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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 5301   (3-3-0)   Western Church History
A study of the history of the church from the New Testament era to the present giving special emphasis to developments in Europe and the West. This study includes Christian thought, philosophy, literature, institutions, expansion, and secular backgrounds. Special attention will be given to a study of the impact of Christianity on Western culture.  Fall, even-numbered years.
Prerequisite: None.


MALA 5302   (3-3-0)   History of Religion in America
A study in the history of religion in America from its European background to the present. This study includes Christian thought, philosophy, literature, institutions, expansion, and secular backgrounds as they relate to the American experience. Special attention will be given to indigenous characteristics of American religion such as denominationalism, revivalism, sectarianism, and the social gospel.  Spring, odd-numbered years, Online.
Prerequisite: None.


MALA 5303   (3-3-0)   Baptist History
This course is a survey of Baptist history, including the origins of Baptists in England and America, key leaders, events, and movements in Baptist life in the seventeenth through twentieth centuries, and the work of Baptists in other parts of the world. The course will also place the history of the Baptists within the larger context of American and world Christianity.  Fall, odd-numbered years.
Prerequisite: None.


MALA 5304   (3-3-0)   American Diplomatic History
An in-depth study of the personalities, issues, and events that have shaped American foreign policy since 1898. This study includes such issues as U.S. Relations with Latin America, U.S. involvement in the world wars, American involvement in Asia, and the Cold War.  Fall, odd-numbered years, Online.
Prerequisite: None.


MALA 5305   (3-3-0)   History of Texas
A study of Texas history from discovery to the present. Special emphasis will be placed on the geography of Texas and the cultural, economic, political, and social institutions contributed by Spain.  Spring, even-numbered years, 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.   Fall.
Prerequisite: None.
Cross Listed Courses: MAGL 5357


MALA 5308   (3-3-0)   Medieval History
A study of Western Civilization from the collapse of the Roman Empire to A.D. 1500 with emphasis on social, cultural, political, and intellectual developments.  Spring, odd-numbered years.
Prerequisite: None.


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.   Fall.
Prerequisite: None.
Cross Listed Courses: MAGL 5358


MALA 5311   (3-3-0)   Political Communication
A study of new-style American political campaign tactics with an emphasis on how political consultants inform and persuade voters.  
Prerequisite:


MALA 5312   (3-3-0)   The Twentieth Century
A study of America and the world since 1900 based on the developing intellectual, cultural, and diplomatic realities. Among the elements of study will be the shift from utopian idealism to totalitarianism to international collectivism and the presuppositions underlying them. Social and cultural features will be emphasized to illustrate this development.  Spring, even-numbered years.
Prerequisite: None.


MALA 5313   (3-3-0)   Religion and Politics in the United States
A study of the interaction of religion and politics in the United States. Historical developments and contemporary issues, including major U.S. Supreme Court decisions, will be examined.  Fall, even-numbered years.
Prerequisite: None.


MALA 5314   (3-3-0)   International Relations
An overview of the power structures that govern international relations including international organizations and politics.  Spring, odd-numbered years.
Prerequisite: None.


MALA 5315   (3-3-0)   Municipal Government and Urban Development
A study of the development of cities and their organization and government. It includes a discussion of the functions, problems, and nature of municipal politics.  Fall, odd-numbered years.
Prerequisite: 6 hours in political science or instructor approval.


MALA 5316   (3-3-0)   Study of Public Administration
A study of the theory and basic principles of public administrative organization. It includes a discussion of such issues as communication, personnel management, the budgetary process, and both the internal and external politics of public administration.  Fall, even-numbered years.
Prerequisite: 6 hours in political science or instructor approval.


MALA 5317   (3-3-0)   Comparative Government
The study and application of theories and concepts related to the scope of comparative politics and methods of comparing various aspects of political systems. The principles, structure, and operation of three selected contemporary governmental systems will be compared to each other and the government of the United States. Special attention will be paid to the impact of contrasting cultures, geography, and topography in the development of different governmental systems.  Spring, even-numbered years.
Prerequisite: 6 hours in political science or instructor approval.


