STUDY ELECTIVES AND ESSAYS
student selects the textbooks used for these studies and must
inform Saint Mark's of the name
and publisher used in the preparation of the
Essays allow the student to select any topic related to the subject
that they wish to write on. Some may have a specific area to
research. The essay may be related to a book, television program,
documentary, personal experience, or other sources of information
that they feel worth writing about.
and Prophets of the Old Testament
essay must demonstrate the student's understanding of what prophets
and angels are, and will list the angels and prophets tat they find
in the Old Testament, describing what they are known for.
student will research the Old and New Testaments in order to find
biblical references to anointing and healing anointing. The essay
will describe the rituals and oils used. The student is also expected
to add a chapter or section on contemporary healing services in the
Roman and Orthodox Catholic Churches.
& Sacred Law
essay must establish a sound and thorough survey of the commandments
of the Old Testament, the laws of God in relation to Adam and Eve and
others, the law of Jesus Christ, and the laws affecting the people of
both the Old and New Testaments.
Survey: Healing and Anointing
Bible gives many accounts of healing and the ritual of anointing. The
student is required to find at least ten accounts and describe them
in essay form disclosing where they were found in the Bible.
Survey: Pentateuch and Gospels
student is required to examine the Pentateuch (first five books of
the Bible) and the four Holy Gospels of the New Testament, and offer
an essay on these that will demonstrate a good understanding of the
Survey: Synoptic Gospels
is a study of the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke. The student
must give a comparison between the three, and detail the Birth of
Christ and His Crucifixion as written in all three.
student must give a clear understanding of the Book of Revelation in
essay form that must also contain a brief biography of its author,
and a personal interpretation on the contents of this book.
& New Testament Ministry Survey
study requires the student to examine the priestly ministry of the
Holy Bible. The essay should contain information on the rites and
beliefs of the Jewish Temple and early Christian Church.
student is required to study the tribunal procedures of the Canon Law
Society found in the Code of
Canons and Statutes (2007), and
to observe at least two processes in both a civil and criminal
hearing, either in a courtroom or on television. Essay required
demonstrating an understanding of this matter.
of Constitutional Law
student must provide a critical analysis of Constitutional Law in the
United States with particular attention to Freedom of Religion,
Freedom of Speech, Church and State, and the Bill of Rights.
An essay and opinion is required.
Preparation and Mediation
student will create a canonical situation that requires a case to be
placed before a tribunal (court). A mock brief is prepared
that will be submitted to the tribunal showing cause for adjudication
or dismissal, depending on the desire of the student. A second mock
brief is prepared requesting mediation in a particular canonical
offense instead of an adjudication process.
requirement warrants an opinionated essay on the Council of
Chalcedon, and the decisions made at it, along with the heresies
condemned and reason for doing so.
essay must contain the current policies and laws concerning
copyrights as used in various organizations. The student must also
include in the essay, as an addendum, a completed mock application
for a copyright.
is a practical study requiring the student to attend three civil
court hearings and observe the adjudication protocol followed by
attorneys and judges. The essay must cover this in detail.
Canon Law Study
study involves the student selecting two canon law textbooks from two
different Churches and making a comparison of them. The student
should be able to explain the differences between the two in the
administration of the two faith persuasions and offering comments on
Canons of the East & West
essay submitted must give opinions on the Canons of the Orthodox
Church, and the Canons of the Roman Catholic Church, and how they
differ from one another.
Rights of Churches
student will explain why the Church has every right to enter into
contractual agreements and cite various examples of such. Some
research into this matter is advisable. The essay should also contain
an addendum giving at least two sample contractual agreements that
might be drawn up by a parish church.
will offer a synopsis on this great Christian Council and their views
on what took place at it.
study requires research into the ethics governing the practice of law
and the hearing of legal cases brought before the courts. The essay
must also contain an exposition of the criteria that those involved
in making judicial judgments should follow.
Heresies (Christian Church)
essay must address the following Christian heresies: Arianism,
Iconoclasm, Monarchianism, Monophysitism, and Monothelitism.
The student may add others if desired.
