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Course Descriptions

Bible & Theology

Year One

RELS 101 (RELS 101Q) Old Testament Survey


This course provides a general introduction to the contents of the Old Testament including some background exploration of geography, social/religious culture, literary conventions, and key issues. The focus, however, is on the overall story—with its theological purpose. In addition, students will gain a basic understanding of the majority of books that make up the Old Testament canon. The ultimate goal is for students to gain familiarity with the Old Testament so that it can be applied to contemporary life.

RELS 102 (RELS 102Q) New Testament Survey


This course provides a general introduction to the contents of the New Testament including some background exploration of geography, social/religious culture, literary conventions, and key issues. Students will gain a basic understanding of the majority of books that make up the New Testament. The ultimate goal is for students to gain familiarity with the New Testament so that it can be applied to contemporary life.

RELS 121 Genesis


This course develops an understanding and application of the book of Genesis in light of its historical, literary, and cultural context. The course focuses on a literary reading of the narrative with the goal of understanding the emphasis of the larger text and on application to the present.

RELS 130 Psalms


This course develops an understanding and application for the book of Psalms in light of its historical, literary, and cultural context. There will be a special emphasis on how the Psalms were used for communal expression and spiritual formation in the context of ancient Israel and on how they can function meaningfully in the contemporary Christian church.

RELS 141 Gospel of Matthew


This course studies Matthew’s Gospel with a view to understanding the background to the book, its theology, and the person, mission, and message of Jesus. The course helps students do a careful literary reading of New Testament narrative texts with the goal of application to the present.

RELS 142 Gospel of Mark


This course studies Mark’s Gospel with a view to understanding the background to the book, its theology, and the person, mission, and message of Jesus. The course helps students do a careful literary reading of New Testament narrative texts with the goal of application to the present.

RELS 143 Gospel of Luke


This course studies Luke’s Gospel with a view to understanding the background to the book, its theology, and the person, mission, and message of Jesus. The course helps students do a careful literary reading of New Testament narrative texts with the goal of application to the present.

RELS 146 Acts


This course studies the book of Acts with a view to understanding the background of the book, its theology, and the key themes. The course helps students do a careful literary reading of New Testament narrative texts with the goal of application to the present.

RELS 148 I Corinthians


This course studies the book of I Corinthians in light of its historical, literary, and cultural background. The course helps students gain an understanding of how to exegete the genre of NT letter or epistle especially in light of determining how the themes in this letter speak to contemporary issues.

RELS 149 Galatians


This course studies the book of Galatians in light of its historical, literary, and cultural background. The course helps students gain an understanding of how to exegete the genre of NT letter or epistle especially in light of determining how the themes in this letter speak to contemporary issues.

RELS 154 Timothy & Titus


This course studies the books of Timothy & Titus in light of their historical, literary, and cultural backgrounds. The course helps students gain an understanding of how to exegete the genre of NT letter or epistle especially in light of determining how the themes in these letters can speak to contemporary issues.

RELS 156Q James


This course studies the book of James in light of its historical, literary, and cultural background. The course helps students gain an understanding of how to exegete the genre of NT letter or epistle especially in light of determining how the themes in this letter speak to contemporary issues.

RELS 157 James & Peter


This course studies the books of James & Peter in light of their historical, literary, and cultural backgrounds. The course helps students gain an understanding of how to exegete the genre of NT letter or epistle especially in light of determining how the themes in these letters can speak to contemporary issues.

RELS 160 (RELS 160Q) Introduction to Christian Theology


This course explores the nature and method of theological study and engages with key issues. The course focuses on a survey of Christian teachings—primarily in the evangelical tradition—relating to God, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, scripture, salvation, the gospel, humanity, ethics, creation, the church, and the future, in order to help the student understand and articulate their faith within the diverse theological streams of the Christian church.

RELS 170 (RELS 170A/170BQ) Spiritual Formation & Discipleship


This course encourages spiritual growth and a life of committed discipleship through the study and practice of spiritual disciplines, Christian community, and reflection upon the experience of God. It explores a variety of spiritual disciplines with the understanding that it is through such disciplines that we place ourselves before God and open ourselves up to God’s transforming power to live daily as disciples of Jesus.

Year Two

RELS 211 Biblical Hermeneutics


This course introduces the science and art of biblical interpretation known under the more formal title Hermeneutics. The course assists students through the steps in the exegetical process exploring issues such as historical/cultural background, grammar, and literary features/genre in order to better understand the message of the text to its first readers and ultimately how this message can speak cross-culturally to contemporary readers.

Prerequisites: RELS 101 OT Survey, RELS 102 NT Survey, and 3 hours of a 100 Level Bible Elective

RELS 222 Exodus


This course studies selected portions of the book of Exodus covering both legal and historical material. The focus is on a close reading of the text, exploring the questions that emerge, and on trajectories of application to the present.

Prerequisites: RELS 101 OT Survey, RELS 102 NT Survey, and 3 hours of a 100 Level Bible Elective

RELS 223 Joshua & Judges


This course introduces Old Testament historical literature and specifically the books of Joshua and Judges. The focus is on a close reading of the narrative texts, exploring the questions that emerge, and on trajectories of application to the present.

Prerequisites: RELS 101 OT Survey, RELS 102 NT Survey, and 3 hours of a 100 Level Bible Elective

RELS 228 Ruth & Esther


This course studies the books of Ruth and Esther in light of their historical, literary, and cultural contexts. The course helps students gain an understanding of how to exegete the genre of OT narrative literature with the goal of application to the present.

Prerequisites: RELS 101 OT Survey, RELS 102 NT Survey, and 3 hours of a 100 Level Bible Elective

RELS 234 Jeremiah


This course introduces Old Testament prophetic literature and specifically the book of Jeremiah. The focus is on understanding how these prophetic texts, meant for a specific historical/cultural context, have enduring meaning to the present.

Prerequisites: RELS 101 OT Survey, RELS 102 NT Survey, and 3 hours of a 100 Level Bible Elective

RELS 236 Daniel


This course introduces Old Testament prophetic literature and specifically the book of Daniel. The focus is on understanding how these prophetic texts, meant for a specific historical/cultural context, have enduring meaning to the present.

Prerequisites: RELS 101 OT Survey, RELS 102 NT Survey, and 3 hours of a 100 Level Bible Elective

RELS 237 Minor Prophets


This course introduces Old Testament prophetic literature and specifically the twelve Minor Prophets. The focus is on understanding how these prophetic texts, meant for specific historical/cultural contexts, have enduring meaning to the present.

Prerequisites: RELS 101 OT Survey, RELS 102 NT Survey, and 3 hours of a 100 Level Bible Elective

RELS 241 Sermon on the Mount


This course studies Matthew 5-7 in light of its historical, literary, and cultural background. The course helps students gain an understanding of how to exegete the genre of gospel literature. The course surveys and evaluates the variety of ways that this text has been used to speak to contemporary issues.

Prerequisites: RELS 101 OT Survey, RELS 102 NT Survey, and 3 hours of a 100 Level Bible Elective

RELS 245 Life of Jesus


This course explores the life of Jesus within the world of first-century Judaism. Using the Gospels as the primary source, particular attention is given to the main events of Jesus' life and the ministry of Jesus in word and deed. The course aims to understand the considerable impact Jesus made upon all who encountered him and what this means for all who follow him today.

RELS 250 Prison Epistles


This course studies the books of Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians and Philemon in light of their historical, literary, and cultural background. The course helps students gain an understanding of how to exegete the genre of NT letter or epistle especially in light of determining how the themes in these letters speak to contemporary issues.

Prerequisites: RELS 101 OT Survey, RELS 102 NT Survey, and 3 hours of a 100 Level Bible Elective

DS-RELS 251 Philippians


This course studies the book of Philippians in light of its historical, literary, and cultural background. The course helps students gain an understanding of how to exegete the genre of NT letter or epistle especially in light of determining how the themes in this letter speak to contemporary issues.

Prerequisites: RELS 101 OT Survey, RELS 102 NT Survey, and 3 hours of a 100 Level Bible Elective

RELS 259 Revelation


This course studies the book of Revelation in light of its historical, literary, and cultural background. The course helps students gain an understanding of how to exegete the genre of NT apocalyptic literature. The course surveys and evaluates the variety of ways that this book has been used to speak to contemporary issues.

Prerequisites: RELS 101 OT Survey, RELS 102 NT Survey, and 3 hours of a 100 Level Bible Elective

RELS 261 Peace & Justice Issues


This course develops a biblical theology of peace and justice by examining the peace teachings of the Bible and other relevant literature in the context of contemporary situations of violence. It also examines how this theology speaks meaningfully to contemporary issues such as war, ethnic/race relations, gender relations, economic inequality, domestic abuse, international conflict, criminal justice system, and use of power.

