2023-2024 Undergraduate Academic Catalog

A Word From Our President Your Cedarville journey begins with a single day. One of the roughly 1,000 days you’ll spend alongside Christian friends and godly, mentoring professors. Each of those days matters in a significant way … and not just as a countdown to graduation. They are days that will shift your perspective from the person you are to the person you will become. Days that will teach you to be intentional about every moment, every opportunity the Lord has given you. You’ll grow in your walk with Christ and pursue your academic goals while making lifelong friendships and having the time of your life. By day 1,000, you’ll walk across the stage and collect your diploma. You will be prepared to step confidently into a job or grad school, fully equipped to make the most of the days to come. When you understand the wonderful potential in each of those 1,000 days, you’ll be prepared to live each day that follows boldly, intentionally, on mission for Jesus Christ. Loving God. Loving others. Demonstrating excellence in your work and integrity in your conduct. Living your life always aware that every day matters. In Christ, Thomas White, PhD President, Cedarville University History Cedarville College was established in 1887 by five godly men who envisioned a college that would provide Christian higher education. Affiliated with the Reformed Presbyterian Church, the College built its first building, Old Main (now called Founders Hall), in 1895. The turbulence of the first 50 years of the 20th century led to hard times for the College. By the end of World War II, the Board of Trustees realized that enrollment could not support expenses, but, as God would ordain it, the Baptist Bible Institute of Cleveland, Ohio, was seeking to expand. That institution’s Board of Trustees became convinced Cedarville was the place God had chosen. By mutual agreement of both trustee boards, ownership of the College transferred in 1953, and Cedarville became a Baptist college of arts and sciences. Dr. James T. Jeremiah was called as president. By 1959, Cedarville’s enrollment had grown to 255. Six years later, the student body nearly tripled to 763. By the end of Jeremiah’s 25-year tenure as president in 1978, enrollment had grown to more than 1,200 students. That same year, Dr. Paul Dixon was called to lead Cedarville. In 2002, the Board of Trustees unanimously voted to change from Cedarville College to Cedarville University. This move better communicated Cedarville’s expanded academic offerings, graduate studies, institutional organization, and increased national and international presence. By the end of Dixon’s 25-year tenure as president in 2003, the student body had grown to more than 3,000 students. Under his leadership, Cedarville added nursing and engineering majors and constructed the Dixon Ministry Center and the Stevens Student Center. In 2003, Dr. Bill Brown became the next president of Cedarville University. Under Brown’s leadership, Cedarville built the Center for Biblical and Theological Studies and Health Sciences Center and launched four new graduate programs. In 2013, Dr. Thomas White became the 10th president of Cedarville University. Under his leadership, the University embarked on its first-ever comprehensive fundraising campaign -- One Thousand Days Transformed:The Campaign for Cedarville. This $175 million fundraising effort is expanding capacity, minimizing student debt and maximizing affordability, transforming lives in and out of the classroom, and preparing for the future. As part of the campaign, the University has already built a Civil Engineering Center and two-story Chick-fil-A, expanded Callan Athletic Center, and begun construction on the Scharnberg Business Center. Profile Home to 5,082 Christian undergraduate, graduate, and dual-enrolled high school students, Cedarville University is an accredited, Christ-centered, Baptist university of arts, sciences, professional, and graduate programs located in southwest Ohio. Since its founding in 1887, Cedarville has maintained its commitment to biblical truth and academic excellence to equip students for academic success, professional leadership, and spiritual influence. This intentional focus has earned Cedarville a national reputation as a leader in liberal arts, health sciences, and professional programs. Cedarville’s undergraduate curriculum is built upon a liberal arts core including biblical education, communications, global studies, humanities, physical education, science and mathematics, and the social sciences. From this foundation, the University’s 68 undergraduate degree programs provide concentrated study leading to one of eight baccalaureate degrees. Graduate programs are a growing segment of Cedarville’s educational array. Cedarville now offers eleven master’s and doctoral degrees and eight certificate programs in the areas of athletic training, business, innovation, leadership, ministry, nursing, PA studies, pharmacy, and worship — 14 available fully online — build on the University’s undergraduate reputation, but serve the unique needs of adult students. Mission Statement Cedarville University transforms lives through excellent education and intentional discipleship in submission to biblical authority. Vision Statement For the Word of God and the Testimony of Jesus Christ. Portrait Statements Glorify God The Cedarville graduate exemplifies devotion to the triune God, Christlike character, and faithfulness to the teachings of the Scriptures. Think Broadly and Deeply The Cedarville graduate evaluates ideas, practices, and theories across disciplines within the framework of God’s revelation. Communicate Effectively The Cedarville graduate listens well, and produces and delivers clear, compelling, accurate, and truthful messages in a relevant, respectful manner. Develop Academically and Professionally The Cedarville graduate demonstrates competence and integrity in academic and professional endeavors. Engage for Christ The Cedarville graduate lives to further the mission of Christ in the world as an active influence in spiritual, moral, professional, and social spheres. Page 2 2023–24 Undergraduate Academic Catalog Introduction A Word From Our President