Foreign Language Courses
FOL-6110 Methods/Materials for Teaching Limited English-Proficient Students/Bilingual Programs
Principles and methodology for planning, selecting, implementing and evaluating materials used for instructing LEP students. First and second language development and acculturation. Philosophy considering the learner, the general purpose of the instructional program, the content or subject matter and the learning process.
FOL-6120 Theoretical Foundations for Teaching Bilingual Students (3 hours)
Exploration of the theoretical aspects of teaching English to non-English speaking students through bilingual approaches. Historical background and current status of bilingual programs.
FOL-6603 Methods for Teaching Foreign Language – Middle/Secondary Schools (3 hours)
Rationale, objectives, content, materials, strategies and evaluation of foreign language instruction on the middle and secondary level; observational and practical experiences.
Foundations, Policy and Research Courses
FPR-6000 Ethics & Foundations of American Education (3 hours)
Analysis and application of ethical principles to historical issues in American education, including the relationship of Christian life to educational issues.
FPR-6010 Theoretical, Ethical, and Practical Foundations of Educational Technology (3 hours)
Study of the theoretical, historical, contemporary and ethical foundations of educational technology. Debates social and ethical issues surrounding integrated technologies as they are designed and implemented for an academic environment. Examines how technology is embedded within policies and practices in curriculum and instruction.
FPR-6050 Philosophies of Education (3 hours)
Development of educational thought and practice on the basis of writings reflecting the philosophies and philosophical theories of past and present educational leaders. Evaluation in the light of contemporary trends in American education.
FPR-6150 History of American Educational Experience (3 hours)
Interpretation of the role of educational forces, processes and institutions as part of the historical development of America. Trends in the development of the American school are isolated and analyzed.
FPR-6200 Comparative Education (3 hours)
Educational systems in selected nations of the world. Historical background and economic, political, cultural and social conditions, which affect the educational system.
FPR-6300 Foundations of Bilingual/Bicultural Education (3 hours)
Critical issues related to bilingualism and biculturalism in the contexts of language, culture, race, ethnicity, identity, social class, and political power between majority and minority cultures. Programmatic considerations in K-6 and 7-12 education.
FPR-6350 Cross Cultural Studies: Teaching the Limited English Proficient (3 hours)
Analysis of the cultural, social, psychological, structural and sociopolitical processes effecting cross-cultural learning in schools and the larger society.
FPR-6400 Contemporary Issues in Curriculum & Practice (3 hours)
Contemporary educational issues in the United States. Obstacles and challenges faced by educators. Basic assumptions and social forces that influence current educational policy making and reform.
FPR-6440 History of Western Education (3 hours)
Development of Western education from an historical perspective. Education and schooling is viewed in relationship to cultural, social, economic and political trends in various historical periods. Attention to theories and practices.
FPR-6500 Social and Cultural Linguistics of the Diverse Student (3 hours)
This course takes a fundamental approach to enable teachers to develop competency for teaching diverse and/or marginalized students. This course will explore issues of language, culture and social class involved in teaching in American schools. This course aims to develop the necessary knowledge, skills, attitudes and awareness that are crucial for teachers to possess in order to meet the social and academic needs of diverse students in American schools.
FPR-6550 Politics & Policies of Urban Schooling (3 hours)
Theory and research of the interrelations of politics and policies and their influence on urban schooling. Emphasis is placed on the process of neighborhood ethnic, class, racial, economic and political identities. An exploration and analysis of social policy issues and their impact on urban schooling.
FPR-6600 Research in Education (3 hours)
Understanding of education research. Emphasis on interpretation of research and development of basic research skills for school improvement.
FPR-6620 Evaluation & Research for Counselors (3 hours)
Introduces students to the importance of research methods and program evaluation in advancing the counseling profession. Identifying and reading research, critically evaluating results, analyzing and using data to enhance program quality.
FPR-6640 Teacher as Researcher (3 hours)
Principles of teacher research. Focus on development of basic research skills to carry out Action Research, Self Study, or other practitioner research projects with the goal of improved teacher practice. Skills for interpreting published research are also emphasized.
FPR-6650 Action Research (3 hours)
Understanding of action research in educational settings. Focus on development of basic action research skills for improved teacher practice. Skills for interpreting published research are also emphasized.
FPR-7000 History & Culture of American Education (3 hours)
A seminar that examines historical and current issues of democracy, meritocracy and diversity in education. Influences of historical decisions about education on modern education. Normative, technical and political issues involved in reform of public education.
FPR-7010 Philosophical and Theoretical Foundations of Education (3 hours)
Study of the philosophical and theoretical foundations of education, including analysis of the aims and goals of education, processes of attainment, content and curriculum, and the socialization function of education and schooling. Develop an understanding of the intersections between theory/philosophy, ethical perspectives and the development of policy, practice and institutions.
FPR-7100 Political & Social Contexts of Education (3 hours)
Study of selected political and social theories of education. Examine the complex relationships that have and will continue to manifest between schools and society such as power structures, stakeholder groups and competing interests in educational practice and policy making at multiple levels. Study of how such theories and perspectives affect school and system organization and control. Consider ethical perspectives.
FPR-7210 Social Justice in Education Contexts (3 hours)
Study theories of social justice and practical implications for teachers, administrators, and other educational professionals. Introduction to dynamics of oppression, privilege and social power, culturally relevant and critical pedagogies and social identity.
FPR-7300 Philosophy of Scientific Knowledge (3 hours)
This course provides an orientation to the nature, uses and limitations of science with the aim of achieving and understanding of the variety of approaches to research design and developing conceptual frameworks. With regard to the metatheory of knowledge, particular attention will be paid to the following topics: the relationship between theory and observations, the role of the researcher’s values in knowledge generation, how the research conceptualizes the relationship between researcher and subjects, the standards that are used to appraise theories, the theory of reality (ontology) and of how to know that reality (epistemology) that underlies critical theories, and how different methods of data gathering and data analysis influence the generation of
FPR-7400 Policy Analysis (3 hours)
Educational policy-making at the macro (national, regional and state) and micro (local and institutional) levels. Selected educational policies.
FPR-7450 Assessment in Educational Settings (3 hours)
Assessment theory and practice in micro and macro school contexts. Introduction to psychometrics, including reliability and validity. Data analysis and data-based decision-making. Creating, application and/or critique of international, national, state, district, school, and classroom assessments to improve student achievement, evaluate programs, and inform policymaking.
FPR-7600 Survey/Instrument Development (3 hours)
This course introduces students to survey and instrument development including issues related to operationalizing variables, construction, sampling, coding, analysis and validation.
FPR-7610 Quantitative Analysis (3 hours)
An introduction to the quantitative analysis of data; including data coding and entry of data. PASW statistics will be used to explore descriptive and inferential statistics: using both non-parametric and initial parametric techniques. Formerly EDL-6110.
FPR-7620 Advanced Topics in Statistics (3 hours)
An introduction to advanced statistical concepts including multivariate analysis, linear models, hierarchical linear models, factor analysis and meta-analysis. Students will use published software packages and will learn to write basic syntax for custom analysis.
FPR-7700 Qualitative Analysis (3 hours)
An examination of qualitative research approaches used in educational and social settings, with a focus upon research design, field relations, data collection and analysis and writing from a qualitative perspective.
FPR-7710 Advanced Topics in Qualitative Analysis (3 hours)
This course will prepare students to utilize naturalistic inquiry in their own research, most immediately, the dissertation experience. Students will be able to reflect on choices of inquiry paradigms, the goodness of fit between the problem and the approach chosen to explore it, the selection of appropriate instruments and the role of the writer in the presentation of findings.
FPR-7800 Mixed Methods Research (3 hours)
This course explores the theory and practice of mixed methods research in program evaluation and applied educational research.
FPR-7900 Research Design (4 hours)
Principles of research theory, methods, inquiry, problem formulation, data collection, literature searches and ethical
considerations. Emphasis on how to design a doctoral-level research study.
FPR-7910 Methods of Action Research Inquiry in Schools (3 hours)
Principles and application of action research planning, implementation and reflection in educational environments.
Exploration of collaborative, participatory and individualapproaches to action research methods that can be utilized to improve schools.
GRE-6110 Greek I (4 hours)
The first semester of Koine Greek Grammar. Preparation for reading the New Testament and Septuagint in Greek.
GRE-6120 Greek II (4 hours)
The second semester of Koine Greek Grammar. Preparation for reading the New Testament and Septuagint in Greek. Prerequisite: GRE-6110.
GRE-6513 Readings in Greek (1 hours)
Readings from the Greek New Testament, Septuagint, and non-canonical Jewish and Christian texts. Review of basic vocabulary, morphology, and syntax. Selections change from year to year. Course may be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: GRE-6110 and GRE-6120 OR demonstrated competency as determined by either a placement exam or undergraduate transcript.
