Chowan University

Introduction

Chowan University is a Christian educational institution founded in 1848 by Baptist families and named Chowan – which means “people of the south” – to honor the Native American Algonquin Chowanook tribe. For over 165 years, Chowan has enjoyed a long and distinguished tradition of faith and education in Northeastern NC. Our mission is to provide a caring environment characterized by Christian values and intellectual freedom in which students can gain the knowledge, skills, creativity, and ethical values they need to flourish in a rapidly changing, culturally diverse global society. Chowan University is committed to serving average students. By “average,” we mean students with a GPA from 2.25-3.25 and “average” SAT scores (around 1300 for the three-part SAT). Students below these criteria may be admitted if they show a commitment to the Chowan University experience and academic potential. Many of our students are first-generation college students, which means their parents did not attend college or complete a college degree. Because of Chowan’s commitment to individual attention in a Christian environment, these students thrive at Chowan University. The Chowan University community seeks to believe in and to live out the teachings of Jesus Christ. This goal is accomplished through the mentoring, ministry, and teaching of Christian faculty and staff, and mission and service experiences on campus, in the community, in the United States, and around the world. Our pastoral campus ministry team provides opportunities for students to grow in their faith while also meeting the needs of others. Local, national, and international mission trips, discipleship, residence hall Bible studies, mentoring, and lots of one-on-one attention and prayer give students a transformative education. All students who seek to complete their degree at Chowan University must enroll in an introductory course about the Bible. Students must also attend a handful of Perspectives events that are offered weekly, which involve holistic presentations and lectures, religious celebrations, theatrical performances, and other Chowan community-related events. We are not here to indoctrinate anyone, but to show them the Christian way of life as revealed in the life and ministry of Jesus Christ. Non-Christian students and students from other religious traditions are respected and welcomed here and thrive in this environment.

Location

Nestled in the small historic town of Murfreesboro in northeastern North Carolina, Chowan University is a short drive to the beaches of both North Carolina and Virginia. Chowan is also within driving distance to many amenities, including shopping, restaurants, amusement parks, and metropolitan areas like Virginia Beach. The town of Murfreesboro is a small community that rallies around the campus. Chowan has the best of both worlds; Murfreesboro is a small, safe community, yet major urban amenities are only a short drive away. Chowan University resides on a 450+ acre campus surrounded by wooded areas and several lakes. We are located in the part of North Carolina designated as the "Inner Banks," and our campus reflects the natural beauty of the Intracoastal Waterway. Murfreesboro experiences all four seasons but is characterized by mild weather. The average high temperature during the school months is 65 degrees (18 Celsius).

The Value of Values Education

Chowan University is known for having “Faith in your future.” Much more than a tagline, our mission is to provide an education that transforms ordinary students into extraordinary graduates. We do this in good faith, trusting God in the person of Jesus Christ, with optimism for each student’s success. Our faculty comes to Chowan to teach, advise, and engage students in the classroom, in the fields and courts of competition, and throughout extra-curricular activities. Faith in action underscores all that we do. It is not enough to teach students how or what to think; we teach students how to live with honor and conscience using their head, heart, and hands. “Jesus grew in wisdom and maturity and in favor with God and man.” Luke 2:52 Head: We Teach At Chowan, students will take classes in the disciplines of Science, Fine Art, Literature, History, Health, and Religion. But more importantly, they will learn how each discipline relates to the others. Our integrated education produces exceptional thinkers who can make sense of the world in which we live. "And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others." - 2 Timothy 2:2 Heart: We Advise The faculty and staff who surround our students walk alongside them and inspire their professional and personal dreams with passion. Faculty advisors mentor students one-on-one and consistently model and encourage right and healthy decision making. "Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will." - Romans 12:2 Hands: We Engage Opportunities for service to abound to members of the Chowan community. Students join faculty and staff to translate what is taught and what is learned from what is done. From clothing the needy in our community to loving orphans with HIV/AIDS in South Africa, we take seriously our mission to provide Light and Truth in the name of Christ Jesus. "Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me." - Matthew 25:40 We provide a liberal arts education that challenges the whole student. The transformed lives of our students give value to what we do at Chowan University.

