University Information

From the Office of the President

President RiesDear Friends:

We are so pleased that you are interested in Concordia University, Saint Paul!

If you are a prospective student and are looking at our catalog for the first time, we hope you are planning to visit our campus to introduce yourself and tell us about your personal needs and aspirations for a college education. Even though we have not met you yet, we believe in you and your God-given potential. If you are already a Concordia University student we look forward to continuing with you on your journey of self-discovery and increasing knowledge and skills. We are committed to empowering you to take hold of your purpose for your life and career, as well as the unique opportunities to serve others, which will come your way in the decades ahead.

In the pages of this catalog, you can begin to get to know us, especially the outstanding undergraduate and graduate academic programs of our College of Arts & Letters, College of Business & Technology, and College of Education & Science. I am very proud of our curriculum and the evidence of expertise and commitment to quality that it carries. I am confident that you would receive a superb education in the academic programs we offer at Concordia University, but even more I am confident you will find both a challenging and nurturing environment in which to study.

We remain committed to providing access to academic excellence at an affordable price. Concordia is recognized as one of the great values in higher education in all of Minnesota. We strive to offer an outstanding, student-centered learning environment where the Christian faith provides the context for intellectual inquiry and academic pursuits. Whether you are preparing for your first professional job, the next step on an already developing career, or further study in the graduate school of your choice, we are here to help. As a campus providing and requiring access to electronic technology, our students do research and communicate in ways that prepare them for future technological advances. In addition, we are located in one of the great metropolitan areas in the world, in the heart of a city where persons of virtually every race, creed, religion and color have converged to pursue personal goals and community progress.

On behalf of the faculty, staff, students and thousands of successful graduates of Concordia University, Saint Paul, I invite you to examine our programs, visit our campus and join us in the wonderful world of inquiry and learning.

Rev. Dr. Thomas K. Ries
University President

The Concordia University Board of Regents operates Concordia University as an institution of higher education.

All information in this Academic Catalog was current at the time of publication. However, the information in this catalog does not constitute a contract between Concordia University and the student. The material contained in this catalog is for information only. The university reserves the right to make changes in curricula, admissions policies and processes, tuition and financial aid, academic standards and guidelines, student services and any other regulations or policies set forth in this catalog without giving prior notice. All questions may be referred to the Office of Academic Affairs. Concordia University, Saint Paul, 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 institutions.

Copyright 2016, Concordia University, Saint Paul

Logo

Shield

The Concordia University, Saint Paul logo is in the form of a window symbolizing Christian higher education as a window on life. Framed within the window, a cross emerges, which identifies Christ as the center of life. The asymmetrical window and cross reflect that life is not always logical or consistent, but Christ holds all things together. The four complementary colors represent harmony in diversity and harmony in Christ.

  • Cross: The cross portrays our mission to educate students in the context of the Christian Gospel. The Good News of Jesus Christ forms the basis of life and education at Concordia.
  • Quill: The quill is taken from our academic seal and represents our tradition and commitment to academic excellence and the love of learning.
  • Individual: The individual represents our serving the individual student while encouraging their personal development and responsibility the education process. The outstretched arms imply reaching out to others, openness to community.
  • Globe: The globe reminds us of our world community and Christ’s command to teach all nations. It also reflects our concern for enlightened care of God’s creation, which is part of our mission statement.

The Concordia Seal

Seal

The Concordia University seal was originally designed by Dr. Theodore Buenger for Concordia College in 1895. The Lamp of Learning symbolizes the light of the knowledge of God’s Word illuminating the minds of the students as well as the darkness of the world. The Crossed Quills symbolize the writings of the student and the writings of the great individuals throughout history form which the student learns. The Moccasin Flower symbolizes the State of Minnesota and the beauty of God’s creation. The inscription places learning in the context of the Christian Gospel. Dr. Buenger used the Latin language in keeping with the classical ideals characteristic of our school: In litteris proficere vole, malo diligere Jesum. This may be translated, “I wish to be proficient in academics, but even more I wish to know Jesus.” It is based on Ephesians 3:19: “And to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge.”

University Mission

The mission of Concordia University, a university of the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod, is to prepare students for thoughtful and informed living, for dedicated service to God and humanity, and for the enlightened care of God’s creation, all within the context of the Christian Gospel.

This mission is achieved when students pursue programs grounded in the liberal arts and focused on education for vocation in home, workplace, community, and congregation.

Therefore, the university pursues the following purposes:

  • To relate human learning and experience to the Christian faith as this faith is confessed within its Lutheran heritage;
  • To provide education within the context of a global perspective;
  • To structure personalized and integrated learning experiences in which students share with faculty the responsibility for their own intellectual, physical, social, emotional, and spiritual growth;
  • To offer a variety of experiences in and out of the classroom designed to assist students in acquiring greater self-understanding, in achieving a growing realization of their abilities and interests, and in investigating options for service in home, workplace, community, and congregation.

