2013-2014 Graduate Catalog - page 9

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Hardin-SimmonsUniversityGraduateCatalog
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Hardin-Simmons University, a church-related institution affiliated with the Baptist General
Convention ofTexas:
1. Fosters the intellectual development of students by providing an academically chal-
lenging undergraduate education based upon a liberal arts foundation and advances
scholarly growth by offering specialized graduate andprofessional degree programs.
2. Academic excellence continues as apriorityatHardin-SimmonsUniversityas ithas for
more than a century.The core curriculum involves students in abroad rangeof inquiry
relating general studies with requirements of the chosen major. Graduate programs
broaden the scope of learning in scientific and professional disciplines and encourage
students to regard learning as a lifelong process. Small classes taught by experienced
scholars give the opportunity for interactive learning.The institution’s commitment
to excellence is best illustrated through the lives of graduates who traditionally have
excelled in awide variety of fields.
3. Affirms the relevance and importance of theChristian faith for life in the contempo-
raryworldbymaintaining a clear identificationwith and loyalty to theChristian faith
and functioningwithin the context of historicBaptist values andprinciples.
4. Founded in 1891 by a determined group of ministers, ranchers, and merchants,
Hardin-Simmons University established dual goals of developing the mind and nur-
turing the spiritual life of its students.That commitment to encourage growth in faith
and knowledge has remained central. Believing academic excellence and Christian
faith tobe complementary, theuniversity emphasizes theneed for interactionbetween
faith and reason.
5. Encourages individuals to lead lives of service through active involvement in intellec-
tual, cultural, and religious life, both on the campus and in the larger communities of
Abilene and theworld.
AlthoughWestern in tradition, theuniversity takespride in thecosmopolitannatureof its students,
faculty, and staff, andencourages thedevelopmentofan internationalperspective.Through its lead-
ership inproviding intellectual, spiritual, cultural, and social opportunities, theuniversity serves as
catalyst for the advancement and enrichment of its students and the community.
(Approved, Board ofTrustees, September 16, 1992)
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