Prerequisite: RELS 160 Intro to Christian Theology

RELS 262 Apologetics


This course explores the field of Christian apologetics and develops a basic level of proficiency in its application. Historical, philosophical and cultural perspectives will be employed to respond to positions that refute Christian beliefs. Students develop and practice critical thinking skills and grow in their ability to express logically valid arguments both orally and in writing.

Prerequisite: RELS 160 Intro to Christian Theology

Year Three & Four

RELS 301 Old Testament Theology


This course surveys the historical and methodological issues in OT Theology before it launches into the OT as a theological narrative. This study helps the student develop a theological framework for reading the Bible and understanding the foundational themes of such a diverse document as the Old Testament. Students are challenged to reflect on how the Old Testament theological themes inform and shape their theology, faith, life, and ministry.

Prerequisites: RELS 211 Biblical Hermeneutics and HIST 211 Anabaptist History & Thought and 60 hours of college credit.

RELS 302 New Testament Theology


This course surveys the historical and methodological issues in NT Theology before it launches in to an exploration of the key theological themes that emerge in the New Testament. Students are challenged to reflect on how these New Testament theological themes inform and shape their theology, faith, life, and ministry.

Prerequisites: RELS 211 Biblical Hermeneutics and HIST 211 Anabaptist History & Thought  and 60 hours of college credit.

RELS 311 Issues in Hermeneutics


This course is an advanced study of hermeneutics providing an overview of various hermeneutical approaches and wrestling with selected key issues such as the role of the reader and the reader’s worldview in interpretation. Students develop skills not only in reading the biblical texts more thoughtfully but also in becoming more critical and perceptive readers of the secondary literature available which reflects on those texts.

Prerequisites: RELS 211 Biblical Hermeneutics and HIST 211 Anabaptist History & Thought  and 60 hours of college credit.

RELS 322 Deuteronomy


This course is an advanced study of Old Testament law specifically dealing with selected portions of the book of Deuteronomy. While some critical issues are explored, the course focuses on understanding how this book can speak meaningfully to issues Christians wrestle with today. The course helps students engage in a careful literary reading of Old Testament texts with the goal of application to the present.

Prerequisites: RELS 211 Biblical Hermeneutics and 3 hours of a 200 Level Bible Elective  and 60 hours of college credit.

RELS 326 Samuel & Kings


This course is an advanced study of Old Testament narrative specifically dealing with selected portions of the books of Samuel and Kings. While some critical issues are explored, the course focuses on understanding how these books can speak meaningfully to issues Christians wrestle with today. The course helps students engage in a careful literary reading of Old Testament narrative texts with the goal of application to the present.

Prerequisites: RELS 211 Biblical Hermeneutics and 3 hours of a 200 Level Bible Elective  and 60 hours of college credit.

RELS 329 Job & Proverbs


This course is an advanced study of the books of Job and Proverbs in light of their historical, literary, and cultural contexts. The course provides an introduction to the genre of Wisdom Literature and provides an interpretive framework to deal fairly with these types of books. The course focuses on a literary analysis with the goal of understanding the emphasis of the larger text and on application to the present.

Prerequisites: RELS 211 Biblical Hermeneutics and 3 hours of a 200 Level Bible Elective  and 60 hours of college credit.

RELS 333 Isaiah


This course serves is an advanced study of Old Testament prophetic literature and specifically the book of Isaiah. While some critical issues (authorship, date, historical context) are explored, the course focuses on understanding what these prophetic texts meant for specific historical/cultural contexts and how they can have enduring meaning to the present.

Prerequisites: RELS 211 Biblical Hermeneutics and 3 hours of a 200 Level Bible Elective  and 60 hours of college credit.

RELS 334 Ezekiel


This course is an advanced study of Old Testament prophetic literature and specifically the book of Ezekiel. While some critical issues (authorship, date, historical context) are explored, the course focuses on understanding what this prophetic text meant for specific historical/cultural contexts and how they can have enduring meaning to the present.

Prerequisites: RELS 211 Biblical Hermeneutics and 3 hours of a 200 Level Bible Elective  and 60 hours of college credit.

RELS 344 Gospel of John


This course is an advanced study of New Testament gospel narrative specifically dealing with selected portions of the Gospel of John. While some critical issues are explored, the course focuses on understanding how this book provides a significant portrait of Jesus. The course helps students engage in a careful literary reading of New Testament narrative texts with the goal of application to the present.

Prerequisites: RELS 211 Biblical Hermeneutics and 3 hours of a 200 Level Bible Elective  and 60 hours of college credit.

RELS 347 Romans


This course is an advanced study of New Testament epistle genre specifically dealing with the Book of Romans. While some critical issues are explored, the course focuses on understanding how this book can speak meaningfully to issues Christians wrestle with today. The course helps students engage in a careful literary reading of New Testament epistle texts with the goal of application to the present.

Prerequisites: RELS 211 Biblical Hermeneutics and 3 hours of a 200 Level Bible Elective  and 60 hours of college credit.

RELS 349 II Corinthians


This course is an advanced study of New Testament epistle genre specifically dealing with the book of Second Corinthians. While some critical issues are explored, the course focuses on understanding how this book can speak meaningfully to issues Christians wrestle with today. The course helps students engage in a careful literary reading of New Testament epistle texts with the goal of application to the present.

Prerequisites: RELS 211 Biblical Hermeneutics and 3 hours of a 200 Level Bible Elective  and 60 hours of college credit.

RELS 355 Hebrews


This course is an advanced study of New Testament epistle genre specifically dealing with the book of Hebrews. While some critical issues are explored, the course focuses on understanding how this book can speak meaningfully to issues Christians wrestle with today. The course helps students engage in a careful literary reading of New Testament epistle texts with the goal of application to the present.

Prerequisites: RELS 211 Biblical Hermeneutics and 3 hours of a 200 Level Bible Elective  and 60 hours of college credit.

RELS 380 Physical Settings of the Bible


This course studies the geography, history, and archaeology of the land of the Bible. Students do extensive map work prior to spending three weeks in classes and fieldtrips in Israel. The goal is to give students a deeper understanding of how the land of the biblical story plays a key role in interpreting the Bible. The course is taught in Israel by Jerusalem University College with which Columbia is an Associated School.

Prerequisites: RELS 211 Biblical Hermeneutics and 3 hours of a 200 Level Bible Elective

RELS 460 Theological Confessions


This course enables senior students to synthesize their thinking on issues related to theology, ethics, and spiritual devotion. Students become familiar with a variety of options related to theological/ethical issues and are prepared to express and defend orally and in writing personal convictions in a variety of areas. The course helps students apply their biblical and hermeneutical training to the task of theological confession.

Prerequisites: RELS 301 OT Theology, RELS 302 NT Theology (one of these may be taken concurrently with RELS 460) and 100 hours of college credit.

Christian Ministry

Intercultural Studies (ICST)

ICST 211 Current Issues in Mission


This course explores the major issues in the study and practice of Christian missions worldwide. The course focuses on topics such as: least reached people groups; the west as a mission field; Christendom and the global church; religious conflict and persecution; the prosperity gospel and poverty; globalization and migration; interaction with other major faiths; contextualization and the translation principle; as well as the growth of cities.

Prerequisite: CHRM 101 The Church In Mission

ICST 251 Intercultural Practicum


This course cultivates cross-cultural ministry skills within a multi-cultural experience. The course clarifies the call to global mission, develops interpersonal skills and encourages commitment to sharing the love of Christ. This practicum is supervised by an on-site mentor.

Prerequisite: Intercultural Studies Minor Program Enrollment

ICST 301 Theology of Mission


This course assists in understanding Christian mission from a biblical perspective and challenges toward involvement in Christian mission. The course views the biblical message as emphasizing mission and employs a missional hermeneutic to the Bible as a whole.

Prerequisite: EXPL 311/312 Cross-Cultural Internship for ICS students or 60 hours of college credit for non-ICS students

DS-ICST 321 Intercultural Adaptation


This course equips ICS interns to live and work effectively with people of a different cultural background. Within the context of intercultural differences, the course reflects on the challenges and dynamics of life and ministry in cross-cultural contexts. The course studies theoretical and practical examples of cross-cultural adaptation.

Prerequisite: 60 hours of credit in the Intercultural Studies (ICS) major.

Corequisite: EXPL 311/312 Cross-Cultural Internship

DS-ICST 322 Mission Contextualization


This course addresses the process and principles of gospel contextualization, with special attention given to the intern’s specific cultural location. Every culture has its own worldview, values, practices and terms of reference. The ability to explain the good news of Jesus Christ across cultures in a way that can be readily heard and understood is of critical importance for anyone considering mission in an intercultural context.

Prerequisite: 60 hours of credit in the Intercultural Studies (ICS) major.

