. Prerequisite: BIBM 603 .
  
  • BIBM 658 - The Practice of Ministerial Leadership


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Fall

    As a part of the contextual education course sequence, this course develops leadership resources for various ministerial contexts. Prerequisite: BIBM 603 , BIBM 629  and BIBM 657 .
  
  • BIBM 670 - Worship


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Spring

    Examines biblical, historical, theological and practical perspectives on worship.
  
  • BIBM 673 - Ministry with Children and Families


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Spring

    Through interviews and participant observation, students will learn to examine the family, school, church, and community contexts of the spiritual lives of children so as to be able more effectively to engage in their pastoral care. Intellectual, spiritual, and social dimensions of the formation of children will be attended to, as will the theological and biblical underpinnings of children’s ministry.
  
  • BIBM 678 - GST Senior Portfolio Preparation


    Lecture Hours: 0
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 0
    Terms Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

    This zero-credit module is required for all GST students preparing for their senior review.
  
  • BIBM 681 - Preaching in Contemporary Contexts


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Spring

    Emphasis on communication skills in preaching (delivery, language vividness and clarity) and enhanced facility with diverse organizational strategies.
  
  • BIBM 692 - Church Curriculum


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Spring

    Curriculum principles applied to the total church program.
  
  • BIBM 693 - Church and Family Ministry


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Fall

    Students will explore the sociological, educational, and theological dimensions of churches and families. Students will write ethnographies of church and family systems and then build educational programs that respond to the reality of ministry in such settings. Students learn how to move beyond therapeutic or schooling models of Christian education to more holistic approaches.
  
  • BIBM 694 - Church Administration


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: on demand

    Principles of organization, administration and supervision as they apply to the life of a local congregation.
  
  • BIBM 696 - Theological Perspectives on Human Behavior


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Summer

    A study of the interrelationship between theological and systematic explanations of human behavior and how they may be integrated in psychotherapeutic practice and/or ministry settings while maintaining the integrity of both. Same as BMFT 696 .
  
  • BIBM 699 - Master’s Thesis


    Lecture Hours: 0
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 6
    May be repeated. This course is available for variable credit. Please see your advisor for more information.
  
  • BIBM 700 - Guided Study


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: on demand

    A fee will be assessed to the student
  
  • BIBM 701 - Doctor of Ministry Orientation


    Lecture Hours: 0
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 0
    Terms Offered: June

    Introductory course covering an overview of the program, analysis of ministry, research techniques, project design, and ministry resources.
  
  • BIBM 702 - Biblical and Theological Foundations of Ministry


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: June

    Investigates the development of a biblical theology of ministry, relating ministry to major themes of the Bible that affect contemporary ministry.
  
  • BIBM 703 - Preaching in Contemporary Contexts


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: June, odd years

    An analysis of current theories and methods of proclamation combined with the study of critical considerations in the development of the minister’s theology of preaching in the contemporary culture. Emphasis on a variety of approaches to expositional preaching that let the Bible speak clearly in the students’ contexts.
  
  • BIBM 706 - Christian Leadership Development


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: June

    An integrated analysis of theology, organizational behavior, group process, personality theory, pastoral care, and problem-solving skills designed to enhance the leadership effectiveness of participants. Additional course fee required.
  
  • BIBM 710 - Crisis Counseling and Brief Therapy


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: June, odd years

    Analysis of stressful events from both individual and family perspectives and from both developmental and accidental frameworks. Theologies of human nature, of the God/human relationship, and of counseling will be developed. Therapeutic strategies for crisis counseling and for doing brief therapy will be discussed. Assessment, treatment, and referral methodologies will be developed.
  
  • BIBM 711 - Preaching and Theology


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: June, even years

    Several theological perspectives, methods, and issues are explored in order to provide a more biblical and effective basis for preaching.
  
  • BIBM 713 - Preaching From the New Testament


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: June, odd years

    A study of the preparation of sermons from two New Testament books, including historical-critical analysis, examination of form, and appropriate application in the contemporary world.
  
  • BIBM 716 - Theological Foundations for the Practice of Ministry


    Lecture Hours: 6
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 6
    Terms Offered: June

    Integrates the varied sources of Scripture, theology, history, cultural analysis, and methodological assessment to develop an informed practical theology for the practice of ministerial leadership.
  
  • BIBM 717 - Christian Spiritual Formation


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: June, odd years

    Examines the biblical theology, the history, and the pastoral applications of Christian spirituality giving special attention to four historic expressions of spirituality (Orthodox, Catholic, Protestant, and Restorationist).
  
