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.

BIBL230The Bible in Real Life3
CHMN140Spiritual Quest3
COMM160Basic Communication Skills3
ENGL130Successful Writing3
HIST250U.S. History in Dialogue with the Present3
ORGL120Personal Mission and Leadership Development3
SOCS110Succeeding in College3
Select one course from each of the following General Education categories:24
Academic Research Writing (R category)
Technology in Our World (T category)
Studies in Our Surronding World (V category)
Health and Wellness (Y category)
Mathematics (M category)
Global Cultures and the American Mosaic (E category)
Work and Family Dynamics (W category)
Responding to the Arts (A category)
Electives15
Total Credits60

General Education requirements for the A.A. degree. 

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.

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.

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.

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 General Education Category R and Goal Area 1.

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: 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.

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.

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.
Accuplacer Assessment Fee: $70. 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.

Sample Course Sequence

This example includes the courses for a hypothetical student that starts in the Fall Semester.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
SOCS110 Succeeding in College3ENGL130 Successful Writing3ARTC150A Responding to the Arts3
CHMN140 Spiritual Quest3COMM160 Basic Communication Skills3HIST250 U.S. History in Dialogue with the Present3
 HEPE260Y Physical Wellness3 
 MATH180M Mathematics in Real Life3 
 6 12 6
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
SOCS255E Studies in the American Mosaic3BIBL230 The Bible in Real Life3Two Elective Courses 6
ENGL225R Academic Research and Writing3ORGL120 Personal Mission and Leadership Development3 
BUSN285T Studies in Technology and Society3SOCS170W Conflict Management and the Social Scientific Perspective3 
 NASC275V Environmental Studies3 
 9 12 6
Third Year
FallCredits  
Three Elective Courses 9  
 9  
Total Credits: 60