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About WVSU

Founded in 1891, West Virginia State University is a public, land-grant, historically black university, which has evolved into a fully accessible, racially integrated, and multi-generational institution.

The University, “a living laboratory of human relations,” is a community of students, staff, and faculty committed to academic growth, service, and preservation of the racial and cultural diversity of the institution.

With the goal of improving the quality of our students’ lives, as well as the quality of life for West Virginia’s citizens, the University forges mutually beneficial relationships with other educational institutions, businesses, cultural organizations, governmental agencies, and agricultural and extension partners.


Available courses

This course examines ways to preserve bat populations and habitats in suburban areas

(3 credit hours) An introduction to research methods in educational settings. This course will allow students to determine how data can be used to make instructional decisions at the classroom, building, and district level.

This course will serve as an exploration of historical and current issues related to educational leadership, with an emphasis on legal and ethical issues including social justice, human rights, fairness, and equity. Students apply principles of leadership, ethics, and critical thinking while examining approaches to conceptualizing, interpreting, and making operational social justice.

3 Credit Hour Course – This course will provide a detailed look into Needs and Capacity Assessment Strategies for Health Education and Health Promotion.

(1 Credit Hour) A course designed to prepare adult learners for the transition back into academic study. In addition to strengthening career and life goal development, students will acquire management skills, appreciate support systems, and develop a plan of study. This course addresses specific issues and theories related to adult learners.

Analysis of the environment and the managerial functions of recruiting, employee assessments and development, retention, and employee relations with the enterprise, with emphasis on the relationships among people, on group interactions, on relations, and on relations between employers and employees.

An introduction to generally accepted auditing standards as they relate to profitoriented enterprises. Students use a computer practice set to demonstrate the technique of examining and documenting revenue and acquisition, conversion, investing and financial cycle reviews. Professional ethics and legal liability are emphasized. Prerequisite(s): Grade of C or better in BA 363 and BA 364 or BA 365.

This course examines, from a comparative approach, the criminal justice field and profession as tradition, philosophy, and practice in criminal law, law enforcement, courts, and corrections, as it exists in a variety of countries and cultures around the world.

This course will serve as an overview of leadership theories and their application in the interest of school improvement. This is an introductory course in educational leadership. Focus will be on school and district level leaders and their roles in the learning process within the greater learning community.

This course prepares prospective educational leaders to administer various school programs for diverse student populations.  Emphasis will be given to basic concepts, issues, regulations, problems and procedures in the management of special and compensatory education. Also included will be state and federal legislation and court decisions pertaining to diverse pupil populations.


An introduction to the federal taxation of individuals. This course is designed to introduce students to personal income tax procedures. A conceptual approach is emphasized. Specific topics will include but are not limited to: basic tax models, tax laws, tax computation, gross income, deductions, depreciation and ethics

(3 credit hours) The first in a three-course sequence providing students with a foundation in theory and a review of the accounting cycle, including preparing time-value money calculations and financial statements. The course includes an in-depth study of generally accepted accounting principles as they apply to cash, receivables and inventories. Comparisons with International Financial Reporting Standards will be introduced as appropriate.

Prerequisite: BA 216 with a grade of C or better.

Environmental chemistry is the study and appreciation of the phenomena in the environment. In this course we look at various environmental issues from the viewpoint of the chemist and look at the political implications as well. The study of various environmental factors and pollutants in our water, soil and air and their effects on the planet. Includes laboratory work.

(3 Credit Hours) This course examines the nongovernmental, private-sector practice of protecting people, property, and information, conducting investigations, and otherwise safeguarding an organization’s assets, which may be performed for an organization by an internal department (proprietary security) or by an external, hired firm or individual (contract security). Prerequisites: C J 101, 223, 224, 225, 226, 307, and 308

This course serves as an introduction to state and federal law and policy governing education systems. The course will explore historical and contemporary legal issues and their impact on student achievement and development of effective school practices, with focus on the role of the school principal, curriculum specialist, and district-level administrators.

