“Study to show thyself approved unto God a Workman that needeth
Not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of Truth”
II Timothy 2:15
REED CHRISTIAN COLLEGE
“Seek the unsought, bring the unbrought,
Catch the uncaught, teach the untaught.”
1001 East Rosecrans Boulevard
With great joy we present to you Reed Christian College. We trust that that the enclosed information will aid you in making a wise decision concerning where you will study in preparing yourself for a life of service. This catalogue is intended to set forth an overview of the philosophy of Reed Christian College, our standards; objectives spirit and service; and courses of study designed to implement a program of Christian Education efficient to the demands of our day. This program must and shall be thoroughly related to, and inseparable from the Divinely Inspired Infallible Word of God.
May the God of Wisdom and of Knowledge be with you as you make the selection of the college of your choice.
Words alone cannot express the heartfelt appreciation for he who laid the foundation for this great institution. May the legacy continue for years to come.
THIS WE BELIEVE
The doctrinal basis of this College is the great evangelical doctrines of Missionary Baptist Churches, viz.,
Deity of Christ; Virgin Birth; Sinlessness of Christ
Christ The Only Begotten Son of God
Vicarious Atonement of Our Lord Jesus Christ
Bodily Resurrection and Return of the Lord Jesus
Doctrine of The Holy Spirit
The Great Commission to disciple All Nations
Doctrine and Policy of The New Testament Church
Word of God
Water Baptism and The Lord’s Supper
The Security of The Saints
The Personality of Satan
Justification by Faith Apart From Human Merit
Direct Creation as Opposed to Evolution
HISTORICAL BACKGROUND OF
REED CHRISTIAN COLLEGE
That which began as an Adult Class in Vacation Bible School held at the historic Second Baptist Church of Los Angeles came to be REED CHRISTIAN COLLEGE in 1938. Upon the request of the pastor and builder of Second Baptist’s present edifice, Dr. Thomas L. Griffin, Dr. Grandville W. Reed, an outstanding educator and denominational leader had begun a work in Christian Education which culminated in a commencement exercise upon which its first students were conferred certificates of merit.
This marked the humble beginnings of Reed School of Religion, which is now known as REED CHRISTIAN COLLEGE. The birth of which came in response to a need for training men and women who ministered to the needs of the African-American Churches in and around the Greater Los Angeles Area. Those needs remains a primary focus and in the early direction of the school each step forward reflected the deep, abiding insight God had given to the founder, organizer and first president.
During the early years, Reed School of Religion moved from Church to Church and in spite of the continual transience, it made great progress. In 1950 it became a corporate entity under the laws of the State of California, with all the rights pertaining thereto. Within three years, 1953, the school established its first permanent campus at 9309-13 South San Pedro, Los Angeles. May 19, 1967 marked the end of an era at the transitioning of its distinguished president, Dr. G.W. Reed.
A new era began when the Trustee Board appointed Dr. Snydell Peterson as president is that same year. Dr. Peterson ably stood at the helm of command through many storms. He gave leadership towards a new look for the school as well as a new name. Through the guidance of the Holy Spirit, Reed School of Religion official became REED CHRISTIAN COLLEGE.
Unfortunately, in 1967 the College campus and offices burned to the ground and necessitated a relocation to 6915 South Broadway, Los Angeles. Within a year, in 1968 Reed Christian College became fully accredited under the National Education Act and enabled to confer degrees upon those who qualified. In 1973, Dr. Peterson was able to successfully sell the old property and purchase a new property in Compton, California. While the new facilities were being renovated, the school was provided temporary housing by The Citizens of Zion Baptist Church, Bobby T. Newman, pastor.
Later that year, a thankful and grateful president, REED CHRISTIAN COLLEGE marched into its second and current permanent campus located at 1001 East Rosecrans Avenue, Compton, California.
January 23, 1974 marked the end of a second era for REED CHRISTIAN COLLEGE with the passing of Dr. Peterson and the beginning of a third. One week later, on January 31, 1974, the Trustee Board appointed Dr. Armenta DeMoss Thornton to serve as president for the unexpired term of Dr. Peterson. She became the first woman to serve as president and the first woman to deliver the Commencement Address. Her administration is admirable and her devotion will long be remembered. Dr. Willie J. Thornton was selected to serve as Executive Vice President. He served a full term during the 1974-75 school year.
The fourth era came with the election of Dr. Thomas P. Lee as president. Dr. Lee had served as former Chairman of the Trustee Board and the first leader from the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church. Under his administration, many improvements were made. With the assistance of the Academic Dean, Dr. H.A. Mallory, the curriculum was modified to better meet the needs of the student body and the challenges of a more contemporary society. At the conclusion of the 1993-94 school year, Dr. Lee, under the direction of almighty God, decided to retire. This brought to a close 20 years of loyal, dedicated and fruitful service, of which we are indeed grateful.
The look for a replacement was challenging, yet Dr. Lee was confident that this challenge would be met. In his search, he was led to Dr. Jimmy Hartwell, an instructor and member of the Trustee Board. Recognizing that this was God’s will, the Trustee Board unanimously elected Dr. Hartwell as president of the REED CHRISTIAN COLLEGE. With the beginning of the fifth era, Dr. Hartwell has brought an administrative style which is not only unique, but refreshing, while remaining true to the traditions set forth by his predecessors. Since his election, the school has embarked upon a new journey, filled with excitement and zeal as we wait in great anticipation for the good things to come. Looking to Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, we are confident that the REED CHRISTIAN COLLEGE shall continue to provide quality and affordable education for men and women who seek to rightly divide the word of truth.
To God be the Glory!
