Associate of Arts

Study English literature, history, philosophy, and theology in an interdisciplinary and multicultural environment. Learn to love what is good and pursue it wholeheartedly.

The Humanities are about people, culture, and ideas. The AA in Humanities introduces students to the rich legacy we share as human beings. It offers a broad theological base from which to engage this legacy as well as an opportunity to become acquainted with English Literature, History, and Philosophy.

The AA in Humanities allows students to maximize university-transferable credits in a setting that encourages them to think seriously about the relationship between Biblical and Theological studies and the Humanities. This degree helps students build a solid foundation in preparation for life and service.

The Associate of Arts in Humanities introduces students to the ways of learning, thinking, and serving that we have found to be permanently delightful and provides students with a taste of the good things ahead.

Graduation Requirements

  • the completion of 63 credit hours of study
  • the completion of the AA core requirements
  • two semesters of Service Learning
  • the completion of 24 credit hours of Humanities requirements

Program Requirements

(63 credit hours)

AA Core Curriculum

(30 credit hours)


(24 credit hours)

Course Credit Hours
ENG 100 Literature and Composition I 3
ENG 101 Literature and Composition II 3
HIS 237 History of Christianity I
HIS 238 History of Christianity II
PHI 100 Introduction to Philosophy I 
PHI 101 Introduction to Philosophy II
12 credit hours of Humanities electives selected from English, History, or Philosophy 12

Free Electives

(15-21 credit hours)

SL 1-2 Service Learning non-credit 

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"The Humanities program at Briercrest has prepared me to think broadly, deeply, and sensitively about the world around me, the needs of those in my midst, and the call on my life to be a follower of Christ. It has also fostered a curiosity that has fundamentally produced in me a desire toward and engagement in continuous learning activities and characteristics that have enabled me to stand out to my current employer."
Lindsey McComb
BA Humanities

"Briercrest offers a unique setting for exploring the nature of faith and thought-one that is safe for questioning and investigation, anticipating that graduates will go with that knowledge and change the world."
Leah Good
BA Humanities

Joel From, PhD
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Joel was born and raised in Saskatchewan and spent most of his youth in Caronport. He was converted to Christ at a very early age. During his school years, he excelled at academics and sports and learned a variety of trade skills (including carpentry, plumbing, and mechanics) from his father. For several summers, he drove trucks in the oil patch in Alberta.

Joel married Rebecca Zender in 1988, and they have three children: Olivia, Aaron, and Rachel. He spent seven years in pastoral ministry in Buffalo, New York, and he has been a professor and part-time administrator at Briercrest College and Seminary for thirteen years. He currently enjoys watching his children play sports, reading, doing home repair/construction projects, and teaching.