Offers degree in theology and religious education; courses are listed under the several colleges. Students wishing to prepare for service to the nation in a variety of positions will find courses related to their interests in many departments of the University. Courses are offered during the regular academic year which is divided into two semesters of approximately sixteen weeks each.
Dean College of Divinity
The Divinity College offers a four year Bachelor Degree in Theology and Religious Education. However, plans are under way to include Christian Counseling, Biblical Studies, and Missions and etc.BACHELOR OF THEOLOGY
The Bachelor of Theology Degree Program meets two basic needs:
(1) to prepare the students for the Ministry of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and
(2) for the students to have a broad knowledge of the theological aspects of the scriptures and be able to interpret them intelligently.
Requirements for the Bachelor of Theology Degree Program
General University Education requirements – 49 Cr.Hrs Department requirement
(Major) – 81 Cr.Hrs Department Requirement
(Minor) – 18 Cr.Hrs
Electives – 8 Cr.Hrs
Total Hours Required for Graduation is 156 Credit Hours for B.Th Degree
BACHELOR OF RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
The Bachelor of Religious Education Degree Program meets two basic needs;
(1) for the students to gain fundamental knowledge in all areas of Religious Education, and
(2) for students to become able to interpret and impart knowledge relevantly within the Church and Community. Requirements of the Bachelor of Religious Education Degree
General University Education Requirement – 49 credit hours Department Requirement (Major) – 69 Credit hours Department Requirement (Minor) – 18 Credit hours
Elective – 8 Credit Hours
Total Hours Required for Graduation is 144 Credit Hours for B.R.E. Degree
ELECTIVES FOR BOTH THEOLOGY AND RELIGIOUS EDUCATION PROGRAMS
DIOT 321 – Major/Minor Prophets – 2 Cr/Hrs DINT 422 – Pauline Epistles – 2 Cr/Hrs
DINT 422 – Pastoral Theology – 2 Cr/Hrs DINT 424 – Book of Revelation – 3 Cr/Hrs DINT 335 – Books of Roman – 3 Cr/Hrs DINT 436 – General Epistles – 3 Cr/Hrs
DIVISION OF OLD TESTAMENT STUDIES
DIOT-131 Old Testament Survey Cr/Hrs 3 –
This is a general introductory survey of the Old Testament books and it focuses on the biblical, cultural and geographical settings of this books. DINT-234 Biblical Background Cr/Hrs 3 –
This course seeks and attempts to provide a critical study of the books of the Bible as to their backgrounds from a historical, theological, philosophical, structural, and contextual perspective.
DIOT-321 Major/Minor Prophets Cr/Hrs 2 –
This is an interpretative study of Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Daniel and Ezekiel. Emphasis is placed on their authorship, dates, occasion, recipient, theology, message.(Major Prophets}. Minor Prophets – This is an interpretative study of the Books of the Minor Prophets. Emphasis is placed on the historical development of prophetism in the Old Testament, nature, authorship; destination, themes and historical setting of each book are brought into focus.
DIVISION OF NEW TESTAMENT STUDIES
DINT-132 New Testament Survey Cr/Hrs 3 –
This is a critical study of the New Testament from a philosophical, historical, theological and biblical perspective of the church/Kingdom of God.
DINT 230 Life and Teaching of Christ Cr/Hrs 3 –
This course provides the nature, principles, methods, strategies, context of the life and teaching ministry of Christ.
DINT225 Book of Acts of the Apostles Cr/Hrs 2 –
This is a study of the historical growth, development, extension and expansion of the church from the Day of Pentecost.
DINT 335 Book of Romans Cr/Hrs 3 –
A systematic and orderly study of the gospel of Paul from a historical, biblical and theological context.
DINT422 Pauline Epistles Cr/Hrs 2 –
This study deals with the writings of Paul such as letter to churches, pastoral letters, etc. Emphasis is given as to their nature, structures, contents, contexts and intents, etc.
DINT436 General Epistles Cr/Hrs 3 –
This course provides a critical overview of the general writings of the New Testament from a philosophical, contextual, historical, theological, biblical and scholarly position.
DINT 424 Book of Revelation Cr/Hrs 3 –
A critical study as to the historical, theological, eschatological and hermeneutical and contextual analysis and relevance of the text.
