About Harding University
Harding University is a four-year, private liberal arts university located in Searcy, Arkansas, a community 50 miles northeast of Little Rock and 105 miles west of Memphis, Tennessee. Searcy is the home of the White County Fair, the largest county fair in Arkansas. Lovers of both art and history will enjoy visiting the Searcy Art Gallery. It is located in the Black House, a restored 1870s Italianate house now on the National Register. Another National Register property is the White County Courthouse, which is the oldest functioning courthouse in Arkansas. The town's Events Center includes an outdoor sports complex and Pioneer Village, a recreated 1880s settlement. For those seeking outdoor adventure, Searcy is just an hour from Greers Ferry Lake, a recreational area with over 30,000 acres of water surface. Eighteen parks around the shoreline provide modern campgrounds, boat launches, swim areas and marinas. It's also a great place for hikers, with three National Nature Trails and one multi-purpose fitness trail.
Harding's Department of art and design offers four-year BS and BFA degrees in graphic design. Both require completion of Harding's general education curriculum for graduation. Major coursework includes drawing and composition, multimedia and drawing, human anatomy and design, two-dimensional design, painting, and computer graphics. There is also a course on the graphic design profession and required art history coursework. Students then begin study of graphic design, type design, and visual aesthetics. The BFA degree requires an additional ten credit hours with courses in color theory, printmaking, and a history of graphic design. BFA students must also complete at least two courses from the field of communications with choices such as computer graphics design, print advertising, and photography. Prior to completion of the BFA, students must participate in two semesters of internship in the graphic design field and a senior seminar course. The seminar includes the production of a senior exhibit, resume development, and presentation of a portfolio. The seminar course is among the list of classes from which students in the BS program must choose to complete their degrees, along with several art history courses.
The Department of Art and Design also offers the four-year BS and BFA degrees in the field of interior design. The program serves as a pre-architecture program as well, offering a foundation for future study at a school of architecture if desired. In addition to general education requirements, the major coursework for both degree programs includes study of architectural drawing, fundamentals of interior design, two-dimensional design, visualization and rendering of interior design, and computer-aided drafting. Students complete to art survey courses, study color theory and interior components, and participate in three levels of interior design studio work as well. There are even courses in communication techniques in interior design and professional practice for interior designers, plus a course in either marketing or sales principles to help prepare students for future careers. The BFA program requires one additional course in advanced studies in interior design, whereas the BS program requires an additional six hours of art electives including photography. An internship in the interior design field is also required for completion of either degree.
The Department of Communication at Harding offers a four-year BA degree in advertising. Major coursework within the communications field includes radio and television practicums, an introduction to advertising, mass communication, video production, typography and graphic arts, print and broadcast advertising, direct marketing, and communication law. Students also complete a course in field experiences in advertising, which involves participation in a student-run advertising agency. Required art courses include two-dimensional design, computer graphics design, two levels of graphic design, two levels of photography, and field experience courses with the student newspaper and the student yearbook. Additional coursework in the fields of oral communication, marketing, public relations, business, and information technology are required as well. Prior to graduation, students must participate in an internship program and complete a capstone senior seminar course in mass communication that includes skills such as interviewing techniques and resume writing.
Students interested in the field of mass communications may also complete a four-year BA in electronic media production. Other than general education requirements, all coursework for this degree is in the field of mass communications. Required courses include radio and television practicums, an introduction to advertising, broadcast news writing, Web media, cyberspace communications, radio production and performance, and television production projects. Two levels of video production work are also required. Students then choose courses from a list that includes photography, broadcast news practicum, typography and graphic arts, broadcast reporting, media management, and communication theory. An internship and completion of the capstone senior seminar course are required for graduation.
The Department of Communication also offers a four-year BS degree in interactive media. Required communications coursework includes media software tools, an introduction to interactive media, and typography and graphic arts. Web-based communication courses include Web design and development, a Web programming workshop, cyberspace communication, an introduction to e-learning, writing for the Web, and Web development strategies. Students choose a course in either advertising, marketing, or eCommerce, take two computer programming courses, and complete art courses in both two-dimensional and graphic design as well. Additional business courses include business applications programming and business communications. Students may then choose from additional courses in art such as advanced graphic design and color theory, communication such as photography or Web media, computer science such as data structures or internet development, or marketing such as consumer behavior. Prior to graduation, students must take a course in project development in digital media, participate in an internship program, and complete the capstone senior seminar.
Harding offers many institutionally-funded scholarships awarded to those showing academic success, including the National Merit, Trustee, Academic Achievement, Transfer Student, and Stephens Freshman Scholarships. In addition, a limited number of students qualify for non-academic discounts based on athletic ability or affiliation with selected organizations. Among the available discounts are the Athletic Scholarship Discounts, the Christian College Employee Discount, the Christian School Discount, and Tuition Exchange Discounts. The Harding Grant and Harding academic scholarships are funded by the generosity of friends and alumni of Harding University. All students are encouraged to review the Endowed Scholarship Information and Application page on the university's Web site for a complete listing of all available scholarships.
Harding University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. The university provides many student services to students, including an Academic Advising Center, a Career Center, financial aid assistance, international student support, and a large study-abroad program. The Office of Student Life is responsible for student activities. Opportunities for cultural growth are available to students through participation in music and drama productions, art shows, lectures, and special events. There are over 100 student organizations available, including professional clubs, service groups, social clubs, honor societies, athletic teams and special-interest organizations.