2015-2016 Academic Catalog

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Areas of Empahsis (School of Intercultural Studies)

At Fuller, an emphasis consists of a minimum of five courses grouped around a particular area of interest. By choosing an emphasis, students will be guided to courses in the three schools taught by faculty doing research on topics relevant to the emphasis area. Some emphases have certain specific requirements, along with a variety of choices; others offer even more flexibility.

The following areas of emphasis are available for master’s degrees in the School of Intercultural Studies.

  • Asian American Contexts
  • Children at Risk
  • Christian Ethics
  • Global Arts and World Religions
  • International Development and Urban Studies
  • Islamic Studies
  • Just Peacemaking
  • Recovery Ministry
  • Theology and the Arts
  • Worship and Music Ministry
  • Worship, Theology, and the Arts
  • Youth, Family, and Culture

Asian American Contexts

The Asian American Contexts emphasis is designed for students who want to understand what it means to be a leader in the Asian American context, how to reach an emerging generation of Asian Americans amidst formidable global challenges, and how the gospel can engage Asian American pop culture, social justice concerns, and church drama. The emphasis requires 20 units. Normally the five courses will include the three courses below, although the student may arrange otherwise with the faculty coordinator. The emphasis requires 20 units to complete. Currently this emphasis requires courses that are only available on the Pasadena campus.

Required courses (12 units):

  • PM544 Asian American Contexts and Missional Leadership
  • TM528 Engaging Asian American Contexts
  • FS500 Family Systems Dynamics

Select two courses (8 units) from the following:

  • ET543 The Theology and Ethics of Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • MH526 Christianity in China, Korea, and Japan
  • MH530 History: Christianity in Asia
  • MR519 Christian Engagement with People of Other Faiths
  • MR541 China and Christian Faith
  • NS563 Race and Christian Identity in the New Testament
  • PR532 Transformational Preaching in Asian American Contexts

Children at Risk

The Children at Risk emphasis enables students to dialogue with a variety of disciplines for understanding, relating to, and ministering with children and youth and the cultural and at-risk contexts in which they live. Students will develop effective strategies for implementing holistic ministry with children and youth by connecting relevant theory and theology with contemporary best practices.The emphasis requires 16 units.

Required courses (8 units): 

  • MD575 Childhood in Global Perspective
  • MD543 Mission with Children at Risk

Select two courses (8 units) from the following:

  • MD524 Advocacy for Social Justice
  • MD525 Poverty and Development
  • MD528 Development Tools and Practices
  • MD544 Ministry with Sexually Exploited and Trafficked Children
  • MD545 Ministry with Street Children
  • MD554 Ministry with Children Affected by HIV/AIDS
  • MD555 Research with Children
  • MD556 Orphanage Alternatives
  • MM568 Self-Care in Mission

Christian Ethics

The Christian Ethics emphasis enables students to develop deeper knowledge and skills in Christian ethics as they relate to practices in churches and in the world. Within Christian ethics courses, and with courses focusing on church renewal students are prepared for leading church renewal through deeper Christian discipleship, or for service in citizen organizations.This emphasis requires 20 units.

Select one course (4 units) from the following:

  • ET501 Christian Ethics
  • ET503 Bible and Social Ethics
  • ET513 Perspectives on Social Ethics
  • ET522 Christian Ethical Traditions
  • ET533 Discipleship in a Secular Society

Select four courses (16 units) from the following:

  • ET520 Biblical and Practical Peacemaking
  • ET521 Sexuality and Ethics
  • ET525 The Ethics of Dietrich Bonhoeffer
  • ET528 Creation Care and Sabbath Economics
  • ET540 Peacemaking in Israel and Palestine
  • ET542 Faith and Politics
  • ET543 The Theology and Ethics of Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • ET545 Theology and Ethics in Asian-American Contexts
  • ET546 God and Globalization
  • ET548 Philosophy of Justice
  • ET551 The Ethics of Diversity in Unity
  • ET559 Methods in Christian Ethics

Up to two courses (8 units) of the following may be included:

  • CH516 Theology and Politics in Modern Society
  • MD500 Globalization, the Poor, and Christian Mission
  • NS563 Race and Christian Identity in the New Testament
  • OT551 Old Testament Ethics

Global Arts and World Religions

The Global Arts and World Religions emphasis offers you opportunities to investigate world religions as they are practiced, reflect on perceptions toward one another, and develop hands-on tools for engagement with peoples of differing faiths via the arts. Cultural and religious studies challenge you to think missiologically and theologically and learn practical ways to minister within local, regional, and global contexts. Courses address such topics as interreligious relations, sustainable peacebuilding, interfaith dialogue, witness, and worship through cultural arts, symbols, and rituals—helping you learn to foster understanding and communication between religious peoples in a world crying out for peace and justice. The emphasis requires a total of 20 units. Currently this emphasis requires courses that are only available on the Pasadena campus.

