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Undergraduate

Pre-Seminary Program

This program is the first step in preparing students for professional ministry and meets the entrance requirements for graduate or professional studies in seminary or graduate school. It can also be combined with another major, although the religious studies major is the most popular. With competition strong for limited openings in traditional pastoral ministry, the completion of professional training in ministry on the graduate level is an increasing requirement for successful career placement. With additional education, ministers can specialize in hospital chaplaincy or focus on teaching (with educational credentials), youth ministry, administration, or another specialized ministry.

Course Requirements

Pre-Seminary Program

The pre-seminary program prepares students for ministry as well as for seminary or graduate education in ministry, and may be pursued along with any desried major.

Required: 43 units (25 upper division), as follows:
The following RELB courses:
RELB 104 Jesus and the Gospels (4)
RELB 206 Sacred Texts: The Old Testament Scriptures (4)
RELB 207 Sacred Texts: The New Testament Scriptures (4)
RELB 409 Sacred Texts: Theory and Practice of Biblical Interpretation (4)
The following RELH courses:
RELH 254 Ellen G. White and the Church (4)
RELH 483 History of Seventh-day Adventism (4)
Plus, choice of:
RELH 445 History of Christianity I: Formation (4)
or RELH 446 History of Christianity II: Reformation (4)
or RELH 447 History of Christianity III: Transformation (4)
or RELH 495 Reformation Lands Tour (3-4)
The following RELP courses:
RELP 101 Introduction to Ministry I (1)
RELP 102 Introduction to Ministry II (1)
RELP 361 Homiletics I (4)
RELP 374 Externship (1)
The following RELT courses:
RELT 255 Theology I: Faith Seeking Understanding (4)
RELT 355 Theology II: God and Creation (4)
RELT 455 Theology III: Reconciliation and Consummation (4)

 

 


Minor in Biblical Languages

Biblical Languages Minor

Required: 31 units, as follows:
RELL 281 Beginning Greek I 3
RELL 282 Beginning Greek II 3
RELL 283 Beginning Greek III 3
RELL 381 Intermediate Greek I 3
RELL 382 Intermediate Greek II 3
RELL 383 Intermediate Greek III 3
RELL 481 Basic Hebrew I 3
RELL 482 Basic Hebrew II 3
RELL 483 Basic Hebrew III 3
Plus, choice of:
RELL 484 Intermediate Hebrew I 4
or RELB 409 Sacred Texts: Theory and Practice of Biblical 4

 

 

Pre-seminary Course Descriptions

COURSES

A student must receive a grade of C or better in order for a class to count as a prerequisite for another course. This applies to both individual and sequenced classes unless otherwise specified.

Archaeology

LOWER DIVISION

ARCH 216 Introduction to Archaeology (4): Survey of research in the reconstruction of early culture sequences and the rise of ancient societies; field methods in archaeological research; cultural resource management. Cross-listed with ANTH 216.

UPPER DIVISION

ARCH 432E The Mediterranean World of Antiquity (4): Examination of the birth and development of Egyptian, Greek, Roman, and other civilizations that formed around the Mediterranean basin during antiquity. Particular focus will be given to the region’s political, commercial, and cultural legacies to the West and how the Mediterranean served as a conduit for those activities and traditions. Cross-listed with HIST 432E.

ARCH 432F Mesopotamian Archaeology and History (4): Overview of the archaeology, history, religion, and literature of the peoples and cultures that inhabited ancient Mesopotamia, a region defined by the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers in what is modern Iraq and parts of Syria and Turkey. Both archaeological evidence and textual sources (Sumerian, Akkadian, and Luwian in translation) will be examined as relevant. Through our interpretation of the material culture, we will attempt to identify with the people, to perceive their ethos and the way they met, challenged, and lived life. From this study we will be able to appreciate the significant impact Mesopotamia had on civilization, both in the West, and ultimately, around the world.

ARCH 445 Old Testament Archaeology (4): Examination of the contributions that archaeology makes to an understanding of the historical and cultural backgrounds of the Old Testament. Cross-listed with RELB 445.

ARCH 446 New Testament Archaeology (4): Examination of the contributions that archaeology makes to an understanding of the historical and cultural backgrounds of the New Testament. Cross-listed with RELB 446.

ARCH 447 Archaeology Methods and Theory (4): Examination of theoretical and methodological approaches to the modern study of archaeology.

