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AP270Jesus Goes to the Movies - 3 credit hours

This course examines theological images of God, Jesus Christ & the Holy Spirit depicted in popular movies in our culture, and how these images impact our faith practices and spiritual growth. There is an emphasis on the work of H. Richard Niebuhr's Christ and Culture. Students are encouraged to bring snacks and get comfortable for a semester of evenings at the movies!

BS100 Survey of the Psalms - 3 credit hours

Examine the enduring relevance of the Psalms to today’s theological, social, familial and cultural issues. Explore the various functions of the Psalms as Israel’s guidebook to prayer, praise, and worship.

BS130 The Wisdom Books - 3 credit hours

This course will analyze the books of Job, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes and the book of love, the Song of Solomon, from an historical, theological and faith perspective.

BS101 Old Testament Survey - 3 credit hours

Briefly examine all 39 books of the Old Testament, reviewing the major themes and controlling thoughts of scripture.

BS102 New Testament Survey - 3 credit hours

Briefly examine the 27 books of the New Testament, capturing the major themes and controlling thoughts of scripture.

BS103 Knowing Who You Are In Christ - 3 credit hours

Study the believer’s identity in Christ. Provides self-examination of the Christian’s walk with God. This course aids in the discovery of personal ministry.

BS111 The Four Gospels - 3 credit hours

Research the four gospels. Study the life and ministry of Jesus. Examine the literary content of the synoptic gospels (Matthew, Mark and Luke), discovering how they differ from the Gospel of St. John.

Prerequisite: BS102 New Testament Survey

BS113 Paul’s Letters I - 3 credit hours

Study the four epistles in-depth. Examine Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, and Philemon with special emphasis on the setting, purpose, and general content of each book.

Prerequisite: BS102 New Testament Survey

BS115 Paul’s Letters II - 3 credit hours

Exegetically study I and II Timothy, and Titus. Review the setting, purpose, and content of each book. Research the life application and principles in these books for today’s ministry.

Prerequisite: BS102 New Testament Survey

BS124 Black Presence in the Bible - 3 credit hours

Discover spiritual evidence that the Black man was alive and well during biblical times. Learn that there is a rich heritage of prominent, educated Black men and women that predated the records of modern history.

BS135 Church Administration - 3 credit hours

Acquire and improve administration skills for utilization in the local church. Improve management skills and increase the productivity with your organization, church, committee, department, or ministry within the Body of Christ. Examine the principle role of the church administrator.

BS200 How to Study the Bible - 2 credit hours

This course provides an indepth analysis of how to effective navigate through the Word of God for a better understanding of the rich principles within it.

BS201Bible Characters I - 3 credit hours

Study some of God’s greatest Biblical characters, examining the strengths, weaknesses, victories and defeats of each. Discover proof of God’s use of ordinary people to accomplish extraordinary things.

BS202 Bible Characters II - 3 credit hours

Continue the study of some of God’s greatest Biblical characters, examining the strengths, weaknesses, victories and defeats of each. Discover proof of God’s use of ordinary people to accomplish extraordinary things.

Prerequisite: BS101 Old Testament Survey, BS102 New Testament Survey, BS201 Bible Characters I

BS220 Acts of the Apostles - 3 credit hours

Study the Acts of the Apostles in-depth. Research the major characters highlighted in the book, focusing on their tremendous hardships and miraculous triumphs. Participate in discussions on the followers of the Early Church and the initial spread of Christianity throughout the world.

Prerequisite: BS102 New Testament Survey

BS230 Introduction to Hermeneutics - 3 credit hours

Examine the basic methods and tools needed to interpret Scripture. Learn various literary styles that assist with reading the Bible in its historical context. Understand the true meaning of scripture.

Prerequisite: BS101 Old Testament Survey, BS102 New Testament Survey, BS202 Bible Characters II, TH301 Bible Doctrines I

BS232 Advanced Hermeneutics - 3 credit hours

Examine advanced techniques and tools needed to interpret Scripture. Learn various literary styles that assist with reading the Bible in its historical context. Understand the true meaning of scripture.

