Jul 16, 2024  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Student Life and Academic Support

Student Code of Conduct

Students are expected to conduct themselves in a manner which is consistent with the Core Values (Excellence, Civility, Integrity, Diversity, and Accountability), purpose, goals, and objectives of Bowie State University. In particular, all students have the privilege to learn, subject only to their own initiative and ability, uninhibited by the behavior of others. The University reserves the right to deny admission to any applicant, to discontinue the enrollment of any student, or to withhold the degree of any student if, in the opinion of University authorities, a student’s behavior is in continuous or serious violation of the Student Code of Conduct established by the faculty, students, and administration and published in the Student Handbook. Academic honesty, as defined in the Student Handbook, is required of all students.

The Bowie State University Man and Woman

Standards and Expectations

University administrators, faculty, and staff are individually and collectively committed to assisting each student in his/her personal development and providing the quality education necessary to achieve his/her goals. The University also takes seriously its obligation to nurture and to assist each student in developing his/her personal character. However, it is incumbent upon each student to assume personal responsibility for his/her conduct and behavior. Bowie State University presumes, therefore, that the student:

Seeks to Develop Self Academically, Physically, and Spiritually

Possesses an unquenchable thirst for knowledge and is responsive to new ideas and different dimensions of thought. The student does not abuse or violate his/her physical and spiritual well-being and has a strong sense of positive self-esteem.

Values Life

Accepts, respects, and celebrates racial, gender, and cultural diversity as a natural part of our social fabric. He/she behaves and interacts with others with dignity and respect, refusing to violate or abuse the rights of others, and is willing to assist those in need or in distress.

Has Integrity

Has a value system and code of ethics that foster positive personal growth and development. The student is true to his/her personal convictions and is unwilling to compromise personal values and standards of behavior.

Is Dependable

Follows through on self-assigned tasks as well as those to which he/she has been assigned and is timely in carrying out those assignments.

Sets High Personal Standards

Is goal and solution-oriented, refuses to accept mediocrity, and continues to seek excellence in whatever he/she undertakes.

Has Effective Communication Skills

Strives to develop and master effective verbal and writing skills. He/she clearly understands that poor communication skills can have a deleterious impact on his/her professional growth and development.

Is Aware of His/Her History

Recognizes the richness of his/her legacy and understands the need to learn from and apply the lessons of ones cultural, racial, and personal history. He/she is aware of past and present contributions his/her ancestors have made to the nation and the global community as well.

Knows and Abides By the Rules of Social Decorum

Clearly understands that verbal abuse, rowdiness, fighting, impoliteness, and other forms of social misconduct are unwarranted and unacceptable social behavior.

Understands Appropriate Dress

Recognizes the need to dress appropriately for the situation, event, or environment and that the manner of dress will frequently reflect how he/she is received, socially and professionally.

Has Pride in Bowie State University

Behaves in a manner which will reflect self-respect and respect for the University. He/she will defend the integrity of the University and will work to enhance its reputation. He/she knows the lyrics to the BSU Alma Mater.

Office of Judicial Affairs 

Judicial Officer: Anne Valentine

The Judicial Affairs Officer (JAO) administers and enforces the Student Code of Conduct. The JAO is primarily responsible for the overall coordination of all disciplinary proceedings on campus and the recommendation of educational sanctions offered to students for infractions of the University’s policies and procedures. The JAO conducts student hearings; ensures standards of due process; and consults with faculty, staff, and students regarding student conduct issues.

Student Clubs, Organizations, Fraternities, Sororities, and Honor Societies

African Student Association
This club promotes global understanding and cultural appreciation of African nations and their peoples.

Alpha Chi Honor Society
The Maryland Alpha Chapter of Alpha Chi National Honor Society was chartered at Bowie State University on June 3, 1975. Alpha Chi is a campus-wide society that promotes fellowship throughout its member organizations. Membership requires that a candidate be at least a junior, rank in the top 10% of his/her class, and be outstanding with respect to services to the University.

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, founded on January 16, 1908, at Howard University, was organized to “cultivate and encourage high scholastic and ethical standards, improve the social stature of the Negro, promote unity and friendship among college women, and keep alive within the alumnae, an interest in college life….” The Eta Chapter at Bowie State University was established on January 18, 1969.

