Mar 30, 2020  
2018-2019 Undergraduate Bulletin 
    
2018-2019 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Courses


All courses are offered yearly, upon sufficient demand, unless indicated otherwise. Those courses offered on an alternate-year basis have the next academic year of availability indicated by a date within parentheses immediately following the course description.

Courses may be offered in a variety of formats, including online.

Although the course generally will be offered on a regular basis, the university reserves the right to introduce or delete courses, depending on sufficient demand.

Those courses graded on a Pass/No Credit basis only are indicated by P/NC.

Institutional credit only (S/NC) does not give graduation credit but does count toward full loads.

The fourth digit in the course number indicates the number of semester credit hours.

 

Religion

  
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    RELG 3653 Urban Ministry Plunge

    3 credits
    A missional engagement course that contextualizes ministry. Note:  Additional course fee of $375 is required.
  
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    RELG 3703 History of Christian Mission

    3 credits
    A survey of the expansion of the Christian church through its missionary efforts, for the purpose of learning from the successes and failures of the past.
  
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    RELG 3713 History of The Wesleyan Church

    3 credits
    The history of Southern Wesleyan University’s sponsoring denomination, from its nineteenth-century origins to the present. Of particular interest will be the twin emphases of revival and reform as expressions of its roots in the Holiness Movement. Special attention will be given to its place in the larger story of church history in the North American context.
  
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    RELG 3753 History of Christianity

    3 credits
    A general survey of the Christian Church from the days of Christ and the apostles to the present day, dealing with great leaders, movements, and doctrines of the church.
  
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    RELG 3803 Contemporary Mission Strategies

    3 credits
    An examination of today’s missionary and today’s missionary methods, including trends and currents in modern missiology.
  
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    RELG 4003 Religion Studies

    Variable credit
    Studies of any topics in religion that meet the approval of the division chair and the dean. Offered on demand.
  
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    RELG 4013 Studies in Religion/London Experience

    3 credits
    An introduction to Christian beliefs and history with emphasis on the English Reformation and on John Wesley. The course includes reading and visits to sites in London related to these topics. Permission to register must be secured from the Director of the London Experience prior to registration.
  
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    RELG 4113 Film and Faith

    3 credits
    Explores ways to think critically about popular culture in general and films in particular. Contemporary films are analyzed for spiritual concepts and faith issues helping the student develop skills for identifying and defining a Christian worldview and values.
  
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    RELG 4203 The Ministry of Preaching

    3 credits
    A study of the sermon with special attention to the steps in construction and writing. Various types and styles of sermons are considered in relationship to preaching situations and preacher personalities.
  
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    RELG 4213 Leading in Ministry

    3 credits
    Explores biblical, theological, and interpersonal dimensions for providing leadership and administrative direction to guide churches and ministry organizations in living out their God-given missions.
  
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    RELG 4233 Ministry Caregiving

    3 credits
    An introduction to how a minister integrates care and counsel holistically from biblical, theological, philosophical, and psychological frameworks in a variety of life situations, stages, environments, and circumstances.
  
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    RELG 4463 Theology of Holiness

    3 credits
    An intensive study of the doctrine of entire sanctification and its relation to personal experience.
  
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    RELG 4551 Ministry Practicum III

    1 credit
    A three-semester program with sequential format giving practical exposure, experience and evaluation in ministry. Placement in a parish setting with a supervising minister will be followed up through a system of reporting and reflection. Prerequisites: RELG 2703 . Also must be taken in sequence and RELG 3551  and 4551 require upper division status in the Division of Religion. For Youth & Children’s Ministry concentrations, SPFD 3551 Spiritual Formation and Discipleship Practicum  substitutes for RELG 3551 .
  
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    RELG 4553 Ministry Internship

    3 credits
    Academically strong juniors and seniors who have completed or nearly completed the requirements for a ministry concentration and who have arranged for an approved placement in ministry may opt for a three-hour ministry internship experience. Prerequisite: RELG 2551 .
  
