GENERAL EDUCATION COURSES
Institute Pre-Requisites (12)
COM 101 Communication (3)
This course will explore aspects of human communication such as interpersonal, intrapersonal, small group, public speaking, and nonverbal. Special attention will be given in the area of public speaking in the classroom and on the mission field. Students will study various signals of nonverbal communication found in all people groups. Students will be given the opportunity to practice their newly acquired skills through classroom exercises and through the reflection upon actual experiences.
ENG 101 Writing Seminar (3)
This course is an exploration of the process of writing. Students explore the demands of beginning, developing and completing an excellent written product. Students also explore examples of excellence available to them by studying the published work of renowned writers from past and present.
MAT 101 Math for the Mission Field (3)
This course represents a study of the connections between contemporary mathematics and third world society. It aims to develop logical and critical thinking concerning mathematical information that will have practical usage on the mission field. Areas of study include: statistics and probability, foreign currency exchange rates, construction budgets, personal finances, and decision making.
SKL 100 Introduction to Academics (3)
Every student must know basic skills in order to survive in an academic environment and to survive in the “real world”. This class will give the student an introduction into the world of modern Academics. An emphasis on the practical characterizes this class as students will be equipped with the necessary tools to make oral presentations, write an academic paper, and remain organized and up to date on the world around them. Be prepared to be flexible and ready for anything. Welcome to the world of academia!
Biblical Studies (9)
BIB 101 Biblical Interpretation (3)
The Biblical Interpretation class is the foundational class for the Institute’s Bible Department and is a pre-requisite for all the biblical studies courses. The students will be instructed in the inductive method of Bible study. The students will be introduced to literary form, and redaction criticism. The course also introduces the student to Biblical Hebrew Poetry.
BIB 102 Old Testament Survey (3)
The Old Testament Survey class will work through the books of Leviticus & Numbers from the Pentateuch, Ruth, Ezra, Nehemiah & Esther from the Historical Books and Lamentations from the Prophets. Although every chapter will be reviewed, certain passages will be given special inductive/exegetical attention.
BIB 251 Reading the Gospels (3)
This course explores the gospel accounts as historical, theological, and literary presentations of the life and teaching of Jesus. The inductive method of study will be applied to selected pericopes. The students will become familiar with current trends in gospel studies while developing their own thoughts to the validity of said ideas.
HIS 101 History of Christianity I (3)
The history of Christianity is explored from the first century to the reformation. Significant theologians and their contributions are given attention. Students will explore both the painful legacy of religious crimes and the Christian heroes.
MIN 100 Foundations of Ministry (3)
This course is an introduction to Christian Ministry and the related field of Christian Education. The theological, educational and social basis for ministry are explored and examined. The Church’s responsibility to carry out the mandate of Jesus Christ as well as observation, reflection, and participation in practical service will be emphasized. Field experience is required during this course.
MIN 200 Summer Internship (4)
This course develops a student’s ability to blend Christian theology and Christian practice by integrating classroom learning, hands-on practice, spiritual formation, mentoring, and critical reflection on the practice of the Christian faith. Course work covers: biblical and theological foundations of Christian practice, the context in which the Christian faith is to be practiced, and the dynamic relationship between the two. During the course of the internship students will travel to G.O.D. International mission outposts, where they will assist in serving and teaching.
Natural Science (4)
BIO 101 Introduction to Primary Health Care (2)
This course will introduce basic anatomy and physiology of the human body, while examining the relationships between its structure and function, and the effects of disease on the body.
BIO 151 Primary Health Care I (2)
This course will focus on more practical aspects of primary health care including sanitation hygiene. The student will also gain a basic knowledge of tropical diseases and AIDS. Skills training will be focused on patient triage, intensive first aid, CPR, and phlebotomy (blood drawing).
ENG 102 Literary Analysis (3)
Students will learn to identify literary devices and structures. Rhetoric, analogy, metaphor, inclusion, chiasm, and other literary terms will become common language for students of this course.
Physical Education (3)
HLT 101 Wellness (1)
This class is designed to promote understanding of nutrition and health issues by improving reasoning and judgment skills. The principle of physically connected healthy eating is explored as it relates to nutrient metabolism. Discussion and practice of the important issues of weight maintenance, physical activity, and mindful eating will be presented. This course includes individual consultation with the instructor, personal dietary assessment, and physical activity evaluation. Individual goals are encouraged.
HLT 102 Health and Cardio (1)
An introduction to proper physical health through applicable training principles designed from muscle structure, coordination and balance. Students will encounter how to properly move their bodies physically through sports and everyday life as they strengthen and tone the necessary muscles. This course also gives students an opportunity to experience the importance of physical wellness on the mission field.
HLT 103 Soccer (1)
This course will focus on the development of increased individual skills as well as introducing team strategies and techniques. Skills such as running, stopping, dribbling, passing, defending, and shooting will be introduced in both individual and team situations. Students will have a complete understanding of the rules for soccer as well.