An exploration of historical and current issues related to educational leadership, with an emphasis on legal and ethical issues including social justice, human rights, fairness and equity. This course is designed to provide advanced exposure to current research and practice in leading for equity and inclusion within professional educational settings. This course introduces students to the fundamental principles of leadership, ethics, and critical thinking examining various approaches to conceptualizing, interpreting, and making operational social justice. The course design includes a review of the historical development of the concept of social justice in an interdisciplinary manner. The course will provide students with a strong conceptual foundation in leadership theories that enhance equity in terms of access, student outcomes, and institutional culture, with an emphasis on application of leadership approaches to real world administrative settings in educational and human service contexts. The orientation of the course is toward enabling individuals to reflect on their personal thoughts, development, and moral practice, to determine ethical frameworks from which their decisions are influenced, and to analyze and critique social issues in various contexts. The course is practice oriented and utilizes class discussion, personal reflections, and case studies in leadership to prepare students for taking actions in their own practice that promote equity and inclusion.

(3 Credit Hours)  This is a lecture/discussion/creating course that surveys objects of art in the student’s environment and proceeds from the comfortable and familiar to the international. The course uses lecture, discussion, and student participation to introduce the basic concepts of Art and Art History.

This 3 Credit Hours course provides an introduction into the functional disciplines of Business Administration: Accounting, Finance, Management, Marketing and Information Systems. The course provides a survey of the disciplines and will assist a student in choosing an area of concentration studies leading to a degree in Business Administration. The course will begin to build the skills necessary for a successful career in Business.

The course covers mathematical concepts relevant to the application of quantitative techniques in business. The basic concepts of finite mathematics, linear programming, and mathematics of finance are the focal points. Many of the topics discussed will involve computer applications.
Prerequisite: Math 120 – College Algebra (Formerly Math 101)

Introduction, definitions, social forces, classifications and sources of civil law. Fundamental principles of commercial law which relate to common business transactions and occurrences based upon contractual agreements. Theoretical and practical emphasis on the rights, duties, powers and privileges incident to oral and written contracts. Analysis of the essential elements of a valid and enforceable contract. Prerequisite(s): Eligible for ENGL 101. (This course fulfills the General Education requirement in American Traditions)

(3 Credit Hours) An introduction to the financial accounting cycle from analyzing economic events to financial statement preparation and use. The course also includes a basic study of the accounting for corporate assets, liabilities, and equities, as well as financial statement analyses. Prerequisite(s): ENGL 101 and MATH 118, 118E, or 120.

To introduce students to the basic concepts in the organization and management of institutions. Emphasis is placed on managing in a contemporary context including planning, organizing, leading, and controlling while adjusting to change and maintaining effective performance.

[3 Credit Hours] Analysis of the environment and the managerial functions of recruiting, employee assessments and development, retention, and employee relations with the enterprise, with emphasis on the relationships among people, on group interactions, on relations, and on relations between employers and employees. Prerequisite: BA 301 or related experience.

(3 credit hours) An introduction to the federal taxation of individuals. This course is designed to introduce students to personal income tax procedures. A conceptual approach is emphasized. Specific topics will include but are not limited to: basic tax models, tax laws, tax computation, gross income, deductions, depreciation and ethics

This 3 Credit Hours course explores the many dimensions of new venture creation and growth and to foster innovation and new business formations in independent and corporate settings. We will be concerned with content and process questions as well as with formulation and implementation issues that relate to conceptualizing, developing and managing successful new ventures

(3 credit hours) The first in a three-course sequence providing students with a foundation in theory and a review of the accounting cycle, including preparing time-value money calculations and financial statements. The course includes an in-depth study of generally accepted accounting principles as they apply to cash, receivables and inventories. Comparisons with International Financial Reporting Standards will be introduced as appropriate.

Prerequisite: BA 216 with a grade of C or better.

(3 credit hours) An integrative capstone course focusing on presenting and understanding of the nature, formulation and implementation of strategy as it applies to firms and the environment in which they operate. The emphasis is on integrated organizational activities, encompassing top divisional, functional and operational levels, and including perspectives from marketing, accounting, human resources, leadership, policy, ethics and other functional areas of management. Computer simulations, case analysis, and participation in class will develop students’ skills in critical decision-making, collaborative efforts, and formal oral and written reports. Prerequisites: Completion of 90 credit hours and all other core courses. Department chair or faculty advisor permission required.

