Program Overview

Curriculum / Courses

  • + ADULT DEVELOPMENT & AGING
  • + PSY 361 -Psychology & Culture of Aging
  • A review of the biological, sociological, and psychological aspects of age-related changes in respect to perception, memory, cognition, and personality. Major developmental theories and research will be studied. Study of aging from the perspective of prominent sociological theories in Western society with an emphasis on culture.
  • + PSY 467 -Memory Loss and Aging
  • This course contrasts normal age-related changes in the brain with the effects of diseases that cause cognitive impairment.  Prevalence, incidence, symptoms, causes, treatment, and caregiving issues are discussed, with emphasis on the history and personal, social, cultural, political, and economic impacts of Alzheimer’s disease are explored.
  • + SOC 365 -Long-Term Care System
  • This course explores the components of long-term care administration. Students will examine the similarities and differences among the many long-term care service providers, how long-term care segments work together, forming an overall system, issues that individually or collectively affect them, and the skills that administrators will need to succeed in that system.
  • + PSY 363 -End-of-Life Matters
  • Broad overview of death and dying topics including choices an aging population needs to make; ethics and Christian perspective of those choices; and the experience of grief and mourning.
  • + BUSINESS
  • + MKT 265 -Social Media Marketing
  • This course will use a biblical framework to determine and guide the identification and use of this rapidly changes media. Students will develop engagement strategies using social media to advance the mission and vision of the organization by creating customer profiles in social media marketing. In addition to the identification of alternative social media platforms, this class will explore various engagement options to ensure cultural awareness. in advancing a marketing strategy.
  • + BUS 430 -Management of Marketing
  • This course examines various aspects of the discipline of marketing as they relate to today’s domestic and global marketplaces. Multiple marketing strategies will be analyzed and the behavior of consumers in various target markets will be explored.  Information related to understanding and making advantageous marketing decisions related to product and service offerings, distribution, promotion, and pricing will also be examined.
  • + BUS 470 -Personnel Development
  • This course will prepare the student to integrate the various theories of learning, leadership, and motivation into a practical application of different methodologies, including needs assessment, development, and execution. Other important aspects covered include job design, coaching, mentoring, and performance management techniques.
  • + ECO 305 -Introduction to Economics
  • This course is an introduction to the study of economics and its impact upon society. Key historical economic theories are introduced along with fundamental economic concepts. Key microeconomic topics covered include the concept of scarcity, supply and demand function, production, monopoly, oligopoly, monopolistic competition, and perfect competition market structures. Macroeconomic topics include classical macroeconomic theories, basic fiscal and monetary policy and the instruments used to implement them, the economic cycle, inflation, and unemployment.
  • + CRIMINAL JUSTICE
  • + CJS 350 -Criminology and Social Deviance
  • This course examines why and how certain attributes and behaviors considered deviant in the United States. We will explore major types of deviant behavior and discuss how norms, values, and rules are made and enforced. This course includes sociological theories to explain deviant behaviors and is divided into the five areas of defining and explaining the deviant, creating deviance, maintaining deviance, controlling deviance, and justifying deviance.
  • + CJS 330 -Law Enforcement and Corrections
  • This course reviews contemporary institutional and community-based correctional systems including jails, prisons, probation, parole, and alternative sanctioning. The course examines how punishment justifications impact the policy and procedures in juvenile and adult correctional systems. Specific attention is given to identification of evidence-based practices and programs in all aspects of the corrections system.
  • + CJS 370 -Juvenile Law & Delinquency
  • Juvenile Law & Delinquency focuses on the unique challenges of working with youth within the criminal justice system. Theories that seek to explain juvenile delinquency, including the nature and extent of illegal behavior will be explored, while also considering the significant role of media violence. The justice process for juveniles will be critiqued, highlighting the structure and function of juvenile justice, probation, detention, parole, diversion for child offenders and the roles of family and social institutions in addressing illegal juvenile behavior. A biblical worldview will be promoted in responding to juvenile delinquency.
  • + CJS 440 -Culture, Crime, Ethics and Justice