Restriction: Consent of instructor.

ARCH 459 Topics in Archaeological Studies (2-4): In-depth analysis of topics in Archaeological studies. See class schedule each quarter for possible offerings. May be repeated with different content.

Restriction: Consent of instructor

ARCH 494 Fieldwork in Ancient Near Eastern Archaeology (1-8): Completion of fieldwork in a specified area relating to ancient Near Eastern archaeology. May be repeated up to a total of 8 units.

Restriction: Consent of instructor.

ARCH 497 Seminar in Biblical Archaeology (4): Advanced study of major archaeological issues. Cross-listed with RELB 497.

Restriction: Consent of instructor.

Biblical Studies

LOWER DIVISION

RELB 104 Jesus and the Gospels (4): An overview of the historical and social setting in which Jesus taught as well as His teachings and their practical applications. Emphasis on the characteristics and contributions of the various canonical Gospels to Christian understandings of Jesus’ life and work.

RELB 206 Sacred Texts: The Old Testament Scriptures (4): Survey of the Old Testament, with emphasis on its historical setting, unity, and revelation of the plan of redemption.

RELB 207 Sacred Texts: The New Testament Scriptures (4): Survey of the New Testament, with emphasis on its historical setting, unity, and abiding message of God’s new covenant of grace.

RELB 244 Daniel and Revelation (4): Historical and prophetic study, with emphasis on gospel implications.

RELB 255 Understanding and Sharing Your Bible (4): A study of the Bible as Scripture in the church and as the living Word of God in Christian life and witness. Not open to students in the religious studies major, minor, or pre-seminary curriculum.

RELB 299 Directed Study (1-4): Lower-division independent study in Biblical studies, to be completed in consultation with an advisor.

Restriction: Consent of the instructor

UPPER DIVISION

RELB 309 Readings in Scripture (4): Analysis and exegesis of a selected work (or works) of the Old or New Testament. May be repeated for credit with different content to a maximum of 8 units. Does not apply to the religious studies major or to the pre-seminary curriculum.

RELB 404 New Testament Letters (2-4): Verse-by-verse study of selected documents, with emphasis on their theological and practical implications for Christians today.

RELB 406 Sacred Texts: Theory and Practice of Old Testament Interpretation (4): An advanced study and application of principles and practices of interpreting the Old Testament scriptures. Includes in-depth readings of selected biblical passages from a variety of hermeneutic perspectives. It is highly recommended that this course be taken subsequent to or simultaneously with RELL 483.

Prerequisite: RELB 206 or permission of the instructor

RELB 407 Sacred Texts: Theory and Practice of New Testament Interpretation (4): An advanced study and application of principles and practices of interpreting the New Testament scriptures. Includes in-depth readings of selected biblical passages from a variety of hermeneutic perspectives. It is highly recommended that this course be taken subsequent to or simultaneously with RELL 383.

Prerequisite: RELB 207 or permission of the instructor

RELB 419 The Gospel of John (2-4): An exegetical study of the Gospel of John, with special emphasis on Johannine Christology and other central motifs of the text.

RELB 424 Old Testament Prophets (4): Origin and development of Old Testament prophecy as a background for understanding the prophetic writings. Introduction to each writing prophet; the relevance of his message to his own time and to the present.

RELB 445 Old Testament Archaeology (4): An examination of the contributions that archaeology makes to an understanding of the historical and cultural backgrounds of the Old Testament. Cross-listed as ARCH 445.

RELB 446 New Testament Archaeology (4): An examination of the contributions that archaeology makes to an understanding of the historical and cultural backgrounds of the New Testament. Cross-listed as ARCH 446.

RELB 447 Archaeology Methods and Theory (4): Examination of theoretical and methodological approaches to the modern study of archaeology.

RELB 459 Topics in Biblical Studies (2-4): In-depth analysis of topics in Biblical studies. See class schedule each quarter for possible offerings. May be repeated with different content.

Restriction: Consent of instructor

RELB 464 The Letter to the Romans (2-4): An exegetical study of Paul’s most complete summation of the Christian gospel.

RELB 494 Fieldwork in Ancient Near Eastern Archaeology (1-8): This course involves the completion of fieldwork in a specified area relating to ancient Near Eastern archaeology. May be repeated up to a total of 8 units.

