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  Mar 06, 2021
2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog 
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2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

General Information


Harding University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association (; (312) 263-0456, (800) 621-7440).

The graduate and undergraduate teacher education programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (1961, 2008).

The social work program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (1978, 2009).

The Carr College of Nursing is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, Inc. (NLNAC) 3343 Peachtree Road, NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326, 404-975-5000; and is approved by the Arkansas State Board of Nursing (ASBN) University Tower Building, 1123 South University Ave., Suite 800, Little Rock, AR 72204-1619, 501-686-2700 (1980, 2004).

The Department of Music is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (1983, 2003).

The Paul R. Carter College of Business Administration is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (1992, 2011).

The dietetics program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education of the American Dietetics Association (2002, 2008).

The Department of Family and Consumer Sciences is approved by the National Council on Family Relations (2005).

The athletic training program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (2007).

The master’s program (M.S.) in speech-language pathology at Harding University is a Candidate for Accreditation by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) 2200 Research Boulevard # 310, Rockville, MD 20850, (telephone 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700). This is a “pre-accreditation” status with the CAA, awarded to developing or emerging programs for a maximum period of five years (2007).

Computer engineering (2005), electrical engineering (2007) and mechanical engineering (2007) programs are accredited by ABET.

The physician assistant studies program is accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission for the Physician Assistant, Inc. (2009).

Harding University’s Doctor of Pharmacy program has been granted Candidate status by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, 135 S. LaSalle Street, Suite 4100, Chicago, IL 60603, 312/644-3575; FAX 312/664-4652, web site With respect to clarification of the meaning of Candidate accreditation status, graduates of a program so designed would, in the opinion of ACPE, have the same rights and privileges of those graduates from a fully accredited program. The Candidate accreditation status denotes a developmental program that is expected to mature in accord with stated plans within a defined time period. It should be underscored, however, that decisions concerning eligibility for licensure by examination or reciprocity reside with the respective state boards of pharmacy in accordance with their state statutes and administrative rules. Should Candidate accreditation status be awarded to a program, ACPE would, however, make its position known and make recommendations consistent with that position  (2008, 2012). 

Harding is seeking accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314; 703-706-3245; The program has submitted an Application for Candidacy, which is the formal application required in the preaccreditation stage. Submission of this document does not assure that the program will be granted Candidate for Accreditation status nor does it assure that the program will be granted accreditation.  In conjunction with the process, the program will seek approval from the HLC, 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, Illinois 60604-1413; Phone: 800.621.7440.

Harding is also a member of the American Council on Education, the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, the College Entrance Examination Board, and the National Commission on Accrediting.

*The first date listed recognizes the first year of accreditation. The second date recognizes the most recent accreditation.


Harding’s home community, Searcy, Arkansas, a city of 20,000 people, is the seat of White County. Founded in 1837, Searcy enjoyed gradual growth as the center of a chiefly agricultural area until the last 35 years, when the location of several industries in the city brought a favorable balance of economy and a more rapid growth than before. Today’s Searcians are a progressive citizenry proud of their community and dedicated to its advancement.

Located in east central Arkansas, about 50 miles northeast of Little Rock and 105 miles west of Memphis, Tenn., Searcy is reached by U.S. Highway 67 from the north and south and by U.S. Highway 64 from the east and west. The nearest commercial passenger plane service is at Little Rock, but Searcy has a small airport.

The nearness of Little Rock and Memphis gives Searcians access to the cultural and entertainment opportunities of metropolitan areas without sacrificing the special charms of small-town living. Searcy itself features recreation facilities of all types, and Greers Ferry Lake to the north of the city is famous for its fishing and water sports.

Harding occupies about 350 acres east of the downtown area of Searcy, but the impact of the University on the town is more far reaching than that caused by geography alone. Interaction and interdependence between the University and the community is great. Many Searcians serve Harding in a variety of ways, and the University contributes significantly to the civic, cultural, economic, educational, recreational and spiritual well-being of the city.

