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Academics

Associate of Arts

On-campus undergraduate degree program

The Associate of Arts program is a 60 credit undergraduate degree in Theology. The program is designed specifically for the person who has an interest in a liberal arts education and wants to work towards a Bachelor’s degree at a future date. The A.A. program requires an understanding of theology, philosophy, humanities, social science, mathematics and the physical sciences. A maximum of thirty credit hours with a grade of C or higher will be accepted for transfer into the program, provided credits are from accredited colleges, have not already been used for an A.A. degree or higher, and are applicable to the A.A. degree. Acceptance of transfer credits is at the discretion of the Academic Dean. Of accepted transfer credits, only nine may be in a student’s area of concentration. There is a six year time limit from entry into the program for completion of the degree requirements.

Admission Requirements for the Program

Applicants for the A.A. program should follow the College Division Admissions Procedure. They must possess a high school diploma or equivalent. Applicants must be able to show proficiency in both English and Mathematics, either evidenced by previous college experience or by proficiency exam.

Requirements for the A.A. in Theology Degree

Theology – 18 credits

These courses include Scripture, Religious Education, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Theological Research and Writing, Moral and Dogmatic Theology, and Evangelization. They are geared to helping students gain a better understanding of the Living Tradition and the Living Word, and to further develop their own personal spirituality.

Philosophy – 12 credits

These courses examine the basic areas of philosophy as they relate to Christian Theology. Logic, Epistemology, and Metaphysics provide students with an understanding of the foundation of philosophical thinking. Courses such as Philosophy of God or Ethics lead students to a deeper intellectual insight into the Christian belief structure. The courses are geared to help the student combine faith with knowledge, so as to look at life through the paradigm of Christian Theology.

Humanities – 6 credits

These courses include Art, English, Literature, and Speech. Additional Philosophy courses beyond the requirement may also be used as Humanities credits. These courses help the student develop the ability to express and articulate abstract concepts to a broad audience.

Social Sciences – 6 credits

These courses study the social aspect of human life including Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology, History and Education. They are intended to help the student bring the Gospel message to others in a culturally and socially relevant way, as they better understand the perspectives from which others view Christian faith.

Language – 6 credits

Spanish classes make it possible for students to acquire a working knowledge of the language for pastoral settings. Biblical Greek provides the opportunity to better understand the original texts of the Scripture. Latin provides the background for understanding the language of the Church.

Mathematics and Physical Sciences – 6 credits

Courses in Mathematics and the Physical Sciences are required for a well‐rounded college education. They include Geography, Biology, Elementary Mathematics, Statistics, and Algebra.  

Electives – 6 credits

Elective courses may be drawn from any area of choice, allowing the student to further explore a particular interest.

Course Descriptions

Please view the Undergraduate Course Descriptions list for a comprehensive list of courses offered at Holy Apostles College for the A.A. program.

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