Restriction: Consent of the instructor

RELB 497 Proseminar in Biblical Archaeology (4): Advanced study of major archaeological issues.

Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor

RELB 498 Senior Thesis (1-8): An opportunity for majors to showcase their breadth of knowledge or research abilities in the area of Biblical studies, as well as to pursue an issue of their special interest in Biblical studies in further detail.

Prerequisites: Consent of advisor, thesis mentor & dean

RELB 499 Directed Study (1-4): Upper-division independent study in Biblical studies, to be completed in consultation with an advisor.

Restrictions: Consent of the instructor required; limited to pre-seminary or religious studies major students

Christian Ethics

LOWER DIVISION

RELE 205 Biblical Ethics in the Modern World (4): An introduction to the study of biblical ethics. Principles of biblical interpretation, general themes in biblical ethics, and specific issues addressed by Bible writers, with a view toward contemporary application.

UPPER DIVISION

RELE 405 Moral Philosophy (3-4): A philosophical investigation of major moral theories associated with notions such as virtue, natural law, duty, and responsibility. Moral concepts (e.g. ‘the good’, ‘the right’, ‘the just’) will be studied, and their application to problems concerning the individual and society explored. Readings will include the works of moral philosophers, both ancient and modern. It is highly recommended that PHIL 204 be taken before enrolling in this course. Cross-listed as PHIL 405.

Restriction: Consent of the instructor.

RELE 447 Religion and Society (4): Exploration of Biblical themes which call the individual of faith and the community of faith to fulfill personal as well as social obligations. Examination of the dynamics involved as a religious movement evolves toward a religious institution. Models of relationship between church and world.

RELE 448 Christian Professional and Business Ethics (4): Ethical issues emerging in professional and business transactions. An assessment of ethical theory, followed by selected case studies. Not open to students who have credit in UNST 404C.

RELE 454 Applied Ethics and Social Issues (2-4): Implications of moral principles for selected problems in social policy. Cross-listed as PHIL 454.

RELE 455 Christian Understanding of Sexuality (2-4): Interpretations of human sexuality in ancient, medieval, and modern theology, with emphasis on contemporary discussions of masculinity, femininity, monogamy, pornography, homosexuality, and professional ethics.

RELE 457 Religion and Gender (4): An exploration of the multilevel relationships between religion as a cultural phenomenon, institutional structure, and personal spirituality as well as gender as a biological characteristic and social construct.

RELE 459 Issues in Religious Ethics (4): In-depth consideration of selected major ethical concerns in contemporary societal and individual life.

RELE 497 Proseminar in Christian Ethics (2-4): Advanced study of major ethical concerns, as they apply to Christians and to the Christian lifestyle.

Restriction: Consent of the instructor

RELE 498 Senior Thesis (1-8): An opportunity for majors to showcase their breadth of knowledge or research abilities in the area of Christian ethics, as well as to pursue an issue of their special interest in Christian ethics in further detail.

Prerequisites: Consent of advisor, thesis mentor & dean

RELE 499 Directed Study (1-4): Upper-division independent study in Christian ethics, to be completed in consultation with an advisor.

Restrictions: Consent of the instructor; limited to students majoring in religious studies or to pre-seminary students

General Religious Studies

LOWER DIVISION

RELG 235 Introduction to Religious Studies (4): Examination of how religion provides meaning, societal structure and ethical guidance. Issues of method and theory will be considered in the context of such religious phenomena as the sense of the sacred, religious language, sacred narrative, sacred time and place, ritual, symbolism, and religious community. Not open to students with credit in UHNR 224.

RELG 237 World Religions (4): A study of religion in human experience. Topics include religious phenomena, the function of religion, religious institutions, interaction between religion and culture, Christianity and other major world religions.

RELG 267 Religious Faith and Life (4): Exploration of the potential and meaning of a life of faith in a secularized and pluralistic world.

UPPER DIVISION

RELG 306 Sacred Texts: The Literature of the World’s Religions (4): Survey and interpretation of selected classical texts of the Hindu, Buddhist, Taoist, Muslim, and Shinto traditions, in historical and cultural context.

RELG 327 Asian Philosophical Traditions (4): An investigation of the major philosophical themes and movements among the civilizations of India, China, and Japan. Includes questions of knowledge, reality, the self, nature, society, and social ethics. Consideration is also given to issues of human rights, as well as to environmental and political philosophy, in connection with the so-called “Asian values” debate. It is highly recommended that PHIL 204 be taken before enrolling in this course. Cross-listed as PHIL 327.

