Anderson University is a selective comprehensive Christian university offering bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees on campus and online. Anderson has received numerous national recognitions, including:

  • The Top Tier (#21) of U.S.News & World Report's America's Best Colleges
  • One of "49 Up & Coming Universities to Watch in America" (U.S. News & World Report)
  • The Princeton Review's 136 Best Southeastern Colleges
  • The #2 Regional College in the South for "Excellence in Teaching" (U.S. News & World Report)
  • One of "Americas 100 Best College Buys"

OUR HISTORY

Anderson University traces its origin to one of the first institutions of higher learning for women in the United States. The Johnson Female Seminary opened in the city of Anderson in 1848. The founder was the Reverend William B. Johnson.

The school the Reverend Mr. Johnson founded was forced to close during the Civil War and did not reopen, but in time a new generation carried on what had been begun at that institution. A group of public-spirited citizens, desirous of having an institution of higher learning in Anderson, offered 32 acres of land and $100,000 to the South Carolina Baptist Convention at their meeting in 1910. The convention nominated a group of trustees, and Anderson College was granted a charter in 1911 by the South Carolina General Assembly. In 1912, the College opened its doors and operated as a four-year college for women until 1930. In 1929, the Anderson transitioned to a junior college, the first in the state. The College became a coeducational two-year institution in 1930.

In December 1989, the Board of Trustees voted to return the College to its status as a four-year institution, beginning with the fall semester of 1991. This decision was subsequently affirmed by a unanimous vote of the General Board of the South Carolina Baptist Convention. The first four-year class since 1930 graduated in May 1993.

In the spring of 2005, Anderson's Board of Trustees voted for a change to university status for the institution to reflect the new addition of graduate programs and a reorganization of the academic divisions into colleges. On January 1, 2006, Anderson College became Anderson University.

The community of Anderson, having given birth to the University, has nurtured and supported the institution throughout the University's history. In turn, the University has provided intellectual, cultural, and recreational opportunities for the citizens of the Anderson area, and has made a significant contribution to the economy of the community.

Anderson University has experienced rapid growth under the leadership of President, Dr. Evans Whitaker. Anderson University now enrolls approximately 3,000 students from 38 states and 15 foreign countries. Grounded in a Christian perspective, Anderson offers more than 50 bachelor's, masters and doctoral programs of study.

OUR ACCREDITATION

Anderson University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate and masters and doctoral degrees. Professional accreditation includes the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

OUR FACULTY

Guided by a commitment to teaching excellence, Anderson's faculty invest their lives into your personal and intellectual success. Our faculty distinguishes themselves by creating unique opportunities for student engagement and helpful support, especially for AU Online students. Eighty-two percent of AU faculty hold the highest degree in their field.

OUR AFFORDABILITY

Anderson University has been recognized as one of the most affordable universities in the South. Recently, U.S. News & World Report ranked AU among the top 11 universities in the South (public and private) for students accumulating the least educational debt.

OUR MISSION

Anderson University is an academic community, providing a challenging education grounded in the liberal arts, enhanced by professional and graduate programs and a co-curricular focus on the development of character, servant leadership, and cultural engagement. This is a diverse community that is Christ-centered, people-focused, student-oriented, quality-driven, and future-directed.

OUR VISION

Anderson University exists to be a premier teaching university where liberal arts and professional studies thrive within a distinctively Christian community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to learning and service.

This school also offers:

BA

Anderson University South Carolina

The Christian Studies degree provides solid preparation for adult students seeking careers in church or parachurch ministry. ... [+]

Bachelor of Christian Studies

The Bachelor of Christian Studies (BCS) degree at Anderson University is designed for people currently serving in ministry, those who would like to pursue a career in full-time ministry, or those who simply want to deepen their understanding of the Bible, theology and Christian ministry.

Why Christian Studies?


