The academic dean and the registrar are available to help students plan a schedule of courses. Be sure to review the information on this page, and keep in mind that some classes may be offered only on alternating years.
Graduation Requirement Worksheet
You may find it helpful to use a worksheet to determine which courses are required for the associate degree. Students may also view a degree audit through myRBC. Students are encouraged to complete half the requirements in each section (i.e., Bible/theology, general education, specific concentration) in each year.
Alternating Year Classes
Not every course is scheduled every year. Please see the course schedule to see what is being offered.
Since students are required to order their own textbooks, a great place to buy textbooks is Amazon. Following are some other online resources you may want to consider: Alibris (rental textbooks), BIGWORDS (coupon codes/deals for books), Chegg (used textbooks), eCampus (rent, sell, buy textbooks), VitalSource (ebooks).
You may ship your books to your name at RBC’s address (2270 Rosedale Rd, Irwin, OH 43029), and they’ll be waiting on you when you arrive on campus.
Bible Survey III
NIV Biblical Theology Study Bible
Core Christian Beliefs II
Introducing Christian Doctrine, 3rd ed., by Erickson
Writing Fiction, 10th ed., A Guide to Narrative Craft (Chicago Guides to Writing, Editing, and Publishing), by Burroway, Stuckey-French & Stuckey-French
History of Christianity I
Church History in Plain Language, 4th ed., by Shelley
How to Really Love Your Child, by Campbell
How to Really Love your Teen, by Campbell
The Secret Life of the Grown-up Brain, by Strauch
On Death and Dying, by Kubler-Ross
Introduction to Humanities
Arts and Ideas, 9th ed. or newer, by Fleming
Introduction to Missions
Perspectives on the World Christian Movement 4th ed., by Winter & Hawthorne
Introduction to World Religions
A Short Introduction to World Religions, by Partridge
Jesus & the Ethics of the Kingdom
Endangered Gospel, by Nugent
Fight, by Sprinkle
Kingdom Conspiracy, by McKnight
Binder of Collected Readings
Available only in Bookstore
Mennonites, Anabaptists, and the Radical Reformation
No textbook; online and class handout readings
Old Testament Prophets
Handbook on the Prophets, by Chisholm
Preaching the Biblical Text
Biblical Preaching 2nd ed., by Robinson
No textbook beyond the Bible
The Exceptional Student
Brain-Based Learning The New Paradigm of Teaching 2nd ed., by Jensen
The Worship Architect, by Constance Cherry & Baker Academic
The Complete Worship Leader, by Navarro
Students must register for courses by the first day of the term. Changes in course registration may be made until 4:00 p.m. the first Friday of the semester or 4:00 p.m. the first Wednesday of the winter term.
Students who withdraw from a course after the normal deadline for finalizing course selection, and before the beginning of the next to last week of classes, will receive a “W” on their transcripts. After that point, students may withdraw from a class only with special permission from the academic office. Students should be aware that withdrawal from a course may cause them to no longer meet residence requirements.
Transferring credit to other schools
Our students have gone on to excel at four-year colleges and universities across the United States and Canada. Because of RBC’s accreditation with the Association for Biblical Higher Education (see the directory of member schools), many have transferred most, if not all, of their credits to schools like Eastern Mennonite University, Wheaton College, The Ohio State University, Houghton College, and Huntington University. An articulation agreement is in place with Bluffton University, and lists of course equivalents have been compiled in cooperation with the academic offices of Bethel College (Mishawaka, IN), Columbia International University, and Ohio Christian University.
Most Christian universities and colleges and many public universities accept RBC credits. The academic office has compiled a list of public and private colleges that have accepted RBC credits.
Transferring students should be aware of the distinction between acceptance and applicability of transferred credits. For example, during the enrollment process, some institutions may accept credits for transfer, but those credits may not decrease the number of courses required to complete a program if they are not applicable to program requirements. This is especially significant for technical or other programs with requirements that leave little room for electives.
NOTICE: Transferability of credits is never guaranteed. Students are encouraged to communicate with the school to which they hope to transfer credit.
To learn more about how transfer works, or to discuss options for transfer to a particular university, contact our registrar.
Transferring credit from other schools
Credits may be transferred to RBC from colleges and institutions on a case-by-case basis as approved by the academic dean and as they apply toward completing a program of study at RBC. Students desiring to transfer academic credits from other institutions must request an official transcript from the other school be sent to RBC. Credits must be at or above a grade level of “C” to be eligible for transfer. Grades for courses taken at other colleges and transferred to RBC are not included in the RBC cumulative GPA.
Credits from accredited colleges and institutions are automatically eligible for transfer (if they apply toward a program of study at RBC). To determine course equivalencies, the academic dean may consult course descriptions and syllabi.
Credits from non-accredited colleges and institutions may be transferred on a provisional basis. Course syllabi, faculty credentials, and grading standards may be reviewed to determine course equivalencies. Transfer is finalized once a student has completed 12 semester hours at RBC with a GPA of at least 2.0.
Limited credits may be accepted for validated participation in approved discipleship/missions programs of at least six months’ duration operated by approved agencies. To learn more, see the guiding policy.
To graduate from RBC with the associate degree, the student must complete at least eighteen credit hours at RBC.