Course Descriptions ABL

The course descriptions for the Associate of Biblical Leadership are listed below.

BI: BIBLE AREA
BI 101 OLD TESTAMENT SURVEY (Required) Three credit hours
An examination of the contents of the Old Testament with attention given to background, general analysis, and brief exposition of each book. Each book will be examined in its relation to the other canonical writings.

BI 102 NEW TESTAMENT SURVEY (Required) Three credit hours
An introductory survey of the contents of the New Testament, including its background, the Gospels, Acts, the Epistles and Revelation. The development of the central theme, general contents, purpose, historical setting, and spiritual value of each book will be examined.

BI 103 BIBLICAL RESEARCH METHODS (Required) Three credit hours
This course is designed to acquaint the student with various Bible-study procedures and methods. Various aspects of Bible research will be introduced. As this course will also deal with the topics of how to study and time management, the student is advised to take this course early in the degree program.

BI 210 WOMEN IN THE BIBLE Three credit hours
A study of the women in the Bible and their roles in ministry.
BI 303 GENESIS (Required) Three credit hours
An expository study of the first book of the Bible.

CS: COMPUTER SCIENCE AREA
CS 101 PRINCIPLES OF COMPUTER MANAGEMENT Three credit hours
A study of the use of software, such as Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint). Emphasis will not be on the mechanics of the software but the use of the software to present ideas, for persuasion, and for analysis. Class size is limited.

ED: EDUCATIONAL MINISTRIES AREA
ED 201 SURVEY OF CHRISTIAN EDUCATION (Required) Three credit hours
A study of what Christian education is and its philosophical and historical backgrounds with an overview of the local church’s total educational program.

EN: ENGLISH AREA
EN 099 REMEDIAL ENGLISH Non-credit
This course is designed to help a student who needs additional work in English grammar prior to taking EN 101, as determined by academic background and the English placement test. The course will emphasize a basic review of grammar necessary to successful college level work. No credit will be awarded for this course, but the student will be billed a fee listed in “Tuition and Fees.”

EN 101 ENGLISH COMPOSITION I (Required) Three credit hours
Prerequisite: Exit or exemption from Remedial English
This course involves the use of English for written communication, including exposition, analysis, and argumentation. Topics include grammar, proper sentence structure, paragraph development, word usage, and essay preparation.

EN 102 ENGLISH COMPOSITION II (Required) Three credit hours
Prerequisite: EN 101
This course emphasizes effective writing in a variety of contexts with attention to critical analysis, interpretation, evaluation, and research. Literature such as novels, short stories, and poetry will be used.

EN 201 PUBLIC SPEECH (Required) Three credit hours
A study of the requirements for effective oral communication. Topics will include selecting a speech topic, researching the topic, outlining, and organizing the speech, use of visual aids, persuasion, analyzing the audience, and critiquing the speech.

EV: EVANGELISM AREA
EV 101 PERSONAL EVANGELISM (Required) Three credit hours
A study designed to prepare students for involvement in witnessing for the Lord. Importance is attached to the memorization of Scripture and actually engaging in personal work.

EV 203 SPIRITUAL FORMATION (Required) Three credit hours
Spiritual Formation is a practical study of the theology of life in the image of Christ and some Biblical principles that guide the development and maintenance of that Christlike life, in the lives of Christians. The study will include consideration of the Biblical directions for appropriating the spirituality and victory that Jesus Christ gives for faithful Christian living.

EV 210 INTRODUCTION TO CHURCH GROWTH Three credit hours
This course is an introductory study of Church Growth beginning with the Biblical teachings on the subject. In addition, it is a consideration of the history and characteristics of the Church Growth Movement begun by Donald McGavran. The course also looks at how theology relates to the Church Growth concept with an application of the study to the local church.

HI: HISTORY AREA
HI 101 WORLD CIVILIZATIONS I (Required) Three credit hours
A study of the development of civilization from the beginning of recorded history to the Reformation. Emphasis will be placed on the historical contributions from Egypt, Babylonia, China, India, Persia, Palestine, Greece, and Rome.

HI 102 WORLD CIVILIZATIONS II (Required) Three credit hours
A study of the development of civilization from the Reformation to present day. Emphasis will include the development of Europe, the U.S., the World Wars, and the fall of Communism.

CH 202 CHURCH HISTORY (Required) Three credit hours
An overview of the history of the Church from the first century AD to the present.

