::Mathetes Reformed Theological College & Seminary::


(96 Semester Units to graduate: Major – 66 Units; Electives – 30 Units)



MDTH 501Theology I (3)
An in-depth study of Doctrine of God. Special attention is given to the doctrines of inspiration, creation, the sin of humanity, revelation, and the doctrine of holiness as they relate to the person and work of God in the world in which we live.
MDTH 502Theology II (3)
An in-depth study of the doctrines of the life and ministry of Jesus Christ, salvation, the Church, and the second coming of Christ. Special attention is given to Christian living as it relates to the life of holiness in Christ, the sacraments, and worship.
MDTH 503Theology III (3)
An integrated study of theology as it relates to the philosophy of religion, the psychology of religion, Christian ethics, and contemporary issues of political and cultural theological diversities. Special attention is given to the need for the church to meet contemporary challenges while maintaining its theological integrity. Prerequisites: MDTH 401 and MDTH 402.
MDTH 504History of the Early Church (3)
An in-depth course on the early Church that traces the social forces of the Roman civilization as it interacted with the Church, beginning with Pentecost, continuing through the decree of Constantine, and including Augustine who greatly impacted the early Church. Also the impact on the Church of the great personalities of that particular era will be examined.
MDTH 505History of the Medieval Church (3)
An in-depth course that examines the development of the Church from Augustine, through the fall of Rome, the founding of the Holy Roman Empire, the Crusades, the Great Schism, and the Reformation up to the beginning of Enlightenment and the modern period.
MDTH 506History of the Modern Church (3)
An in-depth study of the Church beginning with the Enlightenment, it tenets, its impact on the development of European higher criticism and the modern Church. This course attempts to capture reasons behind, and the impact of the Enlightenment on culture, science, and the Industrial Revolution. Finally, this course deals with the shift away from that influence to what is now being called Postmodernity in the late 20th century.
MDTH 507Seminar in the Development of the Christian Movement (3)
In this course, the students will prepare and present papers that address specific time periods in Church history and hold a class discussion on their topics. The purpose of the seminar will be to tie the historical movement of the Church to today’s context, in order to rediscover and apply history to today’s ministry. Prerequisites: MDTH 504, 506, 507.
MDTH 508Apologetics from Classical to Postmodern (3)
The Christian faith and its defense will be traced back to the ante-Nicene fathers in the second and third centuries (e.g. Justin Martyr, Origen, Tertullian, and more) who responded to the threats of heresies and hostility in the Roman Empire. Attention will also be given to the use of apologetics during the Reformation (Luther, Calvin, and Zwingli), and post-Reformation by those who defended the supernatural and historical reliability of Scripture. Approaches to apologetics in the late 20th century include C. S. Lewis, Francis Schaeffer, Josh McDowell, Chuck Colson, will be examined, and the new face of apologetics in the postmodern world will also be investigated.
MDTH 509The Theology of Augustine (3)
The study of the most important theological themes of Augustine will be the subject of this course. His emphases in the city of God, his arguments against Pelagius, and his doctrine of God’s sovereignty will also be studied.
MDTH 510The Theology of John Calvin (3)
This course will examine the most important theological themes of the reformer, John Calvin. His emphases on the absolute sovereignty of God, his extension of Augustine in his doctrine of double predestination, limited atonement, and the perseverance of the saints will also be studied.
MDTH 511The Theology of John Wesley (3)
An investigation of the most important theological themes of John Wesley and the significance of some of his most significant ministry methods will frame the content of this course. Among the topics covered will be his quadrilateral (scripture, tradition, reason, and experience), Christian perfection, class meetings, open-air preaching, and his organizational structure. Some other writers, e.g., John Fletcher, Richard Watson, who influenced the formulation of Methodist doctrine are also considered.
