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Karen Bullock is a graduate of the University of North Texas (Denton) where she earned a BS degree in Education. She also earned M.Div.BL (1987) and Ph.D. (1991) degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (Fort Worth, TX), with a double major in Church History and Missions and a minor in Biblical Backgrounds and Archaeology. Dr. Bullock also did further study in Baptist Heritage at Regent’s Park College in Oxford, England, as a visiting scholar.
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Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
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Course
Credits
LSTAT 7201

Advanced Statistics I

(LSTAT 7201)
The study of statistics provides a foundation for the student to collect, organize, and analyze research data. Students will be instructed in the use of descriptive and inferential statistics. WINKS, a computer based statistical program, and the Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet will be introduced as tools that will assist in the application of statistical procedures. The study of statistics is presented in three parts: Advanced Statistics I will address basic statistical concepts.
2
LSTAT 7202

Advanced Statistics II

(LSTAT 7202)
The study of statistics provides a foundation for the student to collect, organize, and analyze research data. Students will be instructed in the use of descriptive and inferential statistics. WINKS, a computer based statistical program, and the Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet will be introduced as tools that will assist in the application of statistical procedures. Advanced Statistics II will address parametric statistical procedures.
2
LSTAT 7203

Advanced Statistics III

(LSTAT 7203)
The study of statistics provides a foundation for the student to collect, organize, and analyze research data. Students will be instructed in the use of descriptive and inferential statistics. WINKS, a computer based statistical program, and the Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet will be introduced as tools that will assist in the application of statistical procedures. Advanced Statistics III will address nonparametric statistical procedures.
2
ACLNS 7201

Learning Systems and Teaching Skills Seminar

(ACLNS 7201)
This seminar is a study of institutional learning systems, individual learning styles, and skill employed by teachers in colleges/universities, seminaries, and teaching churches. Students will learn varied methods of delivery and presentation skills; how to develop curriculum plans, course syllabi, notes and lessons; and how to design instruments that accurately measure student learning and teacher performance.
2
ACPDV 7201

Professional Development Seminar

(ACPDV 7201)
As an introduction to post-doctoral academic and ministerial career planning, students will identify professional organizations, guild publications, relational networks, financial resources, educational literature, and opportunities for faculty development that will enhance their future performance. They will develop a plan for life-long learning that will help them grow and meet their goals as teachers and ministers.
2
ACINS 7201

Institutional Systems Seminar

(ACINS 7201)
This seminar is a study of leadership in higher education. Students will learn about purposes, missions, organizational structures, governance, administration, resource management, student services, academic operations, faculty responsibilities, financial development, and accreditation of colleges/universities, seminaries, and teaching churches.
2
XXSEM 7101

Advanced Disciplinary Seminar

(XXSEM 7101)
A student will prepare advanced research papers on a selected topic in his or her major field of study.
2
IDSEM 7101

Advanced Interdisciplinary Seminar

(IDSEM 7101)
A student will prepare advanced research papers on topics related to the subject of the Interdisciplinary Seminar. Research for these papers will be conducted in either the student’s major or minor field of study.
2.0
XXDSP 7201

Basic Directed Study and Reading Program I

(XXDSP 7201)
Under the direction of a Supervisor, the student will read, study, critically review, and write concerning the basic literature surveying a major field of study.
2
XXDSP 7202

Basic Directed Study and Reading Program II

(XXDSP 7202)
Under the direction of a Supervisor, the student will read, study, critically review, and write concerning the basic literature surveying a major field of study.
2
XXDSP 7203

Intermediate Directed Study and Reading Program I

(XXDSP 7203)
Under the direction of a Supervisor, the student will read, study, and critically review the secondary sources covering a topic of specialized interest in his or her major field of study. The student will also develop an annotated bibliography of primary resources covering the specialized topic.
2
XXDSP 7204

Intermediate Directed Study and Reading Program II

(XXDSP 7204)
Under the direction of a Supervisor, the student will read, study, and critically review the secondary sources covering a topic of specialized interest in his or her major field of study. The student will also develop an annotated bibliography of primary resources covering the specialized topic.
2
XXDSP 7205

