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BC 499 - Graduate Writing Workshop

Description:

Reviews the basic elements of writing a research paper. Includes reading and writing techniques that cover parts of speech, reading for specific content, paragraph structure and composition, formulating an argument, title pages, footnotes and bibliographies. Students will have their writing reviewed weekly. Transcripted non-credit. Instructor: Van Dyke. Frequency: Every semester. Required within the first two semesters for all credit students. Prerequisite: None. Reduced-tuition course. Graduate Writing Workshop Syllabus

Instructor: Vanessa Van Dyke, M.A., L.A.C.
Hours: Transcripted
Frequency: Every Semester
Prerequisite(s): None
Required For: Within the first two semesters for all programs.
Syllabus: BC 499 - Graduate Writing Workshop Syllabus
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BC 501 - Methodology of Biblical Communication

Description:

This course, first in a two-course sequence in homiletics, is designed to develop speech / rhetorical skills essential to effective oral communication, with a view to their application to Bible teaching and expository preaching. Uses New Testament passages to develop structures for oral communication and proper handling of biblical texts. Familiarity with Greek or Hebrew is helpful, but not required.

[2 hours. Instructor: Moody. Frequency: Every Fall & Spring. Required for M.Div. B.C. and M.Div. L.D. Homiletics Elective for M.Div. C.F. and M.A. B.L. General Elective for all other programs except M.A.P.C. Prerequisite: None. Notes: Enrollment limited to 12 credit students.]

Instructor: Charles ‘Chip’ Moody, D.Min.
Hours: 2
Frequency: Every Fall & Spring
Prerequisite(s): None
Required For: M.Div. B.C. and M.Div. L.D. Homiletics Elective for M.Div. C.F. and M.A.B.L. General Elective for all other programs except M.A.
Syllabus: BC 501 - Methodology of Biblical Communication Syllabus
Notes:

Enrollment limited to 12 credit students.

Formerly coded as BC 500.

BC 502 - Advanced Expository Communication

Description:

Refines the student’s ability to preach expository sermons with clarity and relevance. Emphasis moves from rhetorical skills to the art of preaching. Students are introduced to narrative-exposition as a preaching model. Focuses on OT prophetic and wisdom texts, the ethics of preaching, and the role of preaching in the larger context of pastoral ministry.

[2 hours. Instructor: Moody. Frequency: Every Fall & Spring. Required for M.Div. B.C. Homiletics Elective for M.Div. L.D. General Elective for all other programs except M.A.P.C. Prerequisite: BC 501. Notes: Enrollment is limited to 12 credit students.]

Instructor: Charles ‘Chip’ Moody, D.Min.
Hours: 2
Frequency: Every Fall & Spring
Prerequisite(s): BC 501
Required For: Required for M.Div. B.C. Homiletics Elective for M.Div. L.D. General Elective for all other programs except M.A.P.C.
Syllabus: BC 502 - Advanced Expository Communication Syllabus
Notes:

Enrollment is limited to 12 students.

Formerly coded as BC 501.

BC 509 - Advanced Teaching Skills

Description:

Teaches you how to turn passive participants into active learners. You will discover motivational keys that stimulate the learner to inquiry and growth. Assignments are designed to give you hands-on opportunities to apply what you are learning.

[2 hours. Instructor: Ball. Frequency: Even Falls. Homiletics Elective for M.Div. L.D., M.Div. C.F., and M.A.B.L. General Elective for all other programs except M.A.P.C. Prerequisite: None.]

Instructor: Roger Ball, D.Min.
Hours: 2
Frequency: Even Falls
Prerequisite(s): None
Required For: Homiletics Elective for M.Div. L.D., M.Div. C.F., and M.A.B.L. General Elective for all other programs except M.A.P.C.
Syllabus: BC 509 - Advanced Teaching Skills Syllabus
Notes: Formerly coded as LD 505.

BC 580 - Biblical Communication Individualized Study

Description:

A unique course designed by a faculty advisor and student to develop competence in the area of biblical communication.

[1-4 hours. Instructor: Varies. Frequency: Any Semester. General elective for all programs except M.A.P.C. Prerequisites: 3.4 GPA and approved Academic Petition. Notes:  May be repeated for credit as BC 581 when section content differs.]

Instructor: (Varies)
Hours: 1-4
Frequency: Any Semester
Prerequisite(s): 3.4 GPA & Academic Petition
Required For: General elective for all programs except M.A.P.C.
Syllabus: BC 580 - Biblical Communication Individualized Study Syllabus
Notes:

An individualized study is a unique course which is designed by a faculty advisor and student which permits M.Div., M.A.B.L., and Diploma students to pursue personalized studies to build competence in their area of ministry interest. To be eligible for approval, an individualized study must:

1. Not replicate a course normally offered in the regular curriculum;
2. Have the support of the faculty member who would potentially supervise the study;
3. Pursue defined objectives which are clearly set forth in a course syllabus (created by the student and faculty advisor prior to registration);
4 .Be undertaken by a degree student maintaining a cumulative GPA of at least 3.4.
 
