Doctoral Courses

Doctoral Level Courses at Trinity Seminary

AD Administration

AD 702 Advanced Communication for Managers and Administrators (3 sch)

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, and understanding that all items submitted will be evaluated within established assessment guidelines for the course.

AD 805 Historical Development of Management and Leadership Theory (3 sch)

To examine and evaluate historical and contemporary theories and concepts of management and leadership for a theological analysis of these theories and concepts.

AP Apologetics

AP 840 Contemporary Apologetics I (3 sch)

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 II (3 sch)

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 (3 sch)

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 (3 sch)

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 858 Deeper Studies in Apologetics and Literature (3 sch)

To provide learners with deeper investigations into the nature and role of classical literature and the importance of liberal arts in apologetics and to apply this to demonstrate Christian belief.

BC Biblical Counseling

BC 713 Advanced Principles of Biblical Counseling (3 sch)

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 (3 sch)

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 (3 sch)

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 (3 sch)

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 (3 sch)

To enhance learners’ ability to evaluate different approaches to family counseling in consideration of the biblical data on family dynamics.

BC 811 Advanced Research Topic in Biblical Counseling Studies (3 sch)

Advanced Research Topic courses are for specific elective study and research in a particular area. Courses are offered periodically or at the request of students.

BC 840 Doctor of Ministry Biblical Counseling Practicum (3 sch)

To provide a focused opportunity for learners to practice methods and techniques of biblical counseling within a mentoring relationship. Prerequisite: Completion of the majority of counseling courses in the program.

BS Biblical Studies

BS 718 Contemporary Biblical Hermeneutics (3 sch)

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 (3 sch)

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 (3 sch)

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 (3 sch)

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 (3 sch)

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.

CC Christian Counseling

CC 701 Theories and Modalities Impacting the Christian Counselor (3 sch)

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 (3 sch)

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 (3 sch)

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 (3 sch)

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 (3 sch)

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.

CC 802 Multicultural Competence for the Christian Counselor (3 sch)

To provide learners with a deeper understanding of multicultural competence, and to increase awareness of how their level of multicultural competence impacts their Christian counseling ministry. Learners will assess their present levels of multicultural competence, and engage in activities designed to increase their abilities to effectively serve diverse populations.

CE Christian Education

CE 710 Advanced Research Topic in Christian Education Studies (3 sch)

Advanced Research Topic courses are for specific elective study and research in a particular area. Courses are offered periodically or at the request of students.

CF Church Fathers

CF 700 Advanced Research Topic in Church Fathers (3 sch)

Advanced Research Topic courses are for specific elective study and research in a particular area. Courses are offered periodically or at the request of students.

CH Church History

CH 710 Advanced Research Topic in Church History Studies (3 sch)

Advanced Research Topic courses are for specific elective study and research in a particular area. Courses are offered periodically or at the request of students.

CL Christian Literature

CL 711 Advanced Research Topic in Christian Literature Studies (3 sch)

Advanced Research Topic courses are for specific elective study and research in a particular area. Courses are offered periodically or at the request of students.

CM Conflict Management

CM 726 Critical Issues in Managing Conflict (3 sch)

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 (3 sch)

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.

EP Expository Preaching

EP 711 Advanced Research Topic in Expository Preaching Studies (3 sch)

Advanced Research Topic courses are for specific elective study and research in a particular area. Courses are offered periodically or at the request of students.

EP 872 Methodologies of Evangelistic Preaching (3 sch)

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 (3 sch)

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.

EV Evangelism Courses

EV 711 Advanced Research Topic in Evangelism Studies (3 sch)

Advanced Research Topic courses are for specific elective study and research in a particular area. Courses are offered periodically or at the request of students.

EV 801 Advanced Studies in Evangelistic Ministry (3 sch)

To allow learners to conduct extensive research into the biblical foundations for having a ministry of Evangelism in the 21st

EV 802 Advanced Studies in Evangelistic Methodology (3 sch)

To allow learners to conduct deeper analysis and research in the advanced techniques of Evangelistic activities such as preparing churches for meetings, preparing evangelistic sermons, conducting altar calls, and doing follow-up with new converts.

EV 859 Personal Evangelism: Theories and Impact (3 sch)

To develop the doctoral learner’s ability to summarize, formulate, and evaluate biblical principles relating personal evangelism and be able to assess the value and impact of leading other people to faith in Christ.

GB Great Books

GB 800 Advanced Research Topic in Great Books Studies (3 sch)

Advanced Research Topic courses are for specific elective study and research in a particular area. Courses are offered periodically or at the request of students

LC Life Coaching

LC 742 Mentoring in Today’s Culture (3 sch)

To develop in learners the ability to synthesize, formulate, and evaluate biblical principles of lifestyle mentoring and be able to assess the value and impact that mentoring can have in their personal lives and organizations.

LD Leadership

LD 700 Advanced Topics in Strategic Planning for the Church (3 sch)

To give learners greater exposure to the principles and practices of SWOT analysis and strategic planning for deployment in executive ministry leadership positions.

LG Languages

LG 811 Advanced Research Topic in Biblical Language Studies (3 sch)

Advanced Research Topic courses are for specific elective study and research in a particular area. Courses are offered periodically or at the request of students.

