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Undergraduate Catalog 2014-2015

Message from the President and the Provost

  From the President

Liberty University, founded in 1971, is the largest private, nonprofit four-year college in the nation, the largest university in Virginia, and the largest Christian university in the world. You have an opportunity to be part of this exciting university! We invite you to join our 13,000 students studying on our Lynchburg, Va., campus or more than 90,000 taking online courses from around the world — all training to be Champions for Christ. Liberty now offers more than 300 unique programs of study. All of our courses are taught from a biblical worldview and designed in line with our mission to develop Christ-centered men and women with the values, knowledge, and skills essential to impact tomorrow’s world. Every faculty member is a professing Christian who believes that teaching is a calling, not just a job. We are in the midst of rebuilding our campus and adding many state-of-the-art facilities to support our academic programs. Classrooms are equipped with cutting-edge technology to ensure that students are exposed to the latest advancements in their fields. While a spiritual focus and quality academics remain our top priorities, Liberty also offers 20 NCAA Division I athletic teams, 32 club sport teams, and a large variety of student activities, intramural sports, and recreational opportunities that you will not find at any other Christian college. I invite you to explore our courses and learn more about how Liberty can help prepare you for the career you have dreamed of, and one in which you can make a real difference in this world.

Jerry Falwell

From the Provost

Provost Ron GodwinLiberty University exists today because of one of the most gifted and talented pastors and leaders of our generation.  During his entire ministry Dr. Jerry Falwell demonstrated the heart of a pastor, the keen mind of a world class educator, and the courage and vision of a great citizen statesman.  His greatest passion was to establish a Christian university that would be for protestant Christians what Brigham Young is for Mormons and Notre Dame is for the Roman Catholics.  Today America, the world, and Christians everywhere are the beneficiaries of his vision and incredibly tenacious faith.

Safely beyond its struggles to survive during its pioneer years, and now enjoying the visionary and yet prudent leadership of President Jerry Falwell Jr., Liberty is continuing to dramatically expand its facilities, programs, and enrollments.  Already it has become the largest private Christian University in the world.

Liberty faculty now number more than 3,000 full-time and part-time faculty, with over seventy percent possessing terminal degrees.  Liberty University’s faculty are committed to teaching their students to explore the vital linkages between faith and learning.  Liberty’s distinctively different teaching occurs in the classroom, but it occurs also via a wide range of carefully supervised and reality based experiences, including internships, externships, and cross-cultural exposures.  To be clear, the Liberty educational experience can and frequently does take place through a wide variety of traditional, online, and experiential methods of instructional delivery.

Liberty continues to rapidly increase its academic offerings. Offering a wide range of degree options purposely aims at providing our students with a marvelous array of career opportunities.  The addition of a College of Osteopathic Medicine, a School of Health Sciences, and a School of Music are proof that Liberty has become a full service university, offering its students a plethora of career options.  But, at Liberty we do more than simply educate and train our students.

Without apology our mission is to educate Champions for Christ who are prepared to also utilize their education to become lifelong agents of cultural transformation and exponents of the Great Commission.  To this end we are both grateful and proud that Liberty graduates are increasingly taking their place in positions of leadership in America and around the globe.  May I invite you to enroll at Liberty and to become, regardless of your chosen career, a champion of your generation?

Ronald S. Godwin
Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost

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