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MALA 5300   (3-3-0)   Western Heritage and Christianity
An overview of Western civilization and the influence of Christianity in economic, political, and social developments of Western civilization including the Ancient period, Greece, Rome, the Middle Ages, Renaissance, Reformation, Enlightenment, and the Modern periods.  Fall, Spring, Online.
Prerequisite: None.


MALA 5306   (3-3-0)   Understanding East Asian Civilization and Culture
For students involved in cultural immersion, this course provides an exploration of basic components of local culture and the heritage of civilization of a designated host country in East Asia, including an appreciation for history, religion, festivals, customs, family life, business practices, institutions, arts, etc. This 5000-level course is cross-listed with a 4000-level course and includes specific graduate course requirements which reflect appropriate deeper learning experiences and rigor in the higher-level course.   Fall.
Prerequisite: None.
Cross Listed Courses: HIST/SOCI 4357, MAGL 5357


MALA 5309   (3-3-0)   Essentials of East Asian Language
For students involved in East Asian language immersion, this course provides introductory knowledge of essential survival phrases, vocabulary and grammar to communicate at a basic level for living necessities and simple conversations as cultural learners. This 5000-level course is cross-listed with a 4000-level course and includes specific graduate course requirements which reflect appropriate deeper learning experiences and rigor in the higher-level course.   Fall.
Prerequisite: None.
Cross Listed Courses: CHIN 4358, MAGL 5358


MALA 5319   (3-3-0)   Orientation to American Liberal Arts and Culture
This course is designed for international students as an introduction/orientation to graduate education in the U.S. In addition to practical application through presentations and interviews dictated by the students' degree of choice, participants will strengthen basic skills in order to prepare for graduate work. Areas of focus will include graduate-level writing, research skills, case analysis, and interpersonal communication.  Fall
Prerequisite: Enrollment is limited to IEP or first year international students.
Cross Listed Courses: BUAD/EDUC 5301


MALA 5320   (3-3-0)   Technology in Communication
This course is designed to expose students to the technology currently available. Students will get hands-on experience on all current technologies and participate in class discussions based on advantages and disadvantages of each. Trends and futuristic applications of technology will also be discussed. It is important to note that there are no computer prerequisites for this course. This 5000-level course is cross-listed with a 4000-level course and includes specific graduate course requirements which reflect appropriate deeper learning experiences and rigor in the higher-level course.   Fall, Spring, Online.
Prerequisite: None.
Cross Listed Courses: COMA 4320


MALA 5321   (3-3-0)   Readers Theater (S-L)
Groups will perform selections of prose, poetry, or scripture. Literary analysis will precede the addition of voice and body cues to emphasize meanings. Major project is to adapt a selection for the group to perform. This 5000-level course is cross-listed with a 4000-level course and includes specific graduate course requirements which reflect appropriate deeper learning experiences and rigor in the higher-level course.   This course contains a field-based service-learning component. Fall, Spring.
Prerequisite: None.
Cross Listed Courses: COMA 4301


MALA 5322   (3-3-0)   Communication Styles: A Key to Business Success
An in-depth investigation of various communication, leadership, and personality styles and how they affect one’s competency rating in the world of business. Students will be encouraged to discover how they interact with others as well as learn how their communication strengths and weaknesses affect interpersonal relationships in the workplace. Assessment will use varied personality inventories. This 5000-level course is cross-listed with a 4000-level course and includes specific graduate course requirements which reflect appropriate deeper learning experiences and rigor in the higher-level course.   Fall, Spring, Summer, Online.
Prerequisite: None.
Cross Listed Courses: COMA/MANA 4319


MALA 5325   (3-3-0)   Communication in the Digital Age
New and emerging communication technologies are drastically changing the nature of communication. This course will blend theory and practice to provide students with a communication-based perspective of current and future trends and issues associated with the digital age from a biblically-based perspective. At the same time, it will give the opportunity to sharpen critical thinking skills and further develop communication skills associated with the digital age. This 5000-level course is cross-listed with a 4000-level course and includes specific graduate course requirements which reflect appropriate deeper learning experiences and rigor in the higher-level course.   Fall, Online.
Prerequisite: None.
Cross Listed Courses: COMA 4325


