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SOCIAL JUSTICE & GLOBAL DEVELOPMENT

This program is designed to deepen student’s biblical knowledge, teach practical ministry principles, and prepare graduates for a lifelong calling in ministry. The major also challenges students to think theological and understand the process and stages of spiritual development; as well as equip them to respond to issues facing today’s Church and society.

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LOWER DIVISION

JUS100 – Theology of Compassion & Justice - 3 credits 

This course establishes a biblical foundation for social justice and compassion, from Genesis to Revelation. Students will study the heroes of justice and compassion in scripture and through history. JUS100 also provides grounding for understanding the connection between spiritual formation and justice, and the necessity of doing justice and compassion today and being voices for change.

GLD100 – Global Community Development - 3 credits 

Students will explore the relationships and how to understand cultures in ways that create change in people and communities, igniting change on the local, societal, and national levels. Macro and micro-development perspectives provide strategies that are vital in understanding Christ’s message to the world regarding global development and justice.

 

CHM100  – Neighbors & Nations - 3 credits

This course is designed to help students develop the confidence to live out their spiritual purpose with eternal impact. Students will be exposed to tools and techniques that will equip them to: 1) FIND the people with least access to Jesus 2) enter their world WELL, and 3) OFFER spiritual hope in a way they can receive it.
 

JUS200 – Justice & Race - 3 credits 

Explores the concepts of social justice, conflict and social change and examines the ways in which political, economic, media, education, and other institutions create challenges and racial disparities/oppression. Students will use historical documents, news reports, films, documentaries, and selected literature from various countries to approach the topic.
 

GLD200 – International Disaster Relief & Compassion Projects - 3 credits

This course presents the foundational principles and skills necessary to conduct services for the four phases of disasters: Preparation, Mitigation, Response, and Recovery, in the context of international response.
 

GLD210 – Cross-Cultural Communication & Anthropology - 3 credits 

In this course, students discover the world-views of others and unmask their own cultural values as they learn to do ethnographic field research; they understand the world-views and cultural cues of others, and learn to value them — while unmask their own cultural biases. 

 

JUS210 – Children & Youth in Crisis - 3 credits 

Students learn about various types of crisis and their impact through the lens of a child, as well as foundational elements of ethical and legal considerations when working with children. 

GLD220 – Missiology & Introduction to Missional Theology - 3 credits 

A study of the centrality of God’s redemptive acts on behalf of people of all nations. The study introduces, enhances, and assists the student in understanding the mission of God as God’s grand plan to reach the nations of the world through the church. The ultimate purpose of the course is to help the students come to an understanding of God’s invitation to join him in reaching the unreached people of the world. The study introduces, enhances, and assists the student in understanding the mission of God as God’s grand plan to reach the nations.

UPPER DIVISION

GLD300 – Global Health - 3 credits

This course helps students to understand the impact upon personal health from providing disaster relief services. Students also explore and evaluate techniques that provide caregiver support. The class will focus on the following global health issues: infectious and chronic diseases, pre-natal and infant health, and immigrant and refugee health issues.

GLD310 – Social Entrepreneurship - 3 credits

Social Entrepreneurship examines the practice of identifying, starting and growing successful mission-driven, for-profit and nonprofit organizations, that strive to advance social change through innovative solutions to affect change in varying areas; including poverty alleviation, energy, health and sustainability.  Students will learn to think strategically and act opportunistically with a socially and Biblically-conscious business mindset.

JUS320 – Prison Reform & Equal Justice Initiatives - 3 credits

Students will discover the impact and efficacy of mass incarceration, racial disparity, mandatory sentences, long sentences, drug offenders, police brutality, bail reform, and immigration policies. Students will research the historical context of these policies and how they are used in current debates over prison and immigration reform. Students will also learn practical methods for advocating for and securing the freedom of prisoners in global settings. 

 

JUS330 – The Poor & Oppressed - 3 credits

Students review the existence of and consideration for those who are poor and suffering in both domestic and international settings. Multiple views are presented, including political, social, geographical, climatic, biblical, and religious. Various solutions are examined, including historical and contemporary, with an emphasis on programs’ motivation and effectiveness. Approaching strategies from a community-based approach is a special focus of this course.

JUS400 – Ending Human Trafficking - 3 credits

Human Trafficking is a course designed to help students gain a better understanding of modern-day human trafficking and slavery. Through this course, students will learn terminology for this field, the different methods of human trafficking and an understanding of the scope of the problem, both domestically and globally. Students will learn the three aspects of responding to trafficking: Prevention, intervention (rescue), and restoration. 

GLD400 – Sustainability / Eco-Theology - 3 credits

Christians today need a theology, eco-theology. The goal of this class is to establish and explain the relationship between God, his creation, and the people who live in it. Sustainability is a key means of caring for our environment. Sustainability is rooted in the basic principle that everything we need for life and well-being depends, directly or indirectly, on our environment. We have a biblical obligation to care for our environment. 

 

GLD410 – Crisis Psychology & Trauma Counseling - 3 credits

Understand the foundational aspects of acute distress in both those experiencing crisis and those providing relief and support. Students are trained to identify stress symptoms and emotional suffering in order to assist as much as appropriate and then to direct individuals to qualified support specialists. Then learn practical counseling skills to walk victims through and out of their trauma. 

 

JUS410 – Refugee & Immigrant Advocacy - 3 credits

Populations of refugees and migrating groups undergo deep physiological, psychological, and economic challenges. Whether man-made or natural causes behind the disaster, those who experience these traumas are affected to varying degrees based on geography, language, age, gender, support structures, and socioeconomic dynamics.