Hearings and Judgments
student must review the hearings and judgments rendered for six cases
that were adjudicated either in a court room, on television court, or
combination of both and note the venue used. Their opinion of what
was witnessed must be given for each.
of Divine Law
course is considered both Canon Law and Biblical. It requires
research in Divine Law found in the Bible, and an interpretation that
is in compliance with Canon Law. Divine Law are those laws that have
come down from God to man, e.g., The Ten Commandments. This
essay will focus on such and give an interpretation of each of the
laws. The student is also required to add a separate chapter or
section and give an interpretation of the Mosaic Law.
student must write an opinionated essay on the legal ethics affecting
the practice of law, both Civil and Church.
student is expected to provide an essay that explains the philosophy
of law used in the United States and in the United Kingdom, and give
a critical review of both.
student is required to research how a legal or canonical brief is
constructed, and then prepare a mock brief and submit it for review.
and the Church
essay requires the student to explain tax-exemption of Churches and
Religious Organizations, and to state reasons why this practice is
right and just, and why this policy should be protected. The student
must give a personal opinion of this matter either defending or
rejecting the policies that govern this subject.
Trusts, and Corporations
student must research the laws governing, and the preparation of,
Wills, Trusts, and Corporations. The essay must show an understanding
of these three topics, and it must demonstrate one's knowledge in
preparing all three documents.
student must submit an essay that explains Religious Law and
gives reasons of importance for all Churches having such laws. The
student will offer personal views on this subject matter. Essay
of Church and State
study is an anthology containing information on the historic idea of
separation of Church from State in the United States, the
Constitutional laws regarding this matter, and a defense for the
continuation of this right. Essay and opinion required.
study is centered on Catechesis and the education of others in this
subject. The essay should explain this subject matter fully, and
should also address the difference in teaching catechesis from other
teaching modalities or styles.
study is centered on discipline in schools, punishments, detention,
and expulsion from studies. Essay required with opinion.
in Today's Classrooms
essay must contain an understanding of the ethics governing teachers,
and a clear presentation of what role the educator plays in the
classroom. Essay required.
Strategies with Youth and Adults
essay must present a thorough explanation of the various methods of
instructing others in educational centers today, explaining the
differences between teaching youth and adults. The essay must also
address issues such as homework, class participation, oral
presentations, and religious ideals.
of herbs that are used in healing throughout Europe. The essay must
give full details of every herb used and state from where the
particular herb is indigenous.
Remedies in Physical and Emotional Illness
focus of this essay centers on how herbs are used in the healing
process of physical and emotional disorders, specific problems and
health issues and what herbs are used for each.
for Emotional Healing
in the use of herbs for emotional concerns. The student must write
about several emotional disorders that can be approached with the use
of herbs, and explain how they can be of assistance.
of North America
on the most common herbs of North America used in healing and what
they are used for in holistic wellness.
of Herbal Remedies
student must select a book that concentrates on the preparing of
herbs to be used in healing, and herbal tinctures. The process for
both must be fully explained in the essay.
student is required to submit an essay on the early Christian Church
from the time of the Holy Apostles (naming where each went to
establish the Church) to the Ecumenical Councils, and the direction
that the Christian Church from that point.
East and West
is a comparative study between the Catholic Orthodox Church of the
East, and the Catholic Roman Church of the West. The student will
offer an essay on the comparison of dogmas that are revered by the
two Churches. The student will show the differences between the two
on the following issues: Immaculate
Conception; Filioque Clause in
the Creed; Purgatory; Primacy in the Church; Married Priesthood;
Canonization of Saints, and Incarnation of Christ. The
essay must also contain a chapter or section on the differences and
innovations of the Roman Church that culminated in the Great Schism
of A.D. 1054. Essay and opinion required.
in Greece and Italy
study requires an essay that gives the history of Christianity in
Greece and Italy detailing the liturgical customs of both the
Orthodox and Roman Churches. Essay required.
