Chowan University began in 1884. The School of Business was founded in 1929 and is now among the largest programs on campus. The mission of the University is, “grounded in its Christian faith, transform the lives of students of promise.” The core values of inclusion, imagination, engagement, and faith all work together to provide students with a well-rounded education. Many of Chowan’s students are the first generation in their family to attend university. Because of this, there are many additional supports put into place through admissions counselors and on-campus programs to assure that all students find success.
The business education at Chowan University centers around expanding student’s Christian heritage. They also focus on empowerment through the mastery of business theories, technical proficiencies, organizational skills, and critical analyses. These skills will prepare students for success in any business situation that they may encounter.
Each student will complete either a Bachelor’s of Science Business Administration or Bachelor’s of Arts in Business. Both degrees use a common professional component, which makes up the business core. Outside of core courses, concentrations are available in Accounting, E-Commerce, Information Systems, Management, or Marketing.
The Visiting Executive Program is an innovative way for students to learn from others who have been successful in the field of business. Every semester an executive speaks in classes and shares a networking meal with a small group of business students and faculty. Past executives who have participated in the program include former Vice President of the Richmond Federal Reserve Bank, a Senior Economic Developer for the NC Department of Commerce, a Vice President of an international agricultural corporation, and the Public Relations and Communications Manager for one of the largest manufacturers of biomass fuel in the U.S.
The University is dedicated to educating students academically, as well as holistically. The Department of Student Affairs consists of Recreation and Intramurals, Residence Life, Special Programs and Services, Public Safety, and Counselors. The Wellness Center, Recreation Center, Student Life Center all work together to give students an outlet to workout, have fun, and create lasting relationships with peers. Murfs is another place for students to hang out. It offers five big-screen TVs, a stage for jazz or karaoke, and a menu of delicious food. New movies are released for free in student auditoriums nearly every week. The 450-acre campus is surrounded by wooded areas and several lakes, making it a great place to kayak, go for a walk, or study outside.
Off-campus students enjoy going to the beach. The campus is located in Murfreesboro, North Carolina, which is a short drive from The Outer Banks and Virginia Beach. Downtown Murfreesboro offers many restaurants, and nearby towns feature bowling alleys and a skating rink. Local, national, and international mission trips allow students to serve others within their community and abroad.