Hardin-Simmons University

Introduction

Founded in 1891 by a dedicated group of ministers, ranchers, and merchants, Hardin-Simmons University continues its commitment to developing the minds and nurturing the spiritual lives of its students. HSU, a private university located in Abilene, Texas, has been affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas since 1941. HSU provides an academically challenging undergraduate education based on a liberal arts foundation, and advances scholarly growth by offering specialized graduate and professional degree programs. Combining its commitment to academic excellence and a concern for the development of the total person with a distinctive Christian perspective, Hardin-Simmons serves students through quality educational programs designed to provide An Education Enlightened by Faith.

It is the mission of Hardin-Simmons University to be a community dedicated to providing excellence in education enlightened by Christian faith and values.

HSU Fast Facts

Mission

The mission of Hardin-Simmons University is to be a community dedicated to providing excellence in education enlightened by Christian faith and values.

Location

A large community with a small-town feel, Abilene is a leading educational, business, and medical hub in West Texas with a metropolitan population of approximately 120,000. There are numerous entertainment options available for college students, including a variety of restaurants, shops, and commercial businesses.

Campus

The main HSU campus sits on 96 beautifully landscaped acres, with the total property encompassing 220 acres. Comprised of 33 major buildings, including eight classroom buildings, six residence halls, and two apartment complexes, the HSU campus is a place where students feel at home.

History

HSU was established in 1891 as a private, coeducational, liberal arts university. Affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas and accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, students of all faiths, ethnicities, races, and walks of life are welcome.

The HSU Commitment

Your tuition rate will not be increased while you are enrolled full time as an undergraduate or graduate student during consecutive fall/spring semesters and are making continuous, satisfactory progress toward a degree. (Does not apply to enrollment in doctoral programs or courses in the Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing or Logsdon Seminary.)

Student Body Fall 2015

2,212 Total Student Population

  • 1,638 Undergraduate
  • 474 Graduate
  • 97 Master of Divinity
  • 33 Doctor of Ministry
  • 85 Doctor of Physical Therapy
  • 29 Doctor of Education in Leadership
  • 230 Other Graduate Studies

Endowment

In excess of $150 million.

Faculty

Our 12:1 student-to-faculty ratio ensures that each student at HSU receives individualized attention and allows students to develop meaningful relationships with professors. Ninety percent of our faculty hold the highest available degree in their fields.

Academic Divisions

  • College of Fine Arts
  • Cynthia Ann Parker College of Liberal Arts
  • Holland School of Sciences and Mathematics
  • Irvin School of Education
  • Kelley College of Business
  • Logsdon School of Theology
  • Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing

Degrees Offered

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Behavioral Science
  • Bachelor of Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts
  • Bachelor of Music
  • Bachelor of Science
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Arts
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Business Administration in Entrepreneurship
  • Master of Divinity
  • Master of Education
  • Master of Music
  • Master of Science
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Education in Leadership
  • Doctor of Ministry
  • Doctor of Physical Therapy

Distinctive Programs

  • Honors Program
  • International Studies
  • Leadership Studies
  • Ethics Minor

Accreditations & Memberships

  • Association Council for Business Schools and Programs
  • Association of Theological Schools
  • Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education
  • Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE)
  • Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
  • Council of Social Work Education
  • National Association of Schools of Music
  • Texas Board of Nursing
  • Texas Education Agency
  • Council of Independent Colleges
  • International Association of Baptist Colleges and Universities
  • The Center for Student Opportunity: Promoting a College-Bound Culture
  • The Council for Christian Colleges & Universities
  • University and College Accountability Network

Financial Aid

In 2012-13, $47 million was awarded in federal, state, and institutional programs, including scholarships, loans, grants, and work-study. Ninety-four percent of the HSU students received financial aid.

Library

The HSU libraries have 443,979 listed items in the online catalog. The Abilene Library Consortium currently makes available 2,105,926 items.

Technology

Wireless technology is accessible to 95% of the main campus with 235 computers available for student use in 14 labs and three communal areas.

Campus Life

More than 50 student clubs and organizations exist on campus, including: service, religious, honor, academic discipline, civic, and political organizations. Many HSU students participate in local fraternities and sororities, which are campus-based social or service clubs.

Athletics

HSU is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, Division III, and American Southwest Conference. HSU offers 18 varsity sports, including teams in basketball, golf, tennis, cross country, track, and soccer for men and women, as well as programs in football and baseball for men and volleyball and softball for women.

