What is the Smith College of Liberal Arts?
Smith College of Liberal Arts is the division of Houston Baptist University that all students are assigned to until they complete the required core courses. Upon completion of the core requirements, students enter one of Houston Baptist University's other colleges.
What is the purpose of the College?
The purpose of the College is to provide you with a solid educational foundation for your major--and for life! The liberal arts focus of the core curriculum includes studies in oral and written communication, natural and behavioral sciences, mathematics, humanities, fine arts, computer skills, and wellness and kinetics.
Why are the liberal arts important?
The study of the liberal arts --also called the humanities-- gives you a broad perspective and teaches you analytical and critical-thinking skills --important in every field. In fact, a recent study in Fortune
magazine reported that CEOs nationwide said the humanities are essential for developing critical thinking (90 percent) and problem-solving skills (75 percent). Only 37 percent said the purpose of a college degree is to acquire work skills.
Will I get personal attention in Smith College of Liberal Arts?
In Smith College of Liberal Arts --and at Houston Baptist University generally-- the focus is on developing you as a whole person. As a student assigned to the Smith College of Liberal Arts, you'll work with an academic advisor and will receive the evaluation and guidance necessary to making your college experience a part of an enriched personal life as well as a productive career.
Can I take courses in my major while I'm still assigned to Smith College?
Yes, you may take courses in your major while completing your core requirements. Upon completion of the core requirements, you will be assigned to one of Houston Baptist University's other colleges.
Who will help me if I need tutoring or other services to do my best?
You'll find a whole range of academic support services
at Houston Baptist University --and they're available to all students, not just those in the Smith College of Liberal Arts.