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 724 Theoretical Analysis of Human and Organizational Development
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To analyze theories and concepts of human and organizational development and evaluate implications and applications to the church context.

AD 725 Current Issues in Human Resource Management
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To study current and complex issues and needs of human resource management for analysis of principles and practices of human resource management in the church or Christian organization.

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.

AD 850 Theological Analysis of Administration Principles
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To evaluate from the biblical perspective administration principles for the church or para-church.

 

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 842 History of Apologetics: Current Applications
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To develop and refine the application of classic apologetic arguments in vis-à-vis contemporary objections to the faith.

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 847 Studies in Scientific Arguments for the Existence of God
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To take a deeper look into the issues surrounding the problems with evolution and natural selection, to take a more in-depth examination of the various models of cosmology, gain a more thorough understanding of Intelligent Design, and be able to effectively demonstrate how faith and science taken together form a powerful apologetic for the Christian worldview and the truth of Christianity.

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 849 Studies in Presuppositional Apologetics
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To gain a robust understanding of the approach of presuppositional apologetics and the primary ways in which this methodology is effective in undermining other worldviews and demonstrating that Christian theism is true.

AP 853 Investigations in Worldview Analysis
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To be able to do detailed research and analysis in the presuppositions behind various worldviews that people hold, and to provide a robust apologetic demonstrating the insufficiently and problems behind such worldviews and show how the Christian worldview is correct.

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.

AP 891 Researching Defenses of Scripture
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To research and explore the various methods of harmonizations, responses, and then develop thorough defenses of Scripture, and to be able to counter the challenges of skeptical criticisms.

 

Biblical Counseling


BC 708 Evaluating Current Modalities for Treatment of Addictions
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To develop the doctoral learners’ ability to summarize, formulate, and evaluate biblical principles for helping people overcome addictive behaviors; also to equip doctoral learners with the ability to assess the value and impact of treating addictive behaviors from a biblical (nouthetic) counseling model.

BC 709 The Interaction of Secular Psychology and Biblical Counseling
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To provide learners with an understanding of the philosophical and practical questions related to integrating evangelical theology and secular psychology in a model of 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 720 Advanced Premarital Counseling
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To provide learners the occasion to employ biblical and theological knowledge to conceptualizing the dynamics of marriage and guiding engaged couples to apply these concepts effectively.

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 723 Counsel for the Sex Addict
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To challenge learners to interact with secular thinking on the clinical management of sexual addiction, comparing and contrasting it to a biblical counseling perspective.

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 769 Legal Issues in the Management of Biblical Counseling Centers
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To enable learners to recognize and respond to potential legal concerns in the management of a biblical counseling center.

BC 773 Counseling Methodologies in the Local Church
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To enhance in learners the ability to summarize and evaluate different approaches to church counseling and to formulate approaches to various problems.

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 820 Perspectives in Depression and Anxiety
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To investigate the various perspectives in approaching the issues pertaining to depression and anxiety and to strengthen learners’ ability to treat and counsel depressed and anxious counselees with biblical presuppositions regarding human anthropology.

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 845 Advanced Topics in Old Testament Literature and Criticism
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To engage in deep investigation of the issues involved in higher criticism of the Old Testament and to ascertain a greater depth of knowledge in the studies of the various literary genres of the Old Testament. Learners will also gain a stronger base of familiarity of the formation of the Old Testament canon and the reliability of the documents therein.

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.

BS 880 Issues in Biblical Prophecy
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To develop in learners the ability to summarize current trends in the exegesis and biblical theology of prophetic texts, to evaluate those trends critically, and to articulate their own approach to those trends in original research assessment, and formulation.

BS 897 Contemporary Historical Jesus Studies
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To become thoroughly oriented in the modern discussions and debates regarding the issues in historical Jesus studies. Learners will be equipped to defend conservative and evangelical understandings of the Jesus as well as refute liberal constructs.

BS 899 Contemporary Pauline Studies
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To become thoroughly oriented in the modern discussions and debates regarding issues in Pauline studies. Learners will be able to engage in critical dialog and conduct research and provide application from insights gained from Pauline studies and present evangelical models for Pauline literature and theology.

 

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.

CE 809 Teaching in the Online Classroom
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To explore distance learning issues and instructional protocols for instructors of online courses. Strategies that preserve the integrity of learning and foster the community of learning in the web-based classroom are emphasized.

