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Courses | Master of Divinity (Missions and Intercultural Studies)

Summary

Below are some of the courses you’ll have an opportunity to take as a student in this program. Note: This list is intended to give you a quick glimpse into the program’s academic offerings, and should not be used as a guide for course selection or academic advising. For official program requirements see catalog for details.


Curriculum Requirements

Examination of the theoretical perspectives of anthropology combined with a study of cultural subsystems, ideology and culture change with a special emphasis on how a Christian worldview informs the study of people and culture. Designed for graduate students who do not have a sufficient background in cultural anthropology. Grade Mode: A.
An examination of the theological foundations of mission derived from a study of the history of salvation. This will encompass a study of the mission given to Israel and to the Church including some interaction with contemporary theologies of mission. Grade Mode: A.
Integration of all the disciplines of ministry and seminary education. It provides supervised experience in various phases of Christian ministry. One hundred hours of field experience each semester are evaluated in classroom interaction. Notes: Required of M.Div. (Missions and Intercultural Studies) students. Grade Mode: A.
Integration of all the disciplines of ministry and seminary education. It provides supervised experience in various phases of Christian ministry. One hundred hours of field experience each semester are evaluated in classroom interaction. Notes: Required of M.Div. (Missions and Intercultural Studies) students. Grade Mode: A.
A study of principles or sound interpretation and application of the Bible, including analysis of presuppositions, general rules and specialized principles for the various biblical genre and phenomena and the development of an exegetical method. Notes: Required of M.Div. and M.A. students. Grade Mode: A.

A broad survey of the Old Testament books, including selected introductory and critical issues, relevant background, major themes and divisions, and crucial problems. Notes: Required of M.Div. and M.A. students. Grade Mode: A.

A general overview of the New Testament books, including selected introductory and critical issues, relevant background, major themes and divisions, and crucial problems. Notes: Required of M.Div. and M.A. students. Grade Mode: A.

Analysis of ministries of edification as they relate to the personal, congregational and administrative aspects of ministry with people of all ages. Focus is on the explanation of various methods and resources available for ministry and on the development of individual skills in communicating and leading in these ministries. Notes: Required of M.A. (Biblical and Theological Studies); option within the M.Div. (Spiritual Formation) for two of five course selections); option within the M.Div. (Pastoral and General Ministries) for two of four course selections; option within the M.Div. (Evangelism and Discipleship) for one of four course selections. Grade Mode: A.
History of the church from the Apostolic Fathers to the eve of the Reformation with an emphasis on the development of doctrine. Discussion of key thinkers, such as Origen, Tertullian, Augustine, Anselm, Aquinas and Scotus. Notes: Required of M.A. (Theology) students. May not be substituted for TTHT 514. Grade Mode: A.
History of the church from the Reformation to the present with an emphasis on the key Continental and English Reformers, including Zwingli, Luther and Calvin. Discussion of the counter-Reformation, Protestant scholasticism, the Enlightenment, and important theological developments in the modern era. Opportunity is given for students to study the polity and history of their own denomination. Notes: Required of M.A. (Theology) students. May not be substituted for TTHT 514.Grade Mode: A.
History of the church from the apostolic Fathers to the modern era with an emphasis on the development of doctrine. Highlights key thinkers in the patristic, medieval, Reformation and modern eras. Notes: Required of M.Div. students. May not be substituted for either TTHT 505 or TTHT 506. Grade Mode: A.
An introductory study of the basic elements of New Testament Greek. Translation of portions of the New Testament in the second semester. Designed for students who have not completed a full sequence of beginning Greek courses. Notes: Not for credit in the M.Div. or M.A.C.M.L. (Preaching and Pastoral Ministry) programs unless the student takes it in place of elective credits. Grade Mode: A.
An introductory study of the basic elements of New Testament Greek. Translation of portions of the New Testament in the second semester. Designed for students who have not completed a full sequence of beginning Greek courses. Notes: Not for credit in the M.Div. or M.A.C.M.L. (Preaching and Pastoral Ministry) programs unless the student takes it in place of elective credits. Grade Mode: A.

A comprehensive survey of morphology and syntax, the building of a Greek vocabulary, an introduction to textual criticism, and the development of an exegetical methodology with reading in selected passages of the Greek New Testament. Designed to emphasize the value of Greek study as a tool for understanding the biblical text. Lecture/Lab Hours: Includes a required one hour non-credit lab. Notes: Required of M.Div., M.A. (Bible Exposition, New Testament, Old Testament, Theology), and M.A.C.M.L. (Preaching and Pastoral Ministry) students. Grade Mode: A.