MALA 5318   (3-3-0)   American Political Tradition
A study of American political ideas from colonial times to the present with special emphasis placed on the political thought of the nation's founders, the political party system, and contemporary ideological debates.  Spring, odd-numbered years.
Prerequisite: 6 hours in political science or instructor approval.


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: 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.   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 course contains a field-based service-learning component. Fall, Spring.
Prerequisite: None.


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.  Fall, Spring, Summer, Online.
Prerequisite: None.


MALA 5324   (3-3-0)   The Gospels
An intensive study of one or more of the gospels (Matthew-John).   Periodically.
Prerequisite: None.


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.  Periodically.
Prerequisite: None.


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.  Fall, Spring, Online.
Prerequisite: None.
Cross Listed Courses: 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.   Spring.
Prerequisite: None.
Cross Listed Courses: 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. Spring.   Spring, Online.
Prerequisite: None.
Cross Listed Courses: 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. Fall. Available Fall 2009.   Fall, Online.
Prerequisite: None.
Cross Listed Courses: 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.   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.   Spring, even-numbered years.
Prerequisite: ART/COMA 4328 or MALA 5336
Cross Listed Courses: ART/COMA 4329


MALA 5340   (3-3-0)   Studies in Global Literature
A study of literature that has emerged outside the western tradition, allowing for an examination of the rich diversity that comes from literature from other cultures around the globe. The majority of texts will be from non-western regions. Students may repeat the course for credit when content changes.  Spring.
Prerequisite:
Cross Listed Courses: ENGL 4317


MALA 5341   (3-3-0)   C. S. Lewis
An introduction to C. S. Lewis' works concerning the following subjects: myth, allegory, nature, the afterlife, miracles, prayer, pain, ethics, education, the arts, sehnsucht, the numinous, style, literary criticism, etc. Introduction to the most significant works of Lewis' circle: the Inklings.  Spring.
Prerequisite: None.


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.   Fall, Spring.
Prerequisite: None.


MALA 5344   (3-3-0)   Studies in Fiction
May concentrate upon a specific era or specific genre of novels or short stories. May be repeated for credit when the content changes.  Spring, even-number of years.
Prerequisite: None.


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.  Periodically.
Prerequisite: None.


MALA 5346   (3-3-0)   Special Topics in English
Concentrates on specialized areas of literature. May be repeated for credit when content changes.   Periodically.
Prerequisite: None.
Cross Listed Courses: ENGL 4316


MALA 5347   (3-3-0)   Studies in Drama
May concentrate upon a specific era or specific genre of drama. May be repeated for credit when the content changes.  Fall, even-numbered years.
Prerequisite: None.


MALA 5348   (3-3-0)   Studies in Poetry
May concentrate upon a specific era or genre of poetry. May be repeated for credit when content changes.  Spring, odd-numbered years.
Prerequisite: None.


MALA 5349   (3-3-0)   Shakespeare
A study of representative histories, comedies, and tragedies by Shakespeare with attention to the sources and background of his plays, to the Elizabethan scene, and to the significance of his works. Emphasis is placed upon research in critical and background resources, culminating in writing based on this research.  Fall, even-numbered years.
Prerequisite: None.


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.


MALA 5351   (3-3-0)   The Early Life and Letters of Paul
Historical and exegetical study of the early life of Paul and his epistles to the Thessalonians, Corinthians, and Galatians.   Fall.
Prerequisite: None.


MALA 5352   (3-3-0)   The Later Life and Letters of Paul
Historical and exegetical study of the later life of Paul and his epistle to the Romans, prison epistles, and pastoral epistles.   Spring.
Prerequisite: None.


