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7 Weeks. 2 Great Courses. $95 Each.

Enroll today! New Courses Starting January 9, 2024.

7 Weeks. 2 Great Courses. $95 Each.

Enroll today! New Courses Starting January 9, 2024.

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Texas RangersCatch your opportunity to learn like a Texas Ranger with RangersU powered by Abilene Christian University

Our online courses developed exclusively for the Texas Rangers are now available to Rangers fans like you.

Take your love for America’s pastime to the next level this summer with courses in Baseball History and Culture and Leadership Development. RangersU courses are 100% online, instructor-led and only $95 for seven weeks. You’ll learn from ACU faculty, Texas Rangers management and sports industry experts. 

Additionally, you can elect to receive 3 hours of college credit for each course by submitting a portfolio of your learning and a $300 assessment fee. You will receive instructions on how to elect the credit option after the course begins. Learn in an engaging online environment and earn credit toward your future college degree.

Expert Scholarship

Exceptional Teaching

Developed by top professors at Abilene Christian University, Texas Rangers coaches and staff, and experts in the world of sport, these courses engage you from start to finish.

Convenient Delivery

Courses are 100% online, allowing you to access videos, lectures, discussions, and reading resources from anywhere, any time.

Immersive Experience

With new content released weekly, RangersU will take you on a trip across the U.S. with stops at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, and Rangers Spring Training in Surprise, AZ.

Course: Baseball History & Culture

Baseball History and Culture

The Baseball History and Culture course provides a fascinating exploration of the history, culture, and social norms surrounding America’s favorite pastime. This course offers an overview of the major historical developments of baseball and its impact on American society, highlighting the sport’s ability to create community during turbulent times. Participants will reflect on their personal connection to baseball, from player to fan, and gain a deeper understanding of how the sport intertwines with US culture and reflects America’s core values and national identity. With expert insights and fan perspectives, this course offers an engaging and insightful journey through the evolution of baseball, from its earliest recorded rules to the modern era. Join us to discover the rich history of baseball and its relevance to you!

Baseball History RangersU Week 1
Week 01

The Origins of Baseball

Discover baseball’s early roots and the evolution of Major Leagues between 1839 and 1939.

Baseball History RangersU Week 2
Week 02


Explore the impact of baseball on historical events with a focus on race integration.

Baseball History RangersU Week 3
Week 03

Westward Expansion

Explore how shifting demographics spurred the westward expansion of baseball in the United States.

Baseball History RangersU Week 4
Week 04

Latin and World Influence

Understand globalization’s role in baseball’s worldwide popularity and the rise of Latin American players.

Baseball History RangersU Week 5
Week 05

Free Agency

Examine the impact of free agency and the broader connections with U.S. culture.

Baseball History RangersU Week 6
Week 06

Stats, Analytics, and Records

Analyze the impact of analytics on the game, the fan experience, and player memorialization.

Baseball History RangersU Week 7
Week 07

The History of the Texas Rangers

Discuss the story of the Texas Rangers baseball club and how it fits into the broader history of Major League Baseball.

Course: Leadership Development

RangersU Leadership DevelopmentLeadership Development

Unleash your potential and become a better leader. This comprehensive introduction to leadership development emphasizes motivation and resiliency for personal and organizational growth. You will reflect on your attributes and explore ways to empower yourself and others, discover your strengths, and hear from industry leaders. 

Building off the passions and perspectives of players, staff, and the sports world, this RangersU Leadership Development course provides an introduction to how motivation and resiliency guide leadership development, help you evolve personally and professionally, and maximize your calling as a leader.

Week 01

Self-leadership, Culture, and Flourishing

Reflect on how your self-leadership development has been influenced by culture.

Week 02

What Are Your Strengths?

Explore how personal strengths, talents, and core values influence your leadership development.

Week 03

Goals and Getting There

Set goals for your leadership development and create a plan to reach those goals.

Week 04

Ethics, Leadership, and Character Strengths

Explore how your character strengths and personal ethics influence your leadership development.

Week 05

Resilience and Well-being

Learn the importance of well-being and develop strategies to increase your resilience.

Week 06

Positive Relationships

Explore the importance of interpersonal relationships and develop skills to facilitate them.

Week 07

Knowing Good, Doing Good, and Developing a Self-Leadership Plan

Understand the role of vocation and calling and ethical decision-making as it interacts with your leadership development.

RangersU Course Eligibility Requirement

Eligibility Requirements for Non-Academic Credit

RangersU courses are designed for professional development and personal enrichment.

RangersU courses are open to anyone 18 years old or older for the low cost of $95 per course.

RangersU courses do not require a college application, nor do you need any prerequisites to participate. To be successful in our courses, we recommend English language fluency and computer literacy.

Eligibility Requirements for Academic Credit

RangersU participants may obtain 3 hours of course credit for successfully completing a RangersU course. Course credits are available as an add-on for an additional cost of $100 per credit hour for a total of $395 for the course and three credit hours.

Credits for completing RangersU courses are provided on a credit-by-exam basis, similar to College Board Advanced Placement (AP) and College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) exams. As a pass/fail course, you will be issued a transcript acknowledging that you successfully passed the course but will not receive a letter grade. Course credits will be applied to your ACU transcript, which can then be forwarded to the institution of your choice at any time in the future. 

Who can apply for academic credit?

  • Anyone 18 years old or older who meets undergraduate admission criteria is eligible to apply. Course credit is available to anyone who has successfully completed high school in the United States or its territories. 

