Course Descriptions


Department Code: PHIL

219 History of Philosophy 1

A survey of basic concepts and arguments of the major western philosophical systems, from the Pre-Socratics, Plato, and Aristotle, through the Schoolmen of the Late Middle Ages. Attention will be given to the historical and cultural contexts. Credit 3 hours.

220 History of Philosophy 2

A survey of basic concepts and arguments of the major western philosophical systems from the early modern period to the present including the Renaissance, Cartesian rationalism, empiricism, the enlightenment, romanticism, existentialism, and pragmatism. Attention will be given to the historical context of each system of thought. Credit 3 hours.

227 Logic

Students learn about the different methods of language analysis and deductive inference. Credit 3 hours.

320 Philosophy of Religion

Students take an inquiry into the general subject of religion from the philosophical point of view. Among the specific questions considered are the nature, function, and value of religion; the validity of the claims of religious knowledge; the nature of evil; and the existence and character of deity. Credit 3 hours.

331 Political Philosophy

This course deals with the essence, origin, and value of the state. The justification of governmental authority, the social sources of power, and the competing conceptions of human nature are among the issues considered. Students will be exposed to several classical sources, including Machiavelli, Locke, Hobbes, and Rousseau. Credit 3 hours.

337 Business Ethics

Students learn different approaches to the ethical challenges of a modern business society. The course will utilize case studies and the expertise of professionals working in the various area of business as well as the moral reasoning of ethicists. Course procedures include oral and written communications, group interaction in class, group project, and a major presentation. Cross-listed with Business. Credit 3 hours.

Department Code: REL

124 Introduction to Youth Ministry

An exploratory course that introduces students to the necessary concepts and skills related to youth ministry. The course includes observation in local church and/or para-church youth ministry settings. Credit 3 hours.

130 Introduction to the Church

Students learm about the history of Christianity from the New Testament period to the present. A balance is struck between doctrinal and institutional aspects of the church. Attention will be given to broader contexts so that students get a sense of Christianity's relationship to culture, particularly in the West. Credit 3 hours.

201 Introduction to the Bible                                                                                                                                 A survey of the narrative content of both major sections of the Bible (Old and New Testaments). Although the emphasis for this course falls on basic, "big picture" narratives, students will also be introduced to various forms of biblical criticism. Attention is also given to questiions that observant believers have regarding divine revelation, inspiration, and canonical authority. Credit 3 hours.

215 Understanding the Old Testament

Students study the Hebrew scriptures; seeking to understand them in their original context and thus their significance for today. Prerequisite: LAS 245. Credit 3 hours.

216 Understanding the New Testament

The origin and development of the Christian religion as expressed in the New Testament. We will seek to understand the Christian scriptures in their original context and thus their significance for today. Prerequisite: LAS 245. Credit 3 hours.

220 Introduction to Christian Theology

An investigation of the unity and diversity of religions in light of the relevance of religion in general and Christianity in particular to human needs and problems. Prerequisite: REL 130. Credit 3 hours.

221 Hebrew 1

This course comprises the first half of a two semester study regimen and has been designed to provide an introduction to Biblical Hebrew. The range of topics will extend from learning the alphabet to beginning to master the first few paradigms of the verbal system. Credit 3 hours.

222 Greek 1

This course comprises the first half of a two semester study regimen designed to provide an introduction to Biblical (Koine) Greek. Tasks will include learning the alphabet, several grammatical paradigms and vocabulary. Credit 3 hours.

224 Adolescent Spirituality

This course explores age-relevant existential questions concerning belief in God, religious experience, and young people's relationships to the church and to each other. It includes an introduction to spiritual disciplines associated with the Christian faith. Prerequisite: REL 124. Credit 3 hours.

225 Comparative Religions                                                                                                                                      An introduction to the major world religions (Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Islam, Baha'i, Judaism, Christianity), their major teachings and practices, and their demographic make-up in the contemporary world. Credit 3 hours.

307 Worship Planning
An investigation of the many facets of worship - liturgy, music, prayer, etc. - with a special emphasis on the role of integration in the worship planning process. Credit 3 hours.

321 Hebrew 2

A continuation of Hebrew 1, focus will center on vocabulary development, grammar and reading pointed (Masoretic) Biblical Hebrew. Prerequisite: Hebrew 1 or permission from the instructor. Credit 3 hours.

322 Greek 2

A continuation of Greek 1, focus will fall on building vocabulary, grammar, and the translation of New Testament texts. Prerequisite: Greek 1 or permission from the instructor. Credit 3 hours.

335 History of American Christianity

A survey of American Christianity set in the larger context of world history. It invites students to explore the role Christianity has played in North America in shaping (as well as being shaped by) cultural characteristics of the United States. Cross listed with History. Credit 3 hours.

335 History of Methodism

An introduction to the general characteristics of Methodism, focusing on the United Methodist Church in the United States. Beginning with John Wesley, it moves to the history of American Methodism, considers doctrinal controversies and changes, surveys denominational structures and touches upon contemporary issues. The course provides an overall introduction to the history, doctrine, and polity courses required for seminary students planning to enter United Methodist ministry, but is accessible to all students interested in gaining familiarity with this denomination. Cross listed with History. Credit 3 hours.

340 Texts and Their Meanings
An introduction to the basic principles involved in interpreting and understanding texts. The course will look at such questions as the relationship between author, the test, the reader(s), and the community in which these materials come together. Prerequisite: PHIL219 and 220. Credit 3 hours.

359 Practicum in Music Worship                                                                                                                        Students gain experience in planning and leading worship. Prequisite: Consent of department head. Credit 1 to 5 hours.

459 Practicum in Youth Ministry                                                                                                                            Students will gain foundational experience necessary to work with youth in a local church. Emphasis will be on equipping students to practice youth ministry by exploring a variety of experiences. Site supervision will be provided by the professional in the local church setting and theological preparation and reflection will be provided by the faculty. Prerequisite: Consent of department head. Credit 3 hours.

 We also offer a variety of "topics" courses every semester that may serve as electives. Examples of topics courses taught this year include: Philosophy and the Movies and Aristotelian Ethics.