Virginia State UniversityA TRANSFORMATIVEEXPERIENCE2020-2022Graduate Catalog

GRADUATE CATALOG2020-2022Virginia State University (VSU) is committed to a policy of equal opportunity in education and employment without regardto race, creed, sex or national origin. There are affirmative programs at VSU that support the commitment to thisdemocratic approach to public education.General Policy StatementThe provisions of this Catalog do not constitute a contract, expressed or implied, between any applicant, student, orfaculty member and Virginia State University. Virginia State University reserves the right to withdraw courses at anytime, to change fees, calendars, curricula, graduation procedures, and any other requirements affecting students.Changes will become effective whenever the proper authorities so determine and will apply both to prospective studentsand to those already enrolled.While every effort is made to assure accuracy, Virginia State University does not assume responsibility for anymisrepresentation which might arise through error in the preparation of this or any other of its catalogs, or throughfailure to give notice of changes in its requirements, policies, tuition and fees, course offerings, and other mattersaffecting students.2

TABLE OF CONTENTSVSU Presidents . 5Board of Visitors . 6Administration . 7VSU History . 8Mission Statement . 9Accreditation & Affiliations. 10POLICY STATEMENTSAlcohol & Drug Policy . 12Americans with Disabilities Accessibility Policy . 14Sexual Harassment . 15Prohibition of Workplace Harassment . 17Family Education Rights & Privacy Act of 1974 . 21GENERAL INFORMATION AND STUDENT SERVICESAdministration of Graduate Program. 23History and Philosophy of Graduate Study at Virginia State University . 24Careers & Graduate Study . 25Student Services & Facilities . 25Alumni Office . 25Athletics & Recreation . 25Financial Aid . 25International Education . 26Library Services . 26Career Services . 26Housing . 27Campus Parking . 27Public Safety . 28Student Activities . 28Student Identification Card . 28Student Health Services . 28Computer Laboratories . 28Testing Services . 28Veterans Affairs & Military Personnel . 29Protection from Delayed Veterans Affairs Payment Policy . 29Title 38 . 30FINANCIAL INFORMATIONGraduate Tuition and Fees . 31Financial Assistance. 31ADMISSIONS AND OTHER ACADEMIC REGULATIONS FOR A GRADUATE DEGREEAdmission Requirements . 33GRADUATE PROGRAMS AND COURSE DESCRIPTIONSList of Graduate Programs . 49COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE . 50Graduate Certificate in Food and Nutrition Science . 53COLLEGE OF EDUCATION . 53Master of Education in Elementary . 55Master of Education in Special Education . 613

Master of Education in Curriculum & Instruction . 67Master of Education and Master of Science in Counselor Education. 71Master of Education and Master of Science in Educational Leadership . 81Master of Education in Organizational Leadership in Administration and Supervision . 87Master of Science in Sport Management . 91Doctor of Education in Educational Administration and Supervision. 96Master of Interdisciplinary Studies . 96COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY . 102Graduate Certificate in Project Management . 102Master of Science in Computer Science . 105Master of Science in Mathematics . 110Master of Arts in Economics . 119COLLEGE OF HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES . 125Master of Arts in Media Management . 126Master of Science in Criminal Justice. 131COLLEGE OF NATURAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES . 137Master of Science in Biology . 137Master of Science in Psychology . 142Doctor of Philosophy in Health Psychology . 145GRADUATE FACULTY . 1574

