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Undergraduate Catalog 2014-2015 [Archived Catalog] [Archived Catalog]

PDF copy: Programs of Study.pdf

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

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.

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.)

Accounting 2

Aeronautics 2

  • Concentration: Aviation Maintenance Management2
  • Concentration: Commercial/Corporate
  • Concentration: Missions
  • Concentration: Unmanned Aerial Systems
  • Cognate: Military

Applied Internet Technologies

Applied Web Technologies ³

Athletic Training

Biblical and Educational Studies 3

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Biology 1

  • Biology/Environmental Science 1
  • General Biology 1

Biomedical Sciences


Business Administration ¹·²

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

Business Management Information Systems 2

  • Cognate: Accounting Information Systems 2
  • Cognate: Application Development 2
  • Cognate: Data Networking 2
  • Cognate: Database 2
  • Cognate: Gaming Technologies 2
  • Cognate: Global Studies
  • Cognate: Information Assurance 2
  • Cognate: Intelligence 2
  • Cognate: Web Development 2

Cell and Molecular Biology


Christian Leadership and Church Ministries

  • Cognate: Adventure Leadership and Outdoor Ministry
  • Cognate: Biblical Studies
  • Cognate: Global Studies
  • Cognate: Technical Studies
  • Cognate: Theology and Apologetics
  • Cognate: Women's Leadership
  • Cognate: Worship

Christian Leadership and Management 3

Cinematic Arts


Computer Engineering

Computer Science 1

Criminal Justice 2

  • Cognate: Business Administration and Management ³
  • Cognate: Criminal Psychology ³
  • Cognate: Forensics 2
  • Cognate: Homeland Security 2
  • Cognate: Public Administration 2
  • Cognate: Strategic Intelligence Studies 2
  • Cognate: Youth Corrections 2

Digital Media

  • Concentration: Audio
  • Concentration: Performance
  • Concentration: Social Networking and Interactive Media
  • Concentration: Transmedia Writing
  • Concentration: Video

Early Childhood Education Interdisciplinary Studies ³

Electrical Engineering

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 1

Fashion and Interiors

  • Concentration: Fashion Design
  • Concentration: Fashion Merchandising
  • Concentration: Interior Design

Forensic Science

Global Studies

Government 2

  • Concentration: Politics and Policy2
  • Concentration: Pre-Law3
  • Concentration: Western Legal Traditions
  • Cognate: Public Administration3

Health Promotion

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

History ²

Human Services

Individualized Studies

Industrial and Systems Engineering

Informatics 2

  • Cognate: Healthcare Informatics

Information Technology 2

  • Cognate: Application and Database Development
  • Cognate: Data Networking and Security
  • Cognate: Gaming Design
  • Cognate: Web Development

Interdisciplinary Studies 3



  • Concentration: Health and Physical Education 1
  • Concentration: Health and Physical Education, Non-Licensure

Mathematics 1

  • Cognate: Actuarial

Mechanical Engineering

Music Instrumental

Music Vocal

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


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

Religion 3, 4

  • Cognate: Biblical and Theological Studies 4
  • Cognate: Christian Counseling
  • Cognate: Christian Ministries
  • Cognate: Evangelism

Religious Studies

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

Social Sciences 1

Special Education Integrated Studies

Special Education Interdisciplinary Studies 3 (non-licensure)

Speech Communication

  • Concentration: Professional Communication
  • Concentration: Speech Communication

Sport Management

Strategic Communication

  • Cognate: Social Media Management
  • Cognate: Strategic Communication

Studio and Digital Arts 1

  • Concentration: Graphic Design
  • Concentration: Studio Art 1

Youth Ministries

  • Cognate: Adventure Leadership and Outdoor Ministry
  • Cognate: Biblical Studies
  • Cognate: Christian Leadership
  • Cognate: Cinematic Arts
  • Cognate: Coaching
  • Cognate: Global Studies
  • Cognate: Pastoral Leadership
  • Cognate: Sport Outreach
  • Cognate: Technical Studies
  • Cognate: Theology and Apologetics
  • Cognate: Women's Leadership
  • Cognate: Worship

Zoo and Wildlife Biology




Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


American Sign Language and Interpreting

Biblical Studies

English 1


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


Individualized Studies

International Relations

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

Music Instrumental

Music Vocal


Spanish 1

Teaching English as a Second/Foreign Language 1

Theatre Arts 1

  • Concentration: Arts Administration
  • Concentration: Dramaturgy
  • Concentration: Performance
  • Concentration: Production


Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.)

Studio and Digital Arts

  • Concentration: Graphic Design
  • Concentration: Studio Art

Bachelor of Music (B.M.)

Artist Development

Choral Music 1

  • Concentration: Music Education

Commercial Music

  • Concentration: Film Scoring (Film and Media)
  • Concentration: Jazz Studies

Guitar Performance

Instrumental Music 1

  • Concentration: Music Education

Leadership Communication

Music in World Cultures

Piano Performance


String Performance

Vocal Performance

Woodwind, Brass, or Percussion Performance

Worship Studies


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


Associate of Arts (A.A.)

