Bachelor of Arts In Christian Studies

The Christian Studies major prepares students for graduate seminary programs and for careers in churches and other ministry related vocations. Students select at least one concentration and are required to complete applied field experience.

  • Student Learning Outcomes

    Upon completion of the Christian Studies program, graduates will:

    1. Demonstrate biblical literacy, including historical, contextual, and literary parameters of biblical interpretation.

    2. Identify and integrate the historic doctrines of the Christian faith.

    3. Be aware of the people, events, and ideas that have shaped the history of the church and Christian beliefs.

    4. Know the basic parameters of the Christian world-view.

    5. Understand the implications of commitment to Jesus Christ through development of personal character and engagement of society, reflected in a lifestyle consistent with biblical principles.

    6. Be directed to apply their education to the church, in both its local and global contexts, as servant leaders.

Christian Studies Major (45-51 units) BA

Lower Division Requirements*

CST210 Pentateuch & Former Prophets
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An introduction to the Pentateuch and Former Prophets sections of the Hebrew Bible and the ancient Near Eastern cultural and historical background of Israel's history and sacred literature. Special emphasis will be given to the ways in which the literary forms of the Old Testament express Israel's understanding of God's activity in the world and the history of the nation. Core requirement for Christian Studies majors. (3 units; Multicultural; Fall)

CST210-B
Mooney, David Jeffrey
09/06/2016 M 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM BUS 203
CST210-T1
Mooney, David Jeffrey
09/06/2016 M 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM BUS 203
CST210-A
Mooney, David Jeffrey
09/06/2016 M 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM BUS 191

CST220 Latter Prophets & Writings
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An introduction to the Latter Prophets and Writings sections of the Hebrew Bible and the ancient Near Eastern cultural and historical background of Israel's history and sacred literature. Special emphasis will be given to the ways in which the literary forms of the Old Testament express Israel's understanding of God's activity in the world and in the history of the nation. Core requirement for Christian Studies majors. (3 units; Multicultural; Spring)

CST220-B
Mooney, David Jeffrey
01/11/2017 M 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM BUS
CST220-T1
Mooney, David Jeffrey
01/11/2017 M 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM BUS
CST220-A
Mooney, David Jeffrey
01/11/2017 M 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM BUS B259

CST230 Jesus and the Gospels
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An investigation of the testimony provided by the Gospels concerning the life of Jesus of Nazareth, with special attention given to the critical issues prompted by such study. Core requirement and prerequisite for upper division Gospel courses (CST 330, 331) for Christian Studies majors. (3 units; Multicultural; Fall)

CST230-T1
Mobley, Richard A.
09/06/2016 M 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM BUS 183
CST230-B
Mobley, Richard A.
09/06/2016 M 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM BUS 183
CST230-A
Mobley, Richard A.
09/06/2016 M 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM BUS 183

CST240 Paul & the Early Church
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An introductory consideration of the incidents, individuals, and issues included in the historical, epistolary, and apocalyptic portions of the New Testament. Core requirement and prerequisite for upper division Pauline courses (CST 440, 441) for Christian Studies majors. (3 units; Multicultural; Spring)

CST240-B
Mobley, Richard A.
01/11/2017 M 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM BUS B221
CST240-T1
Mobley, Richard A.
01/11/2017 M 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM BUS B221
CST240-A
Mobley, Richard A.
01/11/2017 M 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM BUS

*Christian Studies majors should not take CST 110 and CST 130.

Upper Division Requirements

APT371 Christian Theology I
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An expanded study of the biblical doctrines of God, humanity, and sin. Prerequisite: Bachelor of Applied Theology or Christian Studies major. (3 units; Fall)

APT371-T2
Morgan, Christopher
09/06/2016 T 7:00 AM - 10:15 AM BUS B221
APT371-A
Co, Adamson
09/06/2016 T 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM BUS A110

APT372 Christian Theology II
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An expanded study of the biblical doctrines of salvation, the person of Christ, the church, and last things. Prerequisite: Bachelor of Applied Theology or Christian Studies major. (3 units; Spring)

APT372-A
Co, Adamson
01/11/2017 T 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM BUS
APT372-T2
Morgan, Christopher
01/11/2017 T 7:00 PM - 10:15 PM BUS

