Academic Departments


Explore courses in art history, art appreciation, art education, crafts, and design; in-studio areas include ceramics, computer graphics, drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture.

Behavioral Science

The HLGU Behavioral Science department prepares students for service in a variety of agency and institutional settings and for graduate study in psychology, counseling, social work, sociology, human services, and related disciplines.


A major in business administration allow you to select a concentration in agribusiness, data analysis, financial planning, or management; customize your path for the career you're looking for.

Christian Studies

The Christian Studies department promotes the academic study of the Bible, Biblical Languages, Christian Education, Christian Ministry, Intercultural Missions, and Theology, endeavors to assist students to respond effectively to a personal call to serve the Lord Jesus Christ. The department equips God-called students for effective service in pastoral, educational, denominational, missions and other ministries.

Communication Studies

The communication studies department offers a generalist and specialized approach. Its programs are a viable option for students seeking careers in various media communication-related areas and courses are designed to provide a comprehensive and contemporary program of study and practical experiences for students interested in pursuing careers or graduate studies in the field.

Computer Science

The Computer Sciences department provides an excellent professional education in the field of computers and technology in a distinctively Christian environment that integrates Christian faith and learning in preparing graduates for personal and career effectiveness.

Criminal Justice

The HLGU Criminal Justice program provides students with a rewarding academic experience in and out of the classroom. The program is appropriate for students wishing to pursue career paths in all justice related fields including law enforcement, probation and parole, community-based prevention and control programs, court-based programs, and corrections.


The teacher education division of HLGU gives you a chance  to make a lasting, positive change on the world through teaching. HLGU graduates have received local, state, and national recognition for their contributions to the teaching profession.


HLGU’s English department strives to provide a framework for excellence in literacy analysis, writing effectiveness, and linguistic inquiry. Faculty members in the department help students to develop skill in writing through courses in composition and creative writing. In addition, they foster the use of critical thinking through the analysis and interpretation of literature as well as the study of the English language.

Exercise and Sport Science

The exercise and sport science department is comprised of departments which study various aspects of human physical activity related to sports and leisure: Exercise Science and Sport and Recreation Management.


The history department maintains the traditions of the liberal arts by educating students to see the impact of human history on the world they live in today. Graduates with degrees in history work in a wide range of fields, including private businesses, government entities, archives, museums, the national parks system, and vocational Christian ministry, or continue their education through graduate studies.


The mathematics department helps students broaden their mathematical awareness and problem-solving abilities, thus enabling them to better understand God’s creation. Within a
supportive Christian environment, the mathematics department will provide instruction and prepare mathematics majors for graduate study or careers requiring expertise in mathematics.


The degrees offered in the music department are designed for students who have an interest in instrumental or vocal study. The program prepares students for graduate school or other performance-based careers in music.

Natural Science

The natural science department includes program in biology, chemistry, and general science. The department of natural science strives to prepare you for a science-related career path or prepare you for post-graduate education.


The Craigmiles School of Nursing offers several paths toward your nursing career, including a certificate in practical nursing, Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) or Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree for RNs (RN to BSN).


The HLGU theatre department offers programs designed to prepare students for careers in various drama-related fields. Courses provide comprehensive and contemporary studies,
along with practical experiences, for individuals interested in an immediate career or in graduate studies following graduation.