The Associate of Arts Degree in Liberal Arts

Community Christian College offers a two-year program of instruction leading to the Associate of Arts degree in Liberal Arts.  We believe it is essential for Christians to have some genuine understanding of basic areas of knowledge such as history, literature, the natural sciences, psychology, theology, and sociology. These and other subjects comprise the “liberal arts.” These traditional fields of learning focus on understanding:  (1) the physical world, (2) what it means to be human, and (3) what it means for humans to live together in society.

This program consists of 18 required courses and 4 elective courses distributed evenly through two years of study in six quarters (three quarters per academic year). Each course is worth from 1.5 to 4.5 quarter credits, thus yielding a degree program requirement of 94.5 quarter credits.

Program Learning Outcomes:

1.    Students learn to communicate effectively when they: (1) read, retain, and apply published ideas, (2) write clearly and accurately in a variety of contexts and formats, (3) speak clearly and coherently in both formal and informal settings, and (4) employ the vocabulary of the subject being studied.
2.    Students develop information competency skills, when they: (1) find and interpret information from text, tables, graphs, maps, and media, (2) evaluate authority, veracity, and bias of information, (3) utilize technology to organize and present information effectively, (4) demonstrate a working knowledge of basic computer functions, software applications, and problem solving, and (5) successfully complete a well-rounded liberal arts education.
3.    Students develop critical thinking skills when they: (1) evaluate strengths, weaknesses and fallacies of logic in arguments and information, (2) compare, contrast, and/or apply biblical principles and concepts in a diversity of fields, (3) locate, evaluate and select appropriate evidence to support or discredit an argument or position, (4) construct a persuasive argument that is based on sound reasoning and evidence, (5) apply lessons from the past or learned knowledge and skills to new and varied situations, (6) apply the principles of scientific and/or quantitative reasoning to solve problems, and (7) devise and defend a logical hypothesis to explain observed phenomena.
4.    Students demonstrated Christian character when they: (1) reflect the life of Christ in their attitudes and actions, (2) exhibit biblical discernment and discretion in decision-making, (3) display respect and honor to all people because they are made in the image of God, (4) model godly family behavior as mothers/fathers, sons/daughters, sisters/brothers, (5) commit themselves to the work of Christ in the world through involvement in a local church, and (6) actively participate in civic, political or social responsibilities in their community.
5.    Students learn creative expression and self-awareness when they: (1) recognize their own strengths and weaknesses and adapt appropriate, (2) recognize their own biases and values, (3) recognize their learning style and make adjustments as necessary to improve their ability to receive and process information, (4) demonstrate the ability to give and receive constructive feedback, (5) develop time-management skills, and (6) develop stress management skills and/or other skills to maintain health and wellness, (7) set goals and develop strategies for educational, personal and professional development, (8) set goals and develop strategies to create balance in their personal and professional lives, (9) evaluate diverse artistic works in varied media, and (10) demonstrate creativity in an academic, artistic, or technical field.
6.    Students learn effective social interaction and cultural diversity skills when they: (1) demonstrate respect and appropriate social acumen both in face-to-face and written interactions and communications, (2) work effectively as a leader and/or participant in small group settings, (3) apply biblical principles for conflict resolution, (4) demonstrate knowledge of and appropriate respect for people, created in the image of God, who do not share the same race, gender, religion, age, moral values, linguistic background, or physical or intellectual abilities, and (5) demonstrate knowledge f and appreciation for the impact of the Christian faith in history and culture.

Requirements:

Art 101: Introduction to Visual and Performing Arts (4.5)
Biology 201: Introduction to Biology I (4.5)
Biology 201L: Biology Laboratory I (1.5)
College Forum 101: College Thinking and Learning I (4.5)
College Forum 201: Self-Discovery and Life Planning (1.5)
Communications 105: Intercultural Communication (4.5)
Communications 210: Elements of Public Speaking (4.5)
Computer Information Science 101:  Introduction to Computer Information Systems (4.5)
English 101: Freshman Composition: Expository Writing (4.5)
Health Science 101: Introduction to Health Science (4.5)
Mathematics 101: Introduction to College Algebra (4.5)
Physical Education 101: Physical Education for Life (1.5)
Political Science 205: Introduction to U.S. Government (4.5)
Psychology 101: Introduction to Psychology (4.5) [in class/online]
Religious Studies 101: Introduction to the History and Literature of the Old Testament (4.5)
Religious Studies 105: Introduction to the History and Literature of the New Testament (4.5)
Religious Studies 210: Introduction to Christian Thought and Contemporary Issues (4.5)
Sociology 201: Introduction to Sociology (4.5) [in class/online]