Exegetical study of select passages from the Greek text of the gospels. Application of exegetical methodology and discussion of background issues, including historical backgrounds, composition, authorship, and distinctives of each book. Special attention given to assessment of modern critical methods for the interpretation of the biblical text. Notes: Required of all M.A. (New Testament) students. M.Div. and M.A.C.M.L. (Preaching and Pastoral Ministry) students may take TTNT 604 or TTNT 605. Grade Mode: A.
Exegetical study of select passages from the Greek text of the Epistles in the light of the historical framework of the book of Acts. Application of exegetical methodology and discussion of background issues, including historical backgrounds, composition, authorship, and distinctives of each book. Special attention given to assessment of modern critical methods for the interpretation of the biblical text. Notes: Required of all M.A. (New Testament) students. M.Div. and M.A.C.M.L. (Preaching and Pastoral Ministry) students may take TTNT 604 or TTNT 605. Grade Mode: A.
Basic grammar with translation and written exercises. Notes: Required of M.Div. and M.A. (Old Testament) students. Grade Mode: A.
Additional grammar and syntax with emphasis on reading and translation in selected biblical texts. Notes: Required of M.Div. and M.A. (Old Testament) students. Grade Mode: A.

Reading of Hebrew prose texts (intermediate level), including grammatical analysis and introduction to exegetical methods (especially text criticism, translation, syntax and lexical analysis). Grade Mode: A. 

Reading of Hebrew texts (advanced level) and application of comprehensive exegetical methods to selected texts. Notes: May be taken multiple times with different content. Required for M.A. (Old Testament) students. Two credits minimum required for M.Div. students. Grade Mode: A. 

