We look to the Spring Arbor University Concept for the mission and vision of the School of Arts and Sciences. It reads: “Spring Arbor University is a community of learners distinguished by our lifelong involvement in the study and application of the liberal arts, total commitment to Jesus Christ as the perspective for learning and critical participation in the contemporary world.” In calling for a “community of learners” who are committed to Jesus Christ as the “perspective for learning,” the Concept presents faith as a dynamic and ongoing process of personal development, continually enriched by reflection upon the Gospel of Christ. Learning is understood as an enduring commitment to explore new ideas, to undertake new challenges and to lead lives of holiness and integrity. Christian teachings offer the vital perspective on the acquisition and application of knowledge, not a static orthodoxy but a vibrant inspiration.
As it affirms the importance of participation in contemporary society, the Concept also stresses that applied learning needs to be anchored in the liberal arts. The general education requirements offer breadth and balance, acquainting students with the methodologies used by several disciplines to pursue knowledge.
The School of Arts and Sciences is divided into 13 academic departments and within those departments are specific concentrations. See the list below.
- Advertising and Public Relations
- Communication Studies
- Cross Cultural Communication
- Digital Media — Broadcasting
- Digital Media — Video/Film
- Professional Writing
- Visual Communication
- Master of Arts in Communication
- Engineering — Biomedical (coming Fall 2019)
- Engineering — Electrical (coming Fall 2019)
- Biblical Studies
- Children’s Ministry
- Global Missions
- Pastoral Ministry
- Camping Ministry
- Theological Studies
- Urban Ministry
- Master of Arts in Spiritual Formation and Leadership