Point Loma Nazarene University

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Point Loma Nazarene University is a liberal arts university located on the Point Loma oceanfront in San Diego, California. It offers quality liberal arts and professional programs on its main campus in San Diego, and select graduate and professional programs throughout the denomination’s southwest educational region.The history of Point Loma begins in 1902, when Dr. Bresee - a minister of the Methodist Episcopal Church - founded Pacific Bible College in Los Angeles at the urging of several laypersons. The college was renamed Deets Pacific Bible College, in 1905.After acquiring the Hugus Ranch property in Pasadena in 1910, the college campus was shifted to that site and was named Nazarene University. But the board of trustees managed to save it and they renamed the school Pasadena University.In the next few decades, the school grew vastly, receiving accreditation from Northwest Association of Secondary and Higher Schools in 1943, and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, in 1949. To revert to old trends begun by Bresee, the school was once again renamed, this time to Pasadena College.The college was relocated on the historic Point Loma peninsula in San Diego in 1973, after a rejected plan to move the school to Santa Ana. In 1983, the name was again changed to Point Loma Nazarene College, and finally rechristened as Point Loma Nazarene University, in 1998.Now, Point Loma campus lies on 90 acres, which was first established as an educational site by the Theosophical Society of America and has been occupied since by Balboa University, California Western College, and United States International University.Earlier occupants of this campus erected a number of wooden buildings, several of which are still in use. A historical picture gallery of the Point Loma campus is also available.The curriculum is made available in three colleges - the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Social Sciences and Professional Studies, and the College of Education. It offers more than 60 majors and concentrations.The university also has 10 university centers. In athletics, the university has seven intercollegiate sports for men and six sports for women.


The college was founded by several female laypersons in the Church of the Nazarene with the assistance of Phineas F. Bresee, co-founder of the Nazarene Church in Los Angeles. The "initiators," in the words of historian Timothy L. Smith, convinced "a reluctant Bresee to support the venture." [2]

The institution envisioned was "a simple Bible college" to train ministerial and lay leadership for the newly established Nazarene denomination however, a Bible college did not fit Bresee's notion of a real Christian school, and he "promised little or no assistance." The women went ahead with their plan, with money raised from their husbands, and Pacific Bible College opened in 1902 under Principal Mary Hill. [2] In 1906, Bresee's interest in the college was piqued with a large donation from Mr. and Mrs. Jackson Deets. [3] Bresee now saw the possibility for a real liberal arts college in the newly renamed Deets Pacific Bible College. Bresee and Deets were soon planning Nazarene University together: academy, liberal arts college, and bible school. It became one of the first three "official" educational institutions affiliated with the Church of the Nazarene in 1908, and was named Deets Pacific Bible College in 1909. [4] In 1910, it was renamed Nazarene University and, against the wishes of Jackson Deets and the advice of Nazarene General Superintendent John W. Goodwin, the college moved to the Hugus Ranch property in Pasadena, California. [2] It was renamed again to Pasadena University following a theological dispute and near bankruptcy in 1917.

In 1924, the name was changed again, this time to Pasadena College. [4] The school received accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges in 1949. [5] The college preparatory program was ended in the 1950s. In 1973, the college was relocated to the former California Western University campus on Point Loma in San Diego, after a rejected plan to move the school to Santa Ana. The Pasadena campus was later purchased by the U.S. Center for World Mission and currently houses William Carey International University. After the move to San Diego, the college existed for ten years as "Point Loma College: An Institution of the Church of the Nazarene" until the name was changed to Point Loma Nazarene College (PLNC) in 1983. [4] In 1998, the name was changed again, to Point Loma Nazarene University (PLNU).

