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Student Learning Outcomes

Goals, Objectives, Learning Outcomes

Goal 1: Students will demonstrate a basic knowledge of and ability to interpret and articulate the biblical story.

Learning Objectives: Specifically, students will demonstrate learning related to…

1A.    The “grand drama” of the biblical story including key persons, events, and themes
1B.    The historical, cultural, and literary contexts, which necessarily inform and guide biblical interpretation
1C.    The unity of the Christian biblical canon.
1D.    The ethical mandates of scripture in light of the gospel of Jesus Christ

Goal 2: Students will demonstrate a basic knowledge of and ability to articulate central themes in Christian history, theology, and ethics.

Learning Objectives: Specifically, students will demonstrate learning related to…

2A.    The history and development of the classical theological tradition, including the development of the biblical canon
2B.    Key persons, events, and theological developments associated with each of the standard divisions of Christian history (early, medieval, reformation/modern)
2C.    The synthetic nature of the main foci of systematic theology, including the doctrines of scripture, revelation, God, creation, humanity, sin, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, the Church, Salvation, End times, etc.
2D.    Engaging, profitably, with important thinkers and movements from the distant and more recent past when interpreting scripture, practicing theology, and promoting a distinctively Christian moral vision

Goal 3: Students will demonstrate a basic understanding of and competence in the practice of Christian Ministry.

Learning Objectives: Specifically, students will demonstrate learning related to…

3A.    The Church’s mission and manifold ministries from within the context of the mission of God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit
Additional Learning Objectives for Bible and Theology Majors: Specifically, students will demonstrate learning related to…
3B.    A biblical theology acknowledging God as both subject and object of prayer and worship as foundational for the practice of Christian Ministry.
3C.    The rudiments of either Hebrew or Greek phonology and grammar, and the ability to apply biblical language tools to research, translation, and exegesis for sermon preparation
Additional Objective for Youth, Sports, and Educational Ministry Majors: Specifically, students will demonstrate learning related to…
3D.    The ability to develop, implement, lead, and evaluate a ministry in a specific context (youth, education, or sports ministries depending upon the student’s major) giving attention to all aspects of personhood integrating spiritual growth with social, moral, psychological, cognitive and physical development.

Goal 4: Students will cultivate habits of careful reading, critical thinking, research, writing, and speaking

Objectives: Specifically, students will demonstrate learning related to…

4A.    Cultivating a faith that intentionally seeks understanding
4B. Thinking, reading, and writing critically
4C. Evaluating texts and other scholarly sources for their quality
4D. Learning to appreciate and grow through an engagement of diverse interpretive traditions and theological perspectives
4E. Communicating clearly in written and spoken form in order to lead, faithfully, in various Christian ministries.


 



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