Statement of Purpose
Reed Christian College was founded in 1938 to prepare young men and women for useful and reponsible living. Its founder, the late Reverend Granville W. Reed, visioned the need for an institution of higher learning that would be interracial, non-sectarian, and ecumenical in tis outreach. Beyond the formal features of curriculum, facilities, and equipment, the college is characterized by a spirit of sympathetic family relationships. The best possible faculty has been assembled in order to provide qualitative instruction and enriching student0faculty relations. Every effort consistent with high standards has ben made and is being made constantly, to keep cost for the student as low as possible so that the doors of Reed Christian College will always be open to ambitious and deserving students regardless of ethnic origin or economic circumstance.
Location of School
Compton, where the school is located is in the vicinity of other thriving communities such as Long Beach, South Gate, Lynwood, Downey, Watts, and just a few minutes drive from Los Angeles, Inglewood and other communities. This situation affords opportunity for active participation in all major denominations. Reed students are expected to attend and participate each Sunday in the activities of at least one church service of their choice.
The Extended day
The College class schedule includes an “Extended Day” program which features offering of a regular courses during the evening hours. This “Extend Day” is designed to make possible a college education and graduation for those who are employed during the regular day hours.
VETRANS: Veterans who plan to attend under Public Law 550 should apply to the Veterans Administration for a Certificate of Eligibility, which should be presented at the time of registration to avoid delay in payment of the subsistence allotment, Veterans who plan to use the benefits of Public Law #15 should consult their nearest Veterans Administration Regional Office.
FOREIGN STUDENTS: Reed Christian College is authorized by the Immigration Authorities to accept qualified students from foreign countries. Applicants are required to submit the following credentials in addition to the regular requirements.
1. Certification by a qualified person that the applicant’s command of the English language is adequate to enable him to unerstand and use it effectively.
2. Evidence that the applicant has sufficent financial resources to support himself in this country for the duration of his intended stay. He must have a bona fide sponsor in the United States who is able and willing to assure him financial and other aid as needed.
3. Official approval from_____________________________ is necessary to the completion of student’s accceptance.
4. Information concerning visa requirements should be obtained from the nearest United States Consul.
Resources, Facilities and Maintenance
Reed Christian College is not underwritten by large donors, and hs no endowment. It is maintained entierly by faith. The registration fees and tuitions do not approximate current expenses. The professors, sutdents, Board of Trustees, Faculty, Alumni, and friends are concerned sacrificially about the need of the school, and that this work shall function with increasing effectiveness. We trust that our Lord, working through His faithful stewards, will provide our daily needs. It is hoped that many will find eit desirable to contribute the expenses necessary to the implimentation of its program.
1. Registration 35.00
2. Late Registration 50.00
3. Tuition (per semester hour) 50.00
3. Special Examinations 30.00
4. Transcripts after the first 30.00
5. Radios and other appliances 30.00
6. Graduation with degree 150.00
1. All graduations leading to conferring of degrees require the development and presentation of an acceptable thesis of 40-50 pages for the B. Th. Degrees: and a thesis officially approved and accepted numbering 50 pages for the B.D.degree.
2. A minimum of 128 semester units of credit.
3. A minimum grade point average of 2.00 for all courses undertaken in this school.
4. A minimum of one year, or the equivalent, of resident study completing at least the final thirty two (32) semester hours at this school.
5. Payment of all bills due to the school at least 6 weeks before the day of graduation.
6. Proficiency in the use of the English language.
7. Evidence of a true Christian life while enrolled in this school.
It is the policy of Reed Christian College to make its cultural influences, facilities and institutional organization available for community service.
The auditorium, chapel, classrooms, campus grounds and parking facilities can be arranged for public convenience and service. Such organizations as Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts units training at the troop, council and regional level; city-wide meetings such as the Urban League, City and County-wide PTA meetings, Sunday School and BTU Training Unions congress and similar character building organizations are welcomed.
Members of College Faculty and student body are pleased to share their services in any way which contributes to community welfare. Faculty and members and students who come from various States and sections of the country, and from other lands, bring with them a variety of talents and experiences which is frequently called upon by these organizations. Organizations and groups interested in utilizing any of these community services are cordially invited to notify the college. Wherever possible the college will be pleased to serve.
The college sets aside certain definite periods for religious observance so that a constant religious emphasis may be made. These observances are: The Chapel Hour, The Sunday School, the Sunday Vesper services, held regularly as announced; and such other special services held occasionally as may be appropriate. These periods of devotion and study are fully described in the current student handbook.
DESCRIPTION OF COURSES
I BIBLE DIVISION
A. Old Testament
112 Bible Survey: This geographical and historical survey of the Biblical world and Hebrew people cover the first year of study.
413 Old Testament Studies: An orientation survey is made of the Old Testament. In addition to the text, the American Standard Version of the Bible will be sued. Text: Sampey’s “Heart of the Old Testament.”
713 Cultural Background of the Old Testament: Examination of the cultural patterns of the Old Testament and their relationship to problems of exegesis. Isaiah, chapters 1-39 will be given critical study. Historical investigation will be made of the religion of the Old Testament with emphasis on its relevance for contemporary theological concerns. Isaiah, chapters 40-55 will be given critical and exegetical study.
101 Bible History: This course is developed on the supposition that the proper interpretation of any book of the Scriptures depends upon an understanding of its relation to its historical background. Both the Old and the New Testament history are therefore examined in systematic fashion. Each canonical book may be reviewed in the light of its historical setting. 2 credit hours.
