History of JBU

Academic, Spiritual, and Practical Philosophy

From the Foreword 

"Christ Over All: History of John Brown University" (releasing Jan. 2019)


The history of John Brown University is unusual, if not unique, in a number of ways. The original campus was first a vocational college with an associate degree program that required students to work half a day while attending classes and studying half a day. The founder’s hope was to offer a tuition-free education, which included training for the “Head, Heart, and Hand.” In 1934, the program expanded into a four year bachelor degree program with an emphasis on professional degrees in building construction, engineering, agriculture, radio and television broadcasting, the sciences, teacher education, and other fields, along with a core of liberal arts and Bible classes.

- John E. Brown, III