Curriculum and Courses
Associate of Science Degree
Students seeking the associate of science degree in organizational management complete in addition to the core curriculum ACX 241; OM 116, 202, 204, 211, 213, 215, 233, 243, 253 and 283; for a total of 64 credit hours.
Bachelor of Science Degree
In the business program, students may complete a bachelor of science degree in business, with majors in business administration, human resource management, marketing and not-for-profit leadership. Students seeking one of these four majors complete the following common courses: OM 201, 211, 213, 215, 217, 231, 243, 303, 323, 351, 353, 413, 421, 438, 450; OL 330 and 345. OM 116 and ACX 241 are taken as prerequisites for OM 413 and 421.
In addition to completing the common courses, students seeking the major in business administration complete BAX 400; HR 320; MKX 340; and OM 433.
In addition to completing the common courses, students seeking the major in human resource management complete HR 320, 330, 340, and 350.
In addition to completing the common courses, students seeking the major in marketing complete MKX 300, 340, 350, 420, and 430.
In addition to completing the common courses, students seeking the major in not-for-profit leadership complete MKX 340; OL 301, 325, 350, 410, and 415.
Students seeking the bachelor of science degree in psychology complete OM 323, 353; PYX 111, 211, 215, 265, 321, 351, 381, 382, 411, 461, 485; SOX 321; and six elective hours from the following courses or other approved courses: HR 320, OM 303, PYX 230, and SOX 333. Students will also take the following specific core requirements in preparation for the major: BIX 111 and SOX 111 or 223.
Bachelor of Social Work Degree
Students seeking the bachelor of social work degree in social work complete SWX 171, 236, 325, 345, 363, 395, 425, 445, 471, 496; PYX 211, 215, 321, 381, 382, 461; SOX 311, 321, and 333. Students will also take the following specific core requirements in preparation for the major: BIX 111; OM 323, 353; PYX 111; and SOX 111. A minimum GPA of 2.5 is required in the major.
Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
Students of any major may choose to complete a certificate in Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). Graduates with a bachelor’s degree and a TESOL certificate are qualified to teach English in many other countries, as well as in community and church-based programs in the United States.
Students who choose to receive certification in TESOL must complete TEX 233, 234, 235, 322 and 396. Students who complete the requirements of the certification in TESOL will be awarded a TESOL certificate issued by Institute for TESOL Studies.
Certificate of Completion in Animation or Film/TV
Students seeking a certificate of completion in animation or film/tv must complete 12 credit hours of designated online courses in digital media arts. A certificate of completion in animation requires the completion of DMX 105, 170, 178, 198 (1 hour), and 203. A certificate of completion in film/tv requires the completion of DMX 155, 160, 198 (3 hours), and 205.
Courses in Accounting
Fundamental problems of accounting are taught using modern accounting procedures, including theory of debits and credits, inventories, depreciation, revenue, expense, adjusting and closing entries, preparation of financial statements and partnerships.
Courses in Art
This course is designed to help students develop a deeper understanding and appreciation of the visual arts by bringing together art theory, practice, and history. A historical perspective on the development of the visual arts in contemporary and past cultures, study of the elements, and consideration of major styles and media are explored. Emphasis is placed on characteristics of different styles of art and on the artists that helped them evolve into the art of today. A trip to an art museum is required.
Courses in Bible
A survey of the background, events, people and theology of the Old Testament with reflection on connections to the New Testament and application to Christian faith and life.
This course provides a general survey of the New Testament. Special emphasis is placed on the historical background of the New Testament, the beginning of Christianity and the development of the apostolic church.
Courses in Biology
This course is a general survey of biological principles for nonscience majors. Students will study ecology and environmental stewardship, origins, nutrition, structure and function of the human body, disease, genetics and biotechnology. Christian perspectives on these topics and applications to everyday life are emphasized. Laboratory is included.
The aim of this course is to provide a basic background in the structure and function of the human body. Discussion will focus on the introductory topics of the field, such as basic chemistry, organization of the body and tissues. Discussion will then proceed to the major body systems one by one. Laboratory is included.
The aim of this course is to provide a basic background in the structure and function of the human body. Discussion will focus on the following systems of the body: endocrine, circulatory, immune, respiratory, digestive, excretory and reproductive. Laboratory is included.