Corequisite: EXPL 311/312 Cross-Cultural Internship

ICST 331 Urban Mission


This course creates an awareness of the contemporary urban situation and the role of the church within the city. Sociological insights, biblical/theological perspectives and ethical reflection are examined in an effort to understand urban development in light of the mission of the church. Students grapple with key issues confronting the church in its ministry in the urban context.

Prerequisite: 60 hours of college credit

ICST 411 Mission Seminar


This course offers fourth year Intercultural Studies students an opportunity to reflect missiologically upon their one year cross-cultural field placement experience. Theological, cultural, and interpersonal issues that may impact students considering further cross-cultural service are identified, discussed and addressed.

Prerequisite: EXPL 321/2 Cross-Cultural Internship

Christian/Church Ministry (CHRM)

CHRM 101 (CHRM 101Q) The Church in Mission


This course explores the mission of God for the world, and its ramifications for individual followers of Jesus and the corporate church of Christ. Primary areas of study include the biblical and theological foundation for a healthy church, the mission of the church locally and globally, and the practical relevance of the church for contemporary society. A four-day group urban ministry experience of serving and learning in Vancouver is a key element of the course.

CHRM 211 Church and Culture


This course develops a theology of church and culture from a biblical perspective. This theology guides various approaches for how churches can engage culture, assess current church movements, and examine foundational church practices such as worship, mission, and community.

Prerequisite: CHRM 101 The Church in Mission

CHRM 221 Evangelism


This course emphasizes evangelism as a way of life, focusing on the importance of building relationships with a goal of forming Christian community. A primary concern is to understand the gospel, evangelism and life transformation from a biblical perspective. New Testament stories that illustrate the meaning of the gospel, the nature of conversion to Christ and the ways in which Christians can best engage in God’s mission of reconciliation provide the majority of the teaching and discussion content.

Prerequisite: CHRM 101 The Church in Mission

CHRM 321 Principles of Church Planting


This course surveys a wide variety of church planting models and strategies. Topics include: a theology of church-planting, demographic studies, leadership and team work, planning a church launch, church health, as well as key issues surrounding cross-cultural and multi-ethnic church planting efforts. There is an experiential learning component to this course.

Prerequisite: 60 hours of college credit

CHRM 331 Pastoral Practices Seminar


This course prepares students for the variety of practical roles and functions expected of church staff members. Subjects explored include the theology and practice of various church rituals, getting a good start in ministry, professional relationships in the ministry context, basic administration, and pastoral ethics, health and accountability.

Prerequisite: 60 hours of college credit

CHRM 351 Children’s Ministry: Creating & Understanding a Culture


This course will examine the leaders role in creating a culture, understanding contemporary culture, and changing a culture. In light of these, we will examine: the worldview and culture of a child and the implications this has for outreach and evangelism; the ‘relational’ culture of a child from family systems to anxiety and depression, and the affect these have on spiritual development; and the child in the Old Testament and New Testament, placing the child in the culture of the church.

CHRM 352 Children’s Ministry Foundations


In both leadership and Children’s Ministry certain theological and philosophical foundations must be understood to allow for effective gospel communication. This course will look at the building blocks for leadership and self-leadership. It will study the developmental and spiritual developmental stages of children. It will establish parents as the primary spiritual teachers for their children, and consider ministry to families. It will also study the Bible’s teaching on biblical discipline, applied both within the home and in the classroom.

CHRM 353 Cultivating Inner Life in Children’s Ministry


This course recognizes that the spiritual growth of those being served by a ministry/leader, is often reciprocal to the spiritual state of the leader themselves. Hence, we will consider the importance of paying attention to our relationship with Christ, creating space in our lives for worship and study, and cultivating rhythms for spiritual discipline. In turn we will examine the spiritual lives of children considering discipleship and worship, and conversion, baptism and communion, building upon the developmental stages from Course 2. We will also look at Children’s Ministry administration including vision, values, and objectives, as these directly relate to our spiritual disciplines development strategies for kids.

CHRM 354 Developing Others in Children’s Ministry


This course will consider the more tangible aspects of Children’s Ministry leadership: practicing exemplary leadership, mentoring and developing others, communication, authority, and conflict resolution. We will look at the practical side of Children’s Ministry programming from teaching and learning styles, to curriculum, to all things ‘volunteer.’

CHRM 421 Spiritual Formation and Discernment


This course integrates previous studies and experiences of formation in preparation for a life of discipleship, ministry and leadership. The course is taught from a multi-disciplinary perspective with a focus on developing an understanding of spiritual formation in the context of biblical theology, human development and contemporary culture. Course content and activities involve the pursuit of a healthy self-awareness, learning strategies to nurture a vital and growing life-long faith, developing mentoring skills, and vocational discernment.

Prerequisite: 90 hours of college credit

Experiential Learning (EXPL)

EXPL 101, 102, 201, & 202 Service Practicum (I, II, III & IV) (Alternate versions EXPL 101 P, 102 P, 201 P, & 202 P; EXPL 101 Q, 102 Q)


This course combines volunteer experience with reporting, supervision, and evaluation. Service Practicum gives students opportunities to serve in the community, as part of a Christian lifestyle, in a practical learning experience related to their major or interest.

Prerequisite: None for SP I, but after SP I the previous SP credit.

EXPL 301/302/303/304 Internship


The Internship experience provides students with hands-on ministry training, which is an integral part of the learning process at Columbia Bible College. Under an approved Supervisor, interns receive a total of 420 hours (105/credit hour) of on-the-field exposure, training and experience in a practical service assignment.

Prerequisite: EXPL 202 Service Practicum IV, LDRS 201 Intro to Leadership Studies, and 60 hours of college credit.

EXPL 311/312 Cross-Cultural Internship (12 Credits)


This course is a key experiential learning component for the Intercultural Studies BA curriculum. Scheduled for the entire third year of the ICS program, students serve in a cross-cultural setting under the supervision of an experienced mentor. Students are expected to journal, reflect, and report on their experiences for personal and professional growth.

Prerequisite: EXPL 202 Service Practicum IV, LDRS 201 Intro to Leadership Studies, and 60 hours of college credit.

EXPL 321/322 Youth Ministry Internship (15 Credits)


This course is a key experiential learning component for the Youth Work BA curriculum. Scheduled for the entire third year of the YW program, students serve in a youth work setting under the supervision of an experienced mentor. Students are expected to journal, reflect, and report on their experiences for personal and professional growth.

Prerequisite: EXPL 202 Service Practicum IV, LDRS 201 Intro to Leadership Studies, and 60 hours of college credit.

EXPL 305/306 Internship (Bible Teaching Minor)


This Internship allows for hands-on teaching experience either on campus under the supervision of a Columbia faculty member or in the context of a Christian school under the supervision of a teacher or administrator. The school-based Internship requires a combination of EXPL 305/306 with the four credit EXPL 301-304 to allow for a total of 630 hours (105/credit hour) of practicum in a teaching environment. This course is specifically for students in the Bible Teaching Minor.

Prerequisite: EXPL 202 Service Practicum IV, LDRS 201 Intro to Leadership Studies, and 60 hours of college credit.

Educational Assistant (EDUA)

EDUA 121 Child, Adolescent & Adult Development


This course emphasizes the developmental characteristics of children through adolescence and into adulthood. The course also presents the developmental needs of children and adolescents with disabilities.

EDUA 122 Health & Wellness


This course assists in understanding the role of a team member in supporting elementary school children with special needs in the classroom. The course focuses on the health and personal care needs of the child.

EDUA 123 Inclusion & Behaviour Management


This course focuses on the design and strategies of positive behavioural supports that enhance and motivate student behavior in the classroom and in activities with teachers and peers. The course emphasizes managing the behaviours of children and adolescents with special needs seeking to meet the needs of diverse learners in today’s classrooms.

EDUA 124 Learning & Support Strategies


This course presents a variety of learning and support strategies that can be applied in today’s classrooms. The course emphasizes ways to adapt the learning environment and scaffold learning tasks so children are successful in meeting their learning objectives.

EDUA 125 Interpersonal Communication - Group & Written


This course assists in understanding the supportive role to children and adolescents’ communication needs. The course explores augmented and alternative modes of communication as well.

EDUA 126 Christian Worldview for Educational Assistants


This course explores the concept of worldview in general and a Christian worldview in particular, as well as the implications of this worldview to the work of an Educational Assistant in the educational system.

EDUA 127 Professional Practice, Practicum & Accountability


This course is comprised of experiential learning in a supervised work environment as a Special Needs Educational Assistant (SEA) and Learning Educational Assistant (LEA) within the Elementary and Secondary School settings. The course also includes seminar sessions on the professional role of the Educational Assistant in the educational system.

EDUA 128 Community, Diversity, and Specialized Supports


This course develops individual and community strategies to support the diverse needs of students with neurological disorders, such as autism.

