Academic Catalog 2014.2015 - page 97

History and Political Studies
H327 Latin American History (3)
A broad survey integrating geography, politics, economics,
and culture, including the ancient Native-American
civilizations, Iberian conquest and colonization, wars of
independence, modern national trends, and relations with
the United States.
H345 The Intertestamental Period (3)
A survey of the historical movements and events in Judea
from 400 B.C. to A.D. 70 that serve as the background
for the New Testament. The literature (apocryphal books,
Dead Sea Scrolls), institutions (synagogue, Sanhedrin,
temple), and religious sects (Pharisees, Sadducees, Essenes,
etc.) will be closely examined. Finally, the Hellenistic,
Roman and Jewish political rulers will be surveyed to
understand better the context in which the early Christian
events took place. See also B345.
H346 East Asian History to 1945 (3)
A survey of East Asian history and geography with the
major emphasis on the political and cultural histories of
China and Japan to 1945. This course uses a historical and
comparative approach.
H364 History of Ancient Israel (3)
A careful study of the history of the people and the
nation of Israel, from Abraham through the period of
restoration. Special attention is given to the relationship
of the Old Testament prophetic and wisdom literature to
that historical narrative.
H366/BCH366 History of the Early Church (3)
A historical study of the life and thought of early
Christianity as it developed within the political and cultural
context of the Roman world.
H373/BTH323 Historical Theology I (3)
An historical examination of the struggle to define, clarify
and defend foundational Christian doctrines beginning
with the second century church. This is done through
lectures, assigned papers, class discussion and reasoning.
This first section deals mainly with the formation of the
canon, early heresies relating to Christ and attempts to
define God as three in one and ends with an extensive
discussion of the Armenian controversy that resulted
in the Nicene Creed of A.D. 325 and its reformation at
Constantinople in A.D. 385.
H374/BTH324 Historical Theology II (3)
This course follows the same patterns as Historical
Theology I, though the focus begins where the Armenian
controversy ends, the debate over the two-notions of
Christ, and follows this never ending debate to the
modernist/fundamentalist last struggle. Also covered are
eschatology, the Eucharist, and the Augustine/Pelagian
controversy over man’s fallen state.
POL220 United States Government (3)
A survey of American institutions and processes. Included
are such topics as the Constitution, federalism, Congress,
the presidency, judiciary, and civil rights.
POL326 Introduction to American Politics (3)
A general overview of the important fields of study and
seminal works in American Politics.
POL343 U.S. Constitutional History (3)
A broad survey of U.S. Constitutional history beginning
with the influences of English Common Law and Colonial
constitutional practices to the present Reinquist Court.
Case law will be integrated within the historical contexts so
that students will understand the interrelatedness between
American history and jurisprudence.
POL354 The Christian & Politics (3)
A biblical approach to Christian citizenship and activity.
Emphasis on general and specific scriptural principles
and their application to contemporary issues including an
introduction to various viewpoints.
POL365 Western Political Philosophy I (3)
An in-depth study of the foundational works of classical
political philosophy.
POL366 Western Political Philosophy II (3)
An in-depth study of the major modern political
philosophers and their thought from Machiavelli through
the social contract theorists to Marx.
POL393 Introduction to Political Research (3)
A basic introduction to the appropriate methods,
procedures, and sources for political research and writing.
POL492 Senior Seminar in Political Studies (3)
Capstone course for senior students in Political Studies;
emphasizing summary integration of a biblical world
view within the context of Political Studies, review of
contemporary emphases in the discipline, and summary
reinforcement and assessment of student learning.
POL325 Political Parties & Elections (3)
American political parties: their history, structure,
operation, and their impact on the American electoral
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