Prerequisite: BIX 241
This course is a brief introduction to nutrition for adult learners. Students will learn the biological importance of eating and examine the importance of healthy food choices. They will also learn what the different food components are and why they are needed in the diet. Healthy weight management in adulthood will also be considered.
Courses in Business
This course is an in-depth study of the cultural, economic, political, sociological and technological differences that exist between various global regions and countries of the world which have an influence on the growth and success of the multinational company. The course covers the planning, organizing, staffing and managerial control process of the multinational corporation.
Courses in Education
This course will use the Kolb model of experiential learning theory as a foundation to assist students in developing a portfolio of prior learning. Students will use their prior experiences and/or training as the foundation for demonstrating mastery of material by completing one of the following: 1) Meeting the assessment standards for either a "Sponsored Professional Training" (SPT) paper or a "Life Application Essay" (LAE) as part of the portfolio. The portfolio will be evaluated by a subject matter expert. 2) Successfully completing a challenge exam written by a subject matter expert. 3) Demonstrating knowledge through an interview conducted by a subject matter expert. 4) Demonstrating ability through live performance to a subject matter expert.
This is a pass/fail course and students must complete at least one of the above to pass the course.
Prerequisite: ENX 133
Courses in English
This course offers students an opportunity to study the roots and evolution of the detective novel. Students will learn classical rules of detection, the origins of the solitary detective and modern changes to the classic form. Students will read, analyze, discuss and write about the detective stories assigned in class and will learn to appreciate the detective story as a unique genre of literature.
Students are instructed in basic modes of composition. They will study professional articles; write a variety of personal and professional essays; evaluate other students' writing as well as the work of professional writers; and learn to evaluate, revise and edit their own work. Instruction in grammatical principles as related to writing is included in the course.
A study of selected writing of the major authors of world literature. This course will include information on form, genre and literary history as reflected in national, regional and minority group literature. Emphasis will be placed on the development of interpretive skills as demonstrated through class discussion and writing.
Courses in History
Students survey the origins, development and meaning of American history and heritage from the earliest European discovery and the birth of the United States to the Civil War and Reconstruction.
This course offers a survey of modern United States history from 1945 to the very recent past. It examines the major events that shape contemporary American social, political and cultural life and explores the interpretive problems that historians face in understanding these events. It also encourages students to examine the problems of American social, political and cultural life from a Christian perspective.
Courses in Human Resources
Training and staff development from a human resource perspective will be addressed. Employee orientation, career planning and development, cross training, management development and succession planning are covered. This course also addresses learning styles, technical needs assessment, choosing instructors and programs and program evaluation and modification.
This course will focus upon the planning and implementing of a total compensation system, including practical experience in job analysis, salary survey and the development of a structured pay policy. An environmental study of the effects of compensation on behavior and legal implications of salary grades will also be included.
This course provides an exploration of the key issues in recruitment, selection and staffing of employees at all levels. Human resource planning, job descriptions and specifications, recruitment, the selection process, testing, employment interviews and the evaluation of the selection process are discussed. Compliance with issues such as EEO, affirmative action and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) are addressed. Emphasis is on establishing procedures that ensure high-quality candidates and employees.
This course provides a legal and practical overview of employee relations and labor relations in both union and nonunion environments. Communication styles, facilitation, grievances and discipline handling, crisis interventions, conflict resolution, labor relations and the role of government in human resource management are addressed. It also emphasizes compliance issues, including OSHA, employee assistance, harassment and substance abuse.
Students will focus on current human resource management topics. Each student will complete an in-depth study of one of the many aspects of human resource management and present a detailed report of the findings. Guest speakers from the human resource community will present a panel discussion of challenges faced in the workplace.
Courses in Marketing
This course explores the field consumer choice and consumer decision-making. Consumer buying behavior will be studied with foci on both consumer choice theory and practical case study. Ethical issues related to influencing consumer attitudes and perceptions will be an important component of the course.
In this course, students will explore emerging social media technologies and study their application in contemporary public relations practice. Students will not only examine these technologies from a theoretical perspective by reading scholarly research and writings from public relations professionals, but they will also learn how to use and author content for such online public relations tools themselves. Technologies covered include: blogs, microblogs, collaboration tools, podcasts, RSS feeds, viral video, social bookmarking and other emerging Web technologies. Students will also study how to use such technologies to monitor conversations on the Internet, engage online communities, identify influencers and establish thought leadership.
