Academic Catalog 2021-2022

Academic Support Services and Programs

Academic Advising

The Academic Advising Center is an integral part of the division of Student Success. The Student Success Center, which houses Academic Advising, is located in the Tucker Student Center on the third floor. Academic Advising assists in academic planning and the selection of majors and minors. Services provided by Traditional Undergraduate Advising include first-semester registration of all new students (freshmen and transfer), academic reporting, assignment of advisors, and academic counseling for students seeking to maintain or achieve a specific grade point average. The Academic Advising Center also provides advisement services in the absence of the primary advisor.

Upon entering Gardner-Webb University, all traditional undergraduate students are assigned an Academic Advisor and Student Success Coach from the Student Success Division. Students are encouraged to view the advising relationship as a partnership for success. Students may choose to submit an official declaration of major at any point. After an official declaration of a student's major has been processed, the student will be assigned to a faculty advisor in the department/school of their chosen field of study. Transfer students are encouraged to officially declare a major before or during their first semester of study at Gardner-Webb University. The Student Success Coach will remain with the student and continue the advising relationship until the student completes undergraduate work at Gardner-Webb University. 

First-year students seeking a bachelor's degree are enrolled in a First-Year program course (UNIV 101 or UNIV 111). A traditional first-year student is an individual that is entering college within a one-to-three year span after graduating from a high school program. An advanced first-year student (eg., early college high school) is one who has completed high school and college-level studies concurrently. All first-year students are required to take UNIV 111/UNIV101 regardless of AP credit or advanced first-year status in their first semester of enrollment at Gardner- Webb University. Students with more than fifteen hours of transfer work (from non-AP/dual enrollment credit) are not required to take UNIV 111/UNIV 101.

New Student Orientation

Orientation provides students a glimpse in to the upcoming college experience. Students are given information to assist them during the transition from home to their “new home away from home.” The New Student Orientation program allows new incoming students to meet with other Gardner-Webb students who can answer questions about life at Gardner-Webb. They will participate in activities that will provide an opportunity to meet other new students and become acquainted with the Gardner-Webb community.

Noel Center for Disability Resources

The Noel Center for Disability Resources provides accommodations and services to qualifying students with disabilities. Upon acceptance to the University, the student should register for services by following the instructions on the Noel Center's homepage. Professional documentation of the disability and its functional limitations should be sent to the Noel Center for Disability Resources. Once eligibility has been determined the student is assigned an Accessibility Advisor who will collaboratively work with the student to determine the appropriate accommodations and services. This person will work with the student throughout his or her time at Gardner-Webb. Some of the accommodations/services that may be provided if the student has supportive documentation include, but are not limited to, note-takers, extended-time testing, materials in alternative format, lab assistants, interpreters, orientation and mobility training, and use of adaptive technology. The student may receive help in developing effective study skills as well as organizational and test-taking strategies.

Dover Memorial Library

The Dover Memorial Library is an active and integral part of the University’s academic program. The Library’s collections, available on open stacks, support all areas of the curriculum and include 172,000 print books, nearly 12,000 bound periodicals, and many other materials such as DVDs, CDs, and computer files. The Library has access to over 600,000 eBooks, nearly 150,000 journal titles in 150+ electronic databases, and is a selective depository for federal government documents.

In addition to its collections, the Library provides numerous services to reinforce and enhance the instructional process for both on-and off-campus students. The University Archives features the Fay Webb Gardner Papers, the Kings Mountain Baptist Association records, and University and local church ephemera. The Digital Commons holds digitized copies of archival materials as well as faculty and student scholarship.

Professional librarians are available for individual and group instruction. Several opportunities for research instruction are available: live chat, email, phone, or face-to-face appointment. Interlibrary loan, audiovisual, and production (lamination, color copies, posters, etc.) services are available. The Library’s homepage,, provides access to our online catalog and databases as well as information about the Library facility, resources, services, and policies. Off-campus students will be prompted for their WebbConnect username and password in order to access the Library’s subscription databases.

Peer Tutoring

Peer Tutoring is an academic support service connected to Gardner-Webb University’s Undergraduate Student Success Center. Through our course-specific tutoring services, we hope to contribute to the tutors’ and tutees’ personal development and academic success. While Peer Tutoring is not equipped to offer tutoring assistance for all Gardner-Webb courses, we strive to provide tutoring assistance for frequently requested courses found within Gardner-Webb University’s curriculum. Peer Tutoring is one of the many student resources Gardner-Webb University offers undergraduate students in need of academic assistance.

Peer Tutoring provides undergraduate students with the opportunity to schedule an individual tutoring appointment with a peer tutor who has previously excelled or is currently excelling in the requested course. During the student’s tutoring session, the tutee will receive individual attention in a supportive environment in which he or she has the opportunity to discuss course-specific concepts, review course-specific material, and/or prepare for a course-specific exam or presentation. Peer tutoring generates no additional fees for undergraduate students.

