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VIRGINIA STATE UNIVERSITY
2006 – 2008
This catalog describes academic courses, programs, and standards for student progress and
retention at time of publication. However, the provisions of this publication are not to be
regarded as an irrevocable contract between the student and Virginia State University. There are
established procedures for making changes which protect the institution’s right to make changes that are deemed appropriate. A change of curriculum or graduation requirement is not made retroactive unless the alteration is to the student’s advantage and can be accommodated within the span of years normally required for graduation.
VIRGINIA STATE UNIVERSITYVirginia State University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity in education and employment without regard to race, creed, sex or national origin. There are affirmative programs at VSU that support the commitment to this democratic approach to public education.
TABLE OF CONTENTSUNIVERSITY CALENDAR
BOARD OF VISITORS AND ADMINISTRATIONPresidents
Board of Visitors
Accreditation and Affiliations
Alcohol and Drug Policy
Americans with Disabilities Accessibility Policy
Sexual Harassment Policy
Procedures Governing the Prohibition of Sexual Harassment
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974
The Student Academic Code
ACADEMIC REGULATIONS AND PROCEDURES
Advanced Scholars Program
Cancellation of Enrollment
Change of Major
Classification of Students
Continuing Education Student
Course Numbering System
iv Table of Contents Course Waivers and Substitutions
Credit by Examination
Foreign Language Requirement
Grade-Point Average (GPA)
Grade Review Procedure
General Education Requirements
Last 27 Credits
Placement in Freshman Mathematics
Tuition and Fees
In-State Tuition Eligibility
Withdrawal from the University
GENERAL EDUCATION PROGRAMS
General Education Program Provisions, Requirements, and Courses
General Education Course Descriptions
SPECIAL ACADEMIC PROGRAMS
Bachelor of Individualized Studies Degree
Conferences and Workshops
Leisure/Recreational Short Courses
Virginia State University at Fort Lee
Table of Contents
Institute for Leadership Development
UNDERGRADUATE ACADEMIC PROGRAMS
School of Agriculture
School of Business
School of Engineering, Science and Technology
School of Liberal Arts and Education
University Calendar 2006-2008
Wednesday 21 No Classes Thursday-Sunday 22-25 THANKSGIVING HOLIDAYS (University Closed) Tuesday 20 Last Day to Add Off-Campus Classes Monday 26 MEMORIAL DAY (No Classes) Dr. Harold T. Green, Rector
Dr. George M. Hampton, Vice Rector*
Ms. Katherine E. Busser
Dr. Daryl C. Dance*
Mr. Earnest J. Edwards
Mrs. Daun S. Hester*
Mr. Richard L. Legon
Mr. James H. Starkey
Dr. Albert W. Thweatt*
Mr. Spencer L. Timm
Dr. William E. Ward
Dr. Donna E. Crawford
Mr. Wesley Harris
*Alumnus of the Virginia State University
HISTORY Virginia State University was founded on March 6, 1882, when the legislature passed a bill to charter the Virginia Normal and Collegiate Institute. The bill was sponsored by Delegate Alfred W. Harris, a Black attorney whose offices were in Petersburg, but who lived in and represented Dinwiddie County in the General Assembly. A hostile lawsuit delayed opening day for nineteen months, until October 1,1883. In 1902, the legislature revised the charter act to curtail the collegiate program and to change the name to Virginia Normal and Industrial Institute. In 1920, the landgrant program for Blacks was moved from a private school, Hampton Institute, where it had been since 1872, to Virginia Normal and Industrial Institute. In 1923 the college program was restored, and the name was changed to Virginia State College for Negroes in 1930. The two-year branch in Norfolk was added to the college in 1944; the Norfolk division became a four-year branch in 1956 and gained independence as Norfolk State College in 1969. Meanwhile, the parent school was renamed Virginia State College in 1946. Finally, the legislature passed a law in 1979 to provide the present name, Virginia State University.
In the first academic year, 1883-84, the University had 126 students and seven faculty (all of them Black), one building, 33 acres, a 200-book library, and a $20,000 budget. By the centennial year of 1982, the University was fully integrated, with a student body of nearly 5,000, a full-time faculty of about 250, a library containing 200,000 books and 360,000 microform and non-print items, a 236-acre campus and 416-acre farm, more than 50 buildings, including 15 dormitories and 16 classroom buildings, and a biennial budget of $31,000,000, exclusive of capital outlay.
The University is situated in Chesterfield County at Ettrick, on a bluff across the Appomattox River from the city of Petersburg. It is accessible via Interstate Highways 95 and 85, which meet in Petersburg. The University is only two and a half hours away from Washington, D.C. to the north, the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area to the southwest, and Charlottesville to the northwest.