101 Bible Geography and Customs: The Geography, topography, climate, habits and customs of people of Bible lands, are studied. The student becomes familiar with events, places, and characteristics of the countries which provide the scenes of Biblical history. The domestic, civil, social and religious-life of Bible peoples, especially of the people of Israel are studied. 2 credit hours.
102 Exegesis in The Minor Prophets: Selections are made from the shorter books for reading and exposition; in addition to selected chapters from the longer books.
B. New Testament
A study of the New Testament is made with special emphasis on the life, teachings and redemptive work of Christ; the foundation and growth of the Church, and the major doctrines of the Epistles and Revelations, on the basis of the text, and by means of parallel reading, reports, and lectures. Person, events, and messages of the New Testament are vividly portrayed against their historical setting.
313 New Testament Studies: A basic course for a sound historical and exegetical interpretation of the Gospel: The person and the work of Christ are given chief concern. Text: Stalker’s “Life of Christ” and A.T. Robertson’s “Harmony of the Gospels”, also, J.W. Shepherd’s “Christ of the Gospels.”
An interpretation of Acts of the Apostles with emphasis upon the aim, date, and trustworthiness of the book; and the historical development and spread of Christianity. Text: R.B. Rach
C. English Bible
300 The Pauline Epistles: I Corinthians through Philemon are considered systematically, and some attempt is made to develop their chronological order as established by the book of Acts. The student should develop a facility for recognizing and expressing the natural sequence and outlines of these letters.
301 The General Epistles-Hebrews through Revelations: These letters, by various authors, are considered from both doctrinal and historical standpoints. Text to be recommended by Instructor.
302 Pastoral Epistles: The Pastoral Epistles, I and II Timothy and Titus are studied with emphasis on the application of these Epistles to Church life and government today.
303 Prison Epistles: A detailed study of the Prison Epistles of Paul with emphasis upon their distinctive teachings. Both doctrinal and practical aspects are considered and the doctrinal unity of these Epistles with the pre-prison Epistles and the gospels is stressed. Student will prepare a written exposition. 2 hours credit.
304 Book of Romans: An interpretation of the letter of Paul to the Church at Rome, on the basis of the English text. Special concern will be given to these documents as they relate to modern life. The student will be expected to prepare a written exposition of any portions and be tested.
413 The Gospel of John: A study of the Fourth Gospel and its author with special attention given to the relevance of his formalization of the New Testament message for Christian Theology.
400 Biblical Archaeology: A survey of the principle archaeological discoveries of the ancient world and their bearing upon the illumination and interpretation of the Old Testament. 3 hours credit.
401 Historical Books of the Old Testament: The Historical books – Joshua through Ester – are required reading. The national development of the chosen people from their entrance into Canaan through Babylonian Captivity is traced, and the students prepare a chart of prophets and kings including major events. 3 hours credit.
402 Old Testament Poetry: The nature, scope and principles of Hebrew poetry, Particular emphasis upon their relation to New Testament Christianity, and Christian experience.
403 Exegesis in the Major Prophets: This course offers a study of the Major Prophets0 Isaiah through Daniel. The work of the four “Major Prophets” is placed in their historical setting, and various reference works are consulted. 3 hours credit.
703 Judaism: A study of the distinctive ideas of the Jewish religion from the time of Ezra through the early centuries of the Christian era, including consideration for the role of the synagogue, the work of the Scribes and Pharisees, and the characteristics of both Palestinian and Hellenistic Judaism. 3 hours credit.
II DOCTRINE - THEOLOGY
1 Christian Doctrine
313 Christian Doctrine: An examination of the cardinal doctrines of the Christian faith in their relation to one another. This includes the study of the Godhead; man, his creation, sin, fall and salvation, Satin and angels; the Church, and things to come. 3 hours credit.
The doctrine of sin with attention to the divine permission of its origin in heaven; its transmission to earth; its affect upon humanity. 3 hours credit.
2 Practical Theology
Social Problem: An investigation of various types of social problems in general and certain concrete cases in particular, with special attention given to the technique of proper adjustment on the part of the individual as well as the family. Text: “Helping Families Through the Church.” 3 hours credit.
401 Library Requirements: This requirement applies to all students graduating with a degree from this school. All such graduates will prepare a final thesis as a part of graduation requirements. Such thesis must be bound and will be filed in the library as reference work.
402 Student Preaching: Each student is required to preach once during the regular class session before his fellow students and the professor. The class meets weekly through the year as long as necessary to fulfill the student preaching requirement. Satisfactory completion is required for graduation.
However, student-ministers and pastors who are regularly engaged in pastoral and evangelistic activities will not change their activities to meet the requirement of this course. They are expected however, to make reports the same as non-pastors and associates. Many students may be full-time pastors, and it is hoped that their reports will be a source of inspiration to the students who are less fortunate.
403 Field Work: Reports are made every four weeks on practical activities in religious work. The students are required to engage regularly in definite religious services such as preaching, teaching Bible classes, personal evangelism, visitation, nursery and kindergarten work, and other forms of service which form a part of Church or Evangelistic work. Satisfactory completion is a requirement for graduation.
3 Pastoral Theology
303 Sunday School Administration: There will be a study of organizing, promoting and evaluating the Sunday School. Also the duties and responsibilities of the various officers will be covered, as well as ways of recruiting and training teachers. 2 hours credit.
302 Church Administration: In recognition of the Pastor’s position as overseer in the local Church, this course is designed to prepare for intelligent, Scriptural, Church-building leadership. All aspects of corporate action as a Christian Church are considered.
301 Pastoral Ministry: A consideration of the Minister, his life, calling, and preparation; his relationships, principles, and practices of his pastoral services. Both, lectures and demonstrations are given covering the proper procedure in the conduct of the dedication service, water baptism, the Lord’s Supper, funeral services, the ordination service, installation service, and wedding ceremony. 2 hours credit. (Given only to third year students and above).
