Center for Distance Education

Courses & Syllabi

Each semester, the Center for Distance Education offers a unique variety of classes for online access across campus and for students enrolled in Equip. For more information on each course, course requirements or degree and certificate requirements, visit the academic catalog.

Fall 2020 Courses

BHIS 3060: History of Renewal Movements

A survey of the history of the church from its beginning up to the 20th century with a particular focus on movements of renewal. The course highlights significant developments and people; and introduces students to both primary and secondary sources.

3 credit hours | Syllabus
Course Dates: November 2 - December 18

BIB 4010: Critical Issues in the Old Testament and New Testament

This course surveys various issues in current biblical scholarship such as inspiration, canon and historiography.

3 credit hours | Syllabus
Course Dates: August 24 - October 16

BMIN 2080: Foundations for Ministry

This course stresses the spiritual formation of the minister based on the nature of God, biblical examples of ministry, and a personal assessment of aptitude for ministry. Students are also introduced to the tools of theological research and the various kinds of ministry.

3 credit hours | Syllabus
Course Dates: August 10 - September 18

BMIN 3050: Introduction to Preaching

An introduction to the principles of biblical preaching. Attention is given to sermon design and development, proper handling of the biblical text to derive the message of the sermon, illustrating and applying the message, types of sermons, and sermon delivery. A concurrent laboratory is required.

3 credit hours | Syllabus Coming Soon
Course Dates: August 10 - October 30

BMIS 3000: The World Christian

This course seeks to lead students to become World Christians by focusing on the theological, cultural, and contextual aspects of what God is doing in this world and by discovering how to participate strategically with God in his work. The course tackles tough questions about God and the lost. It also surveys a history of missionary heroes to discover personalities who exemplified missiological principles. This course meets 3 hours of the Liberal Arts global perspectives requirement.

3 credit hours | Syllabus
Course Dates: August 24 - December 18

BNEW 3020: New Testament Story and Vision (Matthew-Revelation)

This course seeks to equip students with knowledge of the New Testament documents to encourage them to live the truths of God’s Word, and to share those truths with others. This course is restricted to transfer students who did not take BNEW 1010/BNEW 1030 and degree completion students.

3 credit hours | Syllabus
Course Dates: September 21 - October 30

BNEW 4050: New Testament Textual Studies III (Life and Writings of Paul)

This course allows for an in-depth study of a specific book, or books, or genre within the New Testament. Through a coordinated effort, major books and portions of the New Testament will be available each semester for study. The course works coordinates with BNEW 2050 and BNEW 3050 to provide concentrated study of New Testament texts. This course may be repeated for up to 6 hours of credit based on three distinctive studies in the New Testament.

3 credit hours | Syllabus
Course Dates: September 21 - October 30

BOLD 2050: Old Testament Textual Studies I (Leadership)

This course explores an Old Testament book, topic or theme and is grounded in carefully chosen Old Testament texts. The course work coordinates with BOLD 3050 and BOLD 4050 to provide concentrated study of Old Testament texts. This course can be repeated three times for up to four hours of credit based on four distinctive studies in the Old Testament.

1 credit hour | Syllabus
Course Dates: November 16 - December 18

BOLD 3020: Old Testament Story and Vision (Genesis - Malachi)

Through the study of the words and worlds of the books of Genesis through Malachi, this course seeks to lead students to incorporate and practice within our current communities and throughout the world the desires God has expressed for his people. This course is restricted to transfer students who did not take BOLD 2010/BOLD 2030 and degree completion students.

3 credit hours | Syllabus
Course Dates: November 2 - December 18

BOLD 3040: Israelite Poetry and Wisdom Literature

Selections from the Psalms, Proverbs, Song of Songs, Lamentations, Ecclesiastes, and Job. Their historical backgrounds, especially the poetic and wisdom literature of the ancient Near East. The importance of their message for that period and present times.

3 credit hours | Syllabus
Course Dates: November 2 - December 18

BRES 2070: Research and Writing

Introduces majors to skills, resources and strategies used in academic research within the College of Bible and Ministry. Helps lay the foundation for writing papers in upper-division courses and future study in ministry.

3 credit hours | Syllabus
Course Dates: August 24 - December 18

GRK 1010: Elementary Greek I

Grammar and syntax of the Greek New Testament with emphasis on basic inflections and vocabulary. This course is the first in a series of three semesters of Greek that satisfy the biblical language requirement for majors in the College of Bible and Ministry.