With the BCS, you'll enjoy taking meaningful courses in biblical and theological studies along with practical ministry courses. Many church and ministry leaders have expressed the desire for a degree that offers the balance of practical ministry and theological training. The A.U. bachelor of Christian Studies degree is uniquely designed to provide students with the practical ministry training unavailable in most theology and ministry programs. ... [-]

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BBA

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The BBA degree is designed for mid-career working adults who have career advancement objectives a degree helps them achieve. ... [+]

Bachelor of Business Administration

The Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree is designed for mid-career working adults who have career objectives which the degree would help them achieve. It prepares individuals for entry or mid-level positions in business – general management, managerial accounting, management of computer information systems, human resources management, project management, industrial and service quality management, and other managerial functions.

Since the BBA degree is the undergraduate version of the Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree, it provides excellent preparation for pursuing the MBA or other graduate degrees in business. Students interested in graduate study should consult with their advisor in planning their schedules so as to include those areas commonly required for admission to graduate programs in business, particularly accounting, finance, and statistics.... [-]

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BSc

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The BBA (Healthcare Management) provides an outstanding foundation for a successful career in healthcare management. ... [+]

Bachelor of Business Administration-Healthcare Management

The Bachelor of Business Administration with a Concentration in Healthcare Management (BBA-HCM) program provides an outstanding foundation for students seeking a degree in the healthcare administration field by combining a core education in business and focusing on critical topics in healthcare management. This degree provides a unique blend of business knowledge and healthcare practices.

Why Study Business Administration and Healthcare Management?

The healthcare industry is continuing to expand and diversify, requiring managers to help ensure smooth business operations. Graduates with a background in business and healthcare will be in demand as the need for medical and health services managers will continue to increase by about 16 percent by 2016.Coursework Details... [-]

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Bachelor

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The BESM degree offers theory and practical knowledge to help save lives and property from the impact of disasters. ... [+]

Bachelor Emergency Management Services - Whole Community

The purpose of the Bachelor in Emergency Services Management with a concentration in Whole Community degree program provides a diversity of courses designed to offer students the theoretical and practical knowledge necessary to help save lives and property from the potentially devastating impact of disasters. Emergency management is both a profession and a field of study in the key areas involved in addressing any threat or hazard, including prevention, protection, response, recovery, and mitigation. The field covers man-made disasters, as well as issues of homeland security. The curriculum has two options. One is a degree completion option for those with an associate's degree.... [-]

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The BCJ degree prepares graduates to work in a variety of positions in law enforcement, correction, probation, or other related fields. ... [+]

Bachelor of Criminal Justice

The Bachelor of Criminal Justice is offered 100% online, which permits students to achieve their academic and career goals on their schedule. The online courses mimic the on-campus atmosphere by providing students with a learning environment in which they can collaborate and interact with the professor and their peers.

Students will learn a wealth of information while enrolled in the Criminal Justice online program, including the history of correctional systems and practices; measurement, causes and characteristics of crime; and legal aspects of criminal procedure.

Graduates will also acquire necessary skills and knowledge about the arrest, search, and seizure; violence and victimization issues; crime prevention and services; moral, ethical, religious issues pertaining to criminal justice; juvenile delinquency; policies, patterns, psychology, physiology, and legal aspects of drugs; and correctional systems.... [-]

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The BEMS prepares graduates for careers with local, state and federal Homeland Security agencies, and private/industrial security. ... [+]

Bachelor of Emergency Management Services - Homeland Security Operations and Administration

The purpose of the Bachelor in Emergency Services Management with a concentration in Homeland Security Operations and Administration degree program provides a comprehensive review of the major components of the United States' Homeland Security apparatus.

The degree is designed to prepare graduates for positions with local, state and federal government agencies such as homeland security/emergency preparedness agencies, city and state police and sheriffs’ departments, probation and parole departments, FBI, State Law Enforcement Division, drug enforcement agencies, the Secret Service, correctional institutions, juvenile justice agencies and in private, industrial security... [-]

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The BEMS degree prepares graduates for leadership roles in saving lives and property from the devastating impact of disasters. ... [+]

Bachelor of Emergency Services Management

The Bachelor of Emergency Management Services is designed to provide graduates with the knowledge and skills needed to perform professionally in the role of an emergency services organization or agency manager and leader. The curriculum has two options. One is a degree completion option for those with an associate's degree. The other is for those without a degree. Both options are available online or on campus.

