Bachelor of Arts in Urban Christian Ministries Concentration in Counseling
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General Education Requirements
GS 130 New Student Seminar
Students will receive personal assessment for academic skills in mathematics and English, computer skills and word-processing; Populi; computer on-line research; how to use the NLTS media resources and educational consortium; formal research writing foundations (Turabian); NLTS educational resources and personnel; community resources, etc.
GS 132 Introduction to Composition
A course that stresses writing as a process, focusing on narrative essay. The goal is to develop fluency, coherence, style, and effectiveness. (Prerequisite GS 131)
GS 133 Basic College Math
An introduction to logic, sets, number systems, geometry, probability, and statistics.
GS 135 Church History 1 or GS 233 History of Civilization 1
GS 135 Church History 1
A survey of the history of the church from apostolic times up to the Reformation.
GS 233 History of Civilization 1
A survey of major civilizations from the dawn of recorded events to 1600 AD with emphasis in the inter-relationship of ancient cultures, medieval civilization, and the Renaissance and Reformation eras.
GS 136 Church History 2 or GS 234 History of Civilization 2
GS 136 Church History 2
A survey of the history of the church from the Reformation to the present, including Protestant origins and development.
GS 234 History of Civilization 2
A survey of major developments in world civilizations since 1600 AD with an emphasis on colonialism, the Enlightenment, the great world wars, and interrelated cultural movements.
GS 137 Introduction to Basic Science
This course provides a basic introduction to the elementary principles of physics, chemistry, and biology.
Social Science Course
GS 138 Introduction to Sociology is recommended, but any Social Science transfer is also acceptable.
GS 230 Oral Communication
This course is designed to introduce the student to public speaking. The student will learn to be aware of habits, mannerism, diction and enunciation that interfere with good communication. The student will strengthen his/her oral communication skills.
GS 231 Functional Composition
A course designed to enhance the student’s writing skills in the context of the study of literature. Attention is given to grammar, rhetoric, and critical writing. (Prerequisite GS 131, GS 132)
Choice of any one literature or music course, providing the course does not carry a prerequisite.
LA 130 Introduction to Biblical Languages
The student will be introduced to the ancient languages used when Scripture was originally written and collected into the Bible. Students will learn the Hebrew, Aramaic, and Koine Greek alphabet and begin to understand the importance of learning the ancient languages used in the writing of the Bible. Lab required.
2 Language Courses
Can be Greek 1 and 2, Hebrew 1 and 2, or another, depending on degree needs.
UM 131 Introduction to Urban Christian Ministry
An in-depth survey in the study of the major social, economic, political, and environmental forces unique to large urban areas. Emphasis is given to an analysis of these forces from a Christian perspective. This is demonstrated in part through a Christian challenge to the growing linkage between urbanization and secularization and how each process has influenced the other. Students are required to write a brief pre-approved research paper and to give an oral report on a “walk-in-my-shoes” urban ministry program experience.
TH 238 Theology of Urban Ministry
An introduction to what Scripture teaches concerning the city, how God works in the city, and explores the role of the Church as it relates to ministering in the urban area.
MS 234 Christian Message and World Religions
The study of the beliefs and practices of contemporary world religions from the standpoint of the Christian faith, including Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Islam and pagan religions.
MS 235 Christian Message and American Religions
The study of the beliefs and practices of contemporary American religious groups from the standpoint of the Christian faith, including Mormonism, Jehovah’s Witness, the Unification Church, Witchcraft, and Astrology, the New Age Movement and Hare Krishna.
NT 131 New Testament Survey
An overview of the background, history, and major teachings of the Gospels, Acts, Pauline Letters, General Letters, and Revelation.
OT 131 Old Testament Survey
A survey of the literature of the Old Testament .with special reference to background, history, contents, and major teachings.
PS 131 Personal Evangelism
An introduction to and personal preparation for the opportunity for presenting the gospel to the individual. The basis of the study is founded on Biblical foundations and demands for evangelism.
PS 134 Personal Spiritual Development
This course covers the formation and maintenance of a personal and disciplined Spiritual life.
TH 131 Systematic Theology I
An introduction to the practice of theological reflection, including theological methodology, revelation, and the doctrine of the Triune God.
TH 134 Basic Christian Ethics
An introduction to the study and practice of Christian Ethics. This course examines the philosophical and theological backgrounds for ethics, the role of biblical authority, and the historical relation between church and society in order to develop a valid method of moral decision making and to lead the church in applying the gospel to life.
UM 233 Urban Community Development
Restoring urban centers by applying Biblical principles to embrace individual respect and family unity thereby redeveloping and maintaining urban neighborhoods.
UM 237 Demography
The study of demographic characteristics of urban population, as age, sex, income, family size and make-up, etc. for analysis. Students learn how to use demographics to plan and implement urban ministries.
UM 322 Urban Ministry Research
A course designed to increase the knowledge of the student in the area of their specific concentration by researching and writing about a specific project. Instruction will include how to choose, design and write a project, with specific pieces due through the duration of the course, culminating in a finished research project.
UM 333 The Urban Church
The study of the historical and cultural role that the church has played in society and new methods that are being implemented to build churches in cities. An emphasis is placed on structural framework and the use of outside organizations to the work of ministry.
CC 130 Basic Pastoral Counseling
A basic introduction to pastoral counseling. Special emphasis is placed on developmental and emergency situations that are commonly encountered by the pastor.
CC 232 Introduction to Christian Counseling I
This course will help students comprehend and differentiate various models used in Christian counseling and ministry. Application of these models will be demonstrated so students will understand how they can be used in urban ministry settings.
CC 234 Abnormal Psychology
The purpose of this course is to introduce students to a study of Abnormal Psychology examining current concepts of mental illness. The course will explore etiology, symptoms, and basic unfilled human needs of selected disorders using the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) and basic biblical principles of pastoral and Christian counseling from both a clinical and biblical perspective.
CC 333 Counseling Theories
Using the Christian foundations in God’s Word, the student will be introduced to classical and current theories of counseling and examine each one in light of Scripture and practical relevance. (Prerequisites CC232/233)
CC 336 Counseling Social Problems
This course will describe common social problems experienced in urban settings. The constant focus will be on depression and anxiety disorder, along with other social problems such as abuse and trauma. Students will learn how to identify the symptoms and behaviors of these social problems and determine what care and resources are needed.
CC 431 Crisis, Loss and Grief
This course will describe specific crisis one will face throughout one’s life cycle, including but not limited to regular life transitions, unexpected tragedies, disease, and death. The emphasis will be on understanding loss from a spiritual and emotional perspective. The course will include discussion and description of the stages of grief, along with the interventions and counseling skills needed to help those in the midst of major life transitions. (Prerequisite CC 234)
CC 432 Addiction Issues
This course will provide introductory knowledge of drug addiction and its effects on the brain and prevention. Among addictions examined will be pornography, sexual addiction, and the underlying reasons and motives from a spiritual and emotional perspective. Students will learn how to recognize, support, and refer to licensed professionals.
CC 435 Marriage and Family Counseling
A comprehensive course designed to equip the Christian counselor to understand the holistic dynamics of marriage and family relationships in regards to marital and family counseling. (Prerequisite CC 434)
CC 438 The Christian and Sexuality
An in depth study of sexuality and how to deal with one’s sexuality from a healthy biblical perspective. (Prerequisite CC334)
CC 439 Emotional and Spiritual Preparation for Ministry
This course will explain a person’s worth in Christ based on biblical truth. It will also explore the significance of emotional well-being when caring for others such as establishing boundaries, self-care, and one’s personal and relational issues. (Prerequisites CC 232, CC 334)