Presidents Edit

Presidents
1. Phineas F. Bresee 1902-1911
2. Edgar P. Ellyson 1911-1913
3. H. Orton Wiley 1913-1916
4. Edward F. Walker 1917-1918
5. Andrew O. Hendricks 1918-1923
6. C. B. Widmeyer 1923-1926
7. H. Orton Wiley 1926-1928
8. Orval J. Nease 1928-1933
9. H. Orton Wiley 1933-1949
10. W. T. Purkiser 1949-1957
11. Russell V. DeLong 1957-1960
12. Oscar J. Finch 1960-1964
13. W. Shelburne Brown 1964-1978
14. Bill Draper 1978-1983
15. Jim Bond 1983-1997
16. Bob Brower 1998–present

PLNU has different locations besides the main campus in Point Loma, with graduate programs at regional centers in Bakersfield, and Mission Valley San Diego. [6] Once owned by the Theosophical Society, the Point Loma site has a lengthy pre-PLNU history.

Lomaland Edit

Before it served as the Point Loma Nazarene University campus, the area was the location of a Theosophical commune run by Katherine Tingley. It became known as "Lomaland". By 1900, the campus was dominated by the imposing Academy Building and the adjoining Temple of Peace of the Theosophical Society. Both buildings were constructed in the Theosophical vernacular that included the flattened arch motif and whimsical references to antiquity. The buildings were topped by amethyst domes, which were lighted at night and could be seen offshore. The entrance to the Academy Building was dominated by two massive carved doors that symbolized the Theosophical Principles of "spiritual enlightenment" and "human potential." The sculptor, Reginald Machell, was educated in England, but moved to Lomaland in 1896. [7] The interior furnishings he carved for the Academy Building were influenced by the Symbolist style popular in Europe at that time. Machell also supervised the woodworking school at Point Loma.

Lomaland had public buildings for the entire community and several private homes. The home of Albert Spalding, the sporting goods tycoon, was built in 1901. The building combines late-Victorian wooden architecture with historical motifs such as the modified Corinthian column (now shaped like a papyrus leaf) and flattened arches. The amethyst dome was restored by a team of scholars led by Dr. Dwayne Little of the PLNC department of History and Political Science in 1983. [8] The first Greek theater in North America was built on this site in 1901. It was used for sporting events and theatrical performances. [9] The tessellated pavement and stoa were added in 1909. The theatre was the site of a number of productions of Greek and Shakespearean dramas. Cabrillo Hall, which served as the International Center Headquarters, the Brotherhood Headquarters, and "Wachere Crest" building, was completed in 1909. It served as office space for the Theosophical Society and as a residence for Katherine Tingley after 1909. It was originally located on the west side of Pepper Tree lane. The hall is currently the location for the Communication Studies Department. [10]

Lomaland dissolved in the aftermath of World War I and was used for bootlegging during the Prohibition period. The tunnel systems and site were later taken over by Fort Rosecrans before World War II. It served as an observation point and several barracks were installed on the site, which constitute some of the campus dormitories for PLNU. In 1952, California Western University relocated to Point Loma. In 1968, California Western changed its name to United States International University and moved to Scripps Ranch, while the California Western School of Law retained its old name and relocated from its Point Loma location to downtown in 1973. Pasadena College moved from Pasadena to Point Loma to replace it.

PLNU is one of the eight U.S. liberal arts colleges [11] and universities affiliated with the Church of the Nazarene. [12] Although its name might suggest that it is the college for the "Point Loma" region, no such region currently exists [13] PLNU is the college for the "Southwest Region" of the United States, comprising the northern California, Sacramento, central California, Los Angeles, Anaheim, southern California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Hawaii districts, which include California, Arizona, New Mexico, Hawaii, and parts of Nevada, Utah, and Texas. [14] Each college receives financial backing from the Nazarene churches on its region part of each church budget is paid into a fund for its regional school. Each college or university is also bound by a gentlemen's agreement not to actively recruit outside its respective "educational region." [15] PLNU has been accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges since 1949. [16]

Point Loma Nazarene University has a "commitment to educating students as whole people." [17] The University offers more than 60 areas of scholarship as Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees, as well as graduate degrees. There were 3,480 students at the college in 2007, 2,346 of whom were undergraduates. [18] The 2007 acceptance rate for students who applied to the college was 53.5 percent. [19]