CE 836 History and Practice of Spiritual Disciplines
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To lead learners in both the study and practice of spiritual disciplines as found in Scripture and historical devotional literature and their efficacy for spiritual growth.

CE 859 Current Trends and Issues in Christian Higher Education
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To identify and explore solutions relevant to current trends and issues in Christian Education that impact the mission and work of the college, seminary, or university.

CE 888 Overview and Assessment of Christian Education Programs
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To study biblical, human developmental, sociological, leadership, and management concepts and issues related to developing the Christian Education ministry in the church.

 

Church History


CH 775 Advanced Studies in Church History
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To delve deeper in to the various segments of church history and the theological developments, movements, events, and key persons since the end of the New Testament era to the present.

 

Christian Literature


CL 801 Advanced Techniques in Publishing for Christian Literature
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To instruct learners in how to prepare literature for publication, gather support and market such literature, and the process for publishing Christian fiction and non-fiction through both traditional and self-publishing methods.

CL 802 Advanced Creative Writing Within a Christian Worldview
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To engage learners to study and apply sharpened skills in writing both fiction and non-fiction for a variety of media.

CL 803 Advanced Technical and Rhetorical Writing Within a Christian Worldview
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To research, analyze, evaluate, and apply various methods of technical and rhetorical writing and communication.

CL 804 Advanced Methodologies in Editing Within a Christian Worldview
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To research and analyze the various methods and approaches to editing forms of written communication and literature for the purposes of publication.

CL 805 Advanced Writing and Communication Practicum
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To allow learners to gain experience and practice in order to hone skills for written materials, taking the process from inception to completion form.

 

Conflict Management


CM 704 Leading Change
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To facilitate the learners’ critical and biblical reflection on the leading and managing of complex change within organizations, especially churches and para-church organizations; investigating models for change, leadership styles conducive to healthy change, and typical challenges and conflicts that arise during major change efforts.

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 765 Difficult People: Current Issues and Strategies
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To develop in learners a working knowledge of aversive behavior in interpersonal and group settings, including remedial action as found in Scripture and contemporary scholarship and with an emphasis on the congregational milieu.

CM 832 Principles and Practices of Christian Mediation
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To critically evaluate the practice known as Christian mediation from a biblical perspective and from the perspective of the emerging field of mediation, and discern its application to the church today.

CM 835 Interpersonal Forgiveness: Theological and Psychological Perspectives
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To develop the skills of learners to investigate scriptural principles of interpersonal forgiveness, analyze and critique forgiveness issues, models, and theories in academic literature, and apply learning to personal and congregational conflict.

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.

 

Christian School Administration


CS 710 Research in the History and Philosophy of Christian Schooling
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To conduct extensive research into the historical and philosophical developments of Christian school education.

CS 712 Advanced Administration and Leadership in the Christian School
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To engage learners in research and critical analysis of leadership and management theories, strategies, and research with respect to administration in Christian school education.

CS 713 Studies in Curriculum Design in the Christian School
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To allow learners to study in greater depth the strategies and methodologies of designing a curriculum for a Christian school with respect to the integration of a biblical worldview in academic pursuits.

CS 714 Advanced Educational Research and Statistics
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To instruct learners to evaluate research in the methodologies of measurement, assessment, and statistics analysis regarding Christian educational schools.

CS 715 Advanced Christian School Finance and Development
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To examine the methodologies of finances and funding in Christian education and evaluate budget creation, strategic planning, and using capital campaigns.

 

Digitial Ministry


DM 845 Christian Digital Ministry: Research and Methodologies
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To study and apply the various theories, concepts and tools available in the digital age to leadership in the Christian church and Christian organizations.

DM 861 Social Media for Pastors and Christian Leaders:Research and Methodologies
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To provide learners with an understanding of the wide variety of social media available in the digital age and how to use and apply these to community, preaching, teaching, fellowship, giving, fundraising, outreach, missions, discipleship, plantings, leadership, and church growth.

DM 862 Mobile Ministry for Christian Churches: Research and Methodologies
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To instruct learners in how to set up, manage, and employ a wide variety of mobile tools available in the digital age including, optimizing the church website and blog for access through mobile devices, how to use digital mobile technology to maximize giving, and fundraising, the development of church apps, QR codes and text messaging for church growth.

DM 863 Core Digital Ministry Tools and Technologies: Research and Methodologies
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To enable learners to understand regular and mobile websites and blogs; streaming and on demand media; podcasts; church ebooks and downloadables such as bulletins, newsletters, Bible lessons, sermons, and devotionals.

