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; and 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)

As an introduction to the New Testament in its first century context, this course traces the unfolding of over-arching themes, narrative storyline, and intertextual relationships as understood by various Jewish and Gentile audiences in the first century of the Roman Empire. Special attention is given to communicating over-arching themes through storytelling.

IS1312 History of Christianity (Fall) (3 Undergraduate credits)

This course is an overview of the entire sweep of Christian history. Pivotal events will be discussed in detail, and we will attempt to discern how those events are relevant to present-day world Christianity, both in terms of their effect on the present, and how they can inform a Christian interpretation of our times. Some turning points in the history of cross-cultural missions will be included.


AA5392-PR 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.

AC4311-OL Communication and Service in Muslim Contexts (Online) (Spring) (3 Undergraduate credits)

In light of scriptural and anthropological principles, this course explores the nature, dynamics, scope, challenges, and approaches in appropriate and effective service in Muslim contexts.

AC4342 Arabic 2 (Spring) (3 Undergraduate 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 important 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 Jewish, Christian, and Muslim sacred texts, examining stories shared by all three traditions. The approach to each narrative is to describe its components, explain its Abrahamic worldview context, and then use intertextual analysis to reformulate shared themes and retell the story in new cultural contexts.

IS2312-OL Ancient Near Eastern Civilizations (Spring) (3 Undergraduate credits)

This course is a comparative study of parallels between Ancient Near Eastern civilizations, their texts and the Hebrew Bible. Students will explore non-biblical sources that contribute to understanding the linguistic, historical, socio-cultural, political, and religious contexts of the ancient Old Testament. Specific focus is given to epic, social, and religious language sources from civilizations of the Ancient Near Eastern world, particularly those of Mesopotamia, Egypt, Canaan, and Israel.

IS2323-IN Introduction to Coaching (Intensive) (Spring) (3 Undergraduate credits)

Five coaching skills framing the COACH model in the discipline of coaching are at the center of this course. The course offers an overview of the eleven coaching competencies of the International Coach Federation. Consideration of spiritual and cultural aspects of coaching are also discussed.

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).

IS4346 Chinese III (Spring) (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.

WA3380-IN Introduction to Ethnodoxology (Intensive) (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-IN Theory and Practice of Ethnodoxology (Intensive) (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 undergraduate 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.