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    RELG 4556 Ministry Residency II

    6 hours
    A semester (usually Spring) residency program giving extensive practical exposure and experience to students in a ministry setting under the mentorship of skilled practitioners. Prerequisite: A cumulative 2.7 GPA must be maintained at the completion of Ministry Residency I in order for a resident student to qualify for this ministerial residency.
  
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    RELG 4903 Independent Study

    Variable credit

Research

  
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    RSCH 380L Research Laboratory

    1 credit
    An experiential course exploring the application of basic empirical/data analytic principles and procedures to understand and enhance human experience and behavior. Prerequisite or Corequisite: SEMR 2153  Information Literacy, RSCH 3803  Research Methods, and STAT 3203  Statistics. Note:  Required for all psychology majors.  Offered in spring semesters in traditional format.
  
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    RSCH 3803 Research Methods

    3 credits
    An introduction to foundational scientific-research techniques, critical-thinking, and research-analysis skills within the social sciences. Emphasis of understanding and mastering the skills necessary to be both effective consumers of and effective contributors to current research in social sciences. Offered every spring semester. Prerequisite: SEMR 2153 . Prerequisite or co-requisite: STAT 3203 .

Seminars - Interdisciplinary

  
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    SEMR 1503 Life Calling

    3 credits
    This course focuses on students developing an understanding of the concept of life calling and the discovery of one’s God-given design as a basis for this calling. Students then are led to understand how work and individual leadership is best understood from the life calling perspective. Students will evaluate values, spiritual gifts, interests, abilities, personality traits, and experience. Students will combine each component in an in-depth self-assessment paper, and will integrate this into a life and leadership plan.
  
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    SEMR 1751 SWOOP Outdoor Orientation Program

    1 credit
    The heart of the SWOOP experience is a four-day wilderness backpacking experience that will take place on the Foothills Trail. The Foothills Trail is a 77-mile trail that traverses wilderness sections of northwest South Carolina and reaches a few places into North Carolina. The section that SWOOP will cover is approximately 33 miles. Backpacking in mountains is a strenuous activity. Therefore, in order to qualify for the course, participants must be able to carry a 30-pound pack over uneven terrain. Further, participants must have medical clearance to participate (think a sports physical). Additional course fee of $300 is required.
  
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    SEMR 2001 Marriage and the Family Seminar

    1 credit
    Designed to help prepare the student for successful marriage within the Christian perspective. Includes courtship, lifestyle, problems of marriage, and strategies for Christian parenting. SOSC 2103  may be substituted for this requirement. Prerequisites: Writing competency and sophomore status.
  
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    SEMR 2021 Natural Science Cornerstone Seminar

    1 credit
    An introductory seminar for natural science majors dealing with the use of the library, scientific methods and goals of research, integration of faith and science, philosophical aspects and limitations of science, and vocational options for the scientist. P/NC.  Offered primarily for freshman biology and chemistry majors.
  
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    SEMR 2051 Scientific Literacy

    1 credit
    A required course in which students learn to write for scientific “publications” and labs, and learn to critique scientific literature appropriately.  Corequisite: This course should be taken with BIOL 3254, BIOL 3454, or BIOL 3504, whichever class is taken first.  Chemistry majors and Environmental Science majors should consult their advisor as to when to take this course if the student does not plan to take one of the courses listed above.
  
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    SEMR 2153 Information Literacy

    3 credits
    This course aims to familiarize students with the basic principles of research writing in APA format. Students will also be introduced to online databases and peer reviewed journals. Basic statistical principles such as reliability, validity, standard deviation, correlation, etc. will be previewed.
  
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    SEMR 2201 Wilderness and Spirituality

    1 credit
    A discussion and experience-based course to examine the historical and current roles of wilderness in spiritual formation. Among other things, students will be expected to spend time alone in wilderness settings and keep a journal reflecting their experiences.
  
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    SEMR 2301 Sustainability

    1 credit
    An exploration of principles, concepts, and philosophies inherent to the study of sustainability in the 21st century. Topics will include ecological health, economic welfare, inter-generational responsibility, and social justice.
  