Virginia State University has a long history of outstanding faculty and administration. The first person to bear the title of President, John Mercer Langston, was one of the best-known blacks of his day. Until 1992, he was the only black ever elected to the United States Congress from Virginia (elected in 1888), and he was the great-uncle of the famed writer Langston Hughes. From 1888 to 1968, four presidents - James H. Johnston, John M. Gandy, Luther H.
Foster, Robert P. Daniel—served an average of 20 years, helping the school to overcome adversity and move forward.
The next twenty years, 1968-1992, saw six more presidents—James F. Tucker, Wendell P. Russell, Walker H. Quarles, Jr., Thomas M. Law, Wilbert Greenfield, and Wesley Cornelious McClure. On June 1, 1993, Eddie N. Moore, Jr., the former Treasurer of the Commonwealth of Virginia, became the twelfth President of Virginia State University.
Virginia State University, America's first fully state supported four-year institution of higher learning for Blacks, is a comprehensive university and one of two land-grant institutions in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Its mission is to promote and sustain academic programs that integrate instruction, research, and extension/public service in a design most responsive to the needs and endeavors of individuals and groups within its scope of influence. Ultimately, the University is dedicated to the promotion of knowledgeable, perceptive, and humane citizens-secure in their self-awareness, equipped for personal fulfillment, sensitive to the needs and aspirations of others, and committed to assuming productive roles in a challenging and ever-changing global society.
1. Regardful of its heritage and its tradition of eminent concern for the education, welfare and progress of all peoples, the University welcomes and extends its resources to all who strive for academic excellence, whatever their nationality, race, ethnicity or religious affiliation.
2. The University seeks to fulfill its mission by enrolling students with a diverse range of talents and abilities, including: (a) students whose pre-college records reveal high academic achievement and talent, (b) students who through a combination of factors have demonstrated the potential to be successful in college, and (c) students whose secondary school records reveal potential but who need special academic enhancement.
3. The University, using available resources, offers programs which are of interest to the students, meet current and changing needs of society, and fall within the scope of its mission.
4. The living/learning community of the University seeks to cultivate a sense of pride and dignity within each individual and promote an enduring search for knowledge among all students, staff, and faculty.
5. Those who matriculate are required to demonstrate a broad understanding of and competency in the arts and sciences and a commitment to intellectual development and scholarship in their fields of study.
6. Graduates of Virginia State University are prepared to enter the work force of the twenty-first century, pursue advanced study, assume leadership roles, and be competitive in a global society.
Virginia State University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097; Telephone number 404-679-4501) to award bachelor’s and master’s degrees and a certificate of advanced graduate study, and a doctorate degree.
The Teacher Education Program is fully accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher education and the Virginia Board of Education. It is a member of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education as well as the American Council on Education. The Music Program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, and the Visual Communication Art and Design Program is accredited by the National Association of School of Art and Design. The Dietetic Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education of the American Dietetic Association. The Engineering Technology Program (electronics, mechanical) are accredited by the Technology Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (TAC of ABET), 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012 – telephone (410) 347-7700.
Major affiliation and memberships of the University include:
American Association for Higher Education American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers American Association of State Colleges and Universities American Association of University Women American Home Economics Association American Society for Engineering Education American Society for Mechanical Engineering American Society of Quality Association for Computing Machinery Association for Continuing Higher Education Association of American Colleges Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges Association of Institution Research Association of International Education Association of Physical Plant Administrators of Universities and Colleges Association of Virginia Colleges Conference of Southern Graduate Schools Council for the Advancement and Support of Education Council of 1890 Presidents/Chancellors Council of Cooperative College Projects Council on Hotel Restaurant and Institutional Education HBCU Summit on Retention International Technology Education Association Nation Academic Advising Association National Association for the Advancement of Colored People National Association of African-American Honors Program National Association of African American Studies and Affiliates National Association of Business Teacher-Education National Association of College Admissions Counseling National Association of College Deans, Registrars and Admissions Officers National Association of Mentors in Higher Education National Association of Schools of Art and Design National Association of Schools of Music National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges National Association of Student Affairs Professional National Collegiate Athletic Association The University National Commission for Cooperative Education National Collegiate Honors Council National Commission of Accrediting National Citizens Commission on Alcoholism of the National Council on Alcoholism, Inc.
National Honor Society National Orientation Directors Association National Society of Black Engineers Oak Ridge Associated Universities Southern Regional Honors Council Society of Manufacturing Engineers Southern Education Foundation Southeastern Universities Research Association, Inc.
Southern Universities Research Association Southern Regional Educational Board The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association The College Board The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Virginia Collegiate Honors Council Technology Education Collegiate Association Technology Student Association The Society of Automotive Engineers The University Center in Virginia Virginia Association of College Registrars and Admissions Officers Virginia Social Science Association Virginia Technology Education Association The Association for General and Liberal Studies The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business The University