Degrees and Major Fields of Study
Chowan University offers the following degrees and major fields of study:
Bachelor of Arts
Criminal Justice, Corrections Track, B.A.
Criminal Justice, Law Enforcement Track, B.A.
English (9-12) Education, B.A.
English, Creative Writing Track, B.A.
Fine Arts Studies, B.A.
Humanities Studies, B.A.
Interdisciplinary Studies, B.A.
Music, Music Industry Emphasis, B.A.
Social Sciences, B.A.
Studio Art, B.A.
Bachelor of Science
Biology, Allied Health Track, B.S.
Biology, Chiropractic Track, B.S.
Biology, Environmental Biology Track, B.S.
Business Administration, B.S.
Comprehensive Science (9-12) Education, B.S.
Criminal Justice, Corrections Track, B.S.
Criminal Justice, Law Enforcement Track, B.S.
Elementary Education (K-6), B.S.
Exercise Science, B.S.
Graphic Communications, B.S.
Graphic Design, B.S.
Health and Physical Education (K-12), B.S.
History, African American History and Culture Track, B.S.
History, Pre-Law Track, B.S.
History, Public History Track, B.S.
Humanities Studies, B.S.
Interdisciplinary Studies, B.S.
Mathematics (9-12) Education, B.S.
Music (K-12) Education, B.S.
Recreation, Wellness, and Sport, B.S.
Social Sciences, B.S.
Social Studies (9-12) Education, B.S.
Sport Management, B.S.
Studio Art, B.S.
Studio Art, Pre-Art Therapy Track, B.S.
Associate in Printing Production and Imaging Technology
Master of Education
Requirements for a Baccalaureate Degree
In order to earn a baccalaureate degree from Chowan University, each student must pursue and complete a concentrated course of study in a major field. These requirements must be met in addition to the completion of the general education and other degree requirements. Detailed requirements for each major program are listed with the appropriate department. US Department of Education Classification of Instructional Program (CIP) codes are listed in parenthases next to each major, minor, and concentration.
General Education Requirements
The Chowan University general education program is designed to develop the whole, educated person, one who has developed knowledge and skills beyond those expected in the area of specialization. The program is based on a liberal education and prepares students for lifelong learning and responsible citizenship.
Core Competencies and Goals
Competency I: Communication: reading, writing, verbal, non-verbal
Goal 1 - To demonstrate effective conveying and receiving of information.
Competency II: Critical Thinking: analysis, evaluation, dispositions
Goal 2 - To demonstrate an understanding of intellectual dispositions essential to effective critical thinking.
Goal 3 - To demonstrate an understanding of the elements of effective critical thinking for use in analysis.
Goal 4 - To demonstrate an understanding of the universal intellectual standards for use in evaluation.
Competency III: Wholeness: intellectual, physical, spiritual, inter-personal
Goal 5 - To demonstrate the importance and value of personal well-being and responsibility for intellectual, physical, spiritual, and inter-personal growth.
Goal 6 - To demonstrate an understanding of ethical issues and personal values necessary for personal and corporate responsibility.
Competency IV: Knowledge and skills: arts, science, technology, mathematics
Goal 7 - To demonstrate an understanding of social science theories and concepts that analyze human behavior and events from historical, social, political, cultural, and economic perspectives.
Goal 8 - To demonstrate an understanding of the nature of literature, art, music, theater, religion, and philosophy.
Goal 9 - To demonstrate an understanding of the principles and methods in science, technology, and mathematics to solve problems.
The University believes that the following requirements (40 credit hours) form a core around which to build a sound program of study:
Social Science Elective (3 hours)
Science with Laboratory Elective (4 hours)
Fine Arts Elective (3 hours)
Writing Across the Curriculum
The Writing Across the Curriculum program is designed to improve students’ ability to write clear and correct prose, students’ mastery of content, and students’ synthetic, critical, and creative thinking skills. The program is grounded in two beliefs: that cogent writing is inherently connected to clear thinking, and that students’ mastery of the content of most courses increases significantly when they are asked to analyze, synthesize, and evaluate information by means of significant writing assignments. Therefore, this program is a cross-disciplinary endeavor that increases writing skills, cognitive ability, and a student’s mastery of the specific content in a particular course.
