Current Courses – Fall 2017

"It is hard to describe the feeling of accomplishment when I finally broke through in my Hebrew class and found I could read the original language." — Phil F., MDiv Alumni

Check individual program course options and work with your advisor to determine what courses are available for your program.

Undergraduate

  • Course Number: BL 301
  • Department: Biblical Languages
  • Units: 4
  • Level: Undergraduate

An introductory course to Biblical Hebrew. Students will gain a basic understanding of grammar, syntax, and vocabulary. The course focuses on learning and pronouncing the alphabet, vowels, different parts of speech, nouns and verb inflectional forms, and building vocabulary. It provides the necessary foundation for developing skills needed to read, understand, and interpret Classical Hebrew Scriptures. Having the ability to read the Hebrew Bible will enhance knowledge of Hebraic culture, reinforce and further knowledge of other religious disciplines, increase knowledge of student’s own language, enhance personal devotion, serve as a useful tool for the study of other Hebraic texts, and allow for an informed and powerful teaching and preaching ministry.

  • Course Number: BL 303
  • Department: Biblical Languages
  • Units: 4
  • Level: Undergraduate

The goal of Greek I and II is to equip students with a basic working knowledge of the Koine Greek. An understanding of Biblical Greek will be a valuable tool in your personal study of God’s word in your ministry. The course will present an introduction to Koine Greek, with an emphasis on grammar, syntax, and vocabulary as used in the New Testament. Introduction to Biblical Greek is a 2 trimester course. Both trimesters are required to be taken consecutively.

  • Course Number: BS 309
  • Department: Business / Management
  • Units: 3
  • Level: Undergraduate

Principles of Accounting 1 focuses on the fundamentals of basic accounting. The student will be introduced to the general ledger, internal controls, fraud prevention, ethics, understanding and creating financial statements.

  • Course Number: CH 304
  • Department: Church History
  • Units: 3
  • Level: Undergraduate

The goal of this course is to give the students an overview of the spiritual outpourings and revivals in North America and the world during the 20th Century. The course traces three of the major revivals of the past century. The student will learn about the background, people, places, and events that surrounded these revivals, and discover the continuing impact of these revivals on Christianity. This course uses the study of the past to provide a foundation for the present.

  • Course Number: FL 205
  • Department: Foreign Language
  • Units: 4
  • Level: Undergraduate

Portuguese is spoken by one fifth of the world’s population. The primary goal of this course is to enable students to become conversational in Portuguese. Students will learn around 950 words and be able to use them in conversation. They will also be able to read Portuguese. This course uses English grammatical concepts to show how Portuguese fits into those concepts. Studying grammar will enable the student to form sentences in Portuguese. The order of the material presented is similar to how a Brazilian child learns to speak.

  • Course Number: GS 105
  • Department: General Studies
  • Units: 1
  • Level: Undergraduate

Introduction to Online Learning is a 1 unit course of 5 lessons introducing incoming University students to the online environment with special emphasis on how Shiloh University approaches online learning. The students will learn time management skills, strategies for different learning styles, study skills and test-taking skills as well as policies and procedures that are unique to Shiloh University. Textbook chapters on critical thinking and e-portfolios add value to this course.

  • Course Number: GS 110
  • Department: General Studies
  • Units: 3
  • Level: Undergraduate

In English Composition 1 the student will write expository and research papers with clear thesis and support. The student will also work on developing their analytical and interpretive reading skills.

  • Course Number: HI 211
  • Department: History
  • Units: 3
  • Level: Undergraduate

History of Christianity in the United States is designed to provide a broad overview of how Christianity developed in this nation and what affect it has had on the country’s politics, economics, and society. The students will also study the significance of God’s role in shaping the destiny of the United States. This course does not attempt to examine other religions that have had an impact on this country.

  • Course Number: HU 201
  • Department: Humanities
  • Units: 3
  • Level: Undergraduate

The History of Music in the Church will examine how our ancestors of faith in both the Old and New Testaments used music in their worship. We will research how music of the early church would have been adapted to the times of extreme persecution and then evolved after the 4th century when the melodies we call chant were finally collected, codified, and franchised to the churches in the 4th and 5th centuries. We will study the sources of single melody chants in the liturgy of the Mass, trace its evolution into two, three, and even more melodies being sung simultaneously, and look at the beginnings of music notation. Students will explore the musical diversities created by the Reformation and Counter-Reformation: from the Lutheran Chorales to metrical psalm setting; from the cantatas of Bach to English hymn settings; from the oratorios of Handel to spirituals and revival tunes; and from the organ musings of Olivier Messiaen to the pop/rock influenced praise music of today. We will also touch on the music used in the churches of the near East, Russia, and Africa.

