Peru State’s History

Peru State’s “Campus of a Thousand Oaks,” a member of the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum, is nestled in the hills of historic southeast Nebraska on the Missouri River. The College offers a mix of innovative online and traditional classroom undergraduate and graduate programs, including online graduate degrees in education and organizational management. Nebraska’s first college, established in 1867 as a teacher training school with one building and 60 students, has transformed over the past century and a half into a state-of-the-art institution offering diverse, multifaceted educational programs to around 2,400 students. Peru State has long been a wellspring of leadership, an invaluable resource for communities and businesses, and a source of accomplished graduates known for their excellent education and professional competence. The College has enjoyed considerable support from the State of Nebraska, with more than $50 million of campus renovation projects funded over the last decade. While we serve students around the globe, Peru State retains a special commitment to serve the residents and needs of the southeast Nebraska community through education, research, and public service programs.

Mission

In educating the individual to the benefit of society, Peru State cultivates the capacity and propensity for life-long learning by fostering independent inquiry and promoting the value of knowledge and discovery. Through innovative undergraduate and graduate programs, Nebraska’s first college continues its commitment to making a vital contribution to the future of the region and the state. Vision Peru State will be a college of choice fostering excellence and student achievement through engagement in a culture that promotes inquiry, discovery, and innovation.

Values

Educational engagement is an active approach to teaching and learning that considers the diversity of students and creates a culture of ownership, inclusion, and leadership. It empowers all students and employees to connect personally with the educational experience, others, and society by creating opportunities for direct involvement in learning. Engaged educators and learners seek to understand and respect multiple perspectives in the search for solutions to problems through inquiry and research. This process facilitates the discovery of new ideas and better practices. These discoveries, along with continuous reflection and a commitment to service, foster a culture of innovation resulting in a progressive change that benefits society.

Goals

Peru State seeks to instill in our students:

  • effective communications skills;
  • computer and information literacy;
  • independent critical thought and intellectual capacity for change;
  • preparation to assume social and civic leadership roles;
  • the ability to pursue intellectually, ethically, aesthetically and physically rewarding lives.

Memberships and Accreditation

Peru State is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. The College has been accredited by the organization since 1915. In 2012, Peru State received continuing accreditation for the next 10 years from the Higher Learning Commission. The College received the best possible evaluation result, with no follow-up visits or other reporting required, placing it in an elite group of institutions in the region. Peru State has continuing accreditation by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. Full membership is maintained in the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education and the American Council on Education. The College is also a charter member of the Nebraska Council on Teacher Education. Peru State is a member institution of the Nebraska State College System.

International students:

Must meet English language requirements Provide evidence of English language proficiency. You must provide proof of English language proficiency in one of the following ways: a. Test of English Language as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) 550 with no section score less than 56 (paper-based) 79/80 (Internet-based) 213 with no section score less than 22 (computer-based) b. English3 – Minimum score of 72 c. International English Language Test System (IELTS) Minimum score of 6.5 d. SAT Minimum: Reading 440, English

Programs taught in:
  • English

This school also offers:

BA

Peru State College

The primary mission of the Peru State College Art Program is to prepare graduates who are capable and successful artists, designers, and teachers. ... [+]

Bachelor of Art in Arts Program Mission Statement

The primary mission of the Peru State College Art Program is to prepare graduates who are capable and successful artists, designers, and teachers. The Art Program has three options available to students that permit them to follow the most appropriate direction, based on their interest. The Teaching Option is for the student seeking certification to teach art in the public schools. The Fine Arts Option is for the student who intends to continue on to graduate school or find a career in art aside from public school teaching. The Graphic Design Option is for the student who wants to be creative in the design industry.

Program Goals

The Art Program at Peru State College includes Options in Fine Arts, Teaching, and Graphic Design. This means the program must prepare students to function in a variety of roles. To achieve this goal art instruction prepares students to:... [-]

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All students seeking an endorsement in Elementary Education grades Kindergarten – eight – must complete the following Option in Elementary Education. ... [+]

Bachelor of Art in Education

All students seeking an endorsement in Elementary Education grades Kindergarten – eight – must complete the following Option in Elementary Education.

Learning Outcomes Content Area Studies–Teacher education candidates develop content area expertise teacher candidates will have a broad knowledge in the field or subject in which they choose to specialize. Pedagogical Studies–Teacher education candidates develop pedagogical content knowledge, teacher candidates will demonstrate a repertoire of methods that make content knowledge easily understood and relevant by a variety of learners Professional Disposition & Integrity—Teacher education candidates develop professional dispositions, character, skills, and traits appropriate for the teaching profession. The candidates demonstrate professionalism, dependability, social maturity, a cooperative attitude, enthusiasm, initiative, and confidentiality, especially as it relates to student information. Professional Development—Teacher education candidates recognize what is involved in being a lifelong educator, establish their own professional identities, and effectively collaborate within the learning community. Core Classes: EDUC 208 Teacher Education Principles & Practicum EDUC 209 Teacher Education Orientation EDUC 255 Differentiated Instruction for the Diverse Learner EDUC 300 Managing the Learning Environment for Effective Teaching* EDUC 315 Educational Technology* EDUC 317 Assessment for Student Learning* EDUC 400 Professional and Collaborative Practices* EDUC 410 Elementary Student Teaching* EDUC 420 Student Teaching Seminar* SPED 200 Introduction to Special Education General Studies Requirements: PSYC 250 Human Growth & Development Requirements for Elementary Education Option: ART 308 Art Exploration EDUC 290 Selecting & Evaluating Literature for Elementary Curriculum EDUC 301 Practicum – Social Studies & Language Arts* EDUC 302 Practicum... [-]
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The Department of English supports the college’s mission through course offerings and faculty efforts by uniting education, research, and public service. ... [+]