of Papal Primacy
Primacy is an innovation of Rome rejected by the Orthodox
Patriarchates. The student will explain its history and its
definition in essay form. The essay will also address Papal
Infallibility and the student
will give an opinion on this
Schism of the East & West (AD 1054)
is a study centered on the differences between the Catholic Churches
of the East and West, and the innovations of the Roman Church that
led to the Great Schism of A.D. 1054. The essay must also note whom
the patriarchs were that were involved in the issuance of mutual
excommunications, i.e., Patriarch of Constantinople and the Pope of
student must present an essay that contains the history of
biofeedback and it worth in counseling and in stress reduction today.
of Cults and Covens
student will research cults and covens and give some history about
both, and detail the ritual and beliefs of both in an essay form. Any
statistics available on both should be included. The essay should
also contain information on deprogramming therapies available to
those who wish to exit either.
of Possession & Exorcism
student is required to research Demonic Possession and the Rite of
Exorcism. The essay should also include the history of this subject,
and the rituals used in exorcism by the Eastern Orthodox, Roman
Catholic, and Anglican Churches, and information on two non-Christian
religions that also offer exorcisms. An opinion of this subject is
Mysteries of the Orthodox Christian Church
essay should include the biblical and apostolic history of the seven
Holy Mysteries (Sacraments) of the Christian Church, as taught by the
Orthodox Catholic Church. The student must also include in this essay
their understanding of what a sacrament is, and what each of the
sacraments do for a person.
Catholicism in Alaska
essay must address the missionary efforts of the Orthodox Church to
Alaska, and explain the history of the Eastern Orthodox Church in
Alaska. This essay should also contain statistics on the Eastern
Orthodox and Russian Orthodox Churches in Alaska today. Essay
in Russia and Greece
student is required to research the Orthodox Church in Russia and in
Greece, and then give statistics on both in their respective
countries and in diaspora, and explain their current relationship to
each other. Essay and opinion required.
essay should detail the events that caused Martin Luther to break
from the Church of Rome in 1517, the 95 Theses nailed to the
Wittenberg Castle Church in Saxony (Germany), and should include
statistics on the number of Protestant Churches that exist today from
this breach with Rome.
essay should explain the history and reasons for the schism that took
place in the Roman Church in the 1800's to the present, e.g., Church
of Utrecht, European Old Catholic and Polish National Catholic
Churches, Traditionalist Catholics (Society of Pius X), and others.
Essay and opinion is required.
Ancient Orthodox Sees
student shall submit an essay that shows a clear understanding of the
history associated with each of the four Patriarchates of the
Apostles and Holy Orthodox Christianity. The essay must contain this
information on the Patriarchates of Jerusalem, Antioch,
Constantinople, and Alexandria, and must disclose their first
Week in Orthodox Church
is a study into the services used in the Eastern Orthodox Catholic
Church during Holy Week, and the student must describe each of them
explaining their symbolism and meaning. Essay required.
Roots in Eastern Christian Worship
student must submit an essay that clearly shows the Jewish roots of
Eastern Orthodox Christian Liturgy and Worship. Essay required.
of the Oriental Orthodox Churches
study requires that the student research the liturgies used in the
Oriental Orthodox Churches, i.e., Armenian Apostolic Orthodox, Coptic
Orthodox, Ethiopian Orthodox, Malankara (Indian) Orthodox, and Syrian
Orthodox of Antioch. The main liturgies of these churches must be
described along with the type of vestments required by the clergy
during them. Essay and opinion required.
student must research the ancient liturgies of the Eastern Orthodox
Church, e.g., Liturgy of St James, Liturgy of St John Chrysostom,
Liturgy of St Basil, and Presanctified Liturgy. The essay must
contain history and explanations of each, and differences in rubrics
or customs in liturgy among the Greek and Russian Orthodox noted.
