Bachelor of Science

Interdisciplinary Studies (IDS) prepares students to understand that everything is theological. There is no bifurcation of secular—sacred. All things are granted coherence through The Personal Eternal Triune Creator, Who is the Originator-Sustainer-Redeemer of all things. The IDS program conforms to a broad, biblically based, Christian construct of understanding the wholeness of God’s world.

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General Education Courses

HU 110 College Life Mindset

Interdisciplinary thinking is introduced within a collegiate-biblical context. Students are exposed to study processes weaving academic goals with present situations. Orientation toward an interdependent, wholistic Christian life view is developed.

LA 104 English Composition 1

This course enables students to learn to communicate effectively through writing which is essential for urban ministry. It places emphasis on different forms of writing by covering introductive, informative, comparative/contrast, descriptive, persuasive, and process types of writing. Students will also explore the use of visual aids in written materials and the necessary software.

LA 105 English Composition 2

This course continues with further developing writing skills and gives an in-depth look at how to do a research paper which is essential for effective urban ministry. Time is spent developing a thesis statement, bibliography, outline, rough draft, and final paper. It offers an examination of the various types of research techniques, library uses, organizations, formats, citations, and documentations culminating in a research paper on an urban multicultural topic. Prerequisite: LA 104.

CO 103 Public Speaking

This course is a study in the art and skills of public speaking and emphasizes audience adaptation, platform technique, and voice production. It includes practice in delivering various types of speeches. Instruction in the presentation of simple Bible messages is also included. Parliamentary procedure is studied and each student leads a meeting.

HP 108Health and Physical Education

This course is designed to help students develop foundational understanding, actual activity and a Christian perspective of health, physical education and sports. Present, past and future lifetime activity and lifetime health are emphasized.

HU 220 Defining Moments in Church History

This course covers the major turning points in church history that have most contributed to shaping our current theological climate. Special attention will be given to the first apologists, the 4th and 5th century ecumenical councils, the lasting influence of St. Augustine and Thomas Aquinas, the continental and English Reformations, as well as the most significant events in American evangelicalism.

HU 201Introduction to Philosophy

This course examines the basic philosophical issues with emphasis on the major questions of philosophy in the areas of metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, and the philosophy of religion. A Christian world-view is developed.

HU 220 Humanities

This course examines history through great works of art, music, architecture, theater, and literature by placing emphasis on how Christians have shaped and responded to world civilization.

HU 410Senior Seminar

This course is designed to correlate the student's academic and biblical college experience, evaluate proficiency through oral and written examinations, assess the value added by the college to the student's education, introduce the student to lifetime learning methods, and focus the student's thinking in key areas of a biblical world-view. Required during the senior year of graduating baccalaureate students.

MA 207Business Math

This course is an introduction to a broad range of business basics of special relevance to those in ministry. It addresses the need of sound financial management in areas such as time value of money, cash flow analysis, financial planning, risk and capital budgeting. It includes management, marketing, finance and accounting procedures.

SSScience Elective

Wild card! Take Any Class you want on this topic!

SC 105 Introduction to Computers

This course discusses the basic use of a computer. Basic computer vocabulary is explained and operating system and Windows commands are taught. Main emphasis is placed on instruction in word processing, spreadsheet, Online presentations and the Internet. It requires hands-on work in the computer lab.

Christian Ministry Courses

PL 101Evangelism and Discipleship

A skill-oriented course designed to provide the student with the knowledge and ability to share the gospel, lead someone to Christ, and then follow up with discipleship training. Personal witnessing outside of class is required. Students are introduced to setting up a program for ongoing evangelism and discipleship in the local church. Demonstrates ways to nurture new Christians and build committed disciples who can spiritually reproduce themselves. Emphasis is on developing a thorough, workable follow-up program in the local church.

UL 290 Social Services and Theology

This course will require students to study and reflect theologically upon models for social change locally and globally. Students will research and when possible visit community models that reflect positive and negative change. Students will be introduced to the nature of social welfare systems, its history, development, and growth as well as the range of problems they attempt to address. Using the Bible as our theological guide, students will evaluate programs to determine how they promote or negate orthodoxy and orthopraxis.

