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.

Coursework Required for the Associate of Theology
  General Education Core Courses  

Complete 21 semester credit hours in general education core courses as follows:


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 credit hours of physical education activity courses may meet this requirement.]

Humanities and Fine Arts

One of the following:

ART 110 Art History and Appreciation (3 SCH)

ENGL 261 World Literature I (3 SCH)

ENGL 262 World Literature II (3 SCH

MUS 121 Music History and Appreciation (3 SCH)

[Approved transfer credit in American literature, British literature or literature of the western world may substitute for ENG 261.] 

Natural and Mathematical Sciences

ANTH 230 Biological Anthropology (3 SCH) and

ANTH 230L Biological Anthropology Lab (1 SCH) 

or 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 ANTH 230. Approved transfer credit in precalculus algebra, precalculus trigonometry or more advanced mathematics may substitute for MATH 162.]

Social and Behavioral Sciences

One of the following:

ANTH 220 Sociocultural Anthropology (3 SCH)

ECON 251 Principles of Microeconomics (3 SCH)
ECON 252 Principles of Macroeconomics (3 SCH)

HIST 111 History of Western Civilization to 1648 (3 SCH)

HIST 112 History of Western Civilization Since 1648 (3 SCH)
IRG 301 Introduction to International Relations and Global Studies (3 SCH)

[Approved transfer credit in introductory behavioral studies, British history, geography, psychology, political science, sociology, or United States history 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 - 21 SCH


Biblical Foundations Core Courses


Complete 18 semester credit hours 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 Core Courses - 18 SCH


Theology Major Courses
Complete 15 semester credit hours in upper division theology courses as set forth below.

THL 320 Introduction to Church History (3 SCH)

THL 332 The Biblical Text (3 SCH)

THL 380 Introduction to Biblical Doctrine (3 SCH)

Upper Division Theology electives (3 SCH)

Total Major Courses - 15 SCH




Complete 6 semester credit hours in elective courses.



Total Electives - 6 SCH


Total Required Hours  60 SCH


Program Purpose

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.

Program Objectives

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.

Program Prerequisite

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

Program Requirements

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 110ENGL 261, 262, or MUS 121), 3 semester credit hours in social /behavioral sciences (ANTH 220ECON 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).

Required biblical foundations core courses consists of 18 semester credit hours in theology (THL 135, 136, 200, 211, 212 and 226).

The theology major must include THL 320, 332, 380, and 6 semester credit hours of additional upper division theology courses.

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.

Program Advisement

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.