  • BIBM 718 - Theological Practice of Evangelism


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: June, even years

    The practice of evangelism as a theological endeavor involves listening to the stories of our churches, attending to biblical understandings of evangelism, exploring evangelism within various systematic theologies, and allowing culture to inform questions of meaning and relevance. The overall outcome should be an articulated plan for evangelism within specific ministry contexts.
  
  • BIBM 719 - Missional Ecclesiology


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: January

    Focuses on understanding the relationship of the church to the mission of God in the world and applying that understanding to actual ministry contexts. Explores biblical, theological, and historical themes. Contextualization includes analysis of a post-Christendom North America and consideration of specific ecclesial practices that lend themselves to contextual innovation.
  
  • BIBM 721 - Theology of Culture


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: January

    Examine the relationship between culture and theological anthropology, probing the implications for ministerial contexts.
  
  • BIBM 723 - Worship


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: June, even years

    Prepares students to understand and engage in worship as liturgical community formation. Attention is given to biblical, theological, and sociological aspects of liturgical community formation. Prerequisite: admission to the DMin program and BIBM 702 .
  
  • BIBM 724 - Project/Thesis Seminar I


    Lecture Hours: 1
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 1
    Terms Offered: June

    The first course of a two-part seminar to orient and launch the students on a journey toward a successful project/thesis project appropriate for the student’s unique ministry setting.
  
  • BIBM 725 - Project/Thesis Seminar


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: June

    A concluding seminar designed to integrate the competencies developed in the DMin curriculum and to create a project appropriate for the student’s unique ministry setting.
  
  • BIBM 726 - Project/Thesis Seminar II


    Lecture Hours: 2
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 2
    Terms Offered: June

    The concluding course of a two-part seminar designed to integrate the competencies developed in the DMin curriculum and to create a project appropriate for the student’s particular ministry setting. Prerequisite: BIBM 724 .
  
  • BIBM 731 - Leading Change in Christian Organizations


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: June, odd years

    Provides students with in-depth engagement with the philosophies and processes of leading change in churches and other Christian organizations. The course will equip students for planning, conducting, and evaluating ministry interventions with particular focus on addressing issues of chronic anxiety and marginality in the ministry context.
  
  • BIBM 733 - Culture, Context, and Community


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Spring, odd years

    This course investigates issues of leadership, culture, and ecclesial community from an anthropological perspective, paying particular attention to leadership in contemporary global contexts. It covers theoretical and practical dimensions that include the nature of culture, the nature of the culture and leadership, and critical reflection on personal leadership preferences.
  
  • BIBM 735 - Seminar in Preaching


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Spring, odd years

    This course engages texts and themes of Scripture with the practice of preaching.
  
  • BIBM 742 - Forming Communities of Faith


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Summer, even years

    This course brings the resources of the Christian tradition into conversation with the practices of Christian communities to develop ministerial leadership for the formation of mature, healthy disciples.
  
  • BIBM 745 - Living in the Tradition


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Spring, even years

    This course explores the spirituality of the minister within the Christian tradition. This immersive experience will examine the minister’s spirituality in relationship to God, within their Christian community, and with others.
  
  • BIBM 798 - Continuing DMin Study


    Lecture Hours: 0
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 0
    Terms Offered: on demand

    There is a fee associated with this course.
  
  • BIBM 799 - DMin Project/Thesis


    Lecture Hours: 0
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 6
    This course is available for variable credit. Please see your advisor for more information.

Church History

  
  • BIBH 380 - Survey of Church History


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Fall

    Examines major people, ideas, and events in the history of Christianity from the beginnings to the present. Includes introductions to ancient, medieval, Reformation and modern church history. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing; BIBL 101  and BIBL 102  (or BIBL 103 ); BIBL 211 . May be used to satisfy University Requirements.
  
  • BIBH 383 - Restoration History


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Spring

    History of the Churches of Christ in America from 1800 to present. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing; BIBL 101  and BIBL 102  (or BIBL 103 ); BIBL 211 . May be used to satisfy Bible University Requirements.
  
  • BIBH 432 - Story of Christian Spirituality


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Spring

    Systematic historical and analytical survey of the ways in which Christians have pursued the spiritual life from the early days of Christianity to the present day. Emphasis on key historical figures, primary sources, and developing critical tools for interpreting and evaluating Christian spiritual expressions. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing; BIBL 101  and BIBL 102  (or BIBL 103 ); BIBL 211 . May be used to satisfy Bible University Requirements.
  