Worship Arts (WORA)

WORA 101 Philosophy of Worship


This course assists to develop a sound philosophy of Christian worship. The course explores personal and corporate worship from a biblical, historical and cultural framework. A major focus applies unity in diversity as a foundational principle when developing a personal philosophy of worship.

WORA 121 Introduction to Leading Worship


This course explores various facets of worship leading in the Christian community. It enhances students’ abilities to serve effectively as worshipers and leaders of worship in today’s church.

WORA 221 Pastoral Worship Leadership


This course explores various facets of worship leading in the Christian community. Special attention is given to discovering what it means to plan and lead worship both hospitably and pastorally. While a number of different worship forms are explored, this course emphasizes the leading of worship through musical expression.

Prerequisite: WORA 121

WORA 241 Sound & Media


This course surveys basic knowledge and skills of sound and media. The course includes: sound system components, setup, signal flow, mixing, and signal processing as well as media software, stage management, professional etiquette, and the philosophy of sound and media.

WORA 341 Recording & Production Basics


This course introduces students to audio recording through a hands-on look at the basic elements of contemporary recording techniques, including microphone techniques, tracking, editing, mixing, and mastering. There is an emphasis on critical listening and analysis, as well as discussion of music and musical form.

Prerequisite: WORA 241 Sound & Media

WORA 401 Worship Arts Senior Seminar


This seminar course explores the connection between worship theology and worship praxis. Significant focus is given to a biblical theology of worship. As part of the course, students do in-depth, independent research in an area of worship theology, apply this to their practice, and teach a class on their chosen topic.

Prerequisite: WORA 101 Philosophy of Worship, WORA 121 Intro to Leading Worship, WORA 221 Pastoral Worship Leadership Corequisite : EXPL 301-304 Internship

Youth Work (YTHW)

YTHW 111 Youth Work Essentials


This course explores the capacities and competencies needed to become a youth worker. The course provides an understanding of the various components of youth work, both in the local church and in parachurch contexts. While the course has a theoretical foundation, it focuses on the practical skills and planning required for leadership of successful youth work.

YTHW 121 Youth Workers Conference (1 Credit)


This course explores and interacts with youth work themes presented at Columbia’s Youth Workers Conference. It includes conference participation and assignments based on conference material.

YTHW 122 Youth Specialties Conference (2 Credits)


This course explores and interacts with youth work themes presented at the Youth Specialties Conference. It includes conference participation and assignments based on conference material.

YTHW 201 Philosophy of Youth Work


This course explores the question of why youth work is important. The course enables students to construct and articulate a biblical philosophy of youth work.

Prerequisite: YTHW 111 Youth Work Essentials

YTHW 221 Middle School Youth Work (1 Credit)


This course explores early adolescent development and culture as a basis to understand the purpose and philosophy of working with middle school youth. Students gain practical experience in relating to early adolescents through participation in a weekend of ministry involvement.

Prerequisite: YTHW 111 Youth Work Essentials

YTHW 331 Youth Issues


This advanced course provides an understanding of the complex issues that teens face in society. The course develops biblically consistent strategies for responding to problems faced by teens, their parents, and society.

Pre-requisite: YTHW 201 Philosophy of Youth Work

YTHW 421 Vocational Youth Work


This course offers fourth year Youth Work students an opportunity to reflect upon their internship experience and addresses the challenges of long term youth work. It outlines the vocational life stages in youth work and develops the skills needed to persevere.

Prerequisite: EXPL 321/2 Youth Ministry Internship or EXPL 301-4 Internship

Outdoor Leadership (OUTL)

OUTL 103 Emergency Rescue Technician I


This course introduces and develops technical and operational skills common to a variety of emergency rescue technician career paths. Students are introduced to rescue operations through training and scenario based learning opportunities focusing on land navigation, wilderness first aid, search and rescue, radio operations, emergency communications, high angle rope rescue and access, hazardous environment management and personal safety.

Prerequisite: HKIN 132 Emergency Medical Responder

OUTL 104 Emergency Rescue Technician II


This course continues to develop the technical and operational skills introduced in OUTL 101 Emergency Rescue Technician 1. In this course students will be further introduced to rescue operations through training and scenario based learning opportunities focused on winter travel and safety, winter search and rescue, resort rescue operations, legal liability and risk management, occupational health and safety regulations, weather observation and forecasting, leadership, and group/team leadership dynamics.

Prerequisite: HKIN 132 Emergency Medical Responder, OUTL 103 Emergency Rescue Technician 1, HKIN 141 Rope Rescue Technician, HKIN 143 Avalanche Safety Training

General Studies

Anthropology (ANTH)

ANTH 201 Cultural Anthropology


This course introduces the anthropological study of various cultures including such topics as social belonging, kinship, gender relations, religion, art, sociolinguistics, economic relations and aspects of global cultural change. The course explores ways to understand the world views and beliefs of people in order to assist the student in living and working respectfully and effectively in different cultural contexts.

Prerequisite: CHRM 101 The Church in Mission

ANTH 231 Contemporary Religious Movements


This course surveys contemporary non-Christian religious movements which are encountered in most North American urban contexts. The course explores each movement’s guiding stories, symbols, rituals, ideas, and ethical practices in order to deal respectfully with individuals from these varying religious groups as well as to explore how to shape interaction with them.

Prerequisite: RELS 160 Intro to Christian Theology

ANTH 232 World Religions


This course will provide a comprehensive survey of five major world religions, each vastly different in its concerns, tenets and objectives. Understanding belief paradigms requires knowledge of the facts of religious history, beliefs and practices. In addition, this course will help students compare and contrast ideologies, identify current sources of religious tension, and sensitively build bridges with members of different faiths with the goal of impacting the world as peacemakers.

Prerequisite: RELS 160 Intro to Christian Theology

DS-ANTH 321 Ethnography


This course develops the method of qualitative research while living in a cross-cultural environment. Through the course, the student produces a written ethnographic account with cultural analysis of three anthropological subsystems from an emic perspective.

Prerequisite: 60 hours of credit in the Intercultural Studies (ICS) major including ANTH 201 Cultural Anthropology

Corequisite: EXPL 311/312 Cross-Cultural Internship

DS—ANTH 332 World Religions Seminar


This course studies the key elements, including beliefs and rituals, of the predominant religion practiced in the ICS intern’s cross-cultural location. Interns develop an understanding of what religion means and how religion functions in the life of individuals in the context. The course explores the way religions change and adapt themselves to new historical and geographical settings.

Prerequisite: 60 hours of credit in the Intercultural Studies (ICS) major including ANTH 232 World Religions

Corequisite: EXPL 311/312 Cross-Cultural Internship

Arts (ARTS)

ARTS 101 Introduction to the Arts


This course develops an understanding of artistic expression through an analysis and evaluation of various artistic forms throughout history. The course develops interpretive skills and creativity for meaningful involvement with the arts.

ARTS 201 Visual Arts


This course introduces visual arts through a workshop format. The course develops a greater appreciation and understanding of art from the deeply engrained and rich history within Christianity. It highlights a perspective on how and why art can and should be used as a form of worship.

Business (BUSI)

BUSI 101 Intro to Business


This course introduces basic leadership and business administration concepts and skills. It provides the necessary skills required for administering in both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. It also engages in real-world situations through game-based learning exercises.

BUSI 221 Essentials of Marketing


This course surveys the function of marketing in the business context. Students investigate the foundational principles of marketing, including the role of marketing, branding, consumer sentiment, utility, market segmentation and demographics, and product development, from both a goods and services perspective. Retail and on-line formats for sales and distribution are discussed and inspected. Students engage in the development of a comprehensive marketing plan. Case studies are utilized in order to reinforce the underlying course objectives and provide real world examples.

Prerequisite: BUSI 101 Intro to Business

BUSI 245 Accounting


This course introduces students to fundamental accounting principles and applications. The basic and expanded accounting equations serve as a framework for the course. Financial reports, including: the balance sheet, income statement; and statement of cash flows are both prepared and interpreted. Students will complete the entire accounting cycle by analyzing, documenting, recording and producing reports. Students will learn to interpret, categorize and document the various accounting categories (Assets, Liabilities, Owners Equity, Revenue and Expenses) and their respective accounts.

Prerequisite: BUSI 101 Intro to Business or special permission from the instructor

BUSI 304 Non-Profit Organization Management


This course introduces a wide range of tasks (e.g., vision building, planning, team-development, work organization, information management, budgeting) that are part of leadership in a non-profit organization. It explores leadership and organizational theories, management strategies, legal issues, and ethical considerations that are central to the work of non-profit organizations.

Prerequisite: LDRS 201 Intro to Leadership Studies and 60 hours of credit or BUSI 221 Essentials of Marketing and BUSI 245 Accounting

BUSI 350 Entrepreneurial Operations


This course is an integrative capstone class that examines and seeks to implement the elements necessary for the successful formation of a new ministry and/or small business. The intention is to utilize all the materials in previous studies in prerequisite courses to develop a complete business plan.