CST300 History of Baptist Thought
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An introduction to Baptist history, Baptist doctrine, and the organizational structure of the Southern Baptist Convention. Core requirement for Christian Studies majors and minors. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Fall/Spring)

CST300-T3
Chute, Anthony L.
09/06/2016 T 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM BUS 125
CST300-A
Chute, Anthony L.
09/06/2016 T 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM BUS 125
CST300-A
Chute, Anthony L.
01/11/2017 T 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM BUS A111

CST350 Biblical Interpretation
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A historical and theoretical consideration of interpretative methodology as illustrated by and applied to selected texts from various portions of the biblical materials. Core requirement for Christian Studies majors and minors. Prerequisite: Previous Biblical Studies coursework. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Multicultural; Fall/Spring)

CST350-T2
Wilson, Danny K.
09/06/2016 M 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM BUS ONLN
CST350-A
Wilson, Danny K.
09/06/2016 M 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM BUS ONLN
CST350-A
Wilson, Danny K.
01/11/2017 M 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM BUS ONLN

CST360 Church History
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A survey of the development of the Christian church from the close of the New Testament period to the present time, with special attention to the origin of various denominations. Core requirement for Christian Studies majors and minors. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Multicultural; Fall/Spring)

CST360-A
Chute, Anthony L.
09/06/2016 T 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM BUS 125
CST360-T4
Chute, Anthony L.
01/11/2017 T 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM BUS A111
CST360-A
Chute, Anthony L.
01/11/2017 T 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM BUS A111

Upper Division Biblical Studies Requirement

Complete three (3) Upper Division units (CST 310, 311, 315, 330, 331, 410, 411, 421, 440, 441, 442, 450).

Upper Division Elective Requirement

Complete three (3) additional units of upper division coursework, beyond other major or concentration requirements from the following: APT 352, 365, 482, CST 307, 310, 311, 315, 330, 331, 380, 382, 383, 410, 411, 421, 425, 440, 441, 442, 450, 451, 490, 491, ICS 305, 375, 405, 430, 435, PHI 303, 324, 343, 353, 433.

Concentration Courses (12-18 units)

Students must complete all of the prescribed courses listed in one of the following concentrations:

Apologetics, Bible and Theology; Biblical Languages; Christian Ministry; Focus on the Family Institute; Global Studies; Pastoral Leadership, Theology/Church History, Theology/Philosophy; Youth Ministry

Concentrations

Apologetics (12 units)

PHI303 Apologetics
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This course will examine the emergence of apologetics within the life of the church, highlight various approaches, arguments, and central figures, and the role of apologetics in development of a Christian worldview. Prerequisite: PHI 213. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Fall)

PHI303-A
Bates, Todd
09/06/2016 T 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM BUS 204

or

PHI403 Cultural Apologetics
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A study of the ways in which the truth of the Gospel and of the Christian worldview are reflected in popular culture through art, literature, film, music, and television. Prerequisite: PHI 213. (3 units; Spring odd years)

PHI403-A
Bates, Todd
01/11/2017 T 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM BUS

and

PHI343 Philosophy of Religion
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This course introduces students to the specific branch of philosophy known as philosophy of religion. This occurs through an examination of the major issues within the discipline such as the existence of God, the problem of evil, and the nature of religious language. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Multicultural; Spring)

PHI343-A
Bates, Todd
01/11/2017 M 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM BUS

PHI433 Apologetics: Theory and Method
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An analysis of the various methods used, the logic employed, the philosophical assumptions utilized, and the potential effectiveness of the major approaches to the apologetic task currently debated by contemporary apologists. Prerequisite: PHI 213. (3 units; Spring even years)

Three (3) units of additional upper division philosophy coursework from the following: PHI 353, 400, or 421.

Bible and Theology* (12 units)

At least three (3) units of upper division biblical studies coursework

At least three (3) units of upper division theology coursework

Six (6) units of additional upper division biblical studies and/or theology coursework

*Prerequisites for concentration: CST 210 and 220 for Old Testament coursework, CST 230 and 240 for New Testament coursework, CST 370 for theology coursework.