Alpha Kappa Mu Honor Society
The purpose of Alpha Kappa Mu is to promote high scholarship, encourage sincere and zealous endeavors in all fields of knowledge and service, cultivate a high order of personal living, and develop an appreciation for scholarly work and scholarly endeavors in others. No more than 10% of the total  number of students graduating in a given year may be eligible for membership, and the cumulative grade-point average shall not be lower than 3.3. Eligible members receive an invitation and inductions occur during the SPRING semester.

Alpha Nu Omega Fraternity, Inc.
This fraternity offers the campus a Greek-lettered organization whose purpose, symbols and codes of conduct are based on Christian principles found in the Holy Bible.

Alpha Nu Omega Sorority, Inc.
This sorority offers the campus a Greek-lettered organization whose purpose, symbols and codes of conduct are based on Christian principles found in scripture to minister to the spirit, soul, and body of the whole person as well as to promote excellence.

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., founded at Cornell University on December 4, 1906, is the first predominantly African American collegiate fraternity started in the United States. It strives to promote scholarship, manly deeds, and love for all mankind. The Eta Zeta Chapter at Bowie State University was established in November 1970.

Alpha Psi Omega
National honorary theatre society.

Apostolic Campus Ministry
Soul thirsty? Campus Ministry exists to provide an environment where any and all Bowie State University students may have the opportunity to fellowship, worship, and study the Bible in small groups. Members also have the opportunity to participate in regular prayer meetings as well as to meet and fellowship with other students.

Artist Guild
The Artist Guild is a creative arts organization for students studying Art and VCDMA, but is open to all other students who are interested in promoting the visual arts.  One of the guild’s purpose is to raise and maintain a high standard of quality of visual art, design, and visual communication, networking with art and design professionals, and to produce awareness in visual arts on campus with the other institutions and HBCU’s, and throughout the community. Membership in the Artist Guild is mandatory for all Art/VCDMA students.

Bio-Med Club
This club serves as a medium by which information on careers in the biological sciences and the medical field is shared. Workshops, meetings, and guest speakers are hosted by the Bio-Med Club.

Bowie State University Cheerleaders
Bowie State University cheerleaders provide spirit and support to the BSU family. The cheerleading squad is busy throughout the academic year cheering during football and basketball seasons and participating in other campus events.

Bowie State University Soccer Club
This club provides the campus with educational and competitive opportunities in intramural and intercollegiate soccer.

Established in 1999, the Child and Adolescent Studies Club encourage community service activities that involve children, adolescents, and families who are in need. The Club membership is primarily composed of CAAS and Human Services majors, but all students are invited. Projects are service oriented.

Campus Ministries
Campus Ministries is a non-denominational group open to all students for the purpose of prayer, spiritual growth, and development.

Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Inc.
Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Inc. is a professional association for registered professional nurses and student nurses (male and female) representing many cultures and diverse ethnic backgrounds.

Circle K International
The Club was chartered March 27, 1997, and comes under the auspices of Circle K International. Membership is open to any student of good character who is officially enrolled at least half-time at the University. The Club provides an array of opportunities for personal, leadership, and professional development.

Commuter Club - “C-Unit”
The Commuter Club represents the commuter population in the Student Government Association. Involvement in the Commuter Senate ensures that the special needs of commuters are addressed.

Delta Mu Delta National Honor Society
The Gamma Kappa Chapter of Delta Mu Delta National Honor Society in Business Administration was established at Bowie State University in December 1977. This Society promotes higher scholarship in training for business and recognizes and rewards scholastic attainment in business subjects. To be eligible for membership in the Society, a student must be a business major, must have completed at least one-half of the work required for a baccalaureate degree, and must have achieved a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher.

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. was established January 20, 1913, at Howard University. The Zeta Delta chapter was formed at Bowie State University on April 16, 1968. The Sorority emphasizes scholarship, fellowship, and public service.

Education Club
The Education Club offers students interested in education as a major or minor, the opportunity to establish relationships with other students in the field. This club actively sponsors programs that focus on a variety of contemporary issues in education.

