2012-2013 Samford University Catalog 
    May 22, 2024  
2012-2013 Samford University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Evening College

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Laura Hendley Tomlin, Director, Evening College, Director of Paralegal Studies Certificate Program
Sherry Gotlieb, Director of Adult Learning Services
Stacy Harrison, Evening College Coordinator

Undergraduate Programs and Requirements 



Nondegree Credit Program


Samford University’s Evening College provides opportunities for personal and professional growth over the lifespan through rigorous academic programs and relationships in a Christian community. The program acts as a bridge between the community and Samford University, identifying and addressing the educational needs of the local workforce and introducing the values and meaning of the University to those with whom we connect.

Through the Evening College and the Division of Academic Affairs, the bachelor of science in interdisciplinary studies (B.S.I.S.) degree is awarded with concentrations in counseling and human services, liberal studies, organizational leadership, and paralegal studies. In addition, a nondegree Paralegal Studies Certificate Program is also offered. A minimum of 64 credits must be taken at Samford University in order to meet residency requirements for the 128-credit bachelor of science in interdisciplinary studies degree.

These B.S.I.S. programs are the most flexible of all awarded by the University and are designed specifically for adult students. The responsibility for determining the suitability of these concentrations and their applicability to particular conditions rests with the individual student. Students planning to pursue post-baccalaureate studies should review the requirements of the targeted graduate program to determine whether undergraduate-level prerequisites exist.

The certificate program allows students to develop a specific career-related skill set. Courses in the Paralegal Studies Certificate Program are offered for college credit. Professionals who have completed at least an associate of science degree may complete only the 30 credit hours required for the paralegal certificate, in addition to any prerequisites, to earn the certificate. In addition, credit earned in paralegal courses may be applied to the B.S.I.S. degree.

Courses for all programs are conveniently scheduled in the evenings; additionally, some degree programs offer courses on the weekends. Students may be admitted to begin courses in fall, spring, or summer. The program faculty is composed of members chosen from the full-time Samford faculty and practitioners who are experts in their fields.


Admission Deadlines for Evening College Applicants
for 2012-2013

Term Priority Deadline* Final Deadline** Term Begins
Fall 2012 Aug 8, 2012 Aug 17, 2012 Aug 27, 2012
Spring 2013 Jan 9, 2013 Jan 18, 2013 Jan 28, 2013
Summer 2013 May 15, 2013 May 24, 2013 Jun 3, 2013

* Submission of FAFSA and completed application by this date guarantees financial aid consideration for the current term.
** Applicants applying for admission after this date may be eligible for financial aid through the submission of the FAFSA. Due to possible timing issues or time constraints, financial aid may not be available for disbursement by the first day of class.

Students must secure other funding in the mean time to guarantee their continued enrollment.

Portfolio Credit

Because adults often have achieved competencies beyond those of traditional undergraduate students, the Samford University faculty may award up to 30 credits for college-level learning. This nontraditional learning may come from military training or other professional experiences. This may be presented to faculty through a portfolio that is prepared by the student or evaluated through credit recommendation reference guides such as the American Council on Education’s National Guide for Educational Credit for Training Programs. Both methods are coordinated through the Evening College. Students should apply for this credit during the first term at the University. Program staff will provide guidelines for portfolio preparation to all interested students. Portfolio credit does not count toward the residency requirement at Samford University. Students must earn at least 50 percent of their total credit hours through courses taken at Samford.

College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)

College-level credit is awarded for scores of 50 or higher in most subject areas; however, students should consult with their advisors or the Office of Student Records before scheduling any CLEP examinations. See the CLEP  table for more information.

Credit Limitations

The aggregate of credit earned through portfolio and CLEP may not exceed 30 credits. At least 50 percent of the credit in each degree program must be earned from Samford, with none of the credit mentioned in the previous sentence counting toward this residency requirement. Also, a minimum of 15 credits in the concentration field (with nine at the 300-400 level) must be taken at Samford.

Academic Regulations

Unless stated otherwise, Evening College students are bound by the same academic regulations as other undergraduates; these regulations are found in the Academic Policies and Regulations section of this catalog.

Admission Procedures for Evening College

It is expected that students who enter this program have been out of high school for at least three years and are unable to enroll in the day program due to work schedules, family concerns or other reasons. The Evening College is the administrative office that serves these programs and students. Applications for admission are accepted each term.

