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COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
 
Course Numbering
 
100’s   First Year Subjects
200’s   Second Year Subjects
300’s   Third Year Subjects
400’s   Fourth Year Subjects
 
Generally, odd numbers (e.g., 101, 103) indicate first (fall) semester, and even numbers (e.g., 102, 104) indicate second (spring) semester. For online courses, generally the pattern is even numbered courses are in the fall and the odd numbered courses are in the spring. Except where noted, all courses offered earn three credit hours.
 
In the following course descriptions, courses are listed alpha-numerically. Courses are arranged and described within their classifications (i.e., Bible, Christian Education) and a brief description is provided. Any course not listed as required for the first two-year core curriculum or the B.R.E. required curriculum or minor may be taken as an elective.
 
 
COURSE LISTING
(In Alpha-Numeric Order)
 
Biblical Studies   
 
BI 101  Introduction to the Bible                             3 credit hours
A basic overview of the 66 Books of the Old and New Testaments, giving the student a chronological and historical framework upon which to build future Bible studies.
 
BI 102  Book of Romans                                          3 credit hours
Prerequisite: BI 101 - Introduction to the Bible
A study of the historical background and text of the Book of Romans. The five major divisions of the book, which deal with Sin, Salvation, Sanctification, Sovereignty, and Service, are emphasized with distinctions made between the doctrinal section and the practical sections. Theological patterns are shown in the development of the course.
 
BI 103  Bible Study Methods                                   3 credit hours
A basic course in the use of proper methodologies and techniques for accurate Biblical analysis. Instructions for writing Biblical expositions are also given.
 
BI 301  The Pentateuch                                            3 credit hours
A study of the first five books of the Old Testament, dealing with the significant aspects of its history, ceremony, and typology.
 
BI 302  Historical Books                                           3 credit hours
A study of the historical books--Joshua through Esther--which provides the student with a working knowledge of Old Testament history from 1400 B.C. to 400 B.C.
 
BI 303  Life of Christ and the Gospels                    3 credit hours
A chronological study of the Life of Christ as set forth in the four Gospels, with special emphasis on the crises in the life of Christ.
           
BI 304  Acts and the Journeys of Paul                    3 credit hours
A study of the birth of the Church on the Day of Pentecost with an emphasis on the evangelistic thrust to the Jewish population followed by a study of Paul and the evangelistic expansion of the Gospel to the Gentile world. There is a concentration on the three missionary journeys of the Apostle Paul, including his visit to the Jerusalem Council and voyage to Rome.
 
BI 401  Poetic Books                                                  3 credit hours
A study of the Books of Poetry of the Old Testament (Job through Song of Solomon), with special emphasis on the Messianic Psalms.
 
BI 403 Pastoral and General Epistles                     3 credit hours
An analytical study of the Pastoral and General Epistles, with special attention given to the occasion of the Epistles and the development of the theme of each book.
 
BI 404  The Book of Revelation                               3 credit hours
A study of the major apocalyptic book of the Bible. After the introduction showing the seven keys to unlocking the mystery of the book, the church age is discussed, revealing the relationship of these periods to the development of the church chronologically through history. The twenty-one consecutive, sequential events of chapters 6 through 19 are presented. The course concludes with the Revelation of Jesus Christ, the Millennial Reign, and Eternal State.
 
BI 405 Hebrew Prophets                                         3 credit hours
The study of the Major and Minor Prophets of the Old Testament. An overview of each book is given with special emphasis on Christological and Eschatological themes.
 
 
Christian Counseling   
 
CC 102  Fundamentals of Counseling                    3 credit hours
A study of basic counseling skills useful for a Christian counselor to help others find emotional healing from hurtful past experiences and damaging ways of relating to others. Modern Biblical principles and techniques are demonstrated, explained, and practiced. The student is given an overview of various techniques in good counseling and learns guidelines for conducting counseling in various areas of ministerial responsibility. The course provides help for pastors and counselors in selecting appropriate resources to expand on the material presented in the classroom.
 
CC 201  Counseling Methods                                  3 credit hours
An exploration and analysis of a variety of modern counseling methods with the purpose of aiding the student in identifying his or her preferred approach to Christian counseling. The integration of the Christian world-view with these methods is emphasized.
 
