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  Dec 14, 2017
 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog

School of Liberal Arts and Sciences


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Brenda M. Ebersole, PhD, Dean

Professor Emeritus

Robert E. Wenger, PhD
W. Barry Yoder, PhD

Professor

Jeffrey S. Black, PhD; Chair, Counseling and Psychology Department
Juliet J. Campbell-Farrell, PhD
Edgar B. Hardesty, PhD
Ruth H. Kuchinsky-Smith, PhD
Jonathan L. Master, PhD
Matthew M. McAlack, PhD
M. Jean Minto, DLitt
Gary E. Schnittjer, PhD
Brian G. Toews, PhD
Todd J. Williams, PhD

Associate Professor

Mark A. Jalovick, ThM
James C. Meyer, EdD
Matthew J. Miller, PsyD

Assistant Professor

Joseph W. Beeson II, MS
David Crosscombe, DMin
James E. Dolezal, PhD
Gregory J. Fanus, MA
Andrea N. Fiori, MEd
Stephen J. Hauser, MS
Greg Jensen, MSc
Christopher J. Palladino, MEd; Chair, History Department

Instructor

Gavin D. Hobbs, MA
Ashlyn M. Jones, MS
Matthew S. Stemler, BFA

Part-time Faculty

Rebecca J. Cella, MEd
Amy Dunlap, MA
Charlotte L. Gleason, MLS
Ruth H. Kuchinsky-Smith, PhD
Roger B. Petersen, DLitt

Adjunct Faculty

Elise H. An, MA
Victoria B. Aquilone, BS
Janice H. Cho, MSW
Timothy Clydesdale, PhD
Sarah R. Ensslen, MS
Amy Kathryn Fitzsimmons, MSW
Jesse A. Fleming, MA
Evelia Guzman, MS
Walter Howard, MA
Kaley Keener, MA
Robert LaRocca, MA
Christopher Lloyd, MS
Nikema Missouri, MS
Jeffrey J. Monk, PhD
Brandon Petcaugh, BS
Mary Ralph, MS
D. Anthony Schmidt, MTS
Greg Shaller, MA
Lacey B. Sipla, MS
Andrea Stange, MA
David J. Wiedis, JD

The School

The School of Liberal Arts and Sciences provides a broad base of knowledge for life and service. It introduces undergraduate students to a variety of disciplines that, when integrated with scriptural teaching, promote intellectual development and increase effectiveness in students’ chosen fields. The Liberal Arts and Sciences curriculum exposes students to human life, their cultural heritage, and the physical environment. It fosters critical thinking, effective communication skills, and intelligent application of ideas to life.
 

The Programs

Community Arts

A degree in community arts prepares students to use their artistic skills for the growth and good of those around them. Art integration has become a crucial part of both the private and public sectors, and students with a community arts degree will be prepared to meet those needs. This program allows the student to pursue university level studies in the field of community arts while also learning how to integrate and apply a biblical worldview to their field. Courses provide students with study in foundational art and design courses, art history, psychology, social studies, and professional preparation. In addition, this course of study requires students to deepen their studies in various studio and art practice courses.

Criminal Justice

A Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice prepares students for future careers in a variety of law-related positions. This program allows the student to pursue university level studies in the field of criminal justice. This program addresses the processes of law enforcement, the legal system, and the penal/correctional system, and allows the student to select courses from related fields to deepen their studies in a particular area of interest. It also pointedly addresses issues of diversity, ethics, and biblical anthropology as they relate to the complexities of criminal justice.

English

A degree in English prepares students for graduate work in writing, literature, and a variety of related fields. The Bachelor of Arts degree in English is designed to ground students in the foundational skills and concepts of language and literature, such as historical developments within American and British literature, genre studies, and literary criticism. Students may then choose from a variety of more specific foci - creative writing or a particular historical timeframe. The capstone project allows the students to contribute to contemporary developments within the field.

Graphic Design

A Bachelor of Arts degree in Graphic Design prepares students for a wide array of professional work, both for employers and as an independent contractor. This degree allows students to pursue university level studies in the field of graphic design while also learning how to integrate and apply a biblical worldview to their field. Courses provide students with study in foundational art and design courses, art history, and professional preparation. In addition, this course of study requires students to deepen their studies in various studio and art practice courses.

