Southern Wesleyan University
|Wesleyan Methodist College (1909–1959)|
Central Wesleyan College (1959–1994)
|President||Dr. Todd Voss|
|Provost||Dr. Tonya Strickland|
|Colors||Warrior Blue, White, Black|
|Athletics||NCAA Division II|
|Mascot||Ty the Warrior|
Southern Wesleyan University is a private, nonprofit Christian college located in Central, South Carolina. The university was founded in 1906 by what is now The Wesleyan Church. The institution is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees.
The school prepares students for leadership and graduate study in such fields as business, education, religion, music, medicine, law and a variety of civic and social service professions. It offers approximately 35 major areas of study for undergraduates and also offers graduate and doctoral degrees in the areas of business and education. The university serves approximately 1,600 students. There are more than 800 undergraduates enrolled at the main campus in Central, South Carolina. In addition, undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs are offered in a fully online format. Dr. Todd Voss has served as Southern Wesleyan University's 18th president since 2011.
The school has 18 intercollegiate athletic teams that compete in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II as well as the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA). Since 2007, the university's athletic teams have won 17 National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) national championship titles including titles in men's baseball, women's basketball, men's soccer, individual men's golf, women's indoor track and field events, women's outdoor track and field events, and men's outdoor track and field events.
- 1 General information
- 2 Accreditation
- 3 History
- 4 Academics
- 5 Photo gallery
- 6 Student activities
- 7 Spiritual life on campus
- 8 Notable graduates
- 9 References
- 10 External links
Southern Wesleyan University (SWU) occupies a 350-acre (142 ha) campus near the town of Central, South Carolina.
Southern Wesleyan University has been accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools since 1973. In 2008, the School of Education was also accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education for the teacher education programs at the undergraduate and master's levels. Degree programs in music and music education are also accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music as of 2008.
In 1904, representatives of Wesleyan Methodist churches in South Carolina and surrounding states met at Central to consider the possibility of establishing a college. Classes at the new school began on October 15, 1906, with students from first grade through college. Initially known as the Wesleyan Methodist Bible Institute (1906–1908), subsequent names included Wesleyan Methodist College (1909–1959) and Central Wesleyan College (1959–1994). The school was renamed Southern Wesleyan University in 1994.
A campus fixture for nearly 60 years, Smith Hall was the first building constructed on College Hill. When it opened in 1906, it housed the chapel, six classrooms, administrative space and a small library collection. In 1916, construction was completed on Grimes Hall, which became the central campus landmark until the early 1970s. The building served classroom and administrative purposes, as well as chapel, library and dining hall at times. Since then the campus has expanded to nearly 20 buildings over 250 acres (101 ha).
Beginning in 1928, the college operated as a two-year junior college, with a four-year theological program. For many years elementary and secondary school classes were offered as well. In 1958, the pre-college programs were phased out, and the college moved to a full four-year program. The junior college program received accreditation that same year, and Central Wesleyan College (as the school was then called) was accredited to award bachelor's degrees in 1973. The university is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate's, bachelor's and master's degrees.
In addition to the traditional program, in 1986 a nontraditional program for working adults was added. Initially known as Leadership Education for Adult Professionals (LEAP), the program expanded to include various associate, bachelor's, and master's programs in an evening class format. As technology progressed, the program evolved into what is now the fully online programs at SWU.
Southern Wesleyan University offers undergraduate degrees in accounting, biology, business administration, chemistry, computer information systems, criminal justice, education, English, environmental studies, exercise science, forensic computer science, history, human services, intercultural studies, management, mathematics, media communication, music, pre-medicine and pre-dentistry, psychology, recreation and sport management, religion and social science. It also offers graduate programs in business, education, and leadership.
School of Education
The school of education provides training for teaching careers in public, private or Christian education. This training is geared toward classroom management, student learning and teacher instruction for the elementary and secondary school levels. It offers bachelor's degrees in Biology, Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, English Education, Music Education, Mathematics Education, Physical Education and Special Education. It also offers two Master of Education degrees in Classroom Leadership and Administration and Supervision as well as a Doctor of Education in Curriculum and Assessment.
School of Business
The Benson School of Business provides business education with a Christian perspective that prepares students for positions of leadership and service. It offers a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA), Master of Business Administration (MBA), and Master of Science in Management (MSM) in various concentrations.
College of Arts and Sciences
The College of Arts and Sciences at Southern Wesleyan University offers a valuable journey of learning and discovery across a broad range of academic disciplines, such as Christian ministry, the humanities, fine arts, and the social, natural and computational sciences.
Student Life maintains student government, Student Activities, athletics, first year experience, counseling, retention, and overall student life. Student Life hosts an annual Day of Service in which students and staff participate in various projects in the local community. Service projects include such things as food drives, brush clean up, entertainment and cleaning. Southern Wesleyan's goal for student life is to integrate faith, living, and learning into students education and to cultivate strong men and women who desire to embody the character of Christ.
Southern Wesleyan (SWU) teams are nicknamed the Warriors. A new logo was introduced in 2013, but the Warrior name was retained. SWU competes as part of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II level, primarily competing in Conference Carolinas. The Warriors also compete as a Division I member of the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA). Chris Williams serves as SWU's athletic director.
SWU men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, tennis, and track & field. In 2013, the men's soccer team won the Division I NCCAA National Championships and Camilo Rodriguez, the team's head coach was awarded NCCAA's Coach of the Year. SWU women's sports include basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse soccer, softball, tennis, track & field, and volleyball. In 2007, the SWU women's basketball team was awarded the NCCAA National Championship.
The SWU Warriors have won 11 National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) national championship titles:
- Women's basketball - 2007
- Men's baseball - 2007
- Men's soccer - 2013 and 2015
- Men's golf (Zach Moore - Individual Play) - 2013
- Women's Indoor Track & Field 4 x 400 meters event - 2015 and 2016
- Men's Outdoor Track & Field triple jump event - 2016
- Women's Outdoor Track & Field
Open to students of all skill levels, intramural sports include basketball, flag football, ping pong, sand volleyball, soccer, and softball.
Spiritual life on campus
Chapel and discipleship opportunities
Students have the opportunity to grow in their faith through weekly chapel experiences with guest speakers and worship. The university also offers discipleship groups, ministry teams, local serving opportunities and global missions experiences.
Southern Wesleyan University offers opportunities for students to be involved with a ministry team that is funded by the university. There are three types of ministry teams sent out by the university including Recreation Ministry Teams, The Difference and University Singers.
Recreation Ministry Teams
Recreation Ministry Teams serve as needed at various Christian summer camps in the months of June and July.
The Difference is a year-long program, in which members travel to lead worship at churches, events and summer camps. There are eight members in this contemporary worship band. They also serve as a recreation team at summer camps.
University Singers is a traveling vocal group which performs religious music at various churches and events. They sing a mixture of contemporary and traditional gospel music.
- Dan Seaborn, Evangelist, marriage and family counselor, author
- Ken Schenck, New Testament theologian, author, professor
- Peter Campbell (golfer), professional golfer
- Gareth Lee Cockerill, New Testament theologian, author, professor
- Robert Black, Church historian, author, professor
- Lindsey Torgerson, Team USA, silver medal winner at 2012 ITU Long Course Duathlon World Championships in Zofingen, Switzerland
- David R. Hiott, South Carolina State Representative for District 4 Pickens County
- Shannon Faulkner, first woman admitted into The Citadel
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