(3 credit hours) A state-of-the-art study of the operations function. The main objective is to develop operations management abilities, focusing on strategic, global and service operations.
Prerequisites: BA 209 and BA 301.


(3 credit hours) This course recognizes the importance of understanding the dynamics of diversity in modern organizations around the world in terms of clientele, human resource and ownership. To equip managers for the challenges of global demands emphasis is on strategic, socio-cultural, behavioral, legal-political, ethical issues as well as on the functional aspects of international management.
Prerequisite: BA 310.

A comprehensive, issues based examination of the Earth’s environment, and humanity’s impact on it. Students will complete group discussions on various topics in environmental biology, and a laboratory experience consisting of a series of independent problems in environmental biology, in addition to mastering the standard lecture material. Does not count toward a major in Biology. 

This course will teach some theories and the supporting evidence related to them concerning the following biological topics:

• The fundamental nature of life • The chemical and physical nature of living systems

• The flow of energy through living systems

• The dynamic nature of the environment • The organization of living systems in the natural world and their interrelations with each other and the environment

• Human relationships to the natural world

These topics do not comprise the whole of environmental science. The field is very broad and deep and cannot be covered in a single course. The selection of these topics represents a Page 3 of 17 compromise intended to develop a background of insight and understanding which will prepare you to confront some of the important environmental issues of our time.

This course is a survey of the history, organization, and function of the various components of the criminal justice system, which includes law enforcement, the courts, and corrections. The course includes an analysis of the decisions made in the justice process whereby citizens become suspects, suspects become defendants, and some defendants are convicted in turn becoming probationers, inmates, and parolees.

(3 Credit Hours) A study of the law of juvenile delinquency and the administration of the juvenile justice system. Examines the historical development of the concept of delinquency, and the special status of juveniles before the law. Surveys the major theories of delinquency. Considers the legal processing of abuse, neglect and dependency cases.

(3 credit hours) This course offers an examination of the ethical quandaries and moral dilemmas that face criminal justice practitioners; a critical review of the ethical standards used to define appropriate conduct by criminal justice officials; and explores sanctions and laws governing inappropriate conduct.

This course is to explore ethical dilemmas in the criminal justice field and discipline. Students will explore how law, policy, and procedures, as well as social and historical factors, are driven by ethical expectations and practices. The course content is grounded in philosophical thought, but students learn various ways of understanding and acting in ethical manners as they enter into the criminal justice field as practitioners or academics.

This course is designed to cover the issues related to the development of appropriate professional research techniques, document development, written and oral communications in law enforcement, courts, and corrections. Students will concentrate on the development of proper research skills involving professional and peer reviewed resources in various formats. The students will engage in a variety of criminal justice writing formats, including policy analysis, regulation creation, legislation development, and case studies. They will refine their utilization of a criminal justice style sheet.

3 Credit Hours - This course covers the laws that govern sentencing process, prisoners’ rights and the rights of released offenders, and offenders sentenced to probation and intermediate sanctions. The course emphasizes United States Supreme Court cases and major lower court cases that have affected corrections. Prerequisite: CJ 101 and 224.

(Three Credit Hours) This course is designed to provide the instruction in the study of crimes, including major crimes, crimes against person, crimes against property, conspiracy, elements of proof, and the processes and procedures involved.

(3 credit hours) This course is designed as a capstone experience for all seniors in the criminal justice major. The course content will vary slightly with each offering. The course will basically cover in-depth analyses of problems and issues in the criminal justice system. The course also will provide students with information about opportunities for employment in the criminal justice field and graduate school. The course will use up-to-date texts and articles from professional journals. Students will be required to complete a major research paper on a topic chosen by the student and approved by the instructor. Successful completion of the course with a grade of “C” or better is required for graduation.

(3 Credit hours) This course combines economic theory with geography to address critical problems of growth, distribution, and development, along with their impact on international business. It introduces the student to the global economy in an era of shifting borders, restructuring economies, and regional realignments. Recent geopolitical changes are vividly portrayed in a series of superb full-color maps and striking photographs.

