Associate of Arts in General Studies

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Discover how an Associate degree from Cornerstone University can help you flourish personally and professionally.

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This introductory-level academic program is designed for working adults who understand that a solid Christian liberal arts education will help them accomplish more in their professional and personal lives. 

Curriculum

The regionally-accredited curriculum dives into varied, core subjects which give you with a strong foundation to knowledgeably navigate a variety of industries while also offering courses specific to liberal arts, business, and sciences. Coursework is divided into individual and group projects through which you'll learn how to effectively manage in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment while developing your leadership and communication skills. 

Convenience and Flexibility

With course offerings online and in-class, you will maximize your educational experience while still maintaining your work and family life. Classes meet one night per week in one of our four campus locations and online. Upon starting a degree, you will continue through the program with your classmates as a cohort. With an average of 15 students in each cohort, students receive one-on-one attention from faculty while gleaning insights from other students' personal and professional experience.

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Program Details

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The associate degree programs offered by Professional & Graduate Studies are designed for working adults who may have acquired learning through college or university courses, career experiences, professional or military schools and in-service training. 

Program Outcomes

This degree program offered by the Professional & Graduate Studies program provides the knowledge and skills required for leadership in one’s profession as well as personal skills needed for effective performance. Upon graduation, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the Christian worldview and the ability to apply it to business and social issues
  • Communicate effectively both in oral and written forms
  • Demonstrate a knowledge-base in the liberal arts as a foundation for a bachelor's degree
  • Integrate liberal arts principles, concepts and skills

Graduation Requirements

  • Complete at least 60 credit hours including all general education requirements and core courses in the program with at least 24 credit hours completed at Cornerstone University including 12 credit hours of General Studies courses
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.00 or higher in all work, 2.5 or more in the major, and 2.0 or more in a minor
  • A grade of C- or higher in ENG-118 and COM-111
  • Payment of all tuition and fees
  • Graduation application filed

Admission Requirements

  • Submit application with $40 fee
  • Official transcripts
  • Graduation from High School
  • Minimum of two years full-time work experience since high school
  • Students whose primary language is not English must achieve a minimum TOEFL score of 550 (paper-based), 213 (computer-based), 79-80 (internet-based) or a minimum IELTS score of 6.5

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Program Courses

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The courses for the Associate of Arts in General Studies are separated into two steps. Students can expect to begin the Step II courses at the completion of Step I.

Step I: Courses

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.  

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.  

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.  

Marriage & Family

An examination of the structure and function of marriage and family life from a biblical perspective. Topics include mate selection, parenting, divorce, transitions in relationships and the family life cycle. Students are exposed to difficult family issues such as blended families, spousal infidelity, midlife crisis and grief and loss in the home.  

Christian Foundations

A study of the biblical concepts of creation, fall, redemption, consummation, stewardship and humanity as divine image bearers. These concepts provide a basis for all knowledge, insisting that “all truth is God’s truth,” and for the absolutes of biblical truth and morality.  

Personal Financial Planning

A study of the principles and practices of personal financial management. Topics covered include budgeting, taxes, banking, credit, investments, insurance, goal setting, retirement and estate planning.  

General Psychology

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

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.  

Foundations of Wellness

A study in personal wellness as a responsibility of biblical stewardship. This course addresses total person wellness in the context of biblical principles. Topics include attitude, exercise, fitness, nutrition and stress management.  

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 II: Courses

Leadership Studies

An overview of the fundamentals of leadership. Using a combination of both theory and practical applications from case studies, students explore issues involved with solving business problems, group interactions and techniques of group presentations.  

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.  

Intercultural Relations

An examination of minority and ethnic groups’ social issues, cultural beliefs, values, communication styles, learning styles and cultural influences and contributions. The course explores roles within families and society, surveys, demographics and their impact on individuals and society and introduces concepts of gender diversity and women’s issues.  

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.  

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.  

Interviewing and Counseling

An introduction to theoretical concepts, primary principles, strategies and interventions implemented in the practice and delivery of human services to individuals and families using the human services interview techniques.  

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 Christian worldview.  

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. 

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.  

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.  

Parenting

A study of parenting and child development with a special focus on biblical parenting. The physical and spiritual development of the child from birth through the teen-age years is also emphasized.  

Career Paths

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An Associate of Arts in General Studies can lead you into various career paths:

  • Investment Banking
  • Small Business Management
  • Non-profit Organizations
  • Entrepreneurial Start-ups
  • Government
  • Retail
  • Sales
  • Nurse
  • Counselor
  • Non-profit Organizations
  • Teacher
  • Career Services
  • Customer Service
  • and more!

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