Bachelor of Art in English

The Department of English supports the college’s mission through course offerings and faculty efforts by uniting education, research, and public service. In addition to pursuing individual research and taking part in public-service related activities, faculty members endeavor to fulfill the department’s role of providing the requisite coursework leading to baccalaureate (BS/BA) degrees and teaching endorsements in both Language Arts and English. The department also supports the institution’s emphasis on life-long learning through its significant contribution to the college’s general studies requirements. The department’s primary mission is to ensure that its graduates possess the knowledge and skills necessary to become productive educators. As a secondary mission, the English faculty seeks both to prepare students to enter graduate study in English or other fields, such as journalism or law, in which expertise in English studies is accepted as a prerequisite, and to graduate productive non-teaching professionals who pursue areas of interest other than English.... [-]

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Peru State College Department of Music emphasizes the training of future music educators. However, students can obtain degrees in performance and music marketing, as well ... [+]

Bachelor of Art in Music

Peru State College Department of Music emphasizes the training of future music educators. However, students can obtain degrees in performance and music marketing, as well as music education. An endorsement in elementary music and a community music/studio teaching option is also available. Students can participate in a variety of performance groups. Vocalists may sing in the concert choir, women’s choir, and “Prestige” show choir. Auditions are held in the fall for membership in any of the choral ensembles. Instrumentalists can participate in the concert band, jazz band, woodwind, brass, and percussion ensembles. Students do not have to be music majors to participate in any of the ensembles. In addition to regular on-campus concerts, the choirs and bands make annual tours of the area high schools. The Department of Music stresses individual student attention and is committed to high-performance standards. Individual lessons are available in voice, piano, brass, woodwinds, and percussion instruments.... [-]

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The Liberal Arts major at Peru State builds on the broad General Studies foundation at the college or on a similar foundation in the previous experience of transfer stude ... [+]

About

The Liberal Arts major at Peru State builds on the broad General Studies foundation at the college or on a similar foundation in the previous experience of transfer students. The major is dedicated to developing intellectually well-rounded individuals who wish to attain a broad-based undergraduate education. It allows flexibility in selecting concentration fields, facilitating the exploration of multiple areas of interest. Candidates for the Liberal Arts major must fulfil all requirements for the BA degree.

Requirements

Upper Division Literature (3 credit hours)

Select one (1) course from the following two (2) options)

Upper Division Art (3 credit hours)

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A baccalaureate-level mastery of scientific vocabulary and concepts appropriate to their major discipline of study. ... [+]

Student Learning Outcomes A baccalaureate-level mastery of scientific vocabulary and concepts appropriate to their major discipline of study. The ability to utilize the scientific method in problem-solving. The ability to critically evaluate scientific ideas and data and incorporate new information in a synthetic context. An ability and proclivity for life-long learning. Natural Science programs: Biochemical Science Biological Science Disease and Human Health Nuclear Technology Wildlife Ecology Biology (7-12) Subject Endorsement Chemistry (7-12) Subject Endorsement Science (7-12) Field Endorsement Biology (Minor) Chemistry (Minor) [-]
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BBA

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The Management option provides a sophisticated general business education and prepares graduates for entry and midlevel supervisory and management positions. ... [+]

Bachelor of Business Administration | Management

The Management option provides a sophisticated general business education and prepares graduates for entry and midlevel supervisory and management positions. Peru State College’s Management Option is unique in its emphasis on the development of advanced computer skills, which in turn gives our graduates an advantage in the job market.

Core Classes: BUS 214 Introduction to Business Quantitative Methods BUS 231 Principles of Financial Accounting BUS 232 Principles of Managerial Accounting BUS 251 Legal Environment and Contract Law BUS 328 Principles of Marketing BUS 335 Production/Operations Management BUS 339 Business Finance BUS 373 O... [-]
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BSc

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The Accounting option prepares students for high-demand careers in financial reporting and management. Initial coursework is designed to prepare students for entry-level ... [+]

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The Accounting option prepares students for high-demand careers in financial reporting and management. Initial coursework is designed to prepare students for entry-level accounting positions in government and private industry.

Students who wish to take the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) examination will need to complete the additional requirements for the Public Accounting/CPA Focus.