Liturgies & Worship
text selected must address both liturgical and worship services that
are used in the various post-reformation Protestant Churches. Essay
and opinion required.
and Marital Counseling
student will select a textbook or textbooks on this subject and
submit an essay that clearly demonstrates their understanding of this
matter. Essay required.
student is expected to read a textbook on Hospital Ministry
and then submit an essay on this that shows good understanding of
this subject. In addition, the student should visit a local hospital
or nursing home or assisted living center and ask for permission to
visit the sick or residents as part of a training process, or
accompany a chaplain in making rounds for Clinical Pastoral
Experience. In each visit, if possible, after some conversation, a
prayer should be offered if desired by the person.
essay should reflect a sound understanding of what parish ministry
involves and both its joys and tribulations. The student must capture
within the essay an understanding of what ministries are associated
with a parish, e.g., visiting the sick, instructing the faithful,
preaching the Word of God, and the services that one is expected to
offer to the members of a parish, including Liturgy and Sacraments.
Parish in Urban Community
textbook selected by the student on this subject must address the
contemporary issues that face society in urban communities. Essay
Youth & Faith Enhancements
student is expected to submit an essay that clearly demonstrates
their understanding of various issues that affect youth today in
school, at home, and on the streets. The essay must also discuss how
faith can establish a sound foundation in resolving emotional
problems and outside pressures placed upon youth.
essay on Botanical Medicine covering its history and its value in
alternative healing and wellness.
many counseling sessions the counselee is under stress and may
exhibit abnormal breathing habits. This study involves research into
the various breathing techniques designed to calm a person who is
experiencing emotional stress or other problems. Essay required.
student must give a comparative account on meridian healing or
reflexology using textbooks from two different authors and detailing
the similarities and the differences.
is a survey that looks into the vitamins, minerals, herbs, and other
natural substances that can be used in the healing of physical and
emotional ills. Essay required.
essay must contain a description of vitamins and minerals used in the
healing process and their healing properties as well as preventive
qualities. It must also contain directions on the amount of each to
be taken as supplements for better health, and what, if any, the
toxic amounts of each are.
essay must contain multiple exercises and therapies used for the
treatment of stress and how each can be used with another for more
requirement involves the research of therapeutic touch and an essay
that covers its history, its current philosophy and application of
this art, and how this therapy benefits those who receive it.
Minerals, Enzymes, and Amino Acids
student must prepare an in-depth essay naming all the vitamins,
minerals, enzymes, and amino acids used today that offer benefits in
the healing process, and that explains their healing properties in
various health situations. Preventive and therapeutic purposes must
be addressed. Essay and opinion required.
Church Fathers on Morality
essay will focus on the subject of morality as taught by the early
Church Fathers during the first four centuries after Christ. Essay
essay must focus on the early patristic writers of the Eastern
Orthodox Church during the first four centuries after Christ. Essay
Letters of St Ignatius of Antioch
essay will give a commentary and opinion on the 11 Letters of St
Ignatius of Antioch.
Ss Basil Great, Gregory of Nazaianzus, John Theologian
student is required to submit an essay that demonstrates their
understanding of the the patristic writings and messages of St Basil
the Great, St Gregory Nazaianzus, and St John the Theologian. Essay
and opinion required.
of St Augustine
student is required to study desired writings of St Augustine by
selecting a text or two on this subject, and then submit an essay
detailing his writings. A critique in essay form is required.
of St Benedict
is a survey of some of the writings of St Benedict. Essay and opinion
of St Tikhon
student is required to research the writings of St Tikhon and offer
an essay on these and on the biography of this saint of the Orthodox
is a survey focusing on the Eastern Orthodox Church's teachings on
(Christian) Metaphysics. Essay and opinion required.
student will survey various Christian inspired philosophies and then
prepare an essay on what was studied giving an opinion on each.
student is expected to secure at least two books dealing with
philosophy expressing two thoughts on the same subject matter, and
then making a comparison of both stating their personal feeling about
essay must contain a biography of at least four contemporary
philosophers and detailed information on each of their philosophies.
will research the ethical standards of counseling and submit an essay
on this subject.
and Occults in America
study involves the research of both cults and the occult in the
United States. The student will give history, beliefs, abnormal
rituals or rites, programming methods, and statistics on at least
four cults and four occult groups. The essay should contain an
Possession in Americas
is a study of reported demonic possessions in North, Central, and
South America, and the philosophy in each country about this issue,
and the religious exorcism used. Essay required.
student will submit an essay detailing the philosophy and
spirituality of the Church Fathers and Orthodox philosophers from
Apostolic to Contemporary times. Eastern Christian spirituality must
be explained in this essay along with an opinion.
in Touch Healing
student will select a textbook that addresses the ethical issues of
touching the body of another person during any type of physical
therapy. Essay required.
of the ethics and morals involved in the counseling of others. Essay
essay must contain biographies on at least seven great philosophers
throughout history, and a description of their beliefs and teachings.
and Roman Philosophers
is a survey focusing on the great philosophers of Greece and Rome.