Advanced Directed Study and Reading Program

(XXDSP 7205)
Under the direction of a Supervisor, the student will write two research papers based on the study of selected primary works in the specialized area of interest identified in the Intermediate Directed Study and Reading Program.
2
COLQY 7201

Colloquy I

(COLQY 7201)
0.5
COLQY 7202

Colloquy II

(COLQY 7202)
0.5
COLQY 7203

Colloquy III

(COLQY 7203)
0.5
COLQY 7204

Colloquy IV

(COLQY 7204)
0.5
COLQY 7205

Colloquy V

(COLQY 7205)
Third-year students may be invited to present papers to a plenary session of the colloquy.
1.0
COLQY 7206

Colloquy VI

(COLQY 7206)
Third-year students may be invited to present papers to a plenary session of the colloquy.
1.0
GLDPB 7101

Guild Publication or Presentation

(GLDPB 7101)
The student will write a research paper in the major field of study and either submit it for publication by a professional journal or present it at a professional meeting of peers.
1.0
TCHEX 7101

Teaching Experience

(TCHEX 7101)
Under the supervision of a Senior Fellow and either at one of the teaching churches of the Institute or for an online class, the student will teach a course in his or her major field of study.
1.0
BHCTI 8602

Dissertation and its Oral Defense

(BHCTI 8602)
Under the guidance of his or her Supervisor, the student will research, write, and submit a dissertation on an approved topic of specialized interest in the student’s major field of study. All scholars need to communicate discoveries; the Ph.D. dissertation provides training for communication with other scholars. Writing a dissertation requires a student to think deeply, to organize discussion, to muster arguments that will convince other scholars, and to follow rules for rigorous, formal presentation of the arguments and discussion. A dissertation is a lengthy, formal document that argues in defense of a particular thesis. Two important adjectives used to describe a dissertation are “original” and “substantial.” The research performed to support a thesis must be both, and the dissertation must clearly demonstrate the student’s academic contribution to the chosen field of study. When the student reaches the final stage of the dissertation, he or she will defend the dissertation before the Reader Committee and invited faculty.
6.0
BHCTI 8101

Proposal Preparation and Hearing

(BHCTI 8101)
A carefully designed proposal is required of all Ph.D. students. Under the direction of a Supervisor, the student will prepare a proposal for the writing of a dissertation on a topic of specialized interest in the student’s major field of study. This proposal must be approved before the student begins working on the dissertation. The purpose of the proposal is to force the student to think through the chosen topic carefully. Close attention should be given to scope, method, and argument, as a well-crafted proposal provides a roadmap for the writing of the dissertation. When the proposal is approved, the student may proceed with the writing of the dissertation.
1.0
BHCTI 8100

Written Examination

(BHCTI 8100)
As soon as the end of the second year, the student will pass a written examination testing basic and intermediate knowledge in the student’s major field of study.
1.0
 

Advanced Research Group

Choose 1 of 2 of the following courses offered:
Advanced Research and Writing (ACRES 7201)
In this seminar, students will conduct advanced academic research and write material suitable for publication. They will clarify research goals; establish the scope of research; select appropriate topics; identify, develop, and use traditional and online bibliographical resources; conduct in- depth research; draw accurate conclusions; cultivate a succinct, lucid writing style; and prepare papers that conform to standards of professional journals in their fields of study.
Advanced Research Methods (LMETH 7201)
In this seminar, students will conduct advanced academic research and write material suitable for publication. They will clarify research goals; establish the scope of research; select appropriate topics; identify, develop, and use traditional and online bibliographical resources; conduct in- depth research; draw accurate conclusions; cultivate a succinct, lucid writing style; and prepare papers that conform to standards of professional journals in their fields of study.
2
 
Total
42

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Degree Total
42

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Director of Ph.D.
Karen Bullock is a graduate of the University of North Texas (Denton) where she earned a BS degree in Education. She also earned M.Div.BL (1987) and Ph.D. (1991) degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (Fort Worth, TX), with a double major in Church History and Missions and a minor in Biblical Backgrounds and Archaeology. Dr. Bullock also did further study in Baptist Heritage at Regent’s Park College in Oxford, England, as a visiting scholar.
p:  (972) 580-7600 , ext. 31