This Associate of Arts degree program will commence in the Fall Semester 2017. Below is a list of those courses that a student must complete for an Associate of Theology (A.Th.) degree. This program of study normally requires two years of full-time study (see A.A. Full-time Schedule). Students who plan to fulfill program requirements on a part-time basis should seek to finish the degree program in not more than five consecutive calendar years (see A.A. Part-time Schedule). These courses are not available in the summer session.
The purpose of the Associate of Arts degree program is to provide an introduction to study in the arts and sciences intended to facilitate individual student needs while enabling articulation of credit from the A.A. program to a baccalaureate degree program. Below is a list of those courses that a student must complete for an Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree. This program of study normally requires two years of full-time study (see A.A. Full-time Schedule). Students who plan to fulfill program requirements on a part-time basis should seek to finish the degree program in not more than five consecutive calendar years (see A.A. Part-time Schedule). These courses are not available in the summer session.
On successful completion of this program, a student should be able to:
- Demonstrate the ability to write clear, effective English and to communicate orally at a comparable level.
- Demonstrate mathematical reasoning skills at a level commensurate with the associate degree.
- Demonstrate achievement in the distribution areas (knowledge domains) of general education consistent with the completion of required courses in these areas.
- Demonstrate mastery of the biblical foundations core competencies applicable to this degree program.
This program is open only to regular (matriculated) students.
This degree program requires successful completion of a minimum of 64 semester credit hours including a minimum of 40 semester credit hours in general education core courses, 18 semester credit hours in biblical foundations core courses and 6 semester credit hours of electives. For graduation, a student must have a minimum overall GPA of 2.0 in the 64 semester credit hours applicable to the degree and a grade of C or better in ENGL 111 and 112.
Required general education coursework consists of 9 semester credit hours in communications, 3 semester credit hours in health promotion, 9 semester hours in humanities/fine arts, 3 semester credit hours in information technology, 9 semester credit hours in social /behavioral sciences, and 7 semester hours in natural sciences/mathematics.
Required biblical foundations core courses consists of 18 semester credit hours in theology.
A student can not apply more than 18 semester credit hours to an associate degree when earned through the Open Learning Program. Generally, it is best for one to apply for admission as a regular (matriculated) student upon deciding on a specific certificate, diploma or degree. See Applying for Online Study or Applying for On-Campus Study.
Each student entering the Associate of Arts degree program has an assigned adviser who will be available for program advisement and career information. An adviser helps a student create a workable plan to meet his or her educational objectives within a reasonable time period.
Application for Graduation
For the conferring of the certificate students should apply for graduation in the semester they plan to graduate. An Application for Graduation (Fom 009) must be filed with the Registrar by midterm for graduation that semester.