Church & Society (CS)

CS 101 Social Behavior

This course focuses on the social nature of human behavior and the influence people have on one another. Topics include self-concept and presentation of self, social perception, attitude formation and change, prejudice and discrimination, interpersonal relationships, group dynamics, altruism, aggression, organizational behavior, leadership, cooperation and conflict, and conflict resolution.

CS 201 Sociology of Religion

An examination of the social dimension of religion and the reciprocal influence between church and society. The course focuses on religion as a social institution, the social factors that influence personal religion, the dynamics of religious communities, and religion as a force in shaping society.

CS 301 Christian Social Ethics

Using ethical theories in light of basic Christian beliefs, this course examines the church’s and individual Christian’s responsibilities in society by investigating the normative guidelines that direct the Christian approach to life and death issues, social problems, and human rights. Some consideration is given to certain Orthodox views and Armenian norms and values, especially in the aftermath of the Genocide.

CS 401 Ethnicity in America

The course begins with a survey of the ethnic diversity in America as backdrop for the Armenian situation. The major focus will then be on Armenians as an ethnic group and its implications for the Armenian experience in North America. The course explores the dynamics of ethnicity and religion and the role of the Armenian Church in fostering ethnic identity.

CS 451 Directed Reading in Lay Ministries

Focused reading and research in an area of lay ministry or care, or on the roles and experiences of lay persons involved in a variety of lay ministries (as distinguished from work by the pastor). Reflection on situations in Armenian parishes is highly recommended. May be repeated once.

CS 480 Independent Study in Church and Society

Independent and advanced study, presenting or interpreting some specific Armenian situation, question, or theme and showing the student’s progress toward a reflective analysis-for students who have completed basic courses in the area. May be repeated once.