3 credit hours | Syllabus
Course Dates: August 24 - December 18

*Please note that there may be minor alterations to this syllabus prior to the first day of class.

Spring 2021 Courses

BDOC 3030: Living Christian Traditions

A comparative study of the major approaches to Christian theology including but not limited to Roman Catholicism, Protestantism, and the American Restoration Movement.

3 credit hours | Syllabus*
Course Dates: January 11 - May 7

BIB 4020: Biblical Theology

Focuses on the nature of God, Christ, and the Holy Spirit, the problem of sin, the nature of salvation, and God’s ultimate plan for his people and creation.

3 credit hours | Syllabus*
Course Dates: January 11 - March 5

BMIN 3010: Christian Counseling

Teaches basic counseling skills, draws lessons fro Scripture that apply to healing relationships, and examines the integration of the theology and psychology. Examines teachings of Jesus as they relate to common counseling situations in ministry including family counseling, crisis counseling, sexual issues, and marital and premarital issues as well as other common pastoral counseling situations.

3 credit hours | Syllabus* 
Course Dates: January 4 - February 12

BMIN 3090: Congregational Ministry

A comprehensive look at how congregations grow and develop in terms of edification and outreach. Attention is given to visioning, kingdom involvement, evangelistic strategies, and community service.

3 credit hours | Syllabus* 
Course Dates: January 4 - February 12

BMIN 4000: Capstone in Christian Ministry

This course emphasizes the minister’s daily relationship with god and the daily tasks of a person involved in full-time Christian ministry and leadership of a church. Significant time is spent contemplating the theology of ministry as well as how to sustain life-long ministry. A separate section of this course is offered to Leadership and Ministry majors.

3 credit hours | Syllabus* 
Course Dates: February 15 - March 26

BMIS 3000: World Christian

This course seeks to lead students to become World Christians by focusing on the theological, cultural, and contextual aspects of what God is doing in this world and by discovering how to participate strategically with God in his work. The course tackles tough questions about God and the lost. It also surveys a history of missionary heroes to discover personalities who exemplified missiological principles. This course meets 3 hours of the Liberal Arts global perspectives requirement.

3 credit hours | Syllabus*
Course Dates: January 11 - May 7

BNEW 2050:New Testament Textual Studies I (Leadership in the New Testament)

This course explores a New Testament book, topic or theme and is grounded in carefully chosen New Testament texts. The course work coordinates with BNEW 315 and BNEW 415 to provide concentrated study of New Testament texts. This course can be repeated three times for up to 4 hours of credit based on four distinctive studies in the New Testament.

1 credit hour | Syllabus*
Course Dates: April 12 - May 7

BNEW 3020: New Testament Story and Vision (Matthew - Revelation)

This course seeks to equip students with knowledge of the New Testament documents to encourage them to live the truths of God’s Word, and to share those truths with others. This course is restricted to transfer students who did not take BNEW 111/BNEW 113 and degree completion students.

3 credit hours | Syllabus*
Course Dates: February 15 - March 26

BNEW 4050: New Testament Textual Studies III (Prison Epistles)

This course allows for an in-depth study of a specific book, or books, or genre within the New Testament. Through a coordinated effort, major books and portions of the New Testament will be available each semester for study. The course works in coordination with BNEW 2050 and BNEW 3050 to provide concentrated study of New Testament texts. This course can be repeated for up to 6 hours of credit based on three distinctive studies in the New Testament.

3 credit hours | Syllabus*
Course Dates: March 29 - May 7

BOLD 3020: Old Testament Story and Vision (Genesis - Malachi)

Through the study of the words and worlds of the books of Genesis through Malachi, this course seeks to lead students to incorporate and practice within our current communities and throughout the world the desires God has expressed for his people. This course is restricted to transfer students who did not take BOLD 2010/BOLD 2030 and degree completions students.

3 credit hours | Syllabus*
Course Dates: March 29 - May 7

BOLD 3030: Israelite History (Joshua - Esther)

A study of Israel’s attempt to walk in covenant with God from selected passages of the historical books ranging from Joshua’s conquest of Canaan through the return of Jews from Babylonian exile.

3 credit hours | Syllabus*
Course Dates: February 15 - March 26

GRK 1020: Elementary Greek II

Grammar and syntax of the Greek New Testament with emphasis on basic inflections and vocabulary. Five class periods per week.