MALA 5328   (3-3-0)   Topics in Latin American History
A survey of Latin American history, economic, and political institutions. Topical offerings will include: Colonial period, Modern period, etc. May be repeated for credit as topics change. This 5000-level course is cross-listed with a 4000-level course and includes specific graduate course requirements which reflect appropriate deeper learning experiences and rigor in the higher-level course.   Periodically.
Prerequisite: None.
Cross Listed Courses: HIST 4315


MALA 5329   (3-3-0)   Color and Composition
Color and Composition is a painting course that explores the potentials of painting in acrylics with emphasis on color, composition, expression, and technique as it relates to poster painting as it has been manifested over the past two centuries. The techniques of the German “plakatstil” or hard-edged “poster style” causes each student to break down the compositional surface of a painting so that eye flow is deliberate. The rule of thirds, balance, and visual hierarchy are also addressed. In addition, the graduate student will complete a research assignment geared around seven chosen artists. This 5000-level course is cross-listed with a 4000-level course and includes specific graduate course requirements which reflect appropriate deeper learning experiences and rigor in the higher-level course.   Summer.
Prerequisite: None.
Cross Listed Courses: ART 4327, COMA 4327


MALA 5331   (3-3-0)   History and Culture of East Asia
This course will explore the historical background of China, Japan, and Korea; and analyze the East Asian culture and the current dynamics of social issues in these three countries. This 5000-level course is cross-listed with a 4000-level course and includes specific graduate course requirements which reflect appropriate deeper learning experiences and rigor in the higher-level course.   Fall, Spring, Online.
Prerequisite: None.
Cross Listed Courses: HIST 4351, MAGL 5351


MALA 5332   (3-3-0)   History of East Asian Philosophy and Religion
This course will explore the history of East Asian philosophy, religious beliefs, and practices from the area’s prehistory to the present. This 5000-level course is cross-listed with a 4000-level course and includes specific graduate course requirements which reflect appropriate deeper learning experiences and rigor in the higher-level course.   Spring, Online.
Prerequisite: None.
Cross Listed Courses: HIST/PHIL/RELI 4342, MAGL 5352


MALA 5333   (3-3-0)   Fine Arts in East Asia
An overview of the visual and performing arts of East Asia. Field trips to museums and cultural events will be required. This 5000-level course is cross-listed with a 4000-level course and includes specific graduate course requirements which reflect appropriate deeper learning experiences and rigor in the higher-level course.   Spring, Online.
Prerequisite: None.
Cross Listed Courses: ART/MUSI 4353, MAGL 5353


MALA 5334   (3-3-0)   Literature of East Asia
This course will explore selected masterpieces of China, Japan, and Korea from the earliest periods through the nineteenth century. This 5000-level course is cross-listed with a 4000-level course and includes specific graduate course requirements which reflect appropriate deeper learning experiences and rigor in the higher-level course.   Fall, Online.
Prerequisite: None.
Cross Listed Courses: ENGL 4354, MAGL 5354


MALA 5336   (3-3-0)   Illustration I
Students in this course are introduced to the methods of illustration, old and new, through a limited survey of the history of American Illustration. Each student is required to choose an abridged classic manuscript supplied by the instructor and a total of three major illustrations must be completed for that story. A research notebook compiling the students’ favorite illustrators will also be completed. This 5000-level course is cross-listed with a 4000-level course and includes specific graduate course requirements which reflect appropriate deeper learning experiences and rigor in the higher-level course.   Spring, even-numbered years.
Prerequisite: ART 1302 and ART 2303 or MALA 5376.
Cross Listed Courses: ART/COMA 4328


MALA 5337   (3-3-0)   Illustration II
Students in this course will continue to develop the style and formulaic approach explored in Illustration I. Traditional and digital methods of illustration are all options for this course. Various forms of illustration, including black and white, editorial, and children’s book will be explored. For digital illustration, Adobe Illustrator and/or Photoshop will be utilized. A research notebook compiling the student’s favorite illustrators will also be completed. This 5000-level course is cross-listed with a 4000-level course and includes specific graduate course requirements which reflect appropriate deeper learning experiences and rigor in the higher-level course.   Spring, even-numbered years.
Prerequisite: ART/COMA 4328 or MALA 5336
Cross Listed Courses: ART/COMA 4329