300 Pastoral Counseling: A study of the theory and practice of counseling as a minister. The course covers such areas as of the sick, the bereaved, the alcoholic, the fearful, and the insecure Christian. Emphasis is placed upon marriage. Pre-marital counseling is regarded as imperative, as well as the technique of testing for results in pastoral counseling. 2 hours credit.
This course of study deals with the principles of Christianity, and Christian living as they arise out of the Word of God; and their distinct application to the life of the pastor as he faces the current problems of the present day. A practical course for all ministers of the Word.
4 Theology Proper
413 Christian Theology: In this course Christianity, as all other religions, is presented as a form of knowledge; that religion is capable of clear and scientific exposition, and when rightly interpreted will meet the demands of any, and all, scientific knowledge; and is not contrary to it. 6 hours credit. Text: “Christian Religion in its Doctrinal Expression”, E.Y. Mellens.
513 Biblical Theology: A study of the theological concepts of the Old Testament. Effort is made to arrive at the distinctive viewpoint of evolution and higher criticism indicating the supremacy of the major points of theology by means of exegesis independently of any philosophical system. 3 hours each semester. Author, A.C. Knudsen, “Religious Teachings of the Old Testament.”
713 Systematic Theology: During the Fall Semester the Prolegomena, and introductory consideration of the nature and source of Theology; bibliography; a consideration of the essential facts concerning the genuineness, credibility, canonicity, and inspiration of the Bible. Theology proper- the doctrine of the person of God, considered in its two aspects of theism and trinitarianism.
During Spring semester Angelology, a study of the origin, nature, fall, and destiny of angelic beings; anthropology, the origin of man; the unity of the race, the constitution of man, and the fall and present state of man, 3 hours credit.
700 Soteriology: God’s provision of salvation through Christ; methods and manner of His dealing with man in the past, present and future; the person and work of Christ; pneumotology, the work and ministry of the Holy Spirit; Ecclesiology, doctrine of the Church and truths related to the organized Church and the walk of the believer.
701 Eschatology: A contemplation of all Scriptures which were predictive at time of their utterance and including a study of the predictive events such as the judgment, the eternal state, and final state. Prescribed.
702 History of the Doctrine of The Person of Christ: Development of the thought on the person of Christ from the first century to modern conception of the 20th century. This work consists of class lectures, assigned readings and reports. Doctrine 313 is prerequisite to this course.
703 History of the Doctrine of the Work of Christ: this course provides a detailed study of Christian thought on the atonement from the New Testament times to the present, with special attention given to the development of the various theories propagated through the centuries. Assigned readings and reports, oral and written, are definite requirements. 2 hours credit.
Note: In each semester of Systematic Theology, the class has lectures, readings, reports and research which is based on such works on Theology as Henry C. Theissen, A.H. Strong; Hodge; Shed, Chafer, C. Calvin, Mellens, Miley, Sauer, Tillich, Nieber and others.
704 The Inter-Biblical Period and Early Life of Christ: Beginning with 400 B.C., the Inter-Biblical Period, or “400 years of silence” is traced in historical outlines based on Daniel’s vision. The world into which Jesus came is examined, and the birth, early life, and early ministry of Christ are traced. Basic text to be chosen. 3 hours credit.
705 Trinitarian Distinctions in The Godhead: A study of Christian Doctrine of the Trinity designed to augment the prescribed course in this field. After an introductory study of the being, nature or God, the doctrine is construed and stated on the basis of an investigation of the Biblical evidence. Then the individual persons of the Trinity are studied. Methods of study include lectures, class discussions, direct personal study, and student reports. 3 hours credit.
715 The Doctrine of Grace: a comprehensive analysis of the doctrine of divine grace, with its major divisions: saving grace, sustaining grace, and the believer’s life under grace, Extended attention is given to the doctrine of grace as it is disclosed in the Jewish covenants, and its unconditional character, and its eternal magnitude as the present supreme purpose for the heavenly manifestation of its unmeasured riches. 3 hours credit.
725 The Doctrine of Sin: Attention is given to the divine permission of its origin in heaven; its transmission to earth; its affect upon humanity.
III RELIGION AND PHILOSOPHY
Introduction to Philosophy: Principle underlying the contending world views is analyzed in the light of actual systems of thought held by representatives of these various views. 3 hours credit.
513 Philosophy of Religion: A study of major problems of religious thoughts with some suggestions for their solution. This course deals with the most profound questions and conflicts of human thinking, objectivity. 3 hours credit.
523 Philosophy of Christianity: This course is based upon the assumption that monotheism was man’s original conception of Deity as is now revealed in the traditions of most, if not all, existing tribes of mankind. It deals literately with all the heart, soul, and moral and spiritual experiences of mankind in sin, salvation, and righteousness. 3 hours credit.
613 Christian Ethics: This is a study of first principles and psychology of ethical theory; a survey of the several schools in general ethics to discover their unattainable and inadequacy for the walk of the believer as a Saint.
623 Christological Apologetics: A survey of Christian evidences including a criticism of the views of evolution and higher criticism indicating the supremacy of the historic Christian view of the Bible. The course also includes a survey of the heathen religious world. 3 hours credit.
600 Logic: The nature of laws of thought, the principles and conditions of correct thinking as a normative science; its standard of norm if the truth, and as such it is the distinctive aid in all rational thinking. 3 hours credit.
