The Curriculum

The undergraduate program of the University is structured into four academic divisions, including the divisions of (1) Humanities and Christian Thought, (2) Social Sciences and Education, (3) Natural and Mathematical Sciences, and (4) School of the Arts. These alignments are primarily for administrative convenience but do reflect relationships among disciplines. Course listings are arranged alphabetically by departments without regard to divisions.

Division of Humanities and Christian Thought
2023-2024 Chair: Kent Eilers

The Division of Humanities and Christian Thought includes the Departments of Christian Thought and Practice, Communication, English and Modern Languages, and Philosophy.

Division of Social Sciences and Education
2023-2024 Chair: Mary Ruthi

The Division of Social Sciences and Education includes the Departments of Business, Education, History and Political Science, Psychology, Social Work and Sociology. 

Division of Natural and Mathematical Sciences
2023-2024 Chair: Ruth Nalliah

The Division of Natural and Mathematical Sciences includes the Departments of Agricultural Studies, Biology, Chemistry, Kinesiology, Mathematics and Computer Science, Nursing, and Occupational Therapy Assistant.

Division of School of the Arts
2023-2024 Chair: Lance Clark

The Division of School of the Arts includes the Departments of Art and Design, Digital Media Arts, Music, and Theatre. 

Huntington University's Definition of Credit Hour

A credit hour is an equivalency established by Huntington University that reasonably approximates the amount of work expected in a Carnegie unit. 

In the undergraduate program, each semester hour credit represents class attendance for one class period per week for a semester of 14 weeks or its equivalent, plus a final examination week. A lecture period is 50 minutes. Laboratory and studio periods are two or three hours. A laboratory period is considered equivalent to one lecture period.  Students of average ability are expected to devote an average of two to three hours of study and class preparation for each lecture class session and one to two hours preparation and follow-up for each laboratory period.

Building on the life and work experiences of adult students, courses in the graduate and online programs may be accelerated.  Fewer seat hours in a course are off-set with greater expectations concerning study and preparation between classes. In all cases, the student learning outcomes for an adult course are equivalent to the learning outcomes for a course with similar content and credits in the traditional format. Therefore, a three-credit course in one format has equivalent learning outcomes to similar three-credit courses in other formats.  

Interpreting Course Description Information

Courses numbered from 100-199 are freshman level, 200-299 are sophomore level, 300-399 are junior level and 400-499 are senior level. Courses numbered 500 or above are in the graduate program. While this numbering system serves primarily as a guide to the expectations and demands of those courses, freshmen may not take junior or senior level courses unless required in their specific program or unless permission is granted. Where natural science courses are referred to by a course number followed by “/L”, both lecture and laboratory courses are implied.

Semester credit hours are shown in parentheses below the line of the course title. Any prerequisites are indicated at the end of each description. Students wishing to register for courses who have not taken the stated prerequisites may appeal to the instructors for permission to enroll. Where permission or consent is specified, that refers to permission of the instructor. At the beginning of the semester, each instructor establishes that students have the stated prerequisites assumed necessary to be capable of successfully completing the course.

Frequency of offerings is indicated at the beginning of each description. If odd or even year is designated with the semester of offering, then the course is normally available only in alternate years. Frequency of offerings is noted for purposes of schedule planning. Student enrollments and staffing considerations may make it necessary for the University to alter the planned sequence of course offerings.

Individualized coursework opportunities exist in most departments in the form of internships, practica, field experiences, directed studies and independent studies. Internships and practica place students in off-campus learning environments. Practica are more limited exploratory experiences, and internships are culminating apprenticeships. Field experiences are included as part of specific courses. Directed studies may be tutorial instruction or individualized. Independent studies are largely self-directed. Guidelines and application forms are available from the Office of the Registrar.

The University reserves the right to withdraw a general education course which is enrolled by fewer than ten students, as well as any other course with fewer than eight students, and to make substitutions in the students’ programs to accommodate the withdrawn course.