General Studies Requirements BUS 201 | Organizational Communications (3 credit hours)Students study communication foundations, the writing process, and communicating through letters, memoranda, and e-mail messages. The culminating activity permits students to understand the report process ... [-]
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The Marketing option prepares graduates for a wide variety of high-demand careers in marketing and sales. Given the strategy development focus and case-oriented instructi ... [+]

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The Marketing option prepares graduates for a wide variety of high-demand careers in marketing and sales. Given the strategy development focus and case-oriented instructional approaches used in many of the marketing courses, this option is a particularly good preparation for students who eventually intend to pursue a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree. Marketing students are also encouraged to develop graphic design and other creative skills by earning an Art Minor.

General Course Requirements BUS 201 | Organizational Communications (3 credit hours)Students study communication foundations, the writing process, and communicating through letters, memoranda, and e-mail ... [-]
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The Criminal Justice major is an interdisciplinary social science curriculum that is focused on the development of practical skills and knowledge for professional careers ... [+]

Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

The Criminal Justice major is an interdisciplinary social science curriculum that is focused on the development of practical skills and knowledge for professional careers in the justice field. Students’ studies focus on law enforcement, corrections, courts, juvenile justice, criminology, victimology, and research methods to study crime, criminal and abnormal behavior, and society’s response to these dynamics. Criminal Justice majors are encouraged to take Spanish in their general studies program.

Core Classes: CJUS 110 Survey of Criminal Justice CJUS 220 Introduction to Corrections CJUS 230 Policing CJUS 308 Community-Based Corrections CJUS 330 Research Methods CJUS 340 Criminal Procedures & the Courts CJUS 360 Criminology CJUS 385 Victimology CJUS 401 Homeland Security CJUS 410 Juvenile Delinquency CJUS 495 Seminar in Criminal Justice Required Program Prerequisites: CMIS 101 Information Systems Concepts and Applications PSYC 121 Introduction to Psychology SOC 201 Principles of Sociology Requirements for Criminal Justice Administration Option (Select 8): ... [-]
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The mathematics program strives to fulfill Peru State College’s mission of education, research and public service through three objectives. First, the program is to provi ... [+]

Bachelor of Science in Mathematics

The mathematics program strives to fulfill Peru State College’s mission of education, research and public service through three objectives. First, the program is to provide general mathematics courses in support of the majors and programs provided by Peru State College. Second, the program is to provide mathematics courses necessary for students who pursue teaching careers in mathematics. Finally, the program is to prepare students for work in industry or to pursue graduate work in mathematics and statistics.

Program Options

The Mathematics Major has two options, a Mathematics option and a Mathematics Education option (field endorsement). If the Mathematics Education option is chosen, attention must be given to the additional coursework requirements for entrance into the Secondary Teacher Education program and to the professional semester. Mathematics is a field endorsement in the Teacher Education program.... [-]

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The Psychology major prepares students for graduate study as well as for careers where strong human services skills are necessary. ... [+]

Bachelor of Science in Psychology

The Psychology major prepares students for graduate study as well as for careers where strong human services skills are necessary. Students may take approved Provisional Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (PLADC) courses which are indicated with an asterisk (*) below. To earn the PLADC credential, in addition to completing the required courses, students must complete 300 hours of supervised field experience and pass the required examination. PLADC classes are only offered on campus due to State Licensing regulations.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates will be able to:

Demonstrate a knowledge base in psychology that includes key concepts, theories, findings and trends. Demonstrate an understanding of research methods in psychology, including how to design studies and analyze and interpret data. Demonstrate the use of critical thinking skills, especially in the application of critical thinking to psychological issues. Demonstrate the ability and predisposition to apply psychology to relevant personal and social issues. Demonstrate an understanding of psychology’s values, including but not limited to gaining comfort with ambiguity, considering evidence, and adhering to ethical principles in teaching, research, and practice. Demonstrate the use of technology to evaluate the quality and credibility of information obtained from a variety of sources. Demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively in writing using APA format, in presenting, and interpersonally. Demonstrate an awareness of and sensitivity to multicultural issues. Demonstrate the ability to use psychology to improve one’s self. Demonstrate how to develop a realistic plan for how psychology will inform one’s future career plans. Core... [-]
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The Department endeavors to develop the following qualities in our students as they relate to the college’s mission and objectives: Our students will develop an understan ... [+]

Bachelor of Science in Social Science

The Department endeavors to develop the following qualities in our students as they relate to the college’s mission and objectives: Our students will develop an understanding of how past events, ideas, and people can have a lasting legacy on current and future courses of history, as well as to develop their capacity to logically express those thoughts through effective communication skills. Our students will develop a penchant for seeking discovery of new information and the application of past knowledge in a manner that improves current and future society, whether it is through conventional means or through new forms of computer and information literacy. Our students will cultivate the ability of independent inquiry and critical thinking skills with regards to events of the past, current, and future times, particularly cognizant of the need for the intellectual capacity for change. Our students will establish a pattern of civic involvement based upon historical, cultural, social, economic, and political studies of previous and contemporary societies. The department will continue to provide educational events/opportunities in the Social Sciences for not only its current students but also for the general communities of Southeast Nebraska, the state of Nebraska, the United States, as well as our global community. Such events/opportunities will enrich life intellectually and ethically.... [-]

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Peru State College
600 Hoyt St

Peru, Nebraska, NE 68421 US
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