Prepare for a variety of contexts and fields through studies in science, mathematics, history, literature, philosophy, and social sciences – all from a biblically-based perspective.
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100% Online, 7-Week Terms, Asynchronous
The Liberal Studies program is designed to educate students in an accelerated and accessible format so they may finish their college degrees. The program is intentionally centered upon the Lord Jesus Christ and His Word. Liberal Studies is built around dynamic and substantive core courses on the Scriptures and theology. Upon completion of this program, the student earns a Bachelor of Arts degree.
Upon completion of the program, you will:
Cairn University is committed to the centrality of Christ and the Word of God and is reflected in the curriculum and instruction. At Cairn, faith and truth do matter. We teach our students accordingly, challenge you to think deeply on these things, and strive to make you ready to serve Christ in the church, society, and the world as biblically minded men and women who not only give assent to truth but think and live in light of it.
Cairn University students earn more than a professional credential – you develop a solid foundation for all of life and learning. Wherever you go after you graduate from Cairn, you go prepared and ready to make a difference in your workplace, your community, your church, and around the world. And our competitive tuition rates and financial aid packages help to keep your education costs reasonable.
The Cairn mission statement begins with education and ends with character, because we believe that education should change not only what you know, but who you are and what you do. Faculty members understand that education involves more than the transfer of ideas, but also the giving of themselves to teach, train, and inspire their students, both in and out of class.
Community is about more than simply taking classes together. It is more than having a similar experience. Community is powerful, instructive, encouraging, and biblical. And at Cairn, community is intentional. It is attended to closely as an outworking of the University’s biblical commitment and understanding that in Christ, we are one.
Complete coursework anywhere through our asynchronous course design, reinforced by substantive faculty engagement. It is the same courses, the same degree, the same faculty as the onsite program.
Our online courses are taught by faculty who are committed to your professional and spiritual growth. In addition to the carefully crafted learning activities, our faculty are substantively engaged throughout the course delivery. Students don’t just have professors, they have mentors who invest in them throughout the program and often remain connected long after graduation.
The B.A. in Liberal Arts program has been designed with input from our expert faculty in the School of Divinity, ensuring you graduate with the in-demand skills and knowledge that the ministry and workplace needs. The program requires 60 credits of block transfer*, 36 credits from the specialization courses, 24 credits from electives. View a sample curriculum sheet for a snapshot of the required courses.
*A minimum of 40 credits must be in general education, including 3 credits in each of the following six areas: Psychology/Sociology, Speech, Mathematics, English/Writing, Natural Sciences, and History.
BIB 331D – Pentateuch – 4 credits
A study of the five books of Moses as the foundational text to the Old and New Testaments.
BIB 333D – Old Testament Overview – 4 credits
An overview of the Old Testament with attention to the historical, poetic, and prophetic writings.
BIB 411D – Romans – 4 credits
An exposition of the book of Romans with reference to Pauline theology as a whole. Paul’s use of the Old Testament and the book’s significance in the church and society are examined.
BIB 431D – Gospels – 4 credits
A study of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John and their unique contribution to the gospel of Jesus Christ. Attention is given to the relationships between the Old Testament text and each Gospel.
BIB 433D – New Testament Overview – 4 credits
An overview of the New Testament with attention to canonicity.
INT 331D – Critical Reading and Writing – 4 credits
A course that orients the student to the practice of academic writing and reading.
THE 351D – Christian Theology I – 4 credits
A study of bibliology, theology proper, Christology, pneumatology, and angels.
THE 352D – Christian Theology II – 4 credits
A study of anthropology, hamartiology, soteriology, ecclesiology, and eschatology.
THE 401D – Apologetics – 4 credits
An exploration of the rational foundations of the Christian faith and the manner and methods by which one may respond to historical and contemporary challenges.
Block Transfer – 60 credits. A minimum of 40 credits must be in general education, including 3 credits in each of the following six areas: Psychology/Sociology, Speech, Mathematics, English/Writing, Natural Sciences, and History.