Prerequisite: BS230 Introduction to Hermeneutics

BS250 Biblical Prophecy I - 3 credit hours

Examine the commission and fulfillment of prophecy from Genesis to Malachi. Learn about Christ as the center of prophecy, and Israel as a tool of fulfillment. Also learn the prophecies that have already been fulfilled and those that have yet to be fulfilled.

Prerequisite: BS102 Old Testament Survey

BS260 Biblical Prophecy II - 3 credit hours

Examine the commission and fulfillment of prophecy from Matthew to Revelation. Study prophecy in the New Testament as it relates to the life of the believer.

Prerequisite: BS102 New Testament Survey

BS270 Law & Religion - 3 credit hours

Examine the unique relationship between the laws and ethics of secular society and the religious beliefs of the sacred. Research the U.S. prison system and learn effective ways of ministering to the convicted felon.

CD160 Introduction to Chemical Dependency - 3 credit hours

Receive introductory knowledge of the effects of addictions on individuals and families.

Review effective treatment approaches to chemical dependency.

CE300 Minister as Educator - 3 credit hours

This course serves as a foundational introduction to the art of teaching, focusing on the skills, techniques, activities and resources that contribute to effective teaching in the 21st century.

CO100 Introduction to Biblical Counseling - 3 credit hours

Examine the discipline of counseling from a biblical perspective. Participate in discussions on the role Christianity plays in the life of a counselor. Study introductory methods of counseling within various arenas.

CO200 Faith and Life - 3 credit hours

Students will obtain directives for providing Biblical encouragement, direction, and hope for hurting people by learning about such things as becoming an effective people helper, helping people change, repentance, and Godly sorrow.

CO300 Marriage and Family - 3 credit hours

Marriage should be the most fulfilling human relationship we will ever experience. This course provides insight on how to recognize “stressors” that can hinder and tear marriages apart. This course will also examine the different aspects of marital and family relationships.

CO400 Challenging Issues in Biblical Counseling - 3 credit hours

This course provides and overview of Biblical counseling topics such as: What Would Jesus Think and Do? Understanding the Way of Christ, Ethical and Legal Issues In Lay Ministry, Family Systems: Breaking Unhealthy Patterns, Sexual Issues: Affairs, Homosexuality, Intimacy Roadblocks, Dysfunctions, Pain & Suffering: Helping People in a Hurting World, and Breaking the Bonds of Sexual Addiction.

CO500 Emerging Issues in Biblical Counseling - 3 credit hours

This course provides and overview of Biblical counseling topics such as: Managing Stress and Anxiety, Grief and Loss, Psychiatric Care and Medication, The Helper’s Chair: Special Skills and Practice, Financial Bondage: Strategies for Freedom, and Anger Management.

CM201 Public Speaking - 3 credit hours

Students will examine the art of speech writing and effective public speaking; explore sound methods of voice diction, outlining, and delivery of speeches of varied occasions, working with specific themes and diverse situations.

CM400 Mt. Calvary Holy Church of America (MCHC) Polity - 1 credit hour

The objective of this course is to introduce persons to the bylaws of the Mt. Calvary Holy Church of America (MCHC). Candidates are also prepared for the MCHC licensing examination (i.e., Minister, Evangelist, and/or Elder). The course may be waived upon the approval of the Vice Bishop of the MCHC, Bishop Alfred A. Owens, Jr.

Prerequisite: Approval by MCHC Administration

CS200 Christian Service Seminar - 1 credit hour

Christian service is considered a vital element for spiritual development. Students will participate in a formal Service Program that includes a one hour seminar, coaching in developing a ministry proposal/grant, and direct service hours in the community. During the semester course, students may choose from a variety of Christian service opportunities and commit to performing at least one service activity weekly. The course is designed to engage the students in charity, social justice, and ministry development.