How to apply for academic credit

  • Course credit is available to anyone age 18 years or older who has successfully completed high school in the United States or its territories. A minimum of 2.5 high school GPA is required. 
  • During the college credit application process, you must submit a copy of your official high school transcript or a transcript from any post-secondary institution (college or university) where you have previously attended or are currently enrolled.
  • Students who graduated from a high school (or equivalent) outside the United States may also be eligible for credit. To obtain credit, you will be required to submit official documentation showing an education equivalent to a HS diploma and documentation of your English proficiency before the deadline to obtain credit (no later than 30-days after the end of the course). See the International Undergraduate Admission Process for more information. 
  • Apply now to complete the admissions application.  

How to submit transcripts

  • Submit official transcripts within 30-days of course completion – you should request that all official transcripts be sent to onlineadmissions@acu.edu or by mail to:
    Abilene Christian University
    ATTN: Records
    16633 Dallas Parkway, Ste. 800
    Addison, TX 75001

Who do I contact if I have questions?

Expectations for credit by exam

  • Specific instructions for the exam will vary course by course but will be similar to an open-book exam where you will provide a written response. You will receive the exam instructions, grading rubric, and submission instructions once you have been enrolled in the course.
  • You have 30 days from completing your RangersU course to submit your exam and claim course credits. Your course credit will be applied to your ACU transcript within 45 days of submitting your work. Once issued, your course credits will never expire, and you can obtain a copy of your ACU transcript by following the transcript request instructions
  • Once your exam has been graded, you will receive an automated pass or fail response. No refunds will be granted.

Frequently Asked Questions

RangersU Course Information

Ready to dive into your RangersU course? Learn more in these frequently asked questions.

ACU faculty and subject matter experts from the Texas Rangers created and lead our RangersU courses. 

When you enroll in a RangersU course, you take the same course as MLB players. Each course is designed as a seven-week experience with week-long modules (plus an introductory module). A new module will open each week with access to course materials, readings, videos, discussions, and assignments. 

As a non-credit participant, you are welcome to participate as much or as little as you wish. We hope you will take full advantage of the opportunity and fully participate, but how far you wish to take your learning is up to you. Similarly, as non-credit participants, we won’t grade your work or provide feedback. We think the most valuable learning will occur in how you engage with the course materials, readings, videos and discussions with other RangersU participants. 

Yes, you can take the Baseball History and Culture and Leadership Development courses simultaneously. Both courses run from January 9, 2024 to February 26, 2024.

It’s simple. Explore our RangersU courses here. After finding what interests you, follow the prompts to register. 

The RangersU courses are conducted over seven weeks, with new content released weekly. You’ll want to keep a consistent pace to keep up with the community discussions and ongoing course activities. Additionally, you’ll have access to the course materials for 30 days after the course end date.

No, ACU does not offer refunds for the RangersU courses. Additionally, your course purchase is non-transferable. 

You may, however, join in anytime as long as the course is active (from the start date to the course’s end). Students who log in at least once before the course ends will retain access 30 days after the course concludes. 

No, RangersU courses are not eligible for federal financial aid.

Technology Questions

Have questions about technology needs for RangersU?

This is a list of basic computer system requirements for the Canvas Learning Management System, ACU’s RangersU course hosting platforms. It’s always recommended to use the most up-to-date versions of operating systems and have a reliable internet connection. Canvas will still run with the minimum specifications, but you may experience slower loading times. Canvas and its hosting infrastructure are designed for maximum compatibility and minimal requirements.

To ensure you have the smoothest experience possible, we have a list of technology requirements and specifications. 

Required Technology

  • Laptop, Desktop Computer, or Tablet
    • Use a computer 5 years old or newer, when possible
    • Minimum of 1GB of RAM
    • Minimum of 2GHz processor
  • Regular Access to High Speed Internet (At least 5 times per week)
    • Minimum of 512kbps

Permitted Browsers

  • Chrome (ACU’s preferred browser; download here)
  • Internet Explorer and Edge
  • Safari
  • Firefox (Extended Releases are not supported)

Operating Systems

  • Windows XP SP3 and newer 
  • Mac OSX 10.6 and newer 

Ensure your device has no firewall restrictions. Clear your cache and cookies, then try logging into Canvas on a supported browser.

If you are still experiencing issues logging in, please visit support.acu.edu.

Please check your spam and junk folders first. If you cannot locate the email, please try signing up again using the same email. If you are still encountering issues, please email support@acu.edu.

Employer-issued computers may have potential firewall restrictions that can unintentionally limit your ability to access course content or receive emails. If you use a work computer, please check with your employer to ensure it is compatible with the platform’s requirements.

Academic Credit Information

Are you interested in earning 3 hours of college credit while taking a RangersU course? Learn more in these frequently asked questions.

It depends. Most colleges and universities do allow for credit by exam transfer credits from another institution; however, some do not. You should check with your specific institution to determine eligibility and the amount of transfer credit allowed. While your credits never expire, your institution may have time limits that limit transfer credits after a certain amount of time. 

If requested by your institution, course descriptions for RangersU courses are available below:

INTG 140: Baseball History and Culture
Lecture Hours: 3
Lab Hours: 0
Credit Hours: 3
An introduction to the history, culture, and social norms around baseball. The course provides an overview of the major historical developments of the sport along with the ways in which baseball has shaped American society and American society has shaped baseball. This course will emphasize the ways in which baseball has served to create community for fans and players alike, particularly during turbulent times.

LEAD 214 – Self-Assessment in Leadership
Lecture Hours: 3
Lab Hours: 0
Credit Hours: 3
Provides an introduction to how motivation and resiliency guide leadership development. Students learn how personal attributes potentially influence individual leadership styles. Students reflect on how their personal vocation and calling can potentially shape self-leadership skills.

Appeals follow the standard ACU Grading Appeals procedure.

No, not at this time. 

Yes, Abilene Christian University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate, baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degrees. Learn more about ACU’s academic accreditation.

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