Associate of Arts Degree

The Associate of Arts degree contains a balanced program of liberal arts education without orientation to a particular major. Requirements for the degree (60 semester credit hours in total) include 45 semester credits of general education courses and 15 semester credits of elective courses. These requirements can usually be met in two years of full-time study.

Associate of Science Degree

The Associate of Science degree contains a balanced program of liberal arts education in combination with a concentrated focus in a business and leadership major or an individualized major. Requirements for the degree (60 semester credit hours in total) include 30 semester credits of general education courses and 30 semester credits of major courses. These requirements can usually be met in two years of full-time study.

ARTC150A • Responding to the Arts. 3 Credits.

Cultivation of critical reading skills through literature, music, and the visual arts. Students will apply core artistic terms and concepts to rich readings of artistic works: context, genre, technique, and themes. They will reflect on human and spiritual dynamics of relationship and faith.

BIBL230 • The Bible in Real Life. 3 Credits.

Exploration of connections between key portions of the Bible and challenges faced by students in their own lives. Students trace the journey of God's people from Abraham and Sarah through the New Testament church, tracing God's self-disclosure through biblical cultures and their genres of writing.
Fulfills: CAPS Goal Area 6.

BUSN104 • Introduction to Business. 3 Credits.

Introduction to business and business strategy within the global economic environment. Identification of business structures, market strategies, and the concepts of leadership and management. Exploration of key business functions, typical roles, entry points, and career paths. Application of business evaluation and problem-solving within a Christian worldview.
Fulfills: CAPS Goal Area 2.

BUSN115 • Personal Financial Literacy. 3 Credits.

Explores fundamental personal financial management topics. Enables learners to make values-based financial decisions. Uses a variety of tools to evaluate risk and make choices regarding debt management, savings, budgeting, investing, and long-range personal financial planning.
Fulfills: CAPS Goal Area 4.

BUSN200 • Business Problem Solving. 3 Credits.

Builds a foundation for understanding and solving business problems. Introduces business concepts and terminology, along with skills needed to solve common business problems. Emphasizes how to identify problems and the application of tools and techniques in solving these problems. Encourages the development of critical-thinking and decision-making skills needed for success in business.
Fulfills: CAPS Goal Area 4.

BUSN210 • Workplace Communication. 3 Credits.

Examines principles of communication in the workplace. Introduces common workplace communication formats such as memos, letters, email, reports, presentations, and social media. Explores techniques for communication, including informational, persuasive, and employment messages. Introduces strategies for internal and external communication situations, audience analysis, verbal and nonverbal cues, and personal communication skills.
Fulfills: CAPS Goal Area 1.

BUSN285T • Studies in Technology and Society. 3 Credits.

Introduction to the present management and future use of information and information systems in organizations. Analyze how information and information systems are used by organizations in setting goals, making decisions, and analyzing knowledge. Investigate how technology transforms information systems. Examine ethical issues and policies surrounding information and information systems.
Fulfills: CAPS Goal Area 3.

BUSN360 • Information Technology and Applications. 3 Credits.

Understand and use information technology and business applications software to solve business-related problems. Collaboration tools, social media tools, databases, and spreadsheets. Ethical issues with data and information management.
Fulfills: CAPS Goal Area 3. Special Notes: Enrollment is open to students with sophomore class standing and above.

CHMN140 • Spiritual Quest. 3 Credits.

An exploration of spirituality from a Christian perspective in which students identify the spiritual influences in their lives, explore spiritual disciplines, evaluate impacts of Christian spirituality on their personal lives and set goals for personal spiritual development.
Fulfills: CAPS Goal Area 6.

COMM160 • Basic Communication Skills. 3 Credits.

Examination of the fundamentals of the communication process with an interactive emphasis on interpersonal, groups/teams, and public speaking; integrating these three specific components and concentrating on how meaning is created, communicated, and transformed within the social, social diversity, and human contexts.
Fulfills: CAPS Goal Area 1.

ECON200 • Principles of Microeconomics. 3 Credits.

Relationship between scarcity, choice, and cost as well as market structures to identified market failures. Analyzation of elasticity in the context of pricing, profit based on production costs, and real world problems using the supply and demand model. Connections between microeconomics and ethical stewardship from a Christian or personal worldview.
Fulfills: CAPS Goal Area 5.

ENGL130 • Successful Writing. 3 Credits.

