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The Bachelor of Arts in Religion is a social science degree that examines eastern and western religions, both historical and contemporary. Scroll down to learn more about the online degree in Religion.

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This program focuses on the cultural, political, and spiritual aspects of religion while being exposed to the theological tenets of religious thought. Graduates of this program are inclined toward professions that include aspects of human services and pastoral assistance.

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School of Arts
and Humanities

The University is unique in offering a full range of online degrees in arts and humanities that are based on the great ideas, works, and thinkers that have defined civilization as embodied in the great books tradition. The curriculum addresses humankinds fundamental topics through study of courses in humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. Coursework is designed to develop high level research, analytical, and interpersonal skills and prepares students for a broad range of professional careers.


School of

The School of Business offers a flexible, dynamic and interactive program to accommodate many types of learners. We integrate new technologies to keep the classroom interesting and up-to-date. Students are taught not only the concepts but also the real world application of the materials. The curriculum provides the necessary theoretical and practical knowledge for students seeking preparation or advancement in business and leadership roles in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors. Programs dovetail with several university specialties so that students can specifically concentrate in areas of professional or personal interestranging from entrepreneurship and global business management to information technology management and homeland security resource allocation.


School of

Graduate programs in the School of Education are designed to meet the most rapidly growing demands of the profession. Our certification programs are built to the highest state and national content standards. We provide opportunities to practicing teachers to enhance their professional training in critical needs areas such as special education, elementary reading, ELL, instructional leadership and curriculum and instruction for elementary teachers.


School of Public
Service and Health

The School of Public Service and Health houses several of the universitys flagship programs; namely emergency and disaster management and criminal justice. It is also the home of up-and-coming programs in security management, legal studies, and public health. Our faculty combine top academic credentials with practical expertise. They include practicing attorneys, public health professionals, emergency managers, criminal justice professionals, and security managers--as well as international and national governmental and military consultants and practitioners.


Science, Technology
Engineering, and Math

Science and technology professionals are vital to societys continued innovation. Academic programs in this school help students cultivate the problem solving, creative, and technological skills necessary for advancements in their chosen field whether it be pursuing innovations in environmental policy, space studies, or one of the many professions within the information technology field.


School of Security
and Global Studies

The programs taught in the School of Security and Global Studies truly embody our motto, Educating Those Who Serve. Students with majors in this school have an understanding of the worldappreciating differences in political, economic, and social cultures. Our faculty members are highly-credentialed and respected leaders in their fields, and many of them currently work in the U.S. government and in the U.S. intelligence community. Our graduates are employed in leadership positions at agencies ranging from the Departments of State, Defense, and Homeland Security to the intelligence services, as well as private businesses throughout the world.



Associate programs are designed for students who seek a two-year degree as either their final degree in higher education or the foundation for further study at the bachelor's level. An Associate degree typically requires 61-64 semester hours (20 courses and 1-4 labs). Students must possess a high school diploma or its equivalent to be admitted to an associate program.



Certificate programs are available to students who seek a shorter program focused on career development or knowledge of a specific discipline. Certificates range from 18-27 semester hours; typically 6-9 courses. Credits from a certificate program may be applied to an Associate, Bachelors or Masters degree.