COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

Greek (GK)


GK 100 Elementary Koine Greek I
CREDIT:  3 semester hours
Focuses on the basics of the language in preparation for interpretation of the Greek New Testament. Attention given to vocabulary, grammar, translation ability, and diagraming skills.

GK 101 Elementary Koine Greek II
CREDIT: 3 semester hours ; PREREQUISITE: GK 100
Focuses on the basics of the language in preparation for interpretation of the Greek New Testament. Attention given to vocabulary, grammar, translation ability, and diagraming skills.

GK 200 Intermediate Koine Greek I
CREDIT: 3 semester hours; PREREQUISITES: GK 100-101 with a minimum C average or with consent of instructor
Uses the Greek New Testament as the focal text, approaching the original language primarily in the interest of interpretation. Attention given to vocabulary, grammar, syntax, diagraming, translation skills, and interpretative ability in a search for biblical truth.

GK 201 Intermediate Koine Greek II
CREDIT: 3 semester hours; PREREQUISITES: GK 100-101 with a minimum C average or with consent of instructor; GK 200
Uses the Greek New Testament as the focal text, approaching the original language primarily in the interest of interpretation. Attention given to vocabulary, grammar, syntax, diagraming, translation skills, and interpretative ability in a search for biblical truth.

GK 300 Directed Research in New Testament Greek
CREDIT: 3 semester hours; PREREQUISITES: GK 100-101 and GK 200-201 and consent of instructor
Building on acquired skills in Greek grammar, syntax, translation, and diagraming, an intensive exegetical-theological study of a selected New Testament document forms the basis for growth in biblical insight and for research into interpretative issues and Greek grammar.

GK 304 Selected Passages from the Greek New Testament
CREDIT: 3 semester hours; PREREQUISITES: GK 100-101 and GK 200-201 and consent of instructor
Attention directed toward building lexical, grammatical, syntactical, translation, research, and interpretative skills in Greek New Testament study. Focuses on six selected passages (varied each semester) for two weeks each. The first week is on what the text “says”; the second week is on what it “means,” with research to address assigned issues.

Religion (RL)


RL 100 Old Testament I

CREDIT: 3 semester hours
A survey of the Old Testament portion of the Christian canon and its history, literature, background, and introductory issues, with careful attention given to Hebrew truths with abiding significance for the life of Christian believers.

RL 101 Old Testament II
CREDIT: 3 semester hours
A survey of the Old Testament portion of the Christian canon and its history, literature, background, and introductory issues, with careful attention given to Hebrew truths with abiding significance for the life of Christian believers.

RL 200 New Testament I
CREDIT: 3 semester hours
A study of the person and work of Jesus and His life as reconstructed from the four Gospels. Also studies the remainder of the New Testament documents in their historical, literary, and canonical contexts, as those reflect early church history, thought, and practice, with a focus on teachings for the life of the Christian believer and the Christian church.

RL 200 New Testament II
CREDIT: 3 semester hours
A study of the person and work of Jesus and His life as reconstructed from the four Gospels. Also studies the remainder of the New Testament documents in their historical, literary, and canonical contexts, as those reflect early church history, thought, and practice, with a focus on teachings for the life of the Christian believer and the Christian church.

RL 300 Church History I (R.I.)
CREDIT: 3 semester hours
A study of the history of organized Christianity as influenced by and influencing unfolding historical developments, and including aspects of the Christian religion in its different contexts, beliefs, practices, and debates, along with its significant representatives.

RL 301 Church History II (R.I.)

CREDIT: 3 semester hours
A study of the history of organized Christianity as influenced by and influencing unfolding historical developments, and including aspects of the Christian religion in its different contexts, beliefs, practices, and debates, along with its significant representatives.

RL 305 Introduction to Christian Proclamation
CREDIT: 3 semester hours; RECOMMENDED PREREQUISITES: RL 100-101 and/or RL 200-201
Introduction to the theology and practice of Christian preaching. The three major issues addressed are sound interpretation of the biblical text, careful development of the sermon idea, and effective delivery of the sermon.

RL 306 Evangelistic Preaching
CREDIT: 3 semester hours; RECOMMENDED PREREQUISITES: RL 100-101 and/or RL 200-201
An examination of the theological and practical aspects of evangelistic preaching. Special attention given to theological bases for and content of evangelistic preaching, evangelistic preaching in the regular program of preaching and in an evangelistic series, and sermons of great evangelists.

RL 314 The Bible and Missions
CREDIT: 3 semester hours; RECOMMENDED PREREQUISITES: RL 100-101 and/or RL 200-201
A study of biblical principles that calls for local and global Christian missions involving biblical-theological truths about what God seems to be doing and how His people are to cooperate with Him.

