AA in Biblical Studies

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Overview

The Associate of Arts (AA) in Biblical Studies offers adult learners the opportunity to earn an associate-level, Biblically-grounded college degree. It is particularly suited for those who want to use this degree to serve in the Church. The curriculum focuses on enabling adult learners to be more effective servant leaders. For some students, the AA degree is the goal, but for those who wish to pursue a bachelor's degree from LCU, this program also fulfills the 61 hours of prerequisites for the Adult & Graduate Studies baccalaureate degree completion programs.

Program Learning Outcomes

The AA in Biblical Studies program intends to graduate students who will:

  • Live faithfully by submitting to the authority of Scripture as a guide to Christian living.
  • Think Biblically by understanding and applying a Biblical worldview to their work and ministry, with special focus on a broad understanding of Scripture.
  • Grow intellectually by thinking critically, learning collaboratively, and communicating effectively.
  • Improve professionally by demonstrating general competencies appropriate to their chosen field, particularly in areas related to Bible and theology.
  • Learn continually by developing a plan for lifelong learning, including pursuit of a baccalaureate.
Program Delivery System

This program is offered both onsite and online for adult learners. All courses are six weeks long, with four courses offered each semester (fall and spring). This format allows students to focus on once course at a time and complete the program in a timely manner. The amount of time to complete the degree is determined by the amount of transfer work a student might have already completed.

Requirements

LA 101 Written Composition 1 3
LA 102 Written Composition 2 3
LA 113 Speech 3
HI 241 History of the Christian Church 3
ID 101 Introduction to Worldviews 3
Humanities Elective1 3
Social Science Electives (IC or SS prefix) 9
MA Math Elective 3
SC Science Electives (with at least 1 hour of lab) 7
BI 111 Introduction to the Bible 3
BI 264 Foundations of Bible Study 3
NT 143 Life of Christ 3
NT 243 Acts 3
TH 261 Foundations of Biblical Theology 3
Bible / Theology Elective2 3
HS 290 Introduction to Adult Studies 3
HS 295 Dynamics of Self-Leadership 3
HS 297 Character and Ethics 3
HS 299 Capstone Portfolio: Associate Degree 0

64 credit hours

  1. With the permission of their advisor, students may take TH 261 as a humanities elective. Doing so would increase their total Bible / Theology hours from 18 to 21 hours.
  2. Students should choose an elective in consultation with their advisor. Electives may include a book of the Bible or such courses as OT 336 / 337 Old Testament History I / II or NT341 Pauline Epistles.

Faculty

Stephen Collins
Program Director
Associate Professor of Bible and Ministry
Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies

  • MA, MA, MDiv, Lincoln Christian Seminary
  • BA, Lincoln Christian University
Trevor Cochell
Assistant Professor of Old Testament
MA in Bible and Theology Program Director

  • PhD, Baylor University
  • MA, MDiv, Lincoln Christian Seminary
  • BA Northwest Christian University
Clay Ham
Provost
Professor of New Testment and Preaching

  • PhD, Southwestern Theological Seminary
  • MDiv, Lincoln Christian Seminary
  • BA, Lincoln Christian University
Jessica Hanson
Instructor
Director of Enrollment

  • MA, Lincoln Christian Seminary
  • BA, Lincoln Christian University
Fred Johnson
Professor of Bible and Theology

  • DMin, Emmanuel School of Religion
  • MTh, Covenant Theological Seminary
  • MDiv, Lincoln Christian Seminary
  • BA, Johnson Bible College
Robert Kurka
Professor of Theology and Culture

  • Doctoral work in process, Trinity International University
  • DMin, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
  • MDiv, Lincoln Christian Seminary
  • BA, Minnesota Bible College
Mark Mangano
Professor of Old Testament

  • MPhil, PhD, Hebrew Union College
  • MA, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
  • BA, Minnesota Bible College
Rondel Ramsey
Associate Professor of Youth Ministry

  • Doctoral work in process, Lincoln Christian University
  • MA, Johnson Bible College
  • BA, Johnson Bible College
Keith Ray
Professor of Theology
LCU President

  • DMin, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
  • MDiv, Lincoln Christian Seminary
  • BA, Lincoln Christian University
JK Stevens
Professor-at-Large

  • MA, MRE, Lincoln Christian Seminary
  • BA, Lincoln Christian University
LC Sutton
Professor of Preaching

  • DMin, Emmanuel School of Religion
  • MDiv, Lincoln Christian Seminary
  • BA, Lincoln Christian University
Greg Taylor

  • MA, Lincoln Christian Seminary
  • BA, Lincoln Christian University
Paul Trainor
Associate Professor of Bible and Theology
Academic Director for Las Vegas Extension Site

  • Doctoral work in process, Radboud Unviersity Nijmegen The Netherlands
  • MA, Fuller Theological Seminary
  • BS, University of Nevada Las Vegas
Peter Verkruyse
Professor of General Education

  • PhD, University of Illinois
  • MA, MDiv, Lincoln Christian Seminary
  • BA, Lincoln Christian University
Barney Wells
Professor of Bible and Ministry

  • DMin, Bethel University
  • MDiv, Lincoln Christian Seminary
  • BA, Lincoln Christian University