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Southwestern Christian College (SwCC) is a historically-black college in Terrell, Texasmarker, 30 miles east of Dallasmarker. SwCC is operated by the Churches of Christ.

Academics

SwCC offers associate's and bachelor's degrees. Two years of study in most fields are offered outside of those involving preparation for full-time ministry. Many junior- and senior-level courses have been offered in recent years, which eventually lead to the school's first bachelor's degree graduates in 1984 and online courses at the present. A concerted effort has been made by the board of trustees not to allow the college's somewhat-limited resources to be spread too thinly.

Southwestern's associate level graduates typically earn the Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degree; the bachelor level graduates typically earn the Bachelor of Science degree. Dr. Jack Evans, Sr. is the current college president.

History

SwCC was founded in 1948 by the educator and minister G.P. Bowser. SwCC became accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools in 1973. Alumni from the first years to the present can be found throughout the world in various walks of life from various countries and cultures.

In the fall of 1948, with some 45 students attending, a small beginning was made in Fort Worth, Texas, under the name of Southern Bible Institute.

The Board intended to buy property in Fort Worth to erect a permanent school plant, but in the summer of 1949, an opportunity was afforded to purchase the school property formerly owned by the Texas Military College in Terrell. When the military school closed and the property was offered for sale, the Trustees purchased it. At this time the name was changed to Southwestern Christian College.

On the campus stands the first dwelling erected in Terrell. This home, built by a man named Terrell, was constructed in an octagonal shape to give better protection against Indians. Today it remains as one of the twenty surviving Round Houses in the entire nation--listed by the Dallas Centennial as a place to visit. Even when it was built, the house was the object of interest as it contained the first glass windows in Kaufman County. The doors, however, were typical of the pioneer houses in that they were put together with wooden pegs. The original doors have long since been removed, and other rooms have been added at the back of the house, but the original logs used as supports in the house are still supporting the building. The local chapter of the Historical Society has placed a historical marker at the Round House site.

The administration building was built and used as a school fifty years ago. Mr. W.B. Toone, whose wife was born in the Round House to Mr. and Mrs. Terrell, operated a co-educational school from 1896 to 1904. He sold it to the Methodists who returned the property to Mr. Toone about 1908. It was then sold to Colonel Perry who operated it as a private military school. After Colonel Perry's death, the school was continued by his wife, daughter, and son-in-law, and later by the people of Terrell.

The Trustees of SwCC bought the property from the Perry estate in 1949 and began operation the following Fall. The school became fullyaccredited in 1973. Southwestern Christian College is currently accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association ofColleges and Schools, to award Associate and Bachelor level degrees.

Mission

Southwestern Christian College, founded and sponsored by members of Churches of Christ, is accredited as a four-year (level II), educational college (limited to Bachelor's degree in Bible and Religious Education), with a two-year associate program in the liberal arts. Its purpose is to offer a holistic educational program that will motivate the student to value and achieve academic excellence within the context of commitment to moral and spiritual values; to assist students in making their transitions from high school to higher education on various levels; to assist students in preparation for varied vocations in life; to prepare future leaders for their distinct communities and the world at large.

Philosophy

In the founding and establishing of Southwestern Christian College, those who participated were motivated by a mutual desire to provide for its students' preparation for effective and successful Christian living. Each was keenly sensitive to the urgency of this need. To appreciate its importance, one must fully understand the concepts of "Christian Living". In keeping with this concept of "Christian Living", Southwestern Christian College is dedicated to the purpose of offering such instruction that will prepare the student to effectively take his place in the business and social world, well rooted andgrounded in the Word of God.

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