Undergraduate Catalog 2017-2018 [Archived Catalog] [Archived Catalog]
Brian C. Yates, B.S., M.Ed., Ed.D.
Dwayne K. Melton, B.S., M.B.A.
Nina M. Shenkle, B.S., M.Ed.
Sylvia Hart Frejd, B.A., M.A., D.Min.
Orlando Lobaina, B.A., M.A.R., Ed.S., Ed.D.
Alisha P. Castañeda, B.A.S., M.A.
Richard Glass, B.B.A., M.B.A.
David Hart, B.S., M.A.R.
William Denton McHaney, B.S., M.Ed.
Clifford Stumme, B.A., M.A.
George Sherman, B.S., M.A.
Shelah Simpson, B.S., M.A.R., M.A., Ph.D.
Tess Stockslager, B.A., M.A., Ph.D.
Frank DiGregorio, B.S., M.A.R.
Kathy Spradlin, B.S., M.S., Ed.D.
Jackie Owen, A.A.
A listing of program directors can be viewed at http://www.liberty.edu/programdirectors.
The faculty roster, which can be sorted by department and faculty type, is available at http://www.liberty.edu/index.cfm?action=faculty&PID=19959&CatID=27.
The mission of the College of Applied Studies and Academic Success (CASAS) is to serve those we encounter through purposeful action and faithful commitment to support academic, career, and life success. To accomplish this, the faculty and staff manage academic testing and advising, Integrative Studies requirements, Academic Success Center, Developmental Math, Disability Academic Support, Eagle Scholars Program, Center for Writing and Languages, Career Center, Center for Digital Wellness, Interdisciplinary Studies and Technical Studies majors as well as Continuing Education courses. For additional information visit www.liberty.edu/casas.
TAU SIGMA HONOR SOCIETY
Advisor: Dr. Brian C. Yates
Tau Sigma is an academic honor society designed specifically to "recognize and promote the academic excellence and involvement of transfer students."
Tau Sigma was incorporated as a non-profit in 1999 with Auburn University being the home of the first chapter. At that time, Auburn University was becoming increasingly aware of the significant number of transfers on campus as well as the university’s inability to adequately serve them. Tau Sigma was born out of Auburn University’s desire to improve its service to and recruiting and retention of transfer students.
Today, over 175 other universities have established or are currently establishing Tau Sigma chapters in their efforts to improve the services that they provide to their transfer student population. Although Tau Sigma is a relatively young organization, many members in all parts of the country have become active at their universities, participating in such activities as on-campus recruiting events for prospective transfer students, transfer student orientation, community service projects, assisting the admissions office with the recruitment of prospective transfers at junior colleges, and participating in intramural sports and socials that allow them opportunities to fellowship with one another and make new friends.
The Liberty University Chapter was approved in fall 2008, with the first class inducted in the spring 2009. To be eligible, a student must be a transfer student having transferred at least 24 college credits and achieve at least a 3.50 GPA while taking a minimum of 12 credit hours during the first semester at Liberty University. For additional information, visit www.liberty.edu/tausigma.
ALPHA LAMBDA DELTA HONOR SOCIETY
Advisors: Dr. Marilyn Gadomski
Alpha Lambda Delta (ALD) is a national interdisciplinary honor society founded in 1924 at the University of Illinois to recognize academic excellence among first-year students. The Liberty University Chapter provides Christian, intellectual and social enrichment, along with leadership experience for the officers, for students who will become eligible for the honor societies of their majors.
An invitation for membership is sent to students who meet the following requirements:
Dr. Megan Cordes, Director
The Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies majors are designed to offer a degree that enables the student to use both inter-college and interdepartmental combinations of courses that will provide a broad pattern of educational experience.
PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES
The student will be able to:
PROGRAM APPLICATION PROCEDURES/REQUIREMENTS (B.A. or B.S.)
Area of Study Policies
GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS (B.A. or B.S.)
Delivery Format: Residential and Online
Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies (B.S.) – Resident
Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies (B.S.) – Online
Delivery Format: Residential Only
Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (B.A.)