Theories and practices of advertising and sales promotion will be presented as they relate to the overall marketing process, including personal and economic aspects of selling, program promotion, psychological influences, pricing, media selection, and social influences. The development of advertising campaigns will be introduced. Emphasis will also be placed on promotion mix; decision tools; and legal, social, and ethical considerations in relation to advertising and sales.
This course presents market research as a key function of a business, comparing various research methods and industry practices. This course is focused on the market research process, including problem definition, research design, data collection methods, data analysis and interpretation, presentation and application of results.
This course will help students understand the importance of developing and maintaining control of their organization's brand for the overall promotion, recognition, and sales of the organization. Students will gain practical knowledge to efficiently manage and preserve an organization's brand. Strategies surrounding brand development, brand positioning, brand experience, brand fatigue, and brand crises will be introduced. This course will also address understanding on how to develop and maintain content within the brand and within promotional materials.
Courses in Ministry
Contemporary beliefs and practices of the Christian faith will be examined in light of foundational biblical concepts and themes. Students will reflect upon the role of Scripture and biblical concepts that have historically defined the Christian faith and the differences in Christian heritage so as to value both the fundamental unity of Christianity, as well as the diversity within Christianity and their personal experiences and assumptions about their faith, in order to understand better what they believe about Christianity.
Courses in Natural Science
This course will examine natural disasters such as earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanoes, hurricanes, floods and tornadoes. The science behind these disasters will be discussed as well as the impact they have had on the people living nearby.
This course is intended to introduce the general arguments concerning the origins of the universe, life and the subsequent diversity of that life. Some of the topics will include Big Bang cosmology, Superstring theory, evolution and intelligent design.
Courses in Office Administration
This course assumes that students are familiar with the fundamentals of Microsoft Word and Microsoft Windows XP. Students will gain hands-on experience working through various documents using Microsoft Word. Assignments will build on the material covered in OM 223. Skills learned will be applied to personal applications.
This course assumes that students are familiar with the fundamentals of Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Windows XP. Students will gain hands-on experience working through various documents using Microsoft Excel. Assignments will build on the material covered in OM 223. Skills learned will be applied to personal applications.
This course assumes that students are familiar with the fundamentals of Microsoft PowerPoint and Microsoft Windows XP. Students will gain hands-on experience working through various documents using Microsoft PowerPoint. Assignments will build on the material covered in OM 223. Skills learned will be applied to personal applications.
Courses in Organizational Leadership
This introductory course will provide an overview of America's nonprofit sector. It will examine the unique organizational structure of a nonprofit, including a high-level overview of the nature of leadership and management in the nonprofit sector; fundraising and financial management; governance and the respective roles of the board, employees, and volunteers; community relations; and assessment.
This course includes information and practice in reading and evaluating proposals and reports, finding potential sources of grant support, reading and interpreting grant program guidelines, writing a grant or research proposal, as well as guidance in directing and assessing the implementation of grants.
This course is a results-oriented business course that balances focus on the evolving marketplace conditions with individual requirements for creating a change-adaptive culture and assist with creating a culture that is performance enhancing. Topics to be covered: building a change-adaptive culture that can adapt to whatever changes it encounters; impact and opportunity for improved performance; individual accountability for driving the culture toward customer satisfaction; change by design, default or defiance; leadership competencies that are conducive to effective culture change and using change as a source of energy.
Students will examine different leadership philosophies, styles, and principles, expanding their own understanding of leadership and the differences between leadership and management. This course will provide methods for being a more effective and inspiring leader that is focused on serving others while encouraging growth and development within those that they lead.
Study of various techniques for leading and exercising influence within the nonprofit organization, including employees, volunteers, and individuals served by the organization. This course will examine a comprehensive review of the roles and functions of governing boards and how to assess and improve the effectiveness of the board, volunteers, employees, and overall governance of the nonprofit organization.
This course will address the financial management of nonprofit organizations as well as the theory and practice of philanthropy. Students will also be introduced to the fundamentals of fundraising, earned income approaches, and external relations, including the development of viable funding strategies for creating a sustainable nonprofit.
