Core Course Descriptions:
BIB232 Acts and Writings of the Early Church (3 units)
An overview of the twenty-seven letters found in the New Testament that were authored by various writers and leaders of the early church. Students will learn the historical background, major themes, and messages of each of these letters in light of what was taking place during the founding of the Christian church (as described in the Book of Acts). Emphasis will be made on the application of the truths found within each letter.
BIB233 The Gospels and Life of Christ (3 units)
Encapsulated in this study will be the overview of the four gospels of the New Testament. The contents, historical facts, background, culture of the people, and the times in which the events occurred will be examined. Included in the course will be the analysis of Christ’s Judean, Samarian, and Galilean ministry, and the important truths brought forth by Jesus to His audiences.
BIB122 Hermeneutics (2 units)
This is an introduction to the world of Biblical Interpretation. Students will develop skills in using resources to aid the Hermeneutic process. Themes of exegesis; content; literary genres; interpretive issues; and historical, grammatical, and cultural context will be the central focus. The end result is that the student will come to a sound conclusion and application of scripture by using a solid method of interpretation.
BIB132 New Testament Survey (3 units)
Students will explore the New Testament books and experience a general overview of all the books while taking time to investigate select portions in detail. This is a study in how each portion of the New Testament fits, as one portion of a greater whole, to make up our Cannon of scripture. Time will be taken to explain the important people, structure, content, and background while connecting them back to the entire Bible as an entity.
BIB131 Old Testament Survey (3 units)
Students will explore the Old Testament books and experience a general overview of all the books while taking time to investigate select portions in detail. This is a study in how each portion of the Old Testament fits, as one portion of a greater whole, to make up our Cannon of scripture. Time will be taken to explain the important people, structure, content, and background while connecting them back to the entire Bible as an entity.
BIB133 Pentateuch & Prophets (3 units)
The beginnings of creation and the beginnings of a called out nation are the themes of this course. Besides learning about the people, places, and events that covered the first five books of the Bible, students will see God’s constant working with His people through His spokesmen, the prophets of Israel and Judah.
BIB231 Romans & Hebrews (3 units)
The student will become familiar with the background of each book such as the author, the date in which it was written, and who it was written to. The student will also become familiar with the times in which the intended audience was living and why the letters were so vital to them at that period of history. Various truths will be discussed that each book teaches to the New Covenant Christian today and the student will learn the impact these letters have had upon the church throughout history.
CLS111 Basic Tools for Learning (1 unit)
An overview of essential tools needed to successfully complete present academic requirements as well as future ministry responsibilities. This course offers the student key study, writing, and computer software skills, and is designed to expose the student to resources for further practical applications.
CML111, CML112 Ministry Training Essentials I & II (1 unit/semester)
As a School of Ministry, training is a key component of any Christian Service Outreach undertakings while a student at Summit. This course attempts to provide the specific objectives and disciplines necessary to achieve optimum effectiveness in ministry both on and off campus as well as in any future endeavors.
CML211, CML212 Ministry Training Essentials III & IV (1 unit/semester)
As a School of Ministry, training is a key component of any Christian Service Outreach undertakings while a student at Summit and for any potential internships after graduation. This course attempts to provide the specific objectives and disciplines necessary to achieve optimum effectiveness in ministry both on and off campus as well as in any future internship.
CMS111 Introduction to Computer Software (1 unit)
Throughout the course students will learn the basic knowledge of computers, including the identity and description of basic internal components of a computer system. Students will also be taught a broad understanding of the Microsoft Office Suite and be expected to execute the basic operations of the software.
COM131 Fundamentals of Public Speaking (3 units)
Designed to present an opportunity for students to study and practice the art of public speaking, the course provides instruction and experience in the research, preparation, and delivery of speeches. Students will also be equipped with the basic, practical tools needed to communicate. Emphasis will be placed on special occasion, informative, and persuasive speaking.
HIS231 Church History (3 units)
A proper understanding of the history of the Church, from its conception to the modern times, is foundational to evaluating the present church. Special emphasis will be placed on particular situations and important junctures in this history primarily to explain the ramifications that are presently being experienced in the modern church.
ICS121 Cross-Cultural Communication (2 units)
The goal of verbal and non-verbal communication is being able to convey one’s message so that it is understood by others. However, differences in culture often present barriers to clear communication. This course explores the basics principles of effective communication. An examination is also included into major cultural differences that can hinder one’s ability to convey intended meaning to others. Finally, students will apply what has been learned about communication and culture and attempt to adapt their style of interaction so that they can bridge differences and be understood by those outside their individual cultures.
LED231 Introduction to Leadership (3 units)
An analysis of Biblical leadership at different levels, including individual and team leadership. The course will focus on leadership development and the roles that authenticity, integrity, and creativity play in one’s character. Attention will be given to the exercising of leadership as a “whole person,” balancing responsibilities of home, work, and community.
