2017-2018 Academic Catalog

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Certificate Programs

CERTIFICATE OF CHRISTIAN STUDIES

The Certificate of Christian Studies offers students an opportunity to complete a personalized, short-term nondegree program to meet a wide range of goals, from training for a specific church or parachurch ministry to personal and spiritual enrichment. It can be designed as a focused course of study or a sampling of master’s-level courses from the Schools of Theology, Intercultural Studies, or Psychology. By enrolling in convenient daytime or evening courses at any Fuller location, or in any of the courses available through Fuller’s Distance Learning Programs, or any combination of these, students pursuing the certificate can gain an introduction to theological, biblical, or missiological basics at the graduate level. The program may help students assess the possibility of pursuing a seminary degree. Although the certificate is not awarded to students already admitted to degree programs, all courses earned toward a certificate can be credited toward a degree program upon later admission to that program (if appropriate to the curriculum, and subject to certain degree requirements, such as residency or distance learning limits).

Admission standards for the Certificate of Christian Studies are the same as for admission to a master’s degree program.

The Certificate of Christian Studies requires the completion of six master’s-level courses (24 units). All work must be completed at Fuller; no transfer credit is accepted toward the certificate. At least 16 units must be taken in the School of Theology to earn the certificate from that school. All work for the certificate must be completed within seven years.

CERTIFICATE IN ASIAN AMERICAN CONTEXTS

This certificate allows students to explore a variety of questions related to Asian American contexts and learn from faculty who are renowned scholars in diverse arenas of the Asian American experience. The faculty are innovative theologian-practitioners who apply their expertise for kingdom purposes. The certificate requires 24 units. All of the courses are available only online.  All work for the certificate must be completed within seven years.

Required courses (8 units)

  • PM544 Leadership in Asian American Contexts
  • TM528 Engaging Asian American Contexts

Select two courses (8 units):

  • CN504 Family Therapy and Pastoral Counseling
  • CN567 Spiritual Formation and the Twelve Steps
  • CO522 Narrative Communication in a Visual Age
  • ET543 The Theology and Ethics of Martin Luther King Jr
  • ET545 Christian Ethics in Asian American Contexts
  • FS500 Family Systems Dynamics
  • MR519 Christian Engagement with People of Other Faiths
  • MR541 China and Christian Faith
  • MH526 Christianity in China, Korea, and Japan
  • MH530 History of Christianity in Asia
  • NS563 Race and Christian Identity in the New Testament
  • ST544 Asian and Asian American Theologies

Select two courses (8 units). Students with no prior seminary education select one from each of the two groups below. All other students select two electives.

  • OT500 Old Testament Introduction
  • NT500 New Testament Introduction
  • IS500 Practices of Vocational Formation
  •  IS502 Practices of Community

CERTIFICATE IN RECOVERY MINISTRIES

The Certificate in Recovery Ministry is designed for people who wish to develop their understanding and skills in working in situations of additions and abuse. Because addiction and abuse are among the largest public health problems on the planet, it is difficult to do ministry of any kind without feeling the impact of these problems. This certificate provides students an opportunity to study some basic insights into the dynamics of addiction and abuse and help them respond in productive ways to persons struggling with these issues. Although the certificate is not awarded to students already admitted to degree programs, all courses earned toward a certificate can be credited toward a degree program upon later admission to that program (if appropriate to the curriculum, and subject to certain degree requirements, such as residency or distance learning limits).

Admission standards for the Certificate in Recovery Ministry are the same as for admission to a master’s degree program.

The Certificate in Recovery Ministry requires the completion of six master’s-level courses (24 units). With the exception of NS500, which is available at most Fuller locations, the coursework for this certificate is only available in Pasadena and online. All work for the certificate must be completed within seven years.

Curriculum

Biblical Studies (4 units)

  • NS500 Gospels

Recovery Ministry (20 units)

Choose four of the following (16 units)

  • EV532 Recovery Ministry in the Local Church
  • CN553 Pastoral Care and Abuse
  • CN557 Pastoral Care and Addictions
  • CN558 Pastoral Care and Sexuality
  • CN567 Spiritual Formation and the Twelve Steps
  • Any Pastoral Counseling course (CN prefix)

Choose one of the following (4 units)

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

CERTIFICATE IN THEOLOGY AND THE ARTS

The Certificate in Theology and the Arts is designed for people 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. Although the certificate is not awarded to students already admitted to degree programs, all courses earned toward a certificate can be credited toward a degree program upon later admission to that program (if appropriate to the curriculum, and subject to certain degree requirements, such as residency or distance learning limits).

Admission standards for the Certificate in Theology and the Arts are the same as for admission to a master’s degree program.

The Certificate in Theology and the Arts requires the completion of six master’s-level courses (24 units). Some or all of the coursework may be completed online. Applicable courses may be offered in special locations, such as New York City. All work for the certificate must be completed within seven years.

Curriculum

  • Four courses (16 units) that fall under the categories of Theology and Culture (TC) or Worship Studies (WS).  One of these four courses must be from the following
    • TC516 Worship, Theology, and Art
    • TC517 Theological Method for Worship and the Arts
    • TC581 Worship, Theology, and the Arts Touchstone Course
  • Two elective courses (8 units)

CERTIFICATE IN YOUTH MINISTRY

The Certificate in Youth Ministry provides youth ministers in church and parachurch organizations with practical and theological training foundational to effective youth ministry. This unique nondegree program can be completed with a minimum of time away from ministry commitments. Although the certificate is not awarded to students already admitted to degree programs, all courses earned toward a certificate can be credited toward a degree program upon later admission to that program (if appropriate to the curriculum, and subject to certain degree requirements, such as residency or distance learning limits).

Admission standards for the Certificate in Youth Ministry are the same as for admission to a master’s degree program.

The Certificate in Youth Ministry requires the completion of six master’s-level courses (24 units) essential for effective youth ministry, including two six-month field education practica conducted in each student’s home ministry area under the supervision of a qualified mentor (for a total of 4 units of credit). All work for the certificate must be completed within seven years.

Curriculum

Required (12 units):

  • YF500 Foundations of Youth Ministry or YF501 Introduction to Youth Ministry
  • YF502 Leadership in Youth Ministry
  • YF504 Introduction to Family Ministry

Select any two courses with the YF prefix and/or GM527 Ministry and Culture (8 units)

Select a Biblical Studies Elective (any course with the OT, NE, NS, or NT prefix), or Theology Elective (any course with the CH, ET, HT, ST, or TH prefix) (4 units)

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