Principles of Microeconomics (3 credit hours) is an introductory course concerned primarily with the functioning of specific parts of the economy. This course covers the theory of consumer behavior and firm behavior under varying degrees of competition; the determination of price in both product and resource markets; and application of the theory to current microeconomic problems.

This course explores standard and emergent technologies related to effective instruction and administrative operations within a school. Reliable and effective web-based communication and modalities of e-learning are examined, including the development of a school technology plan. This course will provide students with both the theoretical and the practical considerations for planning and implementing technology in public education settings. This course is designed so that students will gain an understanding of the role of the principal in moving beyond short-term thinking and helping schools move forward with technology

(3 credit hours) This course focuses on applying information on school needs as well as knowledge of local, state, and national policy to effective management practices. Students will learn how to legally and effectively manage school operations, including management of financial and human resources and how to schedule for the effective use of time and physical resources. This is an intense eight-week program that will allow you to learn what policies, procedures and technologies are in place for you to develop the proper allocation of resources.

(3 credit hours) An introduction to research methods in educational settings. This course will allow students to determine how data can be used to make instructional decisions at the classroom, building, and district level.

(3.00 credit hours) This course emphasizes writing and reading as elements of active learning and critical thinking. ENGL 101E is intended for students who are almost eligible for regular ENGL 101 sections as well as those who are eligible. Additional Requirement of a Minimum of 10 Contact Hours of supplemental instruction for any student enrolled in the course with an ACT score below 18. Must be completed within the first 60 hours of college credit.

(3 credit hours) This course primarily focuses on the research writing process for a broad academic community. It covers basic research inquiry, use of the library with electronic and nonelectronic sources and techniques of formal writing. Attention is given to argumentation and critical thinking skills.

This course will focus on the basic principles of effective document design and the tools for desktop publishing (DTP). The course will cover the basics of layout and design and how those principles are applied to various types of documents as well as integrating rhetorical concepts, particularly genres and modes of delivery, with the modern technology of desktop publishing.

Prerequisite: Art 101 and Eng. 102 or 112 with a final grade of “C” or higher.

(3 Credit Hours) This class is a continuation of Information Design I. Applying the theories and principles of information design learned in Information Design I, students will work on a client-directed project. Student will also learn about theories and principles of website design and practice creating and managing websites. Prerequisite: English 412 (Information Design I).

Designed to inform, interest and motivate students toward good health as it relates to effective, productive and satisfying living. We will look at health as a dynamic, ever-changing process of trying to achieve individual potential in the physical, mental, social, emotional, spiritual and environmental dimensions. 2 Credit Hours

This course examines the metabolic requirements needed for a variety of physical activity, as well as the impact that physical activity, training and scientifically directed nutrition can have on one’s body composition and human performance.

Prerequisite(s): BIOL 210 and HHP 327 (HHP 327 and 340 can be taken concurrently).

(3 credit hours) This course is designed to be an introductory experience for the research consumer as well as the research producer in the health sciences. This course emphasizes developing conceptual understanding of using the scientific method as a means of problem solving, both as a critical consumer and as an entry-level researcher.

3 Credit Hour Course – An examination of the broad and challenging profession of community health education with an emphasis on communities and their health status. The course will also address the social/political reasons why many community health problems continue to exist.

3 Credit Hour Course – This course examines social issues and challenges in rural health with emphasis on morbidity and mortality status among rural populations, health disparities, health hazards, health care, environmental health and food insecurity. Prerequisite(s): HHP 354.

(3 credit hours) Linear and quadratic equations; radical expressions; polynomial, rational, exponential and logarithmic functions; systems of linear equations; matrices; linear programming; input / output models; applications to business and economics.

A detailed approach to portfolio development for the Regents Bachelor of Arts degree through the assessment of work and life experience. Students will learn to select, categorize and document various forms of personal and professional achievement and experiences. The course is required for anyone interested in pursuing the portfolio option in a specified academic content area.

