Course Descriptions – Graduate Level

 

GRADUATE LEVEL

How to quickly find a course description

Our course numbering system consists of a 4-letter prefix identifying the department and a 3-digit number identifying the class. The first digit identifies the year in which the course would normally be taken (e.g. 100 level courses are freshman, 200 level courses are sophomore, 300 level courses are junior, 400 level classes are senior, 500, 600, 700, etc are graduate level courses).

To quickly find a course description, first, look for the 4-letter prefix shown in parenthesis below. For example, THEO.
Second, click on the corresponding link.
Finally, search for the 4-letter prefix followed by the 3-digit class number and title. For example, if you would like to find the description for THEO 206 Spiritual Formation, you will click THEOLOGY (THEO), then look for THEO 206 Spiritual Formation.

BIBLE (BIBL)

BIBL 501 – Hermeneutics (Bible Study Methods), 3 credits

This course is an introduction to various tools of Bible study and a methodical and inductive approach to study of the Scriptures, basic laws, and principles of interpretation. This course provides opportunity to practice using these tools, methods, and principles. The student will complete practical assignments using the three steps of observation, interpretation, and application, and will interact with the professor and other students in accurately evaluating their findings.

BIBL 504 – Old Testament Survey, 3 credits

This course surveys the entire Old Testament with an emphasis on its historical and theological foundation to the great ideas of the Bible–creation, transgression, redemption, and consummation. The three main genre of the Old Testament (narrative, poetry, and prophecy) will be studied along with the significance of the great eschatological covenants (Abrahamic, Davidic, Palestinian, and New) and Israel’s place in God’s plan. The student will behold the faithfulness of God toward Israel and be introduced to the nature and love of God. He will be introduced to the purpose of the Law and its typology and witness the unfolding of the Messianic anticipation and cultivate a worshipful heart.

BIBL 505 – New Testament Survey, 3 credits

This course surveys the entire New Testament and develops the overarching themes of the Bible begun in the Old Testament and revealed in the New Testament. It focuses on the theme, purpose, structure, and basic content of each individual book and the relation of each book to the whole Bible. Strong emphasis is given to the application of the message of each book for personal spiritual development and ministry. Attention is paid to the incarnation, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the story of the early Church as it proclaimed the themes of transgression, redemption, and consummation.

BIBL 507 Old & New Testament Backgrounds, 3 Credits

This is a two part course. The first part exposes the student to the broader world of the Old Testament by tracing the story of the Israelite nation, as it touches the surrounding contemporary peoples. Special emphasis will be given to geographical and archaeological issues, manners and customs, and other writings and inscriptions. The goal of this course is to understand the political interaction of God’s people within the context of its Near Eastern neighbors (i.e. Egyptians, Syrians, Assyrians, and Babylonians). The time span covered will be from the Patriarchal Age to the fall of the kingdom of Judah.
The second part is a history of the “Second Temple Period,” spanning the years from the Jewish return of Babylonian captivity, until the end of the Jewish Revolts in the second century AD. Attention will be given to key political events that took place in the “Inter-Testamental” Persian and Hellenistic periods. The political, religious, and cultural influences bearing on the New Testament world will be a large factor in this course, and some source materials will be read.

BIBL 510 Hebrew I, 3 credits

This course introduces the student to elementary Biblical Hebrew grammar, syntax, and vocabulary, empowering them to read and translate elementary Hebrew texts. Hebrew I & II must be taken consecutively.

BIBL 611 Hebrew II, 3 credits

Hebrew II is a continuation of Hebrew I

BIBL 512 Greek I, 3 Credits

This course introduces students to the essentials of Koine (New Testament) Greek. It emphasizes grammar, syntax, and vocabulary and prepares the student to be able to identify the various forms of words in the Greek language, understand their basic meaning, and build their vocabularies. The goal of this course is to lay a strong foundation for further study of Koine Greek.

BIBL 613 Greek II, 3 Credits

Greek II will build upon the foundation of Greek I and help students use the knowledge of vocabulary and grammar learned to read and translate different portions of scripture. Interpreting Greek text will be emphasized in Greek II.

BIBL 615 John, 3 credits

An expository study of the gospel of John in light of its historical context, stated purpose, and development of theme in order to discover its testimony to the deity and saving work of the Lord Jesus Christ. The student grows to know the Lord Jesus Christ better through the study of His life as uniquely presented by the apostle John. The student will learn the basic content of each chapter, follow the flow of John’s emphasis on belief throughout the book, identify the key events and teachings of Christ, and experience personal growth in their own lives.

