Associate of Arts

Associate of Arts

Earn an Associate of Arts degree and be ready to reach the world with the Gospel while applying general education knowledge and skills to everyday situations.

The small classes offered at Criswell create a personalized learning experience that provides a solid foundation for your next steps. Whether those steps be further education, the mission field, or wherever God might call you to go. Start the journey here, in your Criswell community.


COM 101     Rhetoric and Writing I

COM 102     Rhetoric and Writing II

COM 201     Intercultural Communication

CRIS 100    The Roots of a Christian Scholar

 100-200     Humanities/Fine Arts*

 100-200     Humanities/Fine Arts*

 100-200     Social/Behavioral Science*

 100-200     Social/Behavioral Science*

 100-400     Open Elective

 200-400     Natural Science/Mathematics*


*Courses offered at Criswell College that will satisfy these requirements will be marked in the Academic Catalog course descriptions.

BIB 105      Hermeneutics

CRIS 300   Baptist Faith and Witness

NTS 101     New Testament Survey I

NTS 201     New Testament Survey II

OTS 101     Old Testament Survey I

OTS 201     Old Testament Survey II

THS 201     Church History

THS 203     Systematic Theology I

THS 204     Systematic Theology II

300             Bible/Theology Elective

“Criswell College not only taught me about Scripture, but taught me to think about Scripture.”

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Students who graduate with an Associate of Arts are ready to:

  • Enter the workplace with a solid general education foundation
  • Be appointed to certain missionary agencies
  • Continue your education with a Bachelor’s degree

From 2018-2021, 100% of those graduating with an Associate of Arts are employed or continuing their education.


Sarah Spring

Associate Professor of Communication and English; Program Director of Associate of Arts

Criswell College admits students who are Christians of good character, without regard or reference to race, national or ethnic origin, color, age, disability, or sex (except where regard to sex is required by the College’s religious tenets regarding gender and sexuality) to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of these classifications in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and other school-administered programs.