Lipscomb University is a Christian liberal arts institution that offers degrees at the associate, baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral levels. At the associate level, Lipscomb offers the Associate of Arts degree (available only to residents of the Tennessee Prison for Women). At the baccalaureate level, Lipscomb offers the Bachelor of Arts degree, the Bachelor of Business Administration degree, the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, the Bachelor of Music degree, the Bachelor of Professional Studies, the Bachelor of Science degree, the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree and the Bachelor of Social Work degree.
At the graduate level, the following degrees are offered: Master of Accountancy, Master of Arts (in Christian Ministry, Christian Practice, Civic Leadership, Conflict Management, Film & Creative Media and Leadership and Public Service*), Master of Business Administration, Master of Divinity, Master of Education, Master of Fine Arts (Film & Creative Media), Master of Marriage and Family Therapy, Master of Management, Master of Professional Studies(Aging Services Leadership), Master of Science (Applied Behavioral Analysis, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Psychology, Exercise and Nutrition Science, Informatics & Analytics, Information Security, Information Technology Management, Software Engineering, Biomolecular Science, Engineering Management, Health Care Informatics, and Sustainability), Master of Theological Studies, Education Specialist, Doctor of Education, Doctor of Ministry and Doctor of Pharmacy.
Lipscomb University also awards Certificates of Graduate Study in several areas of study. These certificates do not imply professional certification but are intended to strengthen students’ qualifications and professional portfolios in specific areas.
Students interested in graduate degrees or certificates should contact the respective program director or consult the Graduate Catalog for more information. All undergraduate degree programs are described in this catalog.
The university is dedicated to providing a broad liberal arts program which is both challenging and sound. An ideal of the university is to have the best students studying under the best teachers in the best possible Christian environment.
The academic program contains three essential parts: (1) the general education and Bible requirement, (2) the major area of study, (3) electives. These three parts are discussed in the following paragraphs.
*SACSCOC approval pending
The General Education Requirement
Total Hours Required: 47
Students entering prior to summer or fall 2012 should refer to an earlier catalog for general education requirements.
The general education core curriculum is the heart of the Christian liberal arts education at Lipscomb University. The mission and purpose of this program is to structure academic exploration in a Christian context as a foundation for a life of learning and service in a diverse global environment. The mission and purpose of general education at Lipscomb University is accomplished by a curriculum that prepares students to engage in the tradition of conversation in the academy through course work in writing and speaking; cultivate curiosity that transcends disciplinary boundaries through multi-disciplinary integrated Explorations course work; think critically and ethically through Foundations course work, multi-disciplinary integrated Explorations course work, and through the Bible curriculum; understand and evaluate ways of knowing by making connections between academic areas through multi-disciplinary integrated Explorations course work; and live in a diverse world with integrity and compassion through Engagement course work that connects world issues to a student’s major academic area.
Students pursuing the Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of Music degree will also be required to complete additional hours in a foreign language; those pursuing the Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree will be required to complete additional hours in math and/or science.
The specific requirements are as follows:
- Foundations - 26 hours
- Bible (BI 1073 , BI 1083 , BI 1093 must be taken in sequence) - 9 hours
- LU Seminar (LU 1103 ) - 3 hours
- Composition (EN 1313 ) - 3 hours
- Communication (CO 1003 or other approved course*) - 3 hours
- Wellness (PE 2012 or two different activity courses) - 3 hours
- Science with lab (Students may satisfy this requirement with a biological (biology) or physical science (astronomy, chemistry or physics) course with lab, LUMS with lab - 3 hours
- Math (excludes non-credit, developmental courses)
- Explorations - 12 hours
Students must satisfy the requirement by taking at least one course in each of the following four areas. At least six hours (two of the four areas) must be fulfilled by integrated course work. The prerequisites listed apply to integrated course work. Existing prerequisites apply for traditional course work used to fulfill the requirement.
(Part or all of the Explorations integrated courses requirement may be satisfied by a Lipscomb semester-long global learning program. Other global learning courses may satisfy general education requirements and/or major/minor requirements, depending on the nature and context of the course.)
- Math/Science (LUMS 2xn3) - 3 hours
(Prereqs: LU 1103 and Foundations math and science courses; ACT Math=19, SAT Math = 460, or MA 1020 ) Students will choose one approved integrated course that includes math or science. Students may also satisfy this requirement by taking three hours from the following: math, physics, chemistry, biology, astronomy, or ESS 1013 or ESS 2013 .
(Prereq: EN 1313 ) Students will choose one approved integrated course that includes literature. Students may also satisfy these requirements by taking three hours from this list of approved courses: EN 2113 , EN 2123 , EN 2133 , EN 2143 , EN 2153 or EN 2163 .
Students will choose one approved integrated course that includes history. Students may also satisfy these requirements by taking three hours from this list of approved courses: HI 1013 , HI 1023 , HI 1113 , HI 1123 , HI 2213 or HI 2223 .
Students will choose one approved integrated course that includes a social science. Students may also satisfy this requirement by taking three hours from the following: psychology, sociology, economics, political science, law, justice & society (LJS 2103 ) and philosophy (PL 1003 , PL 2013 , PL 3433 ).
- Engagements (LUEG 3xn3 ) - 3 hours
(Prereqs: Minimum of 60 hours earned credit)
A multidisciplinary course, co-taught by at least one faculty member and faculty or professionals from other disciplines, that investigates a particular theme, using insights, methods and habits of thought from the liberal arts (math, sciences, humanities, and the fine arts), Bible and other academic disciplines to connect a student’s major to the theme through project-based learning. This course meets an elective Bible requirement.
4. Bible Curriculum -
Curriculum- 6 hours (plus Tiers 1 and 3 above=18 hours total)
Bible: One of the following BI 3213
, BI 3433
, orBI 4213
) and one elective course (or substitute listed within the major) - 6 hours
The study of the Bible is integral to a Lipscomb education. Although abundant opportunities for further study are available, all Lipscomb students examine the Bible’s overall message and the life to which it calls believers. Many students will be able to take one or more courses that specifically address the implications of Christian faith for their chosen field of study.
The general education Bible requirement consists of the following six courses: BI 1073 - The Story of Jesus (3) F , BI 1083 - The Story of the Church (3) SP , BI 1093 - The Story of Israel (3) F , and LUEG 3xn3 - Engagements: (selected topic) (3) F, SP ; one of the following three: BI 3213 - Faith and Culture (3) SP , BI 3433 - Disciplines for Christian Living (3) F, SP or BI 4213 - Biblical Ethics (3) F, SP ; plus one elective. Students who come to Lipscomb with little exposure to the Bible may choose to take BI 1003 - Introduction to the Bible and Christianity (3) F, SU before beginning the sequence above. If a student chooses this option, BI 1003 will count as the elective Bible class.
Course work beyond the courses listed above that satisfies a Bible requirement must be approved by the College of Bible and Ministry.
Important Note: BI 1073 , BI 1083 and BI 1093 are prerequisites for all other Bible courses (except BI 1003 and selected Bible major courses). These three courses must be taken in a student’s first three semesters at Lipscomb (excluding Wintermester, Maymester and summer) and may not be dropped without approval from the associate dean for undergraduate Bible.
- SALT - 2 service-learning experiences
No more than one experience can come from Tier I. At least one experience must come from Tier II or Tier III.
Transfer students seeking a Lipscomb degree must satisfy the Bible requirement based on the number of credit hours they initially transfer to Lipscomb, as specified below. If the listed content is met, other approved Bible courses must be taken.
Students who transfer 67-93 credit hours to Lipscomb must complete two Bible courses at Lipscomb: BI 1073 or BI 1083 or BI 1093 ; and LUEG 3xn3 , or approved Bible credit courses as determined by program requirement (e.g., nursing and engineering).
Students who transfer 47-66 credit hours to Lipscomb must complete three Bible courses: BI 1073 or BI 1083 and BI 1093 ; and LUEG 3xn3 , or approved Bible credit courses as determined by program requirement (e.g., nursing and engineering).
Students who transfer 33-46 credit hours to Lipscomb must complete four Bible courses: BI 1073 , BI 1083 , BI 1093 , and LUEG 3xn3 , or approved Bible credit courses as determined by program requirement (e.g., nursing and engineering).
Students who transfer 32 or fewer hours to Lipscomb must complete the full Bible requirement, as described above or approved Bible credit courses as determined by the associate dean for undergraduate Bible.
Tennessee Board of Regents Transfers
An approved Bible class can be substituted for the LUEG requirement for students:
- who have earned an A.A. or A.S. degree from a Tennessee Board of Regents institution, or
- who transfer to Lipscomb without the A.A. or A.S. degree but who have satisfied the TBR general education requirements.
Additional hours for the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Professional Studies, and Bachelor of Science degrees:
Bachelor of Arts: Candidates for the Bachelor of Arts degree must complete eight semester hours of a single foreign language. (For proper scheduling, it should be taken no later than the sophomore year.)
Bachelor of Music: Candidates for the Bachelor of Music degree (with concentrations in performance or composition only-i.e., not music education majors) must complete eight semester hours of a single foreign language. (For proper scheduling, it should be taken no later than the sophomore year.)
Bachelor of Professional Studies: Candidates for the Bachelor of Professional Studies must complete six semester hours of CORE credit.
Bachelor of Science: Candidates for the Bachelor of Science degree or the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree must complete a total of 15 semester hours of mathematics and/or science. Courses may be chosen from the following areas: biology, chemistry, computer science, information technology, integrated science, mathematics, physics and engineering.
- Any student who has developed competence in any of the above areas may achieve credit by examination-CBAPE, CLEP or course examination-by taking the examination prior to taking a college course in the same area of study.
- Transfer students general education requirements General education requirements for students transferring to Lipscomb University will be determined by the following criteria:
- Transferring 1-30 hours - full program (Some accommodation may be necessary if Explorations areas have been fulfilled through traditional course work.)
- Transferring more than 30 hours - All subject area requirements must be met including participation in at least the Engagements course. Accommodations may be necessary if Explorations areas have been fulfilled through traditional course work. Explorations areas not met will be satisfied through integrated courses up to two integrated courses. For Bible requirements, see the Bible Requirement section of this catalog.
