Course Descriptions – College of Adult Learning

College of Adult Learning


CAL Courses Common to All Degrees


PMN 1003 Attitudes & Strategies for Life

A study of the issues related to living a successful and abundant life: decision making, prioritizing goals and actions based on the values each person holds, developing measurable strategies to accomplish them and understanding the attitudes which shape the journey of accomplishing goals, making decisions, and living the life God intended for each of us.


BEX 1006 Bible Survey

An introductory study of the books of the Old and New Testaments noting the historical background, authorship, purpose, plan, and basic content. Emphasis will be given to the characteristics of different biblical genres.


BEX 2004 Hermeneutics

An introduction to the theory and practice of biblical interpretation with dual focus on the Bible’s ancient formation and contemporary use. Students will see the importance of sound biblical interpretation as it relates to leadership and the transmission of the gospel.


BNT 1503 Acts of The Apostles

A study of the history of the beginning of the Christian church as described in the New Testament book of Acts. The study focuses on the faith, practices, and teaching of the earliest church as it progressed from Jerusalem across the Greco-Roman world. Special attention is made of the historical contexts, the key players, and the strategies employed in the missionary expansion of these new communities.


BNT 2203 Introduction to the Gospels

An introduction to the critical issues affecting the study of the Gospels and the life of Jesus followed by a survey of the various genres and forms within the Gospels, focusing on principles for interpreting the Gospels, key concepts found in the, and their impact on the church and the Christian life.


BOT 1503 Old Testament History

A study of the history of the people of God in the Old Testament as recorded from Genesis through Esther. It considers God’s redemptive plan as expressed in His covenants with Israel. Special emphasis is made to understand the geography of the Near East.


BOT 2653 Old Testament Poetry & Prophecy

A study of the wisdom literature and the prophetic literature of the Old Testament as recorded from Job through Malachi. There is special emphasis upon the formation of Hebrew poetry found throughout this literature.


GPL 1503 Christian Worldview

The purpose of this course is to provide academic instruction on the importance of and ability of a Christian to understand the issues of truth and knowledge, how we arrive at truTTHth, and what we do with truth. This course is designed, therefore, to deepen and broaden the student’s understanding of the core presuppositions of the Christian worldview, and to equip them to evaluate those presuppositions in contrast with other, competing worldviews.


TTH 2103 Basic Bible Doctrines

Focusing on the classical passages of the Old and New Testament, the study includes the basic theological concepts related to Scripture, God, Jesus Christ and His work, man and his salvation, the Holy Spirit and the church. The text allows exploration of the historical development of these doctrines as well as their biblical basis.


PMN 2454 Introduction to Evangelism

A study of the nature, purpose and process of evangelism and its application to various environments both within and outside of the church. Special emphasis will be placed on New Testament discipleship principles and their application to building mentoring relationships


GSP 2156 CAL Advanced Communication

An advanced course concentrating on interpersonal, intercultural, and public communication intended to acquaint students with both theory and practice in the varied world of communication among individuals of similar and different backgrounds. (CAL elective)


GPS 3506 CAL Child and Adolescent Psychology

Examines of the worlds of the children and teens, with emphasis on physiological, social, psychological, and cognitive development. In addition, specific problematic behaviors associated with these age groups, along with counseling techniques, will be discussed. (CAL elective)


PMN 3104 Organizational Leadership

This course draws on various academic disciplines to introduce students to leadership theories both classical and contemporary. Discussion will focus on the relationship between one’s relationship with God and effective leadership. Special attention will also be given to theories that emphasize the role of Christian ethics in organizational leadership.


PMN 3204 Communication for Leadership

An introduction to the concepts of effective oral and written communication for interpersonal exchanges, as well as for functioning in teams and in other organizational settings.


PMN 3706 Personal Finance

An overview of personal and family financial planning with an emphasis on financial record keeping, planning your spending, tax planning, consumer credit, making buying decisions, purchasing insurance, selecting investments, and retirement and estate planning.


PMG 3315 Business Ethics

Study of the ethical foundations for sound decision making in management as applied to issues such as employer-employee relations, executive pay, the use of power, affirmative action and environment damage.


Teams & the Workplace

The organization of work in the implementation of the strategic plan with work analyzed for how human efforts in teams and other small groups of various compositions and other structures can effectively bring that work to a quality level of completion as defined by the end-user.


PMN 3704 Introduction to Organizational Finance

A study of the preparation, analysis, communication, and interpretation of financial information for organizational decision-makers; including church, non-profit, and for- profit organizations.


PMN 3454 Strategic Planning & Decision Making

A study of the current philosophies and strategies of ministry and non-profit programming. Special focus will be given to strategic planning, implementation of technology, volunteer and staff development, community outreach, and marketing.


PMN 4104 Contemporary Issues in Leadership

A capstone study of the major issues facing organizational leaders with an emphasis on the challenges facing the contemporary church and the leadership strategies needed to respond to these challenges.


GHI 230 History of the Restoration Movement

(General Education Requirement)

A study of the Restoration Movement in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries originating in the work of Alexander Campbell and Barton Stone. The course emphasizes the principles of doctrine, polity and practice as they were proclaimed in the quest for the unity of the church.


TET 2103 Christian Ethics

(General Education Requirement)

A study of theoretical and practical problems of moral conduct and proposed solutions with an emphasis upon the nature of ethics, values, rights, obligations and opportunities.


CAL Courses Required for Ministry Degree


BNT 2303 Pauline Epistles

An overview of Paul’s writings to the first-century churches and individuals. This study highlights major doctrines and issues and considers the application of these principles to individuals and churches today. Appropriate hermeneutical principles and procedure are also demonstrated.