601 Christological Apologetics: This course deals with a defense of the historical reality and the theological necessity of the Deity of the Lord Jesus Christ; His supernatural incarnation; His work as Judge, His perfect life, His vicarious death, His physical resurrection. Plan of study includes lectures, class discussions, assigned readings, and a term paper on some phase of the subject. 3 hours credit.
701 Philosophy and Theism: The quest for theism is to find a rational and adequate ground for the universe, and as a correlative, the rational and only legitimate ground for a correlative, the rational and only legitimate ground for truth as well as the apprehension of truth. The testimony of conscious experience, logic, reason, science, philosophy, and theology are examined in their united declaration of a Supreme Being.
IV RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
The work of this department is designed to offer professional training for teachers of Christian education, educational directors, superintendents, supervisors, missionaries, and pastors. The courses are geared to the needs of all who attempt to teach Holy Scriptures. By encouraging students in the methods and techniques of educational curricula and training it is hoped that the student will do various kinds of research and creative study that will promote the highest form of spiritual inquiry.
In order to major in this department, the student must have at least a 2.5 average in grade points, in addition to a t least one homiletic course, practical program of the local Church under approved supervision, and also a graduation term paper, and a comprehensive examination.
521 Christian Education: Principles of Teaching: This is a presentation of various philosophies and methodologies of Christian Education, with actual classroom application. This may include student teaching. The basic text: “Teaching for Results” and “Helping the Teacher” by Finely Edge, and “Principles of Teaching” by C.B. Eavy. The student is expected to give full cooperation in planning for the practice teaching program which will be arranged by the college.
522 Educational Program of a New Testament Church: This course present materials and methods currently in use in closely graded organizational structure as represented by Gospel Light material, as well as a comparative study of the literature and methods of various groups. The primary purpose of the course is to give the student a broad exposure to help him to develop a solid background from which to teach God’s Holy Word. 3 hours credit.
523 The Educational Program of The Church: This course is structured to orient the student in the field of Christian Education. It is concerned with the steps in the educational process and the leadership necessary to the planning a balanced and sound educational program for all age groups. Emphasis is placed upon New Testament principles, and their application for contemporary Christian service. Group work will be required in reporting field work.
524 Religious Education: Guidance in organization and administration of the children’s program in the local Church. Leadership of the child in worship, Bible study, service activities, world friendship and recreation is given careful attention. 3 hours credit.
113 The Religious Development of Children: The developing characteristics of children are presented as a basis for understanding the religious experience of children from birth through the Junior Age level. Implications for the educational program of the Church is explored.
123 Religious Education of Adults: A study is made of the agencies working with adults in the Church, the integration of the home into the program of the Church, adult curricula materials, and the teaching through group dynamic techniques. Special emphasis is given to young adult work. 3 hours credit.
500 Religious Development of Youth: In this course consideration to the enlarging experience of young people, together with a detailed study of the curriculum and teaching methods.
501 Religious Education: Pastoral Psychology: This course is designed to introduce the pastor into the field of human behavior in the light of Biblical revelation and recent psychological trends. Required of graduates for B.Th. and B.A. in Christian Education. 3 hours credit.
506 The Philosophy and Theology of Religious Education: A study of the development of the philosophy of education in relation to Christian Theology.
V RELIGION AND PSYCHOLOGY
213 Child Psychology: A detailed study is made of the various characteristics of children ate different age levels and what significance these characteristics have in relation to the Christian education of children. 3 hours credit.
513 General Psychology: A study of the modes of human experiences and behavior and their causes comprise this course. Such subjects as sensation, reaction, conditioned reflexes, motivation, intelligence, learning, personality, consciousness, feeling and thinking will be investigated in detail. 3 hours credit.
523 Adult Psychology: This course is designed to give an understanding to the growth and development of the adolescent, how to guide and counsel him, and to plan an adequate program to meet especially, his needs. 3 hours credit.
VI RELIGION AND EVANGELISM
113 Evangelism: Methods, skills and techniques in the art of soul winning constitute the intent of this course. 3 hour credit.
313 Evangelism: A study of methods of pointing lost men to Christ is the focus of this course. This course will draw upon all of the available material that deals with the subject. In addition, there will be class lectures by successful practitioners when practical. The student is required to do related reading and make oral and written reports to class. A term paper is required to complete this course.
500 Evangelism: Personal visitation, mass revival, and simultaneous evangelism are studied, using “With Christ After The Lost”, by Scarbrough, as the basic text. Several related texts will be used, plus memorization of appropriate Scriptures and field experience. 3 hours credit.
613 Evangelism: Classroom work in this course is confined to three types of evangelism: Personal evangelism, mass evangelism and evangelism in the local Church. Special attention is given to manner of reaching the members of modern false religions for Christ.
VII LANGUAGES, LITERATURE
113 English as a Second Language: This course is designed to assist foreign students to become proficient with the English language so that they will understand the subject matter. The latest techniques and methods are utilized in planning the curriculum for this course. In order that the foreign student will receive the maximum benefit, they are separated from the advanced portion of the class. (This is a non-credit review of the language that is required of all English speaking students).
113 The Language Art: Speaking, writing, reading, and listening are important tools for individual learning and living. This course is designed to have the student determine how he, as individual, can use good English.
213 English: In this second year of English emphasis is placed upon reflections, speech and mental activity, skill exercises in expression, during first semester. During the second semester written composition will be given major emphasis.
313 Library Techniques: English: A study of Dewy Decimal System is made in the college library, with visits to other libraries whenever possible. 2 hours credit.
323 English: This course purposes to review the elements of grammar with emphasis upon expressing ideas in sentences, phrasing ideas clearly, proof-reading, making sense in paragraphs, and business English.
