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 successfully 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 lifelong learning skills and can be an important step toward earning a Bachelor’s degree in business, biblical studies, or many other degree options.
The Associate of Arts Program Seeks To
- Provide undergraduate courses taught from a Christian perspective.
- Provide an educationally sound foundation for further academic studies.
- Develop communication, analytical, and interpersonal skills necessary for employment.
- Assist in developing a biblical worldview and lifestyle.
- Develop a commitment to lifelong learning and personal growth.
Upon Completion, You Will be Able To
- Demonstrate college-level critical thinking, reading, and communication skills.
- Appraise and use information gathered through a variety of resources and technologies in developing research projects and presentations.
- Analyze and evaluate the ideas, values, and events that formed the foundations influencing today’s society.
- Evaluate how human behavior and social systems can affect and cultivate meaningful and healthy relationships.
- Employ college-level scientific and quantitative reasoning skills to appraise information and to solve problems.
- Develop a connection between your Christian ministry and your work-life and professional career.
- Demonstrate sharing of ideas and mutual support through participation in course-related forums.
Course of Study
The Associate of Arts program contains 60 units (semester hours): 25 units of general education courses, 15 units of Christian Foundation courses, and 20 units of elective courses.
|Study Skills (1 unit)|
|GS 105||Introduction to Online Learning||1 unit|
|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)|
Choose 1 of the following
|GS 121||Business Mathematics||3 units|
|GS 123||Applied College Algebra||3 units|
|Natural Science (6 units)|
|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 successfully complete general education courses at the collegiate level that (1) ensure breadth of knowledge and intellectual concepts; (2) develop essential academic skills for enhanced and continued learning; (3) convey broad historical and cultural understandings; and (4) develop skills and attitudes that contribute to civic engagement and advance professional attainment.
General education courses are broad in their focus and place an emphasis on skills and principles that are 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 certain basic core competencies. These core competencies include (1) communication skills; (2) critical thinking skills; (3) information literacy; and (4) basic mathematical, science, and technological skills.
|BS 207||Personal Finance||3 units|
|HU 211||Reading the Bible as Literature||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|
Christian Foundations Description
Shiloh University believes that certain 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. In the course, Your Christian Vocation, each student is taught to connect work and professional life with his/her Christian faith – empowering and energizing the student to make a difference in the world around them.
Elective courses are available in a variety of subjects including foreign language, business, history and cultures, humanities, and social science. Those interested in earning a concentration in either Business or Peoples and Cultures must earn at least 15 units in that discipline (see required course list below). Students interesting in earning a Peoples and Cultures concentration can only count one Foreign Language (8 units) towards concentration completion.
See the PDF below for a current Elective list.
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 AA program. View all faculty bios.
To graduate with the AA degree the student will:
- Complete the minimum number of units required.
- Complete and pass all of the courses in the degree program.
- Earn a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0.
- Fulfill any outstanding school financial obligations.
AA 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.