Prerequisites: BUSI 221 Essentials of Marketing, BUSI 245 Accounting and BUSI 304 Non-Profit Organizational Management.

Communication (COMM)

COMM 221 Cross Cultural Communication


This course explores the intersection and mutual influence between culture and communication. The course considers the role of context (social, cultural and historical) in intercultural communication. The course provides practical tools for understanding oneself and others in order to increase competence in intercultural interactions.

Prerequisite: IDIS 121 Effective Relationships or IDIS 122 Marriage & Family

COMM 331 Effective Teaching


This course examines the principles and methods of effective teaching. The course explores insights from educational psychology in conversation with biblical principles. It investigates the basics of educational theory, unit and lesson planning, evaluation, and classroom management. Opportunity is given for practical application both in and out of the classroom setting.

Prerequisite: 60 hours of college credit

COMM 341 Homiletics


This course provides a theoretical and practical introduction to communication as oratory, particularly as practiced in Christian preaching contexts. The course introduces the structure of communication and rhetoric. Students have the opportunity to practice proficiency in persuasive and argument based speech focusing on the exposition of Christian Scripture.

Prerequisite: 60 hours of college credit and RELS 211 Biblical Hermeneutics

DS-COMM 342 Speaking to Youth


This course improves a communicator’s skills with a youth audience by focusing on the content, delivery, and rhetorical methodology of a speech. The course provides opportunity to practice proficiency in persuasive and argument based speech to a youth audience. (This course is available to Youth Work Students in the midst of their internship year.)

COMM 351 Conflict Management


This course surveys approaches to understanding and dealing with conflict. It provides a theoretical and biblical framework for communicating in interpersonal and small group conflict, as well as offers opportunities to learn and practice interpersonal communication skills.

Prerequisite: 60 hours of college credit

Economics (ECON)

ECON 101 Principles of Macroeconomics


This course serves as an introduction to macroeconomic issues such as growth, deflation and inflation, employment, government policies and intervention, as well as the impact of monetary policy and the role of the financial system. Students learn to comprehend and articulate the various positions surrounding current macroeconomic issues. Methods in calculating cumulative variables are used in order to understand, critique and evaluate economic policy.

English (ENGL)

ENGL 099 Writing for College


This course provides the necessary English prerequisites needed for entry-level college writing and comprehension. This course reviews the basic skills of English grammar and mechanics, reading comprehension, academic writing, and academic research necessary for success in college or university courses.

Non-degree credit

ENGL 105 Academic Writing


This course explores the conventions of reading, writing, and research expected at a college-level. The course develops competence in critical reading and writing by analyzing the context, content, and form of compositions; by conducting and documenting academic research; and by writing a variety of academic compositions.

ENGL 121 English Literature


This course introduces the fundamentals of literary study and the necessary skills to think and write critically about literature. Course topics include: the social function of English literature, its content and form, and the role of the reader in interpretation. The course develops the ability to do close reading through the recognition of genre, themes, and rhetorical methods.

ENGL 233 Creative Writing


This course develops an understanding of creative writing practices in a number of genres through analysis and evaluation of examples and through student critique groups that provide feedback on and interaction with students’ own work. The course focuses on the practices necessary for successful writing, and the types of writing that can enrich the worship of a congregation. Genres explored include: creative non-fiction prose, poetry, short story, prayer, liturgy, drama, monologue, and the re-telling of story.

Prerequisite: ENGL 2015 Academic Writing or by special permission of the instructor

Geography (GEOG)

GEOG 221 Environmental Issues


This course investigates the question of how humans should interact with and take care of the physical creation. The course explores the issue from a geographical perspective, as well as the larger philosophical and religious attitudes that have contributed to the present “crisis.” It develops a responsible Christian environmental ethic and application to global environmental issues.

GEOG 231 Intro to Community Development and Transformation


This course explores principles of local and international community development and draws upon the expertise of multiple organizations. Key areas of study include the evolution of development theory, factors underlying poverty and injustice, conflict and displacement, dependency, paternalism and sustainability. The course critically evaluates root causes of poverty and marginalization through a biblical lens and considers what solutions may exist.

Prerequisite: 30 hours of college credit

Greek (GREE)

GREE 201 New Testament Greek I


This course introduces the basic features of New Testament Greek, including morphology, syntax, grammar, vocabulary (words occurring 50 times or more in the GNT) and oral reading. The result is the ability to read and translate simple sentences of the Greek New Testament with the aid of a Greek Lexicon.

Prerequisite: 30 hours of college credit

GREE 202 New Testament Greek II


This course is a continuation of GREE 201 New Testament Greek I. The course completes the study of elementary grammar, morphology and syntax. It develops further vocabulary skills (words occurring 30 times or more in the GNT) and focuses attention on effective and accurate translation of extended passages of the Greek New Testament. The result is the ability to read longer portions of text with the aid of a Greek Lexicon.

Prerequisite: GREE 201 New Testament Greek I

DS-GREE 311 Intermediate Readings in New Testament Greek III


This course builds upon the grammar, vocabulary and morphology of GREE 201 New Testament Greek I and GREE 202 New Testament Greek II. Students are exposed to longer narrative passages of the Greek New Testament that are written in a Semitic style (John, Mark, Revelation) with the goal of strengthening reading and exegetical skills. Vocabulary competence is honed to words occurring 20 times or more in the Greek New Testament.

Prerequisite: GREE 202 New Testament Greek II

DS-GREE 312 Intermediate Readings in New Testament Greek IV


This course increases competence in reading Koine Greek by reading and interpreting passages that are written in a more conversational (Philippians) and literary Koine Greek style (Hebrews, Acts, 1 Peter, Jude). Vocabulary competence is honed to words occurring 10 times or more in the Greek New Testament.

Prerequisite: Prerequisite: DS-GREE 311 Intermediate Readings in New Testament Greek III

Hebrew (HEBR)

HEBR 201 Classical Hebrew I


This course overviews biblical Hebrew starting with recognition of consonants and vowels and moving into simple translation of nouns, prepositions and the Qal verb pattern in the perfect inflection.

Prerequisite: 30 hours of college credit

HEBR 202 Classical Hebrew II


This course continues Hebrew I with its basic overview of biblical Hebrew. Students are introduced to the imperfect verb inflection and both strong and weak verbs in all seven Hebrew verb patterns. At the completion of the course, students are able, with the assistance of a Hebrew dictionary, to translate Hebrew narrative.

Prerequisite: HEBR 201 Classical Hebrew I

History (HIST)

HIST 211 History of Christianity


This course surveys the history of Christianity from its inception through the contemporary era, identifying key leaders, events and forces that shaped this movement. The course analyzes the interaction between the religious, economic, political, sociological, aesthetic, and philosophical factors to produce this diverse historical movement.

Prerequisite: RELS 160 Intro to Christian Theology

HIST 221 Anabaptist History & Thought


This course examines the history and theology of the Anabaptist movement of the sixteenth century within the context of the Reformation and the larger history of the Christian church.

Prerequisite: RELS 160 Intro to Christian Theology

HIST 131 Modern Western Civilization


This course surveys the economic, religious, political, intellectual, and societal changes that have shaped the western world from the Early Modern period (1600) to the present.

Human Kinetics (HKIN)

HKIN 101 Intro to Health & Fitness


This course introduces primary topics within health and fitness. In addition to basic principles and science of proper exercise and nutrition, it addresses other aspects of physical wellbeing such as flexibility, posture, sleep and stress reduction. The course provides practical lessons on how to implement changes, enabling students to improve their own physical well-being in healthy, sustainable ways.

HKIN 111 Basketball


This course develops athletic skills in basketball as well as interpersonal, service and leadership skills. The course supplements the learning of students on a Columbia basketball team.

HKIN 115 Volleyball


This course develops athletic skills in volleyball as well as interpersonal, service and leadership skills. The course supplements the learning of students on a Columbia volleyball team.

HKIN 125 Q Intro to Outdoor Adventure


This course provides an experiential introduction to outdoor adventure including: canoeing, backpacking, rock climbing, sailing, caving, cross-country skiing, downhill skiing/snowboarding, winter camping, and emergency response. Focus is placed on basic skill development, recreation, and practical time outside. The course also provides a foundation for biblical stewardship of all God’s creation.

Prerequisite: Quest Program enrolment

HKIN 132 Emergency Medical Responder


This course offers fundamental medical training for anyone entering the health care field focusing on developing the skills needed to respond to trauma and medical emergencies. Training also includes the fundamentals of anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, pharmacology and medical terminology.