- Associate Degree Transfers (Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) institutions) - Follow criteria in the Admissions section of undergraduate catalog. For Bible requirements, see the Bible Requirement section of this catalog.
- Associate Degree transfers (non-TBR institutions) - see No. 2 above.
- Teacher education students should see the Office of Teacher Education for special requirements in general education.
The Major Area of Study
All candidates for a degree at Lipscomb University must complete a major as a part of their academic program. Requirements for these majors are prepared by the department involved and are approved by the appropriate college and by the Academic Leadership Team.
Requirements for majors are listed within the departmental sections of this catalog. For the page number of a specific major, check the index.
A grade-point average of 2.0 must be maintained on all Lipscomb courses required for the major. Transfer work to be counted toward a major must be accepted by the registrar’s office and approved by the academic chair or dean involved. At least three courses (minimum of nine hours) in the major field must be taken at Lipscomb.
Students should choose their major area of study as early as possible. The major must be chosen and “declared” by filing the Major-Minor For m in the registrar’s office when 57 hours have been earned. (Students will normally not be allowed to register for further work until the Major-Minor Form is properly filed.) Some departments have prepared summary lists of all requirements for the different majors within each department. Students should contact the academic chair involved as soon as a possible major is selected.
Curricular details of any specific student’s major must be finalized under the direction of the particular office or department to which that major has been assigned. This normally takes place when the Major-Minor Form is completed and officially filed in the registrar’s office.
In the case of a general studies interdisciplinary non-teaching major, final details must be approved by the director of teacher education and the registrar.
- Accounting, B.B.A.
- American History, B.A.
- American Studies, B.A.
- Animation, Bachelor of Arts
- Animation, Bachelor of Fine Arts
- Art Therapy, B.A.
- Art, Graphic Design B.A. Track
- Art, Studio B.A. Track
- Biochemistry, Biology Emphasis, B.A.
- Biochemistry, Biology Emphasis, B.S.
- Biochemistry, Chemistry Emphasis, B.A.
- Biochemistry, Chemistry Emphasis, B.S.
- Biochemistry-Applied, B.A.
- Biochemistry-Applied, B.S.
- Biochemistry-Applied, Pre-Pharmacy Emphasis, B.A.
- Biochemistry-Applied, Pre-Pharmacy Emphasis, B.S.
- Biology - Pharmacy 3+1 Program, B.A.
- Biology - Pharmacy 3+1 Program, B.S.
- Biology Teaching (General Science-Biology), B.A.
- Biology Teaching (General Science-Biology), B.S.
- Biology, B.A.
- Biology, B.S.
- Biomedical Physics, B.S.
- Biomedical Physics, Premed Track, B.S.
- Chemistry Teaching (General Science-Chemistry), B.A.
- Chemistry Teaching (General Science-Chemistry), B.S.
- Chemistry-Applied, B.A.
- Chemistry-Applied, B.S.
- Chemistry-Applied, Business Emphasis, B.A.
- Chemistry-Applied, Business Emphasis, B.S.
- Chemistry-Applied, Computer Science Emphasis, B.A.
- Chemistry-Applied, Computer Science Emphasis, B.S.
- Chemistry-Applied, Environmental Chemistry Emphasis, B.A.
- Chemistry-Applied, Environmental Chemistry Emphasis, B.S.
- Chemistry-Applied, Green Chemistry Emphasis, B.A.
- Chemistry-Applied, Green Chemistry Emphasis, B.S.
- Chemistry-Applied, Mathematics Emphasis, B.A.
- Chemistry-Applied, Mathematics Emphasis, B.S.
- Chemistry-Professional, B.A.
- Chemistry-Professional, B.S.
- Civil Engineering, B.S.
- Computational Biology Major
- Computational Biology Major, B.S.
- Computer Science, B.S.
- Data Science, B.S.
- Dietetics, B.S.
- Electrical and Computer Engineering, Computer Engineering Track, B.S.
- Electrical and Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering Track, B.S.
- English Teaching, B.A.
- English, Literature Track, B.A.
- English, Writing Track, B.A.
- Entertainment Design - Theatre Emphasis, B.F.A.
- Environmental & Sustainability Science - Biology emphasis, B.S.
- Environmental & Sustainability Science - Social Science, Communication, and Policy emphasis, B.S.
- European History, B.A.
- Exercise Science, B.S.
- Family Science Major, B.A.
- Family Science Major, B.S.
- Fashion Design, B.A.
- Fashion Design, B.S.
- Fashion Merchandising Corporate Track, B.A.
- Fashion Merchandising Corporate Track, B.S.
- Fashion Merchandising Entrepreneurial Track, B.A.
- Fashion Merchandising Entrepreneurship Track, B.S.
- Film Production Major (B.F.A)
- Finance Major, B.B.A.
- Fitness and Sport Studies, B.S.
- Food Systems Management, B.S.
- French Teaching, B.A.
- French, B.A.
- General Studies: Interdisciplinary Middle Grades Teaching, 6-8 Licensure, B.A.
- General Studies: Interdisciplinary Middle Grades Teaching, 6-8 Licensure, B.S.
- General Studies: Interdisciplinary Non-teaching, B.A.
- General Studies: Interdisciplinary Non-teaching, B.S.
- General Studies: Interdisciplinary Teaching, K-5 Licensure, B.A.
- General Studies: Interdisciplinary Teaching, K-5 Licensure, B.S.
- General Studies: Interdisciplinary Teaching, Pre K-3 Licensure, B.A.
- General Studies: Interdisciplinary Teaching, Pre K-3 Licensure, B.S.
- General Studies: K-8 Licensure Program Special Education Interventionist Major
- German Teaching, B.A.
- German, B.A.
- Global History, B.A.
- Graphic Design, B.F.A.
- Health and Physical Education Teaching (K-12), B.S.
- History Teaching, B.A.
- History, B.A.
- Information Security, B.S.
- Information Technology Management, B.S.
- Information Technology, B.S.
- Integrated Studies, B.A.
- Integrated Studies, B.P.S
- Integrated Studies, B.S.
- Interdisciplinary Major in Worship Ministry, B.A.
- International Affairs, B.A.
- Journalism and New Media, B.A.
- Law, Justice and Society - Master of Arts in Conflict Management, B.A.
- Law, Justice and Society - Master of Arts in Conflict Management, B.S.
- Law, Justice and Society Major, Customizable Emphasis, B.A.
- Law, Justice and Society Major, Customizable Emphasis, B.S.
- Law, Justice and Society, Conflict Management Emphasis, B.A.
- Law, Justice and Society, Conflict Management Emphasis, B.S.
- Law, Justice and Society, Law and Ethics Emphasis, B.A.
- Law, Justice and Society, Law and Ethics Emphasis, B.S.
- Law, Justice and Society, Social Change Emphasis, B.A.
- Law, Justice and Society, Social Change Emphasis, B.S.
- LIFE (Lipscomb Initiative for Education) Program, A.A.
- Management, Corporate Management Concentration, B.B.A.
- Management, Entrepreneurship Concentration, B.B.A.
- Management, Human Resource Management Concentration, B.B.A.
- Management, International Business Concentration, B.B.A.
- Management, Supply Chain Management Concentration, B.B.A.
- Marketing, Corporate Marketing Concentration, B.B.A.
- Marketing, Internet and Social Media Concentration, B.B.A.
- Marketing, Marketing for Entrepreneurship Concentration, B.B.A.
- Marketing, Professional Sales Concentration, B.B.A.
- Mathematics - Applied, B.A.
- Mathematics - Applied, B.S.
- Mathematics Teaching, B.A.
- Mathematics Teaching, B.S.
- Mathematics, B.A.
- Mathematics, B.S.
- Mechanical Engineering, B.S.
- Molecular Biology - Biomolecular Science Graduate Bridge Program, Human Disease Track, B.S.
- Molecular Biology - Biomolecular Science Graduate Bridge Program, Laboratory Research Track, B.S.
- Molecular Biology, B.A.
- Molecular Biology, B.S.
- Music Teaching (Instrumental), B.M.
- Music Teaching (Vocal/General Music), B.M.
- Music, B.A.
- Music, B.S.
- Music, Composition, B.M.
- Music, Contemporary (Songwriting or Production), B.M.
- Music, Contemporary, B.A.
- Music, Instrumental Performance, B.M.
- Music, Piano Performance, B.M.
- Music, Vocal Performance, B.M.
- Nursing, B.S.N.
- Organizational Leadership Major
- Philosophy, B.A. or B.S.
- Physics Teaching, B.A.
- Physics Teaching, B.S.
- Physics, B.A.
- Physics, B.S.
- Political Science, B.A.
- Political Science, Pre - Law Concentration, B.A.
- Political Science: International Relations Concentration, B.A.
- Pre-Professional Programs
- Psychology, B.A.
- Psychology, B.S.
- Restorative Criminal Justice, B.A.
- Second Major in Vocational Ministry
- Secondary and K-12 Teacher Education, B.A.
- Secondary and K-12 Teacher Education, B.S.
- Social Work, B.S.W.
- Software Engineering, B.S.
- Spanish Teaching, B.A.
- Spanish, B.A.
- Sport Management, B.S.
- Strategic Communication Major, B.A.
- Studio Art, B.F.A.
- Theatre Teaching, B.A.
- Theatre, Acting Track Emphasis, B.F.A.
- Theatre, B.A.
- Theatre, Directing Track Emphasis, B.F.A.
- Theatre, Musical Theatre Track Emphasis, B.F.A.
- Theology and Ministry, B.A.
- Theology and Ministry, Children’s Ministry Concentration, B.A.
- Theology and Ministry, Language Concentration, B.A.
- Theology and Ministry, Missions Concentration, B.A.
- Theology and Ministry, Preaching Concentration, B.A.
- Theology and Ministry, Youth Ministry Concentration, B.A.
- Visual Arts Administration, B.A.
- Visual Arts Teaching, B.A.
- Web Application Development, B.S.
The Minor Area of Study - Optional
In addition to the major area of study described above, a student may complete one of the minors listed below. The requirements for these minors are prepared by the department involved and are approved by the appropriate college and by the Academic Leadership Team.
Requirements for minors are listed within the departmental sections of this catalog.
