University of Mary Hardin-Baylor 2015-2017 Undergraduate Catalog

Course Descriptions

Chapel (UMHB 1002)

A complete education includes experiences that seek to develop the mind, body, and spirit. Chapel attendance, therefore, is an integral part of the educational process and one of the distinctive features of attending a Christian university. All full-time, degree-seeking students are required to receive credit (no grade) for chapel attendance. Informative and inspirational programs are presented which include music, testimonies, speakers, missions, and other special emphases. Students must register to attend one chapel per week. Attendance is checked at each chapel. To register for chapel, you must sign up for course number UMHB 1002. Regular chapel programs are held each Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. in the W.W. Walton Chapel. All students, faculty, and staff are invited to attend.

Chapel Attendance Requirements

Students are advised to sign up for chapel the first semester they begin as a full time student. By doing this, scheduling conflicts later on may be avoided. Satisfactory chapel attendance requirements are as follows:

  1. Incoming Freshmen (or transfer students with less than thirty semester hour credits accepted by UMHB) must acquire four semesters of chapel credit at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor.
  2. Transfer Students
    1. Sophomores (students with thirty to fifty-nine semester hour credits accepted by UMHB) must acquire three semesters of chapel credit.
    2. Juniors (students with sixty to eighty-nine semester hour credits accepted by UMHB) must acquire two semesters of chapel credit.
    3. Seniors (students with ninety or more semester hour credits accepted by UMHB) must acquire one semester of chapel credit during the first semester of attendance at UMHB.

    **Students who transfer from other Baptist institutions will be given credit for chapel according to the number of semesters for which they have credit on their transcript. Credit is not given for the number of chapels they were required to attend each week. It is given only for the number of semesters they attended chapel. For students who transfer from institutions other than Baptist who were required to attend chapel, credit will be given only after approval from the Dean of Students.

  3. Chapel attendance is mandatory. Three unexcused absences each semester are allowed and should be used for doctor‘s appointments or other health and family emergencies. An additional three unexcused absences may be made up in the Student Development Office before the last week of the semester.
  4. If attendance records indicate that a student did not attend the required number of chapels, or did not make up the absences, that student will receive a non-credit for chapel on the grade report for that semester. Students are responsible for making sure they have fulfilled all requirements for attendance and can check the records of attendance kept in the Student Development Office. If a student feels that an error has been made, he/she has until the first two weeks of the following semester to question the accuracy of the records.
  5. Non-degree seeking students are not required to fulfill chapel requirements. Non-degree seeking students shall be defined as follows:
    1. Students entering UMHB on Non-Degree Admissions application form.
    2. Students entering UMHB with a Baccalaureate Degree seeking to obtain a teacher‘s certificate or course work to prepare for entry into a professional school, such as pre-law courses necessary to enter law school.

    (Note: All students included here are not involved in course work requiring their graduation from UMHB or other college or university).

  6. Part-time students are to begin fulfilling chapel requirements the first semester they take twelve or more semester hours. They shall be expected to take chapel each semester thereafter, during which they are considered full-time students (not to exceed requirements as stated in sections A & B).

Alternative Chapel Request

Attendance at the regularly scheduled chapel is the most beneficial means of fulfilling chapel requirements. Because of this, only individuals with special situations will be given consideration for Alternative Chapel. Alternative Chapel requests must be approved by the Dean of Students. Alternative Chapel consists of two Saturday sessions during the semester. This totals approximately 15 hours, which is equivalent to regular chapel. Credit for these sessions is given only if the student attends both Saturdays for the entire length of the session. The cost for Alternative Chapel is $25. Any student desiring a chapel alternative must submit a Chapel Alternative Request Form. Forms can be picked up at and turned in to the Student Development Office located on the second floor of the Bawcom Student Union. Possible chapel alternatives include:

  1. Audit advanced level religion course,
  2. Chapel Seminar,
  3. Nursing Alternative Chapel, or
  4. Project as determined by the Dean of Students.

Special consideration shall always be given to commuters not taking classes on Wednesday as confirmed by the Registrar, nursing students involved in clinical practice on chapel days as confirmed by the College of Nursing, and students involved in student teaching as confirmed by the College of Education.

Alternative Chapel Attendance Policy

Students taking Alternative Chapel must make every attempt to attend all required sessions. In case of emergency, arrangements should be made with the Dean of Students for a make-up of the time missed.