This course will help students understand the synergies between public policy and nonprofits. Students will examine how policy influences nonprofits as well as how nonprofits impact policy. This course is designed to prepare students to interact effectively with governmental organizations, focusing on the unique relationships that nonprofits experience with different sectors of the population, including other nonprofits, government organizations and agencies, and the private sector.
Courses in Organizational Management
A study of basic mathematical concepts and their applications to business is the purpose of this course. Topics include markups, comparative analyses of income statements, depreciation methods, allocation of expenses, simple and compound interest, present value and depreciation.
This course is designed, through lecture and discussion, to examine the various elements that create differences within society and the workplace. Also to be examined will be the current legalities regarding diversity in the workplace and how to interface with employers that will enable them to work effectively in a diverse world.
This is a course about starting and operating a small business. Topics include facts about small business, essential management skills, preparation of a business plan, financial needs, marketing strategies and legal issues.
This course provides an overview of all aspects of personal financial management, including budgeting, retirement planning, life and health insurance, income taxation, auto and real estate transactions, estate planning and personal fixed income and equity investment management.
This course provides students with an understanding of the entrepreneurial process from a historical and research perspective, provides an overview of the business plan formulation, examines alternative financing mechanisms and provides technical skills for managing and growing and ending new ventures. The course provides background information needed to help students develop an entrepreneurial way of thinking and addressing problems.
This supervision course will provide the skills and knowledge base needed to become supervisors in today's changing work environment. The course avoids using confusing terminology or multiple perspectives, instead presenting the tools that are clearly most appropriate for the task at hand. Change in the workplace and the world at large, constantly present supervisors with new challenges. This course prepares supervisors to successfully address these demands.
This course will use a topical approach to address economic concerns in society, such as poverty, the environment, health care and prescription drug markets, Social Security, outsourcing, etc. Students will be introduced to macroeconomic issues which will increase public policy awareness and knowledge for more effective citizenship.
Through real world references provided by the text, videos, and current management related articles, students will be introduced to management concepts and practices. This course will address the key management process components of planning, organizing, leading, and controlling; and will do so with a contextual focus of current key management challenges, including international management, ethical considerations, employee motivation, value creation, and supply chains.
This course investigates the role of communication in creating a productive organizational environment. It aids students in developing or strengthening their communication skills by focusing on interpersonal, group and presentation skills.
Students are exposed to the principles of economics as they need to be understood and utilized by managers and supervisors in all fields. The globalization of our economy and possible actions affecting economy in all organizations will be included.
Introduction to Computer Applications introduces fundamental computing concepts and terminology applicable for today's business world. Topics will include terminology, issues in computer usage and ethical practice. Students will complete hands on introductory software assignments using the Windows operating system, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint and an Internet browser. Students will apply their computing concepts and software skills to a real-world project.
This course will introduce the language of research, ethical research principles, challenges in research, and elements of the research process. This course will also focus on the analytical techniques used in research. Topics may include the anatomy of the experimental method, characteristics of variables, data analysis techniques, reliability and validity considerations, sources of experimental error, data analysis techniques, APA scholarly writing, and ethical issues in research.
This course examines the role of information processing in an organization, including information processing applications, computer hardware and software, internal data representation, stored program concepts, systems and programming design, flowcharting and data communications. Reviews the history of computers, the social impact of computers and computer security.
Students in this course will investigate marketing topics that include the marketing concept, marketing research, consumer behavior, the product life cycle, distribution, advertising, public relations and social responsibilities of marketers. Students will examine marketing from the consumers and organization's perspective and applications to global markets and other business disciplines.
Students will explore recruiting and selection, effective use and development of job descriptions, performance management, compensation and benefits and labor relations in the effective management of human resources. Special attention is given to all the employment laws involved in these various functions. This course delivers the impact of effective human resource management.
An in-depth study is made as students apply previous learning in business principles to a culminating business case study.
A study of culture and how it affects an organization, including the behavior of employees and those the organization serves. This course will discuss the components of a healthy organizational culture as well as toxic culture, including what actions and behaviors can help in ensuring a healthy culture exist and what steps can be taken to reverse a toxic culture within an organization.
An introduction to research and its tools provides students with specific emphasis upon helping the student complete business research and understand managerial decision-making. Content will include statistical methods, database development, research methods and analysis of a problem or opportunity suitable for a business research topic.
