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Schools and Colleges


Norfolk State University, a comprehensive urban public institution, is committed to transforming students’ lives through exemplary teaching, research and service. Offering a supportive academic and culturally diverse environment for all, the University empowers its students to turn their aspirations into reality and achieve their full potential as well-rounded resourceful citizens and leaders for the 21st century.

College of Liberal Arts

The College of Liberal Arts is comprised of a broad range of academic disciplines in the humanities and social sciences with undergraduate and graduate degrees housed in seven departments. The mission of the college is to provide a transformative education that enables students to maximize their potential to become creative, independent thinkers and lifelong learners who adapt and contribute ethically to evolving national and international societies.

College Science, Engineering and Technology

The College of Science, Engineering and Technology is a dynamic school. It has been, and remains, a major force for change within the University as an innovator and initiator of most of the high demand and high technological programs on campus. It is represented by a wide array of course selections

Robert C. Nusbaum Honors College

The Robert C. Nusbaum Honors College is designed to provide an enriched and challenging program of study for students who manifest exceptional academic potential; to improve the University’s ability to attract such scholars; and to enrich the academic community. 

School of Business

The mission of the School of Business is to prepare students for careers in all types of organizations and for continued academic study. This is accomplished in a learner-centered community that promotes academic achievement, professional growth, and recognition of the importance of diversity, technology, globalization, and ethics in the workplace and society. 

School of Education

The School of Education is responsible for providing leadership, coordination, and evaluation of all teacher education programs at the University. Its central purpose is to provide pre-service and in-service educational programs to prospective teachers, in-service teachers, administrators, and others engaged in educational activities in schools and other agencies.

Ethelyn R. Strong School of Social Work

The Ethelyn R. Strong School of Social Work at Norfolk State University was established in 1960 with the founding of the Baccalaureate Social Work (BSW) Program. Its Master of Social Work (MSW) degree and Doctor of Philosophy in Social Work (Ph.D.) degree programs were added in 1974 and 1995, respectively. Thus, the School, along with its Continuing Education Program, offers the full continuum of social work education.

School of Graduate Studies and Research

The School of Graduate Studies and Research administers the University’s graduate programs in the School of Education, College of Liberal Arts, Ethelyn R. Strong School of Social Work, and College of Science, Engineering, and Technology. The Graduate Dean is responsible to the Provost for developing and maintaining high-quality graduate programs. The Graduate Dean serves as Chair of the Graduate Council and initiates activities and policies designed to maintain the quality of graduate programs and promote the general welfare of graduate students.

Office of Extended Learning

The Office of Extended Learning works with all academic and administrative units leveraging existing expertise and resources of the University to offer coursework through distance education, continuing education and certificate programs. 

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