Required courses (16 units):

  • IS501 Practice of Worship and Prayer
  • MR578 Music, Peacebuilding, and Interfaith Dialogue
  • MR547 Art, Symbol, and World Religions
  • ME525 Worship in World Religions

Select one course (4 units) from the following:

  • ME506 Communicating the Gospel Cross-Culturally
  • ME513 Global Christian Worship and Witness
  • ME515 Storytelling and Song in Context
  • ME518 Exegeting Music Cultures

International Development and Urban Studies

The International Development and Urban Studies emphasis is intended to equip students in the theory and practice of working for holistic transformation with the poor and oppressed internationally and in U.S. urban settings. Students substantively engage with the impact of a globalizing and urbanizing world and the impact of both on the poor. The emphasis requires a total of 20 units. Currently this emphasis requires courses that are only available on the Pasadena campus.

Required courses (8 units):

  • MD500 Globalization, the Poor and Christian Mission
  • MD525 Poverty and Development

Select one course (4 units) from the following:

  • MN520 Encountering the City
  • MN536 Transforming the City
  • GM518 Introduction to Urban Studies

Select one course (4 units) from the following:

  • MD528 Development Tools and Practices
  • MN533 Organizing Urban Communities

Select one courses (4 units) from the following:

  • MD524 Advocacy for Social Justice
  • MD540 Theology of Poverty and Development
  • MD543 Mission with Children at Risk
  • MD546 Relief, Refugees and Conflict
  • MD546 Relief, Refugees and Conflict
  • MN540 Urban Church Planting
  • SP504 Integration of Spirituality and Urban Ministry
  • TM521 Congregations in the World
  • TM522 Homelessness, Congregations and Community Partnerships

Islamic Studies

The Islamic Studies emphasis equips students to pursue intercultural work and to engage globally and more thoughtfully with Islam and Muslims. Students will gain an overview of Muslim faith and practice, with special attention to comparisons with Christianity and varieties of expressions and survey and analyze Muslim-Christian relations throughout history and in modern day. This emphasis requires 20 units.

Required courses (8 units):

  • MR550 Introduction to Islam
  • MR574 Muslim Peoples: A Sociological Approach

Select three courses (12 units) from the following:

  • MR552 History of the Muslim-Christian Encounter
  • MR554 Models of Witness in Muslim Contexts
  • MR555 Popular Islamic Piety
  • MR556 Current Trends in Islam
  • MR557 Muslim Women and Family
  • MR569 Biblical Hermeneutics in a Muslim Context

Just Peacemaking

Terrorism, interreligious conflict, scarcity of resources, abuse of human rights, domestic violence, church splits. Our contexts, from local to global and interpersonal to international, put to Christians the question: How can we be peacemakers as Jesus called us?  At Fuller we pursue answers to this question passionately, and we look to the triune God, in particular the peacemaking way of Jesus, for guidance. This focus asks that we think beyond the conventional dichotomy between just war and pacifism to see that Just Peacemaking is about the everyday lives of disciples, guided by the power of the Spirit, and the initiatives we should take to address all kinds of human conflict. Our faculty – innovators in the fields of peacemaking, ministries of reconciliation, and interfaith work – in conjunction with the Just Peacemaking Initiative will help you engage difficult questions biblically, theologically, and practically. This emphasis requires 20 units.

Required courses (8 units):

  • ET501 Christian Ethics
  • ET520 Biblical and Practical Peacemaking

Select three courses (12 units) from the following:

  • ET528 Creation Care and Sabbath Economics
  • ET540 Peacemaking in Israel and Palestine
  • ET543 The Theology and Ethics of Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • FI515 Forgiveness, Reconciliation, and Clinical Practice
  • MD525 Poverty and Development

Up to two courses (8 units) of the following may be included:

  • CO521 Ethnic Identities in the Media
  • ET538 Politics and Policy
  • ET546 God and Globalization
  • ET548 Philosophy of Justice
  • ET551 The Ethics of Diversity in Unity
  • MR556 Current Trends in Islam
  • NT556 Jesus, the Church, and Violence

Recovery Ministry

The Recovery Ministry emphasis is designed to prepare students to creatively engage in the development of ministries to people struggling with addiction and/or abuse. Addiction and abuse are systemic problems that complicate and reinforce most other social problems—everything from traffic safety to criminality. The Recovery Ministry emphasis is designed to help students become well informed about these difficult issues and prepared to be part of the solution.A total of 16 units is required. Currently this emphasis requires courses that are only available on the Pasadena campus.

