Undergraduate Degree Program

Undergraduate Degree Requirement
Liberal Arts Core Requirements
Degrees, Majors, Minors and Certification Programs


Undergraduate Degree Requirements

An approved undergraduate baccalaureate degree plan must be on file with the Registrar’s Office before students with 64 or more semester hours of credit can be cleared for registration. Each student is responsible for a knowledge of and adherence to regulations governing registration, withdrawal, degree plans, graduation requirements, and the payment of tuition and fees. Once a student begins a degree program at HBU, it is expected that the student will complete the degree requirements at HBU. The University reserves the right to refuse credits from other institutions toward completion of degree requirements at HBU for the student who has already begun a degree program.  Students contemplating credits from another institution must see their advisor before permission can be secured from the University Registrar; such permission will be granted only in extreme circumstances. Under no circumstances may students transfer in more than 18 credit hours once they have matriculated at HBU.  (See “Undergraduate Transfer Credit” and “Off Campus Requests” sections in this Catalog.)

Students seeking undergraduate baccalaureate degrees must complete the following requirements:

General Requirements and Policies

  1. A minimum of 125 semester hours with no fewer than 30 semester hours of upper level courses.  No more than four (4) semester hours in activity courses in kinesiology and not over four semester hours of other student activity courses will count toward the 125 hours requirement for any undergraduate degree.
  2. Freshman Year Seminar, FYS 1300, is required of all students who enter with fewer than thirty-two (32) semester hours of credit.
  3. Residency Requirement: Once a student has entered a degree program at HBU, it is expected that all coursework will be taken at HBU. The minimum undergraduate residence requirement is 32 semester hours, (or at least 25% of the required hours, whichever is greater) including at least 12 semester hours of upper level courses in the major completed at HBU. A minimum cumulative scholastic standing of 2.00 GPA (“C” average) must be attained. A grade of “C” or higher is required for all courses within each major. The residency requirement for a minor is a minimum of nine (9) hours of upper-level courses taken at Houston Baptist University with a grade of “C” or better in each course.
  4. Credit by other than classroom-based instruction:  Credit by correspondence courses or extension courses will not be counted toward a degree.  HBU does not award College credit for life experience.
  5. Courses received in transfer with a grade of “D”, “F”, or “P” will not be counted toward a degree.
  6. Community Life and Worship Program: Participation in the Community Life and Worship Program (CLW) is a graduation requirement for all degree-seeking undergraduate students. Students must earn a total of 80 CLW credits for graduation.  The HBU Student Handbook contains a complete description of the CLW credit system.  CLW events offered each semester are listed on the HBU website at HBU.edu/CLW.
  7. Concurrent Enrollment:  Once a student has entered a degree program at HBU, it is expected that all coursework will be taken at HBU.  Exceptions are rare and must receive prior approval of the University Registrar.  Students must speak with their advisor about taking courses at other institutions.
  8. Major requirements are determined by the College or School in which the major resides.  See the appropriate College or School section of this Catalog.  However, each major must include a minimum of twelve (12) upper-level hours.
  9. Undergraduate Degree Plan Declaration:  Before 64 semester hours have been completed, a student must see his or her advisor to complete and file an Undergraduate Degree Plan with the Registrar’s Office (only the Provost may provide a waiver for this requirement).  Students who fail to follow this policy will not be considered as a candidate for a degree, nor will they be allowed to register.  (See section on “Degree Plans” in this Catalog.)
  10. Application for Graduation: A student must file a graduation application at least two (2) full semesters before anticipated date of graduation.  Students need to see their advisor to begin this process.
  11. Full-Time Status: The recommended full-time undergraduate student load is twelve to nineteen (12-19) hours each semester. Students who wish to take over nineteen (19) hours must seek permission from their faculty advisor and the appropriate College or School Dean.
  12. Majors, Degrees, and Certification Programs The following table details the majors, degrees, and certification or licensure programs offered by HBU.
  1. Liberal Arts Core Curriculum*
    ENGL 1313 Composition and Literature I 3 hours
    ENGL 1323 Composition and Literature II 3 hours
    PSYC 1313 General Psychology 3 hours
    PHIL 1313 Introduction to Philosophy 3 hours
    Natural Science and Lab 4 hours
    MATH 1305 Math for Critical Thinking or higher 3 hours
    GOVT 2313 American and Texas Government 3 hours
    ENGL 2315 or ENGL 2325 Great Works of Literature I or II 3 hours
    HIST 2311 Western Civilization I 3 hours
    History: Choose one three-hour course from HIST 2312, HIST 2313, or HIST 2323 3 hours
    ART 2343 Art Appreciation or MUSI 1331 Music Appreciation 3 Hours
    COMM 1323 Rhetoric and Public Speaking 3 Hours
    CHRI 1301 Introduction to the Bible 3 hours
    CHRI 2373 Christian Theology and Tradition 3 hours
    Total 43 hours
  2. Liberal Arts Core Curriculum Requirements
    37 Hour Curriculum Core + 6 Hour Christianity Core = 43 hours
    *Transfer students with 45+ hours of credit will take one three-hour course, CHRI 1314 Introduction to the Christian Faith, in lieu of CHRI 1301 and CHRI 2373
    *100% online students will take a one hour course, ONLN 1100 Introduction to Online Learning, instead of FYS 1300.
  3. Majors, Degrees, and Certification Programs:  The following table details the majors, degrees, and certification or licensure programs offered by HBU at the undergraduate level.