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Bachelor of Arts in Music

Campus Full time 3 years September 2018 USA Murfreesboro

Through its excellent curriculum, interaction with great professors, and many performance opportunities, Chowan's Department of Music can help you maximize your potential and attain your goals as a musician. Graduates of our program have gone on to be composers, elementary school music teachers, middle and high school band and choral directors, performers, and recording engineers. As a music major, you will be... [+]

Bachelor of Arts in Music

Through its excellent curriculum, interaction with great professors, and many performance opportunities, Chowan's Department of Music can help you maximize your potential and attain your goals as a musician. Graduates of our program have gone on to be composers, elementary school music teachers, middle and high school band and choral directors, performers, and recording engineers. As a music major, you will be given a firm foundation in music through the study of music theory, sight singing and ear training, music history, class piano, conducting, ensembles, and applied music. You will study in at least one of these applied music areas during your tenure:

Brass Instrument Composition Classical Guitar Organ Percussion Piano String Instrument Voice Woodwind Instrument ... [-]

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Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

Campus Full time September 2018 USA Murfreesboro

The School of Business at Chowan University envisions a business community of talented and ethical individuals with professional competencies enabling them to work cooperatively to compete successfully in the global marketplace. [+]

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

“The School of Business at Chowan University is the best place to mold your character, potential, and professionalism. The School allows every student an opportunity to reach their best through challenges, one-on-one faculty interaction, small groups, and the chance to find your own strengths. I bleed Chowan blue because of the experiences in the School of Business that will forever impact my life and work ethic.” – Danielle Coleman, Class of 2013, B.S. in Business Administration, Concentration in Management, Minor in Accounting

At Chowan, we develop the ethical business leaders of tomorrow. Building upon the strength of our Christian heritage, we empower our students by guiding them in the mastery of business theories, organizational skills, technical proficiencies, and critical analyses that prepare them for careers in the rapidly changing business world.... [-]


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Bachelor of Science in African-American History and Culture

Campus Full time September 2018 USA Murfreesboro

This Degree examines the various factors and complexities of Africa and its place in world history along with other national and cultural histories. [+]

Bachelor of Science in African-American History and Culture

This Degree examines the various factors and complexities of not only the African-American experience but its context in world history. Students will investigate the African-American experience in North America from the Colonial Period to the present. The origins of black community life and black resistance under slavery through the African-American experience during the “Jim Crow” era and evolution of black leadership, through the struggle of the Civil Rights up to the present day.

There is also coursework which offers an even more detailed look into these eras.

Students will also examine various other national and cultural histories to gain perspective of minority groups and other people too often ignored in traditional surveys. Topics ranging from interactions to historical impact will be discussed giving students a broader understanding of the nation’s development.... [-]


Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

Campus Full time 3 years September 2018 USA Murfreesboro

At Chowan University, we integrate strategies in sociology and criminal investigation certification into the Criminal Justice curriculum to prepare all our students for captivating careers in a variety of criminal justice professions. [+]

Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

At Chowan University, we integrate strategies in sociology and criminal investigation certification into the Criminal Justice curriculum to prepare all our students for captivating careers in a variety of criminal justice professions. By combining dynamic courses – like Corporate and White Collar Crime, Arson Investigation, Criminal Evidence, Juvenile Delinquency, and Police-Community Relations – with real world work experience through internships at all levels of local, state, and federal agencies, students master the skills necessary for success in their field.

Students also connect classroom knowledge with real world experience through membership in organizations specifically designed for students pursuing the Criminal Justice degree. The Chowan University chapter of the Alpha Phi Sigma National Criminal Justice Honor Society and the Criminal Justice Club offers students additional educational, service, and fellowship opportunities. Criminal Justice majors can earn a degree in the following areas:... [-]


Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education

Online & Campus Combined Full time September 2018 USA Murfreesboro

Chowan University’s School of Education is committed to excellence in teaching, learning and service, and works one-on-one to achieve this goal in every Education student! [+]

Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education

Chowan University’s School of Education is committed to excellence in teaching, learning and service, and works one-on-one to achieve this goal in every Education student! Chowan is small enough to make this a reality, with faculty and advisors checking on their students and the progress they have made regularly to make sure they achieve their individual goals. Teachers can help students overcome any difficulties they may encounter, attesting to last year’s 100% passing rate of our Elementary Education majors taking the Praxis II exam!

