James River College offers an Associate of Arts Degree in Leadership as an authorized location of Evangel Univeristy

Academic Program

James River College students earn an Associate of Arts Degree in the dynamic environment of James River Church an authorized location of Evangel University. 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.

CHMN 365 - Church Business and Finance

A study of church administration including: incorporation, parliamentary procedure, clergy tax, building maintenance, and risk management. Examines issues related to administering church staff, board, and relationships with fellowship. Overview of church financial systems and procedures.

GOVT 224 - Conflict Prevention and Resolution

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


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.

ICST 350 - Global Connections

Global Connections is an intercultural studies course focused on equipping students to experience, reflect on, and evaluate cultures other than their own. The course helps students visit and learn from another culture, learn the characteristics of cross-cultural communication, and make meaning for their lives out of immersion and observation in another culture.


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.

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.

BIOL 101 - Biological Science

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.


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