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What Majors and Programs are offered?

LCU offers over 80 majors and programs in undergraduates and advanced degree.

What if I don't know what I want to major in?

Don't worry you are not alone! Many freshmen enter college not sure of their major. Wayne Perrin advises students who are undecided in their major, to take classes that are valuable in a wide variety of disciplines. Requirements for several semesters of core curriculum classes can be fulfilled before a student makes his final decision on a degree focus.

Who will be teaching my classes?

All of your classes will be taught by real professors, not teaching assistants. The student/teacher ratio is 13 to 1 so you'll get lots of personal attention. Your professor will know who you are and you'll get to know them, too. Take a look at some of your future professors here.

Are Bible classes required?

All students are required to take 12 hours of Bible as a part of their course of study. There are numerous interesting Bible classes from which to choose.

Transfer students are required to take ten percent of their hours (or at least two classes) at Lubbock Christian University in Bible.

What happens after I graduate?

LCU students are in high demand and most have a job in their field of study within six months of graduation.

Are there tutoring services available?

Yes! We have an entire department devoted to support our students. The Center for Student Success offers Tutoring Services to students who might need assistance.

What is the average class size at LCU?

The average class size is approximately 20 students.

Are there any special services to assist students with learning disabilities?

Yes, the Center for Student Success offers disability services.

Will LCU honor AP and CLEP credits?

Yes. Students who are enrolled in high school honors classes offering the advanced placement program should consult with their counselors about registering for the Advanced Placement examinations given in May each year. LCU will award college credit for a minimum score of 3 on most AP exams.
CLEP tests can speed up your college career and earn college credit at a reduced price. For $72 per CLEP test plus an administration fee, you can receive 3-14 hours of college credit. CLEP tests are computer based and students have the opportunity to take all CLEP tests that are offered by the College Entrance Examination Board (CEEB). Contact the director of testing to schedule an appointment for testing.

Can I graduate in four years?

Yes. Depending on your major, this may require planning on your part but it is certainly possible. There are many opportunities at LCU to help you graduate in a timely manner such as CLEP tests, summer and short courses and online classes.

What is LCU's academic calendar?

The current academic calendar can be viewed here. LCU offers classes for fall, spring and summer sessions.

What courses do freshman usually take?

This will depend on your declared major. If you are undecided, there are several core classes that every major requires as part of its degree program.

When do I register for classes?

There are multiple advanced registration dates scheduled throughout each semester and during the summer where the faculty are here to advise new students. If you are a new student, contact your admissions counselor for details.

What does it mean to be a full-time student?

A full-time student takes at least 12 credit hours per semester. If you drop a course, withdraw from a course, or do not pass a course, and you fall below 12 credits during a semester, you are not considered a full time student during that semester. Athletes MUST have 12 credits to be eligible for varsity athletic participation.

When do I need to declare a major?

By the end of your sophomore year you will need to declare a major. Talk with Career Services in the SUB if you need help assessing your strengths to see what major would be a good fit.

What courses will transfer from other institutions?

Most courses from an accredited college or junior college with a grade of a C or higher will transfer. Vocational, Technical or remedial classes will not transfer.

Is LCU accredited?

LCU is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

Do you have study-abroad programs?

Yes! Many of our students study abroad through different programs. See what exciting opportunities you have with the programs offered here.

What are the benefits of a private, Christian education?

At LCU, you won't get lost in a crowd and can expect a more personal approach and emphasis on your individual growth—spiritually as well as academically. We are committed to passionately pursue your success in spiritual formation, intellectual growth, personal stewardship and leadership development. Our professors and staff want to prepare you for your career as well as help develop your character so that you can be an influential Christian leader in the work place, in your church and family.

What is the faculty to student ratio?

13:1; Which means for every thirteen students there is one professor.

Are the faculty available outside of classroom hours?

Yes! One of the advantages of a small, private education is that your professors at LCU care for you beyond the classroom and are willing to go the extra mile for you.

Do you offer an honors program?

Yes! The following are entrance requirements to LCU’s honor program:

  • ACT composite score of 27 or higher, or SAT composite score of 1210 or higher on the critical reading and quantitative sections
  • High school transcript with a GPA of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale, or a ranking in the top 10% of the graduating class
  • Application for admission, consisting of a formal letter of request for admission from the prospective student

Click here to learn more about the Honors Program.

Can I be an Honors student regardless of my major?

Yes. The Honors Program is compatible with all majors.

Will I have time to participate in other campus activities and clubs while enrolled in the Honors Program?

Yes. Most Honors students are very involved in activities ranging from athletic teams to music performance to Student Senate. Honors students often hold part-time jobs on or off campus.

Does the Honors Program require me to take extra credits in order to graduate?

No. Students enrolled in the program take advanced general education courses that replace and satisfy standard general education requirements as well as complete special Honors projects within their major field of study.

Why should I be in the Honors Program?

Joining and maintaining membership in the Honors Program provides students with an additional learning experience that goes beyond the regular classroom experience including small seminar classes, research assistantships, cultural enrichment opportunities, semester internships, and study abroad programs.

Last Updated: Jun 21, 2013