Christian Community Development
Christian community development holistically restores under-resourced communities through local Christian engagement. This integrative and interdisciplinary minor equips you to bear witness and do justice by using critical analysis of social, political, economic, and spiritual poverty in order to holistically develop communities towards self-sufficiency and spiritual renewal. Developing communities, beyond mere relief, involves relocation, living in a community in solidarity with those you serve; it involves reconciliation between both God and other human beings, including racial reconciliation, thus it integrates evangelism and justice; and finally it involves redistributing resources, capital, and power in the social, political, and economic dimensions of human life. Christian community development students participate in service learning.
- You will think biblically, theologically, and interdisciplinarily about Christian community development, especially in the United States’ rural and urban context.
- You will gain competency with key interdisciplinary (theological, sociological, political, economic, etc.) concepts and tools useful in the analysis and practice of Christian community development.
- You will understand several current theories about the practice of Christian community development in the United States’ rural and urban communities.
- You will grasp the biblical foundation for and practice of the Christian community development principles of relocation, reconciliation, and redistribution.
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ECO 101 -
Survey of Economics *
REL 290 -
Christian Witness and Community Development
An examination of Christian witness as verbal proclamation (evangelism), as reasoned response (apologetics), as a distinctive lifestyle and as the practice of social justice. Prerequisite: REL262 (4 credits)
REL 295 -
REL 420 -
Topics in Christian Community Development
SWK 232 -
At-Risk Populations and Social Justice **
(4 credits) Examines theoretical foundations for understanding dynamics of social inequity, privilege, and oppression; focus on diversity and on populations at risk due to racism, sexism and classism; self-assessment of students' racial and cultural heritage as it shapes their attitudes and biases toward different cultural and racial groups; emphasis on helping students become culturally competent social workers who are grounded in their faith and who identify with the profession's respect for diversity and commitment to social and economic justice. Open to non-majors.
Students must achieve a grade of C or above in all social work core
foundational courses. If not, the student must repeat the course until the
standard has been achieved. Prerequisites: PSY111, SWK231, SOC101, or permission of instructor.
Christian community development service learning experience (no credit)
Choose one course:
SOC 202 -
A discussion of myths and facts leading toward an understanding of many social problems, such as sexual deviance, drugs and alcohol, health care and illness (physical and mental), crime and delinquency, violence, wealth and poverty, inequality of opportunity, work, aging, sex inequality, racial minorities and discrimination, education, family problems, war, pollution, ecology and population. Emphasis is placed upon difficulties in defining, critiquing and proposing meaningful solutions.(4 credits)
SOC 272 -
Selected Topics in Sociology
A study of selected topics in sociology which are not adequately covered in other courses. Offered as a response to student or faculty needs or interests. Possible topics include: social change, social reform movements, the sociology of unconventional lifestyles, sociology of women, sociology of education, medical sociology, sociology of war and terrorism, and native American issues.(2 or 4 credits, non-yearly, consult department)
SOC 304CC -
Ethnicity, Power and Identity
(4 credits)(IGE option under Cross-Cultural Engagement) This course
develops a sociological perspective on ethnicity, power, and identity.
Sociologists frequently seek to balance an emphasis on both the general
patterns that we observe across social phenomena and the uniqueness of
each specific case. The primary goal of this course is not simply learn
the characteristics of specific historically marginalized populations.
Instead, this course will seek to answer the question: What is the
relationship between power, ethnicity, and identity? Our readings and
discussions will shed light upon this question from different
perspectives. Along the way, we will also draw upon learning materials
that address the unique historical situations of specific groups as they
endure and struggle against power imbalances (for example, the African
American Civil Rights Movement).
Total credits required: 24
*Students who have taken ECO213 and ECO214 are exempted from this course requirement.
**Students obtain permission from instructor to waive prerequisites
Semester Program Options: Students may substitute four credits from the Denver Semester, Romania Semester or CCD-Based Chicago Semester (with Religion department approval) for any course in the CCD minor except REL420.
ACC310-Non-Profit Government Accounting
REL294-Introduction to Christian Mission
Recommended Immersion Experiences:
CCD-based Summer of Service
CCD-based Spring Service Partnership
CCD-based Chicago Semester