Introduction into the practical elements of ministry. Emphasis will be placed on career planning, field experience and preparation for Field Education Internship in the M.Div. and M.A.C.M.L. programs. Notes: Required of M.Div. students and M.A.C.M.L. (Preaching and Pastoral Ministry) students. Grade Mode: A.
Weekly involvement in ministry with satisfactory completion of student's self-evaluation form and supervisor's evaluation form. Notes: Required of M.Div. students and M.A.C.M.L. (Preaching and Pastoral Ministry) students. Grade Mode: C.
The process of preparation that results in sermons that are biblically accurate, easy to follow, interesting to listen to and relevant to contemporary needs. Notes: Required of M.Div., M.A.C.M.L. (Preaching and Pastoral Ministry and Women's Ministry), and B.A. (Preaching and Pastoral Ministry) students. Grade Mode: A.
Weekly involvement in ministry with satisfactory completion of student's self-evaluation form and supervisor's evaluation form. Notes: Required of M.Div. (except Pastoral Care and Counseling) and M.A.C.M.L. (Preaching and Pastoral Ministry) students. M.Div. Pastoral Care and Counseling students take TTPT 693, TTPT 694, and TTPT 695 instead. Grade Mode: C.
Weekly involvement in ministry with satisfactory completion of student's self-evaluation form, supervisor's evaluation form and sermon evaluation form. Grade Mode: C.
Explores ministry to people who request counseling in church and para-church contexts. Starting with relationship building skills, students will discover their limits in help-giving, and learn appropriate referral process. Much of the course focus will then be an exploration of building small communities within a church ministry. Notes: Required of M.Div. (except Spiritual Formation), M.A.C.M.L., and M.A.C.E. students. Grade Mode: A.
The biblical basis for organizational management and leadership. Examination of the process of planning, organizing, leading and supporting from a biblical basis and made applicable to Christian service and ministry. Notes: Required of M.Div. (Pastoral and General Ministries) students and M.A.C.M.L. (Preaching and Pastoral Ministry) students. Grade Mode: A.
Introductory study of the nature of spiritual theology and formation, which attempts to understand the nature of new life in Christ, the process of formation in the Spirit and the directives for cooperating with His work. Attention is given to the implications of Spiritual Theology for seminary training and classroom experience. Particular attention is given to understanding the implications of life in Christ regarding guilt, shame and legalism as well as the New Covenant ministry of the Spirit in transforming the heart in light of the dynamics of original sin, early relational development and the habits of sin developed over time. Attention is also given to developmental spirituality, how the Spirit transforms the heart over time and how this affects ministries of teaching, preaching and discipleship in the church. Notes: Required of all Talbot students not in a Spiritual Formation academic program. A retreat will be introduced and required. This course will include a cohort group of no more than 15 students who explore the course content as well as the student's own life and growth within community. Required in the students' first semester at Talbot. Only students in the Talbot M.Div. program with a specialization in Messianic Jewish Studies (Feinberg Extension) are eligible to take this course for 2 credits. Grade Mode: A, N.
A theological and experiential exploration into human relationships and issues related to gender, romance, marriage, family and parenting as they relate to spiritual growth. Course includes an investigation into the impact of personal and family history on theological outlook, emotional congruence, relational attractions and moral decisions. Personal assessments and a one-day retreat are an integral part of this course. Students will experience spiritual community and intercessory prayer as they begin individual spiritual direction with a spiritual director and continue relationships within a cohort group to explore deeply their relational capacity at the heart of how Christ is formed in them, thereby developing deeper levels of trust and vulnerability.Prerequisites: TTSF 501. Notes: Required of all Talbot students not in a Spiritual Formation academic program. Cohort groups will continue to meet from TTSF 501 and a one-day group spiritual retreat will be required. Only students in the Talbot M.Div. program with a specialization in Messianic Jewish Studies (Feinberg Extension) are eligible to take this course for 2 credits. Grade Mode: A, N.
A theological and experiential exploration of the believer's vocation and the various 'callings' in the Bible as it relates to the general call of loving God and neighbor, a training in righteousness and conformity to Christ's image. Explores the panoply of spiritual disciplines sanctioned by the Bible and developed throughout Church history in order to enter deeply into one's calling. This learning takes place in a cohort group and includes various modalities of learning. A retreat component is included with this course. The retreat focuses on various spiritual disciplines and one's relation to the various calls of God in one's life, particularly one's personal call to ministry. Notes: Required of all Talbot students not in a Spiritual Formation academic program. Grade Mode: C, N.
A personal experience is required in Spiritual Direction at the Center for Spiritual Renewal at ISF. This course provides students the opportunity to explore their life of prayer and growth with a trained spiritual director from the Institute for Spiritual Formation. Notes: Two semesters of spiritual direction must be completed for the Spiritual Formation Focus requirement (TTSF 506 after completion of TTSF 505). Students are required to meet with an approved spiritual director a minimum of four times per semester. Required of all Talbot students not enrolled in a Spiritual Formation academic program. Grade Mode: C.
A personal experience is required in Spiritual Direction at the Center for Spiritual Renewal at ISF. This course provides students the opportunity to explore their life of prayer and growth with a trained spiritual director from the Institute for Spiritual Formation. Notes: Two semesters of spiritual direction must be completed for the Spiritual Formation Focus requirement (TTSF 506 after completion of TTSF 505). Students are required to meet with an approved spiritual director a minimum of four times per semester. Required of all Talbot students not enrolled in a Spiritual Formation academic program. Grade Mode: C.
An introduction to theology and theological method. Scripture, including inspiration and inerrancy. God, including his attributes and triune nature. God's work of creation, including God's eternal plan, the angels, and providence. Notes: Required of M.Div. and M.A. students.Grade Mode: A.
Humanity in the image of God, including human nature, the family, and civil government. The fall and the effect of sin upon humanity. The person and work of Christ. The nature and application of salvation, including regeneration, justification, and sanctification. Notes: Required of M.Div. and M.A. students.Grade Mode: A.

The person and work of the Holy Spirit. The inception and nature of the church, both as a living organism and an organization, its function, ordinances, and mission. The broad kingdom purpose of God, including Christ's second coming, the millennial reign of Christ, the resurrection of the dead, judgment, and the eternal state. Notes: Required of M.Div. and M.A. students. Grade Mode: A.


Online Courses

The following courses are available through an online/hybrid format:

A study of principles or sound interpretation and application of the Bible, including analysis of presuppositions, general rules and specialized principles for the various biblical genre and phenomena and the development of an exegetical method. Notes: Required of M.Div. and M.A. students. Grade Mode: A.

A broad survey of the Old Testament books, including selected introductory and critical issues, relevant background, major themes and divisions, and crucial problems. Notes: Required of M.Div. and M.A. students. Grade Mode: A.

A general overview of the New Testament books, including selected introductory and critical issues, relevant background, major themes and divisions, and crucial problems. Notes: Required of M.Div. and M.A. students. Grade Mode: A.