Prerequisite: Outdoor Leadership/Emergency Rescue Technician Program enrolment

HKIN 142 Rope Rescue Technician


This course improves student’s rope handling and technical problem solving abilities. Throughout this course students will be responding as an organized rescue team to a series of incidents at various locations both day and night. Students will be technically challenged as they learn the skills necessary to affect a top-down, two-rope rescue efficiently and professionally. This course is broken into three modules: Topside Operations, Over the Edge Operations and Rope Team Leadership.

Prerequisite: Outdoor Leadership/Emergency Rescue Technician Program enrolment

HKIN 143 Avalanche Safety Training


This course combines the Avalanche Safety Training Level 1 and 2 certificates, developed by the Canadian Avalanche Center, in an expanded format including a 6 day introduction to wilderness touring. This course teaches the basics of the formation and nature of avalanches, avalanche terrain, and avalanche rescue. This course teaches students to use decision making frameworks, developed by avalanche professionals, to make key safety decisions for travel in avalanche terrain

Prerequisite: Outdoor Leadership/Emergency Rescue Technician Program enrolment

HKIN 161 ERT Skills Evaluation


This course is a benchmark that ensures all students graduating with a certificate in Emergency Rescue Technician meet the basic industry standards/common practices for rescue operations. Students will have the opportunity to develop, plan and lead numerous full scale simulated emergency callouts. Students will be individually assessed to ensure competency in basic rescue operations.

Prerequisite: HKIN 132 Emergency Medical Responder, OUTL 103 Emergency Rescue Technician 1, OUTL 104 Emergency Rescue Technician 2, HKIN 142 Rope Rescue Technician, HKIN 143 Avalanche Safety Training

HKIN 232 Wilderness First Aid Bridge


This course is the industry standard for outdoor professionals. It includes a review of all topics covered in Emergency Medical Responder plus numerous additional topics, case studies, patient assessment drills, and simulations with a wilderness focus. This course is for outdoor professionals and outdoor recreationalists who may have to care for an injured or ill patient for an extended period of time.

Prerequisite: HKIN 132 Emergency Medical Responder

HKIN 243 Rock Climbing


This course enables students to gain experience and knowledge of safety procedures and principles of rock climbing including anchor-building techniques, advanced rope management skills, rappelling and belay systems, rescue fundamentals as well as route finding and lead climbing techniques. The course is under the leadership of Association of Canadian Mountain Guide (ACMG) instructors.

Prerequisite: HKIN 141 Guiding & Operating Skills Exam

HKIN 244 Mountaineering


This course builds a comprehensive foundation in all aspects of mountaineering in order to assist students develop the experience and skills required to become self-reliant in the mountains. The course covers snow and glacier travel, ice climbing, rock climbing, map and compass, mountain navigation, route planning, weather evaluation, hazard assessment and crevasse rescue techniques as well as summit objectives. The course is under the leadership of Association of Canadian Mountain Guide (ACMG) instructors.

Prerequisite: HKIN 141 Guiding & Operating Skills Exam

HKIN 251 River Kayaking


This course instructs boat design and outfitting, paddle design and fit, clothing options for kayaking in cold water, as well as safety equipment and its use. The course teaches basic river reading skills, how to perform a self-rescue and how to assist someone who is in the water. Also, the course emphasizes the skills to maneuver a kayak in a moving water environment using techniques such as the eddy turn, ferries, surfing and playing.

Prerequisite: HKIN 141 Guiding & Operating Skills Exam

HKIN 252 Ocean Kayaking


This course introduces sea kayaking, as well as guiding and leadership in the industry. The course enables students to pursue employment and further training within the sea kayak guiding industry. In addition to paddling skills, topics covered are: ocean navigation, weather interpretation, rescue and incident response, equipment and clothing, trip planning and camping skills, judgment and group management.

Prerequisite: HKIN 141 Guiding & Operating Skills Exam

HKIN 254 Swiftwater Rescue Technician


This comprehensive swiftwater course focuses on the safe work procedures that personnel should follow if they must enter moving water in the course of their work. The curriculum emphasizes hazard assessment, site safety, self-rescue, and a range of options for rescuing others, as well as the decision-making process required to choose the most appropriate rescue approach. The curriculum includes the advanced swimming skills required for self-rescue and rescue of others from more extreme whitewater, as well as high angle rope rescue skills that enable access to areas like canyons and gorges. The course also covers logistical, communications and safety considerations for operating in moving water in low visibility or darkness.

Prerequisite: HKIN 161 ERT Skills Evaluation

HKIN 321 Technical Skills Seminar II : Diving/Avalanche Safety


This course is the second in a three part series of specialty technical skill certifications. This seminar allows a choice between either the Rescue Diver Certification or the Backcountry Ski Tour I Certification, depending on qualification from Technical Skills I. The course is held during the Reading Break of the Winter Semester.

Prerequisite: HKIN 231 Technical Skills Seminar I

HKIN 322 Technical Skills Seminar III : Diving/Avalanche Safety


This course is the third in a three part series of specialty technical skill certifications. This seminar allows a choice between either additional dives in a progression towards Dive Master & Dive Instructor Certifications or the Backcountry Ski Tour II Certification, depending on qualification from Technical Skills II. The course is held during the Reading Break of the Winter Semester.

Prerequisite: HKIN 321 Technical Skills Seminar II

HKIN 341-344 OL Continuing Professional Development 1-4


This series of courses allow students to self select and take externally examined professional level certification training programs and exams for credit in the OL program. For example a student could choose the CAA Ski Operations Level 1 program offered by the Canadian Avalanche Association or the Top Rope Climbing Instructor Certification offered by the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides as one of the four CPD courses.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of all 200 level Outdoor Leadership HKIN courses.

Interdisciplinary Studies (IDIS)

IDIS 121 Effective Relationships


This course introduces the interdisciplinary study of human relationships including insights from disciplines like psychology, sociology, and theology. The course explores relational health from a holistic perspective. While this course has a significant theoretical component, time is also directed toward practical and skill based learning.

IDIS 122 (IDIS 122Q) Marriage & Family


This course introduces the study of families and intimate relationships including insights from disciplines like sociology, psychology, and theology. This course includes topics like the nature of family, gender, sexuality, love, relationship building, rituals, marriage, parenting, and divorce/remarriage. While this course has a significant theoretical component, it also provides practical elements to help students reflect on their own families of origin and their own relational contexts.

IDIS 123 Q Christian Decision Making


This course explores a biblical and psychological framework for decision making. It will combine an overview of God’s guidance in both the Old and New Testament with an understanding of the basic psychological factors at work when exercising discernment. The course is purposed to provide a functional framework for decision making for major life decisions, as well as, navigating daily life choices as a disciple of Christ.

Prerequisite: QUEST Program Enrollment

IDIS 131 Theology of the City


This course examines the biblical and theological foundations for understanding and engaging urban culture. It explores the role of Christian community in an urban setting, including an engagement with faith and the arts. The course utilizes experiential learning with a combination of classroom work and urban field trips (Urban Retreat), helping students to discern their own role in an urban setting.

Prerequisite: Praxis Program Enrolment

IDIS 132 Dynamics of the City


This course examines the social dynamics of urban culture, including historical, sociological, religious, and ethical components. Major topics of study include social justice and faith in the marketplace. The course utilizes experiential learning with a combination of classroom work and urban field trips, helping students discern their own role in an urban setting.

Prerequisite: IDIS 131 Theology of the City

IDIS 171 Intro to Culture


This course introduces the study of culture. It examines theoretical approaches for defining culture, including a survey of the integration of theology and culture. The course reviews both institutional and informal aspects of culture (politics, economics, globalization, etc.) along with engaging cultural practices of everyday life (shopping, sports, eating, spiritual devotion, etc.). It will equip students with the theoretical tools and historical contexts necessary to critically analyze their roles as participants in culture.

IDIS 313 Biblical Backgrounds


This course introduces the historical, geographical, political, and religious settings of the ancient Near East and the Second Temple Period as they relate to both the Old and New Testaments. This course utilizes an interdisciplinary approach (literary, historical, sociological) to explore the background contexts upon which the biblical literature is set.

Prerequisite: 60 hours of college credit and RELS 211 Biblical Hermeneutics

IDIS 331 Christian Classics & Thought


This course studies a number of classic texts that have been influential in the history of Christian thought and spirituality. The course explores these classics in the context of disciplines like history, English, and theology. Literature from a wide range of traditions, time periods, and genres will be examined.

Prerequisite: 60 hours of college credit

IDIS 371 Theology Through the Arts


This course demonstrates how Christian doctrine is explored and expressed through the arts. The course surveys how theology has been communicated in an artistic way throughout history. It helps students cultivate analytical skills, and evaluate the theological themes found in the arts.

Prerequisite: 60 hours of college credit

IDIS 373 Film, Faith & Culture


This course engages students in a dialogue between the Christian faith and contemporary culture through the medium of film. The course examines religious themes, portrayals of Christ and Christians, and the various ways that film depict the human condition. The course analyzes and evaluates films from various genres.

