Associate of Arts


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 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.

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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 105Introduction to Online Learning1 unit
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)
Choose 1 of the following
GS 121Practical Mathematics3 units
GS 123Applied College Algebra3 units
Natural Science (6 units)
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 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 207Personal Finance3 units
HU 211Reading the Bible as Literature3 units
SC 202Introduction to Health Science3 units
SS 202Principles of Interpersonal Relationships3 units
GS 251Your Christian Vocation3 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.

PDF Version with Electives

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.

Faculty: Stephanie Penniman - M.A. in Mathematics Education
Stephanie Penniman
B.A. in English, California State University, Northridge
M.A. in Mathematics Education, California State University, Northridge
Faculty: Jennifer Richardson - M.Ed. in Educational Psychology and Special Education
Jennifer Richardson
B.A. in Psychology, Social Justice, and Peace Studies, King’s University College, Ontario, Canada
M.Ed. in Educational Psychology and Special Education, Western University, Ontario, Canada

Faculty: Fredric Von Seggern - M.Ed. in Instructional Leadership
Fredric Von Seggern
B.Ed. in History and Secondary Social Studies, University of Hawaii
M.Ed. in Instructional Leadership, National University San Diego
Faculty: Mary Ann Haskell - D.O. in Osteopathic Medicine
Mary Ann Haskell
B.A. in Biology, California State University
D.O. in Osteopathic Medicine, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific

Graduation Requirements

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.

Transferring Credits

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.