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2023 - 2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023 - 2024 Undergraduate Catalog

Department of Health and Human Studies

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Kinesiology and Health


To provide an environment in which students can pursue excellence through a program of professional coursework, practical experiences, and professional interactions that will provide a foundation for careers in the field of Kinesiology. The Kinesiology degree is one of the newest programs developed by ECSU. The Kinesiology degree asks students to choose one of three concentrations to specialize in: Physical Education and Health, Fitness and Wellness, and Exercise Science. All students majoring in a degree in Kinesiology will take the same 23 credit hours of core courses, 8 credit hours of core electives, and then will take courses specific to the concentration of study. The Kinesiology degree is taught using online and face-to-face coursework and is suggested to take 8 full-time semesters to graduate. Kinesiology majors must earn a C or better in required general education courses, major requirements, related area requirements and concentration requirements. All graduating seniors are required to participate in an exit survey during their last semester before their final grades will be posted. Professional conduct is expected of all students as outlined in the disposition requirements assessment tool. The disposition assessment tool may be obtained from your advisor during a regularly scheduled advising appointment.


The mission of the Kinesiology program is to provide educational opportunities for students seeking a B.S. degree in Kinesiology by disseminating knowledge about Kinesiology, Physical Education pedagogy, pedagogical content knowledge, physical activity programming, nutrition, public health, exercise, human movement, curriculum design, and instructional strategies that will prepare graduates to be globally competitive to transform Northeaster NC and the World.
Kinesiology and Health offers professional preparation programs for majors and health and physical activity programming for non-majors to fulfill general education course requirements. The Kinesiology and Health program area offers the following programs and concentrations:

Programs: (can replace with filter)

  1. 1. Kinesiology Concentrations:
    1. Exercise Science
    2. Fitness and Wellness
    3. Physical Education and Health (Teaching)


Kinesiology- Concentration: Exercise Science

The Exercise Science program of study prepares students for careers in preventative and rehabilitative exercise and wellness programs in settings such as hospitals, government agencies, fitness and corporate wellness centers. A solid foundation in the natural sciences is the cornerstone of the coursework. Upon completion of the coursework students should have the foundational content knowledge needed to pass a number of nationally recognized personal trainer, and strength and conditioning certification exams, such as the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), and the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). Students choosing this concentration will meet the requirements for most graduate education programs in such allied health areas as physical therapy, occupational therapy, sports medicine, and exercise science.

Kinesiology- Concentration: Fitness and Wellness

The Fitness and Wellness concentration prepares students for employment in the growing health and wellness industry. The coursework in Fitness and Wellness provides content knowledge needed to pass a number of nationally recognized exams, so students can earn certifications in: aquatic exercise instruction, personal training, lifestyle, weight management, and health coaching, group exercise instruction, First Aid/CPR/AED, and certified aquatic facility technician.

Kinesiology- Concentration: Physical Education and Health

The Physical Education and Health concentration is designed to provide the content knowledge needed to teach Physical Education and Health Education at the K-12 grade levels, in the state of North Carolina. Upon completion of this program students will be eligible to earn North Carolina teaching licensure.

Kinesiology- Physical Education and Health Licensure Only

The Physical Education and Health Licensure Only track is available to individuals who currently hold an undergraduate degree, in any field, from an accredited institution. This program of study is available to provide experience with Physical Education and Health Education content to individuals in order to earn endorsement for teaching Physical Education and Health Education through the state North Carolina.

Kinesiology and Health Club

The Health and Physical Education Majors’ Club exists to provide all students majoring in a program of study in the Kinesiology and Health with an organization to foster the open exchange of ideas. The club provides access to community service opportunities on campus, in Elizabeth City, in North Carolina, and nationally. Members engage in a variety of new experiences that will help them discover new information about their fields, which will prepare them to become productive members of their field and society after graduation. The Health and Physical Education Majors’ Club brings professionals to ECSU for guest lectures, offers nationally recognized training programs, and promotes professional development and networking by helping fund students to attend and present at national, state, and local conferences. Students must obtain a minimum grade of “C” in all Major Core Requirements.

