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Curriculum / Courses

  •    ARTS & SCIENCE CORE - 27 Credits
  • + GEN 122 -Introduction to Online Studies and Personal Discipleship
  • Credit Hours: 3
    This course focuses on the foundational knowledge, skills, and character development required to succeed in the digital classroom and as a follower of Jesus Christ. The digital age of online learning has transformed higher education. The pervasive reach of the Internet has expanded the boundaries of the traditional classroom and created new opportunities for students to realize their goal of attaining a college degree. In addition to the practical skills and knowledge required to succeed in the online learning environment, the need for graduates who live out the values consistent with a Christlike character, in their homes, workplaces, and society has never been more necessary than today. (Replaced GEN 121)
  • + BUS 115 -Introduction to Computers
  • Credit Hours: 3
    Credit Hours: 3 This course encourages online learners to use technology as an effective communication avenue to research and present information for life and learning. Learners will gain experience with technology tools, including Microsoft® Word and PowerPoint that can be used throughout the student’s coursework to create documents and presentations and communicate those appropriately to academic and professional audiences.
  • + ENG 105 -Introduction to College Writing
  • Credit Hours: 3
    Writing is an important skill for academic, ministry, and vocational success. This course focuses on developing writing skills, providing students opportunities to break down the writing process. Students will learn how to create strong thesis statements to drive an academic paper. They will learn how to craft introductory and concluding paragraphs, build the body of a paper, consider their audience, and improve writing skills to communicate more effectively. They will develop basic skills in APA formatting and citations. Students will also work on refreshing grammar skills.
  • + SPE 200 -Oral Communication
  • Credit Hours: 3
    This course provides instruction and experience in preparing, delivering, and evaluating a self-introduction speech, an informative speech, and a persuasive speech.  Emphasis is on gaining skills and confidence in public speaking in academic, workplace, ministry, and community contexts.
  • + HUM 231 -World Civilizations
  • Credit Hours: 3
    This course will provide students with skills in historical research and analysis, a chronological understanding and factual knowledge spanning from the dawn of civilization to 1700. Emphasis is placed on the origins and achievements of the core civilizations of Asia, Africa, America, and Greco-Roman civilizations. In addition, Christian, Islamic and Byzantine cultures will be studied. The ultimate focus will be to provide students with a historical, factual, cultural, and geographical knowledge of ancient history and its relationship to the Bible. Upon completion, students should be able to analyze significant political, socioeconomic, and cultural developments up to the early modern world civilizations within the interrelations of societies and cultures.
  • + SOC 343 -Cultural Diversity
  • Credit Hours: 3
    This course is an exploration of cultural diversity and multiculturalism from a Christian faith perspective. This course provides a process to understand and practice cultural diversity competence.  It is designed to initiate and provide ongoing preparation for effective interaction with everyone in our culturally diverse world.  Growth in these skills equips individuals with the social graces needed to form bonds of mutual trust that will bridge the differences that ordinarily divide people.
  • + SCI 220 -Environmental Science
  • Credit Hours: 3
    This course will provide a general understanding of environmental science, while exploring the natural world and the resources it provides. The study of environmental science is approached with an understanding of the responsibilities of human beings to practice wise stewardship of God's creation. Topics include, but are not limited to, exploration of environmental issues, the relations between living and nonliving things, human responsibility for the environment and the earth’s resources now and the future. Through readings, lecture, and discussion we will examine geological, biological, and chemical aspects of science and how these influence economic and social issues on a personal, local, national, and global scale.
  • + PSY 201 -Introduction to Psychology
  • Credit Hours: 3
    This course is a general survey of the discipline of psychology. Topics covered will include thinking critically, neuroscience, life span development, sensation and perception, learning, memory, thinking/language/intelligence, personality, psychological disorders, and social psychology. Attention will be given to the relationship between Psychology and Christianity with selected application for life and ministry.
  • + FIN 105 -Personal Financial Management
  • Credit Hours: 3
    This course will provide a practical introduction to personal finance management and assist the student in being a good steward of God-given resources.  It addresses realistic ways to manage personal assets effectively.  Topics include the development of personal financial goals, planning and budgeting; avoiding fraud and swindles; buying, insuring and financing major assets; consumer credit; banking services; investments;  insurance; retirement and estate planning; and income tax. (Replaced LEA 271 Financial Stewardship)

