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.
At the undergraduate level, Liberty University defines a degree program as a major. 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.
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.
A course planning schedule is provided in order for students to plan their classes for upcoming semesters. The planning schedule presents every class offered and the terms where it is scheduled to be taught. This schedule is sorted alphabetically by class. You can find the course planning schedule by visiting the following site: http://www.liberty.edu/academics/registrar/index.cfm?PID=23103
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.
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.
Religion 3, 4
Special Education Interdisciplinary Studies 3 (non-licensure)
Business 2, 4
Criminal Justice 2, 4
Early Childhood Education (Non-Licensure) ³
Education (Non-Licensure) 3, 4
Paralegal Studies 3, 4
Psychology 3, 4
Religion 3, 4
Graduate of Theology Certificate (Th.G.)
¹ Option available for Teacher Licensure Endorsement
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.
|ACCT||Accounting||FACS||Family and Consumer Sciences|
|AIRS||Air Force ROTC||FREN||French|
|ALOM||Adventure Leadership and Outdoor Ministry||FRSM||Freshman Seminar|
|AMOA||Medical Office Assistant||GBST||General Biblical Studies|
|ARTS||Studio and Digital Art||GEOG||Geography|
|ASLI||American Sign Language||GLST||Global Studies|
|AVMN||Aviation Maintenance Technician (Certificate)||HBRW||Hebrew|
|AVMT||Aviation Maintenance Technician||HIEU||European History|
|BCHM||Biochemistry||HIST||History Research and Methods|
|BIBL||Biblical Studies||HIUS||United States History|
|BMIS||Business Management Information Systems||HLTH||Health|
|BWVW||Biblical Worldview||HSER||Human Services|
|CARP||Carpentry||HVAC||Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning|
|CCOU||Christian Counseling||INDS||Interdisciplinary/Individualized Studies|
|CESL||Conversational English||INFT||Information Technology|
|CHHI||Church History||LIFC||Life Coaching|
|CLED||Christian Leadership||MILT||Military Resilience|
|CLST||College Learning Strategies||MISC||Military Science – Army ROTC|
|CRFT||Craft Skills||NASC||Natural Science|
|CRIS||Crisis Counseling||NSSR||New Student Seminar|
|CSMA||Conversational Chinese||PHSC||Physical Science|
|CSTU||Cultural Studies||PLAW||Paralegal Studies|
|DIGI||Digital Media||PLED||Pastoral Leadership|
|DMCA||Digital Media and Creative Arts||PLMB||Plumbing|
|ELIL||English Language Institute||RLST||Religious Studies|
|ELIO||English Learning Institute Online||SCOM||Speech Communication|
|ENGE||Electrical Engineering||SOWK||Social Work|
|ENGI||Industrial and Systems Engineering||SPAN||Spanish|
|ENGR||General Engineering||TESL||Teaching English as a Second Language|
|ENGS||Software Engineering||THEA||Theatre Arts|
|ESOL||English as a Second Language||UNIV||University|
|ESLP||Eagle Scholars Program||WELD||Welding|
|EXSC||Exercise Science||YOUT||Youth Ministries|
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/.
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:
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 email@example.com. Visit the website at https://www.liberty.edu/academics/honors for additional information.
Kevin D. Struble, B.S., M.A., Ed.S.
Chair of Graduate and Online Student Affairs & Study Abroad
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, by phone at 434-592-4005, or visit the website at http://www.liberty.edu/index.cfm?PID=19707.
Highlighted text indicates a change from the official version of the catalog.