Prerequisite: OM 116 or its equivalent
This course will introduce students to management issues as they are applied to both formal and informal organizations. The course seeks to develop a deeper understanding of key issues facing current and future leaders such as innovation, the value of groups and teams, behavior and social responsibility.
Students will explore legal rights and obligations arising out of common business transactions. Fundamental principles of the law of contracts, negotiable instruments, agency bailment, sales and partnerships are examined.
This course surveys ethical issues confronting business in the context of personal worldview. Students are asked to examine personal values and formulate strategies to improve management accountability, respect for human rights and how to lead a responsible lifestyle in today's world.
This course introduces students to the world of international business through study and international travel. The course examines cross-cultural differences in business practices. Among the topics covered are the differences in management styles, multiculturalism, international negotiations, as well as international human resource issues, social responsibility and ethics in a global context. This course is designed to enhance the student's international and global expertise through case studies, international travel opportunities and classroom/online discussions.
Prerequisites: OM 213 and 217
This course provides students with an overview of the acquisition, analysis and reporting of financial information, including a study of income statements, balance sheets, cash flow budgets, changes in financial position and ratio analysis. Emphasis is on reading and understanding accounting documents rather than on their preparation.
Prerequisites: OM 116 and ACX 241
Students explore the financial tools available for planning and analysis, as well as how those tools are utilized to manage cash flows and financial resources and to evaluate future investment opportunities. Three primary topics in corporate finance will be developed. These topics include the importance of short-term finance for current operations, the use of capital budgeting tools for investment analysis and the foundation of long-term finance for defining the organization's cost of capital and optimal capital structure.
This course analyzes the performance of managerial activities required in selecting, designing, operating and controlling productive manufacturing and service systems. Special emphasis is given to the discussion of managerial tools needed to assess system efficiency and effectiveness.
Students are introduced to various management planning models and techniques and apply these to business cases. The concepts of strategic planning and strategic management are emphasized. Students are focused on the concept of thinking through the desired result before an activity or related series of activities is started. The student is asked to think about planning in whole organizations as well as in units of organizations. Planning starts from a mission. Every organization has a mission, even if it is not written down or no one in the organization can clearly articulate it.
As a capstone course, students will demonstrate their mastery of their learning by addressing a real business organizational issue. The outcome will include a theses-type written report and oral presentation demonstrating individual competence.
Prerequisite: Senior standing
A study of various aspects of organizational management, the subject area of which will be determined by the instructor according to student interest.
Courses in Physical Education
This course focuses on physical wellness in the life of the adult. Topics include physical fitness, nutrition and weight control, activity and heart disease, methods of conditioning, relaxation and stress and leisure time sports.
Courses in Psychology
A survey of the principles, methods and findings in various areas of psychology. Specific topics include development, socialization, consciousness, personality, motivation and emotion, learning and memory, physiology, neuroscience, stress and coping, and psychopathology.
This course focuses on development from conception through adolescence. Physical, cognitive, psychosocial and moral development during this period are covered. Special emphasis is placed on the dynamics of parent-child interaction and practical methods of enhancing the healthy growth of children.
Prerequisite: PYX 111
This course focuses on development dynamics from early adulthood through old age. Adult life stages are examined in terms of physical, cognitive, moral and psychosocial factors to gain understanding of the specific tasks and the potential problems involved in each of the developmental stages, both from an individual and a relational perspective.
Prerequisite: PYX 111
This course focuses on the basic processes of cognitive, moral, physical and psychosocial development from conception through death. Attention is given to both theories and research regarding the stages and transitions encountered by persons over the lifespan. Special attention is given to the relationship between physical and psychological problems during development.
Prerequisite: PYX 111
This course examines the development and dynamics of human sexual functioning and behavior. Topics will include sexual physiology, sexual response, sex across the lifespan, gender roles and sexual deviations. Sexuality will be studied in light of current social trends, ethical considerations and Christian perspectives and values.
Prerequisite: PYX 111
This course examines the dynamics of effective interpersonal relationships and how those dynamics are applied within the counseling field. Topics include personal factors that influence relationships, verbal and nonverbal behavior, barriers to effective communication and conflict, contextualized to basic counseling concepts and skills. Practical exercises and group work to develop those basic skills are an integral part of the course.
