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Location:
Faith Builders Educational Programs, 28527 Guys Mills Road, Guys Mills, PA.
Length:
Version 1: 45 hours (5-15 weeks). Version 2: 45 hours (5-12 weeks).
Dates:

Version 1: June 2002 - April 2007. Version 2: May 2007 - July 2015. 

Objectives:

Version 1: Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: describe the development of American cultural, social, political and religious institutions; understand and explain American religious, social and cultural origins; describe and discuss important events and actors from American history; evaluate the relationship between religion and American national life; and understand what it means to be an American, how the nation has developed its strengths and weaknesses, its motivations and goals. Version 2: Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: describe the development of American cultural, social, political and religious institutions; understand and explain American religious, social and cultural origins; describe and discuss important events and actors from American history; evaluate the relationship between religion and American national life; and understand what it means to be an American, how the nation has developed, its strengths and weaknesses, its motivations and goals.

Instruction:

Version 1: Major topics covered in the course are: What is history?; America before the Europeans, European colonization, British Colonial America, British-French struggle over North America, American War for Independence, Articles of Confederation, Constitution, Growth of the new nation, Civil War, Reconstruction, westward expansion, immigration, industrialization, World War I, the Great Depression and the New Deal, World War II, the Cold War and after the fall of communism. Methods of instruction include lecture with questions and discussion. Various documents that pertain to the American historical experience are read and discussed in class. A term paper is expected at the end of the course. Evaluation criteria include: two tests, two reaction papers, class discussion on various documents from American history and a research paper. Version 2: Major topics covered in the course are: What is history?; America before the Europeans; European colonization; British Colonial America; British-French struggle over North America; American War for Independence; Articles of Confederation; Constitution; Growth of the new nation; Civil War; Reconstruction; Westward expansion; Immigration; Industrialization; World War I; The Great Depression and the New Deal; World War II; The Cold War; after the fall of communism. Methods of instruction include: lecture with questions and discussion encouraged. Various documents that pertain to the American historical experience are read and discussed in class. A term paper is expected at the end of the course. Evaluation criteria include: tests, reaction papers, and a research paper.

Credit recommendation:

Version 1: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in American History (10/03). Version 2: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in U.S. History (04/07) (11/10) (10/15 revalidation).

Formerly:
Location:
Faith Builders Educational Programs, 28527 Guys Mills Road, Guys Mills, PA.
Length:
Version 1: 45 hours (5-15 weeks). Version 2: 45 hours (5-12 weeks).
Dates:

Version 1: July 2002 - April 2007. Version 2: May 2007 - October 2015. 

Objectives:

Version 1 and 2: Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: discuss how and why the Anabaptist movement came to be; describe the major actors and influences throughout history; explain the similarities and differences between Anabaptism and Catholicism or Protestantism; describe the various branches of Anabaptism; discuss how Anabaptism has interacted with the surrounding culture; and constructively evaluate how the Anabaptist heritage has shaped beliefs, practices and understandings.

Instruction:

Version 1: Major topics covered in the course are: What is history?; Europe before the Reformation-including early reform movements; the beginning of the Reformation with Luther and Zwingli; dissatisfaction and the break by the Radicals; Peasants' Revolt; Erasmus' influence on the Anabaptist Reformation; early movement in Switzerland; Muenster; Anabaptism and its relationship to the whole of society and government; Menno and northern Anabaptism;Hutterian Brothers; the Amish and the Old Order Option; Mennonite History in Europe after the Reformation; and The American Experience. Methods of instruction include: lecture, with discussion encouraged. Read various church documents such as Unum Sanctum and The Brotherly Union (Schleitheim Confession) and discuss their importance in class. Attend a Catholic mass and talk with the priest afterward to gain an understanding of the type of worship common before the Reformation. A research paper is required at the end of the course. Evaluation criteria include: two tests, a reaction paper, a research paper, and participation in discussing various documents. Version 2: Major topics covered in the course are: What is history?; Europe before the Reformation-including early reform movements; the beginning of the Reformation with Luther and Zwingli; dissatisfaction and the break by the Radicals; Peasants' Revolt; Erasmus' influence on the Anabaptist Reformation; early movement in Switzerland; Muenster; Anabaptism and its relationship to the whole of society and government; Menno and northern Anabaptism; Hutterian Brothers; The Amish and the Old Order Option; Mennonite History in Europe after the Reformation; The American Experience. Methods of instruction include: lecture, discussion, reading various church documents such as Unam Sanctam and The Brotherly Union (Schleitheim Confession) and discussing their importance, attending a Catholic mass and talking with the priest afterward to gain understanding of the type of worship common before the Reformation, and research paper. Evaluation criteria include: tests, reaction paper, and research paper.

