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.Th. 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 four consecutive calendar years (see A.Th. Part-time Schedule). These courses are not available in the summer session.
The purpose of this program of study, which provides students with an in-depth study of the Bible and related topics, is the preparation of servant-leaders equipped with a sound theological base for leadership, teaching, and ministry within a local church, primarily related to volunteer or bi-vocational service.
On successful completion of this program, a student should be able to:
Demonstrate mastery of the general education and biblical foundations core competencies applicable to this degree program;
- State, and in a structured way demonstrate understanding of, major biblical doctrines;
Demonstrate an understanding of the history and theology of the Church and explain their importance, and the development of Christianity as a major religion; and
Demonstrate the veracity and reliability of the Bible and using analysis tools and demonstrate the purpose, significance and application of the Hebrew Scriptures and the New Testament.
This program is open only to regular (matriculated) students.
This degree program requires successful completion of a minimum of 60 semester credit hours including a minimum of 21 semester credit hours in general education core courses, 18 semester credit hours in biblical foundations core courses, and a major in theology consisting of the theology core courses and an additional 15 semester credit hours in upper division theology courses. For graduation, a student must have a minimum overall GPA of 2.0 in the 60 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 (ENGL 111, 112 and COMM 260), 3 semester credit hours in humanities/fine arts (ART 110, ENGL 261, 262, or MUS 121), 3 semester credit hours in social /behavioral sciences (ANTH 220, ECON 251, 252, HIST 111, 112, or IRG 301), 3 semester credit hours in natural sciences/mathematics (ANTH 230 and 230L, or MATH 162, 168, 172, 174), 3 semester credit hours in health promotion (HPRO 114).
A student can not apply more than 18 semester credit hours credit 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 Theology 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 (Form 009) must be filed with the Registrar by midterm for graduation that semester.