Chapel Registration

When a student registers for classes, he/she should register for chapel. Chapel attendance will be electronically recorded by scanning student identification cards. Direct any questions regarding chapel registration to the Student Development Office at (254)-295-4590.

Excused Absences from Chapel

Chapel absences will be excused for authorized field trips. A list of students participating will be presented to the Provost‘s Office by the faculty advisor. Requests for excused absences should be directed to the Dean of Students.

Fine Arts Experience (UMHB 1005)

The general education core at UMHB is designed to help students develop to their full potential as educated persons. UMHB strives to offer its students a setting in which they can mature culturally, as well as intellectually. In an effort to provide a well-rounded education, the University requires a Fine Arts Experience (FAE) in addition to three hours of fine arts course credit required in the core curriculum. The purpose of this Fine Arts Experience requirement is to establish and foster a life-long pattern of fine arts involvement.

All full-time undergraduate, degree-seeking students must attend no less than eight (see requirements listed below) FAE events, one each semester they are enrolled. Students are advised to enroll for UMHB 1005: Fine Arts Experience the beginning of their first semester as a full-time student. By doing this requirement conflicts will be avoided.

What is a Fine Arts Experience Event?

Each semester a calendar of approved Fine Arts Experience events is prepared. Approved FAE events will cover a wide variety of programs and will be chosen from areas such as plays, art exhibitions and musical performances, or from lectures/presentations of general appeal related to the fine arts. These events will be scheduled and approved by an FAE Committee appointed from the CVPA by the Provost.

How Can the Requirement Be Fulfilled?

Satisfactory Fine Arts Experience (FAE) attendance requirements are as follows:

  1. Incoming Freshmen (or transfer students with less than thirty semester hours accepted by UMHB) must acquire eight semesters of FAE credit.
  2. Transfer Students
    1. Sophomores (students with thirty to fifty-nine semester hours accepted by UMHB) must acquire six semesters of FAE credit.
    2. Juniors (students with sixty to eighty-nine semester hours accepted by UMHB) must acquire four semesters of FAE credit.
    3. Seniors (students with ninety or more semester hours accepted by UMHB) must acquire two semesters of FAE credit.
  3. FAE attendance is mandatory, if attendance records indicate that a student did not attend the required number of FAE events, or did not make-up the absence, they will receive non-credit for FAE on the grade report for that semester. Students are responsible for making sure they have fulfilled all requirements for attendance and can check the records of attendance with the Director of the Fine Arts Experience in the College of Visual and Performing Arts. If a student feels that an error has been made, he/she has until the first two weeks of the following semester to question the accuracy of the records.

To receive credit the student must be scanned out of the event.

Freshman Seminar (UMHB 1101)

Freshman Seminar is one semester hour credit course required of all freshmen who are new to the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor and transfer students who have less than twelve (12) transferable hours (excluding Credit by Exam, AP, CLEP, and ACT). This course must be taken the first semester the student is admitted to UMHB. The main goal of the course is to equip new freshmen with strategies for full, active participation in the process of making a successful transition to UMHB.

This required one hour credit freshman course, taught by faculty from various academic disciplines, provides an experience aimed at improving your chances for success during your first year. A variety of creative, interesting topics are available for you to choose from. This course will:

  • Assist you in transitioning to UMHB;
  • Provide you with an opportunity to build effective relationships through in-class and out-of-class interactions with other students, faculty, and staff;
  • Equip you to take responsibility and initiative for your learning experience as both a UMHB student and a lifelong learner.

Peer Mentor Seminar (UMHB 1202)

In the Peer Mentor Seminar, the Peer Mentors (Cru-Leaders) will deepen their understanding of the developmental issues that face first year students as they transition to college life. The Cru-Leaders will have the opportunity to learn theory and apply practical knowledge while working with their assigned mentees.

Career Coaching & Planning (UMHB 4100)

This course is designed to offer students enhanced career coaching through personalized advisement, planning, and courses of action with the opportunity for independent study. Activities and assignments are designed to meet personal career development needs. Course content will include interest assessments, review of what careers match the student’s major, mock interview, and creation of professional cover letters and resumes. In addition, students will learn how to network, conduct successful job searches, and best use of social media. A course of study for any student and major.