  • Course Number: HU 202
  • Department: Humanities
  • Units: 3
  • Level: Undergraduate

Introduction to World Music provides an introduction to various styles, organizational patterns, and other topics related to understanding music across the globe. Students will learn to identify and gain an appreciation for the music of many countries. This course will provide students with the opportunity to practice and apply valuable critical listening and effective analyzing skills.

  • Course Number: HU 211
  • Department: Humanities
  • Units: 3
  • Level: Undergraduate

The Shiloh University “Reading the Bible” class gives the student the opportunity to read through the Bible from Genesis to Revelation with minimal focus on doctrine or detailed analysis. The primary text for this course is the Bible. However, Ryken’s Bible Handbook by Leland Ryken, Philip Ryken, and James Wilhoit provides background for each of the Bible books and give tips for reading. Ryken’s Handbook also adds an extra dimension to the course by highlighting the variety of literary genres used in the scriptures.

  • Course Number: MT 305
  • Department: Ministry Studies
  • Units: 3
  • Level: Graduate

Introduction to Biblical Interpretation provides an overview of the historical and cultural background and the literary genres of the Bible as a foundation for the study of Scripture. The student will study the integration of history, literature, and theology to ensure a proper interpretation of the Bible. The student will gain insights into the various genres of Old and New Testament literature and the best guidelines to interpret each type. This course will explore various applications of these truths.

  • Course Number: MT 310
  • Department: Ministry Studies
  • Units: 3
  • Level: Undergraduate

Healing is an integral aspect of God’s love expressed in salvation, and a right and responsibility of every believer. This course will address the history, teachings, and accounts, and application of divine healings and miracles found in the Scriptures. The student will also explore the workings of these gifts throughout the history of the church. The purpose, motivation, and process for these divine gifts will be examined.

  • Course Number: MT 406
  • Department: Ministry Studies
  • Units: 3
  • Level: Undergraduate

Homiletics is a course designed to teach the principles of developing and delivering anointed expository sermons. The practical goal of this course is to familiarize students with the principles involved in each step of developing and delivering an expository message; from prayerfully looking to the Holy Spirit for the initial selection of a text, through the development of a main idea, preparing an outline and draft of the sermon, to the oral delivery of the message God is giving.

  • Course Number: NT 309
  • Department: New Testament
  • Units: 3
  • Level: Undergraduate

Background of the New Testament will focus on Jewish, Greek, and Roman life – the three major cultures that combine and clash in the New Testament setting. The course will provide the student with a big picture view of the complex world in which the church was born. With this goal in mind, the student will examine the historical, religious, philosophical, political, social, literary, and geographical contexts of the first century.

  • Course Number: NT 314
  • Department: New Testament
  • Units: 3
  • Level: Undergraduate

This course examines the Jewish roots of Christianity, an unexplored and misunderstood subject. Christianity is deeply rooted in the Jewish religion, culture, and history. The course seeks to enhance participants’ understanding of the emergence and development of Christianity from Judaism; the complex relationship between the two religions, and several major concepts in Jewish heritage that influenced the life of the early church. The course explores the history of Judaism during the Second Temple period, the Abrahamic covenant and its relation to the New Testament and the early church. Major theological conflicts of Jesus and the early church with Judaism, the faith and life of the first Messianic Jews, and Jewish religious celebrations preserved by the church will be discussed as well.

  • Course Number: NT 404
  • Department: New Testament
  • Units: 3
  • Level: Undergraduate

The Gospels / The Life of Christ introduces the student to the four canonical Gospels as well as to the historical Jesus. The course materials include substantial attention to significant arguments, theories, and paradigms of Gospel scholarship.

  • Course Number: OT 301
  • Department: Old Testament
  • Units: 3
  • Level: Undergraduate

The course will give an overview of the entire Old Testament, highlighting the authorship, themes, and historical context of each book. Included will be a brief study of the lives of the main men and women of the Old Testament world. This course uses the survey method of study. Here students will not only learn “about” the Old Testament, but also learn “how to study inductively.” Students will be guided through background information and other materials as they are encouraged to discover for themselves each of the Old Testament books.

