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The University of the Incarnate Word's Extended Academic Programs (EAP) provides educational opportunities for adults wanting to earn a college degree. EAP offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees in a non-traditional format through the School of Professional Studies and the School of Applied Sciences. There are four centers in San Antonio, one in Killeen/Fort Hood and another in Corpus Christi for those students interested in taking classes in a classroom during evenings, nights or weekends. Classes are also available 100% online, asynchronously for students who need extra flexibility in their class schedule or living in a remote area. The School of Professional Studies also offers personal development opportunities for professionals needing continuing education and/or who want to earn a certificate to reach their career goals.
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Founded in 1881 by the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, UIW provides a high quality education to students pursuing academic degrees in more than 40 of today's high in-demand undergraduate programs while carrying on the original Mission of the Sisters.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 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 (UIW) is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word. The first Sisters, three young French women motivated by the love of God and their recognition of God's presence in each person, came to San Antonio in 1869 to minister to the victims of a cholera epidemic. Today, their ministries in healthcare, education, elder care, and assistance to women and children make a difference in the communities and lives touched through their collective charism. 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 history of the University of the Incarnate Word begins in 1900 with the establishment of the Academy of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas. As an extension of the mission of the Sisters of Charity, the core values of UIW’s mission are faith, service, innovation, truth and education. A historically Hispanic serving institution (HSI), UIW is committed to providing educational opportunities to a diverse population of students that spans from the United States, to Asia and on to Mexico. It is UIW's hope that every student who attends the University of the Incarnate Word advances in their own faith through the discovery of truth, mutual understanding, self-realization and the common good in our increasingly complex society.
Read more about the history of the University of the Incarnate Word and the work of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word.
Dr. Cyndi Porter, VP of Extended Academic Programs, describes her learning experience as an adult student for the CAEL Learning Stories.