Academic Advisors

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.

PDF Version

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 II
NIV Biblical Theology Study Bible, D.A. Carson ed.
ISBN-13: 978-0310450405

College Algebra
Algebra for College Students, 8th ed., by Hornsby, Lial, McGinnis
ISBN-13: 978-0321969262
Calculator w/exponential function (graphing not required)

Computer Programming
Python Programming: An Introduction to Computer Science, 3rd ed., by Zelle
ISBN-13: 978-1590282755
ISBN-10: 1590282752

Core Christian Beliefs I
Introducing Christian Doctrine, 3rd ed., by Erickson
ISBN-13: 978-0801049194

How to Read Genesis, by Longman III
ISBN-13: 978-0877849438
ISBN-10: 0877849439

History of Western Civilization
Western Civilization: Ideas Politics, and Society, by Perry, Jacob, Jacob, Chase, Von Laue
ISBN-13: 978-0547147017
Western Civilization Class Reader, compiled by Showalter
Only available in class.

Introduction to Counseling
Try Softer: A Fresh Approach to Move Us Out of Anxiety, Stress, and Survival Mode and Into a Life of Connection and Joy, by Kolber
ISBN-13: 978-1496439659
The Beautiful Risk: A New Psychology of Loving and Being Loved, by Olthuis
ISBN-13: 978-1597525863

Introduction to Education
Brain-Based Learning: Teaching the Way Students Really learn, 3rd ed., by Jensen, McConchie
ISBN-13: 978-1544364544

Introduction to Human Resources
Fundamentals of Human Resource Management, 9th ed., by Noe, Hollenbeck, Gerhart, Wright
ISBN-13: 978-1264131143
The Other Half of the Church; Christian Community, Brain Science, and Overcoming Spiritual Stagnation, by Hendricks, Wilder
ISBN-13: 978-0802419637

Introduction to Literature
Backpack Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, Drama, and Writing, 5th ed., by Kennedy, Gioia
ISBN-13: 978-0134586441
ISBN-10: 0134586441
Literature Lab access is not needed.
Dom Casmurro: A Novel (FSG Classics), by Machado de Assis
ISBN-13: 978-0374523039
ISBN-10: 0374523037
Be sure to buy an English version of the novel.

Introduction to Missions
Perspectives on the World Christian Movement, by Winter, Hawthorne
ISBN-13: 978-0878083909
ISBN-10: 0878083901
The study guide edition is not needed. 

Introduction to Music Theory & Sight Singing
Practical Theory, by Feldstein
ISBN-13: 978-0882842257
Intro to Music Theory & Sight Singing – A Solfege Approach, by Miller
Only available in class.
Optional: The Mennonite Hymnal (red)
ISBN-13: 978-0836181517

Introduction to Philosophy
Philosophy: The Basics, 5th ed., by Warburton
ISBN-13: 978-0415693165
Philosophy: Basic Readings, 2nd ed., by Warburton
ISBN-13: 978-0415337984

Introduction to Psychology
My Psychology, 3rd ed., by Pomerantz
ISBN-13: 978-1319339449
LaunchPad is not needed.

Principles of Biblical Interpretation
Grasping God’s Word: A Hands-On Approach to Reading, Interpreting, and Applying the Bible, 4th ed., by Duval, Hays
ISBN-13: 978-0310109174

Prison & Pastoral Epistles
A Theology of Paul and His Letters, by Moo
ISBN-13: 978-0310270904

Public Speaking
The Elements of Speechwriting and Public Speaking, 1st ed., by Scott Cook
ISBN-13: 978-0028614526

Spiritual Formation
You Are What You Love: The Spiritual Power of Habit, by Smith
ISBN-13: 978-1587433801

Synoptic Gospels & the Life of Christ
NIV Biblical Theology Study Bible, D.A. Carson ed.
ISBN-13: 978-0310450405
Simply Jesus: A New Vision of Who He Was, What He Did, and Why He Matters, by Wright
ISBN-13: 978-0062084392 (hardcover)
ISBN-13: 978-0062084408 (paperback)

Registration Deadlines

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.

Withdrawal Deadlines
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.

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