UL 185 Intro to Holistic Urban Ministry

This course will assist students in developing the foundational skills necessary to aid the church in its missional responsibilities to urban communities. The course requires students to develop a biblical world-view concerning urban issues. Students will also be introduced to step-by-step processes of establishing a nonprofit ministry/organization.

UL 203 Culture, Race, and the Church

This course examines opportunities, problems, and hindrances to ministry in a multicultural society with emphasis on urban North America. The history of culture, contributions, religion, and family life of major minority groups are surveyed. A biblical view of racism, segregation, interracial marriage, the origin of races, culture, and church responsibilities is developed.

CE 212 Principles and Methods of Teaching

Examines pedagogy and andragogy and the individual characteristics of each age level. Students are taught how to study the Bible inductively and from their study prepare, write, and teach Spirit-empowered Bible lessons.

BC 300 Introduction to Biblical Counseling

This course is a general introduction to the basic concepts and distinctives of biblical counseling, including definitions and foundations of biblical counseling, the unique and comprehensive nature of the Bible, the role of the gospel in counseling, the heart of man, a comparison to major theories and models in psychology, the role of the counselor, and the relationship of biblical counseling to the local church.

CE 411 The Church Facing the 21st Century

A study of critical issues facing the church as it enters the new century with emphasis upon the key problems that both Protestant, Roman Catholic, and Orthodox churches face. The study will examine various New Testament considerations for unity, growth, and ministry needs.

Bible and Theology Courses

BL 207 Hermeneutics

A study of the theory and praxis of biblical interpretation. Both evangelical and aberrant hermeneutical methods will be examined. Designed to give the student the method and skills to interpret all genres of biblical literature.

BL 101 Old Testament Survey 1

A foundational study designed to give the student a grasp of the Old Testament as a whole. Over two semesters, the full scope of the Old Testament is studied within its historical and cultural context. Its basic teachings are discovered and applied.

BL 102 Old Testament Survey 2

A foundational study designed to give the student a grasp of the Old Testament as a whole. Over two semesters, the full scope of the Old Testament is studied within its historical and cultural context. Its basic teachings are discovered and applied.

BL 204 New Testament Survey 1

These courses comprise a survey of each book of the New Testament over two semesters. The study of each book will cover its historical setting, structure, theology, application, and place in the scope of redemptive-history. Trends in New Testament scholarship will also be discussed.

BL 205 New Testament Survey 2

These courses comprise a survey of each book of the New Testament over two semesters. The study of each book will cover its historical setting, structure, theology, application, and place in the scope of redemptive-history. Trends in New Testament scholarship will also be discussed.

BT 102 Building a Biblical Lifestyle

Survey of the foundational concepts for Christian living including Bible study, prayer, God's will, authority, the church, position in Christ, doubtful things, spiritual warfare, etc. Students develop a biblically balanced philosophy of godly living that will provide guidance for a lifetime. Emphasis is on continued personal growth in Christ-likeness and practical application of biblical principles.

BT 203 Systematic theology 1

This course is a detailed study of the doctrines of God (theology proper), the Bible (bibliology), angels (angelology), including Satan and demons. We will cover revelation, inspiration, and illumination of Scripture; the character and attributes of the Godhead; trinitarianism; and the nature and activities of angels. Prerequisites: LA 104, 105, BI 207.

BT 204 Systematic theology 2

A detailed study of the doctrines of humanity (anthropology), sin (hamartiology), Christ (Christology), and salvation (soteriology). Covers the origin, fall, nature and guilt of the human race, conversion, repentance, faith, regeneration, justification, redemption, sanctification, glorification, and the person and work of Christ. Prerequisites: LA 104, 105, BI 207.

BT 305Systematic Theology 3

A detailed study of the doctrines of the Holy Spirit (Pneumatology), the church (ecclesiology), and “last things” (eschatology). Covers the person and work of the Holy Spirit, the origin, organization, and administration of the local church, biblical prophecy, and future events. The premillennial, pretribulational coming of Christ is defended. Prerequisites: LA 104, 105, BI 207.