Prerequisite: PYX 111
A study of how the thoughts, feelings and behavior of individuals are influenced by others. Topics include attitude formation and change, prejudice, conformity, leadership, interpersonal attraction, prosocial behavior and cooperation/competition.
Prerequisite: PYX 111
This course focuses on the analytical techniques used in behavioral science research. Topics include the anatomy of the experimental method, characteristics of variables, data analysis techniques, reliability and validity considerations, sources of experimental error, data analysis techniques, APA scholarly writing and ethical issues in research. Students will engage in data collection using multiple research methods, analyses and interpretation. Students will also be introduced to the SPSS statistical program.
Prerequisites: PYX 111, OM 323, and one additional course in psychology
This course focuses on the design, execution and dissemination of behavioral science research. Topics include theory driven generation of hypotheses, literature review and data analysis techniques, operationalization of variables, implication of experimental results and an introduction to APA style. Students will plan, conduct and defend a research project during the course.
Prerequisite: PYX 381
The purpose of this course is to provide an introduction to the counseling process - both cognitively and experientially. Content will include the dynamics of helping interventions and practicing the skills that provide the foundation of effective counseling. The focus of the course will be on the understanding, discussion and use of basic counseling skills. Careful attention will be given to examining the field of counseling/therapy from a Christian perspective.
Prerequisites: PYX 111 and 321
An examination of the symptoms, etiology and treatment of abnormal behavior. Current diagnostic classifications are used as a conceptual framework.
Prerequisite: PYX 111
The purpose of this course is to synthesize and review the various components of the psychology curriculum to which the student has been exposed. Students also contribute to the selection of additional course topics. Students will complete a scholarly faith integration paper. Students will also complete a service-learning experience as part of course work.
Prerequisite: Senior Standing
Courses in Social Work
An introduction and broad overview of the social work profession. Its beginnings and growth to worldwide recognition are traced. Key people, movements and practices are noted. Fields of practice are especially emphasized. Includes concurrent experiential learning through service in the local community. Provides a picture of what it means to have a career in social work.
This course is an overview of the phenomenon of addictions. The course will survey various types of addictions such as alcoholism, drug addiction, internet addictions, eating disorders and hoarding. Consideration will be given to the etiology, symptomatology, prevention, treatment and relapse prevention options in the addictions field. The biological psychological, social and spiritual implications of addiction will be examined.
Prerequisite: PYX 111 or SOX 111
Foundational course of a three-course sequence in preparation for generalist social work practice. Focuses on application of theoretical approaches and interpersonal skills in a problem-solving model. Professional values and ethical decision making are introduced and applied through the use of case studies. Cultural competence and empowerment of client systems are emphasized. Research application to evaluation of practice is included. Concurrent experiential learning component.
Prerequisites: SWX 171 and SOX 111
Second of a three-course sequence in preparation for generalist social work practice. Content learned in the first practice course is applied specifically to families and groups within a life span development approach. Class provides opportunities for practice group membership and leadership skills. Particular emphasis on issues of diversity in families, group stages and group dynamics.
Prerequisites: SWX 325 and PYX 321
Builds upon basic understanding of the political system, economic theories and social welfare institutions in identifying and analyzing current social welfare policies and programs. Current federal and state proposed legislation is identified and followed. Implications for social work practice are noted.
Prerequisite: SOX 333
Field experience in a cross-cultural setting anywhere in the world. Intended to provide direct experience in living and working in an intercultural setting. Individual experiences must be approved by the department.
Students must complete SW 395 prior to formal acceptance into the Social Work Program.
Prerequisite: Social work major
Final of a three-course sequence in preparation for generalist social work practice. Theoretical concepts, skills, values and ethics are applied to work with communities and organizations. Particular emphasis is placed on community assessment and planning. A grant writing workshop and experiential applications with community social service providers are included.
Prerequisite: SWX 345
This course focuses on the interview process used in professional helping relationships. Each student will be involved in class role plays, taped interview sessions with mock clients and simulated job interviews. Interviews will be videotaped and critiqued within the learning context. Professional documentation skills related to these settings will be developed. Personal resume will be completed for professional use.
Prerequisite: PYX 321
Capstone course in human behavior and the social environment utilizing a bio-psycho-social-spiritual perspective. Theoretical perspectives, cultural diversity, oppression and socialization are revisited as various pervasive issues and topics are investigated, discussed and applied to social work practice. Topics covered are chosen from among the following: lifespan development, violence, substance abuse and addictions, disabilities, gender issues, elders and immigrant populations.