3 credit hours | Syllabus*
Course Dates: January 11 - May 7

PHIL 3010: Introduction to Philosophy

Philosophical problems, methods of approach, and modes of thought. A brief survey of representative philosophies.

3 credit hours | Syllabus* 
Course Dates: March 29 - May 7

*Please note that there may be minor alterations to this syllabus prior to the first day of class.

Summer 2021 Courses

BFAM 3000: Christian Teaching

This course addresses biblical, theological and philosophical foundations for Christian teaching.

3 credit hours | Syllabus* (coming soon)
Course Dates: May 10 - June 18

BFAM 3080: Christian Families

Explores biblical texts relevant to families. Studies principles in scripture for building successful marriages and resolving relationship problems. Examines singleness, divorce, roles, communication, conflict resolution, and parenting methods.

2 credit hours | Syllabus*
Course Dates: May 10 - June 18

BIB 2020: Biblical Interpretation

This course considers the inspiration and nature of Scripture, and equips students to use tools for exegetical research in order to interpret various genres of the Bible to explain a biblical passage in a clear, logical manner, and to make legitimate and practical application to contemporary contexts.

3 credit hours | Syllabus*
Course Dates: May 10 - July 30

BMIS 3000: The World Christian

This course seeks to lead students to become World Christians by focusing on the theological, cultural, and contextual aspects of what God is doing in this world and by discovering how to participate strategically with God in his work. The course tackles tough questions about God and the lost. It also surveys a history of missionary heroes to discover personalities who exemplified missiological principles. This course meets 3 hours of the Liberal Arts global perspectives requirement.

3 credit hours | Syllabus*
Course Dates: May 10 - July 30

BNEW 3070: (W) Gospel of John

An in-depth study with special attention given to the introduction, critical problems, and content of the book.

3 credit hours | Syllabus*
Course Dates: June 7 - July 30

BNEW 4050: New Testament Textual Studies III (Hebrews)

This course allows for an in-depth study of Hebrews. Through a coordinated effort, major books and portions of the New Testament will be available each semester for study. The course works in coordination with BNEW 2050 - 2059 and BNEW 3050 - 3059 to provide concentrated study of New Testament texts. This course may be repeated for up to 6 hours of credit based on three distinctive studies in the New Testament.

3 credit hours | Syllabus* (coming soon)
Course Dates: May 10 - July 1

BOLD 3030: Israelite History: Joshua-Esther

A study of Israel’s attempt to walk in covenant with God from selected passages of the historical books ranging from Joshua’s conquest of Canaan through the return of Jews from Babylonian exile.

3 credit hours | Syllabus* (coming soon)
Course Dates: May 10 - July 1

BOLD 3104: Old Testament Seminar in Text/Genre: Lament Literature (Hybrid)

This course will focus on lament literature, exegetical skills, research skills, theological interpretations, canonical setting, critical issues specific to that text, historical and cultural backgrounds and contemporary application. A maximum of 6 hours in BOLD 3100-3109 may be taken for credit based on distinctive studies in the Old Testament.

3 credit hours | Syllabus* (coming soon)
Prerequisite: BIB 2020 or consent of the instructor
Course Dates: May 10 - July 30
Live Stream: Thursdays from 1-2:30 p.m. CST

BOLD 4050: Old Testament Textual Studies III: Isaiah

This course allows for an in-depth study Isaiah. Through a coordinated effort, major books and portions of the Old Testament will be available each semester for study. The course work coordinates with BOLD 2050-2059 and BOLD 3050-3059 to provide concentrated study of Old Testament texts. A maximum of 6 hours in BOLD 4050-4059 may be taken for credit based on distinctive studies in the Old Testament. 

3 credit hours | Syllabus* (coming soon)
Course Dates: June 7 - July 30

GRK 3001: Intermediate Greek Readings

This course teaches reading knowledge of Greek, development and practice of exegetical method, proficiency in computer software, proficiency in research tools and technical resources, linguistic commentaries, review and reinforcement of grammar and vocals, oral communication (present exegetical results, preach a sermon, etc.), critical issues in context of language study, disposition of confidence and high view of the Bible as a reliable, trustworthy source of revelation, and text criticism.  A maximum of 6 hours of credit may be earned in GRK 3000-3001.

3 credit hours | Syllabus* (coming soon)
Prerequisites: GRK 1010 and GRK 1020
Course Dates: May 10 - July 30

*Please note that there may be minor alterations to this syllabus prior to the first day of class.