In lieu of one of the minors listed above, students may elect to create their own minor (based on the approval and under the direction of the academic chair of their major field). This diversified minor is composed of at least 15 approved hours of additional 3000 and/or 4000 level courses outside the student’s major field of study. (Other regulations applicable to traditional minors also apply.)
A grade-point average of 2.0 must be maintained in all Lipscomb courses required for the minor. Transfer work to be counted toward a minor must be accepted by the registrar’s office and approved by the academic chair involved. At least two courses (minimum of six hours) in the minor field must be taken at Lipscomb.
Students taking a major and a minor from the same department must complete all requirements as listed in the catalog for the major and the minor. Since some courses may be required in both the major and the minor, there must be at least 30 distinct hours in the major and at least 15 distinct hours in the minor with no overlap in these hours.
The requirements for the different minors given in this section are under the control of the academic departments involved. The details for a minor are to be arranged with the academic chair when the Major-Minor Form is completed and officially filed in the registrar’s office when 57 hours have been earned.
Each student must complete a minimum of 126 semester hours to be considered for graduation. Many of these hours will be specified by the Bible requirement, the general education requirement, and the major requirement. The student is then free to choose courses from any departmental listing in this catalog to complete the requirements for graduation. Students are advised to consult with their academic advisor and possibly the academic chair involved to make sure they have all prerequisite requirements for any elective courses they choose.
Academic Success Center
The Academic Success Center (ASC) resides in Room 141 of the Beaman Library. Within the ASC, students may take advantage of individual tutoring, collaborative study groups, athletic study hall, academic workshops, student advocacy consultation and academic coaching. The ASC houses the university math lab, Lipscomb University Writing Studio, Office of ACCESS Ability, Office of Academic Advising and the Office of Student Advocacy. Within the ASC, students are able to take advantage of various means of technology. The center is equipped with laptop computers, desktop computers, iPads and mounted LED monitors as well as specialized computer software that is designed to assist students with disabilities and English language learners. The ASC facilitates themed academic workshops which are built around components shown to increase academic success. The ASC is designed to serve the undergraduate student population in the area of academic support and enrichment and assist students in reaching their highest academic potential. Personalized attention is given to each student, and unique learning styles are considered when planning academic programming. A major focus of the ASC is to be available to accommodate the needs and academic support services that are requested by the students and faculty. If you have questions regarding the ASC, please call 615.966.1400.
The mission of academic advising at Lipscomb is to assist students in making progress toward achieving their educational, career and personal goals. Utilizing faculty and selected staff as academic advisors, the university seeks to support and promote intellectual and personal growth for students in a Christian community. Although the university will make available to its students a wide range of institutional and community resources, academic progress from entry into the university through graduation is ultimately the responsibility of each student. For information concerning academic advising, contact the director of academic advising and support services by calling (615) 966-1400.
A degree audit tool called myDegreePlan has been created for the student and advisor to run online at myLipscomb to track progress toward graduation. To access myDegreePlan, students should go to my.lipscomb.edu
, log in with their network username and password, and click on “myDegreePlan (Students)” under the Degree Planning area under Student Links. Likewise, advisors should go to my.lipscomb.edu
, log in with their network username and password, and click on the Plan icon in the Launchpad to the left, then select “myDegreePlan (Advisors).”Any student who enrolled at Lipscomb University in Fall 2011 or later and any undergraduate student who has officially declared under a 2012-13 or later catalog can use myDegreePlan. Graduate students who began in fall 2012 or later can also utilize myDegreePlan.
Three-Year Degree Plan
Lipscomb University offers a variety of options for completing a bachelor’s degree, including the Three-Year Degree Plan. Graduating on the three-year fast track gives students a significant financial advantage and more time to pursue other academic interests or a career. More than 40 of Lipscomb’s major programs of study can be completed in three years, all with dedicated, interested faculty who will engage students in challenging, scholarly and faith-informed studies that will help them achieve their academic goals. Students participating in the Three-Year Degree Plan, who meet the program’s criteria, qualify to receive a $1,000 voucher that may be applied to tuition, room and board, or one of Lipscomb’s global learning travel courses.
The Three-Year Degree Plan is a challenging academic endeavor and may require students to commit to a choice of major in the freshman year. Students interested in pursuing the Three-Year Degree Plan should consult with their academic advisors each semester prior to scheduling any courses. Academic advisors will be able to advise students on the courses to take in each semester to ensure that their course schedules fit the Three-Year Degree Plan. Advisors will also discuss with students whether the Three-Year Degree Plan is appropriate for the student and available for the students’ desired major.
Students and academic advisors should consider the following factors as they discuss the option of the student’s pursuit of the Three-Year Degree Plan.
- ACT/SAT score
- High school grade point average and rank
- Outside employment commitments
- Recommended college credits to take within a semester
- Lipscomb University grade-point average
- Academic commitment and motivation of the individual student
Because course scheduling is of utmost importance in successfully completing the Three-Year Degree Plan, freshman students admitted to Lipscomb in a semester other than the fall semester may find course scheduling a challenge under the Three-Year Degree Plan. This is because some majors may have required courses offered in a sequence that begins in the fall semester when the vast majority of freshman students enter the program. As such, in some majors, freshman admits in spring and summer may not be able to follow the Three-Year Degree Plan course schedule due to conflicts with these sequenced courses. However, academic advisors will work with students to accomplish the Three-Year Degree Plan where possible.
Students interested in pursuing the Three-Year Degree Plan should contact Rob Mossack, director of academic advising, at firstname.lastname@example.org
or 615.966.6297 for more information.
Dual Enrollment Programs
Lipscomb University has partnered with select high schools in the area to provide college-level course work on their campuses. We also work with individual students who want to take courses on our campus as a dual-enrolled student. Students interested in participating in dual enrollment courses must meet the admission requirements of the university and be admitted to the university prior to the start of classes the semester in which they plan to enroll in dual enrollment courses. To be considered for admission into the dual enrollment program, the student must submit the following items: an application for admission, ACT/SAT scores, an official high school transcript and a reference from the school’s guidance counselor. (Home schooled students may provide a reference from an educational source other than a parent.)
In addition to meeting the university admission requirements, the student must also meet all course prerequisites, such as specific sub-scores on the math and English portions of the ACT/SAT, to be allowed to register for those courses. Exceptions will not be made for students who do not meet course prerequisites.
The student is also responsible for submitting the dual enrollment grant application by the state-mandated deadline (Sept. 15 for the fall semester, Feb. 1 for the spring semester, and May 1 for the summer term). Students who do not submit the grant application by the specified deadline are responsible for payment in full of the charges incurred by participation in the dual enrollment program.
Additional information about the dual enrollment program, including approved class lists for each semester, can be found at dualenrollment.lipscomb.edu.
Services for Students with Disabilities
Students with disabilities (learning, physical and/or psychological) should contact the director of Disability Services in the Academic Success Center at 615.966.6301. This office coordinates services for students by collecting documentation of a disabling condition and by advising students, parents, faculty and staff on reasonable accommodations made available by the university.
The Testing Services office supervises the administration and interpretation of psychological tests (personality type, vocational interest, marital and premarital assessments) and educational tests (MAT, CLEP, etc.). It also oversees the SAT and ACTnational testing programs on designated Saturdays. The testing director may be reached at 615.966.1781.
Beaman Library houses approximately 225,000 bound volumes as well as current periodicals, microforms, and non-print materials in various formats. The Library maintains numerous electronic resources including more than 100 databases, over 140,000 ebooks, electronic journals, and the EndNote bibliographic citation tool.
The 47,000-square-foot facility features group study rooms and casual seating areas for quiet study, leisure reading, and research. Library holdings may be accessed through the online catalog at library.lipscomb.edu or from the Lipscomb website through the University Library link under Academics. The Library website contains information for accessing materials, library hours, policies, services, and staff. Librarians are available to assist with specific information needs.
The SALT Program: Serving and Learning Together
The SALT program is a comprehensive plan to integrate service-learning into the educational experience of traditional undergraduate students at Lipscomb University. A strategy for developmentally enhancing student learning, the SALT Program allows students to connect their academic experience and spiritual development with significant engagement in the community.
Service-learning through the SALT program is an academic enterprise in which a service activity acts as a vehicle or “textbook” for understanding an academic concept. In service-learning, the academic credit is given for learning, not for the service completed.
Because Lipscomb expects its students to engage in innovative and rigorous academic experiences and because of the shared belief that a Christ-like attitude calls for service to others, traditional undergraduate students are expected to complete two service-learning experiences before graduation. These experiences will contribute to the student’s development academically, personally/spiritually and civically.
Adult Degree and second degree students are not subject to the SALT graduation requirement. Additionally, students enrolled at Lipscomb University prior to fall 2008 are not subject to the SALT graduation requirement.
The service-learning graduation requirement is intended to ensure that students participate in meaningful service-learning experiences. The requirement is flexible in that it can be accomplished by participating in SALT experiences in a variety of combinations. These experiences include SALT enhanced service projects, academic courses, mission trips, internships or cooperatives. This chart displays the types of SALT experiences that students may participate in to satisfy the graduation requirement:
||Length of service engagement
||SALT-enhanced service projects (Only offered through the SALT Center)
||SALT-enhanced university courses
||SALT-enhanced mission trips, internships, SALT cooperatives, Federal Work-Study-Placement
||SALT capstone project 30+ hours (for SALT Scholars only)
To satisfy the graduation requirement, students must complete two SALT experiences. No more than one experience can come from Tier I. At least one experience must come from Tier II or Tier III. Tier I experiences are not required.
SALT credit is awarded for learning demonstrated, not service completed. Because these experiences do not include a learning and reflection component, SALT credit is not offered for campus-wide days of service like Service Day or service during QuestWeek.
Students interested in going beyond the basic service-learning graduation requirement will be given the opportunity to attain the distinction of SALT Scholar. The SALT Scholar is a student who has become an expert in service-learning in the context of Lipscomb University, and whose investment in service-learning reflects a significant level of engagement. SALT Scholars will receive special distinction at graduation and on their academic transcript.
Transfer students entering Lipscomb University with more than 90 hours will be required to complete one SALT-enhanced course, mission trip, internship or cooperative before graduation. Transfer students entering Lipscomb with less than 90 hours will be responsible for completing two SALT experiences. It may be possible to transfer credit for SALT experiences. Contact Christin Shatzer, Director of Service-Learning, for more information.
