General Studies (AA)

The Associate of Arts in General Studies is a two-year program designed to provide the student with general education knowledge and skills, along with an overview of the Bible and Christian theology.

Degree: Associate of Arts
Emphasis: General Studies
Program Director: Benjamin R. Brown

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Basic knowledge of biblical content and Christian Theology.
  2. Essentials of a proper methodology to interpret and apply the English Bible.
  3. Commitment to growth in Christian character and lifestyle.
  4. Write effectively with precision and detail to communicate the intended message.
  5. Understand and apply mathematical and scientific principles.
  6. Use current technology for educational and work-related purposes.
  7. Compose and deliver speeches which clearly and effectively communicate the intended message.
  8. Demonstrate critical thinking skills through integration of Christian theology and worldview with other academic disciplines.
  9. Identify informational needs, search effectively for resources, evaluate sources, and ethically integrate information to accomplish academic goals.

Program Requirements

  1. Complete a minimum of 62 semester credit hours.
  2. A 2.0 cumulative grade point average and a passing grade in all required courses.
  3. At least 30 semester credit hours must be earned at Emmaus.
  4. Complete the general graduation requirements listed in the Academic Life section of the catalog.
  5. Meet course requirements in the following areas:
    • Bible/Theology (21 credits)
      • Old Testament Survey 1 (BT 102)
      • Old Testament Survey 2 (BT 104)
      • New Testament Survey (BT 106)
      • Christian Life and Worldview (BT 111)
      • Introduction to Biblical Interpretation (BT 120)
      • Survey of Doctrine (BT 151)
      • Bible/Theology Elective
      • Chapel (CCS 110)
    • Intercultural Studies (3 credits)
      • Missions and Evangelism 1 (ICS 104)
    • General Studies (29 credits)
      • Servant Leader Training (CCS 120)
      • Fundamentals of Speech (COM 112)
      • English Composition (ENG 101)
      • Introduction to Literature (ENG 102)
      • Transitions Seminar (FND 101)
      • Western Civilization 1 or 2 (HIS 131/132) or American History 1 (HIS 235)
      • Introduction to Human Biology and Lab (SCI 241/242 or Introduction to Earth Science and Lab SCI 230/231)
      • Mathematics Elective
      • Humanities Elective
      • Social Science Electives
    • Electives (9 credits)
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