2009-10 Course Descriptions


Abilene Christian University partners with the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU) to offer ACU students the opportunity to participate in expanded offerings of study abroad experiences.  ACU also participates with CCCU in selected discipline specific programs in the United States.

Courses numbers and descriptions are listed under the CCCU program in which they are offered.


CPOL 4A0 Topics in Vocational Leadership(3).  The course introduces concepts for Christian responsibility and involvement in public issues.  By focusing on a public topic relevant to the internship, basic techniques for issue analysis and the narrative pattern of the Bible as an analytical framework will be taught.

CPOL 4A1 Topics in National Affairs(3).  The course exposes students to the Washington leadership networks that are engaged in the complex dynamic of national public policy formation and decision-making.  Coursework includes policy analysis, political studies, sociology, ethics, theology, and biblical studies.

CPOL 4A2 Topics in Leadership Management(3).  The course studies the strategic responsibilities of business in shaping the compliance environment of policy regulation and enforcement.  Coursework involves concepts important for business, leadership development, business administration, management economics ethics, theology, and biblical studies.

CPOL 4A3 Topics in International Affairs & Globalization(3). Through field research and face-to-face meetings with experts in Washington's international community, you are challenged to develop a biblical perspective, either on foreign affairs or on globalization.

CPOL 4A4 Internship(6).  The internship links public-sector employment with classroom work.  Students are placed in agencies and offices through the greater Washington metropolitan area.

CPOL 4A5 Mentorship Course(optional) (1).   Students have the opportunity to meet with a professional mentor in their field four times during the semester.



CINT 4S0 View From Australia: Issues in Religion, Politics(3).  The emphasis of this course is on historical and current local and world issues which affect Australia.  Students should develop a basic understanding of the Australian culture and worldview.  They will critique their own cultural value structures through Biblical reflection and begin to distinguish these cultural virtues from Christian truth relating to several themes presented in the course.

CHIS 4S0 Indigenous History, Cultures and Identity(3).  The course will look at the concept of Country, spiritual belief systems, kinship and family relationships, totemic systems, foods and medicines, education systems, and spiritual beliefs including the Creation stories.  Students will identify and challenge assumptions that underlie the beliefs, ideas, values and actions that are taken for granted by themselves (as learners).

CTHE 4S0 Faith and the Contemporary Artist I(Spring), II (Fall) (3).  Course content invites investigation of the breadth of human experience through the lens of cultural studies. It explores the contribution of the arts to contemporary culture and enables students to reach for an integration of their faith and their art form in the context of cultural communication.

CXXX 4SX  Discipline courses in dance, drama, music, drawing/graphic design, theology/ministry(5-7).  Discipline selection and courses are subject to availability.  Check with the Registrar’s Office.



CHIS 3C0 Chinese History(3). This course covers the history of China from its earliest beginnings to the present. Students become familiar with the major dynasties of China, their character and contributions, and their major figures.

CPOL 4C0 Contemporary Society: Public Policy and Economic Development(3). This course examines two key and inter-related aspects of modern China: government policy and economic reforms. Policy covers the structure of the Chinese government, social rights and the legal system, as well as issues such as ethnic minorities, family planning, and education.  Economic Development covers the government policies from 1949 to the present, from the commune system to the current market-oriented reforms. 

CINT 4C0 Intercultural Communication(3).  This course covers issues intended to help students understand and adjust to Chinese culture. The focus will be on how students demonstrate their beliefs in their daily lives within the context of China. Topics include culture and basic values, culture shock, introductory linguistics, contextualization, and factors involved in successful cross-cultural interaction.

CFOR 1C0 Chinese I(2-3).  This course focuses on acquiring survival fluency in spoken and written Mandarin Chinese, the national language of China. Chinese I classes will include explanations on aspects of learning the language such as Pinyin (the spelling system used on mainland China) and tones.

CFOR 1C1 Chinese II(3).  Chinese II focuses on acquiring low-intermediate fluency in spoken and written Mandarin Chinese so that a student can handle situations such as travel planning, illness, making appointments, etc. This course will include how Chinese as a language differs from European languages (including English), Chinese dialects, etc.  Chinese II students must translate a Chinese pop song.