MDTH 512Christian Ethics (3)
The methodology of ethics, a subcategory of philosophy, will be examined in the light of the biblical and theological perspectives. Also, the student will be led to include an analysis of Christian responsibility concerning the impact of ethics in a number of contemporary social concerns.
MDTH 513Seminar in Christian Ethics (3)
Ethics in our society has become increasingly complicated. The students will prepare and present papers that address specific ethical issues and direct class discussion on their topics. Representative of the topics that will be examined in this course will be: the political climate in the United States, war and peace, cloning, genetic engineering, alternative lifestyles, family, situational and postmodern ethics, etc. Prerequisite: MDTH 512.
MDTH 514Theology of the Kingdom of God (3)
This course will address the following issues from a biblical perspective: “What is the Kingdom of God?” “Where does the Kingdom of God come from?” “Who is a citizen of the Kingdom of God?” “The Reality of the Kingdom.” These and additional questions will be examined from both Old and a New Testament perspectives.
MDTH 515Covenant Theology (3)
God’s Covenant with Abraham and his descendents will be examined in detail. In the light of the Old Testament, the New Covenant in the person, ministry, and passion of Jesus Christ will form the framework of this course. In addition, the full theological implications of the covenant theme in the Church and the world today will be the focus of study.
MDTH 516Pauline Theology (3)
An in-depth study of the teachings of the Apostle Paul; their sources in his early training and Christian experience; and their implications for subsequent Christian thought including today’s postmodern society.
MDTH 517Introduction to Philosophy (3)
This course will orient and inform the student to the field of philosophy by introducing the him/her to the terminology and the chief problems with which philosophy concerns itself: the nature of truth, cosmology, the nature of being, and more.
MDTH 518Philosophy of Religion (3)
Religion will be examined from a philosophical perspective. Included in the course will be the contribution made by philosophy to religion and the supplementary nature of faith and reflective thinking in the human existence.
MDTH 519Introduction to Logic (3)
A study of the principles of correct thinking and their applications through: 1) syllogistic reasoning, 2) the forms and purposes of deduction; and 2) the meaning and scope of induction.


MDBB 501Old Testament Seminar (3)
This course will cover selected topics and significant issues found in the Old Testament. Topics including: obedience and disobedience, the holiness of God, social justice as a condition of remaining in the promised land, prophecy, Jerusalem as the city of God, will be discussed.
MDBB 502New Testament Seminar (3)
This course will cover selected topics and significant issues found in the New Testament. The topics in this course will include: God’s unconditional love, the meaning of the incarnation for ministry, God’s sovereignty vs. human agency, the Great Commission, eschatology, and the spiritual gifts, will be discussed.
MDBB 503The Life and Teachings of Christ (3)
The premise of this course resides in the conviction that in the life and teaching of Jesus Christ we find principles and methods that are essential in the practice of the Christian faith. But in addition to personal practice, these methods and principles are significant factors in leading God’s people and the practice of ministry.
MDBB 504Seminar in Biblical Interpretation (3)
The study of biblical interpretation techniques is the heart of this course. Specifically, the Inductive Bible Study method will be used: 1) observation, 2) interpretation, and 3) application. Additional topics fundamental to the Inductive Method are the context and genre of the passages.
MDBB 505Spirituality Development (3)
Both the biblical and psychological foundations of the process surrounding the spiritual development in the life of the pastor and the laity will be the focus of this course.
MDBB 506Beginning Greek (3)
The first semester is a basic introduction to Koine Greek as the original written language of the New Testament. Emphasis is given to learning: the Greek alphabet, proper pronunciation, simple vocabulary, and the most foundational grammatical constructions.
MDBB 507Advanced Greek (3)
The second semester of New Testament Greek continues the learning of new vocabulary, and extends the students grasp of the grammatical constructions. In addition, the more easily read portions of the New Testament are read and translated together.
MDBB 508New Testament Greek Seminar (3)
The third semester involves a more detailed study of the New Testament Greek in translation. Selected portions of the New Testament are translated. In addition, the third semester provides studies in textual and literary criticism and a survey of available helps for the study of the New Testament and their use.