Students will learn about other SALT-enhanced experiences through the SALT Center, campus-wide communication, the student missions office, academic departments, the career development center, campus life and the federal work-study program. It is the student’s responsibility to identify and complete two SALT experiences before graduating. Questions can be directed to Christin Shatzer, director of service-learning, at email@example.com or 615.966.7225. More information is available at salt.lipscomb.edu.
Check the program website, salt.lipscomb.edu, and myLipscomb for officially designated SALT course offerings.
Requirements for Graduation
This catalog is prepared as a comprehensive statement of the requirements for attendance and graduation at Lipscomb University. Students must meet all of the requirements covered in this catalog to qualify for graduation. While academic advisors are assigned to counsel students and help plan schedules, each student is ultimately responsible for monitoring his/her own progress and completing all requirements. The following list is only intended as a summary of general requirements.
- All candidates for a bachelor’s degree at Lipscomb University must complete a minimum of 126 semester hours of work with a minimum grade-point average of 2.0 overall, 2.0 in the major, and 2.0 in the minor (if applicable) on all work taken at Lipscomb University. These 126 hours will include:
- The Bible requirement.
- The general education requirements.
- A major area of study.
- Lipscomb University will allow a maximum of 33 semester hours of credit toward graduation based on a combination of correspondence courses, extension courses, special examinations, advanced placement credits and equivalency credits. (See paragraphs below on each of these areas.) The university does not guarantee the transferability of any of these credits to other institutions. Students should investigate these possibilities as the need arises. In the case of students planning to enter professional schools, such as schools of medicine or law, investigation should be made at the professional school under consideration prior to using such credits to replace requirements for admission to these schools.
- While remedial or developmental courses are designed to move a student toward graduation by bringing him/her up to a level of preparedness to do college work, they do not apply toward graduation credit. See section entitled “Developmental Non-Credit Courses” concerning developmental non-credit courses.
- At least 25 percent of the credit hours required for any degree program must be earned in course work at Lipscomb University. In addition, the last 30 hours of work on a degree must be done in residence at Lipscomb except upon written approval of the associate provost for student academic support. A student will not be allowed to take a correspondence course, a special examination or CLEP examination during the last 30 hours of residency without petitioning the registrar. Special permission of the dean of the appropriate college will be required.
- A candidate for a degree must successfully complete the senior seminar and/or special standardized examinations and respond to institutional surveys where these are specified by the university or the department in which the candidate is majoring.
- All incomplete grades must be completed, all transfer of credit made, and all correspondence and extension course grades must be received in the registrar’s office by Friday prior to graduation.
- No candidate will be recommended for a degree without having fulfilled the SALT requirements. For details, see guidelines in the section above.
- No candidate who is placed on probation or who remains on probation (academic, chapel, disciplinary) during his/her final semester of work at Lipscomb will be allowed to graduate.
- All candidates for degrees must be of good moral character.
- A candidate for a degree must have his/her account paid in full before a degree can be granted, including the graduation fee which is paid by all graduating students.
- Students must register for GN 999X the semester all course work will be completed for graduation. Students who do not file their intent to graduate form in the registrar’s office by the end of the first week may be delayed in graduating. (Students who miss this deadline may not qualify for graduation honors.)
- All December and May undergraduate candidates must participate in the formal graduation exercises. Aug. graduates may petition to “walk early” with the May class or participate later in the Dec. exercise. For the petition to be considered, the graduate cannot be on probation and must have an overall GPA of 2.2 as well as a 2.2 GPA in his/her major and minor. Petitions are due in the registrar’s office by Feb. 15.
Although some students change career goals, leave school or transfer, 64 percent graduated from Lipscomb within six years of beginning university work for the 2007 cohort year. The collective average for Tennessee Board of Regents universities is about 48 percent.
Second Bachelor’s Degree
It is not generally in the best interest of a student to complete a second bachelor’s degree. In those cases, however, where a student chooses to do so, the following information is pertinent:
- The student must declare the intent to pursue a second degree to the registrar and have an approved plan on file in that office. (Graduation honors are not applicable to students completing a second bachelor’s degree.)
- The plan for a second degree must include a minimum of 33 hours (earned above the hours for the first bachelor’s degree) in residence at Lipscomb University with a minimum of 24 upper division hours in the major in residence, in addition to general education degree requirements. (No minor is required.)
- All general education credits earned while completing a bachelor’s degree at another institution must be approved by the university credentials analyst and the registrar before such credit will be given toward a second bachelor’s degree at Lipscomb. This approval is waived (except Bible) if the first degree was earned at a regionally accredited institution.
- In no case is the completion of two or more majors or other degree requirements in the course of completing the first bachelor’s degree to be confused or equated with the completion of two degrees.
Statute of Limitations
Curriculum requirements often change and academic programs are frequently enhanced. Students should review the statement concerning modifications found on the title page of this bulletin.
A student is permitted to satisfy requirements for a bachelor’s degree under any curriculum in effect during the student’s attendance at Lipscomb University, provided the curriculum has been in effect within 10 years of the date of graduation. All requirements for major, minor and general education must come from the same catalog. Discontinued courses or programs may necessitate substitutions or additions by the academic chair in consultation with the registrar.
Any correspondence work must be approved by the university. This approval will usually include the academic chair involved, the registrar and the College of Education if the course is required for teacher certification. Forms for these approvals are available in the Office of the Registrar.
Independent studies are intended to be guided independent educational experiences which are initiated primarily by the student.
The following minimum guidelines apply to all independent studies/readings courses taken at Lipscomb. Academic departments may maintain additional requirements and issue instructions to faculty and students to implement the requirements stated here. Additionally, academic departments must determine which candidates are suitable for independent studies, which activities are appropriate for such credit, the schedule of meeting times, and performance criteria, among other considerations.
- A student desiring an independent study must submit a proposal to the academic chair. Registration cannot occur without the prior approval of the academic chair. The academic chair will coordinate procedures with the registrar to prevent unapproved special studies.
- Proposals for independent studies must address each of the following topics:
- Material to be covered, research to be performed and credit to be awarded.
- Schedule of meeting times.
- Performance criteria and method of evaluation.
Normally, the student who desires to undertake an independent study will approach the directing professor and together they will prepare a proposal for the study. After they have both signed the proposal, they will seek the academic chair’s approval. When that approval is granted, the proposal becomes a contract between the student and the department. Any deviations from the approved proposal must be approved by the directing professor and the academic chair.
Special Examinations (Challenge Procedure)
Although the university does not encourage the use of special examinations, there are situations (e.g., extraordinary experience) in which it seems advisable to allow a student to challenge a course by special examination. This may be either for credit or without credit. In no case should a student expect to challenge a lower-level course in a discipline for which he/she has previously earned advanced level credit. Further information concerning special examinations is available in the registrar’s office. A fee is charged. A student may challenge a particular course only once and cannot challenge a course which he/she has failed or a course in which he/she has been officially enrolled, i.e., it appears on his or her transcript.
Advanced Standing Credit
Advanced standing examinations such as CBAPE, IB, EB, CLEP, and Straighterline may be used to establish maximum credit of 30-semester hours. In establishing credit for these examinations, attention will be given not only to the score but to the scholastic record of the student, any special merits of the examination paper and perhaps a personal interview. Such credit will be granted in an area only if no college work in that area has been taken (enrolled in or attempted). No letter grades will be assigned to the credit earned by examination. Students interested in taking CLEP examinations should check in the registrar’s office for guidelines prior to taking the tests. A fee is charged. The CLEP examination in each individual subject can only be taken once.
AP Credit at Lipscomb
|Score of 3
||Score of 4
||Score of 5
||Same as 3
||Same as 3 & 4
||Same as 3
||Same as 3 & 4
||HI 2213, HI 2223
||Same as 4
||HI 1113, HI 1123
||Same as 4
||HI 1013, HI 1023
||Same as 4
||Same as 3
||Same as 3 & 4
||Same as 3
||Same as 3 & 4
|English Lang. and Comp.*
||EN 1113, EN 1313
||Same as 4
|English Lit. and Comp.*
||EN 1113, EN 1313
||Same as 4
||Same as 3
||Same as 3 & 4
|Studio Art- 2-D Design*
||Same as 3
||Same as 3 & 4
|Studio Art- 3-D Design*
||Same as 3
||Same as 3 & 4
||Same as 3
||Same as 3 & 4
||MU 1111, MU 1133
||MU 1111, MU 1121
MU 1133, MU 1143
||FR 1114, FR 1124
||GE 1114, GE 1124
||SN 1114, SN 1124
||Same as 3
||Same as 3
||Same as 3
||Same as 3
||Same as 3
||MA 1314, MA 2314
|Computer Science AB
||Same as 3
||See Dept. Academic Chair
||BY 1003, or BY 1013,
or ESS 1013
|Same as 4
||CM 1113, 1211
||CM 1113, 1211
CM 1123, 1221
|Same as 4
||PH 1013, PH 1214
|Physics C- Mech.*
||See Dept. Academic Chair
||See Dept. Academic Chair
|Physics C- Elec./Mag.*
||See Dept. Academic Chair
||See Dept. Academic Chair
||Same as 3
||Same as 3 and 4
||Same as 3
||Same as 3
*Only one test will be used to grant credit when the same course credit is associated with different tests.
CLEP Credit in General Exams
- English Composition (No. 1 in CLEP Manual)-No credit.
- Humanities-No credit will be granted if prior college work has been taken in any of the test areas.
- Mathematics-credit general education requirement in Mathematics (3 sem. hrs.).
- Natural Sciences (3 sem. hrs. maximum)
- Credit BY 1003, Fundamentals of Biology or
- Credit 3 hours of physical science
- Social Science and History (meets social science requirement, not history requirement).
On B-E above, maximum credit of one entry level course will be awarded if a score of 50 is attained. No credit will be granted if prior college work has been taken in any of the test areas.