CPHI 4C0 Eastern Philosophy and Religions(3).  The course focuses on the teachings, history, and development of Confucianism, Taoism, Buddhism, and folk religion. It also introduces concepts embedded in Chinese culture such as Yin & Yang, "the Five Phases," etc.

CHUM 4C1 Dimensions of East Asian Culture(3).  This course introduces students to visual, physical, medical and culinary arts. The majority of the course involves "hands-on" practice.  Lectures will be presented about the history & symbolism of Chinese art, explanations and guidelines about Chinese cooking & cuisines, and unifying Chinese philosophy that underlies dimensions of Chinese culture.

CART 4C0 Chinese Painting(1).  Students will learn to paint from a Chinese artist. They will practice the basics of Chinese water-based brushwork, painting traditional pictures of bamboo, flowers, etc.

CEXS 2C0 Tai Chi(1).  The course emphasizes traditional Chinese forms of stylized self-defense, which tones the body and concentrates the mind. Exercises may focus either on the gentler form of tai chi, or on the more vigorous wu shu, depending on the instructor.

CBUS 4C0 International Business in China(3). Lectures are presented by Christians who have done business in China for years. They cover issues such as fair and ethical business practices and factors involved in out-sourcing jobs to China. Students prepare a paper in which they describe and analyze the differences in the way that an American or international company markets its products or its franchise in China.

CBUS 4C1 Business Internship(3).  Students are placed in jobs that provide meaningful work experience. Students engage in three-week internships, working full-time(40+ hrs/week) for either Western or Chinese companies. In the first part of the semester, all students in the China program will complete the history study tour around China.



CMUS 4M0 Faith, Music and Culture(3).  This course will help students rethink what it means to be a Christian, a musician and a Christian musician. Six films are shown, each revealing an important but often neglected area of struggle within the life of an artist. Students are then challenged to re-examine their belief systems in God and themselves and reconcile their career ambitions with God’s purpose for their lives.

CMUS 4M1 Inside the Music Industry(3).  This course provides an overview of the music industry, focusing on the six more important contracts negotiated by artists and executives; artist management, recording label, publishing, concert rider, licensing, and copyright.  Emphasis is given to career possibilities and the gifts and skills required to succeed in each of the major areas.

CMUS 4M2 Supervised Practicum(1).  Each student will participate in a road trip practicum. Briefings, tours, meetings and internships will be arranged with leading record companies, artist management firms, booking agencies, recording studios, concert promoters, writers, producers and artists.

CMUS 4M3 Essentials of Song Writing(3).  Students are required to write a minimum of ten original songs during the semester. The first eight songs have carefully defined parameters which, while allowing students to write within their favorite genre, force them to write outside of their comfort zone. Emphasis is placed on the song as the vehicle for creativity and public communication.

CMUS 4M4  Studio Recording(3).  This course introduces students to the concept of non-linear, non-destructive editing within the digital domain. Pro Tools TDM, 001 & Mbox are used by students to assemble and record a minimum of three finished master-quality recordings. All students will acquire enough experience to record, mix and master their own tracks for demo purposes.

CMUS 4M5 Performance(3).   During the first three nights of the first full week,  each student is required to perform two songs, solo. Pre-recorded tracks or other student players are allowed to assist those students who do not play an instrument. As each student defines their musical style and public persona, additional concert appearances are required.

CMUS 4M6 Artist Management(3). Through lecture, text and online investigations, Executive Track students will gain a thorough-going understanding of the economic, creative and spiritual elements critical to a career in contemporary music. Students will learn to help Artist Track students develop a career plan and prepare the materials necessary to pitch an artist to a record company and negotiate a recording contract.

CMUS 4M7  Artists and Repertoire(3).  Students will learn from executives how to spot talent; create a label business plan; analyze and forecast trends in popular music; assemble a successful artist roster; and, in tandem with artists, they will plan, budget and produce recording sessions.

CMUS 4M8 Music, Marketing and Sales(3). Through classroom instruction and presentations by visiting industry experts, Executive track students will become familiar with the role of packaging, retail point-of-purchase materials, publicity, advertising, as well as other areas of the industry.  Students will develop comprehensive marketing plans for students in the Artist track.

