Program Learning Outcomes
The following Program Learning Outcomes have been established by The Master's College faculty to define the areas of knowledge and skills that students graduating from this major degree program should have developed:
Core Bible Program Learning Outcomes:
- Demonstrate a working knowledge of either Greek or Hebrew at a level appropriate for the emphasis.
- Demonstrate the correct application of hermeneutical principles to develop an interpretation of a biblical text.
- Clearly articulate a biblical philosophy of ministry as it relates to the purpose of the Church; describe the concept of vocation as it relates to Christian education.
Biblical Counseling Program Learning Outcomes:
- Biblically critique various secular and Christian approaches to counseling.
- Articulate a comprehensive logical, biblically-supported argument for the inerrancy, authority and sufficiency of the Bible, and the necessity of the gospel in counseling personal non-organic issues, response to medical problems, and interpersonal conflict.
- Analyze counseling problems using a biblical conceptual framework.
- Develop a counseling strategy applying a broad range of biblical passages to respond to common counseling problems.
- Demonstrate question asking skills within a counseling context to discern the counselee's true motivations.
- Effectively communicate the principles of biblical edification and hope in a counseling situation.
Bible Exposition Program Learning Outcomes:
- Discuss the significant historical, geographical, cultural, theological background, themes, and interpretive problems of each Bible book.
- Demonstrate a working knowledge of available written and electronic Bible study tools.
- Produce undergraduate college level written research in biblical-related topic areas.
- Effectively communicate biblical truths in teaching settings.
Biblical Languages Program Learning Outcomes:
- Translate both the Hebrew and Greek text with the use of standard aids giving attention to correct morphology, syntax, vocabulary, and structure.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the phonology of Hebrew.
- Demonstrate mastery of basic Greek and Hebrew vocabulary.
- For Greek or Hebrew biblical passages, discuss the applicable interpretative and hermeneutical principles, literary characteristics or features, inter-textual allusions, critical issues and theological contributions.
Intercultural Studies Program Learning Outcomes:
- Demonstrate the ability to conduct comprehensive ethnographic research.
- Articulate a biblical understanding of culture and diversity.
- Demonstrate the ability to utilize the skills and methodologies of second language acquisition.
- Articulate the theological rationale for the missional role of the local church and the principles for effective church planting within specific cultural environments.
- Demonstrate the skills and character for effective cross-cultural adaptation.
Christian Education Program Learning Outcomes:
- Demonstrate the ability to design and implement a Christian Education program (within a local church or parachurch organization) through its full educational cycle.
- Describe the concept of vocation as it relates to Christian education.
- Explain the importance of the interrelationships between the various church ministries (Christian education, youth ministry, biblical counseling, missions, etc).
Theology Program Learning Outcomes:
- Identify the significant individuals who have shaped the development of historical theology, and describe the contributions of each.
- Articulate basic Christian doctrines of both Old and New Testaments, and provide clear biblical support for each.
- Describe the key issues involved in the major theological controversies that have occurred in the Christian community from Pentecost to present.
- Describe, compare, and contrast major theological systems.
- Describe the major options in apologetic methodology.
- Articulate arguments for the existence of God.
- Articulate the major evidences used to support Christianity.
- Describe the foundational beliefs of major world religions and major cults.