DM 864 Starting and Growing a Digital Ministry: Research and Methodologies
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To teach learners how to set up a specific digital technologies and tools such as websites, blogs, downloadables, social media, mobile tools, and their use and application in preaching, teaching, giving, fellowship, membership, outreach, missions, discipleship, plantings, leadership, and church growth in the 21st century.

 

Expository Preaching


EP 804 History and Development of Christian Preaching
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To develop in learners the ability to appreciate and evaluate the historical development of Christian Preaching by tracing the various movements within historical periods and the relationship of the preaching to their particular time period beginning with the preaching of the Apostolic Father through the Reformers and then through the Western English speaking world to the present; and also to develop in learners the ability to conduct academic research in the history and development of Christian preaching.

EP 870 Analyzing the Theological Basis for Expository Preaching
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To enhance in learners the ability to critique theological constructs for the purpose of designing creative expository messages based on biblical and theological truth and to evaluate and critique various points of view concerning the relationship of Christian theology and doctrine to effective pulpit communication and 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 874 Critical Approaches to New Testament Expository Preaching
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To enhance in learners the ability to do competent research in exegesis and interpretation of the various genres of the New Testament, design with integrity sermons that present the biblical text accurately, and communicate the message in a challenging and encouraging manner.

EP 875 Critical Aspects of Old Testament Expository Preaching
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To enhance in learners the ability to do competent expository preaching from the Old Testament based on their awareness of how to assess critically the issues surrounding the authorship, date, background, characteristics, themes, and genre; and to authentically integrate the message of the text with the climax of God’s revelation in the person, work, and teaching of Jesus Christ, Luke 24:44-49, 2 Corinthians 3:15-16, and Hebrews 1:1-2.

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.

 

Great Books


GB 701 Homer: In-Depth Study
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To read, examine, analyze, evaluate, and research the foundational writings of the Western Canon from a biblical worldview. This course includes The Iliad and The Odyssey.

GB 702 Sophocles, Aeschylus, Euripides: In-Depth Study
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To read, examine, analyze, evaluate, and research the foundational writings of the Western Canon from a biblical worldview. This course includes Three Theban Plays, The Bacchae, and The Oresteia.

GB 703 Thucydides: In-Depth Study
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To read, examine, analyze, evaluate, and research the foundational writings of the Western Canon from a biblical worldview. This course includes The History of the Peloponnesian War.

GB 704 Plato: In-Depth Study
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To read, examine, analyze, evaluate, and research the foundational writings of the Western Canon from a biblical worldview. This course includes Meno, Phaedo, Apology, Symposium, Euthryphro, Republic, Timaeus, and Phaedrus.

GB 705 Aristotle: In-Depth Study
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To read, examine, analyze, evaluate, and research the foundational writings of the Western Canon from a biblical worldview. This course includes The Nicomachean Ethics, Physics, Metaphysics, and Rhetoric.

GB 706 Cicero, Virgil: In-Depth Study
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To read, examine, analyze, evaluate, and research the foundational writings of the Western Canon from a biblical worldview. This course includes On the Good Life and The Aeneid.

GB 707 Ovid, Marcus Aurelius: In-Depth Study
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To read, examine, analyze, evaluate, and research the foundational writings of the Western Canon from a biblical worldview. This course includes Metamorphoses and Meditations.

GB 708 Creeds, Early Church Fathers: In-Depth Study
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To read, examine, analyze, evaluate, and research the foundational writings of the Western Canon from a biblical worldview. This course includes Apology (Tertullian), Apostolic Fathers (ed. Holmes), Apologies (Justin Martyr), On the Apostolic Preaching (Irenaeus), History of the Christian Church (Eusebius) On the Incarnation (Athanasius), On God and Christ (Gregory of Nazianzus), On the Unity of Christ (Cyril of Alexandria), On the Hexaemeron (Basil of Caesarea), Apostles Creed and Nicene Creed, and Definition of Chalcedon.

GB 709 Augustine: In-Depth Study
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To read, examine, analyze, evaluate, and research the foundational writings of the Western Canon from a biblical worldview. This course includes Confessions and City of God.

GB 710 Boethius, Anselm of Canterbury, Abelard, Aquinas: In-Depth Study
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To read, examine, analyze, evaluate, and research the foundational writings of the Western Canon from a biblical worldview. This course includes Consolation of Philosophy, Why God Became Man, Ethical Writings, and Summa Theologica.

