Associate of Arts in General Studies

Arts & Sciences Department


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.

Associate of Arts
Time to Complete
2 Years
Program Director
Christopher Rush
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 (18.5 credits)
  • Old Testament Survey 1 (BT 102)
  • Old Testament Survey 2 (BT 104)
  • New Testament Survey (BT 106)
  • Introduction to Biblical Interpretation (BT 120)
  • Survey of Doctrine (BT 151)
  • Bible/Theology Elective
  • Servant Leader Training Seminar (CCS 115)
  • Servant Leader Training (CCS 120)
  • Chapel (CCS 110)
General Studies (34.5 credits)
  • Fundamental Computer Literacy (CS 101)
  • 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 or 2 (HIS 235/236)
  • Christian Life and Worldview (HUM 111)
  • Introduction to Human Biology and Lab (SCI 241/242) or Introduction to Earth Science and Lab (SCI 230/231)
  • Mathematics Elective
  • General Studies Electives
The professors in the general studies classes are passionate about the subject and have a desire for students to learn, be impacted, and apply what they’ve learned in regular life. At Emmaus I was taught not only the flow in history and events, but I was also taught to observe history in such a way that examines the worldviews at the times. I learned not just to memorize what happened but to study why certain events occurred and look at history through multiple perspectives.
Shelby Barton
Shelby Barton, Emmaus General Studies Graduate

Program Planner

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