Accounting 2

Airline Flight Attendant

Aviation Maintenance Technician

Business 2, 4

Business Management Information Systems ³

Criminal Justice 2, 4

Early Childhood Education (Non-Licensure) ³

Education (Non-Licensure) 3, 4


Interdisciplinary Studies 3, 4

Paralegal Studies 3, 4

Psychology 3, 4

  • Cognate: Christian Counseling

Religion 3, 4

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

Medical Office Assistant ³

Technical Studies  



Accounting 2

Adventure Leadership and Outdoor Ministry


Airline Flight Attendant

American Sign Language

Autism 3

Biblical Greek

Biblical Languages

Biblical Studies 2


Biomedical Sciences

Business 2

Business Management Information Systems 2


Chemistry 1


Christian Counseling ³

Church Ministries ³

Cinematic Arts


Computer Science 1

Creation Studies

Criminal Justice 2



Evangelism 3

Expositional Preaching

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


Global Studies


Graphic Design

Health Promotion

Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning (HVAC)

History 2

Homeland Security ³

Information Security 2

International Relations

International Studies 2

Jewish Studies





Military History 2

Military Leadership

Music – Brass, Woodwind, or Percussion

Music – Liberal Arts

Music – Performance: Voice, Keyboard, Guitar or Strings

New Testament

Old Testament

Pastoral Leadership




Politics and Policy

Psychology 2

Public Administration ³



Special Education 2

Special Education (Non-Licensure)

Sport Management

Sport Outreach ¹

STEM: Science Technology, Engineering, Math 2

Strategic and Intelligence Studies2

Studio Art 1

Theatre Arts 1


Theology and Apologetics


Western Legal Traditions

Women's Ministries

Youth Ministries

Undergraduate Certificates

Certificate in Accounting 3

Certificate in Application Development 3

Certificate in Aviation Maintenance Technician

Certificate in Biblical Studies 3, 4

Certificate in Business Administration 3

Certificate in Christian Ministry 3, 4

Certificate in Criminal Justice 3

Certificate in Data Networking 3

Certificate in Database 3

Certificate in Global Studies 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 Certificate (Th.G.)

Biblical Studies 3

   ¹ Option available for Teacher Licensure Endorsement
   ² Also available through Liberty University Online
   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.



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
APOL Apologetics GEED General Education
ARTS  Studio and Digital Art GEOG Geography
ASLI American Sign Language GLST Global Studies
ATHL Athletics GOVT Government
ATTR  Athletic Training GREK Greek
AVIA  Aviation GRMN German
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
BIOL  Biology HIWD World History
BMIS Business Management Information Systems HLTH Health
BUSI  Business HONR Honors
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
CGRM Conversational German JOUR Journalism 
CHEM  Chemistry KINE Kinesiology
CHHI  Church History LIFC Life Coaching
CHIN Chinese LING Linguistics
CHMN Church Ministries MASN Masonry
CINE Cinematic Arts MATH  Mathematics
CJUS Criminal Justice MENT Mentoring
CLED Christian Leadership MILT Military Resilience
CLST College Learning Strategies MISC  Military Science – Army ROTC
COMS  Communication Studies MUSC Music
CRFT Craft Skills NASC Natural Science
CRIS Crisis Counseling NSSR  New Student Seminar
CRST Creation Studies NURS  Nursing
CSCI  Computer Science PHIL Philosophy
CSMA Conversational Chinese PHSC  Physical Science
CSPA Conversational Spanish PHYS  Physics
CSTU Cultural Studies PLAW Paralegal Studies
DIGI Digital Media PLED Pastoral Leadership
DMCA Digital Media and Creative Arts PLMB Plumbing
ECON  Economics PRTH Practical Theology
EDSP  Special Education PSYC  Psychology
EDUC  Education RLGN Religion
ELIL English Language Institute RLST Religious Studies
ELIO English Learning Institute Online SCOM Speech Communication
ELTC Electrical SMGT  Sport Management
ENGC Computer Engineering SOCI  Sociology
ENGE Electrical Engineering SOWK  Social Work
ENGI Industrial and Systems Engineering SPAN Spanish
ENGL  English STCO Strategic Communication
ENGM Mechanical Engineering STEM Science/Technology/Engineering/Math
ENGR General Engineering TESL Teaching English as a Second Language
ENGS Software Engineering THEA  Theatre Arts
ENVR Environmental Science THEO  Theology
ESOL  English as a Second Language UNIV University 
ESLP Eagle Scholars Program WELD Welding
ETHM Ethnomusicology  WMIN Women’s Ministries
EVAN Evangelism  WRSP Worship Studies
EXSC Exercise Science 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/.

Completing a course or program in a language other than English may reduce employability where English is required.

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.

Center for Student Travel

Kevin D. Struble, B.S., M.A., Ed.S.
Chair of Graduate and Online Student Affairs & Center for Student Travel

The mission of the Center for Student Travel is to provide Liberty University students with a unique opportunity to transform their national and 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. The office provides students with travel opportunities through study abroad, faculty-led study tours, and domestic field trips for academic credit or professional experience.

In an increasingly global economy, it is imperative that students have access to national and international experiences that will help them to lead in the 21st century. The Center for Student Travel offers students a chance to serve, study, and even live in various settings that can broaden their intellectual horizons and expose them to other cultures in a way that is not always possible on campus. For this reason, student travel experiences in a national or cross-cultural environment are part of Liberty University’s aim to contribute to a knowledge and understanding of others cultures and world events.

The Center for Student Travel, located in Green Hall 1837, assists students in selecting a program that best fits their educational needs. Semester, summer-long, and short-term programs both nationally and abroad are available through collaborations with strategic program partners and future Center for Student Travel programs.

For more information, contact the Center for Student Travel by email at studenttravel@liberty.edu, by phone at 434-592-6629, or visit the website at http://www.liberty.edu/studenttravel.

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