Since the University believes that analytical and writing skills should be developed and demonstrated throughout a student’s college experience, it requires that all students successfully complete a minimum of two upper level writing intensive courses, one of which must be in the major area. Preferably, one writing intensive course will be taken in the junior year and one in the senior year. Completion of prescribed writing intensive classes is regarded as one of the core requirements of the university. Students must complete ENGL 101 and ENGL 102 before taking any course identified as writing intensive.
Note: Adult degree completion program students are exempt from this requirement.
Critical Thinking Program
The Chowan Critical Thinking Program is designed to assist Chowan students evaluate the dispositions, understand the elements and standards, and apply the processes of the effective critical thinker. As they become effective critical thinkers, students will have a more significant learning experience and will establish a foundation for a lifetime of intellectual growth.
The program requires all students to complete CT 101 and CT 102 . In addition, it requires all students to complete a minimum of two critical thinking courses beyond CT 101 and CT 102 . Completion of prescribed critical thinking courses is regarded as one of the core requirements of the university. Students must complete CT 101 and CT 102 before taking a course identified as critical thinking.
Note: Students enrolled in the Adult Degree Completion Program are exempt from the Critical Thinking Program.
The purpose of the Perspectives Program is to enrich the intellectual, cultural, and spiritual development of students beyond the classroom. The program allows students to develop new perspectives by providing them with opportunities to explore issues of current interest, deepen their awareness of the arts, learn about cultural activities they may not have considered otherwise, discover a variety of disciplines, strengthen their understanding of faith and its diversities, grow toward spiritual maturity, celebrate the achievements of others, and develop an appreciation for the concept of campus community.
The Perspectives Program includes a broad selection of events throughout the academic year, including worship experiences, lectures, convocations, plays, concerts and art exhibits. Perspectives is also held each Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. The public is invited to attend each Perspectives event.
A calendar of Perspectives events is distributed to each student at the beginning of each semester, and is also available online. During the semester, Perspectives events may be added. These events will be promoted by e-mail and the Perspectives online calendar. A typical semester calendar includes 15-20 events available for students to fulfill their Perspectives credit requirements. Students are encouraged to attend academic events, cultural programs, and worship services outside the college and within campus organizations. However, the college grants Perspectives credit only for those events that are recognized as part of the college’s Perspectives Program.
In order to pass Perspectives, students must attend a minimum of five (5) events during that semester. To satisfy the requirement for graduation, students must pass four semesters of Perspectives. Students seeking a degree from Chowan must enroll in Perspectives in their first semester of attendance and continue to enroll in Perspectives (PERS 101 , PERS 102 , PERS 103 , PERS 104 ) until they have fulfilled this graduation requirement. Transfer students may not be required to satisfy the full four-semester requirement. The Registrar’s Office will determine the Perspectives requirement for transfer students.
Students receive attendance credit for each Perspectives event they attend. Attendance is recorded by the scanning of student ID cards. Attendance is included in the student’s transcript as a pass/fail grade. A pass grade for four semesters is a requirement for graduation. It is the responsibility of each student to keep track of the number of events attended each semester and to monitor the four-semester requirement. Chowan does not grant degrees to students who fail to earn a pass grade for four semesters. Questions regarding attendance or pass/fail grade should be directed to the Registrar’s Office. A student must register for Perspectives (PERS 101 , PERS 102 , PERS 103 , PERS 104 ) through the normal registration process. PERS 101 , PERS 102 , PERS 103 , PERS 104 must be added on or before the last day to drop/add classes.
NOTE: Part-time students are exempt from Perspectives. However, if at any time a part-time student becomes a full-time student, the student must enroll in and pass Perspectives in the semester or semesters the student is classified as full-time. In addition, adult degree completion program students are exempt from Perspectives.