  • An exploration of the relationships between culture, crime and social justice, with a special emphasis on ethical considerations in light of a Biblical worldview.  The course seeks to develop learner's cultural intelligence and foster compassion and greater understanding of diverse groups who are affected by the criminal justice system.
  • + GLOBAL COMMUNICATION
  • + COM 250 -Interpersonal Communication
  • This course focuses on the importance of interpersonal communication and the common barriers that confound relationships such as culture, conflict, gender, and perception of differences. Students will evaluate current connections from a Christian worldview and from that foundation identify strategies for strengthening personal and professional influences for mission/vision-minded goals.
  • + COM 280
  • + COM 330 -Culture and Conflict Management
  • This course provides students with a basic overview of conflict resolution. The history, methods, and theory of conflict resolution will be explored. In addition, strategies in competitive versus collaborative negotiation will be examined in the context of culture and a Christian worldview.
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  • + PASTORAL STUDIES (Leadership & Ministry only)
  • + MIN 415 -Ministry of the Local Church
  • This course provides a foundation for leading staff, boards, and committees, as well as development of programming.  Included is an understanding of proper oversight of Church finances and overall stewardship of the ministry.  All of this with the goal of preparing the student for leading in the midst of change and maintaining church health.
  • + THE 335 -Principles and Practice of Worship
  • This course examines the biblical foundations for corporate worship and how those are applied today.   Included is a study of key biblical texts, review of common misperceptions, and development of an overall philosophy for corporate worship.
  • + MIN 462 -Teaching and Preaching
  • This course reviews the method and impact of gospel communicators, both from Scripture as well as those of historical note. It also stresses the fundamentals of gospel communication, including content, which involves study; delivery, which involves mechanics; and anointing, which involves dependence upon the Holy Spirit. This course will also stress a balance of both theory and practices in gospel communication.
  • + BIB 344 -Redemption in the Old Testament
  • This course will provide the learner with an overview of the Old Testament teachings and application of the doctrine of redemption for both individuals and the community of Israel. An emphasis both on the contextual relationships and the preparation for an understanding of the redemptive work of Jesus Christ will be included in this course to provide the learner with a foundational knowledge of the Christian view of redemption.
  • + SOCIAL SCIENCES
  • + PSY 361 -Psychology & Culture of Aging
  • A review of the biological, sociological, and psychological aspects of age-related changes in respect to perception, memory, cognition, and personality. Major developmental theories and research will be studied. Study of aging from the perspective of prominent sociological theories in Western society with an emphasis on culture.
  • + PSY 310 -Abnormal Psychology
  • Abnormal Psychology is designed to introduce students to models of thinking concerning mental health, mental disorders, and classification of mental disorders.  The general goals are to expose students to the range of thinking within the field of mental health and to help students understand the complexities of modern day classification of various mental disorders. The students will be challenged to define what is considered “normal” and “abnormal.” They will become familiar with the bio-psycho-social-spiritual model of abnormal psychology, including the various theories developed and used to explain causes and treatments for mental disorders. Emphasis in this undergraduate class will focus on symptoms and causes, although treatment will certainly be included. All information will be compared and contrasted with a Christian worldview of the various theories and concepts of Abnormal Psychology.
  • + CJS 440 -Culture, Crime, Ethics and Justice
  • An exploration of the relationships between culture, crime and social justice, with a special emphasis on ethical considerations in light of a Biblical worldview.  The course seeks to develop learner's cultural intelligence and foster compassion and greater understanding of diverse groups who are affected by the criminal justice system.
  • + PSY 325 -Social Psychology
  • This course examines individual behaviors within the context of one’s society. It is a study of how people think, influence, and relate to one another. Components of these behaviors studied in this course include attitudes, beliefs, prejudices, aggression, leadership, altruism, conformity, attraction, persuasion, and stereotypes.
  • + LEADERSHIP & MINISTRY
  • + BIB 342 -Life of Christ
  • This course is a journey in the steps of Christ to experience authentic and transformative Christian living, which prepares students to follow the steps of Christ and serve the Church and society. Students will explore context, life examples, teachings, and theology inherent in the life of Christ in order to develop a personal theology. The four Gospels serve as the knowledge base.