CLEP Credit in the Subject Examinations
|Area/CLEP Subject Exam
|Composition and Literature
||Survey of American Literature
||Survey of English Literature
||EN 1113 Freshman Comp. & Reading I or 3 hours elective credit
|College French (Level I)
|College French (Level I)
|College French (Level II)
|College French (Level II)
|College German (Level I)
|College German (Level I)
|College German (Level II)
|College German (Level II)
|College Spanish (Level I)
|College Spanish (Level I)
|College Spanish (Level II)
|College Spanish (Level II)
|History and Social Sciences
||PO 1023 Introduction to American Government
|History of US I: to 1877
||HI 2213 History of U.S. I
|History of US II: 1865 to present
||HI 2223 History of U.S. II
|Human Growth and Develop.
||PS 2423 Life Span Development
|Intro. to Educational Psychology
||PS 3243 Human Development and Learning
|Principles of Macroeconomics
||EC 2403 Principles of Macroeconomics
|Principles of Microeconomics
||EC 2413 Principles of Microeconomics
||PS 1113 Introduction to Psychology
||SO 1123 Introduction to Sociology
|Western Civilization I: Ancient Near East to 1648
||HI 1113 Foundations of Western Civilization to 1600
|Western Civilization II: -1648 to present
||HI 1123 Foundations Western Civilization since 1600
|Mathematics and Science
|Calculus with Elem. Func.
||MA 1314 Calculus I
||MA 1113 College Algebra
||MA 1123 Trigonometry
||BY 1003 Fundamentals of Biology
|General Chemistry I
||CM 1113 General Chemistry I
||CM 1211 General Chemistry I Lab
|General Chemistry II
||CM 1123 General Chemistry II
||CM 1221 General Chemistry II Lab
|Business (see Dean of College of Business)
|Principles of Management
||MG 3503 Principles of Management
||AC 2503 Financial Accounting
|Intro. Business Law
||MG 3613 Legal Aspects of Business I
|Principles of Marketing
||MK 3503 Principles of Marketing
Note: As specified in the section “Requirements for Graduation,” a maximum of 33 semester hours of credit will be allowed on a combination of correspondence courses, extension courses, special examinations, Straighterline credits, advanced placement credits and equivalency credits.
International Baccalaureate (IB) Credit Policy
The Office of Admissions in consultation with the provost awards IB credit, generally, according to the following policy:
- Some of the examinations must be the higher level. A score of 4 or 5 is awarded credit.
- A score of 5 is awarded credit at the standard level.
- Other factors are to be considered when awarding IB credit.
European Baccalaureate (EB)
Credit for EB will be determined on a case-by-case basis. Note: Although there are several ways of earning credit by the non-traditional route (IB, AP, CLEP, Special Examination, Equivalency Credit and correspondence course), credit received from one source may not be duplicated by another. The maximum credit for any combination of credit by examination, such as IB, AP, CLEP, and Straighterline is 30 hours, whereas the maximum credit for credit by the non-traditional route is 33 semester hours.
Equivalency credits (such as credit for formal military courses as recommended by the American Council on Education) will be evaluated on their individual merits according to the nature and extent of the experience and the recommending department, institution or accrediting agency.
Credit can be earned from Straighterline for the following courses: Developmental English (EN 0110), Intermediate Algebra (MA 1030), College Algebra (MA 1113), Freshman Composition I (EN 1113), and Environmental Biology (ESS 1013). These credits are included in the 30 credits that can be earned via AP, CLEP, IB, EB, and Straighterline. Approval to take these courses must be given prior to the student starting the work.
Adult Degree Program students and those with at least four years of military or work experience may be eligible to seek Lipscomb University credit hours for college-level learning experienced outside the classroom. Interested students should contact the College of Professional Studies (Ezell 265) to begin the process.
Developmental Non-Credit Courses
Remedial or developmental courses are designed to move a student toward graduation by bringing him/her up to a level of preparedness to do college work. They do not apply toward the graduation GPA or graduation credit. Developmental courses benefit the student by being officially counted as part of the load and determining eligibility for financial aid and/or scholarships.
Transfer Credit from Other Colleges or Universities
Students transferring to Lipscomb University from other colleges or universities must have an official transcript of their work from each school mailed to the admissions office. Courses are generally accepted in transfer if earned at a regionally accredited college or university and if they are comparable to courses offered at Lipscomb or commonly regarded as study in the liberal arts. All other course credits (earned in a non-traditional manner) are subject to evaluation by the registrar and/or academic chair on a course-by-course basis. Moreover, the grade of “C” or higher must have been earned on each course in transfer. Evaluation of these transcripts is made in the admissions office with final approval made by the registrar. Transferred work to be counted toward a major or minor must be approved by the academic chair involved and the registrar. Transferred courses accepted to meet part of the general education requirement must be approved by the registrar. Courses taken at a two-year school which have 3000 or 4000 course numbers at Lipscomb generally will not transfer as equivalency credit.
No more than 63 semester hours may be transferred from a two-year school. Some two-year colleges offer a third year of work in special areas. Ninety-four semester hours is the maximum number of hours that may be transferred to Lipscomb.
Work taken by a student at another college or university after the student’s initial enrollment at Lipscomb University may not be accepted unless the student has received approval to transfer this work before the work is begun. Forms for this approval are available in the registrar’s office. For minimum credit hour requirements of transfer students toward graduation, see II under section entitled “Requirements for Graduation.”
Limitations of Transfer Credit
- Students will not be allowed to transfer more credits per term than they would have been permitted to earn at Lipscomb.
- Credit must be from a regionally accredited institution.
- Only courses with the grade equivalent of “C” or higher are candidates for transfer credit.
- Technical or vocational credits are not eligible for transfer and may not, therefore, be used to satisfy degree requirements.
- All credits from Lipscomb University may not be transferable to every educational institution. Students wishing to transfer credit to another college or university should contact that institution.
Credit by Examination for Transfer Students
Credit awarded by other institutions for International Baccalaureate (IB), European Baccalaureate (EB), Advanced Placement (AP) and College Level Examination Program (CLEP) must be reevaluated to determine if (and how much) credit will be awarded by Lipscomb policy. Students desiring credit by exam should have the official IB, EB, AP or CLEP credit transcript sent directly to the Office of Admissions, Lipscomb University, One University Park Drive, Nashville, TN 37204-3951.
Letter Grading System and Quality Points
All work in the university is graded by letters. Each letter is in turn assigned a quality-point value according to the list provided below. For example, a letter grade of “A” carries a quality-point value of four quality points per semester hour. If the student makes an “A” in a three-hour course, the total number of quality points earned for this course would be twelve quality points.
The overall grade-point average for each student is determined by dividing the number of quality-points earned by the total number of hours attempted. Only work taken at Lipscomb University is included in the computation. Neither advanced placement nor transfer credit may be used to raise the grade-point average.
In the case of courses repeated at Lipscomb, only the highest grade will be used in determining the grade-point average. The hours attempted will be used only once. For duplicated work, that is, for any course taken both at Lipscomb and another school, the grade of the Lipscomb course will always be used in computing the student’s GPA.
Thirteen different letter grades are used to record a student’s progress toward graduation. Some of the letter grades do not count for credit toward graduation, and some are used in computing the necessary grade-point averages for graduation. The following matrix summarizes these grades, and a brief description of each grade follows.
A: Superior work, exceptional quality; earns 4 quality points per hour.
B: Good, above the average expectation; earns 3 quality points per hour.
C: Average, about the quality expected of most students; earns 2 quality points per hour.
D: Barely passing, earns 1 quality point per hour. (Courses with a letter grade of “D” normally do not transfer from one institution to another.)
F: Failing, no credit; earns no quality points.
I: Incomplete, no credit unless completed later with passing grade; computed as “F” in grade-point average until the grade is made up. (See paragraph on incomplete grades.)
IP: IP grades are given only on approved courses, such as master’s theses, honors theses and certain practicums. A grade must be established by the end of the next full semester after the IP grade has been given. A student who does not return to Lipscomb University will automatically receive an “F” on all IP grades after one year. Any variation of these policies must be approved by the Academic Leadership Team.
NC: No credit; used in EN 0110 and EN 1113 , LU 1103 , and MA 1020 and MA 1030 when the grade is below a “C” and is not computed in student’s average. The faculty reserves the right to assign an”F” if, in the opinion of the teacher, the student has put forth little, if any, effort.
P: Passing-A, B, C or D; used when a course is completed successfully but without any credit. Examples: all zero credit courses.
S: Satisfactory-A, B, C; used when credit is earned in nontraditional ways, such as credit by examination or in special cases where a course is not included in computation of grade-point average. (See paragraph below on audits and non-credit repeats.)
U: Unsatisfactory-D or F, used when credit is not earned in a course not to be included in computation of grade-point average.
W: Withdrew officially; not computed in grade-point average. Used whenever official withdrawal occurs: 1) from specific course(s) at the initiative of the student anytime during the designated withdrawal period of a term (see Calendar ); 2) from all course work in the event that a student is unable to complete a term due to reasons of personal choice, health problems, disciplinary actions or other reasons approved by the university such that the student is formally dissociated from the institution via processing in the registrar’s office; and also may be assigned by the registrar or the provost after the official last day to drop where there are extenuating circumstances, such as an extended illness.
X: Audit, not computed in grade-point average. There is a tuition charge but no credit is earned. (See paragraph on audits and non-credit repeats.)
Mid-term “D” and “F” grades are available on the Web to students during the fall and spring semesters. Final grades are available on the web at the end of each semester. Once grades have been posted to the student’s record in the registrar’s office they are considered permanent.
||Used in Computation of Grade-Point Average
Student Grievance/Complaint Process
A student wishing to lodge a complaint about any university office or service is invited to follow the procedures outlined in the Student Handbook, available on the Lipscomb website. If the complaint or grievance is related to a specific course or instructor, the matter should be addressed first with the instructor. If that interaction is unsatisfactory, the student should take the complaint to the academic chair. Should the concern remain unresolved, the student may directly contact the office of the associate dean of the college in which the department resides. Any further appeal must be made in writing to the dean of the college and the director of student advocacy.
After completing the above procedure, any appeal of a course grade must be filed in the provost’s office within 60 days following posting of the grade to the student’s record. In no case may a student appeal a grade that has been recorded on the transcript for as long as twelve months.
In accordance with the university’s commitment to academic freedom, students are encouraged to examine all pertinent data, question assumptions, and guided by the evidence of research, freely study the substance of each academic discipline. Any student who perceives that this right has been violated may file a formal written grievance through the provost’s office.