GB 801 Bonaventure, Dante: In-Depth Study
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To read, examine, analyze, evaluate, and research the foundational writings of the Western Canon from a biblical worldview. This course includes The Soul’s Journey into God, Tree of Life, Life of Francis, and The Divine Comedy.

GB 802 Chaucer: In-Depth Study
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To read, examine, analyze, evaluate, and research the foundational writings of the Western Canon from a biblical worldview. This course includes Canterbury Tales.

GB 803 Luther, Erasmus. Calvin, Arminius, Reformation Creeds: In Depth Study
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To read, examine, analyze, evaluate and research the foundational writings of the Western Canon from a biblical worldview. This course includes Bondage of the Will, Concerning Christian Liberty, The Praise of Folly, The Institutes of the Christian Religion, The Complete Works, The 39 Articles, The Westminster Confession, The London Baptist Confession 1689, The Dordrecht Confession, Canons and Decrees of the Council of Trent, The Schleitheim Confession, and The Heidelberg Catechism.

GB 804 Bacon, Newton: In-Depth Study
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To read, examine, analyze, evaluate, and research the foundational writings of the Western Canon from a biblical worldview. This course includes The New Organon and The Principia.

GB 805 Shakespeare: In-Depth Study
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To read, examine, analyze, evaluate, and research the foundational writings of the Western Canon from a biblical worldview. This course includes readings, King Lear, As You Like It, Julius Caesar, Antony and Cleopatra, Hamlet, Richard II, Henry IV, and A Midsummer-Night’s Dream.

GB 806 Hobbes, Pascal, Locke, Machiavelli, More: In-Depth Study
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To read, examine, analyze, evaluate, and research the foundational writings of the Western Canon from a biblical worldview. This course includes Leviathan, Pensees, Second Treatise on Government, An Essay Concerning Human Understanding, The Prince, and Utopia.

GB 807 Milton, Hume, Descartes: In-Depth Study
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To read, examine, analyze, evaluate, and research the foundational writings of the Western Canon from a biblical worldview. This course includes Paradise Lost, Paradise Regained, Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding, Dialogs Concerning Natural Religion, and Meditations on First Philosophy.

GB 808 Austen, Dickens, Dostoyevsky, Eliot: In-Depth Study
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To read, examine, analyze, evaluate, and research the foundational writings of the Western Canon from a biblical worldview. This course includes Pride and Prejudice, Tale of Two Cities, Crime and Punishment, and Collected Poems.

GB 809 Darwin, Marx, Newman: In-Depth Study
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To read, examine, analyze, evaluate, and research the foundational writings of the Western Canon from a biblical worldview. This course includes Origin of Species, Communist Manifesto, and Idea of a University.

GB 810 Nietzsche, Freud, Lewis: In-Depth Study
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To read, examine, analyze, evaluate, and research the foundational writings of the Western Canon from a biblical worldview. This course includes The Genealogy of Morals, Thus Spake Zarathustra, Civilization and Its Discontents, The Great Divorce, and The Abolition of Man.

GB 811 Torah: In-Depth Study
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To give the learner an in-depth knowledge of the history, contents, and theology of the assigned books of the Bible. This course includes Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy.

GB 812 The Historical Books: In-Depth Study
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To give the learner an in-depth knowledge of the history, contents, and theology of the assigned books of the Bible. This course includes Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1 Samuel, 2 Samuel, 1 Kings, 2 Kings, 1 Chronicles, 2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther.

GB 813 The Poetic And Wisdom Writings: In-Depth Study
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To give the learner an in-depth knowledge of the history, contents, and theology of the assigned books of the Bible. This course includes Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Solomon.

GB 814 The Major Prophets: In-Depth Study
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To give the learner an in-depth knowledge of the history, contents, and theology of the assigned books of the Bible. This course includes Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, and Daniel.

GB 815 The Minor Prophets: In-Depth Study
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To give the learner an in-depth knowledge of the history, contents, and theology of the assigned books of the Bible. This course includes Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi.

GB 816 The Synoptic Authors: In-Depth Study
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To give the learner an in-depth knowledge of the history, contents, and theology of the assigned books of the Bible. This course includes Matthew, Mark, Luke, and Acts.