In 2017, PLNU launched its first doctoral-level curriculum in the form of a Doctor of Nursing Practice program. [20]

Accreditations Edit

The university is accredited by the following organizations: [21]

Rankings Edit

U.S. News & World Report 2019 ranks PLNU #9 in the Regional Universities West category out of 128 schools listed in that section. [24] Forbes ranks PLNU as #263 in the country among all universities as of 2019, and #54 in the West. [25]

The average high school GPA for admitted freshmen in 2018 (unweighted) was 3.79, while the average SAT was 1,690/2,400. [26] According to PayScale, the median mid-career salary of PLNU graduates in 2019 (bachelor's degrees only) was $90,100. [27]

The institution has a debate team that won the National Parliamentary Debate Association championship in 2007 and met success as Sweepstakes Champions three times since 2003. [28] [29] [30] PLNU has also won the Christian College National Championship in 7 times since 1998. [31] PLNU has a lot of resources for students, as well as a lot of opportunities for involvement on campus. For example, they have an Honors Program, Career Services, Study Abroad opportunities and more. [32] Additionally, PLNU hosts numerous denominational and local community events: arts & culture gatherings, [33] outdoor activities, [34] and faith and ministry opportunities. [35]

Athletics Edit

PLNU is currently a member of the Pacific West Conference in NCAA Division II. The university sponsors 11 athletic programs, four for men and seven for women, in cross-country, men's and women's soccer, men's and women's basketball, baseball, men's and women's tennis, women's track & field, women's volleyball, and women's golf. In 2002, the mascot was changed from the Crusaders to the Sea Lions. [36]

Point Loma Nazarene University is associated with the Church of the Nazarene. The campus offers many ministry opportunities including chapel, community and discipleship ministries, international and worship ministries. Attendance to chapel is based on the number of units the student is enrolled. Full-time students are required to attend chapel. Freshman and sophomores must attend 33 chapels, and juniors and seniors must attend 25 chapels. Students can be fined for being absent from chapel too many times. [37]

Notable alumni include Edward J. Blakely, educator and researcher on urban and suburban issues, [38] James Dobson, prominent evangelical psychologist, Greg Laswell, musician and producer, and Mildred Bangs Wynkoop, noted Nazarene theologian. The school has produced four college presidents. Two were presidents of the Eastern Nazarene College: Fred J. Shields and Floyd W. Nease, 1919-1923 and 1924-1930, respectively. One, Orval J. Nease, was president of his alma mater from 1928 to 1933. The fourth, David Alexander, has been president of Northwest Nazarene since 2008. Hoku, singer and daughter of the late Don Ho studied business at PLNU briefly, but left during her first semester. William De Los Santos, Author, Poet, Screenwriter and Motion-Picture Director (enrolled as William Hilbert). Micah Albert, award winning photojournalist who has covered issues in Africa and the Middle East. Robert Pierce, the evangelist who founded World Vision and Samaritan's Purse, studied on the Pasadena campus. Mark McClain, the CEO and Co-founder of Sailpoint Technologies is also a graduate. Tim Gaines, current Assistant Professor of Religion at Trevecca, graduated from Point Loma in 2003 alongside his wife, Shawna Songer-Gaines who graduated in 2006. They both went on to write Hud York Times Best-Selling Books, A Seat At the Table and Kings and Presidents.

Notable faculty members include Frank G. Carver, Wesleyan Center Scholar in Residence, Darrel R. Falk, author of Coming to Peace with Science and director of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute outreach program, Michael Lodahl. Another notable former faculty member is Olive Winchester. Destin Danial Cretton [American Film Director]


One Book One San Diego 2020

One Book, One San Diego is our region's premier literary program, presented in partnership between KPBS and over 80 libraries and educational institutions. Ryan Library is a proud partner. This year's One Book One San Diego title is They Called Us Enemy by George Takei.

