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Graduate study occurs at a level of complexity and specialization that extends the knowledge and

intellectual maturity of the student. It requires students to analyze, explore, question, reconsider,

and synthesize old and new knowledge and skills. The curriculum affords the depth of education,

specialized skill, and sense of creative independence that will allow the graduate to practice in and

contribute to a profession or field of scholarship.

S

TATEMENT OF

P

URPOSE

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 programs.

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.

Although Western 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)