  •    BIBLE & THEOLOGY CORE - 12 Credits
  • + BIB 141 -Old Testament Survey
  • Credit Hours: 3
    This course is a survey of Old Testament literature in its historical setting.  Attention is given to outstanding persons, events, and theological emphases.
  • + BIB 143 -New Testament Literature
  • Credit Hours: 3
    This course is a survey of New Testament literature including a study of its historical settings, literary types, and main theological themes.  Attention will also be given to outstanding persons, events, and major teachings. (Title and Course Description updated January 2020.) Course Title and Course Description for BIB 143 through December 2019: BIB 143 New Testament Survey This course is a survey of the background and content of the New Testament with an emphasis on learning to ask questions that will give the student a deeper understanding of the Scriptures. It is designed for students who desire to use the New Testament for the purposes intended by God both in their personal lives and in their teaching. The course is designed from a conservative, evangelical, and dispensational framework.
  • + HUM 133 -Philosophy and Worldview
  • Credit Hours: 3
    This course addresses the fact that our culture is confronted with a vast assortment of differing philosophies and worldviews; each claiming to be true. Focus is provided to understand and evaluate these various belief systems in an increasingly pluralistic society. Main ideas of eight different worldviews will be explored while the student develops and expresses a personal worldview. Topics will center around the nature of God, reality, nature of man, death, truth, morality, and the meaning of life. The primary purpose of this course is to challenge students to examine the timeless truths of Christianity.
  • + THE 256 -Christian Theology I
  • Credit Hours: 3
    This course is a survey of foundational doctrines of systematic theology including Bibliology, Theology Proper (God), Christology (Christ) and Pneumatology (Holy Spirit). It will include an overview of the mid-Acts dispensational perspective of theology held by the institution. The course also encourages the practical integration of these doctrines in the life and service of the Christian.
  •    SOCIAL SCIENCE CONTENT COURSES - 21 Credits
  • + CJS 220 -Introduction to Legal Studies
  • Credit Hours: 3
    Introduction to Legal Studies will provide a broad understanding of the American legal system and how the law impacts our society.  The course reviews the court systems, and how laws are made, enforced, interpreted, and applied. Students will be exposed to an overview of the fundamentals of law in several areas including ethics and professional responsibility, civil litigation, tort law, contract law, administrative law, family law, constitutional law, criminal law, criminal procedure, property law, evidence and other legal matters.  This course also provides a hands-on application of legal research, legal writing, and case briefing.
  • + CJS 251 -Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • Credit Hours: 3
    This course provides an introduction to the criminal justice system. The primary goal of this course is to develop a general understanding of the criminal justice system’s response to crime in society. It is important to note that the general theme of this course involves the delicate balance between community interests and individual rights while also viewing the criminal justice system through the lens of a Christian worldview.
  • + PSY 201 -Introduction to Psychology
  • Credit Hours: 3
    This course is a general survey of the discipline of psychology. Topics covered will include thinking critically, neuroscience, life span development, sensation and perception, learning, memory, thinking/language/intelligence, personality, psychological disorders, and social psychology. Attention will be given to the relationship between Psychology and Christianity with selected application for life and ministry.
  • + PSY 245 -Life-Span Psychology
  • Credit Hours: 3
    This course is designed to explore human development from conception through death, looking at human development using the bio-psycho-social model from a Christian worldview. It will be explored how we as humans share developmental similarities, yet are unique due to various factors such as temperament, personality, etc. Most importantly, new information will be learned on what students already know, confirming how we are “fearfully and wonderfully made” as image bearers of God. (Previously PSY 236 Developmental Psychology.)
  • + PSY 215 -Psychology of Leadership
  • Credit Hours: 3
    This course looks at the psychological and social processes that characterize effective leaders.  We will learn about leadership in relationship to psychological exchanges between leaders and followers, and situations/behaviors that make some people more effective leaders than others.  Some key factors that will be studied include psychological theories related to leadership, importance of teamwork, role of power, motivation, role of emotional intelligence, expectations of leaders, and various factors affecting future leadership in the 21st century.  All of this will be studied from a Christian perspective of servant leadership.
  • + SOC 251 -Principles of Sociology
  • Credit Hours: 3
    This course is a study of contemporary Western society. The emphasis is on culture, socialization, group life, social processes and social change.
  • + SOC 255 -Introduction to Human Services
  • Credit Hours: 3
    This course explores the historical context and the current structure of the Human Services field.  Students will be exposed to case management and group facilitation as well as the primary intervention strategies used in human services. The arenas involving special populations served in the Human Services profession will be examined, such as addictions, mental health, developmentally disabled, and the homeless. Topics include values and ethical dilemmas, the social welfare system, diversity, program planning, organizing and changing systems, legal issues and the need to stay current as a human services professional.
  • TOTAL CREDITS: 60

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14 to 1 Student to Instructor Ratio
Accelerated Program
Low Tuition Rates

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

This degree is applicable in many career fields, but it is especially designed for use in organizations and non-profits that focus on human services, criminal justice, and mental healthcare.

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

  • Admissions Application free to apply
  • Official Transcripts from all prior colleges where the student wishes to transfer college credits.

LENGTH

  • 24 months

CREDITS

  • 60 Credits

THE MORE YOU KNOW

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OUR MISSION

Graduating Godly Individuals Prepared to Serve Christ in Church and Society.

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OUR CORE VALUES

Bible Centered

Grace Theology

Ministry Focused

Transformational Relationships

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OUR VISION

To be a vibrant University exalting Jesus Christ, preparing culturally intelligent students for diverse careers in the global marketplace.

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STATEMENT OF FAITH

 A statement of the doctrinal position to which the Board, Administration, and Faculty of Grace Christian University are committed.

I graduated with high honors, I have recommended Grace to other family members and friends. If I ever should go back to school, Grace is where I am going.

Donna C. (Alumni)

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