Campus Safety

The safety and security of the Harding community are a major concern for the Public Safety Department. Information about campus security, safety programs and procedures, fire statistics, and crime statistics is available in compliance with the Jean Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act. You can obtain a copy of the annual security and fire report or contact the Harding University Department of Public Safety online at:

Academic Facilities

The main campus buildings are located within a few blocks of downtown Searcy. The 51 buildings on the main campus with their equipment and educational facilities are valued at more than $265 million and provide an efficient and well-furnished educational plant.

Special academic facilities supplement classroom experience with practical opportunities for increased understanding of concepts and students’ own creative development. Libraries, laboratories and studios, for example, provide invaluable training and study opportunities apart from a classroom environment.

Graduate and professional classes are offered on the main Searcy campus as well as in several other locations in Arkansas, including the North Little Rock Professional Center and the Northwest Arkansas Professional Center, located in Bentonville.  We also offer graduate classes at both the Harding University School of Religion and the Mid-South Professional Center, located in Memphis, Tennessee.

Brackett Library

Brackett Library, named in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Bob Brackett, who underwrote much of its 1990 renovation costs, is the academic heart of the University.

The Brackett Library provides access to more than 46,145 online, full-text journal titles and e-books covering all areas of the curriculum including general interest topics, and 78,872 online Government Documents. Access is enhanced by an automated library system with periodical indexes and abstracts available online at Its collections also include 422.727 volumes and other media, 1,052 print periodicals and eight newspapers. More than 62,000,000 items held by other libraries are accessible to Harding students via the computerized interlibrary loan service that supplements the local collection.

A staff of seven professional librarians, seven support staff and 45 student workers select, acquire, describe, maintain and interpret the collection for library users. Services include librarians who provide reference/research assistance, class and individualized instruction and library tours, electronic reserves as well as a reserve book collection, a best-seller collection including Christian fiction, photocopiers, and audiovisual equipment. Study carrels are available for quiet study. Wireless Internet connections and research assistance are provided in open areas with tables and in the conference rooms for group study and presentation preparation. Fifty-four public computer stations provide access to electronic resources and Microsoft Office applications for papers and presentations.

Among the library’s special collections are the G.C. Brewer Library, archival material related to Harding’s history and the history of the churches of Christ, a rare book collection, a juvenile and adolescent literature collection maintained as a teaching resource, and the Arkansas Government Documents Collection. In 1996 the Library’s Williams-Miles History of Chemistry Collection was recognized by the American Chemical Society as a National Historic Chemical Landmark.

Other offsite collections include the music library housed in the Reynolds Center. Records, tapes, CDs and scores are accessible to all students. Also, information concerning the College of Nursing’s video collection — located in the Simmons Lab in the Olen Hendrix building — is included in the library database.

Information Services & Technology (IS&T)

The information services and technology infrastructure at Harding provides comprehensive and reliable services that cover such things as secure and safe Internet access, Intranet services, computer laboratories (PC and Mac), a cyber café, storage space for data, accounts accessible on and off campus, online admission and registration services, telephone services, and library catalog access.

Wireless network access is available in most buildings and their surrounds. Those buildings include Brackett Library, the Heritage building lobby, the Farrar Center for Health Sciences, the Honors House, the ground floor of the student center, the Pryor-England Center for Science and Engineering, the Mabee Business Building, the Reynolds Center, Olen Hendrix Building, and the Thornton Education. Wired connections are also provided in cafeteria booths and on benches next to Java City in the student center.

Each user has a username and password to provide authentication to the Harding network and information.

Harding utilizes the fastest and most up-to-date servers to run its management information systems. Each student is allocated 1 GB of storage space on the central servers to use for the personal storage of their data. This storage is backed up as a part of the University’s backup procedures, thus providing students, faculty and staff a safe place to store their data.

Campus Pipeline, Harding’s portal, provides access to secure e-mail and calendar services. It also provides access to course, financial and social information for students.

