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Arts & Sciences

Arts & Sciences Department

Program Description

The Arts & Sciences Department of Cincinnati Christian University serves two roles. First, it undergirds all the programs of the University, seeking, in particular, to develop CCU students into well-rounded individuals as part of the school’s vision statement. Second, the department administers several degree programs, either individually or in partnership with other departments or colleges.

In both roles, the department seeks to lead each student to achieve the following 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, 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.

Meet Our Team

Paul Friskney

English

Paul Friskney

English 513.244.8128 [email protected]
Bio

Since I have been at CCU for over 30 years, I have had the opportunity to work in many different areas, including directing plays and training traveling teams. However, my greatest love is teaching. Currently, I teach in multiple areas within the English and Communication Arts programs. I stay connected with incoming freshmen by teaching one section of College English each year. Each fall, I get to tap into my love of movies in a special way by teaching Theological Themes in Film. In the related area of drama, I teach Survey of Dramatic Literature and Drama Production & Performance. I also love writing and teaching writing. At CCU, that involves two courses: Creative Writing: Nonfiction and Creative Writing: Poetry, Fiction, & Drama. Filling out my teaching responsibilities, I also do Introduction to Poetry and English for Teaching & Editing, which includes an advanced grammar study and application in areas like editing for publication, which I did in my early years at CCU, and teaching English as a second language, which I did when our family lived in Kosova. Roles at CCU: Chief Academic Officer, Dean of the Foster School of Biblical Studies, Arts & Sciences, Chair of the Arts & Sciences Department, Professor of English & Communication Arts.

Education

Professor of English (1984). Arts & Sciences Department Chair. BA, MA, Cincinnati Christian University; MA, University of Louisville; additional graduate work, University of Cincinnati.

Brian Derico

English

Brian Derico

English 513.244.8147 [email protected]
Bio

I have been serving as a member of the faculty at CCU since 2001. I teach College English 2, Survey of Multicultural Literature, Shakespeare, Introduction to Short Fiction, Theological Ethics in the Novel, and Literary Theory and Criticism. My scholarly interests center around rhetorical theory and critical theory. Roles at CCU: Associate Professor of English, Director of CCU Honors Scholarship Program

Education

BS in Biblical Studies from CCU, MA in English and Comparative Literature from the University of Cincinnati, PhD in English (emphasis in Rhetoric and Composition) from Ball State University