MDBB 509Beginning Hebrew (3)
An introduction to the vocabulary, grammar, and syntax of biblical Hebrew will form the core of the first semester. Emphasis is given to learning: the Hebrew alphabet, proper pronunciation, simple vocabulary, and the most foundational grammatical constructions.
MDBB 510Advanced Hebrew (3)
The second semester of Hebrew continues the learning of new vocabulary, and extends the students grasp of the grammatical constructions. In addition, the more easily read portions of the Hebrew text are read and translated together.
MDBB 511Old Testament Hebrew Seminar (3)
The third semester involves a more detailed study of the Old Testament Hebrew in translation. Selected portions of the Old Testament are translated. In addition, the third semester provides survey of available helps for the study of the Old Testament, and their use.



MDM 501Worship (3)
This course provides an overview that includes a study of the biblical and historical perspectives of Christian worship. The major course emphasis focuses on the pastor’s role in formulating and leading worship services.
MDM 502Principles of Oral Communication (3)
A study of the development of communication skills for public speaking. Special application is made of skills in organization, audience analysis/adaptation, nonverbal communication, and listening through the preparation, delivery, and evaluation of speeches in class. A study of voice production identifies potential problems and corrective measures.
MDM 503Sermon Construction (3)
An introduction to the basic objectives of preaching. This course emphasizes the organization of sermon materials. Specific issues of content for preaching are thoroughly considered in the advanced sermon courses. Prerequisites: a competency in writing, Introduction to Old or New Testament, Seminar in Biblical Interpretation, and Oral Communication.
MDM 504Preaching Lab (3)
Major emphasis is given to preparing and preaching sermons. Self, peer, and professor evaluation utilizing video equipment facilitate student improvement. The preparation and delivery of at least three full sermon manuscripts are required. The emphasis of the course centers on the clear exposition of Scripture involving integration of accurate exegesis, effective communication, and pertinent application. Prerequisites: Oral Communication, Sermon Construction, and demonstrated writing skills.
MDM 505Contemporary Preaching (3)
A course that examines current methods and techniques of homiletics. This is an advanced course that emphasizes the various ways in which audio-visuals and the use of the performing arts (music, drama, and skits) can be used to enhance and illustrate sermons and facilitate their delivery. Prerequisites: Sermon Construction and Preaching Lab.
MDM 506Pastoral Leadership (3)
This course examines the nature, functions, and strategies of leadership through a survey of current leadership and management literature. The case-study method of learning involves students in real, contemporary situations. In addition, the acquired understanding of leadership is integrated into a philosophy of leadership for the pastor in the local church.
MDM 507Spiritual Formation (3)
An exploration of the uniqueness of a person’s spiritual development in a lifelong progression toward Christlikeness. Biblical and theological tenants are examined. Attention is given to the shaping power of Scripture and the spiritual disciplines. The course requirements call for a balance between examination of theory and intentional application. Class sessions capitalize on the value of community and accountability.
MDM 508Church Administration (3)
A course designed to train the student for leadership in the local church. Attention is given to management, administration, and leadership skills as the ministerial leader works with lay leaders and the congregation to build a viable church in the contemporary world. This course is also designed to help students develop leadership competencies.
MDM 509Evangelism (3)
A thorough study of public and personal evangelism built on the New Testament mission of the Church. Evangelistic preaching, revivals, discipleship, personal soul winning, methods designed to help reach postmodern people, and follow-up discipleship are addressed.
MDM 510Personal Evangelism (3)
An in-depth study of the rationale, methods, and biblical foundations of personal evangelism comprises the core of this course. In addition, a study of contemporary American values, postmodernism, which greatly impact and alter the traditional methods of personal evangelism will also be addressed.
