WE INVITE YOU TO DISCOVER WILLIAMS. We are honored by your interest in Williams Baptist College! A decidedly Christian institution, we are committed to providing an outstanding academic, spiritual, and social environment that nurtures an exceptional college experience for you. As followers of Jesus Christ, the WBC faculty and staff help to create a sense of community and personal warmth that will help you become all God intends for you to be. You will find mentors passionate about their academic fields of study as well as your personal and spiritual growth. Interaction with a diverse student body and travel opportunities with international and domestic projects will help you develop skills to competently engage global cultures in your future career. And a broad range of campus activities and organizations will make it easy to develop new friendships, many that will remain close for a lifetime. Thank you for your interest in Williams. Please consider scheduling a visit on campus and let us show you, firsthand, why this is such a great place to live and learn. I hope to see you soon! Blessings Tom Jones // President
At a Glance
THE COLLEGE A Christian, four-year, co-educational, private, liberal arts college. Founded in 1941 by H. E. Williams.
LOCATION Williams is located three miles north of downtown Walnut Ridge, Arkansas, on US Highway 67. Walnut Ridge and Hoxie have a combined population of nearly 8,000. Williams is also located 30 minutes from Jonesboro, a growing city of nearly 70,000, offering students a wide array of activities outside those offered on campus.
FACULTY Of its 30 resident and full-time faculty members, more than 60 percent hold terminal degrees. Student-to-Faculty ratio is 13:1.
ACADEMICS Williams offers 25 baccalaureate programs as well as eight preprofessional programs. The average class size is 17.
ACCREDITATION Degrees and programs offered at Williams are fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of North Central Association.
FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE Over 97 percent of Williams’ full-time students receive financial assistance.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
AT A GLANCE
A CHRISTIAN WORLDVIEW
LEARNING FOR LIFE
THE HOPE WITHIN
ACTIVITIES & SPORTS
COST OF 2013-2014 FULL-TIME, RESIDENT STUDENT (PER SEMESTER)
$6,450 DO YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES?
ROOM & BOARD
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Majors Offered CHOOSING A MAJOR IS NO MINOR FEAT AT WILLIAMS. You’ve dreamed it, now you can achieve it. You’ve envisioned it; here you can pursue it. Reach higher and explore the wide array of academic disciplines available at Williams, all taught from a Christian perspective.
DEGREE PROGRAMS Art Art Education Biblical Studies/ Linguistics Biblical Studies/ Theology Biology Business Administration Church Music Communication Arts* Computer Information Science Early Childhood Education English English Education Family Psychology Finance
General Studies History Mathematics* Middle Level Math/ Science Education Middle Level Language/ Literature/Social Studies Education Missions Music Music Education Physical Education Psychology Religious Education Social Studies Education Sociology* Youth Ministry
Honor Societies cademic life at Williams is enriched by the activities and A influences of ten national and international scholastic organizations. These honor societies provide a venue for the promotion and recognition of student academic achievement and encourage lively intellectual interaction between students and faculty outside the traditional classroom. Honor societies at Williams also afford students opportunities to present selected academic work for review, discussion and critical evaluation at regional and national scholastic competitions and conventions. Alpha Chi National Honor Society Alpha Psi Omega National Theatrical Honor Fraternity Beta Alpha Kappa Religious Honor Society Beta Beta Beta National Biological Honor Society Mu Phi Epsilon National Honor Music Fraternity Phi Alpha Theta International Historical Honor Society Pi Lambda Theta Education Honor Society Psi Chi National Honor Society of Psychology Sigma Beta Delta Business National Honor Society Sigma Tau Delta English International Honor Society
Talents & Passions WILLIAMS SINGERS Not your typical choir, the 33-member Williams Singers are voices with a purpose grounded in the understanding of ministry and worship. The select ensemble features a variety of sacred music including classicals, spirituals, hymns and contemporary arrangements. They travel extensively during the academic year representing the college in churches and conventions, at graduation and Homecoming/Parents Weekend.
THE CAST Born to entertain? Ministering through laughter and drama, the Cast is a select theatrical group that brings the scripture to present day life with entertaining and biblically based drama.
CAMPUS MINISTRIES Students are invited to grow a deeper intimacy with Christ through small group Bible studies, praise and worship and a number of mission outlets. Opportunities abound to serve and reach out to fellow students, faculty, staff and the surrounding communities. SOME OF CAMPUS MINISTRIES’ MAJOR ACTIVITIES INCLUDE: Mission Trips (both locally & abroad) Life Groups
Pre-Dentistry Pre-Law Pre-Pharmacy Pre-Nursing
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*minor program only
Pre-Occupational Therapy Pre-Physical Therapy Pre-Medicine Pre-Veterinary Medicine
“The growth I experienced at Williams deserves much of the credit for the success I have enjoyed.”
