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Course Description

  • Master of Divinity Core Courses
  • Major Courses in BS
  • Major Courses in CE
  • Major Course in PC
  • Electives

CORE COURSES
Creative Teaching Methods – 3 Units
A Study of various creative methods in Christian educational ministries in non-formal and formal settings.

Hermeneutics – 3 Units
A study of the principles and methods of biblical interpretation. Particular emphasis is given to the development of skills in interpreting the various types of literary genres found in the Bible and applying the Scriptures in daily life and in the Christian ministries of preaching and teaching.

Research Methods – 3 Units
A study of key concepts and procedures of basic research with special attention to the preparation and writing of a research paper applicable to biblical, theological and education studies.

OLD TESTAMENT

Old Testament I: Pentateuch – 3 Units
A study of the content of the five books of the Old Testament (Genesis through Deuteronomy), with attention to introductory and critical issues, historical and geographical context, literary structure, and key theological themes. (Pre-requisite: Hermeneutics)

Old Testament II: Historical Books – 3 Units
A Study of the historical books of the Old Testament (Joshua through Esther), with attention to introductory and critical issues, historical and geographical context, literary structure, and unifying theological issues. (Pre-requisite: Hermeneutics)

Old Testament III: Poetic Books – 3 Units
A study of the poetic literature of the Old Testament (Job through Song of Songs), with attention to introductory and critical issues, historical context, literary structure, and unifying theological themes. (Pre-requisite: Hermeneutics)

Old Testament IV: Prophets – 3 Units
A study of selected prophetic books with attention to introductory and critical issues, historical context, literary structure, and unifying theological themes. The office and work of the prophet is also briefly examined. (Pre-requisite: Hermeneutics, Historical Books)

NEW TESTAMENT

New Testament I: Gospels and Acts – 3 Units
A study of the historical books of the New Testament (Matthew through Acts), with attention to introductory and critical issues, historical and geographical context, and key theological themes. (Pre-requisite: Hermeneutics)

New Testament II: Pauline Epistles 1 – 3 Units
A study of Romans through Galatians, with attention to introductory and critical issues, historical and geographical context, and key theological themes. (Pre-requisite: Hermeneutics)

New Testament III: Pauline Epistle 2 – 3 Units
A study of Ephesians through Philemon, with attention to introductory and critical issues, historical and geographical context, and key theological themes. (Pre-requisite: Hermeneutics)

New Testament IV: General Epistles – 3 Units
A study of Hebrews through Jude, with attention to introductory and critical issues, historical and geographical context, and key theological themes. (Pre-requisite: Hermeneutics)

SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY

Systematic Theology I: Bible-Foundation of Theology – 3 Units
This course studies the methodology and philosophy of theology and the doctrine of the Bible. Prolegomena is an examination of reality, truth, language, meaning, value and source of Christian theology. Bibliology is the study of the revelation, inspiration, inerrancy, canonicity, and authority of the Bible.

Systematic Theology II: God, Man, and Sin – 3 Units
A study of the biblical doctrines of God, man and sin. Theology proper deals with the existence, nature, attributes, and works of God and His relationships to His creatures. Anthropology deals with the origin and nature of humans. Hamartiology deals with the origin, nautre, extent, and effects of sin in creation, in human relationships to God, fellow humans, and society. Topics such as creation and evolution are briefly treated as necessary.

Systematic Theology III: Christ, the Holy Spirit, and Salvation – 3 Units
A study of the biblical doctrines of Christ, the Holy Spirit, and salvation. Christology deals with the person and work of Jesus Christ. Pheumatology deals with the person and work of the Holy Spirit with attention given to the current charismatic movement. Soteriology examines the themes of propitiation, redemption, reconciliation, atonement, election, justification, sanctification, perseverance and glorification of the believer.

Systematic Theology IV: Church, The End Times and the Spirit World – 3 – Units
A study of the church, the end times and the spirit world. Ecclesiology examines the nature, government, ordinances, officers, and mission of the church. Eschatology deals with the Rapture, the Second Coming, the resurrections, the judgments, the Kingdom of God on earth, and the eternal state. Angelology deals with the doctrines of angels and demons with attention to their origin, personality, works and views of the Filipino and Chinese spirit world.

CHURCH HISTORY

Church History I: Apostolic and Medieval Church History – 3 Units
A study of the history of the church from the apostolic to the medieval periods dealing with its establishment, development, theological movements, and liturgy.