GRE-6514 Greek Readings (2 hours)
Readings from the Greek New Testament, Septuagint, and non-canonical Jewish and Chrsitian texts. Review of basic vocabulary, morphology, and syntax. Selections change from year to year. Course may be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: GRE-6110 and GRE-6120
GRE-6950 Independent Study in Greek (1-3 hours)
Health Care Administration & Leadership Courses
HAL-6100 Health Care Systems I (3 hours)
An overview of health care systems focusing on the role of values, assessment of health status and analysis of need, access and use of services, supply, demand, and distribution of health resources, analysis of health care costs and expenditures.
HAL-6150 Health Care Systems II (3 hours)
Examination of the private and public financing of health service, quality of care assessment, control of quality and costs of care, professional self-regulation and compliance, leadership and administration approaches, and government regulations and system reform. Prerequisite: HAL-6100.
HAL-6200 Leading People in Health Care Organizations (3 hours)
Knowledge and skills for understanding and effective leadership of people in health care organizations (human resources). Strategies for dealing with culture, diversity, teams, cross training, critical issues. Prerequisite: HAL-6100 and HAL-6150.
HAL-6300 Legal & Ethical Considerations in Health Care (3 hours)
Examination of the major legal issues encountered in the health care industry. Topics are principles of liability, contract, legal aspects of medical ethics, access to health care and legislative, regulatory and compliance protocols. Prerequisites: HAL-6100 & HAL-6150.
HAL-6400 Health Care Finance & Economics (3 hours)
Issues in health finance, particularly as these impact health care administration, health policy, policy formation, and population health. Microeconomic and macroeconomic considerations. Prerequisites: HAL-6100 & HAL-6150.
HAL-6500 Public Policy in Health Care (3 hours)
Issues related to U.S. Public Health and allocation of resources. Local, state, regional, and national public health funding and policy. Examination of health policy on health education and promotion, medical service and practice. Prerequisite: HAL-6100 & HAL-6150.
HAL-6600 Epidemiology for Heath Care Organizations (3 hours)
Principles and practices of epidemiology, including descriptive epidemiology, outbreak investigation, analytic methods, surveillance with focus on field epidemiology. Prerequisites: HAL-6100 & HAL-6150.
HAL-6700 Marketing & Consumer-Driven Healthcare (3 hours)
Current trends in healthcare marketing. Strategies for consumer-driven marketing plans. Advantages of technology for marketing opportunities, such as branding, blogs, stealth ads, podcasts, websites, and corporate participation in social e-networks. Prerequisites: HAL-6100 & HAL-6150.
HAL-6800 Health Information Management (3 hours)
Strategic planning, implementation and management of information systems in the health care industry. Terminology, management strategies and utilization of information systems as key components in the delivery and assessment of health care. Prerequisites: HAL-6100 & HAL-6150.
HAL-6900 Health Care Administration Leadership Capstone (3 hours)
Opportunity to demonstrate professionalism as well as integration and application of health care leadership knowledge, competencies and skills sets through identification and in-depth analysis of contemporary health care research issues. Prerequisite: Completion of 30 hours of coursework of degree program.
HEB-6101 Hebrew I (4 hours)
The first semester of biblical Hebrew grammar. Preparation for reading the Old Testament in Hebrew.
HEB-6102 Hebrew II (4 hours)
The second semester of biblical Hebrew grammar. Preparation for reading the Old Testament in Hebrew. Prerequisite: HEB-6101.
HEB-6500 Hebrew Readings (3 hours)
Readings from the Hebrew text of the Old Testament. Review of vocabulary, morphology, and syntax. Selections change from year to year. Instruction in Aramaic and exposure to other Northwest Semitic languages as appropriate given specific student competence in Hebrew. Course may be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: HEB-6101 and HEB-6102 OR basic competency in Biblical Hebrew as determined by a placement examination or undergraduate transcript.
HEB-6501 Readings in Hebrew (1 hours)
Readings from the Hebrew text of the Old Testament. Review of vocabulary, morphology, and syntax. Selections change from year to year. Course may be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: HEB-6101 and HEB-6102 OR basic competency in Biblical Hebrew as determined by a placement examination or undergraduate transcript.
Higher Education Courses
HLDR-6800 Law and Higher Education
Addresses the legal environment of postsecondary institutions and specific issues that affect higher education. In addition to faculty and administrative structuring, curriculum development, and institutional financing, a university’s policy is affected by legal concerns, including constitutional privileges, ethics, and regulations that may be relevant in regards to state and local municipalities. Students enrolled in this course will participate in research and weekly discussions evaluating the significance and importance of the limitations and allowances of government defined operating and monetary restrictions on academic institutions.
HLDR-6810 Institutional Advancement and Development in Higher Education
The role of Institutional Advancement in supporting the mission and vision of the higher education institution through the development of external funds, relationships with alumni and other external constituencies and communications support and public visibility.
HLDR-6820 Historical and Societal Issues in Higher Education
Addresses the major social issues affected by higher education, specific issues and trends, dominant themes of historical and institutional impact. Students enrolled in this course will acquire an improved understanding of previous events of the significance of higher education, including how it has developed and increased in importance to society.
HLDR-6830 Governance and Leadership in Higher Education
Includes the theoretical perspectives on higher education organizations, the organizational structure, management and leadership of colleges and universities and governance systems. Learners enrolled in this course will become familiar with the purpose of institutional governance, its various functions, administrative models and the factors utilized to define its strategies.
HLDR-6840 Fiscal and Social Responsibility in Higher Education
Addresses the major financial and economic issues experienced within higher education including fiscal awareness, social responsibility and stewardship. Learners will be able to understand the primary concerns involved with budgeting, ethics and management within the higher education landscape, applying theories and principles to maintaining a functioning and sustainable institution. Learners will be exposed to the economic, political and organizational cultural factors which affect the allocation of monetary resources within the higher education organization.
JOU-6100 Magazine Journalism (3 hours)
The speciality of magazine article writing; understanding strategies for becoming published, and examining the national marketplace. Emphasis is on long-form writing, editing and magazine design and layout. Prerequisite: JOU-2100.
JOU-6910 Topics in Journalism (3 hours)
Selected current topics in journalism as they relate to various settings. Topics vary each time the course is taught.
Knowledge Information Management Courses
KMIL-6000 Knowledge Audits, Measurements, and Analysis (3 hours)
This course incorporates an overview of the various methods and techniques for evaluating an organization’s utilization of possessed knowledge; benchmarking and measurement practices that assist a company’s assessment of knowledge management efficiency, functionality, and potential. Auditing processes, the importance of developing and altering current efforts, with the allowance for contingency concerns.
KMIL-6010 Information Knowledge Technology and Applications (3 hours)
Software and techniques designed to acquire information pertinent to the organization and generate reports and
suggestions for future objectives. Selecting or designing systems that are functional and accommodate an organization’s operational, customer and internal requirements and compliance factors.
KMIL-6020 Knowledge Management for Higher Education Leadership (3 hours)
Application of knowledge management principles to a university environment, including how to apply information regarding learners, faculty, staff, state and national legislature, and competing institutions to improve the academic quality and educational conditions of the organization. The process of acquiring knowledge from a learning institution and developing a system to assist with future strategies that correspond with the current requirements, industry preferences and objectives of an institution.
KMIL-6030 Knowledge System Strategy and Development (3 hours)
Strategic development of applications and information retrieval methods and analysis, including implementation, testing and contingency planning. Techniques and principles necessary for leading a project development scenario and varying methods utilized by the knowledge management industry for creating an information system approach that accommodates an organization’s requirements and compliance concerns.
KMIL-6040 Legal & Ethical Considerations in Knowledge Management (3 hours)
An evaluation of government policy, previous and current litigation involving information storage, and ethical concerns regarding the dissemination of personal information through information systems and the internet. Ethical consideration involving knowledge management to current utilization of collaborative software,
customer retention methods, promotions, inter-business applications and information retrieval efforts.
KMIL-6050 Organizing Knowledge for Collaboration and Competition (3 hours)
Use of information mining techniques to improve the interaction and knowledge among, and within organizations to
improve industry advantages and potential profitability of companies. To recognize the importance of continually monitoring industry drivers and consumer preferences to assure competitiveness and currency with product and service offerings.
KMIL-6060 Personalization and Customization (3 hours)
Various methods of tailoring content for specific purposes which corresponds with recognized and isolated derived business knowledge of customers, employees’ preferences, and departmental functions of a company. Functionality of various knowledge mining applications and how they derive specific information about end-users and business partners to provide unique and pertinent assumptions.
KMIL-6070 Public/Private Education (K-12) Knowledge Management (3 hours)
The utilization of primary schooling data and how knowledge management techniques are applicable for benefiting program generation, faculty interaction with learners and parents and administrative functions. Recognize the attributes necessary for establishing initiatives, planning efficiencies and the development of pertinent policies or approaches through the use of stored knowledge. Available applications that allow for information to be collaborated, acquired analyses and utilized for future strategic purposes involving institutional objectives and K-12 administrative concerns.