MDM 511Pastoral Counseling and Pastoral Care (3)
A course dealing with principles of psychological and biblical counseling that provides ministry to the physically, spiritually, and emotionally ill person. This study is integrated with other more traditional aspects of pastoral care. Self-understanding and listening skills as well as religious resources and exercises such as Scripture, prayer, and openness and obedience to the inner direction of the Holy Spirit are emphasized.
MDM 512Advanced Pastoral Counseling (3)
An in-depth seminar-type class that views counselor characteristics, counseling needs, counseling techniques, and counseling dangers. Also featured will be the pastor-counselor’s relationship to his/her family, staff (volunteer and professional), and his/her peers. The aim of this course is to prepare pastor-counselors with resources, confidence, and delight in intervention therapy and healing. Additionally, the course will focus on the liability and insurance issues that modify what the pastor can or cannot do in pastoral counseling. Prerequisites: MDM 510.
MDM 513Marriage and the Family (3)
A comprehensive study of the biblical/theological, psychological, and sociological foundations of marriage and the family. The course focuses primarily on the issues and pressures facing the contemporary Christian family in the local church and in the parsonage. Resources for implementing meaningful ministry to engaged couples and families are included.
MDM 514Principles of Church Growth (3)
A thorough study of the basic church growth concepts as espoused by Donald McGavran, and practical ideas as to how to apply the biblical and sociological principles in the North American local church.
MDM 515Philosophy of Ministry (3)
The basic components of a philosophy of ministry will be discussed in this seminar, along with the application of scriptural and theological principles leading to the formation of a philosophy of ministry in the local church setting.
MDM 516Church and Society (3)
The major thrust of this course is centered in expanding the understanding of the student concerning the increasing pluralistic and complex nature of American culture, and world culture, and how these realities impact the ministry of the Church of Jesus Christ today. The obverse will also be examined, that being, how the Church can become proactive in today’s complex context.
MDM 517Urban Anthropology and Christian Ministry (3)
A survey of the biblical, historical, and theological rationale for doing urban ministry, as well as a sociological/anthropological study of the urban context. The student is included in actual research the results of which are used to analyze urban complexity and discuss the implications for ministry. Both the challenges and opportunities that complex culture provides for doing ministry will be examined.
MDM 518Theology of Missions (3)
The biblical and theological foundations of missions will be studied in this course. Also questions concerning how a changing world is creating the need for the Church to rethink its current mission structures and policies, as well as its theology will be examined.
MDM 519Advanced Church Planting (3)
A course designed to help advanced students gain insights, skills, strategy and vision for planting churches. Each student will develop a plan for planting a church based his/her own demographic and interview research in an assigned geographic area. Prerequisites: MDM 512, and the consent of the instructor.
MDM 520Intercultural Communication (3)
An introductory course that walks the student through the key concepts of communication and culture. Topics that will be studied include: barriers to intercultural communication; amelioration techniques, dimensions of culture; multi-culturalism; women, family, and children; and culture’s influence on perception.
MDM 521Multiple Staff Ministries (3)
An in-depth study of the relationships, functions (job descriptions), responsibilities, organizational structures, procedures, and optimal dynamics, needed in designing an effective sharing ministry. The options and combinations for staff ministry are explored with an emphasis on the vital roles played by assistants, associates, and even volunteer ministers in a well-managed congregation.
MDM 522Foundations of Christian Education (3)
A study of the various principles, methods, and media that are foundational and helpful to the operation of Christian Education in the local church. This course focuses on the theoretical basis and the practical application of methods to be used in the church’s educational ministry.



Master of Arts in Christian Education
(72 Semester Units: Major – 48 Units; Electives – 24 Units)

MCE 501Principles and Methods of Education (3)
A comprehensive study of the scriptural and historical backgrounds of Christian education, with special emphasis on the various specialized teaching ministries of the local church in operation today. The pastor’s role as leader of the educational ministries is emphasized, and the relationship between effective Christian education and meaningful church growth is explored.