DIVISION OF CHRISTIAN HISTORY
DICH 121 AND 122 Church History I and II Cr/Hrs 3 –
This is a study of the beginning of the Christian Church, its polity, influences over the years with emphasis on the major cultures which enhanced its birth and spread. It is both irst and second semester course and is a pre-requisite for all other courses in Christian Church History.
DICH 321 AME Zion Church History Cr/Hrs 2 –
This examines the crucible from which AME Zion emerged and the development of the AME Zion work in North America, Africa and elsewhere. The Church’s diversity, unity and strength will be emphasized.
DICH 431 History of Christianity In Africa Cr/Hrs 3 –
This is the study of the beginning and development of Christianity in Africa particularly in West Africa. Emphasis will be made on the strategies and methods employed in Church Planting and Evangelism.
DIVISION OF THEOLOGY
DITH 121 AND 122 Introduction to Theology I and II Cr/Hrs 3 –
This course is both first and second semester course and it is an introduction to Christian theology with emphasis on the fundamental Christian doctrinal issues. God, Revelation, Jesus Holy Spirit, Man and Sin. The course will also serve as a pre-requisite for all other theology courses.
DITH 221 AME Zion Doctrine Cr/Hrs 2 –
This course is an examination of the history and development of New Testament doctrines normally accepted by AME Zion and a study of the development of Articles of Faith used by the Church.2Hrs
DITH 322 Issues in Contemporary Theology Cr/Hrs 3 –
This course deals the critical issues, nature, trends of theology within a biblical, theological, philosophical and contemporary context. DITH 424 Eschatology Cr/Hrs 3 –
This s a study of the biblical prophecy throughout the scriptures on the end times with emphasis on the historical development of interpretation with comparison and evaluation.
DITH 323, 333 Systematic Theology I and II Cr/Hrs 3 –
These courses provide a critical study of the Christian systems of theology within a philosophical, biblical and theological context. DIVISION OF PASTORAL STUDIES
DIPS 101 Spiritual Formation Cr/Hrs 2 –
This is a course which is designed to help incoming students develop and deepen their spiritual resources for personal growth and ministry. Emphasis will be made on their calling to the ministry, prayer life, and devotional use of the Bible, recognition of the power of the Holy Spirit and spiritual formation through the disciplines of the Christian life.
DIPS 102 Christian Ethics Cr/Hrs 2 –
This is a course which traces the foundations of Christian Ethics from the Old Testament and examines its basic principles in the New Testament with alteration to the nature of human conduct as it relates to moral freedom, obligation and value judgment with application to current social problems in the African context.
DIPS 220 Biblical Interpretation Cr/Hrs 3 –
This is a study of the historical background of various methods of interpretation and principles of interpretation generally accepted by evangelical Christianity.
DIPS 222 Christian Worship Cr/Hrs 3 –
This is a study of the Theology and practices of Christian Worship, with emphasis on the practical elements in worships. The study will also include the methods and resources which would be helpful in African churches.
DIPS 230 Evangelism Cr/Hrs 3 –
This is a course which deals with Biblical basis of evangelism, the motives and methods of evangelism in the New Testament time and their implications for today’s Evangelistic Ministry in the Church.
DIHO 431,DIHO 432 Homiletics I and II Cr/Hrs 3 –
These are irst and second semester courses which emphasize the theories and principles of preaching as they relate to the interpretation of texts and preparation of sermon in the irst part. The second part deals with the preparation and delivery of sermons in which sermon preached by the students become the basis for analysis of sermon content, structure and delivery.
DIPC 424 Pastoral Care/Counseling Cr/Hrs 3 –
This is a study of the Theological basis for pastoral care and the principles and techniques of counseling with practical application and valuation of pastoral care and counseling.
DIVISION OF RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
DIRE 220 Principles and Dynamics of Teaching Cr/Hrs 3 –
This is a study of the practical means of facilitating and enhancing the educational qualities of teaching in the Church. Jesus’ teaching principle and its application to the classroom situation will be emphasized.
DIRE 233 Introduction to Religious Education Cr/Hrs 3 –
This course is designed to give students theological basis for religious education and it emphasizes the various teaching agencies of the Church, with particular attention in the Sunday School, Church Training and Missions Organizations, It is a pre-requisite or all Religious Education courses.
DIRE 224 Ministry of Adults Cr/Hrs 2 –
This a study of the Psychology and methods of teaching adults particularly in the Church. These adults include both who never had any opportunities for formal education and those who had formal education.
