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RELG 133. Church History
A survey of the history of the Christian church concentrating on those individuals, events, and movements that have shaped the church today. Credit, 3 hours. Offered each spring semester.

RELG 135. Old Testament Survey
A study of Old Testament literature and theology within their historical and sociological contexts. The course examines Old Testament faith to help students develop and apply values in contemporary life. Credit, 3 hours. Offered each fall and spring semester.

RELG 136. New Testament Survey
A study of New Testament literature and theology within their historical and sociological contexts. The course examines the teachings of Jesus and the theology of the early church to help students develop and apply values in contemporary life. Credit, 3 hours. Offered each fall and spring semester.

RELG 231. Introduction to Preaching
A study of how to construct sermons and how to deliver sermons effectively. Much of the course concentrates on the intricate work of creating a sermon, but students also deliver a final sermon before their fellow students in the class. prerequisites: RELG 135, RELG 136, and RELG 234. Credit: 3 hours. Offered spring semester of even years.

RELG 233. Introduction to Christian Ethics
A course exploring the implications for behavior of a biblically based Christian faith. Application will be made to areas of personal, social, national, and international life. Credit, 3 hours. Offered fall semesters of odd years.

RELG 234. Interpreting the Bible
The course is an introduction to the interpretation of the Bible. It guides students in discovering and using reliable principles with which to study, interpret, and apply Scripture. The course includes preparation of a research (exegesis) paper.  NOTE: This course should be taken no later than during the third semester a student is in the program, since it is required for all Religion majors, and is a prerequisite for some other Religion courses, including Introduction to Preaching. Credit: 3 hours. Offered each fall semester
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RELG 235. Spiritual Formation for Ministry
The course helps students identify and investigate Christian ministry as a vocation, and begin building the spiritual disciplines necessary for the Christian life and for effective service as a Christian minister. Credit: 3 hours. Offered each spring semester.

RELG 236. Introduction to Theology
A survey of basic Christian doctrines that seeks to elucidate concepts such as God, Christ, the Holy Spirit, Scripture, salvation, atonement, and the church. Prerequisites: RELG 135 and RELG 136. Credit, 3 hours. Offered each spring semester.

RELG 238. Missions Theology and History
The course provides the basic foundation for a theology of Christian missions and an overview of the history of Christian missions from the New Testament period to the present day. The course discusses movements and individuals involved in Christian missions through the years and looks at challenges faced by Christian missions today. Each student becomes familiar with a specific nation, the history of Christian missions within that nation, and how mission work has affected the nation. Credit, 3 hours. Offered spring semester of odd years.

RELG 330. Special Topics in Religion
A course focusing on a particular issue, discipline, or area of concern within biblical, theological, or religious studies. Topics include American Denominations, Bioethics, Christian Apologetics, Christian Spirituality, Religion and Mass Media. Course may be repeated once as long as the subject matter is different. Credit, 3 hours. Offered most fall and spring semesters.

RELG 331. Advanced Study of the Old Testament
A course providing a detailed study of one aspect of the Old Testament. Subject areas studied in individual courses are the Pentateuch and Judaism, the Prophets, the Psalms and Wisdom Literature, and the History of Israel. Prerequisite: RELG 135. Credit, 3 hours. Offered each fall semester.

RELG 332. Advanced Study of the New Testament
A course providing a detailed study of one aspect of the New Testament. Subject areas studied in individual courses are the Synoptic Gospels, the Life and Letters of Paul, the Johannine Writings, and the General Epistles and Revelation. Prerequisite: RELG 136. Credit, 3 hours. Offered each spring semester.

RELG 333. Theology of Worship
The course studies Christian worship in its historical, psychological, and theological contexts and explores a philosophy of worship consistent with biblical teachings. Part of the course focuses on the planning and leading of the various worship services of the church. Credit, 3 hours. Offered spring semester of even years.

RELG 334. Introduction to Pastoral Care
The course studies some of the basic aspects of the Christian tradition of caring. Biblical revelation and Christian history provide the background for examining the role of pastors, staff, and church members in caring for others. The course also discusses qualifications and skills essential to providing Christian ministry, whether formal or informal. Credit, 3 hours. Offered fall semester of even years.

RELG 335. Church Administration
A study of the basic organizations of the local church, focusing on the effective use of time, personnel, and facilities. The course also emphasizes ministerial ethics and relationships within the church staff, congregation, and community. Credit, 3 hours. Offered spring semester of odd years.

RELG 336. Youth Ministry
A study of the program organizations, materials, and methods used by a local church in  developing an effective youth ministry program. Included will be an examination of the position and qualifications of the minister to youth/students and of resources for professional growth. Credit: 3 hours. Offered spring semester of even years.

RELG 338. World Issues and Mission Strategies
A study of Christian missions in the twenty-first century. The course discusses current challenges and strategies from both theological and practical perspectives. Students develop a plan for missions in a specific area. Credit, 3 hours. Offered spring semester of even years.

RELG 339. World Religions
A descriptive study of the development and beliefs of the world’s major religious traditions in an effort to assist students toward having a broader understanding of diverse cultural traditions. Credit, 3 hours. Offered each fall semester.

RELG 410. Senior Seminar in Religion
The course seeks to integrate the courses of the religion major into a personal, coherent philosophy of Christian faith and ministry. The exit exam required of all religion majors comprises an integral part of the course. Prerequisites: RELG 135, RELG 136, RELG 234, RELG 236, and senior standing or permission of professor. Credit, 3 hours. Offered each spring semester.

RELG 432. Theology of Evangelism
The course studies evangelism in the light of biblical revelation and explores various methods for accomplishing the task of evangelism. Students present case studies of evangelistic encounters for evaluation and feedback. Credit, 3 hours. Offered fall semester of odd years.

RELG 436. Christian Education
An introduction to the basic educational program ministries of a local church; the role of paid and volunteer staff in leading these ministries; and the planning for, organizing, implementing, and evaluating of the educational program ministries. prerequisites: Junior standing or permission of the instructor. Credit: 3 hours. Offered spring semester of even years.

RELG 490. Advanced Topics in Religion
The course provides directed supervision for individuals engaged in a specific research project in the field of religion. The course may be repeated up to a maximum of six hours of credit. Prerequisites: RELG 135 and RELG 136. Credit, 1 to 6 hours. Offered as needed.

RELG 493. Supervised Field Experience in Ministry
The course helps vocational Christian ministry students develop ministerial competence through actual hands-on experience in a ministry setting under the supervision of a qualified person (field supervisor). Consultation with the Supervised Field Experience in Ministry professor is required by March 15 in order to complete pre-enrollment, identify an acceptable supervised ministry setting, and receive approval of the learning contract that will guide the student's supervised ministry experience. Students work 5-7 hours weekly in a ministry setting and meet at least one (1) hour each week with the field supervisor exclusive of any regularly scheduled staff meetings in which the student is required to participate in the field setting.  Students also meet regularly on campus with their professor and periodically with their peers. Prerequisites: RELG 135, RELG 136, RELG 231, either RELG 234 or RELG 236, and senior standing. Credit, 3-6 hours. Offered each fall semester.

 

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