  • BIBH 633 - Readings in Christian Spirituality


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Fall, odd years

    Surveys the historical development of Christian spiritual reflection as expressed by select key writers. Emphasis on primary source reading, critical engagement with classic texts, and integration of course material for spiritual formation and ministerial leadership. Recommended prior courses: BIBH 651  and BIBH 652 .
  
  • BIBH 651 - History of Christianity I: Early to Medieval


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Fall

    The development of doctrine, institutions, worship, missions and daily life in the church from post-apostolic times to the 13th century.
  
  • BIBH 652 - History of Christianity II: Reformation to Present


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Spring

    The development of doctrine, institutions, worship, missions and daily life in the churches from the 13th to 21st centuries.
  
  • BIBH 655 - History of Christianity in America


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: on demand

    Christianity in America from its beginnings to the present. Special emphasis on the colonial period, the democratization of Christianity, the development of 19th-century denominationalism, the rise of ecumenism, and contemporary trends.
  
  • BIBH 664 - Advanced Restoration History


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Fall

    A Study of the beginning and development of the Stone-Campbell Movement from the nineteenth to the twenty first century.
  
  • BIBH 667 - Research Problems in Church History


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: on demand

    Research problems (not pertaining to the thesis) in the light of individual needs and interests.
  
  • BIBH 670 - Issues in Global Christianity


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Spring, even years

    An online seminar introducing students to factors now shaping Christianity, including the shift of the population center toward the global south, persecution, the expansion of Pentecostalism, and ecumenism.
  
  • BIBH 671 - Explorations in the Christian East


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Fall, even years

    Explores selected topics in the study of historic Eastern Christianity, giving particular attention to aspects of the Greek, Syriac, and Arabic Christian traditions. Recommended prior course: BIBH 651 
  
  • BIBH 674 - Christian Mission in Global Contexts


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Fall, even years

    Surveys the growth and development of Christianity as a mission movement during a specific period and in designated geographical areas. Emphasis on modes of contact with non-Christian religious populations and on methods of Christianizing converts. Recommended prior course: BIBH 651 .
  
  • BIBH 683 - Restoration History and Polity


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: on demand

    An introduction to the history of the Stone-Campbell Movement from its beginnings to the present, including an examination of the developments of its theological doctrines and structures.
  
  • BIBH 699 - Master’s Thesis


    Lecture Hours: 0
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 6
    May be repeated. This course is available for variable credit. Please see your advisor for more information.

Missions

  
  • BMIS 270 - Living the Mission


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Fall

    This introductory missions course familiarizes students with key themes and dimensions of the world Christian movement, beginning with an overview of God’s continuous engagement with human culture from Genesis to our contemporary 21st century context. Using both biblical and historical biographies, the course gives special emphasis to how God has brought about Kingdom blessings by using ordinary people motivated by the mission dei (“the mission of God”) in their own particular cultural contexts. May not be used to satisfy a Bible University Requirement.
  
  • BMIS 345 - Understanding Culture for Global Service


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Fall

    This course prepares students to reach effectively across the chasm of cultural differences in ways that are loving and respectful. It is an entry-level applied anthropology course, with an eye toward applications of Christian witness, service, and intercultural ministry. The class explores multiple cultural variables through which societies perceive and understand the world. Prerequisite: BIBL 101 , BIBL 102  (or BIBL 103 ), and BIBL 211 . May be used to satisfy University Requirements.
  
  • BMIS 371 - Religion in Global Contexts


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Fall

    Through the exploration of religious change in the world, this course engages students with major anthropological and sociological debates on religion, secularism, and global modernity. Using a variety of methodological approaches to the study of religion, it equips students to thoughtfully address a variety of religious thoughts and practices from a uniquely Christian perspective. Prerequisite: BIBL 101 , BIBL 102  (or BIBL 103 ), and BIBL 211 . May be used to satisfy Bible University Requirements.
  
  • BMIS 391 - Service in Global Contexts


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Spring

    This course is designed to prepare students for international service by focusing upon critical thinking, global orientation and missional vision. More specifically this course equips students for short-term missions and facilities their reflection on that same work. Prerequisite: BIBL 101  or BIBL 103 . Course fee. May be used to satisfy Bible University Requirements.
  