Figures of Speech (English Club)
Figures of Speech is composed of English majors and minors and students of other majors who are interested in promoting a better understanding and appreciation of notable literary figures and their works. The English Club occasionally sponsors poetry slams and academically supports its members.

Entrepreneurship Club
This Club provides students with opportunities for networking and meeting other students and business faculty. Lectures, tours, and other career oriented activities are promoted and supported.

Eyes Wide Shut
Eyes Wide Shuts goal is to provide an environment in which African American gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, and straight supportive students can freely assemble in order to provide mutual support and to address the campus and community on pertinent issues. The organization strives to develop educational programs in order to work towards the elimination of oppressive myths, misconceptions, and stereotypes.

Freshman Class
This organization serves as the official voice of the Freshman Class.

Finance & Economics Club
The mission of the Finance and Economics Club is to engage the business students at Bowie State University in a process of career building through networking with other business organizations, institutions, and community groups. The club started in 2005 and has been one of the most active clubs on campus.

Groove Phi Groove Social Fellowship, Inc.
The purpose of Groove Phi Groove is to promote academic awareness, promote unity and fellowship amongst college and graduate level men, and create intelligent and effective leadership in order to improve the stature of Bowie State University students.

History & Government Organization
The History and Government Club promotes interest in and appreciation of history and government. Specifically, it promotes activities that provide a better understanding of political life at the domestic and international levels, a historical analysis of events, and an understanding of the significance of  the interdependency of nations.

Honors Student Organization
The Honors Student Organization provides for the social and cultural interests of the students in the Honors Program, assists in accomplishing the goals of the Program, and represents students in the Program to the Student Government Association and the administration.

International Game Developers Association (IGDA Club)
The purpose of the IGDA Club is to learn more about the video game industry and to understand the concept of creating a video game.

International Student Association
The International Student Association (ISA) exchanges cultural and educational ideas and promotes mutual understanding and better communication between the international students and the broader University community.

Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc.
Founded in 1963 at Morgan State University, Iota Phi Theta aims to mold young men into viable contributors to the organization and to society. The Mu Chapter was founded on the campus of Bowie State University in 1971. Iota Phi Theta is a member of the Council of Independent Organizations. 

Junior Class
This organization serves as the official voice of the Junior Class.

Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. was founded and chartered January 5, 1911, on the campus of Indiana University at Bloomington. Each chapter of the Fraternity has the same fundamental purpose, which is “achievement in every field of human endeavor.” The Epsilon Sigma Chapter at Bowie State University was founded on May 8, 1969.

Lambda Pi Eta
Lambda Pi Eta is the official communication studies honor society of the National Communication Association (NCA). Their purpose is to recognize, foster and reward outstanding scholastic achievement in communication studies and to stimulate interest in the field of communications.

Latino/Hispanic Student Association
The Latino/Hispanic Student Association brings all Latino students together for the betterment of good relations among all students, regardless of race, cultural, and political relationships. They exchange ideas, thereby bringing the formation of a more active and progressive student community.

Lighthouse Campus Ministries
Lighthouse Campus Ministries seeks to engage the students of Bowie State University into deeper knowledge and relationships with Christ. Through bible study, service projects, fellowship, worship and missions, Lighthouse members also serve their community.

Management Information Systems Club
The Management Information Systems Club creates an atmosphere where a network of students will help others pursuing their education in management information systems.

Muslim Student Association
This club unites Muslim students on campus and provides a source of information to the student body at Bowie State University.

National Association of Black Accountants
The purpose of the National Association of Black Accountants is to provide African American accountants and aspiring accountants a vehicle for networking and to provide valuable information on opportunities and influential contacts in the business world.

National Council of Negro Women, Inc.
The National Council of Negro Women, Inc. (NCNW) is a council of national African American women’s organizations and community-based sections. Founded in 1935, the NCNW mission is to lead, develop, and advocate for women of African descent as they support their families and communities. NCNW fulfills this purpose through research, advocacy, and national and community-based services and programs on issues of health, education, and economic empowerment in the United States and Africa.