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    SEMR 2323 Foundations for Success

    3 credits
    This course provides a welcoming, supportive environment for students to learn to manage the responsibilities and challenges of college life, including higher-level learning, self-regulation, community-building strategies, spiritual growth, and life purpose. As members of a Christ-centered learning community, students will explore academic vocabulary, educational technology, critical thinking, information literacy, financial control, test-taking, problem-solving, time management, and university expectations and resources. 


    Note:  All students who are admitted or re-admitted with conditional admission status and/or have earned less than 30 college-level course credits upon admission or readmission to SWU must enroll in SEMR 2323 or HNRS 2323.  Transfer students who are admitted with regular admission status and have earned a minimum of 30 college-level course credits upon acceptance or re-acceptance to SWU may be exempt from SEMR 2323.  Withdrawal from SEMR 2323 is not permitted until after the last day to drop without record, and a withdrawal from the course must be completed before the last day to withdraw from a course with a grade of “W.”  Students must first consult both their advisor and the instructor before withdrawing from this course.

  
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    SEMR 3171 Christian Lifestyle and Values

    1 credit
    A seminar in “applied Christianity” which addresses the question of Ezekiel 33:10–“How should we then live?” Biblical principles will be translated into the cultural context of today and related to moral decision-making. Prerequisite: Junior status.
  
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    SEMR 3181 Leadership Development

    1 credit
    Introduces students to the study of leadership from both a theoretical and practical perspective. Students will assess their current leadership behaviors, discover their leadership strengths and identify areas for improvement.
  
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    SEMR 3201 Introduction to GIS

    1 credit
    An introduction to the science and practice of geographic information systems (GIS). Content will focus on becoming familiar with GIS software and the practical application of principles and concepts of GIS to solve real-world problems in the context of conservation biology and natural resource management.
  
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    SEMR 3301 Environmental Law and Policy

    1 credit
    An introductory course focusing on key federal environmental laws, environmental policies, and regulatory structures in the United States. Topics will include property law, roots of environmental law, and analytical frameworks of use in understanding environmental law and policy. Case studies will be used heavily.
  
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    SEMR 4001 Study in Contemporary Issues

    1 credit
    Student designed independent-learning project developed around a faculty-approved contemporary issue with interdisciplinary implications. A final research-based paper is required. May be taken up to two times for credit if a different issue is investigated each time.
  
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    SEMR 4501 Natural Science Capstone Seminar

    1 credit
    Study of concepts relating to the history and philosophy of science as they relate to various components and disciplines of science. It involves presenting scientific information in oral and written forms. The course also involves the completion of a final science comprehensive oral exam and the required final-assessment instrument (Major Field Test or equivalent). P/NC.  Offered primarily for senior biology and chemistry majors.

Social Sciences

  
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    SOSC 1003 Introduction to Sociology

    3 credits
    A general survey of sociological concepts aiming at a basic understanding of modern society and its complexities. Culture, society, and personality are studied within the framework of social institutions.
  
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    SOSC 2003 Cultural Anthropology

    3 credits
    An introduction to the cultural and social aspects of human behavior and a comparison of cultures.
  
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    SOSC 2053 Foundational Issues in Human Services

    3 credits
    This course focuses on the history of the development of the human-services sector and the political, economic, organizational, and social factors that currently affect it. Special attention is given to Christian involvement in human services and the role of faith-based social service agencies in American society.
  
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    SOSC 2103 Sex, Courtship, and Marriage

    3 credits
    A seminar studying the changing courtship and marriage patterns in America. Topics include changing sexual mores, open marriage, family planning, abortion, and divorce. Presents the traditional Christian view of marriage as a preferred alternative in contemporary society. Prerequisite: ENGL 1013 , permission of the instructor.
  
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    SOSC 2123 Race and Ethnic Relations

    3 credits
    The course provides a sociological, anthropological and historical perspective on intergroup relations between different racial and ethnic groups. Cultural, structural and power issues involved in the perpetuation of inequality are explored. Additionally, the course helps students develop a theology of ethnicity and a Christian response to racism.
  