Pharmaceutical Sciences


The Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences (BSPS) is a four-year baccalaureate program. Pharmaceutical Sciences combine a broad range of scientific disciplines that are critical to development, design, and discovery of new drugs and therapies. The degree is designed for students who wish to pursue careers in pharmaceutical industry, biotechnology industry, biomedical industry, pharmaceutical sales, pharmacy and health care administrations. (Please note: This four-year program does not qualify graduates to take licensure examinations to become registered pharmacists.)

Structure of the Program

The program consists of a two-year pre-professional study that encompasses the general sciences (like Chemistry, Biology and Physics), arts, humanities and social sciences (general education). This is then followed by two years of major study that equips students with excellent skills needed to be valuable assets to the drug discovery and development processes in pharmaceutical companies. Students will take courses that include, for example, Pharmacology, Medicinal Chemistry, and Drug Discovery, Design and Development etc. (for a detailed curriculum click here). A total of 120 semester hours are required for graduation from the BSPS program.


The mission of the BSPS program in the Department of Health and Human Studies at Elizabeth City State University is to produce graduates who will be highly sought after for their skill and expertise by pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, academic institutions, government and private research institutes and regulatory agencies. Graduates of the program will be highly prepared to be competitive for admissions into the best professional and graduate schools in the world.


  • To provide a quality undergraduate education for rewarding professional career opportunities and graduate programs in the pharmaceutical sciences.
  • To promote knowledge using basic laboratory skills, experience in data gathering and analysis, critical thinking and communication in oral and written formats.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Knowledge of pharmaceutical sciences - graduates of pharmaceutical science will demonstrate knowledge in all areas of pharmaceutical sciences
  • Communication skill - graduates of pharmaceutical science will communicate effectively
  • Critical thinking - graduates of pharmaceutical science will think critically



The study of psychology recognized as a STEM discipline, provides knowledge regarding the causes of behavior and psychological methods of investigation. A background in psychology promotes within an individual a sense of competence and efficiency through a better understanding of development, learning, cognition, and emotion. Therefore, a fundamental effort in the Psychology Program is to impart to students a thorough knowledge of the practical, scientific, and theoretical/philosophical factors associated with the study of human behavior.

Psychology is a far reaching discipline with seemingly endless career options for majors based on their interests such as mental health, human services, education, business, computer programming, environmental science, neuroscience, military, rehabilitation, occupational therapy, social work; and working with families, elderly, children, animals, criminals, different sociocultural groups, nonprofit and faith based organizations etc. Undergraduate degree in psychology provides a solid educational base for other fields such as medicine (MCAT has a major section on psychology), dentistry, nursing, law, data analysis, correctional facilities management, marketing or advertising to mention a few.

The program offers a major and a minor in Psychology.

Mission & Objectives

In concert with the overall mission of Elizabeth City State University, the Psychology program endeavors to develop in undergraduate students a better understanding of the social, biological, and environmental factors that impact the human experience from a global, overall perspective. Students are presented the opportunity to prepare for graduate study in psychology, marketing, law enforcement, social work and education to name a few. The program’s objectives can be translated into specific purposes/goals relevant to obtaining the Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology at ECSU. These objectives are as follows:

  • Enhance student ability to think critically and quantitatively;
  • Provide relevant and rigorous academic coursework, the successful completion of which results in a Bachelor of Science degree;
  • Provide students with the knowledge, skills, and academic preparation necessary for the pursuit of advanced degrees in graduate and professional schools, thereby facilitating viable employment opportunities; and
  • Provide students with a broad understanding of the types of problems in local, national, and international communities which can be addressed via the application of knowledge obtained from the study of psychology.

