Chowan University

Introduction
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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.

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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).

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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 come to Chowan to teach, advise, and engage students in the classroom, on 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 abound to members of the Chowan community. Students join faculty and staff to translate what is taught and what is learned into 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 Science in African-American History and Culture

Campus Full time September 2017 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. There is additional coursework which explores the African-American art with a focus on Literature. Lastly, students will review the history of Africa, from the beginning of humankind to the present, with emphasis on the period from 1400 to the present. Recognition of the early African empires and pre-colonial society will be highlighted as well as the slave trade, colonization, resistance, nationalism, and independence. [-]

Bachelor of Science in Biology

Campus Full time 3 years September 2017 USA Murfreesboro

The majors are provided with a solid foundation in the biological and physical sciences with a strong appreciation of research, the nature of living organisms, mechanisms of life functions, and the interactions of organisms with each other and their environment. [+]

Bachelor of Science in Biology The majors are provided with a solid foundation in the biological and physical sciences with a strong appreciation of research, the nature of living organisms, mechanisms of life functions, and the interactions of organisms with each other and their environment. Focused concentrations offer options to specialize for immediate employment or prepare for graduate school. Biology majors can earn a degree in the following areas: Allied Health. If you are interested in working in the health care industry, Chowan’s Allied Health Track can lead you on your way to an exciting career in: Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Dentistry, Physical Therapy, Pharmacy, Nursing, Optometry, Physician’s Assistant, and more! With the addition of Anatomy and Physiology laboratory computers, new microscopes, guest lecturers, microbiology lab, and biotech training equipment, our Allied Health Track can prepare you for graduate studies at a number of great medical schools. You can also head straight into the health care workforce, conducting research and doing clinical or laboratory work in the health sciences. Chiropractic. Chowan University has a dual degree program agreement with the Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa. The purpose of the agreement is to foster a spirit of cooperation between these two educational institutions. This track will propel the student into a streamlined Doctorate Degree in Palmer College’s Chiropractic program. After the completion of three years at Chowan University, qualified students are admitted to Palmer College. Upon completion of the first year at Palmer the student will be granted their Bachelor... [-]

Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

Campus Full time 3 years September 2017 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: Law Enforcement. This track, offered in both a BS and BA, will track the development of law enforcement from the earliest recorded periods of law enforcement history to the present day. It will explain the organizational structure and jurisdictions of local, state and federal law enforcement agencies, and will examine the roles of the law enforcement personnel. Additionally, students will study the numerous and complex interrelationship between the community and the police. Students will also gain a developed sense of theory and practical criminal investigation along with constitutional law. Corrections. This track, offered in both a BS and BA, will give students an understanding of... [-]

Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education

Online & Campus Combined Full time September 2017 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. One of the main ways Chowan University’s School of Education distinguishes itself from others’ programs is our partnerships with area public schools allowing Education majors to: Gain and hone skills in real world experiences Respond to a variety of elementary students’ needs Learn the art of working with parents, other teachers and the community Build a strong resume before you even graduate! Another way Chowan goes beyond the classroom to distinguish the School of Education program is through our top-notch resources, among which are: TaskStream Electronic Portfolios Blackboard Online Systems Advanced Smart Classrooms Campus-Wide Wireless Internet Access On-campus Evaluation Exams Model Teacher Education Consortium Eligibility to Apply for NC Licensure Upon Graduation. The Whitaker Library on the Chowan campus houses the Education department’s Instructional Materials Center which contains current state-adopted textbooks in... [-]

Bachelor of Science in Graphic Communications

Campus Full time 3 years September 2017 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. The William A. Krueger School of Graphic Communications at Chowan University is a 40,000 square foot, state-of-the-art facility that offers curriculum in both print and digital media from graphic design to finishing. Our award-winning faculty and students have established the Krueger School as a perennial awarding-winning leader in the printing and packaging industry. The School of Graphic Communications offers students a well-rounded and comprehensive educational experience in the graphic communications, packaging, and imaging industries. The facilities in Green Hall include a fully equipped Mac Lab for art students featuring Adobe Creative Suite software, spacious classrooms for 2D studio work, like drawing, painting and printmaking studios with equipment for those disciplines, ceramics studio with throwing wheels, a kiln, and other work... [-]

Bachelor of Science in Pre-Law/History

Campus Full time September 2017 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. Students are prepared for immediate employment right out of school or for entering notable law school programs around the country. By linking the best of both worlds, Chowan University’s Department of Criminal Justice and Department of History are able to collectively provide Pre-Law students with a proven track for success. [-]

Bachelor of Science in Psychology

Campus Full time September 2017 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. The Psychology department not only offers specialized academic tracks, but also offers unique programs that enrich the student’s academic study and personal life. As a psychology major, you can be involved in Peer Mentoring, a program that matches upper-class students with first year students for guidance and friendship. You could also join the psychology club, which is open to all majors and minors. Activities include movie nights, game nights, and volunteering for charitable events (Red Cross Blood... [-]

Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education

Campus Full time September 2017 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. Chowan University's School of Education produces esteemed teachers for elementary and secondary school careers year after year. All our students are committed to academic and teaching excellence, exemplified by the "Teacher of the Year" Awards they regularly receive. The School of Education offers the following degrees: Science. Secondary school science teachers are currently in great demand. Students majoring in Comprehensive Science Education who complete the requirements for licensure will be prepared to teach both general and advanced science courses at the secondary level (grades 9-12). Students who graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Comprehensive Science Education are eligible to apply for their licensure to teach science courses. You will also: Be prepared for a variety of careers in the biological sciences or admission into graduate or professional programs. Comprehend the fundamental biological... [-]

Bachelor of Science in Sports Science

Campus Full time September 2017 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. As a Sport Science major, you can connect your classroom knowledge with real world experience. Our internships provide students with opportunities to gain practical experience in professional settings. The job market continues to expand in the field of Sport Science and Physical Education, with graduates receiving job opportunities! Our graduates take full advantage of the faculty’s real-world field expertise and understanding of key concepts, terminology, theory and research. Not only that, but students develop strong bonds with professors, local schools, and classmates through the interactive research and training required. These connections are reinforced through internships that help you build your references and resume in private businesses and: Athletic departments at local high schools YMCAs Personal training facilities Recreational leadership roles Health-related fields such as chiropractic, physical therapy, and rehabilitation centers The Chowan University chapter of the Phi Epsilon Kappa a national professional honor society for persons engaged in or... [-]

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Bachelor of Arts in Music

Campus Full time 3 years September 2017 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 As well as the opportunity to study the mechanics of the music industry, concerning the technical and business aspects, complete with an internship. Music majors have the opportunity to participate in two music-related organizations that allow you to pursue your professional interests, make connections with others in your field of study, and build your resume. The Collegiate Music Educators National Conference (CMENC) is the student division of the National Association for Music Education. Through monthly meetings and attendance at the North Carolina Music Educators Association Annual In-Service Conference, you will gain exposure to current trends and methodology in music education. The Music Industry Club is available to students in the Music Industry Program. The club meets monthly and focuses on issues and developments in the fast-growing and broad-ranging music... [-]

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Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

Campus Full time September 2017 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. 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. The mission of the School of Business at Chowan University is to 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. Our supportive faculty emphasizes teaching excellence, using a strong program of academic advisement to help students throughout their college careers. Founded in 1929, the... [-]

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