Southwestern Adventist University

Undergraduate Bulletin 2011-2012 PDF


RELL 240 - Elements of New Testament Greek I

5 hours

RELL 241 - Elements of New Testament Greek II

4 hours

An introductory study of the elements of New Testament Greek. Emphasis on the fundamentals of grammar and vocabulary. Translation from selected NT passages. One semester may be applied toward general education religion requirements. (RELL 240 Fall, RELL 241 Spring)

RELL 340 - Intermediate New Testament Greek

3 hours

Continued reading in the Greek New Testament with emphasis on grammar and syntax, with interpretive translation of selected portions of the New Testament. (Summer)  Includes preparation for the Seminary Greek exam.

RELL 343, 344 - Element of Biblical Hebrew I, II

3, 3 hours

An introductory course in the elements of Biblical Hebrew with emphasis on basic grammar and a working vocabulary. Translation from selected OT passages. The second semester will include grammar review, but will focus on translation from selected Old Testament passages. (RELL 343 Fall, RELL 344 Spring)  Includes preparation for the Seminary Hebrew exam.

RELL 491 - Selected Topics

1 hour

Prerequisite: Approval of department chair

A study in an area of student interest under the direction of a staff member. This study may involve research, laboratory or library work. May be repeated for a total of 2 credits.

RLGN 101 - Christian Beliefs

3 hours

A study of the basic concepts of Christian faith and practice with emphasis on fundamental doctrines held by Seventh-day Adventists. (Fall, Spring)

RLGN 201 - Bible Study Methods

3 hours

This course will teach the student a variety of methods for studying the Bible in order to gain a greater understanding of its message. It will contribute to both skill and confidence in the Bible student. (Fall)

RLGN 207 - Research in Religion

1 hour

Prerequisite: CSIS 102, ENGL 121

An introduction to the research methods, documentation styles, and writing skills used in religious studies. Students will engage in critical thinking by utilizing and evaluating primary and secondary sources (including journals, indexes, and databases) to produce a book review, a research paper, and a professional presentation that involves public communication of the research process, evaluation of discipline-specific trends and resources, and the responsible and effective use of technology. Within this course, religion/theology majors begin the process of senior portfolio development. This course fulfills the requirement for UNIV 201: Research in an Academic Discipline as specified in Southwestern Adventist University's Quality Enhancement Plan. (Spring)

RLGN 210 - Introduction to Missions

1 hour

Required for all student missionaries prior to service abroad. An introduction to issues and ideas in missions. Examines cultures and religions from the perspective of the national and the student missionary. (Spring)

RLGN 211 - Life and Teachings of Jesus

3 hours

A survey study of the life and teachings of Jesus as outlined in the Gospels. His principles, methods, and teachings are studied in light of their application to modern life. (Fall, Spring)

RLGN 212 - Basic Christian Ethics

3 hours

An introduction to the theory and practice of Christian morality; its biblical origins, norms, and sources of authority, including Christian approaches to basic issues such as decision-making, church-world relations, abortion, reproduction technology, euthanasia, marriage and divorce, and methods of social change. (Fall)

RLGN 220 - Christian Witnessing

3 hours

A study of the biblical principles of the art and technique of personal evangelism. The student is taught to use the Scriptures effectively, to give specific Bible studies, to meet objections, and to gain decisions for Christ. (Fall, Spring)

RLGN 230 - History of the Seventh-day Adventist Church

3 hours

A historical study of the Adventist awakening of the 19th century and the subsequent rise, growth, and worldwide expansion of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Special attention is given to the role of Ellen G. White in the growing church. (Fall, Spring)

RLGN 233 - Introduction to Biblical Archaeology

3 hours

A study of the history of archaeology, recent achievements, and archaeological method. (Spring)

RLGN 271 - Ministries Internship

1-3 hours

This course allows the student to earn credit through professionally directed mission, evangelistic, colporteur or youth camp programs. Arrangements must be made with the instructor prior to starting the internship and supervision will take place at the location of the internship. Credit earned will be elective only and will not apply to the general education religion requirement or toward a major or minor. Grading is on a pass/fail basis. May be repeated for a total of 3 hours.

RLGN 285 - Introduction to Church Ministry - Distance Education Program

3 hours

This course will introduce the student to various aspects of church ministry and church life.  Students will be instructed in such areas as Biblical ecclesiology; church organization and governance; distribution of funds, and the purpose and development of spiritual as well as social activities.  This class is offered on-line and does not apply toward the requirements of a Theology major or Religion minor.

RLGN 291 - Selected Topics

1-2 hours

Prerequisite: Approval of department chair.

A study in an area of interest under the direction of a staff member. This study may involve research, laboratory or library work. May be repeated for a total of 2 credits.

