Belhaven University (“Belhaven” or “BU”) is a private Christian liberal arts university located in Jackson, Mississippi
Founded by Dr. Lewis Fitzhugh and later donated to the Presbyterian Church in the United States, Belhaven University has been independently run by a Board of Trustees since 1972. Belhaven is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award Associate, Baccalaureate, and Master’s Degrees. Twenty-seven Bachelor’s Degrees and eight Master’s Degrees are offered. In addition to traditional majors, programs of general studies are available. There are also pre-professional programs in Christian Ministry, Medicine, Dentistry,Law, and Nursing.
Belhaven maintains satellite campuses for graduate and undergraduate studies in Atlanta, Georgia, Houston, Texas, Memphis, Tennessee and Orlando, Florida, and also conducts online programs.
Belhaven teaches from a “Christian Worldview Curriculum” and defines its mission as preparing “students academically and spiritually to serve Jesus Christ in their careers, in human relationships, and in the world of ideas.”
Belhaven University offers Bachelor’s Degrees in twenty-seven different major areas of study including Accounting, Art (Visual Arts), Arts Administration, Biblical Studies and Ministries, Biology, Business Administration, Chemistry, Classical Education, Communication, Creative Writing, Dance, Elementary Education, English, Graphic Design, History, Humanities, International Studies, Mathematics, Music, Philosophy,Political Science, Psychology, Social Services, Sports Administration, Sports Medicine and Exercise Science, Sports Ministry and Theater. Pre-Professional Programs are also offered in Christian Ministry, Medicine,Dentistry, Law, Nursing, and Medical Technology.
Master’s Degrees are offered in Business Administration, Leadership, Public Administration, Teaching, and Education, among others.
Students graduating with a high grade point average (GPA) may receive Latin Honors during graduation, including Cum Laude for a GPA above 3.4, Magna Cum Laude for a GPA above 3.7, and Summa Cum Laudefor a GPA above 3.9. Students who have transferred to Belhaven and who have earned a GPA of 3.4 or higher but have not earned more than sixty-four hours of credit at the university may graduate “with honors”, although this is not considered a Latin Honor. Belhaven University students may be invited to participate in Belhaven’s Honors College during their Freshman or Sophomore year provided they have a GPA of 3.5 or higher and an ACT score of 27 or higher or an SAT score of 1220 or higher as well as the sponsorship of at least one professor.
The five most popular majors among 2009 graduates were Visual and Performing Arts (22%), Business, Management, Marketing, and related support services (17%), Health and Physical Education/Fitness (11%), Education (9%), and Psychology (8%).
Belhaven is currently in the process of introducing a major in Nursing. The plan is for a complete nursing major to be in effect Fall 2014.