Course Descriptions

Relationship to God

BIB1050 Exploring the Bible

This course provides a survey of the biblical story in its unfolding of the history of redemption within the framework of creation, fall, redemption and consummation. Attention is given to the literary, historical, cultural and theological dimensions of Scripture as it offers a metanarrative or ‘worldview-story.’ Emphasis is placed on the unity of Scripture, as it reaches its fullness and fulfillment in Christ, while at the same time recognizing key developments and differences between the various chapters of the biblical storyline. Three hours.

BIB2010 Scripture and Interpretation

Foundational principles of effective Bible study will be applied for personal study and small group Bible study leadership. Observational skills of the English text will be developed through hands-on activities and assignments. Hermeneutical principles will be applied to various biblical genres with the goal of equipping the learner to interpret the text based on its historical/cultural and literary context. Application of the meaning of the text for spiritual formation will be emphasized as well. Three hours. 

BIB3300 Essential Doctrinal Themes

This course is designed to engage the student in the essential doctrines of the Christian faith and to help them complete the desired maturation from belief to conviction in their personal faith. The purpose of this class is to examine eight areas of theology in such a way as to allow the learner to search the Scriptures, so they can begin to articulate and defend what they believe about the Christian faith. Special attention will be given to helping the student grasp the historical doctrinal commitments of Grace College & Seminary by engaging them in class discussion about those commitments. Three hours.

Relationship to Self

FYE1010 Freshman Foundations

This course will help students discover their God-given strengths, navigate through current college issues, and help the student better understand what makes a Christian liberal arts education valuable. It will also introduce students to the value of off-campus involvement and introduce students to prospective departments and faculty within the institution, assisting in the selection process of choosing a major and a career. This course is designed to make college at Grace the best years of any student's life. Three hours. 

ECN3000 Consumer Economics 

Consumer Economics is a course designed to prepare students to understand the economic system from a biblical perspective and how economics affects individuals as consumers, producers and citizens. Students will integrate knowledge, skills and practices required for management of resources in a technologically expanding global economy. Real world conversation topics will include income, money management, spending and credit, as well as saving and investing. Core skills in decision making, problem solving, critical thinking, goal setting, management of multiple roles and using technology are integrated into the course content. Three hours.

PHI3010 Christianity and Critical Thinking

This course will critically examine the beliefs and presuppositions of philosophers and philosophies over the centuries and their impact on modern Christianity and the Christian worldview. A critical examination will begin by utilizing the lens of Scripture as the basis of truth in evaluating these beliefs. The application of that examination will be centered on the reasons for God as well as the nature of suffering and evil, as learners are encouraged to formulate a biblically sound Christian worldview. Three hours.

Relationship to Others

COM1100 Public Speaking

The objective of this course is to provide students with an introduction to the principles of public discourse and civic engagement. The focus will be on a practical background in recognizing, analyzing and constructing arguments in the public sphere. Readings, class time and assignments will focus on the skills and concepts necessary for successful application of the principles to a civic engagement project. Three hours, including lab.

ENG1100 Effective Writing

This course is designed to help you develop and hone the skills involved in clear and persuasive writing at the college­ level and beyond. While the primary focus of this course is scholarly writing, we will also explore other genres of writing that are important to civic life such as the narrative story, rhetorical analysis, and opinion or editorial essay. Three hours.

PSY1200 Essentials of Behavioral Science

This introductory course in behavioral sciences provides an opportunity to learn about various behavioral science topics, concepts and real life applications. This course will survey multiple topics as they relate to relationships. Students will also be encouraged during this course to increase personal awareness of how cognitive and emotional factors influence behavior in a variety of social contexts. The focus of this course is on improving relationships in many different sectors of life. Three hours. 

Relationship to the World and the Environment

HIS1380 Contemporary America and the World

This course is a topical approach to the cultural history of the United States from the end of the Second World War to the present, with special emphasis on America’s role in global affairs. Students will not only gain a broad understanding of America’s place in recent world events but will also come away with a specialized knowledge of various relevant topics and their historical context. Topics covered in this class have included the Cold War, the 1960s, American evangelicalism and terrorism. This is the department’s general education course. Three hours. 

HUM2100 Creative Arts and Culture

Through a global, thematic approach, this course explores the human phenomenon of creativity. Posing the question "Why creative arts?" this course focuses on exploring how culture and creativity reflect each other within the realm of visual and performing arts. Through themes of survival, religion, the state and self, this course examines artists’ roles within cultures, the way art is made or performed, how meaning is derived, and how art is used, kept or destroyed. Required experiential activities for engaging in visual and performing arts include such things as attending museum exhibits, concerts or theatrical productions. Three hours.

SCI2000 Science Matters

This class is a study of major topics from several areas of science. Emphasis will be on understanding the scientific method with its strengths and weaknesses, an overview of scientific disciplines to foster general scientific literacy, and the interaction between science, Scripture and society. Topics will be examined from a biblical worldview and their interactions with current societal attitudes, trends and beliefs. Three hours. 

HUM2000 Global Perspectives 

The purpose of Global Perspectives is to encounter world cultures through literature, film and dialogue. In this interdisciplinary course, students engage divergent outlooks from around the world and grapple with cultural differences and presuppositions. This course cultivates cultural competency, provides a framework for understanding God’s heart for the nations, and prepares students for the Cross-Cultural Field Experience. Three hours. 

Cross-Cultural Field Experience

The lab component of Global Perspectives is a required cross-cultural field experience that all Grace College students must fulfill prior to graduation. Through this experience, students will have the opportunity to engage in a culture (in a global sense; i.e. different ethnicities or nationalities) other than their own for at least seven days and begin to apply classroom knowledge to a real life situation.

HUM2010 GoGrace Trips

Students selecting this option will choose from a number of domestic and international trips organized and administered by Grace College. Zero hours.

HUM2040 CCFE Independent Trips 

Students who select this option create their own international field experience in consultation with the Global Perspectives faculty. These experiences must be pre-approved and must last a minimum of seven days. Students must complete a debriefing lab in the semester immediately following their trip. Zero hours.

HUM2030 Third Culture/International

A course designed for bicultural individuals for whom the United States is a cross-cultural experience. Students explore some of the assumptions, values and beliefs that characterize the United States and compare those with other cultures. They also discover the "third culture", which is defined by Dr. Useem as a “created, shared, and learned” experience shared by people from a different culture who are learning to relate to another. Fall B only. Zero hours.

STA0010-STA0640 Study Abroad Programs

Select majors require participation in the Study Abroad program to fulfill their program degree requirements. Consult the Study Abroad website for current listings. 12 to 30 hours.