CAL Overview

To meet the unique educational needs of adults, Cincinnati Christian University offers the CAL (Christian Adult Leadership Learning) Program, a non-traditional adult degree completion program designed to provide students with a Bachelor of Science degree. There are two concentrations in the program.

Students entering CALL ideally:

  • Have completed at least two years of college, university, or technical school so that they have the equivalent of 60 semester hours credit or more. Students with fewer hours can enroll in the CALL associate of arts program to earn sufficient credits.
  • Are 25 years of age or have three years’ professional work experience.
  • Are highly motivated to finish their degree.
  • Can schedule their time carefully and discipline themselves to meet the rigorous demands of this program.
  • Want to complete their degree in a Christian setting where the faculty and staff are sincerely interested in students and their future.
  • Are employed full time.
  • Want to develop their gifts for professional ministry, lay leadership or business management so that they can enhance their careers and their place of leadership in for-profit and not-for-profit organizations.

Program Details
The core curriculum contains 18 modular courses ideally to be taken in sequence. According to the practice of Cincinnati Christian University, each student will receive a major in Biblical Studies plus a professional core for career skills. A student’s professional employment experience will help them apply this practical experience with formal education for their greatest benefit.

Each student’s registration will be for one year at a time. The classes meet one night each week from 6:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. The schedule is planned to allow time for holidays and a brief summer vacation. The core courses are scheduled over four semesters equaling 54 semester hours of credit.

Leadership and Ministry
Students who enter this program will follow the pattern developed by the college whereby the student will receive a Bachelor of Science in Biblical Studies plus a ministries program. The student will complete a major in Biblical Studies with a professional core in leadership and ministry. This professional core is ideally suited for those who wish to enter the professional ministry or who wish to assume a greater role of leadership within the church of which they are already a member.

Management and Ethics
The Management and Ethics concentration in the College of Adult Learning provides the tools necessary to be an effective leader in organizations with an emphasis on for-profit business management. The sequence of courses will cover all of the business fields: accounting, economics, management, marketing, ethics, and technology. Courses emphasize the ethical and moral values of a Christian in today’s global marketplace. Life and work experiences of students add to the richness of the program.

Online Education
in conjunction with this program, CCU has joined together with Knowledge Elements to make online courses available to students in the program. In some cases, students in the degree completion program will want to use this opportunity to make up deficiencies that they cannot fulfill through a regular classroom experience. A regular schedule of courses offered through Knowledge Elements is available online. The CALL office will assist students in making arrangements for these courses.

Students must have a computer with an internet connection and an active, reliable email address. The speed of the computer and internet connection are also significant.

The online program will simulate the classroom setting as much as possible. although classes will be asynchronous (all students do not need to be online at the same time), students will have contact with their instructor and classmates through forums and email.

Provisional and Conditional Acceptance
Applicants who are lacking certain documents may be granted provisional standing. Applicants who appear to be deficient in admission requirements and are seeking an exception to one or more of the criteria for admission, may be granted a conditional acceptance for admission. Each case will be reviewed by the Admissions and Academic Standards Committee, which will use its discretion to determine the probability of the individual’s ability to benefit from the program. If, in the opinion of the committee, there is sufficient probability, the student may be admitted conditionally. At the time of acceptance, applicants will be informed of any deficiencies in course work or other requirements not met. The director will advise the student of what is needed to fulfill the admission requirements.

Graduation Requirements
Believing there is a commonality of learning essential to enable the individual to function intelligently, CCU seeks to provide those learning experiences through which the student will gain knowledge and develop skills necessary for abundant living. To graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Biblical Studies students must meet the following requirements:

  • Complete 132 semester hours acceptable to CCU with a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or better.
  • Complete the 54 semester hours in the degree completion program with a 2.0 grade for all courses.
  • Complete the 43 semester hours in the Arts & Sciences core of the College including:
    • English Composition: 6 semester hours
    • Literature/Journal: 6 semester hours
    • Communications: 6 semester hours
    • Behavioral/Social Sciences: 5 semester hours
    • Natural Science: 6 semester hours
    • History: 9 semester hours
    • Philosophy: 5 semester hours
  • All financial obligation to the College must be fulfilled.

The semester hours required for graduation with a Bachelor of Science in Biblical Studies plus a Leadership and Ministry professional core are summarized below:

  • Biblical/Theological Core 30
  • Arts & Sciences Core 43
  • Leadership & Ministry Core 24
  • Open Electives 35
  • Total Hours needed 132

The semester hours required for graduation with a Bachelor of Science in Biblical Studies with a Management and Ethics professional core are summarized below:

Biblical/Theological Core 30
Arts & Sciences Core 43
Management & Ethics Core 24
Open Electives 35
Total Hours needed 132

Evaluating Alternative Educational Experience
CCU will evaluate formal educational experiences gained in non-college settings. Where such courses/training/workshops/seminars have been evaluated by the American Council on Education (ACE), CCU will use the evaluation in the appropriate guide as a source for determining what credit might be given. Students may have had courses in specialized institutes, e.g. banking or real estate or courses as part of vocational training in industry, in a technical institute or as specialized training in the military. CCU will evaluate such work according to standards established by accrediting associations.

Credit by Examination
CCU will accept the results of testing by CLEP (College Level Examination Program), DANTES, the military equivalent, or a departmental examination. There may be charges in addition to the costs involved with taking the examination.

Credit by Demonstrated Competency (CDC)
CDC allows a student the opportunity to prepare a portfolio describing and documenting specific life experiences. Material for this portfolio can come from a number of different sources: workshops, seminars, self-study, non-credit classes, training courses, and work experiences.

Please note that it is the learning, not merely experience from these sources, that is evaluated. Appropriate faculty members will evaluate the portfolio and determine what credit might be warranted. In the admissions process, an academic advisor will provide applicants with an estimate of the number of CDC credits they might expect to receive through this program. Students will be assessed fees when they submit their portfolio. A schedule of fees for CDC evaluation is available in the CALL office.