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Goals, Objectives, and Learning Outcomes

Mission Statement

Affiliated with the Evangelical Friends tradition, the Malone University Department of Theology is rooted firmly in the protestant evangelical heritage of the historic, ecumenical, and Trinitarian Christian faith. We affirm the authority of the Bible as God's Word and are committed to the saving mission and ministry of Jesus Christ and his Church. Our distinctive mission is to provide theological education to women and men, enabling them to deepen and clarify their understanding of the Christian faith, cultivate and increase their love of God, and respond obediently to Christ's call to faithfulness, discipleship, and ministry.

Goals, Objectives, Learning Outcomes

Goal One: Students will demonstrate an ability to interpret, embody, and teach the biblical story faithfully and with competence.

Objectives: Specifically, students will...

1A. Know the "grand drama" of the biblical story including key persons, events, and themes
1B. Know how to integrate grammatical/historical and theological (and specifically christological) principles of biblical interpretation
1C. Appreciate the unity of the Christian biblical canon.
1D. Understand and embrace the moral vision of Jesus and his apostles, who founded the early Church and produced the Christian Bible

Goal Two: Students will, through careful study of Christian history and theology, strengthen their ability to serve in the Church's ministry (whether by word or deed) as representatives of the apostolic faith.

Objectives: Specifically, students will...

2A. Know the broad contours of our Christian theological heritage in order to engage it, consistently, as a resource that can guide biblical interpretation and the practice of ministry
2B. Understand the theology and spirituality of human persons from within the context of creation, fall, and redemption in order to develop skills for competent and compassionate ministry
2C. Become familiar with classic and current areas of theological disagreement in order to clarify their own convictions and learn to engage in constructive dialogue with people of differing convictions
2D. Understand how theological clarity helpfully informs and enriches prayer, worship, and witness

Goal three: Students will cultivate the kind of habits necessary for competent service in Christian ministry, such as: careful reading, critical thinking, research, writing, speaking, and leadership.

Objectives: Specifically, students will...

3A. Cultivate a faith that intentionally seeks understanding
3B. Learn to think, read, and write critically
3C. Learn to evaluate texts and other scholarly sources for their quality
3D. Learn to communicate clearly in written and spoken form in order to lead, faithfully, in various Christian ministries

Outcomes Assessment

Student learning outcomes for the Master of Arts in Theological Studies program will be assessed through the use of ePortfolios. Students in the program will be actively engaged in the learning process, keeping track of and reflecting upon their own accomplishment of the objectives mentioned above. Likewise, faculty will ensure that each course in the MA program contributes significant learning experiences (artifacts), which can be incorporated into student portfolios. The theology faculty will employ grading rubrics to assess evidences of student learning as the ePortfolios are developed. 



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