Undergraduate Catalog 2005-07



Mission of the University of the Incarnate Word
The Campus
San Antonio


Degrees and Major Programs


J.E. and L.E. Mabee Library
Instructional Technology
University Laptop 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 Program

The University of the Incarnate Word

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.


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 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 Sister Mary Elizabeth Joyce Building with offices and classrooms for interior design, fashion design, computer graphic arts 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 foreign dignitaries and students.


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 Commission may be contacted at:

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
1866 Southern Lane
Decatur, Georgia 30033
Phone (404) 679-4500
Fax (404) 679-4558

The University holds national and specialized accreditations in the following disciplines:

College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences:

American Association for Music Therapy (BM in Music Therapy)
National Association of Schools of Theatre (BA in Theatre Arts)

Dreben School of Education:

State Board for Education Certification (all teacher certification programs)

H-E-B School of Business and Administration

National Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs for the following business:
• 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)

School of Mathematics, Science, and Engineering:

American Diabetic Association (BS and MS in Nutrition)

School of Nursing and Health Professions:

Board of Nurse Examiners for the state of Texas (BSN)
Commission for Collegiate Nursing Education (BSN and MSN)
Joint Review Committee on Education Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology (BS Nuclear Medicine Science)
Joint Review Committee on Education Programs in Athletic Training
(BS Athletic Training)

Academic Programs and Services

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 Music
Communication Arts
Computer Graphic Arts
Cultural Studies
Fashion Management and Design
Human Resources
Interior Environmental Design
Liberal Arts
Interdisciplinary Studies
(Elementary Teacher and Spanish
Development Certification)
Music Industry Studies
Native America Studies
Organizational Development
Political Science
Religious Studies
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.)
Music Therapy
Music Education

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
Athletic Training
Environmental Science
Nuclear Medicine Science

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.


The inviting Mabee Library was expanded, remodeled and rededicated in 1997 to house a rapidly growing resource collection for research with the latest in
wireless and conventional instructional 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 “J. E. Mabee Library” through the main university homepage. Library guides, policies, general information and other publications are on the Reference display rack and on the library homepage. The Library Telephone Menu and hours can be accessed at any time by dialing (210) 829-6010.

The strong, well-balanced resource collection contains over 325,000
volumes and over 19,000 unique journal titles in print, electronic, digital and/or microfilm/fiche formats. Internet access is provided throughout the library by wireless network and data line connectivity. To augment the print collection, students have access to over 100 electronic indexes and thousands of online journals accessible through the VPN (Virtual Private Network) client software or dial-up connection to the library gateway. Over eighty of the online indexes have full text available, many with graphics —ARTstor is an example of these excellent resources for reading, reference, research and study.

Materials not held at UIW can be easily obtained through Interlibrary
Loan and/or TexShare cards at participating Texas libraries. Interlibrary Loan is usually without a charge to the user. Off campus materials may be identified through OCLC (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. Important aspects of the library include:


Audiovisual Services — This valuable and growing resource collection of educational material is housed in Reference Room 143 and 145. It includes all formats such as DVD, Compact Disc, CD-Rom, video and audio cassette, LPs and slide for UIW students, faculty and staff check out. Materials may also be used on equipment provided adjacent to the collection. Information Literacy – Rooms 230 and 144 are instructional classrooms primarily for teaching Information Literacy, to identify appropriate electronic resources, formulate effective search strategies and retrieve data online. Periodicals - The second floor stacks house the current year print journals and newspapers, earlier bound print journals, retrospective and historical microform serial collections.


Circulation Desk - At the front entrance (Room 125) to check out and return circulating and reserve books, conference room keys, provide change, encode IDs for copiers and resolve issues on overdue and lost materials. Reserve Reading Room materials are housed at the Circulation Desk, provided so that students may use, view and copy selected material placed on reserve by faculty.


Photocopy Room - Room 135 contains photocopiers and a work counter. Additional photocopiers are available on the first and second floors.

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 research on any subject. Reference Room (Room 143) contains non-circulating publication such as bibliographies, encyclopedias dictionaries, handbooks and other special resources to support academic research in all curricular areas.