DIRE 322 Ministry to Children Cr/Hrs 2 –
This is a study of the psychological and spiritual of the psychological and spiritual development of Children from one to twelve years old and principles and practices of teaching Children of this age group. Emphasis will be made on the exposure of methods, and usage of teaching aids.
DIRE 323 Ministry to Youth Cr/Hrs 3 –
This is a study of the principles and psychology of teenagers, adolescence and youth with emphasis and on planning programs, their social, psychological and spiritual need. Emphasis is made on the role of the youth leader as a team-player.
DIRE 331 Marriage and Family Cr/Hrs 3 –
It is a study about the issues, origin, nature, and purpose of marriage from a critical, biblical and theological and contemporary context.
DIRE 333 Curriculum Innovation Cr/Hrs 3 –
This is a survey of the development, use, and evolution of innovations in education, particularly in religious education. Special attention is given to the effective construction and use of curriculum with emphasis on African religious education.
DIRE 334 Church Administration Cr/Hrs 2 –
This is a study in the philosophy, theories and practices of administering a local Church. Emphasis is made on the nature and mission of a Church, planning organizing, staing, delegating, supervising and evaluating the ministries of a local church.
DIVISION OF EDUCATION
EDUC 303 Educational Methods In Secondary Schools Cr/Hrs 3 –
This is a study of the contents, methods and teaching materials use at the Secondary level.
EDUC 304 Educational Methods in Primary Schools Cr/Hrs 3 –
This is a study of the contents, methods, and teaching materials used at the Elementary level.
EDUC 334 Philosophy of Education Cr/Hrs –
This is a survey of the development of educational thoughts and practices from primitive to the present time. Emphasis will be made on the development and synthesis of personal philosophy of education.
EDUC 404 Seminar In Liberian Education Cr/Hrs 3 –
This is a study of historical survey and current practices in public and private education. Emphasis is made on the development organization, and environmental concerns.
EDUC 411 Guidance & Counseling- Cr/Hrs 3 –
This is a study of principles and methods of guidance which enable students counselors and teachers on colleges and grade schools campuses to meet the major developmental needs of their students. Every component of guidance will be emphasized.
EDUC 302 Test and Measurement Cr/Hrs 3 –
This is a study of the relationship of lesson planning and teaching objectives to testing and evaluation. The focus of this course is on skills development in constructing, administering and evaluating tests.
EDUC 444 Practicing Teaching Cr/Hrs 3 –
This is a period of practicing in either elementary or secondary school under the guidance of a supervising teacher from said level and on instructor of the College of Divinity of the AME ZION UNIVERSITY COLLEGE. This practice teaching must be done only in the senior year and is a full semester of ive days per week work.
DIVISION OF PHILOSOPHY
PHIL200/331 Introduction to Philosophy Cr/Hrs 3 –
A study of the fundamentals or foundational concerns of philosophy with emphasis on the philosophical idea, paradigms, methods, problems and solutions.
DIPR 334 Philosophy of Religion Cr/Hrs 3 –
This is a critical study of the issues, nature, principles, beliefs and processes of religion from a philosophical perspective.
PHIL431 Apologetics Cr/Hrs 3 –
This course seeks to provide students with the origin, nature, principles and functions for Christian defense in a pluralistic society. It is a study of the contributions of major theologians since the beginning of the church with special emphasis on the Reformation.
DIWR 432 Major World Religions/Cults and Isms Cr/Hrs 3 –
This course provides a critical, historical, nature, theological, growth, development and expansion of various religions or of the eleven (11) living world religions, etc., Cults & Ism are brought into focus.
DIGK 331 New Testament Greek I Cr/Hrs 3 –
This is an Introduction to New Testament Greek with emphasis on grammar and vocabulary building with selected reading in the Greek text.
DIGK 332 Greek New Testament II Cr/Hrs3 –
This is an introduction to exegesis of the Greek text with particular attention being given to passages which demonstrate the beneit of exegesis to the interpreter.
DIHE 431 Hebrew I Cr/Hrs3 –
This is an introduction to Old Testament Hebrew with emphasis on grammar and vocabulary building with selected reading in the Hebrew text.
DIHE 432 Hebrew II Cr/Hrs 3 –
This is an introduction to exegesis of the Greek text with particular attention being given to passages which demonstrate the benefit of exegesis to the interpreter.