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2016-17 Undergraduate Catalog 
2016-17 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

2016-17 Undergraduate Catalog

Welcome to the 2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog

The 2016 - 2017 Graduate Catalog may be accessed by changing the catalog year in the upper right corner of this window.  To access older versions of the Undergraduate or Graduate catalog you may simply change the catalog year in the upper right corner of this window.  Undergraduate Catalogs prior to 2013 and Graduate Catalogs prior to 2014 may be found on the college’s archived catalog page.

Academic Calendar

The 2016 - 2017 Academic Calendar  is available as a downloadable pdf file.

Mission Statement

Berry College is a comprehensive liberal-arts college with Christian values. The college furthers our students’ intellectual, moral and spiritual growth; proffers lessons that are gained from worthwhile work done well; and challenges them to devote their learning to community and civic betterment. Berry emphasizes an educational program committed to high academic standards, values based on Christian principles, practical work experience and community service in a distinctive environment of natural beauty. It is Berry’s goal to make an excellent private liberal-arts education accessible to talented students from a wide range of social and economic backgrounds.

President’s Message

Welcome to the Berry College Catalog. In this era of digital technology, web-based catalogs have largely supplanted printed versions. Digital catalogs are more readily accessible and easier to search. Given the vast amount of information available on the web, the principle purpose of a digital catalog is to provide reliable information about the institution’s purposes, policies, procedures, programs, and people. It is meant to serve as a trustworthy reference source.

At the same time, catalogs are snapshots of a college at a moment in time. They are normally updated annually even though policies, procedures, programs and people may change throughout the year. Thus, the information about Berry College presented here is accurate as of the beginning of the academic year, but subject to change at any time to encourage educational activities that are flexible and continually improving.

Berry was founded in 1902 by Martha Berry, a visionary woman who believed that a nation’s most valuable natural resources are its young people. A review of Berry’s catalogs over the last eleven decades shows that the institution has changed in dramatic ways, but that it has nevertheless remained true to its central vision and educational approach.

Berry has always advocated an integrated education of the head, heart and hands in the context of a residential learning community. Put another way, Berry fuses a challenging academic program and practical work experience with opportunities for spiritual growth, including significant service to others. Today, Berry College is a comprehensive liberal arts college that emphasizes a residential educational experience. The Berry Catalog describes how we bring this approach to life.

The purpose of a Berry education, today just as in its formative years, is to prepare graduates with the knowledge, experience, character and motivation to improve the places where they live and work. The Berry Catalog serves as a reference point and means to that end.

Stephen R. Briggs, President


Berry College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate, masters, and education-specialist degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Berry College.  Berry’s music program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music. Berry’s programs in business are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.


The college is a member of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, Georgia Association of Colleges, American Council on Education, Association of American Colleges and Universities, American Association of University Women and the Georgia Foundation for Independent Colleges.

For information on graduate-program accreditation, see the introduction to the Berry College Graduate Catalog.

The online version of the Berry College catalog serves as the official version of the college catalog.  While printed versions may be distributed for informational purposes, or excerpts of the catalog may be provided on web pages, in the case of any discrepancies, the online version of the college catalog shall supersede any portion of a printed copy or web page containing excerpted policies.