Associate of Arts

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 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.

Coursework
 

Coursework Required for the Associate of Arts

 

 
General Education Core Courses
 

 

Complete 40 semester credit hours in general education courses as follows:

Communication

COMM 260 Public Speaking (3 SCH)

ENGL 111 Written Expression (3 SCH)

ENGL 112 Argument-Based Literary Research (3 SCH)

Health and Physical Education

HPRO 114 Health and Wellness (3 SCH)

[Approved transfer credit of four semester hours of physical education activity courses may substitute for HPRO 114.]

Humanities and Fine Arts

One olf the following:

ART 110 Art History and Appreciation (3 SCH)
MUS 121 Music History and Appreciation (
3 SCH)
and both
ENGL 261 World Literature I (
3 SCH)
ENGL 262 World Literature II (
3 SCH)

[Approved transfer credit in a two semester sequence in American literature, British literature or literature of the western world may substitute for ENG 261 and 262.] 

Information Technology

CIS 110 Introduction to Computers (3 SCH)

Natural and Mathematical Sciences

ANTH 230 Biological Anthropology (3 SCH)

ANTH 230L Biological Anthropology Laboratory (1 SCH)
and one of the following:
MATH 162 Finite Mathematics (
3 SCH)
MATH 168 Statistical Analysis (
3 SCH)
MATH 172 Precalculus Algebra (
3 SCH)
MATH 174 Precalculus Trigonometry (
3 SCH)
(Approved transfer credit in a college laboratory science such as but not limited to general chemistry, physics, or geology, may substitute for the sequence ANTH 230 and 230L. Approved transfer credit in more advanced mathematics meets the mathematics requirement.)

Social and Behavioral Sciences

HIST 111 History of Western Civilization to 1648 (3 SCH)
and two of the following:
ANTH 220 Sociocultural Anthropology (
3 SCH)
ECON 251 Principles of Microeconomics (
3 SCH)
ECON 252 Principles of Macroeconomics (
3 SCH)
HIST 112 History of Western Civilization Since 1648 (3)
IRG 301 Introduction to International Relations and Global Studies (
3 SCH)

[Approved transfer credit in introductory behavioral studies, geography, psychology, political science, or sociology may substitute for ANTH 220. The transfer of an approved two semester sequence in United States history or British history may substitute for HIST 111 and 112.]

Total General Education Core Courses - 40


 

 

Biblical Foundations Core Courses


 

 

Complete 18 semester hours credit in biblical foundations core courses as follows:

THL 135 Life, Ministry, and Teachings of Jesus (3 SCH)
THL 136 Acts and the Writings of Paul (3 SCH)

THL 200 Principles of Christian Living (3 SCH)
THL 211 Old Testament Survey I (3 SCH)

THL 212 Old Testament Survey II (3 SCH)

THL 226 Christian Leadership (3 SCH)

Total Biblical Foundations Courses - 18 SCH


 

 

Electives

Complete 6 SCH in elective courses.

Total Electives - 6 semester credit hours


 


 

Total Required Hours 64 SCH


 

Program Purpose

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.

Program Objectives

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.

Program Prerequisite

This program is open only to regular (matriculated) students.

Program Requirements

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.

Program Advisement

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.