Information Literacy – The UIW mission statement emphasizes the life-long nature of learning, and one of the library’s major goals is developing information literate students. Information literacy is defined as “the ability to locate, evaluate, and use information to become independent life-long learners.” The library partners with UIW faculty and staff to ensure students are actively engaged in becoming information literate. At the request of faculty, librarians are available to teach library research techniques tailored to a particular class and/or project. Librarians also work with students on a one-to-one to help them better use and understand the information resources required for success in the university environment. All UIW students must pass TILT (Texas Information Literacy Tutorial) as a requirement for graduation.

Computer Access Room – Room 110 near the reference Desk contains computer workstations for research access to the library online catalog, CD-ROMs databases, the Internet and subject specific indexes such as ABI/Inform, Lexis-Nexis, Medline and MLA: Computer labs for word processing and special application software are in the library basement administrated by the Office of Instructional Technology and are accessed by an outside entrance on the south side of the building.


Carrels - Study seating for individuals is located on all floors of the
building: Conference Rooms of various sizes may be checked out by UIW
students in groups of 2 -12.
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) off the
reference room for smaller groups. This room also features video conferencing facilities.
The library staff is committed to helping students attain their
educational goals and enhancing their learning experience by utilizing all
available materials and services. Students are invited to stop at the Reference Desk for assistance to identify and locate needed resources, obtain
professional assistance on doing research and employ library technology. The experienced library staff is the most important resource provided to help students identify and find needed materials and cordially welcomes inquiries in person and by telephone.


The Office of Technology Training is part of Technology Services and is
responsible for technology integration and support at UIW. Technology training, classroom technology support, and student access to technology are primary functions of this office. Student engagement with technology is supported by the staff through the set up and maintenance of campus labs, assistance provided to faculty on technology-based projects, staff and student access to online technology courses, research and development of new ways to deliver instruction, and daily support of classroom technology.

The Media Center, located in the basement of the Mabee Library, provides equipment to classrooms as well as audio, graphic, video, printing, and photographic services. The Media Center is home to more than 50 computers, several scanners, printers, and a sound/video recording room. All of the computers have Internet access and support Microsoft Office 2003 Professional, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access. In addition, course-specific applications such as SPSS, Visual Basic, C++, Adobe Illustrator, and AutoCad software are made available to support student work. Students may request production services from the Coordinator of the Media Center. To check out equipment, however, an instructor must make a request on the students’ behalf.

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


The University of Incarnate Word (UIW) has made a commitment to integrate computer technology into the learning experience of all university students. In support of this goal, all full-time undergraduate students (“mandatory students”) are required to have a laptop for use in university classes.

Through our university web site, students can order a laptop through UIW to satisfy the mandatory laptop requirement. Our Gateway vendor offers a deeply-discounted laptop that fully meets all university software and laptop performance requirements and interfaces with the wireless systems that cover the entire UIW campus. The Gateway laptop is a highly popular and attractive option to meet the laptop requirement.

The Gateway laptop/tablet is not a requirement. Students can purchase their own laptops from a retail vendor or bring their already-owned private laptops to the university to satisfy the mandatory requirement if they meet minimum specifications. Details are on the web site as to the minimum operating system and software specifications. Again, a mandatory student can satisfy the requirement with their own private laptop; the Gateway is a low-priced, fully functional laptop/tablet offered to UIW students as a “turn-key” option. Most UIW students take advantage of the Gateway program, however.  If a student chooses to order a laptop through UIW, a Letter of Intent must be signed before the laptop is ordered. Both the University Help Desk (210-829-2721) and the university web site have instructions for completing the Letter of Intent. The student’s account in the Business Office is then charged for a laptop, and Financial Aid will apply as applicable for each student. This option allows parents and students to offset the price of the laptop with Financial Aid monies.

Part-time students, graduate students, Adult Degree Completion Program (ADCaP) or Virtual University students can purchase a laptop directly from Gateway through the university web site in accordance with instructions on the web site. Deeply discounted laptops and peripherals are available through a link to a UIW-unique Gateway web site.

Laptops are used in the classroom, to research Library databases, in dorm rooms to complete homework, and wirelessly across the campus on picnic tables as students work on group projects. Students need to have a repertoire of computer skills to successfully get jobs and compete in the world of business after UIW graduation. The university laptop program contributes to student success.