CW310 The Family - 3 credit hours

Explore the Customs, Culture and Context of the Family in the Bible, considering the implications of biblical perspective in today’s society; Explore “What Makes a Family Strong, Healthy and Happy," and how to apply the concepts learned to the student’s family or circle of influence to improve relationships. A foundation course that integrates biblical and cultural perspective in the area of interpersonal, marriage, and family relationships.

DR101 Introduction to Acting & Christian Drama - 3 credit hours

Provides a framework for studying the art form of drama as it relates to Christianity; special emphasis on the history of drama, various dramatic forms, different types of theatres, and theatre personnel.

EN101 English Composition - 3 credit hours

Introduces college-level reading and writing. Learn the basic rules of grammar and develop good writing skills.

EN101-L English Compositon Peer Tutoring - 1 Credit Hour

EP300 Small Business Startup - 3 credit hours

This course helps to establish a biblical foundation and framework for business planning that puts God first, resulting in the advancement of the kingdom of God as well as the profitability of one’s business. The emphasis is on starting a small business.

HE200 Women’s Health - 3 credit hours

This course presents an overview of the health status of women and preventive strategies to improve their health. Topics include important information on how a women’s body works, what can be done to prevent or help solve common health problems and how to successfully cope with illness from a faith perspective.

HE250 HIV AIDS Awareness - 3 credit hours

This course is the core training for all ministry members, peer educators, and staff members who do community HIV/AIDS presentations, and it is a prerequisite course for all other HIV/AIDS educator courses under the auspices of the Red Cross. The course is highly experiential and provides training and skills development in facts, psychosocial issues and teaching strategies relating to HIV/AIDS. The course will include information about the Basic Knowledge of HIV/AIDS, Epidemiology, Treatment, Legal Issues and additional topics aiding in religious perspective.

HI200 History of the Black Pentecostal Church - 3 credit hours

This course seeks to present the history of the African American Holiness Pentecostal church. This denomination is the youngest addition to Christendom and has been one of the most controversial and radical of the family. To understand where this denomination came from, as African Americans, we need to understand the history of the Black Church.

HI250 Christian African American Women in History - 3 credit hours

This course is designed to inform students of the impact that Christian African American women have on understandings of our racial, class, and gendered identities.

HI300 Practical Christian History - 3 credit hours

This course seeks to help students acquire a historical and holistic perspective on the history of Christianity. Students will gain a broad grasp of the major developments in Christian history over 2000 years, and an awareness of the rich diversity of global Christianity. This course will provide a solid foundation for students interested in knowing the lived history of their faith, as it pertains to traditional and Protestant threads, Western, and Eastern differences.

HI305 Eschatology: Study of the End Times - 3 credit hours

The Old Testament contained nearly 100 prophecies of the First Coming of Jesus Christ and they were all fulfilled. The Old Testament prophets, as well as The Chief Prophet, Jesus Christ Himself, prophesied of the Second Coming as authenticated in more than 300 scriptures, yet so often Christians are unaware of these prophecies and how they apply to their lives. This course will focus on the many topics surrounding the Second Coming, including The Rapture, the Four Horses of the Apocalypse, Armageddon, the Tribulation Period, the Antichrist, the White Throne Judgment, the Millennium, and the new heaven and new earth where the church will reign with Christ for eternity. The current political and geographical issues as Signs of the Times will also be examined.

HI307 The Book of Revelation: A Study of the End Time Events - 3 credit hours

Students will learn end time events the world is currently experiencing and foretold to happen. Prophecies written in the books of Daniel and Revelation will lend better understanding. Some of these aforementioned acts take place in heaven; however, this class identifies and differentiates those appearances in the earth’s realm. Students should gain an accurate understanding of Jesus Christ’s revelation given to the Apostle John.

LA250 Church Law for Pastors and Laymen - 3 credit hours

This course introduces students to a variety of legal matters that impact the church. To provide an overview of the U.S. legal system and to examine day to day church matters including the legal responsibility of pastors, governing boards, ministries, and persons in leadership capacities; to develop strategic tools to minimize the church’s exposure to liability.