LOWER AND UPPER DIVISION CREDITS: 45 Credits

(Students are required to 7 of the 8 lower division courses and all upper division courses)

GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

PSY100 – Psychology of Personal Development - 3 credits

This course provides students with basic knowledge of psychology in order to better understand the psychological needs of people, how to understand human behavior and how to deal with interpersonal problems while integrating Christianity and Psychology. A Biblical view of human beings, their behavior and their relationship to learning is the starting point of the course. 

PHL100 – Introduction to Philosophy - 3 credits

This study covers major areas of analytic philosophy: epistemology and metaphysics, ethics, cognitive philosophy, philosophy of language, philosophy of religion, and philosophy of the sciences. Students will be challenged to wrestle with issues of moral behavior and the nature of good and evil. 

WRI100 – College Composition - 3 credits

Critical reading and writing; emphasizes strategies of academic discourse. Discovers, organizes and develops ideas in relation to the writer's purpose, subject and audience. Emphasizes modes of written discourse and effective use of rhetorical principles.  

WRI110 – Creative Writing - 3 credits

This course is designed to challenge students to compose original forms of writing, poetry, drama and fiction. The curriculum will increase vocabulary, teach creative writing techniques, and explore major works in creative fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.

ENG200 – World Literature - 3 credits

This course introduces students to a diverse collection of literature from authors around the world. The class will include reading, analyzing, and discussing various genres of literature and is designed to provide awareness of literary elements in poetry, fiction, and drama. A thematic approach will be used, and literature will be analyzed from a Christian perspective.  

 

COM100 – Introduction to Communications - 3 credits

Develop an understanding of how communities gather, communicate, and seek a place where their relational, prophetic, and spiritual needs are met. Students will learn how to use the discernment process to develop forms of communication and practices to build relationships. Students will learn effective communication in one-on-one situations, effective small group tools, for a variety of settings. Areas for application include public speaking, mass communication, business presentations, organizational communication, intercultural communication, and rhetoric.   

MTH100 – College Algebra - 3 credits

The course is designed to develop fluency in working with linear equations including writing, graphing and solving linear equations and the use of radical and rational expressions. The course will introduce the practical application of statistical analysis, provide an introduction to geometry, congruence, symmetry, and measurement, and will cover algebraic expressions and equations and their manipulation and use in problem solving and word problems.

 

PED100 – Sports & Physical Education - 2 credits

(Students will have the choice of the following, PED101- Basketball, PED102- Soccer, PED103- Volleyball, PED104- Golf)

Introduces physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health as a global economic and cultural force. Through this course, Students will form theoretical and theological foundation for the study of Sports Ministry, develop a Christ-centered, Biblical and theological framework for their ministries, and gain a deeper understanding of how sports and Sports Ministry can change lives.

HIS100 – World Civilization - 3 credits

Designed to familiarize students with basic facts of world history, and culture and the impact and interactions of the world community., This course will examine the development of and interactions between people, states and civilizations around the world beginning with the foundations of civilization to the Renaissance.

 

HIS110 – History of Christianity - 3 credits

An introduction to early church history beginning with the desert fathers. Attention is given to the philosophies of history, a study of the early church, its officers and polity, early heresies, early church councils, early church persecution, the development of church hierarchy, monasticism, early missions, the Crusades, the reformation, and the modern global spread of Christianity. 

 

ART100 – Introduction to Art - 3 credits

Provides an introduction to the understanding, history, and enjoyment of art through the study of painting, sculpture, design, photography, and the decorative arts. Students gain an awareness of meaning, functions, and significance of art, while learning an art-related vocabulary and a set of analytical tools for discussing and understanding art from around the world.

 

MUS100 – Introduction to Music - 3 credits

An introductory course in music theory and composition, with the fundamentals of that subject. The course will also cover elements of music and media of performance in historical perspective and provide a basic background in music literature.

 

SPA101 – Spanish I - 4 credits

Students will develop a basic proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Students will acquire an intercultural understanding of Spanish-speaking countries and Latin/Hispanic communities throughout the country and the world. The focus in class is on using Spanish to exchange real-life information and ideas, and on the functional grammar and vocabulary to accomplish this.

 

SPA102 – Spanish II - 4 credits

Students will continue their development of functional proficiency in Spanish. Students will further develop their listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills through grammar and composition, as well as build upon their vocabulary. They will deepen their intercultural understanding of Spanish-speaking countries and Latin/Hispanic communities throughout the country and world. 

 

BIB100 – Old Testament Survey - 3 credits

This course is a study of the theology of the Old Testament in terms of its progressive unfolding of the truth of redemption as it finds its consummation in Jesus Christ. Topics to be covered in the course include the nature and method of biblical theology, the distinctiveness of biblical theology in contrast to systematic theology, the nature and extent of God’s covenants, and the role of the successive divine covenants with Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, David, and the new covenant. 

 

BIB110 – New Testament Survey - 3 credits

This course will focus on the Story of Redemption portrayed in the Book of John. An introductory examination of the characteristics of John’s Gospel together with an analytical and expository study of the contents of this Gospel, and an overview of the New Testament, including the gospels, the Pauline epistles, and Revelation. 

 

SPF100 – Spiritual Formation & Soul Care - 3 credits

This course focuses on how the Holy Spirit equips God’s people for service, a development of a plan for lifelong spiritual growth, and appreciation for the historic spiritual disciplines. Drawing on the fields of cognitive development and moral development, this course will focus of the process of spiritual development; how it happens in identifiable, sequential stages (i.e. James Fowler). Learners will also unpack the five aspects of the human personality—cognitive, physical, affective, moral, and relational—and discover how each contributes to our spiritual formation. 

 

TOTAL GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS: 52 Credits

GENERAL ELECTIVES: 23 Credits
(Any college level courses will fulfill general electives requirements)

TOTAL CREDITS FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE & GLOBAL DEVELOPMENT: 120 Credits