MALA 5342   (3-3-0)   Selected Topics in Linguistics
An introduction to the core linguistic areas of morphology, phonology, pragmatics, semantics, syntax, and related topics – with an emphasis on syntax and its application in stylistic analysis. This 5000-level course is cross-listed with a 4000-level course and includes specific graduate course requirements which reflect appropriate deeper learning experiences and rigor in the higher-level course.   Fall, Spring, Online.
Prerequisite: None.
Cross Listed Courses: COMA 4302, ENGL 4301/5302


MALA 5345   (3-3-0)   Studies in Nonfiction
May concentrate upon specific era or specific genre of nonfiction. May be repeated for credit when content changes. This 5000-level course is cross-listed with a 4000-level course and includes specific graduate course requirements which reflect appropriate deeper learning experiences and rigor in the higher-level course.   Periodically.
Prerequisite: None.
Cross Listed Courses: ENGL 4315


MALA 5350   (3-3-0)   World Views: Human Beliefs/ Human Actions (S-L)
An introduction to the concept and structure of "world views" and an exploration of various world view alternatives, especially the Judeo-Christian perspective. World views will be examined in recent history (the pre-Modern, Modern, and post-Modern periods) followed by an extensive discussion of the Christian world view focusing on its theological, epistemological, Biblical, philosophical, and practical aspects in the context of the post-Modern world.   This course contains a field-based service-learning component. Fall, Spring, Online.
Prerequisite: None.
Cross Listed Courses: MAPD 5350


MALA 5355   (3-3-0)   Systematic Theology
A study of how the biblical doctrines of Revelation, God, Man, Christ, the Holy Spirit, the Church, and Eschatology have progressed and changed throughout history in respect to specific theologians. This 5000-level course is cross-listed with a 4000-level course and includes specific graduate course requirements which reflect appropriate deeper learning experiences and rigor in the higher-level course.   Fall, Online.
Prerequisite:
Cross Listed Courses: RELI 4350


MALA 5358   (3-3-0)   Teaching Ministry of the Church
This is a study of the biblical basis, curriculum development, educational principles, and instructional methods of the teaching ministry of the local church. Emphasis is on preschool, children, youth, and adult groups. This 5000-level course is cross-listed with a 4000-level course and includes specific graduate course requirements which reflect appropriate deeper learning experiences and rigor in the higher-level course.   Spring.
Prerequisite: None.
Cross Listed Courses: CHST 4301


MALA 5359   (3-3-0)   History of Graphic Design I
History of Graphic Design I presents a chronological examination of western graphic design and covers the early history of visual communication from pre-history through the modern era (c. 1880); including the Invention of Writing and Alphabets, the Asian Contribution, Illuminated Manuscripts, the German Illustrated Book, the Renaissance, the Arts and Crafts Movement, and Art Nouveau. This course includes films, visuals, readings, study guides, and museum visits. This 5000-level course is cross-listed with a 4000-level course and includes specific graduate course requirements which reflect appropriate deeper learning experiences and rigor in the higher-level course.   Fall.
Prerequisite: None.
Cross Listed Courses: ART/COMA 4318


MALA 5360   (3-3-0)   History of Graphic Design II
History of Graphic Design II presents a chronological examination of western graphic design and covers the modern era of visual communication from c. 1880 until present day; including Pictorial Modernism, the Bauhaus, the New York School, Corporate Identity, Postmodern Design, and the Digital Revolution. This course includes films, visuals, readings, study guides, and museum visits.   Spring.
Prerequisite: None.


MALA 5361   (3-3-0)   Children's Ministry in the Church
A study of children, ages 6-12, from biblical and present-day perspectives and the church’s opportunity to build foundations for faith through effective Bible teaching, ministry to needs, and outreach to the home. Considerations will be given to the church learning environment, effective methods of teaching children, leadership enlistment and development, and curriculum for children’s organizations in the church.   Spring.
Prerequisite: None.


