2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Apr 15, 2024  
2018-2019 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 provide educational opportunity to the citizens of North Carolina, to the military, and to individuals from around the nation through outreach programs; to provide the highest quality learning experiences; and to produce global citizens and leaders as change agents for shaping the future of the state by promoting the mastery of core student learning outcomes. The University College promotes excellence through engaging instruction in the core curriculum, through effective academic support, through outstanding academic advisement, and through innovative enrichment programs.

Academic Access Programs

College Access Programs

The Office of College Access Programs mission is to encourage and assist youth who are traditionally under-represented in post-secondary education with preparation for, entry into, and completion of a post-secondary education. The office provides a broad range of high-quality college preparatory services to students, parents, and educators in Cumberland, Hoke, and Robeson counties. These include the 21st Century Community Learning Centers, an afterschool program that assists middle and high school students in core subjects (math, reading, science, social studies) by providing expanded learning opportunities to increase school success; Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP), a program designed to increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education beginning in middle school through the freshman year in college; TRiO Talent Search, a program that identifies and assists middle and high school students from disadvantaged backgrounds who have the potential to succeed in higher education; TRiO Upward Bound, a program that provides high school students with academic support services and activities that will enhance their academic skills, thereby ensuring that they will complete high school and enroll in and complete a program of post-secondary education; and TRiO Upward Bound Math & Science, which helps high school students recognize and develop their potential to excel in fields in math and science and to encourage them to pursue postsecondary degrees in science, technology, engineering and math.

Educational Opportunity Centers

The Educational Opportunity Centers Program (EOC) is funded by the U.S. Department of Education for the purpose of providing assistance to adults who want to pursue a college degree. The services are offered to adults residing in Cumberland, Harnett, Hoke, Robeson and Sampson Counties in North Carolina. EOC helps students choose a college, complete admissions applications, complete financial aid application, choose a career, complete scholarship searches, and resolve loan defaults.

Academic Support Resources

Student Support Services

The Student Support Services Program is funded by the U.S. Department of Education for the purpose of providing academic support services to students who meet the federal eligibility criteria. These support services are offered to students on a yearly basis to enhance their academic skills and improve their retention and graduation rates. Academic support activities include peer tutoring and collaborative learning strategies. Enrolled participants are provided the following: tutorial services in math, science, critical thinking and English; counseling services, including personal, financial, career, and graduate school advice; academic support instruction including study skills/habits, test-taking skills, and computer workshops; and educational and cultural activities.

Bronco STAR (Supporting Transition, Access, and Retention)

Bronco STAR is a program 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 regular meetings with an Academic Success Coach, one-on-one tutoring, 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 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 participate in orientation sessions in 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.

Honors and Undergraduate Research Program

The Honors and Undergraduate Research Program promotes inclusive excellence, recognizing and rewarding outstanding academic and scholarly achievement throughout the curriculum. As part of University College, the program creates incentives for all students to achieve at a level that leads to graduation with distinction in a timely manner. The Honors and Undergraduate Research Program also provides opportunities for high-achieving students to enhance their educational experience through research or creative activity, experiential learning, and co-curricular engagement. The program prepares students to become civic leaders and to achieve personal well-being. 

International Education

The Office of Honors and International Education provides educational opportunities to students who are interested in studying abroad. It assists international students who choose to study at Fayetteville State University. It also supports programs to promote global literacy throughout the curriculum.

Military Education

As part of its commitment to support the military, the University College houses Fayetteville State University’s Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) programs, both Air Force and Army. Students who meet the requirements may choose to enroll in these programs, which lead to commissioning as an officer upon graduation.

Global Studies Certificate Program

The Global Studies Certificate is an interdisciplinary credential program that enhances global awareness to produce global citizens and leaders. The certificate also provides students the opportunity to develop an individualized program of specialized global skills and knowledge consistent with previous experiences, personal interests, and professional goals.

Learning Outcomes for Global Studies

  1. Students who complete the certificate will be able to:
  2. Explain the origins and influences of global diversity.
  3. Engage and interact effectively with people from other nations, and challenge their own assumptions about the people and cultures of other nations and backgrounds.
  4. Evaluate complex global issues based on specialized knowledge of global perspectives.

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 four main groups:

Transitional Studies

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

Essential Skills: These learning outcomes provide the foundations of communication, reasoning, and inquiry needed for success in every human endeavor.

  1. 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.
  2. Reasoning Skills:
    1. 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.
    2. 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.
  3. 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.

Disciplinary Perspectives: Every student should understand the different ways in which knowledge about the natural and human world is created.

  1. 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.
  2. 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 Responsibility: FSU graduates should understand the diverse and interconnected world in which they live to become learned and responsible global citizens.

  1. 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.
  2. 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:

Communication Skills - Written Communication: 3 Credits

Communication Skills - Oral Communication: 3 Credits

Select one from the following:

Information Literacy: 3 Credits

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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.


Department of Aerospace Studies (Air Force ROTC)

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Department of Military Science (Army ROTC)

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