SOC 101 Christian Development (3)
The course is designed to give the student a basic introduction into sociological concepts of human growth and development. Students will explore the development of personal identity amidst the social environment of family and peers.
Creative Arts (5)
MUS 101 Music Theory (3)
Elementary concepts of music theory will be surveyed: melodic, rhythmic & harmonic, musical structure & form, composition & analysis. Some attention will be given to style and performance.
ART 101 Projects in Art I (2)
Students will learn the basic concepts of Design and building. This course is geared for people who have a desire to use their hands in several different medias. There will be an in depth look at the art forms found in specific countries and or regions. Students will learn how to design, construct and set up a working studio using materials easily accessible to them in any location.
ART 102 Projects in Art II (3)
With a strong emphasis on the practicality of art forms found around the world, students will learn concepts of design, craft and building. This course gives students an opportunity to express elements of creativity and ingenuity as they design and create working furniture that is able to be replicated in any environment.
Language (8 of one language)
BLG 201 Hebrew 1 (4)
The student will work through a basic Hebrew grammar. The objective is that the student will gain the ability to read the Hebrew text of the Old Testament. The course will begin with the consonants and vowel signs, followed by a study of nouns and their inflections. A vocabulary of 340 words will be gained by the student.
BLG 251 Hebrew II (4)
The student will continue working through the Hebrew grammar. Focus will be on the Hebrew tri-consonantal verb and its inflections. Students will read and practice translation skills on selected biblical passages.
BLG 301 Greek I (4)
This course is for the student that plans to pursue a proficiency in Greek for further academic studies. The student is introduced to the basic forms of inflection and the development of parsing skills along with syntax and solid vocabulary base.
BLG 351 Greek II (4)
The elements of New Testament Greek, with emphasis on the mastery of the basic forms, syntax, and vocabulary, are covered in this two-part beginning course.
PHL 200 The Philosophy of Qohelet (3)
This course is both an exegetical course and a philosophical course on the book of the bible known as Ecclesiastes. Students will learn to read the book as a literary work of art produced by a man known as Qohelet, (the Hebrew title of the book). Students will learn the observational method of wisdom as practiced by Qohelet and explore his use of the Solomonic persona.
Upper Division Writing Intensive Courses (3)
BIB 450 Johannine Literature (3)
In this course students will learn to identify the cultural realities behind the Johannine literature. Working from a socio-literary hermeneutic the student will identify the anti-language of the Johannine community and produce a research paper on the Johannine community.
Senior Seminar (4)
THE 401 Seminar on the Body of Christ (4)
The Seminar on the Body of Christ is the foundational class for understanding the philosophical/theological background to the ministry of Global Outreach Developments Int’l. A concentration on Ephesians 4:11 – 16 and an in depth examination of apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, teachers and saints will be conducted.
Core Biblical Studies Courses
THE 150 Spirit and Law (3)
The Spirit and Law class is an exploration into the seeming conflict found in the scriptures regarding freedom in the Spirit and the necessity for law. This is a theology class in which students will examine how a believer of the 21st century church is to live out this tension.
THE 201 Jesus and the Kingdom (3)
This course is an exploration into the teaching of Jesus on the Kingdom of God. Students explore the now/not yet aspects of the Kingdom, while learning how to incorporate the reality of the Kingdom into their daily lives. Special attention is given to Jesus Kingdom parables and to the eleventh chapter of Matthew.
THE 250 Paul the Apostle & Theologian (3)
This course is a study of the life, calling, and theology of the Apostle Paul. Students will explore the dichotomy between faith and works as presented in Paul’s thought. The student will become familiar with Paul’s ethics of Spirit over law and of the unity and diversity found in the New Testament writings.
Old Testament (12)
BIB 120 Genesis (3)
This course offers a critical and exegetical study into the book of Genesis. Students will become familiar with the prominent ideas on the formation of Genesis. Students will study the early narratives in light of their association and difference in comparison to ANE religious texts. Attention will also be given to the character aspects of the patriarchs and the wisdom of their wives.
BIB 121 Exodus/Deuteronomy (3)
This course is an intensive study of the books of Exodus and Deuteronomy. Each book will be studied independently of one another, then they will be studied comparatively with one another. The book of Deuteronomy will be approached as a later work used to help the ‘people of God’ find their way and establish their understanding of God in a changing world.
BIB 301 The Psalms (3)
The Psalms of Israel reflect human response to a variety of feelings that can be related to by all humanity. As such the Psalms canonically provide validation to feelings, prayers, emotions, complaints, praise, and laments within the context of faith. Through the poetic beauty of song the Psalms are voices of the divine word bringing guidance, salvation and grace. This course will encourage the student to find in the Psalms of Israel a source for inspiration and truth.
