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Interdisciplinary Studies (BA)

Centered on Christ and His Word, the Interdisciplinary Studies (BA) program enables you to craft your education around your interests and passions. In this program, you create an individualized path to graduation that is aligned with your unique personal career goals.

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Why an Interdisciplinary Studies (BA) Degree?

Today’s college graduates are more likely to work in multiple fields and hold a variety of jobs. This shift necessitates that college students possess a broad skill set and a high level of adaptability. Interdisciplinary studies is a program that allows students to study two or more academic disciplines under one degree—taking the knowledge of one discipline and applying it to another for a broader perspective. This puts the student in charge of their learning to fulfill their plans for a future career and makes them more marketable in the workforce.

You’re equipped with a wide range of knowledge as well as the critical and analytical skills needed to be successful in the workforce. You’ll be empowered to blend courses from multiple disciplines, providing you with boundless opportunities to explore and discover what inspires you.

Interdisciplinary Studies (BA) at Cairn

Biblical Integration

All instruction is grounded in the timeless Truth of God’s Word. Cairn is committed to helping you think about your career through a biblical worldview.

Career Preparation

Graduates from the program have forged careers in management, entrepreneurship, marketing, ministry, criminal studies, psychology, just to name a few.

Personalized Education

Customize your degree by choosing courses from one or more disciplines. Take charge of the the education you receive and start preparing for your dream career.

Experienced Faculty

Our courses are taught by faculty who are committed to your professional and spiritual growth.

Campus Community

Community is about more than simply taking classes together. Community is powerful, instructive, encouraging, and biblical. At Cairn, community is intentional.

Honors Program

Join the Honors Program and dive deeper into a specific field of study. Earn a $2,000 scholarship.

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Get an inside look at our Interdisciplinary Studies Program

There are over 70 unique programs at Cairn to choose from! Not sure if this is the best program for you? Here are some more details to help you decide.

Required Credits: 120

Curriculum Highlights:

    • COM 111 Intro to Communications
    • POL 101 US Government & Civics
    • SCI 211 Math/Scientific Reasoning
    • PSY 321 Human Development 





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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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Charlotte Gleason

Chair, Humanities department

After graduating from Cairn University in 2000, Charlotte taught high school English in public schools both in Pennsylvania and New York. Her high school students inspired her to reconsider the place of adolescent literature in the classroom, and in 2006 she completed her thesis on how to integrate both the classics and YA literature in the classroom.

The birth of her first son led her to pursue higher education, and in 2007 she accepted a position as a part-time faculty member at Cairn University. During the last two decades, Charlotte has taught in a variety of classrooms and developed curriculum for private Christian schools and home school families, including her own. Recently, Charlotte transitioned to a full-time role at Cairn. She teaches a variety of literature, composition, and education courses and serves as the Chair of the Humanities Department in the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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Ruth Kuchinsky-Smith

Co-Chair, Sciences Department

Dr. Kuchinsky-Smith teaches on a variety of topics across psychology and research, including probability and statistics. Dr. Kuchinsky-Smith has taught at the university level for more than 30 years across the disciplines of education, special education, music, and psychology. In addition, her professional experience has taken her from the Pennsylvania Department of Education in Harrisburg to the Philadelphia Prison Systems to the School District of Philadelphia to the Milton Hershey School to freelance writing at to Lehman Memorial United Methodist Church in Hatboro, PA, where she currently serves as music director.

In addition to significant work in the field of school psychology, Dr. Kuchinsky-Smith published “Effectiveness of the MMPI-A to Differentiate between Counseled and Non-Counseled Students” at Temple University under the supervision of Leslie Skinner, PhD She also worked in child advocacy and psychological abuse in children at Temple University under the supervision of Irwin Hyman, EdD Before her academic work in psychology, she worked on deaf history and advocacy in education at Albert Einstein College of Medicine with Oliver Sacks, MD and infant development and vocalization at Child Development Research Center, Sands Point, New York with Judith S. Kestenberg, MD.

What Our Students Have To Say

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Derian Bradford

Pursuing Interdisciplinary Studies has given me the opportunity to explore a wide range of courses Cairn has to offer. It has also given me the opportunity to connect with a variety of professors and provide me with a larger scope of knowledge to prepare me for my future career.”

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