Prerequisites: BIBL 501 – Hermeneutics

BIBL 517 Proverbs, 3 credits

This course is designed to help the student study, understand, apply, and communicate the book of Proverbs. The course will focus on the unique interpretation issues of Proverbs and the concept of “wisdom” as presented in the book. The course will also include a “Spiritual Formation” element, with the intention of helping the student understand the need for spiritual wisdom and how to live in that wisdom.

Prerequisites: BIBL 501 – Hermeneutics

BIBL 618 Romans, 3 credits

An expository study of the book of Romans that emphasizes its contribution to our understanding and teaching of salvation, sanctification, and the place of Israel and the church in God’s redemptive plan. Students apply practical principles of Christian living for personal growth and ministry.

Prerequisites: BIBL 501 – Hermeneutics

BIBL 520 Acts, 3 credits

This course is an expository study of the book of Acts to understand the birth and growth of the church under the sovereign direction of the resurrected Christ. The emphasis in the course is on understanding the purpose of the book, with special consideration given to the literary structure of the book, church growth, and personal application.

Prerequisites: BIBL 501 – Hermeneutics, BIBL 504 – Old Testament Survey, BIBL 505 – New Testament Survey, THEO 501 Systematic Theology I, THEO 502 Systematic Theology II

BIBL 623 Planning and Creating Bible Curriculum and Instruction, 3 credits

This course will equip the student on how to plan and create an effective bible curriculum and instructional material. Students will be introduced to basic concepts and issues related to curriculum design, development, change and evaluation. They will learn how to analyze the teaching-learning process, write instructional objectives, and design plans for biblical instruction. The course will also involve a study of task descriptions, motivation, and evaluation in teaching and learning.

Prerequisites: BIBL 501 – Hermeneutics,

BIBL 625 – The Life, Ministry, and Teaching of Christ, 3 credits

This course is a study of the missionary life, ministry, and teaching of Christ as revealed in the four Gospels. It takes a chronological and thematic view of Christ’s life and missionary work and interprets key events and teachings of Christ helping students make practical application to their lives. The course also places value on the harmony of the Gospels, emphasizes the understanding of who Jesus Christ was and is, what He did, and why such revelation is important. A view of Jesus as a missionary and as a slave to God’s will be emphasized.

BIBL 630 The Missionary Life and Letters of Paul, 3 credits

An in-depth study of the missionary life and writings of the apostle Paul—a quintessential missionary. Focus is made on his passion for missions & the gospel message he preached and how he lived it out.

 

 

THEOLOGY (THEO)

THEO 501 Systematic Theology I, 3 credits

This is a systematic study of four core doctrines: 1) the doctrine of the word of God, 2) the doctrine of God, 3) the doctrine of man, and 4) the doctrine of Christ and the Holy Spirit.

THEO 502 Systematic Theology II, 3 credits

This course is continuation of THEO 201 and covers three core doctrines: 1) the doctrine of the application of redemption, 2) the doctrine of the Church, 3) the doctrine of the future.
Prerequisites: THEO 501  Systematic Theology I

THEO 506 Spiritual Formation, 3 credits

This is a course on developing the character of Christ. It’s designed to address the gap that exists between knowing about Jesus Christ and being like Jesus Christ through the practice of the spiritual disciplines. An in-depth study of the character of Christ is done through exegesis of relevant Biblical passages with the goal of relying on the Holy Spirit for the formation of Christ’s character in the student. Emphasis is placed on the role of the Holy Spirit, effective prayer and biblical meditation. Other personal and corporate disciplines are introduced.

THEO 508 Encountering & Experiencing the God of the Bible, 3 credits

This course teaches students how to biblically seek and do the will of God and so experience him in the process. It introduces students to hearing God, knowing how God shaped them (their SHAPE), and discerning their calling. It emphasizes the nature and Character of God, radical obedience and passionate pursuit of God and his purposes in the world.

THEO 520 Life & Godliness, 3 credits

This course covers various key topics on the Christian life and godliness. Topics include responsible servanthood, stewardship, community life (Koinonea), making reproducing disciples, God’s intentions for individuals and nations, fear of God, and godliness through surrender, submission, and spiritual authority.