413 English Composition: A thorough study of composition will be made. Term papers, reports, and written examinations are required.
613 English: Dramatics, Parliamentary Practice, and debating will be the primary concern of this course.
713 College English: A thorough review of English grammar. Punctuation and spelling as a foundation for further studies in research and thesis preparation: techniques of library research, organizing of notes into orderly composition, and developing a lucid style of literary expression.
723 English: Extemporaneous speaking, interpretative reading, choric speaking, and parliamentary practice. The student is taught to interpret, appreciate, and communicate great prose and poetry selections. 3 hours credit.
These courses purpose to deal with the basic principles in speech training and technique. Special emphasis is placed on interpretation, dramatics, public speaking, and parliamentary practice.
113 Speech in Everyday Life: Special concern is given to speech in everyday life and communication. Group discussions, parliamentary practice.
123 Extemporaneous Speaking: Extemporaneous Speaking speech preparation, types of speeches and their delivery will be taught in this course.
713 Voice: A study will be made of the fundamentals in the use of the voice in public speaking and preaching. Assigned studies in text-books by authorities on speech, speech analysis, class practice and criticism, interpretative reading of the Scriptures, and debating, Text: “How To Make Better Speeches”, by Hoffman, 3 hours credit.
723 Dramatics and interpretative reading: Reading orally, the Scriptures, with I Corinthians as the basic selection.
513 Greek 1a: Greek for students who have no previous training or are deficient in Greek.
523 Greek 1b: A continuation of Greek 1a, but with more concern with vocabulary, pronunciation and grammar.
612 Forms, syntax and selected passages of Scriptures, along with sentence translations and transliterations will be made.
713 “An introductory New Testament Method” by W.R. Harper and R.F. Weidner will be studied.
Note “New Testament In Greek”: Westcott and Hort will be used as a basic text, Rapid reading will be a requirement for all Greek students. The Gospel of John and Johannine literature are definite requirements for graduation.
603 A general course planned for those who desire to study intensively some problem of Greek New Testament not specifically treated in other courses. This course is subject to the consent of the professor.
703 Epistles of John: Analytical exegesis of I, II and III John will be given in rapid reading and translation.
103 Grammar and Composition: Emphasis is placed on parts of speech, spelling, punctuation, sentence construction, and letter writing. The basic text is “Descriptive English Grammar” by House and Harman. 3 hours credit. Required.
123 Grammar and Composition (continued): Grammar is put to practical use by emphasis on composition. Library research is emphasized for writing the themes and papers. Second year students. 3 hours credits. Required.
203 Creative Writing: This course is designed to provide additional opportunities to develop efficiency in the English language. The course will emphasize creative writing of themes, essays, research reports, and a term paper. 3hours credit Required.
204 Oral Reading and Speaking: This is a short course in oral reading with emphasis on Bible reading; however, other kinds of reading may be assigned as the instructor directs. Each student is expected to enter into discussion to satisfy his need to communicate properly. 3 hours credit. Required.
205 Art of Story-telling: Use of the story in Religious Education is a course designed to acquaint the student with the field of story-telling, aid him in evaluating the selected materials of various age groups and occasions, and to develop skill in telling stories.
700 Dramatic, parliamentary practice and debating will be given chief concern in this course.
VIII HOMELETICS-MISSIONS-WORLD RELIGIONS
The aim of this department is to provide a thorough study of the principles and practices of sermon preparation and delivery. And also to have classroom activities and theory, practice in sermon preparation and delivery by preaching sessions before the class during regular class periods. Modern sound and recording equipment is used to enable the student to evaluate his own work. Critique of both sermon content and delivery are offered by both the professor and students.
213 Homiletics: This course offers instruction in the principles and practices of sermonic analytical topical, doctrinal, biographical, and devotional methods of developing sermons. The various methods are studied as to their definition, value, and procedure, with emphasis upon gathering of materials for sound preaching from the Bible. 3 hours credit.
613 Homiletics: A study of the elements of a sermon: such as illustration, outlines, style and purpose; methods of formulating, writing and preaching sermons from Brooks, Spurgeon, Truett, D.M. Jackson, C.W. Clark, A.W. Ross, and others. Various texts will be used as reference materials: namely, Ellison, Pattison, Broadus, Blackwood, and others. Sermonic reference materials will include the works of William H. Borders of Atlanta, and some local ministers.
203 Advanced Sermonic Analysis: This course offers the student a detailed study of the principles and practices of sermonic analysis and structure. The student is expected to prepare and deliver a sermon to the class or to a selected group, who will give critical analysis of the sermon. 3 hour credit.
603 Creative delivery: instructions in sermonic delivery are given. Suggestions are made covering the best methods of present Biblical truths to the listener. Sermons presented in manuscript form, and actual practice in preaching are used to develop in the student his most effective style. 2 hours credit.
213 This course is to portray the missionary nature and expansion of the Christian religion through the efforts and activities of the people called Baptists. THIS, however, is by no means limited to one sect. The student is given a comprehensive exposure to the function of Christian Missions, by tracing the institution of missions from early beginnings to the present forms and activities.
223 Missions: A survey of the entire field of mission activity. This course begins with the Biblical basis and examines home and foreign mission activities using related texts on the subject. In addition, materials from the Foreign Board of the National Baptist Convention, Inc., as well as material from other foreign fields of mission will be used. This course will be augmented by lectures, library research, and group reports. 3 hours credit.
203 Missions: the expansion of Christianity from the first century to modern times is studied with its Biblical background; the course it has taken in history for nearly 2,000 years in nearly every country in the world will be noted. Besides text-books readings, there will be class lectures, and discussions of the various foreign fields; also special written work on the biographies of outstanding missionaries will be given. 3 hours credit.