  • BMIS 420 - Gospel in a Multicultural World


    Lecture Hours: 2
    Lab Hours: 4
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Fall, Spring

    This course enables students to develop a theology of mission by looking at the biblical basis of mission and sharpening their understanding of the gospel. Students will grapple with the challenge of interpersonal identification and models of communication. Students will explore methods of planting meaningful communities of faith in various cultural contexts. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing; BIBL 101 , BIBL 102  (or BIBL 103 ), and BIBL 211 . May be used to satisfy Bible University Requirements.
  
  • BMIS 421 - Mission as Spiritual Formation


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: on demand

    Christian spiritual formation is the process of being conformed to the image of Christ for the sake of others. To this end, this course will help students as the participate in the mission of God: (1) to develop a contextually-nuanced theological and practical approach to spiritual growth and soul care, and (2) to cultivate space for the Spirit to work through the practice of a variety of spiritual disciplines learned from other cultures and religious faith traditions. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing; BIBL 101 , BIBL 102  (or BIBL 103 ), and BIBL 211 . May be used to satisfy Bible University Requirements.
  
  • BMIS 458 - Focused Training in Missions


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: on demand

    A variety of specialized studies will provide essential training in topics such as indigeneity, team missions, appropriate technology, emerging church models, communicating with non-literates, linguistics, holistic missions, community development, poverty, human trafficking, human migration, and/or social justice. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing; BIBL 101 , BIBL 102  (or BIBL 103 ), and BIBL 211 . May be repeated. May be used to satisfy Bible University Requirements.
  
  • BMIS 481 - Global Urban Ministry


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: on demand

    This is a course on ministry from an urban perspective. It is designed to prepare students to recognize the importance of the city in mission strategy and to identify the unique challenges of ministry in an urban environment. During this term, students will build a theological foundation for global urban mission, reflecting on the place of the city in God’s global mission; explore a contemporary overview of the city; examine strategies and models of global urban ministry; develop leadership skills to make a difference in the city even in the face of injustice, marginalization, and resistant urban structures; and discover a sustainable spirituality for urban ministry. Prerequisite: BIBL 101 , BIBL 102 , BIBL 211 . May be used to satisfy Bible University Requirements.
  
  • BMIS 610 - Evangelism in North America


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: on demand

    Lays foundations for effective outreach by North American churches. Culture and the gospel are examined with a view to discerning specific contemporary approaches that may be used to communicate Christian truth clearly in the North American context.
  
  • BMIS 619 - Church and Mission


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Fall

    Focuses on understanding the relationship of the church to the mission of God in the world and applying that understanding to actual contexts. Explores biblical, theological, and historical themes. Considers and analyzes of specific ecclesial practices that lend themselves to contextual and missional innovation.
  
  • BMIS 633 - Leadership Training


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Summer

    The study of leadership training methods. The student will write and test an extension module of study material.
  
  • BMIS 645 - Missionary Anthropology


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: on demand

    Similarities and diversities of human cultures designed to equip missionaries to communicate cross-culturally.
  
  • BMIS 646 - Foundations of Missional Practice


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: on demand

    The biblical basis of missions, the nature of interpersonal identification, the concept of culture, models of communication, methods of church planting and maturation, linguistics, and field selection.
  
  • BMIS 647 - Readings in Contextual Theology


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Spring

    Probing the reciprocal effects of culture and Christianity so that the missionary will refrain from absolutizing for all people everything that seems hermeneutically valid within his own society.
  
  • BMIS 648 - Planting and Developing Churches


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Fall

    A survey of the important administrative, anthropological, methodological, and theological issues for establishing responsible, reproducing churches in another culture.
  
  • BMIS 649 - Reading and Engaging Contemporary Cultures


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Summer

    Provides an overview of the theory and history of anthropology, including an in-depth investigation of the notion of culture. Students will engage in critical reflection on the use of anthropological theory for praxis in global context.
  
  • BMIS 650 - Leadership in Intercultural Contexts


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Spring

    Leadership in Intercultural Contexts analyzes Christian leadership practices in intercultural contexts.
  
  • BMIS 652 - Developing New Churches in North America


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: on demand

    Equips students to develop a biblically-informed, comprehensive, and effective plan for planting new churches in selected areas of North America.
  
  • BMIS 653 - Growth Strategies for Established Churches


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: on demand

    Gives students conceptual models and practical tools to facilitate leadership in church growth among established congregations.
  
  • BMIS 669 - Introduction to Linguistics


    Lecture Hours: 2
    Lab Hours: 1
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Summer

    The science of language with the emphasis varying with the needs and aims of the class.
  
  • BMIS 670 - Cross-Cultural Communication


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Summer

    Various communication topics of vital interest to prospective missionaries such as perceptions and stereotypes, culture and personality, language and culture, as well as mass media and intercultural communication.
  
