AA in General Studies

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The AA in General Studies degree provides a broad-based and Biblically-grounded education. All of the courses in this program are designed specifically for adult learners. This program also makes it possible for students with little or no previous college work to fulfill the 61 hours of prerequisites for bachelor's degrees offered at Lincoln Christian University. Courses focus on preparing adult learners to become more effective servant leaders.

Program Learning Outcomes

The AA in General Studies is intended 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.
  • Grow intellectually by critically engaging theories of language teaching/learning and linguistics, developing a philosophy of teaching ESL/EFL, and engaging in critical research in the field.
  • Improve professionally by demonstrating general competencies appropriate to their chosen field.
  • Learn continually by developing a plan for lifelong learning, especially pursuit of a baccalaureate degree.
Program Delivery System

This program is offered both onsite and online through the School of Adult & Graduate Studies. 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 length of time required to complete the degree requirements is determined by the amount of transfer work a student might have already completed.


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 Elective 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
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

61 credit hours

* Students without basic proficiency in computer skills must also take CS112 Introduction to Microsoft Windows.


Peter Verkruyse
Program Director
Professor of General Education

  • PhD, University of Illinois
  • MDiv, Lincoln Christian Seminary
  • MA, Lincoln Christian Seminary
  • AB, Lincoln Christian University
Gary Bussmann
Adjunct Faculty

  • DMin, Eden Theological Seminary
  • MDiv, Lincoln Christian Seminary
  • MA, Ball State University
  • BA, Lincoln Christian University
Jessica Hanson
Director of Enrollment

  • MA, Lincoln Christian Seminary
  • BA Lincoln Christian University
Scott Jones
Assistant Professor of Science

  • MS, Illinois State University
  • BA, Illinois State University
Chris Keith
Adjunct Faculty

  • PhD, University of Edinburgh, Scotland
  • MA, MDiv, Cincinnati Christian University
  • BS, Cincinnati Christian University
Silas McCormick
Director of Institutional Effectiveness

  • PhD, University of Illinois
  • JD, Ohio State University
  • EdM, University of Illinois
  • BA, Lincoln Christian University
Susan McGrath
Adjunct Faculty

  • MA, University of Phoenix
  • BS, Southern Illinois University
Tom Sowers
Administrator for Angel Learning Management Suite

  • MA, University of Illinois at Springfield
  • BA, Lincoln Christian University
Ann LaMotte
Online Instructional Designer
Assistant Professor

  • MA, University of Illinois, Springfield
  • BA, Lincoln Christian University
Leslie Starasta
Information Services Librarian
Assistant Professor

  • MS, University of Illinois
  • BA, Illinois State University
Tom Tanner
Adjunct Faculty

  • PhD, University of Illinois
  • MA, MLS, University of Illinois
  • MDiv, Lincoln Christian Seminary
  • BA, Lincoln Christian University