MALA 5362   (3-3-0)   Youth Ministry in the Church
A study of the social and spiritual development of youth. The course will seek to equip the youth minister with cognitive skills, resources, and techniques for ministry with young people through the church. Emphasis will be placed on the planning and administering of a youth ministry in the local church. This 5000-level course is cross-listed with a 4000-level course and includes specific graduate course requirements which reflect appropriate deeper learning experiences and rigor in the higher-level course.   Fall, Spring, Online.
Prerequisite: None.
Cross Listed Courses: CHST 4307, MAST 5313


MALA 5363   (3-3-0)   Advertising Design (S-L)
This course engages the service-learning aspect of Graphic Design as students utilize their skills to aid a ministry, new or existing, by creating an entire identity campaign for them over the course of a semester. The campaign will include creating such promotional pieces as logos, newsletters, magazine ads, Yellow Pages ads, and brochures to name a few. Each student will communicate and work with ministry directors in order to meet specific needs. This 5000-level course is cross-listed with a 4000-level course and includes specific graduate course requirements which reflect appropriate deeper learning experiences and rigor in the higher-level course. Lab Fee.  This course contains a field-based service-learning component. Fall.
Prerequisite: (ART/COMA 4321)


MALA 5364   (3-3-0)   Travel Study in East Asia
Discover the vibrant culture, history, and society of East Asia, with a particular travel focus on one East Asian country. This travel study course introduces students to important cities, major historical sites, and different cultural regions. In addition, this inter-cultural experience provides service-learning opportunities in the East Asian culture where students will engage in activities beneficial to the society visited and report on what they learned from their service. Students will develop an elementary understanding of a host country’s history and culture, and experience local customs first-hand. Travel abroad and inter-cultural exercises teach students to manage different customs, norms, and expectations produced by inter-cultural encounter. Engaging in inter-cultural experiences during travel enriches students’ understanding and exploration of historical heritage, and social realities in East Asia. This 5000-level course is cross-listed with a 4000-level course and includes specific graduate course requirements which reflect appropriate deeper learning experiences and rigor in the higher-level course.   Fall.
Prerequisite: None.
Cross Listed Courses: HIST/SOCI 4359, MAGL 5359


MALA 5369   (3-3-0)   History of Modern Art
Study of selected movements within 19th and 20th century art and culture. Field trips required to the museum. This 5000-level course is cross-listed with a 4000-level course and includes specific graduate course requirements which reflect appropriate deeper learning experiences and rigor in the higher-level course.   Fall, Online.
Prerequisite: None.
Cross Listed Courses: ART 4319


MALA 5370   (3-3-0)   Western Culture through the Arts
An examination of the major developments of Western civilization as expressed through the arts. Course topics will include: the classical heritage of Greece and Rome and its effect on painting, sculpture, and architecture; Christian music traced from Roman times through the Middle Ages to the Reformation; and various styles and modes of nineteenth and twentieth-century Modernism.  Fall, Spring, Online.
Prerequisite: None.


MALA 5371   (3-3-0)   U.S. Intellectual and Social History
A study of the successive paradigms or world views in Western-American civilization and the presuppositions underlying them. Social and cultural features will be emphasized to illustrate this development. This 5000-level course is cross-listed with a 4000-level course and includes specific graduate course requirements which reflect appropriate deeper learning experiences and rigor in the higher-level course.   Periodically.
Prerequisite: None.
Cross Listed Courses: HIST 4305


MALA 5372   (3-3-0)   The Arts and the Creative Process
A study of the human process involved in the creation of the Arts, including an analysis of the visual and performing arts. The study will include perception, criticism, and factors which integrate, influence, and create the arts. Field trips required. This 5000-level course is cross-listed with a 4000-level course and includes specific graduate course requirements which reflect appropriate deeper learning experiences and rigor in the higher-level course.   Fall, Spring, Online.
Prerequisite: None.
Cross Listed Courses: ART/COMA/MUSI 4380


MALA 5373   (3-3-0)   Hymnology
A study of hymns, emphasizing periods of historical development and their practical use in the church worship service. A study is also made of the poetical, musical, scriptural, and theological make-up of hymns. This 5000-level course is cross-listed with a 4000-level course and includes specific graduate course requirements which reflect appropriate deeper learning experiences and rigor in the higher-level course.   Spring.
Prerequisite: None.
Cross Listed Courses: MUSI 4305, WORS 5307