History of the church from the Apostolic Fathers to the eve of the Reformation with an emphasis on the development of doctrine. Discussion of key thinkers, such as Origen, Tertullian, Augustine, Anselm, Aquinas and Scotus. Notes: Required of M.A. (Theology) students. May not be substituted for TTHT 514. Grade Mode: A.
History of the church from the Reformation to the present with an emphasis on the key Continental and English Reformers, including Zwingli, Luther and Calvin. Discussion of the counter-Reformation, Protestant scholasticism, the Enlightenment, and important theological developments in the modern era. Opportunity is given for students to study the polity and history of their own denomination. Notes: Required of M.A. (Theology) students. May not be substituted for TTHT 514.Grade Mode: A.
History of the church from the apostolic Fathers to the modern era with an emphasis on the development of doctrine. Highlights key thinkers in the patristic, medieval, Reformation and modern eras. Notes: Required of M.Div. students. May not be substituted for either TTHT 505 or TTHT 506. Grade Mode: A.
An introductory study of the basic elements of New Testament Greek. Translation of portions of the New Testament in the second semester. Designed for students who have not completed a full sequence of beginning Greek courses. Notes: Not for credit in the M.Div. or M.A.C.M.L. (Preaching and Pastoral Ministry) programs unless the student takes it in place of elective credits. Grade Mode: A.
An introductory study of the basic elements of New Testament Greek. Translation of portions of the New Testament in the second semester. Designed for students who have not completed a full sequence of beginning Greek courses. Notes: Not for credit in the M.Div. or M.A.C.M.L. (Preaching and Pastoral Ministry) programs unless the student takes it in place of elective credits. Grade Mode: A.
Introductory study of the nature of spiritual theology and formation, which attempts to understand the nature of new life in Christ, the process of formation in the Spirit and the directives for cooperating with His work. Attention is given to the implications of Spiritual Theology for seminary training and classroom experience. Particular attention is given to understanding the implications of life in Christ regarding guilt, shame and legalism as well as the New Covenant ministry of the Spirit in transforming the heart in light of the dynamics of original sin, early relational development and the habits of sin developed over time. Attention is also given to developmental spirituality, how the Spirit transforms the heart over time and how this affects ministries of teaching, preaching and discipleship in the church. Notes: Required of all Talbot students not in a Spiritual Formation academic program. A retreat will be introduced and required. This course will include a cohort group of no more than 15 students who explore the course content as well as the student's own life and growth within community. Required in the students' first semester at Talbot. Only students in the Talbot M.Div. program with a specialization in Messianic Jewish Studies (Feinberg Extension) are eligible to take this course for 2 credits. Grade Mode: A, N.

Anthropology

A study of specific cultural areas with an emphasis on customs and social structures, religions, arts and history. Notes: May be taken multiple times for credit with different course content. Grade Mode: A.
Cross-cultural study of the basic human groups of family, kin and community, examining marriage patterns and gender roles within families. Grade Mode: A.
The study of economic and social relations as they impact human values, with emphasis on analytic tools for comparative research and cross-cultural comparisons. Grade Mode: A.
Consideration of topics not regularly scheduled by faculty. Notes: May be taken multiple times for credit with different content. Course offered upon faculty availability and sufficient student interest.Grade Mode: A.
Study of man, culture and environment with special emphasis on the manner in which their relationship with one another is affected by change agents. Grade Mode: A.
Examination of the manner in which people in culture organize human relationships, allocate power, distribute labor, and work to sustain the well-being of the society. Grade Mode: A.
The study of how cultures change, the dynamics and processes of change, the place of change agents and the speed and intensity of change. Implications of such processes are examined in social, political, economic and religious aspects of society. Grade Mode: A.
Exploration of the cross-cultural transition process, focusing upon healthy adjustment as a sojourner in a new culture. Attention given to understanding and applying grace to oneself and others, discerning cultural values, conflict styles, social stratification and celebration. Grade Mode: A.
The distinctive features of the historical ethnic religions, with special emphasis on their comparison and encounter with Christianity and their bearings upon missionary strategies. Grade Mode: A.