  • + THE 348 -Biblical Perspectives on Wealth and Poverty
  • This course explores a biblical foundation for understanding wealth and poverty in the modern world.  These issues impact ministry at a local level and beyond, including the support of international missions efforts.  In addition, students will examine appropriate responses for Christians and churches as they seek to care for the “least, the last, and the lost.”
  • + MIN 462 -Teaching and Preaching
  • This course reviews the method and impact of gospel communicators, both from Scripture as well as those of historical note. It also stresses the fundamentals of gospel communication, including content, which involves study; delivery, which involves mechanics; and anointing, which involves dependence upon the Holy Spirit. This course will also stress a balance of both theory and practices in gospel communication.
  • + LEA 472 -Mobilization of Volunteers
  • This course will investigate ways to mobilize and engage volunteers.  It will defend the value of volunteers and their relationship within an organization. The topics examined will include: types of recruitment methods, importance of background checks, communicating organizational mission statements, goals and values, training, retention, volunteer tasks and expectations, motivation, reward systems and performance improvement for both volunteers and staff. Throughout the course, you will develop a practice scenario of organizing volunteers and staff for a specific event.
  • + WOMEN'S MINISTRY
  • + WOM 300 -The Role of Women in Church Administration and Leadership
  • This course is designed to explore the role women play in church leadership and help students reflect on their own leadership style. In that context, students are to develop their mission, passion, and confidence to lead within the church.
  • + WOM 350 -Leadership Development & Strategies for Women
  • This course is designed to provide an in-depth analysis of the history, roles, responsibilities, calling, and challenges of women called to lead in diverse contexts. Emphasis is on to leadership development along with strategies for ensuring one’s spiritual, emotional, relational, physical health and wellness formation.
  • + WOM 401 -Women of the Bible and Church History
  • This course is designed to explore women of significance in the Bible and Christian history, as well as their cultural contexts.  Emphasis will be placed on understanding how these women worked within their cultures to make a positive difference and applying principles learned from their examples into today’s culture.
  • + WOM 451 -Women’s Ministry Today
  • This course is designed to explore the many different styles of women’s ministries in today's culture.  Emphasis is placed on administrative functions, development, leadership training, promotion, and other aspects of leading an effective Women's Ministry.
  • + YOUTH MINISTRY
  • + YTH 300 -Philosophy and Theology of Youth Ministry
  • This course is designed to provide an overview of youth ministry philosophy, models, and theology. Emphasis is on evaluating ministry models and developing a philosophy of youth ministry.
  • + YTH 351 -Trends in Youth Ministry
  • This course gives an overview of the characteristics and trends of the current youth culture. Emphasis will be given to biblically evaluating these characteristics and trends as well as developing a ministry response to them. 3 semester credit hours.
  • + YTH 401 -Biblical Patterns for Student Outreach
  • This course is designed to explore evangelism in the ministry of Paul in the book of Acts, and his epistles, with a view to applying these patterns in current youth culture. Students will develop a biblical plan for evangelism and outreach focused on youth.
  • + YTH 451 -Principles for Leading Youth Ministry
  • This course is designed to examine guidelines and principles for effectively leading a Youth Ministry. Topics will include training and managing volunteers, communicating with parents, preparing students for leadership, administrative tasks, youth meeting and event planning, and other aspects of effective leadership.

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100% Online Logo
No Application Fee Logo
14 to 1 Student to Instructor Ratio
Accelerated Program
Low Tuition Rates

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

These elective tracks are applicable for a variety of positions in the areas of human services, psychology, and leadership & ministry.

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

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

LENGTH

  • Varies depending on transfer credits. Roughly 24 months to complete bachelor credits.

 

CREDITS

  • 60 bachelor credits, 120 total credits required to graduate with a bachelor’s degree.

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’m a little bit partial, as both my wife and I work for Grace and our son is a student there, but I am continually impressed by the warmth and care that we all receive from the staff, students all associated with Grace. This is truly a Christian community and we are proud to be a part of it. So if you are looking for an accredited Bible College in Grand Rapids Michigan make sure to pay them a visit.

~Bill Marvin

- Warmth and Care