CMUS 4M9 Advanced Recording Techniques(3).  Pro Tools is widely accepted as the most popular digital recording environment in the world combining the most advanced software and hardware solutions for music production. Students who successfully complete this course will have the skill sets necessary to record, mix and produce master quality recordings using this and other software/hardware platforms.

CMUS 4M10 Live Sound Reinforcement(3).  This course is designed to train students for entry-level positions as a live sound engineer/front-of-house or monitor engineer.  Each engineer must be able to complete line and sound checks quickly and reliably, trouble shoot problems and understand console and system signal flow.

CMUS 4M11  Lighting(3).  Students will train and be prepared for entry-level positions in live concert lighting.  They will manage power distribution, DMX control of lighting fixtures and ultimately the properties of light and dispersion that artfully blend to create alternate forms of reality.



CFOR 2L0/3L0 Spanish Language Study(6).  Students attend the Spanish Language Institute for an intensive period of four weeks, Monday through Friday, four hours per day.  The language is taught as a second language. The course materials are utilized within a native language immersion context, and practiced through exercises in the classroom via workbook assignments, and after class assignments in the city of San José.  Pre and post tests will be given to ensure proper placement.

CFOR 4L0 Perspective on Latin American History and Contemporary Issues(3).  This seminar introduces social, historical, political, economic, and religious currents that constitute Latin American society.  Students are introduced to historical development of Latin America; a variety of analytical perspectives; the character, past and present, of U.S. policy, as well as the economic reality in the region.

CINT 4L0 Responses to Third World Reality Seminar(3). Students are challenged in a seminar that includes diverse perspectives, broad readings and hands-on experience in a practicum setting.  Participants will re-examine their worldviews and articulate faith-informed positions on several issues concerning relationships of North Americans serving in Latin America.

CFOR 4L0 Practicum/Internship/Case Study(3).  The internship/practicum/case study is integrated with the non-core course associated with each concentration.

CFOR 4L1 Travel Practicum(1-3).  Travel opportunities are available (some required) through other Central American nations to discover the rich diversity of cultures and peoples in the region.

CFOR 4L2 Language and Literature Seminar(3).  Students will examine how Latin Americans view their neighbors to the north and around the world through conversations, conferences and related literature.  Latin American society and culture will be studied through its literature, interaction with prominent literary figures, and through local theatrical and film productions. The seminar is taught exclusively in Spanish, including written assignments.

CBUS 4L0 Business Seminar(3).  Within the historical, political, social, religious and economic context and realities of Latin America, the course addresses the role of the Christian business person.  In this role students examine how to make effective and ethical business decisions as they relate to issues of social justice.

CBIO 4L0 Environmental Science Seminar(4).  Students explore the natural sciences in a tropical setting and study their influence on the process of sustainability. Students will participate in research projects, examine sustainable development and management of Costa Rica's protected natural areas, investigate the ecology of tropical biomes, including highland cloud forest, mangrove forest, coral reefs, lowland rain forests and dry forests.

CBIO 4L1 Field Research(2).  Research coincides with the participants’ interest and focus in the Seminar.



CTHE 4F0 Hollywood Production Workshop(3).  Students make a motion picture using Hollywood locations, resources, and protocol.  Students participate in a competitive vetting process of scripts, pitches, and meetings.  Small group tutorials are offered for each student's production position. Note: $250 lab fee required.

CJMC 4F0 Theology in Hollywood(3).  This course provides students with basic theological underpinnings for their lives as entertainment artists or consumers.  Discussions, screenings and readings will seek to place the student's work in the context of the Christian's call to serve and spread the Gospel.

CUNI 4F0 Internship: Inside Hollywood(5-6) CJMC 4F1 (1).  The internship is a nonpaying position primarily in an office setting such as development companies, agencies, producer's offices, etc.  Students work 20-24 hours a week throughout the length of the semester.

CTHE 4F1 Motion Picture Production(3). An intense, hands-on course in short film production.  The course is designed to enable both students to develop their integration of story with technical skill.

CTHE 4F2 Professional Screenwriting(3).  A course in contemporary screenwriting, including an understanding of dramatic structure, character and dialogue development, and the writing process.  Students complete a full-length screenplay for a feature film.