Church History II: Reformation and Modern Church History – 3 Units
A study of the history of the church covering the Reformation, Counter-reformation, modern and contemporary periods dealing with biographical, theological, and liturgical developments. Special topics include revivalism, denominationalism, missions, ecumenism, evangelism, and Pentecostal/charismatic/third wave movements.

Church History III: Historical Theological of Asian Churches – 3 Units
A study of the history and theological trends of the Asian churches, with particular focus on the Chinese and Filipino settings. The historical survey covers the early up to the modern periods. Emphasis will be given to missiological, Christological, and other contemporary issues in theology.

Christian Theology – 3 Units
This course focuses on the survey of the theological issues of Asian theologians that addresses the gospel and Christianity in Asian contexts. Attention will be given to the writings of Filipino theologians as understood from the Roman Catholic, Conciliar, and Evangelical perspectives.

PRACTICAL THEOLOGY

Homiletics – 3 Units
A study of the principles and process involved in the preparation of expositional and other varieties of sermons. This include proper extraction of the central idea from an exegetical study of the text and moving from the central idea to sermon outline.

Preaching I – 2 Units
In this course, students will be introduced to the methods, techniques and styles of communication and delivery in public speaking. Under step-by-step supervision, the student will apply the skills learned in Hermeneutics and Homiletics courses to the preparation of effective sermons based on epistolary literature.

Preaching II – 2 Units
A workshop which focuses on the methods and skills learned in Preaching I and applying them in the preparation and preaching of sermons based on historical and narrative genres.

Preaching III – 2 Units
A workshop which focuses on the methods and skills learned in Preaching I and applying them in the preparation and preaching of sermons based on prophetic and poetic genres.

Pastoral Ministry I/Pastor’s Spiritual Formation – 3 Units
A study of the spiritual formation of the pastor with special attention to the minister’s call, the cultivation of spiritual discipline, the pastor’s family, pastoral ethics, and spiritual leadership.

Pastoral Ministry II/Pastoral Ministries – 3 Units
A study of the nature of pastoral ministry with emphasis to the role of the pastor. Attention is given to the minister’s spiritual leadership among the congregation and the minister’s various pastoral ministries such as preparation for preaching and worship, administration, home-visitation, teaching and other ministries.

Pastoral Ministry III/Pastoral Counseling – 3 Units
A study of the principles and practice of various aspects of pastoral counseling and care. Special attention is given to the skills necessary for a pastoral counseling ministry and the general issues Chinese-Filipino and Filipino parishioners face today.

MISSIONS

Urban Missions – 3 Units
A Study of the nature and methods of missions in the urban context with special attention to the problems, opportunities and challenges of urban evangelism and the development and implementation of a mission strategy for urban outreach. Field trips to selected places are include.

Global Missions – 3 Units
A study of the history and strategy of world missions with special attention tot he “un-reached peoples” group and the challenge and task of world evangelization.

Chinese Folk Religions – 3 Units
A study of the nature of folk religions with emphasis on the different characteristics of Philippine-Chinese and Filipino folk religions in the Philippines.

Asian Religions – 3 Units
A study of the religious beliefs and practices of Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, and primal religions in Asia with a view to understand their key teachings in relation to Christianity.

MAJOR COURSES FOR BIBLICAL STUDIES

Hebrew I: Elementary Hebrew – 3 Units
A study of Hebrew grammar and syntax.

Hebrew II: Intermediate Hebrew – 3 Units

A continuation of Hebrew I

Pre-requisite: Hebrew I

Hebrew III: Principles of Hebrew Exegesis – 3 Units

A study of the principles of Hebrew Old Testament exegesis with emphasis to the tools, methods and procedures of interpreting the different Old Testament literary genres through the study of selected passages.

Old Testament Book Study – 3 Units

An in-depth exegetical study of a selected book of the Old Testament with a view of applying the principles of Hebrew exegesis.

Pre-requisite: Hebrew I, II, III

Greek I: Elementary Greek – 3 Units

A study of Biblical Greek grammar and syntax.

Greek II: Intermediate Greek – 3 Units

A continuation of Greek I

Greek III: Principles of Greek Exegesis – 3 Units

A study of principles of Greek New Testament exegesis with emphasis on the tools, methods and procedures of interpreting the different New Testament literary genres through the study of selected passages.

New Testament Book Study – 3 Units

An in-depth exegetical study of a selected book of the New Testament with a view of applying the principles of Greek exegesis.

