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Associate of Arts Program

Although a 4-year baccalaureate degree is essential for many vocational and professional careers, many require a shorter time of preparation, as evidenced by the number of 2-year programs in junior and community colleges. Most of these programs, however, are offered by public institutions that do not provide the distinctive Christian worldview that Evangel offers. These students also gain from being associated with students who are pursuing 4-year degrees.

Evangel University offers several 2-year business degree programs that can be used as terminal preparation or as an opportunity to determine whether a student wishes to obtain a 4-year degree. The graduation ceremony recognizes students who complete the Associate of Arts degree program.

General Degree Requirements

The level of academic performance required for the Associate of Arts degree is the same as for the Baccalaureate degree. A cumulative grade point average of 2.0 is required. At least 30 semester credits must be taken in residence, including the final 24 before earning the degree. All A.A. degrees require a minimum of 60 credits, with some specialized programs requiring up to 2 additional credits. Graduates of A.A. programs must also pass the English Proficiency Examination and meet the mathematics proficiency requirements as listed in the catalog (Academic Affairs section). Students who earn the Associate of Arts degree are entitled to the services of the Evangel University Academic Career Development Center.

Associate Degree General Education Requirements

Courses Credits
English Composition (111) 3
Humanities (two areas from literature, fine arts, or communication) 5-6
Social Science (history or government 3; psychology or sociology 3) 6
Natural Science 3-4
Biblical Studies (111,115,116) 9
Physical Education (112) 1
Total Credits: 27-29

Specialty Programs

The Associate of Arts degree may be earned in the following areas: General Education, Business Administration, Communication (Business Communication, Communication Studies, Electronic Media, Film and Photography, or Journalism emphasis), Education (Child Care and Development emphasis), Human Services (Psychology and Sociology emphasis), Science (Pre-engineering, or Pre-nursing emphasis), Social Sciences (History, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, or Social Science emphasis), and Theology (Biblical Studies or Intercultural Studies emphasis).

In addition to the General Education requirements for the Associate of Arts degree and the specialty requirements listed below, electives must be selected in consultation with a faculty advisor to bring the total number of credits to 60 or more.

General Education

A student is often uncertain about the length of his or her college career as well as the area of specialization. The Associate of Arts degree in General Education, consisting basically of the 4-year General Education requirements (with the exception of Biblical Studies credits), provides a 2-year program of study on which several specialties may be built in the third and fourth years. Because of the higher demands of Business, Music, and Science majors, the Associate of Arts degree in General Education does not serve students who decide to specialize in one of these areas (unless they take additional course work beyond the basic 4 years). Students considering teaching as a possible option should include EDUC 219 (Foundations of Education) among their electives and should complete 8 rather than 7 credits in natural science.

Courses Credits
ENGL 111 3
Humanities (See 4-year General Education requirements) 11-12
Social Science (See 4-year General Education requirements) 11-12
Natural Science (4 in lab science) 7
BIBL 111, 115, 116 9
B.A. or B.S. requirement (See 4-year B.A. or B.S. requirements) 6-8
Physical Education (PHED 112) 1
Electives 9-13
Total Credits 60

Theology

Biblical Studies

Courses Credits
ENGL 111      3
ENGL 212      3
Humanities (two areas from literature, fine arts or communication)     5-6
PHIL 110 or 111      3
PHIL 115 or 118      3
Social Science (History or Government 3; Psychology or Sociology 3)      6
Natural Science     3-4
Biblical Studies (BIBL 111, 115, 116, 296)     12
Theology (THEO 216)      3
Departmental Electives (BIBL, ICST, RELG, THEO, or SERV)      2
Physical Education (PHED 112)      1
Electives (to complete the 60 hrs.)   14-16
Total Credits     60

Intercultural Studies

CoursesCredits
RHET 205 (assumes English Proficiency)      3
FRWK 220, 230, 240, or 250      6
SOCI 111 or PSYC 138      3
Science      3-4
FIN 138 Personal Finance      3
BIBL 111, BIBL 115, BIBL 116      9
MATH 210 Statistics      3
LEAD 200      3
ICST 111 Intro to Intercultural Studies      3
ICST 211 Working Cross-culturally      3
ICST 310 Intercultural Communications      3
ICST 311 Best Practices in Modern Missions      3
ICST 335 Team Building and Sending Agencies      3
Electives  13-14
Total     60