PRESIDENTSJohn Mercer Langston, LL.D.1886-1887William Everett Terry, B.A.January-June 1976(Interim Chief Administration)James Hugo Johnston, Ph.D.1887-1914Thomas M. Law, E.D., L.H.D.1976-1982John Manuel Gandy, LL.D.1914-1942(President Emeritus 1942-1947)Curtis E. Bryan, Ph.DInterim President1982-1983Luther Hilton Foster, LL.D.1942-1949Wilbert Greenfield, Ph.D1983-1988James Hugo Johnston, Ph.D.1949-1950 (Acting)Wesley Cornelius McClure, Ed.D1988-1992Robert Prentiss Daniel, PhD., LL.D.1950-1968Nathaniel Pollard, Jr. Ph.D.1992-1993 (Acting)Walker Henry Quarles, Jr., LL.D.1968 (Acting)Eddie Nathaniel Moore, Jr. LL.D1993-2010James Franklin Tucker, Ph.D1968-1970Keith T. Miller, Ph.D.2010-2014Walker Henry Quarles, Jr., LL.D.1970Pamela V. Hammond, Ph.D.2015 – 2016 (Interim)Wendell Phillips Russell, Ed.D1970-1974Makola M. Abdullah, Ph.D.2016-PresentWalker Henry Quarles, Jr. LL.D.1974-19755

BOARD OF VISITORSMr. Huron F. Winstead*, RectorMr. Charlie W. Hill*, Vice RectorMs. Thursa Crittenden, SecretaryDr. Valerie K. Brown*Ms. Pamela CurreyCharlotte, North CarolinaHampton, VirginiaSuffolk, VirginiaChesapeake, VirginiaRichmond, VirginiaDr. Christine M. Darden*Hampton, VirginiaMr. Michael D. FlemmingAlexandria, VirginiaMs. Shavonne GordonQuinton, VirginiaMr. Raul R. HerreraBurke, VirginiaDr. William MurrayHenrico, VirginiaMr. Xavier RichardsonMr. Glenn SessomsMr. James StegmaierMr. Wayne TurnageMr. Gregory Whirley*Spotsylvania, VirginiaMemphis, TennesseeNorth Chesterfield, VirginiaWashington, D.C.North Chesterfield, Virginia*Alumni of The Virginia State University6

ADMINISTRATIONMakola M. Abdullah, Ph.D.PresidentDonald E. Palm, Ph.D.Provost/Senior Vice President for Academic and Student AffairsKevin W. DavenportVice President for FinanceHubert HarrisChief of StaffRegina Barnett-TylerInterim Associate Vice President for Student Success and EngagementCharmica EppsAssociate Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Alumni RelationsMilton O. FaisonAssociate Vice President for Research, Economic Development, and Graduate Studies7

UNIVERSITY HISTORYVirginia State University was founded on March 6, 1882, when the legislature passed a bill to charter theVirginia Normal and Collegiate Institute. The bill was sponsored by Delegate Alfred W. Harris, a Blackattorney whose offices were in Petersburg, but who lived in and represented Dinwiddie County in theGeneral Assembly. A hostile lawsuit delayed opening day for nineteen months, until October 1, 1883. In1902, the legislature revised the charter act to curtail the collegiate program and to change the name toVirginia Normal and Industrial Institute. In 1920, the land-grant program for Blacks was moved from aprivate 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 Negroesin 1930. The two-year branch in Norfolk was added to the college in 1944; the Norfolk division became afour-year branch in 1956 and gained independence as Norfolk State College in 1969. Meanwhile, the parentschool was renamed Virginia State College in 1946. Finally, the legislature passed a law in 1979 to providethe 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, theUniversity was fully integrated, with a student body of nearly 5,000, a full-time faculty of about 250, alibrary containing 200,000 books and 360,000 microform and non-print items, a 236-acre campus and416- acre farm, more than 50 buildings, including 15 dormitories and 16 classroom buildings, and abiennial 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 fromthe city of Petersburg. It is accessible via Interstate Highways 95 and 85, which meet in Petersburg. TheUniversity is only two and a half hours away from Washington, D.C. to the north, the Raleigh-DurhamChapel 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 tobear the title of President, John Mercer Langston, was one of the best-known blacks of his day. Until1992, 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 sixmore presidents—James F. Tucker, Wendell P. Russell, Walker H. Quarles, Jr., Thomas M. Law, WilbertGreenfield, and Wesley Cornelius McClure. On June 1, 1993, Eddie N. Moore, Jr., the former Treasurerof the Commonwealth of Virginia, became the twelfth President of Virginia State University. Dr. KeithT. Miller became Virginia State University's 13th president from 2010 to 2014. In 2015, Dr. Pamela V.Hammond became the first woman to lead Virginia State University in 133 years. She was appointed asinterim president on January 1, 2015. She made it a top priority to establish VSU as a catalyst forinnovation in higher education. On February 1, 2016, Dr. Makola M. Abdullah became the 14th Presidentof VSU. Before coming to VSU, Dr. Abdullah served as the Provost and Senior Vice President atBethune-Cookman University – a private, historically Black University in Daytona Beach, Florida. Dr.Abdullah is committed to providing a transformative experience for VSU students; strategically investingin academic programs; embracing our position as a top Land Grant University; embracing our role asVirginia’s Opportunity University; and partnering together as a University to tell our story.8

