CVCU is a STEAM university, offering courses of study in the sciences (including social and political as well as hard sciences), technology, engineering, arts (both visual arts and performing arts), and mathematics. Based on market research, GenZ trends, impacted majors in the state of California, and the specialized needs of the citizens of Chula Vista, CVCU broadens its STEAM programming to offer the following undergraduate degree and certification programs, including a unique CTE (career training education) approach to higher education.
The Redi Institute for Holistic Health and Human Welfare
The Mission of the Redi Institute of the Institute for Holistic Health and Human Welfare is to address the growing crisis of ill health, obesity, and mental stagnation resulting from poor diet and sedentary lifestyles in Western culture. Students will gain biblically-based instruction in holistic medicine, nutrition, and proactive health care with the expressed goal of helping students make a tangible, positive impact on the health and well-being of the local region. The Redi Institute is named after Francesco Redi, an Italian scientist who challenged the culturally accepted norm of spontaneous generation in 1668. Students in the Redi Institute will be expected to think outside of the box, applying both logic and ancient truths to address the crisis of preventative illness in the United States.
Degrees of Study:
Bachelor of Science in Pre-medicine
Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Bachelor of Science in Biology
Bachelor of Science in Public Health
The Carson Institute for Global Leadership and Environmental Stewardship
The Mission of the Institute of the Institute for Global Leadership and Sustainability is to expand the base of knowledge and application in economic, political, and environmental care, establishing new methodologies for stewardship of the earth, leading the local community in organic farming efforts, horticulture, and environmental and well and economic responsibility. Institute finds its name in the applied scholarship of Rachel Carson, who pursued independent studies in marine biology while completing her degree in writing because it was socially unacceptable for her to pursue a science degree in her day. Nonetheless, driven by passionate scholarship, she educated herself in the field, and when the time came that the government needed a writer who was also an expert in marine biology, her skill set helped her rise to the surface. She wrote one of the first books on environmental awareness, Silent Spring. Students in the Carson Institute will be forward-thinking environmental and economic leaders whose stewardship of the planet and its people is rooted in the biblical mandate that balances stewardship of the earth with worship of the Creator over the creation.
Degrees of Study:
Bachelor of Science in Economic Leadership
Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and Stewardship
Bachelor of Science in Applied Horticulture
Bachelor Science in Homeland Security
The Booker T. Washington Institute for Social Science and Community Education
The Mission of the Booker T. Washington Institute for Social Science and Community Education is to advance the efforts of social sciences to offer community-based educational equipping for political, familial, and interpersonal conflict, providing practical solutions and support to help strengthen interpersonal relationships in every sphere of the city, from the home to the marketplace. Students serve in summer projects dedicated to teaching a variety of skills, from reading to underserved populations at home and abroad to offering academic tutoring, conflict support, and child development workshops as a free offering to the local community. The Booker T. Washington Institute garners its name from the courageous leader and American educator Booker T. Washington, who, despite his nervousness and introversion, refused to bow to the victim-mindedness of his culture and instead spoke out all over the country on behalf of oppressed people, rallying them to hope and victory and modeling tenacity, kindness, forgiveness, and courage. One of his most familiar quotes defines both his perspective and the goals of institutional resilience at CVCU: "There are two ways of exerting one's strength: one is pushing down, the other is pulling up." Students in the Booker T. Washington Institute will exert socio-political strength by building others up and empowering them to live abundant lives.
Degrees of Study:
Bachelor or Science Degree in Political Science
Bachelor of Science in Social Justice
Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Science in Conflict Resolution
Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Development
Technology and Trade
The Edison Institute of Technology and Applied Sciences
Students in the Edison Institute of Technology and Applied Sciences gain real-world experience that will provide them with training, education, and apprenticeship models of education to give them the competitive skills they need to succeed in a technologically advanced culture. The Institute is named after Thomas Alva Edison, one of the most prolific inventors of all time. According to the Library of Congress, Edison's inventions have influenced the light bulb, the motion picture camera, the telegraph, and the telephone, among many other creations. Students in the Edison Institute will learn to apply existing scientific knowledge to develop practical solutions in the fields of technology, neuroscience, computer science, web development, and IT management.