MCE 502The History of Christian Education (3)
This course is a foundational study of the biblical and the historical basis for the development of Christian Education. Ideas and concepts are explained and discussed concerning how Christian Education can be modified and improved to meet the needs of today’s society.
MCE 503The Administration of Christian Education (3)
A study of the administrative practices that make Christian education in the local church effective. The following are some of the topics examined: how the Christian education minister facilitates the church education program, the Christian education minister’s relationship with both the pastor and the teachers, and the organization and leading of a Christian education committee. Prerequisite: MCE 502.
MCE 504Human Development (3)
A foundational course designed to use biblical, psychological, and sociological data better to understand one’s self. The course seeks to assist students to see themselves as whole persons in a changing world where their ministry must be done. Prerequisite for MCE 506.
MCE 505Christian Formation (3)
The principles of Christian formation adds the study and the practice of the Christian disciplines to human development. Issues of formation, both personal and public, and accountability, will be examined in this course. Prerequisite: MCE 504.
MCE 506Christian Spiritual Leadership (3)
This course examines the nature, functions, and strategies of leadership through a survey of current leadership and management literature. The case-study method of learning involves students in real, contemporary situations. Prerequisite: MCE 504
MCE 507Teaching Discipleship (3)
An in-depth course that centers on teaching the principles of leading new Christians to spiritual maturity. The issues surrounding teaching discipleship to all kinds of people in the Church. The course will cover both the theory and the praxis of teaching discipleship to new Christians, and how to teach mature Christians to disciple others.
MCE 508Christian Character Building Principles (3)
An in-depth study that examines those biblical and spiritual principles that build character into the life of the Christian. The material for this course will include such subjects as conditional promises, love, obedience, pain and suffering, patience, humility, and more. Prerequisite: MCE 505.
MCE 509Church School Theory and Practice (3)
This foundational course examines the principles of how the church school functions, including the responsibilities church school educators have for curriculum, administration, and the students.
MCE 510Church School Administration (3)
The broad scope of church school administration will be studied. Issues such as qualifications of staff, officers, job descriptions, and state law requirements will be discussed in detail.
MCE 511Curriculum Development (3)
Traditional curriculum development and recent trends in both secular and Christian Education will be studied in this course. Curricular issues that will be examined in this course include: how to develop curriculum for the student who lives with computer science, the use of ESL as a curricular tool in the classroom, Bible teaching using contemporary topics.
MCE 512Teaching Methods (3)
The use of traditional teaching materials will be studied in this course, and how they relate both to teaching methods and the contemporary Sunday school student. This course is a prerequisite for MCE 513.
MCE 513Christian Education with Children (3)
A study of the developmental characteristics of early and late childhood. Consideration is given to the concepts of the home, family, self-esteem, values, and motivation as each relates to the student. Emphasis is placed on creative methods and ministry designed to meet the needs of children. Prerequisite: MCE 512.
MCE 514Seminar in Christian Education (3)
This course will create a forum in which the students will prepare case studies from their own experience for class discussion. The case studies will highlight specific problems in Christian Education, and the student will lead the class discussion using the pedagogical they have learned. Prerequisites: MCE 511, MCE 512, and the permission of the instructor.
MCE 515Christian Education with Youth (3)
A course focusing on youth in culture and ministry. Attention is given to organization, structure, values and motivation as each relates to youth. Emphasis is placed on creative methods and ministry designed to meet the needs of youth.
MCE 516Youth Psychology (3)
A study of issues surrounding the psychology of junior High and high school students in America and Southern California. Issues surrounding the impact of peer pressure, both the print and the broadcast media, cultural factors that impact immigrant youth, and parental control will be examined.
MCE 517Christian Education with Adults (3)
A course review of the history, philosophy, and psychology of adults and adult education. Emphasis is placed on the uniqueness of each group of young, middle, and senior married people, and single adults in the local church, and on the necessity of creative ministry to the special needs of each of these groups of adults.
