2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Jul 24, 2024  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

University College

The University College is the academic unit ensuring that Fayetteville State University students make a successful transition to the University, master the University’s core learning outcomes, enter the major program of their choice, and graduate in a timely manner.


The mission of University College is to successfully transition incoming students into Fayetteville State University and their academic major departments. University College promotes excellence through engaging instruction in the core curriculum, effective academic support, outstanding academic advisement, and innovative enrichment programs.

Academic Support Resources

Bronco STAR (Supporting Transition, Access, and Retention)

Bronco STAR is an initiative at Fayetteville State that works toward increasing access and decreasing barriers to a college degree for students who learn differently. The Bronco STAR project works in two ways:

  • For students: Students who have learning differences, and do not learn the traditional way may benefit from our package of services. Bronco STAR participants have access to specially trained tutors, dedicated study space in the Bronco STAR HUB, access to assistive technology, and the ability to learn from one another to meet school and life goals.
  • For faculty: The STAR program also addresses students’ needs by helping faculty become better teachers. Our faculty development program shares ideas based in Universal Design for Learning (UDL) in regular workshops as well as semester- and year-long learning community partnerships.

Freshman Center

The University College Freshman Center provides assistance to first-time freshmen as they make the transition to the university. The center is staffed by the Retention Counselor, Academic Support Specialists, and Freshman Seminar instructors who assist students in resolving the variety of problems they face either as freshmen or as first semester transfer students. The staff provides information about academic advisement, university policies and procedures, career planning, academic support resources, and other similar matters. The Retention Counselor works closely with the faculty of Freshman Seminar and University Studies. University Studies instructors provide viable information to first semester transfer students as well.

Freshman Seminar I and II is a two-semester orientation to the university that is required of all first-time freshmen. These courses are designed to introduce students to the university experience in general, and the history, policies, procedures, and resources of Fayetteville State University. Students learn about a variety of university resources, such as the Counseling Center, the Chesnutt Library, the Office of Career Services and Placement, and the Business Office and Office of Financial Aid. The courses are intended, further, to help students develop an academic plan that will enable them to graduate in four years, and acquire the time management skills, study habits, and other skills that are necessary for success at the university.

University Studies is a one-semester orientation to the university designed specifically for transfer students who enter FSU with fewer than 30 transfer credits (freshman status). The course content is comparable to that of Freshman Seminar I and II.

Freshman Seminar/University Studies instructors serve as academic advisors for all students enrolled in their respective classes. They seek to help students resolve the variety of problems they may face in making the transition to the university. They assist students with academic advisement and career planning during the freshman year, and direct students to other resources for assistance, as needed.

Transfer students who enter FSU with 30 or more transfer credits are not required to complete University Studies.

University College Learning Center

The University College Learning Center houses several academic support programs to provide computer-based instruction and peer tutoring in a variety of subjects.

The Mathematics Center provides computer assisted instruction and tutoring for students who wish to strengthen their mathematics skills. Students who sign Extension Grade contracts in mathematics or statistics courses may be required to complete weekly assignments in the Mathematics Center. Students in other courses may also seek assistance from the Mathematics Center.

The Writing Center provides a confidential, nonjudgmental environment where student writers can work with other writers through peer tutoring and/or computer programs. Tutors provide feedback and strategies on every part of the writing process, from getting started to organization, style clarity, development, surface problems, and documenting sources. The Writing Center also provides resources for students to use independently, including dictionaries, thesauri, grammar handbooks, handouts, and workbooks, style manuals, and computer assisted instruction.

Supplemental Instruction (SI) is provided in some classes at Fayetteville State University. In this program, which is used in more than 900 colleges and universities throughout the world, highly-qualified students, known as SI Leaders, provide four one-hour sessions of academic support each week. Since the SI Leader attends class, he or she knows what the course instructor has covered in class. SI Leaders review notes, conduct practice quizzes, and carry out additional assignments to reinforce the knowledge and skills required by the class.

Academic Enrichment Programs

Freshman Interest Groups

The University College supports freshman interest groups at Fayetteville State University. Freshman interest groups are sets of linked courses, usually for students in a common major area. Students enroll in all of the courses linked through the freshman interest group. By linking together students, faculty, and courses, freshman interest groups create more opportunities for enrichment, interaction, and exploration.