In addition, if the university does not appropriately resolve the student complaint, the student has the right to contact the State of Tennessee to determine the course of action. Complaints can be filed as follows in Tennessee:
- Complaints related to the application of state laws, rules or regulations related to approval to operate or licensure of a particular professional program within a postsecondary institution shall be referred to the appropriate state licensing board or agency (e.g., State Boards of Health, State Board of Education) and will be reviewed and handled by such board or agency;
- Complaints related to state consumer protection laws (e.g., laws related to fraud or false advertising) shall be referred to the Tennessee Division of Consumer Affairs and will be reviewed and handled by that agency.
Allegations regarding noncompliance with accreditation standards, policies, and procedures may be made to SACSCOC, 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097. SACSCOC’s complaint policy, procedure and complaint form may be found on its website (www.sacscoc.org).
Incomplete grades should be assigned only if the final exam (or some work of equivalent significance) was missed for a good reason. Students who fail to complete other (routine) assignments should not receive incomplete grades but should be assigned letter grades that reflect the quality and quantity of their work completed during the regular semester.
In cases where the grade “I” is given, a grade must be established within the first three weeks of the succeeding semester in residence or the grade automatically becomes “F.” An extension may be petitioned by the student, but such extensions must be: 1) initiated by the student and 2) approved by the instructor, academic chair, and dean of the college, in that order. A student who does not return to Lipscomb University will automatically receive an “F” on all incomplete grades after one year. Any variation of these policies must be approved by the Academic Leadership Team.
Audits and Non-Credit Repeats
In addition to the usual registration for credit and regular grade computation, a student may wish under some circumstances to register as an auditor. In this case, regular tuition is charged but no credit is earned. The student may participate in the course to whatever extent he/she wishes insofar as tests, reports, papers and other assignments are concerned. With permission of the instructor, a student may change his/her registration in a course from credit to audit or from audit to credit during the first four weeks of the semester. After this time his/her only options are to continue as registered or to withdraw from the course. Repeated courses are counted the same as regular courses in determining maximum student loads and in determining full-time student classification. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will not allow audits or non-required repeats to be counted in determining load for pay purposes.
Academic Probation and Suspension
To graduate from Lipscomb University a student must have a minimum grade-point average of 2.0 overall as well as a 2.0 in the major and a 2.0 in the minor (if applicable).
Firs-time freshmen whose grade-point average for the first semester is below 2.0 will be placed on academic warning. This is a one-time warning available only to first-time freshmen. Students on academic warning who do not raise their grade-point average to 2.0 by the end of their next semester in school will be placed on academic probation. Students on academic warning will be required to participate in Turning Point, a program designed to assist students attempting to recover from difficult academic situations.
All students must maintain a cumulative grade-point average of 2.0, including incomplete grades. Students whose cumulative GPA falls below 2.0 will be placed on academic probation for the following semester.
Students on academic probation should contact their academic chair (or associate provost for student academic support if the major is undeclared) for a meeting before classes start in order to complete a probation contract.
Students who do not sign a contract may return. However, students who are suspended at the end of that semester may lose the right to appeal their suspension if they have not completed a contract. The probation contract is a useful way to address the academic problems the student has encountered.
Students on probation who earn a term grade-point average of 2.0 or higher but fail to raise their cumulative grade-point average to 2.0 or higher may be considered for a one- semester extension of their probation.
Students on academic probation because of incomplete work can be removed from probation at any time the work is made up and a satisfactory GPA is recorded on the permanent record.
Students who are admitted on probation (transfers and returning students) will fall under the same guidelines.
When a student’s cumulative GPA falls below 2.0 for two consecutive semesters, or the student fails three-fourths or more of his/her work in a semester or is on two or more probations (academic, chapel, disciplinary), the student will be automatically suspended. Suspended students may not enroll at Lipscomb the semester following their suspension. Students suspended at the end of the spring semester may not attend during summer and fall semesters.
Students may appeal their academic suspension by writing to the associate provost for student academic support. These requests should be mailed to the Office of the Associate Provost for Student Academic Support and received no later than 4:30 p.m. on the Monday of the week before classes begin for the term during which the student wishes to be readmitted.
Students suspended after the spring semester are not required to appeal their suspension before Maymester but must appeal their suspension before the start of other summer terms following the procedure previously stated.
Suspended students who miss the deadline for appealing will not be eligible to return that semester. Students whose appeals are approved will be required to sign a probation contract during the first week of classes.
Students who have been suspended only once may apply for readmission after being out of school for at least one fall or spring semester.
Students who are suspended a second time for academic reasons may not be readmitted until at least two full semesters (not counting summer session) have elapsed.
The above regulations are established to guarantee that a student is making satisfactory progress toward completing his/her college program of study. Exceptions to these regulations can be made only upon appeal in writing to the associate provost for student academic support. All probation and suspension policy guidelines are established by the provost and the Academic Leadership Team
Transitions is designed to provide support for first-semester freshmen who are conditionally admitted to the university. Freshmen admitted conditionally will be under contract to participate in a structured program that will include UN 1101
(Strategies of an Effective Learner). Participation in academic seminars and office visits with program coordinators are also required.
Transfer students who are admitted on a probationary status may be required to enter a contractual arrangement tailored to specific needs and circumstances and may be considered for admission in any semester. In both cases, the student’s performance will be evaluated after one semester, and the student may be released from the contract, asked to continue under a contract arrangement for another semester, or suspended from the university.
The Turning Point program is designed to assist freshmen who are attempting to recover from difficult academic situations. Participants will be expected to fulfill all program requirements, such as supervisory office visits with the director of the program (or another academic advisor), participation in tutoring labs and academic skills workshops, monitoring of class attendance and academic performance, and enrollment in UN 1101
. Freshmen placed on academic warning are required to participate in Turning Point. Upperclassmen placed on academic probation for the first time may be required to enroll as a stipulation in their probation contract.
Early Warning System
The early warning system provides instructors an avenue for warning students who are approaching class absence limits or whose academic performance is deficient. Students may receive notification of such situations and may be encouraged to immediately contact the instructor. When students reach the maximum number of absences allowed in a course, they may be notified that the instructor has determined that they will receive a failing grade in that course, and they may be given an opportunity to appeal this decision.
Student Load-Credit Hours
Definition of credit hour: A credit hour (one) is defined as student/teacher interaction of not less than one hour and a minimum of two hours out of class work for 15 weeks (one hour/2/15).
Application: Since several courses and some programs are delivered in a variety of formats, including distance learning, the driving force for delivering a credit hour commences with identifying learning objectives that can be delivered in the one hour/2/15 formula as noted in the definition. Using the definition and formula as noted above, granting more than one hour of credit for a course requires using the formula and increasing the student/teacher interaction, etc., via the learning objectives for the equivalent amount of credit hours desired for the course.
In the fall and spring semesters, students may normally register for 12 to 18 hours, including repeats, non-credit courses and/ or audits, without special permission. A student must take 12 hours to be considered full time. Students registering for more than 18 hours must have a 3.0 grade-point average, either overall or on the preceding semester. Any student attempting to register for more than 18 hours must contact the registrar’s office to receive an override in the computer before registration is possible. No more than 21 hours will be credited for work done (including work at another institution) within one semester. It is recommended that students on academic probation register for 12 hours or less during the semester of probation. Fifteen hours is the maximum load for such students.
Because the summer session (10 weeks) is shorter and thus more intensified than a typical semester, it is necessary to place further restrictions upon the number of hours for which a student may register during that time. Specifically, a student may register for as many as 17 hours during summer session without special permission. Beyond that, the registrar’s permission is required, and no student’s load may exceed 19 hours during the summer session (including work at another institution). (Total number of hours is calculated by adding all summer course work, i.e., single-term [five-week] courses, three- or four-week terms, and/or entire session [ten-week] courses.)
A student may repeat a course for the purpose of improving his/her grade. Only the higher grade will be used in computing the grade-point average. The grade earned in any previous attempt of the course at Lipscomb will remain on the permanent record. For courses duplicated at Lipscomb and another college, the “transfer” grade may not be used to replace a lower grade made at Lipscomb.
A student with a failing grade in a class can remove the effects of the “F” only by repeating the course and earning a higher grade on a course taken at Lipscomb. Demonstration of additional experience or improved proficiency may not be used to alter prior grade records. The university reserves the right to change an instructor listed on a proposed schedule or to eliminate any course from the schedule due to inadequate enrollment.
Any course dropped within the first week of the semester will not appear on the permanent record. Any course dropped after the first week and until the last day to drop classes (see calendar) will be given a grade of “W.” Any course dropped at any time without proper notification (Web drop or completed Drop/Add Form) to the registrar’s office will be assigned the grade of “F.”
During the official drop/add period, students will be able to drop or add on the Web. After that time, a drop/add form must be completed and accepted in the registrar’s office in order to be official. The official drop date will be the transaction date indicated from the Web drop or the date the Drop/Add Form is accepted in the registrar’s office.
The completion of 30 semester hours classifies a student as a sophomore; 60 hours classifies one as a junior; and 90 hours classifies one as a senior.
Regular class attendance is expected of all students enrolled at Lipscomb University. The classroom experience is considered an integral part of the university’s educational program, and students should not register for classes unless they plan to attend regularly.
Any student who misses the equivalent of three weeks of any course may be dismissed from the course: further class attendance will be prohibited and a failing grade will be assigned. (Individual departments and/or faculty have the prerogative to establish a tolerance limit of less than three weeks.) Readmission to the class is by approval of the academic chair. A copy of the letter of dismissal to the student may be sent to the payer of the student’s bill where approval has been given according to the student’s FERPA rights. The appeal for readmission must be made within one week from the day the notice is mailed to the student. During the appeal interim, the student may not resume class attendance unless the instructor determines that unusual circumstances warrant it. If the appeal is not approved, further class attendance is prohibited and a failing grade will be assigned.
Students who are removed from classes due to excessive absences and who do not appeal for readmission will be assigned a failing grade at the end of the semester.
