Javascript is currently not supported, or is disabled by this browser. Please enable Javascript for full functionality.

Skip to Main Content
    Harding University
  Dec 07, 2022
2022-2023 Academic Catalog 
Catalog Navigation
2022-2023 Academic Catalog

Liberal Arts Program

The Liberal Arts Program is a 47-hour core of basic courses required of all students. The program reflects the principles contained in the University mission statement and provides a foundation for study in major and minor fields.

The mission of the Liberal Arts Program is to develop the whole person through a Christ-honoring community of learning.

The University Learning Outcomes  represent the wide variety of skills and perspectives in all undergraduate degrees. The outcomes are introduced and assessed initially through the liberal arts program and then through all major programs as appropriate to their discipline.


The Liberal Arts Program course requirements are listed below. These requirements are adjusted for some majors and for transfer and international students. Students should consult the appropriate sections of the catalog and their academic advisor for program-specific requirements and adjustments. See the Liberal Arts Learning Outcomes for the purpose of each category below.

Scripture, Truth, and Ethics: 8 Hours

A whole person will know, live, and share God’s word and understand, love, and serve God’s world through and beyond the chosen vocation.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will know, live, and share God’s word.
  2. Students will examine a variety of disciplines from a Christian perspective.
  3. Students will pursue and advocate for truth.

Literacy and Expression: 9 Hours

A whole person reads, contemplates, writes, speaks, and listens both skillfully and charitably, using critical thinking, persuasive evidence, and wisdom to understand and articulate responses to the ideas of the world one is sure to encounter.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will write and speak with precision and clarity.
  2. Students will read and listen with fluency and comprehension.
  3. Students will accurately articulate views other than their own and evaluate them for clarity, credibility, and relevance. 

Inquiry, Investigation, and Reasoning: 9 Hours

A whole person has a mature perspective on science as a dynamic process of inquiry, discovery, and reason that addresses real-world uncertainties, regardless of academic discipline. Foundational skills in independent thinking, analytical reason, and effective communication are introduced and developed.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will choose, describe, and defend a path of investigation for a problem with no obvious solution.
  2. Students will employ scientific, mathematical, and evidence-based processes to direct inquiry, identify problems, and explore solutions.

Courses for each of the following requirements must be at least 3 hours:

A new scientific inquiry requirement will go into effect beginning Fall 2023.¹

The Historical and Literary Perspective: 9 Hours

A whole person endeavors to understand thoroughly, examine carefully, and participate conscientiously in the long evolution of human history by exploring significant historical texts and literary works of peoples both past and present.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will draw on their understanding of history and literature to critically analyze and evaluate ideas.
  2. Students will read broadly from significant historical and contemporary texts to articulate an informed and sensitive perspective.

Aesthetics and the Creative Spirit: 3 Hours

A whole person is one who recognizes that we are the creation of a God who made us in His image to be creators. This person sees the world as an opportunity to express their imagination and their own ideas and engage with the opinions of others. They are able to articulate an informed judgment about the aesthetic value of the world around them and to approach individual and collective endeavors creatively.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will describe how creativity and artistic expression are necessary constants of the human experience.
  2. Students will contextualize the production, meaning, and impact of cultural artifacts and works of art.
  3. Students will participate in creative endeavors.

Self and Society: 9 Hours

A whole person can read and appreciate cultures, either their own or others’ while demonstrating Christian stewardship in their personal and social wellness at a local and global level.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will value and practice multi-dimensional wellness and stewardship.
  2. Students will engage effectively with their communities.
  3. Students will demonstrate a knowledge of and sensitivity to other cultures/beliefs.

Choose 3 hours from:

Choose 3 hours of Global Perspectives from:

Note: International students are not required to enroll in a global perspectives course. Other students who wish to appeal for a waiver of the global perspectives requirement (based on extended residence abroad, for example) may have their appeal considered by the Global Perspectives Appeal Committee. The appropriate form is in Pipeline under Student Services, in the Student Records menu.


¹Students under the 2022-23, 2023-24, or 2024-25 catalogs who have satisfied six credits of natural science - via the prior method, the current method, or a combination of the two methods - will be considered to have satisfied the science requirements in the liberal arts curriculum.