Academics - Online

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 ksanders@stlchristian.edu, 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 

PFE MAP[3]    

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                                      

PFE MAP 

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 

PFE MAP 

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 

PFE MAP 

Fourth Session—6.5 hours

Part A

GSP 104 Speech ACE 

PMN 114 Introduction to Ministry

PFE MAP

 

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.

Online Bachelor of Science in Christian Ministry (BSCM)

Program Description

The online BSCM (four year) degree equips students who desire to conduct bi-vocational ministries for effective Christian leadership in the church and the world. The BSCM implements in a fresh way the College’s mission—“Saint Louis Christian College pursues excellence in the Word and develops servant leaders for urban, suburban, rural, and global ministry” by addressing the needs of students who aspire to Christian leadership ministry but who may not intend to occupy a traditional vocational ministry position. The recommended course sequence laid out below should be taken by students who have completed an associate degree at SLCC. Another version of the program is designed on a degree-completion model for students who have completed an associate degree or its equivalent at another college or university. (Note: In addition to earning 62 hours of credits in the BSCM program the degree-completion student may need to take additional coursework to satisfy the total requirement in General Education courses.) Students must consult with SLCC’s Online Program Director for advisement prior to enrolling.

Program Objectives

Given evidences of theological truth through an overview of Biblical teaching, and instruction on how to interpret and apply the Bible, the student will be able to explain basic doctrines of the Christian faith by integrating them within the context of a Biblical sermon or lesson.

  • By participating in volunteer service to community, church, and college, the student will demonstrate practices consistent with effective leadership.
  • Having understood the Biblical mandate of Christ’s ministry in the world, the student will exemplify the obligations and opportunities of Biblical evangelism and teaching as a component of Christian leadership.
  • Recognizing the necessity of transferring Biblical principles into life, the student will develop the ability to think critically by contextualizing Scriptural truths in a variety of interpersonal settings.
  • Having been introduced to a range of intellectual disciplines in the sciences and humanities, the student will demonstrate the ability to integrate a Christian worldview with general education.
  • Guided by the requirements of information literacy in the curriculum, students will carry habits of intellectual inquiry and growth into their professional and personal practice.

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 ksanders@stlchristian.edu, 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

GHY 204 Western Civilization ACE[2]   

GPH 204 Philosophy of Religion 

PFE MAP[3]  

Part B

GAR 204 Music Appreciation ACE 

PCO 204 Introduction to Counseling  

Part C

BOT 114 History of Israel I               

BNT 364 General Epistles   

PFE MAP  

Second Session—18.5 hours

Part A

PMN 422c/424 Marriage & Family Counseling 

BNT 324 Pauline Epistles  

PFE MAP 

Part B

GLA 124 Introduction to Biblical Languages I or II  

PMN 304 Practicum                                       

Part C

BTH 304 (454) Christian Theology II TBD

PMN 404 Leadership & Management  

Third Session—18.5 hours

Part A

GSP 204 Communication in Organizations  

GPH 301 World Religions TBD  

PFE MAP  

Part B

BNT 404 Romans  

GSO 314 Urban Social Issues: People, Problems & Policy  

Part C

BOT 324 Old Testament Wisdom Literature 

PMN 204 Faith & Money (elect.)  

Fourth Session—6.5 hours

Part A

GMA 104 Basic College Mathematics   

PMN 254 Biblical Concepts of Leadership 

PFE MAP 

 

If continuing from other than SLCC:

Total hours: 62                         

Bible/Theology Credits: 18                                              

General Education Credits: 24                   

Professional Education Credits: 20     

 

If continuing from SLCC AARS:

Total hours: 123                             

Bible/Theology Credits: 36                                                 

General Education Credits: 54                               

Professional Education Credits: 34             

 

[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.

[2] 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, thus making them almost universally transferrable. A $50 fee is applied to ACE course costs.

[3] Students are enrolled in MAP (service learning) during any session in which they are enrolled for at least six hours.

Online Program Information

Online Program Information

Note: these topics have been selected to provide essential information to prospective and current SLCC online students. Further information concerning these and other matters related to the Online Program is available from the SLCC Online Program Coordinator.