Liberty University Online offers areas of study in Accounting, Business, Business Management Information Systems, Christian Counseling, Crisis Counseling, Criminal Justice, Education, Life Coaching, Paralegal Studies, Psychology, Religion, Social Sciences, and Special Education. An area of study represents a broad discipline of study at Liberty University.
The Interdisciplinary Studies degree program is individualized to provide flexibility and to give students options to select courses that will help them meet their academic goals. Students may take any course that fits within the discipline of study as indicated by approved prefixes on the following chart, as long as the prerequisite requirements have been met.
This program is not available for students pursuing teacher licensure. This program does not comprise a double major.
Liberty’s Interdisciplinary Studies program requires 48 credit hours for the major which can be distributed between two or three areas of study. A minimum of 15 credit hours in each area of study is required.
Students must also take INDS 400 Knowledge Synthesis for Professional and Personal Development, a 3-hour course designed to assess student mastery of content knowledge of the Interdisciplinary Studies program.
The Associate of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies is designed as an intermediate, close-range goal for the adult learner and may act as a bridge to a Bachelor of Science degree. It enables the student to use both inter-college and interdepartmental combinations of courses that will provide a broad pattern of educational experience.
PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES
The student will be able to evidence the synthesis of academic knowledge and Christian values.
GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS (A.A.)
Delivery Format: Residential and Online
Associate of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (A.A.) – Resident
Associate of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (A.A.) – Online
The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Technical Studies degree is a 60 credit hour program consisting of 38 hours of general education required courses, 12 core hours and 10-16 hours of required technical requirements. Instruction in most technical coursework will be delivered at Virginia Technical Institute, 201 Ogden Road, Altavista, Virginia. For additional information, visit http://www.liberty.edu/trades.
PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES
The student will be able to:
Delivery Format: Residential Only
Associate of Applied Science in Technical Studies (A.A.S.)
Technical coursework will be delivered at Virginia Technical Institute, 201 Ogden Road, Altavista, Virginia.
Delivery Format: Residential Only
Technical Studies Minor (Resident)
Director: David Hart
First-year and Second-year students have access to personalized advising through their assigned Professional Advisor, based on the student’s academic area of study. All Undecided majors are required to meet with Career Counselors in the Liberty University Career Center. Juniors and Seniors will meet with faculty, as needed, in the Academic Department that corresponds with their major. Both Professional Advisors and Faculty will assist students with reaching their spiritual, academic, and personal goals. For additional information, visit www.liberty.edu/advising.
Executive Director: Dr. Orlando Lobaina
The Academic Success Center provides a range of programs to meet our students learning needs and support their academic success while at Liberty University. We supplement faculty instruction by providing peer-tutoring, academic coaching, critical skill workshops, and study skills courses:
College Learning Strategy Courses
An Academic Coach helps you figure out how, when and where you best learn. An Academic Coach will work with you to build learning and study skills for college-level achievement while managing the time and stress of sometimes-complicated lives. For additional information, visit www.liberty.edu/academiccoaching.
Face-to-face peer tutoring is offered in approximately 45 courses to residential students desiring academic assistance during the fall and spring semesters at no additional cost. Subjects are offered based on tutor availability. For more information, visit www.liberty.edu/tutoring.
Director: Richard Glass
The Career Center provides services that equip students with the professional development skills to combine with their academic training in preparation for their career goals. Many services are also available to alumni, including resume critiques, job searching information, and other services to further career advancement or career change.
Career Assessment Test – Focus 2 (Free to Students)
Local, Regional, National, and International Industry-Specific Career Fairs
LUNETWORK – Liberty University’s exclusive Online Job Database for internships, full-time and part-time opportunities all over the country
Career Workshops and Professional Skills Development
Resume and Cover Letter Workshops and Critiques
Job Search and Research Mock Interviews
Graduate School Preparation
Internships and Externships
The Washington Fellowship
The Career Center is located on the first-floor of DeMoss Hall, a highly visible and easily accessible location that includes state-of-the-art meeting facilities, interview rooms, computer lab, and professional development facilities. The Focus 2 assessment combined with career counseling is available to assist students in determining career goals and implementing appropriate educational plans. Through the website, job listings and employer information in LUNETWORK, career resource library, and a computerized interest assessment, students are encouraged to explore various occupational fields, develop job-hunting skills, and research graduate education programs. Staff, alumni, and employers conduct training workshops on topics such as resume writing, interviewing techniques, and job search strategies. Further networking opportunities are provided through multiple Career Fairs, Employer Information Sessions, on-campus recruiting and interviewing, and professional networking. Students are also encouraged to participate in experiential education programs, such as externships and internships, including the Washington Fellowship and job shadowing opportunities, which provide practical work experience and complement their formal education.
