Program Overview

Virginia University of Lynchburg offers interested students the Associate Degree in Arts and Sciences with a focus in Liberal Arts. The curriculum is generally split into a four semester plan of study that is able to be completed in two years. This type of degree is intended for students planning to pursue a Bachelor of Arts Degree in a subject such as journalism, education, or ministry, as well as later graduate study in law or another area.

The courses in this program are intended to give students a well-rounded general education that can be built upon with further education. Courses come from the areas of the humanities, biology, and the social sciences, among other disciplines. To satisfy the liberal arts focus of this degree, those enrolled must earn six credits in one foreign language, either Spanish or French. This is to help satisfy the requirements of most Bachelor of Arts programs, which necessitate some foreign language proficiency.

Students will study the fundamentals of math, English reading and writing, and vocabulary building. Knowledge and proficiency of using the English language is vital to any future careers or degrees, so students will gain knowledge of critical reading, grammar, and appropriate uses of different styles. To align with VUL's religious base, degree candidates take a course that focuses on study of the New Testament, in order to gain a basic theological knowledge and framing for future learning.

To earn this AA/S Degree, candidates must earn a total of 63 hours of credit. Semester course loads generally consist of 15 to 17 credits each. Classes range from one to three credits in length, and focus on generally helpful topics like health and wellness, public speaking, and world geography. Students also study various points of US history, principles of economics, and American literature.

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    Degree Level: Associate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools, Accreditation Commission

    School Overview

    Virginia University of Lynchburg is a historically black, private university located on a suburban campus in Lynchburg, Virginia. In addition to VUL’s main campus in Lynchburg, teaching sites are located in Danville, Burgess, Petersburg and Suffolk, Virginia. VUL was founded in 1886, and is the oldest school of higher learning in Lynchburg. The school was incorporated as the Lynchburg Baptist Seminary in 1886 by the Virginia Baptist State Convention. Throughout its history, VUL has been known as the Virginia Seminary, Virginia Theological Seminary and College and Virginia Seminary and college, and received its current name in 1996. The mission of VUL is to recognize the potential in every person, and to maximize the gifts of the individual within a nurturing Christian environment, that provides students with opportunities to develop into scholars and leaders.

    VUL offers on-campus and online programs and degrees which include certificate programs, and associate's, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees. The programs are housed in the following schools:

    • School of Arts and Sciences
    • School of Business and Technology 
    • School of Religion

    VUL’s Distance Learning Program is an alternative for students that are unable to attend class on the main campus or at one of VUL’s teaching locations the chance to advance their education.


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