GPS 2504 Counseling Principles

This course introduces the principles of counseling and outlines the process by which Christian leaders can effectively counsel people with specific problems. The course also provides an introduction to the counseling profession from a Christian perspective, explores how biblical and psychological principles may be integrated and applied to counseling issues, and describes the nature and role of the counselor as a person and as a professional.

Biblical Preaching and Teaching

An introductory study of the art and science of preparing and delivering biblically based sermons and oral presentations, including discussions of text selections, message construction, and audience analysis.


Suggested Ministry Electives (Chosen in Consultation with advisor)


Practices & Problems in Ministry

A consideration of the various practices problems encountered by the vocational minister, including but not limited to discussions of time management, conflict resolution, ministerial ethics, family life, depression and burnout.


PYM 2106 Christian Education for Adolescents

An in-depth examination of young people ages eleven through twenty one and their culture in preparation for teaching settings. Appropriate teaching skills will be practiced and a mentoring relationship established.


PUI 4416 Urban Ministry Seminar

A study of major issues facing the church as it engages America’s urban core, with emphasis on the key problems challenging cities and the trends that will affect their future.

PUI 3736 Spiritual Warfare

This course provides the student with an introduction to key issues surrounding spiritual warfare: “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms” (Eph 6: 12 NIV). This course is interactive and built on generating and guiding proper exegetical discussion.


BOT 3716 Book of Job

An analysis and interpretation of Job featuring application to the present and consideration of critical problems.


PMG 4205 Management of Information Technology

A study in the successful application of IT systems within a business organization. Topics include the role of IT, hardware, software, E-commerce, internet, data storage and mining, security, and system management.


PMW 1607 Worship: Early Church-Presen — Online Only

A study of how Christian worship has evolved beginning with the first-century church. An understanding of the various forms of worship over time including their relevance to current society.


PMW 1507 Worship in the Old Testament — Online Only

The study of God’s design for worship as found in the Old Testament and how it relates to Christian worship today in form, substance and appeal.


Ministering Cross-Culturally — Online Only

This course provides a basic understanding of different cultural values and styles. Students will learn to recognize and value diversity. Students will improve comprehension of their own biases and assumptions to assist them in understanding, communicating, and effectively ministering in a world of distinctive languages, cultural traditions, and values. There will also be an emphasis on cross-cultural ministry principles, communication, and conflict management issues.


Board Leadership & Management — Online Only

This course will examine boards that govern organizations and their relationship to the mission of the organization and those who manage the organization. Emphasis is focused on non-profit boards but with comparison to for-profit boards. The intended role of boards including general oversight, policy development, financial review (budgets and audits) as well as selection and retention of the chief executive officer. The need for interactive leadership by boards and management is explored.


PUI 3467 Small Groups in Church — Online Only

This course will benefit anyone who participates in small groups, but it is specifically designed to help leaders understand the components of group process and enable them to fulfill their roles. The primary focus of the course is small groups in a church-based ministry, although many of the concepts and principles also apply to businesses and other organizations that are comprised of groups of people.


Courses Required for the Business Management Degree


PMG 4205 Management of Information Technology

A study in the successful application of IT systems within a business organization. Topics include the role of IT, hardware, software, E-commerce, internet, data storage and mining, security, and system management.


PMG 3617 Microeconomics — Online Only

Study of consumer behavior, supply and demand, market structures, and world economy.

PMG 3607 Macroeconomics — Online Only

Study of national income analysis, money and banking, monetary and fiscal policies, inflation, unemployment, and world economy.


PMG 3627 Economics for the Manager — Online Only

A focus on the use of economics in making managerial decisions; both within an organization, and in the larger market arena. Issues involving scarcity and choice, the United States economy, price, production, cost, competition, money, income, business cycles and international trade are included. The interaction between economics and organizations is emphasized.


Suggested Business Electives – All online (Chosen in Consultation with advisor)


PMG 2507 Accounting for Managers

Study in the use of accounting data in planning and controlling business operations. Topics include inventory valuation and income determination. Prerequisite: Financial Accounting


PMG 3107 Organizational Marketing & Sales

Provides background and overview of management tools and decisions within the marketing area including price, placement, product, promotion. Includes overview and application in both consumer and commercial markets.


PMG 2217 Entrepreneurship & Small Business

This course covers the various disciplines, activities and skill sets required to be successful as an entrepreneur. It explains the physiological and analytical aspects of successful entrepreneurship as well as skill sets needed in the disciplines of management, marketing, accounting, operations and law.


PMG 3407 Legal Implications of Business

A basic explanation of the law-its sources, development, terminology-and a discussion of specific legal doctrines and principles which affect business, with an introduction to business organizations such as corporations and partnerships, criminal contracts, legal documents and property.


PMG 3707 Management of Human Resources

This course examines the role of the human resources professional as a strategic partner in managing 21st Century organizations. Key functions such as recruitment, selection, training and development, performance management, retention, compensation, and employee relations are examined. Implications of legal environments are discussed and current issues such as diversity, safety and security, employee Internet usage, and rising benefit costs are analyzed. Best practices of human resource practitioners are considered.


Board Leadership & Management

This course will examine boards that govern organizations and their relationship to the mission of the organization and those who manage the organization. Emphasis is focused on non-profit boards but with comparison to for-profit boards. The intended role of boards including general oversight, policy development, financial review (budgets and audits) as well as selection and retention of the chief executive officer. The need for interactive leadership by boards and management is explored


PMG 3807 Cutting Issues in Management

A modular course for managers allowing them to build upon the principles of management to study the current trends and developments in the field of management as found in business currently and in the thinking of writers in the field.