MALA 5375   (3-3-0)   Church Music Administration
A study of administration, processes, procedures, and policies concerning the church music ministry. The course will focus on practical matter to prepare the student to become an effective church music administrator. This 5000-level course is cross-listed with a 4000-level course and includes specific graduate course requirements which reflect appropriate deeper learning experiences and rigor in the higher-level course.   Spring, Summer.
Prerequisite: None.
Cross Listed Courses: MUSI 4306


MALA 5376   (3-3-0)   Drawing and the Liberal Arts I
A study of drawing, including problems of graphic representation of form, shape, and space in relation to pictorial composition. Advanced skills and techniques will be studied, with a variety of media, techniques, and subjects being explored. Lab fee. This 5000-level course is cross-listed with a 4000-level course and includes specific graduate course requirements which reflect appropriate deeper learning experiences and rigor in the higher-level course.   Spring, Summer.
Prerequisite: None.
Cross Listed Courses: ART 4303


MALA 5377   (3-3-0)   Painting and the Liberal Arts
A study of painting which stresses the fundamental concepts of painting with acrylics and/or oil. Students will complete nine (9) paintings of various types and formats during the semester, adequately demonstrating the use of the various elements of art. Lab fee. May be repeated for credit when content changes. This 5000-level course is cross-listed with a 4000-level course and includes specific graduate course requirements which reflect appropriate deeper learning experiences and rigor in the higher-level course. Field trips required.  Spring, Summer.
Prerequisite: None.
Cross Listed Courses: ART 4309/4310


MALA 5378   (3-3-0)   Choral Literature
A historical survey of choral literature from the Renaissance to the present. The literature is presented in such a way that students learn and practice choral conducting techniques applicable to the literature. This 5000-level course is cross-listed with a 4000-level course and includes specific graduate course requirements which reflect appropriate deeper learning experiences and rigor in the higher-level course.  
Prerequisite: None.
Cross Listed Courses: MUSI 4214


MALA 5379   (3-3-0)   Theater Practicum
Practical, technical experiences in areas of stage craft, lighting, costuming, properties, house management, and makeup. This 5000-level course is cross-listed with a 4000-level course and includes specific graduate course requirements which reflect appropriate deeper learning experiences and rigor in the higher-level course.   Periodically.
Prerequisite: None.
Cross Listed Courses: COMA/MUSI 4371


MALA 5380   (3-3-0)   Ethnomusicology in Christian Missions
This course will study the "worlds of musics" through the eyes of Ethnomusicology and relate ethnic music to Christian mission work. Through this course the student will become knowledgeable concerning the work of the ethnomusicologist and the music missionary while developing procedures for adapting indegenous music to the Christian worship experience. This 5000-level course is cross-listed with a 4000-level course and includes specific graduate course requirements which reflect appropriate deeper learning experiences and rigor in the higher-level course.   Fall, even-numbered years.
Prerequisite: None.
Cross Listed Courses: MUSI/RELI 4342


MALA 5381   (3-3-0)   Sculpture and the Liberal Arts
Continued exploration and development of concepts of sculpture in selected materials. Can be repeated. Field trip required. Lab fee. This 5000-level course is cross-listed with a 4000-level course and includes specific graduate course requirements which reflect appropriate deeper learning experiences and rigor in the higher-level course.   Fall, Spring, Summer.
Prerequisite: None.
Cross Listed Courses: ART 4311/4315


MALA 5383   (3-3-0)   Special Topics in Communication
Special Topics in Communication will offer students an opportunity to explore a cross section of subjects focused on enhancing oral, interpersonal, and nonverbal skills. The exploration of basic communication concepts and application will offer students a hands-on approach to learning. May be repeated for credit when content changes. Grade replacement for special topics courses may only be accomplished under special topics courses with the same topic and content. This 5000-level course is cross-listed with a 4000-level course and includes specific graduate course requirements which reflect appropriate deeper learning experiences and rigor in the higher-level course.  Periodically.
Prerequisite: None.
Cross Listed Courses: ART/COMA 4330


MALA 5384   (3-3-0)   Visual Faith: The Arts in Worship
Application and study of religious themes in art: symbols, design, and color. Use of religious arts for worship, promotion, advertising, teaching, and publicity. Study of Christian values as related to art in history and contemporary society. Field trips required. This 5000-level course is cross-listed with a 4000-level course and includes specific graduate course requirements which reflect appropriate deeper learning experiences and rigor in the higher-level course.  Spring.
Prerequisite: None.
Cross Listed Courses: ART 4306


