Are you a motivated student who needs flexibility because of family, work, or other commitments?  Do you want to pursue higher education opportunities, but you just can't attend classes on campus regularly? 

     Our Distance Education Program has been empowering non-traditional students to complete undergraduate degrees for more than 35 years.  With Southwestern, you take courses from the same professors as on-campus students.  Content, objectives, and outcomes are the same as well.  Southwestern focuses on a select number of programs and courses for delivery through distance education, with faculty and staff firmly committed to helping students complete their programs.   

Distance Education courses offered by Southwestern are also available for traditional, on-campus undergraduate students during the summer.  In addition, post-baccalaureate students interested in completing the requirements for teacher certification may do so through Distance Education.  All courses require the student to have access to the internet and e-mail. 

     Southwestern Adventist University is approved by the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) to offer Distance Education to students in member states. See nc-sara.org to find out if your state is a participant. 

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Programs

Business

 

Program Emphasis
Below are emphasis which business students may choose to focus on.

Accounting
Our Accounting track prepares future Bookkeepers, Auditors, and Certified Public Accountants. Additionally, a track in accounting provides backbone learning for any business related career.

Finance
Our Finance track prepares future Financial Analysists, Advisors, and Investors. Quality finances are a key aspect of healthy business practices.

International Business
If you have an interest in a career that allows you to travel the world, our International Business Program is for you.  Learn about the trends and practices that will make you successful with colleagues and business partners from a variety of backgrounds and cultures.

Management
Our Management Program prepares future managers to efficiently administer business practices. It provides practical skills in supply chain, project management, and more.

Marketing
Our Marketing Program prepares future Marketing Analysists, Managers,and Sales Personnel. With practical skills in advertising, writing, and analysis, the program provides the building blocks for the various aspects of Marketing.

Operation Management
Our Operations Management Program prepares future managers to efficiently administer business practices. It provides practical skills in supply chain, project management, and more.

For more information, visit the catalog. 

Elementary Education (B.S.) Program

With expertise in education and psychology, our program provides a unique benefit for those who will soon be aiding and leading the students of tomorrow. Southwestern is currently the only Seventh-day Adventist school that offers a combined degree in education and psychology. You’ll not only learn in the classroom but by watching those who do it every day, and by doing it yourself, you’ll build trust in your students and confidence in your own skills.

General Studies (A.S.) Program

        Not everyone’s interests fit into the traditional major program.  A degree in General Studies gives you the flexibility to choose an emphasis or two in a degree plan more suited to you. Southwestern Adventist University’s Interdisciplinary Studies program even lets you add an area of emphasis not offered on campus.

General Studies (B.S.)

For this degree program, you’ll need to meet Southwestern’s general education and baccalaureate degree requirements, plus one area of emphasis (42 semester hours; 18 upper division) or two (24 semester hours each; 9 upper division each).

History (B.A.)

A history degree from Southwestern prepares students for careers in education, public service, politics, public policy and myriad others that require sharp analytical skills. For those wishing to push the boundaries of their knowledge, the program also sets the stage for truly enriching graduate studies in the fields of history, museum studies, law, library science, cultural studies and more.

Psychology (B.S.)

This degree is the first step for those who want to obtain entry-level positions in the field of psychology or who are planning on pursuing advanced degrees as part of their career path. To be a licensed counselor you must have a master’s degree or higher and successfully complete the required licensure examinations.

Religion (B.A.)

The Department of Religion provides a Christ-centered and Bible-based religious education that is in line with the global mission and message of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Classes emphasize areas such as biblical understanding, personal application, and service to the Church. Classes in this major are typically small, which provides ample time for interaction between professor and student.

Theology (B.A.)

Student intent on being pastors enter a program that integrates theological knowledge with pastoral training for excellence in ministry. Professors focus on biblical understanding and personal application, church leadership and administration, evangelism, and pastoral service to the Church. The program offers unique opportunities for practical ministry and evangelism through required church assignments and its Field School of Evangelism.