Credit recommendation:

Version 1: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree, 3 semester hours in Anabaptist History (10/03). Version 2: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in History/Religion (04/07) (11/10).

Location:
Faith Builders Educational Programs, 28527 Guys Mills Road, Guys Mills, PA.
Length:

Version 1: 45 hours (5-15 weeks). Version 2 and 3: 45 hours (5-12 weeks).

Dates:
Version 1: June 2001 - April 2007. Version 2: May 2007 - February 2009. Version 3: March 2009 - Present.
Objectives:

Version 1, 2 and 3: Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: recite and discuss the importance of the Nicene Creed; identify the major events, movements and persons from the time of the Apostles to the Reformation; discuss the importance of the first four major church councils; and discuss themes of importance to an Anabaptist perspective, such as non-resistance and church-state issues.

Instruction:

Version 1: Major topics covered in the course are, What is church history?, the Roman world at the coming of Christ, church-state conflict, canon, creed and episcopacy, the first 4 church-wide councils, Augustine, the effect of the end of antiquity, the establishment of the Germanic kingdoms and Islam, the papacy, monasticism, the East-West schism, the Crusades, the missionary expansion of the church and the beginnings of dissent and reform. Methods of instruction include lecture, questions, discussion, attendance at an Orthodox service and discussion with the priest afterwards to experience and understand a liturgical service. Evaluation criteria include two tests, memorization of the Nicene Creed, a reaction paper on the Orthodox liturgy, credit for assigned readings, and a term paper. Version 2 and 3: Major topics covered in the course are: What is church history?, the Roman world at the coming of Christ, church-state conflict, canon, creed and episcopacy, the first 4 church-wide councils, Augustine, the effect of the end of antiquity, the establishment of the Germanic kingdoms and Islam, the papacy, monasticism, the East-West schism, The Crusades, the missionary expansion of the church and the beginnings of dissent and reform. Methods of instruction include: lecture, discussion, and practicum. Evaluation criteria include: examinations, presentations, projects and assigned readings.

Credit recommendation:

Version 1: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in Church History I (12/03). Version 2: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category OR in the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Church History (04/07). Version 3: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in Church History (11/10) (10/15 revalidation).

Location:
Faith Builders Educational Programs, 28527 Guys Mills Road, Guys Mills, PA
Length:

Version 1: 45 hours ( 5-15 weeks). Version 2 and 3: 45 hours (5-12 weeks).

Dates:
Version 1: June 2001 - March 2007. Version 2: April 2007 - January 2010. Version 3: February 2010 - Present.
Objectives:

Version 1, 2, and 3: Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to identify the major events and movements and persons since the time of the Reformation; explain how the different strands of the Christian tradition arose; and discuss themes of importance to an Anabaptist perspective, such as non-resistance and church-state issues.

Instruction:

Version 1: Major topics covered in the course are: What is church history?, pre-Reformation Europe, reform by Luther, Zwingli and the Radicals, Calvin and his influence, the English Reformation, the Catholic Reformation, the Thirty-Years War, the Puritan Revolution, the Enlightenment, Pietism, Missions, Liberalism and the current state of Christianity in the world. Methods of instruction include lecture, questions and discussion, reading and discussion of several important church documents, attendance at a Catholic service and discussion with a Catholic priest afterwards to gain a better understanding of a liturgical service. Evaluation criteria include two tests, a reaction paper on the Catholic service, credit for the reading assignments, evaluation of the discussion of church documents, and a research paper. Version 2 and 3: Major topics covered in the course are: What is church history?, pre-Reformation Europe, reform by Luther, Zwingli and the Radicals, Calvin and his influence, the English Reformation, the Catholic Reformation, the Thirty-Years War, the Puritan Revolution, the Enlightenment, Pietism, Missions, Liberalism and the current state of Christianity in the world. Methods of instruction include lecture and discussion. Evaluation criteria include: examinations, projects and assigned readings.