United College 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.

Military Science (MS)

Army R.O.T.C., St. Mary’s
Lieutenant Colonel Teodoro Velazquez, Chairperson

By arrangement with the Alamo Community Colleges, University of the Incarnate Word and Our Lady of the Lake University, the following course descriptions also pertain to enrollees from those institutions in the St. Mary’s University Department of Military Science. A Leadership Laboratory is held every Wednesday afternoon for two hours, to further the development of leadership skills through a varied program consisting of field trips, practical exercises, and visits to military installations. This laboratory is required each semester for all Military Science students.

Four-Year Program
The Basic Course, usually pursued concurrently with the freshman and
sophomore years, is voluntary for students who are physically qualified for military training. There is no obligation incurred by non-scholarship cadets. Veterans who have served on active duty for a period of over one year and who have received an honorable discharged, or High School students that have completed 3 or 4 years of JROTC may be granted credit for the basic course with concurrence of the Professor of Military Science.
Students who are physically qualified and have met the standards prescribed by the Professor of Military Science in scholastic achievement and demonstrated
leadership ability may pursue the Advance Course. Cadets are normally enrolled in the Advanced Course during their Junior and Senior Year or Graduate students
pursuing a Master Degree. They are required to attend a five-week ROTC Leadership Development Assessment Course (LDAC) the summer following their junior year. Upon satisfactory completion of LDAC and the academic work required for a degree, students are commissioned as Second Lieutenants in the United States Regular Army, the Army Reserves, or the Army National Guard.

Two-Year Program
In addition to the standard four-year course outlined above, the Army ROTC offers a two-year program for those who did not have or take the opportunity to complete the normal Basic Course. In order to enroll in the Advanced Course, a student must successfully complete four weeks of leadership training, provided at the Leadership Training Course (LTC) during the summer months prior to
beginning their junior year or their first year in graduate school. If students desire to take advantage of this opportunity, they should communicate directly with the Professor of Military Science not later than March 1 of the year preceding the fall semester. Those students seeking a Master Degree are eligible to participate in our two-year program.

Scholarship and Remuneration

The Department of the Army offers 4, 3, and 2-year competitive
scholarship assistance to qualifying ROTC students. This assistance consists of
payment up to $20,000 a year to cover tuition and fees, and a $900.00 a year
book allotment, plus a grant to the ROTC cadet of $250.00 to $400.00 a month during the period of enrollment (not to exceed 40 months). The
student need not be enrolled in the ROTC program prior to competing for a
scholarship. Students interested in competing for scholarship assistance under this program should contact the Army ROTC Enrollment Officer.
Formally enrolled Advanced Course Students, not under the scholarship
program, will be given a grant at the rate announced annually by the Secretary of the Army (currently this rate is $350.00 to $400.00 per month) not to exceed twenty months. During LDAC, all students are paid at the rate of one half of the base pay per month of a second lieutenant in lieu of subsistence allowance, plus the allowance of 18 cents per mile for travel performed from their homes to and from the course. Students attending LTC prior to entry into the two-year program are paid at the same rate per month as a private plus travel pay. ROTC graduates who are commissioned in either Regular Army or the Army Reserve are authorized a uniform allowance when they report for active duty.
Uniform and Equipment
All uniforms, textbooks and other equipment will be issued to students enrolled in Army ROTC courses. Students are responsible for the maintenance and up keep of all items issued to them.


The Professor of Military Science and the Army ROTC offices are dual
located at University of Incarnated Word in the Chapel Bld, Room 7 and on the
bottom floor of Treadaway Hall at St. Mary’s University. The telephone numbers are 832-3210 or 436-3415. ROTC Enrollment Officer number: 210-379-1997.
Email: rotc@universe.uiwtx.edu

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 Preparatory Programs.

Study Abroad And International Exchange Programs

Through the Office of Study Abroad, located at the Grossman
International Conference Center, the University offers a wealth of
opportunities to learn in other countries. 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 the university maintains collaborative
educational agreements with. Students can also choose to participate in an International Internship or to study with other universities or organizations involved in Study Abroad Programs. Detailed information and assistance can be obtained from the Office of Study Abroad.