Religion courses

CEY210 - Foundational Issues in Christian Education
An introduction to critical foundational issues underpinning the disciplineand practice of Christian education. These issues include the philosophical,biblical, theological and developmental theories related to education in thelocal church. The course will also examine different theories concerning thepractice of CE. The course is designed to help the student design ministrypractice that is most appropriate to particular situations and that isrooted in good theory and relevant to the contemporary Church. (4 credits)
CEY212 - Foundational Issues in Youth Ministry
This course will ground students in the concepts, issues and contexts whichare foundational for the study of ministry with adolescents. This coursewill deepen and broaden current understandings of ?youth ministry? bydeveloping a student?s biblical, theological, philosophical, and theoreticalbasis for work with the next generation of the church. Using the two basiccategories of adolescent culture and adolescent ministry, this course willexamine contemporary adolescent culture(s) and will assist students ininvestigating and evaluating their own experience of adolescence, as well asvarious models of ministry to and with adolescents, both within and outsidethe church. (4 credits)
CEY310 - Leadership Development
The course focuses on developing a leadership style that facilitatespersonal and community spiritual development and reflects a biblicalunderstanding of servant leadership. The purpose is to develop a leadershipstyle that empowers others to engage in ministry in the midst of the churchand the world. Prerequisite: Must be sophomore standing or higher. (2 credits; non-yearly,consult department)
CEY315 - Philosophy of Adolescent Ministry
An investigation and formulation of a philosophy of ministry to and withadolescents. Various theoretical issues will be examined which will informand assist students in the development of a philosophy which is biblicallygrounded, developmentally sensitive, culturally relevant, and theologicallycontextualized to the world of contemporary adolescence. Prerequisite: CEY212 and junior or senior class standing.(4 credits; alternate years, consult department)
CEY320 - Teaching and Learning Strategies
The purpose of this course is to train students to teach Bible effectivelyin small group settings. The student is exposed to both the theory andpractice of teaching and learning theories. Half the class is devoted topracticum in teaching. Prerequisites: CEY210 and REL328WI. (4 credits; non-yearly, consultdepartment)
CEY330 - Special Topics in CE/YM
This course provides an opportunity to focus on different topics in a morespecific and in-depth way. The topics will relate to contemporary issues ineither Christian education or youth ministry and adolescent studies. (2 or 4credits; non-yearly, consult department)
CEY380 - Narrative and Spiritual Formation
A study of narrative, both personal and biblical, with the intent ofunderstanding the power and potential of narrative for both learning andspiritual formation across the age span. The course will include both theoryof narrative and practical elements of storytelling. Prerequisite: junior or senior class standing. (2 credits; non-yearly, consult department)
CEY398 - Directed Study
CEY401 - Integrated Field Experience I
The focus of CEY401 and CEY402 is intentional exposure to various aspects ofpractical ministry in either Christian education or youth ministry in alocal church or para-church organization, for two consecutive semesters. Thepractical experience must be under supervision of an on-site supervisor andthe professor of Christian Education. Weekly seminars for discussion andreflection on ministry and preparation for the writing of a major paper onthe philosophy of ministry are conducted on campus. Prerequisites: Senior class standing and permission of instructor. (2 credits)
CEY402 - Integrated Field Experience II
The focus of CEY401 and CEY402 is intentional exposure to various aspects ofpractical ministry in either Christian education or youth ministry in alocal church or para-church organization, for two consecutive semesters. Thepractical experience must be under supervision of an on-site supervisor andthe professor of Christian Education. Weekly seminars for discussion andreflection on ministry and preparation for the writing of a major paper onthe philosophy of ministry are conducted on campus. Prerequisites: senior class standing and permission of instructor. (2 credits)
CEY417 - Internship
(2 credits may apply toward the major)
CEY499 - Honors Research
GRE101 - Elementary Biblical Greek and Culture
This course will focus on learning the basics of koine Greek grammar and vocabulary as well as the cultural backgrounds of the New Testament writings. Readings and translation will focus on the Gospel and Letters of John. The New Testament writings will be examined in light of their social-historical and literary settings within Hellenistic Judaism and the broader Greco-Roman world.(4 credits, alternate years, consult department)
GRE102LA - Elementary Biblical Greek and Culture
(4 credits, alternate years, consult department)(IGE option under Language and Culture) This course (a continuation of Greek 101) will focus on learning the basics of koine Greek grammar and vocabulary as well as the cultural backgrounds of the New Testament writings. Readings and translation will focus on the Gospel and Letters of John. The New Testament writings will be examined in light of their social-historical and literary settings within Hellenistic Judaism and the broader Greco-Roman world. Prerequisite: GRE101.
