APS Degree & Academic Requirements


The Adult Professional Studies program awards a Bachelor of Science.

Fulfillment of all degree requirements is the student's responsibility.


All candidates for an undergraduate bachelor’s degree must meet the following requirements to graduate:

1. Complete a minimum of 124 semester hours

2. Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00

3. Fulfill the major requirements in one major.

4. Fulfill the liberal arts foundational requirements

5. Satisfy the residency requirement (see Academic Policies under Student Status, Residency Requirement for a Degree).

6.  Submit a Graduation Application form.

7. A minimum of 49 hours (not institutional credit or transfer credit) must be completed at Asbury University.

8. 50% of the hours/courses used in the majors must be completed at Asbury University.

9. Complete comprehensive examinations and assessment tests as required by individual departments and programs or by the University administration. 

10. Students must graduate under the requirements of the Bulletin in effect at the time of first enrollment (with exceptions)

a. Students may be graduated under new requirements placed in effect while enrolled.  Students are expected to meet all of the requirements for a particular Bulletin.

b. A student who re-enrolls, or requests permission to complete degree requirements, after an absence of two years becomes subject to degree requirements in effect at that time.




The mission of Asbury University, as a Christian Liberal Arts University in the Wesleyan-Holiness tradition, is to equip men and women, through a commitment to academic excellence and spiritual vitality, for a lifetime of learning, leadership and service to the professions, society, the family and the Church, thereby preparing them to engage their cultures and advance the cause of Christ around the world.   Value Proposition:  Academic Excellence and Spiritual Vitality

One of the fundamental beliefs of Asbury University is that every university student should have a well-balanced general education in order to prepare for living a full life, regardless of vocation or professional interests.  It is intended to develop a logical and discriminating method of thinking to lead to an appreciation of the fine arts, good literature, and life elements that have lasting value; to give an understanding of the social and economic forces that affect life; and to provide an insight into the way various fields of learning contribute to human life.

Asbury University’s Foundational Liberal Arts Program organizes around five (5) key conceptual areas.  Each of the five areas clearly identifies a Student Learning Outcome (SLO) crucial to the liberal arts vision and overall academic mission of the University. While each conceptual category is distinct, and supports a clearly defined learning outcome, none of the categories is to be considered as isolated from the other, nor static.  They are of a piece, all interconnected, inseparable, and dynamic.  They invite reflection on the whole person, not on some disaggregated set of aptitudes or skills.  Thus Christian faith and culture sheds light on and informs human thought and creative expression. Yet neither the religious nor the creative life unfolds in a vacuum.  A person in search of knowledge, meaning, and wisdom must necessarily engage society and answer the call to public and global responsibility, while also recognizing that informed citizenship requires critical thinking, analysis, and problem solving.  Social responsibility, in turn, entails a deep awareness that human persons are very obviously situated in human circumstances and communities, which must be sustained by productive learning, living, and well-being. Thus, the following conceptual framework for the Foundational/Liberal Arts Program at Asbury University is designed to highlight these intersections, to open new pathways of thought, to promote an interdisciplinary approach to liberal arts study, and, ultimately, to keep alive the enduring questions of human life and meaning:

1. Integrating Christian Faith and Culture

At Asbury University, the Foundational Liberal Arts Program takes shape within the context of Christian revelation.  Asbury’s Christian (Wesleyan) theological tradition invites students to apprehend God’s revelation through scripture, reason, tradition, and experience.  These common inquiries challenge students to explore the rich relationship between Christian belief and practice, between Christian theological foundations and traditions. As a crucial part of this theological education, students will use critical approaches and interpretive skills necessary to establish life-long Biblical literacy.

SLO 1: Students will demonstrate Biblical literacy and theological understanding as they inform human life.

2. Discovering
Human Thought and Creative Expression

Works of literature, art, music, and philosophy raise enduring questions about humankind.  This area of study will help students ask and address fundamental questions relating to humankind and the varieties of human experiences.  Essential to this area of inquiry is a sustained program of reading deeply in and writing about influential thinkers—artists, poets, philosophers, and historians—who have posed questions and expressed ideas about such perennial human concerns as art and beauty, truth and goodness, history and culture, and morality and ethics.

SLO 2: Students will use aesthetic, historic, linguistic, and philosophical forms and expressions to interpret the human condition.

3. Engaging Society and Global Responsibility

For millennia humans have organized themselves in families, communities and states – for protection, to meet needs, expand material wealth and promote social wellbeing. This category attempts to understand the human experience with regard to social and political organization and the responsibility of individuals and groups to sustain and alter the social order.

