New courses


AA4357 Genres of Oral Tradition (Fall) (3 Undergraduate credits)

Oral traditions, especially storytelling, may include aspects of entertainment, but they are art forms and a discipline of academic study.  This introductory course will integrate information from various disciplines and include topics that contribute to and are related to the general field of oral traditions. The course examines four broad genres of oral traditions: proverbs, riddles, verse, stories. For each of these four genres, the course covers three approaches:

  • How to collect/observe the genre
  • How to analyze the genre
  • How to apply the genre in ways that benefit the community.

AC4310 Introduction to Islam (Fall) (3 Undergraduate credits)

This course introduces students to basic elements of Islamic societies in their diverse expressions, including origins, historical developments, beliefs, practices, worldviews, and cultural and religious patterns. Particular emphasis is given to understanding common barriers to communication and approaches for bridging worldview, cultural, and religious differences for purposes of transformation.

AC5306 New Testament in Its First Century Context (Fall) (3 Graduate credits)

Introductory survey of the New Covenant with attention to the development of over-arching themes and progressive revelation in its first century context.

IS4346 Chinese III (Fall) (3 Undergraduate credits)

Building on the foundations laid in Chinese I and II, students will achieve a basic level of competence in conversation and reading and be able to write short compositions.


AA5392 Scripture Engagement Practicum (Spring) (3 Graduate credits)

Students learn to research a people group’s religious worldview and help provide the most appropriate materials and activities that enhance the community’s engagement with Scripture.  They work with local authors, artists, teachers or media specialists to create print materials, performances and recordings tailored for specific audiences. They encourage communities to engage with Scripture and apply it to their lives through study, story, song, conversation and celebration. They partner with leaders to strengthen community engagement with Scripture at more times and in more ways.

AC4342 Arabic 2 (Spring) (3 Undergraduate credits)

This course is designed to enable students to understand and communicate effectively in Arabic at the beginning level.

AC5242 Arabic 2 (Spring) (2 Graduate credits)

This course is the second step toward learning Modern Standard Arabic (MSA). It will help the student to achieve advanced beginner-level proficiency in speaking, reading, listening, and writing, accessing a vocabulary of 800 words. The student will also be introduced to basic aspects of Arab culture.

AC5322 Abrahamic Worldviews: Shared Stories (Spring) (3 Graduate credits)

This course explores hermeneutical issues central to the understanding and interpretation of the English translations of Hebrew scriptures (Jewish Tanakh), Greek scriptures (Christian New Testament), and Arabic texts (Qur’an), with a focus on shared stories common to the sacred texts. Students will be able to describe a narrative in terms of its basic components, synthesize the narrative by employing intertextual analysis to understand key themes across multiple referents and multiple contexts, and explain the narrative in the context of three Abrahamic worldviews.  At the conclusion of the course, students will be better able to tell the stories of sacred texts to audiences in a variety of cultures and host countries.

AL5308 Oral Translation (Spring) (3 Graduate credits)

This course will introduce the student to orality and its implications for translation. The concepts of teaching within an oral framework and the internalization of a pericope will be explored along with the process of oral drafting. Finally, the student will participate in an oral translation project.

IS3356 Introduction to Orality and Storying (Spring) (3 Undergraduate credits)

Craft and tell culturally appropriate stories!

IS3361 Introduction to Historical Linguistics (Spring) (3 Undergraduate credits)

All languages change over time, and one language can, given enough time, develop into many languages. Often these related languages provide the only surviving clues about their ancestral language. This course is an introduction to the techniques of linguistic reconstruction, and to the basic concepts underlying the genetic classification of languages. Both the comparative method and internal reconstruction will be taught. The emphasis will be on developing the practical skills of linguistic reconstruction, rather than on theoretical issues.

IS4345 Chinese II (Spring) (3 Undergraduate credits)

The purpose of this course is to develop listening comprehension, strengthen speaking skills, and develop the ability to read and write Chinese characters (in both the traditional character set and the simplified).

IS4350 Dynamics of Religious Experience (Spring) (3 Undergraduate credits)

An introductory study into conceptions of spiritual formation and the various ways people deepen their understanding and relationship with the supernatural. Emphasis is given to approaches to a covenantal life, the nature and consequence of religious practices and rituals, and the motivations for a worldview integrating religious faith.

WA3380 Introduction to Ethnodoxology (Spring) (3 Undergraduate credits)

This is a foundational course introducing key principles of ethnodoxology that will help students serve worshipping communities more effectively, whether overseas or in multi-ethnic North American contexts. Students will experience a corpus of songs and other artistic liturgical expressions from around the world, developing a vision for multicultural worship. In addition, students will explore appropriate ways to incorporate these artistic expressions into the worship life of their communities.

This course is also available at the graduate level by registering for WA5380.

Registration for a workshop version (no credit) is available in partnership with the International Council of Ethnodoxologists (ICE) – see here.

WA5380 Theory and Practice of Ethnodoxology (Spring) (3 Graduate credits)

This course explores the biblical, historical, and cultural principles of ethnodoxology for cross-cultural workers, community leaders, and worship facilitators, helping them to serve worshipping communities more effectively, whether overseas or in multi-ethnic North American contexts. Students are prepared to design the introduction of new artistic expressions into their own worshipping communities, undergirded by the use of relevant research methodologies and multicultural worship approaches.

This course is also available at the graduate level by registering for WA3380.

Registration for a workshop version (no credit) is available in partnership with the International Council of Ethnodoxologists (ICE) – see here.