Associate of Arts
Shiloh University’s Associate of Arts degree is a two-year program providing a sound foundation for life. The curriculum is rooted in biblical principles and encourages academic achievement and continued spiritual growth. Students develop knowledge, attitudes, and skills that will assist them to contribute as responsible members of their local and global communities.
The Christian foundations, historical and cultural perspectives, interpersonal and communication skills, critical thinking, and information literacy developed through this program are excellent preparation for entering the workforce. Students expand their awareness of the opportunities to express their faith in work and career. For students looking to further their education, the Associate of Arts degree develops learning skills essential for earning a bachelor’s degree in business, biblical studies, or many other degree options.
The Associate of Arts Program:
- Delivers undergraduate courses taught from a Christian perspective.
- Provides an educationally sound foundation for further academic studies.
- Advances communication, analytical, and interpersonal skills necessary for employment.
- Assists in developing a biblical worldview and lifestyle.
- Promotes a commitment to lifelong learning and personal growth.
Upon successful completion, you will be able to:
- Demonstrate college-level critical thinking, reading, and communication skills.
- Appraise and apply information gathered through a variety of resources and technologies in developing research projects and presentations.
- Analyze and evaluate the ideas, values, and events that form the foundations influencing society.
- Evaluate how human behavior and social systems affect and cultivate meaningful and healthy relationships.
- Employ college-level scientific and quantitative reasoning to assess information and solve problems.
- Connect foundational life principles to personal and professional development.
- Demonstrate collaboration through participation in course-related forums.
Course of Study
The Associate of Arts program contains 60 units (semester hours): 24 units of general education courses, 15 units of Christian Foundation courses, and 21 units of elective courses.
Communication (9 units)
|GS 110||English Composition 1||3 units|
|GS 111||English Composition 2||3 units|
|GS 117||Principles of Speech||3 units|
History / Cultures (3 units)
|HI 201||Western Civilization 1||3 units|
Humanities (3 units)
|HU 210||Introduction to Literature||3 units|
Mathematics (3 units)
|GS 121||Practical Mathematics||3 units|
Natural Science (3 units)
Choose 1 of the following
|SC 201||Introduction to Life Science||3 units|
|SC 203||Environmental Science||3 units|
Social Science (3 units)
|SS 205||Cultural Anthropology||3 units|
General Education Description
Shiloh University requires that each Undergraduate student complete general education courses that: (1) cultivate breadth of knowledge and intellectual concepts; (2) develop essential academic skills for enhanced and continued learning; (3) convey broad historical and cultural knowledge; and (4) develop skills and attitudes that contribute to civic engagement and advance professional attainment.
General education courses are broad in their focus and emphasize skills and principles not associated with a particular profession or field of study. They contribute to preparing students for a breadth of degree programs or careers by ensuring that students gain core competencies that include (1) communication skills; (2) critical thinking skills; (3) information literacy; and (4) fundamental mathematical, science, and technological skills.
|BS 207||Personal Finance||3 units|
|HU 211||Reading the Bible||3 units|
|SC 202||Introduction to Health Science||3 units|
|SS 202||Principles of Interpersonal Relationships||3 units|
|GS 251||Your Christian Vocation||3 units|
Shiloh University believes specific foundations are essential to the ongoing personal and professional development of students. Students should have a foundation in the Bible, understand principles of healthy living, know how to manage personal finances, and learn the nature and basis of interpersonal relating. Connecting Christian foundations to life’s vocations empowers students to make a difference in the world around them.
|BL 301||Biblical Hebrew 1||4 units|
|BL 302||Biblical Hebrew 2||4 units|
|BL 303||Biblical Greek 1||4 units|
|BL 304||Biblical Greek 2||4 units|
|BS 301||Introduction to Business||3 units|
|BS 302||Principles of Management||3 units|
|BS 313||Coaching and Mentoring for Business||3 units|
|CH 301||Survey of Church History||3 units|
|CH 304||Spiritual Outpourings and Revival||3 units|
|HI 202||Western Civilization 2||3 units|
|HI 211||History of Christianity in the U.S.||3 units|
|HI 220||World Religions||3 units|
|HI 221||Introduction to Islam||3 units|
|HU 201||History of Music in the Church||3 units|
|HU 202||Introduction to World Music||3 units|
|HU 203||Music Theory and Musicianship 1||3 units|
|HU 204||Music Theory and Musicianship 2||3 units|
|JS 301||Exploring Jewish Prayer, Practices, and Thought||3 units|
|JS 303||Jewish Foundations of Christianity||3 units|
|JS 311||Second Temple Judaism||3 units|
|MT 301||Spiritual Formation||3 units|
|MT 305||Introduction to Biblical Interpretation||3 units|
|MT 309||Missions and Evangelism||3 units|
|MT 310||Divine Healing and Miracles||3 units|
|NT 301||Introduction to the New Testament||3 units|
|NT 309||Background of the New Testament||3 units|
|NT 310||Formation of the New Testament||3 units|
|NT 311||The Early Church in Jerusalem||3 units|
|NT 313||Jewish Background of the Parables||3 units|
|OT 301||Introduction to the Old Testament||3 units|
|OT 302||Historical Geography of Israel||3 units|
|SS 201||Introduction to Psychology||3 units|
|SS 211||Foundations of American Government||3 units|
Undergraduate degree courses typically require an average of 9 hours per week for a 3-unit course. Some students may require more (or less) time than 9 hours depending on the subject being studied.
Here are a few of the faculty members teaching in the Associate of Arts program. View all faculty bios.
- Stephanie Penniman
- B.A. in English, California State University, Northridge
- M.A. in Mathematics Education, California State University, Northridge
- M.A. in Theological Studies from Shiloh University
- Teaches: Mathematics, Composition and Reading, and History of Christianity
- Terry L. Tuinder
- B.A. in Bible, New Hope Christian College
- M.Div, D.Min., The King’s University
- Teaches: Biblical Studies, Ministry
To graduate with the AA degree the student will:
- Complete the minimum number of units required.
- Successfully complete all courses in the degree program.
- Earn a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0.
- Fulfill any outstanding school financial obligations.
Associate of Arts degree courses will transfer directly to Shiloh University’s bachelor’s degree programs. Students are responsible for checking on the transferability of Shiloh University credits to other colleges and universities. Acceptance of credits is always determined by the receiving institution. Students should also be aware of any prospective bachelor’s degree program requirements within a specific discipline or for a specific institution when selecting courses within the Shiloh University Associate of Arts degree program.