Biblical Languages* (12 units)

GRK313 Intermediate Greek
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A "literary laboratory" in which to observe the function of Greek syntax through the translation and exegetical study of specific New Testament materials. Prerequisite: GRK 223. (3 units; Multicultural; As offered)

GRK313-A
Wilson, Danny K.
09/06/2016 T 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM BUS 189

GRK323 Intermediate Greek
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A "literary laboratory" in which to observe the function of Greek syntax through the translation and exegetical study of specific New Testament materials. Prerequisite: GRK 223. (3 units; Multicultural; As offered)

GRK323-A
Wilson, Danny K.
01/11/2017 TR 12:15 PM - 3:00 PM BUS

HEB213 Biblical Hebrew I
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A study of the fundamentals of biblical Hebrew, including pronunciation, vocabulary, verbs, nouns, parts of speech as well as elements of Hebrew syntax. (3 units; Multicultural; Fall)

HEB213-A
Mooney, David Jeffrey
09/06/2016 M 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM BUS 191

HEB223 Biblical Hebrew II
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An analysis of biblical Hebrew with attention to appropriate portions from the Old Testament Scriptures and to the introduction and utilization of the Hebrew lexicon. Prerequisite: HEB 213. (3 units; Multicultural; Spring)

HEB223-A
Mooney, David Jeffrey
01/11/2017 M 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM BUS

*Prerequisites to concentration: GRK 213 and 223.

Christian Ministry (12 units)

Complete twelve (12) units of upper division Christian Ministry coursework, including from the following: CST 307, 380, 381, 382, 383, 414, 425, 451, 480, 484, and 491, ICS 305, 375, 405, 415, 430, 431, 435.

Faith and Culture (12 units)

Complete six (6) units from the following: CST 354, 425, ICS 305, 375, PHI 303, 320, 324, 343, 353, 420, 433 Complete six (6) units from the following: ENG 365, 401, 433, 434, 440, 443, 460, FLM 303, 305, 350, 450, HIS 305, 315, 325, 343, 353, 360, 415, 430, 435, HON 300, 350, 400, 450, POL 330, 350, 395, 423, 425, 427, 429, 431.

Focus Leadership (12-16 units)

Because of California Baptist University's status as a "sending institution" for the Focus Leadership Institute, students may study for one semester at the Institute in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Coursework will be determined by the Institute; application an acceptance into the Institute program is required. As a part of this program, students may also be able to complete the elective requirement of CST 490 Supervised Ministry in the Christian Studies Major or Minor.

Global Justice (12 units)

CST425 Christian Social Ethics
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An introduction into the world of Christian Social Ethics. The course will explore particular and pressing social ethics issues and perennial themes related to Christian living and the interplay between biblical Christian faith and contemporary social issues. Topics include introduction of key social problems, the Church's historical responses to those issues, current Christian positions, and the biblical teachings and core Christian doctrines (e.g., creation fall, redemption, image of God, neighbor love) which relate to these issues. Standard models of Christian engagement in society and responsibilities of the individual believer, the local church, and the global Christian Church will be considered. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Fall/Spring)

CST425-A
Stumpf, Amy R.
09/06/2016 M 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM BUS 202
CST425-A
Stumpf, Amy R.
01/11/2017 M 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM BUS

ICS305 Global Perspectives
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A general survey of the redemptive activity of God in the world-past, present, and future. Topics include the biblical basis of God's global activity, historical perspectives, mission strategies, and cultural implications, as well as contemporary missiological issues. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Multicultural; Spring)

ICS305-T3
Lewis, Jeff C.
01/11/2017 M 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM BUS 125
ICS305-A
Lewis, Jeff C.
01/11/2017 M 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM BUS 125

ICS375 Current Events and Movements
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This course will examine the current political, social, economic, and human events in selected areas of the world, deliberate their global impact and consider the events impact on the mission of the church. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Multicultural; Fall/Spring)

ICS375-A
Stumpf, Amy R.
09/06/2016 T 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM BUS 203
ICS375-B
Stumpf, Amy R.
09/06/2016 M 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM BUS 202
ICS375-A
Stumpf, Amy R.
01/11/2017 T 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM BUS A111
ICS375-B
Stumpf, Amy R.
01/11/2017 M 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM BUS A111

PHI353 Comparative Religions
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This course is an introduction to the major religious traditions of the world, particularly Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. The historical development, key figures, as well as major doctrines and practices are explored. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Multicultural; Fall/Spring)

