Online Associate of Arts in Religious Studies

Program Description

The AARS (associate-level) degree is designed to lay a Biblical and academic foundation in preparation for further study at Saint Louis Christian College. The AARS consists of the first two years of the BSCM (online four-year bachelor’s degree) program but may be taken independently. Typically the AARS student has taken little or no previous college work and is interested in a program that offers an attractive balance between courses in General Education, Biblical Studies, and Practical Ministry preparation. Prospective students are encouraged to consult the online SLCC Catalog for detailed information regarding academic programs, institutional mission and profile, financial information, and other matters related to student success.

Program Objectives

  • Given instruction in general studies, the student will demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively, think critically, and appreciate the independent value of knowledge.
  • Given an overview of Biblical teaching, the student will be able to explain basic doctrines of the Christian faith.
  • Given instruction in principles of Biblical hermeneutics, the student will demonstrate the ability to interpret the Bible.
  • Given the Biblical mandate of the Church’s ministry of discipling, the student will demonstrate the ability to share the gospel message with others.
  • Given the necessity of deriving life-management principles from Biblical study, the student will be able to apply Scripture to life and ministry.

Suggested Course Sequence

Students who desire to maximize their progress should take courses in the sequence displayed below. However, the precise order in which they take courses may be determined to some extent by previous college work transferred to SLCC or other factors. Most courses are available at most enrollment periods. Students must be advised by the Online Program Coordinator, Kent Sanders, before registering for any enrollment period. You may contact Prof. Sanders by email at, or by phone at 314-837-6777 x 1516.

All courses are three credits except PFE MAP, which is 1/2 credit.

First Session—18.5 hours[1]

Part A

GEN 104 Foundations for Academic Excellence; EM[2]

BOT 104 Old Testament Survey; EM


Part B

BNT 104 New Testament Survey

GEN 114 English Composition I ACE[4]; EM

Part C            

BTH 104, Christian Theology I

GEN 124 English Composition II ACE; EM

Second Session—18.5 hours

Part A

BBI 214 Hermeneutics

GPH 314 Christian Ethics


Part B

GEN 214 Introduction to American Literature ACE; EM

GPY 204 General Psychology ACE

Part C

GHY 314 Church History: Reformation through Stone-Campbell

BNT 204 Acts

Third Session—18.5 hours

Part A

GHY 214 American History

GSC 214 Introduction to Life Science


Part B

PSP 214 Foundations of Teaching & Preaching

PMI 204 Introduction to World Missions

Part C

BNT 114 Life of Christ

PMN 104 Evangelism & Discipleship


Fourth Session—6.5 hours

Part A

GSP 104 Speech ACE

PMN 114 Introduction to Ministry



Total hours: 62                               

Biblical/Theological Credits: 18                                                 

General Education Credits: 30                               

Professional Education Credits: 14


[1] Sessions start in January and July. Students may initiate their online coursework at the beginning of any of six enrollment periods (Modules) per year, but must take Foundations for Academic Excellence as their first course.

[2] Courses listed as “EM” (Embedded Materials) include all required texts and other course materials with the online course syllabus. A $50 fee is applied to courses labeled EM, but there are no additional costs for textbooks.

[3] Students enroll for MAP (service learning) each Session in which they are enrolled for at least 6 hours.

[4]General Education courses listed as “ACE” have been evaluated and recommended for college credit by the American Council on Education’s College Credit Recommendation Service. The ACE Transcript Service offers a lifelong record for students who have successfully completed these courses. The service enables students to present a nationally recognized transcript to the college or university of their choice for the potential award of academic credit. A $50 fee is applied to ACE course costs.