CC 202 Pastoral Counseling                                   3 credit hours
Pastoral Counseling concentrates on the spiritual aspects that are a critical part of the helping process when dealing with individuals, families and small groups by the pastoral minister. It assumes an integration of body, mind and spirit with spirit in the most important place. It emphasizes the importance of growth in sanctification through the practice of forgiveness, confession, prayer and other spiritual disciplines, and how these can be encouraged in others.
 
CC 303  Marriage and Family Counseling 3 credit hours
Marriage and Family Counseling is a biblically-oriented study of the Christian home from a family systems point of view including discussion of love, courtship, engagement, wedding ceremony, mixed marriages, finances, personality adjustment, sex education, in-laws, children and divorce.
 
CC 304 Crisis Counseling                                       3 credit hours
Crisis Counseling presents a biblical perspective for dealing with crisis situations. It covers the unique aspects of dealing with individuals, families, or small groups in emergencies and critical situations giving a basic understanding of how to assess problems as well as basic skills for working with someone in crisis. Topics include suicide, domestic violence, child abuse intervention, grief support, transference, counseling referral, etc.
 
Christian World View
 
CWV 212 Christian World View                            3 credit hours
This course contrasts the Christian perspective to the secular humanist post-modern perspective. Topics include the concepts of truth, philosophy, man, God, science, history, sociology, government and the religious foundations of the United States. The Truth Project DVD series by Dr. Del Tackett is used extensively in the course.
 
 
Church History
 
CHI 302 Church History                                          3 credit hours
An overview of the Christian Church from the Apostolic Age to the Reformation and a more detailed study of the history of the Christian Church from the reformation to the present.
 
 
Computer Technology
 
CMT 201 Christian Ministry Technology              3 credit hours
This course is a hands-on approach to basic computer technology. The student is introduced to hardware and software, especially software that is useful in the ministry and church activities.
 
 
Discipleship
 
 
DIS 101 Discipleship Concepts                                3 credit hours
This course is an overview of the ministry of educating, training, and developing believers in the Christian church. The biblical and theological foundations of the discipleship mandate are examined as well as the critical nature of discipleship for the future health of the church. Topics include the Sunday School program, mid-week discipleship training, cell groups, mentoring and inter-generational discipling.
 

 
DIS 201 Discipleship of Children                                3 credit hours
This course is designed to give the student the tools and techniques necessary to competently perform the discipleship ministry with children. Topics include age appropriate discipleship methods, communication skills, spiritual formation, curriculum development and organizing and administering a comprehensive discipleship program.
 
 
DIS 202 Discipleship of Adolescence                       3 credit hours
This course is designed to give the student the tools and techniques necessary to competently perform the discipleship ministry with adolescents. Topics include age appropriate discipleship methods, communication skills, spiritual formation, curriculum development and organizing and administering a comprehensive discipleship program.
 
 
DIS 301 Discipleship of Adults                                3 credit hours
This course is designed to give the student the tools and techniques necessary to competently perform the discipleship ministry with adults. Topics include age appropriate discipleship methods, communication skills, spiritual formation, curriculum development and organizing and administering a comprehensive discipleship program.
 
 
DIS 302 Discipleship of the Aged                            3 credit hours
This course is designed to give the student the tools and techniques necessary to competently perform the discipleship ministry with the aged. Topics include age appropriate discipleship methods, communication skills, spiritual formation, curriculum development and organizing and administering a comprehensive discipleship program.
 
 
DIS 401 Discipleship Practicum                               3 credit hours

The student gains practical experience in the discipleship ministry through the observation of and assistance in the performance of discipleship activities under the supervision of a faculty adviser and a local pastor or other appropriate supervisor.

English
 
ENG 099  Developmental English                           3 credit hours
This course is for selected students based on test results and focuses on developing the student’s familiarity with and knowledge of basic English grammar to prepare the student for successful completion of English courses in the regular curriculum.
 
ENG 101  English Composition I                             3 credit hours
An introduction to college-level writing and reading. This course provides extensive practice in techniques of invention, development, organization, editing, and revision with emphasis on narrative and expository forms appropriate to academic writing. A rapid review of English grammar and mechanics of writing is included.
 
