(60 Semester Hours)


The Associate of Arts degree in General and Religious Education offers a Christian liberal arts core with a foundational knowledge of the Bible and Christian ministries.  This basic curriculum prepares the student to continue study in a specialized field.

The graduate of this program will be able to

  • Formulate and express basic concepts of the humanities and general culture.
  • Continue post-secondary education in the liberal arts.
  • Exhibit a foundational knowledge of Bible content and doctrine
  • Demonstrate basic ministry skills in evangelizing, discipling and counseling

General Education Requirement (18 semester hours)

The Liberal Arts (18 semester hour general education) component for every A.A. student  will be as follows:

English – 6 hours

  • English Composition & Grammar – 6 hrs.

History / Social Science –  9 hours

  • History of Civilization – 6 hrs.
  • Ethics – 3 hrs.

Elective – 3 hours

  • Liberal Arts elective – 3 hrs.

The Bible Requirement (18 semester hours)

The Bible major for the four-year programs will consist of the following courses – 15 semester hours:

Old Testament Survey – 3 hrs.

New Testament Survey – 3 hrs.

Bible Study – 3 hrs.

Bible Doctrines I – 3 hrs.

Bible Doctrines II – 3 hrs.

The Bible major will also consist of one elective Bible courses – 3 semester hours.

The Christian Ministries Requirement (18 semester hours)

The Christian Ministries double major for the four-year programs will consist of the following courses – 12 semester hours:

Evangelism & Discipleship – 3 hrs.

Introduction to Christian Counseling – 3 hrs.

Survey of Christian Education – 3 hrs.

Teaching Bible or Sermon Preparation – 3 hrs.

The Christian Ministries double major will consist of two Ministries electives – 6 semester hours. For Southern Methodist ministerial students, one of those electives shall be CM 104 Southern Methodist Discipline Study.

The General Elective Requirement (6 semester hours)

The Associate of Arts degree program provides for  sic semester hours of general electives, normally two classes. These classes may come from any of the College course offerings or from transfer work from other institutions.