Peer Tutoring is open to student input and needs as we seek to provide the best tutoring services possible. Our policies and responsibilities are developed to benefit the student-learning process.


As a member of the Student Success Division, the Office of Retention assists with helping students thrive. The Office of Retention also facilitates the Leave of Absence process when students need to take some time off from college. When students are facing challenges in any area, they are encouraged to contact the Office of Retention by telephone, e-mail, or in person. The office is located on the third floor (Student Success Suite, Room 342), of Tucker Student Center.

Service Learning

Academic Service Learning empowers students and faculty to connect the work of the classroom with the needs and opportunities for serving the global community. At Gardner-Webb University, the discipline is formally defined as an integration of both service and student learning outcomes, which are intentionally designed to evoke life-giving change in both service recipients and service providers, thus fostering a commitment by all at the University to impactful, ongoing community engagement. Academic Service Learning is incorporated into classes throughout the University’s academic program and is under the direction of the IMPACT Center for Christian Ethics and Social Responsibility.

Study Abroad

The Gardner-Webb University curriculum provides students with a global perspective of the world so that they may gain the international understanding necessary to be informed citizens. The University also encourages students to explore the appropriateness of study abroad. This can be an integral part of a student's university experience, providing personal growth, cultural understanding, an international perspective, improved world-language skills, and a competitive edge in the eventual job search.

Semester and summer study abroad is currently possible at universities in Malta, Spain, Sweden, Germany, The Netherlands, Costa Rica, Greece, and Canada (French-speaking). Students can also participate in international mission experiences. Honors students may attend special Honors programs that take place abroad. Through the Office of International Programs, students may also arrange to study at foreign universities other than those mentioned above.

During the academic year as well as in the summer, Gardner-Webb sponsors short trips to various overseas destinations. With prior arrangement, credits may be earned for study/travel abroad. Some financial assistance for international study/travel is available to students who meet the necessary eligibility requirements.

Undergraduate Research

The Undergraduate Research program encourages scholarly research, including artistic endeavors, that come to fruition outside the boundaries of the classroom. Students in any discipline may receive funding to work with a faculty mentor/collaborator on a well-planned project that is then presented in a public venue such as a professional conference or published in a scholarly journal. Projects over the last few years have included a biology experiment on biodiesel fuel retrieved from algae; a collaborative article published in a professional psychology journal about counseling bereaved children and adolescents; and teams trained for two simulation conferences, Model Arab League and Model NATO. The Undergraduate Research program is a co-sponsor of the Life-of-the-Scholar Multidisciplinary Conference, which gives students the opportunity to showcase their scholarship on campus in February each year. The program also supports the Gardner-Webb Summer Research Scholars program, which funds students who live on campus for a summer term and work with a mentor/collaborator on an Undergraduate Research project.

University Writing Center

The University Writing Center, located in the Tucker Student Center, offers assistance to all Gardner-Webb students on any problem related to writing. Qualified graduate and undergraduate students, under the direction of a faculty specialist in writing, provide individual and group tutoring and answer questions upon request. Students who live off campus can receive Writing Center services via telephone or video conferencing software.

Christian Life and Service

The Office of Christian Life and Service advances the Christian and Baptist identity of the University and nurtures students, faculty, and staff in the development of a mature Christian faith. Varied opportunities are provided for expressing that faith through service to God and humanity. The major areas of focus which are part of the Office of Christian Life and Service include Student Ministries, Pastoral Care, Dimensions, Missions, The IMPACT Center for Christian Ethics and Social Responsibility, and the President’s Council on Christian Mission and Identity.

For additional information please refer to the Traditional Undergraduate Student Handbook.

Army Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC)

Mr. Michael Meissner, Director

Instructor of Military Science

(704) 406-4427

109 Dover Chapel

In addition to the many opportunities available to an officer in the United States Army, ROTC provides world-class leadership training applicable to corporate, executive, and governmental leadership positions. Gardner-Webb offers Army ROTC in cooperation with the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Freshman, sophomore, and junior military science coursework is offered on the Gardner-Webb campus. Senior level military science coursework, along with periodic training exercises, is offered on the UNC Charlotte campus. There are no additional tuition charges for those participating in the activities on the UNC Charlotte campus although students should provide their own transportation.

After successful completion of the first two years of military science coursework (in exceptional cases, only one year may be required), achieving a competitive GPA, and earning mandated physical training scores, Gardner-Webb students may compete for an Army ROTC Scholarship which will cover the recipient’s tuition and fees. In addition, Gardner-Webb will waive room and board charges for recipients of ROTC Scholarships. Other benefits, including monthly stipends and book allotments, also accrue to those attending Gardner-Webb on ROTC scholarships. Students who receive these scholarships contract with the Army for a specific term of military service as an officer. Any Gardner-Webb student may take ROTC courses without military obligation even if he/she does not contract with the Army for an ROTC scholarship. Students who successfully complete the specified junior- and senior-level military science courses may elect to receive a minor in military science. The Military Science minor is housed in the Department of Public Service.

