Course Descriptions

 

BIBLICAL LANGUAGES
BIBL211 (3)
Greek I
Elements of grammar of the koine Greek of the New Testament, including vocabulary, translation, and reading. Weekly lab required. Fall

BIBL212 (3)
Greek II
Instruction in intermediate grammar and reading of selected portions of the New Testament. Weekly lab required. Prerequisite: BIBL211. Spring

BIBL313 (3)
Greek III
Advanced Koine Reading. New Testament portions from Luke, Paul, the book of Hebrews, and James should be analyzed on the bases of Greek syntax and author specific vocabulary. Selections from the Septuagint and the early church fathers will be considered to illustrate the development of thought within Christianity. Furthermore, introducing students to selections from Philo and Josephus. Prerequisites: BIBL211 and BIBL212. Fall, Summer

BIBL221 (2)
Elementary Latin
Introduction to Latin grammar and syntax. Emphasis on biblical and ecclesiological vocabulary and reading and translation of simple texts from Vulgate and church history. Fall

BIBL222 (2)
Intermediate Latin
Instruction in intermediate Latin grammar and syntax and reading and translation of selected texts from Vulgate and church history. Prerequisite: BIBL221. Spring

BIBL341 (3)
Hebrew I
Fundamentals of Biblical Hebrew including a practical vocabulary, an understanding of the grammatical structure of the language, and practice in translation. Weekly lab required. Fall

BIBL342 (3)
Hebrew II
Development of reading ability in different portions of the Hebrew Bible on intermediate level. Application of the principles of Hebrew lexicography, grammar, syntax and style to the exegesis of selected passages of the Hebrew Old Testament. Emphasis placed upon practical and scholarly application of the text in an exegesis paper. Prerequisite: BIBL341. Spring

BIBL495 (1-3)
Independent Study
Provides opportunity for further and independent investigation of the history, development, and exegesis of the biblical text. Fall, Spring, Summer

RELIGION-BIBLICAL STUDIES
RELB111 (3)
Introduction to the Old Testament
An introduction to the writings and theology of the Old Testament within their near eastern cultural, geographical, and historical backgrounds. Fall

RELB112 (3)
Introduction to the New Testament
An introduction to the writings and theology of the New Testament within their Jewish and Greco-Roman cultural, geographical, and historical backgrounds. Spring

RELB210 (3)
Jesus in His Time and Ours
Details the mission, the message and the meaning of Jesus Christ for His day and for ours. What is it about the Christian story that captured the attention of so much of world history? Also examines the connection between Christ’s first Advent and His second. May be taught with specific emphasis on one of the four gospels. Fall, Spring, Summer

RELB216 (3)
Law and Writings of the Old Testament
An introduction to The Pentateuch and the "Writings" (historical books, Psalms, and Wisdom literature). May be taught with specific emphasis on a particular book or theme. Fall, Spring

RELB230 (3)
Biblical Prayers
Readings of biblical prayers as part of divine-human dialogue, assessing their significance for theology as well as for personal spiritual life. A study of the way prayers help to characterize both God and human beings in various types of biblical literature, and reflections of the role of prayer in the life of believers today.

RELB235 (3)
Apocalyptic and Biblical Prophecy
A study of the meaning for the 21st century of biblical apocalyptic prophecy, describing the principles of reading and applying biblical prophecy in a modern world, comparing it with other modes of prophecy and prediction in the present culture, and assessing its relevance in view of modern global challenges. Does not count toward a Religion and Theology major.

RELB245 (3)
Hermeneutics
An introduction to the presuppositions beneath various interpretive approaches to the biblical text and application of the principles of interpretation to texts representing the various genres of the Old and New Testaments. Fall

RELB 274 (3)
Prophetic Writings of the Old Testament
An introduction to the prophets of the Old Testament and their writings. May be taught with specific emphasis on a particular book or theme. Fall, Spring

RELB 304 (3)
Studies in Daniel
Study of the background, content, and construction of these biblical books with emphasis upon the interpretation of prophecy, apocalyptic imagery and symbols.

RELB 305 (3)
Studies in Revelation
Study of the background, content, and construction of these biblical books with emphasis upon the interpretation of prophecy, apocalyptic imagery and symbols.

