- Prepare for more advanced studies at the bachelor’s level
- Gain a broad foundation in the liberal arts
- Develop the biblical foundations for a Christian worldview
- Establish habits and skills for lifelong learning
Skills and University Requirements (18 units)
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.
This course is a study of basic college algebra, including polynomial and rational functions, inverse functions, the Fundamental Theorem of Algebra, exponential and logarithmic functions and equations, advanced graphical procedures and interpretations, linear and nonlinear systems of equations, matrix representations of systems of equations, and introductory concepts in sequence, series and probability. Prerequisite: MATH 095 Intermediate Algebra, SAT 540/ACT 23 math score, or appropriate score on APOU mathematics placement test
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.
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
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.
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.
Foreign Language Requirements (4-6 units)
Select one of the following:
One intensive language course:
Intensive Beginning Spanish
This is an intensive accelerated course which 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.
Two 3-unit language sequence:
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.
Beginning Spanish II
This is a continuation of SPAN 121. Prerequisite: SPAN 121, passing Spanish CLEP Exam
Integrative Liberal Arts Core Requirements (31 units)
Heritage and Institutions Component (3 units)
Select one of the following:
This course will acquaint the student with the major developments of U.S. history from pre-contact to post-modern eras. Emphasis will be given to the foundational political experiences of the American people and how political developments have been influenced and affected by social developments. Students will learn to apply analytical skills to the reading of primary texts representing the whole sweep of American history. Prerequisite: ENGL 102
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
God’s Word and the Christian Response Component (12 units)
This course introduces Old Testament biblical literature, hermeneutics, and literary critical methodologies with a primary focus on the books of Exodus and Deuteronomy. Students learn to observe the overall structure of these books, their historical settings, and modern approaches to their literary analysis. Students learn to interpret individual texts within each book. Students study how Deuteronomy uses the material of Exodus to communicate God’s Word to a new generation.
This course introduces New Testament biblical literature, hermeneutics, and literary critical methodologies with a primary focus on the Gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles. Special attention is given to the meaning of the texts with regard to their political, cultural, religious, and geographical settings; the literary structures and genres employed; and how those texts are relevant for faithful Christian living. Prerequisite: BIBL 100
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.
Introduction to Religious Global Studies
This course offers a study of global religious traditions in their cultural and historical contexts. Students will critically examine various definitions and methodologies of global religious studies from a confessional Christian perspective. Traditions examined will include Judaism, Islam, Eastern Christianity, East Asian, African, South American, and other Indigenous traditions.
Philosophy/Critical Thinking Component (3 units)
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.
Literature Component (3 units)
Introduction to Literature
This course introduces students to the varying genres of literature – fiction, poetry, drama, and cinema – while examining and exploring the historical, critical, and social significance of literary expression.Course is limited to 20 students. Prerequisite: ENGL 102
Aesthetics and Creative Arts Component (3 units)
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.
Identity and Relationships Component (3 units)
This general survey course explores the field of psychology. It includes human development, social psychology, learning, perception, cognition, motivation, personality, psychological testing, and nervous system functioning. Students enrolled in this course may be required to share information regarding their personal life, family, or relationships.
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
Nature/Science Component with Lab (4 units)
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).
General Electives (5-7 units)
Note: This information is current for the 2013 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. To view 2013 program information, please refer to the APOU catalog.