Elementary Education students are specifically trained through course work and field work to develop professional and leadership skills for use in elementary schools – Kindergarten through 6th grade.... [-]


Bachelor of Science in Graphic Communications

Campus Full time 3 years September 2018 USA Murfreesboro

With an eye to the future, Chowan is creating a setting where creativity and innovation will merge to produce a student that is aesthetically, theoretically, and technologically trained in graphic design, interactive design, print technology, packaging design, and/or studio art. [+]

Bachelor of Science in Graphic Communications

With an eye to the future, Chowan is creating a setting where creativity and innovation will merge to produce a student that is aesthetically, theoretically, and technologically trained in graphic design, interactive design, print technology, packaging design, and/or studio art. By combining its technological resources and faculty expertise, the university will renew its efforts to develop students’ creative ideas, artistic ability, self-expression, and professional skills as they study video, digital design, print design, drawing, digital imaging, packaging, web design, photography, painting, ceramics, mixed media, etc., at the intersection of art and technology. Whether using “centuries-old methods or by pushing the boundaries of digital creativity,” the department will produce unique and confident graduates with the skills that contemporary print technology, design, and the arts demand.... [-]


Bachelor of Science in Pre-Law/History

Campus Full time September 2018 USA Murfreesboro

Chowan’s pre-law advisory program follows a specialized track of study which will provide an overview of constitutional history, the judicial system, politics, and various disciplines of law (business and criminal) [+]

Bachelor of Science in Pre-Law/History

The American Bar Association emphasizes that there is no preferred major or recommended curriculum for those preparing for law school. Individuals interested in going to law school may feel comfortable following most programs of study in conjunction with advising through Chowan’s pre-law advisory program. This program is not a major, but a means of assisting students in meeting the requirements to get into law school, regardless of their undergraduate major.

Students enrolling in the Pre-Law Advisory Program will follow a specialized track of study which will include courses in:

United States Constitutional History American Judicial System American Politics Business Law Criminal Law Criminal Procedures Students interested in pursuing a legal career should contact the Pre-Law Coordinator early in their studies. The Pre-Law Coordinator will provide students with: Individualized attention in choosing a program of study throughout their college career, frequently reviewing their progress; Up-to-date information about law school admission; and Information about the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) and advice about preparation for it. ... [-]

Bachelor of Science in Psychology

Campus Full time September 2018 USA Murfreesboro

Chowan's Department of Psychology has several unique features that make it stand out from other undergraduate programs. We want you to find your passion. Unlike most undergraduate programs, we offer multiple degree options, including three specialized tracks of study. [+]

Bachelor of Science in Psychology

“The psychology program at Chowan is designed with the intention of preparing you for graduate level work. I was the only person in my class to have had group experience, and one of the very few who had practiced client interviews. I continually find myself in situations during class where I have an advantage over other students thanks to my experience at Chowan.” – Tonya Sinclair, recent Psychology graduate

Chowan's Department of Psychology has several unique features that make it stand out from other undergraduate programs. We want you to find your passion. Unlike most undergraduate programs, we offer multiple degree options, including three specialized tracks of study. While our program includes a general foundation for all students, our degree tracks allow students to gain a better sense of their particular area of interest. When you become part of the Chowan University Psychology Department, you will have a special place – a place to learn, to have fun, to grow emotionally & spiritually – a place to belong.... [-]


Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education

Campus Full time September 2018 USA Murfreesboro

The Chowan University School of Education is dedicated to graduate students who are effective, highly qualified teachers and who are equipped with instructional strategies and pedagogy capable of educating all learners in a continuously changing world. [+]

Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education

The Chowan University School of Education is dedicated to graduate students who are effective, highly qualified teachers and who are equipped with instructional strategies and pedagogy capable of educating all learners in a continuously changing world. The strong core curriculum, along with professional and specialty area studies offered to pre-service teachers at Chowan University, provides prospective educators knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary for working with diverse students and learning environments. Opportunities are provided for candidates to learn and assess theories and principles of best practices not only in the university setting but also in collaboration with classroom teachers and other professionals who guide them through practical application in real-world settings.... [-]


Bachelor of Science in Sports Science

Campus Full time September 2018 USA Murfreesboro

Students graduating from the Sport Science program are prepared to pursue career opportunities in Health and Physical Education, Exercise Science, Sports Management and Coaching. [+]

Bachelor of Science in Sports Science

“The Sport Science Department offers students a wide range of knowledge and skills. From our multiple concentrations and our top-notch faculty, the Sports Studies department can prepare you for any career in athletics!” – Drew Praster, Sport Science graduate, Senior Manager of Premium Sales for the Charlotte Hornets, and Distinguished Alumnus

Students graduating from the Sport Science program are prepared to pursue career opportunities in Health and Physical Education, Exercise Science, Sports Management and Coaching. An additional purpose is to provide all students with opportunities to develop physical, social, intellectual, emotional, environmental and spiritual health.... [-]


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