Short Courses

Beginning Fall 2018, CCSN will offer its first of several free MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses).

In addition to traditional course materials such as readings, video lectures, and assessments, some MOOCs include discussion forums for interaction between students and professors, and live video presentations.

Each CCSN MOOC comes with a certificate of completion signed by the course creator, instructor, and CCSN Network Administrator.

CCSN’s Fall 2017 MOOCs are listed below. Check back here for updates, or sign-up to receive free weekly updates through the network.


Course TitleDescriptionCreatorPrimary Text
Introduction to Christianity and Communication StudiesThe course addresses the nature of human communication as an intrinsically moral act of faith performed by God’s image bearers who are called to: (1) care for the Creator’s world, (2) follow Jesus Christ, and (3) receive and share the blessings of the Holy Spirit. It explores key questions in faith communication studies and identifies basic approaches to integrating Christianity and communication.Quentin J. Schultze, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus, Calvin College
Director, Center for Servant Leadership Communication
Senior Fellow, Christianity & Communication Studies Network
Your Dance with Pop Culture: Re-examining Christian Media CriticismThis course in media criticism employs the metaphor of popular culture as an unrelenting, always available “dance partner.” A significant premise is that our “dance” with popular culture frames the crucible of our existence and posits the question of moral and spiritual significance: Who’s leading whom in the dance? Strategic methods in cultivating a healthy balance with this dance “partner" are explored, along with several modes of media criticism. Paul D. Patton, Ph.D.
Professor, Spring Arbor University
Dept. of Communication & Media