Pre-requisite: Greek I, II, III

Elective: Advance Hermeneutics – 3 Units

A study of the development, current trends and critiques of various hermeneutical approaches and their contribution and effects on the task of exegesis.

Pre-requisite: Hermeneutics

Elective: Biblical Theology – 3 Units

An introductory study of Old Testament and New Testament theology with special emphasis on the nature, methodology, unity and diversity of biblical theology, and the key theological themes of biblical theology.

Pre-requisite: Hermeneutics I, OT Book Study, NT Book Study

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MAJOR COURSES FOR CHRISTIAN EDUCATION

Foundations of Christian Education – 3 Units

An exploration of disciplines such as history, philosophy and theology, and how these affect education, examining these in light of God’s Word, forming a wholistic conception and practice of education.

Interpersonal Communications in Education – 3 Units

This course is designed to develop understanding of the dynamics and mechanics of communication as a process and how it relates to interpersonal and intrapersonal relationships. The study explores constructive means in attaining healthy intrapersonal and interpersonal relationships as it relates to educational setting.

Life Stage Specific Ministry – 3 Units

A study of the development and growth of children, youth and adults encompassing physical, mental, emotional, social and spiritual domains. It emphasizes the understanding of the nature and needs of specific life stages an how to relate, teach, and guide various age groups.

Principles and Theories of Education – 3 Units

An examination of the principles and theories of education with emphasis on the interplay between the teaching and learning process.

Creative Curriculum Writing – 3 Units

An exploration of various creative means in presenting a course of study with emphasis on the process and practice of curriculum design or lesson planning.

Principles of Administration and Leadership – 3 Units

A study of the principles and characteristics of biblical and natural leadership, an understanding of leadership styles, roles and responsibilities of leadership, and a discussion on issues and concerns in the field as these relate to leading and administering educational institutions.

Spiritual Formation – 3 Units

A study of the practices of spiritual formation such as daily quiet time, reflective reading of Scripture, writing journals, spiritual direction, spiritual retreats, contemplative prayer with an attempt to integrate them into the development of a discipleship program in Christian education.

Research Methods in Christian Education – 3 Units

An introduction to the fundamental concepts and elements of scientific method of research, methods and instrumentation of research, the presentation, analysis, interpretation and implications of data and the drawing of conclusion and recommendation with special emphasis on the significance on the work of educational planners and managers. This exposure to research and writing skills will culminate in the writing of the master of Arts thesis from 75 – 100 pages conforming to the requirements established in the seminar course.

Curriculum Development and Evaluation – 3 Units

This course is an examination of the theoretical and practical factors involved in the design and evaluation of a course of study, with emphasis on the implications of Biblical values for curriculum development.

Thesis Proposal – 3 Units

The writing of a thesis proposal under the guidance of a thesis mentor.

Thesis

The writing and defense of a thesis under a guidance of a thesis mentor.

Pre-requisite: Research Methods

Internship

This course seeks to apply teaching principles in a classroom setting under the mentorship of a qualified professor.

Elective: Contemporary Ministry to Asian Children – 3 Units

A study of the theological and development framework for children’s ministry with emphasis on the issues and needs of Chinese-Filipino and Filipino children in formal and informal settings.

Elective: Contemporary Ministry to Asian Youth – 3 Units

A study of the special features of adolescents (twelve to twenty-five) and youth subculture emphasizing on the issues and needs, guiding principles and methods of youth ministry with special attention to problems of Chinese-Filipino youth face today.

Elective: Contemporary Ministry to Asian Adults – 3 Units

A study of andragogy emphasizing on effective approaches to adult learning with special attention to Chinese-Filipino adults.

Elective: Non-Formal Education – 3 Units

An introduction to non-formal education and an exploration of alternative modes of learning in non-formal settings such as Sunday School, Theological Education by Extention, Training Workshops and Seminars, and other educational programs and approaches which enhance learning, whether designed as an individual-oriented or group-oriented.

Elective: Principles and Practice of Worship – 3 Units

A study of the biblical and theological foundations of worship, including an examination of the meaning and means of worship, and an exploration of principles that guide the planning and practice of worship.

Elective: Small Group Dynamics – 3 Units

A course designed to study the biblical foundation and principles of group dynamics and to explore strategy and guidelines in planning and leading small groups, handling small group difficulties, and evaluating the progress and outcome of small groups.

