The vision of the Urban Leadership degree is to equip any individual or organization with the skills necessary to assail spiritual, moral, and social poverty for the glory of Christ. Graduates of this program will be able to motivate and mobilize community members and organizations to confront the negative pathologies that keep them from having a positive impact in their own lives and the communities they serve.


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General Education Courses

HU 110 College Life Mindset

Interdisciplinary thinking is introduced within a collegiate-biblical context. Students are exposed to study processes weaving academic goals with present situations. Orientation toward an interdependent, wholistic Christian life view is developed.

LA 104 English Composition 1

This course enables students to learn to communicate effectively through writing which is essential for urban ministry. It places emphasis on different forms of writing by covering introductive, informative, comparative/contrast, descriptive, persuasive, and process types of writing. Students will also explore the use of visual aids in written materials and the necessary software.

LA 105 English Composition 2

This course continues with further developing writing skills and gives an in-depth look at how to do a research paper which is essential for effective urban ministry. Time is spent developing a thesis statement, bibliography, outline, rough draft, and final paper. It offers an examination of the various types of research techniques, library uses, organizations, formats, citations, and documentations culminating in a research paper on an urban multicultural topic. Prerequisite: LA 104.

CO 103 Public Speaking

This course is a study in the art and skills of public speaking and emphasizes audience adaptation, platform technique, and voice production. It includes practice in delivering various types of speeches. Instruction in the presentation of simple Bible messages is also included.

HP 108 Health and Physical Education

This course is designed to help students develop foundational understanding, actual activity and a Christian perspective of health, physical education and sports. Present, past and future lifetime activity and lifetime health are emphasized.

HU 220 Church History

This course covers the major turning points in church history that have most contributed to shaping our current theological climate. Special attention will be given to the first apologists, the 4th and 5th century ecumenical councils, the lasting influence of St. Augustine and Thomas Aquinas, the continental and English Reformations, as well as the most significant events in American evangelicalism.

HU 201 Introduction to Philosophy

This course examines the basic philosophical issues with emphasis on the major questions of philosophy in the areas of metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, and the philosophy of religion. A Christian worldview is developed.

HU 202 Humanities 1

This course examines history through great works of art, music, architecture, theater, and literature by placing emphasis on how Christians have shaped and responded to world civilization.

HU 202 Humanities 2

This course examines history through great works of art, music, architecture, theater, and literature by placing emphasis on how Christians have shaped and responded to world civilization.

HU 410 Senior Seminar

This course is designed to correlate the student's academic and biblical college experience, evaluate proficiency through oral and written examinations, assess the value added by the college to the student's education, introduce the student to lifetime learning methods, and focus the student's thinking in key areas of a biblical worldview. Required during the senior year of graduating baccalaureate students.

MA 207 Business Math

This course is an introduction to a broad range of business basics of special relevance to those in ministry. It addresses the need of sound financial management in areas such as time value of money, cash flow analysis, financial planning, risk and capital budgeting. It includes management, marketing, finance and accounting procedures.

SS Science Elective

Wild card! Take Any Class you want on this topic!

SC 105 Introduction to Computers

This course discusses the basic use of a computer. Basic computer vocabulary is explained and operating system and Windows commands are taught. Main emphasis is placed on instruction in word processing, spreadsheet, online presentations and the Internet. It requires hands-on work in the computer lab.

Christian Ministry Courses

PL 101 Evangelism and Discipleship

A skill-oriented course designed to provide the student with the knowledge and ability to share the gospel, lead someone to Christ, and then follow up with discipleship training. Personal witnessing outside of class is required. Students are introduced to setting up a program for ongoing evangelism and discipleship in the local church. Demonstrates ways to nurture new Christians and build committed disciples who can spiritually reproduce themselves. Emphasis is on developing a thorough, workable follow-up program in the local church.

UL 185 Intro to Holistic Urban Ministry

This course will assist students in developing the foundational skills necessary to aid the church in its missional responsibilities to urban communities. The course requires students to develop a biblical worldview concerning urban issues. Students will also be introduced to step-by-step processes of establishing a nonprofit ministry/organization.

UL 203 Culture, Race, and the Church

This course examines opportunities, problems, and hindrances to ministry in a multicultural society with emphasis on urban North America. The history of culture, contributions, religion, and family life of major minority groups are surveyed. A biblical view of racism, segregation, interracial marriage, the origin of races, culture, and church responsibilities is developed.

CE 212 Principles and Methods of Teaching

Examines pedagogy and andragogy and the individual characteristics of each age level. Students are taught how to study the Bible inductively and from their study prepare, write, and teach Spirit-empowered Bible lessons.

BC 300 Introduction to Biblical Counseling

This course is a general introduction to the basic concepts and distinctives of biblical counseling, including definitions and foundations of biblical counseling, the unique and comprehensive nature of the Bible, the role of the gospel in counseling, the heart of man, a comparison to major theories and models in psychology, the role of the counselor, and the relationship of biblical counseling to the local church.

BC 401 Marriage and Family Counseling

This course examines common marriage and family counseling issues. These will include a biblical view on gender roles, singleness, and marriage; premarital counseling issues; financial problems, conflict resolution, parenting, sexual and in-law problems, abuse, and divorce. Major theoretical approaches and findings in psychology are presented. Prerequisites: BC 200, 202.