Visit our research guide: libguides.pointloma.edu/onebook2020 .

If you would like a free copy of the book, contact librarian Robin Lang .


We subscribe to the Newspaper Source database, which provides full text to more than 40 U.S. & international newspapers and Nexis Uni. If you are interested in browsing the current day's newspaper, use the newspapers website. Then if you find an article you'd like to read but are hitting a paywall, check to see if Ryan Library provides access to the article through one of our databases. You can determine which database provides a newspaper, by typing in the name of the newspaper in the Journals Directory search box. If we don't provide access to the article you need, you can request a copy through InterLibrary Loan. If you have any questions, please email librarian Robin Lang at [email protected]

If you have a specific newspaper article, topic, or author in mind, consider using a Library database to access the article if it's not available free online. Here's a list of a few of the specific newspapers we subscribe to through Library databases:

  1. The New York Times (1980-present)
  2. The Washington Post (1977-present)
  3. The New Yorker (2002-present)
  4. The Atlantic Monthly (1993-present)
  5. The Wall Street Journal (1984-present)
  6. The Los Angeles Times (6 months ago-present)
  7. The San Diego Union-Tribune (2002-January 2019)

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Gottfried de Purucker visited Point Loma in 1894, and in 1896 he met Katherine Tingley in Geneva where he spoke about the place. In 1897 Tingley bought a piece of land at Point Loma, and in February 1897 she laid the first stone for a School for the Revival of the Lost Mysteries of Antiquity (SRLMA). In 1899 Tingley moved to Lomaland, and in 1900 Universal Brotherhood and Theosophical Society (UBTS) also established their headquarters there. Agricultural experimentation was essential to the Lomaland community's desire to be self-sufficient in all respects, and the group imported and tried many different types of plants and trees including avocados, oranges, and other fruit. Katherine Tingley's goal was to serve fresh fruits and vegetables at Lomaland every day of the year.

In summer 1900, the educational arm of Lomaland, a Raja yoga school, was opened up. In 1901 followed an open air Greek theatre, a temple, in 1914 a college, and by 1919 a theosophical university. Many other buildings were established including a hotel, a theatre, a textile factory, a joinery, a bakery, a publishing house, and more. Vegetable and fruit gardens were planted. Around 60 percent of the community was female, and notable for this time, the same percentage was also represented in executive positions.

"Raja Yoga" meant divine union, and the educational goals of the school involved not only the intellect, but also moral and spiritual development. The Raja Yoga Academy was a boarding school over 300 students lived together in group homes that were known as "Lotus Houses." Children from poor families could go to school without paying any charges. The students also played classical dramas, as well as those of Shakespeare. Each student had to learn to play at least one instrument, so that after 1905 the first school orchestra of the United States could hold weekly concerts and go on tour.

A theosophical university was established in 1919. It offered courses in the humanities and in science, and was accredited by the state of California. In 1942 the university was relocated to Covina.

The publishing house changed its name several times, it was called The Theosophical publishing company, Aryan theosophical press, or Theosophical university press.

In 1942 Lomaland was sold, and the Theosophical Society moved to Covina, near Los Angeles.

Historic buildings Edit

At its height, the community consisted of at least five or six dozen buildings, some quite distinctive. By 1900, the campus was dominated by the imposing Academy Building and the adjoining Temple of Peace. Both buildings were constructed in the Theosophical vernacular that included a flattened arch motif and whimsical references to antiquity. The buildings were topped by amethyst domes, which were lighted at night and could be seen offshore. The entrance to the Temple of Peace was dominated by two massive carved doors that symbolized the Theosophical Principles of spiritual enlightenment and human potential. These doors are currently located in the archives of the San Diego Historical Society. [1] The sculptor, Reginald Machell, was educated in England, but moved to Lomaland with the community in 1899. The interior furnishings he carved for the Academy Building were influenced by the Symbolist style popular in Europe at that time. Machell also supervised the woodworking school at Point Loma. Agricultural experimentation was essential to the Lomaland community's desire to be self-sufficient in all respects.

