Upcoming courses with prerequisites

Campus and blended courses that are open to auditors are designated below either with “Open to auditors” or “Auditors: consult with instructor.” (Online and hybrid courses cannot be audited.) See also FAQ: Auditing courses.

Note: Blended courses are campus courses that students can join via videoconference during posted class times.

See also a list of courses without prerequisites.

Questions? Contact the Registrar’s Office, or download the current course list and block schedule for details.

Semester One, 2020–21

Sept. 1 – Dec. 11, 2020
Tuition due: Aug. 31, 2020

One-half credit hour — Safwat Marzouk, PhD — Weds, 12–1 p.m. — Open to auditors

Bible Department faculty members lead weekly informal sessions to read texts in the original languages, alternating by semester between Hebrew and Greek. Students may enroll for one-half hour of credit each semester. Enrollment is not required to participate in the colloquium. Prerequisite: one semester of Hebrew or Greek.

Note: Blended courses are campus courses that students can join via videoconference during posted class times. 

Two credit hours — Dan Schrock, DMin — Tues, 8:30–11:30 a.m. — Not available for audit

The first half of the two-semester practicum concentrates on initial steps in providing guidance to others, while the second half explores the ministry of guidance with people in particular contexts. Issues considered include discerning the presence of God in multiple situations, the contribution of guidance to the mission of God, shaping guidance in various ecclesial and ethnic contexts, and offering guidance across the adult lifespan. Throughout the practicum, students will receive supervision for their work as directors. Prerequisites: Christian Theology 1; Human Development and Christian Formation; a Spiritual Practices course; the completion of 30 credit hours toward the MDiv or MACF degree; experience in receiving spiritual direction for at least a year; and active local church involvement.

Three credit hours — Malinda Elizabeth Berry, PhD — Weds, 8:30–11:30 a.m. — Campus section: Open to auditors; Blended section: Auditors: consult with instructor and Academic Dean

The inevitability of suffering and the persistence of hope are two components of Christian faith that many people have direct experience with; we often say that suffering makes our faith stronger. But whether it is genocide, slavery, forced displacement, or personal violence, the church has a good deal of explaining to do: how and why have Christian institutions championed the virtue of suffering? Even when the church is on the side of the oppressed, why does suffering persist? These questions will be at the center of discussion in this seminar-style course, in which we will bring Anabaptism’s martyr heritage into dialogue with theodicies that span the Christian tradition with a focus on contemporary perspectives that challenge the belief in suffering’s redemptive power. Using the resources of systematic and constructive theology with some assistance from the arts and biblical studies, this course will explore the interplay between suffering and hope so that we might faithfully give an account of the hope that lives in us even when there is not enough data to support our claims of God’s goodness. Prerequisite: Christian Theology 1.

Note: Blended courses are campus courses that students can join via videoconference during posted class times.