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Bachelor in Athletic Training

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Abilene

HSU Athletic Training is dedicated to the development of future athletic training professionals through our athletic training degree program. [+]

HSU Athletic Training is dedicated to the development of future athletic training professionals through our athletic training degree program. We strongly believe that our warm and inviting campus with its dedicated professionals provide students with unique and rewarding opportunities to grow personally and professionally as athletic trainers through an “education enlightened by faith.” We encourage you to explore the many opportunities that HSU Athletic Training can offer. ATs are healthcare professionals who collaborate with physicians to optimize activity and participation of patients and clients. ATs can be found anywhere there are active people. Athletic training is practiced by athletic trainers, health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to optimize activity and participation of patients and clients. Athletic training encompasses the prevention, diagnosis, and intervention of emergency, acute, and chronic medical conditions involving impairment, functional limitations, and disabilities. (www.nata.org) Athletic Training Education Mission Statement The Hardin-Simmons University Athletic Training Program (AT) provides the opportunity for professional preparation and growth of athletic training students and staff members, through a combination of formal and informal education along with structured practical experiences in a Christian environment. Both the classroom and various clinical settings provide a superb environment for athletic training students to obtain the resources and experiences necessary to meet their individual needs to become credentialed athletic trainers, by keeping literature, equipment and techniques current with technological and scientific trends in the athletic training community. Objectively, the AT aims to build a positive reputation among athletic training students, student-athletes, parents, administrators, physicians, community and... [-]

Bachelor in Biology

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Abilene

We are dedicated to high quality teaching and research about the science of life, from molecules to ecosystems. Our primary job is to prepare students for careers in health science, teaching, research, and graduate study in biology and environmental science. Please consider a quality education in a caring environment at Hardin-Simmons University. [+]

We are dedicated to high quality teaching and research about the science of life, from molecules to ecosystems. Our primary job is to prepare students for careers in health science, teaching, research, and graduate study in biology and environmental science. Please consider a quality education in a caring environment at Hardin-Simmons University. Courses 1301 Modern Concepts in Biology (3-3-0) This course presents the application of the scientific method in the biological sciences at the introductory level. Designed for non-majors, the emphasis of this course will be in the area of expertise of the professor. Fall, Spring 1401 Life Science (4-3-2) [#] A study of the fundamental concepts of biology with special application to man. This is a one-semester course designed to serve as an option to satisfy the core requirement in natural science. Credit is not given for both BIOL 1401 and SCIE 2410. Fall, Spring 1320 General Zoology (3-3-0) [#] An introduction to the study of invertebrates and vertebrates, emphasizing morphology, physiology, behavior, and ecology of individuals and populations. Concurrent enrollment in BIOL 1120 is required unless waived by the student’s advisor. This course is designed for students majoring or minoring in biology. (Not intended for core requirement for non-science majors and minors.) Fall, Sprin 1120 General Zoology Laboratory (1-0-3) [#] Laboratory course providing an introduction to the study of invertebrates and vertebrates emphasizing morphology, physiology, behavior and ecology of individuals and populations. Concurrent enrollment in BIOL 1320 is required unless waived by the student’s advisor. (Not intended for... [-]

Bachelor in Business

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Abilene

If you want to contribute meaningfully to the fulfillment of your organization’s purpose, you will need skills, and perhaps highly specialized skills. At Hardin-Simmons’ Kelley College of Business, you will have the opportunity to develop many of them. Some skills will be highly specific, like the ability to read financial statements. Others will be general, but even more important:The ability to read and be aware of subtle distinctions. The ability to write. The ability to manipulate numbers and information. [+]

Most people spend 30 to 50 years of their lives working in some type of organization – a church, a charity, a professional partnership, a corporation, or something else.You will probably do the same. All organizations exist to transform ideas into goods or services.They exist because the process of transformation is complex, and no one person can do it alone. Managers need to work with accountants. Marketing specialists need to work with managers of information systems. Lawyers need to work with everyone. If you want to contribute meaningfully to the fulfillment of your organization’s purpose, you will need skills, and perhaps highly specialized skills. At Hardin-Simmons’ Kelley College of Business, you will have the opportunity to develop many of them. Some skills will be highly specific, like the ability to read financial statements. Others will be general, but even more important: The ability to read and be aware of subtle distinctions. The ability to write. The ability to manipulate numbers and information. Business majors at HSU experience a rigorous academic program designed to prepare them for life in the business world. The Educational Testing Service regularly places our graduates in the top quintile of all business-school graduates nationwide. We thank you for your interest in Hardin-Simmons University’s Kelley College of Business, and we look forward to seeing you here. Sincerely, Michael L. Monhollon - Dean, Kelley College of Business Internship Program During a business student's experience at any university, the majority of learning and exposure to new concepts occurs in... [-]