History

A degree in history prepares students for graduate work in history and a variety of related fields. The Bachelor of Arts degree in History equips students to better understand and appreciate past cultures and what their values, experiences, and artifacts teach about contemporary culture. Following a broad study of world and United States history, students choose from a variety of electives to tailor the program to their own interests in a geographical region or historic era. American history and European history options are available. The capstone project allows students to contribute to developments within the field.

Liberal Arts

A degree in liberal arts prepares students for a broad spectrum of career paths and for graduate studies in a variety of fields. The Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Arts is an interdisciplinary program designed for students who wish to engage in the “great conversation” associated with the liberal arts within the context of a biblical worldview. Students may craft a curriculum focused on a specific discipline or construct one that samples advanced course offerings from a number of academic disciplines. Performing arts, pre-law, fine arts, interdisciplinary philosophy, contemporary apologetics, applied mathematics, pure mathematics, life science, earth science, general science, and social science options are available.

Mathematics

A Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics prepares students for future opportunities in financial and analytical careers as well as graduate studies. This program allows students to pursue university level studies in the field of mathematics while also learning how to integrate a biblical worldview and serve Christ within their field. Higher level mathematics courses in calculus, linear and abstract algebra, and real analysis are included in the program.

Pre-Art Therapy

A Bachelor of Arts degree in Pre-Art Therapy allows the student to pursue university level studies in the field of art therapy in preparation for further study at the graduate level. Students develop their artistic, diagnostic, and interpersonal skills while also learning how to integrate and apply a biblical worldview to their field. Courses provide students with study in foundational art and design courses, art history, psychology, social studies, and professional preparation.

Psychology

A degree in psychology prepares students for professional graduate studies in psychology and social service support positions in clinical and institutional settings. Students choose from a variety of electives to tailor the program to their own professional interests. A counseling option is available.

Dual-Level Counseling - Psychology

The School offers a dual-level program in which the student simultaneously earns a bachelor’s degree and an MS in Counseling. Like all Cairn undergraduates, students take the University core courses in Bible and theology and the liberal arts and sciences. Students may apply to a dual-level program after completing 60 credits, 30 of which must have been taken in residence. Students who are accepted into the dual-level program build on the foundational undergraduate courses by adding graduate classes designed to train students as practitioners in individual, marriage, family, and group counseling. Students also receive instruction in psychological research, the multicultural aspects of counseling, psychological assessment, and professional ethics.

Studio Art

A Bachelor of Arts degree in Studio Art provides students with future opportunities to practice their developed skills professionally in the studio. Students learn how to work in the artistic marketplace while also learning how to integrate and apply a biblical worldview to their field. Courses in this program provide students with study in foundational art and design, art history, and professional preparation, and requires them to deepen their studies in various studio and art practice courses.

Dual-Level Education Programs

The School offers three dual-level programs in which a student simultaneously earns a BA degree and an MS in Education degree. These programs, in English, history, and mathematics, allow students to pursue education while developing strong skills and practices in their subject area. In addition to the two degrees, these programs also lead to secondary education teacher certification in the subject area. Students may apply to a dual-level program after completing 60 credits, 30 of which must have been taken in residence.

Minors

The School of Liberal Arts and Sciences also offers minors in Applied Mathematics, Communications, Criminal Justice, Earth Science, English, General Science, Graphic Design, History, Life Science, Literature, Performing Arts, Philosophy, Political Science, Pre-Law, Psychology, Pure Mathematics, and Visual Arts. These minors may be added to bachelor’s degree programs from any of the University’s schools.

Related Program Information

English placement for entering students is determined by evaluation of scores on SAT and ACT tests. Students with high scores are permitted to replace ENG 101 - English Composition with ENG 321 - Advanced Composition. Students with low scores are tested further to determine whether they should take ENG 021 - Introduction to College Reading and Writing. Students who have no scores will be evaluated by a writing assessment. Students for whom English is not the primary spoken language must demonstrate their ability to communicate in English. In addition to the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) prior to acceptance, these students may be asked to submit a current sample of their writing.

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