Deaf Ministries
(for deaf students only)

Bachelor of Science126 Credits

The program in Deaf Ministries is designed to prepare Deaf men and women with foundational knowledge in administration, Bible, Christian education, church worship, church polity, missions, preaching, theology and other essentials designed to develop skill in ministry and related areas.

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  1. The student will be able to critically examine, identify, and express Biblical and Theological thoughts in an audience-appropriate manner.
  2. The student will develop the knowledge and skills needed to locate and evaluate diverse forms of information in the fields of Deafness and Christian Ministries in order to problem solve and make sound decisions in their field of service.
  3. The student will develop cross-cultural communication skills enabling him/her to establish and maintain professional demeanor and relationship within both the Deaf and non-Deaf church and communities.
  4. The student will be able to articulate his/her worldview and model essential spiritual disciplines for personal growth.
  5. The student will be able to perform pastoral and Christian Ministry responsibilities in the develop- ment and administration of the local indigenous Deaf church, Deaf Departmental church, and/or District Affiliated Deaf church environment.

For students seeking to pursue graduate education, most graduate programs require a minimum GPA of 3.0 for entrance.

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Core Requirements

BIB 200 Biblical Theology 3 credits

A study of the major biblical and theological themes of both testaments. Emphasis on discovering the flow of ideas that bind the different books of the Bible into a unified whole.
Prerequisite: OLT 123, NWT 113.

BIB 213 Hermeneutics 3 credits

An advanced study of the history, theory, and practice of biblical interpretation. This course emphasizes knowledge, understanding, and skills for pastoral and scholarly study of the Scripture including a review of current approaches and developments.
Prerequisite: OLT 123, NWT 113

DIG 251 Introduction to Presentation Graphics 1 credit

An introduction to creation, formatting, and real-time implementation of presentation graphics. Students will learn the basics of presentation design, procedures in digital presentation software programs, and techniques for presenting visual stories.

DIG 261 Desktop Publishing 1 credit

An introduction to techniques for layout, typography, editing, formatting, and publishing of various documents. Includes a review of software programs.

COM 123 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3 credits

A basic course in public speaking designed to provide both theory and practice in principles of effective speech composition and communication.

ENG 123 College Writing and Research 3 credits

This course stresses the writing process and introduces the skills necessary to conduct college-level research. Emphasis is placed on argumentative and analytical writing supported by research.
A passing grade of C- or higher is required.

FNA 113 Fine Arts Appreciation 3 credits

This course is designed to develop and expand an appreciation for music, art, and aesthetics. Introduces major movements and ideas in art, music, and architecture. Examines historical time periods and major figures including their philosophy, style, and view of aesthetics. Requires participation in cultural excursions.

HIS 233 U.S. History – Colonization to Reconstruction 3 credits

A survey of the major events and individuals in United States history from Colonization to Reconstruction. Critically examines various topics of interpretive interest in American history such as the coming of the Europeans, Puritanism, religious freedom, the Revolution, slavery, immigration, industrialization, urbanization, the Civil War, and Reconstruction.

LIT 265 Genres of Deaf Literature 3 credits

Three forms of Deaf literature are read and studied: fiction, drama, and poetry. Principal readings from each are highlighted, offering a wide range of stories of Deaf culture by classic modern writers/signers.
For Deaf Studies participants only.

MTH 123 Quantitative Reasoning 3 credits

This course applies mathematics to life skill areas for personal and professional use with an emphasis in problem-solving.
Prerequisite: Minimum Score of 420 on Mathematics SAT OR successful completion of MTH 107 with a grade of C- or higher.

NWT 113 New Testament Survey 3 credits

A panoramic view of the chief events, prominent characters, main themes and salient teachings of each New Testament book in relation to its historical, geographical and cultural contexts.

NWT 363 Prison Epistles 3 credits

A study of Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians and Philemon, with special attention to their Christological content. Historical, geographical and biographical matters are also considered.
Prerequisite: NWT 113.

OLT 123 Old Testament Survey 3 credits

A study of the historical settings, literary features, authorship, theological teachings, and general content of the books of the Hebrew Bible. This survey provides a factual and practical groundwork for further studies in the Old Testament.

OLT 303 Historical Books 3 credits

A study of the books of Joshua through Esther tracing the development of Israel into a kingdom and its subsequent dissolution. Attention is given to the theme of each book and the lessons derived from the relations of the ruler with God.
Prerequisite: OLT 123.