ENG 102  English Composition II                           3 credit hours
Prerequisite: ENG 101
College-level writing and reading for advanced students. This course provides extensive practice in composing processes and in gathering, analyzing, synthesizing, evaluating, and documenting information from sources. It also prepares students for writing college papers.
 
ENG 301  English Literature                                   3 credit hours
This course is an introduction to the subject of English literature with emphasis on masterworks from Beowulf to John Milton. Two or three analytical papers are required.
 
 
Enhancing Academic Skills
 
EAS 101  Enhancing Academic Skills                     3 credit hours
This course is designed to foster and enhance the skills and attitudes necessary for a successful college experience. Study methods, note-taking, critical thinking, time management and test-taking, as well as other skills will be covered. The course will also help the student to develop the proper mind-set for excellence in college work.
 
 
History   
 
HI 301  World History                                              3 credit hours
A survey of the history of humankind from the Egyptian and Mesopotamian Civilizations to the Reformation. This course traces the Western tradition.
 
 
Languages
 
GR 301 Greek I                                                         3 credit hours
An introduction to the Greek language and basic Greek Bible study tools. The course is designed to help students understand Greek resources and be able to use language tools for Biblical Greek. The course is also an introduction to a grammatical and syntactical understanding of the Greek language, which will lead toward further study in the Greek program.
 
GR 302 Greek II                                                        3 credit hours                                    
Pre-requisite: GR 301
A continuation and advancement of Greek I
 
GR 401 Greek III                                                       3 credit hours
Pre-requisite: GR 302
This course is a more comprehensive and in-depth study of the Greek language for the serious language student or for those students who plan to pursue a graduate degree that will require a third semester of language study.
 
SPA 101 Spanish I                                                    3 credit hours
A beginner’s study in the grammar and conversation of the Spanish language.
 
SPA 102 Spanish II                                                   3 credit hours
Pre-requisite: SPA 101
A continuation of learning to read, speak and understand the Spanish language.
 
 
Missions and Evangelism      
 
MI 103 Introduction to Missions and Evangelism              3 credit hours
A survey course that introduces students to the purpose, techniques and strategies involved in reaching the world with the Gospel message. The course will also give an overview of the current world-wide situation in Christian missions.
 
 
MI 201  Principles of Church Growth                                    3 credit hours
Provides an introduction to the principles and philosophy of church growth as applied primarily to the North American context. The student gains a thorough understanding of principles and strategies for the growth of a church with a concentration on the causes and cures of non-growth.
 
MI 205 History and Theology of Missions                            3 credit hours
A survey of Christianity’s expansion through the ages with emphasis on the cultural and strategic dimension of its growth. Students will examine the divine process of missions from God’s call to Israel to be a witness to the nations in the Old Testament through Christ’s call to the Church to “go into all nations” in the New Testament. Special attention is given to the post-Reformation period and the development of modern world-wide missions outreach.
 
MI 204 Cross-cultural Communication                                  3 credit hours
This course will study systems of human behavior, thought and expression in various modern cultures for the purpose improving understanding between people. Typical problems and pitfalls encountered when working with different cultures are explained and ways of dealing with them are discussed.
 
MI 301  Foundations and Strategy of Church Planting                3 credit hours
Students will develop a philosophy of church planting to serve as a foundation for future ministry. They will develop a philosophy of church structure and mission; an understanding of the skills needed to plant a church and conduct an assessment of one’s strengths and weaknesses; an understanding of one’s personality characteristics and how to work in harmony with people of similar and diverse personalities in a church planting context; and an understanding of one’s spiritual gifts and how they relate to church planting. One will receive a basic knowledge of a variety of church planting methodologies and in what context each is appropriate. The church planting process will be discussed from beginning to end with information shared about how to build competent church leaders in the new church.
 
MI 302  Advanced Church Growth                        3 credit hours
Prerequisite: MI 201 - Principles of Church Growth
In this course, the student learns practical methods to help him/her build on the Church Growth Principles learned in the fundamentals course. The study deals with the pastor as an agent of church growth, philosophy of ministry, gift-based programming, surveying the church and community and discovering the barriers to growth and prescribing a cure.
 
