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Pre-Deaconess Courses

The following sample course of study is an example of the sequence of courses you might take in order to receive your degree. Please plan to discuss your actual course of study with your advisor, who can help you stay on track to meet your academic and professional goals.

Pre-Deaconess Courses

CTA 211
Public Speaking
Students develop fundamental skills in the art of public speaking through the preparation and presentation of speeches designed for a variety of occasions, audiences, and situations. Skills of organization, delivery, and speech criticism developed.
3
credits
CTA 309
Small Group Theory for Teams and Leadership
Analysis and study of theories of small groups, including theories of leadership and the facilitation of groups and group dynamics. Areas of study may include goal setting, cohesion and norms, leadership, problem solving, conflict, and facilitating in groups.
3
credits
PSY 442
Introduction to Counseling
This introductory course is designed to assist the student to 1) reflect upon attitudes as a helping person 2) increase ability to use a problem management model 3) acquire the various skills that undergird an effort to effectively listen and respond to another person and 4) develop a personal philosophy of helping.
3
credits
SOC 331
The Family
The family as a basic social institution with special references to changing family structure and function. Special attention is given to changing social roles of family members and their impact upon other institutions such as the school and the church. Sem. I only.
3
credits
THEO 251
Interpretation of Selected Pauline Epistles
Particular attention is given to developing interpretative skills and preparing devotions. This course focuses attention on selected Pauline Epistles.
3
credits
THEO 361
Christian Doctrine I
This course examines Lutheran doctrine and applies it to the work, worship, and life of the Christian community. The topics are the nature and authority of Scripture, the nature of God, creation, the nature of man under grace and law, and the person and the work of Christ.
3
credits
THEO 362
Christian Doctrine II
This course examines Lutheran doctrine and applies it to the work, worship, and life of the Christian community. The topics are the Church’s mission and ministry, the means of grace (Word and Sacraments), the person and work of the Holy Spirit, justification, the Church, Christian living, predestination, and eschatology.
3
credits
THEO 450
Understanding and Teaching the Bible
This course gives attention to the role of the Bible in faith formation, hermeneutical principles, ways of teaching the Bible, Bible study programs, small group study, resources, and ways of promoting personal, family, and congregational involvement with the Bible.
3
credits
CEL 388
Youth Ministry Theory and Methods
A course which provides students an opportunity to reflect upon an ongoing youth ministry involvement while developing parish-based youth work competencies and enriching their cognitive understanding of youth culture, varying models of youth ministry, current synodical resources, and the theology that underlies this activity.
3
credits
GRK 101
Greek I
An introduction to the grammar, vocabulary, and syntax of Attic and Koine Greek. Simple passages of prose will be read. Five hours per week.
4
credits
HEB 101
Biblical Hebrew I
An introduction to Biblical Hebrew grammar, vocabulary and syntax, coordinated with some translating activity in the Hebrew Bible. Five hours per week.
4
credits
HIST 313
Religion and Society in the United States
A historical analysis of the interaction between religion and society in the United States from pre-colonial to contemporary times; emphasis on themes such as Puritanism, revivalism, social reform, religious pluralism, civil religion, and on-going theological issues. Attention is given to the development of Lutheranism in the American setting.
3
credits
PHIL 311
History of Philosophical Thought I
The course is an introduction to and a review of the development of western philosophy from the Pre-Socratics through William of Ockham, and an introduction to the process of philosophical investigation. The course treats especially the impact of the philosophical tradition on the development of Christian theology.
3
credits
SOC 221
Social Problems
Examines major social issues in America society, problems of the young and the elderly, alienation, deviant behavior, ecological problems, bureaucratic structure vis-à-vis individual freedom, and social disorganization.
3
credits
SOC 335
Sociology of Religion
Analyzes sociological theories pertaining to religion. Studies research data regarding the structure of and function of religious practices and institutions, including the influences of cultural factors upon religious systems.
3
credits
THEO 381
Christian Teacher’s Ministry
The course applies Biblical and theological principles of vocation, ministry, and the two kingdoms to the teacher of the church and the priesthood of all believers. Study of Scripture, standard historical documents, and current practice in calling, placement, and congregational life focuses on the identity of the teaching minister in parochial education and the Christian teaching in public and private education.
2
credits
Total Credits
49