Applied Linguistics

Introduction to basic concepts in the scientific study of language, major areas of linguistic analysis, and several subareas of the field, including language in society. Material from English and a variety of other languages is used to provide a broad perspective. Notes: Prerequisite for graduate courses in Applied Linguistics for program majors. May be taken concurrently with other ISAL courses. Grade Mode: A.
Introduction to the patterns, regularities, and rule-governed alterations in grammar whereby words are organized into phrases, clauses, and sentences. Grade Mode: A.
Study of meaning systems in language and how meaning is conveyed in linguistic and social contexts. Grade Mode: A.
An introduction to the principles and problems of cross-language and crosscultural communication with special emphasis on translating the Bible into indigenous languages. Grade Mode: A.
Overview of the relationship between language and society. Topics covered include language and culture, language and social change, ethnicity, language contact, language policy, and ethnography of communication. Grade Mode: A.
Examination of language beyond the sentence level. Covers the analysis of oral and written secular and sacred texts within their social or literary contexts. Grade Mode: A.
In-depth treatment of program planning and evaluation, using appropriate qualitative and quantitative assessment instruments. Case studies of applied linguistic research will also be examined. Grade Mode: A.
Topics are listed in the class schedule each semester. Course may be twice for credit with a different topic. Titles offered include: Translation Advising and Corpus Linguistics. Grade Mode: A.

Church Planting

Exploration of the cross-cultural transition process, focusing upon healthy adjustment as a sojourner in a new culture. Attention given to understanding and applying grace to oneself and others, discerning cultural values, conflict styles, social stratification and celebration. Grade Mode: A.
The nature of Christian outreach; a study of principles, history, and methodology of worldwide missions. Notes: Required of M.Div. students. Grade Mode: A.
The distinctive features of the historical ethnic religions, with special emphasis on their comparison and encounter with Christianity and their bearings upon missionary strategies. Grade Mode: A.
Explores cross-cultural issues in evangelism and church planting through the use of case studies, simulation exercises, readings and lectures. The class considers evangelistic strategies that build on a firm foundation for the gospel and assimilate new believers effectively. Grade Mode: A.
Exploration of the foundational issues related to cross-cultural church multiplication. A holistic approach (through teams) that is designed to empower nationals to minister immediately, responsibly and continually, along with personal investigation of spiritual gifts, skills and life experience. Grade Mode: A.
A survey and analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of various church planting models and strategies used around the world. Identifies key factors which the church planter can implement in a context specific, phase-out oriented church planting strategy. Grade Mode: A.
A basic understanding of church growth concepts as related both to the local congregations and to the task of worldwide evangelization, with due emphasis on the church growth school of thought. Grade Mode: A.
A review of literature that traces the spread and development of Christianity as a world movement, from Pentecost to the modern era. Special attention is given to the kind(s) of Christianity that spread; the process(es) by which it spread; the effect Christianity had on the socio-cultural/political environment(s); and the effect environment had on Christianity and its subsequent development. Grade Mode: A.
This study moves beyond the classroom to actual urban church plants in the greater L.A. area. Visits and dialogues provide practical ways pastors, lay people, parachurch people and missionaries prepare themselves and their congregations for intentional church planting in ethnically diverse communities. Grade Mode: A.
An investigation and demonstration of the narrative/story genre in teaching and curricula design. Students participate in story telling, design a seminar on story telling, and develop a series of culturally relevant lessons using narrative medium in areas such as business, community development, evangelism, leadership and followership development, ESL, drama, counseling, church planting. Grade Mode: A.
Cross-cultural study of leadership including diverse patterns of authority, legitimacy, public support, leadership recruitment, and training as they affect communication, church growth and development worldwide. Grade Mode: A.

Cross-cultural Education

Exploration of the cross-cultural transition process, focusing upon healthy adjustment as a sojourner in a new culture. Attention given to understanding and applying grace to oneself and others, discerning cultural values, conflict styles, social stratification and celebration. Grade Mode: A.
The nature of Christian outreach; a study of principles, history, and methodology of worldwide missions. Notes: Required of M.Div. students. Grade Mode: A.
Experiential approach to crosscultural differences in the classroom as they affect teaching and learning. Focus of attention is primarily the United States. Grade Mode: A.
This course examines theories and issues related to intercultural communication, including principles and processes of communicating from one culture to another, and it identifies strategies for effective interaction among members of different cultures. Grade Mode: A.
An investigation and demonstration of the narrative/story genre in teaching and curricula design. Students participate in story telling, design a seminar on story telling, and develop a series of culturally relevant lessons using narrative medium in areas such as business, community development, evangelism, leadership and followership development, ESL, drama, counseling, church planting. Grade Mode: A.