OLT 353 Minor Prophets 3 credits

A study of the books from Hosea through Malachi. The historical, prophetical and practical values of each book are emphasized.
Prerequisite: OLT 123.

PHE 211 Bowling and Walking 1 credits

Walking: A course designed to introduce the student to aerobic exercise and conditioning with an emphasis on walking. Bowling: This portion of the course emphasizes the fundamental skills, rules and tactics of bowling, accomplished through personal instruction and participation at a local bowling establishment.
Fee $30.00.

PHE 281 Health and Nutrition 1 credits

This course is an overview of personal health and stress management strategies for identifying and preventing health problems. Successful exercise, wellness, and nutrition programs are introduced. May be taken one time only.
This course is required of all students.

PHL 113 Worldviews 3 credits

This course will examine and apply principles involved in the development of a worldview. The course will emphasize the development and application of a Christian worldview. Special emphasis will be given to critical, creative, and Christian thinking skills.

PHL/REL 353 Traditions of Spirituality 3 credits

An introduction to the methodology of comparative religions and a critical exploration of various religious traditions including, but not limited to: Animism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Mormonism, Islam, mysticism, and occultism. An understanding of the Judeo-Christian tradition is assumed.

PSY 223 Introduction to Psychology 3 credit

An introduction to the basic concepts of human behavior, motivation, emotion and personality, and a survey of the contemporary psychological field.

SCI 153 Earth and Space Science 3 credit

This course introduces students to the disciplines represented by the earth sciences. An earth system science approach is used, emphasizing the interaction between the various components of the earth system. Basic principles of geology, oceanography, meteorology, and astronomy are explored with a focus on the importance of stewardship of the earth.
Early Childhood Education majors must take corresponding laboratory.

SOC 103 Life Formation 3 credit

A practical study of the classic spiritual disciplines that are essential to lifelong spiritual formation from a Pentecostal perspective. The course will emphasize intentional and holistic applications in daily living.

THE 233An Introduction to the History & Theology of the A/G 3 credit

An introduction to the history, structure, and belief of the AG in the context of Christian theology and history.

Major Requirements

COM 354 Interpersonal Conflict 3 credits

Analysis of the nature and function of interpersonal conflict. Identification of personal conflict styles as well as productive and destructive communication strategies.
For Deaf Studies participants only.

CRE 113 Introduction to Christian Education 3 credits

This course offers an explanation of historical and philosophical foundations for church education. It provides an overview of the Christian education ministry to all ages in the local church, and explores such topics as materials and teaching methods, curriculum instruction and evaluation, leadership and training, the recruitment and supervision of volunteers, etc.

ICS/CRL 223 Outreach and Discipleship Programs 3 credits

A study of the total church program of evangelism and follow-up ministry. Provides a theoretical and practical basis for the establishment of outreach and discipleship programs in the church. Evaluates the philosophy and design of several established programs.

HIS 245 History of the American Deaf Community 3 credits

This course provides an understanding of the culture of the Deaf in American society. The traits, values, institutions and worldview of the Deaf will be discussed.
For Deaf Studies participants only.

HIS 373 Ancient and Medieval Christian History 3 credits

A survey of Christianity from the post-apostolic Church through 1500 A.D. Emphasis is placed on major events, individuals, and developments in historical theology. Special topics include persecution, heresies, monasticism, and the development of the institutions of the Church.

ICS 209 Spiritual Encounters 3 credits

This course examines the principles and dynamics of spiritual conflict. Issues include theological reflection, cultural analysis, and pragmatic considerations such as spiritual discipline and the implications for mission strategies. The course includes a biblical examination of the principles of spiritual warfare, intercession, and the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

NWT 313 I and II Corinthians 3 credits

A study of Paul’s treatment of church problems, with application to the present day Church. Paul’s defense of his apostolic call and ministry are the focus of II Corinthians.
Prerequisite: NWT 113.

PRE 213 Foundations of Biblical Preaching3 credits

An introduction to sermon preparation and preaching combining theory and practice. Lectures cover theoretical and practical aspects of sermons and their preparation, structure and delivery.
Prerequisites: COM 123 or 494, BIB 103 when applicable, BIB 213, OLT 123 and NWT 113.