LA300 Religion and Church Law - 3 credit hours

This class examines the key legal guidelines of the protections and pitfalls for both clergy and religious organizations. From the Constitutional protections of the Ministerial Exception, to litigation and insurance costs from sexual misconduct claims, participants will learn effective strategies to protect pastors and the people and organizations they oversee.

LD101 Liturgical Dance I - 3 credit hours

Examine the history of liturgical dance in the Scriptures and its rightful place in the Church. Study both theory and practicum. No previous dance experience required.

LD102 Liturgical Dance II - 3 credit hours

An advanced level of instruction in the art of worship through dance.

Prerequisite: Liturgical Dance I

MA101 Introductory Algebra - 3 credit hours

Introduces college-level algebra and the basic rules of mathematical calculations.

MN100 Preparing for Christian Ministry - 3 credit hours

Prepare for various aspects of ministry. Learn advanced principles and methods of ministry not included in the preaching ministry.

MN200 Women in Ministry - 3 credit hours

Study great women in ministry, past and present. Uncover biblical evidence to dispel the myth that “women should not preach.”

MN212 Faith Entrepreneurship: Nonprofit Management - 3 credit hours

Provides a framework for developing nontraditional faith based community outreach organizations that meet the spiritual, social, and economic needs of the community. Learn how to develop a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization.

MN220 The Person of Jesus - 3 credit hours

This course serves to examine the person of Jesus Christ and to provide you with an in depth look at the Savior, Lord and Priest. It is a simple yet comprehensive study.

MN230 Developing the Prophetic Ministry - 3 credit hours

Receive a greater understanding of the gift of prophecy and the office and function of the prophet. Emphasis is placed on Old Testament prophets and the role of the prophetic ministry in the present day.

MN240 Developing a Teaching Ministry - 3 credit hours

This course is designed to discover and explore the ministry of teaching and to assist students in the development of their teaching ministry call. This course aims to assist students in diagnosing their strengths and weaknesses in Bible teaching, enabling them to teach messages that result in changed conduct.

MN250 Speaking Truth to Power - 3 credit hours

The objectives of this course are to provide an understanding of how the ministries of the Old Testament prophets, the prophetic role of Jesus and the civil rights movement led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., provide a contemporary foundation for ministers to speak, write and take advocacy positions against social, economic and political injustice. The course will also help students integrate their private values with their public action. It will also work to provide the basics of print and video techniques necessary for communicating to diverse audiences.

MU200 African-American Sacred Music - 1 credit hour

This class is designed to give the student a more complete and comprehensive understanding of music and its contribution to everyday and spiritual life.

MU300 African-American Sacred Music - 3 credit hours

This course will trace the history of the Negro spirituals, black congregational singing, and gospel music. It is important to note that this course is highly interactive, so please be prepared to clap your hands, stomp your feet, and lift your voice!

PL101 Building a Healthy Marriage - 3 credit hours

Examine methods of effective implementation of the whole counsel of God concerning marriage and family.

PL108 Personal Budgeting - 3 credit hours

Learn God’s principles concerning money. Study practical money management which includes debt elimination strategies, saving money, developing a financial spending plan, and more. This course will empower you to improve your financial standing, while exploring the financial priorities discussed in the Bible.

PL128 Conquering Stress, Struggles, and Setbacks - 3 credit hours

This class will increase your faith as well as motivate you to reach above every obstacle that comes your way. God can do immeasurably more than all we can ask or imagine, according to His power that works through us, even during troubled times.

PL201 Triumphant through Perilous Times - 3 credit hours

Move from victimization to victory by taking this course. Receive a biblical view of the ultimate church. Be inspired not to lose hope, but gain a vision of God’s triumphant people.

PL250 The Challenges of Christian Parenting - 3 credit hours

This course will provide an introduction to the role and responsibility of the Christian parent and its function in the Christian family life cycle as it progresses through the developmental stages of the child. The challenges that are faced as the family transitions from one stage to the next will also be addressed. Students will begin to acquire information and to be exposed to the Christian family life cycle and the requirements for Christian parenting.