National Pan-Hellenic Council
The Pan-Hellenic Council serves as a standard-setting and implementing body for the affiliate organizations in the areas of educational programming, community service, social functions, and the intake of new members. It also monitors and regulates the actions of member organizations as they affect campus life. The Pan-Hellenic Council of Bowie State University currently is composed of representatives from the local chapters of each of the following national Greek letter sororities and fraternities: Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.; Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.; Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.; Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc.; Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.; Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.; Phi Alpha Psi Sorority, Inc.; Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.; Phi Omicron Psi Fraternity, Inc.; Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.; and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.

National Society of Black Engineers
The Student Chapter of the National Society for Black Engineers meets regularly to discuss items of interest to future engineers, to listen to invited speakers, and to plan trips to national meetings of NSBE.

Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
The Omega Psi Phi Fraternity was founded in the FALL of 1911 by three Howard University students and their faculty advisor, Ernest E. Just. The fraternity became the first Greek-lettered organization to be founded on an HBCU campus. In 1968, Bowie State’s chapter Epsilon Sigma was formed. The chapter follows four cardinal principles on which the organization is based. These principles are manhood, scholarship, perseverance, and to uplift.

Pan-African Student Youth Movement
This organization fights for the liberation, political and economic independence of all people of African descent.

Phi Alpha Honor Society
On April 21, 1998, the Eta Lambda Chapter of Phi Alpha Honor Society for Social Work Students was chartered at Bowie State University. Eta Lambda Chapter is the only chapter at a historically black college in the State of Maryland. The purpose of the National Social Work Honor Society is to  promote academic excellence in social work and related disciplines, to encourage service to humanity, and to stimulate research in social welfare. To be eligible for membership, a student must be a social work major and must have achieved junior status, completed 77 semester hours or more at Bowie State University, completed 12 hours or more of required social work courses, achieved an overall grade point average of 3.0, and achieved a 3.25 grade point average in required social work courses. The student must also be willing to participate in community service projects.

Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.
The basic purpose of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity is to foster brotherhood, service, and scholarship. Phi Beta Sigma is a real brotherhood dedicated to service through application of education obtained in scholarship. It has been a service organization since its founding and has implemented many programs geared towards service to people in their various communities.

Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA)
The PRSSA chapter provides students opportunities to gain practical and real-word experience in the field of public relations. They also learn and hone decision-making, planning, and leadership skills which are critical in today’s society to be successful in the global marketplace.

Psychological Society
The Psychology Club offers lectures, discussions, and field trips for psychology majors and for students who are interested in learning more about the discipline. All students are eligible for membership.

Residence Life Hall Council
Each of the residence halls, including Christa McAuliffe Residential Complex, has a governing board called the Hall Council. The Council is made up of several positions: president, vice-president, secretary, treasurer, and historian. The Council also includes the hall king and queen, who will represent the hall during the homecoming festivities. The council, with the help of residents, decides on activities that will be held inside the hall, such as, community service or social projects.

Students in Free Enterprise
The mission of this organization is to provide members with an opportunity to make a difference and develop leadership, teamwork and communication skills through learning, practicing and teaching the principles of free enterprise.

Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.
Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. was founded by seven school teachers at Butler University in 1922. The sorority’s mission is to enhance public service, leadership development and the education of our youth.

Sigma Tau Delta Honor Society
The Nu Nu chapter of Sigma Tau Delta at Bowie State University is charged with conferring honor upon those accomplished students who have displayed a desire to foster growth in the discipline of English. As scholars of literature and the English language, we acknowledge our responsibility to encourage a mastery of written expression, to promote worthwhile reading, and to foster a spirit of literary fellowship between the organization and the global community.

Social Work Club
The Social Work Club offers students interested in social work as a major the opportunity to establish relationships with other students in the field. This Club provides students the unique opportunity to sponsor programs and activities promoting that promote positive activities at the university and community levels.

Social Work Spanish Club
The Social Work Spanish Club is an extension of the Spanish language laboratory requirement. It provides an opportunity for students to build their bilingual capability within a social work milieu. Students will have the experience of total immersion through conversation, role plays, and other learning engagement strategies. The department of English and Foreign Languages and the department of Social Work are jointly coordinating this activity.

Society of Sophisticated Ladies
This club brings all female students together for the betterment of good relations among all students, regardless of social, race, and political relationships, in an effort to form a more active and progressive student community.

