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Undergraduate Catalog  2020-21

General Information

Evangel University is a co-educational, Christian learning-centered community of faith that confers associate, baccalaureate and master’s degrees. Evangel is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education, the National Association of Schools of Music, and the Commission on Accreditation--Council on Social Work Education. The Missouri State Department of Education issues teaching certificates to Evangel graduates who successfully complete the teacher-education program.

The University is approved for study for non-quota foreign students and is listed in the directory of the U.S. Office of Education. The University is also accredited for four years of veterans' training under Public Laws 550 and 634.

Evangel University is owned and operated by the General Council of the Assemblies of God and is endorsed by its Alliance for Assemblies of God Higher Education.


The General Council of the Assemblies of God (USA), one of the largest Pentecostal denominations, was organized in 1914 by a broad coalition of ministers who desired to work together to fulfill common objectives, such as sending missionaries and providing fellowship and accountability. Priority on higher education within the Assemblies of God was recognized when the founding fathers and mothers of the Assemblies of God met in Hot Springs, Arkansas on April 2-12, 1914 to promote unity and doctrinal stability, establish legal standing, coordinate the mission enterprise, and establish a ministerial training school. 

In 1922, the General Assembly authorized the establishment of Central Bible Institute (CBI) with a mission to train ministers and missionaries within a three-year curriculum. In the late 1940s and early 1950s, the General Council recognized a need to establish a liberal arts college for the training of the professions within a Pentecostal environment. In the fall of 1955, Evangel College opened. In 1961, The General Council of the Assemblies of God authorized the establishment of a graduate school of theology. The Assemblies of God Graduate School enrolled its first students in 1973, offering numerous graduate and doctoral degrees in divinity, ministry, and missions. In 1984, the name changed to the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary (AGTS).

In August, 2011, the General Council of the Assemblies of God voted to consolidate the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary, Central Bible College, and Evangel University.  The regional accreditor, The Higher Learning Commission, approved the proposed merger and on April 30, 2013 the three institutions ceased to be separately accredited.  The Seminary operates as a distinct unit within the consolidated Evangel.

Mission Statement

Evangel University is a comprehensive Christian university committed to excellence in educating and equipping students to become Spirit-empowered servants of God who impact the Church and society globally.

Theme: Christ is Lord

For Christians, Jesus Christ is the most important fact in history--not only in world history, but in the personal history of each individual. Christians seek to be Christ-like in obedience, purpose, motivation, word, and deed. Instead of serving their own self-interests, they willingly seek to do God's will as servants. As a reminder to the entire University community, the theme "Christ is Lord" is prominent as our common purpose and goal.

Basic Premises

The following assumptions are basic to the Evangel University program:

  1. The pursuit of truth, regardless of where it is found, is a basic commitment of the University. As a community of scholars and students, the University seeks to discover, apply, and communicate that truth.
  2. An individual's personality grows and develops through commitment to Christ and the search for truth.
  3. Biblical truth should be central and integrated into all the curricular, co-curricular, extracurricular, and living experiences of students.
  4. Faith and reason are viewed as complementary, and both are necessary in the search for truth. Thus, students can integrate  biblical Christianity with humanities, arts, sciences, behavioral sciences, social sciences, and specialized subjects.
  5. In teaching, learning, and serving, quality is fundamental to all areas of the University. The entire University community accepts ownership in the processes of developing the academic, spiritual, and social lives of Evangel students.


Objectives and goals fall into two categories: some can be measured through the collection of statistical data; others cannot be empirically measured, but they still encourage the community to work toward ideals. This latter type is often found within institutions like ours that emphasize ideas, values, awareness, and appreciation. Evangel University has the following objectives for all of its students:

  • To think clearly, reason logically, and communicate effectively as a free individual who knows Christ as Lord
  • To appreciate the beauty of nature, the arts, and literature through the humanities
  • To understand the physical universe through the sciences in the light of biblical and natural revelation
  • To be an active and contributing part of the life of the church and the community
  • To evaluate the moral universe and live by the highest values
  • To maintain a healthy and vigorous body as an instrument for good
  • To prepare for professional postgraduate study or a meaningful career
  • To encourage understanding and appreciation for the multicultural heritage of humankind
  • To develop a social awareness and compassion for human need through a study of the social sciences


Dimensions of Development

To fulfill the above objectives, Evangel University provides a living and learning experience within the Judeo-Christian tradition that challenges and fosters the development of the whole person. We emphasize the following areas of development:


Evangel University is committed to help its students find their places in the plan of God. In concrete terms, students should acquire an awareness of the relationship of education to a personal conversion based on faith in Jesus Christ. Students should recognize and experience the Baptism of the Holy Spirit.  They are also challenged to acquire an understanding of the Scriptures, theology, and missions and to live Spirit-filled lives. They will then be able to take places of leadership and effectively witness in the church, in the home, and throughout the world.