Please complete the following steps to apply for admission to the Evening College or the Paralegal Studies Certificate Program.

Online applications are preferred. Please visit www.samford.edu/eveningcollege/ to apply online or to download a copy of the Application for Admission. All application materials should be addressed to the Evening College, Samford University, Birmingham, AL, 35229.

  1. Admission application, completed in full, including reference forms and essay.
  2. One official transcript from each college that you attended. Transcripts must be mailed directly from your former institution’s records office to the Evening College office.
  3. One reference. See guidelines below.
  4. Admission essay. See guidelines on the next page.
  5. Application fee: $35 (nonrefundable).
  6. If you earned fewer than 24 semester or 36 quarter hours of credit at other institutions, you must also provide the Evening College Office with an official copy of your high school transcript.* This must be mailed from the high school directly to the Evening College Office.

*If you have a GED, please review the High School Equivalency  information in the Admission Procedures and Policies section of this catalog.

Reference Considerations

The reference form should be completed by a nonfamily member well acquainted with your capabilities, motivation, and initiative. Employers, former employers, or former instructors are recommended.

Essay Considerations

In two typed pages or less, please tell us about yourself, your academic background, and collegiate ambitions. We are particularly interested in why you are applying to Samford University. Please attach the essay to the application.

Admission under the Special Status Classification

Special status is a nondegree-seeking classification. You may wish to consider the special status option for one of the following reasons:

  1. Time constraints prevent the completion of the regular application process prior to the beginning of a desired term.
  2. You have a desire to take courses for credit but are not interested in earning a bachelor’s degree at the present time (regardless of whether or not you already have a bachelor’s degree).

To apply as a special status student, please submit the following items to the Office of Admission:

  1. Special Status Application, completed in full. The application may be submitted without the reference forms and essay.
  2. Application fee: $35 (nonrefundable)
  3. If you attended college within the last 12 months, please request a letter of good standing from the institution. Otherwise, no transcripts are required to apply under the special status classification.


Most students admitted under the special status classification may wish to eventually change their status to a regular, degree-seeking classification. In order to initiate a change of status, you must complete a Change of Status form and submit it to the Evening College Office. In order to be reclassified, you must meet the admission conditions set forth above and provide the additional required information and documents to the Evening College Office.

Restrictions of the Special Status Admission Classification:

  1. If you are currently under suspension from another institution, you may not attend Samford University until the suspension period imposed by the previous institution has expired.
  2. You are ineligible to receive federally funded financial aid until your admission status has been changed to a degree-seeking category.
  3. You must have been graduated from high school for three or more years.
  4. A maximum of 18 credit hours earned as a special status student will count towards a Samford degree program. Each academic department reserves the right to determine the acceptability of credits earned under this classification.
  5. Credit earned as a special status student will not count towards a graduate degree.

Admission as an Audit Student

Students may also apply under audit status. See Audit Student Applicant  in Admission Procedures and Policies in this catalog.

Tuition, Fees, and Financial Aid

Because Evening College students commute to and from classes, do not receive meal plans, and do not have access to the full range of degrees designed for traditional day students, the tuition fee is substantially below the day rates. Courses taken during the day carry the full-tuition rate.

Although University scholarships are not available to Evening College students, they should apply for non-University scholarships. Also, residents of the state of Alabama are eligible to receive the Alabama Student Grant if they meet the eligibility requirements. Evening students may also apply for other types of federal financial aid programs such as Pell grants and student loans. Financial Aid Applications may be requested by calling the Office of Financial Aid at (205) 726-2905.

There are few additional fees associated with evening classes aside from the cost of textbooks. Most major credit cards are accepted. (See the General Miscellaneous Fees  chart for a list of additional fees that may apply.)

Student Insurance

All Samford Evening College students enrolled in six (6) or more credit hours of a degree-granting program are automatically enrolled in student health insurance and billed accordingly. Students may waive out of this plan by providing proof of existing insurance.

For more information or to waive out of the mandatory student insurance plan, visit: www.pearceandpearce.com/PearceSite/Schools/AL/SU/.


All evening students must register their automobiles with Transportation Services. There is a minimal annual charge for parking on campus.