Study Day and Last Week of Classes
For full semester courses, no test or major assignment is to be given within one week of the final examination. For example, for a class that has a final on Tuesday, the last day a test could be given or a major project due would be the Tuesday of the last week of classes. (It is suggested that when possible, the last week of classes be left free of any exams or major projects.) During the fall and spring semesters, the Thursday before final examinations begin is a study day-no classes will meet. Full-time faculty are requested to be available to students on this day. Adjunct faculty should be as accessible as possible on this day.
A schedule of final examinations will be determined by the registrar. This schedule is to be followed unless prior approval for change is obtained from the registrar. Under no circumstances may examinations be given earlier than the beginning of the regular testing period as designated by the registrar. Missed final examinations may be made up only when arrangements have been made with the instructor in advance or when illness can be verified with a physician’s excuse.
Students who have accumulated a grade-point average (GPA) of 3.90 or above will graduate summa cum laude. Students who have accumulated a grade-point average between 3.70 and 3.89 will graduate magna cum laude, and students whose accumulated grade-point average is between 3.50 and 3.69 will graduate cum laude. Honors are calculated at the end of the student’s last semester. The following criteria will be used to establish eligibility to receive graduation Latin honors of cum laude, magna cum laude and summa cum laude:
a. Graduation Latin honors (cum laude, magna cum laude and summa cum laude) are based only on grades earned at Lipscomb University.
b. A student must complete a minimum of 63 hours of graded course work (toward the degree being conferred) at Lipscomb University in order to be eligible to receive Latin honors designation.)
Students who expect to qualify for graduation honors may want to check with the registrar’s office during the beginning of their senior year.
Provost’s List and Honor Roll
To qualify for the Provost’s List, a student must be classified as full time (twelve earned hours minimum) and achieve a 4.0 grade-point average for the semester. To qualify for the Honor Roll, a student must be classified as full time and achieve a 3.5 or higher grade-point average for the semester.
The teacher education program at Lipscomb University is approved by the Tennessee State Board of Education and is nationally accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), which has become the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). Programs are offered leading to licensure in grades Pre K-3,K-6, 4-8, 7-12 and K-12.
The teacher education program at Lipscomb University utilizes a variety of methods for assuring excellence in teacher preparation. Collaboration with local public and private school systems assures that Lipscomb students have practical, hands-on experiences as they acquire knowledge and skills, and study educational theories, current research and sound professional practice. The teacher education program is a campus-wide program that involves all departments in an integrated approach that prepares a well-rounded student. Students are supervised and evaluated on an on-going basis to assure a quality program.
The teacher education conceptual framework, C.A.R.E., is explained and illustrated in the Teacher Education Handbook. Specific admission standards, program objectives, and evaluation procedures are also listed in the handbook.
For information concerning requirements, admission to teacher education and a list of approved programs, contact the College of Education. All requirements are subject to change as mandated by the state of Tennessee.
Globalization requires an education that cultivates global competencies among our students. We are no longer just citizens of a city, state or nation, but of a world that is much larger and more connected than at any time in our civilization. To equip our students to be global citizens, we encourage participation in a global learning program as a significant experience in their education.
Nowhere on our campus will students find an experiential classroom that compares to the adventure of studying abroad. Through these international experiences, students broaden their worldview, experience different cultures and expand how they engage the global community. In support of these goals, Lipscomb University offers several meaningful programs that are spiritually formative, community engaging and experiential in nature. Students may select from the following programs:
• Global Scholar - semester-long immersion with a general education focus.
• Global Apprentice - experiential summer sessions concentrating on upper-division courses that are major and vocation specific.
• Global Ambassador - missional and humanitarian in nature, not for academic credit, but take place during the spring, winter or summer breaks.
The Lipscomb faculty and Office of Global Programs are working to add new opportunities and destinations every school year.
Acceptance into Lipscomb’s Global Programs is a very competitive process with high student demand. You may not be admitted to your program of choice as acceptance is based upon a variety of factors, including: GPA, academic record and interests, references, university standing, and suitability for inclusion into the program. Please apply early! Students should also consult with the Office of Global Programs to verify which course credits they will earn during the program they select.
Lipscomb’s Global Scholar Programs:
- Lipscomb in Vienna (fall/spring)
- Lipscomb in London (fall)
- Lipscomb in Florence (fall/spring)
- Lipscomb in Santiago (fall/spring)
Here is a list of where our students have traveled over the last two years and where they are headed next!
Argentina, Austria, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, England, France, Germany, Ghana, Guatemala, Greece, Haiti, Honduras, Hong Kong, Israel, India, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Moldova, Nevis, Peru, Poland, Scotland, Spain, Switzerland and Uganda.
Criteria for Participation in International Programs
All Lipscomb campus rules and policies apply to participants in global learning programs. Additional policies may apply as expressed in paperwork applicants will receive. Deviations from rules and policies may result in disciplinary action, including dismissal from the program without refund.
Students who wish to participate in a mid-length or short-term Global Apprentice Program should work with the college sponsoring the program and must complete an application, pay the required deposits by the due dates, and attend the required orientation meetings. Some programs require other criteria to be met. For a complete listing of current mid- length and short-term global programs, visit the web at globallearning.lipscomb.edu and click on “undergraduate programs.”
Students who wish to participate in a semester-long global learning program must meet the following criteria:
- They must have completed at least one full-time semester by the beginning of the semester of participation.
They must have at least a 2.5 GPA at the time of the application and maintain a 2.5 GPA for the two semesters preceding their participation in the global learning program.
They must not have an academic or behavioral infraction with the University. Acceptance to Lipscomb’s Global Programs is highly competitive. Applicants will receive a score based upon the following factors:
• Date of Application
• Academic Fit (courses offered are needed for student’s degree plan)
If the GPA is still below 2.5 at the end of the second semester, the student may not be admitted to the program.
They must be approved by the Global Programs Committee, whose approval is based on the application, two letters of recommendation, and a demonstrated willingness to abide by Lipscomb rules and policies regarding academics and behavior.
Curriculum for Global Learning Semester-Long Programs
In semester-long programs, students take a total of 12-18 hours. Required core courses include the following 6-7 hours:
- GL 110V The Cross Cultural Experience, 3 hours (counts as integrated social science credit for general education)
- Language, 3-4 hours of language of program location (counts toward B.A. language requirement)
Optional courses, consistent with global learning objectives, vary by site from year to year. A list for any specific program is available from the Office of Global Programs or on the web at globallearning.lipscomb.edu.
Sample optional courses:
Curriculum for Global Learning Mid-length and Short-length Programs
The courses offered during the mid-length and short-term programs vary from year to year and are available from the Office of Global Programs.
Scholarships and Financial Aid
Lipscomb University institutional financial aid may be applied to Lipscomb University’s institutional semester-long programs. Other financial aid such as Pell Grants or loans may be applied to most programs listed here. For mid-length and short-term Global Apprentice Programs, please talk to Financial Aid and the Office of Global Programs to see if your existing financial aid will apply. Presidential, Provost, and Bison Scholar Weekend vouchers may be applied in full to Lipscomb University’s Global Study Abroad Programs of 12 hours or more and are prorated for institutional programs of less than 12 hours. The Presidential, Provost and Bison Scholar Vouchers have a one-time use and must be presented prior to the semester start in which the student will study abroad.
First Year Program-Liberal Arts
The following list of a first-year program is provided as an example only. Each student entering Lipscomb University is assigned a special advisor from the university faculty. Individual programs for students are then developed at the beginning of each semester. It is the student’s responsibility to arrange appointments to meet with the advisor. Bachelor of Arts candidates and undecided students are strongly encouraged to enroll in a foreign language during their first two semesters.1
General Liberal Arts
|Lipscomb Seminar LU 1103
|Bible BI 1073 , BI 1083
|English EN 1313
|Communication CO 1003 /Electives2
|Integrated History/Social Science
1. Those who earned As or Bs in a high school foreign language course should consider continuing language study while those skills remain current. Check with the Department of Foreign Languages about CLEP testing, credit and placement.
2. Should be selected from general education requirements or from the major field. Students who are pursuing the Bachelor of Arts degree are encouraged to take the foreign language sequence (1114, 1124) during the freshman year.
Lipscomb University offers several preprofessional programs and partnerships. See below for information about specific programs.
Students pursuing professional degrees beyond the bachelor’s degree should consult with the program they wish to attend for specific prerequisites.
Medically-Related Preprofessional Programs
Detailed lists of prerequisite courses for each of the health care professional areas are available in the Health Professions Advisory Office (Ward 327-330) and the offices of the chairs of biology and chemistry. Find additional information in the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics section under Medically-Related Preprofessional Programs . Students interested in specific admissions requirements to the Lipscomb College of Pharmacy should refer to the College of Pharmacy section.
Lipscomb University offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) degree. This program prepares the student for a career in the health care field as a registered nurse upon successfully passing the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX), in accordance with applicable state licensing requirements. Lipscomb’s B.S.N. degree is explained in the departmental section for the School of Nursing
. For questions or more information about the nursing program, please call 615.966.6650. Information is also available at lipscomb.edu/nursing
Degrees Conferred for Work Completed in Other Institutions
Certain three-year programs can qualify a student for the baccalaureate degree at Lipscomb University upon the satisfactory completion of the first year of professional school. A student must complete all general education requirements for the B.A. or B.S. degree, a minimum of 18 hours toward a major and approximately 90 semester hours during the three years at Lipscomb.
Three-One Programs in Medically-Related Areas
The three-one program in medicine and medically-related studies applies to students who wish to receive a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree from Lipscomb and to receive professional training in one of the medical professions such as medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, optometry, physical therapy, occupational therapy, chiropractics, nursing, veterinary medicine and others where the level of instruction is at the bachelor’s level or higher. ( Junior college level or other two-year programs do not qualify.) In order to receive the Bachelor of Science degree from Lipscomb the student must:
1. Complete all general education requirements for a bachelor’s degree listed in the Lipscomb catalog.
2. Complete 18 semester hours toward a major.
3. Complete approximately 90 semester hours at Lipscomb. (Transfer students must complete 33 semester hours at Lipscomb in addition to the work transferred to Lipscomb.) A total of 126 semester hours (Lipscomb plus professional school) is required for graduation.
4. Successfully complete (“C” average or higher) one full year of work at a medically related professional school. This work will be transferred back to Lipscomb as the senior year work.
