Online & Intensive Courses


Online courses are not self-paced but require students to meet deadlines for assignments and activities.  See the current course schedule for the specific start and end dates.

AA4320 Cross-Cultural Experience (Online) (Summer) (3 Undergraduate credits)

This course involves a 6 to 8 week trip in collaboration with an approved sponsoring agency. This field experience combines service and reflective learning, allowing the student to explore the reality of cross-cultural work under the direction of a leader with extensive field experience.

AA4350 Language and Society (Online) (Summer) (3 Undergraduate credits)

This course considers the relationship between language and society. After successfully completing the course, students will be able to articulate the multilingual nature of the world’s societies, the function(s) of language(s) in nations, and how different languages are used alongside one another, including the idea of diglossia. They will also be able to identify the factors influencing the choice among language varieties for national and educational use. In addition, students will be able to explain how language attitudes and domains of language use influence the long-term maintenance and/or shift of language(s) in society. They will be able to discuss how all the aforementioned may possibly affect an applied anthropology program for a given linguistic community.

AA4370 Cultural Anthropology (Online) (Summer) (3 Undergraduate credits)

The course is an undergraduate-level introduction to cultural anthropology with emphases on application and several research methods. The main assignment is a practicum or research project that includes having students make at least four study-visits outside class hours to a Dallas/Fort Worth-area cross-cultural social situation.

AA5316 Contextualization Issues Among Muslim Peoples (Online) (Spring) (3 Graduate credits)

This course seeks to explore the nature of culturally sensitive service (contextualization) as it applies to Islamic settings, noting the history, challenges, limitations, chief components, successes and failures of such activities.  Attention is given to the widespread presence of animistic practices among Muslim peoples, the nature of those expressions and the special challenges they present to culturally relevant service.  Appropriate guidelines for effective service will be explored.

AA5318 Understanding the Qur'an (Online) (Spring) (3 Graduate credits)

This study of the Qur’an examines its organization, history of compilation, variant manuscript readings, and major themes. Students will become familiar with the major approaches to its interpretation, historical subtext in the Qur’an, and how this affects interpretation of key texts in light of the Jewish and Christian scriptures. Practical issues of etiquette, characteristics of various English translations, and how to read the Qur’an will also be studied.

AA5321 Multicultural Teamwork (Online) (Fall) (3 Graduate credits)

This course addresses issues relating to forming practical, cooperative programs that depend upon people from different cultures working together as teams or as full partners. The course draws upon writings of western and non-western authors, case studies, lectures, and group activities. Upon completing this course, the student will be able to form teams and partnerships, effectively work in teams, and train others in teamwork and partnership. In this course, the term “teamwork” refers not only to closely knit teams but to many kinds of cooperative action that requires groups of people to work together toward a common goal. Christian perspectives on teamwork underlie the course.

AA5355 Scripture Engagement Strategy and Methods (Online) (Fall) (3 Graduate credits)

After completing this course, students will be able to discuss the sociolinguistic, socioeconomic, sociopolitical, and socio-religious factors that either hinder or foster the use of vernacular literature. They will be able to describe and implement strategies and activities that promote the use of Bible translations in public and private venues.

Note: Online versions of this course require access to an internet connection capable of supporting video conferencing at least once a week.

AA5356 Current Issues in Scripture Engagement (Online) (Spring) (3 Graduate credits)

After completing this course, the student will be able to describe the tasks and responsibilities of a Scripture Engagement consultant; investigate, analyze, and synthesize the factors which affect Scripture Engagement in a project or country; design and lead a Scripture Engagement workshop or seminar; explain the interaction between Scripture Engagement and other academic specialties, and advise others who wish to engage in more effective Scripture Engagement projects.

Note: Online versions of this course require access to an internet connection capable of supporting video conferencing at least once a week.

AA5386 Directed Practicum in World Arts (Online) (Spring) (3 Graduate credits)

This course entails acquiring the performance and artistic skills needed for cross-cultural participation in one of the artistic traditions of a community. Emphasis is on developing an understanding of how to perform within the context of a chosen tradition, including researching this tradition and how it functions artistically and socially in its community. The choice of ethnic ensemble or mentoring relationships will vary depending upon the artistic tradition chosen for study and availability of local mentors. The students will take initiative in choosing and engaging their mentor in consultation with the course head. This course may be retaken if the genre studied is completely different from a previous session.