Online Design 

SLCC online courses are offered in eight-week enrollment periods. Students enroll in one or two courses at a time and may initiate their online coursework at the beginning of any of six enrollment periods per year. The minimum age limit required of students seeking an online degree enables them to take full advantage of an adult and professional learning environment. St. Louis Christian College has been offering accredited degree programs to adult learners for over 20 years.

Enrollment Periods

Enrollment periods consist of semesters and modules. The year is divided into two semesters, with one beginning in January, and the other beginning in July. Each semester contains three 8-week modules. Students may begin their online coursework at the beginning of any of the six modules (also called enrollment periods), but must take Foundations for Academic Excellence as their first course. Students may take up to 18.5 credit hours of coursework per semester to maximize their progress toward completion of a degree. Online students receive advisement from the Online Program Coordinator prior to each semester to discuss academic progress and planning.

Enrollment/Registration

For practical purposes the terms “enrollment” and “registration” are synonyms. Initial enrollment is a simple process: First, complete and submit the online application form on the college website. You will be contacted by a member of the College’s Enrollment Team who will guide you through the remaining steps. If you wish to apply for federal financial aid, follow the instructions provided on the college website. Students choose between degree programs based on prior college work, if any, and overall educational goals; it is important to discuss these matters with your Enrollment Team member.

Admission Requirements

Online degree programs are designed for those 21 years of age and older. Applicants under the age of 21 may be admitted subject to certain conditions. Applicants must furnish a high school diploma or its equivalent, personal references, and an ACT score for those who have graduated from high school within the last three years. Those who have attended another college must submit a transcript of previous coursework and a good standing affidavit (form available from the SLCC Academic Office). Complete information concerning these requirements is published in the college Catalog, accessible at the college website. By law, international students may not enroll in online degree programs in the U.S.

Guest Students 

An open-enrollment Guest Student option is available to individuals—including students from other institutions—who desire to take up to three online courses without working toward a degree at SLCC. Guest Students do not qualify for federal financial aid. 

Technology Requirements

Online students must have adequate computer equipment and sufficient skills to be able to receive instruction through this medium. You will need a computer and a broadband connection to participate in online classes. To ensure the ability to communicate with the teacher and other students, access course materials, and submit assignments on time, you will need:

  • An email program or app such as Outlook or Gmail.        
  • A desktop or laptop computer with enough processing power to play various media and audio files such as mp3, mp4, etc.
  • An internet browser such as Chrome or Firefox.
  • A reliable internet connection that is always on.

Students should contact the SLCC Online Program Coordinator for further information.

Online Platform and Technical Support

The primary online platform used by the College for its online programs is called Atheneo. Atheneo is available through SLCC’s membership in the Knowledge Elements Education Network, which also offers around-the-clock technical support. 

Time Commitment

Proceeding according to the recommended course sequence, a student may complete requirements for the AARS (Associate) degree in 21 months. Students seeking the BSCM (Bachelor) degree who have completed all necessary prerequisites (a recognized Associate degree or its equivalent, with sufficient hours in General Studies) may complete the program in 21 months. Required coursework may be less for students who transfer prior college credits to SLCC. Students who choose not to maintain the recommended schedule of coursework (two courses per enrollment period) will take longer to complete their program. Courses offered in the online programs generally are available to students at all enrollment periods, enabling maximum progress toward completion of a degree.

Academic Rigor

Online courses are offered for credit only, and are comparable in academic rigor to onsite courses. Online courses are demanding and therefore are not for everyone.  Students must possess basic skills in navigating the internet, using word processing software, and maintaining habits of self-discipline that enable regular reading, research, and writing. 

Accreditation and Approval

St. Louis Christian College has been authorized to grant degrees by the State of Missouri since 1956. SLCC is accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education, an agency approved by the U.S. Department of Education. The College’s national accreditation enables qualified students to receive federal financial aid to assist in payment of their college expenses. The online program was developed according to Online Distance Education Best Practices as established by the Western Cooperative for Educational Technologies (WCET) and is approved by the ABHE Commission on Accreditation.

