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MAL 5302   (3-3-0)   Vision-Casting and Leading Change

This course is designed to acquaint students with the dynamics of organizational change and the types of challenges that face leaders who attempt to cast a vision and subsequently institute change. Students will be challenged not only to assess and evaluate the factors that lead to positive vision-casting/change initiatives, but learn to develop the personal skills and mastery necessary to exercise leadership effectively in the midst of 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.   

  • Offered: Spring, Online.
  • Prerequisite: None.

MAL 5308   (3-3-0)   Great Leaders in History

This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of different types of leadership throughout history. Students will be challenged to not only learn about some of the most famous leaders in history, but also assess the strengths and weaknesses of each of those leaders in his/her respective context. A key component of the course will be to help students learn to more fully assess leadership in multiple arenas and synthesize their own conception of leadership. 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.   

  • Offered: Fall, Spring, Online.
  • Prerequisite: None.

MAL 6301   (3-3-0)   Christian Worldview of Leadership

This course is designed to provide students with a foundational understanding of the models of leadership presented in the Bible and how they should relate to the worldview of contemporary Christian leaders. Students will explore how Christian leadership has a unique focus that is distinctive from other secular models of leadership, and will analyze how Christians can apply the leadership principles of the Bible in their leadership contexts. This course is meant to provide students with a framework for looking at leadership from a distinctively Christian perspective.   

  • Offered: Fall, Spring, Online.
  • Prerequisite: None.

MAL 6303   (3-3-0)   Leadership in Conflict and Adversity

Because leadership necessarily involves dealing with conflict and adversity, this course is designed to help students understand how to lead in the midst of conflict, learn and grow from adversity, and develop the skills and outlook necessary to become a highly resilient leader. Students will lead in the midst of conflict and/or overcome great adversity.   

  • Offered: Fall, Online.
  • Prerequisite: None.

MAL 6304   (3-3-0)   Leadership Communication

This course is designed to help students understand the important role of communication in leadership. Students will gain an understanding of key communication theories that directly impact leadership, focusing on practical application. The course will cover interpersonal, organization, and intercultural communication, aiding students in understanding how to understand their audience in order to increase communication effectiveness. Special attention will be given to exploring the connection between biblical servant leadership and communication.   

  • Offered: Fall, Online.
  • Prerequisite: None.

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.  

  • Offered: Fall, Spring, Online.
  • Prerequisite: None.

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.   

  • Offered: Fall, Spring, Online.
  • 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. 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.   

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

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.  

  • Offered: Fall, Online.
  • 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. 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.   

  • Offered: Alternate Fall, Online.
  • Prerequisite: None.

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.   

  • Offered: Fall, Online.
  • Prerequisite: None.

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.   

  • Offered: Alternate Spring, Online.
  • 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. 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.   

  • Offered: Fall, Spring, Online.
  • 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.

  • Offered: Fall, Spring, Online.
  • 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. 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.   

  • Offered: Fall, Online.
  • Prerequisite:

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.   

  • Offered: Fall, Spring, Online.
  • 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. 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.   

  • Offered: Fall, Online.
  • Prerequisite: None.

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.  

  • Offered: Fall, Spring, Online.
  • 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. 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.   

  • Offered: Fall, Spring, Online.
  • Prerequisite: None.

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