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Undergraduate Catalog 2013-2014

Programs of Study

Liberty University's educational philosophy is based on the integration of fundamental Christian beliefs and the liberal arts tradition. Its programs are designed to prepare students to assume leadership roles in society.


Academic Programs

The requirements for graduation for all undergraduate programs are listed in this Catalog and on Degree Completion Plans (DCP) which can be accessed at http://www.liberty.edu/index.cfm?PID=2981. Specific Course Requirements and Course Sequences for all residential majors may be found at http://www.liberty.edu/casas.

Undergraduate students declare a major when they are accepted to Liberty.  They may process a change of major at any time following matriculation through the Center for Academic Support and Advising Services (CASAS). Exceptions are majors which require acceptance into the program, i.e., Athletic Training, Education, Individualized Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies, and Nursing majors.

A complete listing of the majors and minors offered at Liberty follows. Concentrations and cognates within given majors are listed under the major. Liberty University defines a Concentration as a specific grouping of 18 or more credit hours that may be offered within the requirements for an Undergraduate Major or Graduate Program.  A Cognate is defined as a specific grouping of 9 to 17 credit hours that may be offered within the requirements for an Undergraduate Major or Graduate Program.

Unless published in this Catalog, no other undergraduate degree programs or major and minor fields can be offered by Liberty and students must be aware that Liberty has no responsibility to offer any degree program, major, or minor unless such information is found in this publication.  At least 50% of the semester hours in the major for any program of study or minor must be earned at Liberty University with the exception of the A.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies.


Teacher Licensure

Liberty University offers teacher licensure programs which are approved by the State of Virginia Department of Education.

Those who enter the teacher licensure program must complete the academic major, be subject to the same general education requirements as all other students, and complete academic and practicum experiences related to professional teacher training.

Those wishing to pursue teacher-related programs should seek information from the Teacher Licensure Office in the School of Education. Licensure information is also available at http://www.liberty.edu/uguide.


Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

MAJORS:

Accounting ¹

Aeronautics ¹

  • Concentration: Commercial/Corporate ¹
  • Concentration: Missions
  • Concentration: Unmanned Aerial Systems
  • Cognate: Military

Applied Internet Technologies

Athletic Training

Biblical and Educational Studies 3

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Biology 2

Biomedical Sciences

Business Administration ¹·²

  • Concentration: Finance 2
  • Concentration: Financial Planning
  • Cognate: Communications ¹
  • Cognate: Economics ¹
  • Cognate: Entrepreneurship ³
  • Cognate: General ³
  • Cognate: Green and Sustainable Management ³
  • Cognate: Healthcare Management ³
  • Cognate: Human Resource Management
  • Cognate: International Business ¹
  • Cognate: Marketing ¹
  • Cognate: Project Management ¹
  • Cognate: Public Administration ³

Business Management Information Systems ¹

  • Cognate: Accounting Information Systems ¹
  • Cognate: Application Development ¹
  • Cognate: Data Networking ¹
  • Cognate: Database ¹
  • Cognate: Gaming Technologies ¹
  • Cognate: Global Studies
  • Cognate: Information Assurance ¹
  • Cognate: Intelligence ¹
  • Cognate: Web Development ¹

Cell and Molecular Biology

Chemistry

Christian Leadership and Management 3

Church Ministries

  • Concentration: Adventure Leadership and Outdoor Ministry
  • Concentration: Women's Ministries
  • Concentration: Worship
  • Concentration: Youth Ministries

Cinematic Arts

Communication Studies

  • Concentration: Advertising/Public Relations
  • Concentration: Digital Media
  • Concentration: Journalism
  • Concentration: Speech Communication

Computer Engineering

Computer Science ²

  • Cognate: Intelligence

Criminal Justice ¹

  • Cognate: Business Administration and Management ³
  • Cognate: Criminal Psychology ³
  • Cognate: Forensics ³
  • Cognate: Homeland Security ³
  • Cognate: Public Administration ³
  • Cognate: Strategic Intelligence Studies ³
  • Cognate: Youth Corrections ³

Early Childhood Education Interdisciplinary Studies ³

Electrical Engineering

  • Cognate: Intelligence

Elementary Education Integrated Studies

  • Cognate: English
  • Cognate: Math
  • Cognate: Science
  • Cognate: Social Science
  • Cognate: Spanish