NT New Testament

NT 721 Advanced Research Topic in New Testament Studies (3 sch)

Advanced Research Topic courses are for specific elective study and research in a particular area. Courses are offered periodically or at the request of students.

OT Old Testament

OT 711 Advanced Research Topic in Old Testament Studies (3 sch)

Advanced Research Topic courses are for specific elective study and research in a particular area. Courses are offered periodically or at the request of students.

PH Philosophy

PH 700 Understanding Contemporary Christian Philosophers of Significance (3 sch)

To develop in learners the ability to summarize, assess, and evaluate intricate arguments in the philosophy of religion and philosophical theology, through reading classic articles and representative samples from several contemporary Christian philosophers.

PH 701 Advanced History of Philosophy (3 sch)

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 743 Advanced Philosophy of Religion (3 sch)

To develop in learners the ability to analyze the major arguments regarding epistemology, science, metaphysics, ethics, politics, and religious experience from within the Christian worldview framework.

PH 766 Christian Theism and the Problem of Evil (3 sch)

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.

PH 789 Advanced Systematic Logic: Deeper Investigations (3 sch)

To develop in learners the ability to summarize, formulate, and evaluate arguments and logical argumentation, and to challenge learners to critique the accepted views of logic and argument.

PH 801 Axiology and Traditional Christian Ethics (3 sch)

To develop in learners the ability to summarize, formulate, and evaluate the key facets of Christian morality and examine with sensitivity some of the modern ethical issues of our time.

PM Pastoral Ministry

PM 726 Current Concepts in Church Revitalization (3 sch)

To facilitate critical reflection concerning the principles, issues, and dynamics of revitalizing churches within contemporary cultures; the application of appropriate leadership principles; the effectiveness of missional and other church revitalization models in a variety of ministry contexts.

PM 741 Applied Research in Theology of Ministry (3 sch)

To facilitate 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 (3 sch)

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 795 Current Issues in Church Planting (3 sch)

To engage learners in the examination and assessment of the principles and issues in planting churches in the 21st Century.

PM 801 Studies in Pastoral Care (3 sch)

To engage learners in the examination and assessment of the principles and issues in pastoral care for the 21st Century.

PM 823 Advanced Topics in Effective Pastoral Leadership (3 sch)

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.

RW Research and Writing

RW 001 Trinity Tutorial (0 sch)

To orient learners to academic studies at Trinity, including the use of the Trinity Online Learning Center, the Harold F. Hunter Theological Library, as well as acquainting them with the services and support personnel for the program of study.

RW 720 Prospectus Development and Hearing

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- RW 724 Academic Presentation 1-4 (1 sch)

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 (3 sch)

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 (12 sch)

To facilitate the development of a 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 (3 sch)

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- RW 802 Arranged Study for the Doctoral Level (3 sch)

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. Prerequisite: Faculty approval prior to enrollment.

RW 825 Doctor of Ministry Capstone Research Project (6 sch)

To facilitate the development of a Capstone 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 (12 sch)

To facilitate the development of a Major Writing Project that demonstrates the student’s ability to do scholarly research and application of findings for current and future ministries.

SD Spiritual Development

SD 700 Advanced Research Topic in Spiritual Development (3 sch)

Advanced Research Topic courses are for specific elective study and research in a particular area. Courses are offered periodically or at the request of students.

SF Spiritual Formation

SF 701 Advanced Scripture Study Techniques (1 sch)

To have learners conduct research and apply new models for doing personal and small group Bible study for spiritual growth.

SF 702 Advanced Spiritual Warfare (1 sch)

To have learners conduct research and apply new models for spiritual warfare for spiritual strengthening.

SF 703 Advanced Prayer and Personal Holiness (1 sch)

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 (1 sch)

To lead learners in an in-depth investigation into the biblical concepts and current models of accountability and discipleship for personal and corporate spiritual growth and development.

SF 705 Advanced Spiritual Disciplines (1 sch)

To provide learners with the opportunity to examine the spiritual disciplines as they have come down through Christian history and their relevance for the contemporary Christian.

SF 706 Advanced Interpersonal Forgiveness (1 sch)

To examine the biblical record on believers resolving conflict through interpersonal forgiveness, survey and evaluate current scholarship, and relate findings especially to the congregational setting.

TH Theology

TH 713 Advanced Research Topic in Theological Studies (3 sch)

Advanced Research Topic courses are for specific elective study and research in a particular area. Courses are offered periodically or at the request of students.

TH 733 Issues in New Testament Theology (3 sch)

To develop in learners the ability to summarize, analyze, and critically evaluate current issues and approaches in the study of New Testament theology.

TH 745 Issues in Contemporary Theology (3 sch)

To develop in learners the ability to summarize, analyze, and critically evaluate various contemporary theological issues and expressions.

TH 783 Issues in Old Testament Theology (3 sch)

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 (3 sch)

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 regarding the doctrines of Scripture, theology proper, angels, man, and sin.

TH 804 Christian Theology II (3 sch)

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 regarding the doctrines of Christ, the Holy Spirit, salvation, the church, and last things.