Class Registration and Policies

Evening College students are limited to 14 credits per fall or spring semester and 10 credits per summer term without the director’s approval.


Evening College - Undergraduate Evening Student
Tuition and Fees for Academic Year 2012-2013

The following tuition and fees apply to Samford Undergraduate Evening students enrolled in Evening College (incl the Paralegal Studies Certificate Program). Unless otherwise indicated, all fees are due on or before the e-bill payment due date. See here  for payment regulations and refund notes, if applicable.
Description Student Classification Expense Notes
All credits - Degree or Audit (including Paralegal Studies Certificate Program) All Undergraduate Students (Evening) $350/credit each term  
Application Fee for Undergraduate Admission (Evening) All Undergraduate Students (Evening) $35/application Nonrefundable; Due at time of application
Books and Supplies All Undergraduate Students (Evening) $1,000 (estimate) Cash/check/credit card due at time of purchase
Campus Life Fee All Undergraduate Students (Evening) $25/term  
Paralegal Research & Writing Lab Fee All Students enrolled in MPPG courses $95/course  
Reinstatement Fee (all terms) All Undergraduate Students (Evening) $100/term, as applicable  
Technology Fee - Jan Term All Undergraduate Students (Evening) $25/term  
Technology Fee - Summer All Undergraduate Students (Evening) $40/term  
Technology Fee - Fall, Spring All Undergraduate Students (Evening) $135/semester  

NOTE 1: See here  for a list of General Miscellaneous Fees (Vehicle Registration/Decal, ID Replacement, etc.) that apply to ALL students.
NOTE 2: Fees are subject to change without notice. See the Bursar’s Office Web site for the latest tuition and fee info: www.samford.edu/bursar/

NOTE ON PAYMENT/REINSTATEMENT: Charges incurred after the e-bill has been generated for the semester/term are due on or before the payment due date. Charges incurred during the drop/add period are due when incurred. Late fee of 5% (capped at $100) will be applied to the past due balance if payment not received in the Bursar’s Office by the due date. To avoid registration cancellation and reinstatement fee, students should pay all tuition and fees by the payment due date. See Billing, Payment, & Refund Schedule  for dates for e-bill, payment due, refund availability, late fee assessment, and registration cancellation.

Bachelor’s Degree Requirements 

General Education Requirements

All bachelor degree programs require a minimum of 128 total credits that include 40 credits of upper-level (300-400) coursework, 3 credits of computer literacy, and 18 credits of upper-level coursework in the concentration. Specific requirements for each concentration are outlined below. Credits within the degree are divided as follows: 48-49 credits fall under General Education, a range of 48-80 credits fall within the chosen concentration, and 0-32 credits of General Electives round out the overall 128 credits required. MPEN 101  and MPEN 102  should be taken as part of a student’s first 18 credits at Samford. Unless otherwise specified, credits that have been used to satisfy general education requirements may not be counted as part of any concentration.

Evening College Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies


Required Courses Course Credits Total Required Credits
General Education Requirements:*   48-49
Natural & Computational Sciences 7  
Social Science 12  
Mathematics 3  
Fine Arts 3
Humanities 21  
Physical Education 2-3  
Concentration:**   48-80
Counseling and Human Services 48  
Liberal Studies 79-80  
Organizational Leadership 60  
Paralegal Studies 51  
General Electives***   0-32
Total Required Credits 128

* See General Education Requirements  table for required/applicable courses.
** Hours for each concentration includes MPIS 401 - Senior Capstone , a 3-credit required course. See individual concentration tables for required/applicable courses.
*** General Elective credits vary depending on concentration chosen.

World Languages and Cultures

Many additional language courses are offered in the evenings. See the World Languages and Cultures  section within the Howard College School of Arts and Sciences for more information.


Departments and Program Offerings





Evening College - Administration/Business

Evening College - Art

Evening College - Biology

Evening College - Communication Studies

Evening College - Counseling and Human Services

Evening College - Education

Evening College - English

Evening College - History

Evening College - Interdisciplinary Studies

Evening College - Kinesiology and Nutrition Science

Evening College - Mathematics and Computing

Evening College - Music

Evening College - Organizational Leadership

Evening College - Paralegal Studies

Evening College - Philosophy

Evening College - Political Science

Evening College - Psychology

Evening College - Religion

Evening College - Sociology

Evening College - Spanish

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