PHE111, PHE112 Sports Education I & II (1 unit/semester)
Students will participate in the Summit Lions Intramural League while being introduced to athletic evangelization, how it is used, and why it can be an effective tool in reaching people for Jesus all across the world. Students will grow in their knowledge of and skills in one of the world’s most common languages…sports.
REL231 World Religions (3 units)
The history, founder(s), cultural background and belief system of each of the world’s largest religions – Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, and Islam – are considered in the light of their impact on the nations and cultures of the world. Their teachings will be compared and contrasted with orthodox Christian dogma. Additionally, the development of the major pseudo-Christian and non-Christian movements and cults that have emerged since the 19th century will be traced and their teachings examined to determine how they differ from Biblical Christianity.
THE121 Redemptive History (2 units)
The intent of this course is to aid students in understanding their position and inheritance in Christ. Emphasis will be placed on the security of our salvation in Jesus Christ and the benefits thereof, showing that all of it is available to us because of His grace and faithfulness and not by human strength or merit. The New Covenant itself will be defined by first emphasizing Christ’s centrality within it. The course will then demonstrate how six major covenants of the Old Testament – of which God was the Initiator – all typologically foreshadow Christ’s finished work and the Christian’s inheritance in Him.
THE231 Theology I (3 units)
The scope of this study will include the fundamental doctrines of the church through a progressive understanding of Systematic Theology. Included in the course will be such topics as the major divisions of theology, the nature of systematic theology, and protestant theological systems. This course also explores the following theological topics: Bibliology, Theology Proper, Cosmology, Angelology, and Anthropology.
THE232 Theology II (3 units)
The scope of this study will include the fundamental doctrines of the church through a progressive understanding of Systematic Theology. Included in the course will be such topics as Christology, The Atonement, Soteriology, Pneumatology, Ecclesiology, and Eschatology.
SPF131 Spiritual Formation (3 units)
The focus of this course is centered on the words of Paul in Ephesians 4:13: “…till we all come…unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ…” It will be obvious to the student as the course develops that Paul’s words were meant to be the goal of every Christian who passes from death to life, from the old man to the new man, and from being controlled by sin to being controlled by the Spirit of God.
Elective Course Descriptions:
BIB134 Daniel & Revelation (3 units)
A journey into Bible History and Apocalyptic Prophecy through the analytical and comparative study of the books of Daniel and Revelation. This survey will also cover the relevancy of Daniel’s and John’s content to present day global events.
COM121 Homiletics (2 units)
The elements of sermon-writing and the practical and spiritual aspects of biblical preaching will be discussed in this course. The necessity of sensitivity to the Holy Spirit’s leading, as well as the importance of study – with particular emphasis on sound exegesis of Scripture – will be accentuated. Great attention will be given to the preacher’s obligation of care, compassion, and conviction to the audience.
CRE122 Adult Education & Ministries (2 units)
Ephesians 4 tells us that God has given His Church gifts and offices that are meant to build it up in love. Students in this course will learn how to build up Christian adults with enriching opportunities for Christian education and ministry that extend beyond the Sunday morning worship service. Students will be presented biblical principles that will help them develop a passion for assisting adults grow, as well as be models for executing their ideas.
CRE131 Child Education & Ministries (3 units)
This course is an introduction to the educational and spiritual responsibilities of teaching children ages 6-12 years old. Students will learn how to manage a classroom, maintain proper conduct with children, and write lessons that effectively communicate Biblical truths.
CRE123 Pedagogy & Methodology (2 units)
Basic topics included in this study of teaching methods are: unit and lesson planning, teaching and learning styles, and methods and practical classroom experience, among others. Students will also have the opportunity to plan, organize, prepare, and effectively deliver lessons.
CRE132 Student Education & Ministries (3 units)
Youth, or “Student” (a term more currently used), is the specific age group dealt with in this course. The wide spectrum of ministries to students, including Christian educational ministries, will be presented. Implementation of those programs will also be discussed and evaluated.
CML131 Pastoral Ministries & Practice (3 units)
The student will study various aspects of pastoral ministry including topics such as “What a Pastor is,” “The Making of a Pastor,” and “The Pastor’s Role and Responsibilities.” The student will also learn how to perform church ceremonials such as weddings, funerals, baby dedications, and communion. This course will present the tools needed in various types of counseling such as marriage counseling and counseling in times of crisis. Other topics of discussion will be the church and civil/church government, the spectrum of denominations in the Christian church, and how to work in unison with these different denominations, along with other related subject areas.
CML132 Survey of Church Ministries (3 units)
A study, such as this course, that is concentrated on the full gamut of church ministries, is vitally important for future pastors and church administrators. It is especially essential for leaders who are responding to the charge in Ephesians 4:12, “… to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up….” (NIV) Included in the presentation will be topics such as child, student, and adult ministries; Christian educational ministries; fellowships; worship; evangelization and missions; outreach; and other similar functions of the church.
