Majors and Programs
At Judson, learning may begin in the classroom but it does not end there. Our architecture majors study skyscrapers in Chicago. Judson education majors gain experience in at-risk classrooms. Those in the five-year Christian Ministries pastoral program travel the world and visit places such as the Holy Land. And as music business entrepreneurship majors, students learn in the classroom and the studio from professionals like Citizen Way’s own Ben Calhoun.
With more than 50 majors and graduate degrees to choose from, Judson is positioned to shape lives that shape the world! Let us start with you!
BACHELOR DEGREES (UNDERGRADUATES)
School of Art, Design & Architecture
School of Business & Professional Studies
- Media Business/Management
SCHOOL of Liberal Arts, Sciences & Education
- Christian Ministry
- Pastoral Leadership
- Intercultural Leadership
- Youth Ministry/Adolescent Studies
- Interdisciplinary Communication
- Media Writing
- Exercise and Sport Science
- Early Childhood Education (Birth-2nd grade)
- Elementary Education (1st-6th grade)
- Physical Education (K-12th grade)
- Secondary Education (9th-12th grade)
- Special Education: Early Childhood
- Special Education: Learning Behavior Specialist I
- Music Performance (Voice, Piano or Instrumental)
- Music Business & Entrepreneurship
- Natural Sciences
- Pre-Professional Programs
ASSOCIATE & BACHELOR DEGREES (ADULT PROFESSIONALS)
Busy, working adults, earn your degree in an accelerated program that matches your unique interests and career goals. Our classes meet just one night a week, or online, offering a professional, supportive environment, with quality academics.
Through the RISE Program, we give students with intellectual disabilities the college life experience in a Christian community and build upon strengths for independent living and customized employment.
CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION
Through the High School Prep Program, we give high school junior or senior students the opportunity to earn up to a total of 24 hours of college credit and, in most cases,earn high school credit at the same time.
COLLEGE CREDIT IN HIGH SCHOOL
CENTERS AND INSTITUTES
DEMOSS Center for Worship in the Performing Arts
The Demoss Center for Worship in the Performing Arts provides a unique synergistic bond between the Music Department and the Worship Arts Department, which ultimately helps to equip and energize worshipers, instruct and inspire performers, and serve and supply the church with trained musicians and worship leaders.
Learn more about academic achievement at Judson including the Student Research Symposium, Academic Societies, and Dean's List recipients.
The Honors Program helps exceptional students achieve their highest potential as scholar citizens through advanced academic and co-curricular activities, building a community that inspires engaged faith life and service.
Judson encourages students to take advantage of life-changing study abroad experiences. We currently offer more than 20 different options for spending a semester abroad, including such places as England, China, Japan, Russia, Egypt, Uganda, Germany, The Netherlands, Austria, Australia, Costa Rica, and Spain.
AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS
Christian College of Distinction
For the second academic year in a row, Judson is listed as Christian College of Distinction by the website and e-guidebook CollegesofDistinction.com. The distinction is defined as an institution recognized nationally by education professionals for being an excellent school with a strong focus on teaching undergraduates and providing innovative learning experiences and opportunities for personal growth.
Military Friendly School
Judson remains listed as a Military Friendly School by Victory Media, publisher of G.I. Jobs magazine for military personnel transitioning to civilian life. The Military Friendly School designation is extended to the nation’s top colleges, universities, community colleges and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace military students and to dedicate resources to ensure their success.
50 Most Beautiful Christian Colleges and Universities in the US
Judson was awarded the distinction of being one of the 50 “Most Beautiful” Christian colleges and universities by ChristianUniversitiesOnline.org.
50 Top Mission Minded Christian Colleges and Universities
In 2017, ChristianUniversitiesOnline.org also awarded Judson the distinction of being one of the 50 "Top Mission Minded Christian Colleges and Universities."
Worship Leader Magazine’s Best of 2015, 2016
Worship Leader magazine selected Judson University as an Editor’s Pick in the Colleges/Universities category of its “Best of” issue for 2015 and 2016.
10 Safest College Campuses in America
Universities.com ranked Judson University as No. 3 in their 2017 listing of the 10 Safest College Campus in America. The site stated that Judson's initiatives "create a culture of crime prevention and safety for the entire Judson campus community."
Safest Colleges in Illinois
BackgroundChecks.org, a site devoted to public safety, listed Judson as No. 17 out of 49 schools on 2016 Safest Colleges in Illinois ranking. The site reports that the honor is a result of college administration, faculty, students and police working together to create a safe atmosphere that fosters academic success.
The Wall Street Journal / Times Higher Education College Rankings 2017
Judson is among the 1,061 schools featured in a new student outcome and teaching-focused ranking by the Wall Street Journal and the Times Higher Education (WSJ/THE). The ranking is based on strong scores for environment, resources, engagement and outcomes.
U.S. News and World Report’s Best Colleges Survey
Judson University ranked No. 93 among the 650 “Best Regional” universities and numbered among the 100-plus “Best Midwest Regional Universities,” in the latest U.S. News & World Report's Best Colleges survey for 2017. Among the many factors in determining the rankings include graduation and retention rates, student-to-teacher ratios, student selectivity, financial resources and alumni giving.
Smartest Colleges in America
Based on average standardized test schools, Judson University ranked among the 610 “Smartest Colleges in America” by Business Insider in 2015. It’s actual rank was 537.
Most Affordable Online Colleges in Illinois
In 2015, onlinecolleges.net listed Judson University as one of 22 most affordable colleges in the state. The rankings were based on schools that offer degree programs online and that have the lowest annual tuition costs for a full-time, in-state student.
Illinois' Best Online Schools
In 2017, the Community for Accredited Online Schools listed Judson University as one of 50 Illinois Schools Identified for Providing Top Quality Online Student Resources. The rankings were based on more than a dozen unique data points that include graduation rates, total online program offerings and financial aid availability.
Women’s Choice Award for America’s Best Colleges
Judson University was listed among the 2016 Women’s Choice Awards for America’s Best Colleges and Universities based on the criteria of a four-year graduation rate, student to faculty ratio, reputation, educational depth and campus safety. Judson ranked No. 279 out of 1,585 schools.