Psychology Degree Program

The degree of Bachelor of Science with a major in psychology shall be conferred upon students who complete major requirements as indicated in the curriculum plan for those majoring in psychology. It should be noted that both the Major and the Minor (for majors in any discipline) are offered in psychology. Each student pursuing the Psychology major is encouraged to declare a minor (any field other than Psychology) as the first-time seeker of the baccalaureate degree.

For a Major or Minor status in psychology, the student must evidence an overall GPA of 2.25 or better and must have earned grades of “C” or better in the courses identified as “Psychology” (PSY); and proficiency in APA writing format. Earning grades of “C” or better in Psychology (PSY) courses is a requirement for graduation. Failure to maintain the required GPA will result in the student being placed on probationary status as a Major/Minor in Psychology until the necessary GPA is achieved. The appropriate course sequence along with curriculum-guide summaries appear below.

Social Work

Accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) June 2007

Mission of the Social Work Program

The mission of the Social Work program at Elizabeth City State University (ECSU) is to prepare students to be competent, effective, and professional generalist social work practitioners at the entry level with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. Special attention is given to the needs of rural and developing communities and guided by a person-in-environment construct in a global perspective. Through this mission, the Social Work program serves predominantly first-generation African American students and other underserved groups who often choose to remain in the rural counties of Northeastern North Carolina. The Social Work program focuses on knowledge, values, skills, and cognitive and affective processes that are required for effective practice in rural and developing communities which are challenged by disparities in social, economic, environmental, political, cultural, and educational arenas. Through mastery of specific competencies and behaviors outlined by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) in the Education Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS), students are uniquely prepared to effectively and ethically serve diverse populations in these communities and other contexts. Students are also prepared to engage in practices that demonstrate their commitment to the eradication of poverty, unemployment, discrimination, oppression, and other forms of social injustice, as well as the commitment to continuous professional growth and lifelong learning.

Goals of the BSW Program

The Social Work program goals are derived from the program’s mission. The four goals of the Social Work program are:

  1. To prepare students to practice ethically and competently as generalist practitioners with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.
  2. To prepare students to engage with diverse populations to advance human rights and promote social, economic, and environmental justice in rural, developing, and global communities.
  3. To provide practice opportunities for students to serve the community.
  4. To prepare students for graduate study and lifelong learning.

Pre-Professional Social Work Courses

The six Pre-Professional courses are: SOWK 205 , SOWK 210 , SOWK 220 , SOWK 247 , SOWK 250 , and SOWK 260 . These courses are designed to introduce students to the social work profession, the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Code of Ethics, the rural context, fields of practice, interviewing and intervention skills, dimensions of human diversity, social, economic, and environment justice, the social welfare system and services, and human behavior in the social environment. These pre-professional courses total 18 semester hours.

Professional Social Work Courses

Students must be admitted to the Social Work program prior to enrollment in the Professional Social Work courses. These courses build upon the Pre-Professional sequence and expand students’ knowledge and skills in the areas of values and ethics, diversity, populations-at-risks and social and economic justice, human behavior in the social environment, generalist practice, social welfare policies and services, research and evaluation, and field education. The seven Professional Social Work courses are: SOWK 367 , SOWK 370 , SOWK 372 , SOWK 390 , SOWK 443 , SOWK 444 , and SOWK 445 . These professional courses total 27 semester hours. The following five professional courses must be completed prior to enrollment in Field Education: SOWK 367 , SOWK 370 , SOWK 372 , SOWK 390  and SOWK 443 . In addition, 35 semester hours of Liberal Arts and General Education courses should be completed prior to applying for enrollment in SOWK 444 - Social Work Field Education and Seminar I . Students must maintain a 2.50 GPA or higher to continue matriculating in the Professional courses.