Archie W. Dunham College of Business

  • Majors
    • Accounting (BBA) – Residential
    • Finance (BBA) – Residential
    • International Business (BBA) – Residential
    • Management (BBA) – Residential/Online
    • Marketing (BBA) – Residential
  • Minors
    • General Business – Residential
    • Finance – Residential
    • International Business – Residential
    • Management – Residential
    • Marketing – Residential
  • Certificates
    • Business for Entrepreneurs – Residential

School of Christian Thought

  • Majors
    • Biblical Languages (BA) – Residential
    • Biblical Studies (BA) – Residential/Online
    • Christianity (BA) – Residential
    • Classics (BA) – Residential
    • Latin (BA) – Residential
    • Practical Theology (BA) – Residential
    • Theological Studies (BA) – Residential
  • Minors
    • Biblical Languages – Residential
    • Biblical Studies – Residential
    • Christian Studies – Residential
    • Classics – Residential
    • Latin – Residential
    • Practical Theology – Residential
    • Theological Studies – Residential

College of Engineering

  • Majors
    • Cyber Engineering (BS) – Residential
    • Electrical Engineering (BS) – Residential
    • Computer Science (BS) – Residential

College of Education and Behavioral Sciences

  • Majors
    • Elementary Education (EC-6) with ESL (BS) – Residential
    • Elementary Education (EC-6) with Bilingual (BS) – Residential
    • Elementary Education (EC-6) with All-Level Special Education (BS) – Residential
    • All Level Art with Teacher Certification (BS) – Residential
    • Kinesiology with All-Level Teacher Certification (BS) – Residential
    • Composite Science (4-8) with Teacher Certification (BS) – Residential
    • Composite Science (7-12) with Teacher Certification (BS) – Residential
    • Composite Social Studies (4-8) with Teacher Certification (BS) – Residential
    • Composite Social Studies (7-12) with Teacher Certification (BS) – Residential
    • English, Language Arts (7-12) with Teacher Certification (BS) – Residential
    • English, Language Arts & Reading (4-8) with Teacher Certification (BS) – Residential
    • History (7-12) with Teacher Certification (BS) – Residential
    • Life Science (7-12) with Teacher Certification (BS) – Residential
    • Mathematical Studies (4-8) with Teacher Certification (BS) – Residential
    • Mathematical Studies (7-12) with Teacher Certification (BS) – Residential
    • Physical Science (7-12) with Teacher Certification (BS) – Residential
    • Spanish EC-12 with Teacher Certification (BS) – Residential
    • Speech (7-12) with Teacher Certification (BS) – Residential
    • Psychology (BA) – Residential/Online
    • Psychology (BA) – Christian Counseling – Residential/Online
    • Psychology (BA) – Marriage and Family Studies – Residential/Online
  • Pre-Professional Program
    • Art Therapy (BA) – Residential
  • Minor
    • Psychology – Residential

School of Fine Arts

  • Majors
    • Cinematic Arts (BFA) – Residential
    • Interactive Media & Digital Design (BFA) – Residential
    • Mass Media Arts (BA) – Residential
    • Music Education (BME) – Residential
    • Vocal/Keyboard
    • Instrumental
    • Music Performance (BM) – Residential
    • Vocal Performance
    • Piano Performance
    • Organ Performance
    • Keyboard Performance
    • Music (BA) – Residential
    • Studio Art (BA, BFA) – Residential
    • Writing (BA) – Residential
  • Minors
    • Music – Residential
    • Writing – Residential
    • Art History – Residential
    • Studio Art – Residential
    • Cinema & New Media Art – Residential
  • Certificates
    • Art History – Online

School of Humanities

  • Majors
    • English (BA) – Residential
    • Criminal Justice (BA) – Residential
    • Family Studies (BA)* – Residential
    • Government (BA) – Residential
    • Great Texts (BA) – Residential
    • History (BA) – Residential
    • Interdisciplinary Studies (BA) – Residential
    • Legal Studies (BA) – Residential
    • Managerial Studies (Concentrations in Management, Marketing, or International Business) – Residential/Online
    • Medical Humanities (BA) – Residential
    • Philosophy (BA) – Residential
    • Spanish (BA) – Residential
  • Minors
    • Criminal Justice – Residential
    • English – Residential
    • Family Studies – Residential
    • Government – Residential
    • Great Texts – Residential
    • History – Residential
    • Latin American Studies – Residential
    • Medical Humanities – Residential
    • Philosophy – Residential
    • Sociology – Residential
    • Spanish – Residential
    • Speech Communication – Residential

School of Nursing and Allied Health

  • Majors
    • Nursing – Residential
    • RN to BSN – Online
    • Kinesiology—Specialization in Athletic Training – Residential
    • Kinesiology—Specialization in Sport Management – Residential
    • Kinesiology—Specialization in Wellness Management – Residential
  • Minors
    • Kinesiology – Residential
  • Licensure
    • Kinesiology with Athletic Training
    • RN

College of Science and Mathematics

  • Majors
    • Biology (BS) – Residential
    • Biochemistry-Molecular Biology (BS) – Residential
    • Chemistry (BS) – Residential
    • Mathematics (BS) – Residential
    • Physics (BS) – Residential
  • Minors
    • Biology – Residential
    • Chemistry – Residential
    • Mathematics – Residential
    • Physics – Residential
  • Pre-Professional Programs
    • Pre-Engineering
    • Pre-Health Professions

*Pending SACSCOC Approval