A study of the living religions, excluding Judaism and Christianity; but including primitive religions, such as Hinduism, Taoism, Shintoism, Buddhism, Islamism, Zoroastrianism, Mohammedanism, and Confucianism, with outlines of their histories, doctrines, and development. Also, Consideration will be given to their respective contributions to the religious thought and life of the world.
413 Comparative Religions: A comprehensive study of world major religions. Each student is required to make an extensive examination of a religion of his choice. Class discussions, lectures, reports, and examinations are required.
403 Polemics: The denominations and sects of Christendom are studied and their views evaluated in the light of Scriptures. Some attention is also given to the current trends toward ecumenism, particularly as is also seen in the recent established councils of churches. (Research) 3 hours credit.
404 Denominations: A study of the history and policy of modern denominations of Protestantism: their origin and distinctive characteristics, in America. 3 hours credit.
IX CHURCH HISTORY-MUSIC
The purpose of this department is to furnish the student with information concerning the origin, growth and development of the Christian Church. It is believed that equipped with such knowledge the student will be able to read religious literature intelligently and deal understandingly with the denominationalism of our country, and the world. Even more so, a leader needs scientific understanding of the workings of religious history; the forces that build religious institutions, that crystallize religious beliefs and precipitate religious movements. As personal experience is too limited to give an adequate portrait of these important facts, historical insights becomes the imperative for the necessary backward and forward look that makes a man more than a day laborer in the Kingdom of God.
213 Church History: This is a survey of the major events in Christian History, showing the origin of the major divisions and denominations. 3 hours credit.
203 Church History: History of the Early Church is traced from the days of our Lord Jesus to the present time. History of the true New Testament Church is set forth. Lectures, class discussions, aside from text-book, and reports will be used.
713 Church History: A rapid survey of the great epochs in the founding and expansion of the Christian Church. Text: Walker’s “Short History of The Christian Church”. Other texts will be used.
223 History of the Negro Church: This course deals directly with the Church life and contributions of Negro people during the Colonial Period. The basic text: the Carter G. Woodson’s “History of the Negro Church”. In addition to the text, the course will consist of lectures, class discussions, library research, and oral and written reports. 3 hours credit.
204 This is a continuation of 203 by means of reading and research reports, and term papers. 2 hours credit.
112 Hymnology: A study of great hymns of the Christian Church; their origin, messages and theological implications. 2 hours credit.
122 Negro Spirituals: The place of the Negro Spirituals in the religious life of America; their place and use in the worship services in the Negro Church.
102 Gospel Songs and their use in the Church Worship; this may well be a research assignment for the class.
103 A comparative study of the Negro Spirituals with the Hebrew Psalter, with special concern with their messages and certain of the Psalms. (Research)
Prospective students who wish to apply for admission to REED CHRISTIAN COLLEGE should write or visit the Office of Admissions, 1001 East Rosecrans Avenue, Compton, California for application forms. Application should be made well in advance of the proposed date of entrance.
General requirements for admission are as follows:
1. An autobiographical statement of applicant with a good recent photograph (facial view).
2. Enclose, or have sent directly from schools you have attended, a copy of transcripts, to office of the Registrar of this school. Student is advised to have all transcripts sent directly to this school.
3. Along with application, forward all standardized tests data and any other pertinent information pertaining to the student. Such information becomes a part of the permanent file on the student.
4. Include a full statement as to who assumes the financial responsibility of student schooling, and other expenses accruing.
5. Enclose $35.00 application/registration fee. 50% of which will be applied to student’s expenses if application is accepted. All materials become the property of the College and are not returnable.
6. In addition to the above requirements, the academic standing, and ability; the religious motivation; personal maturity; character references; social behavior; good health, and professional aptitude will be considered. Where necessary the College may administer tests and conduct interviews to determine the student’s potential to satisfactorily complete his required courses of study.
7. ADMISSION TO FRESHMAN CLASS will be by graduation from an accredited High School with at least fifteen units of prescribed and elective subjects, or the equivalent as shown by examination. Applicants from non-accredited High Schools and those who have not completed High School may be admitted upon passing the High School Equivalency Examination.
8. ADMISSION TO ADVANCED STANDING will be granted those students who transfer from other reputable Colleges provided they have a grade average of “C”. Below “C” average will not be considered as units for credit in any course.
9. Applicants for admission to study for the Bachelor Degree courses must be graduates of accredited high schools, or the equivalent, or have a certificate of graduation from the United States Armed Forces Institute.
10. TO BE IN GOOD STANDING, the applicant must be entitled to honorable dismissal from the college, and/or eligible for readmission to the college last attended.
11. Credits from non-accredited schools will be evaluated and validated during a probationary period of one semester of the student’s attendance with a fifteen hour work load.
Any student whose average is below 2.0 is placed on probation and will remain there until the close of the subsequent semester. If during the probationary period the required 2.0 grade average is not attained the student will be subject to permanent withdrawal.
A student who fails in two or more courses will be suspended and not allowed re-admission until there is reasonable evidence that the cause of failure has been removed. Exception to this rule may be made in the case of first semester students.
Students are allowed as many excused absences from any class as equals the number of hours of class sessions per week. Absences in access carry a penalty of .5 grade point each, in that course. Absences occasioned by Providential intervention may be excused. In no case may credit be granted for the course when the student has missed more than (1/6) of the total number of class sessions. THREE UNEXCUSED TARDINESSES will have the same results as one unexcused absence.
