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The School of Humanities & Culture

Welcome to the School of Humanities and Culture. Through our wide range of program offerings, we aim to equip and empower our students with the practical tools, knowledge, and soft skills needed to tackle the challenges to succeed in the workplace and in life.

Joanne J. Noel, Ph.D., D.Min., M.Div., M.A.

Dean, School of Humanities and Culture, Professor of English

Email: [email protected]

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Dual Enrollment HS

Would you like to earn a New Jersey, New York or Pennsylvania High School Diploma and earn up to 30 College Credits at the same time?

Attain a High School Diploma and earn up to 30 college credits at the same time! The DEED (Dual Enrollment EDucation) program allows high school (public and private) and home school students, usually juniors and seniors, to enroll in college courses for credit prior to high school graduation in a safe and caring college environment. The DEED Program helps students save both time and money.

Benefits of Enrolling in the DEED Program:

  • Experience college-level academics before entering college..
  • Save one year’s worth of college expenses..
  • Attend classes at a Pillar College campus where Christ is honored in the classroom..
  • Complete high school and college courses at the same time..
  • Transition more smoothly from high school to college..
  • Accumulate college credits before graduating high school..

Eligible students include anyone 16 years or older who has not yet earned a high school diploma or equivalent. Each student must complete each course with a grade of C or higher.

Are you ready to get started in the DEED Program?

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AA General Studies

Start your educational journey

The Associate of Arts degree in General Studies offers students the opportunity to earn a traditional two-year degree in as little as four semesters, depending upon life experience. We offer an Associate’s degree in General Studies which can serve as a pathway into any BA program at Pillar College or as a pathway into a Sociology degree with a concentration in Criminal Justice at a partnering institution.

The General Studies program houses the core curriculum for all matriculated undergraduates at Pillar College. The GE curriculum is mandated by The New Jersey Commission on Higher Education and our accrediting associations. As such, students in pursuit of the New Jersey State High School Diploma, an Associate’s degree, or a Bachelor’s degree may be required to complete between 30-60 credits of General Education (GE) courses to qualify for their diploma/degree.

  • GE credit: There are a number of cases in which a student’s prior experience can result in the awarding of the GE credits.
  • Transfers: Some GE courses can be transferred in from other colleges or acquired through Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) or the College Level Examination Program (CLEP). Additionally, where permitted, course substitutions are accepted.

Ready to get started? Learn more about Pillar’s AA degree benefits and requirements.

BA Elementary Education

Elementary Education K-6

It takes a special calling to be an elementary school teacher. The Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education is designed for future elementary school educators, kindergarten through sixth grade. Courses are offered and designed for flexible hybrid and online options to help you achieve your goals and meet the demands of busy lifestyles. In this program, you will gain the skills to communicate effectively with diverse learners, particularly in urban school districts, and to promote the intellectual, physical, emotional, and social development of young minds.

Our degree major provides you with a combination of professional and practical pedagogy and classroom learning experiences needed in a variety of settings.

As a teacher candidate, your experiences include:

  • Early field experiences in Christian, private, or public schools.
  • Small cohorts to enable students to engage in project-based learning that is school-based and culturally relevant in community contexts.
  • Beginning in year one, gain hands-on classroom experience by participating in field-based learning experiences at schools with experienced teachers.
  • Peer support and collaborative learning environments.

Find out if the BA in Elementary Education is right for you?

Alternate Pathway Teacher Certification Program

BA Intercultural Communication

Concentrations: Cultural (Latin, Middle Eastern, African, Asian, Caribbean), Urban Ministry, Interdisciplinary (Business/Counseling/Education)

The Pillar College Bachelor of Arts in Intercultural Communication gives graduates the skills and knowledge to play a key role in an increasingly interconnected and globalized job market. Students learn how to communicate transformational principles in a cross-cultural context, effectively bringing intercultural competence to a variety of life, work, service, and educational settings. The mission-driven program teaches students how to become a sort of cultural bridge, with the ability to navigate cross-cultural contexts with sensitivity and precision.

Benefits of the Bachelor of Arts in Intercultural Communication

  • Experience in-depth fieldwork abroad where you will navigate cross-cultural contexts to connect diverse cultures through communication..
  • Access to a growing number of employment opportunities in the communications field..
  • Preparation for an advanced professional communication role in the global arena..

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Programa BLEND

Complete el Asociado de Artes Liberales con el programa BLEND en su propio idioma (Español).

Complete the Liberal Arts Associate with BLEND program in your own language.


Pillar College le ofrece a la comunidad Hispana la oportunidad de obtener un Título de Licenciatura Acreditado, comenzando sus estudios en español, mientras adquiere fluidez en el inglés. Nuestro deseo es ayudarte, no solo a que te gradúes con un grado académico, sino prepararte para hacer un impacto en tu vida, tu familia y en la comunidad.


Pillar College offers the Hispanic community the opportunity to obtain an Accredited Bachelor’s Degree, beginning their studies in Spanish, while gaining fluency in English. Our desire is to help you, not only to graduate with an academic degree, but to prepare you to make an impact in your life, your family, and the community.

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English as a Second Language (ESL)

The ESL Program at Pillar College merges the best features of well-known communicative methodologies while offering a balance of all four language skills, vocabulary, pronunciation, and grammar to help students learn to communicate with confidence and gain knowledge and understanding of how to apply learning strategies for academic English use in all the students’ courses.

The goals of the ESL Program at Pillar College are to provide non-native English speakers improvement upon their overall literacy skills in English as well to deliver student-entered instruction in developmental, practical, and academic language skills and create intercultural competency awareness in students so that they may develop into thoughtful, educated, globally minded citizens.

The ESL Program at Pillar College consists of two types of programs:

  • ESL Blend Program
    • Designed for native Spanish-speaking students enrolled in Programa BLEND and Non-English speakers who wish to take only ESL classes.
  • English for Academic Purposes Program
    • Eligible for F-1 undergraduate students at Pillar College in the AA in General Studies program