CTHE 4F3 Independent Study(3). Course may be set up by special request.  Students must submit a portfolio and project proposal. Note: This option is not guaranteed and is limited to students with experience who may need to complete a senior project for graduation.



CFOR 1E0 Introduction to Arabic Language(4).  Taught by Egyptian instructors affiliated with the American University in Cairo, this course aims to help students acquire basic skills in Egyptian Arabic, a dialect widely understood in the Arab world. The course should bring students to the intermediate level of Egyptian colloquial Arabic.

CHIS 3E0 Islamic Thought and Practice(4).  This course examines many dimensions of Islamic faith from early times to the present. While emphasis is on the early period and its influence on latter events and people, it also attempts to relate these early developments to contemporary issues in the Middle East.  Students are encouraged to examine both commonalities with and differences between themselves and their Muslim counterparts.

CHIS 4E0 Conflict and Change in the Middle East(4).  The course examines the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, or what many scholars now call "the 100 years war." Beginning with the collapse of the Ottoman Empire, the course traces the origin of the conflict from early encounters between Arab and Jew in Palestine to the contemporary struggle to achieve a final status agreement between Israelis and Palestinians today.

CANT 4E0 Peoples and Cultures of the Middle East(4).  This course examines the variety of peoples and cultures in societies such as Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Israel/Palestine, and Turkey.  The course seeks to introduce students to patterns of thought and behavior that characterize the region generally without losing sight of important differences across countries.



CENG 4O1 Tutorials(9).  The tutorial is the heart of undergraduate teaching at Oxford. It is an hour long conversation between a tutor who is engaged in research and one student who has spent the week reading and writing an essay in answer to an assigned, searching question.  The tutorial gives students the chance to read in depth, to formulate their views on a subject, and to consider those views in the light of the detailed, analytical conversation in the tutorial. Students may choose tutorials within the disciplines of classics, English language and literature, history, philosophy, and theology.

CENG 4O2 Integrative Seminar(4).  Students must attend two University of Oxford lecture courses (normally eight weeks). These are in addition to lecture courses attended in conjunction with tutorials.  Students should choose a methodological lecture in preference to a purely empirical one, depending on availability.

CENG 4O3 British Landscape(4).  Students study how the British landscape was formed and reformed by societies which successively conquered and settled in it, looking at the dialectic relationship between culture (the economic, social, intellectual, religious, and artistic aspects of each group) and landscape (the natural landscape and the human imprint on that landscape.



CENG 4O4 The Christian Tradition in the British Isles(3).  The course explores key moments in the development of Christianity in the British Isles, from the Celtic peoples of Britain under the Roman Empire, to the Anglo-Saxons, the medieval Church, and the emergence of a variety of traditions in the reformation and beyond.

CENG 4O5 Topical Seminars and Tutorials(3).  Students participate in two different seminars which take place during the first two weeks of the program and in a set number of individual tutorials during the second two weeks of the program.



CFOR 1R0 Russian Language(6).  While the primary focus is on conversational Russian, students should be comfortable with basic reading and writing skills. The initial requirement is familiarity with the Cyrillic alphabet upon arrival in Russia (through study materials provided in advance).

CFOR 4R0 History and Sociology of Religion(3). This seminar delves into the history of religion in Russia dating from the beginnings of Christianity in the 10th century to the present day, with emphasis on Orthodoxy and Protestantism, including study of the persecution during the Soviet era and the flourishing of religious activity in post-Soviet years. The course also looks at current government regulations from various points of view.

CFOR 4R1 Russian Literature and History(4).  Students are introduced to Russian history and culture using the rich resources of Moscow, St. Petersburg and Nizhni Novgorod. Students continue the study of Russian people and culture throughout history using well-known works of Russian literature to examine changes in Russia and their impact on her citizens from ancient times, through the czarist and Soviet eras, and in Russia today. Students read works by Pushkin, Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Gorky and Bulgakov.

CFOR 4R2 Russia in Transition(3).   The seminar takes an in-depth look at Russia since 1991, as revolutions have encompassed political, economic, social and religious areas--a phenomenon unique in world history. Students are introduced to the complexities of transition from a centrally planned economy to a free market system and establishment of democratic institutions.