PL283 Battlefield of the Mind - 2 credit hours

This course identifies spiritual distractions/warfare Satan uses to derail believers from the victorious mind Jesus Christ promises. Strategies to handle the barrage of thoughts and/or strongholds equip the student with biblical strategies to succeed.

PL285 As Christ Loved the Church - 2 credit hours

This course explores the biblical worldview of marriage and the biblical role and responsibilities of a husband.

PR201 Homiletics I - 3 credit hours

Foundational for beginning preachers and public speakers, this course is a “must take.” Learn how to develop and deliver sermons. Study the lives of great preachers past and present.

PR202 Homiletics II - 4 credit hours

Participate in an advanced practicum for biblical preaching. Learn about the development and delivery of sermons (i.e., for licensed and/or ordained preachers only).

Prerequisite: Homiletics I

PR204 Advanced Homiletics - 4 credit hours

This course is an advanced and specialized course in preaching. Advanced Homiletics is designed to challenge the student to continue perfecting the gift and art of preaching. It also serves as a refining course, thereby assisting the student in identifying several styles of preaching. Finally, this course should help the student define his/her greatest style of preaching, while exposing to additional styles. Strong emphasis will be placed on sermon construction according to assignment objectives, effectiveness of delivery and quality public speaking. This course is not designed for the beginning preacher.

Prerequisite: Homiletics II

SL101 American Sign Language I - 3 credit hours

This course introduces the art of sign language. Learn the basic signs of communication with the deaf community.

SL102 American Sign Language II - 3 credit hours

Receive advanced instruction in sign language; some formal background in sign language is required.

Prerequisite: Sign Language I

SP201 Introduction to Spanish - 3 credit hours

This course is designed for those who have a desire to learn the basic skills of speaking Spanish that includes learning nouns, verbs, and key phrases. This class will integrate scripture in its weekly lesson to also aid in evangelizing Spanish speakers. The course will use written, oratory, and listening skills to foster an environment that appeals to the different methods of learning by each student.

TH150 Apologetics - 3 credit hours

Perform detailed study of theology from the perspective of defending the Christian faith based on the authority of the Bible and the historic evidence of the resurrection. Learn the basic beliefs of the Christian Church and the effective articulation of beliefs to Christians and Non-Christians.

TH170 Discovering and Developing your Gift for the Church - 3 credit hours

Identify and maximize your gift(s) in order to advance the Kingdom of God within the local Church. Learn about the gifts of the Spirit and their operation in the life of the believer.

TH200 Pneumatology: Holy Spirit I - 3 credit hours

Examines the purpose, personage, and manifestation of the Holy Spirit. Gain an understanding of the Fruit of the Spirit, the Gifts of the Spirit, and their operation in the Church.

TH202 Biblical Typology - 3 credit hours

This course is designed to acquaint students with the nature of the Bible and how various objects and persons throughout the Scriptures have served as “types” of Christ.

TH203 Principles of Leadership - 3 credit hours

Examine the nature of Biblical leadership. Gain a greater understanding of the elements of effectiveness for leadership development.

TH208 Theology of Prayer - 3 credit hours

Examine the significance of prayer in the life of the believer, as well as various forms of prayer. Learn strategies that strengthen and enhance private devotions.

TH208-2 Theology of Prayer II - 3 credit hours

Examine the significance of prayer in the life of the believer, as well as various forms of prayer. Learn strategies that strengthen and enhance private devotions.

Prerequisite: Theology of Prayer I

TH209 Theology of Prayer II: Warfare Prayer - 3 credit hours

This course will deal with the Word and breaking free from fourteen particular strongholds, overcoming idolatry, overcoming unbelief, overcoming pride, overcoming deception, overcoming the insecurity of feeling unloved, overcoming feelings of rejection, overcoming addiction, overcoming food-related strongholds, overcoming ongoing feelings of guilt, overcoming despair resulting from loss, overcoming unforgiveness, overcoming depression, overcoming sexual strongholds and overcoming the enemy.

Prerequisite: Theology of Prayer I

TH210 Spiritual Warfare I - 3 credit hours

Study effective Spiritual Warfare. Learn helpful tips on how to fight the good fight of faith and do battle with the enemy.