Through chapel services, Biblical Studies courses, Christian service activities, and residence hall spiritual life programs, students are given opportunities to re-examine their values, internalize their beliefs, establish spiritual habits, and make new commitments of faith that will continue to grow throughout their lives.


Evangel University encourages each student to be intellectually curious, to think creatively, to achieve mastery of essential facts, and to use these facts in reaching logical conclusions and making choices that are compatible with a theistic worldview.  Ideally, students will discover their abilities and develop them to the maximum. Each student should make a commitment to a lifetime pursuit of truth and new knowledge.

Planned opportunities for intellectual challenge exist outside the formal classroom.  Nationally-known lecturers are often brought to campus for departmental lectureships. In addition, departmental honorary societies and clubs contribute to and encourage academic and professional learning, while residence hall programs also participate in academically related activities.

Students who need to improve their study skills, reading speed, and comprehension can find help in the Academic Support Center. To augment students' intellectual and academic development, the University also provides special opportunities for growth. As part of EU's emphasis on international and multicultural studies, we provide both a short-term and a full-semester Washington Studies Program, faculty-exchange programs that bring other faculty to the campus and permit Evangel faculty to teach abroad, opportunities for various majors to complete overseas internships (including a portion of the student teaching experience), and opportunities for students to earn credit toward an Evangel degree by studying abroad.


In a Christ-centered environment, one's social life should function at its highest and best level. This area of development is assisted by ESGA (Student Government), the Activities Board, class officers, residence hall boards, and campus clubs and organizations. The Office of Student Development coordinates these events. Planned activities help students develop social skills to prepare them for situations they will face in their business or professional lives. Dating and courtship are important at a Christian university. Many events and activities on campus, both informal and formal, encourage the development of friendships and personal relationships. Engaged couples are offered a seminar to help them prepare for marriage.


We want our students to live joyfully and effectively as they apply biblical principles to their daily lives. We encourage them to develop healthy self-awareness and self-esteem, to be realistic in their self-appraisals, and to understand that they are children of God. We also want them to mature emotionally, make sound choices, be fulfilled in their personal relationships, and enjoy serving others.


Evangel is also concerned about the physical well-being of each student. Because the body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, a student needs to realize how important it is that the body be given proper care through nutrition, rest, sleep, exercise, and recreation. Although we reject drug and chemical abuse of the body, it is also un-biblical to abuse or neglect the body in other ways. EU encourages physical well-being and physical activities through varsity sports, intramural athletic activities, and regular exercise programs. A continuous intramural program throughout the year exists for both men and women and for both on-campus and off-campus students. In addition, the campus nurse practictioner provides both heath care and educational services through the Wellness Center. The prevention of physical problems is an important part of our ongoing commitment to wellness.


Evangel University tries to enrich students' lives by providing them with many vital skills. While students are developing in the areas listed above, they also are establishing the paths they will take in their career choices. The selection of vocation and the development of appropriate skills are critical in fulfilling God's call on our lives and using the gifts God has given to each of us.


A theistic worldview provides an integration of the arts with the Christian life. We believe that art, music, theatre, and literature are an important part of God's world, and we learn more about Him as we expand our understanding and appreciation of the fine arts. Through the direction of the University Artists and Lectureships Committee, performing artists come to the campus for concerts, dramatic performances, art exhibits, and lectureships. During the year, the Department of Music presents a variety of concerts and faculty and student recitals. The Theatre area also presents faculty- and student-directed dramatic works.

EU20 Outcomes

Evangel University’s academic experience is designed to fulfill 20 key outcomes (EU20). The outcomes are organized around four major themes that characterize this experience: An Evangel education is Christ-centered, Exploratory, Integrational, and Global. When students engage in the pursuit of truth at Evangel University, they should demonstrate the following competencies: 

CHRIST-CENTERED: And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.Colossians 3:17. The Christ-centered theme highlights the centrality of the person and teachings of Jesus Christ to the Christian’s life and education.