Harding uses Moodle as its course management tool. Moodle provides a Web-based tool that is employed by faculty to deliver Web-enhanced courses, designed to enrich the student’s learning.

Multimedia Production

The Multimedia Production Center, located in Brackett Library, contains printing, binding, and other equipment to aid students, faculty, and staff with documents, posters and presentations related to instructional materials. Self-service video editing software, scanning and faxing equipment are also available.

Audio Visual Production

The Audio Visual Production Center, located in the Brackett Library, has various audio/visual equipment for Harding faculty, staff and students to check out or rent for on-campus use.


The ACADEMIC RESOURCES CENTER COMPUTER AND TUTORING LABORATORY is located in the American Studies Building, Room 206.

The ART AND DESIGN COMPUTER LABORATORY for students in art, graphic design, interior design and communication is located in the Stevens Art Center, Room 212.

The BEHAVIORAL SCIENCE COMPUTER LABORATORY is located in the Ezell Building, Room 102.

The BIOLOGY AND PHYSICAL SCIENCE COMPUTER LABORATORIES are located in the Pryor-England Center for Science and Engineering, Room 147.

The CELL AND MOLECULAR BIOLOGY LABORATORY is located in the Henry and Grace Farrar Center for Health Sciences, room 232.  It is utilized by faculty members engaged in research and contracts related to pharmacogenomics and infectious diseases and contains equipment for incubating and storing cell cultures, handling infectious organisms, and evaluating cell reproduction.

The CENTER FOR WORLD MISSIONS LABORATORY is located in the McInteer Center.

 The CHEMISTRY LABORATORY is located in the Henry and Grace Farrar Center for Health Sciences, room 204.  It is utilized by faculty members engaged in research and contracts related to analytical chemistry analyses and contains equipment for performing LC/MS and HPLC assays.

 The CLINICAL PRACTICE LABORATORY is located in the Henry and Grace Farrar Center for Health Sciences, room 104.  It is utilized by pharmacy and physician assistant students for completion of anatomy dissections, pharmaceutical compounding, and hands-on practice of patient assessment techniques and other clinical procedures and skills.

The CARR COLLEGE OF NURSING LEARNING RESOURCE CENTER, including the Martha Ruth Simmons Memorial Audiovisual and Computer Laboratory, and skills laboratories are located in the Olen Hendrix Building.

The COMMUNICATION COMPUTER LABORATORY is located in the Reynolds Center, Room 131, and contains software for students in communication and interactive media. This lab also is a public lab for students when not in use by department majors or classes.

The COMPUTER ENGINEERING AND COMPUTER SCIENCE LABORATORIES are located in the Pryor-England Center for Science and Engineering, Room 213.

The FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCES LABORATORIES in the Olen Hendrix Building include food science; clothing, textiles and design; and a computer laboratory on the second floor.

The FORMULATION LABORATORY is located in the Henry and Grace Farrar Center for Health Sciences, room 231.  It is utilized by faculty members engaged in research and contracts related to pharmaceutical product formulation and contains equipment for creating novel drug delivery systems.

The HUMAN PERFORMANCE LABORATORY, located in the Ganus Athletic Center, is equipped with treadmills, bicycle ergometers, an underwater weighing tank for body composition measurements, electronic equipment for measuring strength, an electrocardiograph, an echocardiograph, gas analysis equipment, and other biochemical and hematological equipment for evaluation of physical fitness levels and human performance.

The KINESIOLOGY COMPUTER LABORATORY is located in the Ganus Athletic Center, Room 153.

The LIBRARY PUBLIC LABORATORIES in Brackett Library provide students with a quiet area in which they may research and receive assistance from Library Reference staff.

The MATHEMATICS COMPUTER LABORATORY is located in the Pryor-England Science Building, Room 101

The PATIENT SKILLS CENTER is located in the Henry and Grace Farrar Center for Health Sciences, room 103.  It contains 10 patient examination rooms outfitted with basic diagnostic equipment, examination tables, laptop computers, and digital recording equipment for use in conducting patient scenario simulations for health sciences and other students.  The facility can also serve as a site for primary patient care visits in the provision of health care or clinical research studies.