Vision and Values

The vision of Concordia University, Saint Paul is to be acknowledged as the leading Lutheran university offering exceptional opportunities for students from all backgrounds who seek relevant career preparation and a challenging academic experience coupled with the insights of Lutheran theology.

Motto

In litteris proficere volo malo diligere Jesum
“I wish to be proficient in academics, but even more I wish to know Jesus.”

Promise to Students

Concordia University, St. Paul empowers you to discover and engage your purpose for life, career and service in a dynamic, multicultural, urban environment where Christ is honored, all are welcome, and Lutheran Convictions inform intellectual inquiry and academic pursuits.

College Profile

Type Private not-for-profit
Comprehensive, Coeducational
Affiliation The Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod
Level Four-year or above
Undergraduate Instructional Program Professions focus, some graduate coexistence
Graduate Instruction Program Post-baccalaureate professional (education dominant)
Enrollment Profile Majority undergraduate
Undergraduate Profile Full-time four-year, selective lower transfer-in
Student Population (headcount) 4,535 (Fall 2016)
Student Population (full-time equivalent) 3,896 (Fall 2016)
Size and Setting Small four-year, primarily residential; urban
Basic Master’s Colleges and Universities (larger programs)

History of the University

Concordia University was founded in 1893 to provide a Christian learning environment for high school students preparing to enter the professional ministries of The Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod. In the ensuing decade, Concordia continued to grow, adding a fourth year of high school and by 1921 had added the freshman and sophomore college years. The change made it possible for Concordia High School students to remain at their high school alma mater to complete their first two years of college work before transferring to a Concordia Senior College where they would finish their studies in the church professions or teaching.

Concordia College admitted its first class of female students in fall 1950 – much to the delight of the young men on campus and to the dismay of coeducational opponents who predicted a significant drop in academic achievement. Despite this new “distraction,” students continued to excel in their studies. Concordia College entered a decade of intense expansion and growth. The college began granting Associate in Arts degrees in 1951 and earned accreditation as a two-year college in 1959.

Concordia College expanded its curriculum in 1962 to include a four-year college degree and awarded its first Bachelor of Arts degrees two years later. By 1967, Concordia had earned accreditation for its four-year liberal arts program, which allowed the college to join the Minnesota Private College Council. At this time, Concordia High School officially separated itself from the college, moved to its suburban location and adopted its new name, Concordia Academy.

Concordia College responded to a growing need for minority teachers in the public schools by forming Metropolitan Teacher Education Program Selection (MTEPS), which enrolled African-American and other under-represented students in a program designed to supplement the curriculum with scholarship support, personal counseling, tutoring as needed, academic planning and similar services. The program was reformed in 1983 as the Southeast Asian Teacher (SEAT) Licensure Program, which serves Hmong and other minority populations in a similar fashion.

A major curricular development in 1985 changed the Minnesota education landscape with the formation of a pioneering program that allowed students to complete their B.A. degree in an accelerated, one course at a time, format. In 1990, an accelerated M.A. program was added.

As Concordia moved into the new millennium, the institution implemented a number of important changes that would reflect the changing needs of the students, the church and the community. Foremost among these was restructuring that enabled Concordia to become a university. In 1997, Concordia College became Concordia University, Saint Paul, and adopted the semester system.

The university also developed its current mission and vision statements and refined its strategic priorities. Today, three colleges and two schools comprise Concordia University: the College of Arts & Letters, the College of Business & Technology, the College of Education & Science, the School of Continuing Studies, and the School of Graduate Studies.

Concordia University continues to grow to meet the needs of students, the church and the community, while at the same time holding steadfast its historical values and mission.

University Contact Information

This catalog is designed to provide information about Concordia University, its curriculum, its academic policies and procedures, and other matters of interest to students, faculty and staff. Further inquiries may be addressed to the appropriate office at Concordia. Contact information for specific offices, departments, or individual faculty or staff are available on the university website at www.csp.edu.

Concordia College and University Presidents

Theodore Henry Carl Buenger 1893-1927
Martin A. H. Graebner 1927-1946
Willy August Poehler 1946-1970
Harvey A. Stegemoeller 1971-1975
Gerhardt Wilfred Hyatt 1976-1983
Alan Frederick Harre 1984-1988
John Franklin Johnson 1989-1990
Robert Arthur Holst 1991-2011
Thomas K. Ries 2011-present

Academic Affiliates

American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (AACTE)
Concordia University System (CUS)
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
Council of Graduate Schools (CGS)
Council of Independent Colleges (CIC)
Higher Learning Commission (HLC)
Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools (MAGS)
Minnesota Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (MACTE)
Minnesota Department of Education (MDE)
Minnesota Office of Higher Education (OHE)
Minnesota Private College Council (MPCC)
National Association for Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)
National Council for Family Relations (NCFR)