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Adlín Cotto is a graduate from the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez Campus, where she earned a BS in Biology, with a minor in Psychology. She also earned a Master of Arts in Christian Education and Ph.D. in Student Ministry from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
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Master of Divinity (M.Div.)
Core Studies
Code
Course
Credits
BHCTI 5000

Gateway

(BHCTI 5000)
An introduction and orientation to B. H. Carroll Theological Institute's distinctive competency-based curriculum with its core ingredients. The scope of the course will deal with the nexus and teaching church concepts, accession of all online data, navigation through the online library, and guidance to research and writing. Students must pass the Gateway Course in order to enroll in subsequent courses. Additional $50 fee for instrumentation of testing and evaluation.
2
SWBIT 5111

Biblical Interpretation

(SWBIT 5111)
An introduction to the nature of the Bible; the definition of and need for hermeneutics; a survey of historical and contemporary hermeneutical approaches; the principles of a grammatical-historical-theological-practical approach; and case studies of biblical passages that illustrate the principles.
2
FHCHS 5211

Baptist Heritage

(FHCHS 5211)
A basic survey of Baptist history and denominational life in Britain , Europe, and North America with attention focused on the developments relevant for Southern Baptists.
2
MFFND 5111

The Teaching Church

(MFFND 5111)
A study of the biblical and theological basis for the teaching ministry of the church. Emphasis will be given to the purposes of education in New Testament churches and principles related to application.
2
MFADM 5111

The Functioning Church

(MFADM 5111)
A study of the biblical and theological basis for the administration ministry of the church. Focus will be given to the biblical principles of enlisting, training, and supervising leaders for church ministries.
2
MFLDS 5111

Leadership in Ministry

(MFLDS 5111)
A study of the principles and practices of leadership for Christian ministry. It includes reflections on the role and ministry of leaders within church, community, and denomination.
2
WMWOR 5211

Christian Disciplines

(WMWOR 5211)
An introductory study of the biblical foundations, traditions, and practice of Christian disciplines. Students will be encouraged to enrich their own spiritual lives and to mentor others in the disciplines of the Christian life.
2
WMWOR 5111

Christian Worship

(WMWOR 5111)
An introductory study of the biblical foundations, traditions, and practice of Christian worship. Emphasis will be given to the nature, purpose, forms, planning, and leading of corporate worship.
2
WMEVA 5111

Christian Witness

(WMEVA 5111)
An introductory study of the biblical foundations, traditions, and practice of Christian witness. Emphasis will be given to developing creative methods to share Christ and transform the church and surrounding community.
2
 

Old Testament Group

Choose 2 of 3 of the following courses offered:
Old Testament III (SWBLI 5113)
An introduction to each Old Testament book with emphasis on historical issues, theological interpretations, and contemporary applications. The prophetic books from Isaiah through Malachi.
Old Testament II (SWBLI 5112)
An introduction to each Old Testament book with emphasis on historical issues, theological interpretations, and contemporary applications. The historical books from Ruth through Esther, and the Wisdom Literature from Job through the Song of Solomon.
Old Testament I (SWBLI 5111)
An introduction to each Old Testament book with emphasis on historical issues, theological interpretations, and contemporary applications. Pentateuch, Joshua, and Judges.
4
 

New Testament Group

Choose 2 of 3 of the following courses offered:
New Testament III (SWBLI 5213)
An introduction to the General Letters and Revelation. These writings will be studied in terms of historical setting, religious background, literary composition, theological message, and interrelationship with the Old Testament.
New Testament II (SWBLI 5212)
An introduction to Acts and the Pauline Letters. These writings will be studied in terms of historical setting, religious background, literary composition, theological message, and interrelationship with the Old Testament.
New Testament I (SWBLI 5211)
An introduction to the Gospels. These writings will be studied in terms of historical setting, religious background, literary composition, theological message, and interrelationship with the Old Testament.
4
 

Christian Theology Group

Choose 2 of 3 of the following courses offered:
Christian Theology III (FHBTH 5113)
The nature, sources, and scope of systematic theology; the Christian life, the church, and the consummation.
Christian Theology II (FHBTH 5112)
The nature, sources, and scope of systematic theology; the person of Jesus Christ, the work of Christ, and the Holy Spirit.
Christian Theology I (FHBTH 5111)
The nature, sources, and scope of systematic theology; the doctrines of revelation and the Bible, God, creation and providence, man and sin.
4
 

Christian Heritage Group

Choose 2 of 3 of the following courses offered:
Christian Heritage III (FHCHS 5113)
A general survey of the history of Christianity; the early modern era to the present.
Christian Heritage II (FHCHS 5112)
A general survey of the history of Christianity; the Reformation.
Christian Heritage I (FHCHS 5111)
A general survey of the history of Christianity; the New Testament period.
4
 
Total
34

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Additional Studies
Code
Course
Credits
SWBLA 5111

Old Testament Hebrew I

The fundamentals of biblical Hebrew including vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar, and syntax for the purpose of translating and interpreting the Old Testament text. Language courses are demanding and may require significantly more individual study time. For students taking this course online, a PC computer with one of the following Windows operating systems is required: Windows 98, 2000, NT, ME, XP, Vista, or Windows 7. The software used in this course requires a PC operating system.
2
SWBLA 5112

Old Testament Hebrew II

The fundamentals of biblical Hebrew including vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar, and syntax for the purpose of translating and interpreting the Old Testament text. Language courses are demanding and may require significantly more individual study time. For students taking this course online, a PC computer with one of the following Windows operating systems is required: Windows 98, 2000, NT, ME, XP, Vista, or Windows 7. The software used in this course requires a PC operating system.
2.0
SWBLA 5113

