The Community Development Program is a total of 124 Units. In order to finish the program, one must complete the required 67 General Education units and 57 Community Development units.

General Education (57)

Institute Pre-Requisites (12)

COM 200 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.

 

History (3)

HIS 101 History of Christianity (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.

 

Ministry (7)

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).

 

Literature (3)

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.

 

Sociology (3)

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 I (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.

 

Philosophy (3)

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)

(Senior Seminar) 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 Community Development (35)

 

Old Testament (6)

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 202 I and 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.

 

New Testament (6)

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.

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.

 

Ministry (3)

MIN 400 Principles of Preaching (3)

The student will learn the basic techniques for developing a homily. Students will also learn the importance of expositional preaching over the reading of a single verse or the sporadic reading of many verses.

 

Community Development (9)

MIS 150 World Religions (3)

The world religions course is an introductory course into the philosophy of religion based upon a historical study of religious development in different cultures. Students will explore the world’s religious systems both primitive and ancient.

MIS 451 Conceptualizing the Great Commission (3)

This course on the great commission is an exercise in philosophical theology on the formation and development of the great commission in the teachings of Jesus. Students explore and learn how to fulfill the words of Jesus within the text known as the great commission. Subjects given special attention are: nation building, exploration of the use of the word disciple in the NT canon, the doubt of the disciples/apostles, Jesus’ own incarnational model for ministry, initiation rites into the new community, the authority of Jesus, and his words of assurance.

MIS 452 The City: A Theological Construct for Understanding the City (3)

Students critique the writings of Jacques Ellul on the city while exploring the theological meaning of the city within a global economy. The biblical portrayal of the city from Genesis to Revelation is uncovered during the course.

 

Theology (3)

THE 101 History of Christianity II (3)

The history of Christianity is explored from the reformation to the present. Significant theologians and their contributions are given attention. The historical lesson is presented as an opportunity for students to see their generation learn from the past.

 

Language (8)

*choose one language

MLGH 201, 202, 301, 302 Hindi (2)

This course is designed to assist Community Development Majors and Biblical Study Majors in acquiring language skills for their selected area of service. The first year introduces the student to the sounds, songs, and general phrases of the language. The final semester builds upon the first two and takes the student deeper into conversational speech.

MLGL 201, 202, 301, 302 Luganda (2)

This course is designed to assist Community Development Majors and Biblical Study Majors in acquiring language skills for their selected area of service. The first year introduces the student to the sounds, songs, and general phrases of the language. The final semester builds upon the first two and takes the student deeper into conversational speech.

MLGS 201, 202, 301, 302 Swahili (2)

This course is designed to assist Community Development Majors and Biblical Study Majors in acquiring language skills for their selected area of service. The first year introduces the student to the sounds, songs, and general phrases of the language. The final semester builds upon the first two and takes the student deeper into conversational speech.

MLGT 201, 202, 301, 302 Tagalog (2)

This course is designed to assist Community Development Majors and Biblical Study Majors in acquiring language skills for their selected area of service. The first year introduces the student to the sounds, songs, and general phrases of the language. The final semester builds upon the first two and takes the student deeper into conversational speech.

MLGE 201, 202, 301, 302 Espanol (2)

Students are required to learn over 300 words of vocabulary during the first semester. Students will learn Spanish grammar and syntax. Focus will be on simple conjugations for beginning skills in conservational Spanish.

 

General Electives (6)

 

Theology

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.

 

Community Development

MIS 301 Immersion II (3)

This course gives Community Development students an opportunity to immerse into the culture of choice. Cultural, social, ethical, linguistic and economical study of the destination country will be the focus of this mission.

MIS 500 Immersion III: Ministry Deputation (3)

This course is the final of the immersion series. It is specifically catered to the missionary who will be concluding their research prior to being commissioned into full time missionary service. Students will draft a formal proposal for the philosophical and practical aspects of career missionary service specific to their culture/country of destination.

 

Linguistics

LING 300 Introduction to Linguistics (3)

This is the entry level course for all further study in linguistics. As an introduction, this course will explore the benefits in studying linguistics for aid in language learning, literacy and translation. Using Generative Linguistics as a framework, the student will be exposed to many of the major sub-disciplines of linguistics including phonology (sound level), morphology (word level), and syntax (sentence level). Time will be allotted for discussing recent trends in linguistics as these relate to discourse and meaning. Ample attention throughout the course will be given to discuss practical ways linguistics can be used on the mission field.

 

Upper Division Electives

 

Community Development

MIS 201 Immersion I (3)

This course gives Community Development students an opportunity to immerse into the culture of choice. Cultural, social, ethical and economical study of the destination country will be the focus of this mission.

MIS 302 Third World Development (2)

This course deals with human development issues in a 3rd world context including, poverty, literacy, education, health & mortality, childbirth & child welfare. Students will examine the praxis of such development propelled from a biblical perspective.

MIS 351 Cultural Considerations for Community Development (2)

Utilizing the works of Reinhold Niebuhr and Langdon Gilkey, students will explore the power of culture. Biblical passages that are difficult without cultural understanding are reviewed and the 3rd world concept of honor and shame is taught.

MIS 352 Case Analysis and Economic Development (2)

This course will assist students in developing a framework for a biblical philosophy of ministry in developing countries. Case studies and project scenarios will be performed considering cultural context and demographic.

MIS 401 Primary Health Care II (2)

This course will be intensive training in the practice of primary health care and microbiological diagnosis. emergency patient care, and midwifery will be covered in both class and lab settings.

MIS 402 Widow and Orphan Care (2)

A biblical basis for the implementation of practical assistance for the widow and orphan will be thoroughly examined. Case studies and project scenarios will be performed considering cultural context and demographic.

MIS 450 Occupational Development and Organizational Dynamics (3)

This course is a continuation of the development of a framework for a biblical philosophy of ministry in developing countries. Continued case studies and project scenarios will be performed considering cultural context and demographic.