GRE201 - Intermediate Biblical Greek and Culture
This course is designed to facilitate the acquisition and retention of Greekgrammatical, exegetical, and interpretive skills through the reading ofancient Greek texts. Primary focus will be on the Gospel of Mark and itscontext. Prerequisite: GRE102LA. (1 credit; alternate years, consult department)
GRE202 - Intermediate Biblical Greek and Culture
This course is designed to facilitate the acquisition and retention of Greekgrammatical, exegetical, and interpretive skills through the reading ofancient Greek texts. Primary focus will be on the Letters of Paul andselections from other Greco-Roman authors. Students will also be introducedto the sub-discipline of Textual Criticism. Prerequisite: GRE201. (1 credit; alternate years, consult department)
HEB101 - Elementary Biblical Hebrew and Culture
This course will focus on learning the basics of biblical Hebrew (vocabulary and grammar) and the cultural and linguistic backgrounds of the Old Testament. Readings from the different types of literature in the Hebrew Bible will be incorporated into the course work. The Old Testament writings will be studied against the historical and social backgrounds of the ancient Near East.(4 credits, alternate years, consult department)
HEB102LA - Elementary Biblical Hebrew and Culture
(4 credits; alternate years, consult department)(IGE option under Languageand Culture) This course will build on the foundation laid in Hebrew 101 by equippingstudents to grasp the basics of biblical Hebrew grammar in light of itscultural and linguistic background. Readings from the different types ofliterature in the Hebrew Bible will be incorporated into the coursework asstudents develop confidence in speaking Hebrew and interpreting thesewritings. As a course that satisfies the IGE Language and Culturerequirement, students will also explore what it means to read biblicalHebrew with sensitivity toward scholarship, culture, and faith. Prerequisite: HEB101.
REL150 - Christian Story I: Biblical Tradition
This course presents an overview of and orientation to the Bible, focusingon its content, character, role in the Christian faith, and covenant themesof creation, fall, redemption, and new creation. This course begins thedevelopment of theological thinking for academic study in the liberal artsand equips students for the task of integrating faith and learning in theiracademic work. Students should complete this course by the end of theirsecond semester. (4 credits) Note: Does not count toward a religion major or minor.
REL210 - Christian Spirituality
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REL250 - Christian Story II: Theological Tradition
This course presents an overview and orientation to Christian theologyfocusing on its formation, content, role in the Christian faith throughoutChurch history, and its interpretation of key biblical subjects such as God,Christ, creation, sin, redemption, church, and new creation. This coursecompletes the Christian Story sequence and prepares students for a lifetimeof critical thinking and faithful living from a biblical-theologicalperspective. Students should complete this course by the end of their fourthsemester. Note: Does not count toward a religion major or minor. Prerequisite: REL150. (4 credits)
REL260 - Christian Ethics
A biblically based, theologically and historically informed study of both personal and social moral issues from a Christian perspective. (2 credits, offered at the discretion of the department, consult department)
REL280 - History of Christianity
A survey of the development of Christianity from the apostolic period to the contemporary world. Themes examined will include the separation of Church and Synagogue, Christianity in the Roman Empire, ecumenical councils, missionary expansion of the church in Europe and Asia, monasticism, the church in the High Middle Ages, the Protestant and Catholic Reformations, Confessionalism and the Wars of Religion, Puritanism, Pietism, The Enlightenment, Christianity and European Colonialism, Revivalism, Modernism and Evangelicalism, modern missionary expansion, the ecumenical movement, and Christianity as a global religion. (4 credits)
REL290 - Christian Witness and Community Development
An examination of Christian witness as verbal proclamation (evangelism), as reasoned response (apologetics), as a distinctive lifestyle and as the practice of social justice. Prerequisite: REL262 (4 credits)
REL294 - Introduction to Christian Missions
A general overview of the biblical foundations and historical evolution of Christian mission, with special emphasis upon the modern development of mission theory and practice.Prerequisite: REL262(2 credits)
REL295 - Intercultural Communication
Christian ministry and mission is essentially an ongoing process ofinteracting effectively with others in ways appropriate to one's message andglobal/local contexts. By providing a progressively integrated understandingof intercultural issues, this course will enable students to applyprinciples of communication through their particular vocation or ministry sothat they connect theory with models and practice to appropriatelycommunicate the Gospel message across cultures and micro-cultures. (2credits)
REL310 - Christian Spirituality
(2 credits)A study of the meaning, purpose and practices of Christian spirituality asthis has been understood in the Christian tradition. The course emphasizesthe practice of spiritual disciplines and the relevance of spirituality inour contemporary world.Prerequisite: REL250.
