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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

Perspectives Study Program | Evaluated Learning Experience

Perspectives on the World Christian Movement


35 hours (15 weeks).

Various approved locations throughout the United States and internationally.

August 2009 - December 2023. 

Instructional delivery format: 
Hybrid course/exam
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: trace the expansion of the Judeo-Christian movement; explain the Biblical rationale for development and social change; identify the unique problems and skills involved in communicating cross-culturally; evaluate the strategic nature of avenues for involvement in affecting positive social change; and integrate Biblical, cultural, historical, and strategic components into a plan for effective participation in the complex tasks of international development and sharing Biblical teachings cross-culturally through word and deed.


The delivery format is offered as traditional classroom-based, online, or hybrid format (on-line/classroom) instruction. The objective of the course is to provide students with an in-depth look of the historical development and impact of Christianity as an international social and cultural movement, with special emphasis on its role in development and social change among non-Western cultures. Major topics include: Biblical rationale and imperative for world evangelization, unique problems and skills involved in communicating the gospel cross-culturally, the expansion of the Christian movement across the world from the time of Christ to the present and the task yet to be accomplished, and basic components necessary for strategic and intelligent planning in the missionary task of the Church. Instructional methods include: lecture, discussions, study guide, required text, essays, midterm exam, final exam, homework, and required interaction with coordinator/discussion monitor (for online version). 

Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category OR in the upper division baccalaureate degree category OR in the graduate degree category, 3 semester hours in Bible, Christian/Church History, Ecumenism/Ecumenicalism, Evangelism/Evangelization, Global Studies, History of Christianity, Missiology/Missions, Pastoral Theology, Practical Theology, Religion and Culture, Religious Studies, Sociology of Religion, or Theology (8/14) (8/19 revalidation).