Admission to the Social Work Program

All students who plan to earn the BSW degree must officially select Social Work as their major, complete the Declaration of Major Form, and meet the following Admission Requirements:

  • Apply for admission before the end of the sophomore year;
  • Return the completed application along with all supporting documents by February 15th;
  • Return the completed application along with all supporting documents by February 15th;
  • Transfer students return the completed application along with all supporting documents by February 15th;
  • Completion of ENGL 102  and ENGL 103 , BIOL 100  or BIO 207, SOC 201 , PSY 212 , and SOWK 205 . A “C” grade or higher is required in ENGL 102  and ENGL 103 , and SOWK 205;
  • A cumulative GPA of 2.50 or higher;
  • Two (2) Letters of Recommendation (faculty member, clergy, counselor, or other professionals in the human services field);
  • Agree to abide by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Code of Ethics and University policies; and
  • Approved Personal Statement (Writing Sample administered by the Social Work faculty);

NOTE: Students are only admitted to the Program during the Fall semester of each academic year.

Additional Program Requirements

  • All Pre-Professional and Professional Social Work courses must be taken in sequential order.
  • Students must be formally admitted into the Social Work Program and have completed SOWK 205 , SOWK 210 , SOWK 220 , SOWK 247 , SOWK 250 , and SOWK 260  with a “C” or higher prior to enrollment in the Professional Sequence Social Work courses.
  • Students must also maintain a 2.50 GPA (or higher) to continue matriculating in the Professional courses.
  • Students must complete an admission’s process prior to entering the Field Experience and Seminar courses.
  • NOTE: The Social Work program does not grant course credit for employment/work experience.

Field Education and Seminar

Students must complete the application process prior to entering the Field Experience and Seminar courses. Across both program options, the Director of Field Education will provide the student with a referral to an agency for an interview. Students in the Social Work program are required to complete a minimum of 440 hours of supervised field experience at selected public, nonprofit, and for-profit human service agencies in North Carolina. Prior to enrollment in SOWK 444  and SOWK 445 , Field Experience and Seminar I & II, students must have completed liberal arts, general education, pre-professional, and professional social work courses as outlined in the social work curriculum. Across both program options, the Social Work program has a concurrent placement model in field education. For both program options, the concurrent placement model requires students to complete 220 hours of supervised field education experience at selected human service agencies during the Fall and Spring semesters. For Program Option 1: Main Campus, students are in their selected field agencies for two days (Tuesday and Thursday) for approximately 14 hours per week. For Program Option 2: Off-Site Campuses, students are in their selected field agencies in the evenings and weekends. Only students that are a part of institutions with Articulation Agreements and have an Associate’s Degree in Human Services Technology are eligible for this program option.

Across both program options, failure to successfully complete both courses in an academic year will require the student to repeat the entire process e.g. complete the application process, attend the pre-orientation meetings, and complete the interview to be placed at an agency. The student will not have to repeat the individual course, but he/she will be placed at a new agency. Students who do not satisfactorily complete Field Experience and Seminar forfeit hours earned and must reapply. Incomplete (I) grades are not given for SOWK 444  and SOWK 445 . Students who are readmitted to Field Experience and Seminar are assigned to new agencies. All students must earn a grade of “C” or higher in all required social work courses in order to graduate with the BSW Degree. In addition to the agency placements, students are required to attend and participate in a weekly seminar class. The seminar class is instrumental in guiding students in the field education process. The seminar classes also provide students the opportunity to discuss their agency experiences and to integrate social work knowledge, values, skills, cognitive and affective processes, and the program competencies with the field experience. In addition, the students will purchase liability insurance and complete a background check. Failure to submit an application will result in students not being considered for field education. Students employed in human service agencies will not be allowed to use their employment or work experiences as a substitute for their field education placements.

Transfer Student Policy

Transfer students (including those who have already achieved junior status) and other students who change their major to Social Work must also go through the application process and be officially admitted into the Social Work program. There is not a guarantee that courses transferred from other degree programs or institutions of higher learning will substitute for required Social Work courses. Social Work Practice courses from other institutions cannot be transferred.


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