Faculty

Online courses are taught by Professors who meet the established requirements to teach at SLCC. They are members of Christian Churches/Churches of Christ, hold appropriate teaching credentials (a minimum of a master’s degree in their teaching area), have completed a rigorous qualifying process, and are nationally certified to teach online courses.

Textbooks & Learning Resources

Required textbooks are routinely available through the college’s virtual bookstore, accessed through the SLCC website or through the Atheneo platform at time of enrollment. Required course materials may be embedded in the course syllabus and in that case are automatically provided to the student upon enrollment. For those courses—listed with “EM” (embedded materials)—there is an additional registration charge of $50, but students need not purchase any additional course materials.  

Online students are given an SLCC Student ID and have research and borrowing privileges at the College’s McCaslin Library. All SLCC students may access the Library’s online catalog of more than 30,000 print materials. Additional resources include full-text online journal articles and selected eBooks. Members of the Library’s research staff are available to assist online students with research questions during regular hours of operation. If it is determined that a student needs direct access to print materials, the Library will check them out in the student’s name and mail them to the student at no charge.

Dropping/Withdrawing from Courses

The refund schedule and consequences for student transcripts for students who withdraw from a class are as follows:

  • Withdraw prior to first day of class: 100% refund; course does not appear on transcript.
  • Withdraw up to seven days from start of class: 75% refund; grade of “W” entered on transcript.
  • Withdraw after first seven calendar days of class: no refund; grade of “F” entered on transcript.

To request to be withdrawn, contact the SLCC Registrar (cbingamon@stlchristian.edu), or call 314-837-6777, ext. 1509. The date the request is submitted will be honored as the date of withdrawal.

Costs and Financial Policies

Online courses are offered at the standard current SLCC tuition rate. Students should consult the current pricing schedule published on the college website or contact Admissions counselors or the SLCC Business Office for current information.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available for qualified students enrolled in an online degree program at SLCC. Students are approved for federal grant and loan programs, subject to standard qualifications. Students should consult information available on the college website, or contact Admission counselors or the Financial Aid Director (finaid@stlchristian.edu or 314-837-6777 x1101) for current information.

Compass

Compass is a service learning component of all SLCC degree programs emphasizing character formation and ministry engagement. Students report their weekly church attendance, ministry involvement, and supervisor observations to the SLCC Compass Coordinator according to procedures explained in the Compass syllabus. Students enroll for a ½-hour Compass credit each module in which they are enrolled for at least 6 hours. These Professional Field Education credits apply to all SLCC degree programs.

Academic Progress

In order to be permitted to enroll in subsequent modules, students must maintain a graduation-level minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 2.0.

Attendance

Online students may submit assigned work at any time of the day or night, and according to deadlines subject to the professor’s stipulations. Class work must be completed in a timely fashion to meet attendance standards. 

Additional and Prior Coursework

Additional online or traditional coursework may be applied to an online program. Students can apply credits previously earned, either at SLCC or elsewhere, to an online degree, subject to a) standard conditions of transfer of credits, and b) the requirement that at least 15 hours are taken at SLCC for the AARS, and at least 30 hours are taken at SLCC for the BSCM. Students may also elect to apply credit earned in a current traditional daytime or evening course if it applies to their online degree program.

Transfer of Online Credits to Other Colleges

Decisions concerning transfer of academic credits, and recognition of degrees earned, always rest with the receiving institution. Students wishing to transfer credits earned in the online program should obtain advanced approval in writing from the college or university to which they plan to transfer.

Transcript of Academic Record

A permanent record of final grades is maintained by St. Louis Christian College on student transcripts. Students may view their course grades, both in the Atheneo course delivery platform and in SoldiersNet, the SLCC Student Information System. In accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), transcripts may not be released without the written consent of the student. Students should submit a Transcript Request Form, available from the SLCC Academic Office (jevans@stlchristian.edu, or 314-837-6777, ext. 1520). Transcript processing is a free service to students but may not be released unless all financial obligations to the College have been met. 

Students may view an unofficial copy of their academic transcript in SoldiersNet.  This abstract is useful only to students and their SLCC academic advisors; it is not an official transcript.