MCE 518The Use of Audio-Visuals & Computer Technology (3)
The content of this course encompasses specific ways and means of utilizing audio-visuals, video materials, and internet resources in the classroom. In addition, the many new and creative teaching aids that have potential in the church school classroom will also be discussed.
MCE 519Current Trends in Christian Education (3)
The major issues surrounding current changes and trends in Christian Education today will be the major topics of discussion in this course.
MCE 520The Evaluation of Learning (3)
The principles of measurement: the function of examinations; the construction of informal tests for classroom use, and the utilization of tests in the classroom setting, will form the major content of this course.
MCE 521The Practice of Mentoring in Teacher Training (3)
A study of the methods used by experienced teachers in the development of new teachers will be the major focus of this course. The examination of their use is not only functional in the training process, but preceptors can also use them in the ongoing development of teachers.
MCE 522Individualized Education (3)
Principles and models of individualized education will be examined as tools for accelerated Christian education. As the home use of computers expands, the added potential of bringing the classroom of the Church into the homes of the people (particularly to the elderly, and infirm). The ethical and practical issues surrounding this new option will be discussed.
MCE 523Research in Christian Education (3)
This course informs the student about the study resources available to the student in researching Christian Education, but more importantly, provides for the student to do a comprehensive research project.


Master of Arts in Church Music
(70-72 Semester Units to graduate: Major – 48 Units; Electives – 24 Units)

MM 501The History of Music (3)
This course is designed to study the development of music through each major historical period. The most influential composers from each period are studied.
MM 502Analysis of Musical Form and Style (3)
A study of the various forms and styles of music utilized in the church. Included in the study will be classical music, the old hymns, gospel songs, choruses, and contemporary worship music.
MM 503Advanced Music Theory I (3)
An advanced-level music theory course that includes a study of dominant seventh chords, non-dominant seventh chords, altered non-harmonic tones, secondary dominants, and the modulation to closely related keys. Prerequisite: Knowledge of the material contained in BAM 402-405. Non-credit undergraduate remedial course(s) can be taken.
MM 504Advanced Music Theory II (3)
A course continuing the study of harmonic structure in music by exploring the use of borrowed chords, augmented sixth cords, the Neapolitan sixth, altered dominants, diminished seventh chords, chromatic third-relation harmony, and the modulation to foreign keys. Prerequisite: Advanced Music Theory I.
MM 505Music Internship (3)
Students are placed with area ministers of music for practical hands-on training in the local church. The music faculty intern director must approve the internship arrangements. At least 90 clock hours of approved service must be logged and turned in. Students are expected to be as involved as professional staff in actually serving the local church in such ways as: helping to plan an order of service, assisting with the directing of choirs or ensembles, etc. Prerequisite: the completion of at least 50 credit hours in the M.M. Degree Program.
MM 506Foundations of Teaching Voice (3)
An advanced course designed to give the student a foundation for instructing beginners in vocal techniques and helping them to identify the symptoms, causes and cures of vocal problems. At the end of the course, the student should be able to instruct others in the principles of vocal sound, posture, breathing and support, phonation, resonation, and articulation.
MM 507Advanced Vocal Techniques (3)
This advanced course is designed to instruct the student in teaching proper singing techniques that prepare the student to minister in the local church, and instruct choir members and individuals. In addition to gospel songs, the student will study sacred and secular art songs that have proven valuable in teaching good vocal production. Prerequisite: MM 508 and 509.
MM 508Private Voice I (1)
Private lessons in voice at the graduate level. Prerequisite for MM 507. The student can waive MM 508 and 509 if, in a performance, he or she demonstrates sufficient vocal competency. Both MM 508 and MM 509 may be repeated.
MM 509Private Voice II (1)
Advanced voice lessons. Private lessons in voice at the graduate level. Prerequisite for MM 507. The student can waive MM 508 and 509 if, in a performance, he or she demonstrates sufficient vocal competency. Both MM 508 and MM 509 may be repeated.
