Summer Institute

The Summer Institute provides busy professionals, K-12 teachers, and university professors the opportunity to complete graduate level courses during two 6-week terms during the summer. Determined students can handle two courses per term, enabling ambitious learners the opportunity to earn up to four courses to add to their credentials. Also, interested adults who meet course admission requirements (e.g., an earned Bachelor's degree) may simply take a course for the pleasure of learning without needing to apply for a degree.


Previous Summer Institute Courses:
  • (3 credits) 6 weeks This course examines the theories and practices in communication studies. Students will review the historical development of communication while considering the influence of technology advances that continues to shape the definition of good communication between individuals, small groups, and organizations.
    (Prerequisite: Graduate Admission)
  • This course examines the theories and applications of inter- cultural communication. Students will explore their own cultural identities through a variety of cultural frames by considering the emotional, nonverbal, and verbal elements of communication. Specific contexts for intercultural communication are studied including friendship, family, school, workplace, the media, and travel.
  • Students in this course will explore the ethical theories and issues related to the mass media and other relevant forms of communication. Students will become familiar with various aspects of classical and contemporary ethical theory and how it may apply to various forms of communication: politics, journalism, public relations, advertising, the Internet, etc. The course will focus on ethical theory, research, and application of how language influences decisions across numerous forms of media.
  • This course examines the application of interpersonal and small group communication theories. Students will study the roles and functions of communication as it occurs in close, personal relationships and in small group contexts. The course focuses on social meaning, relationship maintenance, conflict management, leadership, and the functions required for successful group interactions. DMM | DIGITAL MULTI-MEDIA
  • ENG5000 introduces students to the theories and pedagogies that influence composition studies in the digital age. Students will review the practices and ideals that have shaped the teaching of composition within a Biblical worldview while also considering how digital media transforms the definition of good writing in the academy and the workplace.
    (Prerequisite: Must meet graduate admissions standards.)
  • ENG5100 introduces students to the theories and pedagogies that influence composition instruction within a Biblical worldview through Writing in the Disciplines (WID) practice. Within this context, students will examine the specific needs and requirements that shape scholarly research and writing in the humanities, social sciences, business, ministry, and medicine. Students will also consider the transformative nature of WID practice to improve content retention through the integration of structured peer review and instructor response within an online modality.
    (Prerequisite: Must meet graduate admissions standards.)
  • This course is designed for three purposes: to provide an overview of some contemporary themes and debates within the field; to introduce students to the concept of rhetoric as an academic discipline; and to facilitate professional development, especially for educational professionals. The course provides both a lens for examining current theories in rhetorical studies as well as tools to help students proceed toward more focused studies in the field.
  • This course introduces students to the concepts and practices of literary and cultural theory. Students will survey Western literary theory and criticism with an emphasis on the most prominent theorists, texts, and ideas. Students will carefully read primary theoretical texts, with attention as well to the historical and cultural contexts. ESL | ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE
  • This course provides an overview of the trends and research in the field of English as a Second Language (ESL). Emphasis is given to an understanding of the range of settings where the English language is taught as well as introduces key findings from Second Language Acquisition (SLA) and Sociolinguistics research that influence the ESL classroom.
    (Prerequisite: Graduate Admission)
  • 6 weeks This course provides background knowledge of U.S. cultural diversity and the linguistic influences of selected and related populations. Emphasis is given to the linguistic nuances that influence curriculum development for ESL.
    (Prerequisite: Graduate Admission)
  • This course is an overview of the instructional approaches and routines for English language learners. The course will cover a history of methods and examine best practices of teaching English as well as curriculum development.
  • ESL6300 Assessment of ESL Students3 Credits
    The course offers an overview of the importance and high stakes nature of assessment and the many forms it can take. In addition, the course offers suggestions and examples on how to assess, formally and informally, the different language skills in the ESL classroom, while providing students with opportunities to create assessment rubrics of their own. FIN | FINANCE
  • MAT5000 introduces students to the development of mathematics across time, geography, and culture within a Biblical worldview. Students will consider how these influences shape the study and instruction of mathematics, with attention given to quantitative reasoning, covariational reasoning, and problem-solving play in learning major ideas of mathematics.
    (Prerequisite: Must meet graduate admissions standards.)
  • MAT5100 introduces students to basic concepts of probability. Topics include sample spaces, computation rules, discrete and continuous probability distributions, random variables, multivariate distributions, and the Central Limit Theorem. Students are expected to be familiar with single-variable differential and integral calculus.
    (Prerequisite: Must meet graduate admissions standards.)
  • MAT5200 provides an introduction to statistical methods and data analysis. It is intended for graduate students who have completed an undergraduate course in statistics and wish to continue their studies.
    (Prerequisite: Graduate Admission. Highly Recommended: MAT5100 Probability or equivalent)
  • MAT5300 Teaching Geometry, Grades 7-123 Credits
    This course explores geometry concepts, geometry curricula, and current pedagogical standards reinforced by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and the Ohio Council of Teachers of Mathematics.
    (Prerequisite: Graduate Admission) MGM | MASTER OF MANAGEMENT

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