MALA 5385   (3-3-0)   Special Topics in Art
This course will offer students an opportunity to explore a cross-section of subjects focused on art history, studio art, or design. May be repeated for credit when content changes. Grade replacement for special topics courses may only be accomplished under special topics courses with the same topic and content. This 5000-level course is cross-listed with a 4000-level course and includes specific graduate course requirements which reflect appropriate deeper learning experiences and rigor in the higher-level course.   Spring.
Prerequisite: None.
Cross Listed Courses: ART 4320


MALA 5386   (3-3-0)   Crafts and the Liberal Arts
Design and creation of art forms in various selected crafts media and techniques: weaving, jewelry, glass, paper, clay, painting, sculpture, or textiles. Emphasis is on craftsmanship, creativity, experimentation, and technique. Lab fee. This 5000-level course is cross-listed with a 4000-level course and includes specific graduate course requirements which reflect appropriate deeper learning experiences and rigor in the higher-level course.   Fall, Spring.
Prerequisite: None.
Cross Listed Courses: ART 4313/4314


MALA 5389   (3-3-0)   Civil War and Reconstruction
A study of the background and causes of secession and war, the military, political, economic and diplomatic aspects of the war, reconstruction, and postwar adjustments. This 5000-level course is cross-listed with a 4000-level course and includes specific graduate course requirements which reflect appropriate deeper learning experiences and rigor in the higher-level course.  Spring, odd-numbered years.
Prerequisite: None.
Cross Listed Courses: HIST 4323


MALA 5395   (3-3-0)   British Literature in Context
British Literature in Context  
Prerequisite:


MALA 5397   (3-3-0)   Hebrews
An intensive study of the book of Hebrews.  
Prerequisite: None.


MALA 5399    (3-3-0)   Opera Workshop
The study and performance of scenes from great operas throughout history. This is an elective class and requires an audition. This 5000-level course is cross-listed with a 4000-level course and includes specific graduate course requirements which reflect appropriate deeper learning experiences and rigor in the higher-level course.   Fall.
Prerequisite: None.
Cross Listed Courses: COMA/MUSI 4261


MALA 6376   (3-3-0)   Drawing and the Liberal Arts II
Continued exploration and development of concepts of drawing, including problems of graphic representation of form, shape, and space in relation to pictorial composition. Advanced skills and techniques will be studied with a variety of media, techniques, and subjects being explored. Lab fee.   Fall, Spring, Summer.
Prerequisite: MALA 5376 Drawing and the Liberal Arts I.


MALA 6378   (3-3-0)   Graduate Internship in Publishing
A supervised field placement in the Commercial Art industry. The course provides the opportunity for the students to integrate theory and classroom learning with practical experience as illustrators, animators or other such forms of visual communication. Interns are required to work 150 hours for each credit hour earned.   Fall, Spring, Summer.
Prerequisite: Evaluation by both the field supervisor and the program director.


MALA 6379   (3-3-0)   Graduate Show
In this course students prepare a marketable Commercial Art portfolio, both physical and digital, of the work they have created throughout the Master’s degree. In addition to this, an effective resume is also developed in order to prepare for future job interviews. Students receive individualized attention as they prepare for their Graduate Commercial Art Show.   Periodically.
Prerequisite: Students must be in their final semester of the program.


MALA 6381   (3-3-0)   Travel Study in Business
Selected topics in business that require travel abroad.  
Prerequisite: None.


MALA 6382   (3-3-0)   Travel Study in Fine Arts
Selected topics in fine arts that require travel abroad.  
Prerequisite: None.


MALA 6383   (3-3-0)   Travel Study in Humanities
Selected topics in humanities that require travel abroad.  
Prerequisite: None.


MALA 6384   (3-3-0)   Travel Study in Religion
Selected topics in religion that require travel abroad.  
Prerequisite: None.


MALA 6385   (3-3-0)   Travel Study in Social Sciences
Selected topics in social sciences that require travel abroad.  
Prerequisite: None.


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