C1. Spiritual Formation: Practice spiritual disciplines and articulate the contribution of these disciplines to their personal relationship with Christ.

C2. Pentecostal Experience: Identify the role of the Holy Spirit in their journey to spiritual maturity, drawing on the rich resources of biblical and historical Pentecostal experience.

C3. Biblical Interpretation: Employ sound interpretive practices when reading Scripture.

C4. Ethical Decision-making : Apply biblical principles to ethical decision-making so as to distinguish between Christ-like and non-Christ-like behaviors in a variety of personal and social contexts.  

C5. Christian Stewardship: Identify opportunities for and engage in stewardship of resources based on biblical principles.

EXPLORATORY:  Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.Philippians 4:8. The Exploratory Theme affirms that all truth is God’s truth, regardless of where it is found, opening all academic disciplines as avenues for the curious Christian scholar to explore. 

E1. Reading & Imagination: Demonstrate analytical reading skills and engage imaginatively with texts in a variety of disciplines.

E2. Critical Reasoning: Recognize, follow, and construct logical arguments. 

E3. Historical Inquiry: Define essential issues in human history, identify ways others have addressed those issues, and explore the applicability of those approaches to other intellectual, political, social, and/or spiritual contexts.

E4. Research & Analysis: Evaluate research, analyze data, and articulate arguments according to accepted methodologies in the liberal arts and sciences.

E5. Technological Ingenuity: Use current technology to search and communicate information and enhance professional practice. 

INTEGRATIONAL: . . .that their hearts may be encouraged, beingknit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God’s mystery, which is Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. Colossians 2:2 – 3. The Integrational Theme demonstrates the ways in which the pursuit of truth aligns faith, learning, and living into an integrated whole from which students can step into their callings.

I1.   Integrational Philosophy: Articulate the integration of faith, learning, and life.

I2.   Artistic Expression: Identify and/or perform a variety of artistic expressions and analyze their value as reflections of the human condition.

I3.   Health & Fitness: Participate in health and fitness activities and explain their importance in maintaining a strong intellectual, emotional, and spiritual life.

I4.   Strengths & Callings: Articulate the ways in which their personal strengths and the proficiencies they acquire through a well-rounded, interdisciplinary, liberal arts education contribute to the fulfillment of their callings.

I5.   Faith & Science: Relate Christian faith to the concepts, theories, and practices of science.

GLOBAL: If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Romans 12:18. “'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' This is the first and greatest commandment. 39And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'” Matthew 22:37-38. The Global Theme encourages students to connect with others personally, locally, and globally.

G1. Effective Communication: Employ effective communication appropriate to audience, context, and purpose.

G2. Healthy Relationships: Recognize and demonstrate healthy relationships in civic and personal life.

G3. Global Cultures: Demonstrate knowledge of nations and regions of the world and key historical and cultural events in those regions.

G4. Perspectives & Worldviews: Articulate their own perspectives and respect, understand, and evaluate the perspectives of other individuals and the worldviews of other people groups, historic and contemporary. 

G5. Service & Witness: Articulate a personal Christian testimony and demonstrate compassionate, hospitable service in a manner appropriate for the social and cultural context. 

Location and Geographical Setting

Evangel University is located in Springfield, Missouri, in the heart of the scenic Ozarks. As the third largest city in the state, it is served by major highways and airlines that provide convenient transportation to the campus. Recognized as a regional cultural and medical center, Springfield is proud of its strong community spirit, outstanding schools and churches, commercial resources, light industry, tourism, and varied recreational opportunities.

EU's gently-rolling, 85-acre campus fronts one of the city's major thoroughfares. Our beautiful, award-winning landscaping provides an aesthetic setting for learning, and an attractive, small city park borders the northwest edge of the campus.

Physical Facilities and Buildings

The original government grant included 70 wood-frame buildings of the former WWII O’Reilly General Hospital. These were remodeled to serve as dormitories, classrooms, and offices. In the fall of 1963, the government approved an additional grant of 7 acres and 14 buildings. In 1972, the University purchased two additional buildings and 13.6 acres adjacent to the original campus.