Required courses (12 units):

  • CN553 Pastoral Care and Abuse
  • CN567 Spiritual Formation and the Twelve Steps
  • EV532 Recovery Ministry in the Local Church

Select one course (4 units) from the following: 

  • CN557 Pastoral Care and Addictions
  • CN558 Pastoral Care and Sexuality
  • CN504 Family Therapy and Pastoral Counseling
  • FS500 Family Systems Dynamics

Theology and the Arts

The Theology and the Arts emphasis is for students with an academic interest in culture, art, and theology, and for practicing artists who want a theological and biblical foundation for their work. Students prepare to be theological interpreters of culture and/or artists able to bring art and culture into conversation with theology. The emphasis requires 20 units. Currently this emphasis requires courses that are only available on the Pasadena campus.

Required courses (12 units):

  • TC581 Worship, Theology and the Arts Touchstone Course
  • TC591 Theology and the Arts Capstone Cohort
  • TC592A/B Theology and the Arts Project Cohort

Select two course (8 units) from the following: 

  • Any Theology and Culture course (TC)
  • Any Worship Studies course (WS)

Worship and Music Ministry

The Worship and Music Ministry emphasis is a practical degree designed to address the learning needs of students currently in musical worship leadership or to prepare those intending to work in such contexts, particularly within the local church. Students will incorporate biblical and theological studies, practical theology, and cultural literacy, in addition to specialized studies in worship and music ministry.The emphasis requires 24 units. Currently this emphasis requires courses that are only available on the Pasadena campus.

Required courses (20 units):

  • IS501 Practice of Worship and Prayer
  • TC581 Worship Theology and the Arts Touchstone Course
  • WS518 Worship Ministry on the Lord’s Day
  • WS514 Music as Theological Expression
  • WS515 Musical Worship Leadership Practicum

Select one course (4 units) from the following: 

  • Any Communication course in the School of Intercultural Studies (ME)
  • Any Theology and Culture course (TC)
  • Any Worship Studies course (WS)
  • MC500 Church and Mission in Global Contexts
  • MC509 The Church in a Culture of Technology
  • MR547 World Religions: Art and Symbol
  • MR578 Music Peace Building, and Interfaith Dialogue

Worship, Theology, and the Arts

The Worship, Theology, and the Arts emphasis is for students interested in ministries relating to worship and the arts. Students incorporate biblical, historical, theological, and cultural foundations of worship and the use of the arts in ministry. Students have the opportunity to choose a more specific focus under the this emphasis. A total of 20 units is required.

Required courses (12 units):

  • IS501 Practice of Worship & Prayer
  • TC581 Worship, Theology, and the Arts Touchstone Course
  • WS518 Worship Ministry on the Lord’s Day

Select two courses (8 units) from the following:

  • Any Communication course in the School of Intercultural Studies (ME)
  • Any Theology and Culture course (TC)
  • Any Worship Studies course (WS)
  • MC500 Church and Mission in Global Contexts
  • MC509 The Church in a Culture of Technology
  • MR547 World Religions: Art and Symbol
  • MR578 Music, Peace Building, and Interfaith Dialogue

Youth, Family, and Culture

The Youth, Family, and Culture emphasis is designed to enable the student to design a flexible, well-rounded and comprehensive curricular experience that can be shaped to address their cultural and contextual ministry interest and calling. The emphasis requires 20 units.

Required courses (8 units):

  • YF500 Foundation of Youth Ministry or YF501 Introduction to Youth Ministry
  • YF503 Evangelism, Justice, and Emerging Generations

Select two courses (8 units) from the following:

  • Any Youth, Family, and Culture course (YF)
  • GM527 Ministry and Culture

Select one course (4 units) from the following:

  • Any Pastoral Counseling course (CN)
  • Any Church Growth course (MC)
  • Any Theology and Culture course (TC)
  • Any Youth, Family, and Culture course (YF)
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