(1 Credit Hour) A course designed to prepare adult learners for the transition back into academic study. In addition to strengthening career and life goal development, students will acquire management skills, appreciate support systems, and develop a plan of study. This course addresses specific issues and theories related to adult learners.

(3 Credit Hours)  This is a lecture/discussion/creating course that surveys objects of art in the student’s environment and proceeds from the comfortable and familiar to the international. The course uses lecture, discussion, and student participation to introduce the basic concepts of Art and Art History.

This course examines ways to preserve bat populations and habitats in suburban areas

(3 credit hours) A course designed to introduce students to the fundamentals of how a free-market economy works as individuals make microeconomic decisions of their own based on cost-benefit principle. Discussions of the cyclical nature of GDP production, joblessness, cost of living, interest rates, public debt and deficits will be included.

This course is a study of the basic rules of elements and their compounds. This allows you to develop an appreciation of the beauty of consumer chemistry. The course will involve a close look into the food we eat, the fuel we burn, and the products we use as health and beauty aids.

This course is an introduction to the development of an appreciation of art. Special emphasis is placed on methods, techniques, and terminology that relate to art as well as artists, cultures, and art movements throughout history.

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Try new things in this course. There's no way to mess it up. 

This course focuses on using National, State, District and School data to improve teaching and learning, including improving the achievement of identified low-achieving groups.

Pre-requisites: Approved entry into the West Virginia State University’s Master’s in Instruction Educational leadership program.

(3 credit hours) This course explores change theory and its application to the school setting. Candidates will identify and explore emerging trends and issues in the change process with emphasis on sustaining innovation through reculturing and ongoing professional learning and development.

Prerequisites: Approved entry into the West Virginia State University’s Master’s in Instruction Educational leadership program.

(3 credit hours) This course explores change theory and its application to the school setting. Candidates will identify and explore emerging trends and issues in the change process with emphasis on sustaining innovation through reculturing and ongoing professional learning and development.

Prerequisites: Approved entry into the West Virginia State University’s Master’s in Instruction Educational leadership program.

This course focuses on applying information on school needs as well as knowledge of local, state, and national policy to effective management practices. Students will learn how to legally and effectively manage school operations, including management of financial and human resources and how to schedule for the effective use of time and physical resources. This is an intense eight-week program that will allow you to learn what policies, procedures and technologies are in place for you to develop the proper allocation of resources.

(3 Credit Hours) An overview of personal and family financial planning with an emphasis on financial record-keeping, planning your spending, tax planning, consumer credit, making buying decisions, purchasing insurance, selecting investments, and retirement and estate planning. 

Prerequisite(s): ENGL 101 and eligibility for MATH 111.


(1 - 6 Credit Hours) Placement of business students in various businesses and industries in the community for the purpose of gaining onthe-job training and experience. (Graded on Pass-Fail basis except in teacher education. This course fulfills the academic capstone requirement for Business Education majors.) 

Prerequisite(s): Completion of minimum of 90 semester hours and the approval of the supervising instructor and department chair.


(1 - 6 Credit Hours) Placement of business students in various businesses and industries in the community for the purpose of gaining onthe-job training and experience. (Graded on Pass-Fail basis except in teacher education. This course fulfills the academic capstone requirement for Business Education majors.) 

Prerequisite(s): Completion of minimum of 90 semester hours and the approval of the supervising instructor and department chair.


(3 credit hours) This course will introduce the student to the study of serial killers including the history and types of serial killers. The methodology of the investigative process involving profiling of serial killers as well as the many aspects of these types of homicide/murder investigations will be covered. To further enhance the student’s understanding of homicide/murder, this course will incorporate interdisciplinary knowledge from the fields of criminology, sociology, history, psychology and political science. (No prerequisites)

(3 Credit Hours) An introduction to the basic technical and aesthetic elements of the art of film. The class will examine the nature of cinema and its relation to our culture and our lives through analysis of its many components.

(3 Credit Hours) A junior-level course designed for a topic of special current interest, including televised courses. 

Prerequisite(s): COMM 101, 170, 241 or consent of instructor. May be repeated for a maximum of six credit hours.


This course focuses on using National, State, District and School data to improve teaching and learning, including improving the achievement of identified low-achieving groups.

