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Biblical Studies (AA)

Develop an intellectual perspective fueled by a robust biblical worldview and a foundation in the liberal arts—all within the context of a biblical Christian community that supports you as as you prepare for what’s next.

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Why Biblical Studies (AA)?

Building a foundation of understanding in multiple disciplines—especially Bible and theology— an associate’s degree is a great educational route for (1) those who are still deciding what is the correct higher education path for them or (2) those who know what they want to do and know they don’t need a four-year degree to get there. Of course, one of the best things about an associate’s degree is that it is low-cost compared to a four-year program and it results in an in-hand diploma after two years of study. An associate’s degree in biblical studies, specifically, offers students tools for biblical literacy and skills for use in and beyond Christian circles, equipping students to confidently stand on biblical truth in the midst of secular society.

Biblical Studies (AA) at Cairn

Biblical foundation

Receive a foundational education in Bible and theology, including a survey of the entire Old Testament and the Gospels.

Career Preparation

Graduate in two years and join the workforce, or complete a bachelor’s degree with half of the credits (and most of the gen. ed. courses) already behind you.

Personalized Education

Explore your academic interests or take multiple courses in a single discipline with the offered flexibility of six elective courses.

Experienced Faculty

Receive mentorship from faculty who are personally invested in you and your studies.

Academic Opportunity

Take core courses in other disciplines such as communications, politics, math/science, and literature and arts.

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Required Credits: 60

Curriculum Highlights: 

    • BIB 202 Narrative of Redemption
    • BIB 204 The Old Testament
    • BIB 261 Biblical Hermeneutics 3
    • BIB 303 The Gospels

Further education

Administrative roles in a church or other ministry

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An Affordable Education

While the cost of a Cairn University education is competitive with similar institutions, we realize you may need financial assistance to take this journey.  You are not alone. 97% of our full-time undergraduate students receive some form of financial assistance. 

Meet Our Faculty

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Brian Luther

Professor of Old Testament, School of Divinity

Dr. Brian Luther teaches various Bible classes, including Pentateuch, Old Testament, wisdom literature, and the Gospels.  His research interests include ancient Jewish and Christian biblical interpretation, as well as interpreting and applying biblical narrative today.

Before pursuing biblical studies, Dr. Luther earned his doctorate in electrical engineering.  Among more serious pursuits, this background prepared him to coach a high school robotics team, an opportunity that he looks forward to having again someday.

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Gregory Parker Jr.

Assistant Professor, School of Divinity

Gregory Parker Jr. joined the School of Divinity faculty in 2022. He teaches courses in systematic theology at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, including Triune God, Narrative of Redemption, and Life and Calling.

After graduating from Cairn University in 2013, Greg pursued graduate school in theology, receiving an MDiv and a ThM from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, MA.

He completed his PhD in systematic theology at the University of Edinburgh under the supervision of James Eglinton. His dissertation focuses on the relationship between the dogmatics and ethics of the 19th century Dutch Reformed theologian, Herman Bavinck. He also played lacrosse for the University of Edinburgh.

In addition to teaching, Greg loves Philadelphia sports, hanging with friends and family, and advocating for Tame Impala.

He is delighted to be teaching at Cairn because, in his words, “Students here are guided toward a different path than that of the world, but it is the glorious and narrow path that all Christians are called to walk—one in which we ‘cleave to God’ (Ps. 73:28) and make much of his love.”

What Our Students Have To Say

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Tirzah Grace Arquette

The Biblical Studies program has blessed me with more knowledge of the Bible and a deeper relationship with God. My classes, caring professors, and loving advisor have all helped me in my journey through this program. I have appreciated how the Bible is integrated into the course. Whether it's homework for the week or in class, I am immersed in the Word of God daily.

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