THEO 522 The Powerful Holy Spirit, 3 credits

This course is a thorough study of the person and work of the Holy Spirit in both the Old and New Testaments, the creation, fall and death of man, the doctrine of salvation considered from man’s need, God’s methods in reaching man, and the application of the work of the Holy Spirit.
A special emphasis will be paid to His ministry from the New Testament era onward. The doctrine of walking by the spirit, the baptism of the Holy Spirit, the filling of the Holy Spirit, spiritual gifts and fruits of the spirit will be also treated. His work in the life of the believer will be emphasized especially His role in fulfilling the great commission, sanctification, and in producing a power-filled Christian life.

THEO 625 Apologetics, 3 credits

This course is a survey of the evidence for the central truths of Christianity: the existence of God, the deity and resurrection of Christ, and the authority and truth of the Bible.

THEO 530 Theological Issues and the Church, 3 credits

This course is a study of a variety of contemporary theological issues which are confronting local church leaders and members at this time. The emphasis is upon the biblical evaluation of these issues in light of the absolute Word of God and the cultural milieu in which they are occurring.

The course will focus on the development of critical thinking and the building of a Christian worldview as a foundation for the critical analysis of the contemporary theological issues.

THEO 535 Church History I: The Early Church to the Reformation, 3 credits
The course will cover the history of Christianity from its inception to the Protestant Reformation (1600).

THEO 636 Church History II: From the Reformation to the Present day, 3 credits
This course will touch on major areas of study in the modern era including: the history of Protestantism, the history of Roman Catholicism, American church history, etc.

Prerequisites: THEO 535 Church History I

MINISTRY (MINS)

MINS 501 Effective Christian Ministry to the Poor I, 3 credits

This bible-centered and bible-driven ministry course is an overview of the harm that unbiblical and poor poverty alleviation methods cause both to the poor and those trying to minister to them. It also introduces students to the principles and practice of effective Christian ministry to the poor.

Prerequisites: THEO 506 Spiritual Formation; THEO 508 Encountering & Experiencing the God of the Bible; THEO 520 Life and Godliness; MINS 504 Starting an Orphan Care Ministry;  MINS 509 Christ & the Mission of Peacemaking and Reconciliation

MINS 502 Effective Christian Ministry to the Poor II, 3 credits

This bible-centered and bible-driven ministry course (which is a continuation of MINS 201) is an in-depth study of biblical best practices for ministering to the poor in ways that do not unintentionally aggravate poverty (instead of alleviate it) or cause harm to the poor, their communities, or to the poverty alleviator. The course will also introduce different biblical models for ministry to the poor and teach students how to use biblical wisdom to recruit the right candidates to minister to in communities where everyone looks poor and needy.

Prerequisite: MINS 501 Effective Christian Ministry to the Poor I

MINS 504 Starting a Ministry, 3 credits

(This course goes by different names, depending on a student’s major: Starting an Orphan Care Ministry, Starting an Orphanage,  Starting a Nonprofit, or Starting a Missions Ministry)

This course is designed to be a first step in equipping students who feel called to into Christian Ministry. With exegesis of biblical passages on missions, prayer and reliance on the Holy Spirit, students are challenged to personally examine motives and confirm their call to ministry. They are guided to discover and write their bible-based purpose, mission statement, vision, establish core values, develop strategy, set initial goals, write a business plan, select initial board members, choose a name for the ministry and incorporate/register with their state government.

MINS 507 Principles of Interpersonal Relationships, 3 credits

This course is a study of the principles involved in effective interpersonal relationships. Students will learn a holistic, integrated, principle-centered approach to interpersonal relationships. Topics will include interpersonal feedback, self-disclosure, listening, the role of emotions, personal values, and self-awareness. Additional topics will be included as determined by the instructor. Emphasis is on methods to enhance personal and professional relationships (relationships at home, at work, and at school).

MINS 509 Christ & the Mission of Peacemaking and Reconciliation, 3 credits

This course introduces students to the principles and practice of biblical peacemaking and reconciliation. It emphasizes the character of Christ (the quintessential peacemaker), the 21 attributes of the image of Christ and the father heart of God.

MINS 612 Spiritual Counseling, 4 Credits

Part 1 of this course is designed to establish foundational biblical principles for life relationships that glorify God. Emphasis is laid on: worldview issues, sources of authority in people’s lives, how people change, and scripture’s teaching regarding biblical relationships. Specific topics covered will include dealing with sin, forgiveness, restoration, confrontation, and repentance.