General Studies

 

Program Emphasis
Below are emphasis which business students may choose to focus on.

General Studies
Not everyone’s interests fit into the traditional major program.  A degree in General Studies gives you the flexibility to choose an emphasis or two in a degree plan more suited to you. Southwestern Adventist University’s Interdisciplinary Studies program even lets you add an area of emphasis not offered on campus. 

Interdisciplinary Studies
Not everyone’s interests fit into the traditional major program.  A degree in General Studies gives you the flexibility to choose an emphasis or two in a degree plan more suited to you. Southwestern Adventist University’s Interdisciplinary Studies program even lets you add an area of emphasis not offered on campus. 

For more information, visit the catalog. 

Criminal Justice

 

Job Market
While criminal justice graduates often enter the workforce as police officers, the prospects for expanded opportunities are vast. A criminal justice degree can also prepare a student for careers in, probation, asset management, crime scene investigation, corporate security, corrections administration, federal protective services, or corporate loss prevention. Additional education may be required for some career paths. A criminal justice degree can also serve as pre-law degree and the basis of a criminal law career.


Most local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies require applicants to possess a college degree. A criminal justice degree helps graduates develop skills that those agencies are looking for, including:

  • Communication skills. Police and detectives must be able to speak with people when gathering facts about a crime and to express details about a given incident in writing
  • Empathy. Police officers need to understand the perspectives of a wide variety of people in their jurisdiction and have a willingness to help the public.
  • Good judgment. Police and detectives must be able to determine the best way to solve a wide array of problems quickly.
  • Leadership skills. Police officers must be comfortable with being a highly visible member of their community, as the public looks to them for assistance in emergency situations.
  • Perceptiveness. Officers, detectives, and fish and game wardens must be able to anticipate a person’s reactions and understand why people act a certain way.

Click here for the Curriculum Guide.

For more information, visit the catalog. 

Psychology

 

Program Emphasis
Below are emphasis which business students may choose to focus on.

Psychology Program
With expertise in education and psychology, our program provides a unique benefit for those who will soon be aiding and leading the students of tomorrow. Southwestern is currently the only Seventh-day Adventist school that offers a combined degree in education and psychology. You’ll not only learn in the classroom but by watching those who do it every day, and by doing it yourself, you’ll build trust in your students and confidence in your own skills.

Emphasis in School Guidance
With expertise in education and psychology, our program provides a unique benefit for those who will soon be aiding and leading the students of tomorrow. Southwestern is currently the only Seventh-day Adventist school that offers a combined degree in education and psychology. You’ll not only learn in the classroom but by watching those who do it every day, and by doing it yourself, you’ll build trust in your students and confidence in your own skills.


Masters in Counseling
The Master of Arts in Counseling at Southwestern Adventist University is designed to develop and deliver a program that ensures the highest of counseling preparation and performance.  Southwestern is a recognized contributor in the field of counseling  through effective teaching, quality research, and meaningful service.  The University is committed to the advancement of counseling in the mental health and school environments, at all levels, and for all students, especially graduate Christian education within the Adventist system of values.

The objectives of the M.A. in Counseling program are:

  1. To promote excellence in graduate education through exemplary teaching, research, practice, and service.
  2. To prepare competent counselors for both public and private mental health and school settings.
  3. To improve human cognitive, academic, physical, emotional, social development and performance.

For more information, visit the catalog. 

Education

 

Program Emphasis
Below are emphasis which business students may choose to focus on.

Elementary Education Program
With expertise in education and psychology, our program provides a unique benefit for those who will soon be aiding and leading the students of tomorrow. Southwestern is currently the only Seventh-day Adventist school that offers a combined degree in education and psychology. You’ll not only learn in the classroom but by watching those who do it every day, and by doing it yourself, you’ll build trust in your students and confidence in your own skills.


Masters in Education
The Master of Education program is designed to develop and deliver an education program that ensures the highest of teacher preparation and performance. Southwestern is a recognized contributor in the field of educational research and practice through effective teaching, quality research and meaningful service. The University is committed to the advancement of teaching and learning in all educational environments, at all levels, and for all students, especially graduate Christian education within the Adventist system of values.