TH212 Spiritual Warfare II - 3 credit hours

Provides advanced study of effective Spiritual Warfare. Learn the necessary tools to discern and combat the tactics of the enemy.

Prerequisite: Spiritual Warfare I

TH214 Pneumatology: Holy Spirit II - 3 credit hours

This course will further explore the mysteries and the truths of the Holy Spirit. The student will examine the deeper purpose, personage, and manifestation of the Holy Spirit, gaining an understanding of the Laying On of Hands, Listening to the Holy Spirit, and the Spirited Witness.

TH230 Principles of Faith - 3 credit hours

Examines how faith makes the difference between defeat and victory. Move into a dimension of faith and power.

TH240 The Life of Christ - 3 credit hours

This course provides an in-depth study of the Gospels with respect to the life of Christ paying special attention to major themes, specific verses, accounts, parables, and miracles unique to each. Emphasis is on the practical application in the life of the Christian to show us the agape love that Christ exemplified throughout his ministry.

TH250 Sexuality and the Black Church - 3 credit hours

Provides an insightful look at sexuality in the 21st Century from a Black perspective and how it affects the Church. Lectures include discussions on such topics as the lust of the flesh, homosexuality, adultery, and other issues of a sexual nature that have a bearing upon the Church.

TH275 The Leader and Prayer - 3 credit hours

Examine Biblical leadership with strategic prayer. Gain a greater understanding of prayer in the life of a leader.

TH301 Bible Doctrines I - 3 credit hours

Explore some of the great truths and doctrines of the Scriptures.

Prerequisite: BS101 Old Testament Survey, BS102 New Testament Survey, BS101- BS102 Bible Characters I & II.

TH302 Bible Doctrines II - 3 credit hours

Examine some of the Scriptures, and a proven prescription for Church growth.

Prerequisite:Old and New Testament Survey, Bible Characters I & II, and Bible Doctrines I

TH304 Leadership Principles for Women - 2 credit hours

This course is designed to provide women with practical and spiritual tools to assist them in effectively leading (a) themselves, i.e., self-leadership, (b) in their homes (i.e. whether single, a mother, or a wife, (c) in professional or secular arenas as employee, employer, business partner, etc., and (d) in ministry.

TH305 Faith and Sexuality - 3 credit hours

This course provides an understanding of significant aspects of Judeo-Christian beliefs about sexuality, exploring the relationship between Christian faith and human sexuality, guiding and assisting persons in the exploration of ethical and faithful decisions as it relates to sexuality and relationships.

TH306 Leadership Principles for Men - 2 credit hours

This course is designed to provide men with practical and spiritual tools to assist them with effectively leading (a) themselves, i.e., self-leadership, (b) in their homes as a father, husband, etc., (c) in secular arenas as employee, employer, business partner, and (d) in ministry.

TH307Advanced Leadership Principles for Women - 2 credit hours

This course is designed to advance your leadership and management skills. The participant will have the opportunity to learn some cutting edge principles on women’s achievement and negotiating gender dynamics that will cause you to soar in your area of leadership.

TH300 Servant Leadership - 3 credit hours

This course is designed to provide leaders with spiritual as well as practical tools to assist with effectively managing an organization or ministry. Students will examine the leadership style and characteristics of Jesus Christ.

TH310 The Leadership of Jesus - 3 credit hours

This course will provide an in depth look into the leadership style and the leadership lessons of Jesus found in the accounts of the Gospels. In this exploration, you will discover how Jesus communicated, confronted, discipled, and delegated. No other leader in history has impacted mankind the way Jesus did. His life on earth was only 33 years, but the legacy of his leadership, which is the church, is still alive today.

TH320 Leaders Preparing Leaders For The 21st Century - 3 credit hours

This course teaches leaders how to train and development leaders and potential leaders, i.e., how to plan, develop and organize ongoing training, technically relevant for the needs of the audience served. The course will also highlight strategies for safely incorporating social media.

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