Bachelor in Chemistry & Physics

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Abilene

The department offers the student the opportunity of gaining a broad-based foundation in the respective chemistry disciplines. The department provides training in the application of chemical and physical principles to other fields and introduces the liberal arts student to a basic understanding of chemistry and physics. This course of study is designed to prepare the student for teaching, industrial work, and graduate education. [+]

The department offers the student the opportunity of gaining a broad-based foundation in the respective chemistry disciplines. The department provides training in the application of chemical and physical principles to other fields and introduces the liberal arts student to a basic understanding of chemistry and physics. This course of study is designed to prepare the student for teaching, industrial work, and graduate education. Courses CHEMISTRY (CHEM) 1101 Essentials of Chemistry I Lab (1-0-3) [#] Laboratory course providing an introduction to inorganic chemistry emphasizing chemical reactions, solution chemistry, gas laws and acid base chemistry. Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in or successful completion of CHEM 1301 is required. 1102 Essentials of Chemistry II Lab (1-0-3) [#] Laboratory course providing an introduction to the principals of organic and biochemistry. Topics covered will include an introduction to organic chemistry, biologically important molecules and metabolism. Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in or successful completion of CHEM 1302 is required. 1110 General Chemistry I Lab (1-0-3) [#] Laboratory course for studying the principles of chemistry: atomic and molecular structure, stoichiometry, reactions in solution, gas laws and thermochemistry. Prerequisite: CHEM 1310 or concurrent enrollment. 1111 General Chemistry II Lab (1-0-3) [#] Laboratory course for studying of the properties of liquids, solids and solutions, kinetics, equilibrium and thermodynamics. Prerequisite: CHEM 1311 or concurrent enrollment. 1301 Essentials of Chemistry I (3-3-0) [#] An introduction to the principles of inorganic chemistry. Number handling, solution chemistry, gas laws and acid/base chemistry will be among the topics covered. This course may not be used to... [-]

Bachelor in Criminal Justice

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Abilene

The field of criminal justice is dynamic and our local, state, and federal agencies are recruiting men and women of integrity, dedication, and a strong desire to serve their communities. HSU is committed to providing an education that will enhance personal and professional goals for each student. The Criminal Justice Department is invested in the education and development of individuals toward achieving their goals and in preparing them to demonstrate those qualities sought by agencies at all levels of this vital system. [+]

The field of criminal justice is dynamic and our local, state, and federal agencies are recruiting men and women of integrity, dedication, and a strong desire to serve their communities. HSU is committed to providing an education that will enhance personal and professional goals for each student. The Criminal Justice Department is invested in the education and development of individuals toward achieving their goals and in preparing them to demonstrate those qualities sought by agencies at all levels of this vital system. At HSU, we recognize that men and women with the strength of purpose to serve in the field of criminal justice are among the most valuable members of our society. Therefore, we have taken steps to establish a criminal justice program which inspires as well as educates. In addition, the Christian values associated with HSU’s hundred years of academic excellence make lifetime impressions on those who choose a career in the criminal justice profession. HSU Criminal Justice Association The HSU Criminal Justice Association is an organization that allows students to become actively involved with the many aspects of the law enforcement and corrections systems. Guest speakers, demonstrations, field trips, and participation in various service and application driven activities provide students with a greater understanding of the many facets of the criminal justice system while promoting opportunities for professional networking within the community. Employment Opportunities A career in criminal justice affords men and women many and varied employment opportunities at the local, state, and federal level. The Criminal Justice... [-]

Bachelor in Education

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Abilene

The goals for the Department of Educational Studies includes providing quality, value-centered pre-professional and professional education in a Christian environment, and encouraging students to lead lives of service to the community, the profession, and to our world. [+]

