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.
This course explores the origins and characteristics of monotheism including ways that religious cultures with no prior history of this concept have adopted it. The course considers “Abrahamic” and “non-Abrahamic” forms of monotheism within cultural life, individual identity and cross-cultural encounter.
IS4344 Chinese I (Fall) (3 Undergraduate credits)
An introduction to modern standard Chinese, commonly called Mandarin, which is the official language of China and is the most widely used variety of Chinese in the world. This course is for beginners. The emphases will include pronunciation, acquiring core vocabulary in both spoken and written forms, and beginning conversation skills. There will also be an introduction to the lifelong process of learning the Chinese writing system.
AA4150 Introduction to Language Development is designed to provide students a “big picture” of language development, including its place within the wider context of community development, its theological/philosophical foundations and its relationship to activities such as Bible translation, research, literacy and education. This course is designed to run in parallel with AA4350 Language & Society and is required for those desiring to serve with SIL International.
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.
This course is an introduction to the history, beliefs, and practices of the world’s major living religions. Religions studied include Buddhism, Christianity, Confucianism, Hinduism, Indigenous Cultures, Islam, and Judaism.
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.
This course employs the Growing Participatory Approach in enabling students to speak a dialect of Arabic at the beginning level. Students will also develop good competency in this particular method of language acquisition. Under the instructor’s guidance, students meet in small groups with a native speaker language consultant. The dialect offered will depend upon the language consultants that are available for the course. Course has a lab fee.
This course is designed to enable students to understand and communicate effectively in Arabic at the beginning level. This course also involves a research component.
Craft and tell culturally appropriate stories!
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).
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.
Students will learn factors relevant to cross-cultural communication. They will be able to identify concepts from intercultural communication that can facilitate or impede communication in a cross-cultural context.