Associate of Arts

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The Associate of Arts degree provides a sound Christian foundation for success in the workplace or in further academic studies.


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.

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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 110English Composition 13 units
GS 111English Composition 23 units
GS 117Principles of Speech3 units

History / Cultures (3 units)

HI 201Western Civilization 13 units

Humanities (3 units)

HU 210Introduction to Literature3 units

Mathematics (3 units)

GS 121Practical Mathematics3 units

Natural Science (3 units)

Choose 1 of the following

SC 201Introduction to Life Science3 units
SC 203Environmental Science3 units

Social Science (3 units)

SS 205Cultural Anthropology3 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 207Personal Finance3 units
HU 211Reading the Bible3 units
SC 202Introduction to Health Science3 units
SS 202Principles of Interpersonal Relationships3 units
GS 251Your Christian Vocation3 units

Christian Foundations

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 301Biblical Hebrew 14 units
BL 302Biblical Hebrew 24 units
BL 303Biblical Greek 14 units
BL 304Biblical Greek 24 units
BS 301Introduction to Business3 units
BS 302Principles of Management3 units
BS 313Coaching and Mentoring for Business3 units
CH 301Survey of Church History3 units
CH 304Spiritual Outpourings and Revival3 units
HI 202Western Civilization 23 units
HI 211History of Christianity in the U.S.3 units
HI 220World Religions3 units
HI 221Introduction to Islam3 units
HU 201History of Music in the Church3 units
HU 202Introduction to World Music3 units
HU 203Music Theory and Musicianship 13 units
HU 204Music Theory and Musicianship 23 units
JS 301Exploring Jewish Prayer, Practices, and Thought3 units
JS 303Jewish Foundations of Christianity3 units
JS 311Second Temple Judaism3 units
MT 301Spiritual Formation3 units
MT 305Introduction to Biblical Interpretation3 units
MT 309Missions and Evangelism3 units
MT 310Divine Healing and Miracles3 units
NT 301Introduction to the New Testament3 units
NT 309Background of the New Testament3 units
NT 310Formation of the New Testament3 units
NT 311The Early Church in Jerusalem3 units
NT 313Jewish Background of the Parables3 units
OT 301Introduction to the Old Testament3 units
OT 302Historical Geography of Israel3 units
SS 201Introduction to Psychology3 units
SS 211Foundations of American Government3 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
Fredric Von-Seggern
B.Ed. in History and Secondary Social Studies, University of Hawaii M.Ed. in Instructional Leadership, National University, San Diego Teaches: History
Terry L. Tuinder
B.A. in Bible, New Hope Christian College
M.Div, D.Min., The King’s University
Teaches: Biblical Studies, Ministry
Elanie Welch
B.S. in Biology and Environmental Science, Coe College
M.S in Occupational and Environmental Health, University of Iowa
Teaches: Science

Graduation Requirements

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.

Transferring Credits

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.