University College Core Curriculum

The University College Core Curriculum provides the academic foundation for all the undergraduate degree programs at Fayetteville State University. The core curriculum enables students to develop the skills and general knowledge that are essential to success in their respective major programs and careers after graduation.

Core Learning Outcomes

All Fayetteville State University graduates, regardless of major, will achieve the following learning outcomes, which will be introduced in 100- and 200- level courses and reinforced throughout a student’s major courses as appropriate. Fayetteville State University recognizes eight core learning outcomes in two main groups:

A. General Education

Communication Skills: Students will comprehend, analyze, and evaluate the effectiveness of various forms of written and spoken communication, and they will assemble original written and spoken communications that display appropriate organization, clarity, and documentation for a given purpose and audience.

Reasoning Skills:

  • Reasoning Skills - Critical Thinking: Students will accurately evaluate the reasonableness of arguments’ evidence and support, and they will construct reasonable arguments using various forms of evidence drawn from multiple sources.
  • Reasoning Skills - Quantitative Reasoning: They will apply math to situations common in everyday living, and they will calculate, interpret, and assess statistical data and concepts, percentages, proportions, rates of change, geometric measures, linear equations, probability and risk.

Information Literacy: Students will formulate effective questions based on a need; organize, sort, evaluate, and retrieve academic information to address the need; cite sources appropriately for their context.

Scientific Literacy: Students will create and assess hypotheses using research methods, interpret and express the results of observation and experimentation, understand the fundamental concepts of natural and social sciences, and apply scientific knowledge to situations common to daily life to promote physical and psychological well-being.

Humanities and Creative Arts: Students will demonstrate comprehension, analysis, and/or synthesis of the cultural and historical contributions of the humanities and/or arts to human cultural and intellectual advancement by engaging in inquiry, writing, and/or creative processes.

Global Literacy: Students will experience global diversity through interaction, examination, and critical reflection. Our students will broaden their comprehension and appreciation of globalization and their role as global citizens.

B. University Requirements

Transitional Studies: Upon completion of transitional studies courses students will be able to demonstrate skills they need for a successful transition to university life.

Ethics and Civic Engagement: Students will demonstrate knowledge and application of principles of ethical and civic responsibility.


The University College Core Curriculum is designed to ensure that graduates will achieve these learning outcomes.

Major Requirements

Core Requirements: Minimum of 38-40 credits required of all students. Students who enter as first-time freshmen must take an entering freshman and rising junior assessment to complete core requirements.

Other Program Requirements: See “Other Program Requirements” on the department catalog page. Major programs may require that students take specific courses from those listed below.

University College Core Curriculum: 38-40 Credits

Transitional Studies - University Studies: 2 Credits

UNIV 101-UNIV 102 required for all first-time students; UNIV 110 required for transfer students with fewer than 30 transfer credits. Students do not earn credit if requirement is waived. UNIV 111 may be required based on academic performance.

Select one option from the following:

  • UNIV 101 - Freshman Seminar I and
  • UNIV 102 - Freshman Seminar II
  • or
  • UNIV 110 - University Studies
  • or
  • UNIV 111 - University Studies for Student Success
  • or
  • UNIV 112 - University Studies for Early College Students

Transitional Studies - Life Skills: 2 Credits

Select two credits from the following:

  • ENTR 100 - Entrepreneurial Thinking
  • FINC 100 - Financial Literacy
  • GEOG 110 - Environmental Literacy
  • HEED 112 - Health and Wellness
  • HEED 113 - Health, Fitness, and Wellness
  • PEDU 101 - Swimming (Coed)
  • PEDU 107 - Weight Training
  • PEDU 112 - Golf
  • PEDU 120 - Tennis and Badminton
  • PEDU 122 - Volleyball
  • PEDU 130 - Basketball
  • PEDU 132 - Bowling
  • PEDU 140 - Conditioning Exercise

Communication Skills - Written Communication: 3 Credits

  • ENGL 110 - English Composition I

Communication Skills - Oral Communication: 3 Credits

Select one from the following:

  • BADM 215 - Business Communications
  • SPEE 200 - Introduction to Speech

Information Literacy: 3 Credits

  • ENGL 120 - English Composition II

Reasoning Skills - Critical Thinking: 3 Credits

Not required for students with 60+ transfer credits. Students do not earn credit if requirement is waived.

