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Jumpstart your future

EARN AN ASSOCIATES DEGREE WHILE DOING DUAL ENROLLMENT

Early College students can earn an Associate’s Degree from Crown College!

Crown has developed a list of recommended courses that will help you earn an Associate of Arts degree during the two years you are enrolled.

*Tuition for non-sectarian classes is free for Minnesota PSEO students; students do have to pay for proctoring fees and books for the competency classes as well as all graduation fees.

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    SEMESTER 1 (Fall)  SEMESTER 2 (Spring) 
    ENG 1510 College Writing & Research 3 ENG Literature Elective 3
    General Elective 3 COM Communication Elective 3
    SOC 1510 College Success Strategies 3 Math Elective 3
    Communication, Humanities, Math, Science or Social Science Elective 3 General Elective 3
    General Elective 3
    Total Semester Credits 12 Total Semester Credits 15

     

    Summer Course
    BIB 1522 History of the New Testament* 3

     

    SEMESTER 3 (Fall)  SEMESTER 4 (Spring) 
    Communication, Humanities, Math, Science or Social Science Elective 3 Communication, Humanities, Math, Science or Social Science Elective 3
    General Elective 3 THE 3520 Foundations of Christian Thought** 3
    Social Science Elective 3 General Elective 3
    SCI Science Elective 3 General Elective 3
    BIB 1520 History of the Old Testament* 3 General Elective 3
    Total Semester Credits 15 Total Semester Credits 15

     

    *Requirement can be fulfilled through a competency class

    *Crown will waive the tuition for MN PSEO students

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    SEMESTER 1 (Fall)  SEMESTER 2 (Spring) 
    ENG 131 English Composition 3 ENG 132 Writing and Literature 3
    PSY 130 General Psychology or SOC 230 Sociology 3 Communication Elective (COM 140 or COM 252) 3
    HIS 133 World Civ to 1500 or HIS 134 World Civ since 1500 or HIS 231 American Civ to 1877 or HIS 232 American Civ since 1877 3 English, History, Math, or Science Elective (ENG 250, MAT 130, MAT 131, HIS 133, HIS 134, HIS 231, HIS 232, SCI lower-level) 3
    CHM 122 The Great Commandment** 3 Lab Science Elective or MAT 226 Applied Statistics 3
    General Elective 3
    Total Semester Credits 12 Total Semester Credits 15

     

    Summer Course
    BIB 136X New Testament History* 3

     

    SEMESTER 3 (Fall)  SEMESTER 4 (Spring) 
    FAR/MUS Elective 3 General Elective 3
    General Elective 3 General Elective 3
    General Elective 3 General Elective 3
    General Elective 3 General Elective 3
    HIS 135 Old Testament History* 3 THE 231 Christian Doctrine** 3
    Total Semester Credits 15 Total Semester Credits 15

     

    *Requirement can be fulfilled through a competency class

    **Crown will waive the tuition for this class if taken online

    ***Class taken at student’s expense

STEPS TO

Receive your Associates Degree

  1. During your senior year, submit a Crown College graduation application and pay the graduation application fee
  2. Complete 60 credits with a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA
  3. After your last semester, submit an official High School Transcript with a graduation date
  4. Crown will confer your degree and order a diploma

Bible Courses

DETAILS

To earn an Associate’s degree at Crown, students must take Bible courses.  The State of Minnesota will not pay for these Bible courses. 

Because of this, Crown offers Understanding the Old Testament and Understanding the New Testament as competency courses.  These are self-guided courses students take on their own. At the end of each course, students can take a proficiency exam.  Students who pass with a score of 80% or higher on the exams can earn articulated credit for the two courses.

To fulfill the theology class requirement, Crown offers an online Theology course students can take during their final semester and Crown will waive the tuition for Minnesota PSEO students.

 

Fees: 

Crown offers the Old Testament and New Testament courses free to Minnesota PSEO AA-seeking students, but students must pay for the required textbooks.  To receive credit, students must also pay a $17 fee to cover remote proctoring while they take their exams.

 

Competency Credit:  

The Old Testament and New Testament courses are not regular college courses; they are competency courses.  Crown will accept these competency courses and count them toward your degree, but other institutions may not.  Therefore, Crown cannot guarantee that these courses will transfer to other colleges and universities in the same way that our regular Early College courses do.  However, most colleges and universities DO accept these competency courses if they are part of an Associate’s degree.

In summary, Crown’s competency courses are a great way to earn Bible credits if you intend to finish your Associate’s degree at Crown.  If you do not plan to finish your Associate’s at Crown, you may want to take these classes for your personal edification, but you should not plan on getting credit for them at another institution.

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Start early on your Associate’s degree

While it is possible to earn your full Associate’s degree during the two years you are eligible to take PSEO/Dual Enrollment classes, it’s A LOT of work.  Students must take 12-15 credits per semester to complete all of the required courses.

With this in mind, Crown recommends students start working on their Associate’s degree before their junior year in high school.  Students can earn CLEP, AP, or DSST credit in advance.  Taking just 4 classes before your junior year can make for a much more manageable workload while you are an Early College student.  Between these prior credit options and Crown’s competency classes, a maximum 15 credits of proficiency credit can be applied for an Associate’s degree.

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