CML133 Urban Ministries & Church Plant (3 units)
Church planting, specifically in an urban setting, will be the emphasis of this study. The differences in church planting endeavors: urban, suburban, rural works; multi-cultural and multi-national works; language specific and culturally unique works; as well as average-size compared to mega-size church works will be discussed and examined. Students will also be presented with methods necessary for pioneering a church plant.
CML134 Women in Ministry (3 units)
A study to explore critical issues regarding women in ministry, including but not limited to biblical, theological, cultural, historical, and practical themes. There will be discussions on the impact of women on the Church and the roles that women can fill as they follow God’s call on their lives.
DIG121, DIG122 Introduction to Presentation Graphics I & II (2 units/semester)
Students will learn hands on creative processing and practical design through printed and digital mediums. Graphic design layout and processing, creative writing, digital photography and video production will be implemented in this course.
FNA121, FNA122 Introduction to Drama–“Drawn” I & II (2 units)
Summit’s drama course incorporates studio rehearsal and lecture time to train in the basics of theater. Original pieces are written throughout the year for on and off-campus ministries and events. The heart of the class is to draw others to Christ by being drawn to Him ourselves. Hence the name “Drawn.”
ICS122 Jewish & Islamic History & Evangelism (2 units)
Jewish and Muslim outreach ministry is based on knowing how to cross particular walls in order to be effective in reaching both of these people groups. Many of those barriers, and how to bridge those barriers to be effective in sharing the gospel, will be taught and discussed. Biblical models will be presented that demonstrate effective means to correctly communicate the true gospel of Jesus to both Jew and Muslim.
LIT131 Christian Literature (3 units)
This course will survey the history of Christian Literature, the types of literature represented, and the purpose for these writings. The student will take a look at snapshots of an assortment of literature, varying in the time period they were written in as well as the style in which they were written. Along with delving into the story lines of these books, the student will have the opportunity to study the life of the author as well as the cultural environment of when it was written.
MIS121 Cross-Cultural Evangelism (2 units)
Ministering to people who are different than us has some challenges. Biblical principles will be taught that can help us be effective in reaching out to people from cultures other than our own. Using models that have informed missionaries for countless decades, the purpose of this course is to equip the student to have the ability to reach cultures that have been historically difficult to evangelize.
MIS131 Missions & Evangelism (3 units)
An introductory course designed to provide the student with a foundational knowledge of world missions and evangelism, as well as provide resources for further study. The student will be looking at God’s mission plan according to the Biblical model of evangelism, observing the development of world missions throughout history, understanding practical aspects of missionary work including but not limited to cultural studies, and observing and researching the biographies of many historical and modern-day missionaries.
MTN121, MTN122 Music Production/Engineering I & II (2 units/semester)*
Designed for students who would like to learn introductory music production and composition techniques using Pro Tools. It offers both hands-on and interactive instruction. Upon completion, students will have a basic knowledge of what elements constitute a mix and how to apply them to a project. Knowledge of Mac’s OS X and basic computer navigation is recommended.
*(MTN121 is a prerequisite for MTN122)
MUS151 Chapel Worship Seminar (.5 units)
A 6-hour required seminar for students participating in chapel worship or student musical ministries. Students will be instructed in the organization and choice of music selections, proper ministry etiquette, team coherence, and the role of the participants in “leading” the audience into biblical worship.
MUS111 Introduction to Worship Studies (2 units)
A study of the biblical foundations and the call to worship found from Genesis to Revelation. The course will focus on developing the student to become more effective in their personal worship and the leading of public worship services. Subject matter will also include the roles and functionality of worship as found in Scripture, the roots of worship practices of the early church, worship leading, and the principles by which Christians can effectively offer praise to the Lord.
MUS112 Music Theory (2 units)
An elementary study of melody, rhythm, and diatonic tonal harmony in four voices and in simple instrumental textures. Emphasis will be placed on rudiments of music, voice leading, harmonic progression, and elemental melodic forms. Developing music literacy is necessary to function effectively among fellow musicians, therefore time will be afforded to deal with many genres of musical style. The purpose of this course is for students to develop skills that will lead to a thorough understanding of music theory and music composition/arranging.
PHE121, PHE122 Sports Management & Evangelism (2 units/semester)*
A study of previous and current community development programs, cultural and global relevance, and Christian athletic ministries. Students will also play an active role in the operations of the Twelv2Athletic ministry which is a replicable and culturally transcendent community program shaped for developing youth, ages 8-18 years old, scholastically, socially, and spiritually through Christian athletic mentorship.
*(PHE121 is a prerequisite for PHE122)
PHL121 Foundation of Apologetics (2 units)
1 Peter 3:15 commands us to always be ready to give a verbal defense for our faith. Foundation of Apologetics is a course meant to give students a solid biblical foundation so that they will be ready and able to give a defense for the gospel. There are many out there who have legitimate/difficult questions about God/the scriptures and it is our privilege to give those answers from a compassionate heart. This course will consist of lectures, class discussions, class participation, and some videos from Ravi Zacharias and other noted apologists.