Student Alumni Association
A student program that cultivates relationships between students and alumni, enhances the college experience through exciting, memorable events, and promotes “Bowie State University” pride and tradition.

Student Athletic Advisory Committee
This organization acts as a vehicle of communication between the CIAA member institutions and the NCAA.

Student Nurses Association
This club provides support for Nursing majors and fosters positive interactions among and between the members. It also presents opportunities for students to network.

Swing Phi Swing Social Fellowship, Inc.
This club seeks to provide community service, scholarship, and fellowship through discipline, effective leadership, and unity. It also seeks to foster and maintain better relationships among women of all races and creeds, while promoting sisterhood among the membership and throughout the community.

Symphony of Soul Marching Band
The Symphony of Soul band provides all students with opportunities for musical growth and enrichment.

The Spectrum
The Spectrum is the newspaper by, for, and about the students of Bowie State University. The mission of The Spectrum is to inform the Bowie State community, students, staff, and faculty of matters of importance to our community, to serve as an open forum for discussion by the community, and to offer students the opportunity to master the skills and refine the talents necessary for a career in journalism. The Spectrum is published every two weeks during the school year and is free to all members of the University community.

TRIO Student Advisory Board
The mission of the TRIO Student Advisory Board (TSAB) is to actively assist and serve the needs of Student Support Services (SSS) students, in addition to being the bridge that connects the University, staff, and faculty.

Women in Computing
This organization is the focused on the support and promotion of women in the Computer Science Department by encouraging discussion and raising awareness of the issues they face. It is open to students of all genders and fields who support women in computing and technology.

Women’s Studies Club
This club promotes awareness of women’s studies and women’s history through the use of forums, social events, trips, etc.

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.
The Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, founded at Howard University on January 16, 1920, was incorporated under the laws of the District of Columbia on March 30, 1923. The objectives of finer womanhood, sisterly love, and scholarship have brought together women from all parts of the world. Women who have similar tastes and aspirations, similar potential for the highest personal attainment, and similar desires for concerted action to improve the conditions of the African communities around the world are the foundation of Zeta Phi Beta. The Omicron Gamma Chapter at Bowie State University was established on April 22, 1968.


The Bulldog-The Bulldog is the yearbook published by the senior class. It provides maximum opportunities for student planning and student work and serves as a history not only of the seniors, but also of the classes and the general activities of the University.

The Spectrum-The Spectrum is the official student newspaper of the University. It is edited and published by the Journalism Club, which is composed of students from all classifications-freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors-and funded by the Student Government Association.

The Torch: A Journal of Student and Faculty Writings-The Torch is the official literary magazine of the University. Published twice a year by the Creative Writing Program in the Department of English and Modern Languages, The Torch is designed to encourage creative expression and scholarly articles by students. The SPRING issue always includes the winning entries of the Annual Creative Writing Contest.

Student Life and Academic Support Services

New Student Orientation

The New Student Orientation Program is committed to making the student’s transition to college as smooth as possible. Its programs and services encourage students to take full advantage of University programs and services; assist students in achieving maximum academic, personal and career development; familiarize students with University regulations and policies; and provide the opportunity for students to meet faculty, staff, and peer leaders. Placement testing and initial advisement take place during the New Student Orientation Program.

Housing and Residential Life


The Office of Residence Life is committed to providing a safe, secure, aesthetically pleasing, and inclusive home for resident students. We are dedicated to academic excellence, service, student leadership, and maintaining a living/learning environment. Since we are an integral part of a student’s overall educational experience, the residence halls complement the classroom experience by providing residents with an intimate place to develop and enhance the life skills needed to be successful in any campus-wide, national, or international forum.

Students wishing to live on campus must pay a $100.00 housing application fee which will be credited to the student’s account. Each student is also responsible for a $50.00 security deposit. If there are no outstanding charges on the student’s account, the security deposit will be refunded at the end of his/her residency.


Director: Clyde Doughty, Jr

Intercollegiate Athletics

Bowie State University offers a well-balanced athletics program for men and women in thirteen varsity intercollegiate sports. The athletics program is designed to enhance institutional loyalty and school spirit among students, faculty, staff, alumni and the community.

