Doctoral Courses

Doctoral Courses at Trinity Seminary

The following is a list of doctoral courses at Trinity Seminary. The listing is alphabetical by school, then by course number.

Administration


AD 702 Advanced Communication for Managers and Administrators
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To provide opportunities for learners to make a significant contribution to the specialized field of communication theory by demonstrating command of methodological issues in the collection and analysis of data and the communication of and critical dialogue concerning the research findings within established course parameters accepting accountability for the research conclusions understanding that all items submitted will be evaluated within established assessment guidelines for the course.

AD 805 Historical Development of Management and Leadership Theory
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To examine and evaluate historical and contemporary theories and concepts of management and leadership for a theological analysis of these theories and concepts.

Apologetics


AP 840 Contemporary Apologetics I
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To develop in learners the ability to formulate a consistent Christian apologetic; to critique non-theistic worldviews and divergent systems of apologetics; to engage in original research, assessment, and construction.

AP 841 Contemporary Apologetics I I
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To develop in learners the ability to formulate a consistent Christian apologetic; to critique non-theistic worldviews and divergent systems of apologetics; to engage in original research, assessment, and construction.

AP 846 Studies in Apologetics and Delivery
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To investigate and provide vital research and analysis into the most effective means of communicating apologetic material in a variety of venues and media.

AP 848 Studies in Resurrection Defense
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To be able to do detailed scholarly investigations into the models and hypotheses of resurrection defenses, to be able to demonstrate the flaws in historiographical approaches that rule out investigation of miracle claims, and to demonstrate failure in competing models and hypotheses that reject the historicity of the bodily, physical resurrection of Jesus.

AP 869 Engaging Cults: In-depth Study
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To be able to do provide research and insights into the claims of cults of Christianity in order to better form more effective apologetic strategies in order to counter the claims and presuppositions of such cultist groups.

Biblical Counseling


BC 713 Advanced Principles of Biblical Counseling
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To help learners understand how spiritual issues are now being considered in Christian and non-Christian counseling contexts and to understand how the Bible can be used as an instrument of change with believers.

BC 722 Issues in Counseling Adolescents
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To engage learners in an examination of the issues regarding adolescent counseling in order to provide Christian instruction with a view towards spiritual wholeness and mature Christian growth.

BC 755 Advanced Bereavement Counseling
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To provide learners with an understanding of the philosophical and practical concerns pertaining to current thinking on bereavement.

BC 774 The Problem of Suffering: Inquiry and Research
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To develop in learners the ability to analyze, evaluate, and construct a theologically sound response to suffering from the Bible, highlighting its role in the life of the Christian.

BC 804 Counseling Families in the Church
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To enhance learners’ ability to evaluate different approaches to family counseling in consideration of the biblical data on family dynamics.

BC 840 Doctor of Ministry Biblical Counseling Practicum
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To provide a focused opportunity for learners to practice methods and techniques of biblical counseling within a mentoring relationship.

Biblical Studies


BS 718 Contemporary Biblical Hermeneutics
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To develop in learners the ability to summarize current trends in hermeneutics, to evaluate those trends critically, and to articulate their own approach to those trends in original research, assessment, and formulation.

BS 824 Studies in Old Testament Background
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To engage in the social-scientific and critical investigation and analysis of the Old Testament and current scholarship, gaining a more full understanding of the culture and background information regarding the Old Testament texts. Learners will also apply the tools properly to engage the methodology from an orthodox and evangelical perspective.

BS 825 Socio-Rhetorical Analysis of the New Testament
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To engage in the social-scientific and rhetorical criticism and analysis of the New Testament, gaining a more full understanding of the culture and background information regarding the New Testament texts. Learners will also apply the tools properly to engage the methodology from an orthodox and evangelical perspective.

BS 828 Studies in the New Testament Use of the Old Testament
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To become engaged and knowledgeable in the issues relating to the New Testament authors’ use of the Old Testament. Learners will be able to apply these insights to both academic research and in ministry contexts.

BS 877 Research in Primary Source Studies
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To conduct research in primary source literature related to the biblical texts and understand their importance and impact on biblical studies. Learners will become fluent in the literature and discussions in current scholarship regarding this material.

Christian Counseling


CC 701 Theories and Modalities Impacting the Christian Counselor
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To investigate a selection of major counseling theories and therapies and appraise them for their adherence to a biblical worldview and suitability for use by a Christian counselor.

