You will be introduced to and practice quantitative and/or qualitative research methods as you participate in a research study related to your degree program. The course may be repeated with a total credit limit of 6 credit hours. Specific course numbers by department include: ETS 6981 - Biblical Studies, ETS 6982 - Missional Theology & History, ETS 6983 - Moral & Social Theology, ETS 6984 - Cultural & Contextual Theology, ETS 6985 - Environmental & Resilience Theology. This course is followed by a Thesis course in which you will compile your data into a final thesis paper.
Students need to grasp how knowledge is created and be able to explain how they know what we know. While the study of research methods may not be most people’s idea of exciting, the fact is that research methods work are at the very heart of all knowledge.
Experiential learning moves students beyond the eclassroom to a sequence of experiential learning 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.
Research is 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 perfect 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.