The student will provide information on various philosophers and
explain their philosophies. Essay and opinion required.
student must research this subject and then offer an essay that
demonstrates a good understanding of this topic. Essay and opinion
student is required to submit a comparative analysis on Plato and
Socrates, giving a history of both men and their philosophies, and
adding a closing section that describes their differences and
similarities. Essay required.
requirement obligates the student to prepare an essay that involves
the ethics established for their particular vocation and course of
study. The student must explain what they feel will be required of
them in relation to those they will serve should they enter the
practice of their chosen study.
essay submitted on this subject matter must show a clear
understanding of what theocentrism and theocentric
is, and how all Christian healing, to be effective, must be
theocentric in nature and application.
of Tertullian & Origen
student is required to research the some of the writings of
Tertullian and Origen and submit an exposition on them in essay form
also giving an opinion.
text selected in this study must address the history of abnormal
behavior, and the various abnormalities that affect human beings and
their relationships with one another. The student must offer examples
of current treatments and counseling techniques offered in this
discipline. Essay required.
text selected in this study must address the history of abnormal
psychology, the various conditions that affect human beings, and the
current treatments and counseling techniques offered in this
discipline. Essay required.
requirement calls for a survey of alcohol abuse in the United States,
Europe, and the Middle East. Statistics and concerns must be
addressed as expressed in all the countries involved. The essay must
also address the legal penalties enforced in these countries.
& Stress (Youth)
counselors feel that the concerns facing youth today have not changed
much over the years, but that discipline and good ethics today have.
The student must describe the concerns that youth are facing today
and the stress and anxiety that is caused by them, and give an
opinion on discipline, ethics, and healthy lifestyles that may help
in making them better adults. Essay required.
psychology of behavior, e.g., abnormal, addictive, criminal, deviant,
and sexually abusive are investigated and the student submits an
essay covering each of these, and at least two other selections,
telling about their affects on others, and treatments currently used,
and giving their views on each in essay form.
examination of the moral issues facing society today and how
psychology and psychotherapy is working to answer and resolve
disputes in such concerns. Essay required.
study involves a look into the negative attitudes and abnormal
behavior patterns that constitute dysfunction families. The student
should present ideas on how to address such issues from a theocentric
approach. Essay required.
Counseling and Mediation
essay in this requirement must address the counseling of families in
various crises, and mediation techniques in trying to restore harmony
within the family.
Morals & Dysfunction
essay must be an expose on good family morals, and an analysis of the
causes of dysfunctional behavior in families. The student must
address issues such as Adultery,
Molestation of Children, Romantic
Experiences between Parents and Children or Between Siblings, and
other situations that go against good family morals.
essay in this requirement must concentrate on the life of Sigmund
Freud and his philosophy of psychology.
student must present an essay that explains both jealousy and
adultery, and then offers an opinion as how jealousy can lead to
adultery in a dysfunctional marriage. A presentation of what the
student feels could be offered as a therapy or advice to resolve such
situations is required.
Freud, & Adler Comparative
essay will demonstrate the student's understanding of these three
great psychologist and their lives and philosophies, and will note
the major differences and similarities of each in an essay summary.
study should cover pre-nuptial counseling and pre-marital
negotiations and concerns experienced by many couples who are
preparing for marriage. Essay required.
student is expected to submit an essay that shows their clear
understanding of mediation, negotiating, or the arbitration of
differences within family life, among peers, among siblings, among
parents, and other couples.
student must demonstrate in essay form their understanding of the
following post-traumatic situations: Death of Family Member or Close
Friend, Personal Health Issues, Loss of Faith in God. The essay must
address these issues fully giving symptoms to look for, advice to be
given, and other supportive therapies that should be considered.
should select a book that covers the following addictions:
Alcoholism, Food, Illegal Drugs, Gambling, and Sexual Deviancy. The
essay should contain a detailed chapter on Addiction, each of the
Chapters noted, and other selections they wish to include.