Permanent buildings include the Klaude Kendrick Library (with a present collection of over 120,000 volumes), the Robert H. Spence Chapel, and the J. Robert Ashcroft Activities Center (the gymnasium). Six permanent residence halls accommodate at least 216 students each: Burgess, Krause, Lewis, Scott, Spence, and Walther Halls. The Noel Perkin apartments provide residences for 16 married couples. Thomas F. Zimmerman Hall (Academic Building I) opened in January, 1997, and houses the departments of Business, Science and Technology, Social Sciences, and Graduate and Professional Studies. The Mabee Student Activities Center, completed in 1999, serves the intramural program and individual student fitness activities. The John K. Cantrell Student Union building, completed and dedicated in 2001, includes Crusader Hall (the cafeteria), the Joust (student social gathering place), the Wellness Center, the Bookstore, and other student-related facilities.

The C. Lawrence and Alletha M. Barnett Fine Arts Center, completed in 2002, houses the programs of Music, Theatre, and Art. Thomas E. Trask Hall (Academic Building II), which opened in September, 2005, is home to the Communications, Theology, Education, Behavioral Sciences, and Humanities Departments. Opened in 2009, the Ralph M. Riggs Administration Building houses the offices of the President and Vice Presidents, Student Development, Institutional Advancement, Business and Finance, Student Accounts, Admissions, Financial Aid, Information Technologies, Records and Registration, Security, and the Post Office.


Higher Learning Commission
230 North La Salle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, Illinois 60604-1413
(312) 263-0456

Accrediation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)
11520 West 119th Street
Overland Park, KS 66213
(913) 339-9356

National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (CAEP)
2029 K Street, NW, Suite 500
Washington, D. C. 20006
(202) 466-7496

Commission of the Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE)
6850 Austin Center Blvd, Suite 100
Austin, TX 78731-3184

National Association of Schools of Music
11250 Roger Bacon Drive Suite 21 Reston, Virginia 22090
(703) 437-0700

Commission on Accreditation
Council on Social Work Education
1744 R Street, NW
Washington, D. C. 20036
(202) 667-2300

The Missouri State Department of Education issues teaching certificates to graduates who successfully complete the teacher education program:

Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
PO Box 480
Jefferson City, MO 65102-0480

The University also is endorsed by its parent denomination:

The Alliance for Assemblies of God Higher Education
General Council of the Assemblies of God
1445 Boonville
Springfield, MO 65802
(417) 862-2781

Evangel University is registered with the Minnesota Office of Higher Education
pursuant to sections 136A.61 to 136A.71.  Registration is not an endorsement of the Institution.
Credits earned at the institution may not transfer to all other institutuions.

Minnesota Office of Higher Education
1450 Energy Park Dr., Suite 350
St. Paul, MN 55108

(651) 642-0533


Financial Information

Summaries of annual financial reports prepared by the University's external auditor are available to prospective students, alumni, and the public at large. These may be obtained by contacting the University Business Office.


Students should discuss concerns related to course requirements, grades, transfer credit, or degree plans first with their academic advisor and/or department chair.  If resolution is not satisfactory, students may submit the Student Appeal Form to Academic Council.  The Student Appeal Form can be found on the University website. 

Evangel University Calendar

Fall 2020
August 12-13 Faculty Seminar
August 16-19 EU LAUNCH
August 21 Classes Begin
August 21-28 100% Drop/Add
September 1-4 Spiritual Emphasis Week
September 7 Labor Day - Holiday
September 17 Constitution Day
October 5-9 Mid-Term Exams
October 23 Last Day to Withdraw (W)
November 13 Last Day to WP/WF
November 19 Last Day of Classes
November 20 Study Day
November 21, 23, 24 Final Exams
December 4 Final Grades Due
Spring 2021
January 11 Residence Halls Open (9 a.m.)
January 11-12 EU LAUNCH
January 12 Registration Fee Waived Through
January 13 Classes Begin
January 13-22 100% Drop/Add
January 18 Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday
January 19-22 Spiritual Emphasis Week
March 8-12 Mid-Term Exams
March 15-19 Spring Break
March 26 Last Day to Withdraw (W)
April 2 Good Friday (Holiday)
April 23 Last day to WP/WF
May 3-5 Final Exams
May 6 Baccalaureate at EU (3 p.m.)
May 7 Commencement
May 7 Spring Semester (Ends At 5 p.m.)
May 8 Residence Hall Close At 12 (Noon)
May 12 FInal Grades Due