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FAITH AND LEARNING STATEMENTS
IN Syllabi

Sermon Preparation and Delivery

The “faith” element of BIB 323 is evident in that preaching involves the study and communication of the Word of God in a setting of a community of believers. The “learning” components may be less obvious, but they are present. The preacher must study history and literary interpretation to understand the biblical text to be preached. He must acquire cultural, psychological, and sociological insights into the character of the audience to bridge the gap between the message and the hearers. He must learn elements of the writing process and principles of effective public speaking to meet the demands of his communication tasks. The successful preacher must draw upon intellectual, emotional, and spiritual resources from the whole range of human experience. At the same time, he must recognize that, ultimately, his success requires a transcendent power for his efforts to bring the transforming Word of God into the hearts and lives of his hearers. With the breadth of the demands upon him, the experienced preacher will value his “liberal arts” education for the task of a preaching ministry.

Religious Speaking for Women

This course will lead the student into a study of effective speech delivery, providing opportunities for practice. Even though clear and effective communication skills will be a major focus of the course, of greater importance will the study of God’s Word “with a view to communicating the message of the text in a contemporary world”. The intent of this course is to enable Christian women to recognize and develop their potential in Christ and to encourage them to use this potential for kingdom service. Additionally, the course introduces the student to the unique makeup of the relationships of women. “Of first importance, the course will require introspection from the student as only spiritually prepared messengers can effectively deliver a prepared spiritual message. Students will be expected to examine their personal faith, relationships, and lifestyles and to be committed to being God’s person.” This course embraces the concept that, “when women are creatively giving spiritual, emotional, and practical help, they add a unique and vibrant dimension that permeates an entire church fellowship and brings completeness to its ministry.”

Business Accounting

Throughout the semester, effort will be made to integrate our common faith with the integrity needed in the accounting principles we are applying.

Business Principles

Throughout the semester, effort will be made to integrate our common faith with the business principles we are applying.

Microeconomics

The primary mission of this course is to address Goal 1 of the OVU mission statement by providing an overview of the field of microeconomics using the most current resources and understanding available, as this study is a foundation for all subsequent courses in the Division of Business. It is hoped that, through lecture and especially class discussion, all students will realize the important of Christian values and ethics in the conduct of business activity, an understanding inherent in Goals 4, 6, and 7. Class discussion on international economic issues and trade relates also to Goal 5 of the mission statement.

Information Processing

At Ohio Valley University, we seek to transform lives in a Christ-centered academic community that integrates higher learning, biblical faith, and service to God and humanity. In CSC 140, this means Christian use of software and the Internet. The class will look at the meanings of a registered copyright and trademark and why these are important to observe. On the Internet, we will look at why some sites are blocked from OVC’s company labs.

Introduction to Education

Whereas God is the creator of all human knowledge; and Whereas faith enhances Christian character and ideals; and Whereas our total growth comes from our faith, We will incorporate an attitude of faith through Christian values that are modeled in our actions, attitudes, and expectations as professional educators. We realize that God’s existence in our prayer life will help to build successful professional Christians prepared to educate the society in which we live. Worshipping God will enhance our relationships with those we serve as public servants. Therefore, we will attempt to link our professional studies to the ethical standards established through God’s Will and demonstrate our faith in Him in our study, appearance, language, and actions.

Research, Writing, and Speaking

Because the teacher is an important role model in the lives of students, it is imperative that prospective teachers reflect sound ethical values. This course will emphasize academic integrity in conducting research and preparing other papers and materials for classroom use. Students will examine their attitudes toward honesty in a variety of academic situations and learn strategies in conducting research with the highest ethical standards. Students will also examine language choices in order to communicate effectively and honestly with others in an educational setting.

Children’s Literature

Integration of Faith and Learning: On page 287 of our text, Children's Literature in the Elementary School by Charlotte Huck, et al, we read, "The Bible ...is a written record of people's continuing search to understand themselves and their relationships with others and their creator." We show who we are through our stories. We gain insights into ourselves and the world around us through stories and their characters. We analyze the stories, comparing them to our own lives and experiences, broadening our perceptions of how God's creation works. This course approaches responding to literature as Christians and as student-scholars with a focus on genres and their elements, enduring themes and issues, and introduction to critical thinking with respect to children's literature. Our goal is to learn how to help young people use literature to grow spiritually, mentally, and in relationships with others.