Select one from the following:

  • PHIL 110 - Critical Thinking
  • PHIL 220 - Introduction to Logic

Reasoning Skills - Quantitative Reasoning: 3-4 Credits

MATH 121 may be required based on profile scores. Some core courses require a one-hour lab.

Select one from the following:

  • MATH 123 - College Algebra
  • MATH 126 - Quantitative Reasoning
  • MATH 127 - Quantitative Reasoning with Special Applications
  • MATH 128 - Quantitative Reasoning for Business
  • MATH 129 - Precalculus Mathematics I
  • MATH 130 - Precalculus Mathematics II
  • MATH 131 - Algebra and Trigonometry
  • POLI 240 - Introduction to Political Statistics
  • STAT 202 - Basic Probability and Statistics

Scientific Literacy - Natural Sciences: 7-8 Credits

At least one natural science class must include its associated lab. Some majors require two lab sciences, increasing requirement to 8 credits.

Select from the following:

  • ASTR 101 - Introduction to Astronomy I: The Solar System
  • ASTR 101L - Introduction to Astronomy Lab I: Rocket Science
  • ASTR 102 - Introduction to Astronomy II: Stars, Galaxies, and Cosmology
  • ASTR 102L - Introduction to Astronomy Lab II: Our Place in Space
  • ASTR 213 - Life in the Universe
  • ASTR 214 - Special Topics in Astronomy: A Cosmic Perspective on the Sustainability of Human Civilization
  • BIOL 111 - General Biology I
  • BIOL 111L - General Biology I Lab
  • BIOL 131 - General Biology II
  • BIOL 131L - General Biology II Lab
  • BIOL 150 - Principles of Biology I
  • BIOL 150L - Principles of Biology I Lab
  • BIOL 160 - Principles of Biology II
  • BIOL 160L - Principles of Biology II Lab
  • CHEM 105 - Introduction to Chemical Principles Lecture
  • CHEM 105L - Introduction to Chemical Principles Laboratory
  • CHEM 106 - Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry Lecture
  • CHEM 106L - Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry Laboratory
  • CHEM 141 - General Chemistry I Lecture and
  • CHEM 141L - General Chemistry I Laboratory
  • CHEM 161 - General Chemistry II Lecture and
  • CHEM 161L - General Chemistry II Laboratory
  • ENEC 201 - Nature, Environment, and Ecology I
  • ENEC 201L - Nature, Environment, and Ecology I Laboratory
  • ENEC 202 - Nature, Environment, and Ecology I
  • ENEC 202L - Nature, Environment, and Ecology II Lab
  • GEOG 200 - Weather and Climate
  • NSCI 111 - Comprehensive Physical Science Lecture
  • NSCI 111L - Comprehensive Physical Science Laboratory
  • NSCI 121 - Modern Biology
  • NSCI 121L - Modern Biology Lab
  • PHYS 115 - General Physics I
  • PHYS 116 - General Physics II
  • PHYS 125 - College Physics I
  • PHYS 125L - College Physics I Laboratory
  • PHYS 126 - College Physics II
  • PHYS 126L - College Physics II Laboratory

Scientific Literacy - Social Sciences: 3 Credits

Select one from the following:

  • CRJC 210 - Introduction to Criminology
  • ECON 211 - Principles of Macroeconomics
  • ECON 212 - Principles of Microeconomics
  • ENEC 270 - Climate Change and Public Policy
  • GEOG 210 - Principles of Geography
  • HIST 212 - The United States since 1865
  • HIST 271 - Environmental History
  • POLI 200 - Introduction to Political Science
  • POLI 210 - Principles of American Government
  • POLI 220 - Principles of Public Administration
  • PSYC 210 - General Psychology
  • SOCI 210 - Principles of Sociology

Humanities and Creative Arts: 3 Credits

Select one from the following:

  • ART 210 - Survey of Art
  • COMM 220 - Film & Video Appreciation
  • ENGL 220 - African-American Literature I
  • ENGL 223 - African-American Literature II
  • ENGL 240 - Introduction to Literature
  • ENGL 250 - Women in Literature
  • ENGL 253 - Images of Women
  • HIST 210 - African-American History
  • HUMN 211 - Humanities: Music, Art, and Ideas I
  • HUMN 212 - Humanities: Music, Art, and Ideas II
  • HUMN 213 - Humanities: Pop Culture Connections
  • HUMN 215 - Arts in Performance
  • MUSI 210 - Music Appreciation
  • MUSI 225 - A History of Jazz in American Culture
  • MUSI 260 - African-American Music
  • PHIL 210 - Introduction to Philosophy
  • RELI 215 - Introduction to the Bible
  • THEA 203 - Introduction to Theatre

Global Literacy: 3 Credits

Not required for students with 30+ transfer credits from a foreign institution. Students do not earn credit if requirement is waived.

Select one from the following:

  • ANTH 210 - Introduction to Anthropology
  • ART 150 - Manga and Sequential Art in World Culture
  • ART 215 - Survey of Global Art
  • BADM 210 - Introduction to Global Literacy
  • CHIN 110 - Elementary Chinese I
  • CHIN 120 - Elementary Chinese II
  • ENGL 211 - World Literature I
  • ENGL 212 - World Literature II
  • FREN 110 - Elementary French I
  • FREN 120 - Elementary French II
  • GEOG 220 - World Regional Geography
  • GLBL 200 - Global Literacy Experience I
  • HIST 110 - World History to 1600
  • HIST 120 - World History since 1600
  • HIST 270 - An Introduction to Africa in the World
  • PHIL 211 - Introduction to World Religions
  • POLI 230 - Ethics and Global Affairs
  • SOCI 150 - The Global Society
  • SPAN 110 - Elementary Spanish I
  • SPAN 112 - Spanish for the Professions I
  • SPAN 120 - Elementary Spanish II
  • SPAN 122 - Spanish for the Professions II
  • SPAN 211 - Intermediate Spanish I
  • THEA 242 - Contemporary World Drama
  • YORU 110 - Elementary Yoruba I
  • YORU 120 - Elementary Yoruba II

Ethics and Civic Engagement: 3 Credits

Not required for students with 60+ transfer credits. Students do not earn credit if requirement is waived.

Select three credits from the following:

  • BADM 220 - Ethics in a Contemporary World
  • CRJC 203 - Criminal Justice Ethics
  • EDUC 211 - Laboratory Experiences in Area Schools
  • ENEC 210 - Introduction to Sustainability
  • ENGL 225 - Narrative Constructs of Race
  • ENGL 232 - Introduction to Film and Visual Literacy
  • ENGL 233 - Hip Hop: Poetry, Politics, and Pop Culture
  • ETCE 101 - Foundations of Ethics and Civic Engagement
  • ETCE 102 - Intermediate Ethics and Civic Engagement in Action
  • ETCE 103 - Advanced Ethics and Civic Engagement in Action
  • ETCE 200 - Ethics and Civic Engagement in Action
  • GEOG 270 - Human Beings and the Environment
  • HCM 200 - Ethics for Health Professions
  • HIST 211 - The United States to 1865
  • PHIL 120 - Moral Principles and Contemporary Moral Issues
  • PHIL 212 - African-American Philosophy
  • PHIL 250 - Environmental Ethics
  • PNUR 210 - Introduction to Professional Nursing
  • POLI 150 - North Carolina Government and Politics
  • SPTM 210 - Ethics and Moral Reasoning in Sport
  • SWRK 220 - Introduction to Human Services

Total Credit Hours: 38-40

Computer Literacy

In keeping with the increasing reliance upon computer technology in all fields, Fayetteville State University is committed to ensuring that students gain computer usage skills as appropriate to their respective major fields. Students will gain the competencies of basic computer word processing and Internet skills in University College core courses, as appropriate.

All departments will be responsible for delineating the competencies in computer usage needed in their degree program(s) and for stating the means by which students gain these needed skills.