Associate of Arts

This program provides a solid Bible foundation and a Christian orientation to life. Courses provide a foundational knowledge of the Old and New Testament, which affords a basis on which to construct a well-reasoned theology and personal application.

Concentration Objectives

Upon completion of this program, a student should be able to:

  1. Apply a Christian worldview to contemporary issues.
  2. Articulate the essentials of the Christian faith.
  3. Identify the intended message of biblical passages.
  4. Demonstrate Bible study skills in the interpretation of biblical passages.
  5. Communicate the message of biblical passages to a contemporary audience.

Concentration Courses

BIB2100 Pentateuch 3 credits 5 weeks

This course introduces the first five books of the Bible through a survey of its contents, with attention to its social and historical contexts, distinctive literary forms and features, major themes and theological assertions, and enduring message and relevance.

BIB2200 Pauline Epistles 3 credits 5 weeks

This course will examine the letters of the New Testament ascribed to the apostle Paul. Attention will be given to how Paul’s conversion experience impacted his ministry and writings, the historical and cultural settings of the epistles, and a survey of the major theological themes found within the epistles.

BIB2300 Life in New Testament Bible Times 3 credits 5 weeks

A study of the contexts of the New Testament, including cultural and geographical settings. Students use knowledge of these significant background issues in the various cultures and political arena of the New Testament.

BIB2900 Acts of the Apostles 3 credits 5 weeks

This course is a study of Acts that specifically follows the historical expansion of the church through doctrinal development, growth in understanding, evangelism, and geographical expansion through the missionary activities of its members. Students will become acquainted with the activities of the great church leaders of the first century (i.e., Peter, James, and Paul).