RELG 459 Seminar: Issues in Religious Studies (1-4): Advanced study of major and minor areas of interest applicable to the field of religious studies. May be repeated with different content.

Restriction: Consent of instructor.

RELG 498 Senior Thesis (1-8): An opportunity for majors to showcase their breadth of knowledge or research abilities in the area of religious studies, as well as to pursue an issue of their special interest in religious studies in further detail.

Restriction: Consent of advisor, thesis mentor & dean

RELG 499 Directed Study (1-4): Upper-division independent study in religious studies, to be completed in consultation with an advisor.

Restrictions: Consent of the instructor; limited to students majoring in religious studies or to pre-seminary students

Historical Studies

LOWER DIVISION

RELH 254 Ellen G. White and the Church (4): The prophetic ministry of Ellen G. White in relation to the origin and development of Adventism, with emphasis on the present significance of her writings.

UPPER DIVISION

RELH 425 Contemporary Religious Issues (2-4): An analysis of a number of religious issues (such as ecumenism and the charismatic movement) which are prominent enough to be discussed extensively in contemporary journals.

RELH 445 History of Christianity I: Formation (4): The birth and development of Christianity from the apostolic age to the year 1000, with emphasis on the formation of Christian beliefs and traditions. Cross-listed as HIST 445.

RELH 446 History of Christianity II: Reformation (4): Christianity from 1000 to the age of the Renaissance and Reformation, with emphasis on 16th-century movements and the emergence of Protestantism. Cross-listed as HIST 446.

RELH 447 History of Christianity III: Transformation (4): Christianity in the Enlightenment, post-Enlightenment, and modern eras, including the American religious scene (Students may elect to focus on the origins and development of Adventism). Cross-listed as HIST 447.

RELH 483 History of Seventh-day Adventism (3-4): A study of the origins, context, and development of Seventh-day Adventist doctrines and institutions from the 1840s to the 21st century. Includes consideration of the role of Ellen G. White. Cross-listed as HIST 430N.

RELH 488 Theology in the 20th Century (3-4): An examination of major figures, issues, and resources in contemporary theology in the 20th century and beyond.

Restriction: Consent of the instructor

RELH 494 Adventist Heritage Tour (3-4): A study of Adventist Heritage that may incorporate field trips, extensive travelling, and various types of coursework including reports, presentations, and papers.

RELH 495 Reformation Lands Tour (3-4): A study of the Christian Reformation that may incorporate field trips, extensive travelling, and various types of coursework including reports, presentations, and papers.

RELH 497 Proseminar in Church History (4): Advanced study of church history that may include in-depth looks at specific historical, social, and religious aspects.

Restriction: Consent of the instructor

RELH 498 Senior Thesis (1-8): An opportunity for majors to showcase their breadth of knowledge or research abilities in the area of historical studies, as well as to pursue an issue of their special interest in historical studies in further detail.

Restriction: Consent of advisor, thesis mentor & dean

RELH 499 Directed Study (1-4): Upper-division independent study in historical studies, to be completed in consultation with an advisor.

Restrictions: Consent of the instructor; limited to students majoring in religious studies or to pre-seminary students

Biblical Languages

Courses in this section do not apply toward the University Studies (general education) religion requirement. However, four quarters of Greek or Hebrew and three quarters of Latin, offered through the Divinity School, will satisfy the World Language (Foundational Studies) requirement of the University Studies curriculum.

LOWER DIVISION

RELL 251 Beginning Latin I (4): First quarter of the study of classical Latin vocabulary, grammar, and syntax.

RELL 252 Beginning Latin II (4): Second quarter of the study of classical Latin vocabulary, grammar, and syntax.

RELL 253 Beginning Latin III (4): Third quarter of the study of classical Latin vocabulary, grammar, and syntax.

RELL 281 Beginning Greek I (3): The first quarter of a beginning course in the study and linguistic analysis of the grammatical structure of New Testament Greek. Greek grammar and vocabulary.

RELL 282 Beginning Greek II (3): The second quarter of a beginning course in the study and linguistic analysis of the grammatical structure of New Testament Greek. Greek grammar and vocabulary.