PRE 353 Preaching in Pastoral Ministry 3 credits

This course builds upon Foundations of Biblical Preaching (PRE 213) and equips the student to preach from a variety of biblical genres with contemporary relevance.
Prerequisite: PRE 213.

PST 303 Caregivers at Risk 3 credits

This course is a study of the basic principles essential to maintaining health in the context of church-related ministries. An emphasis is given to developing a Christ-centered lifestyle. Psychological assessments are administered to assist students in identifying personal issues that hinder psychological well-being and impede transformational change. Through small group exercises and non-judgmental community, students are encouraged to develop relationships that facilitate support and accountability.

PST 313 Principles of Leadership 3 credits

A study of the basic principles of leadership philosophy, goals and strategies. Includes an overview of leadership styles, time management, conflict resolution, communication, legal issues, development of mission statements, and professional etiquette and ethics.

PST 392 Church Growth 3 credits

A survey of biblical and sociological principles affecting church growth and decline. The dynamics of both qualitative and quantitative growth will be examined, including methods of assessment and planning for change.

PST 403 Introducing Spiritual Gifts in the Church 3 credits

Analysis of the New Testament focus on spiritual gifts as found in Romans 12, 1 Corinthians 12-14, Ephesians 4, and 1 Peter 4. One third of the course examines biblical interpretation in light of Pentecostal theology. The remainder of the course deals with application of these principles in the development and operation of spiritual gifts in the church.

PST 423 Pastoral Ministry and Practice 3 credits

An overview of the character, qualifications and call of the pastor. Instruction is given in conducting common church ceremonies: water baptism, communion, infant dedication, installation of officers, weddings, and funerals. Includes principles for conducting church business meetings, parliamentary procedure, visitation and pastoral care.

PST 433 Church Finance and Resource Management 3 credits

The role of the pastor in financial and physical plant oversight in the local church. An overview of office and personnel management, facilities management, fundraising, accounting procedures, budgeting, fiscal accountability, record keeping, and annual reporting. Introduces computer software useful for church administration, legal and tax records, and general church business.

PST 471 Internship Seminar 1 credits

This course is to prepare the student for his/her internship. Emphasis will be placed upon self understanding, conflict resolution, and the practical concerns faced by interns. Time will also be given to formalize the specifics for each internship.
This course is a Prerequisite for PST 481.

PST 481 Internship 1 credits

This phase of the student’s education is to provide a supervised experience in direct ministry. All internships must be approved and processed through the Internship office. Internships can range from 6 to 15 weeks. Students are required to complete practical field work in addition to written work, and field supervisors will assess student performance during the internship. Internships must be major-specific.
Prerequisite: PST 471.

PSY 333 Pastoral Counseling 3 credit

An introduction to the pastoral perspective in counseling. A study of the biblical basis for counseling will be conducted. Emphasis will be given to a survey of techniques for premarital, marriage, family, career guidance, grief, and pre-referral counseling.
Prerequisite: PSY 223.

SOC 419Sociological Aspects of Deaf Education 3 credit

This course analyzes the historical background and current trends of Deaf education and its impact on the sociological development, worldview and culture of a Deaf/hard of hearing individual.
For Deaf Studies participants only.

THE 243 Theology I 3 credit

A study of the introduction to theology, the defense of the faith, and the doctrines of the Bible and revelation, God, creation, and angels. Special attention is given to Assemblies of God issues (Technically: Proegomena, Apologetics, Bibliology, Theology Proper, Cosmology, and Angelology.)
Prerequisites: OLT 123 and NWT 113.

THE 303 Theology II 3 credit

A study of the doctrines of humanity, sin, Christ, and salvation. Special attention is given to Assemblies of God issues. (Technically: Anthropology, Hamartiology, Christology, and Soteriology.)
Prerequisites: OLT 123, NWT 113.

THE 353 Theology III 3 credit

A study of the doctrines of the Holy Spirit, the Church, and death and the end times. Special attention is given to Assemblies of God issues. (Technically: Pnuematology, Ecclesiology, and Eschatology: Personal and General.)
Prerequisites: OLT 123, NWT 113.

THE 473 Old Testament Theology 3 credit

The study of special revelation in its Old Testament historical setting as themes emerge in the progressive revelation of God. The varied emphases and approaches of contemporary Old Testament theologians are surveyed.
Prerequisites: OLT 123 and BIB 200.