Methods of Teacher Language Arts

Integration of faith and learning: Language carries meaning in spoken words, song, whispers, laughter, tone, volume, vocabulary, and various formats. People persuade, inform, exclaim, explain, and tell stories using language. We are unique in God’s creation in our capacity to go beyond instinct to creating rich communication in many ways for many purposes. Matthew 12:34 says, “Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.” Language is integral to our expressing who we are and living out our faith.

Methods of Teaching Reading

To integrate faith and learning: Language is an important communication tool used to express needs, wants, beliefs, feelings, and actions for many purposes. The written word is human communication in portable format. It is not always easy for people to learn to read, to comprehend the printed thoughts of another person. Once we learn the intricacies of written language, its use usually becomes automatic. We move past the basic actions involved in encoding and decoding print to using it to achieve goals. The same nuances found in spoken language may be expressed in print, carrying meaning beautifully and effectively. Human communication is a blessing from God and it enables us to reach out to other people, to God, and to reach inward in self-reflection.

English Composition I

One of the key components of a basic writing course is the use of language. Emphasis is placed in English Composition on word usage, including denotation, euphemisms, doublespeak, and jargon. Attention is also given to the way language can be manipulated by advertisers, politicians, and others who are trying to influence public opinion. These concepts help students focus on ethical choices they make when they write and to recognize both positive and negative influences in them material they read. Essays and short pieces of literature provide examples of ways people communicate with each other and ideally encourage students to think critically about life’s important questions.

English Composition II

The key element of the second half of freshman composition, writing in response to literature, relates directly to the Christian faith, first, as Christians respond to the narrative or literary nature of the biblical message. The overall message of the Bible, God reconciling his people to himself, is comprised of hundreds of supporting narratives. Understanding how stories enable us to make meaning of experience integrates the fundamental questions (and some proposed answers) of human existence raised in secular and biblical literature. Second, that language is integral to the human being’s ability to think and feel is documented by cognitive psychology. The language “instinct”, however, not only makes possible God’s special revelation of Himself through scripture, the use of language appears to be an integral element of God’s nature. He speaks the elements of creation into being. He names the elements created. He creates man in His own image, gives man dominion, and gives man the power to name the creatures over which man will exercise that dominion. Biblical texts abound that link God’s character, His activity, and His revelation of Himself to the use of language. Not all words are inspired, but appreciation of, respect for, and adeptness in using words honors the medium God uses to reveal Himself to us.

Western Literature II-Enlightenment

Much of the literature of the Enlightenment through the contemporary period contains moral values and some is religious in nature. Literature reflects the moral views and the ideals of society and reflects the religious beliefs within cultures. Students will examine several genres to increase their understanding of ethical mores embedded within the literature of these periods. The course will also emphasize the importance of academic integrity, particularly in the proper acknowledgement of sources.

Drama and Poetry

Religious themes have been dominant in drama and poetry from the earliest eras, from early poetic meditations and morality plays to works with Christian symbols in the contemporary period. Literature of all ages reflects upon one’s place in the universe, one’s relationship with deity, and the entire human experience. This course will give students opportunities to examine the morality and ethical values inherent within selected poetry and drama and make appropriate application to their personal lives.

Ethics

Ethical issues confront us daily in newspaper headlines, issues such as cloning, pre-emptive military action, or corporate culpability. The primary role of an ethics course is less to resolve dilemmas than to learn to question and think rationally about the decision-making process. An ethics course taught from a Christian worldview does NOT, as one might suppose it would, have the objective of determining the Christian or biblical solution to these dilemmas. The Christian ethics course, precisely because it speaks from a Christian perspective, also demands rational analysis of ethical problems. But the Christian ethics course would also bring to bear upon the issues the principles, the rules, and the cases from Scripture that speak to these concerns. A Christian ethics course would imbue in the students an obligation to think and act Christianly in situations of ethical tension. A Christian ethics course would also motivate the student to be concerned that ethical conduct be embraced by society and culture, rather than resting in the false sense of security of relativism.

Theatre Appreciation

At several points in the history of theatre, religion is its central concern. The most common theory of the origin of theatre relates it to primitive, tribal rituals. The classical theatre of ancient Greece was worship offered to the god Dionysus. The medieval catholic church revived theatre after the Dark Ages by performing liturgical vignettes as a part of the mass. Viewed in the broadest sense, aesthetically as well as historically, theatre as an art form addresses the most fundamental questions of human existence. What is our purpose? What is it to live a good life? What is ultimately real? These are the same questions addressed and answered through Christian revelation and faith. Therefore, through the assignments and the class discussions this semester, we will have multiple opportunities to relate theatrical activities and spiritual development.

 

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