Course Descriptions

Relationship to God

BIB105 Exploring the Bible

This course provides a survey of the biblical story in its progressive unfolding of the history of redemption within the framework of creation, fall, redemption, consummation. Attention is given to the literary, historical, cultural, and theological dimensions of Scripture as it offers a metanarrative or ‘worldview-story.’ Emphasis is placed on the unity of Scripture as it reaches its fullness and fulfillment in Christ, while at the same time recognizing key developments and differences between the various chapters of the biblical storyline. Three Hours.

BIB201 Scripture and Interpretation

Foundational principles of effective Bible study will be applied for personal study and small group Bible study leadership. Observational skills of the English text will be developed through hands-on activities and assignments. Hermeneutical principles will be applied to various biblical genres with the goal of equipping the learner to interpret the text based on its historical/cultural and literary context. Application of the meaning of the text for spiritual formation will be emphasized as well. Three Hours. 

BIB330 Essential Doctrinal Themes

This course is designed to engage the student in the essential doctrines of the Christian Faith and to help them complete the desired transference from belief to conviction in their personal faith.  The purpose of this class is to examine eight areas of theology in such a manner as to allow the learner to search the Scriptures so they can begin to articulate and defend what they believe about the Christian faith.  Special attention will be given to helping the student grasp the historical doctrinal commitments of Grace College and Seminary by engaging students in class discussion around those commitments. Three Hours.

Relationship to Self

FYE101 Freshman Foundations

This is a practical, academic course which is intended to prepare new students to engage in three key areas of their first-year transition into college: Understanding who we are, Understanding who they are, and Understanding our Call.  This course is designed to make their years at Grace the best experience possible. This course will help students discover their God-given strengths, navigate through current college issues, and help the student better understand what makes a Christian liberal arts education valuable. It will also introduce students to the value of service in the local community and introduce students to prospective departments and faculty within the institution, assisting in the selection process of choosing a major and a career. Three Hours. 

ECN300 Consumer Economics 

Consumer Economics is a course designed to prepare students to understand the economic system from a Biblical perspective and how it affects individuals as consumers, producers and citizens. Students will integrate knowledge, skills and practices required for management of resources in a technologically expanding global economy. Real world topics covered will include income, money management, spending and credit, as well as saving and investing. Core skills in decision making, problem solving, critical thinking, goal setting, management of multiple roles and using technology are integrated into the course content. Three Hours.

PHI301 Christianity and Critical Thinking

This course will critically examine the beliefs and presuppositions of philosophers and philosophies over the centuries and their impact on modern Christianity and the Christian Worldview.  A critical examination will begin by utilizing the lens of Scripture as the basis of truth in evaluating these beliefs.  The application of that examination will be centered on the reasons for God as well as the nature of suffering and evil as learners are encouraged to formulate a biblically sound Christian Worldview. Three Hours.

Relationship to Others

COM110 Public Speaking

A study of communication theory as applicable to public speaking. Students explore the components of an effective speech, as well as current applications of speaking skills. Emphasis will be placed on practicing and displaying these skills in a laboratory setting. Three Hours, including lab.

ENG110 Effective Writing

The principles involved in writing clear expository, persuasive, and researched papers are studied and practiced. In addition, the English language is examined from a linguistic perspective. Three Hours.

PSY120 Essentials of Behavioral Science

This introductory course in Behavioral Sciences provides an opportunity to learn about the major behavioral science theories, concepts and its real life applications. This course will survey topics such as child development, parenting, gender differences, stress, self-care and abnormal behavior. Students will also be encouraged during this course to increase personal awareness of how cognitive and emotional factors influence behavior in a variety of social contexts. Additionally, this course will examine styles of relating as it pertains to employment, dating, marriage and family life.  Three Hours. 

Relationship to the World and the Environment

HIS138 Contemporary America and the World

This course is a topical approach to the cultural history of the United States from the end of the Second World War to the present, with special emphasis on America’s role in global affairs. Students will not only gain a broad understanding of America’s place in recent world events but also a specialized knowledge of various relevant topics and their historical context. Topics covered in this class have included the Cold War, the 1960s, American evangelicalism, and terrorism. This is the department’s general education course. Three Hours. 

HUM200 Global Perspectives 

In this course, students engage divergent outlooks from around the world, grappling with cultural differences and presuppositions. Defining literary works, films and guest speakers from different continents set the stage for literary and cultural discussions. This course will also provide a framework for understanding God’s heart for the nations, and will serve as the preparation for the Cross-Cultural Field Experience. Three Hours. 

Cross-Cultural Field Experience

The lab component of Global Perspectives is a required cross-cultural field experience that all Grace College students must fulfill prior to graduation.  Through this first-hand experience, students will have the opportunity to engage in a culture (in a global sense; i.e. different ethnicities or nationalities) other than their own for at least 7 days, and begin to apply learned concepts to a real-life situation.

HUM201 GoGrace Trips

Students selecting this option will choose from a number of domestic and international trips organized and administered by Grace College.  Zero Hour.

HUM202 CCFE Independent Trips 

Students who select this option create their own International field experience in consultation with the Global Perspectives faculty.  These experiences must be pre-approved and must last a minimum of 7 days.  Students must complete a debriefing lab in the semester immediately following their trip. Zero Hour.

HUM203 Third Culture/International

A course designed for bicultural individuals for whom the United States is a cross-cultural experience. Students explore some of the assumptions, values and beliefs that characterize the United States and compare those with other cultures. They also discover the third culture, as defined by Dr. Useem, “created, shared, and learned” by those who are from one culture and are in the process of relating to another. Fall A only.  Zero Hour.

STA001-STA064 Study Abroad Programs

Select majors require participation in the Study Abroad program to fulfill their program degree requirements.  Consult the Study Abroad website for current listings.  Twelve to Thirty Hours.

HUM210 Creative Arts and Culture

Through a global, thematic approach, this course explores the human phenomenon of creativity. Posing the question "Why creative arts?' this course focuses on exploring how culture and creativity reflect each other within the realm of visual and performing arts. Through themes of survival, religion, the state, and self, this course examines artists’ roles within cultures, the way art is made or performed, how meaning is derived, and how art is used, kept or destroyed. Required experiential activities for engaging in visual and performing arts include such things as attending museum exhibits, concerts or theatrical productions.  Three Hours.

SCI200 Science Matters

Exploration of physical and biological details of nature with emphasis on science history, the creation worldview, and earth stewardship. A “hands-on” approach is emphasized with activities and data analysis.  Three Hours.