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 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 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

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.


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.

Stephanie Penniman
B.A. in English, California State University, Northridge
M.A. in Mathematics Education, California State University, Northridge
Teaches: Mathematics, Composition and Reading
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

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.