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I. General Information
II. Undergraduate Admissions
III. Financial Information
IV. Student Life Services and Programs
V. Undergraduate Academic Regulations
VI. Undergraduate Programs
VII. Description of Courses
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Mission of the University of the Incarnate Word
The Campus
San Antonio


Degrees and Major Programs


J.E. and L.E. Mabee Library
Office of Technology Training
ThinkPad University Program
Cooperative Programs – Inter-Institutional Enrollment
United Colleges of San Antonio
Reserve Officer’s Training Corps (ROTC)
The Brainpower Connection
Study Abroad and International Exchange Programs


The University is one of the many out growths of the original mission that brought the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word to San Antonio in 1869. The Sisters’ work began with the care of victims of a cholera epidemic and the establishment of the first hospital in the city, an institution recognized today as the Santa Rosa Health Care Corporation. Their ministry soon spread to the care of homeless children and to teaching. In 1881, they secured a charter from the State of Texas, which empowered them to establish schools on all levels.

In 1900, the Academy of the Incarnate Word, which had been established first in an area of San Antonio called Government Hill, was moved to the recently constructed Motherhouse of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word in Alamo Heights. College classes were added to the curriculum in 1909, and the name of the institution was changed to the College and Academy of the Incarnate Word. Both the college and the high school were affiliated with the Texas State Department of Education in 1918. The college was fully accredited by the Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools in 1925. The graduate division was added in 1950, and the school became co-educational in 1970. In 1996, it was recognized as a University. In 1998, the University was accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award Doctoral degrees, in addition to Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees.

Mission of the University of the Incarnate Word

The first Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word who came to San Antonio to minister to the sick and the poor were motivated by the love of God and their recognition of God’s presence in each person. Their spirit of Christian service is perpetuated in the University of the Incarnate Word primarily through teaching and scholarship. Inspired by Judeo-Christian values, the University aims to educate men and women who will become concerned and enlightened citizens.

The University is committed to educational excellence in a context of faith in Jesus Christ, the Incarnate Word of God. It promotes life-long learning and fosters the development of the whole person. The faculty and students support one another in the search for and the communication of truth. The University is open to thoughtful innovation that serves ever more effectively the spiritual and material needs of people. The curriculum offers students an integrated program of liberal arts and professional studies that includes a global perspective and an emphasis on social justice and community service. The University of the Incarnate Word is a Catholic institution that welcomes to its community persons of diverse backgrounds, in the belief that their respectful interaction advances the discovery of truth, mutual understanding, self-realization, and the common good.

The Campus

The University is located on what was formerly the estate of noted San Antonio philanthropist, businessman, and civil servant, Col. George W. Brackenridge. His home, listed on the National Registry of Historic Places, still stands on the campus. The headwaters of the San Antonio River also are located on the campus, and at one time, the natural beauty as well as the clear spring water made it a favored campsite for Native American tribes. Archeological studies have produced Paleo-Indian projectile points that date back 11,000 years.

Located on the east side of the river are the Administration Building/Colbert Hall, which combines classrooms, administrative offices, student support services and student residence facilities; the Genevieve Tarleton Dougherty Fine Arts Building and the Fine Arts Auditorium; the Halligan-Ibbs Theatre/Dance Center; the Science Building; the Wellness Center; Dubuis Hall and Clement Hall, both student residences; Marian Hall, which provides student housing, student center, and dining hall facilities; the Elizabeth Huth Coates Theatre; the Sr. Charles Marie Frank Nursing Building; the newly renovated and expanded Sr. Mary Elizabeth Joyce Building with offices and classrooms for interior design, fashion design, and fashion merchandising; the Gorman Business and Education Center, with classrooms and offices for faculty in teacher education and Business as well as the Incarnate Word House; the Agnese-Sosa Living/Learning Center; the Buckley-Mitchell Center; the Kathleen Watson Enrollment Center with offices for Admissions, Financial Assistance, ADCaP and Virtual; and the state-of-the-art J.E. and L.E. Mabee Library. The river separates the main campus from the newly developed athletic fields, the Alice P. McDermott Convocation Center, the Village of Avoca student apartment complex, the newly built Natatorium, the Burton E. Grossman International Conference Center, which provides meeting facilities fully equipped with simultaneous translation and computer capabilities, as well as housing for visiting international dignitaries and students.