Collide (Weekly student led worship service) Small-group bible studies Fall Retreat
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ACTIVITIES Williams Idol Miss WBC Open Mic IDOP (International Dorm of Pancakes) Concerts Sporting Events Intramurals Freshman Follies Collide Ministry Opportunities Inflatables Life Groups Hall Wars Harvest Fest Christmas in the Cove 5K Walk/Run Tennis Racquetball Residence Hall Parties Homecoming / Parents Day Mission Trips K.A.O.S. (Keep All Others Soaked)
First Fair WBC Auction Bucks Coffeehouses Spring Fling Week Inflatable Slip-and-Slide Disc Golf Poetry Slam and Jam Super Bowl/Final Four Party Luau Fiesta The Pits/Pep Rally Guest Performances Lectures & Cultural Events Fall and Spring Dramas Mr. WBC Murder Mystery BBQ Cook Off Tie-Dye Tuesday Ultimate Frisbee
Varsity Sports The Williams Baptist College Eagles compete in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) in seven varsity sports as part of the American Midwest Conference (AMC). The NAIA has 258 member colleges and universities, and 21 member conferences. The AMC includes 13 member institutions in Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky and Tennessee.
SPORTS Women’s Basketball Women’s Softball Women’s Soccer Women’s Volleyball 6 // WILLIAMS BAPTIST COLLEGE
Men’s Baseball Men’s Basketball Men’s Soccer
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WALTER NORVELL, PH.D.
A Distinctly Christian Perspective
“I will always remember Williams as the place I call home.” TRAVIS ADAMS // 2008 GRADUATE
“Williams alumni are loyal to their college because they feel part of a family.” MEREDITH BAINE //1998 GRADUATE
“EVERY PERSON HAS A WORLDVIEW, EITHER
who we are—we are human beings made in the image of God;
CONSCIOUSLY OR UNCONSCIOUSLY. WE HAVE A
what has gone wrong with the world—sin has marred every
WAY TO MAKE SENSE OF REALITY EVEN IF WE ARE
aspect of humanity and creation; and what fix is available
NOT AWARE OF THEM.”
to restore the world to order—the redeeming work of Jesus
Dr. Walter Norvell has a passion to see life through a distinctly
Christ on the cross and demonstrated in His resurrection.”
Christian worldview and to help others do the same. His role
As Dr. Norvell puts it, “Christianity not only answers these
on the Christian Ministries faculty at Williams Baptist College
questions, but it gives us our purpose.”
ideally positions him to do just that. “Every academic discipline seeks to understand trust and apply it,” Norvell explains. “This classroom itself is a place to gain and build a proper, true, effective worldview on which to collect the knowledge in a discipline.”
Armed with such a perspective, Christian students can see their own role —whatever their major—in serving the cause of redemption for all people and all of creation.
Dr. Walter Norvell DEPARTMENT
Christian Ministries OCCUPATION
Assistant Professor of Christian Ministries CREDENTIALS
B.A., Union University (Sociology) M.S., University of Memphis (Counseling & Personal Services) M.A.R.E., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary Ph.D., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (Concentrations in Foundations, Church Administration and Youth Ministry)
And a Christian worldview is a pivotal advantage of a
AREAS OF EXPERTISE
Christian college. It characterizes an education where
How People Learn
students experience purpose, finding meaning in knowledge
How Teachers Can Help Students Learn More Effectively
and in life itself.
Spiritual Transformation The Role of the Holy Spirit in Teaching and Learning
“A Christian worldview understands the world in relationship to Jesus Christ,”Norvell explains. “At Williams, we seek to point out, explore and appropriate a biblical worldview.”
Fishing, camping, gardening, antique and flea markets.
“It tells where we came from—God created us and all things;
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DR. STEVEN HARTHORN
Liberal Arts: Learning for Life SHOULDN’T COLLEGE PROVIDE MORE THAN JUST A
shared sense of purpose, and a commitment to nurturing
DEGREE? WE THINK SO. A LIBERAL ARTS EDUCATION,
the whole person, including the spiritual side. There are
LIKE THE ONE YOU FIND AT WILLIAMS, IS THE KEY TO A
countless benefits, both in and out of the classroom, to that
MORE COMPLETE COLLEGE EXPERIENCE.
commitment.” Ultimately, it’s up to the student to get the
“Higher education should make us more aware of our responsibilities and opportunities in the world and more able to fulfill them,” notes Dr. Steven Harthorn. “What we learn in college makes it easier for us to continue learning as we go through life. It is only the beginning of the process.” A faculty member in the WBC Department of English,
most out of their college experience. “Plan to be active in your learning process,” Dr. Harthorn recommends. “Get involved, ask questions and stay in touch with your professors.” “Don’t hide out in the back row. Curiosity is one of the greatest assets you can bring to your education, so come with an open mind.”