RLGN 313 - Prophetic Studies

3 hours

An introduction to and survey of the books of Daniel and Revelation. The prophetic themes of Daniel and Revelation, important to Seventh-day Adventist theology, will be a major focal point.  This course fulfills the requirement for a capstone/portfolio completion course for Religion Majors with components as specified in Southwestern's Quality Enhancement Plan.  (Spring)

RLGN 314 - Origin and Development of the Bible

3 hours

A careful study of the history and development of the written material and canon of Scripture, covering Old Testament, intertestamental literature and New Testament. It also reviews the development of the English Bible and seeks to assist in the evaluation of modern versions. (Fall)

RLGN 315, 316 - Old Testament I, II

3, 3 hours

An introduction to the history, literature, and thought of the Old Testament. Study is given to the contemporary objectives of each book and application to life in modern times. Fall topics: Background, Pentateuch, The Writings. Spring topics: Prophets, Historical Books. (RLGN 315 Fall, RLGN 316 Spring)

RLGN 317, 318 - New Testament I, II

3, 3 hours

The world and literature of New Testament, including theme and purpose of each book and applications to Christian life.  Fall: Romans-Revelation.  Spring: Gospels-Acts.  (RLGN 317 Fall, RLGN 318 Spring)

RLGN 320 - Ellen White Writings

3 hours

A course designed to give experience and guidelines in the study of the writings of Ellen G. White. The four major foci of the course are the historical context of the life of Ellen White, the development of her major literary works, the themes that tie her writings together across time, and principles for sound interpretation and current application of her writings. (Spring)

RLGN 323, 324 - Homiletics I, II

3, 3 hours

Prerequisite: COMM 111

A study of the basic concepts of biblical preaching and sermon preparation, including persuasion, human responses, the art of illustration and effective structure.  The second semester features actual practice in preparation and delivery.  (RLGN 323 Fall, RLGN 324 Spring)

RLGN 331, 332 - History of Christianity I, II

3, 3 hours

A study of the rise and impact of Christianity in the Roman world and western culture. Attention is given to theological and social movements, the influence of Islam, the crusades, expansionism, and religious adaptation to modern life. The second semester traces development from the Reformation through the growth of American religion. (Also taught as HIST 331, 332) (RLGN 331 Fall, RLGN 332 Spring, or both Spring)

RLGN 355 - Music and Worship

1 hour

This course will acquaint the student with the variety of worship structures, musical styles and instruments available for the worship service.  Students will be instructed in the purpose and design of worship services, in hymnology, in conducting and in rudimentary part-singing and choral conducting.  (Fall or Spring)

RLGN 405 - Biblical Theology

3 hours

Prerequisite:  RLGN 101 and at least one of the following: RLGN 315, RLGN 316, RLGN 317, RLGN 318

This course consists of the study of several selected topics approached from a biblical perspective, including biblical inspiration and interpretation, the doctrine of God, the doctrine of Christ, the doctrine of Salvation, the doctrine of the Church, eschatology, and the doctrine of Man.  These studies will focus upon the contributions of several biblical writers to each doctrinal issue.  Some attention will also be given to the way in which selected recent writers have handled the biblical material.  (Spring)              

RLGN 410, 411 - Biblical Studies Seminar I, II

3, 3 hours

Prerequisites: RLGN 315, 316, 317 or 318

A seminar on a biblical topic, book, or body of literature designed to encourage careful, responsible investigation and interpretation. May be repeated for credit. Fall semester: O.T. topic/text. Spring semester: N.T. topic/text. This course fulfills the requirement for an upper-division course with components as specified in SWAU's Quality Enhancement Plan. (RLGN 410 Fall, RLGN 411 Spring)

RLGN 419 - Philosophy of Science

3 hours

A study of the philosophies and methodologies of science.  Includes a review of the history of scientific and religious thought and the role each has played in the development of modern theories of origin.  (Also taught as BIOL 419 or GEOL 419.)  (Spring)

RLGN 420 - Pastoral Practicum

1 hour

Prerequisite: RLGN 323, 324 completed or taken concurrently

Supervised field work in area churches as coordinated by the department. Designed to give practical experience in a wide variety of pastoral situations. May be repeated once for credit upon approval of the religion faculty. (Fall, Spring)

RLGN 423, 424 - Introduction to Pastoral Ministry

3, 3 hours

Prerequisites: PSYC 212, RLGN 425

For senior ministerial students. Applied studies in church and ministry, leadership, pastoral care, visitation, counseling, organization and finance, enriched by visits of specialists.  This course includes the Seminary's Church Policy exam (successful completion is valid for two years).   These courses fulfill the requirement for a capstone/portfolio completion course with components as specified in SWAU's Quality Enhancement Plan.  (RLGN 423 Fall, RLGN 424 Spring)

RLGN 425 - Field Evangelism

3 hours

Prerequisite: RLGN 220

This course provides classroom instruction by a successful professional evangelist, accompanied by actual participation in a three-week series of meetings followed by student-led evangelistic meetings.  All facets of the course are taught in the city where the series is conducted. Taught on an arranged basis. (Summer)

RLGN 427 - Hospital Ministry

1 hour

Prerequisite: Admission to junior or senior-level standing.

This course provides opportunity for students to expand mission focus to include ministry in specialized settings. Emphasis is given to the advancement of communication and assessment skills. Concentration will also be placed on the development of personal and professional identity and their related issues. (Spring)

RLGN 491 - Selected Topics

1 hour

Prerequisite: Approval of department chair

Intensive study of a single approved topic in the field of religion. The course takes the form of a seminar, preparation of a research report, or other guided study as arranged with the department. Content and method of study must be arranged prior to registration. May be repeated for a total of 2 credits.


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