The PUBLIC STUDENT COMPUTER LABORATORY is located in the Mabee Business Building, Room 108.

The WRITING LAB/EDUCATION COMPUTER LABORATORY in American Studies 325, provides tutoring services in writing and computer facilities for students in English and education courses.

The YOUTH AND FAMILY EDUCATION LABORATORY is located in the McInteer Center.


ART STUDIOS AND GALLERY: The Stevens Art Center has studio facilities for many different media. The gallery of the Art Center hosts student and guest exhibits throughout the year.

MUSIC STUDIOS: The Reynolds Center houses a recital hall, choral and instrumental rehearsal halls, and an omni hall for multi-purpose use. The center also contains listening, electronic keyboard, and computer labs, all for music applications. These, as well as the classrooms and practice rooms, are reserved primarily for use by music faculty and students.

Communication Facilities

A low-power AM broadcast station provides hands-on training for beginning students. A full-power commercial FM station, KVHU 95.3, serves Central Arkansas as the “voice of Harding University.” The FM station is also available on the Internet.

Students produce news, sports, entertainment, religious and special-event programs for airing on Harding's cable channel 16.

Recreational Facilities

The Clifton L. Ganus Jr. Athletic Center is the campus’ largest indoor recreational facility, housing a swimming pool, handball and racquetball courts, track, aerobics area and weight/aerobic room, and a 5,200-seat arena for basketball, volleyball, track and field sports, and tennis. Rhodes Memorial Field House, which seats 3,000, is used for intercollegiate basketball and volleyball.

Outdoor recreational facilities include an intercollegiate football field and nine-lane track, an intercollegiate baseball field, an intercollegiate soccer field, a 12-court lighted tennis center, and intramural fields for softball, football and other sports. All facilities are available for student use at designated times.

Speech Hearing Clinic

The Speech and Hearing Clinic is located in the Reynolds Center. It is the site where nationally-certified and state-licensed speech-language pathologists work alongside students pursuing a degree in communication sciences and disorders, articulation and language assessment and therapy services, and hearing screenings and referrals.

Theatre Facilities

Five auditoriums (Benson Auditorium, Administration Auditorium, American Heritage Auditorium, the Ulrey Performing Arts Center and the Reynolds Auditorium) are available for stage productions. Lighting and sound equipment is available for musicals, dramas, readers theatre and other types of presentations.

Legal Statements

Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990

Harding affords persons with disabilities equal opportunity and full participation in compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990.

Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act

The safety and security of the Harding community are a major concern for the Public Safety Department. Information about campus security, safety programs and procedures, fire statistics, and crime statistics is available in compliance with the Jeanne Cleary Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act. You may obtain a copy of the annual security and fire report or contact the Harding University Department of Public Safety online at

Catalog Revision

Harding revises the catalog annually and reserves the right to modify its programs of study accordingly. When such cases occur, the University makes every effort to provide alternative solutions that are fair to both the University and its students.

Catalog/Student Handbook Relationship

The Harding Catalog sets forth academic policy. The Student Handbook sets forth policies regarding student conduct.

All students are required to read and follow the rules and regulations as presented in the Student Handbook. Each student is required to follow the rules and regulations and be subject to those rules and regulations as presented in the Student Handbook in effect during the period of his or her attendance. The handbook contains the Student Code of Conduct, penalties for failure to comply, grievance procedures, and a statement on student rights. Failure to follow the Code of Conduct contained in the handbook can result in suspension from the University. The Student Handbook, as amended from time to time, is incorporated in this Catalog by inference for all purposes.

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (called FERPA) provides, with certain exceptions, (1) that students shall have a right of access to their education records and (2) that education institutions shall not release education records to non-school employees without the consent of the student.  “Students” as used in this notice includes former students.

