I’ve been giving thought as to what courses I’d like to take at Arlington Bible College in the spring. There are several good courses available.
I’m also taking a serious look at myself and attending classes on campus at night after getting up about 4:30 and a long day at work.
I really have a problem going back out, once I get home. I had therefore consideried going directly to the campus from work.
In looking at the independent study courses offered this semester, I find the following are available:
Book of Matthew
Introduction to Mission
1 & 2 Samuel / 1 Chronicles
The Beatitudes are covered in the book of Matthew and the book of Luke. If I decided to take two independent study course that the Beatitudes and the book of Matthew might be a good match, as I would be covering part of the Beatitudes while studying Matthew. The Beatitudes are found in Matthew 5:1-11 and Luke 6:20-26.
I haven’t done much study in the Old Testament; therefore, to widen my knowledge, 1 & 2 Samuel and 1 Chronicles might also be a good choice.
While I know the importance of classroom discussion, I’m starting to lean towards one or two independant study courses. I need to get my feet wet, so to speak.
Regardless of what I do, I will at least take the independent study course on Matthew. I’ve already decided that, and have prepared by purchasing several commentaries on Matthew.
Right now, I’m considering taking the two independant study courses of the Beatitudes and Matthew. That would give me six credits for the semester. As there are always five or six different independent study courses offered each semester, with a total of 15 such courses list in the college catalog, I could, conceivably, take two courses each semester for the next several years.
The independant study courses listed in the catalog are:
Ezra & Nehemiah
Kings & Chronicles
Gospel of Matthew
Gospel of Mark
Gospel of Luke
Parables of Jesus
I & II Peter
Personal Christian Growth
Holiness: Dream or Reality
Godliness: Principle or Practice
It is interesting to note that three of the independent study courses being offered in the Spring, 2007 semester (Beatitudes, Introduction to Missions, and 1 & 2 Samuel / 1 Chronicles) are not listed as independent study courses in the college catalog. It is also interesting to note that while Matthew, Mark, and Luke are offered as indepandant study courses, John is not. Rather, it is listed only as a regular course.
As stated in previous blog entries, there are six mandatory courses required for graduation:
New Testament Survey
Old Testament Survey
Principles of Biblical Interpretation
English Grammar & Composition I
English Grammar & Composition II
These six classes are only available during weeknight sessions; none are available as independant study courses. In my conversation with the Dean, I’ve been advised advised that since I already have a B.A. degree, it is not necessary for me to take either English Grammar & Composition I or English Grammar & Composition II.
Therefore, theoretically, I could actually obtain my second B.A. in Biblical Studies by taking twelve independent study courses, along with the other four required courses (only offered in the classroom).
Perhaps, it is best that I concentrate on the independent courses for a few semesters, before returning to the classroom.
I took a correspondence course from Writer’s Digest Schools a few years ago and had no trouble with keeping up with the lessons and doing the assignments on my own. The fact that I have researched and written several dozen books shows that I can perform this type of task.
It would be a way for me to accumulate college credits until I am either ready, or required, to return to the classroom.
Right now, I’m seriously leaning towards the Beatitudes and Matthew courses.
My tuition costs would be $97 per credit hour, or $582 for the two courses. If I pay the full tuition at registration the cost drops to $562. That includes the cost of textbooks. Also, the college states that a student who pays the tuition in full at the time of registering will have their choice of 2 books per class from the display table – two courses 4 books (etc), absolutely free as long as supplies last.
Thus, by paying $562 at the time of registration (plus a one time application fee of $10 – $572 total), I’ll be enrolled in 2 three credit courses, obtain the textbooks for these courses, plus be able to pick out 4 free books.