Dr. Harthorn is a strong proponent of a well-rounded education—one that helps a student focus on more than a career, but on life in general. “The arts and humanities encourage us to understand who we are and where we come from, to be more compassionate, to be mindful of what is beautiful in life, to hold up ideals and values and to laugh at ourselves,” he says. “These things are important to all of us, whatever our careers.”
Dr. Steven Harthorn DEPARTMENTS
English/Communications Teacher Education OCCUPATION
“WBC gave me insight on how to apply what I learned in the classroom to real world situations.” DAVID BYERS // 2006 GRADUATE
Assistant Professor of English CREDENTIALS
Of course, the Christian element is what truly sets a Williams education apart. “God is at the center of what we do,” he says. “We’re all in agreement about that, which gives us a
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B.A., Calvin College M.A., University of Tennessee Ph.D., University of Tennessee
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The Hope Within ONE DAY, LUCKY ASKED ME, “HOW IS IT THAT YOU
but Jesus simply asks you to trust in him alone and receive his
CAN LOOK AT THINGS SO POSITIVELY ALL THE TIME?
forgiveness. This brings me peace because I don’t have to try to
I CANNOT, FOR I AM OFTEN NEGATIVE.”
be good enough, I can just trust him.”
I smiled. That morning I had prayed for God to direct our
“Maybe I should read the Bible,” Lucky said. I was overjoyed at
conversations to spiritual matters, and he did. 1 Peter 3:15 came
her openness to God’s Word, and I gave her a Bangla copy of
to mind: “… always be ready to give a defense to anyone who
the Gospel of John.
asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you.” I have studied 1 Peter 3:15 before, and longed to live out I gathered my thoughts and told Lucky that I wasn’t always
the “hope within me.” It’s a true testimony to Christ that
so positive or joyful. I explained that I used to be negative and
Lucky noticed my hope, for surely I could not live such a
angry quite often, but when Jesus became my Savior and Lord,
life on my own.
his qualities became a part of me. Only through him can I have happiness and a positive outlook on life, and my focus is on
“Not only was Williams wonderful while I was there, but it also prepared me for life after college” MARISA ROGERS // 2007 GRADUATE
eternity, so trifling matters here on earth do not upset me. Lucky seemed to understand my answer, so I continued. “Have you heard much about Jesus?” I asked her. She said he was a prophet and once she had seen a movie about his crucifixion. I also asked her if she knew why Jesus died on the cross. “To take the punishment for our sins,” she replied.
“I consider my decision to attend Williams Baptist College one of the best I have made.” HOLLYANN NEAL //2010 GRADUATE
Later, I asked her if she had ever considered trusting Jesus with her life. “I trust in Allah,” she said. “Our religions are similar because they expect you to do good things,” she added.
TARAH IS A 2013 WILLIAMS GRADUATE. She spent the fall semester of her junior year ministering to the people of Bangladesh, and she also kept a full academic schedule. Note: “Lucky’s” name has been changed in order to protect her privacy.
I then told her that, “Other religions impose rules for salvation,
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“The professors are one of a kind. They care deeply for each student and are there to help you at any time.” LAUREN JEFFERY // 2011 GRADUATE
Do you have what it takes? We think so. Our standards for first-time freshmen demand a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 and minimum ACT score of 19 (or equivalent on the SAT) for unconditional admission.
STUDY ABROAD PROGRAMS Explore the world outside your college classroom. Live an adventure in a new community. Learn to relate your faith with your passions.
Take the first steps. APPLY.*
Williams proudly offers 12 off-campus and study abroad programs around the world through the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU). VISIT bestsemester.com/about TO LEARN MORE!
Do it free online at www.williamsbaptistcollege.com or request an application by phone at 1.800.722.4434. Please include a $20 check or money order if applying by mail.
SUBMIT AN OFFICIAL HIGH SCHOOL TRANSCRIPT. You may be accepted with just a six-semester transcript, but it must include your cumulative GPA and grading scale. Home-schoolers may be admitted on an official transcript with no GED certification required.
HAVE YOUR OFFICIAL ACT OR SAT SCORES sent directly to Williams Baptist College. The ACT code for Williams is 0140.
We’re here to help! Just ask. If you have any questions or to request information, contact an admissions representative at 1.800.722.4434. * Williams does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, gender,
Faith & Purpose Student Missions “As a missionary in Thailand, I had two main goals: know my purpose and show love. I learned quickly that my purpose was to use the talents God has given me to demonstrate Christ’s affection through art and music: two languages spoken throughout the world! Since this mission, I have acknowledged God’s call for my life of ministry leadership and my passion for international missions.” – LEIGHA WOODY // WILLIAMS CLASS OF ‘14
national and ethnic origin, age, physical or mental handicap in the admissions process.
At Williams, experience spring break mission trips, summer mission trips, Mission Practicum, Missions as a major, and weekend mission trips.
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