CBIB 4U0 Faith and Action in the Ugandan Context(4).  This course combines a traditional classroom component with experiential learning.  It explores how exposure to Ugandan Christianity challenges our own faith. Interspersed throughout is a survey of contemporary political, social, economic and religious issues confronting African peoples and countries.

CBIB 4U1 Cross Cultural Immersion/Missions Practicum(3).  Issues and questions explored through readings and experience will include: defining missions, biblical foundations of missions, theology of missions, missions in Uganda, the role of the church, and contextual missions today. The course will ground students in basic aspects of missions’ theory and practice and expose them to related issues and questions.

CENG 4U0 African Literature(3).  The course offers a survey of the literature of sub-Saharan Africa. Students will be introduced to the distinctive features of East, West, and Southern Africa as well as to the genres of oral literature, fiction, poetry, and drama. Works will be examined on their own merit in regard to theme and style, insights into African society, and the concepts of negritude and black aesthetics.

CHIS 4U0 East African History From 1800 to Independence(3).  This course will familiarize students with the history of Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and Rwanda from 1800 to independence.  From the pre-colonial era, the course will focus on colonialism and its effects on East African culture and indigenous social institutions. The course provides a review of East African reaction to colonial policies and a survey of cultural and social changes experienced in East Africa during the colonial period up to the time of decolonialisation.

CBIB 4U2 African Traditional Religions, Christianity and Islam in Contemporary Uganda(3).  Religion dominates the social, political and economic lives of Africans. Three religions have had a strong influence in Uganda; ATR, Christianity and Islam. This course, will survey religions in Uganda, emphasizing ATR and Islam. The study of ATR will be phenomenological in its view, looking at the scheme of ideas that help us appreciate the nature of African religions. The study of Islam will emphasize a basic understanding and appreciation of the life of Prophet Muhammad, its formative influence on Islam as a religion, and its attendant cultural influence in Uganda. In this course, we will also examine the influence of Christianity in Uganda. A very important aspect of our study will be the historical interaction between the three religions—ATR, Islam and Christianity.

CBIB 4U3 Uganda Studies Emphasis Practicum(3).  Students will have opportunities to practice and integrate theory and practice in a cross-cultural setting as they complete a minimum of 150 hours of practice at an approved service location in Uganda. Each student will be on-site 2 days per week under the supervision of their field instructor and the Uganda Studies Program (USP) staff supervisor. In addition students will participate in a Seminar class one hour per week for reflection, with feedback from staff and peers.

CSOW 4U0 Social Work Practicum(3).  Same as Uganda Studies Practicum.

CXXX 4UX Additional elective courses are scheduled, but not guaranteed(3).  Discipline selection and courses are subject to availability.  Check with the Registrar’s Office.



CJMC 4W0 Foundations for Media Involvement(4).  This class will utilize lectures, discussion, readings and service learning to raise questions about the role Christians should play in media and culture generally. Topics covered range from contemporary challenges in journalism to historical tensions between the Church and popular culture to the arguments for and against working in the news media.  Suggested prerequisite: A mass-media survey class.

CJMC 4W1 Reporting in Washington(3).  The course will emphasize story development, research, and interviewing skills, using one of the most intense news environments in the world as its classroom. The emphasis will be on short-form, hard-news reporting and writing--the kind used in wire services, newspapers, the World Wide Web and broadcasting. Guest lecturers from the industry will discuss feature writing, computer research, ethics and other selected topics.  Students will submit story ideas, background research folders and rough drafts of stories.

CJMC 4W2 Washington, News and Public Discourse(3).  Students will study how the history of American newspapers is interwoven with the history of Washington and how the future of American newsrooms and American politics will be affected by what happens in the news bureaus, networks and magazines based inside the Beltway. The course also addresses contemporary patterns of news consumption, such as entertainment, the Internet and other unconventional sources for news and information.

CJMC 4W3 Internship(6). Students will have practical work experience in mainstream newsroom positions that provide hands-on work in reporting and writing. Internships will occupy 25 hours a week for 12 weeks of the semester. Grading will be based on input from the internship supervisor, as well as a portfolio of final versions of stories written and published during the internship.

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