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    SOSC 2203 Introduction to U.S. Government

    3 credits
    The constitution, American federalism, and political behavior. Includes analysis of the legislative, executive, and judicial functions of American central, state, and local governments.
  
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    SOSC 2513 Family Studies

    3 credits
    The family as a Christian institution. Analysis of the changing American family, the family in relation to personality development of its members, interaction among kin, changing familial roles, parenthood, and aging.
  
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    SOSC 3003 Topics in Case Management

    3 credits
    Reviews the basics of case management in human services delivery, and explores advanced topics in the field.
  
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    SOSC 3013 Case Management I

    3 hours
    Case management is designed to provide the student with knowledge regarding the importance of case management protocol as a practice skill for human service providers, criminal justice professionals and professional educators; thus, supporting these professionals to be effective in providing services in micro and macro systems. Therefore, this course will introduce students to the concept of case management, and appropriate documentation as it pertains to being a human service provider. This course will further emphasis the role of professional values and ethics, assess the development of new service delivery models, determine the practice skills with marginalized populations, and determine the impact of diversity, oppression and discrimination on case management.
  
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    SOSC 3023 Case Management II

    3 hours
    This course reviews the basics of case management in human services delivery and explores advanced topics in the field.  This course has three primary foci. The first focus is on understanding the process and structure of empowerment-based case management in the human services; case management plays a key role in human services practice. The second focus is on the development of professional skills in the human services (e.g., case report writing, assessment, and  diagnosis of clients). The third focus is continued development of a professional identity as a human services professional, including an awareness of personal values, biases, strengths, and weaknesses as a human services professional.
  
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    SOSC 3033 Community and Program Assessment

    3 hours
  
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    SOSC 3053 Professional and Ethical Issues in the Helping Professions

    3 credits
    This course focuses on standards and practices with which individuals in the human-services sector are expected to be familiar. Topics include case management, interviewing, group facilitation, program planning, strategies of intervention, and diversity issues. Components of this course are designed to prepare students for an upcoming practicum in social science.
  
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    SOSC 3073 Management Issues in the Helping Professions

    3 credits
    This course examines management issues in human services organizations and other helping professions. The course includes discussions of fund raising, clinical supervision, client confidentiality and volunteer management that are unique to the non-profit social service sector.
  
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    SOSC 3503 Advanced Social Problems

    3 credits
    An analysis of the major social problems of contemporary society resulting from technological and social change, population pressure and resources, urbanization, poverty, and minority groups. Special reference is given to conflicts regarding social values and goals, and social disorganization as related to the family, economic, religious, and other institutional relationships. Prerequisite: An introductory course in social science.
  
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    SOSC 3603 Community Development

    3 credits
    This course addresses fundamental issues in community development, including the nature of and need for community change, strategies and tactics for community change, and common areas of community change.
  
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    SOSC 4003 Studies in Social Sciences

    3 credits
    An advanced reading course in one of the following areas: economics, geography, political science, and sociology. Work will be tailored to the student’s needs and interests. Requires permission of the Division Chair and the Academic Dean. Offered on sufficient demand.
  
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    SOSC 4213 Research Project

    3 credits
    A faculty supervised, independent research project. May be taken twice. Prerequisites: RSCH 3803 ; STAT 3203 .
  
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    SOSC 4703 Capstone in Social Science

    3 credits
    A capstone course focusing on the evaluation of students in the social sciences, and the social-science curriculum, the relationship between Christian faith and social science, and preparation for graduate school and/or employment. Offered spring semesters. Prerequisite: Senior status
  
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    SOSC 4803 Practicum in Social Science

    Variable credit
    Students in social sciences (e.g., criminal justice, human services) may be eligible for placement in an internship. Such students will receive supervised training in an appropriate setting. Credit: Up to sixteen semester hours.  Course is graded Pass/Fail.
  
