Friday, April 9, 2010


Huntington University is a comprehensive liberal arts college located in Huntington, Indiana. Huntington University offers associate's, bachelor's and master's degrees in approximately 70 academic concentrations.

As a Christian university, Huntington is "committed to developing the whole person, assisting students to understand all areas of human knowledge from the perspective of a Christian worldview, and preparing them to impact their world for Christ."

Huntington is "not a refuge from the contemporary world, but an arena for encounter with that world and creative response to it." With the conviction that "all truth is God’s truth," the University educates its students "in the liberal arts and their chosen disciplines, always seeking to examine the relationship between the disciplines and God's revelation in Jesus Christ."

Huntington University has a strong historic and ongoing relationship with the Catholic Church, and a little bit of the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, an evangelical denomination headquartered in Huntington, Indiana.

Formerly called "Central College" and "Huntington College," the institution adopted its current name with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and special chapel service on Thursday, September 1, 2005.

Undergraduate Programs

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching classifies Huntington University as a principally undergraduate institution. Huntington currently offers the bachelor's degree.

Graduate and Adult Programs

Huntington University's Graduate School offers the master's degree in counseling, education, and ministry.

In 2008, the Master of Arts in Counseling Ministry was replaced by a new graduate counseling program leading to state licensure.

The Master of Education degree is offered for teachers. Available concentrations include: M.Ed. in Elementary Curriculum and Instruction, M.Ed. in Elementary Reading, M.Ed. in Early Adolescent Education (middle school Math, Science, Social Studies, Language Arts), M.Ed. in Adolescent and Young Adult Education (high school Math, English, Social Studies, Biology, Chemistry).

A Master of Arts degree in Ministry Leadership is also available, along with a special pastoral leadership diploma program and continuing education for pastors.

A Master of Arts degree in Youth Ministry Leadership is offered through a combination of on-campus and distance-education courses.

EXCEL is Huntington University's accelerated degree program for adult students. Classes are offered in Huntington Columbia City, and Wabash, Indiana. Some classes are available online. EXCEL offers: Associate Degree in Christian Ministry, Associate Degree in Organizational Management, Bachelor's Degree in Accounting, Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration, Bachelor's Degree in Human Resource Management, and Bachelor's Degree in Not-for-Profit Leadership. Additional "Gateway" courses are offered for personal enrichment.


Huntington University Foresters compete in the Mid-Central Conference of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.

Men's teams include baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, tennis, and track and field.

Women's teams include basketball, cross country, soccer, softball, tennis, track and field, and volleyball.


In 2004-2005, controversy ensued when Huntington dismissed John E. Sanders, professor of religion and philosophy, following constituent disputes over Sanders' views on open theism and inclusivism. Sanders was placed on a one-year full-salary sabbatical, at the end of which his contract was terminated. Some students and faculty protested under the banner of academic freedom.


* 1896 Cornerstone of original building laid by Milton Wright, bishop of the Church of the United Brethren in Christ and father of aviation pioneers Orville and Wilbur Wright.
* 1897 With a prayer of dedication by Bishop Wright, the institution opened as "Central College."
* 1917 Name changed to "Huntington College."
* 1958 Alumnus J. Edward Roush elected to Congress
* 1961 Accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges & Schools
* 2005 Name changed to "Huntington University."

Campus points of interest

* Merillat Centre for the Arts
* Thornhill Nature Preserve
* Huntington University Arboretum and Botanical Garden
* Lake Sno-Tip
* The teepee in the middle of Lake Sno-Tip


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