Elementary Education Interdisciplinary Studies 3

Environmental Biology

Exercise Science

  • Concentration: Fitness Specialist
  • Concentration: Pre-Professional

Family and Child Development

Family and Consumer Sciences ²

Fashion Merchandising and Interiors

  • Concentration: Fashion Merchandising
  • Concentration: Interior Design

Global Studies

Government

  • Concentration: Politics and Policy
  • Concentration: Western Legal Traditions

Health Promotion

  • Concentration: Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES)
  • Concentration: Clinical

History

Individualized Studies

Industrial and Systems Engineering

Interdisciplinary Studies ³

Kinesiology

  • Concentration: Health and Physical Education ²
  • Concentration: Health and Physical Education, Non-Licensure

Mathematics ²

  • Cognate: Actuarial

Music

Music and Worship

  • Concentration: Cinematic Arts
  • Concentration: Pastoral Leadership
  • Concentration: Worship Technology
  • Concentration: Youth Ministry
  • Cognate: Biblical Studies
  • Cognate: Business
  • Cognate: Theatre Ministries
  • Cognate: Women's Ministries

Paralegal Studies ³

Pastoral Leadership

Psychology ¹

  • Concentration: Counseling, Clinical or Research
  • Concentration: Counseling and Human Development
  • Concentration: Human Services
  • Cognate: Addictions and Recovery ³
  • Cognate: Christian Counseling ³
  • Cognate: Criminal Psychology ³
  • Cognate: Crisis Counseling ³
  • Cognate: Life Coaching ³
  • Cognate: Military Resilience ³

Religion 3, 0

  • Cognate: Biblical and Theological Studies 0
  • Cognate: Christian Counseling
  • Cognate: Christian Ministries

Religious Studies

  • Concentration: Biblical Languages
  • Concentration: Global Studies
  • Concentration: Jewish Studies
  • Concentration: New Testament
  • Concentration: Old Testament
  • Concentration: Theology and Apologetics

Social Sciences ²

Special Education Integrated Studies

Special Education Interdisciplinary Studies ³

Sport Management

Studio and Digital Arts ²

  • Concentration: Graphic Design
  • Concentration: Studio Art ²

Zoo and Wildlife Biology

Zoology

 

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

MAJORS:

American Sign Language and Interpreting

Biblical Studies

English ²

Government

  • Concentration: International Relations
  • Concentration: Politics and Policy
  • Concentration: Western Legal Traditions

History

Individualized Studies

International Relations

  • Concentration: International Politics and Policy
  • Concentration: Strategic Intelligence Studies

Music

Philosophy

Spanish ²

Teaching English as a Second/Foreign Language ²

Theatre Arts ²

  • Concentration: Performance
  • Concentration: Production

Bachelor of Music (B.M.)

Artist Development

Choral Music ²

  • Concentration: Music Education

Guitar Performance

Instrumental Music 2

  • Concentration: Music Education

Leadership Communication

Music in World Cultures

Piano Performance

Songwriting

String Performance

Vocal Performance

Woodwind, Brass, or Percussion Performance

Worship Studies

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.)

Nursing

Associate of Arts (A.A.)

Accounting ¹

Airline Flight Attendant

Aviation Maintenance Technician

Business ¹·º

Business Management Information Systems ³

Criminal Justice ¹

Early Childhood Education ³

Education (Non-Licensure) ³·º

Government

Interdisciplinary Studies ³·º

Paralegal Studies ³

Psychology ³·º

  • Cognate: Christian Counseling

Religion ¹·º

Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.)

