Choose your own Adventure

Undergraduate programs at CCU are designed to prepare students for a wide variety of career paths. While the core of CCU is strengthened by a commitment to our common faith, the application of those beliefs after graduation varies.

Distinctively CCU
Biblical/Cultural Studies
Deaf Studies
Business Management
Music & Worship
Psychology
Ministry
Education
Arts & Sciences

Your choice to study at Cincinnati Christian University will introduce you to an educational experience unlike any other.

A faith-active education.All CCU undergraduate students, regardless of their major, enroll in biblical and theological courses. Our students are prepared to engage an ever-changing world with a foundation of faith. In every class, a Christian worldview carries the conversation. The faculty is comprised of women and men who believe in God and hold a high view of the Scriptures. Campus culture reveals a rhythm that encourages this: classes that begin with prayer; chapel services that unite hearts in praise; spiritual development groups that provide opportunities for personal reflection.

An urban experience with limitless possibilities.CCU is nestled in the middle of a city. Our location, perched atop a hill overlooking downtown Cincinnati, provides opportunities for our students to learn, to play, and to minister. The city facilitates collaboration among diverse cultural entities. Students can access music, athletic, and entertainment venues with ease. And there are endless possibilities for CCU students to pursue issues of justice. The city of Cincinnati is an exceptional learning lab where you can pursue a Christian lifestyle.

A hands-on, personal approach to education.CCU produces students with a higher purpose. Not only are students held to high academic standards, they are prepared to change the world for Christ. Faculty, staff, and coaches mentor students on their path towards Christian maturation. Humility is learned through service opportunities; global vision is honed by diverse interactions; leadership is sharpened by leveraging teachable moments. CCU prepares students for a life of glorifying the Lord with their talents.

As one of the world’s oldest intellectual pursuits, Biblical Studies continue to be one of the most relevant studies to our modern world. The study of the Scriptures has been foundational in CCU’s history and is a part of every degree offered.

Our Biblical Studies program offers you the opportunity to excel in your understanding of the Biblical texts and provides the tools for you to apply biblically based critical thinking in social, historical, ideological, and theological environments. You will learn to critically evaluate theological conclusions and to present a coherent theology that is grounded in historical and linguistic realities, while gaining an understanding of the original languages and contexts of the written scriptures.

Expected Learning Outcomes

Our Deaf Studies degrees are in collaboration with Cincinnati State Technical and Community College. The courses taken at Cincinnati State provide the foundation for interpreter training, and lead to an Associate of Arts degree from Cincinnati State.

CCU provides the requirements for the Bachelor’s degree as well as the religious component of Interpreter Training. The Biblical Studies core provides students with a robust approach to a coherent biblical worldview, as well as the essential tools needed to study the biblical text, and analyze claims made about the Bible. Foundational skills for critical thinking, effective communication with a clear understanding of society, culture and history are developed through the Arts & Sciences core.

  • Expected Learning Outcomes
  • Accurate interpretation of voice to sign and sign to voice communication
  • Understand the culture of the deaf population
  • Develop networks for meeting the needs of the deaf population
  • Communicate the Gospel accurately to the deaf population
  • Exegete biblical literature using basic interpretive principles.
  • Articulate coherent grasp of key theological ideas.
  • Articulate a coherent understanding of the foundational narrative of Biblical Israel, the life of Christ and beginnings of the Church.
  • Adeptly utilize modern research, writing, and technological tools
  • Demonstrate the integration of academic insights and experiences by constructing and employing a personal framework in which ethical decisions can be made in light of societal values and a Christian worldview

Degrees

Developing leaders is at the heart of CCU’s mission. The Department of Business Management aims to meet this mission by producing business leaders with a Christian worldview who are prepared to navigate the complexity, ambiguity and differing perspectives often encountered in today’s changing business environment. This program integrates faith into business curriculum without sacrificing program quality.

A Bachelors in Business Management equips students with the tools necessary to be effective leaders in organizations with an emphasis on for-profit business management. The sequence of courses (51 credit hours) covers the major business fields: accounting, economics, organizational management, marketing, strategic planning, and information technology.

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Understand and apply the principles governing business and their implementation in a for-profit or non-profit business organization
  • Evaluate business situations from a Christian perspective and formulate effective, efficient, & ethical decisions
  • Communicate effectively in personal and business settings
  • Demonstrate an understanding of strategy and planning related to organizational growth and management
  • Comprehend the complexities of the global economy

Degrees

Our Music and Worship department strives to develop your creative and practical skills in order to mould you into a God-focused worshipper and innovator. We aim to create servant leaders who possess the highest level of practical training.

