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Alliance Theological Seminary
College of Bible and Christian Ministry
College of Arts & Sciences: Division of Humanities
College of Arts & Sciences: Division of Mathematics and Sciences
College of Arts & Sciences: Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences
School of Business and Leadership
School of Education
School of Music
Cheryl Phenicie School of Nursing

Alliance Theological Seminary

Master of Divinity
Master of Arts in Biblical Literature
Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies
Master of Professional Studies
Doctorate in Ministry

Identify best practices in theological reflection, social analysis, and multicultural and cross-cultural aspects of communication.

Identify, locate and articulate significant print and electronic research contributions of leading church, para-church, and faith-based practitioners and researchers in the areas of community life and development.

Comprehend how globalization and world-wide urbanization affect church theology and practice.

Competently use standard research methodologies such as primary sources, original languages, social analysis, and demographics.

Understand and comply with the legal and ethical standards of fair use of resources and ideas.

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College of Bible and Christian Ministry

Biblical and Theological Studies:

Understand current and historical approaches to biblical interpretation and theological reflection.

Identify, locate and articulate significant print and electronic research contributions of leading researchers in the areas of Old Testament, New Testament, Systematic Theology, Historical Theology, and Biblical Languages.

Comprehend how globalization and world-wide urbanization affect biblical interpretation.

Competently use standard research methodologies, such as analyzing biblical texts in their original languages and in their geographical and historical contexts with the aid of secondary sources; analyzing the writings of leading theologians in their religious contexts, with the aide of secondary sources.

Understand and comply with the legal and ethical standards of fair use of resources and ideas.

Cross Cultural Studies and Missiology:

Identify best practices in theological reflection, social analysis, and multicultural and cross-cultural aspects of communication. 

Identify, locate and articulate significant print and electronic research contributions of leading church, para-church, and faith-based practitioners and researchers in the areas of mission mobilization, church based cross-cultural ministry, indigenous church movements, and community development. 

Comprehend how globalization and world-wide urbanization affect the work of the global church movement. 

Competently use standard research methodologies such as primary sources, original languages, social analysis, and demographics. 

Understand and comply with the legal and ethical standards of fair use of resources and ideas.

Pastoral Ministry:

Identify best practices in theological reflection, social analysis, and multicultural and cross-cultural aspects of communication.

Identify, locate and articulate significant print and electronic research contributions of leading church, para-church, and faith-based practitioners and researchers in the areas of community life and development.

Comprehend how globalization and world-wide urbanization affect church theology and practice.

Competently use standard research methodologies such as primary sources, original languages, social analysis, and demographics.

Understand and comply with the legal and ethical standards of fair use of resources and ideas.

Youth Ministry and Christian Education:

Identify best practices in theological reflection, social analysis, and multicultural and cross-cultural aspects of youth ministry.

Identify, locate and articulate significant print and electronic research contributions of leading church, para-church, and faith-based youth ministry practitioners and researchers in the areas of community life and youth ministry development.

Comprehend how globalization and world-wide urbanization effect the practice of youth ministry.

Competently use standard research methodologies such as primary sources, social analysis, and demographics.

Understand and comply with the legal and ethical standards of fair use of resources
and ideas.

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College of Arts & Sciences: Division of Humanities

Communications:

Understand and analyze the ethical, social and multicultural aspects of communication within a variety of media.

Identify, locate and articulate significant print and electronic research contributions in the area of communication theory.

Comprehend how globalization and world-wide urbanization affect communication theory and practice.

Competently use standard research methodologies such as comparative analysis to determine appropriate media in light of audience and content of message.

Understand and comply with the legal and ethical standards of fair use of resources and ideas.

English:

Understand current and historical approaches to literary criticism and recognize leading literary critics.

Identify, locate and articulate significant print and electronic resources examining various genres from a biographical, social, historical, cultural, and theological perspective.

Understand the effects of the social, economic, political, religious, and cultural influences on written expression.

Competently use standard research methodologies such as interpreting and analyizing primary sources in light of secondary sources.

Understand and comply with the legal and ethical standards of fair use of resources and ideas.

History:

Understand various approaches to historical thought and the implications of each approach.

Competently use standard history research methodologies such as compiling and analyzing data from various secondary sources.

Understand the implications of the social, economic, political, religious, and cultural aspects of a global community.

Identify, locate and articulate significant print and electronic research contributions of leading historians in specific historical eras.

Understand and comply with the legal and ethical standards of fair use of resources and ideas.

Philosophy:

Understand and identify the basic schools of thought within the discipline as well as the principle figures within those schools.

Identify, locate, and articulate significant print and electronic indexes and other sources of research regarding the discipline of philosophy.

Competently reason, and cogently and persuasively argue in ways that reveal the students understanding of the long history of philosophy and the key figures within that history.