RELL 283 Beginning Greek III (3): The third quarter of a beginning course in the study and linguistic analysis of the grammatical structure of New Testament Greek. Greek grammar and vocabulary.

UPPER DIVISION

RELL 351 Intermediate Latin I (4): Study of classical Latin with emphasis on translation and syntax.

RELL 381 Intermediate Greek I (3): The first quarter of an intermediate course in the study of Greek, with an emphasis on syntax as it occurs in the Greek New Testament. Passages for translation and for exegesis selected from the Gospels and the Pauline epistles.

Prerequisite: Average grade of C (2.00) for the 3 quarters of RELL 281, 282, 283, with minimum grade of C (2.00) in RELL 283

RELL 382 Intermediate Greek II (3): The second quarter of an intermediate course in the study of Greek, with an emphasis on syntax as it occurs in the Greek New Testament. Passages for translation and for exegesis selected from the Gospels and the Pauline epistles.

Prerequisite: Average grade of C (2.00) for the 3 quarters of RELL 281, 282, 283, with minimum grade of C (2.00) in RELL 283

RELL 382 Intermediate Greek III (3): The third quarter of an intermediate course in the study of Greek, with an emphasis on syntax as it occurs in the Greek New Testament. Passages for translation and for exegesis selected from the Gospels and the Pauline epistles.

Prerequisite: Average grade of C (2.00) for the 3 quarters of RELL 281, 282, 283, with minimum grade of C (2.00) in RELL 283

RELL 481 Basic Hebrew I (3): The first quarter of a beginning course in the study of Biblical Hebrew, including an examination of grammar, vocabulary, and textual materials.

RELL 482 Basic Hebrew II (3): The second quarter of a beginning course in the study of Biblical Hebrew, including an examination of grammar, vocabulary, and textual materials.

RELL 483 Basic Hebrew III (3): The third quarter of a beginning course in the study of Biblical Hebrew, including an examination of grammar, vocabulary, and textual materials.

RELL 484 Intermediate Hebrew I (4): Emphasis on syntax as it occurs in Biblical Hebrew. Passages for translation and for exegesis selected from the narrative, prophetic, and poetic writings of the Hebrew Scriptures.

RELL 491 Akkadian (4): Study of the ancient language of Addadian. Vocabulary, grammar, and syntax.

RELL 494 Egyptian (4): Study of the ancient Egyptian language. Vocabulary, grammar, and syntax.

RELL 497 Ancient Near Eastern Language (4): Study of the vocabulary, grammar, and syntax of a selected ancient language such as Ugaritic, Phoenician, Aramaic, Syriac, or Sumerian; or study of an epigraphic corpus; or study of Northwest Semitic historical grammar and philology.

RELL 498 Senior Thesis (1-8): An opportunity for majors to showcase their breadth of knowledge or research abilities in the area of Biblical languages, as well as to pursue an issue of their special interest in Biblical languages in further detail.

Restrictions: Consent of advisor, thesis mentor & dean

RELL 499 Directed Study (1-4): Upper-division independent study in Biblical languages, to be completed in consultation with an advisor.

Restriction: Consent of the instructor

Mission Studies

Courses in this section do not apply toward the University Studies (general education) religion requirement.

UPPER DIVISION

RELM 444 Comparative Religions (2-4): A survey of the origins, beliefs, and contemporary practices of major religious systems. Attention given to the interaction between specific religions and the cultures in which they are practiced. Study of the similarities, differences, and potential for understanding among the religions.

RELM 465 Principles and Practice of Evangelism (4): Presentation of Adventist beliefs to individuals and groups. Personal and public evangelism. Course may involve being part of an evangelistic endeavor at home or abroad.

RELM 464 Theology of Mission (2-4): A study of Biblical theology applied to defining the concerns, structures, and methods of mission. Mission as a general function of the church and as specific activities related to persons, time, and place. Topics include the idea of the church, the definition of missionary, the priorities of mission, and the place of eschatology.

RELM 498 Senior Thesis (1-8): An opportunity for majors to showcase their breadth of knowledge or research abilities in the area of mission studies, as well as to pursue an issue of their special interest in mission studies in further detail.

Restrictions: Consent of advisor, thesis mentor & dean

RELM 499 Directed Study (1-4): Upper-division independent study in mission studies, to be completed in consultation with an advisor.

