Distance Learning Course Information Summer 2018

Economics for the Citizen (ECO 303)

This course develops an understanding of how markets work and builds to a survey of political economy. A key element is the presentation of the “economic way of thinking” and its goal is to help make better sense of the world in which we live.

Professor: Assistant Professor Nathan Russell

Credits: 3

Prerequisites: None

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By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the principles of economics

  • Demonstrate knowledge of a biblical and Christian perspective of economics

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the importance and consequences of the principles of free-market, limited-government economics

  • Demonstrate an ability to apply economic principles to everyday life


Constitutional Law (GOV 203)

Students will study the most important aspects of the United States Constitution in this course, comparing current judicial interpretations with our Founders’ original plan for self-government to understand the struggle for power between key government institutions. Students will also examine and analyze, from a perspective that recognizes biblical truth, modern Supreme Court cases as well as the debates that shaped the original text of the Constitution and so be introduced to some of the theoretical and often controversial issues in Constitutional law focusing on individual rights and liberties, such as rights to property, free speech, religion, equal protection, and privacy. Along the way students will begin to develop analytical and legal research skills. This course fulfills a core curriculum requirement for all PHC degree programs.

Professor: Michael Donnelly

Credits: 3

Prerequisites: None

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By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Analyze a fact pattern to identify latent constitutional issues

  • Know the current Supreme Court case law on the relevant issues

  • Apply this current law accurately to the fact pattern to be able to correctly reach a predictive decision as to how the Supreme Court would decide a particular case

  • Critique current Supreme Court case law in light of the original intent of the Constitution

  • Analyze whether American theories of religious freedom are consistent with the Word of God


Euclidean Geometry (MAT 203)

This course covers basic concepts of geometry and principles of logic. The concepts studied include line and angle relationships, parallel lines, triangles, quadrilaterals, circles, polygons, geometric algebra and trigonometry. Concepts of geometric reasoning, with an emphasis on constructions using computer software, are examined. It is important to develop the skill of combining well drawn graphics with appropriate text to build a concise, logical argument.

Professor: Dr. Wallace Kelly

Credits: 3

Prerequisites: None

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By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Be able to use graphics software to build geometric constructions used in proofs

  • Read Euclid’s proofs and correctly interpret his logic

  • Reconstruct Euclid’s proofs using software generated diagrams and associated explanatory text within a word processing document to make Euclid’s logic more transparent

  • Prove the Pythagorean Theorem

  • Demonstrate the truth of Euclid’s logic using the measurement tools contained within graphical geometry software

  • Recognize the foundations of modern algebra found in Euclid’s Book 2

  • Calculate angles and lengths of sides of right angle triangles using trigonometry

  • Calculate angles and distances between points located in anyone of three vector spaces and transform from one coordinate system to another

  • Develop knowledge of fundamental concepts of elementary geometry

  • Increase competence in working within a logical mathematical system

  • Learn accepted methods of proof and gain greater expertise in constructing logical arguments

  • Understand the historical development of geometry and its role in a classical education


Music History and Appreciation (MUS 303)

This course exposes students to Western music’s stylistic development and facilitates a better understanding of music’s basic elements, knowledge of how the ever-changing uses of these elements have created shifting musical styles, and a greater ability to describe music in its historical context. No prior technical knowledge of music is required in order to take this course. However, a general knowledge about the elements of music obtained before a student takes the course will work to his or her advantage. This is due to the large amount of discipline-specific vocabulary of the subject. This course fulfills a core curriculum requirement for all PHC degree programs.

Professor: Dr. Tanner

Credits: 3

Prerequisites: None

More Info: By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify many major works of Western art music (classical music) by sound

  • Explain ways in which historical events and movements are reflected in artistic ideals, specifically musical ones

  • Discuss issues relating to Biblical worldview as reflected in music

  • Learn to enjoy and appreciate "old" music like Gregorian chant

  • View the history of Christian music in a wider perspective