Degree Programs

ACADEMIC PROGRAMS
​Shorter College subscribes to the philosophy that no one should be considered an educated person unless he or she is acquainted with at least the fundamentals of those academic disciplines known as the liberal arts, which include languages, literature, philosophy, mathematics, social studies, the arts, and the abstract sciences. Such studies contribute to the general development of human potentials and constitute a foundation for a student’s future academic and vocational or professional specialization. Shorter’s General Education Program is designed to provide an opportunity for students to acquire an education in the liberal arts through its foundational core courses offered in the Associate of Arts degree programs.

​ASSOCIATES OF ARTS IN GENERAL STUDIES
An Associate of Arts in General Studies with an emphasis in Basic Studies is the most flexible of degrees. With this degree you learn the basics of Mathematics, English, Science, History and a wide variety of other subjects, allowing you to explore many different disciplines.

ASSOCIATES OF ARTS IN CHURCH LEADERSHIP AND MINISTRY
An Associate of Arts in Church Leadership and Ministry is designed to prepare students for careers and service in the various church ministries and leadership positions in their local churches. After successful completion, students will be able to demonstrate proficiency in the general area of leadership ministry, practice relationship-building skills, refine personal, professional, and spiritual priorities, communicate effectively the word of God, to be able to systematically state the great doctrines of the Bible, appreciate the message of the Bible in its historic context, apply Biblical principles in the practice of church-related ministry, provide competent Christian leadership in their chosen field of work, and have the skills necessary to properly interpret the Bible.

ASSOCIATES OF ARTS IN CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT
An Associate of Arts in n Childhood Development includes general education requirements and recommended curriculum courses. The program is recommended for students planning studies or careers in teaching or managing in an early childhood care setting.

​ASSOCIATES OF ARTS IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE
The Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice provides general academic courses and electives which enable students to transfer who intend to major in Criminal Justice through these credits to a college or university which offers baccalaureate degrees in Criminal Justice.

​ASSOCIATES OF ARTS IN ENTREPRENEURIAL STUDIES
The Associate of Arts Degree in Entrepreneurship provides general academic courses and electives which prepare graduates with skills, knowledge, and ability needed for self-employment, to start a business and manage the functional areas of the business to become a successful entrepreneur. It is also for students who intend to transfer these credits to a college or university which offers required baccalaureate degrees in Business and Entrepreneurship. The program includes five specific courses but students may add additional 3 to 6 credit hours of coursework from the “recommended electives, which may be transferred by agreement to a college or university which may be required by the receiving college/university”.