Academic Petitions for individualized study should be submitted to the Director of Academic Services no later than four weeks prior to the Registration deadline.

BC 591 - Biblical Communication Internship I

Description:

Designed for the M.Div. B.C. student to develop and refine biblical communication and other skills in preparation for vocational ministry. You will grow in competency through substantial ministry responsibility and accountability to a competent ministry supervisor. 120 hours spanning one or two semesters.


[2 hours. Instructor: Moody. Frequency: Every Semester. Required for M.Div. B.C. Prerequisite: None. Notes: May be repeated for elective credit as BC 592 Internship II. The Internship Information and Registration Packet (available from the BC 591 course page on http://courses.ps.edu) should be submitted to the Director of Field
Education well before the start of the semester in which the student plans to complete an Internship and no later than the 2nd Friday of the semester.]

 

Instructor: Charles ‘Chip’ Moody, D.Min.
Hours: 2
Frequency: Every Semester
Prerequisite(s): None
Required For: M.Div. B.C.
Syllabus: BC 591 - Biblical Communication Internship I Syllabus
Notes:

*Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) may in some cases be undertaken to fulfill requirements for BC 591 and / or general elective credit. Students who successfully complete military Chaplain’s School as chaplain candidates, and provide official documentation of completion, will receive up to 4 hours of transfer credit toward BC 591 and / or general electives, subject to the approval of the Director of Field Education and / or the Registrar. (Credit is limited to programs of the United States Department of Defense or Canadian National Defence.)

Students who are planning to pursue a career in academia should enroll in the BC 591 Internship - Future Professors Program. The Future Professors Program allows students to minister in a supervised classroom context at Arizona Christian University. For further information, please contact the Director of Field Education, Dr. Chip Moody.

Formerly coded as BC 540.

BC 595 - Selected Topics in Biblical Communication

Description:

An occasional Biblical Communication elective offered as the need and opportunity arise. Course content
is dependent on the expertise of available faculty (resident, adjunct, and visiting), current issues of academic and practical importance, and overall balance in regard to recent course offerings.

[1-4 hours. Instructor: Varies. Frequency: Occasional. General elective for all programs except M.A.P.C. Prerequisite: None. Notes: May be repeated for credit when section content differs.]

Instructor: (Varies)
Hours: 1-4
Frequency: Occasional
Prerequisite(s): None
Required For: General elective for all programs except M.A.P.C.
Syllabus: BC 595 - Selected Topics in Biblical Communication Syllabus
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BL 500 - Introduction to Biblical Interpretation

Description:

A study of the principles involved in accurately interpreting the Word of God. This course is designed to help you understand what the Bible says as well as what it means by what it says, with particular application to the counseling setting. Provides the foundation for further study in theology and biblical literature courses.

[2 hours. Instructor: Fergus. Frequency: Even Summers. Required within first 16 hours for M.A.P.C. Prerequisite: None.]

Instructor: Bryan Fergus, M.Div.
Hours: 2
Frequency: Even Summers
Prerequisite(s): None
Required For: within first 16 hours for M.A.P.C.
Syllabus: BL 500 - Introduction to Biblical Interpretation Syllabus
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BL 501 - Principles for Biblical Interpretation

Description:

A study of the principles involved in accurately interpreting the Word of God. This course is designed to help you understand what the Bible says as well as what it means by what it says. Provides the foundation for further study in theology and biblical literature courses.

[4 hours. Instructor: Chay. Frequency: Every Fall & Spring. Required within first 30 hours for all programs except M.A.P.C. Prerequisite: None.]

Instructor: Fred W. Chay, D.Min., Ph.D.
Hours: 4
Frequency: Every Fall & Spring
Prerequisite(s): None
Required For: within first 30 hours for all programs except M.A.P.C.
Syllabus: BL 501 - Principles for Biblical Interpretation Syllabus
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BL 502 - Survey of the Pentateuch

Description:

A survey of Genesis to Deuteronomy in historical and cultural context. Covers the outstanding features and
basic teachings of each book within the broader context of God’s total, progressive revelation while discerning practical principles for contemporary Christian living.

[2 hours. Instructor: Wegner. Frequency: Every Fall. Required for all programs except M.A.P.C. Prerequisite: None.]

Instructor: Paul D. Wegner, Ph.D.
Hours: 2
Frequency: Every Fall
Prerequisite(s): None
Required For: all programs except M.A.P.C.
Syllabus: BL 502 - Survey of the Pentateuch Syllabus
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