RELB335 (3)
Acts and Epistles
Brief introduction to principles of New Testament interpretation; a study of Acts, the Pauline Epistles, Hebrews, and the General Epistles. Research paper may be required. May be taught with specific emphasis on a particular book or theme. Fall, Spring

RELB406 (3)
Studies in Daniel and Revelation
Study of the background, content, and construction of these biblical books with emphasis upon the interpretation of prophecy, apocalyptic imagery and symbols. Fall

RELB476 (3)
Prophets of Israel
Includes the history of prophecy, the pre-writing prophetic figures, and the books of the writing prophets. Research paper may be required. Spring

RELB416 (3)
Advanced Study in Law and Writings
Focused on a particular book or on themes in the law and writings of the Old Testament. Includes exegesis. Research paper required. Prerequisites: BIBL341 and BIBL342. Fall, Spring

RELB474 (3)
Advanced Study in Old Testament Prophets
Focused on a particular book or on themes in the prophetic writings of the Old Testament. Includes exegesis. Research paper required. Prerequisites: BIBL341 and BIBL 342. Fall, Spring

GENERAL RELIGION
RELG110 (3)
Global Adventism and Cross-Cultural Service
A study of the Seventh-day Adventist Church as a global movement. Emphasis is on the interaction between mission, theology, organization, and culture in the 21st century.

RELG160 (1-3)
Topics in Religion
Designed to add flexibility to the department offerings and to meet diverse student needs. Repeatable as topics vary. Consult the class schedule for the current topic. Fall, Spring, Summer

RELG225 (3)
Foundations to Missions
An undergraduate religion course which explores the theology and practice of missions. The objective of the course is to understand God’s mission in our world and to experience personal involvement in that mission. A long-term goal of the course is to create an experience through which God can inspire students to a lifetime of service and missions. The class experience includes intensive short-term missions exposure by means of a class tour. Note: Student missionaries are required to take a different missions course: RELP 325 - Preparation for Mission Service.

RELG248 (1-3)
Workshop
Provides flexibility for the occasional workshop where it is appropriate to offer religion credit. Workshop requirements must be approved by the department. Fall, Spring

RELG350 (3)
World Religions
Explores major world views and religious traditions and their fundamental teachings, beliefs, and practices. Considers each major religion’s analysis of basic human problems and the proposed solutions. Students learn to respect and understand diverse beliefs and practices. Taught from a Christian perspective, the course seeks to explore common ground and challenges between Christianity and the major world religions. 

RELG360 (1-3)
Topics in Religion
Designed to add flexibility to the department offerings and to meet diverse student needs. Repeatable as topics vary. Consult the class schedule for the current topic. This course qualifies for a deferred grade when it requires research. Fall, Spring, Summer

RELG378 $ (0)
Study Tour:
Travel to destinations relevant to individual programs of study. Classes will be selected from department(s) offerings. Fee may be required. Religion and theology majors may apply up to 6 elective credits of classes taken on study tours toward their major if preapproved by department.

RELG380H (1-3)
Honors in Religion (topic specified)
Readings and seminar observations on various topics. Area of study announced in advance. Repeatable as topics vary. Fall, Spring

RELG496 (1-3)
Special Projects in Religion
By special permission of the Department of Religion and Biblical Languages. Fall, Spring, Summer

RELIGION-HISTORY
RELH316 (3)
History of the Christian Church I
Surveys the internal and external developments and conflicts which Christianity has experienced in time and space from the time of Christ up to the Reformation. Special attention given to those developments that relate to Seventh-day Adventist theological heritage. Prerequisite: HIST117 or permission of instructor. Not applicable to the General Education requirements in religion nor a major in religion. Fall

RELH317 (3)
History of the Christian Church II
Surveys the history of the church from the Protestant Reformation to current time. Special attention is given to the Protestant Reformation, the Catholic counter-reformation, Puritanism, Rationalism, Evangelicalism, the rise of modern denominations, the world-wide mission expansion, and ecumenism. Prerequisite: HIST118 or permission of instructor. Not applicable to the General Education requirements in religion. Spring

RELH400 (3,4)
SDA History and Prophetic Heritage
An investigation of the background, rise, and development of the Seventh-day Adventist church in America and the world from its beginning until the present with special attention given to the historical role, ministry and writings of Ellen White. Theology majors take the class for 4 credits, Religion majors for 3 credits. Fall, Summer

RELIGION-PROFESSIONAL & APPLIED STUDIES
RELP105 (1)
Introduction to Pastoral Service
An introduction for ministerial students to the various components of the pastoral calling and practicum. Open only to Theology majors. Spring

RELP200 (0)
Religion Forum
A weekly seminar giving instruction in the many aspects of ministering in churches. Required of all theology/religion majors.Students must register for this class each semester in residence. Fall, Spring

RELP235 (2)
Christianity in a World Context
An introduction to the status and role of Christianity and mission worldwide. Includes a brief history of Christian mission, current facts about mission needs, Christian and mission relationships to world religions, political ideologies, national development, and non-Western cultures. Fall

