2013-2014 Graduate Catalog - page 7

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Hardin-SimmonsUniversityGraduateCatalog
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Hardin-Simmons University provides the opportunity for a quality education in a Christian
environment for all qualifiedmen andwomen.
Hardin-Simmons, a doctoral (comprehensive university level V) with colleges of liberal arts
and business, schools of education, music, nursing, science, and theology, a seminary, and a
graduate school, is fully accredited andholdsmembership in good standing in the appropriate
agencies as listed in this catalog. Graduates have been singularly successful in being admitted
to graduate and professional schools and have been readily employed in business, education,
andprofessional fields.
Located inAbilene,Texas, Hardin-Simmons has contributed to the development of theWest
andhelped establish a city and areawhere cultural, educational, and spiritual values are highly
regarded. Two other church-related universities in the city share with Hardin-Simmons an
interchange of courses, library facilities, and extracurricular activities. A city civic center,
symphony orchestra, three museums, community theatre groups, a county coliseum, and
progressive leadership afford an active cultural environment in a metropolitan population of
125,000.
Founded in 1891 as Abilene Baptist College, renamed Simmons College in honor of the
first major donor, Dr. James B. Simmons, a Baptist minister of New York City, and later
namedHardin-Simmons University in recognition of gifts byMr. andMrs. JohnG. Hardin
of Burkburnett,Texas, the university has becomewell establishedwith a growing endowment
andmodern facilities.
The compact and beautiful campus is known as the Forty Acres. The Rupert and Pauline
Richardson Library, the Frost Center for the Visual Arts, the Logsdon School of Theology
Building andChapel, the Johnson Building for the Kelley College of Business, the Connally
Missions Center, the Lee Hemphill Music Building, the Elwin L. Skiles Social Sciences
Building, and theHollandHealth Sciences Academy Building are among the latest additions
to the campus.
Originally founded by the Sweetwater Baptist Association, the university has been affiliated
with theBaptistGeneral Convention ofTexas since 1941.
Throughout its history, Hardin-Simmons University has emphasized religious training and
spiritual values; hundreds of preachers, missionaries, and directors of religious education and
music are among the alumni.The foundation agreement reads inpart that the school’s purpose
shall be “To bring youngmen and women to Christ; to teach them of Christ; to train them
forChrist.”
G
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S
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Graduate study atHardin-SimmonsUniversitywas established in1926by actionof theBoard
of Trustees. Graduate programs leading to the degrees of Master of Arts, Master of Business
Administration, Master of Divinity, Master of Education, Doctor (Ed.D.) of Leadership,
Master ofMusic,Doctor of PhysicalTherapy, andMaster of Science are available.The policies
of theGraduate School are developedby the graduate faculty and administeredby the deanof
graduate studies.
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