Degrees of Study:
Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience
Bachelor of Science in Applied Technology
Bachelor of Science in Computer Sciences
Bachelor of Science in Web Development
Bachelor of Science in Information Technology Management
The Nightingale Institute for Emergency Response
The Nightingale Institute for First Responder Training will provide training in the following arenas through a partnership with the A-MED Worldwide, a first-responder training program. In addition to degree programs and certifications, the program also serves scholars and practitioners in the following arenas: as a designated-skills testing location for EMTs and nationwide paramedics, as well as offering courses and training in Pediatric Life Support, CPR, Basic Life Support, and Advanced Cardiac Life Support. The Institute is named after Florence Nightingale, an English social reformer who is considered to be the founder of modern nursing. Just as Nightingale was known for her trailblazing spirit, her dedication to serving others, and her image as the "Lady with the Lamp" in the Crimean War, students in the Nightingale Institute will follow in the footsteps for which she was known -- her refusal to make or accept excuses or to be governed by fearfulness or intimidation."How very little can be done," she once noted, "under the spirit of fear."
Degrees, Certifications, and Courses of Study:
Emergency Medical Training (leading to a BS degree in the student's chosen field)
Paramedic Certification (leading to a BS degree in the student's chosen field)
NREMT Exam Certification
American Heart Association Courses
Continuing Education Units for Existing EMTs and Paramedics
The Bezalel Institute for Trade Skills
Students in the Bezalel Institute for Trade Skills will study in an apprenticeship model that helps them earn college credit while learning their chosen craft or trade. The Institute finds its name in the first historic reference to a skilled craftsman, Bezalel, who is noted in Exodus 31 to be "filled with the Spirit of God, with ability and intelligence with knowledge and craftsmanship to devise artistic designs at work in gold, silver, bronze, in cutting stones for setting, and in carving wood to work in every craft." In similar fashion, students in the Bezalel Institute for Trade Skills will be trained as artisans of excellence in their craft. CVCU's initial trade focus will be in currently impacted local trades such as carpentry and tile. Students will have the opportunity to continue their academic career after the certification process in order to obtain a BA or BS in their chosen field.
Engineering and Education
The Archimedes Institute for Engineering
Engineers utilize scientific and mathematical principles to develop solutions to technical challenges, addressing society's needs at the molecular, macro, atomic, and even the galactic level. The Institute finds its name in the one of the most notable engineers in classical antiquity. Archimedes was an engineer, physician, mathematician, and astronomer whose inventions have laid the foundations for numerous modern designs. In an era of extreme innovation, we believe that students in the Archimedes Institute for Engineering will dream and design innovations that lay foundations for future designs that the human mind has not yet conceived, improving the quality of life for future generations.
Degrees of Study:
Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering
Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering
Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering
The McGuffey Institute of Education
The McGuffey Institute of Education was established to train a next generation of teachers who, through educational excellence, will courageously confront the existing ills of the traditional system of elementary, secondary, and higher education. Named after William McGuffey an educator who was born in 1800 and began his teaching career at the age of 14. At the time, there was no systematic method for teaching children to read. When he was 35, Harriet Beecher Stowe asked McGuffey to write a series of publications which eventually became the famous Eclectic Readers. McGuffey's readers sold over 120 million copies, and they served as a template for textbooks that is still followed today. The Institute endeavors to equip elementary and secondary teachers who are passionate about education reform and reclaiming the field of education for the kingdom of God. As Dr. Spears writes in the book Education for Human Flourishing, Christians have inadvertently contributed to the marginalization of Christianity by driving the moral and academic authority of Jesus away from the center point of learning. "The fear of the Lord," Proverbs 9:10 teaches, "is the beginning of wisdom." Without an anchor to truth, without a grounding in morality and faith-based academia, educators must question the legitimacy of the educational endeavor. Students in the Palmer Institute will learn the skills they need to be methodologically and theologically effective in reaching the next generation for Christ while training up their own students to be excellent, well-read, and well-rounded scholars in every academic discipline, students who study to show themselves approved.