Business Department

Business Administration

CoursesCredits
MGMT 235 Organizational Design and Management      3
MRKT 239 Principles of Marketing      3
MGMT 331 Business Law I      3
ECON 212 Principles of Macroeconomics      3
ACCT 231 Financial Accounting      3
ACCT 232 Managerial Accounting      3
ACCT 239 Spreadsheet Applications      2
BUED 335 Business Communications      3
BUED 111/112 Keyboarding/Word Processing (or proficiency exam)      3
Electives from ACCT, FIN, MGMT, MRKT, LEAD or other Dept approved business-related courses      6
Total Business Credits     32
General Education requirements     28
Total Credits     60

Communication Department

Communication students who are interested in a two-year degree, yet want to specialize in a specific area of communication may consider one of the following associate of arts emphases.  Should a student decide to continue toward a bachelors degree, any of these areas can be applied to full majors within the department.

Electronic Media

Courses Credits
COMM 113 Introduction to Mass Communications 3
COMM 214 Introduction to Media Writing 3
COEM 175 Introduction to Electronic Media 2
COEM 232 Video Production 3
COEM 253 Audio Production 3
Electronic media workshops (COMB, COMD, or COMF) 1
COMD 355 Web Design and Development 3
Additional Communication course electives 9
General education requirements and electives 33
Total Credits 60

Business Communication

CoursesCredits
COMM 111 Fundamentals of Speech or COMM 211 Public Speaking and Rhetoric 3
COMM 214 Introduction to Media Writing 3
COMM 246 Interpersonal Communication or COMS 346 Small Group and Organizational Communication 3
COEM 175 Introduction to Electronic Media 2
COMR 333 Advertising I or COMR 352 Public Relations 3
COMR 217 Creative Media Workshop       .5
MGMT 111 Introduction to Business or MRKT 239 Principles of Marketing 3
BUED 294 Free Enterprise .5
BUED 335 Business Communication 3
Communication or Business electives 6
General education requirements and electives 33
Total Credits 60

Communication Studies

Courses Credits
COMM 110 Film Theory and Criticism 2
COMM 111 Fundamentals of Speech or COMM 211 Public Speaking and Rhetoric 3
COMM 113 Mass Communication Theory 3
COMM 214 Introduction to Media Writing 3
COMM 246 Interpersonal Communication 3
COMM 322 Communication Theory and Research 3
COMS 233 Argumentation and Debate or 346 Small Group and Organizational Communication 3
Choice of two different communication workshops  1
Communication electives 6
General education requirements and electives 33
Total Credits 60

Journalism

CoursesCredits
COEM 175 Introduction to Electronic Media 2
COMM 113 Mass Communication Theory 3
COMM 214 Introduction to Media Writing 3
COMM 345 Desktop Publishing Design 3
COMJ 314 News Reporting and Production 3
Choice of writing course with COMJ prefix 3
COMJ 216 Newspaper Workshop .5
COMR 217 Creative Media Workshop or COMD 328 Multimedia Workshop .5
COEM 232 Video Production or COMD 355 Web Design and Development 3
Communication electives 6
General education requirements and electives 33
Total Credits 60

Photography and Film

CoursesCredits
COEM 175 Introduction to Electronic Media 2
COMM 110 Film Theory and Criticism 2
COPH 215 Introduction to Photography 3
COPH 315 Film Photography and Printing 3
COPH 319 Digital Photography 3
COEM 232 Video Production & Lab 3
COPH, COMF, or ART elective 3
COMF 368 Film Workshop .5
COMB 348 TV Workshop or COMR 217 Creative Media Workshop .5
Communication electives 7
General education requirements and electives 33
Total Credits 60

Education Department

Childcare and Development

The Child Care and Development Associate of Arts program has been carefully planned to allow students who later choose to earn certification through the 4-year Early Childhood Education Program to do so without losing time or credits.

