Course Descriptions

BIB 1050 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.
3 credits


BIB 2010 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.
3 credits


COM 1100 Public Speaking in Society

The objective of this course is to provide students with an introduction to the principles of public discourse and civic engagement. The focus will be on a practical background in recognizing, analyzing, and constructing arguments in the public sphere. Readings, class time, and assignments will focus on the skills and concepts necessary for successful application of the principles to a civic engagement project.
3 credits


ECN 3000 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. The Greek word “Oikinomia” can be translated as economics or household management. This course will challenge students to take control of and properly manage the part of God’s creation (household) that he has put in their charge. Students will integrate knowledge and practice the skills required to manage resources in a technologically expanding global economy. Real world topics covered will include economics, personal money management, as well as managing the precious commodities of time, relationships, and spiritual advancement.
3 credits


ENG 1100 Effective Writing

This course is designed to help you develop and hone the skills necessary for clear and persuasive writing at the college level and beyond. The primary focus of the course is scholarly writing, though we will also explore other genres such as the personal expressive narrative, rhetorical analysis, and position paper. In particular, this course will help you engage complex issues and competing points of view, while articulating and supporting an argument using appropriate sources.
3 credits


FYE 1010 Freshman Foundations

This is a practical and academic course which is intended to prepare new students to engage in three key areas that define the Grace experience: Identity (individual and collective), Calling (as a student and through a vocation), and Learning (through the Grace Core and their major). This course is designed to make their years with 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 to prospective departments and faculty within the institution.
3 credits


GEO 1010 World Geography

This is a course designed to give students a general synopsis of the cultural and physical elements of human habitats, the significance of the elements of the earth to humans, and the use of maps and their importance. The course will specifically focus on human geography from a social science perspective, while integrating natural science concepts from the physical standpoint.
3 credits


HUM 2000 Global Perspectives

The purpose of Global Perspectives is to encounter world cultures through literature and dialogue. In this interdisciplinary course, students engage divergent outlooks from around the world, grappling with cultural differences and presuppositions. This course cultivates cultural and literary competency, provides a framework for understanding God’s heart for the nations, and prepares students for crosscultural experiences.
3 credits


HIS 2050 American Journeys

In this topical survey of the history of the United States to the end of World War II, students will be introduced to the major issues, broad developments and perennial questions that cut to the heart of American identity. The course will cover such topics as the ideological origins of the American nation, the historical relationship between state and national sovereignty, race and slavery, sectional tensions and the Civil War, social and religious movements, and the culture wars that continue to impact American society today.
3 credits


HIS 2040 American Journeys from 1877

This course is a survey of the history of the United States from the end of Reconstruction in 1877 to the present. Themes to be investigated include societal structures, political developments, economic factors, and the effects of warfare.
3 credits


HIS 1380 Contemporary America and the World

This course is a topical approach to the history of the United States from the Cold 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 topics related to issues of culture, politics, and conflict as well as current events and trends.
3 credits


HUM2100 Creative Arts and Culture

Through the landscape of cultural history, this course explores the human phenomenon of creativity from prehistoric culture to our contemporary urban society. Posing the question “Why creative arts?” this course examines how creativity and culture define and reflect each other. Viewed through a global, chronological, or thematic approach and in context of time and place, interrelationships of various modes of expression are presented for works of art, music, and literature. During the course, students are required to select two experiential activities (beyond Grace campus)* for engaging in creative arts and culture. Examples include, but are not limited to, art museums, gallery exhibits, visual and performing arts festivals, international/cultural festivals, symphony orchestras, music concerts, theatrical productions, and literary events. Grace Core requirement.
3 credits


LIT 2000 Introduction to Literary Studies

Most readers are able to arrive at some understanding of the content of a literary work. A sophisticated reader who is fluent in literary critical habits and vocabulary can also say how a work of literature gives meaning to that content. This class will provide you with an intensive experience of discovering how literature makes meaning. With its series of small assignments and discussion-oriented class-time, you might envision this more as a lab than a class, in which you explore some of the standard analytic modes of our discipline and apply them to works of literature from different genres and eras.
3 credits


MAT 1120 College Algebra (Online program only)

Topics include algebraic operations, manipulation of functions, polynomial equation solutions, inequalities, logarithms, and exponentials. There will be practice with solving systems of equations, graphing, and algebra applications. Three credits
MAT 1180 Mathematical Models (Main Campus program only)
This is a course on mathematical applications which uses algebra, statistics, logic, and other mathematical concepts to study and model the world around us. Topics include applied statistical applications, Fibonacci numbers, the golden ratio, population growth, and logic. Prerequisites: 12 credit hours; Basic Algebra.
3 credits


PHI 3010 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.
3 credits


POS 2200 Introduction to American Government

This course introduces students to how the political system in America functions. It focuses on the actual workings of the American government and starts with the cultural and constitutional contexts of American politics. Students will examine such general topics as the Constitution, branches of government, political parties, special interest groups, the media and public opinion.
3 credits


PSY 1100 Introduction to Psychology

Introduction to Psychology provides a general survey of the science of psychology. It includes the study of research methodology, emotion, biological foundations, learning and cognition, perception, development, personality, abnormal psychology, and social psychology.
3 credits


PSY 1200 Essentials of Behavioral Science

This introductory course in Behavioral Sciences provides an opportunity to learn about various behavioral science topics, concepts and real life applications. This course will survey multiple topics as they relate to relationships. 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. The focus of this course is on improving relationships in many different sectors of life.
3 credits


SCI 2030 Faith, Science, and Reason

Faith, Science, and Reason is designed to assist the student in (1) demonstrating the scope and magnitude of science and mathematics; (2) why we study these subjects; (3) knowing the limitations of these subjects; (4) where the Christian fits and operates within the scientific paradigm; and (5) how a Christian can incorporate their faith and reason within the scientific enterprise and how to use it as a productive platform when communicating to those of different worldviews.
3 credits


SCI 1140 Physical Science Survey

Physical Science Survey Activities and lectures will cover motion, energy, gravity, light, radiation, earth materials, and space.
3 credits