Part 2 builds on the work done in part I and examines additional specific problems and develops a biblical response to each issue. Accurate diagnosis of root issue followed by accurate application of prescribed biblical solution. Examples of issues that will be addressed include: eating disorders, homosexuality, abuse, addictions, trauma counseling, anger, divorce etc. The ultimate goal of the class is to help people become more conformed to the image of Christ.

MINS 615 Principles of Biblical Leadership, 3 credits

This course introduces students to the dynamics of effective Christian leadership by examining the character qualities, principles and practice of successful Christian leaders. Students will become familiar with different ways of exercising leadership, their own strengths and weaknesses, and how they can best work with others in a leadership context. The methodology followed by this course will be one of knowledge acquisition, practice, and reflection. Biblical and contemporary sources and perspectives will be used in this course.

MINS 616 Legacy Planning: Strategies for Recruiting  and Developing Ministry Leaders I, 3 credits

Selecting the right people is key to successful leadership. Putting the right people in the right places at the right time is a critical component of effective leadership. If you select the right people, your work will be a joy to do. If you select the wrong ones, your work will feel like a curse; they will cause severe pain to you, the leader, and to everyone else one your team. One bad hire can throw an entire team out of balance. Few things in ministry are as important as recruiting and developing the right people. Recruiting the right people is how you build a great team. A leader’s job is to recruit the right people, develop them, support them and empower them, and then get out of their way so that they can do what they know to do best.

A leader’s lasting impact is known by the legacy that he leaves behind. A key part of legacy planning is succession planning. This course will teach the student how to recruit and develop leaders, and leave a lasting legacy within the context of a ministry.
Prerequisite: MISS 505 Following the Holy Spirit into Disciplemaking

MINS 617 Legacy Planning: Strategies for Recruiting  and Developing Ministry Leaders II, 3 credits

This is a continuation of MINS 616: Legacy Planning I with extended in-depth practical assignments.
Prerequisite: MINS 616 Legacy Planning: Strategies for Recruiting  and Developing Ministry Leaders I

MINS 617 Team Leadership, 3 credits

Everything of value that has ever been done has been done by teams or groups of people, not by individuals. An individual is too small to achieve great things. It takes a team or group of people working together. To succeed as a leader, we must learn to effectively manage teams and groups. Leading teams and groups involves managing different personalities, emotions, cultures, and varying skill levels, while at the same time procuring resources and managing expectations of stakeholders. This course will answer questions: First, what does it takes to be a great team player? Second, how do you lead teams effectively? This course is great for anyone who wants to be an effective team member or an effective leader

MINS 520 Partner-Raising:  Fundraising for Nonprofit Ministry, 3 credits

This fundraising course is designed to equip students to become successful at building the kinds of relationships that produce passionate financial partners. Students learn to raise financial partners who are honored and excited to serve the vital role of freely and cheerfully giving financial resources for the work of ministry. Whether students are solo or are fundraising leaders of nonprofit ministries, this course is designed to inspire and empower them to effectively reach their goal of raising all the financial partners needed to support the work of ministry.  This course is very practical and hands-on. As students go through the course, they are guided to actually raise financial partners. Because of the practical stepwise approach, it will help alleviate the fear and anxiety students feel when they think about the fundraising process by teaching them how to develop a strategy that works.

MINS 622 Fundraising and Financial Management in an Effective Christian ministry, 3 credits

This is a two part course. The first part introduces students to principles and practices of effective organizational fundraising and resource development. It also covers important financial management topics such as planning, marketing, oversight, and accountability. The second part introduces students to basic budgetary principles and procedures for non–profit agencies. Key topics will include budgeting, reporting, financing, cost analysis, stewardship, and donor management.

MINS 625 Strategy, 3 credits
This course is designed to equip ministry leaders on how to win in ministry by creating effective strategy in various ministry settings. Students will learn the five key steps of developing an effective strategy for any area or level of ministry. In addition to that, students will also learn to discover a ministry organization’s purpose, mission, vision, core values as well as establish a winning strategy to accomplish their ministry’s mission and vision.

Prerequisites: MINS 504 Starting a Ministry

MINS 630 Biblical Child Rearing: Transforming & Ministering to the Heart of the OVC, 3 credit

This course is an examination of biblical principles of effective child rearing and the applications critical to effective parenting of Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC). Consideration is made of previous history of trauma and possible abuse in the OVC and also to challenges faced by contemporary parents and the Bible’s sufficiency for responding to all these concerns. The wise use of discipline in child training is also examined. Emphasis will be placed on shepherding the child’s heart and how to effectively serve as a parent to an OVC (How to father or mother an OVC).