GB 817 Johannine Literature: In-Depth Study
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To give the learner an in-depth knowledge of the history, contents, and theology of the assigned books of the Bible. This course includes John, 1 John, 2 John, 3 John, and Revelation.

GB 818 Pauline Literature I: In-Depth Study
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To give the learner an in-depth knowledge of the history, contents, and theology of the assigned books of the Bible. This course includes Romans, 1 Corinthians, and 2 Corinthians.

GB 819 Pauline Literature I I: In-Depth Study
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To give the learner an in-depth knowledge of the history, contents, and theology of the assigned books of the Bible. This course includes Galatians, 1 Thessalonians, 2 Thessalonians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 Timothy, 2 Timothy, Titus, and Philemon.

GB 820 General Epistles: In-Depth Study
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To give the learner an in-depth knowledge of the history, contents, and theology of the assigned books of the Bible. This course includes Hebrews, James, 1 Peter, 2 Peter, and Jude.

 

Life Coaching


LC 801 Advanced Life Coaching
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To engage learners in the advanced study and application of the core principles and skills of being a life coach.

LC 802 Advanced Applications of Youth and Young Adult Motivation
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To equip learners with the advanced techniques and applications of the primary skills and tools for life coaching today’s youth and young adults in all the various aspects of life regarding faith, family, personal health and wellness, social engagements, peers, education, finances, and work.

LC 803 Advanced Principles of Adult Encouragement and Motivation
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To equip learners with the advanced techniques and applications of the primary skills and tools for life coaching today’s adults and seniors in the various aspects of life regarding faith, marriage, family, career, retirement, finances, personal health and wellness, social engagements, peers, education, and work.

LC 804 Advanced Business and Clientele Growth and Practices
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To equip learners with the advanced techniques and applications of the primary skills and tools for the life coaching business with regards to marketing, growth, and clientele generation and development.

 

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.

LD 702 Advanced Topics in Marketing Non – Profit Ministry
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To develop a greater knowledge and understanding of marketing non-profit organizations.

LD 802 Advanced Topics in Accounting and Finance for Ministry
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To increase a greater understanding in learners the details and specifics regarding accounting and finance that is critical to working with financial officers and treasurers in non-profit organizations, particularly in the local church.

 

Languages


LG 711 Basics of Biblical Hebrew
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To introduce learners to Biblical Hebrew and acquaint them with standard Old Testament dictionaries, Hebrew lexica, and concordances.

LG 712 Basics of Biblical Greek
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To introduce learners to Biblical Greek and acquaint them with standard New Testament dictionaries, Greek lexica, and concordances.

 

New Testament


NT 706 Studies in Luke
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To enable learners to understand and critically evaluate the last decades of research about the Gospel of Luke; to encourage an in-depth study of the Gospel’s literary, theological, and historical features such as the genealogy, the theme of wealth, the feature of irony, etc.

NT 707 Studies in Matthew
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To provide an in-depth analysis of the Gospel with special focus on the Olivet discourse; to understand and evaluate current trends in the Matthean studies.

NT 710 The Pauline Epistles
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To develop in learners the ability to assess critically the issues surrounding the study of the life and letters of Paul; to master and evaluate the vast scholarly literature and resources associated with the life and letters of Paul; to develop appropriate constructs of the material for various settings; to engage in original biblical research, assessment, and construction

NT 712 Exegesis of the Apocalypse
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To develop in learners the ability to assess critically the issues surrounding the authorship, date, background, characteristics, key themes, and literary features of Revelation within a redemptive-historical framework; to organize the content and biblio-theological motifs of Revelation; and to engage in original biblical research, assessment, and construction.

NT 713 Exegesis of Romans
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To analyze Romans as a letter which addresses a specific social context; to understand and critically evaluate the so-called “Romans Debate” as well as the “New Perspective on Paul” in light of an informed analysis and understanding of Romans in its literary and historical context.

NT 715 Studies in the New Testament
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To enable learners to become thoroughly acquainted with the scope and depth of the New Testament in its literary, historical, cultural, and canonical contexts.

NT 734 Exegesis of First Corinthians
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To enable learners to engage Paul’s social and historical context in the analysis of key texts in 1 Corinthians and to critically examine competing principles of hermeneutics used for applying the letter to modern times.

NT 745 The Book Of Acts: In-Depth Analysis
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To enable learners to understand the book of Acts as a sequel to the Gospel of Luke; to evaluate the historical and theological perspective of Acts; to analyze key-issues such as the open end of Acts, the Jews in Acts, the purpose of Luke-Acts, and critically evaluate various interpretations of them.