AA5389 Exploration of an Artistic Form (Online) (Spring) (3 Graduate credits)

After completing this course, students will be able to apply research methodologies (including participation, observation, ethnographic and/or feedback interview, and other methods) to develop a working knowledge of a particular artistic tradition; use a notational system (if appropriate) to analyze the stylistic distinctives of this tradition; create an annotated research and analysis bibliography for a chosen art form; and describe an artistic tradition in terms of its formal and symbolic elements, history, and social functions.

AL5398 Seminar in AL: Introduction to Bible Translator's Assistant (Online) (Fall) (3 Graduate credits)

Discover a computer program designed to accelerate Bible translation by producing initial drafts based on semantic representations. Students will apply their newly developed linguistic skills and produce initial translations in English and in another language of their choice.

Intensive courses are a mix between on-campus and online.  Students are required to complete online course work in preparation and following the intensive on-campus instructional time. See the course schedule for more information.

AA3381 Arts for a Better Future (Intensive) (Summer) (3 Undergraduate credits)

In this course, students will learn to help a community recognize, value, and plan to use its own arts to meet local needs and goals. The course provides a compact overview of the Create Local Arts Together (CLAT) model of community engagement. The CLAT process consists of seven flexible steps grounded in ethnographic and appreciative inquiry approaches: meet a community and its arts; specify goals; select communication genre and content; analyze the genre; spark creativity; improve new works and creative systems; integrate and celebrate for continuity. Students will engage with the model through three pedagogical cycles, culminating in applying it to a real-life context.

For more detail and a video overview of the course, view the link here.

AA5381 Arts for a Better Future (Intensive) (Summer) (3 Graduate credits)

In this course, students will learn to help a community recognize, value, and plan to use its own arts to meet local needs and goals. The course provides a compact overview of the Create Local Arts Together (CLAT) model of community engagement. The CLAT process consists of seven flexible steps grounded in ethnographic and appreciative inquiry approaches: meet a community and its arts; specify goals; select communication genre and content; analyze the genre; spark creativity; improve new works and creative systems; integrate and celebrate for continuity. Students will engage with the model through three pedagogical cycles, culminating in applying it to a real-life context.

For more detail and a video overview of the course, view the link here.

AA5383 Arts and Trauma Healing (Intensive) (Spring) (3 Graduate credits)

What:  “AA5383 Arts and Trauma Healing” grad course at GIAL! 

How:   Mostly online, with residential classes on campus Monday, February 2 to Thursday February 12, 2015 (includes class on Saturday).

When: Sessions 1-2, Spring 2015 Term 

Who:   Anyone! No prerequisites, and easy “Gateway” admission for those not ready to apply for graduate status. 

With traumatic situations resulting from war, conflict, disease, famine, domestic violence, and sexual abuse rampant in our world today, trauma is fast becoming a large and important mission field.  Biblically-based trauma healing strategies provide an opportunity for the Church to permeate these traumatic situations with the good news of Christ’s healing power, forgiveness, reconciliation, and hope.
A new course to be offered at GIAL, “Arts in Trauma Healing,” opens Scripture from the perspective of suffering and combines this biblical foundation with basic mental health principles so that students learn how to deliver basic scripture-based trauma care. Special emphasis is given to using the arts in the healing process, as traumatized people need to express their pain. Song, dance, music, drama, poetry and the visual arts will be explored as powerful vehicles to help them do so.

Crafted as a “blended” course, with readings and assignments completed online during Sessions 1-2, the course also requires a two-week period of on-campus participatory afternoon classes between Monday, February 2 to Thursday February 12, 2015. Upon successful completion, this course can be used towards an MA at any regionally accredited school.

See the Arts and Trauma Healing FAQ that will answer hopefully all your questions!

If you have any other questions, feel free to contact admissions@gial.edu.

Sign up today by writing admissions@gial.edu or by calling 972-708-7415.

Approximate Tuition and Fees $1500

Approximate Cost of On Campus Housing $50 / night private room, $32 / night shared occupancy (one meal per day included)
For housing contact: housing_dallas@sil.org or 972-708-7426

WA3381 Arts for a Better Future (Intensive) (Summer) (3 Undergraduate credits)

In this course, students will learn to help a community recognize, value, and plan to use its own arts to meet local needs and goals. The course provides a compact overview of the Create Local Arts Together (CLAT) model of community engagement. The CLAT process consists of seven flexible steps grounded in ethnographic and appreciative inquiry approaches: meet a community and its arts; specify goals; select communication genre and content; analyze the genre; spark creativity; improve new works and creative systems; integrate and celebrate for continuity. Students will engage with the model through three pedagogical cycles, culminating in applying it to a real-life context.

For more detail and a video overview of the course, view the link here.