Final Grades

A course is complete when the student completes all requirements in the course syllabus and the final grade has been posted by the Instructor. Please allow one week per assignment submission for the Instructor to post the assignment grade. 

Grade Replacement

Any course may be repeated, subject to the conditions stated in the SLCC Catalog. Courses in which the final grade is “F” must be repeated, and passed, in order to apply to a degree program.

Integrity, Academic Honesty

As a Christ-centered academic community, everything we say and do at St. Louis Christian College reflects our identity in Christ as well as our scholarly mission.  Servants of Christ must live by the standards of Christ.  Integrity in all areas of life is expected on the part of students, faculty, and staff. Academic dishonesty constitutes a serious violation of academic integrity and Christian standards of conduct, and as such can result in substantial penalties. Students are urged to review the “Academic Dishonesty” statement published in the Academic Information section of the college Catalog, accessible at the SLCC website. 

The College uses multiple means to validate the identity of online students.  Authentication methods include Government-issued photo ID; secure logins and passcodes; and random contacts by email or telephone to confirm involvement in current coursework. 

Student Complaint Resolution

The U.S. Department of Education has amended the Higher Education Act (HEA) authorizing the “Program Integrity Rule.” This amendment provides, among other things, regulations associated with the federal student financial aid program requiring colleges and universities authorized to offer postsecondary education in one or more states to ensure access to a complaint process that permits student consumers to address the following:

  • Alleged violations of State consumer protection laws that include but are not limited to fraud and false advertising.
  • Alleged violations of State laws or rules relating to the licensure of postsecondary institutions; and
  • Complaints relating to the quality of education or other State or accreditation requirements.

SoldiersNet Student Information System

In addition to using the Atheneo course delivery system, students in online courses will also be required to use SoldiersNet, the SLCC student information system.SoldiersNet is a platform that allows students to register for courses, view current classes and unofficial transcripts, and view and pay student bills. It also is a primary means by which the college communicates with students. Upon their acceptance, students will receive both a school email address and SoldiersNet login information that will allow access to the student portal.

Student Services

Online students have access to services reflective of those available to all SLCC students, including academic advisement, participation in campus functions (including graduation exercises), career guidance, and access to campus facilities.  They also may participate in college-sponsored athletic activities, subject to standard requirements.  

Ten Qualities of Successful Online Students

Ten Qualities of Successful Online Students

Online learning has many benefits, such as the ability to do coursework from home and choosing your own study time. However, online learning is also rigorous and requires a good deal of self-discipline and focus. If you’re considering online education, the following ten qualities will help you decide if it’s right for you.

  1. You have the required technical skills. This means that you are comfortable using a computer and the internet, and can do the following:
  • Send and receive email (and check it multiple times per day).
  • Use a search engine.
  • Download and install required software when needed (i.e. internet browsers such as Chrome or Firefox and programs such as Skype).
  • Play various media and audio files such as mp3, mp4, etc.
  1. You have the right technology. First, you need a desktop or laptop computer that is recent enough to play media files with no problems. Second, you need a high-speed internet connection that is always on to ensure consistent access to course materials and the ability to submit assignments on time.
  2. You are open to learning in new ways. In a traditional face-to-face class, the teacher generally delivers course material by teaching or lecturing. The flow of information is mostly from teacher to student. In an online course, you will receive content through a variety of means, including video, audio, and reading material. In addition, you will be participating in discussion forums with other students.
  3. You can manage your time well. Each 8-week online course will require anywhere from 15-20 hours per week. Therefore, you will need to make careful decisions about how to budget your time. You may need to reduce your commitments in other areas of your life while you commit to completing an online degree program.
  4. You are a participant in the learning process. Online courses require that you be fully engaged with the course material, the teacher, and other students. If you are the type of student who would normally sit in the back row of a classroom and never ask a question or participate in a discussion, you will have a difficult time in online courses. This type of learning requires that you take a much more active role in your education.
  5. You are proactive in asking for help. At time you will have questions about an assignment, a technical issue, or some other need. Good online learning rests on the bedrock of reliable technology and good communication among the teachers and students. When you don’t understand something or have a problem, you must take the lead and ask for help as soon as possible.
  6. You have good communication skills. You will need to practice proper “netiquette” (short for “internet etiquette”) when communicating via email, in discussion forums, and generally with anyone online. This includes a number of guidelines:
  • Treat the student and instructor with respect in every situation
  • Be clear and concise in your statements
  • Use correct spelling and grammar
  • DON’T USE ALL CAPS because it’s usually interpreted as YELLING
  • Be careful when using humor and sarcasm since it rarely comes across correctly in writing
  • Follow directions for assignments
  • Avoid insulting or criticizing someone
  1. You can establish a regular study time. Each 8-week online course is a condensed version of a regular full-semester course. It is vital that you maintain a regular study schedule during the week. Think of it like a part-time job when you have set hours. Put your class time on your calendar as you would any other commitment, and make a covenant with yourself that you will keep that time sacred. A regular study time will ensure that you stay on top of work and don’t get behind.
  2. You can maintain a good study environment. You will want to have a regular place where you do your coursework. Although you are working on a computer and can complete your work anywhere, a regular study location will help you maintain a good routine. Designate a table or desk in your home or office where you can work undisturbed, away from noise and other distractions. If you have children at home, you may need to get creative with your study times and locations to help ensure your success in online courses.
  3. You are able to keep up with the coursework. All of the previous tips point to one thing: doing the coursework and successfully completing each online course. It is vital that you don’t fall behind in assignments. Log onto the system every day to check messages and stay current with assignments.