SLO 3: Students will demonstrate how key concepts from the social and behavioral sciences help to identify and address real-world problems of human persons, communities, and nations, including the origin of such problems.

4. Achieving Quantitative and Critical Literacy

The modern age presents humans not just with mass society, but also with an outpouring of data about every element of that society, as well as tools that enable individuals and groups to analyze and interpret these data.  Increasingly, success in the professions and in personal life will depend upon a person’s ability to utilize these tools to facilitate critical thinking and problem solving.  This area of inquiry will challenge students to comprehend and evaluate mathematical and statistical information, perform problem-solving operations on qualitative and quantitative data, and describe the challenges of using technology and managing information.

SLO 4: The student will demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving through the interpretation and analysis of data.

5. Searching the Natural World and the Environment

Scientific discoveries in the recent era have led to an explosion of knowledge of the natural world.  Though such knowledge has enabled humans to conquer diseases and to construct infrastructures that promote human well-being, the scientific era has also raised moral, ethical, religious, and environmental questions regarding human practices, habitations, circumstances, and environments.  Scientific discovery and practicing the scientific method are crucial for a life of productive learning and living.  Students, then, will explore foundational principles and concepts in the natural sciences and use them in critically thinking about such related areas as personal wellness, environmental stewardship, culture formation, and moral and ethical decision making. 

SLO 5: Students will use the scientific method to engage in an exploration of the natural world, including a close examination of practices that promote environmental stewardship and personal well-being.


FOUNDATIONAL COURSE REQUIREMENTS (48)  For Adult Professional Studies Degrees    

Complete any specific courses listed and complete courses within the content areas that satisfy the foundational requirements for each Student Learning Outcome (SLO).

SLO 1:  Integrating Christian Faith & Culture (9)

Biblical Studies (9)

__ 3   OT           100          Old Testament Survey

__ 3   NT           100          New Testament Survey

__ 3   TH           250          Foundations Christian Thought


SLO 2:  Discover Human Thought/Creative Expression (21)

__3    ENG        110          Expos & Research


Communications or Writing area (6)

Literature area (3)

Humanities (9) - such as Philosophy, Literature, Cultural Studies, Music/Art/Theatre Appreciation


SLO 3:  Engaging Society & Global Responsibility (9)

History area (3)

Social Sciences area (6) - such as Sociology, Psychology, History, and Political Science


SLO 4:  Achieving Quantitative & Critical Literacy (6)

Mathematics area (3)

Mathematics, Science and/or Computer Technology area (3) 


SLO 5:  Searching the Natural World and Environment (3)

Science area (3) 

Note:  It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that all degree requirements are met.



1. Courses in the Foundational areas are required for a bachelor’s degree. 

2. Some courses required in a major may also satisfy a foundational course.  See each individual major for specifics. 

Students meeting any foundational requirements with major courses, or by waivers of any kind, must still meet the 124 total credit hours required to graduate with a bachelor’s degree.

3. The APS program is centered around the courses that make up the majorStudents who need to complete additional foundational or elective coursework to meet graduation requirements may do so through  Asbury University online during the regular registration process.  Alternatively, a student may enroll, with registrar’s permission, for foundational or elective coursework at another institution provided they have not reached the maximum transfer limits.  Please see University Academic Policies under Transfer Credit for “Credits Elsewhere Policies”.


Additional requirements for education majors seeking certification.

The above requirements satisfy the bachelor degree; additional requirements may be necessary to complete teacher certification. See School of Education for details.



Any student accepted into Asbury University who presents an Associate of Arts (A.A.) or Associate of Science (A.S.) degree awarded by one of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System schools will be deemed to have satisfied the Asbury University APS Foundational requirements with the exception of the Biblical studies requirements (9.0).  [This agreement does not apply to a KCTCS associate of applied science degree.]  Any foundational courses which are also required courses for a major cannot be waived.  Asbury can transfer up to the maximum of 60.0 credits from these institutions, but will not transfer credit hours counted in the KCTCS degree which have grades below ”C”, are remedial, or are usually not accepted in transfer.

Students with waivers of any foundational requirements must still complete the total 124.0 credits required for graduation. 

Fulfillment of all degree requirements is the student's responsibility.


Note: The University reserves the right to change degree requirements, major and minor requirements, and course offerings, and to cancel any course not elected by a sufficient number of students (low enrollment) at the time offered.


2014-2015 BULLETIN  08/13/2014