Pre-requisites: Approved entry into the West Virginia State University’s Master’s in Instruction Educational leadership program.

This course focuses on using National, State, District and School data to improve teaching and learning, including improving the achievement of identified low-achieving groups.

Pre-requisites: Approved entry into the West Virginia State University’s Master’s in Instruction Educational leadership program.

(3 credit hours) An introduction to research methods in educational settings. This course will allow students to determine how data can be used to make instructional decisions at the classroom, building, and district level.

This field-based practicum will allow candidates to apply knowledge of educational leadership, educational law and policy, change, innovation, professional development, financial and human resource management, and data-based decision making for school and district improvement.

This field-based practicum will allow candidates to apply knowledge of educational leadership, educational law and policy, change, innovation, professional development, financial and human resource management, and data-based decision making for school and district improvement.

(3 credit hours) This is a practical course in action research. Students will conduct an action research project based on an identified need in a public school setting and present it to their peers.

(3 Credit Hours) This course primarily focuses on the research writing process for a broad academic community. It covers basic research inquiry, use of the library with electronic and nonelectronic sources and techniques of formal writing. Attention is given to argumentation and critical thinking skills. Prerequisite(s): ENGL 101.


(3 Cedit Hours) This course primarily focuses on the research writing process for a broad academic community. It covers basic research inquiry, use of the library with electronic and nonelectronic sources and techniques of formal writing. Attention is given to argumentation and critical thinking skills. 

Prerequisite(s): ENGL101. Must be completed within the first 60 hours of college credit.

(3 Credit Hours) A study of poetry, fiction and drama. The course stresses basic themes and formal elements found in literature. Prerequisite(s): ENGL 101 placement.

([2 Credit Hours]) This course will examine the development of competition in the human condition from its inception, into organized forms of sport, to the highly developed enterprise that has emerged in contemporary times. Observations of the influence of culture and history on this development are central to the presentation and content of this course.



(2 credit hours) This course provides an introductory examination. Learning and practice of the coaching profession including philosophy development, practice planning, communication and safety concerns. This course serves as an entry level coaching course and is an additional required course in several states for individuals to coach at the high school level. Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be certified by the NFHS. This course is not sufficient alone to coach sports at the middle school or high school level in the state of West Virginia. Prerequisite(s): HHP 140 and PSYC 151, or SOC 101 with a C or better in each course.

                      


(3 Hours) This course is designed to prepare the student with the personal training knowledge, skills, and abilities set forth by the NSCA. Emphasis on course content will be in nutrition and the role of personal trainer, latest guidelines for client assessment, flexibility training, cardiovascular exercise prescription, stability ball training, and periodization training. The course will also address exercise prescription with special populations, aerobic and anaerobic exercise techniques, and resistance training load. The course will also familiarize and enable the student to be able to instructor in the NSCA standards of exercise and fitness protocols standards and protocols set forth by the department of education in its physical fitness component.

(3 Hours) This course is designed to prepare the student with the strength and conditioning knowledge, skills, and abilities set forth by the NSCA. Emphasis on course content will be in nutrition and the role of the strength specialist, latest guidelines for fitness assessment, flexibility training, cardiovascular exercise prescription, Olympic weightlifting, and periodization training. The course will also address exercise prescription with specific athletic populations. The course will also familiarize and enable the student to be able to instruct in the NSCA standards of exercise and fitness protocols set forth by the department of education in its physical fitness component.


(3 Credit Hours) This course includes an intensive study of the use of research methods in psychology. Additional topics include ethics, effective library utilization, professional writing and oral presentations. Students devise individual research projects to develop necessary skills in these areas. Prerequisite(s): PSYC 151, 175, 200 or permission of instructor.

(3 Credit Hours) Teacher candidates will explore important mathematical ideas and their development with a focus on the essentials of instruction in the elementary and middle school and an emphasis on national and state standards. Specific emphasis is placed on developmentally appropriate materials and methods to be used in the teaching of mathematics. Prerequisite(s): Satisfactory completion of EDUC 316, MATH 104 and MATH 105 with a grade of “C” or better.