ACTS
Preaching the Kingdom. Teaching Christ.

Course Offerings

Current Course Offerings

Spring 2019

January 22nd 2019- May 17th 2019

IMPORTANT SPRING 2019 DATES

Nov. 17, 2018: Registration Opens

January 22: First Day of Classes

February 4: Last day to Add/Drop

February 4: Payment due in full, or payment plan required

February 18: Last day for partial (50%) Refund

May 13-17: Finals Week


LOC: Live instruction at Orange County Campus.

LAR: Live attendance is required, via either live online or live in person.

ASL: The Asynchronous Learning model gives students the option (but not the requirement) of attending the course online at the same time of instruction or at anytime during the week such that they meet the weekly requirements in the syllabus. Instructors provide materials, lectures, tests, and assignments throughout the course.  

SAL: Self-paced Asynchronous Learning classes are those where instructors provide materials, lectures, tests, and assignments that can be accessed at any time throughout the semester. Students may complete the course at the same pace as a regular course offering (approx. 1 lecture per week) or may accelerate their studies and complete the course as quickly as they would like.






ACTS 3060 DOGMATICS 1 with H.E. Metropolitan Serapion, Bishop Kyrillos, and Fr. Kyrillos Ibrahim

This course introduces the dogmatic content of Orthodox theology, with a special focus on Trinitarian Theology and Christology. (ASL) Monday 6:00 PM-9:00 PM

ACTS 2001 INTRODUCTION TO THEOLOGICAL RESEARCH AND WRITING with Dr. Sarah Morcos

This seminar introduces seminary students to graduate-level research and writing skills with specific attention to academic writing, theological research, citations, and elements of writing style. The seminar introduces the nature of theological reflection and “thinking theologically” concerning various topics and issues they encounter in academic study and ministry.(ASL) Thursday 6:00 PM-9:00 PM.

ACTS 3055 APOLOGETICS 1 with Fr. Gregory Bishay

This course will explore how to defend the faith (1 Pet 3:15), answer every question (Col. 4:6), reason with others (Acts 18:4), and cast down arguments (2 Cor 10:5) regarding the basic principles of the faith. This course assists servants to reactively respond to questions by removing intellectual and existential barriers, while proactively sharing the relevant message of the Gospel.(ASL) Wednesday 6:00 PM-9:00 PM.

ACTS 3015 CHURCH HISTORY 1 with Deacon Severus Mikhail  and Dr. Sarah Morcos

This is an in depth survey of the development of early Christianity from the Apostolic Age through the early Arab Conquests of the seventh century. While the emphasis is on the history and historiography of the Coptic Orthodox Church (the Sea of Alexandria), the course discusses all major political and theological developments and personalities of the early Christian era in the east and west. (ASL)

ACTS 3023 BIBLICAL APOLOGETICS with Dr. George Tadros and Fr. Gregory Bishay

This Course will tackle the major apologetic challenges to the Biblical text and interpretation. Topics covered include authenticity, canonicity, textual variations, and the use of Biblical Archeology in OT and NT studies. Additionally, the course will discuss the major apologetic debates in OT (e.g. Creation vs. Evolution, Flood geology, historicity of Exodus, morality of the Canaanite war, slavery) and NT (Historical Jesus, Resurrection of Christ, miracles). (SAL)

ACTS 3011 New Testament Greek II with Dr. Ramez Mikhail

This course provides a preliminary study of Koine based on the New Testament. The basic concepts of New Testament Greek grammar, syntax, and vocabulary are studied and applied to the text of the Gospels. This course is for students who have little or no prior knowledge of Greek. A basic outline of the Grammar, both in etymology and syntax, sufficient for earlier stages of the study with graduated exercises will be introduced. Examples to be studied will be taken primarily from the Scriptures and from the Greek language in the Coptic liturgy. (ASL) Tuesday 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

ACTS 3019: Monastic History, Literature, and Scholarship with Deacon Severus Mikhail

This course provides an in depth survey of monastic literature in Egypt from the fourth to the fourteenth centuries in light of archeology and modern academic studies.(LOC/ASL) Tuesday 6:00 PM-9:00 PM


ACTS 3044 The Coptic Liturgy of the Hours with Dr. Ramez Mikhail

This course is an Intensive Course from January 8-18 (LOC/LAR) 8:00 AM-1:00 PM (except for Sunday January 13th). This course is an examination of the origins and development of the Coptic liturgy of the hours, which comprises the prayer hours of the Ajbiya (Horologion), the praise services of the Psalmodia, and the evening and morning raising of incense. An initial survey of daily prayer in the New Testament and the Early Church paves the way for exploring the Coptic liturgy of the hours as a unique expression of the prayer life of Coptic Orthodox Christians reflected in both medieval and contemporary primary sources.

ACTS 3005 Coptic II: Readings in Coptic with Professor Hany Takla

Prerequisite: Coptic I or instructor approval. This readings seminar emphasizes Coptic syntax and translation techniques of literary Coptic texts as well as the context and function of such texts. The literature surveyed includes, biblical, hagiographical, literary, canonical, and liturgical texts. It is intended for students who have a good working knowledge of Coptic grammar. The primary focus may be on
literature in the Bohairic or Sahidic dialects, but both dialects are addressed based on prior knowledge of enrolled Students. (ASL) Tuesdays 6:00-9:00 PM

ACTS 3025 New Testament: The Gospel of John with Dr. Eugenia Constantinou

This is an intensive course. This course is a careful study of the Gospel of John. We will explore the gospel from a literary and historical perspective with the objective of uncovering the author’s intended meaning and message. To this end, we will examine the historical, cultural, and geographical setting of the Gospel as well as its authorship, audience, literary techniques and characteristics, theology and important themes. We will investigate the literary, religious and philosophical currents in first century Judaism and in the Greco-Roman world. We will also study the history of the reception of the Johannine writings, the ancient and modern controversies they engendered, and compare the purpose, themes and orientation of the Fourth Gospel with the other three gospels. (LAR) January 2-28th Tuesdays, Wednesdays, & Thursdays from 6-9PM.