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Degree Completion Program Course Offerings

BIBLICAL STUDIES

BIB300 Introduction to Biblical Counseling (3)

This course provides a general introduction to basic concepts and distinctive features of biblical counseling. Students

will discuss what biblical counseling is and what it involves, the role of the counselor, different types of counseling that

are needed, the place of counseling in the ministry of the church, and how biblical counseling theory and practice relate

to and differ from some of the more common secular models/theories. The course will also involve a personal

improvement project in which the student will evaluate his/her own counseling qualifications, design a plan for

improving some area of his/her life, put that plan into action, and then evaluate his/her progress as the course draws

to a close.

BIB301 Biblical Business Thinking and the Christian Worldview (2)

This course is designed to re-introduce the student into the rigor of university life. Academic skills such as becoming a

master student, time management, goal setting, and study principles are examined. The process of critical thinking and

analysis as well as the concept of a Christian worldview will be covered. Identification and study of the characteristics

of successful leaders and the traits they exhibit in everyday decision-making responsibilities.

BIB302 Ministry Symposium (2)

This course begins with a focus on tools and techniques for the adult learner. Critical skills for those transitioning into

adult education, such as time management, reading improvement, goal setting, and study principles are examined. A

brief foundation is laid for use of current technology in the classroom. This is followed by a discussion of three elements

essential to ministry: a high view of God, a high view of God’s Word, and a high view of the Church. Each of these

theological components establishes the necessary foundation for building a philosophy of ministry.

BIB311 Theological Basis of Counseling (3)

A consideration of the theological realities that form the basis of a proper approach to counseling. Special emphasis is

given to the nature of God and of man (unfallen and fallen); a biblical definition of the image of God, the nature of sin,

the realities of regeneration and progressive sanctification; the concept of “the flesh” (old man/new man); an

understanding of the heart/mind as used in Scripture; and the place of the local church in the ministry of counseling.

BIB316 Introduction to Psychology (3)

Introduction to the various schools of psychological thought. Designed to teach students of biblical counseling how to

interact with the philosophical underpinnings of psychotherapeutic theory, including secular and Christian psychologies.

BIB321 Christian Theology (4)

A survey of Christian theology in the areas of God (Theology Proper), the Bible (Bibliology), angels (Angelology)

including Satan and demons, Christ (Christology), and the Holy Spirit (Pneumatology).

BIB330 Methods of Biblical Change (3)

An overview of the counseling process presenting a comprehensive methodological model for promoting biblical

change in people; the goal is to encourage biblical thinking and procedures in the process of helping people.

Prerequisite:

BIB300.

BIB332 Marriage & Family Counseling (3)

Marriage and family problems are present in the majority of counseling cases. This course will give an overview of

general marriage and family counseling issues relating to the content and process of counseling. It will then proceed to

specifically biblically deal with the major difficulties that trouble marriages and family experiences. Included in the course

are discussions of the biblical basis and purposes of marriage, family stages, in-law problems, developing unity,

husband/wife roles and responsibilities, correcting communication problems, why conflicts arise, and how to resolve

them.