RL 315 The Bible and Ethics
CREDIT: 3 semester hours; RECOMMENDED PREREQUISITES: RL 100-101 and/or RL 200-201
An introduction to the ethical focus of Scripture, to biblical as well as historical and contemporary ethical issues, and to perspectives of ethical thinking and approaches based on biblical insights.

RL 316 The Life and Work of the Pastor
CREDIT: 3 semester hours; RECOMMENDED PREREQUISITES: RL 100-101 and/or RL 200-201
An introduction to the life and work of the pastor in contemporary society, including an examination of the biblical and theological foundations for pastoral ministry, the diverse tasks of pastoral ministry, and the personal and professional challenges of pastoral ministry today.

RL 321 Biblical Backgrounds
CREDIT: 3 semester hours; RECOMMENDED PREREQUISITES: RL 100-101 and/or RL 200-201
An introduction to background factors foundational for biblical study, with a focus on issues raised by geographical, historical, cultural, political, economic, and religious factors, along with an introduction to archaeological methods and selected discoveries and resultant concerns relevant to biblical studies.

RL 322 Introduction to Baptist Life
CREDIT: 3 semester hours
A general introduction to Baptist life. Focus is on the significance of Baptist history, Baptist polity, and Baptist beliefs for helping students in church-related vocations prepare for ministry in an increasingly complex society.

RL 330 Introduction to Youth Ministry
CREDIT: 3 semester hours; RECOMMENDED PREREQUISITES: RL 100-101 and/or RL 200-201
An introduction to the fundamentals of youth ministry in the local church, examining the bases, philosophy, purpose, and methods of effective youth ministry in contemporary life.

RL 352 Introduction to Christian Ministry
CREDIT: 3 semester hours; RECOMMENDED PREREQUISITES: RL 100-101 and/or RL 200-201
An introduction to the study and practice of Christian ministry. Focus is on the biblical, spiritual, educational, and practical bases of Christian ministry in the contemporary context.

RL 400 Cults and Sects
CREDIT: 3 semester hours; RECOMMENDED PREREQUISITES: RL 100-101 and/or RL 200-201
A survey of religious emphases of selected cults and sects, mostly in America, including the occult aspects of various sects, covering also the American expression of several major world religions and including a focus on motifs from the influence of New Age thought.

RL 407 World Religions
CREDIT: 3 semester hours; RECOMMENDED PREREQUISITES: RL 100-101 and/or RL 200-201
An introduction to the study of religion as well as to major world religions, their characteristic worldviews and belief systems, and their comparative relations with Christian truth.

RL 410 Biblical Exegesis and Interpretation (W.I.)
CREDIT: 3 semester hours; RECOMMENDED PREREQUISITES: RL 100-101 and/or RL 200-201
An introduction to biblical exegesis and interpretation, including a history of biblical interpretation, an examination of accepted methods and tools for interpretation, and a supervised study of selected biblical passages.

RL 420 Special Topics in Religious Studies

CREDIT: 1 to 4 semester hours each semester; May be repeated for credit; PREREQUISITE: Consent of department chair
Offered to comply with requests for special topics and advanced study in Biblical Studies.

RL 421 Christian Theology
CREDIT: 3 semester hours; RECOMMENDED PREREQUISITES: RL 100-101 and/or RL 200-201
A basic introduction to Christian theology, including an introduction to the nature, sources, history, and scope of Christian theology and a survey of the basic doctrines of revelation, God, Christ, the Holy Spirit, human beings, the church, the Christian life, and last things.

RL 438 Philosophy of Religious Education
CREDIT: 3 semester hours; RECOMMENDED PREREQUISITES: RL 100-101 and/or RL 200-201
Leads students to develop a philosophy of religious education by examining the biblical and theological bases of religious education by tracing the general history of religious/Christian education and by identifying the basic components of effective religious education in the church. Explores the philosophical and practical aspects of religious education.

RL 477 Religious Education Practicum
CREDIT: 3 semester hours
Seeks to provide the student with a practical setting in which academic learning, personal growth, and vocational effectiveness may be enhanced through observation, participation, and supervision.

RL 480 Internship
CREDIT: 1 to 6 semester hours; Fee; PREREQUISITES: Junior or senior classification; 2.50 cumulative GPA or above; 2.50 GPA in major or above; or consent of instructor.
A work-study experience that may be completed either on- or off-campus designed to expose the student to an actual workplace experience. Conducted under the guidance and direction of an instructor qualified in the area in which credit is sought and with the appropriate permission of the designated instructor, the department chairperson, and the Vice President for Academic Affairs. Students normally spend the equivalent of 45 hours at the worksite for each semester hour of credit.


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