MI 405 Missions and Evangelism Practicum                      3 credit hours
The student gains practical experience in the missions and evangelism ministry through the observation of and assistance in the performance of missionary and/or evangelistic outreach under the supervision of a faculty adviser and a local pastor or other appropriate supervisor.
 
 
Music     
 
MUS 101 Music Appreciation                                             3 credit hours
This course acquaints the student with the elements of music and the ways they are used
in various styles of music. The course includes an overview of the historical style
periods, including the church music of those periods, and an introduction to the reading
of music notation. Required for all students and is a pre-requisite for all other music
courses.
 
 
MUS 211 Music Theory I                                                   3 credit hours
Beginning with a review of music fundamentals, this course (along with Music Theory II) is designed as a first year course in music theory. It provides detailed knowledge of scales, intervals, chords, chord progressions and other pertinent aspects of melodic organization and functional harmony. This course develops the student’s music-reading skills, sight singing ability, ear training and dictation skills, and basic keyboard harmony.
 
MUS 215 Music Theory I Lab                                            0.5 credit hours
This course serves as a drill class for sight singing, ear training, dictation, and keyboard harmony. Taken concurrently with MUS 211.
 
MUS 212 Music Theory II                                                  3 credit hours
Prerequisite: Music Theory I
A continuation of MUS 211 Music Theory I.
 
MUS 216 Music Theory II Lab                                           0.5 credit hours
This course serves as a drill class for sight singing, ear training, dictation, and keyboard harmony. Taken concurrently with MUS 212.
 
MUS 311 Harmony                                                             3 credit hours
Pre-requisite: MUS 211 & MUS 212
The emphasis in this course is the student’s development of harmonic vocabulary beyond the diatonic chords and functional harmony learned in Music Theory I & II. This includes major and minor 7th chords, the more complex 9th, 11th, and 13th chords, borrowed and altered chords, modulations, and transpositions. 
 
MUS 315 Keyboard Harmony                                          1 credit hour
Pre-requisites: MUS 215, MUS 216 or by permission of the instructor
Application of MUS 311 to the keyboard, particularly as used to harmonize melodies. Attention is given to voicing, transposing, and accompaniment styles. Taken concurrently with MUS 311.
 
MUS 312 Conducting Skills                                               2 credit hours
Pre-requisites: MUS 211, MUS 212
This course introduces the student to the basic conducting patterns, gestures, and communication skills necessary for directing music ensembles. Attention is also given to effective rehearsal techniques.
 
MUS 411 Arranging and Song Writing                            3 credit hours
Pre-requisites: MUS 211, MUS 212, MUS 315 or by permission of the instructor
An introduction to the techniques of song writing and arranging for voices and instruments. Emphasis is given to the creative use of the skills learned in Music Theory I & II and Harmony to compose original melodies with lyrics and harmonizations. There are also exercises in basic arranging of music for vocal and instrumental performance.
 
Music Ensemble                                                                     0.5 credit hour/Meets 2 Hours
MUS Ens 111, 112/ 211, 212/ 311, 312/ 411, 412
This course is designed to give the student experience in group rehearsals and presentation of music for various HBC activities, including chapel.
 
Applied Piano                                                                   1 credit hour/Half-hour lesson per week
MUS ApP 111, 112/ 211, 212/ 311, 312/ 411, 412
Applied piano is designed to develop keyboard fundamentals, including the ability to sight-read, improvise accompaniments, and demonstrate technical proficiency. Repertoire appropriate to the student’s own level will be studied and performed.
 
Applied Voice                                                                   1 credit hour/Half-hour lesson per week
MUS ApV 111, 112/ 211, 212/ 311, 312/ 411, 412
Applied voice is designed to develop fundamental vocal techniques to produce a healthy singing voice. Emphasis will be on optimizing tonal quality and developing a smooth vocal line. Vocal literature and exercises appropriate to the student’s level of readiness will be studied.
 
Applied Proficiency                                                              0 credit hours
This requirement is to insure that students demonstrate an acceptable level of proficiency in both voice and piano before qualifying to enroll in WOR 404 Worship Practicum.
 