The purpose of the Bachelor in Emergency Services Management with a concentration in Whole Community degree program provides a diversity of courses designed to offer students the theoretical and practical knowledge necessary to help save lives and property from the potentially devastating impact of disasters. Emergency management is both a profession and a field of study in the key areas involved in addressing any threat or hazard, including prevention, protection, response, recovery, and mitigation. The field covers man-made disasters, as well as issues of homeland security.... [-]

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The BHS program prepares graduates for careers in agencies involved in mental health care, welfare, corrections and education. ... [+]

Bachelor of Human Services

The Bachelor of Human Services program educates students through a Christian perspective about social issues, problems and professional ethics and values that are the foundation of human services. Graduates are equipped to make effective contributions to the field of Human Services through work at agencies involved in mental health care, welfare, corrections, education, and other areas. A Behavioral Science concentration is also available.

Why Human Services?

A human services career is extremely rewarding as a result of helping others overcome obstacles and providing guidance for members of society that are in distress. Human services professionals are employed in a variety of settings, including clinics, hospitals, group homes, correctional centers, government agencies, day treatment centers, sheltered workshops, extended care facilities, community-based living homes and social service agencies throughout the community.... [-]

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The BHS (Behavioral Science Concentration) provides expertise for careers in human/social services, psychology, and sociology. ... [+]

Bachelor of Human Services - Behavioral Science

The Bachelor of Human Services/Behavioral Science Concentration program is designed to provide knowledge and skills in human/social services, psychology, and sociology. The curriculum has two options. One is a degree completion option for those with an associate's degree or higher. Both options can be completed 100% online.

Why Behavioral Science?

The Behavioral Science concentration prepares students to enter a career field related to a variety of service delivery agencies, helping professions, or counseling. In addition, it provides excellent preparation for pursuing a graduate degree in several disciplines, to include human services, social work, psychology, counseling, and others.... [-]

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The Bachelor of Liberal Studies program provides a broad, well-rounded education over a variety of academic disciplines. ... [+]

Bachelor of Liberal Studies

The Bachelor of Liberal Studies program is designed to provide a degree that educates students in theory and applications associated with a variety of disciplines. The core disciplines are chosen from most of those in the Anderson University catalog.

Students, with the aid of an academic advisor, can design a program of study that best fits their personal and professional goals. The curriculum has two options. One is a degree completion option for those with an associate's degree. The other is for those without a degree.

Why Liberal Studies?

A liberal studies degree prepares students for a wide variety of careers in areas to include social service, government, business, management, public relations, private and non-profit sectors. The BLS degree also provides an excellent opportunity to take prerequisite courses in preparation for pursuing a graduate degree.... [-]

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The (BOLS) degree enhances leadership skills of interpersonal communication, employee relations, and communication. ... [+]

Bachelor of Organizational Leadership

The purpose of the Bachelor of Organizational Leadership (BOLS) program is to provide leadership skills based on Christian principles, increase interpersonal skills and employee relations skills that are required of leaders, enhance communication skills needed by leaders, and expand skills in one's chosen career path.

The curriculum has two options. One is a degree completion option for those with an associate's degree. The other is for those without a degree. The program is intended to supplement one's technical skills and work experience with leadership and people skills. A Human Resource Administration concentration is also available fully online.... [-]

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The Organizational Leadership degree (Human Resources) provides expertise for a successful career in human resources. ... [+]

Organizational Leadership - Human Resource Administration

The Bachelor of Organizational Leadership with a Concentration in Human Resource Administration (BOLS/HRA) degree is designed to provide knowledge and skills in theory and applications associated with human resources. Courses include such topics as employment and placement, compensation, benefits, employee relations, job analysis, training, and development, along with leadership skills based on Christian principles.

Why Human Resource Administration?

The BOLS/RHA program will prepare you for leadership roles in exciting positions in the Human Resource field. The BOLS/HRA degree also provides excellent preparation for students to enhance their leadership and management potential by pursuing a graduate degree in human resource management, human resource development, business administration, or other fields.... [-]

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