Medical Office Assistant ³

Technical Studies  

 

Minors

Accounting ¹

Adventure Leadership and Outdoor Ministry

Advertising/Public Relations

Aeronautics

Airline Flight Attendant

Biblical Greek

Biblical Languages

Biblical Studies ¹

Biology

Biomedical Sciences

Business ¹

Business Management Information Systems ¹

Carpentry

Chemistry ²

Chinese

Christian Counseling ³

Church Ministries ³

Cinematic Arts

Coaching

Computer Science ²

Creation Studies

Criminal Justice ¹

Crisis Communication

Electrical

English

Family and Consumer Sciences – Clothing and Textiles

Family and Consumer Sciences – Family and Child Development

Family and Consumer Sciences – Foods and Nutrition

Family and Consumer Sciences – General

French

Global Studies

Government

Graphic Design

Health Promotion

Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning (HVAC)

History 1

Homeland Security ³

International Relations

Jewish Studies

Journalism ²

Kinesiology

Linguistics

Masonry

Mathematics

Military Leadership

Multidiscipline Information Security 1

Music – Brass, Woodwind, or Percussion

Music – Liberal Arts

Music – Performance: Voice, Keyboard, Guitar or Strings

New Testament

Old Testament

Pastoral Leadership

Philosophy

Photography

Plumbing

Politics and Policy

Psychology ¹

Public Administration ³

Sociology

Spanish

Special Education ¹

Speech ²

Sport Management

Sport Outreach ¹

Strategic and Intelligence Studies

Studio Art ²

Theatre Arts ²

Theology

Theology and Apologetics

Welding

Western Legal Traditions

Women's Ministries

Writing

Youth Ministries

Undergraduate Certificates

Aviation Maintenance Technician

Certificate in Accounting 3

Certificate in Application Development 3

Certificate in Biblical Studies 0

Certificate in Business Administration 0, 3

Certificate in Christian Ministry 3, 0

Certificate in Criminal Justice 3

Certificate in Data Networking 3

Certificate in Database 3

Certificate in Health Sciences 3

Certificate in Healthcare Management ³

Certificate in Information Assurance 3

Certificate in International Business ³

Certificate in Military Resilience 3

Certificate in Paralegal Studies ³

Certificate in Preschool 3

Certificate in Public Administration ³

Certificate in Web Development ³

Graduate of Theology Diploma (Th.G.)

Biblical Studies ¹

   ¹ Also available through Liberty University Online
   ² Option available for Teacher Licensure Endorsement
   ³ Available through Liberty University Online ONLY
   º Available through Liberty University en Español

 


Course Identification

Each course is identified by a four-letter prefix and a three digit number. The letters represent the academic area. The first digit will be 1, 2, 3, or 4 to indicate that the course is a freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior level course, respectively. Graduate course numbers begin with 5 and above.

COURSE PREFIXES

ACCT Accounting    
AIRS Air Force ROTC FREN French
AITE Applied Internet Technologies FRSM New Student Seminary
ALOM Adventure Leadership and Outdoor Ministry GBST General Biblical Studies
AMOA Medical Office Assistant GEED General Education
APOL Apologetics GEOG Geography
ARTS Studio and Digital Art GLST Global Studies
ASLI American Sign Language GOVT Government
ATHL Athletics GREK Greek
ATTR Athletic Training GRMN German
AVIA Aviation HBRW Hebrew
AVMN Aviation Maintenance Technician Certificate HIEU European History
AVMT Aviation Maintenance Technician HIST History Research and Methods
BCHM Biochemistry HIUS United States History
BIBL Biblical Studies HIWD World Hisotry
BIOL Biology HLTH Health
BMIS Business Management Information Systems HONR Honors
BUSI Business HUMN Humanities
BWVW Biblical Worldview HVAC Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning
CARP Carpentry INDS Interdisciplinary/Individualized Studies
CCOU Christian Counseling INFT Information Technology
CESL Conversational English INTL International Studies
CGRM Conversational German KINE Kinesiology
CHEM Chemistry LIFC Life Coaching
CHHI Church History LING Linguistics
CHIN Chinese MASN Masonry
CHMN Church Ministries MATH Mathematics
CINE Cinematic Arts MENT Mentoring
CJUS Criminal Justice MILT Military Resilience
CLED Christian Leadership MISC Military Science - Army ROTC
CLST College Learning Strategies MLAN Modern Languages
COMS Communication Studies MUSC Music
CRFT Craft Skills NASC Natural Science
CRIS Crisis Counseling NURS Nursing
CRST Creation Studies PHIL Philosophy
CSCI Computer Science PHSC Physical Science
CSER Christian/Community Service PHYS Physics
CSPA Conversational Spanish PLAW Paralegal Studies
ECON Economics PLED Pastoral Leadership
EDSP Special Education PLMB Plumbing
EDUC Education PRTH Practical Theology
ELIL English Language Institute PSYC Psychology
ELTC Electrical RLST Religious Studies
ENGC Computer Engineering SMGT Sport Management
ENGE Electrical Engineering SOCI Sociology
ENGI Industrial and Systems Engineering SOWK Social Work
ENGL English SPAN Spanish
ENVR Environmental Science TESL Teaching English as a Second Language
ESOL English as a Second Language THEA Theatre Arts
EVAN Evangelism THEO Theology
EXSC
Exercise Science
WELD Welding
FACS Family and Consumer Sciences WMIN Women's Ministries
FMIN Family Ministry YOUT Youth Ministries