The specific aims of the M.Ed. program are are follows:

  1. To promote excellence in graduate education through teaching, research and service.
  2. To prepare competent teachers, administrators and other professional specialists for service in the field of education.
  3. To conduct research, disseminate new knowledge and develop applications of existing knowledge.
  4. To improve human cognitive, academic, physical, emotional, social development and performance.

For more information, visit the catalog. 

Christian Studies

 

Program Emphasis
Below are emphasis which business students may choose to focus on.

Religion Program
A calling requires preparation. Our religion program focuses on preparing pastors and Bible workers for excellence in ministry through Biblical understanding, personal application, church leadership and administration, and evangelism. Classroom work is balanced by application in mission trips and our student-conducted School of Evangelism, which results in baptisms every year.


Theology Program
A calling requires preparation. Our religion program focuses on preparing pastors and Bible workers for excellence in ministry through Biblical understanding, personal application, church leadership and administration, and evangelism. Classroom work is balanced by application in mission trips and our student-conducted School of Evangelism, which results in baptisms every year.

 

For more information, visit the catalog. 

Nursing

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at Southwestern Adventist University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791. The nursing program is fully approved by the Board of Nursing for the State of Texas, 333 Guadalupe #3 - 460, Austin, TX 87801, 512-305-7400.

Program Information
Below are emphasis which business students may choose to focus on.

For more information, visit the catalog. 

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Students and Alumni

I have been so excited and so thankful that Southwestern has a Distance Education Program!  I desperately needed to take a class this summer but my schedule is so full that it seemed impossible.  From raising my 6 year old, to working full time, to preparing to move and preparing to teach at a new school, there was no way I was going to be able to attend any classes on campus. 

Because of this program, I am able to work in the evenings on my class work and I will be able to complete the class in time to help with a class I’ll be teaching this next semester and it completes a certification I have been wanting to finish.  The learning site is easy to understand and has many links to help with all the assignments and lectures.  The interaction between the Distance Education department and myself has been quick and helpful through phone calls and emails.  I know I will be using this program again next summer to further my education and even finish my masters.  -Carrie Hall Suess, high school teacher and principal

Dual Credit

The Dual Credit program at Southwestern Adventist University offers qualified junior and senior high school students an opportunity to earn college credit while completing high school requirements. Dual Credit courses are taught by university faculty on the Southwestern campus OR at the high school by qualified high school instructors who meet the same criteria as college faculty.

As a Dual Credit student, you can:

  • Save money on college tuition.
  • Finish college faster.
  • Enjoy an easier transition to college-level coursework and college life.

Requirements

  • 3.0 high school GPA, or ACT composite 23, or SAT ERW and Math of 1140 (one of these)
  • An acceptable citizenship and attendance record
  • Home School students need to provide a transcript
  • High School and Academy students need verification from their registrar

 

Courses currently available

Distance Education Dual Credit Courses:
  • RELT 101 Christian Beliefs
  • HIST 111, 112 US History
  • ENGL 121 Freshman Composition
  • BIOL 103 Human Biology
  • COMM 111 Speech
  • PLSC 211 National and Texas Constitutions
  • MATH 110 College Algebra (requires math placement evaluation)
Dual Credit Courses Available On-Campus:*
  • CHIN 111, 112 Elementary Chinese
  • CHIN 211, 212 Intermediate Chinese
  • PORT 111, 112 Elementary Portuguese
  • PORT 211, 212 Intermediate Portuguese
  • SPAN 111, 112 Elementary Spanish
  • SPAN 211, 212 Intermediate Spanish

*Other 100-level courses available by permission of the instructor. 
 

Most courses are offered for $100/credit hour. 
Must enroll by January 7 for Spring 2018.

 

Contact Jason Kowarsch at jasonk@swau.edu or 817-202-6270 to get started!

 

 

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