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    SOSC 4993 Research in Social Science

    3 credits

Spanish

  
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    SPAN 1003 Elementary Spanish I

    3 credits
    This course is a study of the four basic language skills involved in learning Spanish:  listening, speaking, reading, and writing.  It also includes an introduction to Spanish culture.  This course is intended for students with little or no previous knowledge of Spanish. Recommended Prerequisite:  ENGL 1003  
  
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    SPAN 1013 Elementary Spanish II

    3 credits
    This course is a continuation of SPAN 1003  .  It builds on the study of basic language skills and of Spanish culture introduced in the previous course while introducing additional verb tenses, grammatical structures, and readings of greater complexity. Prerequisite:  SPAN 1003  or permission of the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.
  
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    SPAN 2003 Intermediate Spanish I

    3 credits
    This course emphasizes the application of grammatical skills in reading and writing and requires practice in conversation beyond the basic level.  It expands on the study of the language skills begun in SPAN 1003  and SPAN 1013  and continues the study of Spanish culture. Prerequisite:  SPAN 1013  or permission of the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.
  
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    SPAN 2013 Intermediate Spanish II

    3 credits
    This course is a continuation of SPAN 2003  .  It emphasizes reading, writing, speaking, and interpreting at a high level of complexity and prepares students for upper-level courses in Spanish.  It also continues the study of Spanish culture. Prerequisite:  SPAN 2003  or permission of the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Spiritual Formation And Discipleship

  
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    SPFD 2153 Spiritual Formation and Discipleship Ministry

    3 credits
    A basic introduction to the teaching ministry of the local church by examination of Biblical, theological, and philosophical foundations of educational ministry. Areas addressed are procedures and the teaching and learning processes for persons at various stages of the life-cycle.
  
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    SPFD 2303 Ministry to Children

    3 credits
    The development of children, evangelism and discipleship of children, organization and design of children’s ministries, specific learning activities geared to age-level traits, and the preparation and use of various teaching aids. Equips students to work with children from infancy through grade six.
  
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    SPFD 3013 Teaching for Spiritual Impact

    3 credits
    An overview of the ministry of teaching as it relates to the propagation of the Gospel. Includes the biblical foundations for Christian teaching, a developmental approach to the teaching/learning process, and the methodology of the instructional process.
  
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    SPFD 3303 Spiritual Formation and Discipleship Ministry in the Local Church

    3 credits
    Focus on various educational ministries of the local church, including Sunday School, children’s church, children’s club ministries, youth groups, adult Bible studies, discipleship groups, missions education, and other related programs.
  
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    SPFD 3551 Spiritual Formation and Discipleship Practicum

    1 credit
    Designed to suit individual needs in a variety of settings, including the local church, social agencies, community projects, institutions and to apply theoretical understanding in a given situation. Prerequisite: competency in computer, math, oral communication, reading, and writing. Substitutes for RELG 3551  in Religion Division Practicum sequence.
  
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    SPFD 4003 Studies in Spiritual Formation and Discipleship

    Variable credit
    Any topic in Spiritual Formation and Discipleship meeting the approval of the division chair and the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Offered on sufficient demand.
  
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    SPFD 4303 Ministry with Adults

    3 credits
    A study of adult development, the needs and interests of adults at various stages of the life cycle, the organization of the church to serve adults, and the means of enlisting and empowering adults for ministry in the local church.
  
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    SPFD 4403 Family Life Ministry

    3 credits
    The sociological, psychological, and spiritual dynamics of family life and ministry for, to, and with families. Special emphasis on equipping families for discipleship in the home, education for parenting, and intergenerational ministry in the church. Prerequisite: SPFD 2153  or SPFD 3013 .
  
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    SPFD 4491 Spiritual Formation & Discipleship Seminar

    1 credit
    Possible topics include family-life ministry, curriculum and instructional media for Spiritual Formation and Discipleship, instructional simulation and discovery learning, small groups, young adult ministry, senior-adult ministry, Spiritual Formation and Discipleship ministry with exceptional learners, equipping and training for Spiritual Formation and Discipleship leadership, missions and Spiritual Formation and Discipleship.
  