What kind of person is successful in online courses? In short, it’s a person who is hungry for success and is willing to make the necessary sacrifices. If you want to enjoy the benefits of online learning and are ready to take on the challenges, apply to one of our online programs!

Online

SLCC’s Online Program at a Glance

Individual Courses, Entire Degrees

St. Louis Christian College offers courses and degrees in an online (internet based) delivery format. Students may enroll in online courses chosen according to individual preference, or may choose either of two degree programs. 

The Associate of Arts in Religious Studies (AARS) degree is designed to lay a Biblical and academic foundation in preparation for further study at St. Louis Christian College. The AARS consists of the first two years of the online four-year bachelor’s degree program (see below) 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.

The online Bachelor of Science in Christian Ministry (BSCM) degree equips students who desire to conduct bi-vocational ministries for effective Christian leadership in the church and the world. The BSCM implements the College’s mission in a fresh way, by addressing the needs of students who aspire to Christian leadership ministry but who may not intend to occupy a traditional vocational ministry position. 

Who Needs Online? 

The concept driving the development of online courses and programs at SLCC is captured in the word “access.” For years, traditional and AIM (adult) students at SLCC have taken online courses to supplement their traditional coursework in order to solve scheduling conflicts or speed their progress toward completion of a traditional degree. Online degree programs expand those opportunities for students who need a different kind of course delivery and don’t want traditional on-campus living. 

Prospective students most likely to take advantage of SLCC’s online courses:

  • Missionaries and their children
  • Members of the military
  • The physically disabled
  • Working adults
  • High-achieving high school seniors, including homeschoolers
  • Local church ministers
  • Congregational leaders and teachers
  • Former SLCC students who need limited additional coursework to finish a degree
  • Students from other institutions

Enrollment Options

Online courses are offered for credit only. Online degree programs are designed for those 21 years of age and older. Applicants under the age of 21 may be admitted subject to certain conditions. Students choose between degree programs based on prior college work, if any, and overall educational goals. Admissions requirements apply; interested individuals should contact the SLCC Admissions Office or Prof. Kent Sanders, Online Program Coordinator, for further information. (You may contact Prof. Sanders by email at ksanders@stlchristian.edu, or by phone at 314-837-6777 x 1516.)

An open-enrollment Guest Student option is available to individuals—including students from other institutions—who desire to take up to three online courses without working toward a degree at SLCC. Guest Students do not qualify for federal financial aid. Financial aid is available for qualified students enrolled in an online degree program.

Further Information

Information regarding costs, financial aid, textbooks, transcripts, faculty, enrollment options, accreditation, and other matters related to the online program may be discovered by clicking the links below.