RELP240 (2-3)
Personal Witnessing
Acquaintance with the dynamics of Christian witnessing in the neighborhood, at work, and in the friend-to-friend approach of personal Bible study. Christ's example of witnessing is highlighted. Fall

RELP325 (2)
Preparation for Mission Service
An orientation to the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary for successful student mission service. This class is required for all student missionaries (SMs). The course includes aspects of the entire student missionary experience including: preparation (before going), in-field service (while serving in mission field), and re-entry (when the student missionary returns). This class fulfills 2 credits of the General Education religion requirement. The course is offered at the special reduced student missionary tuition rate. Students must enroll in the course before leaving as a student missionary. Instructor permission required. Spring, Summer

RELP330 (2)
Homiletics - Introduction to Preaching
Lays the foundation for biblical sermon construction and delivery. This class is the prerequisite for all other homiletics courses and is a requirement for all religion/theology majors. Spring

RELP335 (3)
Foundations of Youth Ministry
Designed for the youth specialist who wishes to work as a youth pastor, youth director, academy Bible teacher, or in any other youth-training capacity. 

RELP336 (1)
Homiletics—Expository Preaching
Addresses the crucial nature of expository preaching, stressing proper principles of interpreting and applying the text to practical life. Weekly lab required. Prerequisite: RELP330. Fall, Spring

RELP337 (1)
Homiletics—Contextualized Preaching 
Explores the dynamics of effective preaching to a particular cultural group with an emphasis on the distinctive homiletical, rhetorical and cultural qualities required for the effective proclamation of the Gospel to each group. Weekly lab required. Prerequisite: RELP330. Fall

RELP338 (1)
Homiletics—Evangelistic and Special Events
Addresses the needs of special preaching events such as evangelistic crusades, weddings, funerals, and dedications. Weekly lab required. Prerequisite: RELP330. Spring

RELP340 (2)
Strategies for Service
Creates the vision that all Christians can serve in mission. Shows how to witness in cross-cultural situations and introduces students to ways they can do mission in any occupation. Alternate forms of mission like tent-maker ministries, nonresident missionaries, urban ministry, and work with refugees and foreign students are addressed. Spring

RELP350 (3)
Evangelism
Students will prepare and conduct public evangelistic meetings. Different contexts will be chosen in different years. Students will study and reflect on the role of public evangelism in the mission of the church in various cultural settings. Prerequisite: RELP330. 

RELP441 (2-3)
Introduction to Pastoral Ministry
A study of the principles of leadership as applied to pastoral ministry, in particular with regard to the minister as leader of worship, as nurturing pastor, as administrator of the church and as evangelist. Theology majors enroll for 3 credits and Religion majors for 2 credits. Fall

RELP482 (1)
Ministerial Candidacy Seminar
Intended to help ministerial students explore practical issues in connection with their call to pastoral ministry. It also aids in the preparation of the ministerial candidacy portfolio required of the students taking this class. Open only to Theology majors during their senior year. Fall

RELP485 (3)
Pastoral Ministry
A study of the principles of leadership as applied to pastoral ministry, in particular with regard to the minister as leader of worship, as nurturing pastor, as administrator of the church and as evangelist. This class summarizes and assesses the practical ministry portfolio developed by the student during the course of study. Prerequisites: RELP240, RELP330 and RELP350. Fall

RELIGION-THEOLOGY
RELT100 (3)
God and Human Life
How God confronts human beings—includes the process of revelation, principles of interpreting Scripture and similarly inspired material, the nature of God and His expectations for humans, and the evaluation of these concepts as presented in Scripture and the classic literature of various religions. Fall, Spring, Summer

RELT115 (3)
Introduction to Christian Discipleship
This course covers fundamental theories of human psychosocial, moral, and faith development, transformational theology and theory, and foundational principles of discipleship as found in both the Old and New Testaments of Scripture.

RELT207 (3)
Issues in the Great Controversy
Study of the controversy between Christ and Satan with particular emphasis on their characters and kingdoms, the attack against law, the implications of the sacrifice of Christ, the relationship of these issues to human lives today, and the completion of God’s mission for sinners. Credit not applicable toward the theology concentration.