  • BMIS 671 - Supervised Research in Missions


    Lecture Hours: 0
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: on demand

    A faculty-supervised research project tailored to the specific needs of the student.
  
  • BMIS 672 - Religion in Global Contexts


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Fall

    Aspects of religion - conceptual, ritual, personal and social - from the perspective of the living world religions in order to gain a greater skillfulness in approaching the non-Christian.
  
  • BMIS 673 - History of Missions


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Summer

    The expansion of Christianity from Pentecost to the present with special attention given to the positive and negative influences in the spread of the Good News.
  
  • BMIS 675 - Theology of Mission


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Fall

    The development of a biblically accurate and missiologically sound foundation for missions to ensure that the messengers of God will return with an abundant harvest from the ripe fields among the tribes and cities of the world.
  
  • BMIS 680 - Urban Missions


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Summer

    Explores the theology, anthropology, and missiology of urban evangelism and community development with particular emphasis on the poor and the lifestyle required to reach them.
  
  • BMIS 689 - Folk Religions and New Spiritualities


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: on demand

    A study of personal spiritual beings (whether spirits, ancestors, or demons) as well as non-personal spiritual forces (magic and witchcraft) and their power to control human affairs.
  
  • BMIS 697 - Intercultural Competence for Global Service


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: on demand

    How worldview presuppositions explicitly and implicitly shape culture. Equips the Christian minister to clearly and critically analyze this or her own worldview and that of his or her audience in light of a biblical theology in order to avoid syncretism and to effect God-desired worldview transformations.
  
  • BMIS 699 - Master’s Thesis


    Lecture Hours: 0
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 6
    This course is available for variable credit. Please see your advisor for more information.

Philosophy

  
  • BIBP 352 - Biomedical Ethics


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Fall

    Students will explore current bioethical issues in the health care field, evaluate each issue at the philosophical level, and learn to respond from a Christian worldview. Prerequisite: BIBL 101  and BIBL 102  (or BIBL 103 ). May be used to satisfy Bible University Requirements.
  
  • BIBP 379 - Philosophy, Religion and Science


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Spring, odd years

    The relationships among God, humans, and nature from the perspectives of philosophy, religion, and science. Same as PHYS 379  and PHIL 379 . May be used to satisfy Bible University Requirements.
  
  • BIBP 380 - Introduction to Philosophy


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Fall

    Basic concerns of philosophy to other fields, and a discussion of the major types of philosophy. Prerequisite: BIBL 101  and BIBL 102  (or BIBL 103 ). Same as PHIL 380 . May be used to satisfy Bible University Requirements.
  
  • BIBP 478 - Philosophy of Religion


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Fall, even years

    An examination of theism in the light of reason, competing world views, and philosophies. Prerequisite: BIBL 101  and BIBL 102  (or BIBL 103 ). Same as PHIL 478 . May be used to satisfy Bible University Requirements.
  
  • BIBP 486 - Ethics


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Spring

    This course introduces students to various philosophical and theological approaches to morality with a specific focus on how the Christian tradition informs our responses to critical moral questions. Prerequisite: BIBL 101  and BIBL 102  (or BIBL 103 ). Same as PHIL 486 . May be used to satisfy Bible University Requirements.
  
  • BIBP 487 - History of Ancient and Medieval Philosophy


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Fall, odd years

    Development of philosophical thought during the ancient and medieval periods. Prerequisite: BIBL 101  and BIBL 102  (or BIBL 103 ). Same as PHIL 487 . May be used to satisfy Bible University Requirements.
  
  • BIBP 489 - History of Modern Philosophy


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Spring, even years

    The development of philosophical thought from Hobbes and Descartes through Kant and Hegel with emphasis on epistemology, metaphysics, and ethical theory. Prerequisite: BIBL 101  and BIBL 102  (or BIBL 103 ). Same as PHIL 489 . May be used to satisfy Bible University Requirements.
  
  • PHIL 275 - Introductory Logic and Critical Thinking


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Fall, even years

    Validity and soundness of arguments both in ordinary language (e.g. religion) and in the technical language of science, law, theology, and criticism.
  
  • PHIL 378 - History and Philosophy of Science


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Fall, odd years

    Newtonian physics, evolution, thermodynamics, quantum theory, relativity, and the impact of these sciences on religion, philosophy, literature, the arts, and the social sciences. Same as PHYS 378 . May be used to satisfy University Requirements.
 

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