Linguistics and Biblical Languages

Introduction to basic concepts in the scientific study of language, major areas of linguistic analysis, and several subareas of the field, including language in society. Material from English and a variety of other languages is used to provide a broad perspective. Notes: Prerequisite for graduate courses in Applied Linguistics for program majors. May be taken concurrently with other ISAL courses. Grade Mode: A.
The study of the articulation, classification, discrimination, production, and transcription of speech sounds. The focus is on a wide range of sounds found in the world's languages. Grade Mode: A.
Introduction to the systematic arrangements and rules by which languages organize and alter their speech sounds. Grade Mode: A.
Introduction to the patterns, regularities, and rule-governed alterations in grammar whereby words are organized into phrases, clauses, and sentences. Grade Mode: A.
Study of meaning systems in language and how meaning is conveyed in linguistic and social contexts. Grade Mode: A.
An introduction to the principles and problems of cross-language and crosscultural communication with special emphasis on translating the Bible into indigenous languages. Grade Mode: A.
Examination of language beyond the sentence level. Covers the analysis of oral and written secular and sacred texts within their social or literary contexts. Grade Mode: A.
In-depth application of a broad range of linguistic principles to the exegesis of biblical passages in the original languages. Specific topics may vary, depending on class interest. This is the capstone course for the M.A. Linguistics and Biblical Languages, and will assimilate the content of the various courses in the degree. Grade Mode: A.

Missiology

The nature of Christian outreach; a study of principles, history, and methodology of worldwide missions. Notes: Required of M.Div. students. Grade Mode: A.
An overview and critique of the different theologies of mission advocated by various branches of the Church beginning with Edinburgh 1910 to the liberation theology debate of our day. Grade Mode: A.
Designed to integrate principles of cross-cultural communication and theology and strategy of missions within a total conceptual framework to aid the local church in mission involvement. Grade Mode: A.
Reviews the historical and contemporary worldview beliefs in the existence and activity of spiritual beings or forces often encountered by the cross-cultural worker. A theology of spirits is developed to help establish theoretical and practical guidelines for appropriate understanding of and response to spiritual beliefs and potential conflicts encountered in various cross- cultural setting. Grade Mode: A.
A multi-disciplinary examination of the leading practices of, and contemporary interest in deliverance ministries, inner-healing prayer therapies, Satanism, dissociative identity disorders, recovered memories and ritual abuse. Grade Mode: A.
Reading and research in selected areas/issues in world missions. Notes: Elective. Grade Mode: A.
A review of literature that traces the spread and development of Christianity as a world movement, from Pentecost to the modern era. Special attention is given to the kind(s) of Christianity that spread; the process(es) by which it spread; the effect Christianity had on the socio-cultural/political environment(s); and the effect environment had on Christianity and its subsequent development. Grade Mode: A.
Anthropological approach to Christian theologizing; interrelationships between supracultural Christianity and human cultures. Focus on conversion, revelation, communication, transformation, indigenity and other related topics. Grade Mode: A.
The application of crosscultural communication principles to the study of theology, critique and evaluation of such theologies and the design and implementation of culture specific theologies for various cultures. Grade Mode: A.
This course will focus on the historical, cultural and theological content leading the student toward mastery of the book of Acts. This will be followed by a discussion of cogent missiological themes, such as evangelism, power encounter, contextualization and the supernatural in missions. Grade Mode: A.
A study of the Biblical, cultural and biological approaches to the study of morality and ethics focusing on the claims for a universal or absolute standard by which crosscultural ethics can be evaluated. Grade Mode: A.

Urban/Multiethnic

Exploration of the cross-cultural transition process, focusing upon healthy adjustment as a sojourner in a new culture. Attention given to understanding and applying grace to oneself and others, discerning cultural values, conflict styles, social stratification and celebration. Grade Mode: A.
A study of non-Caucasian ethnic groups in the light of their historical and socio-cultural background. Practical field experience in an ethnic community. Grade Mode: A.
May be taken multiple times for credit with different focus. Topics include: Juvenile Delinquency, Deviant Behavior, Social Problems, Alcohol and Substance Abuse. Grade Mode: A.
The use of social science techniques to learn about the people, needs and opportunities for evangelism in the city. Grade Mode: A.
Explores the unfolding meaning of global civilization from historical, biblical, cultural and strategic perspectives taking into account spiritual dynamics and worldview issues. Grade Mode: A.
Examines contemporary concerns of inhabitants in the city for justice, employment, housing and education. Special emphasis is given to developing strategies to empower residents of the city. Grade Mode: A.
Reading and research in selected areas/issues in world missions. Notes: Elective. Grade Mode: A.
An investigation and demonstration of the narrative/story genre in teaching and curricula design. Students participate in story telling, design a seminar on story telling, and develop a series of culturally relevant lessons using narrative medium in areas such as business, community development, evangelism, leadership and followership development, ESL, drama, counseling, church planting. Grade Mode: A.