CC 702 Contemporary Counseling Techniques for the Christian Counselor
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To analyze a selection of widely regarded counseling techniques and skills and identify how they might be effectively used by a Christian counselor.

CC 703 Advanced Assessment Skills and Treatment Planning for the Christian Counselor
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To assess the needs of clients seeking the assistance of a Christian counselor; to evaluate planning and implementation strategies for conducting suitable treatment; and to develop an annotated list of referrals.

CC 704 Issues in Marriage Counseling for the Christian Counselor
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To investigate Christian marriage counseling theories and approaches, evaluate various current secular therapies in light of a biblical worldview, and design sample interventions for couples seeking marital assistance.

CC 705 Studies in Ethics for the Christian Counselor
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To explore ethical issues regularly addressed in a Christian counseling practice, including the role of regulatory boards, the value of standard codes of ethics, and the benefits of professional associations.

Christian Education


CE 788 Assessing and Applying Appropriate Teaching Strategies
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To equip learners to compare and evaluate educational methodologies, and to coach them in planning appropriate communication and teaching strategies for particular contexts.

Conflict Management


CM 726 Critical Issues in Managing Conflict
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To engage learners in an investigative survey of the major issues of conflict management from a Christian perspective, with particular emphasis on applying knowledge gained to the congregational setting.

CM 850 Church Discipline: History and Current Practice
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To promote in learners the ability to analyze and synthesize the biblical record regarding church discipline, critically evaluate scholarship on the subject, and apply this data and understanding to the context of their church/denomination.

Expository Preaching


EP 872 Methodologies of Evangelistic Preaching
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To develop in learners the ability to summarize, formulate, and evaluate biblical principles relating to evangelistic preaching and be able to assess the value and impact of leading other people to faith in Christ by using a variety of homiletic techniques.

EP 890 Theories and Modalities Impacting Today’s Preacher
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To develop in learners the ability to summarize, formulate, and evaluate theological and rhetorical principles related to preaching to a multimedia generation; and to enhance in learners the ability to assess the values and impact of preparing and delivering effective biblical messages using a variety of homiletical techniques and designs.

Leadership


LD 700 Advanced Topics in Strategic Planning for the Church
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To give learners greater exposure to the principles and practices of SWOT analysis and strategic planning for deployment in executive ministry leadership positions.

Languages


LG 793 Hebrew I
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To provide instruction to learners on the fundamentals of Old Testament Hebrew; and to give learners a mastery and facility in relying on and quickly maneuvering through the Hebrew Old Testament by means of a mastery of Hebrew grammar, syntax, and vocabulary.

LG 794 Hebrew I I
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To provide instruction to learners on the fundamentals of Old Testament Hebrew; and to give learners a mastery and facility in relying on and quickly maneuvering through the Hebrew Old Testament by means of a mastery of Hebrew grammar, syntax, and vocabulary.

LG 893 Greek I
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To provide instruction to learners on the fundamentals of New Testament Greek, with the purpose of instilling in learners a mastery and facility in relying on and quickly maneuvering through the Greek New Testament by means of mastery of Greek grammar, syntax, and vocabulary.

LG 894 Greek I I
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To provide instruction to learners on the fundamentals of New Testament Greek, with the purpose of instilling in learners a mastery and facility in relying on and quickly maneuvering through the Greek New Testament by means of mastery of Greek grammar, syntax, and vocabulary.

Philosophy


PH 701 Advanced History of Philosophy
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To provide an opportunity to assess the historical flow of ideas, to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of philosophical and religious systems which stand in opposition to the Christian faith, and to examine the possibility of finding truth in the midst of untruth, of adapting from philosophy not only a framework for shaping the Christian witness, but a useful instrument for understanding better our own account of the faith.

PH 766 Christian Theism and the Problem of Evil
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To evaluate the different options in traditional and contemporary responses to the problem of evil, to compare and contrast these options one with another, to appreciate Christian theism as a theory open to theoretical evaluation so that learners may create for themselves a viable theoretically consistent response to the problem of evil based on what they believe about God and evil.

Pastoral Ministry


PM 741 Applied Research in Theology of Ministry
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To facilitate the learners’ critical theological and biblical reflection concerning their own working theology of ministry; to give them opportunities to critique other working theologies of ministry in order to improve and clarify their own thinking; to provide a forum in which learners can verbalize their theological reflections on the subject; and to encourage them to apply key insights they obtain into their own practice and theology of ministry.

PM 794 Research and Analysis of Ministry and Contextualization
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To provide learners with the skills for conducting research and analysis of the various methods used in contextualizing theology and congregational development in local and global communities.

