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J.E. & Eileen Hancock College of Liberal Arts
Welcome to the J.E. & Eileen Hancock College of Liberal Arts at Lubbock Christian University. The college offers undergraduate academic programming in a variety of disciplines, as well as graduate academic programming in psychology and counseling. The college consists of the following group of departments:
These three impactful departments prepare students to excel in careers and/or furthering education in a wide variety of fields including education, writing, history, human sciences, cultural studies, counseling, psychology, musical and theatrical performance, the arts, and many more.
If you are interested in a career path in any of these disciplines explore these pages and consider studying with us in the J.E. & Eileen Hancock College of Liberal Arts.
College of Liberal Arts Departments
The mission of the J.E. & Eileen Hancock College of Liberal Arts is to mold Christ-centered leaders in the academic areas served through rigorous academic programs, meaningful contributions to scholarship, experiential learning opportunities, and transformative relationships with an academic community dedicated to mentoring, fostering professional growth, and preparing students for lives of purpose and service.
A Message From the Dean
Welcome to the College of Liberal Arts at LCU.
In any discussion of the state of higher education, the conversation eventually turns to the topic of the level of preparation that students receive. We often hear remarks about how students can’t read or write well. Employers and graduate schools complain that too many college graduates are not critical thinkers. The National Commission on Writing estimates that over three billion dollars each year is spent on retraining employees who can’t seem to communicate clearly and thoughtfully in writing or speaking. In a report prepared by the National Education Association, “Preparing 21st Century Students for a Global Society,” we read that critical thinking and problem solving go hand-in-hand with good communication skills and are necessary traits for succeeding in the world. Whether our students become teachers, writers, lawyers, worship leaders, musicians, or artists – every field demands good writers/thinkers/communicators.
One of our most daunting tasks at Lubbock Christian University is making sure that our graduates are well-prepared for their futures once they leave LCU. To meet this challenge, the LCU faculty are continually examining our curriculum and assignments, ensuring that our students are trained to work to the best of their abilities when they enter the work force or proceed to graduate school. At LCU, we encourage professors to set high standards for students, to assign and discuss challenging material from history and from contemporary thinkers. We want our students to write in a variety of formats – scholarly essays, business proposals, reflection journals – and to realize that good writing skills are important no matter where they go when they leave LCU. We want them to be intellectually prepared people of integrity who represent the quality education they receive at LCU.
What we know about our students is that while they are at LCU, as they grow intellectually and in maturity, they will discover new areas they want to explore. Many students, historically around 25%, change majors at least once while they are in college. Once they leave LCU, our graduates will probably change jobs at least twice in their lifetimes. People trained in critical thinking, who have solid reading and writing skills, and who are good communicators will have the flexibility they need as they encounter the challenges they will face in the 21st Century workforce.
The faculty of the Hancock College of Liberal Arts know well the challenges facing our students at LCU and in their futures. We want their education to be grounded in concepts and theory but also to help students put theory into practice.
In communication, students take their classroom experiences in rhetorical analysis and communication theory with them as they work in Chap Radio or in internships at companies here in West Texas. In music and theater, students are involved in productions both behind the scenes and in front of the audience. In art, students mount exhibitions in the galleries in the CAA and the new art studio and go into the community to work with people of all ages, especially children, in special art projects. In foreign languages, students prepare for a global society that demands knowledge of languages and cultures beyond our own.
In humanities, history, government, and English, students prepare for teaching fields in public schools and universities and focus on developing writing skills that will help them as they pursue careers as varied as novelists, public servants, and lawyers. Some of our humanities majors create specializations that will help them enter medical and veterinary schools or go into missions. All these students, no matter their disciplines, use technology, internships, research projects, and jobs to help them prepare for what we have always called, “the real world.”
In psychology and counseling, the faculty provides instruction at the undergraduate level in family studies and psychology and graduate degrees in family life education and counseling. As students grow spiritually, emotionally, and intellectually, the faculty strive to prepare students for employment working with individuals, families, groups, communities, and organizations of diverse social and cultural backgrounds. Our mission is to empower and encourage students to provide community service for populations at risk and live out the high ideals of the profession and the values of the University.
Through regular class work and special undergraduate research projects, the faculty of HCLA foster mentoring relationships that will sustain our students for years to come. At LCU, we want our students, no matter their discipline, to gain the knowledge and skills that will serve them well in whatever they do and wherever they go in the future.
Susan Blassingame, Ph.D.
Dean, J.E. & Eileen Hancock College of Liberal Arts