Freud, Adler, and Jung
is a critique on the philosophies of three popular psychologists,
Sigmund Freud (1856-1939), Alfred Adler (1870-1937), and Carl Jung
(1875-1961), and an expose of their similarities and differences in
thought and practice.
of Freud and Jung
is a comparative study on the writings of Sigmund Freud and Carl
Jung. The essay must give a clear expose of the main differences that
exist between the two men and their philosophies in the practice of
psychology and psychoanalysis.
essay must concentrate on the relationship between psychology and
spirituality in Christian counseling. Essay required.
Parent Adjustment & Conflicts
student is required to research single parenting and the conflicts
associated with it and then prepare an essay on this, and give their
opinion on what advice should be given on at least three issues
involved with this subject. An example of this would be what the
student would advise a parent whose child is rebellious because of
study should focus on single parents raising a family. The essay
should cover the problems associated with single parenting and the
solutions for each. The parent and the child or children of such
families should also be addressed in the essay.
student must prepare an essay that is centered on spousal abuse,
through anger, sexual
misconduct or abuse, deviant actions, physical abuse, or other
methods of physical or emotional harm.
Intervention and Counseling
study requires a double focus. (1) The student will focus on the
intervention and ethics involved in talking a potential suicide
victim out of their desire to end their life. (2) The student will
also focus on counseling techniques used with persons who are
considering and end to their life. The essay must demonstrate a clear
and total understanding of the subject matter, the intervention
techniques, and the counsel that should be given to a suicidal
client. Essay required.
of Behavioral Counseling
must present a detailed understanding of what Behavioral Counseling
is along with an opinion of its worth in the disciplines of
Counseling and Psychology.
essay must focus on the growing number of cults in the United States
and the manner in which they attract followers into blind obedience
to their philosophies. The student must elaborate on their beliefs
and rituals, e.g., the Mormons who clothe themselves in the robe of
Christianity while offering a whole new "faith" that goes
against the norms of Christianity. Essay required.
and Great Schism of A.D. 1054
student shall offer a critique of the events that led to the
separation of the Western Church (Rome) from the Eastern Churches
(Orthodox) in A.D. 1054. The essay must also contain an understanding
of the book used.
& Judaism Comparative
is to be a comparative essay between Christian and the Judaic Faiths.
The student should note similarities between the two in ritual and
their differences. The same shall be done concerning religious
issues, e.g., belief in God, Commandments, and Holy Day observances.
essay on this subject must prove understanding of spiritual
counseling, and the student's ability to practice spiritual
counseling by their personal thoughts on this matter. Essay required.
in the Orthodox Church
student must select a book that contains Orthodox Christian thoughts
on the Virgin Mary, Theotokos, and explain her importance in the
Church and in the world of today. Essay and opinion required.
essay requires a detailed description of Eastern Orthodox Christian
Spirituality. Essay and opinion required.
essay must address the definition and philosophy of spirituality. It
must be a comparative essay, i.e., the student must capture the
thoughts of several religious persuasions on this matter. The
religious persuasions are: Buddhist, Eastern Orthodox Christian,
Jewish, Protestant, Roman Catholic, and Zen. Each must be explained
in the essay.
is a survey essay, comparative in nature, on the subject of
spirituality as practiced in the Christian East with some emphasis on
the Coptic Church, Greek Church, Russian Church, and the Christians
of India, Lebanon, Syria, and the Ukraine.
of Ss Benedict and Basil
student will prepare an essay that explains the spiritual
philosophies and practices of St Benedict and St Basil, and that
explains their views on the monastic estate. Essay required.
study centers around the doctrines and worship of the Protestant
Church, especially the Baptist Church, Lutheran Church, Presbyterian
Church, Protestant Episcopal Church, and the Unitarian Church. Others
may be added to the essay.
