Associate of Arts in Bible
Purpose and Objectives
For those who desire to obtain a basic understanding of the Bible, the principles of Bible interpretation, and essential skills and background. Many students continue their education in other academic and professional fields.
- Evidence of a basic understanding of the Bible's content
- Utilize correctly standard principles of Bible interpretation
- Demonstrate a meaningful engagement with a local church
- A minimum 60 total semester hours of credit.
- A minimum 12 semester hours of Bible/theology.
- A minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA at the time of graduation.
- Complete 80 clock hours of Christian Service Learning.
- Residence requirement: Complete a minimum of 15 semester hours of coursework through CIU.
- Satisfactory evidence of sound Christian character and doctrinal views. A student will not be accepted as a candidate for a degree who denies any of the doctrines as stated in the Doctrinal Standard, who affirms error in Scripture, or who believes in the ultimate salvation of all people. (Exception: A candidate does not have to affirm the premillennial position expressed in section 8 of the Doctrinal Standard.)
- Read the Bible in its entirety at least once during time at CIU. This reading may be done in conjunction with class assignments. Bible reading completed in conjunction with courses transferred in from another school is accepted.
Due to the unique nature of the A.A. program at Kirkland, Prison Initiative students may earn the necessary fifteen (15) hours of General Education by taking any of the general education courses listed as part of the Undergraduate Core or ICS 3140 Cultural Anthropology; SOC 3740 Marriage and Family; or HIS 3110 History of the Christian Church.
Career and Ministry Opportunities for Bible Graduates
Because the Associate of Arts degree also includes core academic courses in General Education, it lays the foundation for a bachelor’s degree or advancement in a variety of professional fields or ministry.