5. Complete all surveys and standardized examinations required by the university. To avoid returning to campus after transferring, these exams and surveys should be taken during the student’s last semester in attendance at Lipscomb.
No student may graduate until Lipscomb receives all necessary transfer work or official verification of the completed work from the cooperating institution. Students should keep this in mind when making plans to graduate from Lipscomb in a particular semester.
Should a student in any of the three-year programs fail to satisfactorily complete the work at the professional school, he/she must return to the Lipscomb campus for the completion of degree requirements. In such cases, the registrar’s office should be consulted.
Summer and Wintermester Academic Programs
Lipscomb University provides academic programs throughout the year. In addition to the fall and spring semesters, academic courses are offered during summer months and between fall and spring semesters. During the summer students can take academic courses in a variety of schedule options, including Maymester (three weeks), Junemester and Julymester (four weeks), Term I and Term II (five weeks) and full term (ten weeks). Lipscomb also offers courses during Wintermester, a compressed term offered between the end of the fall semester and the beginning of the spring semester. The specific class meeting schedules for Wintermester courses will vary based on course requirements. Wintermester courses can begin as early as the Friday before fall graduation and end the Sunday before the spring semester begins.
These additional terms offer students various academic opportunities, at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, to catch up or get ahead in their curriculum. Because of the unique course scheduling opportunities during these additional academic terms, Lipscomb is able to offer innovative courses that are not available during the regular fall and spring semesters. In addition, some courses offered in summer and Wintermester are not available at other universities in the Nashville area during these terms. Course selection options typically include general education courses, core course requirements for majors, online courses, and both domestic and international travel courses.
High school students may take advantage of Lipscomb’s academic programs during most academic terms by taking courses through our dual enrollment program. For more information on dual enrollment courses, contact Rob Mossack, director of academic advising, at 615.966.6297 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Rising high school seniors may also apply to enroll in Summer Scholars, a 10-day residential summer program designed for high-achieving students, for which they receive college credit in one of the academic areas offered. For more information about this program, contact Johnathan Akin, associate director of admissions, at 615.966.6150 or email@example.com
More detailed information about Lipscomb’s summer and Wintermester programs may be viewed on the Web:
Requests for transcripts should be made through the registrar’s homepage via the Lipscomb website (www.lipscomb.edu
). Such requests should be submitted at least a week before the transcript is needed. All final decisions on the issuance of transcripts will be made by the registrar. No transcripts will be issued until all financial obligations to the university have been satisfactorily paid or settled. There is a $5.00 fee per official transcript.
Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) Participation
Students may participate in the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) at Detachment 790 on the campus of Tennessee State University. AFROTC provides pre-commissioning training to college students (male and female) who desire to serve as officers in the U.S. Air Force (USAF).
High school students may also apply for the AFROTC College Scholarship Program online at www.AFROTC.com
. The application deadline is typically Dec. 1 of the senior year. Detailed eligibility requirements are available on the AFROTC.com website.
As AFROTC cadets, the majority of students will earn scholarships that may cover all, or a significant portion of tuition costs. In addition, cadets earn a monthly stipend of up to $400 and up to $510 per academic year to pay for textbooks. Cadets are required to attend AFROTC classes, in uniform, one day per week. One summer, typically between the sophomore and junior year, cadets must attend a four-week military training session. The combination of USAF military education, training, and college-level curriculum gives cadets a broad-based knowledge of management, leadership and technical skills.
The minimum eligibility requirements are as follows: U.S. citizen, 30 years old or younger on Dec. 31 of the year you graduate (exception-prior enlisted), meet USAF weight standards, pass a physical fitness test, have a 2.5+ cumulative college GPA and pass the Air Force Officer Qualifying Test (A USAF-unique academic aptitude test).
Although the USAF will accept students from any accredited academic major, there is a critical need for engineers (all disciplines). Upon graduation, cadets will earn USAF commissions as Second Lieutenants and must serve a minimum of four years on active duty.
Elective credit toward graduation will be granted by Lipscomb University for these courses to a maximum of 20 semester hours for a complete program.
For further information write to:
AFROTC - Air Force
Tennessee State University
Nashville, TN 37209-1561
Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) Officer Education Program
The Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) provides pre-commission training for college-educated men and women who desire to serve as commissioned officers in the active Army, Army Reserve and Army National Guard. As the Army’s largest commissioning source, it fulfills a vital role in providing mature young men and women for leadership and management positions in an increasingly technological Army. Admission is open to both men and women who meet mental, moral and physical qualifications.
Training goes beyond the typical college classroom and is designed to build individual confidence and self-discipline, instill values and ethics, develop leadership skills and increase physical endurance. The course load consists of one course per semester.
Graduates are commissioned as Second Lieutenants and will enter active duty within 60 days. Educational delays may be granted for graduates who desire to pursue advanced degrees prior to entry on active duty.
All University students in the Nashville area may participate in the Army ROTC Program at Vanderbilt University. While Vanderbilt serves as the host university, students at partnership schools are not charged additional tuition to take Army ROTC. Courses are transferred back to each university and added to the students’ transcripts.
Scholarship students receive full-tuition scholarships each year, an annual $900 book allowance, all uniforms and a monthly tax-free stipend beginning at $300 for freshmen and increasing to $500 for seniors. Vanderbilt University also provides Vanderbilt ROTC scholarship students an additional $3,000 tuition grant each year for room and board. Students who are not on scholarship receive the monthly stipend during their junior and senior years. All students enrolled in the Army ROTC program are provided textbooks and uniforms at no expense. Contracted non-scholarship students also receive the monthly stipend from $300 to $500 depending on the MS level.
Students can earn merit scholarships in several ways. High school seniors and graduates compete for four-year scholarships that are determined by local competition among Vanderbilt applicants. Although determined locally, the application process is centrally managed. For more information, visit www.armyrotc.com
College sophomores not enrolled in military science may enter the program by attending four weeks of summer training after their sophomore year at Fort Knox, Ky. These students are then eligible to compete at the national level for two-year scholarships.
Enlisted members of the U.S. Army are eligible for Green-to-Gold scholarships that are determined by national competition or by the commanding generals of Army divisions and corps.
Enlisted members of the Army Reserve or Army National Guard or outstanding students who are interested in joining the Army Reserve or Army National Guard may be eligible for two-year scholarships. They must have successfully completed two years of college to apply.
The five-week leadership exercise at Fort Lewis, Wash., is a commissioning requirement. This is normally done between the junior and senior years. Travel, room and board are provided free, and cadets are paid approximately $700. Other training opportunities exist for qualified applicants who volunteer.
Commissioning and Career Opportunities
A commission in the U.S. Army is a distinctive honor earned through hard work, demonstrated commitment and a desire to serve the nation. Post-graduate military education, usually starting within six months of graduation and commissioning and continuing through the officer’s service career, begins with the basic officer leadership course followed by officer basic courses that qualify new lieutenants in their specialties. Afterwards they are usually assigned as platoon leaders, typically responsible for every aspect of training, supervising, and caring for sixteen to thirty soldiers and millions of dollars worth of equipment. Education delays are available for critical specialties requiring post-graduate civilian education such as law and medical degrees.
After the freshman year, scholarship students incur a service obligation of four years active duty and four years in the Inactive Ready Reserve. There are also opportunities to serve all eight years in the Guard or Reserves.
During the four-year program, Army ROTC students complete eight courses of military science. Academic credit varies by school.
Tuition is waived for any military science course that is not applied toward the degree.
Military Science Courses
During the four-year program, Army ROTC students complete eight courses of military science. Academic credit varies by school.
MS 101. Leadership and Personal Development
MS 102. Introduction to Tactical Leadership
MS 201. Innovative Team Leadership
MS 202. Foundations of Tactical Leadership
MS 301. Adaptive Tactical Leadership *
MS 302. Leadership in Changing Environments *
MS 401. Developing Adaptive Leaders *
MS 402. Leadership in a Complex World*
* Prerequisite required to enroll
Military Science Department Staff
Commanding Officer: Michael J. Slocum; Military Instructors: Johnny C. Simon, James C. Fournier, Victor M. Sanchez
Inquiries regarding enrollment in the Army ROTC program should be made to the Army ROTC Admissions Officer at 615-322-8550 or 800-288-7682 (1-800-VUROTC) or at the address below. Also see www.vanderbilt.edu/army.
Army Officer Education
Box 326, Peabody Campus
Nashville, TN 37203
615.322.8550 • 800.288.ROTC
Academic Departments and Course Descriptions
The following section includes a brief description of each of the academic departments at Lipscomb University along with descriptions of all courses offered by each department. As students choose electives from this section to complete their academic program, they should check with their advisor and possibly the academic chair involved to make sure they have the required prerequisites to enter a particular course. Courses are represented by a four-character designation. The first digit indicates the class level: 1-freshman, 2-sophomore, 3-junior, 4-senior. The two middle characters are for departmental use and usually indicate a sequence of courses or categories of courses. The last character indicates the course credit.
The semester that courses are normally offered is indicated by: F-fall, SP-spring, SU-summer and W-wintermester. * Indicates the course is normally offered in alternate years. See academic chair for details.
GN 999X Graduation Course
LU 1103 Lipscomb Seminar
Development Non-Credit Courses
While remedial or developmental courses are designed to move a student toward graduation by bringing him/her up to a level of preparedness to do college work, they do not apply toward graduation credit. Developmental courses benefit the student by being officially counted as part of the load and determining eligibility for financial aid and/or scholarships.
LS 0020 Learning Skills and Reading Improvement
MA 1020 Introductory Algebra
MA 1030 Intermediate Algebra
TP 0110 Turning Point
General Education Integrated Courses (Explorations and Engagements)
The following courses refer to the Explorations and Engagements requirements for Lipscomb’s general education program. Students should consult the general education section of this catalog for specific requirements that include these courses.
LUMS 2xn3 Explorations in Math/Science: (selected topic)
LULT 2xn3 Explorations in Literature: (selected topic)
LUHI 2xn3 Explorations in History: (selected topic)
LUSS 2xn3 Explorations in Social Science: (selected topic)
GL 110V The Cross-Cultural Experience
HU 2003 World Humanities I
UN 1101 Strategies of an Effective Learner
UN 13nV Special Topics