Credit recommendation:

Version 1: In the upper division baccalaureate degree category OR in the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in Church History II (12/03). Version 2: In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Church History (04/07).Version 3: In the lower division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Church History (04/07) (11/10) (10/15 revalidation).

Location:
Faith Builders Educational Programs, 28527 Guys Mills Road, Guys Mills, PA
Length:

Version 1, 2, and 3: 45 hours (5-12 weeks).

Dates:
Version 1: June 2000 - April 2007. Version 2: May 2007 - January 2010. Version 3: February 2010 - Present.
Objectives:

Version 1, 2, and 3: Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: identify and discuss the world's great geographic realms and regions, human and physical contents, assets and liabilities, connections and barriers between various realms and regions, potentials and prospects; display a basic geographic literacy useful in the classroom setting; identify physical features and political, linguistic and cultural boundaries on maps; and discuss the cultural diversity of the world.

Instruction:

Version 1: Major topics covered in the course are: the physical features, natural resources, development and social, cultural, and political aspects of each of the 12 major realms of the world. Methods of instruction include lecture, with discussion encouraged. Each student develops and presents to the class lecture on a country of his/her choice. Emphasis is placed on map memorization. Evaluation criteria include: two written tests and 5 map tests, an in-class presentation by each student of the geography of a particular country, as well as class participation. Version 2 and 3: Major topics covered in the course are: Europe; Russia; North America; Central America; South America; The Islamic world; Africa; South Asia; East Asia; Southeast Asia; Australia and New Zealand and The Pacific realm. Methods of instruction include: instruction by lecture, with discussion encouraged. Students develop and present to the class a lecture on a country of his/her choice. Emphasis is placed on map memorization. Evaluation criteria include: written tests, map tests and student presentations.

Credit recommendation:

Version 1: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in World Geography (10/03). Version 2: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in Geography (04/07). Version 3: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in World Geography (11/10) (10/15 revalidation).

Location:
Faith Builders Educational Programs, 28527 Guys Mills Road, Guys Mills, PA.
Length:
45 hours (5-12 weeks).
Dates:
September 2000 - Present.
Objectives:

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: understand and discuss the major philosophical views of history; compare and contrast patterns of culture Oriental History with western culture; exploure the impact of African history; exploure aborigine cultures of the Americas; correlate biblical history with the broader world history; identify and appreciate the Greco-Roman contribution to Western Civilization; see the centrality of medieval church history in pre-Reformation Europe; and identify and explain the political and geographic landscape of Renaissance/Reformation Europe.

Instruction:
Major topics covered in the course are: Birth of Early Civilization, Greco-Roman World, Advent of Christianity, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance and the Reformation. Methods of instruction include lecture and discussion. Evaluation criteria include tests, papers, and projects.
Credit recommendation:

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category 3 semester hours in World History I (10/03) (04/07) (11/10) (10/15 revalidation).

Location:
Faith Builders Educational Programs, 28527 Guys Mills Road, Guys Mills, PA.
Length:
45 hours (5-12 weeks).
Dates:
September 2000 - Present.
Objectives:

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: see how the Renaissance and the Reformation provided a basis for the launching of the modern era; understand the philosophy behind totalitarianism; see how the departure from a concept of absolutes in western society has undermined the long-tem growth in the West; and describe the underlying concepts of democracy as it is expressed in our modern world.

Instruction:
Methods of instruction include: lecture, class discussion, writing, and research.
Credit recommendation:

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category 3 semester hours in World History II (10/03) (04/07) (11/10) (10/15 revalidation).

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