An independent research project supervised by a faculty member within your degree program, culminating in a substantive paper that involves original collection or treatment of data and/or results. The course may be repeated with a total credit limit of 6 credit hours. Specific course numbers by department include: ECM 6991 - Pastoral Care & Chaplaincy; ECM 6992 - Community Transformation; ECM 6993 - Medical & Health Services; ECM 6994 - Criminal Justice & Public Safety; ECM 6995 - Social Work & Ministry.
The ability to formulate a question, find the data relevant to a question, analyze those data, and present findings are skills that benefit both a students' professional and personal life.
Experiential learning courses move students beyond the eclassroom to a sequence of experiences that foster practical interaction with course concepts as a means of preparing the student for lifelong mission in the service of God within their respective academic disciplines and equipping students to become missional professionals and leaders in their chosen fields of endeavors.
Thesis are rooted in the New Testament concept of "witness" as the person who explains what he has seen and heard.
Research projects will integrate missio dei concepts.
Students will examine the reseach context and explore its effect upon the research process and findings.
Students will be encouraged to embark upon research which includes diverse populations.
Students will develop research skills as they engage in research and add to the knowledge-base of a phenomenon.
Students will engage in an unique, innovative research project which flows from and augments course learning.