BIB 302 Wisdom Literature (3)
The Wisdom Literature course is an advanced introduction for students of the wisdom literature of the Bible and the Apocrypha. The subject of wisdom is explored throughout both testaments. Overviews of Job, Ecclesiastes, the Song of Solomon and the apocryphal Wisdom of Solomon are part of the course. Students will perform poetic analysis and learn basic research of the Hebrew language.
New Testament (3)
BIB 350 Luke/Acts I (3)
This course explores the writings of Luke in both his gospel and in the book of Acts. The course teaches the student to identify the theological concerns of Luke through an intensive study of the narratives that comprise both books. Luke’s theology will be considered in light of the book of Deuteronomy and the theology of Jeremiah.
THE 301 Church and Society (3)
This course explores the church’s relationship to society. How should the power of the church be used to minister to society at large? What are the responsibilities of the church in a global society? How much of the church’s work should be inward rather than outward? These are a few of the questions that will be explored during this course.
THE 350 Christian Ethics (3)
The complex subject of how to live is the pursuit of ethics, whereas morality can be both a religious and a cultural construct. Students will explore morality as both religious and cultural construct while being taught to develop an ethic of Christian love guided with a theology of being.
PHL 100 Research and Writing on the Philosophers (3)
In this course students will study the different hermeneutical approaches of the philosophers of western Christianity. The student will produce a research paper on one of the philosopher’s and their hermeneutic.
PHL 300 Reading the Dialectical Writers (3)
Students will read works by several dialectical philosophers including works by Jaques Ellul and Soren Kierkegaard. The course explores the use of dialectical thought and writing and with the aid of the professor the student will produce a dialectical paper on a selected subject.
Upper Division Electives
BIB 201 The Judges (3)
The book of Judges is examined as a theological document. Students will gain understanding of the message of Judges as found both in the narrative accounts of the acts of the judges, and in the overall structure of the book around literary themes of Kingship.
BIB 202 I & II Samuel (3)
This course is a comprehensive introduction to the critical issues raised by scholarship on both books of Samuel. Students will explore the academic studies of the Deuteronomistic History, the Shiloh tradition, the Ark narrative, the rise of the monarchy, the reign of Saul, the story of David, the Davidic covenant, the Succession Narrative and the Samuel appendix.
BIB 250 The Kings and Chronicles (3)
This course is designed to demonstrate that the Chronicler was a student and interpreter of sacred texts as well as a historian for his era. Students will explore the Book of 1 Kings as it provides a chronological account of Israel’s royal history from the death of David through the division of the monarchy, as well as a chronicle of the prophecies of Elijah.
BIB 330 The Prophets I (3)
This course utilizes the work of Abraham Joshua Heschel on the prophets. As an introductory course it provides students with an understanding of the need, purpose, and revelation of God through the prophets. Special attention is given to those books known as the Minor Prophets including Joel, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah & Nahum.
BIB 331 The Prophets II (3)
This course utilizes the work of Abraham Joshua Heschel on the prophets. As an introductory course it provides students with an understanding of the need, purpose, and revelation of God through the prophets. Special attention is given to those books known as the Minor Prophets including Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah & Malachi.
BIB 401 Jeremiah (3)
This course is a comprehensive study of the book of Jeremiah. Utilizing the work of Holladay, Sarna, and others this course will take the student from Jeremiah’s call to his exile. The theology of Jeremiah will be a constant topic in class discussions.
BIB 200 New Testament Survey (3)
This course is a basic introduction to the genre of the gospels, the occasional letters of the New Testament, and Revelation. Reading the books and reading reports help familiarize students with the New Testament, the textbooks for this course are excellent. Attention is given to the cultural historical setting of the New Testament.
BIB 321 Matthew (3)
This course on Matthew offers an interpretive approach that focuses on the socio-historical context of the Gospel and the nature of Matthew’s exhortation to his first-century Christian audience. The course also clarifies what praise, honor, and glory meant to Matthew and his audience.
BIB 322 Mark (3)
This course develops a method for analyzing the semantic repetition, narrative rhetoric and function of characterization in the Gospel of Mark. Students will apply this method in studies of the characterization of God, Jesus, and Jesus’ disciples and will also learn to read Mark as a socio-political challenge to existing powers of government.
BIB 351 The General Epistles (3)
This course is a study of the epistles of James, I and II Peter, and Hebrews. The book of James will be explored as Wisdom literature. Hebrews will be explored for its unique use of the Old Testament and its Christology. The Epistles of Peter will be read in light of their theology.
BIB 400 Luke/Acts II (3)
This course explores how the first-century church viewed women. The course is a sociological study of Luke’s Gospel and Acts. Students will explore text to systematically sift and weigh the influences that class, status, and power had on the lives of women as portrayed by Luke. This second class on Luke / Acts explores the oral power of the narratives and the literary design of each narrative section.