San Antonio

The city offers a rich mixture of cultural heritages derived from its historical settlement by persons from Germany, France, Ireland, Mexico, and the Canary Islands. Together with Dallas and Houston, it is one of the three largest metropolitan areas in Texas and ranks as the eighth largest city in the nation. The River Walk, or Paseo Del Rio, with its waterside restaurants, hotels, shopping areas, and cultural attractions, has helped to develop the city into a prime location for conventions and tourism.

The city has a flourishing art community with active theatre groups, dance companies, and music and art associations. Museums include the San Antonio Museum of Art, the McNay Art Museum, the Witte Museum, the Institute of Texan Cultures, the Hertzberg Circus Museum, and the San Antonio Botanical Gardens.

San Antonio is rich in educational offerings with four private universities, a Catholic theological graduate school, a state university, a state-sponsored medical school, and a public community college system. It is also a center for scientific and medical research based at the University of Texas Health Science Center, the Southwest Research Institute, the Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research, and the Cancer Therapy Research Center. The campus of the University of the Incarnate Word is located in the north-central area of the city adjacent to Brackenridge Park and to the suburb of Alamo Heights, which offers a quiet, well established residential area as well as shopping, restaurant, cultural, and recreational facilities.


The University of the Incarnate Word is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees. The University also holds accreditation from the State Board for Education Certification, the Board of Nurse Examiners for the State of Texas, the American Dietetic Association, and the Commission for Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Additionally, the University is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology (JRCNMT) and the Music Therapy Program is approved by the American Association for Music Therapy.

The University of the Incarnate Word, through its H-E-B School of Business and Administration, is nationally accredited by the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs to offer the following business degrees:

  • Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree with concentrations in Accounting, Banking and Finance, General Business, Information Systems, International Business, Management, Marketing, Merchandising Management, and Sports Management.
  • The Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree, through its College of Humanities, Arts, and
    Social Sciences, is nationally accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre to offer the
    Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre Arts.


The curriculum brings educational practice into harmony with the specific aims and objectives of University of the Incarnate Word. The program stresses the intellectual disciplines of liberal studies and to meet the needs of students with varying abilities and vocational objectives.

Degrees and Major Programs

The following degrees are conferred upon students who complete the general and specific requirements for graduation in one or more of the undergraduate programs listed below:

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
Applied Administration
Communication Arts
Computer Graphic Arts
Cultural Studies
Fashion Management and Design
Interior Environmental Design
Interdisciplinary Studies
(Elementary Teacher and Spanish
Development Certification)
Music Industry Studies
Native American Studies
Organizational Administration
Political Science
Psychology of Organizations and Development
Theatre Arts
Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences (B.A.A.S.)
Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.)
Areas of Concentration:
Banking and Finance
General Business
Information Systems
International Business
Merchandising Management
Sports Management
Bachelor of Music (B.M.)
Applied Music
Music Therapy
Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
Athletic Training
Environmental Science
Nuclear Medicine Science
Physical Education
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.)


The University holds membership in the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, the American Association of Universities for Teacher Education, the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, the Independent Colleges and Universities of Texas, the Texas Independent University Fund, the Association of Texas Graduate Schools, the Higher Education Council of San Antonio, and the United Colleges of San Antonio, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, the Association for Theatre in Higher Education, and the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities.

J.E. and L.E. Mabee Library

The inviting Mabee Library was expanded and remodeled in 1997 to house a rapidly growing resource collection with the latest in instructional and wireless technology. It supports resources in a variety of formats to meet the expanding instructional and research programs at the University.

Current and holiday hours are posted at the library entrance, on various campus and electronic bulletin boards, and under “Library” in Academics on Print library guides, policies, information and other publications are on the Reference display rack and on the library homepage, The Library Telephone Menu and hours: (210) 829-6010.