Students are encouraged to participate in intercollegiate programs. The men’s program competes in football, basketball, cross-country, and track. The women’s program competes in basketball, volleyball, softball, bowling, tennis, cross-country, and track. Our teams have the opportunity to compete in conference, regional, and national championships as full members of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), Division II, and the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA).

To be eligible to participate in intercollegiate athletics, students must meet all NCAA (Division II), conference and institution standards. Please contact the Director of Athletics or the Associate Director of Athletics for Operations, or refer to the Athletics website at www.bsubulldogs.com for additional information.

For updates on the teams, schedules, and scores, please check the Bowie State University Website (www.bowiestate.edu) or call the athletics sports information office at 301-860-3574.

Intramural Sports

The department of Intramural and Recreational Sports Programs is committed to offering safe, quality programs and services to Bowie State University in order to foster personal growth and development. To achieve this goal, the department promotes healthy lifestyle choices in an environment that values, embraces, and enriches individual differences. The mission of the department of Intramural and Recreational Sports Programs is to provide:

  • the campus community with the opportunity to participate in a variety of intramural sports and recreational activities in a clean and safe environment.
  • structured and organized programs while assisting in the fulfillment of such basic human needs as relaxation, socialization, accomplishment, maintenance of physical fitness, character growth, and most important, enjoyment.
  • the entire BSU community with the opportunity to participate together in a non-antagonist environment but with friendly competition.
  • the students with avenues to provide input on their opinions on how to make the program better to meet their growing needs.

The Department of Intramural and Recreational Sports Programs strives to be student-friendly and is committed to excellence in providing quality programs and activities for the campus community.

Arena and Athletic Facilities

The A.C. Jordan Arena and other athletic facilities are provided for recreation and sports activities for Bowie State University students.

Commuter Affairs and Student Leadership

Coordinator:  Sharon Glaster

Commuter Affairs offers opportunities to engage commuter students in co-curricular and leadership activities to enhance the overall college experience and connect commuters to campus.   The office supports and advocates for Bowie State University’s largely diverse commuter student population.  The office also serves as a resource center for off campus housing, roommate, transportation, parking, and other commuter related information.  Commuter students are encouraged to visit the office in the Student Center, Suite 3008 to learn more about getting involved on campus and the additional services that are offered.

Commuter Student Association

The office of Commuter Affairs and Student Leadership also advises  the Bowie State University Commuter Student Association (CSA).  CSA  hosts programs for commuter students and the student body as a whole; such as commuter appreciation events, commuter forums, lectures, speaker series, cultural and awareness events, commuter student week, commuter study sessions and commuter workshops.  All commuter students are welcome and encouraged to join CSA!  For membership information please call or visit our office. 

Student Leadership offers a variety of leadership opportunities to the students of Bowie State University.   Leadership training is offered to students, student organizations and advisors.  The training is delivered in various formats including workshops, seminars, retreats, leadership programming and conferences. Students are engaged in opportunities to develop leadership skills as well as personal growth and citizenship.  For more information on leadership training opportunities, contact The Office of Commuter Affairs and Student Leadership in the Student Center, Suite 3008.

Bowie State University Symphony of Soul Band Program


The Bowie State University (BSU) Band Program is comprised of the Marching, Pep, Concert, and Jazz Bands. The Marching Band is the largest student organization on campus, with a traveling contingent of 270 members. The Pep Band supports both men and women’s athletics including both CIAA and NCAA Tournament games. The Pep Band was once dubbed “Best Band” at the CIAA Basketball Tournament. The Jazz Band emphasizes diverse jazz styles and literature, ensemble performance, and improvisation. The Concert Band performs representative works in all styles from classical to avant-garde. Students who participate in the band program learn discipline, responsibility, and social awareness. Membership in the BSU Band Program is by audition or invitation and is open to all BSU students. Should you need additional information, contact University Bands at (301) 860-3762 or awright@bowiestate.edu.

University Centre / Wiseman Center

The J. Alexander Wiseman University Centre helps to build community through its organizations, programs, and facilities. The Centre provides opportunities for meaningful experiences through self-directed activities, self-governance, leadership workshops, and community service. The Centre’s co-curricular activities encompass all dimensions of student development and are intellectually stimulating, culturally enriching, and recreational.