MISSION STATEMENTVirginia State University, a public, comprehensive 1890 Land Grant institution and historicallyblack college/university, is committed to the preparation of a diverse population of men andwomen through the advancement of academic programs and services that integrate instruction,research, extension, and outreach. The University endeavors to meet the educational needs ofstudents, graduating lifelong learners who are well equipped to serve their communities asinformed citizens, globally competitive leaders, and highly effective, ethical professionals.OUR VALUES Student Centered – Promoting the intellectual, physical, social, and emotional development of studentsin all facets of University life. Integrity – Displaying the highest degree of ethical commitment in the pursuit of knowledge. Engagement – Developing civically engaged citizens who value all persons and demonstrate the desireto positively impact their immediate surroundings, nation, and world. Customer Service – Creating an atmosphere of respect, collegiality, and responsiveness to provideexcellent service to our internal and external constituents. Excellence – Utilizing a balanced approach to create a high expectation of achievement, awareness, andintellectual development among our students, faculty, and staff. Scholarly Research – Conducting scholarly activity is at the forefront of our disciplines and applyingtranslational discoveries and intellectual pursuits to benefit the community. Global – Preparing globally aware citizens that respect and appreciate cultural differences of all peoplethrough service and the dissemination of knowledge to the world. Teaching – Providing learning environments and activities consistent with best educational practices tocreate a framework where scholarship is intentional, transformational, and deepens understanding in thepreparation of future leaders. Diversity – Fostering a community that identifies, values, and respects differences of all people bycreating a positive experience for students, faculty, staff, and the community.9

ACCREDITATIONS AND AFFILIATIONSVirginia State University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commissionon Colleges to award baccalaureate, masters, and doctorate degrees. Contact the Commission on Collegesat 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about theaccreditation of Virginia State University.Normal inquiries about Virginia State University, such as admission requirements, financial aid,educational programs, etc., should be addressed directly to the institution and not to the Commission'soffice.College and Program AccreditationsAACSB – Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of BusinessABET – Accreditation Board for Engineering and TechnologyACEND – Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and DieteticsACPHA – Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality AdministrationATMAE – Association of Technology Management and Applied EngineeringCSWE – Council on Social Work EducationNASAD – National Association of Schools of Art and DesignNASM – National Association of Schools of MusicCAEP – Council for the Accreditation of Educator PreparationMajor affiliation and memberships of the University include:American Association for Higher EducationAmerican Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions OfficersAmerican Association of State Colleges and UniversitiesAmerican Association of University WomenAmerican Home Economics AssociationAmerican Society for Engineering EducationAmerican Society for Mechanical EngineeringAmerican Society of QualityAssociation to Advance Collegiate Schools of BusinessAssociation for Computing MachineryAssociation for Continuing Higher EducationAssociation of American CollegesAssociation of Governing Boards of Universities and CollegesAssociation of Institution ResearchAssociation of International EducationAssociation of Physical Plant Administrators of Universities and CollegesAssociation of Virginia CollegesConference of Southern Graduate SchoolsCouncil for Education in Nutrition and DieteticsCouncil for the Advancement and Support of EducationCouncil of 1890 Presidents/ChancellorsCouncil of Cooperative College ProjectsCouncil on Hotel Restaurant and Institutional EducationCouncil on Social Work EducationHBCU Summit on RetentionInternational Technology Education AssociationNation Academic Advising AssociationNational Association for the Advancement of Colored PeopleNational Association of African-American Honors ProgramNational Association of African American Studies and AffiliatesNational Association of Business Teacher-EducationNational Association of College Admissions Counseling10