For more information on any of the stated topics, please visit the Career Center website at http://www.liberty.edu/career.
LUNETWORK – JOB DATABASE
Liberty University’s exclusive employer relationship database, LUNETWORK, is the on-line database that has thousands of employers looking for Liberty students, recent graduates, and alumni. Employers from all over the country (and world) are purposefully posting positions looking for Liberty talent. Postings include internships and full time positions for both new graduates and seasoned professionals. Students and alumni can post their resume and search the database for positions all over the world. Residential and Online Students and Alumni are eligible to utilize LUNETWORK for life.
All students are encouraged to complete an internship to assist with career planning and gain practical experience within their chosen field of study. Internships opportunities are located in major cities all across the country, including Washington DC, New York City, Chicago, Orlando, and many more. Approximately sixty-percent of all interns receive a full-time job offer. Students may earn from one to six (in some cases nine) semester hours of credit. Many majors require at least three credits. All applicants for credit internships, which are listed in the University’s Catalog under a 499 number, are processed through the students’ Faculty Internship Advisor located within their department. Zero-credit internships are also available; they will be listed on the student’s transcript with an appropriate departmental prefix under a 299 number. The zero-credit internships are processed through the Liberty University Career Center. For additional information regarding internships contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Completed applications for internships must be submitted to the Faculty Internship Advisor (FIA) for the Department of the student’s major. Check with your department for forms and deadlines. Students are encouraged to apply for internships a semester in advance. Previous work experience does not qualify for an internship and will not be considered for academic credit.
THE WASHINGTON FELLOWSHIP
Students are also encouraged to consider participating in The Washington Fellowship. This program allows students, from all majors, to be placed in a semester-long internship in Washington, DC. Students are required to register for a six credit internship (the zero-credit internship is not open to students in this program) and take at least six credits through online courses, thus maintaining their full-time residential status as Liberty University students. On-site housing is required for all students participating in The Washington Fellowship. For more information, contact email@example.com or visit http://www.liberty.edu/washington.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING INTERNSHIPS AND CLINICAL PLACEMENTS
Students who are pursuing degrees leading to application for professional licensure or certification, and/or who will be participating in clinical placements, internships, or practica through their Liberty University program should be aware that their host facility may require a criminal background check, finger printing, or drug screening. In such situations, each student is responsible for obtaining and paying for the background check or other screening process and for delivering required documentation to the facility. Although the university will make reasonable efforts to place admitted students in field experiences and internship, it will be up to the host facility to determine whether a student will be allowed to work at that facility.
Students should further be aware that a criminal record may jeopardize licensure by the State certification body. Students seeking licensure are urged to contact the relevant licensing agency to determine the licensing requirements for the jurisdiction. Successful completion of a program of study at Liberty University does not guarantee licensure, certification, or employment in the relevant occupation.
Executive Director: Dr. Sylvia Hart Frejd
The Center for Digital Wellness at Liberty University is the nation’s first Digital Wellness Center dedicated to teaching a healthy use and theology of technology. Digital technology has invaded every area of our lives and relationships and we believe there is a great need to establish some digital boundaries. This will be accomplished through raising Awareness, Education and Prevention. Our goal is to transform a culture of distraction to a culture of engagement so that every Liberty student would practice digital wellness for a lifetime. For additional information, visit http://www.liberty.edu/digitalwellness.
Director: George Sherman
The Liberty University Center for Professional and Continuing Education (CPCE) provides residential and online professional development and community service activities through credit and noncredit offerings.
Credit offerings include certificate programs and Summer Programming. Certificate programs, generally delivered online, complement undergraduate or graduate degrees, and Summer Programming delivers in-residence academic classes through compressed schedules. Both programs award college credit which supports academic degrees.
