Hardin-Simmons University Graduate Catalog
Hardin-Simmons University, a church-related institution affiliated with the Baptist General
Convention of Texas:
1. Fosters the intellectual development of students by providing an academically
challenging undergraduate education based upon a liberal arts foundation and
advances scholarly growth by offering specialized graduate and professional degree
2. Academic excellence continues as a priority at Hardin-Simmons University as it has for
more than a century. The core curriculum involves students in a broad range of 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 a wide variety of fields.
3. Affirms the relevance and importance of the Christian faith for life in the contemporary
world by maintaining a clear identification with and loyalty to the Christian faith and
functioning within the context of historic Baptist values and principles.
4. Founded in 1891 by a determined group of ministers, ranchers, and merchants,
Hardin-Simmons University established dual goals of developing the mind and
nurturing the spiritual life of its students. That commitment to encourage growth in
faith and knowledge has remained central. Believing academic excellence and Christian
faith to be complementary, the university emphasizes the need for interaction between
faith and reason.
5. Encourages individuals to lead lives of service through active involvement in intellectual,
cultural, and religious life, both on the campus and in the larger communities of
Abilene and the world.
AlthoughWestern in tradition, the university takes pride in the cosmopolitan nature of its students,
faculty, and staff, and encourages the development of an international perspective. Through its
leadership in providing intellectual, spiritual, cultural, and social opportunities, the university serves
as catalyst for the advancement and enrichment of its students and the community.
(Approved, Board of Trustees, September 16, 1992)