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    SPFD 4903 Independent Study

    Variable credit

Statistics

  
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    STAT 3123 Statistics for Accounting and Business

    3 credits
    Elementary descriptive and inferential statistics. The course will include an understanding of concepts and practices related to basic data analysis, probability and statistics, including parametric statistical tests. An accounting and business orientation is used to illustrate data analysis and interpretation of experimental results. Computer programs will be used in the course. Prerequisites:  Any MATH course and CPSC 1103  or higher and a minimum of 60 credit hours of coursework completed.
  
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    STAT 3203 Statistics

    3 credits
    The fundamental concepts necessary for understanding the principles of organizing and analyzing data. Includes computerized analysis of data, using selected packaged-computer programs for data analysis. Prerequisites: Computer competency (CPSC 1103 ) and math competency.
  
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    STAT 3253 Statistics in the Social Sciences

    3 credits
    This course develops the fundamental concepts and skills necessary for organizing and analyzing, and interpreting data in the Social Sciences. Computer and Math competency.

Worship

  
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    WORS 2013 The Technology of Worship

    3 credits
    Students will learn technologies involved in planning, preparing for, and engaging/presenting worship experiences.  Topics will include fundamentals and how to operate equipment involved in sound production, lighting production, and video projection.
  
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    WORS 3013 Foundations of Worship

    3 credits
    An exploration of the biblical grounding, theological understanding, and historical development of Christian worship, providing students with perspectives designed to broaden their approach to worship beyond the parameters of their own personal and cultural experience.
  
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    WORS 3423 Planning and Leading Worship

    3 credits
    Since worship is more than music, this courses is designed to familiarize the student with the full range of Christian liturgy-the Word, the sacraments, prayers, praise, the creeds, the Christian Year, and, of course, worship music, including hymns, gospel songs, and contemporary choruses. It is intended to be a practical study examining the proper role of each element in traditional, contemporary, or blended worship design which is true to biblical and theological principles. Attention to planning is one side of the coin; the course will also highlight the methodologies of worship leadership. Recommended that student have completed RELG 4173 Christian Worship before enrolling for this course.
  
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    WORS 4023 The Christian Year and Church Rituals

    3 credits
    Surveying the primary seasons of the Christian year as a “sanctified calendar” of the milestones of our faith, adaptable to congregations all along a spectrum from liturgical to free church worship; and examining the many forms that ritual - the sacraments, the Lord’s Prayer, even the simplest “call and response” in contemporary services - may take along that same spectrum through divine connections of profound significance.
  
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    WORS 4223 The Ministry of Worship

    3 credits
    An exploration of public worship in all its dimensions: music, liturgy, sacraments, and the ministry of the Word. Attendance at worship services of various denominations and personal participation in structured worship experiences are required.
  
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    WORS 4623 Worship Practicum

    3 credits
    Hands-on experience in a local church will provide students with an opportunity to put worship principles into practice under the direction of both an academic and a field supervisor. Prerequisite: WORS 3423 .

Youth Ministries

  
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    YMIN 2103 Foundations for Youth Ministry

    3 credits
    The core course of the youth ministry program, designed to help students formulate a personal philosophy of youth ministry based on biblical principles and proven models. Attention to setting objectives, locating resources, organizing the work, and measuring outcomes.
  
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    YMIN 3003 Bible Study and Programming for Youth

    3 credits
    Equips students for Bible teaching in youth ministry. Particular emphasis is given to inductive Bible study methods, evaluating curriculum, and planning, preparing, and delivering lessons in the local church teaching context.
  
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    YMIN 3103 Camps and Retreats Leadership

    3 credits
    A practical, hands-on approach to planning and conducting summer camps, local church retreats, wilderness camping, back-packing experiences, and other off-site events that are activity oriented and spiritually based. Additional course fee of $50.00 is required.
  
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    YMIN 4423 Administration of Youth Ministry

    3 credits
    Addresses the important issues related to leadership in youth ministry in the local church including developing a philosophy of youth ministry, leadership of people and programs, management of resources, and personal growth and development.
  
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    YMIN 4433 Adolescent Care

    3 credits
    A survey of the principles of pastoral care, specifically applied to youth ministry. Emphasis on developmental issues related to teens, the counseling of adolescents, and pastoral approaches for youth ministers.
 

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