Comprehend how respective schools of philosophy reflect specific cultural, historical, and even economic conditions.

Understand and comply with the legal and ethical standards of fair use of resources and ideas.

Religion:

Understand, analyze and evaluate the various methodologies currently used in the field of comparative religious studies

Identify, locate and articulate significant print and electronic research contributions of leading scholars and researchers in the filed of comparative religious studies.

Comprehend how globalization and world-wide urbanization are affecting the evolution and development of traditional religions as well as the ways in which these trends are spawning the development of new religious systems and ideas.

Competently use standard history research methodologies such as compiling and analyzing data from various secondary sources.

Understand and comply with the legal and ethical standards of fair use of resources and ideas.

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College of Arts & Sciences: Division of Mathematics and Sciences 

Mathematics:

Understand various approaches to mathematical thought and implications of each approach.

Identify, locate and articulate significant print and electronic research contributions of leading mathematicians in specific eras.

Competently use standard mathematics research methodologies such as compiling and analyzing data from various secondary sources.

Comprehend how mathematical concepts and methods were introduced and developed.

Understand and comply with the legal and ethical standards of fair use of resources and ideas.

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College of Arts & Sciences: Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Psychology:

Understand, analyze and evaluate best principles in current theory and practice including the ability to critically assess the intersection of spirituality and science within the province of psychology.

Identify, locate, and make use of research methodologies such as experiments, case studies, survey methods, and electronic sources of research within the discipline of psychology.

Competently reason and soundly argue in ways that exhibit understanding of both quantitative and qualitative research within the field of psychology.

Comprehend the implications of social, cultural, political and religious diversity for constructing a wholistic psychological approach to persons.

Understand and comply with the legal and ethical standards of fair use of resources and ideas.

Sociology:

Understand, analyze, and evaluate principles of sociological inquiry and develop the ability to critically assess empirical research in sociology.

Comprehend how globalization and rapid urbanization transform many patterns of social life.

Identify, locate and articulate print and electronic research contributions of early social thinkers and contemporary sociologists.

Competently use sociological research methods such as experiments, surveys, and participant observation.

Understand and comply with the legal and ethical standards of fair use of resources and ideas.

Social Work:

Identify “best practices in current social work research and practice.

Competently use research methodologies such as case studies, survey methods and program evaluations.

Comprehend how national, political, social and economic trends, poverty, human rights, and immigration affect social work practice.

Identify, locate and articulate significant print and electronic research contributions of leading practitioners and researchers in social work and social work research.

Understand and comply with the legal and ethical standards of fair use of resources and ideas.

Master of Arts in Counseling/MFT:

Identify “best practices” for integrating the counseling profession with the Christian faith.

Competently use standard social research methodologies such as case studies, experiments, questionnaires, interviews, etc.

Comprehend how cultures, ethnicities and the urban environment affect counseling methodologies.

Identify, locate and articulate significant print and electronic research contributions of leading practitioners and researchers in the appropriate fields of counseling.

Understand and comply with the legal and ethical standards of fair use of resources and ideas.

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School of Business and Leadership

Accounting:

Regularly read the national and business press as well as accounting and tax journals, to remain current on financial news, trends, innovations and developments.

Competently utilize search engines and websites to obtain research regarding current accounting and taxation issues.

Comprehend how globalization impacts the accounting profession’s trending toward worldwide standardization of accounting principles.

Develop a personal research approach to obtaining information from print and electronic sources as aids in solving classroom-assigned and real-life problems.

Understand the importance of and comply with the ethical and legal standards of fair use of resources and ideas.

Business Administration:

Regularly read the business press to remain current on business news, trends, innovations, and developments

Quickly gather relevant information from the Web in order to facilitate financial, marketing, and business strategy decision making

Use print resources, indexes, search engines, and electronic databases to find the latest news, developments, and research contributions (both recent and historic) in economic and managerial thought

Develop appropriate research strategies to complete financial, marketing and business strategy projects, both assigned and self-initiated

Understand the importance of and comply with the ethical and legal standards of fair use of resources and ideas

Organizational Management:

Understand basic managerial theories and the applications of these theories in practical settings.

Identify, locate and articulate significant print and electronic research in the areas of social science and management.

Understand the nature of a worldview and the function of faith and reason in developing a worldview.

Competently use standard social science research methodologies such as compiling and analyzing data from primary and secondary sources.
Understand and comply with the legal and ethical standards of fair use of resources and ideas.

Master of Business Administration:

Identify "best practices" in current business and managerial thought and understand ethical implications of various courses of action.

Competently use standard business research methodologies such as case studies, survey instruments, quantitative analysis etc.

Comprehend how national and international events affect local businesses.

Identify, locate and articulate significant print and electronic research contributions of leading practitioners and researchers in the appropriate areas of business and management.