Prerequisite: 60 hours of college credit

IDIS 374 Rock, Faith & Pop Culture


This course engages students in a dialogue between the Christian faith and contemporary culture through the medium of rock music. The course traces the historical development of rock ‘n’ roll from its birth in the 1950s until today. It examines how rock music has shaped and reflected popular culture, helps students cultivate critical listening skills, and analyzes as well as evaluates the dominant themes found in rock music.

Prerequisite: 60 hours of college credit

Leadership Studies (LDRS)

LDRS 111 Self-Management/LDRS 111 Q Self-Management


This course explores the elements of character that need continual development in order to have the capacity to lead others and assists students to know as well as lead themselves. This course emphasizes a number of essential habits every leader must develop.

LDRS 201 Intro to Leadership Studies


This course introduces leadership studies in three areas: leader development (self-awareness and leadership ethics), leadership education (an understanding of leadership), and leadership training (leadership skills and competencies).

Prerequisite: 30 hours of college credit

LDRS 202 Leadership Foundations


This course explores the foundations of leadership from three areas: leader development (self-awareness and leadership styles), leadership education (an understanding of leadership), and leadership training (leadership skills, competencies, behaviors and outcomes). The course emphasizes leadership education and develops the transformational servant leadership model through practical experiential learning.

LDRS 203 Theology of Leadership


This course assists students to develop and articulate a biblically based theology of Christian leadership and its application in the church and the community.

LDRS 211 Leadership Sustainability


This course explores the concept of sustainability in servant leadership. It examines various dimensions of best practice in self-care, burnout, and sustainability.

LDRS 232 Leadership & Team-building


This course explores team development and effectiveness in a variety of settings. The course also explores conflict management theory in the context of a team.

LDRS 233 Emerging Leadership


This course introduces students to principles of emerging leadership and risk management that are likely to be encountered by leaders. It also provides First Aid and CPR certification for participants.

LDRS 251 Leadership & Culture


This course explores the complexities of culture, and how leadership is both affected by, and can have affect on, culture. The course examines cultural dimensions, characteristics of effective global leaders, and how to bring about change in a cross-cultural setting. It prepares students for the cross-cultural nature of the second semester placement.

LDRS 291 Leadership Seminar


This course explores the current leadership issues that have relevance for not-for-profit and business sectors. The course introduces a variety of leaders to participants with opportunity for real-time engagement and interaction.

LDRS 292 Leadership Capstone Project


This course assists in the compilation of and reflection on the student’s experiences, learnings, competencies and achievements over the two semesters of the program. The course assesses the progress and performance of students in the program.

LDRS 321 Risk Management & Legal Liability


This course introduces the legal and safety issues related to providing recreational services to individuals at retreat camps, youth groups and adventure programming. The course reviews the relevant legal concepts that affect providers of recreational programs as well as focuses on risk management planning.

Prerequisite: LDRS 201 Intro to Leadership Studies

Linguistic Studies (LING)

LING 221 Intro to TESOL


This course introduces the basic theories of teaching English as a Second Language. It develops skills and techniques for effective ESL/EFL teachers. The course investigates the aims, principles and methods of ESL/EFL education as well as explores second language acquisition. It demonstrates how to incorporate Christian values within the ESL/EFL profession.

Prerequisite: 60 hours of college credit

Music (MUSI)

MUSI 091 Music Fundamentals


This course elevates proficiency in music fundamentals such as rhythm, note reading, scales and intervals for those beginning their study of music.

This course is a starting place for those who receive less that 70% on the introductory section of the Theory Placement test. It does not count toward graduation hours for Worship Arts major or minor.

MUSI 092 Keyboard Fundamentals


This course develops basic keyboard skills through private lessons for non-keyboard worship arts majors and minors. Students learn to read piano music, develop two-hand coordination by playing two and three part studies and basic chording.

This course is a starting place for those who receive less that 70% on their Keyboard Placement test. It does not count toward graduation hours for Worship Arts major or minor.

MUSI 111 Contemporary Music Theory I


This course is a study of rhythm, scales, intervals, triads and cadences followed by the principles of harmony, key transposition and modulation.

Corequisite: MUSI 121 Keyboard Lab I

Prerequisites: over 70% on Piano Proficiency test and Theory Placement Test OR MUSI 091 Music Fundamentals and MUSI 092 Keyboard Fundamentals

MUSI 121 Keyboard Lab I


This course develops keyboard skills and theory through private instruction and is taken in the same semester as Contemporary Music Theory I. The course applies the content covered in Contemporary Music Theory I to the keyboard.

Corequisite: MUSI 111 Contemporary Music Theory I

Prerequisites: MUSI 111 Contemporary Music Theory I and MUSI 121 Keyboard Lab I OR Challenge Exams

MUSI 131 Guitar Lessons


This course consists of private instruction in guitar. Focus includes exploration of mechanics and fundamentals of guitar and the development of a repertoire of 2-4 songs, depending on student ability and interest.

MUSI 132 Piano Lessons


This course consists of private instruction in piano. Focus includes exploration of mechanics and fundamentals of piano, and the development of a repertoire of 2-4 songs, depending on student ability and interest.

MUSI 133 Voice Lessons


This course consists of private instruction in voice. Focus includes exploration of mechanics and fundamentals of voice, and the development of a repertoire of 2-4 songs, depending on student ability and interest.

MUSI 142 Guitar Ensemble


TThis course provides group instruction in guitar—learning classical methods that allow students to play as a quartet or quintet. Content is dependent on the students’ interest and level of expertise.

MUSI 151 Worship Ensemble


This course provides opportunity to develop musical and ministry skills as part of a worship ministry team that serves primarily off campus on 15-18 occasions during the school year. The ensemble of up to 20 singers and instrumentalists learns and presents a wide range of music within the church and performance contexts.

MUSI 211 Contemporary Music Theory II


This course explores scales, with the introduction of modes and the Blues scale. It explores harmony through diatonic sevenths chords and chords of secondary function. The course introduces the “Nashville Number System,” developing chord charts and song analysis.

Corequisite: MUSI 221 Keyboard Lab II

Prerequisites: MUSI 111 Contemporary Music Theory I and MUSI 121 Keyboard Lab I OR Challenge Exams

MUSI 221 Keyboard Lab II


This course develops keyboard skills and theory through private instruction and is taken in the same semester as Contemporary Music Theory II. The course applies the content covered in Contemporary Music Theory II to the keyboard.

Corequisite: MUSI 211 Contemporary Music Theory II

Prerequisites: MUSI 111 Contemporary Music Theory I and MUSI 121 Keyboard Lab I OR Challenge Exams

MUSI 311 Contemporary Music Theory III


Continuing from MUSI 211 Contemporary Music Theory II, this course explores chord structure, melody, and form in contemporary music and emphasizes ear training in contemporary idioms. Using the building blocks of MUSI 211, this course focuses on skills in arranging and analyzing songs for a band in a wide variety of contemporary styles. Course topics include: writing lead sheets, vocal harmonies and background harmonies, writing for rhythm sections and instrumental sections, and single line counter-melodies.

Prerequisites: MUSI 211 Contemporary Music Theory II and MUSI 221 Keyboard Lab II OR Challenge Exams

MUSI 312 Music Arranging


This course develops the ability to arrange music by teaching principles for original composition and arrangement of a wider variety of instrumentation. The course covers a variety of musical styles, forms, and techniques and requires student focus on worship band, choral or instrumental arrangement in order to produce a piece of significant merit. Students have the opportunity to pursue a specific composition interest in one of these areas, and workshop their composition in class. Depending on student strengths and interest, further topics may include: orchestration for winds/strings/brasses/percussion, instrumental writing techniques, as well as choral styles and voicing.

Prerequisites: MUSI 211 Contemporary Music Theory II & MUSI 221 Keyboard Lab II & Applied Music

MUSI 411 Contemporary Music Theory IV


This course explores chord structures, melody, and form in contemporary music; ear training in contemporary idiom; and arranging songs for a worship band.

Prerequisites: MUSI 311 Contemporary Music Theory III

Philosophy (PHIL)

PHIL 231 Ethical Reasoning


This course investigates and creates theories about the nature of right and wrong, duty, obligation, freedom, virtue, and similar issues facing humanity. The course examines both Moral Philosophy and Christian Ethics as part of the investigation. The course applies some of the historical and contemporary moral theories to current ethical issues our society and churches are facing.

Prerequisites: RELS 160 Intro to Christian Theology

Psychology (PSYC)

PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology I


This course introduces the following major areas within psychology: history, main perspectives, research methods, biopsychology, sensation, perception, consciousness, learning, memory, human development, and gender. The introduction focuses on current research as well as long standing concepts and theories.