Elective: Curriculum Theory and Development – 3 Units

A study of the different theories of curriculum and exploration of strategy in developing and evaluating a curriculum.

Elective: Basic Greek – 3 Units

An introductory course designed to equip students with basic knowledge of Greek alphabet and grammar to enable students to use tools such as lexicons, analytical concordances and critical commentaries in the study of the Bible.

For Non-Biblical Studies Major

Elective: Basic Hebrew – 3 Units

An introductory course designed to equip students with basic knowledge of Hebrew alphabet and grammar to enable students to use tools such as lexicons, analytical concordances and critical commentaries in the study of the Bible.

For Non-Biblical Studies Major

Elective: Teaching Practicum – 3 Units

An internship course where the student enters a formal school setting and engage in teaching under the supervision of a mentor. Special attention is given to the preparation, use and evaluation of teaching materials adn reflection of the roles of teachers and students in the whole teaching-learning situation gained from the actual-teaching experience.

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MAJOR COURSES FOR PASTORAL COUNSELING

Family Ministry in Asian Setting – 3 Units

A study of the Christian family, the meaning of Christian marriage and the Christian home, the church as it deals with areas as preparing young people for marriage, making family worship vital, managing money matters, in calculating Christian values and child training and discipline, and the relation of the Christian family to the church, community and society.

Counseling Methods in Courtship and Marriage – 3 Units

The course is designed to allow the student to understand and to demonstrate understanding of effective counseling methods in courtship and marriage, and to design, and conduct marital and premarital programs of counseling in a local church setting.

Art of Counseling in An Asian Setting – 3 Units

This course provides an opportunity for students to demonstrate understanding of and skills necessary for a counseling ministry in the church.

Pastoral Care and Discipleship – 3 Units

A study on the pastoral ministry of care to parishioners through counseling and visitation, home Bible study, and the implementation of a discipleship program for different age-groups in the church.

Special Issues in Christian Counseling – 3 Units

A study of selected contemporary issues and how they are dealt with in Christian counseling.

Counseling Practicum 1 – 3 Units

The integration of personal and professional preparation by the student who will lead marriage and family therapy groups under supervision.

Elective: Counseling Practicum 2 – 3 Units

A continuation of Counseling Practicum 1.

Elective: Psychology of the Asian Family – 3 Units

A study of the psychological relationship as they apply in love, marriage, and family living in an Asian setting. Particular attention is given to the Filipino and Chinese familial relationship.

Elective: Group Dynamics – 3 Units

The understanding of group dynamics at work in various kinds of groups.

Elective: Theories of Personality – 3 Units

This course is designed to understand the theories of personality with implications for the vocational religious worker.

Elective: Family Systems in Asian Setting – 3 Units

The course is designed to strengthen an understanding of systems theory in Asian family.

Elective: Abnormal Psychology – 3 Units

An understanding of psychopathology with major classifications of abnormal behavior and their etiology leading to methods of diagnosis, treatment, and prevention.

Elective: Therapy with Children – 3 Units

A review of the psychological development of children, study of children in family system, and survey of major approaches to therapy with children.

Elective: The Counselor as a Professional – 3 Units

A course designed to explore ways to develop a professional attitude and identity.

Elective: Special Issues in Christian Counseling – 3 Units

A study of selected contemporary issues and how they are dealt with in Christian counseling.

Elective: Counseling Adolescents and Their Family – 3 Units

A study of major issues in counseling adolescents and their family.

Elective: Counseling in Cross-Cultural Settings – 3 Units

A course designed to understand various ways in which counseling techniques are impacted by cultural roots, social structures, values and religious expression.

Elective: Psychology of Religion and Personality – 3 Units

This course relates areas of psychological thought to religious beliefs and states the agreements and differences of these two unlike discipline as they apply to the growth and development of personality.

Elective: Church Growth and Mobilization – 3 Units

A study of the basic biblical principles of church growth and mobilization of lay members and the application in the local church in its outreach and evangelism programs and task of discipleship making.

Elective: Principles and Practice of Worship – 3 Units

A study of the biblical and theological foundations of worship, including an examination of the meaning and means of worship, and an exploration of principles that guide the planning and practice of worship.

Elective: Psychology of the Asian Family – 3 Units

Elective: Leadership Development – 3 Units

Elective: Contemporary Issues in Faith and Practice – 3 Units

Elective: Music Ministry – 3 Units

Elective: Church Policy – 3 Units