Bible and Theology Courses

BL 207 Hermeneutics

A study of the theory and praxis of biblical interpretation. Both evangelical and aberrant hermeneutical methods will be examined. Designed to give the student the method and skills to interpret all genres of biblical literature.

BL 101 Old Testament Survey 1

A foundational study designed to give the student a grasp of the Old Testament as a whole. Over two semesters, the full scope of the Old Testament is studied within its historical and cultural context. Its basic teachings are discovered and applied.

BL 102 Old Testament Survey 2

A foundational study designed to give the student a grasp of the Old Testament as a whole. Over two semesters, the full scope of the Old Testament is studied within its historical and cultural context. Its basic teachings are discovered and applied.

BL 204 New Testament Survey 1

These courses comprise a survey of each book of the New Testament over two semesters. The study of each book will cover its historical setting, structure, theology, application, and place in the scope of redemptive-history. Trends in New Testament scholarship will also be discussed.

BL 205 New Testament Survey 2

These courses comprise a survey of each book of the New Testament over two semesters. The study of each book will cover its historical setting, structure, theology, application, and place in the scope of redemptive-history. Trends in New Testament scholarship will also be discussed.

BT 102 Building a Biblical Lifestyle

Survey of the foundational concepts for Christian living including Bible study, prayer, God's will, authority, the church, position in Christ, doubtful things, spiritual warfare, etc. Students develop a biblically balanced philosophy of godly living that will provide guidance for a lifetime. Emphasis is on continued personal growth in Christ-likeness and practical application of biblical principles.

BT 203 Systematic Theology 1

This course is a detailed study of the doctrines of God (theology proper), the Bible (bibliology), angels (angelology), including Satan and demons. We will cover revelation, inspiration, and illumination of Scripture; the character and attributes of the Godhead; trinitarianism; and the nature and activities of angels. Prerequisites: LA 104, 105, BI 207.

BT 204 Systematic Theology 2

A detailed study of the doctrines of humanity (anthropology), sin (hamartiology), Christ (Christology), and salvation (soteriology). Covers the origin, fall, nature and guilt of the human race, conversion, repentance, faith, regeneration, justification, redemption, sanctification, glorification, and the person and work of Christ. Prerequisites: LA 104, 105, BI 207.

BT 305 Systematic Theology 3

A detailed study of the doctrines of the Holy Spirit (Pneumatology), the church (ecclesiology), and “last things” (eschatology). Covers the person and work of the Holy Spirit, the origin, organization, and administration of the local church, biblical prophecy, and future events. The premillennial, pretribulational coming of Christ is defended. Prerequisites: LA 104, 105, BI 207.

BT 308 Cults and World Religions

This course emphasizes a thorough understanding of the Trinity, the authority of scripture and salvation by faith alone. The student learns to analyze any religion, compare it with Biblical truth, and develop an evangelistic strategy. Religions covered are Jehovah Witness, Mormons, New Age, Roman Catholicism, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Wicca and natural traditional religions.

BT 407 Apologetics

A study of the Christian evidences that support the factuality and historicity of the Bible, with emphasis on the reliability of biblical documents, evidence for the bodily resurrection and Old Testament accuracy. Christianity in a postmodern world of religious pluralism will be discussed. Presuppositions of unbelieving critics are examined to enable confident refutation of antichristian arguments. Prerequisites: one semester of BI 101 or 102, BI 204 or 205, and BT 203, 204, or 305.

BT 205 Theology of Culture

Establishes a Christian view of culture from a Scriptural base. Proposes a biblical framework for lifelong, personal creational engagement. Develops an intrapersonal, interpersonal, and vocational directive for biblically lived tradecrafts. Applies the expertise of individual Christian practitioners within their current experiential roles toward Godly wisdom. Engages practical skills to reinforce God-gifted infiltration of calling in specific cultural fields.

Urban Leadership Courses

UL 190Understanding Modern Street Gangs

This course will require students to critically examine the theories of origin, structures, typologies, cultures/subcultures, operations, and problems associated with urban street gangs. Students will be required to review these aspects from a local, national, and international perspective. This course will also require students to address street gang problems from a biblical perspective.

UL 290 Social Services and Theology

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UL 304 New Media for Urban Ministry

Students will examine the impact and utility of new media to the work of church and para-church ministry. Students will learn how to facilitate communication of the Gospel of Christ and the dissemination of life-changing information utilizing the convergence of traditional media, technological advances in digital media, and internet communications.

UL 315 Studies in Urban Leadership

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UL 355 Social Research Methods

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UL 460 Urban Entrepreneurship

This course will require students to address specific challenges and opportunities within at-risk urban centers. Students will utilize asset based community development as well as other successful entrepreneurial ventures in local, national, and global settings in order to develop entrepreneurial models that will bring about holistic solutions in targeted communities.

UL100-498 Special Topics in Urban Leadership

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UL 499 Urban Leadership Practicum

This course requires the student to gain leadership experience in an urban environment in a cross-cultural setting with people from one or more ethnic groups other than the student’s own for a minimum of 180 hours. Students will interface theory and practice along with theology and ministry by integrating classroom learning, hands-on practice, spiritual formation, mentoring, and critical reflection on the practice of Christian faith in urban settings.

+15 hours of free electives