Humanities (AA) | Los Angeles Pacific University

Associate of Arts



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Humanities Program Requirements

The A.A. degree requires the following coursework.

English Communication

6 Credits

COMM 105

Public Communication

3 Credits

Practical instruction on how to speak effectively and basic principles underlying effective communication. Topics range from the study of theoretical models of public communication to the fundamental skills of research, organization, and delivery of informative and persuasive discourse.

ENGL 105

Introduction to Academic Research and Writing

3 Credits

In this course, students are introduced to academic research and writing at the university level. Particular attention is paid to responding to university-level writing prompts, defining and identifying academic sources, integrating academic sources in their writing, and defining and practicing academic integrity. Prerequisite: ENG 101.

Arts and Humanities

6 Credits

ARTS 110

Introduction to Art

3 Credits

This course introduces students to the visual arts and architecture of various times and cultures with a focus on interpretation and meaning-making, consideration of the role of visual arts in building and responding to culture. Students develop a deeper understanding of the history, forms, and styles of art and architecture with the aim of expanding students’ personal awareness of art and themselves.

ENGL 115

Introduction to Literature

3 Credits

This course introduces students to the varying genres of literature — fiction, poetry, drama, and cinema — while examining and exploring the historical, critical, and social significance of literary expression. Prerequisite: ENG 105.


PHIL 205

Introduction to Philosophy

3 Credits

An introduction to the main areas of philosophy, including epistemology, ethics, metaphysics, and philosophy of religion. The course will introduce students to the major philosophers and their writings. In addition, students will become familiar with worldview-thinking; a conceptual framework from which to examine, understand, and converse on the various topics in philosophy. In particular, students will learn to articulate a comprehensive Christian worldview and communicate their perspectives with clarity and relevancy.

Quantitative Reasoning

3 Credits

MATH 105

Survey of College Mathematics

3 Credits

MATH 105 is designed for the non-science major. Key areas of focus include financial literacy, numerically-based decision making, growth, scale, consumer applications, probability, and numerical applications. The course applies basic college-level mathematics to real-life problems. Prerequisite: MATH 099 with a grade of C- or better, or SAT 540/ACT 23 math score.


MATH 125

College Algebra

3 Credits

This course is primarily a study of functions (linear, quadratic, polynomial, inverse, exponential, and logarithmic) and their graphs. Additional topics include solving equations and inequalities, matrices, and sequences and series. Prerequisite: MATH 099 with a grade of C- or better, or SAT 540/ACT 23 math score.


STAT 280

Applied Statistics

3 Credits

Introductory statistics with an emphasis on the application of statistical knowledge. Students learn sampling techniques for data collection, summarize statistical information using numeric values and graphical displays, and analyze and interpret data using appropriate statistical methods. Prerequisite: MATH 099 with a grade of C- or better, or SAT 540/ACT 23 math score.

Behavioral Sciences

3 Credits

PSYC 105

Introduction to Psychology

3 Credits

A broad introduction into the study of the mind and human behavior through the review of multiple perspectives within psychology. Students examine relationships between brain and behavior, perception, cognition, development, social behavior, personality, learning, psychopathology, and psychotherapy.


ECON 203

Principles of Microeconomics

3 Credits

This course provides an introduction to concepts and tools of economic analysis for microeconomics. Students study the interactions of firms and consumers: consumer demands, firm costs, price determination under various market structures, and the role of government in a market economy. Prerequisite: MATH 125 or STAT 280.

Social Sciences

3 Credits

HIST 202

World Civilizations

3 Credits

This course provides an in-depth analysis of global historical trends which have transformed world civilization, such as the emergence of world system(s); formation of ethnic, racial, and national identities; capitalism, colonialism, and development; ecological imperialism; religious movements; industrialization; and modernization. Prerequisite: ENG 105.


HIST 204

U.S. History from 1865

3 Credits

This course acquaints the student with the major developments of U.S. history from the Reconstruction Era through recent times. Emphasis is given to the ideas, groups, and events that helped form American culture. Students develop critical reading and writing skills through analyzing primary documents in this era and also by considering how past movements have shaped our country in the present day. Prerequisite: ENG 105. Students who have successfully completed HIS 201 will not receive credit for this course.


HIST 420

United States History and the Constitution

3 Credits

Exploration of United States history from pre-colonization until the Industrial Revolution. Candidates reflect on the importance of democracy and the Constitution as a lens for understanding democratic principles that serve as the foundation of our political system. Prerequisite: ENG 105. Students cannot earn credit for both HIS 203 and HIS 420.

Physical and Biological Sciences

4 Credits

BIOL 230

Anatomy and Physiology I/Lab

4 Credits

The structure and function of cells and tissues; anatomy and physiology of the integumentary, skeletal, nervous, and muscular systems. This course includes both lecture and laboratory components and is intended for nursing and allied health students requiring a two-semester anatomy and physiology sequence. Lecture, 3 credits; Lab 1 credit.