As part of the general education requirements, each department has developed a capstone course through which each of its respective majors can complete a senior culminating experience. A student must complete the capstone course.
Oral Communication Competency
Chowan defines oral communication competency as a student’s ability to effectively communicate thoughts orally and intelligently through conversation, group discussion, and public presentations. These skills are addressed in communication classes and within the major. Therefore, Chowan graduates demonstrate oral communication competency by virtue of successfully completing all degree requirements.
Chowan defines computer competency as the ability of a student to type, word process, save files, print, navigate the Internet, conduct electronic research, and demonstrate workplace writing skills (varied format procedures). These skills are addressed in IS 101 and within the major. Therefore, Chowan graduates demonstrate computer competency by virtue of successfully completing all degree requirements.
Other Degree Requirements
- The student must complete a minimum of 120 credit hours of university level work. Some major fields may require significantly more than 120 credit hours.
- The student must earn a minimum grade point average of 2.00 on all university work attempted. Some programs may require a 2.50 or 2.75 average.
- The student must earn a minimum 2.00 cumulative grade point average on all courses in the major field. Some programs may require a C or better on all courses toward the major. In addition, some programs may require a 2.50 average.
- The student must complete at least one half of the credit hours required for graduation at a four-year institution. All credit hours must be completed at accredited institutions.
- The student must possess competence in reading, writing, oral communication, fundamental mathematical skills, and use of computers. If at any point a student’s work demonstrates a lack of competence in any of these areas, he or she may be required to pursue prescribed remediation. In such cases, satisfactory remediation is required prior to graduation.
- A student who wishes to complete a degree from Chowan must complete the last twenty-five percent of the credit hours required for the degree in residence. At least twelve (12) credit hours at the upper level (exclusive of practicums, student teaching, internships, etc.) must be taken in residence. Note: Students completing the Biology-Chiropractic track are exempt from this requirement.
- The student must discharge all financial obligations to the University, including graduate fee.
- The student must have the recommendation of the faculty and approval by the Board of Trustees.
Special Graduation Requirement Notes
- No more than four (4) Physical Education activity credits may be applied to graduation. An exception may be allowed for the student majoring in Physical Education.
- The Physical Education activity requirements may be waived for students with physical disabilities, as certified by a physician, but such students must take the equivalent hours in electives, as approved by the advisor.
- A student must choose to meet the requirements of the catalog under which he or she entered or the current catalog, but may not use both interchangeably. Major and minor requirements must come from the same catalog. A student who has returned to Chowan after a break in enrollment of more than one semester must choose to meet the requirements of the catalog under which he or she was readmitted or the current catalog, but may not choose the catalog under which he or she originally entered Chowan. The candidate must indicate on the application for graduation the catalog under which he or she intends to graduate.
- All degree candidates, including transfer students, are allowed six (6) years from the date of enrollment at the university to satisfy the curriculum requirements in effect at the time of enrollment. After six (6) years, the current requirements must be met.
- Any substitutions or changes in course requirements must be recommended by the department chair and approved by the School Dean and Vice President for Academic Affairs.
- The student is responsible for making official application for graduation to the Office of the Registrar. Application for graduation must be submitted to the Registrar no later than March 1.
Responsibility for knowing and following academic requirements rests with the student. Academic requirements are specified for each degree program at Chowan University and these must be met before a degree is granted. Advisors, assigned to assist students in their progress toward degree completion, department chairs, and appropriate administrators will provide specific information concerning these requirements, but the student alone is responsible for fulfilling them.
Requirements for an Associate Degree
Chowan University offers an associate degree in Printing Production and Imaging Technology. Detailed requirements for the program are listed under the Department of Communication Arts . US Department of Education Classification of Instructional Program (CIP) codes are listed in parenthases next to each major, minor, and concentration. The basic requirements for an associate degree at Chowan are:
- The student must complete the requirements specified in the chosen curriculum.
- The student must complete sixty-two hours of university level work.