Restriction: Consent of the instructor

Pastoral Ministry

Courses in this section do not apply to University Studies (general education) religion requirement.

LOWER DIVISION

RELP 101 Introduction to Ministry I (1): The call and role of the minister as he or she relates to the specific areas of ministerial education and practice, pastoral ministries, and church policy.

RELP 102 Introduction to Ministry II (1): An in-depth examination of the call and role of the minister as they relate to the specific areas of ministerial education and practice, pastoral ministries and church policy. Course may include a further examination of specific issues pertinent to ministry not covered in RELP 101.

RELP 264 Evangelism (4): Introductory theory and practice of communicating Adventist beliefs to individuals and groups. Personal and public evangelism.

UPPER DIVISION

RELP 345 Spiritual Formation (2-4): Personal spiritual growth is fostered through the study and practice of the spiritual disciplines and the principles of Christian discipleship. Students are also exposed to an understanding of the work of God’s grace in the process of spiritual formation in both clergy and congregation.

RELP 349 Principles of Christian Worship (4): Theory and practice of Christian proclamation and liturgics, from early Christian times to the present.

RELP 361 Homiletics I (4): The art of preaching, church administration, and development of proper methodologies. May be taken concurrently with RELP 374.

RELP 362 Homiletics II (4): An in-depth examination of the art of preaching, church administration, and development of proper methodologies. Course may include a further examination of specific issues pertinent to ministry not covered in RELP 361. May be taken concurrently with RELP 374.

RELP 374 Externship (1-3): Practical application of the principles of church leadership and preaching by assignment to local churches. May be repeated for additional credit to a maximum of 6 units.

Prerequisite: RELP 361 &/or 362 (can be concurrently enrolled).

Restriction: Limited to pre-seminary students with junior or senior standing

RELP 397 Proseminar in Ministerial Studies (1-4): Advanced study in topics pertinent to the field of ministerial studies.

Restriction: Limited to students majoring in religious studies or to pre-seminary students

RELP 414 Fieldwork in Educational Ministry (1): Practice in teaching in an educational setting; interaction with students in a learning setting either in school or a church. May be repeated for additional credit to a maximum of 3 units.

Prerequisite: RELP 468

RELP 415 Youth Ministry and the Local Church (2-4): Designed to provide insight into the theology, organization, and methods of local youth ministry. The problem of what to do in the local setting with youth as they grow toward God. Consideration of the problems of leadership, activities, models of ministry, and current materials available.

RELP 427 Crisis Counseling (2-4): Crisis phenomena, current crisis theory, a Christian model of crisis care, and the dynamics and practices of crisis care.

RELP 435 Proseminar in Pastoral Counseling (1-4): Supervised clinical experience in a church counseling center. Actual counseling, case studies, reading, group conferences. May be repeated for additional credit to a maximum of 4 units.

Prerequisites: RELP 436 & consent of the instructor

RELP 436 Pastoral Counseling (4): The Biblical and theological bases of and methodologies for pastoral counseling as it relates to the unique role of the minister. For pre-seminary students.

RELP 459 Topics in Practical Theology (4): Courses that bring an in-depth analysis to some topics in the field of practical theology. See class schedule each quarter for possible offerings. May be repeated with different content.

Restriction: Consent of the instructor

RELP 463 Homiletics III (4): Advanced preaching: theory and practice. May be taken concurrently with an externship that provides significant preaching and mentoring opportunities or by participating, with permission, in a graduate class in Homiletics.

RELP 465 Principles and Practice of Evangelism (4): Theory and practice of communicating the gospel, as reflected in Adventist beliefs, to individuals and groups. Personal and public evangelism. Course may involve being part of a evangelistic endeavor at home or abroad.

RELP 468 Methods of Educational Ministry (3-4): A critical examination of the foundation, theories, and practices of Christian education as an aspect of ministry. Emphasis on practical application of theology and religious development as it relates to the educational setting. Development of materials for secondary school Bible teaching.

Prerequisite: RELT 464

RELP 492 Fieldwork in Evangelism (1): Practical experience in conducting public evangelistic meetings either locally or at an international venue. May be repeated for additional credit to a maximum of 3 units.

RELP 498 Senior Thesis (1-8): An opportunity for majors to showcase their breadth of knowledge or research abilities in the area of pastoral ministry, as well as to pursue an issue of their special interest in pastoral ministry in further detail.