RELT216 (2)
Workshop in Prayer
Study of faith, private prayer, family worship, conducting prayer groups, public prayer, and prayer as a ministry. Not applicable toward the theology concentration or major in religion. Fall, Spring

RELT225 (3)
Doctrines of the Adventist Faith
Defines and clarifies the Biblical doctrines of the Seventh-day Adventist faith, distinguishing them within the background of the Judeo-Christian tradition. Fall, Spring, Summer

RELT250 (3)
Personal Spirituality and Faith
A study of the Biblical perspective on the act of faith and the life of faith. How does a person begin and nurture one’s own personal spiritual and devotional life? Also studies the meaning of spiritual nurture in various lifestyle and work settings. Personal spiritual growth is fostered through involvement in organized church activities and/or witnessing outreach. Fall, Spring

RELT295 (1)
Introduction to Theological Research
Introduces students to basic research concepts, tools, and methodology in the discipline. Fall

RELT308 (2-3)
Gift of Prophecy
Study of the prophetic manifestation in Bible and church to include the ministry and writings of Ellen G. White. Research paper may be required. Theology and Religion majors enroll for 2 credits. Fall

RELT315 (3)
Christian Discipleship
Christians are called to be followers or disciples of Jesus. This class presents the personal and spiritual implications of the biblical concept of discipleship. Discipleship is discussed in light of personal life, biblical teachings, and historical-theological developments. Spring

RELT325 (3)
Theology I
A continuation of RELT100. Study of nature, sources, and methods of theology; the doctrines of God and his works (the Trinity, creation, providence, law, and Sabbath), Christ, the Holy Spirit, and human beings. Research paper may be required. Student can earn general education credit in either RELT225 or 325, but not in both. Prerequisite: RELH400. Fall

RELT326 (3)
Theology II
Study of the doctrines of Christ and salvation (nature and works of atonement), the church (characteristics, ministry, and mission), sanctuary and Christ's heavenly ministry, and eschatology from a distinct Seventh-day Adventist perspective. Research paper may be required. Prerequisite: RELT325. Spring

RELT340 (3)
Religion and Ethics in Modern Society
Considers how the Judeo-Christian tradition confronts the moral complexities of a highly technical society. Are there universal absolutes that cross all cultural boundaries, or are all values relative? Designed to help students articulate what molded their value system and what should help to shape it. Students are expected to participate in some organized church/civic/social service activities. Student can earn general education credit in either RELT340 or RELT390, but not in both. Fall, Spring

RELT348 (3)
Christians and the Environment
A religious, philosophical, and activist approach to environmental issues, analyzing ideological causes of environmental degradation, and offering philosophical and theological perspectives which inform and sensitize the student to the Christian’s environmental responsibility. Qualifies as an “S” course for General Education Service Learning. Contains a service component. Spring

RELT385 (3)
Bioethics and Christian Faith
A capstone seminar for biology and related majors that engages the interface of biology and ethics from a biblical and Seventh-day Adventist perspective. Focused attention on select bioethical issues and their relationship to Scripture and Christian practice, including but not limited to: biblical and environmental stewardship, the molecular revolution, genomics and genetic manipulation, human nature, communication in science, and dilemmas in the health professions. Prerequisites: BIOL166, COMM104 or higher, ENGL215

RELT390 (3)
Christian Business Ethics
Designed for the student to examine differing ethical models and to develop a personal model that will serve as the basis on which a Seventh-day Adventist Christian will make personal value decisions. The developed model is used in examining actual ethical issues which confront people in daily affairs of business life. Student can earn general education credit in either RELT340 or RELT390, but not in both. (Open only to upper division BBA students). Spring

RELT415 (3)
Topics in Theology
Focused attention on select theological issues and their relationship to Christian practice. The selection of topics varies with any given course offering and might include some of the following: Trinity, theodicy, sanctuary, apocalypticism, justification by faith, revelation and inspiration, and doctrine of creation. Research paper required. Prerequisites: RELT325, RELT326

RELT420 (3)
Formative Thinkers in Religion
An in-depth, seminar-style exploration of selected thinkers who have significantly impacted both Christian thought and the culture at large. Through a sustained attention of mostly primary texts, student explore the rich intersection of theology, philosophy, spirituality and ethics with the aim of probing the richness and complexity of human existence in relationship to God.

RELT425 (3)
Seminar in Contemporary Theology
A study of ideas of major theologians in modern times. Underlying philosophical presuppositions are analyzed. The relationship between theology and secularism is studied. The course critically examines some primary texts and evaluates their contribution and significance.

RELT440 (3)
Fundamentals of Spirituality & Ethics in Healthcare
Addresses religious and spiritual issues of significance for healthcare. Includes a discussion of views of the relationship between health and spirituality from different religious perspectives. Provides an overview of the philosophical and historical background for ethical systems and their significance for current ethical challenges in healthcare. Fall, Spring

RELT445 (1-3)
Modern Trends in Religion & Society
Examines a wide range of issues arising from the postmodern cultural context and their impact on Christian self-understanding, missions, and ministry in general. Special attention given to the rise of secularism, pluralism and “new atheism” and the challenges such trends present for Christian apologetics.