Prerequisites: BIX 111, PYX 211, 215, and SOX 321
This course is the culminating experience for the social work major in the form of a block field experience in a professional social work setting under the supervision of a field instructor with an MSW or BSW credential and at least three years of successful practice experience. The actual field placement is preceded by a comprehensive evaluation and orientation to the field placement. Professional seminars will be held throughout the practicum experience with professors and peer students. Required hours in the filed placement is 400 hours. This course is open only to social work majors who have satisfactorily completed all required courses in the social work major.
Prerequisite: Completion of all courses required in the social work major
Courses in Sociology
Basic concepts, theories, methods and principles of sociology. Topics will include social institutions, the dynamics of change and the diverse behavior of people in different parts of the world.
Students will read about, discuss and analyze a variety of social problems (including poverty, race, gender, work, education, the criminal justice system and illness and health care), looking at their descriptions, possible causes and proposed solutions. The general focus will be on problems in American society, but global concerns will be included as well. Students will concern themselves with how Christian faith and biblical perspective should affect both their thinking about a given problem and any proposed solutions.
This course will explore the social aspects of aging. Role changes associated with aging, the impact of those changes, social responses to the elderly and issues of death and dying will be considered.
Prerequisite: SOX 111
The focus of this course is intergroup relations of a dominant minority character. The majority-minority relations in many societies are examined with emphasis on American patterns. The goal is to identify the universal behavior patterns and basic concepts in the study of majority-minority relations.
Prerequisite: SOX 111
A study of the ideology, function and structure of the public and private auspices by which societies seek to assure the well-being of their members, historically and currently. American society is the primary focus, accompanied by ongoing global comparisons. Key topics include poverty, oppression, health care, education and families.
Prerequisite: SOX 111
Courses in Speech
This course focuses primarily on presentations frequently used in the business world. The use of effective listening skills and the dynamics of communication within business organizations will be studied. Students will use PowerPoint and other technologies as part of their presentations. Emphasis will be placed upon content, structure and delivery of the presentations, as well as the quality of visual aids.
Courses in Student Services
Students in this course will learn to research potential employers, develop appropriate resumes, prepare for and gain experience in various interviewing situations.
This is a course presenting college level study skills with opportunities for practice. Specific topics include motivation, time/task management, note taking, textbook study techniques, concentration, memory and vocabulary.
A field experience for students in Professional Programs (post-high school), which provides the opportunity to apply theoretical knowledge in a practical setting.
Two credit hours is granted for each year of field experience up to a maximum of eight credit hours.
Courses in TESOL
Students will be introduced to major issues related to Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. Students will examine the process of second language acquisition, acquire instructional skills for teaching ELs (English learners) and explore resources and opportunities.
This course will prepare students to teach aural and oral English language communication. Driven by pragmatics and grounded in the Communicative Approach, this instructional methods course will prepare students with lesson planning strategies, specific language-learning activities for the classroom and access to instructional resources for the EL instructor.
Prerequisite: TEX 233
This course will focus on specific pedagogical issues related to teaching ELs reading and writing. Students will learn different approaches to teaching writing, compare and contrast native English-speaking composition with EL writing, explore the connection between reading and writing, learn specific teaching strategies for classroom implementation and understand techniques for assessment and responding to EL student writing.
Prerequisite: TEX 233
This course explores the pedagogical issues related to teaching ELs vocabulary, pronunciation, and grammar. Students will explore different factors, including the influence of first languages, that impact development of vocabulary and pronunciation as well as proper usage of English grammar structures. Students will learn teaching strategies for classroom implementation as well as appropriate forms of assessment for language usage.
Prerequisite: TEX 233
This course explores issues related to the intercultural communication process and considers the important role of context (social, cultural and historical) in intercultural interactions. This course examines the complex relationship between cultures and communication from various perspectives. Special emphasis will be given to managing cross-cultural conflict, cross-cultural teaching and cross-cultural ministry applications.
Students will participate in a 90-hour practicum teaching and working with EL students either in a self-contained EL setting or in an instructional capacity in a regular classroom. Students participating in the TESOL practicum in China will have the additional experience of social and cultural immersion.
Prerequisite: TEX 233