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Undergraduate Catalog 2014-2015

Message from the President and the Provost

  Message 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

Message from the Provost

Provost Ron GodwinMany adjectives might serve to describe Liberty in its fourth decade. To many we are huge and our story is exciting. People everywhere marvel at our rapid growth and our ascendance to a position of leadership in Christian higher education. The comprehensive rebuilding and refreshment of our school under the leadership of our President has produced a beautiful and functional campus beyond the dreams of our founder and those of us who came to serve alongside of him. Newly constructed, state-of-the-art educational facilities, attractive dorms, and an abundance of recreational facilities provide an unparalleled opportunity for students desiring a Christ-centered education to pursue their dreams in a context that is as modern and filled with opportunities as many of the finest state universities.

Liberty University students study and conduct research in the new Jerry Falwell Library with its state-of-the-art robotic retrieval system, abundant group study rooms, and outstanding print and electronic resources. Biology, chemistry, health sciences and pre-med students attend classes and conduct their research in our new 200,000 square foot science building with state-of-the-art labs and classrooms. Music students are challenged to the highest level of excellence as they study and perform in a new music and performing arts center that provides an atmosphere that helps to inspire their pursuit of excellence for the glory of God. Nursing, medical and engineering students study and learn in new facilities equipped with the most modern SIMS and labs and are fully prepared for graduate school, employment, and excellence in service as they take their next step. Liberty’s approach to cultural engagement has contributed to the development of academic programs connected to real life experiences in cinematic arts, theater, studio and digital arts, and a host of other degree programs that are offered through the newly expanded School of Communication and Creative Arts. The Center for Apologetics and Cultural Engagement teaches students how to engage culture and address the biblical, theological, and philosophical questions of today’s world from a distinctively Christian worldview.

World class facilities are important and necessary, but the most important resource contributing to Liberty’s expanding reputation for excellence is the Liberty faculty. Seventy percent of our faculty have earned doctoral degrees, many from the top schools in America and around the world. More importantly they share our President’s commitment to the creed that “If it’s Christian it ought to be better.” Liberty University faculty love their disciplines, love teaching and love their students. Liberty faculty are united in the belief that God has called them to serve Him in this place and that every student has been created by God, bears His image, and is gifted by God to serve a particular purpose in His world. Education at Liberty is a dynamic partnership in which the Creator God, the student, and the faculty are joined in the common resolve to acquire and demonstrate the knowledge, values and skills required for serving with excellence in their callings.

As I close these words of introduction, I want to point out another element that is at the heart of what makes Liberty unique in the world of higher education. Our resolve to create “Champions for Christ” is achievable because administration and faculty are committed to the ongoing preservation of an environment where the Holy Spirit has the freedom to work in our classrooms, in our uplifting convocations held at least twice a week, and in the conversations and service of Liberty students. As an academic community, we are united in the belief that through reliance upon the Spirit of God, obedience to the scriptures and the diligent pursuit of academic excellence, we are able to produce “Champions for Christ” to serve in our contemporary culture. I invite you to view this catalog and come and see what God is doing!

Ronald Hawkins
Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost

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