KMIL-6080 Knowledge Administration (3 hours)
The various administrative responsibilities of knowledge workers and how the efficiency of information query and decision systems could be improved to allow for a larger amount of potential, ergonomics and end-user satisfaction; leadership techniques associated with administration and the varying approaches for structuring a knowledge Management Department, including information acquisition, customer representatives, data storage, system design and the presentation of reports.
LDR-6010 The Pursuit of Leadership Excellence
In this course, concepts, skills and strategies for the enhancement of personal and professional leadership are examined. One’s fundamental leadership beliefs and assumptions are explored along with organizational performance and achievement.
LDR-6020 Critical Issues in Leadership
This course is designed to provide students with an overview of the critical issues faced by leaders in every organization in the 21st century. Current, relevant, and timely resources are explored to provide students with opportunities to analyze both organizations and their leadership.
LDR-6030 Leadership Theories and Professional Practice
In this course, students explore and examine contemporary and classical leadership theories and their application to a variety of professional settings; students assess and evaluate organization’s leadership platform, policies and professional practices.
LDR-7010 Developing the Organization’s Human Capital
In this course, students examine and explore human resources policies and practices; administrative supervision strategies and effective communication techniques; job performance, employee development and deployment, diverse work force, employment law, training and development, harassment and health issues and disabilities and discrimination.
LDR-7020 Leading the Knowledge Enterprise
Leading the Knowledge Enterprise is a course that introduces students to the exciting and sometimes hard to define field of knowledge management. The role of the leader is emphasized, especially as it relates to identifying and leveraging the intellectual capital of an organization; promoting and facilitating knowledge sharing and innovation; intellectual assets, knowledge management strategy, knowledge management cycle and knowledge taxonomies.
LDR-7030 Promoting and Leading Change
Effective change leadership requires an understanding of the basic principles and practices underlying innovation, change processes and sustainability in organizations. The focus of LDR-7030 is initiating, implementing and ensuring continuation of change as a key leadership challenge. Various change theories and principles
are examined with an emphasis on the leader’s role in capacity building, creativity, organizational strengths and style. Participants are encouraged to develop a more situated and experience informed approach to change in the organizational front lines.
LDR-7040 Creating & Leading a Learning Organization
In this course, students explore and examine the five disciplines of learning organizations; characteristics of learning organizations, growth cycles, building capacity and sustainability.
LDR-7050 Strategic Forecasting and Planning
This course examines strategic planning models, forecasting methods, trend analysis, futuring, problem-based learning, return on investment, organizational health and effectiveness, cost/benefit analysis and research and planning
MGT-6100 Operations Management (3 hours)
Business processes, procedures and strategies used to transform various inputs into finished goods and services. Intensive study of the strategy, design and operation of productive systems.
MGT-6110 Competitive Strategy (3 hours)
Formulation and analysis of business strategy. Objectives and policies that collectively determine how a business positions itself to create economic value. A study of strategy models, competitive advantage, above average returns and the strategic management process. Analyze an industry’s competitive landscape and how globalization and technological changes shape it. Prerequisite: Completed 27 hours of MBA coursework.
MGT-6200 Global Managerial and Organizational Behavior (3 hours)
Examine interpersonal behavior related to organizational performance. Behavioral science motivation, social perception, group decision making, ethical leadership and multicultural behavior.
MGT-6300 Corporate Finance (3 hours)
Develop a framework for analyzing a firm’s investment and financing decisions. Topics covered include discounted cash flow, capital budgeting techniques, portfolio analysis and the Capital Asset Pricing Model, security market efficiency, corporate financing and optimal capital structure; familiarity with
accounting and statistical tools.
MGT-6310 Investments (3 hours)
Foundation for understanding a firm’s access to funding and markets, financial theory and techniques used in quantitative analysis of financial asset prices and their application to investment decisions. Portfolio allocation and models of capital market equilibrium.
MGT-6320 Entrepreneurial Finance & Private Equity (3 hours)
Challenges and opportunities involved in creating and managing a new enterprise. Recognition and evaluation of business opportunities. Development, preparation and presentation of a business plan, including short-term and long-term financial plans. Sources for funding and managing an entrepreneurial organization.
MGT-6400 Ethical Strategic Leadership (3 hours)
Decision making, negotiations and ethics. Cultural impact on management strategy. Create value, motivate resources, leading and creating high performance teams. Integrating performance across business units.
MGT-6500 Fund Development and Management (3 hours)
Development of current and long-range strategic plans. Research and development of actual grant application. Presentation and communication of strategic plan and grant application. Exploration of partnerships and social networks to further an organization’s mission. Sources of funding beyond grants, project management and discussions of industry best practices.
MGT-6510 Management of Human Resources (3 hours)
The strategic role of human resource management in an organization. Hire, evaluate, train and manage employees to achieve organizational objectives. The impact of economic and legal issues on human resource management. Globalization and diversity in the workplace.
MGT-6520 Managers and the Legal Environment (3 hours)
The study of law from the perspective of current and future leaders. Practical knowledge of legal issues and principles. Strategies to minimize risk, create value and manage legal disputes.
MGT-6530 Introduction to Not-for-Profit Organizations (3 hours)
Not-for-profit organizations and the environment they operate in. A profile of the industry and an introduction to a not-for-profit’s organizational purpose, governance and funding structures. Emphasis on ethics and social-economic issues and the difficult task of transforming an organization’s purpose into action. A service learning project will incorporate theories into real-world applications.
MGT-6540 Topics in Board Governance and Management of Volunteers (3 hours)
Importance of volunteers to a not-for-profit enterprise or church. Recruiting and motivation of volunteers. Proper role of the board of directors. Leadership issues and topics. Study best practices in industry, identify industry weaknesses and recommend process improvements.
MGT-6600 Seminar in Descriptive Statistics (1 hour)
Statistical concepts and analytical tools for data driven decision making. Basic statistics, terminology and applications. Data collection and presentation methods. Measures of central tendency and variability. Probability distributions. Introduction to regression and correlations.
MGT-6990 Cases in Financial Analysis (3 hours)
Capstone Experience. Integrate knowledge and skills gained from the MBA program and apply them in a real business environment. Learn how to use teamwork to solve authentic business challenges. Students must have completed 30 hours of MBA coursework.
MKT-6100 Marketing Design and Strategy (3 hours)
Provides an understanding of marketing as the basis for general management decision-making and as a framework for analyzing business situations. Covers concepts, activities and techniques related to the planning and coordination of marketing functions, marketing policies and the analysis of marketing administration.
MKT-6500 Communications and Public Relations in a Not-for-Profit Organization (3 hours)
The role of public relations as it pertains to not-for-profit organizations. Advanced public relations skills, including research and analysis and strategic planning. Effective media relations; crisis communications. Promoting the organization through media plans, promotional events and strategic partnerships with government, corporations and the community.
MAT-6200 Topics in Statistics (3 hours)
to basic statistical concepts and applications to the classroom.
MAT-6220 Topics in the History of Mathematics (3 hours)
Major trends in mathematics from earliest times to the 17th century with a focus on the outstanding contributions and applications to the classroom.
MAT-6230 Topics in Problem Solving with Number Theory (3 hours)
Problem solving techniques with applications to natural phenomena, games and puzzles. Use of principles of Number Theory to solve problems. Prerequisite: MAT-1810.
MAT-6370 Topics in College Geometry (3 hours)
An introduction to the development of Euclidean and non-Euclidean geometries and their axiomatizations with
applications to the classroom.
MAT-6606 Teaching Math in Middle and Secondary Schools (3 hours)
Curriculum, methods, and materials in mathematics at the secondary and middle school levels. Philosophy, structure, and operation of comprehensive American secondary and middle schools. Prerequisite: Admission in the College of Education and at least 9 hours of undergraduate mathematics passed with a “C” or better.
Mathematics Education Courses
MAE-6230 Seminar in Elementary School Mathematics (3 hours)
Recognition and solutions of children’s difficulties in elementary school mathematics, the content of the new programs and the methods for reaching them. Prerequisite: One year of teaching experience.
MAE-6606 Teaching Math in the Middle & Secondary Schools (3 hours)
Curriculum, methods, and materials in mathematics at the secondary and middle school levels. Philosophy, structure, and operation of comprehensive American secondary and middle schools.
MAE-6616 Teaching Middle School Mathematics (3 hours)
Methods, materials, sequencing and planning for the teaching of mathematical concepts, skills, applications, and problem solving to child in grades 6-8. Prerequisite: six semester hours of college mathematics. Acceptance to the College of Education.