 


Liberty University en Español

Liberty University en Español offers Spanish-language versions of Liberty University Online programs.  The curriculum is the same as existing Liberty University Online programs, and the course requirements do not vary. The only difference in these programs is that Spanish-language versions of some of the course materials are available, and students are permitted to turn in written materials in their native language.  Further information is available at http://www.liberty.edu/online/lue-inicio/.


The University Honors Program

James H. Nutter, B.A., M.A., M.Ed., D.A.
Director, Honors Program and Quiz Bowl Coach
Professor of English


If you participated in Gifted and Talented programs in high school or if you are academically talented and serious about your studies and seek to be appropriately challenged, you should consider the academic enrichment of our Honors Program along with its merit-based Honors scholarship ($4,000).

Additional academic scholarships are available for National Merit Finalists (full tuition, room, and board), National Merit Semi-Finalists (full tuition), and National Merit Commended students (full tuition) who participate in the Honors Program. 

The University Honors Program is designed to provide highly motivated students of above average ability the opportunity to achieve their highest intellectual and creative potential through a combination of homogenous honors seminars in general education course work and independent honors petitioned projects within the students’ major fields of study. Honors students also complete a Senior Honors Thesis as their capstone project during their last semester of college.

Qualified students may apply for admission to Liberty University and the Honors Program simultaneously, although application to the Honors Program must be made directly to that office. If admitted to the program, students must begin taking honors courses in their first semester at Liberty.

Criteria for applying to the Honors Program include the following:

  1. Score at least 1270 on SAT (critical reading and math scores only) or 29 on the ACT;
  2. Submit official high school or college transcripts indicating a GPA of at least 3.50 on an unweighted 4.00 scale;
  3. Write an expository essay of four and one-half to five typed pages on the topic, “What I Hope to Gain from an Honors Program Education at Liberty University”;
  4. Submit three letters of recommendation from present or former teachers;
  5. Complete the Honors Program Application.

Transfer or Liberty University students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.50 and have no more than 60 credits earned; their recommendation letters must come from professors.

The selection process is competitive, and Honors applications are reviewed on the first day of each month beginning February 1st. Applications will not be considered unless they are postmarked by April 1st. For more information or to receive an Honors application, contact the Honors Program Office by phone at 434-592-3304 or email the Director at jhnutter@liberty.edu.  Visit the website at https://www.liberty.edu/academics/honors for additional information.


Study Abroad Office

The mission of the Study Abroad Office is to provide Liberty University students with a unique opportunity to transform their global outlook and grow in their faith while reaching their academic goals. It will also be an opportunity for the student to develop character, learn more about themselves and form lasting relationships.

In an increasingly global economy it is imperative that students have access to international experiences that will help them to lead in the 21st century. Studying abroad offers students a chance to serve, live and study in a setting that can broaden their intellectual horizons and expose them to other cultures in a way that is not possible on the home campus. For this reason, international experiences in a cross-cultural environment are part of Liberty University's aim to "Contribute to a knowledge and understanding of other cultures and of international events."

The Study Abroad Office, located in Green Hall 1837, assists students in selecting a program that best fits their educational needs. Semester and summer-long programs are available through collaborations with international faith-based program partners and future Liberty Abroad Programs.

For more information, contact the Study Abroad Office by email at studyabroad@liberty.edu, by phone at 434-592-4005, or visit the website at http://www.liberty.edu/index.cfm?PID=19707.



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