PM 823 Advanced Studies in Effective Pastoral Leadership
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To allow learners to conduct research in the importance of pastoral care and key principles, ethics, and values for effective ministry in today’s congregations.

Qualification Module


QM 801 Doctoral Qualification Module
Credit Hours: 0
Course Description: This is a qualification module to determine competency of doctoral candidates.

Research and Writing


RW 720 Prospectus Development and Hearing
Credit Hours: 0
Course Description: Doctoral candidates will write a proposal for their dissertation detailing their research concern, research question, research sub-questions, assumptions, delimitations, methodology and procedural overview, and a tentative bibliography.

RW 721 Academic Presentation 1
Credit Hours: 1
Course Description: Doctoral candidates will research, write, and give a presentation on a particular assigned topic in their particular fields of study in preparation for and prior to the dissertation.

RW 722 Academic Presentation 2
Credit Hours: 1
Course Description: Doctoral candidates will research, write, and give a presentation on a particular assigned topic in their particular fields of study in preparation for and prior to the dissertation.

RW 723 Academic Presentation 3
Credit Hours: 1
Course Description: Doctoral candidates will research, write, and give a presentation on a particular assigned topic in their particular fields of study in preparation for and prior to the dissertation.

RW 724 Academic Presentation 4
Credit Hours: 1
Course Description: Doctoral candidates will research, write, and give a presentation on a particular assigned topic in their particular fields of study in preparation for and prior to the dissertation.

RW 725 Writing for Christian Scholarship
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To prepare learners in research and writing for Christian Scholarship and application by laying a foundation of critical thinking from a biblical perspective that equips them to interact with topics from historical, theological, and social-science-related fields of study.

RW 756 Dissertation
Credit Hours: 12
Course Description: To facilitate the development of a Thesis, Capstone Project, Major Writing Project, or Dissertation that demonstrates the student’s ability to do scholarly research and application of findings for current and future ministries.

RW 800 Research Within a Christian Worldview
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To introduce research as a Christian endeavor by laying a foundation for critical thinking from a biblical perspective that will equip learners to interact with topics in biblical, theological, and social-science-related fields of study.

RW 801 Arranged Study for the Doctoral Level
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To provide doctoral level learners the opportunity to do reading and/or research in an area of personal interest that is relevant to their degree program and will enhance their ability to serve the religious or global community.

RW 802 Arranged Study for the Doctoral Level
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To provide doctoral level learners the opportunity to do reading and/or research in an area of personal interest that is relevant to their degree program and will enhance their ability to serve the religious or global community.

RW 825 Doctor of Ministry Capstone Research Project
Credit Hours: 6
Course Description: To facilitate the development of a Thesis, Capstone Project, Major Writing Project, or Dissertation that demonstrates the student’s ability to do scholarly research and application of findings for current and future ministries.

RW 827 Doctor of Religious Studies Major Writing Project
Credit Hours: 12
Course Description: To facilitate the development of a Thesis, Capstone Project, Major Writing Project, or Dissertation that demonstrates the student’s ability to do scholarly research and application of findings for current and future ministries.

Spiritual Formation


SF 701 Advanced Scripture Study Techniques
Credit Hours: 1
Course Description: To have learners conduct research and apply new models for spiritual warfare for spiritual strengthening.

SF 702 Advanced Spiritual Warefare
Credit Hours: 1
Course Description:

SF 703 Advanced Prayer and Personal Holiness
Credit Hours: 1
Course Description: To lead learners in both the study and practice of personal holiness as found in Scripture and historical devotional literature and its efficacy for spiritual growth.

SF 704 Advanced Accountability and Discipleship
Credit Hours: 1
Course Description:

Theology


TH 733 Issues in New Testament Theology
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To develop in learners the ability to summarize, analyze, and critically evaluate current issues and approaches in the study of New Testament theology.

TH 783 Issues in Old Testament Theology
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To develop in learners the ability to summarize, analyze, and critically evaluate current issues and approaches in the study of Old Testament theology.

TH 803 Christian Theology I
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To develop in learners the ability to summarize and formulate systematic theological constructs; to evaluate critically those constructs through a grid of biblical, theological, and historical criteria; to engage in original theological research, assessment, and construction.

TH 804 Christian Theology I I
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To lead learners in summarization and analysis of the biblical data and the development of Christian thought concerning the doctrines of Christ, the Holy Spirit, salvation, the church, and last things.