To Glorify God by Training Christian Leaders to Reach a Multiethnic Urban World for Christ

Urban Leadership (Online)

Urban Leadership

Bachelor of Science

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.

SSSW 1131.1 Skills for College Success 

This course will focus on competency in the implementation of strategies for managing time, increasing reading comprehension, employing rules of grammar and usage, completing assignments, taking tests, writing essays, and using technology within the educational setting. Upon completion of the course, the student

ENGW 131.1 Composition and Reading I 

This course is an exercise in critical reading and thinking and effective strategies of persuasion. It is also a study of paragraph and composition structure, focusing on expository and persuasive writing as well as the “rhetorical modes” with their use individually and cooperatively.

ENGW 132.1 Composition and Reading II 

An exercise in the ability to read and think critically and to write persuasively. A study of the collection and synthesis of information from a variety of sources, focusing on the ability to use such information to logically construct an argument.

CO 3301.1 Communication Concepts 

An introduction to the concepts of effective oral and written communication to include functioning in teams and other organizational settings as well as interpersonal exchanges.

KEEN  Any History Elective

KEEN  Any Science or Math Elective

BI 2203.1 Understanding and Applying the Bible 

A study of the process that led to the creation of the English Bible and its authority, a survey of the principles and practice of independent Bible study, including an emphasis on the grammatical historical approach to biblical interpretation. The student will study methods of application leading to the development of theme, proposition and finally the lesson itself.

BIBW 2231.1 Old Testament Survey 

An overview of the books of the Old Testament designed to give the student a basic understanding of the history of the People of God, the geography of the Near East and the basic theme of the theology of the covenants.

BIBW 2232.1 New Testament Survey 

A survey of the New Testament including events in the life of Christ, the development of the early church, the work of the followers of Christ, and the influence on organizations and people in the first century.

BT 3304.1 Biblical Worldview 

A study of the biblical worldview as presented in the Old and New Testaments. Use of the Scripture to explore the role of general revelation (the creation) and special revelation (the Scriptures) and to experience God at work in the modern world.

CTH 3331.1 Christian Theology             

A systematic study of such Bible doctrines as God, Christ, the Holy Spirit, man, sin, salvation, and related topics. These themes will be examined through the focus of New Testament literature, predominately from the epistles.

UL 185.1 Introduction to Holistic Urban Ministry 3 hours

This course will assist students in developing the foundational skills necessary to aid the church and parachurch in its missional responsibilities to urban communities. The course requires students to develop a biblical worldview concerning urban issues. Students will be introduced to step-by-step processes of applying biblical solutions to social issues, learn how to establish a nonprofit ministry/organization, learn the fundamentals of fundraising and grant-writing, and community assessment.

UL 200.1 Grant Writing and Fundraising 3 hours

This course will require students to identify and apply for best-fit funding sources from government, private and corporate grant funding sources; conduct a community needs assessment; and then write convincing problem statements reflecting innovative program solutions.

UL 203.1 Culture, Race and the Church 3 hours

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.

UL 315.1 Studies in Urban Leadership 3 hours

This course studies leadership styles, skills, roles, and functions of leaders of organizations. Students will gain a broad understanding of the history and origins of leadership, theoretical approaches to leadership, and ethical issues facing contemporary leaders.

UL 325.1 Nonprofit Accounting 3 hours

Not-for-profit organizations are an important part of the economy. Knowledge of accounting can help the leaders and workers in these unique organizations accomplish their funding goals and achieve their mission. This course will introduce students to financial information needed by decision makers for not-for-profit organizations. The course includes an overview of financial reporting, managerial accounting, and finance.

UL 331.1 Models of Leadership: Global Context 3 hours

This course will introduce students to various theories and application of leadership for effective administration in local and global urban contexts. The student will research and compare different approaches to leadership.

UL 355.1 Research Methods and Applications 3 hours

This is an introductory-level course in the social sciences that provides students with an overview of the logic and concepts behind the application of the scientific method to social research. Students will learn the underlying theory behind how research is conducted, as well as the modalities in which data is collected. This course will illustrate both qualitative and quantitative methods in the social sciences. Upon completion of this course, students should be able to design and conduct their own research projects.

UL 360.1 Asset-Based Community Development 3 hours

This course combines classroom-based learning with supervised action-oriented field research that emphasizes asset-based community development. Students will participate in research that includes unobtrusive observation, resource mapping, participant observation, ethnographic and life-history 27 interviewing, focus groups, rapid assessment procedures, and more. Students will learn how to record

and analyze data, work with community leaders to facilitate inventorying of community assets, and implement community-defined goals for change. Students will use guiding principles for ethnographic research, theoretical and methodological paradigms that guide research design as well as ethical considerations for research and reporting. Students will learn how to document their work for both private reflection and public reporting. Then, in collaboration with community research partners, students design, conduct, and “write-up” ethnographic and project reports using methods learned in the classroom.

UL 400.1 Organizational Leadership 3 hours

This course will combine theory and practice to ensure that students will learn traditional and contemporary leadership theories. Students will apply theories and practices in order to analyze the behaviors of managers, entrepreneurs, and other recognized individuals.

UL 460.1 Urban Entrepreneurship 3 hours

This course will enable students to learn the basic concepts of entrepreneurship, so that they are able to start a business that honors God in an urban context. Students will learn 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.