Lomaland had public buildings for the entire community and several private homes. The home of Albert Spalding, the sporting goods tycoon, was built in 1901. The building combines late-Victorian wooden architecture with historical motifs such as the modified Corinthian column (now shaped like a papyrus leaf) and flattened arches. The amethyst dome was restored by a team of scholars led by Dr. Dwayne Little of the department of history and political science at San Diego State University in 1983.

The first Greek theater in North America was built on this site in 1901. It was used for sporting events and theatrical performances. Tessellated pavement and stoa were added in 1909. The theatre was the site of a number of productions of Greek and Shakespearean dramas.

Cabrillo Hall, which served as the International Center Headquarters, and the Brotherhood Headquarters (also called "Wachere Crest" and "Laurel Crest"), was completed in 1909. It served as office for the Theosophical Society and as a residence for Katherine Tingley after 1909. It was originally located on the west side of Pepper Tree Lane but was moved in the early 2000's to the east side. Cabrillo Hall is currently the home of the Communication Studies department.

The reception area was housed in a rectangular building known as the Executive Building. This multi-purpose structure was originally located just southwest of the Academy Building. It served a variety of functions that included telephone and mail services in 1908 it was used as a display center for the Woman's Exchange and Mart. The unusual truss design in the interior of the building emphasized the square and the circle, which were symbolic of heaven and earth.

After the Theosophical Society Edit

Lomaland dissolved in the aftermath of the Great Depression of the 1930s and the death of Katherine Tingley in 1929. In 1942, the campus was sold to Coronado developer George W. Wood. The Theosophical Society staff and remaining students moved to Covina. Wood planned to use the buildings and site to create a 5,000 population housing district (after using the property for temporary war housing during World War II.) However, due to limitations in the property transfer agreement and the dangerous condition of many of the buildings on the site, he was allowed to move in only 300 patrons. After Wood died, Dwight Standord helped purchase the property for the struggling Balboa University, a deal which was finalized on September 15, 1950.

That same year, Balboa University became affiliated with the Southern California Methodist Conference, changed its name to California Western University and relocated to Lomaland. In 1960, the Cal Western law school moved from its downtown location to Rohr Hall at Point Loma to join the rest of the school. The law school received accreditation from the American Bar Association in 1962.

In 1968, California Western University changed its name to United States International University (USIU). The law school, however, retained the name Cal Western. In 1973, the law school relocated from its Point Loma location to the current downtown campus and Pasadena College moved to Point Loma to replace it. USIU moved to Scripps Ranch and in 2001 it merged with California School of Professional Psychology to form Alliant International University. Pasadena College was renamed Point Loma College, then Point Loma Nazarene University, and remains at that location.


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With a major in composition, you’ll develop applied music skills in one primary performance area while learning to demonstrate expertise of advanced tonal, timbral, and formal concepts.

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Students from the various disciplines work together, learning from each other, the professors, and hands-on experience about how science and computation provide solutions to problems that could not be achieved by one discipline alone.

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You will also learn how to design software to perform tasks and provide services.

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Majoring in dietetics will help you bring power to your passions for understanding science, engaging in a healthy lifestyle, and interacting with people.

You’ll learn how to evaluate patients' nutritional and health needs, and hone the ability to prevent and treat many types of conditions and diseases. You will also be given the guidance and resources you need to become a registered dietitian after graduation.

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Minors

PLNU's multimedia journalism and writing programs will give you the skills needed to create, understand, and interpret written expressions of the human experience.

By pursuing one of the several majors or minors we offer, you'll hone your ability to read, write, communicate, and think critically.

Degrees Offered

Minors

Kinesiology programs at PLNU provide a dynamic environment for you to explore how to optimize health and physical efficiency through hands-on experience and research.