BIOL 240

Anatomy and Physiology II/Lab

4 Credits

Continuation of the study of body systems started in BIO 230 including the study of the endocrine, cardiovascular, lymphatic, respiratory, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems. Prerequisite: BIO 230. This course includes both lecture and laboratory components and is intended for nursing and allied health students requiring a two-semester anatomy and physiology sequence. Lecture, 3 credits; Lab 1 credit.


CHEM 115

Chemistry for Health Sciences/Lab

4 Credits

This course covers organic and biochemistry topics related to the health sciences. Emphasis is placed on organic nomenclature, functional groups, selected organic reactions, and biochemical pathways. Lab activities will focus on the application of organic and biochemistry with respect to the health sciences. Lecture, 3 credits; Lab 1 credits.


NSCI 150

Introduction to Astronomy/Lab

4 Credits

The history of astronomy, the solar system, the stellar systems, galactic systems, and cosmology. This course requires basic skills developed in a college algebra environment including solving equations, scientific notation, roots, and exponents. Students uncomfortable with these requirements may wish to complete College Algebra before taking Astronomy. Lecture, 3 credits; Lab, 1 credit.

LAPU Distinctives

9 Credits

BIBL 100

Introduction to Biblical Literature: Exodus/Deuteronomy

3 Credits

This course introduces Old Testament biblical literature, hermeneutics, and literary-critical methodologies with a primary focus on the books of Exodus and Deuteronomy. Students study to observe the overall structure of these books, their historical settings, and modern approaches to their literary analysis. Students study to interpret individual texts within each book and study how Deuteronomy uses the material of Exodus to communicate God’s Word to a new generation.

BIBL 230

Introduction to Biblical Literature: Luke/Acts

3 Credits

This course introduces New Testament biblical literature, hermeneutics, and literary-critical methodologies with a primary focus on the Gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles. Special attention is given to the meaning of the texts with regard to their political, cultural, religious, and geographical settings; the literary structures and genres employed; and how those texts are relevant for faithful Christian living.

ISTU 101

Success in the University

3 Credits

This course lays a strong foundation for a successful transition to college by increasing critical thinking, curiosity, goal orientation, and motivation. It provides an orientation to Los Angeles Pacific University, the Moodle Online Learning System, digital library services, and other support services. Students are introduced to the idea of a Christian liberal arts education, a strengths-based approach to learning, and opportunities to develop practical skills and strategies for addressing the challenges of college.


26 Credits

ENGL 101

Introduction to Composition

3 Credits

In this course, students are introduced to composition at the university level. Particular attention is paid to developing an effective writing process, writing for an audience, developing an academic voice and position, and articulating ideas through thesis and topic sentences. Students cannot earn credit for ENG 101 after passing ENG 105 or equivalent.

PHIL 210

Introduction to Ethics

3 Credits

Principle ethical theories and major thinkers who proposed them. Students examine key ethical systems and compare them to biblical teaching with the goal of articulating a Christian approach to ethics. Students explore a variety of ethical issues and acquire a step-by-step model for moral decision making.

SPAN 121

Beginning Spanish I

3 Credits

This two-course sequence emphasizes practical Spanish communication in real-life situations for beginners. The course addresses the pronunciation, intonation, and structure of Spanish within an online framework designed to develop basic listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Special cultural presentations supplement language study. Students cannot receive credit both for SPAN 123 and for SPAN 121 and/or SPAN 122.

SPAN 122

Beginning Spanish II

3 Credits

This is a continuation of SPAN 121. Prerequisite: SPAN 121 or Spanish CLEP Exam. Students cannot receive credit both for SPAN 123 and for SPAN 121 and/or SPAN 122.

RLGN 100

Introduction to Global Religious Studies

3 Credits

This course offers a study of global religious traditions in their cultural and historical contexts. Students critically examine various definitions and methodologies of global religious studies from a confessional Christian perspective. Traditions examined include Judaism, Islam, Eastern Christianity, East Asian, African, South American, and other Indigenous traditions.

RLGN 220

Foundations for Christian Life

3 Credits

Introduction to the historical, theological, and practical foundations for Christian faith and living. Students examine the establishment of the Christian faith from the ancient creeds, through the growth of the Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, and Protestant traditions, to present day, diverse expressions of Christian faith around the world. Students apply concepts of Christian spirituality and core Christian beliefs to contemporary settings in their lives.

General Electives

8 Credits

Students may fulfill General Elective requirements using any 100+ level college or university course. The elective requirement provides students an opportunity to pursue interests beyond program requirements.

Total Credits

60 Credits

This information is current for this academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information.

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