The tuition for post-secondary education has become expensive in general. However, Cairn Online programs rank amongst the most affordable online bachelor’s and master’s programs. While the tuition costs vary by program level, the rate is typically $425 per credit or 12K per year for A.A. and B.S. programs and $300-$725 per credit for graduate programs.
Currently there are over 6 million online learners in the United States, and those numbers are growing every day. Online degrees that have regional accreditation are held to the same standards as traditional universities, ensuring that students earn a valuable degree that will prepare them with the skills and credentials for their career. Do research to find an online degree that is accredited and reputable, such as those offered at Cairn University.
Cairn Online courses based on Cairn’s 100+ years tradition of excellence in biblical education. Our on faculty has carefully designed them taking into consideration what works best for the online learner. The modular design and asynchronous delivery enable you to complete your studies while you pursue your career, ministry and spend time with your family.
Courses typically contain seven units and are delivered in 7-week terms*. Each unit contains 5-7 modular activities. Each learning activity includes instructional videos accompanied by reflections, quizzes, discussion forums and other assessments. Courses also utilize adaptive learning technologies such as Cerego for long-term retention of concepts and VoiceThread for enhanced collaboration.
The asynchronous delivery provides flexibility around your daily busy schedule. In most courses, interactive activities are typically due by Wednesday while the rest of the unit’s work is due by Sunday night. The MBA, M.A. in Music and Criminal Justice programs use the 7RD2 process and require the completion of certain activities daily to optimize learning.
Our own Cairn faculty intentionally participate in the course throughout the week to provide you with an incarnational experience.
*Few capstone courses are intentionally offered in 14 weeks to optimize student learning.
A.A. programs usually take 2 years and B.S. and B.A. programs typically take 3-4 years to complete.
Graduate programs vary in length by program. As an example, Cairn’s traditional MBA typically takes 20 months to complete but then there is also the accelerated One-Year MBA that you can complete in 12 months.
If you are looking to complete your program sooner, you can consider taking more 7-week courses at a time.
All courses are developed by one or more course developers and taught by our own faculty. The instructors are also intentionally involved in the course throughout the week by providing direction in the course activities, participating in the forum discussions, grading the student work and providing substantive feedback. Most courses also offer optional office hours weekly via Zoom or similar video conferencing tools.
Our instructional design team works very closely with the course developers and carefully plans the courses to balance the technology requirements. Most courses use the eLearning platform for hosting the course materials, Panopto for video capture and storage, VoiceThread for enhanced discussion forums, and Cerego for adaptive learning. Zoom is used at times for virtual office hours. These sessions are optional.
Except for the Hebrew and Greek language courses for the B.S. in Biblical Studies program, typically there are no required meeting times for the completing the course activities.
The course transfer depends on where you are transferring from, and what program you are transferring to. If you are coming to Cairn Online from another institution, it is very likely you will have some credits that will transfer. Because there are so many options, we encourage you to talk to an enrollment counselor. If you are transferring out, Cairn is a regionally accredited school and some credits should transfer with relative ease. Each college sets their own transfer criteria, so be sure to check their policies for specifics.
Cairn Online offers a variety of options for prior learning and experience. You can receive up to 6 credits for prior learning for graduate programs. At the discretion of the program advisor, three to six credits for prior learning (CPL) can be awarded for students with extensive background in areas addressed by specific courses. Additionally, advance standing may be granted for Bible or theology credits earned at an accredited Bible college, Christian liberal arts college or university, or seminary. Credits will be granted on a course by course basis.
Cairn is approved to offer financial aid because of its regional accreditation. There are many options available and typically students qualify for at least one type of federal aid. Many students receive scholarships and grants that make earning their degree even more affordable. Cairn offers a variety of scholarships and discounts in addition to options for loans and grants. Please refer to this page for details.
Cairn Online has been approved to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA), which regionally oversees postsecondary online education.