Prerequisites: MINS 504 Starting an Orphanage / Starting an Orphan Care Organization, THEO 520 Life & Godliness, MINS 509 Christ & the Mission of Peacemaking and Reconciliation, THEO 506 Spiritual Formation

MINS 632 Growing a Christian Ministry, 3 credits

This course focuses on the common growth challenges faced by existing Christian ministries when they attempt to grow substantially.

MINS 635 Public Speaking and Homiletics, 3 credits

This course is designed to aid the student in developing the fundamental skills necessary to become an effective communicator in any setting. General emphasis will be placed on the principles and process of preparation and precise delivery of any speech. Particular emphasis will be made to the principles of preparing and delivering an expository bible teaching. Bible students will learn the principles involved in each step of preparing and delivering an expository Bible message; from understanding the needs of your audience, to knowing the purpose of your message, to prayerfully looking to the Holy Spirit for the initial selection of a text, through the development of a main idea, preparing an outline and draft of the message, to the oral delivery of the inspired message.

MINS 638 Organizational Leadership in Ministry, 3 Credits

This course is designed to analyze the impact of leadership on organizational effectiveness. It will differentiate between a leader and a manager, and how each can be vital to an organization’s success. Students will also be introduced to attributes of successful leaders, including interpersonal skills, attitudes, and behaviors, which facilitate effective leadership within any ministry context.

MINS 640 Effective Governance of a Christian Ministry, 3 credits

This course introduces students to the effective governance of Christian Ministries. Students will study how effective board governance provides strategic leadership to the Christian Ministry. This includes setting direction, making policy, making strategy decisions, overseeing and monitoring organizational performance, etc.

MINS 647 Pastoral Care and Counseling, 3 credits

This course introduces the foundational principles of psychological and biblical counseling, ministering to the physically, emotionally, mentally, socially, and spiritually ill. This study is integrated with other more traditional aspects of pastoral care. Self-awareness (Self-understanding) and listening skills are emphasized, as well as religious resources and exercises such as Scripture, prayer, and openness and obedience to the inner direction of the Holy Spirit.

MINS 660 Mentored Ministry Experience, 3 credits

The mentored ministry experience is designed to meet field education requirements. For two consecutive semesters the student will be involved in a ministry setting where they will do hands-on work. During this time, students will be integrating their studies into ministry and life, meeting with a mentor one-on-one, and spending time reflecting on the ministry experience. Students will set personal growth goals and be connected to a mentor who will hold them accountable for meeting those goals. Students will meet weekly with their mentors who must be approved by the professor for this course.

MINS 661 Mentored Ministry Experience in Pastoral Studies, 3 credits

This course is a mentored ministry experience in Pastoral Studies.

MINS 662 OVC Internship I, 3 credits

This three-to-six-month OVC internship is designed to give students the opportunity to practice previously learned material and gain new information and skills on the mission field. During this time, students work under the supervision of experienced OVC workers. This internship can be done in any country in the world. The goal is to do it in the environment that is similar to the one the student intends to serve after graduation.

MINS 663 OVC Internship II, 3credits

This three-to-six-month OVC internship is a continuation of OVC Internship I.

 

 

GLOBAL MISSIONS (MISS)

MISS 501 Introduction to Christian Missions, 3 credits

This course is meant to introduce the student to Christian Missions. The course will explore the biblical basis of missions and the pivotal role of the local church in accomplishing the great commission. Special attention will be given to historical, cultural, and political dimensions as well as current approaches and future trends in Christian Missions.

MISS 503 Cultural Anthropology, 3 credits

A study of culture, customs, moral codes, social institutions, languages, arts, religions, and industries of the world’s peoples in order to give the student a better understanding of (or an attraction for) other peoples, their cultures, worldview, social organization, language, religion, cultural adaptation along with skills and abilities to reach the people with whom he/she will labor. ACC: ANTH 2351 – Cultural Anthropology

MISS 505 Following the Holy Spirit into Disciplemaking, 4 credits

This course is an in-depth study of how to rely on the Holy Spirit to lead people to Christ and disciple them. The course challenges the student to consider his or her responsibility to rely on the Holy Spirit to make disciples of Jesus Christ through him or her. We will look all aspects of effective evangelism from preparation, process, and follow-up. Special emphasis will be given to the theology of every aspect of evangelism. We will examine different methods of approaching people and presenting the gospel. Emphasis will be placed on evangelism and the local church.