Right of Access.  With few exceptions provided by law, students at Harding may see their education records upon request.  Access will generally be granted immediately upon request to the record custodian, but if delay is necessary, the student may sign a “Request for Access to Student Records” and be allowed access sometime within 45 days of the request.  Students are entitled to copies (at the student’s expense) of records to which they have access.  Students further have the right, under established procedures, to challenge the accuracy of the records and to enter their viewpoints in the records.  A list of all education records maintained by Harding and a copy of the University FERPA Policy are kept in the Harding Office of Student Life.

The University may not require students to sign a waiver of their right to access, but students should be aware that recommendations and evaluations may not be very helpful or candid without a signed waiver.

A student’s home address and phone number will be made available to a roommate assigned to that person.

Harding/Student Agreement

The agreement for educational services, room and board, and any other incidental goods and services involved in the education process between Harding and its students is made at Searcy, White County, Ark., and is construed as a contract in accordance with the laws of Arkansas.

Nondiscrimination Statement

Harding is committed to the policy of providing equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate in admissions, programs, or any other educational functions and services on the basis of race, color, creed, national origin, sex, age, veteran status, religion or disability to those who meet its admission criteria and are willing to uphold its values as stated in the Code of Conduct. In the area of employment, Harding does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, national origin, sex, age, veteran status or disability. Harding, under federal guidelines and as reflected in its Articles of Incorporation, may discriminate as to religion and may adhere to religious tenets regarding the limitation of employment of women in certain preaching and minister roles.

Based upon this commitment, Harding follows the principle of nondiscrimination and operates within applicable federal and state laws prohibiting discrimination. As a recipient of federal financial assistance, Harding is required by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, as amended, not to discriminate on the basis of gender in its admission policies, treatment of students, employment practices or educational programs except as required by religious tenets of the churches of Christ. Harding has a nondiscrimination policy available upon request in the offices of Student Life and Human Resources. Inquiries concerning the application of federal and state laws or regulations may be referred to the Office of Human Resources, Box 12257, 915 E. Market Avenue, Searcy, AR 72149-2257; telephone (501) 279-4380. The person to ensure compliance with the nondiscrimination policy and discrimination laws and regulations is the chief financial officer of the University.

Student Right-To-Know Act of 1990

Harding complies with the Student Right to Know Act of 1990 which requires the disclosure of graduation and completion rates.


Board of Trustees

JOHN O. SIMMONS, Columbia, Tenn., Chairman

HARRELL FREEMAN, Metairie, La., Vice Chairman

HARRY B. RISINGER, JR., Past Chairman

GERALD G. MORGAN JR., Amarillo, Texas, Secretary

ROBERT G. DILES, North Little Rock, Ark., Treasurer

DAVID B. BURKS, Ex-Officio, Searcy, Ark.

D. BRUCE BINKLEY, Broken Arrow, Okla.

WILLIAM R. CHISM, Springfield, Mo.

JAMES H. CONE JR., Little Rock, Ark.

CHARLES A. GANUS, Heber Springs, Ark.

RICHARD H. GIBSON, Longview, Texas

ROOSEVELT HARRIS, Jacksonville, Fla.

DANNY J. HAWK, Richardson, Texas

JAMES D. HOLSOMBAKE, Panama City, Fla.

LUNDY NEELY, Dayton, Ohio

ROY  REAVES, Russellville, Ark.

HAROLD R. REDD, Memphis, Tenn.

REBECCA R. TUBB, Sparta, Tenn.

DAVID WALDRON, LaVergne, Tennessee

ROBERT C. WALKER, Decatur, Ala.


MARK WALLIS, Greenwood Village, Colo.

JOE WILD, Vero Beach, Fla.

Senior Status

PAT J. BELL, Little Rock, Ark.

ROBERT L. BRACKETT, Vero Beach, Fla.

JAMES R. BURCHAM JR., Kennett, Mo.

W. MELVIN GARDNER, Fort Worth, Texas

DONALD L. SHORES, Cave Springs, Ark.


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