Bluefield State College

Introduction

History

To serve the racially segregated public schools in the coal camps, progressive citizens of both races worked together to establish Bluefield Colored Institute, a “high graded school for Negroes,” in 1895. The institution thereafter evolved into a black teacher’s college, adopting formal teacher training in 1909 and was renamed “Bluefield State Teachers College” in 1931. The name “Bluefield State College” was adopted in 1943, reflecting a growth in the number and diversity of the institution’s academic programs.

Bluefield State College was integrated after 1954. By the 1960s, the College had a comprehensive four year program of teacher education, arts and sciences, and engineering technology. Gradually, a variety of two year technical programs evolved in response to local needs.

Bluefield State College has emerged as a four year state supported college with a primary academic emphasis in professional and technical programs. The liberal arts offerings of the College are designed to enhance its unique mission

Mission Statement

The mission of Bluefield State College is to provide students an affordable, accessible opportunity for public higher education. A historically black institution, Bluefield State College prepares students for diverse professions, graduate study, informed citizenship, community involvement, and public service in an ever-changing global society. The College demonstrates its commitment to the student’s intellectual, personal, ethical, and cultural development by providing a dedicated faculty and staff, quality educational programs, and strong student support services in a nurturing environment.

Vision Statement

Bluefield State College is committed to being the region's leading institution of higher education. Embracing the diversity that shapes our world, the College strives to assist students from all walks of life to achieve their personal and professional goals. Using the expertise of faculty and staff, along with the commitment of its students and alumni, Bluefield State College will continue to strive for excellence in learning, service to the community, and advancements in research. Proficiency in these areas enables the Institution and its graduates to make important contributions at the community, state, national, and global levels.

Bluefield State College provides a diverse range of curricular and co-curricular interactive opportunities to its students, faculty, staff, alumni, and members of the community. The College builds toward the future with continued emphasis on recruiting and retaining motivated students and highly credentialed faculty and staff; achieving university status; offering Master's level programs; and expanding its programmatic offerings through distance education initiatives.

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Bachelor of Science in Engineering Management

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Bluefield

Students will be provided the opportunity to study the engineering relationships between the management tasks of planning, organization, leadership, control, and the human element in production, research, and service organizations. [+]

Bachelor of Science in Engineering Management Students will be provided the opportunity to study the engineering relationships between the management tasks of planning, organization, leadership, control, and the human element in production, research, and service organizations. Other subjects studied deal with the stochastic nature of management systems and will also prepare graduates to integrate management systems into a series of different technological environments. Graduates are qualified for employment in a wide range of managing engineering projects, these include but are not limited to the oil, gas and coal extraction industry, scientific research and development services, and the management of companies and enterprises. Positions for which graduates qualify may be found with architecture, engineering and related services, navigational, measuring, electro-medical, and control instruments manufacturing, electric utilities, electrical and mechanical equipment manufacturers, mining companies, manufacturing companies, and other industries where engineering managers are needed. The Engineering Management program publishes the following program educational objectives as broad statements describing expected accomplishments of its graduates during the first few years after graduation. Program Educational Objectives Bachelor of Science in Engineering Management 1. Graduates apply operational research, engineering economic, quality control and management principles to analyze, evaluate, improve and implement for engineering management projects. 2. Graduates function on professional teams and communicate with speaking, writing, and graphical skills. 3. Graduates respect professional, ethical, and social issues as well as a commitment to quality and dependability. 4. Graduates remain current, professionally. 5. To provide breadth for additional job opportunities, graduates utilize rigorous mathematics techniques, computer programming and simulation software in support of complex engineering management projects. 6. Graduates apply project management techniques to manage product design and development. The Engineering Management program publishes the following program outcomes to describe what students are expected to know and do at the time of graduation. These relate to knowledge, skills, and behaviors that students acquire in the program. These outcomes are defined as requirements from the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http:www.abet.org. Program Outcomes 1. Students demonstrate an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering. 2. Students demonstrate an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data. 3. Students demonstrate an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability. 4. Students demonstrate an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams. 5. Students demonstrate an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems. 6. Students demonstrate an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility. 7. Students demonstrate an ability to communicate effectively. 8. Students possess the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context. 9. Students have recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning. 10. Students possess knowledge of contemporary issues. 11. Students demonstrate an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice. 12. Students possess an ability to understand the engineering relationships between the management tasks of planning, organization, leadership, control, and the human element in production, research, and service organizations. 13. Students possess an ability to understand and deal with the stochastic nature of management systems. 14. Students possess an ability to integrate management systems into a series of different technological environments. Contact: Dr. Shannon Bowling, Dean, School of Engineering Technology and Computer Science, Bluefield State College, 219 Rock Street, Bluefield, West Virginia 24701 Phone: 304-327-4131 Email: sbowling@bluefieldstate.edu [-]

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B.A. in Humanities

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Bluefield

Bluefield State College’s Bachelor of Arts in Humanities is primarily designed to prepare students for post-baccalaureate study in English, communications, journalism, or law and also for careers in the private, public, or non-profit sectors domestically or abroad. [+]

B.A. in Humanities Program Objectives Bluefield State College’s Bachelor of Arts in Humanities is primarily designed to prepare students for post-baccalaureate study in English, communications, journalism, or law and also for careers in the private, public, or non-profit sectors domestically or abroad and to provide a liberal arts education and, thereby, service the General Studies curriculum of the college. Beyond the general studies requirements, students in the Humanities program must complete 36 hours of Humanities core courses, 30 hours of English specialization, and 15 hours of Restricted Electives OR 15 hours in Professional Communication Arts. The capstone course, Projects in the Humanities, is part of the humanities core and is taken during the senior year. The Humanities major must earn a 2.0 quality point average on all work applied to the general studies requirements, the Humanities core, including the capstone course, English specialization, and restricted electives or Professional Communication Arts minor. A minor in Professional Communication Arts or Literature is available to non-Humanities majors. Programmatic Outcomes The Humanities Program has identified six Programmatic Student Learning Outcomes used to assess how well our degree program is meeting its performance objectives: 1. Write coherent, organized, well-developed arguments using the conventions of written English and source citation 2. Demonstrate effective oral communication, including meaningful organization, delivery, diction, and supporting materials in class presentations and verbal participation. 3. Demonstrate information literacy, including the extent of information needed, strategies for information retrieval, primary/ secondary source evaluation, and critical application in research. 4. Demonstrate intercultural knowledge and competence, including cultural self-awareness, different cultural worldviews, empathy, curiosity, and openness. 5. Demonstrate critical thinking through the clear explanation of issues, critical use of evidence, recognition of assumptions, taking informed positions, and making logical conclusions. 6. Demonstrate foreign language competency through reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Contact: Dr. Jan Czarnecki, Chair, Humanities Department, Bluefield State College, 219 Rock Street, Bluefield, West Virginia 24701, Phone: 304-327-4160 Email: jczarnecki@bluefieldstate.edu [-]