Associate of Arts Degree in Leadership from a Fully Accredited University

Academic Program

James River College students earn an Associate of Arts degree in Leadership from Evangel University (a fully accredited university) in the dynamic environment of James River Church. Students are taught by world-class professors in small class sizes, making it easy for every student to learn and connect with their professors.

Leadership Courses

Grow in your knowledge of leadership.

LEAD 100 - University Life

This course is designed to assist new James River College students, building relationships among students and staff within academic disciplines, developing effective habits of lifelong learning, and integrating a personal Christian worldview to life decisions.

LEAD 250 - Personal Leadership

Learn how to lead other by first leading yourself. This course teaches you how to make better decisions, balance your emotions in high-pressure situations, and discover your strengths and how you can grow in them.

LEAD 298 - Leadership Practicum

Most practicums are composed of three to six hours per week of practical ministry experience within a department of James River Church and an additional six to ten hours of hand-on leadership experience during weekly services and events.

LEAD 350 - Community Leadership

Gain practical insights and approaches to develop the disciplines necessary to be effective in relationships and leading others. This course includes tools and processes to develop effective teams such as a communication profile, idea-generating tools, consensus-building tools, problem-solving strategies, and meeting skills.

Christian Studies

Build a solid foundation based on Biblical Principles.

BIBL 111 - Essential Christianity

An introduction to some of the central concerns of the Christian life with emphasis on spiritual growth, the integration of faith and learning as a way of developing a Christian worldview, and finding one’s place in life in response to God’s call.

BIBL 115 - Old Testament

An introductory analytical study of the literature of the Old Testament in its historical-cultural context. Prerequisite: BIBL 111.

BIBL 116 - New Testament

An introductory analytical study of the literature of the New Testament in its historical-cultural context.

COMM 205 - Effective Communication

Preparation of public presentations for use in the church, including sermons, public Bible studies, devotional addresses, and storytelling. Attention to aids and reference sources, types and styles of public presentations in the church, and outlining and constructing public presentations for specific audiences and occasions. Involves preparing and delivering one or more public addresses.

ICST 111 - Introduction to Intercultural Ministries

Introduction to contemporary missions work and its biblical basis.

General Courses

Earn credits that benefit you in any field of study.

ENGL 102 - Basic English Skills

Basic principles of grammar, punctuation, and expression. Emphasis on writing clear, well-developed paragraphs in a variety of patterns including narrative, exemplification, and persuasion. Semester culminates with a short essay. Laboratory required.

ENGL 111 - Composition

Introduction to the thesis-support essay form, including informative, persuasive, documented, and literary analysis, with an emphasis on avoiding plagiarism. Includes strategies for organizing, writing, editing, revising, quoting, summarizing, paraphrasing, and documenting. Passing of both documented essay and Writing Proficiency Examination required. Prerequisite: ACT ENG 20-25; SAT Writing 470-580; or ENGL 102 with grade of C- or higher.

PSYC 138 - Psychology of Healthy Relationships

This course provides foundational exploration regarding personal wholeness in relationship to self, family, others and God. Emphasis is placed on personal application of course material to promote greater self-awareness and ability to live out healthy choices regarding areas explored in the course. Theoretical models are explored regarding development, mental health and relationships to include recognizing and coping with stress and interpersonal conflicts.

PSYC 237 - Lifespan Human Growth & Development

Introduction to social psychology (a study of social influences upon individual and group attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors-how people influence one another and are influenced by others). Includes attitude formation, persuasion, propaganda, crowd and mob behavior, fads and fashions, and interpersonal attraction. Examines methods and examples of research, along with theories and the relation of theoretical principles and concepts to existing situations.

FIN 138 - Personal Finance

The purpose of this course is to provide the student an overview of the role stewardship plays in ones daily life. There is a strong emphasis placed on Biblical purposes of money, attitudes towards financial wealth, and accountability for environmental, institutional, and personal resource choices.

GOVT 170 - Introduction to American Government

Analysis of the structure, principles, and processes of the American federal government.

GOVT 224 - Conflict Prevention & Resolution

An examination of the basic foundations of negotiation, mediation, and arbitration used in the resolution of conflict in society.

GSCI 101 - Biology

Introductory course in biological science emphasizing the development of critical thinking skills in science, procedure skills, and content competency.

MATH 210 - Introduction to Statistics

Descriptive statistics including univariate, bivariate, and multivariate data; binomial and normal probability distributions; and confidence intervals, parametric, and non-parametric hypothesis tests. Uses the computer package SPSS. Satisfies mathematics proficiency requirements.