APOU’s undergraduate degree programs are built on a Liberal Arts Core. Incorporating faith and knowledge, the curriculum lays the foundation for responsible citizenship, historical and cultural literacy, and respect for God honoring diversity, while engaging students in written and oral communications, history and humanities, social and behavioral sciences, natural sciences, mathematics, and information technology.
Learners pursuing any of APOU’s four-year degrees are advised to complete the Liberal Arts Core before starting their major requirements. These units may be satisfied by completing the classes below or may be transferred in from a regionally accredited community college or university. Articulated transfer units may be applied toward major requirements, subject to all APOU policies and guidelines. Learners must attain at least a 2.0 (C) grade point average in the major. All required courses must be taken for a letter grade where the option exists.
All degree-seeking APOU students are required to begin with the following Core courses:
Skills and University Requirements (24 units)
APOU 101 Momentum: Success in the University
Momentum: Success in the University
This course lays a strong foundation for a successful transition to college by increasing critical thinking, curiosity, goal orientation, and motivation skills. It provides an orientation to Azusa Pacific Online University, the Moodle online learning system, digital library services, and other support services. Students will be introduced to the idea of a Christian Liberal Arts education, a strengths approach to learning, and opportunities to develop practical skills and strategies for addressing the challenges of college. This course is a prerequisite for all other APOU courses.
COMM 111 Public Communication
This course offers practical instruction in how to speak effectively and introduces the basic principles underlying effective communication. Topics range from the study of theoretical models of interpersonal and public communication to the fundamental skills of research, organization, and delivery of informative and persuasive discourse.
CS 205 Basic Software Tools
Basic Software Tools
This PC-based course covers the basics of MS Windows and the use of applications software as problem-solving tools. In-depth coverage of popular word processing, database, and spreadsheet packages is included.
ENGL 101 Expository Writing
This course focuses on the literacy skills essential to effective writing, including reading comprehension, audience awareness, genre knowledge, grammatical efficacy, syntactic fluency, and rhetorical sufficiency. Course is limited to 15 students.
ENGL 102 Composition: Argument and Analysis
Composition: Argument and Analysis
This course promotes the intellectual and rhetorical skills necessary to write persuasive and argumentative prose. Specific areas addressed to include logic, grammar, and rhetoric. Clarity of purpose and perspicuity of argument are examined through attention to critical thinking, logical fallacies, and textual analysis. Course is limited to 15 students. Prerequisite: ENGL 101
SPAN 121 Beginning Spanish I
Beginning Spanish I
This two-course sequence emphasizes practical Spanish communication in real-life situations for beginners. The course addresses the pronunciation, intonation, and structure of Spanish within an online framework designed to develop basic listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Special cultural presentations supplement language study.
SPAN 122 Beginning Spanish II
Beginning Spanish II
This is a continuation of SPAN 121. Prerequisite: SPAN 121, passing Spanish CLEP Exam
STAT 280 Applied Statistics
This is an elementary course in basic statistical concepts. Students are introduced to the understanding and use of necessary computational procedures to attain the basic skills in the following: frequency distributions, graphs, central tendency, variability, normal curve, probabilities, correlation, hypothesis testing, and chi square. Understanding and use of the above statistics are stressed over mathematical development.
Integrative Liberal Arts (27 units)
APBL 100 Old Testament Survey
Old Testament Survey
An overview of the Old Testament focusing on the biblical writers, book outlines, major themes, key individuals, and events in biblical history, along with personal application for students today. Subject matter includes creation, revelation, sin, redemption, and the Messianic promises.
APBL 105 New Testament Survey
New Testament Survey
An overview of the New Testament focusing on the political, cultural, religious, literary, and historical perspectives during the life of Jesus and during the early Church. Authorship, book outlines, key themes, persons, and events in pre- and early church history are examined, along with personal applications for students today.
ART 150 Introduction to Art
Introduction to Art
This combination lecture/studio course introduces students to fine art history and processes. Students develop a deeper understanding of the history, forms, and styles of architecture, painting, printmaking, and sculpture. The studio experiences expand students’ personal awareness of art and themselves.
ECON 203 Principles of Microeconomics
Principles of Microeconomics
This course provides an introduction to concepts and tools of economic analysis for microeconomics. Students study the interactions of firms and consumers: consumer demands, firm costs, price determination under various market structures, and the role of government in a market economy. Prerequisite: MATH 110 with a minimum grade of B
HIST 202 World Civilization
This course provides an in-depth analysis of global historical trends which have transformed world civilization, such as the emergence of world system(s); formation of ethnic, racial and national identities; capitalism, colonialism and development; ecological imperialism, religious movements; industrialization and modernization. Prerequisite: ENGL 102
HLTH 101 Health Education
This course focuses on physical, mental, social and emotional health and wellness. The whole-person view of health and wellness is approached from both the personal and community levels. Emphases include stress management, physical fitness, nutrition, and the promotion of healthy lifestyle choices.
MIN 108 Christian Life, Faith, and Ministry
Christian Life, Faith, and Ministry
The theological, educational, and social bases for ministry and service are examined. An analysis of the church’s responsibility and methods for carrying out the ministry mandate of Jesus is emphasized. Field experience is required.
PHIL 110 Introduction to Critical Thinking
Introduction to Critical Thinking
Students study principles of deductive and non-deductive logic. Principles are used to evaluate arguments in a variety of contexts, including the popular media and the professional practices of philosophy, theology, science or law. Students are also expected to assess and improve the logical rigor and clarity of their own reasoning.
PHYC 140 Introduction to Astronomy
Introduction to Astronomy
This course introduces the history of astronomy, the solar system, the stellar systems, galactic systems, and cosmology. Lecture with one-unit lab (included).
TOTAL: 51 units
Note: This information is current for the 2014 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. To view 2014 program information, please refer to the catalog.