Understand and comply with the legal and ethical standards of fair use of resources and ideas.

Master of Science in Organization Leadership:

Identify "best practices" in current leadership behavior with particular emphasis on servant leadership.

Competently use standard social science research methodologies such as case studies, questionnaires, interviews, and so forth , which meet APA publication guidelines , to address leadership and organizational issues.

Comprehend how self-reflective awareness of leadership development needs and the development of an action plan to strengthen leadership skills, alongside knowledge of major leadership scholars, theories and research studies impact organizational leadership and development. Identify a clear values based philosophical framework for giving a leadership voice.

Identify, locate and articulate significant print and electronic research contributions of leading practitioners and researchers in the appropriate areas of organizational leadership.

Understand and comply with the legal and ethical standards of fair use of resources and ideas.

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School of Education

Adolescent Education:

Identify, understand and articulate “best practices” and current issues in the field
of adolescent education and their implications for research and practice.

Identify, locate and articulate significant print and electronic research contributions of leading practitioners and researchers in the field of adolescent education.

Use the American Psychological Association’s (APA) Style guidelines to analyze the parts of scholarly articles, organize and design research, and publish papers.

Effectively use the Worldwide Web as an instructional resource for planning,
instruction and assessment.

Understand and comply with the legal and ethical standards of fair use of
resources and ideas.

Childhood/Early Childhood Education:

Identify, understand and articulate “best practices” and current issues in the field
of early childhood and childhood education and their implications for research and practice.

Identify, locate and articulate significant print and electronic research contributions of leading practitioners and researchers in the field of early childhood and childhood education.

Use the American Psychological Association’s (APA) Style guidelines to analyze the parts of scholarly articles, organize and design research, and publish papers.

Effectively use the Worldwide Web as an instructional resource for planning,
instruction and assessment.

Understand and comply with the legal and ethical standards of fair use of resources and ideas.

TESOL:

Demonstrate knowledge of contemporary best practice in second language acquisition and language teaching by competent use of standard research methods in research writing.

Satisfactorily critique scholarly journal articles that focus on a topic related to second language acquisition and contemporary language teaching methods.

Recognize the value of writing as a resource for learning, for communication, and for critical thinking.

Competently use qualitative research methodology by interviewing an English as a second language person and writing a case study.

Masters in Education: (Childhood Education):

Identify, understand and articulate “best practices” and current issues in the field of childhood education and their implications for research and practice.

Identify, locate, analyze and evaluate significant print and electronic research contributions of leading practitioners and researchers in the field of Childhood Education.

Competently use standard research methodologies such as survey instruments, case studies, descriptive/historical research, meta-analyzes, etc.

Use the American Psychological Association’s (APA) Style guidelines to analyze the parts of scholarly articles, organize and design research, and publish papers.

Understand and comply with the legal and ethical standards of fair use of resources and ideas.

Masters in Education: (Inclusion):

Identify “best practices” in current educational thought and, in particular, inclusive education.

Competently use standard educational research methodologies such as survey instruments, assessment tools, etc. and comply with all federal and state regulations relating to protection of human participants in research.

Comprehend how international, national, state and institutional teaching standards affect public and private schools.

Identify, locate and articulate significant print and electronic research contributions of leading practitioners and researchers in the appropriate areas of education and distinguish between peer and non-peer reviewed publications.

Understand and comply with the legal and ethical standards of fair use of resources and ideas.

Masters in Education: (Special Education):

Identify “best practices” in special education and related fields.

Identify, locate, and articulate significant print and electronic research contributions of leading practitioners and researchers in special education and related fields.

Identify, understand, and articulate current issues in the field of special education and their implications for research and practice.

Competently use research methodologies such as case studies, survey methods, descriptive/historical research, meta-analyses, and traditional quantitative research methodologies.

Understand and comply with legal and ethical standards of fair use of resources and ideas.

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School of Music

Music
Music Composition
Music Education
Music Performance
Sacred Music

Acquire knowledge of major composers, stylistic periods and major compositions from the Renaissance period to the present day.

Identify, locate, and articulate significant print and electronic resources related to musicology.

Understand how music is an expression within diverse world cultures and responds to political and social movements.

Competently use standard research methodologies such as comparative analysis of composers, musical works, and stylistic periods.

Understand and comply with the legal and ethical standards of fair use of resources and ideas.

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Cheryl Phenicie School of Nursing

Competently analyze and apply principles of the nursing process.

Identify, locate and utilize significant print and electronic research related to evidence-based nursing.

Competently use quantitative and qualitative research methodologies such as case studies and interviews.

Modify nursing care plans in light of local and global issues.

Understand and comply with legal and ethical standards for fair use of resources and ideas.

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Updated March, 2011