Creeds of Christianity
essay in this study must present the three Creeds of Christianity,
i.e., Apostles, Nicene, and
Athanasian, and explain their
major differences. The essay should also contain a history of each.
survey of the most notable religions of the world, i.e., Buddhism,
Christianity, Hindu, Islam, Jewish, Muslim, and two others selected
by the student, giving a comparison of each against the others. Essay
and Deviant Behavior in Society
study requires the student to investigate the various social ills
today that cause fear and/or suspicion among the more well adjusted
members of society, e.g., hate crimes, rape, child molestation,
drugs, alcoholism, and terrorism. Essay required.
study requires the student to select a book on Abnormal Social
Behavior and prepare an essay on this topic showing a clear
understanding of the negative issues that affect society as a whole,
and what is being done today to help reduce minimize them. The essay
should also address racism and bigotry.
student may select an anthropological study of choice but it must be
on a country other than the United States. Essay and opinion
student is to research the following: Gangs, Homeless Population,
Prostitution, Elderly, Runaway Youth, and Unwed Mothers. The essay
shall contain statistics on each category; what the government is
doing to assist in the handling of each situation; what churches are
doing to offer guidance to those involved in each; and your personal
views on each and what should be done.
of the Legal System
student is required to research the American legal system, i.e., both
law enforcement and judicial, and submit an expose on both that also
addresses the abuse, inappropriate conduct, and wrongs of both. The
essay must give an opinion of both, and state how improvements could
be made to make them more beneficial to society. Essay required.
student will prepare an essay the addresses the causes of domestic
violence, the types of domestic violence, what constitutes domestic
violence by law, the repercussions of domestic violence, avenues open
to victims of domestic violence, and an example of a theocentric
approach to counseling in such situations. Essay required addressing
each issue listed by section or chapter.
study involves research into the social problems and discriminatory
attitudes that face people of minority and those who are handicapped,
and those of ethnic backgrounds, and what effects ill treatment of
them has on their emotional wellbeing and participation in society.
and Youth Subcultures
student shall research gangs and subcultures that exist in the United
States and Canada and present an expose on these, and how youth are
being attracted to them and the negative effects that these have on
them. Essay and opinion required.
Environment and Poverty
student will concentrate on both issues and will write an essay that
explains the perils of the homeless and the poor, and offers a
critique on what the government is doing to help the less fortunate
in Religion Comparative
student must select a book that discusses marriage in a faith
persuasion and what is required of the couple prior to and after the
weeding. A comparative analysis must be included showing the
differences between Christian and Jewish expectations. Essay
essay must focus on minority groups and social issues familiar to
them, and the avenues of resolve that exist to assist them. Often
times a social worker or social ministry counselor will encounter
people with very specific concerns, e.g., discrimination, hatred, and
loneliness. The essay must address such issues. It should also
address social concerns familiar to blacks, people of ethnicity,
gays, uneducated, and the mentally and physically challenged.
of Criminal Actions
study involves research and a detailed opinion as to what causes
criminal behavior and crimes against other persons. The student must
also give an opinion on how society should deal with these issues and
how it might work to control and fight against them. Essay required.
course is twofold: (1) The student will select a book that addresses
the social concerns both within and outside (as affects the free
community) of prisons today, and what religious programs are
available to those incarcerated. (2) The student will pay a visit to
a local prison or detention or incarceration facility to get an idea
of what rehabilitation programs are available to prisoners, and what
their daily routine is like. Essay required incorporating both
Bigotry, and Hate Crimes
study focuses on crimes against others because of racism, bigotry,
and hate. It also must address the reasons why such offenses take
place and the motivations behind them. The student will give an
opinion of what should be done to alleviate or control such negative
actions. Essay required.
student is required to explain how religion and the church benefits
society and helps to maintain good ethics and morals in society. The
essay on this subject should also contain facts on societies outside
the United States that have replaced religion with other philosophies
or political supremacy coupled with atheistic creeds. Essay required.
student is required to submit an essay that describes acceptable and
unacceptable social behavior in the United States, and two other
countries of choice, citing laws and penalties in each that are
applied to those who exhibit inappropriate or criminal social
behavior. The essay should also contain an opinion as to how
theocentric intervention can be used in counseling the perpetrators
and the victims in general.
