Academic Schools


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Chowan University’s academic offerings are organized into four schools: the School of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business and Design, the School of Education and Professional Studies, and the School of Graduate Studies. Each school has structured its degree programs to provide students with a sound general educational background as well as marketable skills.


Chowan University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, and master’s degrees. The university is also accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).

Academic schools

Degrees and Major Fields

Graduate degrees include a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership and a Master of Arts in Teaching in Elementary Education and Secondary Education. The Master of Education is awarded in Elementary Education.

The Bachelor of Arts degree is awarded in the following fields: Biology, Business, English; English Education; Fine Arts Studies; General Studies; History; Humanities Studies; Integrative Studies; Mass Communication; Mathematics; Music; Religion; Social Sciences; and Studio Art. The Bachelor of Science degree is awarded in the following fields: Biology; Business Administration; Business and Design; Comprehensive Science Education; Criminal Justice; Educational Studies, Elementary Education; Exercise Science; General Studies; Graphic Communications; Graphic Design; Health and Physical Education; History; Humanities Studies; Integrative Studies; Mathematics; Mathematics Education; Music Education; Psychology; Recreation, Wellness, and Sport; Social Sciences; Social Studies Education; Sport Management; and Studio Art.

The Associate of Arts degree is awarded in the following fields: Business Administration, Criminal Justice, General Studies, Psychology, Social Sciences, and Recreation. The Associate of Science degree is awarded in Biology, Pre-Nursing. A degree is awarded in the Associate in Printing Production and Imaging Technology.

Minor Fields

Students may choose to minor in one of the following fields: Accounting; Biology; Business Administration; Chemistry; Coaching; Criminal Justice; Drama; E-Commerce; Economics; Education; English; Graphic Communications; Graphic Design; History; Humanities Studies; Information Systems; Management; Marketing; Mathematics; Missions; Music; Pre-Art Therapy, Psychology; Religion; Sport Management; Studio Art; and Writing. The minor cannot be in the same field of study as major.


The Chowan University VALUES Core is an interdisciplinary curriculum designed to develop the whole, educated person, one who has developed knowledge and skills beyond those expected in the area of specialization. This breadth of training is based on a liberal education that provides students a broad exposure to the arts and sciences, integrates multiple perspectives, helps students form essential skills of critical thinking and problem solving, fosters a spirit of ethical and social responsibility, develops a questioning mind, cultivates freedom of expression, and enables students to apply their learning to a wide variety of vocations.


  • allows students to develop self and identity and explore the individual’s role in and impact on society;
  • engages students in critical analysis of the past to understand how knowledge of history helps them to navigate their future;
  • encourages students to ask critical questions about global issues and challenges;
  • enables students to develop the skills necessary to employ the scientific method and assess the way evidence-based knowledge affects the understanding of self, others, and the world;
  • encourages students to explore the physical, natural, and behavioral world;
  • prepares students to interact with people from diverse backgrounds and thrive in an interconnected world;
  • introduces students to an understanding of diverse cultures, arts, and communities.

The VALUES Core extends from the first-year experience, which fosters personal, social, and academic growth and develops the skills necessary to be a successful student, through the capstone experience, which encourages students to pursue a deep integration of their major and the perspectives, values, concepts, skills, and knowledge they have attained throughout the entire VALUES Core curriculum.

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Meet Chairs

Ella Benson
Dr. Ella Benson
Dean of Accessibility Services; Professor of Education
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Tom Collins
Dr. Tom Collins
Professor of Sport Management; Chair, Department of Sport Science
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Jennifer Groves Newton
Assistant Professor of Graphic Communications; Chair, Department of Communication Arts
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Timothy Hayes
Dr. Timothy Hayes
Associate Professor of English; Chair, Department of English
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Mary Hellmenn
Dr. Mary Hellmann
Professor of Music; Chair, Department of Music
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Dr. Heather McGuire
Distinguished Professor of Biology; Chair, Department of Biology
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Jennifer Place
Dr. Jennifer Zak Place
Dean of the School of Arts & Sciences; Professor of Psychology
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Ed Snyder
Dr. Edward Snyder
Associate Professor of History; Chair, Department of History and Religion
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Hunter Taylor
Dr. Hunter Taylor
Dean of the School of Business and Design; Associate Professor of Business
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Brenda Tinkham
Dr. Brenda Tinkham
Associate Provost for External Relations; Dean of the School of Education and Professional Studies
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Dr. Thomas Whitaker
Professor of Mathematics; Chair, Department of Mathematics; Director of the Honors College
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Dan Wilson
Dr. Daniel Wilson
Assistant Professor of Organizational Leadership
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Dr. Pamela Woodard
Associate Professor Criminal Justice; Chair, Department of Criminal Justice
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