  • Course Number: PL 421
  • Department: Pastoral Leadership
  • Units: 3
  • Level: Undergraduate

Worship leaders and students interested in multicultural experiences find themselves drawn to Messianic Jewish music. Messianic Jewish Worship Music Leading introduces and equips students with the necessary understanding and abilities to utilize Messianic worship in the lives of their congregations and communities. Students gain a biblical and historical basis for Messianic music as well as practical hands-on tools for leading worship teams with excellence. This course includes practice with singing, playing an instrument, and leading a band. Experience or professional skills are not a prerequisite. The course also focuses on the heart of worship. In addition to being a stand-alone worship genre, Messianic music is also an excellent evangelistic tool. Thereby, the course offers resources for those students seeking to share the gospel with Jewish people.

  • Course Number: SS 205
  • Department: Social Science
  • Units: 3
  • Level: Undergraduate

Cultural Anthropology is an introduction to the anthropological study of different cultures. This course includes ways of comparing and contrasting social relationships and belief systems that operate in different cultural settings. Students will explore the world views and belief systems of other peoples and reflect on their own multi-cultural experiences in order to be better equipped to move and relate in their own local church or elsewhere. This course will also cover issues of tourism.

Note: Because Marsh Smith, Ph.D., the author of the course, is a China scholar and has written about some of the issues covered as they occur in China, this course will have more about China than other parts of the world.

Graduate

  • Course Number: BL 501
  • Department: Biblical Languages
  • Units: 4
  • Level: Graduate

An introductory course to Biblical Hebrew. Students will gain a basic understanding of grammar, syntax, and vocabulary. The course focuses on learning and pronouncing the alphabet, vowels, different parts of speech, nouns and verb inflectional forms, and building vocabulary. It provides the necessary foundation for developing skills needed to read, understand, and interpret Classical Hebrew Scriptures. Having the ability to read the Hebrew Bible will enhance knowledge of Hebraic culture, reinforce and further knowledge of other religious disciplines, increase knowledge of student’s own language, enhance personal devotion, serve as a useful tool for the study of other Hebraic texts, and allow for an informed and powerful teaching and preaching ministry.

  • Course Number: BL 503
  • Department: Biblical Languages
  • Units: 4
  • Level: Graduate

The goal of Greek I and II is to equip students with a basic working knowledge of the Koine Greek. An understanding of Biblical Greek will be a valuable tool in your personal study of God’s word in your ministry. The course will present an introduction to Koine Greek, with an emphasis on grammar, syntax, and vocabulary as used in the New Testament. Introduction to Biblical Greek is a 2 trimester course. Both trimesters are required to be taken consecutively.

  • Course Number: CH 504
  • Department: Church History
  • Units: 3
  • Level: Graduate

The goal of this course is to give the students an overview of the spiritual outpourings and revivals in North America and the world during the 20th Century. The course traces three of the major revivals of the past century. The student will learn about the background, people, places, and events that surrounded these revivals, and discover the continuing impact of these revivals on Christianity. This course uses the study of the past to provide a foundation for the present.

  • Course Number: FL 505
  • Department: Foreign Language
  • Units: 4
  • Level: Graduate

Portuguese is spoken by one fifth of the world’s population. The primary goal of this course is to enable students to become conversational in Portuguese. Students will learn around 950 words and be able to use them in conversation. They will also be able to read Portuguese. This course uses English grammatical concepts to show how Portuguese fits into those concepts. Studying grammar will enable the student to form sentences in Portuguese. The order of the material presented is similar to how a Brazilian child learns to speak.

  • Course Number: GS 501
  • Department: General Studies
  • Units: 3
  • Level: Graduate

Theological Research and Writing will prepare students for research and writing requirements of future Shiloh University course work. It will instruct students in the categories of biblical and theological resources, and how to utilize EndNote in cataloging resources. The students will learn various types and approaches to biblical and theological research, and the process of writing a research paper. The course includes a review of basic grammar in preparation for future studies in the biblical languages and the process of biblical exegesis.

  • Course Number: MT 505
  • Department: Ministry Studies
  • Units: 3
  • Level: Graduate

Introduction to Biblical Interpretation provides an overview of the historical and cultural background and the literary genres of the Bible as a foundation for the study of Scripture. The student will study the integration of history, literature, and theology to ensure a proper interpretation of the Bible. The student will gain insights into the various genres of Old and New Testament literature and the best guidelines to interpret each type. This course will explore various applications of these truths.