Injustice in America
study concentrates on the injustices that have occurred or are
occurring within our country against certain populations or against
the rights of citizens in general. The student must give an expose of
these issues and an opinion of the circumstance and how they can be
remedied. Essay required.
is a research study into the social concerns and problems of urban
areas that affect the various populations living within them. Essay
textbook used in this essay must focus on the issue of juvenile
delinquency and the causes and penalties existing for such, and the
rehabilitation possibilities associated with each offense listed.
The essay should contain personal thoughts on this issue and give
suggestions on how youth can be guided away from a life of crime.
student must select a textbook on Christian Apologetics in the
Protestant tradition, and then after reading it submit an essay
demonstrating comprehension of it and offering an opinion.
student must select a textbook on Christian Apologetics in the
Eastern Orthodox tradition, and then after reading it submit an essay
demonstrating comprehension of it.
Fathers on Moral Theology
study requires the student to select a text on moral theology that
gives the opinions of various Orthodox Christian fathers of the
Church, e.g., St Gregory, St Basil, and others. Essay and opinion
student will select an introduction to Clinical Theology and offer an
essay on this discipline and an explanation as to how it assists in
the healing process.
textbook selected for this requirement must address contemporary
moral issues such as abortion, cloning, euthanasia, genetic
engineering, and in vitro fertilization. The student must
give an opinion of each subject and their personal thoughts.
student must research the philosophies and thoughts of the Orthodox
Catholic, Roman Catholic, Anglican, and Methodist views on Dogmatic
Theology. The essay must contain the major differences between the
four, and must identify the dogmas that are supported in Holy
essay must address the issue of how belief in God can play a vital
role in maintaining harmony, good morals, and sound ethics in any
society. A comparison should be offered between a God-fearing society
and a Godless one. The subject of "Communism" should also
Prayer, and Faith in Healing
essay must clearly prove the value of God, Prayer, and Faith in the
theocentric healing process.
textbook selected must be Christian in nature, and should cover
contemporary moral issues that face churches and their faithful
today. The essay should contain an understanding of the book and a
critique of it.
Theology of the Eastern Church
textbook selected must be Orthodox Christian in nature, and should
cover the contemporary issues facing society affecting the morals of
it. The essay should also contain the thoughts of the student on this
of the Trinity
must explain the Holy Trinity, i.e., three Persons in One God. The
essay should contain biblical facts supporting the existence of God
the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. The essay should be
structured as a defense of this Mystery of Faith.
study in pastoral theology may be in any Christian faith persuasion,
and the essay submitted must also contain an opinion of the contents
of the book.
Therapy in Healing
student will demonstrate a good understanding of the use of prayer in
the healing process, and give statistics and some accounts of prayer
assisting in the healing of illness. The student must also give
a brief account of the life of St Panteleimon the Healer in the
student must select five textbooks related to the chosen specialty,
i.e., Apologetics, Biblical Theology, Dogmatic Theology, Moral
Theology, Pastoral Theology, or Systematic Theology, of which two
must be in the Orthodox Christian tradition, and submit an essay on
each book. The essay must demonstrate understanding of the subject,
and it must give the views of the student on the issues contained
& Corporal Works of Mercy
student is required to look up the spiritual and corporal works of
mercy in the Bible, and then listing them all in an essay, explain
what is required of us for each one, and how this might be
accomplished through our vocation in life and by others.
student must prepare an essay that addresses the theological and
biblical teachings on healing as found within Christian and Jewish
of the Reformation
student is required to write an essay that explains the reasons for
the reformation that led to the formation of the Protestant Church,
and gives a full disclosure of Reformation Theology and how it
differs from the theology of the Ancient Christian Church.