NT 746 Exegesis of the Pastoral Epistles
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To enable learners to understand and critically evaluate the last decades of research about the Pastoral Epistles; to analyze key texts and issues of these letters such as authorship, ecclesiology, and the role of women in the church.

NT 747 Critical Study of the Synoptic Gospels
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To systematically examine agreements and disagreements between the Synoptic Gospels and to analyze in depth the strongest arguments and weaknesses of two important competing views: the two-source theory (majority) and the use of oral traditions (growing minority); to become acquainted with format and features of a doctoral dissertation.

NT 824 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.

NT 826 Exegesis of First Peter
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To provide an in-depth analysis to the book of First Peter and explore its contents from historical, literary, social, cultural, and theological perspectives.

NT 827 Exegesis of Second Peter/Jude
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To provide in-depth analysis of Second Peter and Jude and explore their contents from historical, literary, social, cultural, and theological perspectives.

NT 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.

NT 834 Exegesis of the Fourth Gospel
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To enable learners to utilize and critically engage with various contemporary methods of studying the Gospel of John (social-scientific studies; narrative criticism); to analyze and evaluate historical, ethical, and theological challenges of the Gospel of John with particular focus on the meaning of “the Jews” and the charge of anti-Semitism.

 

Old Testament


OT 702 Exegesis of the Book of Exodus
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To compare academic models for understanding a broad overview of the Exodus account, to develop an advanced understanding of positions about the Exodus text defended within the academic community and to develop a response to those positions, and to examine the implications of the Exodus account for liberation theology.

OT 714 Studies in Old Testament
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To enable learners to become thoroughly acquainted with the scope and depth of the Old Testament in its literary, historical, cultural, and canonical contexts.

OT 716 The Book of Genesis: Critique and Survey
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To encourage learners to develop an understanding of the academic debate about issues in the book of Genesis.

OT 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.

OT 827 Studies in Wisdom Literature
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To develop the learner’s ability to assess critically the issues surrounding the relationship of Old Testament wisdom literature to Ancient Near Eastern wisdom documents; to evaluate recent trends regarding the origin and interpretation of Hebrew wisdom; to determine the relationship between literature and Torah, and between wisdom literature and the prophetic tradition; to engage in original biblical research, assessment, and construction.

OT 832 Exegesis of the Book of Daniel
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To engage the book of Daniel and explore its contents from theological, historical, cultural, and prophetic perspectives. Learners will be familiar with the current scholarship regarding composition, authorship, and date of the writing.

OT 851 Exegesis of the Book of Amos
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To engage the book of Amos and explore its contents from theological, historical, cultural, social justice, and prophetic perspectives. Learners will be familiar with the current scholarship regarding composition, authorship, and date of the writing.

OT 888 Exegesis of the Book of Isaiah
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To engage the book of Isaiah and explore its contents from theological, historical, cultural, and prophetic perspectives, with an emphasis on Messianic prophecies. Learners will be familiar with the current scholarship regarding composition, authorship, and date of the writing.

 

Philosophy


PH 700 Understanding Contemporary Christian Philosophers of Significance
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: 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
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 719 Inquiry and Research of Major World Religions
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To develop in learners the ability to research historical and theological issues so that they can analyze, evaluate, organize, and apply in a scholarly manner insights gained in the study of world religion.

PH 743 Advanced Philosophy of Religion
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To develop in learners the ability to analyze the major arguments regarding the nature and character of religious science, the classical arguments for and against the validity of religious truth claims, and evaluate current defense strategies regarding traditional theistic arguments as well as current efforts to formulate appropriate epistemological problem-solving efforts.

PH 755 The Influence of C. S. Lewis
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To lead learners to think more deeply about the work and influence of Lewis, his role in constructing a viable, consistent, and adequate apologetical theory, to analyze some of the influences on Lewis’s philosophical and theological positions and developments, and to evaluate the lasting influence of Lewis upon the twentieth century mind and beyond.

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.

PH 789 Advanced Systematic Logic: Deeper Investigations
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: 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
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: 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.

PH 812 Studies in Reformed Epistemology
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To research and provide detailed analysis of this approach to philosophy, with an emphasis on warrant, properly basic beliefs, and a thorough investigation into the criticisms of traditional apologetics and arguments for God’s existence.