Faculty will guide and inspire you to set transformational personal and professional goals, and unique internships or clinical opportunities will enable you to hit the ground running toward a career that focuses on helping people improve their health.

Degrees Offered

PLNU students of literature gain interpretive, analytical, critical-thinking, and reading skills while diving into the world of literature, literary theory, rhetoric, and writing.

Concentrations in English Education and Literature will allow you to follow your passion and prepare for life after graduation.

Degrees Offered

Minors

PLNU’s management programs equip you with the intellectual and professional tools needed to assume positions of responsibility within an organization.

Courses in leadership, organizational behavior, operations management, finance, and strategy will help you understand different areas and demands of the workplace to become a successful manager or entrepreneur.

Degrees Offered

Minors

The Fermanian School of Business teaches students how to become responsible marketers, equipped with a versatile set of skills and practices that bring deeper value to their future careers.

You’ll take classes that reinforce and develop skills in marketing principles, consumer behavior, social and digital media, and marketing strategy. You will also have the opportunity to apply what you’re learning within personalized internships and innovative business training experiences.

Degrees Offered

Minors

PLNU mathematics students study theoretical and applied mathematics to deepen their understanding of the power of mathematics as a tool in a wide variety of circumstances.

Defined as the search for patterns in things that do not appear to be similar, mathematics offers results that are beautiful and incredibly applicable.

Degrees Offered

Minors

Studying media communication at PLNU will immerse you in a program designed to prepare you for a wide range of careers in television, film, and new media production, as well as media distribution and management.

You’ll work alongside creative classmates and expert faculty to gain the skills used by producers, directors, cinematographers, sound and lighting designers, editors, and more.

Degrees Offered

Minors

PLNU's ministry programs equip you with a foundational knowledge of Scripture and theology, with a focus on the practical experience essential for ministry, enabling you to effectively serve a wide variety of communities.

The knowledge you acquire, along with invaluable practical skills in interpersonal and group communication, will prepare you to navigate any number of social contexts whether your dreams lie in ministry, psychology, teaching, social work, or any number of other careers.

Degrees Offered

Minors

PLNU music students pursue musical excellence within a community of grace that is committed to developing leaders in education, composition, performance, and worship.

You'll have opportunities to travel and perform around the United States and the world, as well as right here on campus.

Degrees Offered

Minors

PLNU students of music and ministry learn to develop the tools to prepare and conduct worship services, and become musicians who can work in any worship situation, whether it be at a liturgical church service or in a worship band.

You can look forward to courses in worship ministry, instruments of worship, hymnology, and more.

Degrees Offered

Minors

PLNU music students pursue musical excellence within a community of grace that is committed to developing leaders in education, composition, performance, and worship.

The performance program is built on a foundation that ensures you will become well versed in written theory, aural skills, and music history, and also offers a specialized curriculum to help you develop expert-level applied music skills in your primary performance area.

Degrees Offered

From your first semester as a BSN student, you will be working with patients using cutting-edge technology in a variety of clinical settings, which will provide you with over 1,100 clinical hours by graduation day — an advantage unique to PLNU.

This rigorous program balances a focus on the human and spiritual aspects of nursing, as well as the physical and technical skills necessary to serve your patients faithfully. The faith-based curriculum, taught by a genuinely caring and committed faculty, emphasizes servant leadership and will help you become a purposeful leader wherever you serve.

Degrees Offered

PLNU nutrition students pursue their deeply rooted passions for serving people and gaining in-depth knowledge to promote healthy lifestyle choices.

With an increased global awareness of how decisions around food directly affect health and well-being, you’ll be trained to master skills in food source analysis, food evaluation, food selection, and the relationship of food to nutrition and health.

Degrees Offered

Minors

PLNU's philosophy programs will challenge you to explicitly and intentionally study what it means to be human, asking difficult questions and seeking out logical and ethical solutions to the issues facing society today.