The goals for the Department of Educational Studies includes providing quality, value-centered pre-professional and professional education in a Christian environment, and encouraging students to lead lives of service to the community, the profession, and to our world. The Department of Educational Studies offers the following undergraduate certification programs: EC-6 (grades Early Childhood-6th Grade) 4-8 (specialized content areas: English/Language Arts/Reading, English/Language Arts/Reading/Social Studies, Math, and Science) 7-12 (specialized content areas) EC-12 (Art, Music, Theater, Physical Education, Spanish) The HSU faculty members embed opportunities through field experiences and summer camps within teacher preparation courses for education majors to collaborate and partner with public school administrators and faculty members in local, regional. Students develop confidence in preparing relevant and meaningful instruction for diverse learners, a professional attitude while teaching in various settings, and a balanced view of best teaching practices. We also offer certification at the graduate level for Master Reading Teacher, Reading Specialist, and Gifted and Talented Supplemental Certification, as well as graduate degrees in Reading Specialist Education and Gifted Education. The Department of Educational Studies also provides a post baccalaureate certification program, Express Teacher Certification (ETC) for those graduates seeking teacher certification. Admission Admission to the teacher education program of the University is by application to the Dean of the Irvin School of Education preferably upon completion of 36 semester hours. A candidate for admission must complete the Application for Admission to Teacher Education. He/she must met all University approved standards to be admitted including, but not limited to minimum achieved... [-]

Bachelor in Music

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Abilene

The School of Music serves as a professional school offering Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees to prepare students for careers in music education, church music, performance, and theory/composition. [+]

The School of Music serves as a professional school offering Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees to prepare students for careers in music education, church music, performance, and theory/composition. A Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in music general studies or with an emphasis in Music Business is also offered for those students interested in greater concentration in liberal arts. In addition, the School of Music provides opportunities for creative, culturally enriching experiences for the university community. Emphasis is on academic excellence, creativity, and aesthetic and spiritual growth. Admissions & Scholarships Music Scholarships are available to all students regardless of major. Students wishing to major in music must apply for admission to the School of Music. All students seeking a degree in music must complete an audition. Your audition time will be limited to 12 minutes. All those auditioning will be considered for a music scholarship. No additional audition is required. Ensembles School of Music ensembles are committed to the highest standards of performance. They have received great acclaim across the globe. The large ensembles are open to all students regardless of their major. [-]

Bachelor in Psychology

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Abilene

Understanding the basic principles that guide human behavior can help us to live more successfully in this world. The Undergraduate Psychology Program is focused on providing our students with a strong foundation in these principles. [+]

Understanding the basic principles that guide human behavior can help us to live more successfully in this world. The Undergraduate Psychology Program is focused on providing our students with a strong foundation in these principles. We teach students how to investigate and think about "wonderfully made" persons by integrating: the biological dimensions interpersonal/social contexts psychological perspectives Given this broad focus, a major or minor in psychology can be of great value to students who wish to combine this knowledge with studies from other disciplines such as business, communications, criminal justice, philosophy, sociology, social work, speech pathology, and religion. As well, our undergraduate program provides an excellent foundation for those students who plan to pursue an advanced degree in psychology or counseling. Former students who have maintained their grades have been accepted to Master's and Doctoral degree programs throughout the country. Finally, the department of Psychology & Counseling also offers a Master's degree in Clinical Counseling & Marriage and Family Therapy which prepares students for licensure and practice as a therapist in a variety of settings. [-]

Bachelor in Theology

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Abilene

Exploring God's call to ministry in your life presents exciting prospects and decisions. The choice of a school where you will continue your preparation for a lifetime of service in ministry is one of the most important you will make. Our desire is that you will have a clear sense of direction as you take the next steps in response to God's call. Let me take a moment to explore with you reasons for choosing Logsdon. [+]

The Logsdon School of Theology I am very grateful for your interest in Logsdon School of Theology. Exploring God's call to ministry in your life presents exciting prospects and decisions. The choice of a school where you will continue your preparation for a lifetime of service in ministry is one of the most important you will make. Our desire is that you will have a clear sense of direction as you take the next steps in response to God's call. Let me take a moment to explore with you reasons for choosing Logsdon. First, you will study with an outstanding theological faculty. The Logsdon faculty embodies the highest level of academic scholarship with a deep passion for the church. Each faculty member has outstanding academic credentials, but also brings a wealth of experience through serving local churches to the classroom. At Logsdon we believe that theological education must engage both mind and spirit. We place a priority upon spiritual formation as well as thorough academic training. Our classes are intentionally small so that students truly get to know their professors. Students and faculty also interact outside the classroom through worship experiences, special conferences on campus, and social gatherings. The Logsdon Master of Divinity program provides the necessary preparation to enter vocational ministry. We offer five tracks that allow a student to specialize his/her training in response to God's calling: Pastoral Ministry, Educational Ministry, Family Ministry, Spiritual Care Ministry, and Missions and Cross Cultural Ministry. Each track provides the learner with... [-]