Noncredit activities, including instructional services, consultation, technical assistance, and community education classes, conferences, workshops, etc., generally award Continuing Education Units (CEUs).
To effectively serve individuals and organizations, the CPCE offers its services through open enrollment and customized venues. For additional information, visit http://www.liberty.edu/ce.
Senior Director: Dr. Tess Stockslager
The Center for Writing and Languages (CWL), formerly known as the University Writing Program (UWP), was established in 2006 as part of Liberty’s efforts to improve graduate student writing. The heart of the CWL is one-on-one coaching. The CWL—the umbrella organization over the Graduate Writing Center (GWC), Undergraduate Writing Center (UWC), Online Writing Center (OWC), Spanish Writing Center (SWC), Foreign Language Lab (FLL), and Online Foreign Language Lab (OFLL)—employs advanced students with superior writing and teaching skills to offer individualized writing and language instruction to Liberty University students.
In addition to coaching, the CWL also offers a variety of tools to help students with their writing. The CWL webpage (http://www.liberty.edu/cwl) includes a large collection of resources on common topics such as “commas” or “APA Documentation.” In addition, the web page offers a variety of links to reliable online sources for writing instruction. Through the web page, students can e-mail quick questions to writing-center coaches or offer suggestions for further online writing aids that the CWL should consider developing. Foreign language resources are also available on the Foreign Language Lab web page.
The Directors of the CWL are available to faculty for classroom presentations or for help in developing teaching aids, rubrics, or assignments. CWL staff members routinely make presentations on topics such as documentation, common grammar errors, plagiarism, and many other writing and language skills in classrooms and in faculty workshops. In addition, all faculty and staff are encouraged to bring their academic work to the GWC for review and commentary by the Director.
Currently, all CWL services are free of charge to Liberty University students, staff, and faculty. Faculty may download any CWL-produced online materials for use in their classes.
GRADUATE WRITING CENTER
Senior Director: Dr. Tess Stockslager
The GWC offers writing-related services tailored to the University’s residential graduate population, and it supports faculty members as they seek to incorporate writing instruction in their classrooms. The GWC also offers help to any Liberty University affiliated scholars seeking to publish or present their work in professional venues. A trained coach will review drafts and offer feedback, suggestions for revision, and personalized instruction on all aspects of the writing process. Coaches can help with brainstorming, grammar, punctuation, content, organization, and documentation, and help is available to students from the earliest stages of a program through the thesis or dissertation.
Coaching for counseling and seminary students is also available, by appointment, in the Center for Counseling and Family Studies in the Carter building. Residential students or faculty may contact the center by calling (434) 592-4727 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
UNDERGRADUATE WRITING CENTER
Director: Clifford Stumme
The Undergraduate Writing Center (UWC) was established as part of Liberty’s efforts to improve student writing. Formed in 2008, the UWC builds on the programs and services already established in the Graduate Writing Center (GWC).
The heart of the UWC is one-on-one coaching. The UWC employs advanced students with superior writing and teaching skills to offer individualized writing instruction to any Liberty University undergraduate student. Residential students can schedule appointments with the UWC, and a coach will review their drafts and offer feedback, suggestions for revision, and personalized instruction on all aspects of the writing process. Coaches can help with brainstorming, grammar, punctuation, content, organization, and documentation, and they are available from the earliest stages of a program through the capstone project.
Residential students or faculty may contact the center by calling (434) 592-3174 or by e-mailing email@example.com.
ONLINE WRITING CENTER
Director: Dr. Shelah Simpson
The Online Writing Center (OWC) was established as part of Liberty’s efforts to improve student writing and thus offers writing-related services tailored to the University’s online student population. Through the Online Writing Center web page (http://www.liberty.edu/onlinewritingcenter), online students can submit drafts of upcoming assignments to receive coach feedback, schedule appointments to speak online with a coach, e-mail quick questions to coaches, or offer suggestions for further online writing aids that the OWC should consider developing. Students may contact the OWC by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
FOREIGN LANGUAGE LAB
Director: Alisha P. Castañeda
In addition to the writing centers, the Center for Writing and Languages offers foreign language coaching services through the Foreign Language Lab. The primary purpose of the Foreign Language Lab is to provide one-on-one and group coaching sessions for students studying American Sign Language, Chinese, French, German, Arabic, Russian, and Spanish. However, coaching for students who are learning English as a second language (ESL) is also provided.