PHI353-B
Stumpf, Amy R.
09/06/2016 T 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM BUS 203
PHI353-A
Stumpf, Amy R.
09/06/2016 T 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM BUS 203
PHI353-A
Stumpf, Amy R.
01/11/2017 T 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM BUS 124
PHI353-B
Stumpf, Amy R.
01/11/2017 T 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM BUS 124

Global Studies * (18 units)

ICS105 Introduction to Global Studies
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This course contrasts basic western egocentric Christianity with the God-centered global perspective of biblical Christianity. The course addresses the basic elements of the Christian faith in the context of God's global agenda. Topics include worldview, God's global purpose, the Kingdom of God, prayer, the Holy Spirit, the mission of the Church. (3 units; Interdisciplinary, Multicultural; Fall/Spring)

ICS105-F
Nsofor, C. Fyne L.
09/06/2016 T 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM BUS B110
ICS105-D
Nsofor, C. Fyne L.
09/06/2016 M 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM BUS 190
ICS105-C
Nsofor, C. Fyne L.
09/06/2016 T 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM BUS B111
ICS105-A
Lewis, Jeff C.
09/06/2016 M 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM BUS 124
ICS105-B
Lewis, Jeff C.
09/06/2016 M 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM BUS 124
ICS105-C
Nsofor, C. Fyne L.
01/11/2017 T 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM BUS
ICS105-D
Nsofor, C. Fyne L.
01/11/2017 T 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM BUS
ICS105-E
Nsofor, C. Fyne L.
01/11/2017 M 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM BUS
ICS105-B
Jenkins, Amanda Kristine
01/11/2017 T 3:45 PM - 5:15 PM BUS
ICS105-A
Lewis, Jeff C.
01/11/2017 M 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM BUS 125

ICS205 Models of Discipleship
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An advanced course related to the biblical principle of discipleship, including both what a disciple of Jesus is and how disciples are made. Focus on models of discipleship and a student's development of a personal strategy of discipleship. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Fall)

ICS205-A
Zunigha, Brian L
09/06/2016 T 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM BUS B219
ICS205-A
STAFF, STAFF
01/11/2017 T 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM BUS
ICS205-T1
STAFF, STAFF
01/11/2017 T 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM BUS

ICS305 Global Perspectives
+

A general survey of the redemptive activity of God in the world-past, present, and future. Topics include the biblical basis of God's global activity, historical perspectives, mission strategies, and cultural implications, as well as contemporary missiological issues. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Multicultural; Spring)

ICS305-T3
Lewis, Jeff C.
01/11/2017 M 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM BUS 125
ICS305-A
Lewis, Jeff C.
01/11/2017 M 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM BUS 125

ICS405 Marketplace Strat for Global Adv
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This course focuses on the strategic nature of the marketplace as it relates to the advancement of Christ's Kingdom among the nations. This course will define God's global agenda, investigate the biblical and historical role of the marketplace in God's global strategy, guide the students to think strategically in the context of their majors, and how God will use that marketable skill to disciple the nations. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Multicultural; Fall)

ICS405-A
Nsofor, C. Fyne L.
09/06/2016 T 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM BUS B110

ICS430 Intercultural Communications
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The purpose of this course is to explore the principles of intercultural communications. This course will address principles and processes of communication from one culture to another. The course will also focus on different perceptions, ways of thinking, values, non-verbal expression, language expression and sub-groups within a culture as they relate to the media and the message. (3 units; Multicultural; Spring)

ICS430-A
Jenkins, Amanda Kristine
09/06/2016 T 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM BUS 250
ICS430-A
Jenkins, Amanda Kristine
01/11/2017 T 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM BUS

ICS431 Cross-cultural Immersion
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The course provides students the opportunity for supervised cross-cultural immersion and study abroad. The course also gives students the opportunity to experience, study and explore firsthand the challenges of living, communicating and serving in an international setting. The immersion experience is designed to create a context for extended and applied learning as the course concepts are integrated into life experiences. The material will be presented through lectures, small group discussions, reading assignments and cultural immersions with an emphasis relational development and service. Prerequisite: Permission of Dean of School of Christian Ministries. (3 units; Multicultural; Spring/Summer)

ICS431-A
STAFF, STAFF
01/11/2017 - BUS

*Recommended Courses: ANT 225 Cultural Anthropology and ANT 430 Culture and Personality, which can be used to meet General Education requirements.