MUS-6133 Analysis and Compositional Techniques (3 hours)
Identification and description of musical forms and analytic techniques. Investigation into techniques used by composers of various historical periods. Appropriate application of different analytical techniques for discussion of repertoire from each of these periods. Prerequisite: Admission to MCM or MA in Music program.
MUS-6143 Composing for the Liturgy (3 hours)
Choosing text, writing original music and arranging existing music for use in a variety of worship settings. Prerequisites: MUS-4133 and MUS-4153 or equivalent.
MUS-6153 Music Theory: Form & Analysis (3 hours)
Writing and analyzing aspects of late 19th century chromatic harmony. Introduction to musical forms and analytic techniques. Prerequisite: Acceptance into MCM or MA in Music program.
MUS-6163 Orchestration & Arranging (3 hours)
Study of the basic techniques in writing for instruments, scoring for both instrumental families and larger ensembles, and arranging music from one medium to another. Preparation of score and parts and reading sessions included. Prerequisite: Acceptance into MCM or MA in Music program.
MUS-6173 Music Theory: Counterpoint (3 hours)
Introduction to fundamentals of contrapuntal thought and species counterpoint; writing 16th century vocal counterpoint; analysis of 18th-century keyboard counterpoint; principles of 20th century instrumental counterpoint.
MUS-6213 The Literature of the Organ (3 hours)
Organ music from the Renaissance to the present and its relationship to general music history. Research project required. Prerequisite: MUSA-6621.
MUS-6223 Johann Sebastian Bach and the Baroque (3 hours)
Investigation of Western European art music from 1650 to 1750, culminating in representative works by J.S. Bach. Critical analysis of musical styles for church, chamber and theater in light of the prevailing theological, social, political and cultural climates. Prerequisite: MUS-3213 or equivalent.
MUS-6243 Music Research and Bibliography (3 hours)
Study and practice of the primary research methodology, techniques and materials in musicology, especially church music.
MUS-6253 Choral Literature (3 hours)
Survey of choral literature according to historical period and musical form.
MUS-6263 Twentieth-Century Music Literature and Techniques (3 hours)
History, literature, principal composers, and related compositional techniques of Western art music, as well as introductory studies in composition. Prerequisites: acceptance into MCM or MA in music program, passing grade on music history entrance exam.
MUS-6313 Baptism & Eucharist (3 hours). Cross-listed with THY-6313.
MUS-6322 Service Playing and Liturgical Leadership (2 hours)
Foundations, practice, and skills of providing musical leadership to the congregation’s song and accompanying at the keyboard. Discernment of how best to lead congregational song of various sources and styles. Co-requisite: MUSA-6621.
MUS-6323 Music for the Contemporary Church (3 hours)
Planning music for the services of the church year. Study of the liturgical traditions and contemporary considerations.
MUS-6333 The Traditions of Christian Hymnody (3 hours)
The scope and historical patterns of hymnody from the early Christian era to the present with a focus on those movements that contributed most significantly to the current literature.
MUS-6343 Music in the Age of Reformation (3 hours)
Major developments in Western European art music from 1520-1650 in light of theological, social, political and cultural climates. Critical analysis of musical styles with an emphasis on sacred repertoires of the Protestant church in Germany, France and England. Prerequisite: MUS-3213 or MUS-4362 or equivalent.
MUS-6353 Studies in Christian Worship: Theology and Music (3 hours). Cross-listed with THY-6353.
MUS-6372 Musical Heritage of the Church (2 hours)
Survey of the history of music within the Christian church from the background of Old Testament times to the present day. Emphasis on how music developed in response to the needs of each age. Research into the music of a particular period/genre of the student’s choice.
MUS-6383 Current Issues in Church Music (3 hours)
Consideration of current issues and practice affecting worship and music in the Church. Identification and evaluation of concepts, procedures, techniques and materials related to these issues.
MUS-6391 Church Music Practicum (1 hour)
Directed and supervised experience in planning for a balanced parish music program and presenting such music in the congregation. Prerequisite: six hours of graduate study in MUS courses must be completed before practicum is undertaken.
MUS-6412 Methodologies of Music Learning (2 hours)
Exploration of methodologies for musical learning with emphasis on Dalcroze, Orff, Kodály, and Suzuki. Organized around the basic areas of singing, rhythm, listening, instruments, creative activity and music literacy. Research into one or more of the methodologies as it pertains to the emphasis and interest of the student. Field experience required.
MUS-6452 Children’s Choir: Techniques & Materials (2 hours)
Discussion and demonstration of techniques and approaches to working with children’s voices, organization of choirs, and appropriate literature. Emphasis on involvement of children in the church music program. Development of a choral plan based on recent research into the child voice. Clinical experience. Field trips. Co-requisite: MUSA-6631.
MUS-6482 The Choral Program and Repertoire (2 hours)
A study of various choral programs at the elementary, middle and secondary school levels. A survey of techniques and materials in performance ensembles, co-curricular and extracurricular. Evaluation of repertoire and programming appropriate for each level. Assessment of musical learning. Research project.
Prerequisite: MUS-3883 Basic Conducting and acceptance into the College of Education.
MUS-6483 Graduate Choral Conducting (3 hours)
Refinement of conducting techniques and the study of musical style. Exploration of choral ensemble issues as well as repertoire and materials. Choral Literature research. Prerequisite: grade of “C” or higher in MUS-3883.
MUS-6520 Graduate Recital (1 hour)
A musical recital in fulfillment of degree requirement. This course is chosen as a performance option for the Master’s Capstone Experience in either the MA or the MCM programs.
MUS-6521 Graduate Composition (1 hour)
Submission of original composition in fulfillment of degree requirement. This course is chosen as a performance option for the Master’s Capstone Experience in the MA program.
MUS-6543 Organ Design & Registration (3 hours)
The tonal and physical properties of the pipe organ. Discussion of families of sound and individual voices. Principles of registration appropriate to various schools and historical periods of organ literature. Field trip. Presentation of research project. Prerequisite: MUSA Applied Organ at 2000 level.
MUS-6643 Literature of the Piano (3 hours)
A study of piano literature from the eighteenth century to the present with an emphasis on teaching the literature. Research in at least one style period. Prerequisite: MUSA-3601.
MUS-6652 Piano Pedagogy & Literature I (2 hours)
Methods and music materials used in beginning levels of piano study. Observation, participation in, and evaluation of individual and group instruction. Presentation of materials project. Field trips. Prerequisite: MUSA-3601.
MUS-6661 Practicum in Piano Pedagogy I (1 hours)
Practical application of methods covered in MUS-6652 through observation and supervised teaching in the Preparatory & Community Piano program. Preferably taken concurrently with MUS-6652. May not be taken without prior or concurrent credit for MUS-6652.
MUS-6672 Piano Pedagogy & Literature II (2 hours)
Methods and music materials used at the intermediate levels of piano study. Observation, participation in, and evaluation of individual and group instruction. Presentation of intermediate level materials project. Field trips. Prerequisite: MUS-6652.
MUS-6681 Practicum in Piano Pedagogy II (1 hours)
Practical application of methods covered in MUS-6672 through observation and supervised teaching in the Preparatory & Community Piano Program. Preferably taken concurrently with MUS-6672. May not be taken without prior or concurrent credit for MUS-6672.
MUS-6882 Instrumental Program and Repertoire (2 hours)
In-depth look at the structures of various instrumental programs in elementary, middle, and secondary school settings. Areas include both wind and string programs, individual instruction, chamber music, and performance ensembles, both the co-curricular and extra-curricular. Evaluation of repertoire and programming appropriate for each level. Assessment of musical learning. Prerequisite: MUS-3883.
MUS-6883 Graduate Instrumental Conducting (3 hours)
Refinement of conducting techniques and the study of musical style, conducting experiences with various instrumental ensembles. Prerequisites: grade of “C” or higher in MUS-3883 and 1 semester hours MUSA (instrumental) at the 2000 level.
Applied Music Courses
Applied music lessons on the graduate level are available for the following: piano, organ, harpsichord, voice, instruments, composition, improvisation and conducting. Applied music courses are numbered MUSA-6000 (graduate level). One hour of credit for 13 half-hour lessons is assigned to applied music courses except in composition for which the same credit requires one-hour lessons. Application of this credit to the Master of Church Music and M.A. degree in Music is delineated in the requirements for the degree program.
MUSA-6621: Applied Organ - 4-6 hours
Prerequisite: MUSA-0600 Applied Piano at 3000 level.
MUSA-6631: Voice - 4-6 hours
Prerequisite: MUS-1661 Class Voice or MUS-2402 Vocal Techniques for the Music Educator.
Music Ensembles Courses
Organizational Leadership Courses
OLDR-6000 Leadership & Excellence (3 hours)
Overview of leadership theories and leadership concepts; systems and organizational perspectives, organizational performance and effectiveness, learning organization concepts and strategies.
