Master of Arts in Urban Christian Ministries Concentration in Sacred Music
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CE 520 Oral Communication
A study of the basic principles of public speaking and the preparation and delivery of various types of speeches.
CE 521 World Religions
A comparative study of the world religions from ancient civilizations to modern day including Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Judaism, Taoism and Confucianism.
CP 531 Spiritual Formation and Growth
This course introduces students to the immediate knowledge and skills of spiritual formation and growth of members in both parish and non-parish settings. Using a heuristic approach to study the sense and use of self and others in relations, students gain better insights into what it means to be a student, person, and a pastor. The course requires the completion of a spiritual formation and growth paper that highlights insights gained that can be translated into a specialized ministry of choice.
MS 531 Urban Anthropology
This course surveys the culture of cities, exploring their historical development and their current dynamism. The student will frame the urban experience from a number of perspectives, examining the distinctive forms of expressive culture, ethnic and racial conflict, and political or economic activity that cities generate. The course will rely on the intellectual contributions and methodological tools of anthropology to explore the “city”.
NT 631 New Testament Introduction
A critical introduction to the canon and text of the New Testament: composition, authorship, date, and content of each book.
OT 631 Old Testament Introduction
A critical introduction to the canon and text of the Old Testament: composition authorship, date, and content of each book. Special emphasis will be placed on the refutation of higher critical view.
TH 537 Apologetics
An in depth study of thought that reflects a valid and logical defense of the Christian faith. A working knowledge of Greek and Hebrew will be helpful but is not prerequisite.
TH 539 Christian Ethics
A systemic study of Christian ethics and various ethical systems.
UM 531 Advanced Demography
The student will study the demographic characteristics of an urban population center, and learn how to use the information to improve current ministries or begin new ministries.
UM 533 The Urban Church and City Government
The student will discover the inner working of city government and how churches can effectively maintain a positive role in that setting.
TD 531A Master’s Thesis
Required of all students in the Master’s Degree program and offered in the fall semester of the senior year, this course will function as a writer’s group in order to help the student significantly advance the process of conceptualizing, organizing, and writing a research-based text. In class students will read each other’s work, discuss the concepts, methods, and mechanics of constructing and writing a thesis, and provide comment to help with the process. Thesis topics will be approved and students will begin writing the thesis prior to the end of the semester.
TD 531B Master’s Thesis
This course is a continuation of TD 531A and is offered in the spring of the senior year. Students will work independently with the instructor writing the actual thesis according to the parameters set in the first semester. The completed thesis is submitted by mid-semester to a team of readers that will serve as the thesis defense committee (thesis reader fees apply).
CM 533 Conducting
A course designed to teach techniques for conducting patterns applied to elements of tone, balance, diction, phrasing, and interpretation. It will offer practice in sight singing. The class forms a practice choir.
CM 540 Vocal and Choral Methods or CM 541 Instrumental Methods
CM 540 Choral and Vocal Methods
A concentrated study of choral and vocal literature with emphasis on choral and vocal methods which especially apply to the church.
CM 541 Instrumental Methods
A concentrated study of instrumental literature with emphasis on instrumental methods which especially apply to the church.
CM 531 Theory Practice
The student will perfect the fundamentals of music structure: harmony, form and analysis, dictation and ear training. Includes both classroom instruction and praxis
CM 535 Ethnomusicology
Study the definition, scope, and methods of ethnomusicology, the study of music in or as culture that focuses on the significance of music and musical practices in and of cultures, in a holistic manner that includes all social strata and ethnicities of African-Caribbean, India, and Latino cultures.
CM 536 Worship
A course designed to develop frameworks for analyzing the human contexts of worship; to improve skill in the theological interpretation of worship, including the application of scripture to questions of worship, the understanding of scriptural instructions and statements having to do with worship, and the observation and evaluation of worship practices in light of the gospel of Jesus Christ, particularly as it relates to the global diverse needs of urban congregations and communities; and, to become intelligent readers of worship texts.
CM 539 Sacred Choral Literature
A survey of sacred choral literature from the Middle Ages to the present with emphasis on the evolution and development of choral forms and styles, performance, and performance practice.
UM 534 Urban Theology
This course explores how Scripture deals with the city, how God works in the city, and practical ways to apply theologies of neighbor, community, and geography that uniquely relate to urban dwellers. The application of the theology of sacred space, incarnation, and reconciliation will be explored along with methods of practical applications.