National Association of College Deans, Registrars and Admissions OfficersNational Association of Mentors in Higher EducationNational Association of Schools of Art and Design NationalAssociation of Schools of MusicNational Association of State Universities and Land-Grant CollegesNational Association of Student Affairs ProfessionalNational Collegiate Athletic AssociationNational Commission for Cooperative EducationNational Collegiate Honors CouncilNational Citizens Commission on Alcoholism of the National Council on Alcoholism, Inc.National Honor SocietyNational Orientation Directors AssociationNational Society of Black Engineers OakRidge Associated UniversitiesSociety of Manufacturing EngineersSoutheastern Universities Research Association, Inc.Southern Education FoundationSouthern Regional Educational Board SouthernRegional Honors CouncilSouthern Universities Research AssociationTechnology Education Collegiate AssociationTechnology Student AssociationThe Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of BusinessThe Association for General and Liberal StudiesThe Central Intercollegiate Athletic AssociationThe College BoardThe Institute of Electrical and Electronics EngineersThe Society of Automotive EngineersThe University Center in VirginiaVirginia Association of College Registrars and Admissions OfficersVirginia Collegiate Honors CouncilVirginia Social Science AssociationVirginia Technology Education Association11

THE UNIVERSITY POLICY STATEMENTSALCOHOL AND DRUG POLICYPurposeVirginia State University is dedicated to providing a productive and challenging educational, environmentfree from the adverse effects of alcohol and other drugs. The adverse effects of alcohol and other drug-usein, the University community creates a serious threat to the welfare of students, employees and Virginia’scitizens; and it undermines the mission of the University. The purpose of this policy is to protect thehealth, safety and welfare of members of the University community and the public being served by theUniversity.Policy StatementThe Virginia State University Alcohol and Drug Policy prohibit the unlawful or unauthorizedmanufactured distribution, dispensation, possession, or use of, alcohol and illicit drugs by students andemployees on University property or as part of any University activity. In accordance with the federalDrug Free Workplace Act of 1988 and the federal Drug Free Schools and Communities Act of 1989, andthe Commonwealth of Virginia’s Policy on Alcohol and Other Drugs, any employee or student whoviolates this policy is subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment,expulsion from the University, referral from prosecution, and/or referral for satisfactory participation inan appropriate evaluation or rehabilitation program. VSU supports an environment free from retaliation.Retaliation against any employee who brings forth a good faith concern, asks a clarifying question, orparticipates in an investigation is prohibited.Policy Enforcement for StudentsViolations of any of the forgoing prohibitions subjects a student to disciplinary action up to and includingexpulsion from the University in accordance with the rules and procedures established in the StudentHandbook. Convictions for unlawful conduct under local, state, or federal criminal drug laws may resultin penalties such as fines, imprisonment, and loss of driver’s license. In accordance with the Student Handbook, a student may be referred to an appropriate educational,evaluation or rehabilitation program or offered community service, in lieu of suspension ordismissal. Satisfactory participation in any such program is to be determined by the appropriateuniversity department or official after consulting with the individual or organization providing theevaluation or rehabilitation program, coordinating the community service, and//or conducting theeducational program. Participation in any such program may postpone completion of degreerequirements. When students under the age of 21 are found responsible for violating alcoholic beverage and/orcontrolled substance laws or policies while on campus or at university activities, VSU may notifytheir parent or guardian of such violations at the time of notification, in accordance with the FamilyEducation Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Program Resources for StudentsA student who experiences a problem with alcohol or other drugs may contact the UniversityCounseling Center of Student Health Center for confidential counseling, assessment and referral tocommunity resources, if needed.University Counseling Center, Memorial Hall, room 409, 804-524-5939Student Health Center, Memorial Hall, ground floor, 804-524-5711Policy # 1102 Virginia State University Alcohol and Drug Policy may be found in its entiretyat -and-other-drugs-policy.pdf12