Pastoral Leadership (12 units)

APT452 Advanced Biblical Preaching
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This course prepares students in communicating the truth of the ancient Scriptures to modern people. It explores the variations of crafting of expository sermons. The course will examine how sermons can be constructed to reflect the genre of the biblical literature: narrative, poetry, psalms, history, prophecy, parable, apocalyptic, and epistles. Prerequisite: CST 451. (3 units; Fall)

APT452-T3
Co, Adamson
09/06/2016 M 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM BUS 190

APT482 Pastoral Leadership
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Pastoral Leadership is an intensive study of the leadership role of the pastor in relation to the nature of the church, leadership models, leadership challengers, and practical leadership strategies. (3 units; Spring)

APT482-A
Morgan, Christopher
01/11/2017 TR 7:00 AM - 10:15 AM BUS
APT482-T4
Morgan, Christopher
01/11/2017 TR 7:00 AM - 10:15 AM BUS

CST382 Evangelism
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A study of the principles of New Testament evangelism for the purpose of the development of students as lifestyle witnesses and of the equipping of students for the "equipping of saints for ministry" in local churches. Student involvement in evangelistic ministry is expected. (3 units; Spring)

CST382-A
Morgan, Christopher
01/11/2017 M 10:45 AM - 1:00 PM BUS ONLN
CST382-T2
Morgan, Christopher
01/11/2017 M 10:45 AM - 1:00 PM BUS ONLN

CST451 Biblical Preaching
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A study of the basic principles for preparing and delivering biblical sermons, with an emphasis on the writing, delivery, and analysis of expository sermons. Prerequisite: Previous Biblical Studies coursework. (3 units; Spring)

CST451-A
Cochran, Gregory C.
01/11/2017 TR 7:00 AM - 10:15 AM BUS
CST451-T2
Cochran, Gregory C.
01/11/2017 TR 7:00 AM - 10:15 AM BUS

Theology/Church History (12 units)

Three (3) units of upper division Theology coursework

Three (3) units of upper division Church History coursework

Six (6) additional units of upper division Theology and/or Church History coursework

Prerequisite for concentration: CST 360 for Church History coursework; CST 370 for Theology coursework

Theology/Philosophy (12 units)

Three (3) units of upper division Theology coursework

Three (3) units of upper division Philosophy coursework

Six (6) additional units of upper division Theology and/or Philosophy coursework

Prerequisite for concentration: CST 370 for Theology coursework

Youth Ministry (12 units)

CST380 Intro to Christian Ed
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A study of the historical, philosophical, biblical, and theological foundations for the accomplishing of Christian education in a church setting, with particular emphasis on the planning, implementation, and administration of educational programs in the context of Southern Baptist life. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Fall odd years)

CST383 Ministry with Youth
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A study of foundational issues related to adolescents with application to the local church. Student involvement in youth ministry is expected. (3 units; Spring odd years)

CST383-A
Bishop, Daniel M.
01/11/2017 M 12:00 PM - 2:15 PM BUS

CST484 Current Trends in Youth Ministry
+

A research-oriented exploration of current youth trends and issues based on students' interests with objective of synthesizing their experiences. (3 units; Spring even years)

Complete one (1) of the following courses:

CBS303 Marr & Fam Christian Community
+

A comparison of Marriage and Family systems in Biblical and American cultural perspectives. The course will contrast and compare the foundations of marriage in Western Culture and the Judeo-Christian worldview. Family roles and relational development will also be addressed. Marital adjustment including finances, marital sexuality, communication and parenting will be presented from a Biblical approach. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Fall/Spring)

CBS303-A
Stokes, H. Bruce
09/06/2016 T 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM BUS A110
CBS303-A
Stokes, H. Bruce
01/11/2017 T 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM BUS A110

CBS403 Congregation and Community
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An overview of Christian congregation and community from theological and behavioral science perspectives. Subjects include the function and purpose of Christian Institutions including the household and congregation as a place of discipleship, worship, fellowship and relational reconciliation. Secondary institutions will include Christian media, economics, law and education. The impact of the shift from Christian nationalism to post-Christian America will be addressed. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Fall)

CBS403-A
Stokes, H. Bruce
09/06/2016 M 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM BUS B258