Cairn University’s Center for University Studies challenges students, faculty, and the University community to explore together the world of ideas in submission to Jesus Christ and commitment to His Word.

The CUS serves Cairn students through dynamic co-curricular opportunities, as well as curricular enrichment through the Honors Program and opportunities to study abroad.

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Honors Program

The Honors Program at Cairn University offers high-achieving students the opportunity to pursue a rigorous and biblically centered course of study, culminating in a three-semester Honors Project.

Learn more about the Honors Program

Study Abroad

Through partnerships with BestSemester and Jerusalem University College, Cairn students have the opportunity to choose from over a dozen study abroad programs.

Learn more about global opportunities

Co-Curricular Opportunities

Serving students and faculty in all Schools of the University, the CUS provides diverse opportunities for intellectual, cultural, and artistic engagement.  These activities provide forums for appreciation and discussion of great ideas and thinkers, both classic and contemporary, in light of Jesus Christ and the Word of God.  Recent activities have included:

  • Guest lectures and conferences
    Cairn periodically hosts special guests for evening lectures, chapels, classes, and video interviews.  Recent guests have included Makoto Fujimura (artist and creative director of the International Arts Movement), Ken Myers (host and producer at Mars Hill Audio Journal), and Allen Guelzo (Henry R. Luce III Professor of the Civil War Era at Gettysburg College).
  • Faculty presentations and forums
    Faculty presentations and forums provide students with opportunities to benefit from faculty members’ research interests and areas of expertise.
  • University-sponsored field trips
    Offered to both Honors students and the University community at large, field trips offer students the opportunity to engage with ideas beyond the Cairn campus.  This fall, Honors students visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC.  Other recent trips include Center City Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
  • One Book, One University
    Modeled after the Philadelphia Free Library’s One Book, One Philadelphia program, Cairn’s community book group brings together staff, faculty, students, and alumni in conversation about literature and ideas.  Past books have included: Robinson Crusoe, Brave New World, The Gospel of Wealth, and Crime and Punishment.



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