Withdrawal from School
A student who finds it necessary to withdraw from the College must secure from the Registrars office a withdrawal form and have same duly signed by Administrative Dean. Illegal withdrawal from any course if instruction or from the College may result in automatic forfeiture of any tuition which might otherwise be due him.
The ability to concentrated and persevere in scholastic work is recognized at Reed Christian College, and is regarded as an important part of the preparation for effective Christian service. The following scholastic honors are recognized to further encourage Christ-honoring scholarships.
A. Semester honors-granted to students carrying twelve or more hours study with a 3.5 grade average.
B. Year honors-granted to students who make both first and second semester honors.
C. Graduation honors-granted at graduation that attains a grade point average given below:
Summa Cum Laud 4.0
Magna Cum Laud 3.75
Cum Laud 3.50
A 93-100 4 Superior level work. Conspicuous excellence in the following: originality of work; accuracy and grasp of contents and methods; high ability to correlate theory and practice; accuracy in English usage; and imagination initiative.
B 84-92 3 Good work. High but not outstanding in the following: originality of work; effective use of knowledge gained; independence of work; complete and accurate knowledge of work; and sustained efficiency in the use of English fundamentals.
C 77-83 2 Average mastery of subject material with evidence of normal ability to use profitably the knowledge gained.
D 70-76 1 Poor work. Meager achievement in both quantity and quality as required by the course standards; lack of achievement in understanding principles; unsatisfactory participation in assigned work. Only minimum requirements for graduation met.
F Below 70 0 Failure. No credit or grade points are given. Course must be repeated in class the following semester for credit. This grade of “F” however, remains as a part of the student’s record.
INC means incomplete work. This work must be finished during the first semester following, or student will receive “F” for the course.
No student may drop a course without permission of the Dean. Courses dropped during the first three weeks of class activities will not be entered upon record. Thereafter, a “DR” (dropped) will be recorded against such subject, if the course is dropped. All “DR” courses, like “INC” courses may possibly become “F”.
Removal of Deficiencies
Students who are admitted with deficiencies may remove those deficiencies in any one of the following ways:
1. Request and pass an examination in the area of such deficiencies. Request is made through the office of the Administrative Dean.
2. By taking the required courses of study first, at a reduced rate before entering upon the regular courses of instruction.
3. The student may instead request a “Directed Study Course” that will be structured by the Faculty Advisor and the Dean of Curriculum.
4. Some deficiencies may be removed by student participation in the Adult Education Program which is primarily designed for removal of High School deficiencies.
5. Where the level of correctional deficiencies is high, the College at its option may review the over-all profile of the student, including personal, academic, and established record and significantly request a reduction in the student’s workload.
Each student admitted to REED CHRISTIAN COLLEGE will be assigned a faulty member who will function as an advisor and guide to that student; aiding him or her in the preparation of a professional career. Any problem the student faces should be brought before his advisor for aid, counsel and assistance where possible.
The school encourages its students to actively participate in the phases of Christian Service for which they are being trained. Many students serve as pastors, church musicians, church secretaries, Sunday School teachers, youth workers, and in other types of Christian Service. All students will procure, or are assigned some weekly activity.
Te completion of any course of study offered by the College will qualify the student to receive a Certificate.
Specific requirements for graduation are found elsewhere in this catalogue. Some general requirements are mentioned below. Every student must:
1. Be faithful in class and chapel attendance. Only limited number of absences may be excused, and those for good reason.
2. Show evidence of a true Christian life while in attendance at this School.
3. Complete at least the entire final year of his studies, a minimum of fifteen (15) hours of classroom study at this school.
4. Maintain a satisfactory record of Christian service while in attendance.
5. Manifest correct and effective use of the English language.
6. Satisfactorily complete all prescribed work and meet all financial requirements and obligations before the day of graduation.
7. Be present at the Commencement Exercises when he expects to graduate.
The following degrees are offered at Reed Christian College:
I. Bachelor of Theology (B. Th.)
II. Bachelor of Christian Education (B.C.E.)
III. Bachelor of Ministry (B.M.)
IV. Bachelor of Divinity (B.D.)
V. Master of Christian Education (M.C.E.)
VI. Master of Theology (M. Th.)
VII. Master of Divinity (M.D.)
Courses leading to the Bachelor of Theology Degree may be selected with a major in any one of several fields of study, as exhibited in this catalogue.
The Master of Christian Education program is structured to allow the student the opportunity to study in any area of Christian concern that meets with the approval of the Committee.
The Bachelor of Christian Education is offered with some degree of liberality. Requirements leading to the conferring of this degree do not embrace the strict discipline of the other professional ministries of the Church.
Payment of Accounts
All semester bills of students are due and payable in advance at the beginning of each semester on registration day. These include required fees, tuitions, et al. Students who are unable to pay their bills, as and when due, should request the privilege of deferred payments, by making arrangements through the Dean’s Office in advance.
In cases of deferred payments, a service charge of one and one-half (1½) percent per month of the unpaid balance will be charged. All accounts must be paid in full before the final examination may be taken, final grades recorded, or a transcript issued.
Tuition in the college is $50.00 per hour.
Special students will be charged the same as any student carrying less than ten hours of classroom work.
Students who must withdraw from the school will be refunded on a graduated scale, provided application for refund is made within two weeks after such change or withdrawal. Refunds cannot be granted for any changes other than due to Providential interventions or illness after the second week.
Percentage of Refund
No attendance, or during the first week 90%
After one week 80%
After two weeks 60%
After three weeks 40%
After four weeks 20%
After five weeks No Refund
A student who withdraws from school without proper procedures as stated in this catalogue will be entitled to NO refund.
Other financial information may be found under General Information.