OLDR-6001 Strategic Leadership & Planning (3 hours)
The course is designed to prepare students with diverse perspectives, frameworks, skills and tools for executing effective strategy within mission driven organizations. Topics include effective mission driven organizations, role of strategic leadership, tools for developing and assessing strategic engagement, stakeholder concerns and opportunities for leading change initiatives and strategic planning.
OLDR-6002 Ethical & Social Leadership (3 hours)
Examine and explore ethical dilemmas of leadership, the context and foundations of moral choice, moral implications of decisions and ramifications of leader choices. Ethical challenges and decision making criteria, stewardship and social responsibility in an age of increased organizational accountability and transparency.
OLDR-6003 Knowledge Management Information Leadership (3 hours)
Strategic planning, implementation and management of information systems in the organizations. Terminology, management strategies and utilization of information systems as key components in the delivery and assessment of organizational issues and trends.
OLDR-6004 Leadership Capstone (3 hours)
This course serves a culminating experience in which students are expected to apply knowledge and insights gained from their graduate course experience. The course is designed to provide a final experience in which students demonstrate mastery of content and allow an opportunity for closure and connection between courses. The purpose of this capstone course is to facilitate the integration and synthesis of content through critical thinking; it is also a turning point for the student from education to professional practice.
OLDR-6800 The Leader as Trainer, Mentor and Coach (3 hours)
This course is designed to provide students with an overview of the methods used by leaders to approach training, coaching and developing their organizational workforces. Faced with the constant of change and ever increasing global competition and pressures, organizations must find ways to develop the individuals, teams and leaders in their organizations if they are to remain relevant and competitive in today’s marketplace. Students explore various means that can be used for development including various forms of training, mentoring and coaching. Ethical issues as they relate to development and coaching are also examined.
OLDR-6810 Leader Development: Cultivating, Sustaining and Renewing the Organization (3 hours)
This course is designed to provide an opportunity for exploration and critical examination of self in the context of leadership development and proficiency. The organizational leader is viewed as the lead learner whose responsibility is to cultivate, shape and sustain the development of the organization and personnel. Emphasis is placed on the practice of self-reflective leadership grounded in established theory and principles. Students are encouraged to self-assess and articulate their own generative capacities, professional renewal initiatives and leadership legacy. Purpose, intention and actionable plans for leadership growth and development are encouraged.
OLDR-6820 Leadership: Politics, Power and Applied Ethics (3 hours)
In this course students will examine the ethical dilemmas of leadership, the foundations and context of moral choice and the moral implications of decision making. In doing so, the purpose is to make visible the ethical challenges and decision criteria facing leaders, the role of politics and power in organizations and the leader’s ability to promote and infuse organizational ethics and integrity into the culture.
OLDR-6830 Leadership Communication and Decision-Making (3 hours)
This course is designed to provide students with an overview of the key elements of communication and decision-making in 21st century organizations. Current, relevant and timely resources are explored to provide students with opportunities to analyze elements and functions of communication and decision-making. Significant emphasis will be on effective communication skill sets and competencies utilized in organizational communication and decision-making in the current global milieu, working in both real-world and virtual environments.
OLDR-6840 Agents of Change (3 hours)
In this course students will examine the various roles and processes in organizational intervention as they relate to identifying, implementing and sustaining change. Organizational culture, climate, communication practices, mental models and change theories will be explored.
Human Performance Courses
PES-6123 Nutrition for Human Performance (3 hours)
Presentation and application of appropriate foundational nutrition relative to exercise, the reduction of disease, body composition, and weight control with emphasis on developing a comprehensive literature review. Prerequisites: PES-3400, PES-4101/BIO-4100, or permission of instructor.
PES-6210 Fitness Testing and Exercise Prescription (3 hours)
Techniques for conducting fitness assessments and developing exercise prescriptions. Prepares the practitioner to develop personal fitness programs based on the results of fitness assessments and other relevant information and apply those techniques to clients during the course of the semester. Computer applications. Prerequisite: PES-3400 or equivalent.
PES-6410 Biomechanics (3 hours)
Function of the skeletal, articular, and neuromuscular systems in producing efficient movement. Application of mechanical principles in performing sport skills, dance, and adaptive activities with an emphasis on developing a comprehensive literature review. Prerequisite: PES-3400 or consent of instructor.
PES-6420 Physiology of Exercise (3 hours)
Scientific basis for the development of physical fitness and conditioning programs. Bioenergetics of human movement; physiological adaptations during and following exercise with emphasis on developing a comprehensive literature review. Prerequisite: PES-3400 or consent of instructor.
PES-6431 Physical Growth and Motor Development (3 hours)
Physical growth, motor skill acquisition and learning and motor performance primarily from infancy through adolescence with emphasis on developing a comprehensive literature review on the principles of motor development.
PES-6605 Instructional Strategies for Human Performance (3 hours)
Learning theories, instructional styles and strategies for directing motor learning experiences with an emphasis on
developing a comprehensive literature review of instructional strategies for physical education. This course satisfies the K-12, middle and secondary school methods requirement in Human Performance. Prerequisites: PES-4620, PES-4630, PES-4640 or permission of instructor; Admission to College of Education.
PES-6660 Curriculum Design (3 hours)
Theories and processes of curriculum development, implementation, and assessment for the middle and secondary school setting with an emphasis on developing a comprehensive review of current health curricula.
PES-6740 Measurement and Evaluation in Human Performance (3 hours)
Theory, practice, and analysis of tests and evaluation procedures related to the study of human performance with emphasis on developing a comprehensive literature review.
PHI-7000 Ways of Knowing (3 hours)
An analysis of the dominant practices of idea formation in society, particularly in the areas of natural sciences, social and behavioral sciences and religion. Course content will focus on the underlying assumptions of these practices with specific attention given to the compatibility of these assumptions and practices across these different paradigms.
PSY-6025 Assessment Techniques (3 hours)
History, purpose, principles and methods of assessment; techniques and instruments employed in measuring abilities, achievement, interests, and personality; statistical procedures, limitations of measurement, especially among children. Relationship of assessment to the objectives of the school and counseling procedures.
PSY-6030 Research in Psychology (3 hours)
Introduces the purpose, methods, and ethics for conducting and interpreting research in psychology and behavioral sciences. Emphasis on understanding research methods, statistical analysis, needs assessment and program evaluation allowing the development of necessary knowledge to critique research studies.
PSY-6040 Applied Psychopathology & Diagnosis (3 hours)
This course addresses the principles of diagnosis of normalcy and psychopathology through the use of current diagnostic tools, including the current edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) and the current edition of the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD). Introduction to principles and models of bio-psycho-social-spiritual assessments, case conceptualizations, and theories of human development.
PSY-6050 Adult Development & Aging (3 hours)
This course promotes integrity as students acquire attitudes and skills that promote the understanding of adult development with special attention paid to the aging process. It further promotes integrity as students learn to suspend judgment and draw various fields together in order to understand and provide quality care services to the aging population with sensitivity to cultural differences. Students obtain the knowledge of techniques and research while attaining competency in the timely use of various person-centered interventions. As knowledge and competency develop, a sense of confidence and leadership is cultivated.
PSY-6055 Developmental Psychology: Infancy and Early Childhood (3 hours)
Cognitive, emotional, physical, social, and spiritual growth during infancy and early childhood. Developmental theories and educational implications of developmental patterns.
PSY-6495 Administration of Human Services (3 hours)
Focus on structure of programs, financial and legal concerns, agency management, evaluation of services and planning.
PSY-6500 Cognitive Development: Theory and Implications (3 hours)
Major perspectives of cognitive development throughout the lifespan, including the developmental and information processing approaches. Implications for work with various age groups in educational and other settings.
PSY-6505 Psychological Theories and Educational Processes (3 hours)
Psychological theories and their impact on the learning process. Focus on theories of learning, motivation and intelligence. Review of current research in educational psychology.
PSY-6800 Advanced Research in Psychology (3 hours)
Provides students opportunities to demonstrate comprehension and implementation of research methodology by conducting a study in collaboration with a sponsoring faculty member. Participate in an ongoing study or construct a novel design. Literature review, research methodology in practice, sample selection, data collection, selection of appropriate statistics, data entry, analysis of results, development of discussion sections. Preparation for doctoral work in psychology and careers in academic or research settings.
PSY-6993 Internship: Psychology (3 hours)
Supervised involvement in a work experience which utilizes psychology in a meaningful manner. Requires approval bythe department.
PSY-6994 Internship: Human Services (3 hours)
Supervised experience (300 clock hours) in a community human services agency. Site to be approved by Concordia prior to semester. On-campus classroom component required. Consult internship manual for further information.
PSY-7400 Advanced Learning Theory (3 hours)
In-depth examination of significant past and relevant current theory in cognitive development and processing. Application and critique of theory in learning environments is emphasized. Admission to doctoral program required. Prerequisite: PSY-6500 or PSY-6505 or equivalent master’s level course in learning theory.