Degree of Study:
Bachelor of Arts in Educational Methodology
The Dickens Institute for Communication Studies
The Mission of the Dickens Institute for Communication Studies is to help students become not only consumers of culture, but producers of culture, creating strategic methodology for excellence in written and spoken English communication, giving students a foundational approach to excellence in traditional communication studies, in journalistic studies, and in computer mediated communication methodology. The Institute finds in namesake in the great British author Charles Dickens, whose communication skills have transcended time to speak to the heart and soul of modern communicators. Though many may know Dickens for his great works of literature, he was also a passionate advocate for the oppressed and voiceless people of his day. After being forced to abandon his dreams and work in a shoe-blacking factory as a child, he developed a compassion for the poor and underserved members of his community. His literary masterpiece Great Expectations was both a work of social justice and PR genius: He published it by weekly chapter in the daily newspaper so that the poor could extract it from the trash, read, and be inspired by the flash of hope that embeds his memorable style and vision of hope.
Degrees of Study:
Bachelor of Arts in Business Communication
Bachelor of Arts in Marketing
Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations
Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Media Studies
Bachelor of Arts in Human Resource Management
Bachelor of Arts in Health Science Communication
The Davidic Institute of Performing Arts
The Mission of the Davidic Institute of Performing Arts is to establish a base for excellence in the creative arts, restoring a level of excellence in dance, theater, and musical performance within the local church. In performing arts, students hone their God-given artistic talent to learn how to raise the standard of excellence in dance, theater, worship leading, and related performing arts venues. Visual art students will learn the craft of filmmaking, managing arts and media, designing soundscapes, and creating visual displays that captivate audiences through relevant narrative storytelling grounded in the arts and informed by the sciences. The Davidic Institute finds its nominal inspiration in the life and leadership of King David, whom the Bible calls a man after God's own heart.
Degrees of Study:
Bachelor of Arts in Classical and Contemporary Music
Bachelor of Arts in Arts and Media Management
Bachelor of Arts in Visual and Performing Arts
Mathematics and Ministry
The Newton Institute for Mathematics
Students in the Newton Institute for Mathematics will choose to pursue a BA degree to train them for teaching math in elementary or secondary school environments. Those who pursue a BS degree will gain the skills needed to continue their studies in graduate school or to pursue careers in accounting, statistics, economics, market research, or in specialized jobs within sectors such as law or medicine. The Institute is named after Isaac Newton, the 17th Century mathematician, physicist, and theologian who is widely recognized as one of the most influential scientists of all time. Like Newton, CVCU students will be called as visionaries and culture-shapers to "see those things that are not as though they are," bringing the Romans 1:20 principles of God's character to light through the natural realms of mathematical order.
Degrees of Study:
Bachelor of Science in Mathematics
Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics
The Whitefield Institute for Theology and Discipleship
The mission of the Whitefield Institute for Theology and Discipleship is to establish a foundation of excellence in the study of theology, pastoral counseling, and family discipleship, creating opportunities for students to offer real-life support to their communities in practicum-based learning environments. The Institute will provide a missions-oriented, hands-on lab for social workers, missionaries, and marriage and family coaches, teaching discipleship and practical, faith-based strategies for counseling and leadership. Students will serve in local Chula Vista churches, offering volunteer hours that provide churches with GenZ team support and provide GenZ students with hands-on experience in the multigenerational faith-based community. The Whitefield Institute finds its name in the "sensational evangelist" George Whitefield, who is known for his commanding power as an orator of scripture, preaching 18,000 times to an estimated 10 million people in his lifetime (1714-1770).
Degrees of Study:
Bachelor of Arts in Theology
Bachelor of Arts in Pastoral Counseling
Bachelor of Arts in Christian Leadership
Bachelor of Arts in Missions