Development of skills necessary for expressing oneself competently through writing. Emphasis is on the writing process, critical thinking, sensitivity to audience, core documentation skills and responsibilities, and revision (with peer and instructor feedback).
Fulfills: CAPS Goal Area 1.

ENGL225R • Academic Research and Writing. 3 Credits.

Development of core academic skills in research and writing: critical evaluation of rhetorical persuasion, forming and answering research questions and testing hypotheses through consultation of scholarly sources, and formal documentation of research sources (attributions, in-text citations, and a source list) according to APA format.
Fulfills: CAPS Goal Area 1, General Education Category R.

HEPE260Y • Physical Wellness. 3 Credits.

Current evidence based knowledge to empower healthy decisions around nutrition, fitness, and emotional and spiritual well-being. Basic biological processes as they relate to health promotion, everyday practices to reduce stress, and skills to distinguish myth from fact.
Fulfills: CAPS Goal Area 3.

HIST250 • U.S. History in Dialogue with the Present. 3 Credits.

Explores a narrative of United States history by following themes that connect past events to our experiences today. Investigates compelling and relevant historical questions and events by applying historical inquiry, using critical thinking, and considering multiple perspectives. Presents history as a dialogue between past and present, propelling action as stakeholders in society.
Fulfills: CAPS Goal Area 5.

MATH180M • Mathematics in Real Life. 3 Credits.

Intermediate-level study of mathematical procedures: algebra, equation solving, statistical reasoning, mathematics of finance, coordinates and graphs, and inequalities. These procedures will be applied as analytical, decision-making, and problem-solving models to real-life problems.
Prerequisites: Admission category other than Provisional Acceptance, or appropriate Accuplacer score, or MATH080. Fulfills: CAPS Goal Area 4.

NASC275V • Environmental Studies. 3 Credits.

Examine how science, engineering, and economics work together to address and solve environmental problems. Explore the importance of the scientific method as it relates to the environment, conservation of resources, and energy. Evaluation of case studies will develop a deeper sense of stewardship to our planet.
Fulfills: CAPS Goal Area 3.

ORGL101 • Leadership in the 21st Century. 3 Credits.

Overview of the scope of leadership necessary for effective outcomes. Course design is real-world specific to generate immediate understanding, awareness, and application for both marketplace and personal application. Students will identify, interpret, and analyze their individual leadership attitudes, abilities, styles, and strengths.
Fulfills: CAPS Goal Area 5.

ORGL120 • Personal Mission and Leadership Development. 3 Credits.

Development of an understanding of personal mission and a study of the application of that mission to leadership. Emphasis is on identifying personal talents and gifts, and developing leadership goals for future roles.
Fulfills: CAPS Goal Area 2.

ORGL330 • Theories of Organizations and Leadership. 3 Credits.

Introduction to organizational and leadership frameworks: (1) Providing an overview of organizational culture and structures, (2) Describing effective leadership within an organizational context, (3) Identifying core leadership issues. Analyzing an organization from the insights gained in course texts, presentations, and discussion.
Fulfills: CAPS Goal Areas 2, 5. Special Notes: Enrollment is open to students with sophomore class standing and above.

ORGL370 • Leadership and Technology. 3 Credits.

Major technology developments and their impact on people and organizations. Examination of the role technology plays in empowering or disabling an organization. Analysis of personal and organizational issues related to technology in light of ethical and/or moral reasoning. Analysis of the connection between an organization's technologies and organizational culture.
Fulfills: CAPS Goal Area 2. Special Notes: Enrollment is open to students with sophomore class standing and above.

SOCS110 • Succeeding in College. 3 Credits.

Prepares students for independent and collaborative college-level academic work through an introduction to campus technology and support; assessing reading, writing, and math skills; and reflecting on one's personal commitment to academic goals.
Fulfills: CAPS Goal Area 2.

SOCS170W • Conflict Management and the Social Scientific Perspective. 3 Credits.

Applies samples of social scientific reasoning and research in psychology, sociology and social work to the challenges of conflict management, forgiveness, and reconciliation. Students reflect on the relevance of social scientific models to their own lives and consider applications in their workplaces, families, and social spheres.
Fulfills: CAPS Goal Area 5.

SOCS255E • Studies in the American Mosaic. 3 Credits.

Exploration of various diversity issues within the United States, particularly as they impact personal experience, identity, relationships, and opportunity. Examination of personal values, assumptions, and perspectives as they relate to diversity and strategies for approaching diverse or conflicted settings with a biblical, peacemaking stance.
Fulfills: CAPS Goal Area 5.