- The student must earn a minimum grade point average of 2.00 on all university work attempted. Some programs may require a grade of C or better on all courses toward the major.
- The student must complete at least the last twenty-five percent of the credit hours required for graduation through instruction offered by Chowan University.
- The student must discharge all financial obligations to the University, including graduation fee.
- The student must have the recommendation of the faculty and approval by the Board of Trustees.
General Education Requirements
The following general education requirements (21 credit hours) form the core of the associate degree:
Social Science Elective (3 hours)
Requirements for a Master of Education
The Major and Minor
Each candidate for a baccalaureate degree must choose a major field of study. A major shall consist of no less than thirty (30) credit hours beyond the freshman level in a specific field. Requirements for each major are listed with the appropriate department. Registration of the intention to major with a particular department is required. A request is submitted to the chair of the department. The academic advising of all declared majors within a department is the responsibility of the chair. This responsibility may be delegated to any faculty member within that department.
A student may elect to complete more than one major. To do this the student must meet the requirements of each major. A student graduating with more than one major receives a degree for each major. In addition, the transcript denotes each major.
The university provides a number of minors for students who may desire such. A minor shall consist of no less than eighteen (18) credit hours and no more than twenty-four (24) credit hours in a specific major field of study. Requirements for each minor field are listed with the appropriate department. Advisement regarding minor requirements will be the responsibility of the department of the student’s major. Consultation with the chair of the minor is encouraged. Some programs may require students to have a minor. The minor cannot be in the same field of study as the major.
The Global Learning Core at Chowan University is an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary collection of courses designed to immerse students earning a Bachelor of Arts degree into global historical, artistic, cultural, social, political, geographic and political topics.
The Global Learning Core is a minimum of 12 credit hours. Applicable special topics courses can be approved as acceptable substitutions which must go through the regular course substitution process. Courses used toward fulfillment of Major or Minor Requirements or General Education Requirements may not be used to fulfill the Global Learning Core Requirements. Please consult the Course Descriptions section of the catalog for course prerequisites.
ART 211 Art History I
ART 212 Art History II
BIOL 211 Environmental Science
ECON 250 Microeconomics
ECON 251 Macroeconomics
ENGL 201 Survey of British Literature to 1800
ENGL 202 Survey of British Literature Since 1800
ENGL 205 Survey of Ancient World Literature
ENGL 206 Survey of Modern World Literature
ENGL 310 History of the English Language
ENGL 320 British Medieval Literature
ENGL 330 Renaissance Literature
ENGL 350 British Romantic Literature
ENGL 360 British Victorian Literature
FREN 101 Elementary French I
FREN 102 Elementary French II
FREN 201 Intermediate French I
FREN 202 Intermediate French II
GEOG 151 Introduction to Geography
HIST 256 Medieval Europe
HIST 257 Early Modern Europe
HIST 258 Modern Europe
HIST 327 Latin American History
HIST 328 History of Africa
HIST 329 The Middle East
HIST 345 England & Britain to 1603
HIST 346 England & Britain since 1603
HIST 451 Modern Russia
MUSI 171 Worlds of Music
REL 221 Introduction to Ethics
REL 231 Introduction to Philosophy
PSYC 250 Cultural Diversity in Psychological Issues
REL 203 History, Literature, and Religion of the Hebrew Bible I
REL 213 History, Literature, and Religion of the New Testament I
REL 268 World Religions
REL 270 History of the World Christian Movement
REL 290 Mission Practicum
REL 340 Christianity in the Roman Empire
REL 350 History of Christianity
REL 363 Social World of Early Christianity
REL 372 Global Ministry and Cross Cultural Issues
REL 390 Travel Study (Also offered as HIST 399)
REL 419 Jesus in Historical Context
REL 470 Theology of World Christian Movement
SOCI 101 Introduction to Sociology
SPAN 101 Elementary Spanish I
SPAN 102 Elementary Spanish II
SPAN 201 Intermediate Spanish I
SPAN 202 Intermediate Spanish II