BT 308Cults and World Religions

This course emphasizes a thorough understanding of the Trinity, the authority of scripture and salvation by faith alone. The student learns to analyze any religion, compare it with Biblical truth, and develop an evangelistic strategy. Religions covered are Jehovah Witness, Mormons, New Age, Roman Catholicism, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Wicca and natural traditional religions.

BT 407Apologetics

A study of the Christian evidences that support the factuality and historicity of the Bible, with emphasis on the reliability of biblical documents, evidence for the bodily resurrection and Old Testament accuracy. Christianity in a postmodern world of religious pluralism will be discussed. Presuppositions of unbelieving critics are examined to enable confident refutation of antichristian arguments. Prerequisites: one semester of BI 101 or 102, BI 204 or 205, and BT 203, 204, or 305.

BT 205Theology of Culture

Establishes a Christian view of culture from a Scriptural base. Proposes a biblical framework for lifelong, personal creational engagement. Develops an intrapersonal, interpersonal, and vocational directive for biblically lived tradecrafts. Applies the expertise of individual Christian practitioners within their current experiential roles toward Godly wisdom. Engages practical skills to reinforce God-gifted infiltration of calling in specific cultural fields.

Interdisciplinary Studies Courses

HU 206 American Literature

This course is a historical study of the prose and poetry of Americans from the colonial period through the twentieth century, with emphasis on the major writers during each period. Attention is given to the intellectual and cultural movements influencing these writers. Prerequisite: LA 104.

HU 207Great Literature of the World

This course is primarily a reading course intended to expose students to great works of literature from various historical and cultural contexts. It is designed to give students a broader view of human thought and develop standards for evaluation of literature. Prerequisite: LA 104.

HU 301Social Ethics

This course is a survey of current social, moral, and ethical issues being faced within our society today. This will include church and state, abortion, genetic engineering, euthanasia, alcohol, drugs, crime, and other current issues. Students discover biblical principles that equip them to give reasonable refutations to unbiblical beliefs about these issues.

SS 217Economics

This course is a survey of current applications of economic theories for the U.S. economy and applications of economic theories for the individual firm and household. Topics covered are unemployment, inflation, the simple Keynesian model, fiscal and monetary policies, money, banking, international trade and finance, demand and supply in the product market, and the mechanisms of the labor and the capital markets. The relationship between urban issues and economics is discussed with application of biblical principles.

BU 311Entrepreneurial Small Business

Creativity, opportunity, leadership, excellence and profit combined into an entrepreneurial approach to achieve the mission in small businesses is studied.

UL 400Organizational Leadership

This course will combine theory and practice to ensure that students will learn traditional and contemporary leadership theories. Students will apply theories and practices in order to analyze the behavior of managers, entrepreneurs, and other recognized individuals. This course includes readings, cases, exercises and numerous examples of effective leadership models. Areas covered include the societal evolution of leadership; the leadership roles of strategy, vision and transformational change; the development of leaders; the leadership responsibilities of creating effective teams, organizations and cultures; the exploration of different leadership styles; and current popular approaches to leadership theory.

HU 402IDS Elective

Wildcard! Take any class in this area that interests you!

HU 403IDS Elective

Wildcard! Take any class in this area that interests you!

HU 406 IDS Internship

Mentored experience guides a student toward essential educational ends. Students are shepherded through a process of hands-on, wisdom-based tutoring in their Spirit-gifting.

HU 407 IDS Internship

Mentored experience guides a student toward essential educational ends. Students are shepherded through a process of hands-on, wisdom-based tutoring in their Spirit-gifting.

HU 408 IDS Professional Portfolio/h2>

A final project is the culmination of interdisciplinary studies. The biblical orientation of student presentations is directed toward their specific area of interest. Special attention is paid to a vocational topic which demonstrates depth of passion, breadth of research, and length of experience. A faculty member will mentor the student through the process.

HU 408 IDS Professional Portfolio

A final project is the culmination of interdisciplinary studies. The biblical orientation of student presentations is directed toward their specific area of interest. Special attention is paid to a vocational topic which demonstrates depth of passion, breadth of research, and length of experience. A faculty member will mentor the student through the process.