The strong, well-balanced resource collection contains over 250,000 volumes and over 15,000 unique journal titles in print, electronic or microfilm/fiche formats. Internet access is provided throughout the library by wireless and data line connectivity. Students have access to over 100 indexes and online journals using the VPN client (Virtual Private Network) or dial-up connection to the library gateway; over eighty of the indexes have full text, many with graphics, as excellent resources for reference, research and study.

Materials not held at UIW can be obtained through Interlibrary Loan and/or TexShare cards at participating Texas libraries, usually without user charge. Off campus materials are found through OCLC (International Online Computer Library Center) WorldCat and other online library catalogs.

The Mabee Library offers many services and features for students. Professional assistance with research and use of library technology is available every day the library is open. Students are required to pass TILT (Texas Information Literacy Tutorial), and most receive additional Information Literacy in classes. Functional spaces to house materials and study spaces include:

ACADEMIC RESOURCES: Audiovisual Services -- This growing collection in G24 includes cassettes, videotapes, slides, Compact Discs, DVDs, educational and feature films for UIW students and faculty check out; Information Literacy - Room 230 is an instructional laptop classroom for library research, to identify appropriate electronic resources, formulate search strategy and retrieve data online; Periodicals Room - Room 138 houses the current year print journals and historical microform serials collections. Earlier bound print journals are housed on the second floor of the stacks; Reference Desk - This desk at the center of the first floor is staffed to provide information about library resources and services or offer assistance on doing subject research; Reference Room - Room 143 contains bibliographies, encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks and other special resources to support academic research in all curricular areas.

SERVICES: Circulation Desk - At the front entrance to borrow and return books, obtain conference room keys, receive change, encode IDs for copiers and resolve issues on overdue and lost materials.


Photocopy Room - Room 135 contains photocopiers and a work counter. Additional photocopiers are available on the second floor and in the Reserve Reading Room; Reserve Reading Room - Room 126, off the first floor entrance atrium and Circulation Desk, is provided so that students may use, view and copy material placed on reserve by faculty.

SERVICE AREAS: Computer Access Room - By the Reference Desk, Room 110 contains computer workstations for research access to the library online catalog, CD-ROM databases, the Internet, and subject specific indexes such as ABI/Inform, Lexis-Nexis, Medline and MLA; Computer labs and Media Services in the library are directed by Office of Technology Training who provide a Computer Assistance Desk located near lab machines in the library.

STUDY SPACES: Carrels - Study seating for individuals is located on all three floors of the building; Conference Rooms - of various sizes may be checked out by groups of 2 -12 UIW students.

Additional multimedia spaces equipped for electronic instruction using cable, computer and satellite downlinks include the Auditorium (Room 114 off the atrium seating 125), and the AV Seminar Room (Room 144-45 at the west end of the Reference Room for smaller groups).

The library staff is committed to helping students attain their educational goals utilizing all available materials. Students are invited to stop at the Reference Desk for assistance to identify and locate needed resources, and obtain professional assistance on research and library technology. The library staff is the most important resource provided to help students find needed materials and cordially welcomes inquiries in person and by telephone.

Office of Technology Training

The Office of Technology Training encompasses the Media Service Center and the Academic Computer Center. The office staff is responsible for helping faculty to integrate technology into classroom experiences. Other responsibilities include technology planning and training for the Incarnate Word community. Each week, workshops are scheduled to teach students, faculty, and staff to use computer software, hardware, and the Internet.

The Media Service Center, located on the ground floor of the Mabee Library, provides equipment to classrooms and audio, graphic, video, and photographic services. In addition, the center is responsible for scheduling the Library Auditorium and the AV Seminar room. Students may request production services from the Coordinator of the Media Service Center. To check out equipment, however, an instructor must make a request on the students’ behalf. The Media Service Center also contains a multimedia viewing area and the Library’s audiovisual collection. Besides individual carrels for viewing media, there are three small rooms that support group activities.