As an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music, our Music and Worship program provides an extensive education centered around leading others to encounter their faith in fresh and active ways. A career in ministry is a noble calling and our faculty and staff are committed to preparing students for the challenges of excelling in those positions.

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Proficiency as a worship artist in singing and/or playing an instrument
  • Thoroughly familiarity with contemporary worship music
  • Informed appreciation for music from other cultures and times
  • Ability to read music from a chart or a musical score
  • Ability to transcribe music from recordings
  • Analyze and explain what makes music effective, within its historical, cultural and stylistic context
  • Creation, arrangement, performance and recording of original music.

Degrees

Minors

Caring for people is at the heart of CCU’s Mission. As an inhabitant in a broken world we strive to give you the tools to interact in a relevant and informed way with that world.

Our psychology program gives you the opportunity to explore and develop a distinct, Christian approach to psychology. A psychology degree is a versatile and highly employable degree. Graduates from our psychology program are currently serving as ministers, youth ministers and counselors while others are enjoying careers in advertising, human resources, social services, law enforcement, education and literally dozens of other careers. Additionally, many of our students have continued their educations to become licensed psychologists, counselors and even social workers.

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Develop an understanding of the scientific principles of the social sciences including research design, methodology and statistical analysis
  • Critically evaluate empirical support for various theories and finding
  • Develop insights into, and understand the relationship between natural science, social science and Biblical teaching
  • Understand how psychology enables individuals to make informed judgments and strengthen the community
  • Develop a compassionate character and desire to serve others
  • Appreciate the diversity and uniqueness of the individual, fostering a respect for others

Degrees

Minors

CCU is in the business of moulding the leaders of this generation of churches and the next. We aim to provide a curriculum build around in class and on the field experience. In order to build you into a great leader we shaped our degree around giving you the opportunity to interact with today’s leaders.

Our Ministry degrees are intended to prepare you for vocational ministry. Students can focus on preaching, youth ministry, children's ministry, worship ministry, or urban and intercultural ministry. This degree enables you to understand and communicate the Scriptures accurately, clearly, sensitively, and effectively.

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Build a strong Biblical foundation with additional emphasis in various styles and forms of leadership in ministry
  • Provide practical applications in the areas of leadership and Christian worldview
  • Allow you to study under experienced faculty and ministry practitioners who will show you how to reach people for Christ
  • Graduates of this program have gone on to serve in churches and non-profits throughout the region, in the areas of preaching, youth, childrens and worship ministries, and leadership.

Degrees

Minors

In our education program, we not only prepare you to guide children toward academic success, we mold you into a highly effective educator whose faith allows kids to feel God’s love. Our faculty are caring and supportive as you engage in challenging and invigorating coursework. We maintain small class sizes to promote high amounts of interaction among students and faculty. Our teaching team remains engaged in the field, which means they can offer you a contemporary education that adequately prepares you for the challenges in today’s classrooms.

Our education programs are accredited by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council, demonstrating that our curriculum meets high quality standards and as well as state and national requirements.

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Our graduates understand student learning and the development of all learners.
  • Our graduates know their content area and understand how to deliver effective instruction to each individual student.
  • Our graduates understand how to use varied assessments to inform instruction and ensure student learning.
  • Our graduates demonstrate caring attitudes, which create environments that are conducive to learning for all students.

Cooperative programs with the College of Mount St. Joseph

Content Cores

Degrees

Minors

The Arts and Science core is central to every CCU degree. The school of Arts and Science affords students the opportunity to gain and develop essential skills related to mathematics, oral and written communication, and critical thinking. This knowledge is the foundation that every CCU student builds in preparation for their degree focus and their career.

CCU’s Arts and Science curriculum is seamlessly interwoven with its Biblical and Theological studies core, building an intentional, relevant, self-aware, and unique education.

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Communicate effectively in both oral and written forms in a variety of rhetorical contexts, including Standard English
  • Adeptly utilize modern research, writing, and technological tools
  • Identify decisive events and ideas in the human experience and assess their influences on modern culture and thought
  • Employ critical and creative thinking and mathematic and scientific principles for problem solving, literary and socio-cultural analysis, intercultural understanding, and research in the sciences and humanities
  • Demonstrate the integration of academic insights and experiences by constructing and employing a personal framework in which ethical decisions can be made in light of societal values and a Christian worldview

Degrees