Reading, Language and Literacy Courses
RLL-7000 Trends & Issues in Literacy Research (3 hours)
A historical and philosophical study of the major theories and the empirical research that describes the cognitive, linguistic, motivation, and sociocultural foundations of reading and writing processes, components, and development. Prerequisite: Admission to an approved terminal degree program or consent of instructor.
RLL-7010 Instructional Approaches in Reading, Writing and Language (3 hours)
This course examines the major perspectives, theories, and their impact on the learning process related to cognitive, physiological, and psychological development of reading and writing in P-Adult educational settings. Candidates will explore, analyze, and evaluate new instructional models and related assessment systems for reading, writing and language development. Prerequisite: Admission to approved terminal degree or consent of instructor.
RLL-7020 Development and Evaluation of Literacy Programs (3 hours)
Standards, curriculum, research, materials, and resources for state-of-the-art literacy programs. Analysis of issues, trends and current practices related to models and programs in diverse settings. Experiences in curriculum construction, program design, development, implementation, and evaluation. Prerequisite: RLL-7010 and consent of instructor.
RLL-7030 Policy & Politics of Reading, Language and Literacy (3 hours)
A study of the connections between policy, politics and reading and literacy is the focus of the course. Candidates will explore the empirical evidence related to foundational theories. Practices for communication with policy makers, public officials and community members will be an integral part of this course. Prerequisite: Admission to the Ed.D. in Reading, Language and Literacy program.
RLL-7040 Cultural and Socioeconomic Perspectives of Literature and Literacy (3 hours)
An exploration of the historic, current, and changing demographic factors that impact and influence literacy practices. Examination of literature and literacy successes as seen through the eyes of diverse learners (culturally, ethnically, economically, socially, gender, and linguistically). Prerequisite: Admission to the Ed.D. in the Reading, Language and Literacy program.
RLL-7050 Multiliteracies (3 hours)
Examination and comparison of theories and research in new literacies to create a literate environment that fosters reading, writing, information and communicative competencies in diverse contexts. This course will explore literacies in schools and in the wider scope of the world. Prerequisite: Admission to the Ed.D. in Reading, Language and Literacy program.
Social and Behavioral Sciences Course
SBS-6619 Teaching Social Science in Middle & Secondary Schools (3 hours)
Curriculum, methods, and materials in social science at the middle and secondary school levels. Philosophy, structure, and operation of comprehensive American secondary and middle schools. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the College of Education.
Science Education Course
SCE-6618 Teaching Science in Middle & Secondary Schools (3 hours)
Curriculum, methods and materials in science at the middle and secondary school levels. Philosophy, structure, and operation of comprehensive American secondary and middle schools. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the College of Education.
Servant Leadership Courses
SL-7000 Case Studies in Servant Leadership (3 hours)
A contemporary, biographical analysis of the impact of servant leaders in for-profit and not-for-profit organizations, including a personal, reflective, self-study of servant leadership strengths and developmental goals.
SL-7010 Developing Human and Communal Capacity for Servant Leadership (3 hours)
Examination of how to be a healing influence in the lives of individuals and institutions; building communities in the
workplace, commitment to the growth of self and others; the development of individual and communal service orientations.
SL-7020 Diversity Issues in Servant Leadership (3 hours)
Building networks, communities and organizations that highlight and emphasize relationships that are grounded in mutual respect, reciprocity, understanding and appreciation for differences.
SL-7030 Introduction to Servant Leadership Principles and Practices (3 hours)
An introductory exploration of the philosophical, religious, and spiritual beliefs underlying servant leadership as well as the meaning of service and applications of servant leadership in contemporary society. Required prerequisite to other servant leadership specialization courses.
SL-7040 Issues in Leadership Calling & Transformation (3 hours)
An in-depth exploration of the individual initiative and call to prepare as a servant to become a leader. Issues of intentionality, empathy, awareness, justice, forgiveness, personal commitment, and ongoing personal growth are investigated in the context of servant leadership.
SL-7050 Listening, Learning & Speaking as a Servant Leader (3 hours)
An exploration in the development of effective communication skills, including active listening and effective speaking with and to individuals and groups as a servant leader; development and persuasive communication of vision, purpose, direction, and accomplishments based on ongoing self and organizational assessments.
SL-7060 Purpose, Choice & Reflection in Servant Leadership (3 hours)
An examination of the meaning and practice of visioning, values, goal articulation, reflection, and choice as well as applications in the context of personal and professional servant leadership practices, mission and vision development.
SL-7070 Service through Stewardship (3 hours)
An exploration of the meaning of stewardship in organizational contexts, including issues in balancing caring, cognition and emotional intelligence, accountability, the availability of organizational resources and developmental needs in service of the greater good, assess human capacity, collaboratively grow relationships, anticipate consequences, develop, implement and sustain a leadership agency.
SL-7080 Spirituality in Servant Leadership (3 hours)
The meaning of spirituality and service in specific religious and spiritual developmental contexts in relationship to one’s personal beliefs, convictions, and practices for the greater good. Finding one’s place and purpose in the world.
SL-7090 Using Technology to Advance Servant Leadership (3 hours)
An exploration and application of current technological tools, innovative uses, and dissemination strategies locally and globally to serve others in need agriculturally, educationally, medically, and organizationally.
Social Work Courses
SOW-6100 Ethical Issues in the Helping Professions (3 hours)
An analysis of ethical, legal, and professional concerns in the human services field, with special emphasis on developing an ethical decision making framework.
SOW-6310 Special Topics: Loss & Mourning (3 hours)
Examination of selected topics relative to losses experienced over the life cycle. Special emphasis on physical, emotional, social, and spiritual dimensions. Discussion of skills and strategies for counseling and support.
SOW-6400 Marital and Family Counseling (3 hours)
Principles and concepts in marital and family counseling; specific strategies and techniques in the interview process. Examination of ethical issues and relevant research in the field.
SOW-6500 Public Policies and Aging (3 hours)
Analysis of the policy making process and policy initiatives as these affect the elderly in society. Cross-listed with SOC-6500.
SOW-6510 Social Services for the Elderly (3 hours)
Special needs and problems of the elderly. The role of the professional helper in various services and levels of care.
SOC-6100 Methods of Evaluation Research (3 hours)
Purposes, formulation, design, context, issues, constraints and uses of evaluation research. Illustrations from business, education, religious and social service studies.
SOC-6110 Socialization Processes (3 hours)
Theories and research pertaining to the processes by which an individual becomes a social being and participant in this society. Groups and institutions and the context of the acquisitions ofmotives, attitudes and functional role skills.
SOC-6120 Social Thought and Contemporary Issues (3 hours)
An examination of selected social theories and their application to contemporary issues of inequality, educational practices, religious belief, the self.
SOC-6140 Sociology of Health Care (3 hours)
Sociological analysis of health and illness. Meaning of health and illness. Health care structures and processes. Health care systems and ethics.
SOC-6160 Sociology of Aging (3 hours)
Examination of aging on individuals and societies-including social, cultural, and individual reactions to the aging in the society and the diversity of reactions to aging. Theoretical frameworks for aging and involvement will be presented, examined, and integrated. Field trips may be required.
SOC-6300 Contemporary Family Patterns (3 hours)
Patterned differences among families in the United States, including ethnic, racial, religious and class differences; variation in socialization practices; relationship between families and other agents of socialization.
SOC-6330 Death & Dying (3 hours)
Attitudes, customs, and beliefs regarding death; psychological, social, physical and spiritual issues; ministry to the dying and grieving.
SOC-6500 Public Policies & Aging (3 hours). Cross-listed with SOW-6500.
SOC-6510 Diversity in Aging (3 hours)
Part of the Masters in Gerontology courses that focuses on the differences and diversity of the aging population from a national perspective. Topics include race, ethnicity, gender, social class, spiritual and economic issues.
SOC-6600 Sociology of Education (3 hours)
Sociological analysis of formal educational structures, their relationship to other social institutions, their internal functioning and effect on student-life chances.
SOC-6620 Cross-Cultural Studies: Teaching Limited English Proficient Students (3 hours)
Analysis of the cultural, social, psychological, structural and sociopolitical processes affecting cross-cultural learning in schools and the larger society.
SOC-6900 Seminar in Gerontology (3 hours)
Observation of and supervised practice in a community agency. Literature review and applied research. Prerequisite: 18 semester hours of graduate credit in the program, including SOC-6160.
SOC-6980 Practicum in Gerontology (0-3 hours)
Observation of and supervised practice in a community agency that serves the elderly.
Sports Management & Leadership Courses
SPML-6000 Organization & Administration of Recreation & Leisure Programs (3 hours)
This course provides an overview of principles and practices related to effectively managing a recreation and leisure program. Issues of branding, marketing, media, and personnel selection and development are considered.