 
Pastoral Ministry   
 
PT 104  Spiritual Gifts: Discovery & Development           3 credit hours
This course models how the pastor may bring the student to an understanding of how to discover, develop and deploy spiritual gifts. Five phases of ministry gift discovery are discussed: Spiritual Gifts, Motivation, Abilities, Personality, and Experiences.
PT 211  Sermon Preparation                                               3 credit hours
This course includes a survey of the different types of sermons with an emphasis on preparation and delivery.
 
PT 405 – Biblical Preaching                                                 3 credit hours
Prerequisite: PT211 - Sermon Preparation
This course develops the skills needed to analyze a Biblical text to determine the author’s intent considering the historical, religious, and cultural contexts, and to bring the original intent to a modern audience.
 
PT 303  Pastoral Theology                                                   3 credit hours
A study of the practical function of a minister’s responsibilities in serving a congregation. The student gains insight into the ministerial roles a congregation expects a minister to fulfill, such as pastor, preacher, teacher, administrator, theologian, evangelist, and prophet.
 
PT 305  Church Administration                                          3 credit hours                        
This course is designed to develop the student’s administrative skills so that the student will be able to lead the congregation in developing its mission and enabling the church to systematically fulfill its mission.
 
PT 404 Pastoral Ministry Practicum                                   3 credit hours
The student gains practical experience in pastoral ministry through the observation of and assistance in the performance of pastoral duties under the supervision of a faculty adviser and a local pastor.
 
 
Leadership
 
LS 201  A Survey of Leadership                                         3 credit hours
This course is designed to introduce leadership in a Biblical context with the focus on developing an understanding of leadership theories and styles as well as strategies for successful leadership. Students learn to enhance their leadership effectiveness in a variety of settings and will develop insight about themselves and others. Emphasis is placed on practical applications.
 
LS 304  Skill Formation of a Leader                                   3 credit hours
Once God establishes our “being”, He then begins construction of our “doing”. The student will learn the art of decision-making, delegating and developing, communication, building people skills, conflict management, and creating positive change. The student will explore task and relations behavior among leaders and will understand the contributions and limitations of the behavior approach. Other leadership skills that are research based will be discussed within a Christian worldview.
 
LS 401  Strategic Formation of a Leader                           3 credit hours
This course is designed to provide an understanding of leadership strategies in a Biblical context. The focus is on developing an understanding of leadership theories and styles as well as strategies for successful leadership. Each student is required to develop his/her personal philosophy of leadership as God matches such preparation with a strategic task. Students learn how to lead change in organizations and explore strategic leadership by executives. Emphasis is placed on practical applications.
 
 
 
Public Speaking     
 
PS 102  Public Speaking                                                       3 credit hours
Public Speaking is a course designed to help students develop the ability to speak confidently, effectively, and ethically in a variety of public speaking situations. Emphasis is placed on audience analysis, organizational skills, and delivery techniques.
 
Psychology
 
PSY 202  Introduction to Psychology                                  3 credit hours
An introductory course designed to acquaint the student with the field of psychology as a scientific discipline concerned with the study of human behavior, with special emphasis on the Christian viewpoint.
 
 
Science
 
GS 201  General Physical Science                                        3 credit hours
This integrated approach focuses on human health, technology, environmental concerns and other issues related to general science.
 
 
Sociology       
 
SOC 201  Introduction to Sociology                                    3 credit hours
A course concerned with the behavior patterns of groups of people. Our society patterns are examined in the light of the Bible with the centering of attention on Christian responsibility.
 
 
Theology
 
TH 211 Basic Christian Doctrine                                         3 credit hours
An introduction to the basic doctrines of the church. This course will introduce the student to the foundational doctrines of the Christian church: Bibliology, Theology Proper, Anthropology, Angelology, Christology, Soteriology, Pneumatology, Ecclesiology and Eschatology. Special attention will be given to key terms, concepts and biblical texts.
 
TH 311  Systematic Theology I                                            3 credit hours
A study of Prolegomena (an overview) of Bibliology, Theology Proper, Christology, Anthropology (man), and Hamartiology (sin).
 
 
TH 312  Systematic Theology II                                           3 credit hours
Students will make a study of, Soteriology, Pneumatology, Ecclesiology, Angelology and Eschatology.
 