The Foreign Language Lab employs advanced undergraduate students who have native speaking ability in the offered foreign languages and advanced knowledge of the grammar and writing skills correlated to those languages. Individuals can schedule a coaching session ahead of time with the coach or come for a walk-in appointment. They will receive personalized instruction on all areas related to language acquisition, including grammar, vocabulary, appropriate writing style, and oral and auditory practice and development.
In addition to providing foreign language and ESL coaching, the Foreign Language Lab offers conversation groups in each language, including English conversation groups for non-native speakers. Conversation groups help language learners practice their listening and speaking skills in a relaxed and open setting.
The Director of the Foreign Language Lab is available to faculty for classroom presentations or for help in developing teaching aids, rubrics, or assignments. In addition, all foreign language faculty are welcome to make the lab part of their students’ classroom experience, either by holding classes in the lab or requiring students to visit for coaching services.
Persons interested in utilizing the services offered by the Foreign Language Lab may contact the lab by emailing email@example.com, calling (434) 592-6514, or visiting http://www.liberty.edu/foreignlanguagelab.
ONLINE FOREIGN LANGUAGE LAB
Director: Alisha P. Castañeda
In August 2012, the Center for Writing and Languages (CWL) opened the Online Foreign Language Lab (OFLL). While the residential Foreign Language Lab (FLL) offers customized foreign language coaching services for residential students, the OFLL reaches out to Liberty University’s online population. The OFLL provides free one-on-one coaching sessions for students studying German, Mandarin, French, Spanish, and English as a second language (ESL) through the Liberty University Online conversational language courses.
The OFLL employs highly qualified individuals with native-speaking ability who not only meet the language standards but are also skilled in effectively coaching and teaching essential language skills. These coaches provide personalized instruction in all areas related to language acquisition, including grammar, vocabulary, appropriate writing style, and oral and auditory practice and development. Considering the long-distance nature of online learning, students will meet with coaches via Skype and Google Hangouts. To find out more information about this center and scheduling an appointment, students can contact the OFLL by any of the following methods:
Coordinator: Dr. Kathy Spradlin
Placement of MATH 100 and MATH 110 into the developmental model allows students to be in an affective learning environment that focuses on improving student attitudes toward math, identifying individual learning styles and providing intensive personal attention through tutoring and computer assistance in our Math Emporium. The ultimate goal is to move the students toward further success in mathematics. MATH 100 is offered to students who do not have strong math skills; it is a review of basic arithmetic and elementary algebra. MATH 110 is offered for those who do not have prerequisite algebra skills for college-level math. Topics reviewed include exponents, factoring, graphing, equations, and rational expressions. For additional information, visit www.liberty.edu/dvma.
Coordinator: Frank DiGregorio
T he Eagle Scholars Program provides high achieving freshman and sophomore students the training necessary for personal and professional development to become leaders throughout college and beyond. This program fosters a sense of community, bolsters academic knowledge and provides leadership and professional experience. For more information, please visit the Eagle Scholars website at http://www.liberty.edu/eaglescholars.
Students in the Eagle Scholars Program take a series of four courses to complete the program.
Please see the Courses of Instruction – Residential Program for complete course information.
Director: William Denton McHaney
The Office of Disability Academic Support (ODAS) provides academic support services for students with documented disabilities. A student who has a disability may be assigned to a Disability Academic Support advisor who has had training in accommodation of disabled students. That faculty member acts as a liaison between instructors and the individual regarding classroom accommodations and will function in a dual advising role with the CASAS Professional Advisor in the student’s chosen major. With the student’s permission, each instructor is informed that the student has a disability, and suggestions for appropriate accommodations are made, as needed and desired.
The Osborne Assistive Learning Technology Center provides access to computers with text reader software with synthetic speech, speech recognition software to turn speech into print, and organizational software.
Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services provides accommodations for students who are deaf or hard of hearing. These services may include the provision of qualified Sign Language interpreters for academic classes and related events, cultural mediation, note takers, academic advising, priority classroom seating, and priority pre-registration. For additional information, visit www.liberty.edu/odas.
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