Academics

The Liberal Arts + Your Major = Career Agility

The real world is hungry for critical thinking and problem solving, not to mention writing and speaking skills. That’s what the liberal arts at BW are for — to prepare you for career agility. No matter what your major, and there are more than 70 of them at BW, we’ll get you ready for whatever the world throws at you. As you explore a range of subjects through the core curriculum, you may even discover a new passion.

You'll also bring the liberal arts to life when you interact with national thought leaders who engage BW students in lively small group discussions, workshops and lectures, including Enduring Questions: The Mark Collier Lecture Series. You'll want to take advantage of these opportunities to wrestle with big ideas alongside your peers and prominent experts.

Learn from Faculty who put Teaching First

You'll also find  accomplished experts in the classroom every day. At BW, you learn from professors — not graduate students. Our faculty — scholars, practitioners and artists with impressive academic credentials as well as real-world insights and skills — are first and foremost teachers.

Through mentoring, advising and small classes, you’ll get to know your professors as individuals who care about you, your goals and your success.

Put Knowledge into Action Through Experiential Learning

What you learn in the classroom takes on a whole new dimension when you apply your new knowledge to real-world problems. At BW, every student engages in experiential learning, choosing from an exciting menu of options including internships, study abroad, research, service-learning, leadership development and other approved activities.

Experiential learning builds your subject mastery, your critical thinking skills and your resume; it can be life-changing.

Discover the Secret Ingredient: Entrepreneurship

It's been called the secret ingredient in a BW education. Our emphasis on entrepreneurship develops the innovation mindset that is essential in a rapidly changing world. It doesn't matter if you aim to create a startup, work for a nonprofit or lead large corporation; virtually everyone can benefit from developing creative problem-solving skills and learning to see change as opportunity.

Entrepreneurship education is offered both in and out of the classroom. You can major in entrepreneurship and innovation, add an entrepreneurship minor or earn an MBA in entrepreneurship. The Conservatory of Music even houses the country's first major in arts management and entrepreneurship, marrying two great BW strengths.

Students of all BW majors are invited to plug into the Center for Innovation and Growth (CIG) a little or a lot: attend a free workshop, serve as a CIG Fellow or take a deep dive into a real-world project as a CIG Growth Intern. Get hands-on experience building the blueprint for a successful venture through the BW Business Plan Clinic.

Develop your own great idea into a real business with step-by-step mentoring and support from BW's groundbreaking Blackstone LaunchPad program. We'll also link you up to an array of additional resources in start-up friendly Northeast Ohio.

Framework Organizes 70+ Majors

The academic organization of Baldwin Wallace, headed up by the Provost, is structured to meet the needs of students enrolled in wide-ranging programs of undergraduate and graduate study. Our 70-plus undergraduate and graduate majors and programs, including advanced degree programs in business, education and health sciences, are organized into eight schools:

Deans and associate deans help provide leadership for each of the Schools and the Conservatory.

To meet the need for continuing education, BW also offers a professional development program. Busy adults are served through evening undergraduate courses, as well as online, evening and weekend graduate options.

Accreditations + Affiliations = Quality Assurance

You can count on our academic programs to meet or exceed the standards and requirements set out by a long list of accrediting bodies which assure and advance the quality of higher learning.

As an institution, Baldwin Wallace University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) www.ncahigherlearningcommission.org, an independent corporation that was founded in 1895 as one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States. Many individual programs have additional specific accreditations.