 
TH 404  Principles of the Christian Life (Ethics)               3 credit hours
Students explore the basics of Christian ethics by examining past and current social problems in the context of Biblical teachings. Topics include abortion, euthanasia, sexuality, etc.
 
 
TH 411 Christian Apologetics                                              3 credit hours
This course is a study of the defense of the Christian faith. The student will examine various approaches to apologetic methods. Additionally, attention will be given to such topics as the existence of God, the deity and resurrection of Jesus, the reality of miracles, and major objections to the Christian faith. The course will seek to equip students with the basic knowledge and skills needed to defend the Christian faith.
 
 
World Religions
 
WR 401  World Religions                                                     3 credit hours
This course introduces the world’s major religious traditions. Topics include Primal religions, Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Judaism, and Christianity. Upon completion, students should be able to identify the origins, history, beliefs, and practices of the religions studied.
 
 
Worship 
 
WOR 202 Introduction to Worship                                  3 credit hours  
This course is designed for students to better understand what Christian worship is. Emphasis is given to developing a philosophy of worship that is biblically-based, historically connected, theologically sound and relevant to 21st century Christian believers. To accomplish this, there is a primary focus on what the Bible says about worship; a study of worship practices through the centuries; and a look at the current trends of worship practices.
 
 
WOR 204 Technology for Worship                                  2 credit hours
Pre-requisite: WOR 313 recommended
This course deals with presentation/projection software and equipment/skills and sound and lighting equipment/skills. There is also an introduction to the basics of practical staging in conjunction with the use of sound and lighting. Students are expected to do practical assignments of the above in chapel/church services.
 
 
WOR 313 Worship and the Arts                                       3 credit hours
Pre-requisites: WOR 202 (CHI 302 strongly recommended)
An overview of the biblical, historical, and theological issues of using the arts in worship – music, drama, art, dance, sculpture and architecture. The emphasis will be on the historical development of music in the context of worship while exploring the rationale for the use of the arts in Christian worship today.
 
 
WOR 302   Worship and Spiritual Formation                   3 credit hours
Pre-requisites: WOR 202, TH 211
This course builds on the foundations laid in WOR 202, Introduction to Worship. It is designed to deepen the understanding of the importance of good worship practices in affecting spiritual formation of the corporate assembly and in the life of the individual believer. Special attention is given to content and structure for worship services, the relation of style to cultural relevance, and an increased awareness of the role of the Holy Spirit in worship. Pre-requisite: WOR 202.     
              
WOR 413 Worship Leading & Administration              3 credit hours
This course deals with the practical aspects of planning and leading worship, showing evidence of making application of the content of the courses listed above in a lab setting. There are also readings and discussions of working with worship teams, choirs, and ensembles; how to locate music and other materials for worship; and working with a budget. This course with the accompanying lab is the final step in preparation for the Worship Practicum WOR 404.
 
              
WOR 415 Worship Lab                                                      1 credit hour
This is a practicum for WOR 413, giving the student the opportunity to plan and lead worship segments in a lab setting with feedback from the instructor as well as other students. It is taken concurrently with WOR 413.
 
WOR 404 Worship Practicum                                            3 credit hours
The student gains practical experience in worship and music ministry through the observation of and assistance in the performance of worship duties under the supervision of a local worship pastor or leader.
Note: Students are required to pass the Applied Proficiency for piano and voice before being allowed to register for this course.
 
 
Youth Ministry
 
YM 101 Introduction to Youth Ministry                            3 credit hours
An introductory course examining the foundational aspects of youth ministry. Careful consideration will be given to the need for youth ministry in the local church and para-church organizations. The course will expose the student to foundational theories and praxis of youth ministry.
 
YM 301 Models of Youth Ministry                                     3 credit hours
This course will examine current trends and issues in various models of youth ministry. The student will examine the theological foundations and ministry implications of various models of youth ministry. The course is intended to guide the student in developing a relevant model of youth ministry.
 
YM 401 Youth Ministry Practicum                                     3 credit hours

The student gains practical experience in youth ministry through the observation of and assistance in the performance of duties under the supervision of a faculty adviser and a local youth pastor or leader.

 

 

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