General Studies

Do you have a calling or career goals that require you to gain skills and experience in more than one professional field or academic discipline? Are you unsure of a career choice, but desire to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts or Associate of Arts degree? If so, the Interdisciplinary Studies (IDS) program may be right for you.


OCU offers associate and bachelor programs that can be customized to fit your career and ministry goals. The unique feature of this option is the flexibility that allows the student to build an individualized course of study based on academic objectives and calling.

Students work with a program advisor to creatively apply a personal calling and individual goals to a unique course of study. Due to the flexibility of the program, transfer students can often transfer most, if not all, of their courses to count toward their AA or BA degree.

The IDS Program is a more time-efficient alternative to the double major. Instead of fulfilling all requirements in two academic programs, a student pursuing an Interdisciplinary Studies degree will work with program faculty to select courses that best prepare him/her for his/her calling. For example, a student who desires to serve in music ministry and fill a managerial role in a large church could select courses--or even minors--from our Worship Arts and our Business Management programs.

Available Programs

Circleville Ohio Campus  •  4 Year Program  •  Bachelor of Arts  •  Undergraduate

The English program invites its majors to critically explore the aesthetic nature of literature with a genuine curiosity to uncover absolute truth, which defines a Biblical worldview. In addition, English majors will discover personal enrichment and rhetorical flexibility as they practice writing skills in various discourse forms found in public, professional, and academic contexts. Through exposure to a broad set of readings, extensive composition activity, and oral presentations, OCU’s English program provides students with the intellectual capacity and practical skills they need to attend graduate school, enter the professional workplace, or actively participate in ministry.


Upon completion of the program, the student should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an ability to think clearly, logically, critically, and creatively. in the light of Biblical truth and divine creation.
  • Display competence in reading, writing, speaking, and listening effectively, both individually and collaboratively.
  • Synthesize the basic terms, techniques, facts, and interpretations of literature as seen in representative passages and selected masterpieces.
  • Analyze the historical and grammatical structure of the English language.
  • Integrate a Biblically based and Christ-centered outlook on language, literature, and life, including consideration of truth, standards, morality, freedom, and responsibility.
  • Apply an advanced understanding of program objectives, appropriate for entering graduate school or a vocation.
Circleville Ohio Campus  •  4 Year Program  •  Bachelor of Arts  •  Undergraduate

The History program invites students to critically reflect on the ideas, faith traditions, political movements, leaders, and cultures that shaped the West and the United States over the past three millennia and to understand the present as a continuation of the past. Through exposure to a broad set of readings and other work, OCU’s History program provides students with a background in the proper techniques for evaluating historical works, engaging in professional methods for historical research, and developing advanced writing and oral presentation skills.


Upon completion of the program, the student should be able to:

  • Integrate Christian principles in critical thinking and decision-making.
  • Acquire an appropriate knowledge of historical content and knowledge of how the discipline of history influences and is influenced by the contemporary culture.
  • Critically examine concepts and theories concerning the discipline of history and the interaction of faith and history.
  • Analyze primary and secondary materials and create work that provides a reasonable interpretation of data.
  • Produce written work and/or other materials at an advanced level, appropriate for entering graduate school or a vocation.
Circleville Ohio Campus  •  4 Year Program  •  Bachelor of Arts  •  Undergraduate

The Interdisciplinary Studies program of study is composed of closely correlated coursework in two or more program majors. The program requires essentially the same General Education Core as all other OCU degree programs. Its unique feature is the flexibility that allows the student to work with an advisor and one or more program faculty to build a customized interdisciplinary program that best suits the student's academic objectives and calling.


Upon completion of this program, the student should be able to:

  • Demonstrate competency in the knowledge and application of Biblical/theological issues and principles.
  • Exhibit sufficient general education knowledge and skills to enhance intellectual understanding and effectively communicate in current society.
  • Affirm a specific calling or career goal, which clearly articulates a plan for correlated programs of study.
  • Possess the ability to pursue further study or serve in a role in the church or society which draws upon the knowledge and skills of the correlated programs of study.
Circleville Ohio Campus  •  2 Year Program  •  Associate of Arts  •  Undergraduate

Ohio Christian University offers a two-year program in Interdisciplinary Studies. Students work with an academic advisor to design a program that includes 22 elective hours of courses from various disciplines.

The Associate of Arts degree requires a minimum of 60 semester hours distributed through the divisions of General Education, Religion, and Interdisciplinary Studies.


Upon completion of this program, the student should be able to:

  • Demonstrate general knowledge and application of Biblical and theological issues and principles.
  • Exhibit a foundation in general education knowledge and skills.
  • Possess the ability to pursue further study or serve in various roles in the church or society.


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