Old Testament Hebrew III

The fundamentals of biblical Hebrew including vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar, and syntax for the purpose of translating and interpreting the Old Testament text. Language courses are demanding and may require significantly more individual study time. For students taking this course online, a PC computer with one of the following Windows operating systems is required: Windows 98, 2000, NT, ME, XP, Vista, or Windows 7. The software used in this course requires a PC operating system.
2.0
SWBLA 4211

Elementary Greek I

Two accelerated courses combined as an introduction to the Greek language in preparation for the exegesis of the Greek New Testament. Language courses are demanding and may require significantly more individual study time.
3
SWBLA 4212

Elementary Greek II

Two accelerated courses combined as an introduction to the Greek language in preparation for the exegesis of the Greek New Testament. Language courses are demanding and may require significantly more individual study time.
3.0
SWBLA 5211

New Testament Greek I

Advanced grammar with exegesis of the Greek New Testament. Three consecutive terms must be taken to receive credit for this course. Student should stay in the same section for all three terms. Language courses are demanding and may require significantly more individual study time.
2.0
SWBLA 5212

New Testament Greek II

Advanced grammar with exegesis of the Greek New Testament. Three consecutive terms must be taken to receive credit for this course. Student should stay in the same section for all three terms. Language courses are demanding and may require significantly more individual study time.
2.0
SWBLA 5213

New Testament Greek III

Advanced grammar with exegesis of the Greek New Testament. Three consecutive terms must be taken to receive credit for this course. Student should stay in the same section for all three terms. Language courses are demanding and may require significantly more individual study time.
2.0
SWBIT 5211

Biblical Backgrounds

A study of the geography, history, and archaeology of the biblical world intended to provide a cultural and chronological framework for further study of both the Old and New Testaments.
2
SWBPR 5111

Biblical Preaching I

A study of the principles of sermon construction: the interpretation of text, the formulation of idea, the definition of objective, the development of material, the arrangement of structure, the improvement of style, and the preaching of the sermon.
2
SWBPR 5112

Biblical Preaching II

A study and practice of the preparation, delivery, and evaluation of the sermon. Sermons will be prepared and delivered. Components of sermon delivery will be studied and practiced for improvement. A lifelong strategy for self-evaluation and critique of sermon content and delivery will be practiced.
2.0
FHPHI 5111

Philosophy of Religion

An introductory study of contemporary worldviews and philosophical issues relevant to Christian ministry (e.g. religious pluralism, the problem of evil, the relationship between faith and reason).
2
FHETH 5111

Christian Ethics

This course explores the biblical, historical, and theological foundations of Christian ethics. It also equips the student to apply these foundational elements in decision making on current issues such as substance abuse, family, race, biomedical ethics, economics, and politics.
2
FHPHI 5211

Apologetics

A study of various approaches to a defense of Christianity. Emphasis will be placed upon developing an apologetic method appropriate to the cultural context in which the student ministers.
2
MFLDS 5211

Pastoral Leadership

An analysis of emerging issues in current Christian leadership. Models of current leadership theory and practice will be examined and suggestions made for integrating leadership models and Christian faith.
2
MFPMN 5111

Pastoral Care

An introduction to Christian ministry in contemporary culture. Studies in the nature of the church and its ministry, styles of ministry in varied contexts, and practice of ministry skills.
2
WMMIS 5111

Missiology I

An introductory study that seeks to stimulate concern about, commitment to, and involvement in the Christian World Mission. The study considers a definition and explanation of the study of missions, the biblical and theological foundations of the mission, and the history of the expansion of the Faith from the New Testament times to the present.
2
BHCTI 5311

Supervised Ministry I

A vocationally relevant, experientially based supervised internship in the praxis of ministry. Under the supervision of an experienced minister, the student will observe, follow guidance, and put into practice good principles of Christian ministry. Supervised Ministry may only be started after the completion of 30 units of study. (M.Div. and M.A.C.E. degrees)
2
BHCTI 5312

Supervised Ministry II

A vocationally relevant, experientially based supervised internship in the praxis of ministry. Under the supervision of an experienced minister, the student will observe, follow guidance, and put into practice good principles of Christian ministry. Supervised Ministry may only be started after the completion of 30 units of study. (M.Div. and M.A.C.E. degrees)
2.0
BHCTI 5331

Supervised Ministry III

A vocationally relevant, experientially based supervised internship in the praxis of ministry. Under the supervision of an experienced minister, the student will observe, follow guidance, and put into practice good principles of Christian ministry. Supervised Ministry may only be started after the completion of 30 units of study. (M.Div. degree)
2.0
BHCTI 5341

Supervised Ministry IV

A vocationally relevant, experientially based supervised internship in the praxis of ministry. Under the supervision of an experienced minister, the student will observe, follow guidance, and put into practice good principles of Christian ministry. Supervised Ministry may only be started after the completion of 30 units of study. (M.Div. degree)
2.0
BHCTI 5211

M.Div. Capstone

The Capstone course is the culminating educational experience designed to evaluate acquired competencies and readiness for ministry of professional ministry students in their field of study. The faculty together with the student may design a variety of capstone experiences. Competency for ministry may be demonstrated by, but not limited to, one or more of the following: research paper, creative project, examinations (written and oral), internship, or a portfolio of work. Affirmation of teachers, mentors, and teaching churches will be included in the overall evaluation. This course is a requisite for the completion of a student's course of study. For students in the M.Div., M.A.C.E., M.M., M.A.W. degree programs.
0
Free Electives in any Cluster
8
 
Total
52

 
Degree Total
86

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Director of M.Div.
Adlín Cotto is a graduate from the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez Campus, where she earned a BS in Biology, with a minor in Psychology. She also earned a Master of Arts in Christian Education and Ph.D. in Student Ministry from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
p:  972.580.7600