PH 817 Advanced Philosophy of Omniscience and Providence
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To gain an advanced and deeper understanding of the various views regarding the omniscience of God, His providential governance of the cosmos, and how this relates to the issue of human agency. The learner will acquire a greater grasp on the various critiques involved in each of the views, and how each of them impacts various theological systems.

 

Pastoral Ministry


PM 703 Key Leader’s Summit on Worship and Evangelism: Current Modalities
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To require learners to exhibit a high research competence in synthesizing and evaluating the scholarship in this field and to generate ideas for application within their own church/ denomination leading to changes that deepen the worship experience within the congregational life and outreach.

PM 710 Applied Research in Global Missions
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To engage learners in the current scholarship and application of the various perspectives in global missions pertaining to the biblical, theological, historical and cultural aspects of missions.

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 742 Mentoring in Today’s Culture
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: 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.

PM 749 Survey and Research of Small Group Dynamics
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To facilitate learners’ critical reflection concerning: the principles of small group communication; the creation and building of effective small groups; the management of conflict within small groups; the application of appropriate leadership principles to small groups; the analysis and evaluation of small group communication; the way in which individual roles affect small group dynamics; the process of making decisions and solving problems within small groups; and the application of small group theory and research (both biblical and secular) in a variety of ministry contexts.

PM 750 Worship in the Church
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To engage learners in researching Scripture and academic literature to enhance their understanding of the theology and practice of worship within the Christian community.

PM 755 Current Concepts In Church Growth
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To develop doctoral learners’ ability to summarize, formulate, and evaluate biblical principles relating to church growth and be able to assess the value and impact of developing and implementing a total church growth program.

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 795 Current Issues in Church Planting
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To engage learners in the examination and assessment of the principles and issues in planting churches in the 21st Century.

PM 859 Personal Evangelism: Theories and Impact
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: 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.

 

Research and Writing


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.

 

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 745 Issues in Contemporary Theology
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: 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
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.

TH 815 Theology Proper
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To fully explore and become knowledgeable in the historical and current formulations and perspectives on the doctrine of God. Learners will engage and analyze the issues of theology proper throughout church history and be conversant with current scholarship.

TH 816 Biblical Authority
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To develop in learners the ability to summarize, analyze, and critically evaluate the biblical teaching and the historical development of Christian thought in the consideration of the problems, issues, and questions raised in the discussion about biblical authority.

TH 831 Studies in Man, Sin, and Sanctification
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To enable learners to be conversant with the issues surrounding the doctrines of man, sin, and sanctification, and to evaluate formulations of these doctrines in light of historic and modern scholarship.

TH 833 Studies in Soteriology and Election
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To thoroughly explore various theological models of the doctrines of salvation and election, and to engage historical and contemporary formulations of these doctrines.

TH 836 Studies in Eschatology
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To become engaged and knowledgeable in the issues relating to the various perspectives on eschatology and to thoroughly examine each position and gather evidence to support one’s own conclusions as well as charitably engage alternative models of eschatology.

TH 838 Studies in Angelology and Demonology
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To analyze and be conversant with sound scholarship in regards to Satan, angels, and demons. Learners will investigate the various theological formulations of these doctrines in history and modern scholarship and have a biblical understanding of them.

TH 845 Advanced Research in Global Perspectives in Theology
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To engage learners in the research and critical analysis of various theological perspectives from around the globe.

TH 873 Pneumatology
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To develop in learners the ability to assess critically the issues surrounding pneumatology; to evaluate their findings through a grid of biblical, theological, and historical criteria; and to engage in original biblical research, assessment, and construction.

TH 884 Ecclesiology
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To develop in learners the ability to summarize, analyze, and critically evaluate the biblical teaching and the historical development of Christian thought concerning the doctrine of the church.

TH 895 Christology
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To develop in learners the ability to summarize, analyze, and critically evaluate the biblical teaching and the historical development of Christian thought concerning the person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

Worship Arts


WA 753 Advanced Techniques in Digital Filming and Photography
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To instruct learners to the advanced techniques of shooting video and pictures with digital cameras.

WA 754 Advanced Techniques in Audio Editing and Software
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To instruct learners to the advanced techniques of editing audio material in software.

WA 755 Advanced Techniques in Video Editing and Software
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To instruct learners to the advanced techniques of editing video material in software.

WA 756 Advanced Techniques in Graphic Design and Software
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: To instruct learners to the advanced techniques of graphic design in software.