  • Course Number: MT 506
  • Department: Ministry Studies
  • Units: 3
  • Level: Graduate

Homiletics is a course designed to teach the principles of developing and delivering anointed expository sermons. The practical goal of this course is to familiarize students with the principles involved in each step of developing and delivering an expository message; from prayerfully looking to the Holy Spirit for the initial selection of a text, through the development of a main idea, preparing an outline and draft of the sermon, to the oral delivery of the message God is giving.

  • Course Number: MT 510
  • Department: Ministry Studies
  • Units: 3
  • Level: Graduate

Healing is an integral aspect of God’s love expressed in salvation, and a right and responsibility of every believer. This course will address the history, teachings, and accounts, and application of divine healings and miracles found in the Scriptures. The student will also explore the workings of these gifts throughout the history of the church. The purpose, motivation, and process for these divine gifts will be examined.

  • Course Number: NT 504
  • Department: New Testament
  • Units: 3
  • Level: Graduate

The Gospels / The Life of Christ introduces the graduate student to the four canonical Gospels as well as to the historical Jesus. The course materials include substantial attention to significant arguments, theories, and paradigms of Gospel scholarship.

  • Course Number: NT 514
  • Department: New Testament
  • Units: 3
  • Level: Graduate

This graduate level course examines the Hebraic roots of Christianity- an unexplored, misunderstood, yet vital and exciting subject. Christianity is deeply rooted in the Hebrew Scriptures, religion, and culture and history of the Jewish people. The course seeks to enhance participants’ understanding of the emergence, development, and spread of Christianity from Judaism. It will explore the complex relationship between the two religions to include major traditional Jewish themes and theologies that influenced the religious life of the early church, the history of Judaism during the Second Temple period, and the Abrahamic covenant and its relation to the New Testament and the early church. Other ideas that will be discussed are major ideological conflicts of Jesus, his disciples, and the early church with religious Jewish leaders; the faith and life of the first Messianic Jews; and religious celebrations preserved by the church.

  • Course Number: OT 501
  • Department: Old Testament
  • Units: 3
  • Level: Graduate

The course will give an overview of the entire Old Testament, highlighting the authorship, themes, and historical context of each book. Included will be a brief study of the lives of the main men and women of the Old Testament world. This course uses the survey method of study. Here students will not only learn “about” the Old Testament, but also learn “how to study inductively.” Students will be guided through background information and other materials as they are encouraged to discover for themselves each of the Old Testament books.

  • Course Number: PL 521
  • Department: Pastoral Leadership
  • Units: 3
  • Level: Graduate

Worship leaders and students interested in multicultural experiences find themselves drawn to Messianic Jewish music. Messianic Jewish Worship Music Leading introduces and equips students with the necessary understanding and abilities to utilize Messianic worship in the lives of their congregations and communities. Students gain a biblical and historical basis for Messianic music as well as practical hands-on tools for leading worship teams with excellence. This course includes practice with singing, playing an instrument, and leading a band. Experience or professional skills are not a prerequisite. The course also focuses on the heart of worship. In addition to being a stand-alone worship genre, Messianic music is also an excellent evangelistic tool. Thereby, the course offers resources for those students seeking to share the gospel with Jewish people.

Doctoral

  • Course Number: DM 721
  • Department: Doctoral
  • Units: 3
  • Level: Doctoral

The American Church in Crisis examines the nature of the American Church in crisis and works to address it. This seminar seeks to observe and analyze this crisis as it is evidenced in the massive attendance declines observable across today’s movements and traditions. It explores the thematic relationship between the Exile of Ancient Israel and Late-modernity’s present church crisis; and seeks to ask and answer the question: “Is God involved in this decline? If so, how is He involved and to what end?” Using the Exile as a practical theological paradigm, participants will develop a Philosophy of Ministry to effectively address the crisis as it may occur in their local context.

  • Course Number: DM 756
  • Department: Doctoral
  • Units: 3
  • Level: Doctoral

This seminar is a strategic offering in creative conflict management. It focuses upon the complexity of conflict within the community of faith, and addresses the approaches and methods useful in managing and resolving conflict. The student will learn how to approach conflict as an opportunity for growth.

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