As a student, you will develop and master critical analyses of difficult texts, creative problem-solving skills, and an ability to clearly and persuasively articulate complex thoughts and ideas. These skills will prepare you to stand out in your graduate school or career of choice. In fact, philosophy majors consistently score better than nearly all other majors on graduate school admission exams and on the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT).

Degrees Offered

Minors

PLNU physics majors develop an understanding of the fundamental principles of physics while learning to apply physical principles, mathematical reasoning, and computational techniques to solve real-world problems.

As a physics major, you will design and conduct experiments, analyze and interpret data, and learn how to communicate complicated technical information, all within a collaborative environment rooted in ethical scientific practice.

Degrees Offered

Minors

Majoring in political science at PLNU will help you develop and master critical-thinking and problem-solving skills, analytical techniques, and experiential application of complex concepts — all of which are essential for graduate school, a variety of careers, and active civic engagement.

Classes in American government and international relations will cover such topics as human rights, gender politics, global governance, urban politics, social movements, political theory, race and ethnicity, and international law — all with a uniquely Christian worldview. You’ll also have the chance to gain firsthand experience by spending a semester abroad or in Washington, D.C., and you will hone your professional skills through practical application with a public affairs internship.

Degrees Offered

Minors

There are many routes and majors you can choose from that can provide the solid basis of preparation necessary for a dentistry-related career.

Although it is not a major, PLNU does have a robust pre-health program that will help prepare and equip you for all kinds of health professional schools. We work with you in individual pre-health advising meetings with customized advice to address your particular interests and goals and help make sure that whatever your major, you are on the path that is right for you.

Degrees Offered

Like most colleges and universities, PLNU does not have a pre-law major.

In fact, virtually any major can provide the solid basis of quality preparation necessary for a law-related career. That is why we emphasize individual pre-law advising meetings with customized advice to address your particular interests and goals and help to make sure that whatever your major, you are on the path that is right for you.

Our pre-law advisor will help you successfully apply to law school, provide opportunities to network with local attorneys, and guide you in making decisions about your future legal career. The one-on-one attention you will receive, as well as the support of an inclusive peer group, will help you to be successful. PLNU graduates are regularly accepted into the best law schools in the country.

Degrees Offered

There are many routes and majors you can choose that can provide the solid basis of quality preparation necessary for a medical-related career.

Although it is not a major, PLNU does have a robust pre-health program that will help prepare and equip you for all kinds of health professional schools. We work with you in individual pre-health advising meetings with customized advice to address your particular interests and goals and help to make sure that whatever your major, you are on the path that is right for you.

Degrees Offered

There are many routes and majors you can choose from that can provide the necessary foundation for a career in occupational therapy.

Although it is not a major, PLNU does have a robust pre-occupational therapy program that will help prepare and equip you for occupational therapy school. We work with you in individual advising meetings with customized advice to address your particular interests and goals and help make sure you receive the personalized attention and support to pursue your goals.

Degrees Offered

Like most colleges and universities, PLNU does not have a pre-optometry major.

In fact, there are many majors that can provide the solid basis of quality preparation necessary for a optometry-related career. That is why we emphasize individual pre-health advising meetings with customized advice to address your particular interests and goals and help to make sure that whatever your major, you are on the path that is right for you.

Degrees Offered

Like most colleges and universities, PLNU does not have a pre-pharmacy major. But there are many routes and majors you can choose that can provide the solid basis of quality preparation necessary for a pharmacy-related career.

Although it is not a major, PLNU also has a robust pre-health program that will help prepare and equip you for all kinds of health professional schools. We work with you in individual pre-health advising meetings with customized advice to address your particular interests and goals and help make sure that whatever your major, you are on the path that is right for you.

Degrees Offered

There are many routes and majors you can choose that can provide the solid basis of quality preparation necessary for a physical therapy-related career.

That is why we emphasize individual pre-physical therapy advising meetings with customized advice to address your particular interests and goals and help to make sure that whatever your major, you are on the path to thrive in graduate school and as a professional practitioner.