SPML-6010 The Essentials of the Law in Sports (3 hours)
This course introduces legal issues, and professional ramifications in field of sports management through the examination of regulations, government intervention, and ethically pertinent scenarios. This course allows learners to acquire a thorough understanding of legal considerations, which affect the interaction of league officials and athletes, their professional behavior, and what laws are established to protect their rights and assure they accountable for their actions.
SPML-6020 The Economics of Sports (3 hours)
The domain of sports, most notably, professional sports, has been elevated to one of the highest rungs of the financial ladder by having entered the world of professional entertainment industry. In the 21st century, sport has secured its place as one of the paramount forms of entertainment from Friday night high school football games to the Olympic venues. To function as an administrator within this profession, it is imperative to have a comprehensive understanding of the dynamic role of economics. In this course, students explore and examine the concepts and models of micro and intermediate economics as related to the business of sport.
SMPL-6030 Sports Leadership and Ethics (3 hours)
Sports Leadership and Ethics is designed to prepare learners to evaluate business principles, theories and responsibilities in the field of sports management, with an increased understanding of acceptable practices, human capital, and professionalism. In addition, this course provides learners with an understanding societal reasonability, common moral and ethical values, and how they are applied to varying sports leadership scenarios.
SPML-6040 Sports Finance (3 hours)
In this course, students develop a framework with an in-depth analysis of the various tools, techniques, ratios, formulas, and other finance-related information, complex financial concerns in the sports workplace.
SPML-6050 Leading in a Time of Change (3 hours)
This course introduces students to the valuable change management process in the dynamic world of sports leadership and management, preparing them to use and apply these skills practically with an understanding of varying concepts, theories and opinions.
SPML-6060 Level the Playing Field: Diversity in Sports (3 hours)
This course is designed to teach students what diversity is and how it applies to sports in general and more specifically to gender, race, and various cultures. The course will help Learners understand the unique challenge for sports leaders to better understand diversity and through this understanding help “level the playing field.”
SPML-6070 Sports Promotion (3 hours)
Explore and examine the relationship between the mass media and the sports industry. Topics include sports broadcasting, print media and the development of public relation tools such as media guides and press releases, effective principles, theories, practices and methods involved with all aspects of sports communications.
SPML-6080 Sports Communications (3 hours)
Explores and examines the core concepts and fundamental theories of effective communication and best practices in sports domain.
SPML-6090 Sports Administration (3 hours)
This course is designed to emphasize the practical application of concepts, principles, and practices between sports organizations and community associations as it relates to the role of sport leader and administrator. Students will be required to review course materials, participate in discussion forums, and conduct research to acquire a thorough understanding of sports administration principles and theories.
SPML-6100 Sports Leadership Master’s Project (3 hours)
Participation in this course is an opportunity to demonstrate professionalism as well as the integration and application of sport leadership knowledge, skills, and competencies through the identification and in-depth analysis of a contemporary sport management research issue. Students are required to analyze, critically evaluate, and synthesize published research in order to articulate actionable scientific knowledge in the form of a review article worthy of publication.
SPML-6110 Facilities and Events Management (3 hours)
Examines the principles and practices necessary to plan, develop, promote, operate and maintain sporting events, athletic centers and recreational facilities. Emphasis is on issues concerning personnel, finance, profitability, security, concessions, convention centers, event scheduling, equipment management, facilities maintenance and topics related to liability and risk management.
SPML-6120 Dynamics of Coaching (3 hours)
Coaching requires leadership abilities, social awareness, expertise in athletic components, and the ability to transcend these principles through recognized methodologies. This course focuses on the major coaching theories and models, methods, practices, and outcomes. Topics include study of first principles in coaching, coaching cases and analyses, great coaches, coaching decision making, and other contemporary issues.
SPML-6130 Social and Historical Foundations of Modern Sport (3 hours)
Sports are integrated into society and enjoyed throughout the world on a cultural and competitive level. This course examines the social, political, cultural, philosophical, psychological, historical and practical aspects of sport history and evolution.
SPML-6140 Research in Sports Studies (3 hours)
This course is designed as an introductory examination of the research process and the main methodological approaches used to conduct research on contemporary issues in the sport industry. Fundamental research concepts and strategies are presented in order to prepare students to interpret, analyze, plan, design, and report the results of sport research projects. Students are required to review course materials, participate in discussion forums, analyze published research, identify a research topic, and complete the initial steps of a literature review.
SPML-6150 Philosophy & Educational Value of Sport (3 hours)
This course will build on Foundations & Theoretical Perspectives and provide students academic opportunities to identify and establish their personal and professional ideals and dispositions in relation to the academic literature and the mission/vision of their educational, recreational, and professional setting. Academic/co-curricular connectivity of sport and society.
SPML-6160 Assessment & Evaluation of Recreation & Leisure Programs (3 hours)
This course explores and examines the purpose and added value of assessment and evaluation in the recreation/leisure settings. Basic procedures and designs are used to develop a professional program evaluation/assessment plan. Cycle of evaluation/assessment, needs assessment, program planning and design, outcomes, objectives, findings, reporting for data driven decision-making.
SPML-6170 Current Issues in Recreation & Leisure (3 hours)
Trends in recreation and leisure sport industry of the 21st century are examined in order to facilitate effective planning and implementing of programs designed to meeting the recreational needs of the general public from 5-85 years of age. Critical review and analysis of sport as a social phenomena and the impact on delivery of and participation in recreation and leisure activities.
SPML-6180 Foundations & Theoretical Perspectives of Recreation & Leisure (3 hours)
This course will provide the framework for the specialization by reviewing and applying recreation/leisure theory to the private, public, and/or entrepreneurial setting. Theoretical and conceptual foundations of recreation and leisure, sports, play. A review of historical ideas and practices in the recreation and leisure with an examination to the relationship to present day professional and social sports issues.
THR-6201 History of Theatre: Greek through Renaissance (3 hours)
Study of Western theatre from ancient Greek and Roman societies through the Renaissance. Reading of significant play scripts in the context of their original productions. Attendance at plays as available. Student is responsible for the cost of the ticket.
THR-6202 History of Theatre: 18th Century to Contemporary (3 hours)
Study of Western theatre from 18th century societies to contemporary theatre and non-Western theatre as it influenced Western theatre. Reading of significant play scripts in the context of their original productions. Attendance at plays as available. The student is responsible for the cost of the ticket.
THR-6210 Contemporary Theatre (3 hours)
Theatrical trends of the past two decades as seen through scripts and play productions. Attendance at area plays. Student is responsible for ticket cost.
THR-6240 The American Musical (3 hours)
Study of the growth and influence of the musical as a form of theatre and music. Study of representative scripts and music. Possible field trips. Student is responsible for ticket cost.
THR-6302 Advanced Acting (3 hours)
Equips the actor with advanced techniques and familiarizes them with major acting theories. Prerequisite: a beginning acting course.
THR-6304 Directing (3 hours)
Introduces the student to directing for the stage. Prerequisite: a beginning acting course.
THR-6310 Directing a One-Act (3 hours)
Selection and production of a one-act play under supervision. Prerequisite: a directing course and consent of department chair.
THR-6400 Stagecraft (3 hours)
Familiarize the student with the broad technical aspects of theatre, focusing on stage safety, set construction techniques, scenic painting techniques, special effects, lighting, wiring, and rigging.
THR-6401 Theatre Design (3 hours)
Overview and actual application of all major elements of theatrical design with particular focus on set, lights, properties, sound, and costume. Prerequisite: THR-6400 or permission of instructor.
THR-6609 Teaching Theatre in Middle &Secondary Schools (3 hours)
Curriculum, methods, and materials in theatre at the middle and secondary school levels. Philosophy, structure, and operation of comprehensive American secondary and middle schools. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the College of Education.
THR-6700 Playwriting (3 hours)
The art of dramatic writing for the stage. Turning personal and creative narratives into performable scripts with production in mind. Learning the major parts of a well-constructed play including effective exposition, plot as event, character development, and theatrical writing. Numerous opportunity to workshop plays.
THR-6710 Creative Dynamics (3 hours)
Potential uses of dramatic activity in the classroom, rehearsals and workshops, including the use of puppets.
THR-6810 Administration & Management: Theatre (3 hours)
Examination and integration of issues and policies specific to theatre administration. Field trips. Fee required.
THR-6910 Topics in Theatre (3 hours)
Selected current topics in theatre as they relate to various settings. Topics vary each time the course is taught.
THY-6020 Psalms (B-OT) (3 hours)
The hymnal of ancient Israel and its interpreters. Historical context, enduring liturgical and theological value.
THY-6021 Wisdon Writings (B) (3 hours)
An examination of the wisdom literature of the Old Testament: Job, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes and the Song of Songs. Biblical poetry, devotional literature and the major questions of life. A writing intensive course. Prerequisite: THY-1100 or THY-2000 or consent of instructor.
