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Associate of Science in Biblical Studies

Pursue God’s purpose for your life without ceasing. An associate in biblical studies degree sets a foundation in scholarship that prepares you to influence your world for Christ. With practical experience in biblical interpretation, ministry leadership and Old and New Testament study, you’ll drive lasting transformation in your community whatever your path holds.

Format

  • CUAnytime

Program Length

  • 28 months

Credit Hours

  • 62

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Estimated total cost is $26,195. Explore the full breakdown for more information.

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Admission Requirements

  • High school diploma or G.E.D.
  • Official college and/or military transcripts
  • Minimum of two years full-time work experience since high school (does not apply to online format)
  • International Students: TOEFL or IELTS score
  • Application ($25 fee)

Careers

Advance as a leader in your community. With a program anchored in Christ-centered virtues, you’ll be empowered to pursue your calling in a variety of positions.

Opportunities

  • Pastoral Roles
  • Missions
  • Ministry Leadership
  • Volunteer Coordinator
  • Student Ministries
  • Nonprofit Leadership

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Course Descriptions

Grow as an individual with core courses that provide you with well-rounded knowledge and the opportunity to improve in key writing, speaking and research skills. Prepare yourself for ministry with concentration courses to deepen your theoretical and practical understanding of the Bible.

Step I | Core Courses

IDS-100 Foundations of Inquiry

An introductory course emphasizing the knowledge and skills necessary for academic and personal success in a Christian framework. Topics include goal setting, decision making, time management, computer and information retrieval skills, learning skills, relationships and personal health.

IDS-131 Digital Literacy

A competency-based course designed to ensure that students have basic technology skills that will enable them to be successful in their academic and professional lives. Foundational principles of computing and digital literacy are covered. This course also challenges those with existing competency in technology to further develop their knowledge and skills, preparing them to make use of emerging technologies and to be responsible citizens in our increasingly connected world.

ENG-118 Introduction to Writing and Research

A course designed to develop critical thinking, reading and writing skills with an emphasis on APA documentation style and research writing.

COM-111 Foundations of Speech Communication

An introduction to the philosophy, theory and practice of speech communication. Students develop confidence as communicators with particular emphasis on intrapersonal, interpersonal, small group and public communication.

PSY-111 General Psychology

An introduction to psychology dealing with the important people, terms and theories in the fields of personality, learning, maladjustment and psychotherapy.

REL-231 Mosaic Literature

A study of the history of redemption from Adam to Moses as set forth in the Pentateuch. Special attention is given to God’s purposes in the call of Abraham and the establishment of the Mosaic economy.

PHI-211 Philosophy in Culture

An introduction and development of worldview from a Christian philosophical perspective with special attention given to hermeneutical issues surrounding worldview and the important role philosophy has played in western culture.

Step I | Concentration Courses

REL-218 Introduction to the Bible

A general introduction to the Bible and the principles of biblical interpretation.

REL-242 Old Testament Survey I

An overview of the Old Testament from Genesis to Job, noting its historical perspective and spiritual application.

REL-246 New Testament Survey I

An overview of the New Testament Scriptures Matthew-Acts, guiding one to understand the historical and biblical context of the New Testament.

Step II | Core Courses

IDS-204 Personal Wellness

A study of an individual’s personal psychological, physical, emotional, social and spiritual well-being. Students will find ways to help enhance their ability to live a balanced life within areas such as family, work, church and school.

ENG-223 Introduction to Literature

The study and application of various methods of literary interpretation and evaluation to develop critical and analytical skills in the various genres of imaginative literature.

REL-232 Gospel Literature

A study of the four Gospels including their backgrounds, themes, outlines and distinguishing features, distinctive portrayals of Christ and His life and ministry as set forth in the Gospel of Mark.

MAT-120 Contemporary Math

An introductory math course designed to develop skills that have practical usage in a business setting and daily life experience. The course reviews basic mathematical concepts, develops skills with algebraic expressions and expands to several topical applications including number properties, equations and inequalities, percentages, finance, interest, geometric figures, probability, graphs and statistics.

FAR-211 Introduction to Fine Arts

Introduction, survey and development of an appreciation for the fine arts including music, painting, sculpture and architecture. The course includes an introduction to the field of aesthetics, a study of components and techniques of the fine arts and a broad historical survey of artistic trends. Emphasis is placed upon the development of value judgment skills within the context of a Christ-centered worldview.

HIS-115 American Studies

A study of American culture using a thematic approach and including topics such as Puritanism, colonization, the Native American experience, industrialization, religious trends, technology, reform movements, the role of women, the impact of war on American life, economic development and contemporary issues.

SOC-211 Current Social Issues

An examination of current social issues in light of classical and contemporary theories. Emphasis is placed on the implications of these issues for American society.

SCI-119 Contemporary Issues in Science and Technology

An exploration of current issues in physics, science, biology, health and medicine. The course provides an understanding of the scientific method and how to critically evaluate current issues from a scientific perspective.

Step II | Concentration Courses

REL-248 New Testament Survey II

An overview of the Pauline Letters, General Epistles, and Revelation, guiding one to understand the historical and biblical context of the New Testament.

REL-244 Old Testament Survey II

An overview of the Old Testament from Proverbs to Malachi, noting its historical perspective and spiritual application.

REL-247 The Bible and Contemporary Culture

A study of contemporary issues from a biblical perspective. Particular emphasis is given to the ways in which a systematic study of the Bible can provide a basis for addressing issues as part of a Christian worldview.

Program Learning Outcomes

At Cornerstone University, we are committed to ensuring that our degree programs help you achieve outcomes that matter. From improving professional skills like writing to using biblical interpretation principles to understand Scripture, this degree is designed to help you improve personally and professionally.

PGS has helped me to better understand how to do ministry and be a more effective leader. I feel that I’ve accomplished so much, and I look forward to what the future holds in my family and career.

Gretchen O’Dell (B.S. ’17)

Related Programs

Looking for other associate degrees or to pursue a bachelor’s degree? Cornerstone offers two other associate degree programs and four bachelor’s degree programs for adults. Here are a couple of options that might interest you.

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FRI: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
SAT & SUN: Closed

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Undergraduate

At Cornerstone University, you’ll get the full college experience with a Christ-centered worldview. Learn more about the undergraduate experience below.

Adult

Persevere in what you know you’re capable of. Our programs for adults provide a creative approach to learning anchored in Christ-centered virtues as you follow your unwavering purpose.

Graduate

Go further as an influencer in your work and community. Our graduate programs prepare you to open new doors as you reach your God-given potential.

Seminary

At Grand Rapids Theological Seminary, we’re dedicated to learning, serving and leading through rigorous scholarship and a humble approach to Scripture.