Associate of Arts (OPS)

The Associate of Arts is a 64-credit-hour program allowing the student to establish a strong academic program while providing a Christian foundation for living and service according to Biblical values unique to SCU’s mission.

In the Associate of Arts degree are: Thirty-seven (37) state-mandated hours, the SCU Religious Literacy core (12 hours), and Fifteen hours (15) where a student may elect to choose an emphasis in a particular field.

Each emphasis requires fifteen (15) semester hours. These programs enable the strengthening of an area of study the student may later choose as a baccalaureate major.

Objectives of the Associate of Arts degree are to:

Provide the beginning college student with an opportunity to receive a strong, balanced academic program that can be utilized in a variety of majors. Assist the student in acquiring a Christian foundation for living and service according to Biblical principles. Utilize an interdisciplinary approach in giving the student a broad-based general education program.


Complete Your Degree Online Or One Night a Week!


Online Professional Studies at Southwestern Christian University offers bachelor's degree programs designed specifically to meet the needs of working students.

  • Take one class at a time (5-week classes  100% online or 2.5 hours a night)*
  • Low student-to-faculty ratio means you get more personal attention from your instructor
  • Courses taught from a Christian worldview
  • Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, a Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

      *While most classes are five weeks long, some classes could be 10 or more weeks long.  For on-ground courses with low enrollment, SCU may switch them to an online  modality.