The Academic Computer Center, located in the Mabee Library (first floor stack area) provides students with walk-in access to a variety of computer equipment. All of the networked Pentium computers have Internet access and support Microsoft Office 2000 Professional and Office XP, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access. In addition, applications such as SPSS, Visual Basic, and C++, as well as graphic and CAD software, are available in Rooms 103, 105, 205, and the Media Center in the Library.

Other technology facilities on campus that support various programs are open for use by all students. These include the Math and Science building Lab and the Nursing Resource Center. The Academic Literacy Lab is open only to students currently enrolled in Academic Literacy Classes, and the Macintosh Laboratory is open only to Communication Arts majors. The Grossman International Conference Center houses special multimedia computer and audiovisual laboratories that support foreign language studies and the School of Extended Studies programs.

ThinkPad University Program

The University of Incarnate Word has made a commitment to integrate technology into the learning experience of all its undergraduates. In support of this goal, all fulltime sophomores, juniors, and seniors must participate in our laptop program. Freshmen can volunteer to be part of the program. Each participating student receives an IBM ThinkPad, printer, and carrying case. The laptops come with Microsoft Windows operating system and Office Suite Professional software, making them well suited for classroom assignments.

The laptops are distributed to students before classes start each semester. Students in the program pay a slightly higher tuition, which is offset by a Technology Grant awarded by Financial Aid. While students are part of the laptop program, their computer is covered by a warranty and supported by the campus Technical Support Services. The laptop becomes the student’s property after two years continuous enrollment for the cost of $1.

To support the laptop initiative, the University has wired all classrooms, residence halls, the library, and common areas using traditional hard-wired data plugs or wireless technology. The laptops have built-in network and wireless capabilities that give students Internet access no matter where they are on campus.

With the support of IBM and the institutional leadership, the University of the Incarnate Word has become the largest ThinkPad University in the southern United States. To find out more about the program, visit the UIW web site at

Cooperative Programs – Inter-Institutional Enrollment

United Colleges of San Antonio
The University of the Incarnate Word, the Oblate School of Theology, Our Lady of the Lake University, and St. Mary’s University enjoy a program of inter-institutional cooperation through a consortium for the exchange of course offerings and of faculty members. There is a common commitment to the objective of placing at the service of every student the resources of all four institutions. Courses taken at one University, as long as they are approved as part of a student’s degree plan, are transferable to any other University in the consortium, and a student’s credits in these courses are accepted as if they were taken at his/her own University. For more information on regulations concerning inter-institutional enrollment, contact the Registrar’s Office.

Reserve Officer’s Training Corps (R.O.T.C.)
R.O.T.C. programs with the United States Army and Air Force are available for UIW students. Army R.O.T.C. is available through enrollment in the inter-institutional agreement while Air Force R.O.T.C. is available through dual enrollment through St. Mary’s University. Limited classes through Army R.O.T.C. may be available on the UIW campus. For additional information, contact the R.O.T.C. offices at either St. Mary’s University or the University of Texas at San Antonio.

The Brainpower Connection
A unique coalition of learning institutions, spanning pre-kindergarten through University, is characterized by a shared vision, as well as shared faculty and facilities. Faculty from kindergarten through University encourage one another’s professional growth through academic alliances, discipline dialogues, and frequent appearances in one another’s classes.

Two of the schools, Incarnate Word High School and St. Anthony Catholic High School, are provided managerial and consultant services by the University of the Incarnate Word. St. Peter Prince of Apostles Elementary School, St. Anthony Elementary School, and the Katherine Ryan Pre-School Program maintain voluntary association with University of the Incarnate Word.

For academic purposes, Incarnate Word High School and St. Anthony Catholic High School are an integral part of the University of the Incarnate Word and constitute the division of University Collaborative Programs.

Study Abroad AND International Exchange Programs
Through the Study Abroad Office, located at the Grossman International Conference Center, the University offers a wealth of opportunities to spend some time abroad. Short-term programs, as well as semester or year-long Study Abroad Programs can be arranged with one of the more than 80 sister schools around the world the university maintains collaborative educational agreements or with other universities or organizations involved in Study Abroad Programs. Detailed information and assistance can be obtained from the Study Abroad Office.