Virginia Drinking Age Law: Virginia’s Alcohol Beverage Control Act contains laws governingpossession, use and consumption of alcoholic beverages. Pertinent laws are summarized below: It is illegal for anyone under age 21 to purchase, possess, or consume any alcoholic beverage.It is illegal for any person to sell alcoholic beverages to persons under the age of 21 years.It is illegal for any person to purchase or provide alcoholic beverages for another when, at the timeof the purchase, he/she knows or has reason to know that the person for whom the alcohol ispurchased is under 21 years of age.It is illegal for any underage person to use a forged or otherwise deceptive driver’s license to obtainbeer or alcoholic beverage.Controlled Substances and Illicit Drugs: The unlawful possession, distribution, and use ofcontrolled substances and illicit drugs, as defined by the Virginia Drug Control Act, areprohibited in Virginia.Sanctions for Policy ViolationsAny member of the campus community who violates the University Alcohol and Drug Policy will faceappropriate disciplinary action. Students in violation are subject to disciplinary action by the Universityjudicial system or criminal prosecution by federal, state or local authorities or both. Violation of theUniversity Alcohol and Drug Policy by students addressed through the Judicial Affairs System may besubject to but not limited to referral for assessment and/or treatment, community service, probation,suspension or expulsion as well as loss of eligibility for federal financial aid. Complete information aboutthe Judicial System is available in the student handbook.Health RisksVirginia State University is dedicated to the education of students and employees about health risks associatedwith the abuse of alcohol and other drugs. Descriptions of some of these health risks are described below.In addition, behavioral difficulties at work, in school, or in relationships and with the law can be linked tothe abuse of alcohol and other drugs.Alcohol, a potentially addictive drug with significant physical and psychological consequence, is acentral nervous system depressant that causes a number of marked changes in behavior. Even atrelatively low levels, alcohol can impair judgment and decision-making. Low doses can also impairjudgment and coordination required to drive a car safely, placing the driver and others at risk of injury. Athigher levels, alcohol impairs the functioning of one’s vital organs and can result in coma or death. Ifcombined with other depressants, much lower doses of alcohol can produce the effects just described.Repeated use of alcohol can lead to dependence. Sudden interruption of alcohol intake can producewithdrawal symptoms, including severe anxiety, tremors, hallucinations, and convulsions. Alcoholwithdrawal can be life threatening. Prolonged and excessive use of alcohol, especially when combined withpoor nutrition, can cause progressive damage to vital organs. Mothers who drink during pregnancy maygive birth to infants with fetal alcohol syndrome. In many cases FAS infants have physical abnormalitiesand mental retardation.Marijuana is an illegal drug that impairs memory, perception, judgment and hand-eye coordination skills.The tar content in cannabis is at least 50% higher than that of tobacco and thus smokers run the added risk oflung cancer, chronic bronchitis, and other lung diseases. Recent findings in the medical communitysuggest that an “A motivational syndrome” affects moderate to chronic users and produces symptoms ofloss of energy, motivation, concentration, inability to carry out long-term plans, and decreasedperformance in school and work. This finding has significant implications for students and institutions ofhigher learning.13

THE UNIVERSITYAMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACCESSIBILITY POLICYI.PurposeThe purpose of this policy is to address the commitment of the University to provide reasonableaccommodations to applicants for employment, employees, and students under Section 504 of theRehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.II.PolicyThe Virginia State University Board of Visitors,

of the Commonwealth of Virginia, became the twelfth President of Virginia State University. Dr. Keith T. Miller became Virginia State University's 13th president from 2010 to 2014. In 2015, Dr. Pamela V. Hammond became the first woman to lead Virginia State University in 133 years. She was appointed as interim president on January 1, 2015.