Restrictions: Consent of advisor, thesis mentor & dean required

RELP 499 Directed Study (1-4): Upper-division independent study in pastoral ministry, to be completed in consultation with an advisor.

Restrictions: Consent of the instructor; limited to students majoring in religious studies or to pre-seminary students

Theological Studies

LOWER DIVISION

RELT 104 Introduction to Christianity (2-4): An introduction to basic Christian beliefs for students from a non-Christian culture. Does not apply toward a major in religious studies or to the pre-seminary program.

RELT 106 Introduction to Seventh-day Adventist Beliefs (2-4): The Biblical basis, formulation, and implications of the theological convictions of Seventh-day Adventists, with emphasis on those beliefs that distinguish Adventists from other Christians. Limited to students who are not Seventh-day Adventists. Does not apply toward a major in religious studies. Not open to students with credit in RELT 245.

RELT 205 Dynamics of Personal Religion (4): The experience of forgiveness, acceptance, and faith; the place and function of prayer, worship, Bible study, fellowship, and witness in religious life. Does not apply toward a major in religious studies.

RELT 245 Christian Beliefs (4): Fundamental doctrines of Christianity as taught by the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Does not apply toward a major in religious studies or the pre-seminary program.

RELT 255 Theology I: Faith Seeking Understanding (4): The purpose and nature of Christian Theology and the relationship between faith and reason. Thinking theologically. Landmarks of Christianity: Persons, Places, Events. Doctrine of Revelation, inspiration and Scripture. Believing, behaving and belonging. First of a three-quarter sequence in Christian theology from an Adventist perspective.

RELT 299 Directed Study (1-4): Lower-division independent study in theological studies, to be completed in consultation with an advisor.

Restriction: Consent of the instructor

UPPER DIVISION

RELT 355 Theology II: God and Creation (4): Christian understanding of the doctrines of God, creation, humanity, covenant, providence and evil. A survey of leading theological figures, ideas, and movements related to these themes. Second of a three-quarter sequence in Christian theology from an Adventist perspective.

Prerequisite: RELT 255

RELT 434 Dimensions of Salvation (4): Soteriology, including Christology; atonement and sanctification; the Sabbath; the church as the community of faith; human destiny.

Prerequisite: Senior standing

RELT 435 Christian Understanding of God and Humankind (4): Theological methodology, the nature and function of revelation, attributes of God, and the nature of human beings.

Prerequisite: Senior standing

RELT 436 Philosophy of Religion (4): Reasons for belief in the reality and relevance of God for contemporary life and thought, and related issues. It is highly recommended that PHIL 204 be taken before enrolling in this course. Cross-listed as PHIL 436.

Prerequisite: Senior standing or consent of the instructor.

RELT 437 Current Issues in Adventism (2-4): Selected questions of current interest concerning theological understanding, ecclesiastical polity, church policies and practices, etc., in preparation for active involvement in the life of the church.

Restriction: Consent of the instructor

RELT 453 Christian Theology (4): A survey of leading theological figures and movements in Christianity over the past three centuries.

RELT 455 Theology III: Reconciliation and Consummation (4): Christian understanding of the person and work of Christ, the Holy Spirit, salvation, church, and eschatology. Christianity in the context of world religions. A survey of leading theological figures, ideas, and movements, related to these themes. Third of a three-quarter sequence in Christian theology from an Adventist perspective.

Prerequisite: RELT 255

RELT 459 Topics in Theology (2-4): Courses that bring an in-depth analysis to some topics of theological studies. See class schedule each quarter for possible offerings. May be repeated with different content.

Restriction: Consent of instructor

RELT 464 Religious Development and Moral Learning (4): Biblical principles of emerging self-identity and faith concepts. Religious development of children, adolescents, and youth. Religious learning problems and practical methodologies in communicating religious values.

RELT 498 Senior Thesis (1-8): An opportunity for majors to showcase their breadth of knowledge or research abilities in the area of theological studies, as well as to pursue an issue of their special interest in theological studies in further detail.

Restrictions: Consent of advisor, thesis mentor & dean

RELT 499 Directed Study (1-4):

Upper-division independent study in theological studies, to be completed in consultation with an advisor.

Restrictions: Consent of the instructor; limited to pre-seminary students with junior or senior standing

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