Degrees Offered

There are many routes and majors you can choose that can provide the solid basis of quality preparation necessary for a career as a physician assistant.

That is why we encourage individual pre-physician assistant advising meetings with customized advice to address your particular interests and goals and help to make sure that whatever your major, you are on the path that is right for you.

Degrees Offered

There are many routes and majors you can choose from that can provide the solid basis of preparation necessary for a veterinary-related career.

Although it is not a major, PLNU does have a robust pre-health program that will help prepare and equip you for all kinds of health professional schools. We work with you in individual pre-health advising meetings with customized advice to address your particular interests and goals and help make sure that whatever your major, you are on the path that is right for you.

Degrees Offered

PLNU's Department of Psychology aims to develop students into professionals who are able to meet the needs of others with realism and intelligence.

As a student in our department, you will study a broad spectrum of issues concerning human nature, examining both traditional and contemporary psychological research and methods from a distinctly Christian worldview.


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In 2002, the mascot was changed from the Crusaders to the Sea Lions. [4] In 2013, Point Loma Athletics also dropped the usage of its 'mythical beast of the sea' logo and its Vegas Gold Color. The Sea Lions added Sunset Gold to their color scheme and also updated their logo, with the help of Joe Bosack Co., to create the current PLNU Athletic Word Mark and Crest.

PLNU has won the National Scholastic Surfing Association college national championship three times, in 1989, 1999, and 2015. [5] [6] Women's golf was added to replace the softball program that was dropped in 2010 due to the lack of a suitable and permanent playing field. [7]


7. The Nazarene Church prohibits the consumption of alcohol and cigarettes.

During its history, the Church of the Nazarene has sustained a stance advocating total abstinence from alcohol and any other intoxicant, including cigarettes.

Original Nazarene founder Bresee was engaged in the Prohibition movement. Although this proceeds to be discussed, the position remains in the church. While the church does not view alcohol itself to be the cause of sin, it acknowledges that intoxication and the like are a 'danger' to many people, both physically and spiritually.

Historically, the Nazarene Church was founded in efforts to benefit the poor. Alcohol, gambling and the like, and their addictions were mentioned as things that kept people poor so Nazarenes have traditionally refrained from those things. Furthermore, they believe a person who is meant to serve an example to others should withdraw the use of them, in order not to cause others to deviate from their 'walk with God,' as that is regarded a sin for both people.


Notable persons

Notable alumni include Edward J. Blakely, educator and researcher on urban and suburban issues, [29] James Dobson, prominent evangelical psychologist, Greg Laswell, musician and producer, and Mildred Bangs Wynkoop, noted Nazarene theologian. The school has produced four college presidents. Two were presidents of the Eastern Nazarene College: Fred J. Shields and Floyd W. Nease, 1919-1923 and 1924-1930, respectively. One, Orval J. Nease, was president of his alma mater from 1928 to 1933. The fourth, David Alexander, has been president of Northwest Nazarene since 2008. Hoku, singer and daughter of the late Don Ho studied business at PLNU briefly, but left during her first semester. William De Los Santos, Author, Poet, Screenwriter and Motion-Picture Director (enrolled as William Hilbert). Micah Albert, award winning photojournalist who has covered issues in Africa and the Middle East. Robert Pierce, the evangelist who founded World Vision and Samaritan's Purse, studied on the Pasadena campus. Tim Gaines, current Assistant Professor of Religion at Trevecca, graduated from Point Loma in 2003 alongside his wife, Shawna Songer-Gaines who graduated in 2006. They both went on to write Hud York Times Best-Selling Books, A Seat At the Table and Kings and Presidents.

Notable faculty members include Frank G. Carver, Wesleyan Center Scholar in Residence, Darrel R. Falk, author of Coming to Peace with Science and director of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute outreach program, Michael Lodahl, another noted Nazarene theologian, and Bob Goff, adjunct business law professor, founder of Restore International, and author of the New York Times Best-Selling Book Love Does. Another notable former faculty member is Olive Winchester.


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