THY-6030 Messianic Prophecies (B-OT) (3 hours)
The development of the Old Testament faith in the coming Messiah. Principles of interpretation and sources of alternate viewpoints. Detailed examination of selected prophecies.
THY-6031 The Pentateuch (3 hours)
An examination of the major themes and events in the foundational books of the Old Testament including creation, sin, divine mercy, the messianic promise, the patriarchs, the early history of the people of Israel, the covenant and the Levitical priesthood and sacrificial system. Prerequisite: THY-1100 or THY-2000 or consent of instructor.
THY-6040 The Intertestamental Period (B) (3 hours)
Covers the political, cultural and religious forces which molded Judaism in Palestine and in the Diaspora in the Greek and Roman periods. Includes reading primary sources in the Apocrypha, Pseudepigrapha, Talmud and Dead Sea Scrolls.
THY-6050 History of Israel (B) (3 hours)
The origin and development of the Old Testament nation of Israel. Historical methodologies, the Ancient Near Eastern context, recurrent themes. Field trip. Prerequisite: THY-1100 or THY-2000 or consent of instructor
THY-6100 The Parables of Jesus (B-NT) (3 hours)
The synoptic parables in their cultural context, their use in Jesus’ teaching, their interpretation and their application in contemporary Christian education.
THY-6110 New Testament and Early Christian Worship (B-NT, CS, H) (3 hours)
The New Testament in the light of the influence of early Christian worship on the form and content of the various writings.
THY-6120 The General Epistles (B-NT) (3 hours)
Study of theology and theological method found in the Catholic epistles including Hebrew; James; 1 & 2 Peter; 1, 2, & 3 John; and Jude, within the wider context of the history and the theology of the early church. Prerequisite: THY-3100.
THY-6125 Mediterranean Perspectives (3 hours)
A two-week field trip outside the United States. Investigation of historical, geographical, artistic, and theological aspects of the lands surrounding the Mediterranean Sea. May serve independent studies in history, geography, art or music.
The structure, purpose, and perspective of each of the New Testament gospels. The portrayal of Jesus by each evangelist. The literary relationship of Matthew, Mark, and Luke. The distinctive features of John.
THY-6160 Paul the Apostle (3 hours)
Study of Paul’s life, apostleship, theology, and theological method on the basis of one or a group of Paul’s letters, particularly Galatians, Romans and 1 and 2 Corinthians, within the wider context of the history and the theology of the early church.
THY-6170 Studies in New Testament Writings (3 hours)
The historical context, literary features, and theological perspectives of a variable group of New Testament writings outside the major Pauline letters, the four gospels and Acts, e.g., the letters from prison, catechetical documents and the Johannine writings.
THY-6210 Lutheran Confessional Theology (S) (3 hours)
The study of the discipline of Systematic Theology with a special focus on the “Confessing” approach of the Lutheran tradition. Exploration of differing approaches to the task of theology along with the different approaches to Holy Scripture and the questions of faith and reason. Emphasis will be given to the formation and function of the three ecumenical creeds, the Augsburg Confession and its Apology, and the two catechisms of Luther.
THY-6220 Baptism and Eucharist (S & CS) (3 hours)
Study of the theology and practice of the sacraments of Baptism and the Eucharist. Emphasis on how the differences between the major Christian traditions in understanding these two sacraments reflect their differences in theological methodology and worldview and on how these differences reflect differences in understanding the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
THY-6240 The Church and its Ministry (S) (3 hours)
Examination of the nature of the Church and its Ministry with particular attention to its offices and their duties in relationship to the vocation of the Church and Christian service in the world.
THY-6313 Baptism and Eucharist (S, CS) (3 hours)
Study of the rites and practice of the sacraments of Baptism and Eucharist from a biblical, theological and liturgical perspective. Emphasis on the development of an appropriate parish practice for the goal of an enriched congregational life. Cross-listed with MUS-6313.
THY-6320 Early Christian Fathers (H) (3 hours)
Theological and historical analysis of the doctrines and practices of select early Christians such as Ignatius of Antioch, Irenaeus and Tertullian.
THY-6330 Topics in the History of Christianity (H) (3 hours)
Selected persons, themes or problems in the history of Christianity. Prerequisite: THY-3300 or THY-4300; or consent of instructor.
THY-6350 Martin Luther (H, S) (3 hours)
Historical introduction to Luther as theologian, churchman, and polemicist for 16th century Evangelicalism. Enduring images of Luther inside and outside Protestantism. Luther’s significance to contemporary theology. Readings from primary sources.
THY-6353 Studies in Christian Worship: Theology and Music (CS, S) (3 hours)
Study of the interrelationship between theology and music as it has developed in Christian worship, thought and practice from the early church to the present. Cross-listed with MUS-6353.
THY-6360 Women in the History of Christianity (H) (3 hours)
A study of the contributions of select female agents to the Christian tradition, typically including such diverse figures as Mary, the early Christian martyrs and ascetics, Hildegard of Bingen, Julian of Norwich, Katherina von Bora, Teresa of Avila, Madame Guyon and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Readings from primary sources.
THY-6400 The Christian in Society (CS) (3 hours)
Christian vocation in contemporary, pluralistic culture. The role of faith, ethical decision-making and the life of service in the diverse social structures of the world and Church. Particular attention given to education and the helping professions. This course may not be taken to fulfill requirements in Section A, Theological Foundations or the Master of Arts in Religion program.
THY-6410 World Religions (3 hours)
Exploration into the nature of religion providing a survey of history, teachings, and practices of selected religious groups, with attention to ethnic and cultural features associated with major world religions.
THY-6420 Worship and Witness (CS) (3 hours)
The historical and theological foundations of worship and witness, the inter-connection of worship and witness and the influences of sociological and cultural change.
THY-6490 Research in Theology (3 hours)
A study of the objectives, procedures and bibliographical resources for research and writing in the discipline of theology. Emphasis upon library resource orientation and the actual process of committing theological research to formal writing.
THY-6500 Moral, Ethical, and Spiritual Development of the Child (RE) (3 hours)
Development of spiritual formation and its relation to the life of the child. Principles and means involved in the process.
THY-6515 Spiritual Nurture of the Adolescent (3 hours)
Principles, organization, materials and practices of nurturing the faith of the adolescent in the Lutheran high school, a review of the history of Lutheran education and the office of the Lutheran teacher. Prerequisites: THY-2010 or THY-3105 and THY-2210 or consent of instructor.
THY-6520 Spiritual Maturity and the Adult Life Cycle (RE) (3 hours)
A review of factors contributing to spiritual maturity during the adult life cycle.
THY-6530 Spiritual Nurture of the Young Child (3 hours)
Development of concepts and skills for the nurture of spiritual growth in the young child, with attention to the central truths of the Christian faith, child development, curriculum resources, parental responsibilities and the ministry of the Lutheran teacher. Prerequisites: THY-2010 or THY-3105; and THY-2210 or the consent of the instructor.
THY-6600 Deaconess Foundations (H, CS) (3 hours)
The office of the Lutheran deaconess: history, call, roles and ethics. The history and structure of the LCMS particularly in relationship to the deaconess. Field trips. Fee required. Prerequisite: THY-6240.
THY-6620 Deaconess Capstone Seminar (CS) (3 hours)
Integration of theological knowledge, professional skills, and competencies in deaconess ministry. Evaluation and analysis of the internship experience and preparation for the call into deaconess ministry. In-depth analysis of a deaconess ministry issue. Prerequisite: two semesters of THY-6991 or permission of instructor.
THY-6630 Deaconess Field Experience (CS) (0 hours)
Beginning experience in the ministry of the Lutheran Deaconess. Minimum of 40 hours of supervised practicum in a congregation or agency. Participation in seminars to review students’ reports and discuss ministry issues. Prerequisites: Acceptance into the Deaconess program, three THY courses. Fee required. Transportation required. Pass/fail.
THY-6641 Ministry to Women (CS) (3 hours)
Focus on spiritual care giving, especially in dealing with issues faced by women. Practice in application of Law/Gospel, volunteer coordination and mercy ministries. Field trips. Fee required. Recommended Prerequisites: THY-6600, THY-6240, CED-6015.
THY-6991 Internship: Deaconess (CS) (0 hours)
Relating classroom concepts to the practical ministry of the deaconess. Minimum of five months of full-time supervised practicum in a LCMS sponsored congregation or agency. Prerequisites: cumulative GPA of 2.75 in theology courses and deaconess specialization courses, with a grade of “C” or better in each course; acceptance into the Deaconess program; THY-6600; THY-6610; two semesters of THY-6630 or permission of instructor. Pass/Fail. Deaconess students normally complete two semesters of internship. Fee: $1000 per semester. Additional costs for international internships. Contact Deaconess Office for current rates.