MM 510Hymnology (3)
A study of the music of the Protestant movement, including a survey of hymns, gospel songs, and hymnal analysis. The distinctive nature of evangelical music is also considered.
MM 511Concert Choir (3)
A program offering practical experience in mixed voice singing of accompanied and unaccompanied choral music of various styles. The class meets for two hours of rehearsal each week. The course is open to all students including non-music programs. Prerequisite: audition and the consent of the conductor.
MM 512Conducting I (3)
Conducting at the graduate level assumes that the student already has a basic competency in conducting. This course is a prerequisite for MM 513. The student can waive this course, if he or she can demonstrate sufficient competency in conducting to the instructor.
MM 513Conducting II (3)
This course is an advanced study of conducting techniques, and choral literature for use with various types of ensembles and choirs at various age levels, including the principles of programming and preparing for full-scale musicals and cantatas. Attention will be given to the total church music program. Prerequisites: MM512 and consent of the instructor.
MM 514Philosophy of Music in the Church (3)
An in-depth study of the many music traditions within the Church while paying attention to both the contemporary and the cultural mix. Included in the course will be cultural, inter-generational, and musical genre issues. After considering all of the factors together, the student will formulate his or her own philosophy of music.
MM 515Staging Musical/Drama Productions (3)
A course exploring the areas of musical/drama preparation including: their use in sermons, benefits of outreach into the community, involving the whole church, the building of props and scenery, the proper use of choreography, authentic costuming and makeup, and techniques of effective drama.
MM 516Composing and Arranging I (3)
A course introducing the student to the basic techniques of composing, including the acceptable rules and parameters within which the composer works. Also presents creative ideas and techniques for vocal arranging and how to deal with supportive accompaniment. Prerequisite: Advanced Music Theory II.
MM 517Composing and Arranging II (3)
An advanced course on composing and arranging in which the student, under the guidance of the professor, will begin to compose and perform his/her own works in class. Prerequisite: Composing and Arranging I.
MM 518Instrumental I (3)
Private lessons in piano, keyboard, or organ. This course is a prerequisite for MM 505. The student can waive MM 504 if he or she in a performance before the piano instructor can demonstrate sufficient competency with the instrument.
MM 519Instrumental II (3)
Advanced lessons in piano, keyboard or organ.


BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES (Electives for Master Degree)

MMB 501Cultural Anthropology (3)
This course provides the student with an introduction to cultural anthropology. Even though an anthropological perspective is advanced within the context of Christian mission, special attention is given to the many cultures now moving to the United States and living in Southern California. The implications for ministry of so many different peoples living in such close proximity will be explored.
MMB 502Anthropological Tools for Ministry in the City (3)
This course delineates and explains essential anthropological tools missionaries can use to enhance their activity. The study of such things as participant observation, kinship, world view, cultural transformation, rites of passage, and the use and allocation of time and space will introduce some of tools.
MMB 503Social Anthropology (3)
A study of the principles of social anthropology, including social structures / networks, world view, and economic concerns, and their implications for ministry in complex culture. The principles are also applicable in rural culture.
MMB 504World view and World view Change (3)
A study of the nature and function of world view and the dynamics of world view change. Special attention is given to transition and the impact that world view change has on the Christian Church.
MMB 505Methods of Observing and Interpreting Culture (3)
A study designed to equip those working cross-culturally to discern and describe the structures of society and church. The techniques of interviewing, observing and documenting will be learned by the student. Prerequisite: MMB 501.
MMB 506Urban Anthropology (3)
Cross-cultural studies of urban and industrial areas. Consideration of religious, economic and sociological factors in the urban world will be discussed. Anthropological issues facing missionary activity in the city will be examined, and how anthropological research techniques can be used to understand how people who live in metropolitan areas function. Prerequisite: MMB 506.

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