Students interested in ROTC should contact Mr. Meissner at 704-406-4427 or Gardner-Webb’s Undergraduate Admissions Office at 704-406-4496.


  1. To provide quality instruction and training that emphasizes and strengthens leadership, management, and organizational skills.
  2. To provide quality instruction and training that develops and strengthens critical thinking, enhances problem solving skills, and fosters teamwork.
  3. To promote and develop good written and oral communication skills.
  4. To instill and foster the army values that support teamwork, loyalty, respect, and commitment.

Military Science Minor Courses

MSCI 311, MSCI 311L, MSCI 312, MSCI 312L, MSCI 330, MSCI 411, MSCI 411L, MSCI 412 (18 hours)

Proper credit for any of the following cross-listed courses can be used to satisfy the Military History requirement of the Military Science minor that is normally filled by MSCI 330: American Military History.

HIST 318/MSCI 318 Civil War and Reconstruction

HIST 383/MSCI 383 The Second World Ware

HIST 431/MSCI 431 Special Topics in American History - Vietnam

Air Force Reserve Officers Training Corps (AFROTC)

Gardner-Webb University students may participate in Air Force ROTC at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and may be eligible for AFROTC scholarships to apply to their Gardner-Webb tuition. Air Force ROTC courses are held only on the UNC-Charlotte campus. Interested students should contact the Commanding Officer, AFROTC Detachment 592, Department of Aerospace Studies, 9201 University City Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28223, phone number (704) 687-8547.

First-Year Programs

Mission Statement

Keeping with the mission of Gardner-Webb University, the First-Year Experience course is designed to help students make a successful transition to university life by fostering a sense of community, nurturing development of faith, inspiring a love of learning and service-based leadership, and promoting success in academic and life skills.

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Develop skill in critical and creative reasoning;
  2. Utilize skills in clear and effective communication;
  3. Demonstrate proficiency in navigation of Blackboard and usage of integrated applications;
  4. Participate effectively as a team member within a service-learning activity; and
  5. Identify and discuss self-assessment and skill development with regards to academics and employability.

All first-year students are required to take UNIV 111/UNIV 101 in their first semester of enrollment at Gardner-Webb University regardless of AP credit or advanced first-year status.

A traditional first-year student is one that is entering college within a one-to-three-year span after graduating from a high-school program.

An advanced first-year student (i.e., early college high school) is one who has completed high school and college-level studies concurrently.

Students with more than 15 hours of transfer work (non-AP credit or dual-enrollment credit) are not required to take UNIV 111/UNIV 101.

For academic advising purposes, a transfer student is a student with 15 hours or more that is not considered dual-enrollment or AP credit.

University Honors Program

Gardner-Webb University provides a comprehensive Honors Program to nurture academically qualified students in all majors. Emphasis is placed on Honors classes, leadership through academic and co-curricular accomplishments, preparation for graduate school, and university activities. In addition to special honors and interdisciplinary classes, a variety of lectures, trips, and other events are planned for students. Application procedures are available through the Admissions Office.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Gardner-Webb University Honors Program is to nurture academically qualified students in all majors by providing a program of enriched learning experiences in courses taught by Honors faculty and to instill community pride in its members by encouraging students to become active in service-based projects.


To provide:

  1. and encourage opportunities for student-centered learning in Honors core classes;
  2. opportunities for cultural enrichment;
  3. opportunities for and encourage student community involvement;
  4. enhancing extra-curricular learning opportunities;
  5. an opportunity for and encourage student research; and
  6. an opportunity for and encourage student involvement and participation in the activities of the North Carolina, Southern Regional, and National Honors Organizations.

Honors Program Curriculum

A student may be identified as an “Honors Program Graduate” after meeting graduation requirements in an academic department/school of the University and meeting the requirements of the University Honors Program. The University Honors Program requires the completion of a minimum of twenty-four hours of coursework designated as “Honors.” Fifteen hours of coursework should be completed in the first two years of study. Honors courses in the first two years may be selected from Honors sections of General Education offerings, special courses which are offered on an occasional or “on-demand” basis for Honors students, or through “Honors Contracts” with faculty teaching regular sections of the college’s overall curriculum.

All Honors students are expected to complete HONR 395, HONR 400, and HONR 401 in their junior or senior year. University Honors Program students are expected to maintain a minimum 3.0 grade point average.

To receive “Honors Program” recognition during Commencement exercises, a student must meet the following requirements.

  1. Maintain at least a 3.0 GPA;
  2. Successfully complete a minimum of 24 hours in Honors courses including HONR 395, HONR 400, and HONR 401;
  3. Initiate, prepare, present, and defend a senior HONORS thesis of at least 40 pages in length. English majors intending to graduate with Honors recognition must complete a minimum of 27 hours in Honors courses in addition to ENGL 391/ENGL 491. ENGL 391/ENGL 491 substitutes for HONR 400/HONR 401.
  4. Complete a minimum of 80 hours of community service which contributes to the welfare of the community; and
  5. Receive the recommendation of the Honors Committee.