Associate of Arts

The 63-credit hour Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree has been designed to train laypersons for a variety of leadership ministry positions in the local church. Examples of these leadership ministries might be Sunday school teachers, youth and children’s ministry workers, church program directors, women's ministry leaders, and deacons.

Your classes include:

General Education Courses

HU 110 College Life Mindset

Interdisciplinary thinking is introduced within a collegiate-biblical context. Students are exposed to study processes weaving academic goals with present situations. Orientation toward an interdependent, wholistic Christian life view is developed.

LA 104 English Composition 1

This course enables students to learn to communicate effectively through writing which is essential for urban ministry. It places emphasis on different forms of writing by covering introductive, informative, comparative/contrast, descriptive, persuasive, and process types of writing. Students will also explore the use of visual aids in written materials and the necessary software.

LA 105 English Composition 2

This course continues with further developing writing skills and gives an in-depth look at how to do a research paper which is essential for effective urban ministry. Time is spent developing a thesis statement, bibliography, outline, rough draft, and final paper. It offers an examination of the various types of research techniques, library uses, organizations, formats, citations, and documentations culminating in a research paper on an urban multicultural topic. Prerequisite: LA 104.

CO 103 Public Speaking

This course is a study in the art and skills of public speaking and emphasizes audience adaptation, delivery techniques, voice production, research, outlining and messaging. It includes practice in delivering various types of speeches. Instruction in the presentation of simple Bible messages is also included.

HU 200 Humanities

This course examines history through great works of art, music, architecture, theater, and literature by placing emphasis on how Christians have shaped and responded to world civilization.

HU 220 Defining Moments in Church History

This course covers the major turning points in church history that have most contributed to shaping our current theological climate. Special attention will be given to the first apologists, the 4th and 5th century ecumenical councils, the lasting influence of St. Augustine and Thomas Aquinas, the continental and English Reformations, as well as the most significant events in American evangelicalism.

SC 105 Introduction to Computers

This course discusses the basic use of a computer. Basic computer vocabulary is explained and operating system and Windows commands are taught. Main emphasis is placed on instruction in word processing, spreadsheet, online presentations and the Internet. It requires hands-on work in the computer lab.

Christian Ministry Courses

UL 185 Intro to Holistic Urban Ministry

This course will assist students in developing the foundational skills necessary to aid the church in its missional responsibilities to urban communities. The course requires students to develop a biblical worldview concerning urban issues. Students will also be introduced to step-by-step processes of establishing a nonprofit ministry/organization.

UL 203 Culture, Race, and the Church

This course examines opportunities, problems, and hindrances to ministry in a multicultural society with emphasis on urban North America. The history of culture, contributions, religion, and family life of major minority groups are surveyed. A biblical view of racism, segregation, interracial marriage, the origin of races, culture, and church responsibilities is developed.

CE 212 Principles and Methods of Teaching

Examines pedagogy and andragogy and the individual characteristics of each age level. Students are taught how to study the Bible inductively and from their study prepare, write, and teach Spirit-empowered Bible lessons.

BC 300 Introduction to Biblical Counseling

This course is a general introduction to the basic concepts and distinctives of biblical counseling, including definitions and foundations of biblical counseling, the unique and comprehensive nature of the Bible, the role of the gospel in counseling, the heart of man, a comparison to major theories and models in psychology, the role of the counselor, and the relationship of biblical counseling to the local church.

Bible and Theology Courses

BL 207 Hermeneutics

A study of the theory and praxis of biblical interpretation. Both evangelical and aberrant hermeneutical methods will be examined. Designed to give the student the method and skills to interpret all genres of biblical literature.

BL 101 Old Testament Survey 1

A foundational study designed to give the student a grasp of the Old Testament as a whole. Over two semesters, the full scope of the Old Testament is studied within its historical and cultural context. Its basic teachings are discovered and applied.

BL 102 Old Testament Survey 2

A foundational study designed to give the student a grasp of the Old Testament as a whole. Over two semesters, the full scope of the Old Testament is studied within its historical and cultural context. Its basic teachings are discovered and applied.

BL 204 New Testament Survey 1

These courses comprise a survey of each book of the New Testament over two semesters. The study of each book will cover its historical setting, structure, theology, application, and place in the scope of redemptive-history. Trends in New Testament scholarship will also be discussed.

BL 205 New Testament Survey 2

These courses comprise a survey of each book of the New Testament over two semesters. The study of each book will cover its historical setting, structure, theology, application, and place in the scope of redemptive-history. Trends in New Testament scholarship will also be discussed.

BT 102 Building a Biblical Lifestyle

Survey of the foundational concepts for Christian living including Bible study, prayer, God's will, authority, the church, position in Christ, doubtful things, spiritual warfare, etc. Students develop a biblically balanced philosophy of godly living that will provide guidance for a lifetime. Emphasis is on continued personal growth in Christ-likeness and practical application of biblical principles.

BT 203 Systematic theology 1

This course is a detailed study of the doctrines of God (theology proper), the Bible (bibliology), angels (angelology), including Satan and demons. We will cover revelation, inspiration, and illumination of Scripture; the character and attributes of the Godhead; trinitarianism; and the nature and activities of angels. Prerequisites: LA 104, 105, BI 207.

BT 204 Systematic theology 2

A detailed study of the doctrines of humanity (anthropology), sin (hamartiology), Christ (Christology), and salvation (soteriology). Covers the origin, fall, nature and guilt of the human race, conversion, repentance, faith, regeneration, justification, redemption, sanctification, glorification, and the person and work of Christ. Prerequisites: LA 104, 105, BI 207.