REL317 - Topics in Old Testament Studies
A study of a single book or larger section of the Old Testament or a current area of critical inquiry concerning the Old Testament. Possible topics include, but are not limited to, the Pentateuch, the Historical Writings, the Prophets, and the Poetic and Wisdom books.Prerequisites: REL110 and sophomore class standing.(2 credits)
REL322 - Topics in New Testament Studies
A study of a single book or larger section of the New Testament or a current area of critical inquiry concerning the New Testament. Possible topics include the Synoptic Gospels, the Book of Acts, the Johannine Literature, the Epistolary Literature, the Apocalypse.Prerequisite: REL110 and sophomore class standing.(2 credits)
REL328WI - Biblical Interpretation and Theology
(Writing intensive) An examination of the past and present methods and proposals for BiblicalInterpretation and Biblical Theology. The course will analyze and critiquevarious models for hermeneutics and theological interpretation and alsoassist students in constructing exegetical methods that are biblicallybased, theologically informed and culturally relevant. In this WritingIntensive course for Religion and CE/YM majors, students will developresearch and writing skills that will benefit them in a variety ofvocational paths within the field of religion. Prerequisite: REL150. (4 credits)
REL340 - Heart of Worship
(2 credits, alternate years, consult department) A study of an interdisciplinary area of religion, not sufficiently covered by other courses, in response to student or faculty interests. This course will explore Christian worship: its history and branches, its underlying liturgical and sacramental theology, and principles and practices of worship leadership. Students are encouraged to connect their own worshipping experiences with course content in order to understand why their congregations came to worship as they do.
REL345 - Theology of Worship
(2 credits, alternate years, consult department) A biblical, historical, and theological study of Christian worship from classical and contemporary perspectives. This course fulfills a requirement in the Worship Arts Major and complements the introduction to the elements and experience of worship in the Art of Worship course.Prerequisite: REL250.
REL370 - Calvin and Calvinism
A study of John Calvin's INSTITUTES OF THE CHRISTIAN RELIGION, as well as a survey of other varieties of Reformed theology, including later Calvinism. Prerequisite: REL262 (4 credits, alternate years, consult department)
REL375 - Topics in Theology
A study of one or more standard areas of theology, (such as the doctrines of Revelation, God, Christ, the Holy Spirit, Humanity, Salvation, the Church, and Last Things) from a classical as well as a contemporary perspective.Prerequisites: REL110 and 262.(4 credits, alternate years, consult department)
REL382 - Religion in America
Focusing on the Christian tradition, this course will examine the individual, institutions, movements and faith traditions which have shaped and contributed to the American religious experience. To understand both the variety of and unity within the pluralist religious landscape, the course will seek to evaluate the interrelationship between religion and the broader social, cultural and political aspects of the American experience.(4 credits)
REL384 - Topics in the History of Christianity
A historical study of a religious group, theological movement or important leader in the history of the Christian church.(2 credits, offered on demand or discretion of department, consult department)
REL385 - Topics in Religion
A study of an interdisciplinary area of religion, not sufficiently covered by other courses, in response to student or faculty interests.Prerequisite: REL262 or permission of instructor.(2-4 credits, alternate years, consult department)
REL390 - World Religions
The major religions of India, East Asia and the Middle East are examined in the light of the Christian faith. This course emphasizes the interaction of religion and culture with a view to cross-cultural understanding. In-depth research into a specific culture and religion is required.(4 credits)
REL390CC - World Religions
(4 credits)(NWCore option under Cross-Cultural Engagement) The major religionsof the world are examined in the light of Christian faith. This courseemphasizes the interaction of religion and culture with a view tocross-cultural understanding. In-depth research into a specific topicrelated to world religions is required.
REL392 - Topics in Missiology
A topical and selective study of major missiological themes, permitting students to read and reflect intensively upon the nature and challenge of Christian mission. Topics will vary from year to year. Sample topics might include Religious Conversion, The Finality of Christ in a Pluralistic World, Interfaith Dialogue, Contextualization, Women in Mission Yesterday and Today.Prerequisite: REL294 or permission of instructor.(4 credits, alternate years, consult department)
REL398 - Directed Study
REL417 - Internship
(2 credits may apply toward the major)
REL420 - Topics in Christian Community Development
This is an interdisciplinary course that will analyze a major topic inChristian community development related to relocation, reconciliation andredistribution. There will be significant biblical and theological contentintegrated with the given topic. A service learning component, consisting ofat least 20 hours of student engagement in meeting an identified communityneed, is required. Students will integrate course materials and variousdisciplines with their service learning and any past Christian communitydevelopment experiences. Students will also explore questions and issuesraised in this area. This course features the writing and presentation of amajor integration paper, discussions, analysis and critique of research. Prerequisites: REL290 and senior class standing. (4 credits)
REL472 - Senior Seminar in Religion
A research seminar in which students will explore contemporary questions and issues in light of the Christian religious and theological tradition. Features the writing and presentation of a major paper, discussions, analysis and critique of research. Prerequisites:REL110, 262 and senior class standing. (4 credits)
REL499 - Honors Research
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