MALA 5354   (3-3-0)   Ancient Civilizations
A study of ancient civilizations from the early Mesopotamian civilizations through the conquests of Alexander the Great to the fall of Rome. Special emphasis will be given to the political, social, religious, and intellectual development and history of these civilizations.  Periodically.
Prerequisite: None.


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.  Fall, Online.
Prerequisite: None.


MALA 5357   (3-3-0)   History of the Reformation
A study of the religious, social, political, and economic developments of the Reformation Era beginning with the background of the Renaissance period through the end of the Counter-Reformation and the origins of the Wars of Religion of the late sixteenth and early seventeenth century. Of particular interest will be the lives of the leading reformers and their theology. This study will cover both the Reformation in Europe and in England. This course will cover the Magisterial Reformation in addition to the Radical Reformation and the Counter Reformation with emphasis on political and social consequences.  Spring, even-numbered years.
Prerequisite: None.


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.  Spring.
Prerequisite: None.


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.   Fall.
Prerequisite: None.


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.  Fall, Spring, Online.
Prerequisite: None.


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 course contains a field-based service-learning component. Fall.
Prerequisite: ART/COMA 3321; ART/COMA 3322


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.   Fall.
Prerequisite: None.
Cross Listed Courses: MAGL 5359


MALA 5365   (3-3-0)   Christianity in a Pluralistic World
This course introduces a Christian understanding of, and a response to, a pluralistic world utilizing biblical truths.  Online.
Prerequisite: None.
Cross Listed Courses: RELI 4345.


MALA 5366   (3-3-0)   The General Epistles
An intensive study of one or more of the General Epistles (James-Jude).   Periodically.
Prerequisite: None.


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.   
Prerequisite: Fall.


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.  Periodically.
Prerequisite: None.


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.  Fall, Spring, Online.
Prerequisite: None.


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.  Spring.
Prerequisite: None.


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.  Spring.
Prerequisite: None.


MALA 5376   (3-3-0)   Drawing and the Liberal Arts
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. May be repeated for credit when content changes.  Spring, Summer.
Prerequisite: None.


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.  Spring, Summer.
Prerequisite: None.


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.   Fall, even-numbered years.
Prerequisite: None.
Cross Listed Courses: RELI 4342; MUSI 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.  Fall, Spring, Summer.
Prerequisite:


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.   Spring.
Prerequisite:


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.   Spring.
Prerequisite: None.


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.   Fall, Spring.
Prerequisite: None.


MALA 5388   (3-3-0)   Foundations of the American Republic
This course explores the interaction of people, events, and institutions in the development of our democratic republic. The course will focus on the period between 1763 and 1800. The student will follow America’s alienation from Britain, separation and war for independence. Attention will be given to the problems of the early independence era and the unique systems of government established under the Constitution.   Fall.
Prerequisite: None.


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.  
Prerequisite:


MALA 5390   (3-3-0)   Theater Practicum
Offers experience in stage movement, improvisation, and role interpretation. Emphasis is given to performance of either scenes or fully-staged production. Open to all students by audition.  Spring.
Prerequisite: None.


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


MALA 5396   (3-3-0)   The Gospels - Mark
An intensive study of the Gospel of Mark.  
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.  Fall.
Prerequisite: None.


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.


MALA 6391   (3-3-0)   Directed Study in Business
Selected topics in business conducted on an independent basis through the College of Business.  
Prerequisite: None.


MALA 6392   (3-3-0)   Directed Study in Fine Arts
Selected topics in fine arts conducted on an independent basis through the College of Fine Arts.  
Prerequisite: None.


MALA 6393   (3-3-0)   Directed Study in Humanities
Selected topics in humanities conducted on an independent basis through the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.  
Prerequisite: None.


MALA 6394   (3-3-0)   Directed Study in Religion
Selected topics in religion conducted on an independent basis through the College of Christian Faith.  
Prerequisite: None.


MALA 6395   (3-3-0)   Directed Study in Social Sciences
Selected topics in social sciences conducted on an independent basis through the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.  
Prerequisite: None.


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