MA: MATHEMATICS AREA
MA 099 PREALGEBRA Non-credit
This course provides a transition from arithmetic to algebra. Emphasis is on the use of mathematics to analyze and solve real-life problems. No credit will be awarded for this course, but the student will be billed a fee listed in “Tuition and Fees.”

MA 102 APPLICATION OF FUNDAMENTAL MATHEMATICS Three credit hours
An introductory study of mathematics emphasizing the practical application of mathematics to every day life. Topics covered include, taxes, insurance, investment, as well as fundamental mathematical manipulations.

MA 201 COLLEGE ALGEBRA (Required) Three credit hours
Prerequisite: Exit or Exemption from MA 099
A study of algebraic concepts, including linear functions, systems of linear equations, scientific notation, exponential functions, functional notation, and graphing.

MI: MISSIONS AREA
MI 202 INTRODUCTION TO MISSIONS (Required) Three credit hours
An introductory course dealing with the philosophy of world evangelization. Attention is given to what missions is, the qualifications of the missionary, his call, and methodology.

MU: MUSIC
MU 102 MUSIC APPRECIATION (Required) Three credit hours
A study of the development of music as revealed in major compositions of representative composers from each major period. This course is designed for students who desire to expand their appreciation and understanding of music. Prior knowledge of music is not required.

PA: MINISTRY AREA
PA 301 LEADERSHIP (Required) Three credit hours
This course will introduce students to practical leadership techniques. Students will evaluate strategic leaders from the past as well as contemporary leadership lessons from today‟s theorists. Students will evaluate their personal leadership styles in the context of understanding how to incorporate effective leadership techniques along with Christian values in established and future environment.

RW: RESEARCH AND WRITING
RW 100 INTRODUCTION TO THEOLOGICAL RESEARCH & WRITING No credit
(Required)
An introductory survey of basic research and writing skills that are required of undergraduate students. Topics include: Library research, theological tools, internet research, Turabian formatting, writing a term paper, documenting sources, and common writing errors. This course is taken independently (online). Students must take the course prior to their second semester of classes.

SC: SCIENCE AREA
SC 103 GENERAL PHYSICAL SCIENCE (Required) Three credit hours
A study of the concepts, laws and theories of physics and astronomy. Topics include motion, gravity, temperature, electricity, the solar system, nuclear physics and their application to the modern world.

SO: SOCIAL SCIENCES AREA
PS 101 AMERICAN GOVERNMENT Three credit hours
Introduction to American Government. The historical development and current political systems of the American political system of government is studied. The Biblical principles that inspired the founding fathers and that continue to permeate American government are explored and discussed from a Christian worldview.

SO 102 CONTEMPORARY ETHICS Three credit hours
A study of the complex moral issues faced by contemporary society with emphasis on relevant theories and their application to ethical dilemmas. Topics include war, euthanasia, divorce, capital punishment, ethical decision making by leaders, and civil disobedience.

201 PRINCIPLES OF PSYCHOLOGY AND COUNSELING Three credit hours
A study of the major elements of psychology, including theories and applications. Topics will include human development, learning, perception, memory, personality, and behavior.

SO 204 PRINCIPLES OF SOCIOLOGY Three credit hours
A study of theories, methods, and concepts of sociology, focusing on the critical issues of society. Topics will include poverty, inequality, aging, violence, sexuality, work, technology, and drug abuse.

TH: THEOLOGY AREA
TH 201 THEOLOGY SURVEY I (Required) Three credit hours
A general survey of Bible doctrine dealing with five of the ten major areas of systematic theology including Bibliology, Theology Proper, Christology, Pneumatology, and Angelology. Also covered is an introduction to and the value of the study of systematic theology.

TH 202 THEOLOGY SURVEY II (Required) Three credit hours A general survey of Bible doctrine dealing with five of the ten major areas of systematic theology including Anthropology, Hamartiology, Soteriology, Ecclesiology, and Eschatology. This course, although a logical extension of TH 201, does not require TH 201 as a prerequisite.

WMIN: WOMEN’S MINISTRY AREA
WMIN 101 Introduction to Women‟s Ministries Three credit hours
This course provides an overview of the varying types and roles for women in ministry.

WMIN 201 Evangelism in Women‟s Ministries Three credit hours
An examination of women‟s role in evangelism and promoting Christianity.

WMIN 202 Leadership and Women Three credit hours
This course explores the various styles of women in leadership and the impact of gender roles and societal norms on women in leadership positions.