Associate of Arts in General Education
The Associate of Arts (AA) degree includes the core learning components and competencies commonly accepted as foundational for a four-year baccalaureate degree by many colleges and universities. The AA degree is designed for students who desire recognition for completing the two-year prescribed curriculum. Because many bachelor degrees require specific prerequisites, students should verify how their AA degree and classes transfer into their intended degree. Graduates with the Associate of Arts degree will be able to:
Demonstrate knowledge of the background, content, and themes of the biblical text
Demonstrate oral communication skills through research, topical development, and style-specific presentations of focused material
Demonstrate the ability to interpret, analyze, and evaluate statements, arguments, and evidence in order to construct well-supported, clearly articulated conclusions and positions
Demonstrate problem-solving skills in a broad range of significant mathematics
15 hours of biblical and theological studies
34 hours of general education
12 hours of ministry practicum
Total credit hours — 61
Sample Core Courses
Survey of Christian Theology (THEO 1313) — A survey of the main Christian doctrines and their relevance today. The Bible is used as the primary source to establish and defend our theological position. Areas to be addressed include the doctrines of God, Christ, the Holy Spirit, Human Creation, Sin and Salvation, the Church and the Last Things.
English Composition II (ENGL 1233) — This course includes study and practice in the critical reading and effective writing of argumentative and expository prose, with an emphasis on the documented paper. A research paper is required.
New Testament Interpretation (BINT 1233) — This course serves as an introduction to the New Testament in the context of its first-century environments. The course examines the teachings and interpretations of the New Testament as well as the role of the Scriptures in the Church.
Personal Finance (BUSI 1903) — This course covers personal financial stewardship from a Christian perspective. Biblical truths are used to help build a financial stewardship plan. Topics include cash flow management, use of credit, investing as a steward, and life planning.
Principles of Ethics (PHIL 2003) — An examination of moral and social conduct and decision making in light of biblical and theological teaching. Contemporary ethical issues are addressed.
Introduction to Literature (ENGL 2133) — This course introduces an in-depth study of the poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and drama of American, English, and world literature.
Introduction to Psychology (PSYC 1133) — This course is an introduction to the field of psychology. Topics addressed are neuroscience and behavior, nature and nurture, consciousness, sensation and perception, learning, memory, intelligence, personality, psychological disorders, and social behavior.
Introduction to Sociology (SSCI 2133) — This course is a study of social organization with a focus on organizations, institutions, and social forces that contribute to the formation and self-definition of a society. The development of social norms, culture, belief systems, and stratification are considered. Emphasis is placed on exploring the existence and perpetuation of social problems.