Bachelor of Arts in Urban Christian Ministries Concentration in Sacred Music
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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.
2 Language Courses
Can be Greek 1 and 2, Hebrew 1 and 2, or another, depending on degree needs.
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.
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.
CM 131 Introduction to Church Music
The study of the use of music in church worship, hymnology, and church music administration. The course is designed primarily for students interested in pastoral ministry.
CM 231 Music Ministry: Children
A look at the methodology and organization of a children’s music program within the church, stressing the formation of a children’s choir.
CM 232 Music Ministry: Youth
A look at the methodology and practice of a youth music program within the church, emphasizing the materials used and the formation of a youth choir.
CM 233 Hymnology
A survey of the development of Christian hymnody from biblical times to the present. The study includes examination of hymns, their origins, and applications to contemporary worship.
CM 234 Basic Conducting
A course designed to cover the correlation between hand strokes in conducting with the beat system of congregation hymns.
CM 235 Introduction to Music Literature
Characteristic forms and styles. Analysis and listening. Examples from the leading composers of each era.
CM 236 Sacred Music Literature
Intensive study of selected church music literature, vocal and instrumental, including readings and analyses of anthems, cantatas, oratorios, arrangements of Negro spirituals and contemporary gospel music, organ and piano compositions. Students perform assigned musical works, and present individual reports and papers on topics relating to the style and history of the music.
CM 338 Music Composition
Structured projects in vocal and instrumental composition based on studies using specific compositional techniques. The focus is
on establishing topics such as basic scoring techniques, transpositions, ranges, textures, colors, form and compositional devices
used in the common practice period.
CM 340 Vocal and Choral Methods or CM 341 Instrumental Methods
CM 340 Vocal and Choral Methods
Curriculum, vocal/rehearsal techniques, and literature appropriate for teaching music in churches through the medium of vocal and/or choral performance.
CM 341 Instrumental Methods
Curriculum, instrumental techniques, and literature appropriate for teaching music in churches through the medium of instrumental performance.
CM 438 Capstone (Practicum)
This capstone course involves the demonstration of achievement in applied music study during the student’s senior year. Students will present a full recital (Approximate 1 hour) of representative repertoire in their major applied area.