PSYC 102 Introduction to Psychology II


This course introduces the following major areas within psychology: cognition, language, intelligence, health, human sexuality, motivation, emotion, personality, abnormal therapy, social, culture, and ethnicity. The introduction focuses on current research as well as long-standing concepts and theories.

PSYC 223 Lifespan Development


This course introduces students to the study of human development across the lifespan. Major theories of biological, cognitive, social and emotional development from infancy, adolescence, and adulthood are surveyed.

Prerequisites: PSYC 101 Intro to Psychology I & PSYC 102 Intro to Psychology II

PSYC 231 Introduction to Counselling


This course explores theoretical and practical knowledge foundational to individual counselling. It facilitates experiential learning with a core set of counselling skills that includes attending, active empathic listening, empathic responding, probing, summarizing appropriate use of questions, and strength based challenging. It focuses on important counselling values, such as respect, empathy, genuineness, and appreciation of diversity and introduces important ethical issues within counselling psychology.

Prerequisites: PSYC 101 Intro to Psychology I & PSYC 102 Intro to Psychology II

PSYC 202 Research Methods


This course introduces the procedures used in social science research along with the logic underlying them. Experimental, correlational and observational approaches are considered. Topics include strengths and weaknesses of different approaches to research, the formulation of testable questions, the control of extraneous influences and the drawing of valid conclusions from empirical evidence. Students gain hands-on experience evaluating research and conducting and writing up several small research projects.

Prerequisites: PSYC 101 Intro to Psychology I & PSYC 102 Intro to Psychology II

PSYC 252 Social Psychology


This course introduces key theories of social psychology and their social contexts, highlighting the relationship between the individual and society. Key aspects such as attitudes, goals, values, group memberships, self and identity, culture and personality are examined.

Prerequisites: PSYC 101 Intro to Psychology I & PSYC 102 Intro to Psychology II

PSYC 311 Theories of Personality


This course examines the major theories of personality in the field of psychology. It follows the classic approach to personality, starting with an exploration of Freud’s psychoanalytic theory and working forward to contemporary conceptualizations of personality. Working within this framework the course also incorporates an exploration of current personality research.

Prerequisites: 6 hours of 200-level Psychology classes

PSYC 312 Abnormal Psychology


This course surveys the subject of abnormal behavior with an emphasis on a scientific approach to understanding its origins, maintenance and treatment. It examines the history and scope of abnormal behavior as well as contemporary definitions and current diagnostic criteria for the major disorders. Students apply and develop critical thinking skills related to theories and treatments for each disorder.

Prerequisites: 6 hours of 200-level Psychology classes

PSYC 331 Theories of Counselling


This course introduces the major contemporary approaches to counselling and psychotherapy. It includes a thorough examination of the main concepts, therapeutic processes, and change mechanisms forwarded within each approach. The course reviews research evidence regarding the approaches’ applicability and effectiveness and provides brief overviews of their history and models of personality. Lastly, the course examines an integrative model of psychotherapy and invites students to examine the central assumptions underlying different approaches to counselling and psychotherapy.

Prerequisites: 6 hours of 200-level Psychology classes

PSYC 303 Introduction to Statistics


This course examines the logic and application of data and analysis techniques suitable for the behavioural sciences. Major topics include descriptive statistics, inferential statistics, correlation and regression, and selected non-parametric methods.

Prerequisites: PSYC 202 Research Methods

PSYC 351 Brain & Behaviour


This course explores the biological basis for human behaviour by examining the elements of the nervous system as well as the specific systems responsible for sensation, perception, motor control, emotions, learning and memory. Other topics include neurological disorders, developmental neuroscience, neurobiology, and the brain’s role in health and sickness, violence, and psychopathology.

Prerequisites: 6 hours of 200 level Psychology classes.

PSYC 431 Integration of Faith and Psychology


This course considers the relationship between psychology and Christian theology. It provides students with opportunities to explore the concepts and meanings that each utilizes to understand the human condition. The course invites reflection on multiple levels beginning with foundational philosophical assumptions (i.e. ontological, epistemological, and axiological) before considering specific knowledge claims and practical applications drawn from them. It considers convergent and divergent meanings while facilitating each student’s integrative efforts.

Prerequisites: 6 hours of 300 level Psychology classes and 75 hours of credit.

PSYC 453 Learning Psychology


This course examines major theories related to motivation, evaluation, developmental stages, individual differences and the processes related to learning. Key aspects include disordered learning and the education/treatment approaches to assist those requiring accommodated learning.

Prerequisites: 6 hours of 200 level Psychology classes and 90 hours of credit.

Sociology (SOCI)

DS-SOCI 303 Youth Culture


This course explores the current trends and issues prevalent in youth culture so that students may effectively interact and function within that culture. This course is available to Youth Work Students during the internship year.

Theatre (THTR)

THTR 101 Intro to Acting


This course introduces the basic components of acting. It explores the theatrical elements of voice, movement, characterization and improvisation, both theoretically and experientially. The course develops the tools needed to successfully take a story, scripture or script and perform it on stage.

Academic Calendar

Fall 2016 Semester

AUGUST  
1-15 Financial Registration
15 Fall Semester Payment Due Date
SEPTEMBER  
Sept 4-5 New and Returning Student Orientation
6 Day and Evening Classes Begin
6-12 Course Add/Drop Week
9-10 First Year Retreat
13 75% Refund for Withdrawal Starts
27 50% Refund for Withdrawal Starts
OCTOBER  
8-11 Thanksgiving Break (no day or evening classes)
11 0% Refund for Withdrawal Starts
18-24 Mid-term Exams (classes continue)
31 Last Day for Withdrawal without Academic Penalty
NOVEMBER  
7 Pre-Registration for Winter Semester Starts
10-13 Remembrance Day Break (no day or evening classes)
15 Final Payment Due for Payment Plan
DECEMBER  
8 Last Day of Classes
9-15 Final Exam Week
12-15 Financial Registration for Winter Semester
15 Winter Semester Payment Due Date

Winter 2017 Semester

JANUARY  
8 New Student Orientation
9 Day & Evening Classes Begin
9-13 Course Add/Drop Week
16 75% Refund for Withdrawals Starts
30 50% Refund for Withdrawals Starts
FEBRUARY  
13 0% Refund for Withdrawal Starts
13 Family Day Holiday (no day or evening classes)
20-24 Mid-term Exams (classes continue)
25-Mar 5 Reading Week/OL Expeditions
MARCH  
13 Last Day for Withdrawal from Classes Without Academic Penalty
13 Pre-Registration for Fall Semester Starts
15 Final Payment Due for Payment Plan
APRIL  
13 Last Day of Classes
14 Good Friday (no day or evening classes)
17 Easter Monday (classes continue)
17-20 Final Exams
22 Commencement Ceremony & Banquet

Spring/Summer 2017 Semester

APRIL  
20 Spring Semester Payment Due Date
24 Spring Classes Begin

 

 

2017-2018 Academic Calendar

Fall 2017 Semester

AUGUST  
1-15 Financial Registration
15 Fall Semester Payment Due Date
SEPTEMBER  
Sept 3-4 New and Returning Student Orientation
5 Day and Evening Classes Begin
5-11 Course Add/Drop Week
8-9 New Student Retreat
12 75% Refund for Withdrawal Starts
26 50% Refund for Withdrawal Starts
OCTOBER  
7-10 Thanksgiving Break (no day or evening classes)
10 0% Refund for Withdrawal Starts
17-23 Mid-term Exams (classes continue)
30 Last Day for Withdrawal without Academic Penalty
NOVEMBER  
6 Pre-Registration for Winter Semester Starts
9-12 Remembrance Day Break (no day or evening classes)
15 Final Payment Due for Payment Plan
DECEMBER  
7 Last Day of Classes
8-14 Final Exam Week
11-14 Financial Registration for Winter Semester
14 Winter Semester Payment Due Date

Winter 2018 Semester

JANUARY  
7 New Student Orientation
8 Day & Evening Classes Begin
8-12 Course Add/Drop Week
15 75% Refund for Withdrawals Starts
29 50% Refund for Withdrawals Starts
FEBRUARY  
12 0% Refund for Withdrawal Starts
12 Family Day Holiday (no day or evening classes)
19-23 Mid-term Exams (classes continue)
24-Mar. 4 Reading Week/OL Expeditions / Missions Trips
MARCH  
12 Last Day for Withdrawal from Classes Without Academic Penalty
12 Pre-Registration for Fall Semester Starts
15 Final Payment Due for Payment Plan
30 Good Friday (no day or evening classes)
APRIL  
2 Easter Monday (classes continue)
13 Last Day of Classes
16-19 Final Exams
21 Commencement Ceremony & Banquet

Spring/Summer 2018 Semester

APRIL  
19 Spring Semester Payment Due Date
23 Spring Classes Begin