MISS 515 Strategic Prayer, Spiritual Warfare, and Christian Revivals, 3 credits

This course on strategic prayer, spiritual warfare and revival is a study of the people and the revivals that changed our world. A focus will be made on 20th century revivals. The course will explore the relationship that strategic prayer and spiritual warfare has with the outpouring of revivals. Students will learn how to actively engage in strategic prayer and spiritual warfare and believe God for a revival in their circle of influence.

Prerequisite: THEO 506 Spiritual Formation (may be waived by instructor)

MISS 620 Global Health & Healthcare to OVC on the Mission Field, 3 Credits

The availability of healthcare services to orphans is very poor and frequently completely absent. This course does two things: First, it introduces the student to global health systems and covers common healthcare challenges in the health delivery systems of developing countries. Second, it introduces direct orphan care workers to anticipatory guidance and teaches them what to do when children develop common childhood diseases. It teaches CPR and other first aid skills. Students learn hygiene and techniques to prevent the spread of contagious diseases from one child to another. Common healthcare challenges in poor children are also covered.

MISS 622 Nourishing OVC to health on the Mission Field, 3 credits

Malnutrition is a silent killer in millions of orphans and poor children around the world, even those who have a full belly. According to Unicef, “Nearly half of all deaths in children under age 5 are attributable to undernutrition. This translates into the unnecessary loss of about 3 million young lives a year.” This course explores the various nutrients, their sources, digestion, absorption, metabolism, interaction, storage, and excretion. Current research is presented against a background of basic nutritional concepts. Special emphasis is given to the role nutrition plays in the current health care delivery system and how nutrition can be emphasized to promote health maintenance. The gives the student the foundation needed to understand nutritional challenges. ACC code: BIOL 1323 Human Nutrition

MISS 533 World Religions and Christian Missions, 3 credits

This course is a study of a group of religions that have had significant impact on the lives of people around the world. The goal is to identify effective missiological methods and concerns in evangelizing to people who are followers of these different religions.

MISS 635 Mission Preparation, 3 credits

This course is designed to be taught by a faculty member who is a seasoned missionary. It covers missions in the New Testament church and missions in the contemporary world. The faculty will also discuss the life and work of a missionary, the preparation of a missionary (doctrinal preparation, emotional, and spiritual preparation for the mission field) as well as how to prepare the sending / supporting home church. Other topics such as the following will also be discussed: travel preparation; entering the host country; communicating with the home church; effective missionary methods for various fields; and maintaining physical, emotional, psychological, social, and spiritual health in the mission field will also be discussed. There are no text-books for this course.

MISS 637 Church Planting, 3 Credits

This course covers the skills and knowledge needed to plant a New Testament church.

MISS 639 Church Growth, 3 Credits

This course introduces the student to the principles of biblical church growth.

MISS 660 Global Missions Internship I, 3 credits

This three-to-six-month missionary internship is designed to give future missionary students the opportunity to practice previously learned material and gain new information and skills on the mission field. During this time, students work under the supervision of experienced missionaries. This missions internship can be done in any country in the world. The goal is to do it in the environment that is similar to the one the student intends to serve after graduation.

MISS 661 Global Missions Internship II, 3credits

This three-to-six-month missionary internship is a continuation of MISS 460.

COMMUNICATION (COMM)

COMM 520 Internet Communication, 3 credits

This course is designed to enhance the student’s understanding of the communication technologies available on the Internet so that he/she can become an effective communicator using these internet tools in their personal and professional lives.

The major purpose of this course is to enhance your abilities to find information, organize it and to communicate effectively using information technologies. Students will have opportunities to develop their skills in technological modes befitting these respective settings, document sharing, internet publishing, discussion forums, blogging, electronic meetings, and social networks. Basic web-design principles will be presented, and students will create and publish a personal blog, and work in a virtual team to create a group project. Students may also be introduced to SEO, Google Analytics, Google keyword planner, podcasting etc. This course does not introduce you to the basics of browsing, emailing, downloading files, etc. It assumes you have these skills already, and builds on them.

COMM 522 Business Communication, 3 credits

In order to be successful, nonprofits must efficiently communicate with potential and current donors, with staff, and with the people they serve. This course is designed to give students a comprehensive view of communication, its scope and importance in nonprofit business, and the role of communication in establishing a favorable outside-the-organization environment, as well as an effective internal communications program. The various types of nonprofit business communication media and technologies are covered. This course also develops an awareness of the importance of succinct written and oral expression to modern business communication.