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Course Descriptions

Old Testament Survey 

3 semester units/45 clock hours 

This course is an introductory survey of the Old Testament, focusing on the authorship, historical background, and themes of each book with its doctrinal contribution and a study of the history of the Hebrew nation. 


New Testament Survey 

3 semester units/45 clock hours 

This course is a survey of the New Testament. Topics covered are: political, social, moral and religious backgrounds of the inter-Testament period. 


Hermeneutics 

3 semester units/45 clock hours 

This course is a study of the principles and practices of biblical interpretation in all of its basic aspects: theological, historical, cultural, grammatical, and literary. It will range from prolegomena to biblical interpretation seen from the viewpoint of typology, symbolism, prophecy, and parables. 


Christian Ethics 

3 semester units/45 clock hours 

This course considers the various areas in personal and social ethics as they are formulated by Christian theology and as they apply to Christian life and the ministry. 


Christian Counseling 

3 semester units/45 clock hours 

This is an advanced study of foundational pre-suppositions underlying the task of counseling. A historical survey of classic and current theories of counseling will be developed and related to present day problems. The Bible will be the basic source in dealing with human problems and the search for solutions. 


Christian Education 

3 semester units/45 clock hours 

This course is an advanced study that covers the philosophy and methodology of establishing a biblical world and life view in children, youth, and adolescents. 


Life and Teaching of Christ 

3 semester units/45 clock hours 

This in-depth course provides the graduate student a learning experience that prompts extended reflection and consideration of the teaching of Christ as found in the four Gospels of the New Testament 


History of the Scriptures 

This in-depth course is a historical study of the origin and development of the Scriptures, the Old Testament and the New Testament. Emphasis will be given to canonical factors of the Scriptures recognized in history.


History of the Christian Doctrine 

3 semester units/45 clock hours 

This is an advanced study that deals with the origin, development and contemporary aspect of the Christian doctrine. 


Church History Survey 

3 semester units/45 clock hours 

The church history survey covers all periods of church history, from the intermediate post-apostolic period to the development of Christianity in the modern age. It will focus on the major movements and personalities of church history such as ecclesiastical organization; development of the New Testament, theology and dogma; Christian life and worship; doctrinal controversies and other events in medieval age; Reformation and the intellectual and theological backgrounds and its devoted leaders; the evangelical revival and modernism in the modern age. 


Pastoral Ministry 

3 semester units/45 clock hours 

This course covers biblical principles regarding the full scope of the local ministry. This will include: preaching, teaching, counseling, and visitation. 


Spiritual Worship 

3 semester units/45 clock hours 

This course will examine the historical and biblical roots of spiritual worship. This will be followed by a study of developing personally effective, pastorally sensitive, and theologically sound worship services. 


Spiritual Preaching 

3 semester units/45 clock hours 

This is an in-depth course focusing on preaching from the Scripture. It will cover the practice of effective verbal communication. Students will prepare and preach sermons in the class. The preparation and delivery of sermons will be practiced under guidance and criticism focusing on use of voice and body in sermon delivery, the use of language, and the use of notes. 


Church Polity 

3 semester units/45 clock hours 

This is an advanced course on theological and historical examinations of principles of polity, ecclesiology, church structure and constitutional activities of the church 


Church Administration and Leadership 

3 semester units/45 clock hours 

This course helps equip students for church leadership and administration. The pastor’s responsibilities for the management of ministry will be discussed, including; recognizing needs, planning, organizing, motivating, coaching, mentoring core members, evaluating, and revising church programs and strategies. 


World Christian Missions 

3 semester units/45 clock hours 

This course is an advanced study of a wide range of issues and basic principles governing the missionary task of the church. Also covered are studies of the cultural and religious background as well as the historical developments and present situation of Christian missions in the world. 


Reformed Theology 

3 semester units/45 clock hours 

This course is a study of Reformed theology and faith, and the historical confessions that have helped give shape to tradition. This course will provide an opportunity to explore the contours of Reformed theology, giving attention to its historical formations, contemporary expressions and pastoral implications for church and community. 


Christian Apologetics 

3 semester units/45 clock hours 

This advanced course presents the nature, methods, and issues involved in defending the Christian world view, including religious knowledge, the existence of God, the problem of miracle and the authority of Scripture. Major objections to Christianity are reviewed and answered. 


Christian Doctrine Survey 

3 semester units/45 clock hours 

This course is an introduction to theological studies that the students will focus on studying in various core theological approaches to doctrine of the revelation, doctrine of the Trinity, doctrine of the status of man, doctrine of the redemption of Christ, doctrines of the Holy Spirit and redemptive work, doctrine of the church and the last things. 


Unrestricted Electives 


Principles of Bible Study 

3 semester units/45 clock hours 

This course teaches advanced bible study using the inductive and deductive methods, with special attention given to words, phrases, definition, source of material, historical and cultural background, as well as, teaching steps in preparing for a small group 


Marriage and Family Counseling 

3 semester units/45 clock hours 

This course presents models of personality, partnership, and parenthood in light of the Bible with a view to improving skills in the individual, marriage and with family counseling. Problem situations in the lives of people will be discussed and analyzed in light of biblical principles. 


Principles of Teaching 

3 semester units/45 clock hours 

This is an advanced research course consisting of the philosophical, psychological, and educational aspects of teaching and learning. Concepts involved in contemporary teaching will be studied and synthesized as models for teaching, as well as, presented in planning-learning experiences and used in actual practice teaching opportunities.


History of Christian Education 

3 semester units/45 clock hours 

This advanced course examines the history of views regarding the nature and goals of education. Specific topics covered may include: historical perspectives on multicultural education; the role of education in historical and modern democracies; and the teaching of social justice in the contemporary classroom 


Ministry of Witness 

3 semester units/45 clock hours 

This course will present biblical and theological foundations of evangelism. Special attention will be given to developing methods of how to present the gospel of Christ to the ignorant, the unconcerned, the procrastinator, or other types of disbelievers. 


Youth Ministry 

3 semester units/45 clock hours 

This is the study of an advanced youth ministry from event planning to instruction methods for youth ministries. It will include in-depth input from youth ministers and Christian educators. 


Comparative World Religions 

3 semester units/45 clock hours 

This course is a survey and comparison of the major religions of the world with Christianity. Religions covered are Buddhism, Confucianism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, and Taoism. 


Westminster Standards 

3 semester units/45 clock hours 

This course is an advanced study of the origin and historical development of the Westminster Confession of faith. Exploration of the theology of the Assembly, by means of studying the Westminster Confession of faith, will be examined accordingly. 


Word Processing I 

3 semester units/45 clock hours 

This course segment acquaints the student with up-to-date word processing software and begins the learning of creating documents; bold text; cutting and pasting; and other basic and intermediate word processing procedures.

By TIU Team| JUNE 3, 2015 | Courses Description