First Semester

Courses Credits
BIBL 111 Essential Christianity 3
ENGL 111 Composition 3
PSYC 112 General Psychology 3
GOVT 170 American Government 3
PHED 112 Lifetime Fitness 1
ART 100, MUSC 113, or DRAM 100 2
Total Credits 15

Second Semester

Courses Credits
GSCI 115 Physical Science w/lab or
BIOL 101 Biological Science w/lab
4
BIBL 115 Old Testament Literature 3
**SSCl 212 Economics in Society 2
EDUC 219 Foundations of Education 2
EDUC 220 Foundations of Education Practicum 1
COMM 111 Fundamentals of Speech 3
Total Credits
**spring only
15

Third Semester

Courses Credits
EDUC 286 Curriculum Methods and Materials in Early Childhood 3
EDUC 330 Children's Literature 3
EDUC 298A Practicum in Infant/Toddler Care 1
EDUC 298D Practicum in Preschool Development 2
MATH 120 Math for Teachers I 2
*EDUC 299 Adm. of Early Childhood Program 3
Total Credits
*
Fall only
14

Fourth Semester

Courses Credits
BIBL 116 New Testament Literature 3
EDUC 340 Fine Arts for Elementary Teachers 3
EDUC 235 Educational Technology 2

EDUC 271 Exceptional Student

2

PSYC 234 Child Psychology 3
EDUC 343 Health and PE for Elementary Teachers 3
Total Credits 16

Behavioral Science Department

Human Services

The Associate of Arts degree in Human Services, which combines courses from psychology and sociology, prepares students to work immediately in mental health facilities and social agencies. In addition to the General Education requirements for the A. A. degree, Human Services majors must complete the following courses:

Psychology (6 credits)
PSYC 112 Introduction to Psychology 3
PSYC 338 Mental Health or
PSYC 371 Abnormal Psychology
3
Human Development (3 credits)
PSYC 237 Lifespan Developmental Psychology or
SWK 271 HBSE 1
3
Sociology (6 credits)
SOCI 111 Introduction to Sociology 3
SOCI 223 Social Psychology or
SOCI 232 Social Problems
3
Diversity (3-4 credits)
SOCI 332 Race, Ethnicity and Gender (2) or
ANTH 231 Anthropology
3
SSCI 296 Cross-Cultural Communications 1
Deviant Behavior 3 credits)
SWK 336 Abuse and Neglect in U.S. Families or
SOCI 335 Drug Abuse and Alcoholism
3
Applied Courses (9 credits)
SWK 233 Introduction to Social Work 3
SWK 340 Case Management or
PSYC 365 Theories and Techniques of Counseling
3
PS/SW/SO 298 Field Observation in Human Services 3
General Education
General Education requirements 29
Total Credits for A.A. in Human Services 60

Science and Technology Department

Pre-Engineering

Courses Credits
CHEM 111, 112 11
CPSC 111 3
MATH 231, 232, 233, 431 15

PHYS 231, 232

10

General Education requirements 24
Total Credits 62

A suggested program of study for the Associate of Arts Degree in Pre-Engineering is listed in the Department of Science and Technology section of this catalog. The section also describes the Dual Degree program that Evangel offers in conjunction with Engineering programs at accredited engineering schools.

Pre-Nursing

Courses Credits
BIOL 123, 235, 211, 212 14
CHEM 110 3
MATH 210 3

CPSC 101

3

NURS (104) 3
General Education requirements 37
Total Credits 63

A suggested program of study for the Associate of Arts degree in Pre-Nursing is listed in the Department of Science and Technology section of this catalog. See the Health Care portion of the Department of Science and Technology section for a description of the 4-year B.S.N. Nursing program offered through Evangel University.

Social Sciences Department

The Associate of Arts degree in Social Sciences must contain a specialty in one of five areas: history, government, psychology, sociology, or social science. Each specialty consists of 18 credits (the equivalent of an academic minor in a 4-year baccalaureate degree program). By specializing in one academic area, these programs permit the student to determine the feasibility of continuing with a 4-year program.

Courses Credits
General Education 27-29
Specialty (history, government, psychology, sociology, or social science) 18
Electives 15-18
Total Credits 60