Associate of Arts

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Program Overview

A student may elect to pursue an Associate of Arts degree in Counseling. While the curriculum is shortened, the overall objectives are the same as with the Bachelor of Arts program. It provides a Bible and Theology core, the foundations of a general education, and practical training for use in counseling.

General Requirements

Counseling majors must earn at least a C in all counseling courses in order for the credit to count toward a degree. Students preparing for the ministry should recognize the high number of skills necessary for an adequate ministry. Since it is difficult to acquire all of these skills in the classroom, each candidate for the counseling degree will be required to participate in the following noncredit activities:

A. The monthly meetings of the campus Counseling Organization scheduled by the Dean of Students.

B. Scheduled workshops and conventions. This will necessitate that each student make arrangements with his/her employer at the very beginning of the school year to have this time free.

C. Ministry as assigned by the chairman of Programs in Counseling Studies.


1. To implement basic counseling techniques that will be used to assist others during various stages and crises of life.

2. To develop the ability to integrate core concepts of psychology and counseling with biblical and theological teachings.

Complete Course List

Bible Core (12 hrs)

Old Testament Survey
New Testament Survey
Foundations of Faith
Theology of Holiness

General Education Core (36 hrs)

Christian Service Class
English Composition
Rhetoric and Research
History of Civilization I or II
Philosophical Studies
General Psychology
Public Speaking
Fine Arts Elective
Historical Perspective Elective
Literature Elective
Math Elective
Science Elective

Counseling Minor (18 hrs)

Lifespan Development
Introduction to Counseling
Abnormal Psychology
Counseling Electives

Admission Requirements

Education: Graduation from high school is the basic requirement for entrance. It is recommended that high school graduates have successfully completed at least four units in English, three units in Science, three units in Mathematics and three units in Social Studies. Students graduating from A.C.E. and other nontraditional schools should have completed the requirements for a college entrance diploma.

Students, who have an equivalent of a high school education, may be admitted if they have successfully passed the General Educational Development (G.E.D.) test. Anyone presenting a G.E.D. must be at least 18 years of age and must have a minimum score of 410 on each of the five tests and an average standard score of 450 on all five tests. (Total standard points required to pass = 2250)

Homeschooled students seeking admission to HSBC are required to submit official transcripts from reputable home school organizations documenting the completion of all academic work necessary for a high school diploma. If this is not possible, the student may be required to take the G.E.D. test.

Tests: All applicants are required to take the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or the American College Test (ACT)with writingprior to being admitted to school. HSBC prefers the ACT. These tests are used for counseling and advising purposes.

Hobe Sound Bible College has been assigned the following test code numbers: The American College Test (ACT)5471. The CLEP5306 and the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)5306.

Course Schedule

Year #1 (Fall Semester)

Orientation (3)
Old Testament Survey (3)
Abnormal Psychology (3)
Christian Service Class (3)
English Composition (3)
Public Speaking (3)

Year #1 (Spring Semester)

New Testament Survey (3)
Rhetoric & Research (3)
History of Western Civ II (3)
General Psychology (3)
Elective (3)

Year #2 (Fall Semester)

Lifespan Development (3)
Intro to Counseling (3)
Philosophical Studies (3)
Foundations of Faith (3)
Elective (3)
Elective (3)

Year #2 (Spring Semester)

Theology of Holiness (3)
Elective (3)
Elective (3)
Elective (3)
Elective (3)
Elective (3)

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