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.
Biblical Literature I
NIV Biblical Theology Study Bible, D.A. Carson, editor
Algebra for College Students 6th ed., by Hornsby, Lial, McGinnis
Calculator w/exponential function (graphing not required)
History of Western Civilization
Western Civilization: A Brief History, Vol. 1, 11th ed., by Perry
Introduction to Biblical Languages
Learn to Read New Testament Greek, 2nd ed., by Black
DO NOT get the Kindle version.
The First Hebrew Primer: The Adult Beginner’s Path to Biblical Hebrew, 3rd ed., by Simon, Motzkin, Resnikoff
Introduction to Literature
Backpack Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, Drama, and Writing, 5th ed., by Kennedy, Gioia
If possible, by a used copy. You will not need Literature Lab access.
Dom Casmurro: A Novel (FSG Classics) (In English), Reprint ed., by Machado de Assis
Introduction to Music Theory & Sight Singing
Practical Theory, by Feldstein
Intro to Music Theory & Sight Singing – A Solfege Approach, by Miller
Only available at RBC.
Optional: The Mennonite Hymnal (red)
Introduction to Psychology
My Psychology (with LaunchPad), by Pomerantz
Introduction to Web Design
Don’t Make Me Think, Revisited: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability, 3rd ed. (Voices That Matter), by Krug
Marriage & the Family
7 Myths About Singleness, by Allberry
Marriage Made in Eden: A Pre-Modern Perspective for a Post-Christian World, by Matthews, Hubbard
Love Thy Body: Answering Hard Questions about Life and Sexuality, by Pearcey
Principles of Accounting
Century 21 Accounting Multicolumn Journal, Introductory Course, Chapters 1-17, Gilbertson, Lehman, Gentene,
Century 21 Accounting Multicolumn Journal 10 ed., Gilbertson, Lehman, Gentene
Look for used copies.
Principles of Biblical Interpretation
Grasping God’s Word: A Hands-On Approach to Reading, Interpreting, and Applying the Bible, 4th ed., by Duval, Hays
The Elements of Speechwriting and Public Speaking, 1st ed., by Cook
You Are What You Love: The Spiritual Power of Habit, by Smith
Synoptic Gospels & the Life of Christ
NIV Biblical Theology Study Bible, D.A. Carson, editor
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. Articulation agreements, including articulated pathways to specific four-year degrees are in place with Indiana Wesleyan University, Bluffton University, and Malone 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.