Geneva College



Course Descriptions


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Term One  

LDP 445
Theory and Practice of Adult Learning

In this course, adult students explore several theories of adult learning including the Kolb model, and then students will apply one of the models to their own experience of learning. This course has application both to the student’s own self-discovery, as well as the work that the student may perform as a leader in a workplace or ministry setting.

3 Credits


BBL 408
Foundations of Christian Thought

This course explores the phenomenon of “worldview” as the assumptions that everyone has about reality—a vision for life that drives how people view the nature of the world, the problems of the world, the remedy for the world and the future of the world. And this course challenges students to critique their own worldview in light of the worldview presented in the Bible. At the end of the day, students will be equipped to examine their own life and work in light of the biblical worldview.

3 Credits


LDP 430
Organizational Analysis

Completing this course prepares students to analyze the structure and function of an organization in light of contemporary organizational models. Participants apply theoretical knowledge about organizations to a specific organization and explore how organizations can be transformed into redemptive agents in this world and contribute to human flourishing.

3 Credits


LDP 451
Principles of Human Resources

This course provides an introduction to the field of human resources and discusses the emerging role of HR professionals as strategic business partners, as well as their relationship to other functions within the organization. Legal and contemporary approaches to diversity management are discussed. Key legislation discussed includes EEO, ADA, FMLA and Title VII.

3 Credits

Term Two  

LDP 441
Business and Interpersonal Communication

Emphasis is placed on the interpersonal skills that students may use to facilitate effective relationships. Attention is given to the importance of being an effective communicator in both interpersonal and organizational contexts. Students practice and assess communication and presentation skills. Class sessions include discussion of assigned readings, role-playing exercises, small group activities, and presentations. Course concepts are modeled in a final presentation, as well as in a reflection paper.

3 Credits


LDP 432
Organizational Leadership: Research and Resources

This course encourages students to develop familiarity with the literature in their major field of study with an emphasis on information literacy. Students identify, access, retrieve and summarize respected information in the field that is relevant to a research topic. In addition to identifying themes in the literature, students compare, contrast and evaluate the major perspectives that emerge from their investigation.

3 Credits


LDP 447
Principles of Teambuilding

Study of how teams influence leadership effectiveness, with emphasis on how to develop interactive and dynamic groups, working in the virtual or face-to-face environment. Topics include the various means of sharing information when working in any team environment and the strategy of conducting environmental scanning to identify communication issues and formulate solutions.

3 Credits


LDP 457
Principles of Management and Supervision

Students identify the actual roles managers play in complex organizations. Students are prepared for managerial roles while learning to work more effectively with current managers. Management theory is critically evaluated for its usefulness in light of actual practice.

3 Credits

Term Three  

BBL 409
Christianity in Dialogue

Students explore the basics of Christian apologetics in terms of identifying the assumptions that drive life commitments. In particular, the most common and influential perspectives are evaluated, and the contradictions inherent in living out these worldviews is considered. The perspective of this course is that a biblical worldview, with its assumptions deriving from Scripture, best explains the world and human experience.

3 Credits


HMT 411

Students explore the humanities as a manifestation of human responses to the Cultural Mandate—to “rule over the earth and subdue it.” The humanities reflect the cultural values of the culture from which they spring, therefore students are equipped with the theological and philosophical categories needed to properly discern the truth (and untruth) of the cultural messages embedded in the humanities. Students are not only equipped to appreciate the common grace truth embedded in the humanities, but are also equipped with the biblical categories of antithesis needed to discern where those truths fall short. At the end of the day, students engage both aesthetic considerations and “truth considerations” in the humanities.

3 Credits


PLS 401
Christian Faith and Politics

Students will explore the Scriptural and philosophical underpinnings of government and survey the history of political thought with particular emphasis on the Christian tradition, including a discussion of the American Founding.  In addition, the biblical principles of justice, economics and liberty will be explored in the context of a reflection on modern political ideologies.  Lastly, students will investigate a number of important issues in contemporary political debate, such as war, globalization, and the environment. 

3 Credits


SGY 410
Restoring Social Institutions: A Christian View of Marriage, Family, Church, and Neighborhood

The social world is full of institutions and is held together by institutions. These institutions change over time, sometimes for better and sometimes for worse. In this course, students explore the contours of four social institutions—marriage, the family, the church and neighborhoods. How are these institutions changing? Why are they changing? And what is our own role in these institutions? Biblical norms for these social institutions is considered, and students work together to develop a Christian perspective to apply to other social institutions as well.

3 Credits

Term Four  

LDP 460
Organizational Dynamics

In this course, students are introduced to the theory and concepts related to individual and group behavior in organizations. Students examine the reasons why people act the way they do in organizations, as well as identify methods that can improve the behavior and attitudes of organizational members. Topics related to individual and group problem solving are studied within the context of organizational structures and processes. Case studies and group practice allow students to apply these theories and concepts in presentation and written form. In addition, an application paper in which students address an organizational problem is submitted as part of the course assessment.

3 Credits


LDP 449
Principles of Negotiation

This course examines the art and science of negotiation. This course develops important leadership skills by combining lectures with practice, using exercises where students negotiate with each other. Over the course of this module, students engage in exercises and associated readings, exploring the basic theoretical models of bargaining, handling conflict, mediation and consensus-building.

3 Credits


LDP 470
Senior Seminar

In this course, students reflect on the learning that they have experienced during the entire program. They develop a portfolio of accomplishments in the program, as well as key professional documents that are typical of a person looking to advance in their chosen profession.

3 Credits


LDP 438
Principles of Organizational Change

Students explore types and forms of organizational change, the process of transforming organizations and the impact of change on people in organizations. Students translate theoretical concepts into active strategies for implementing recommendations for change in case studies and real-life scenarios. Transformation as a redemptive concept is also explored.

3 Credits


Students must complete 126 credits for graduation in the organizational leadership major.


Point of Excellence

The first biopsychology major graduated in 2012 and has been hired as an IOM Tech in UPMC’s Center for Clinical Neurophysiology (CCN).

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