Programs and Special Events

Director: Sharon Glaster

The Office of Programs and Special Events assists the Office of Student Life with its activities programming and provides informative publications of upcoming events to the campus community. By providing quality programs and disseminating information, the Office encourages Bowie State University to support such programs regularly. By participating in educational, social, emotional, spiritual, cultural, physical, and intellectual activities, students will become well-rounded citizens and will be better prepared to serve their communities upon leaving Bowie State University.

Leadership Institute

The Student Leadership Institute is a week-long intensive, interactive, and stimulating learning program for newly elected student leaders from many Historically Black Colleges/Universities who are committed to uplifting their organizations and their schools. The Institute is held annually in late SPRING at Bowie State University.

The primary goal of the Student Leadership Institute is to help participants develop as leaders. More specifically, the objectives of the Institute for student leaders at HBCUs are to teach students to:

  • Understand the mission and purpose of HBCUs
  • Understand the pivotal and important role of student leaders on HBCU campuses
  • Develop an appreciation for planning and organizing activities and events
  • Serve as catalysts on their respective campuses for empowerment and change
  • Understand and appreciate the concept of leadership development, apply its principles, and serve the black community by promoting progress in the world and uplifting the nation
  • Be able to look at themselves as a part of a team with the administration and faculty instead of seeing themselves as separate entities

Academic Advisement Center

Director: Yvette Galloway

The Academic Advisement Center (AAC) at Bowie State University is committed to assisting students in identifying and completing their educational goals in a friendly, helpful, and professional environment. The Center’s professional advisors deliver services to all students at the University, but they focus primarily on the advisement, development, and retention of first- and second-year students.

Upon acceptance to Bowie State University (BSU), each student is assigned an Academic Advisement Specialist who, in partnership with a faculty advisor, guides the student through an educational journey. Successful academic advisement occurs when the student, Academic Advisement Specialist, and faculty work together as partners with the shared responsibility of ensuring the academic progression and success of the student. Academic advisement involves assisting students in the selection of courses, identification of programs of study, and review of their life and career goals.

All students are expected to meet with their assigned Academic Advisement Specialist twice during each semester, especially during Academic Advisement Week, and the FALL and SPRING registration periods. In addition to the standard advisement services, the Center provides intervention services and academic monitoring for conditionally admitted students and probationary students.

Academic Advising Center Strategic Goals 

  1. To deliver a high academic advising program, that includes support services and information  to increase retention, inform students about career options, improve graduation rates and close the achievement gap;
  2. Create a seamless process of advising and registration for new students immediately after admission to the University and placement testing;
  3. To develop a services outreach plan that will allow the Academic Advising Team to collaborate with colleagues and academic departments across the institution to promote student learning, persistence, and success for first and second year students, while promoting relationships with students that are characterized by trust,openness and mutual respect;
  4. To monitor the completion of strategic targets called freshman and sophomore milestones;
  5. To assess the impact of our programs and services through a clearly articulated assessment plan that will demonstrates accountability, documents the achievement of stated goals, delivery and   learning outcomes;
  6. To provide a comprehensive program that will ensure that students with disabilities have full access to all programs and services at Bowie State University.To coordinate services that impact directly students who have disabilities. To provide services that are based on the specific needs of individuals according to their disabilities, while eliminating physical, technical and attitudinal barriers that limit opportunities for people with disabilities;.

Disabilities Support Services

Coordinator: Michael Hughes

Thurgood Marshall Library

Rm. 8212, Suite 082


The mission of the Office of Disability Support Services is to ensure that students with disabilities have full access to all programs and services at Bowie State University. This Office also seeks to educate faculty, staff, and administrators regarding disabilities in an effort to create greater sensitivity towards individuals who are disabled.

Philosophy Statement

Students with disabilities will be assessed by the same standards that apply to all students. The faculty is not expected to lower its expectations or its standards. The various services and accommodations provided by Disability Support Services are designed to give students every opportunity to be full participants in the academic process. Accordingly, Disability Support Services seeks to minimize or eliminate the need for faculty to provide accommodations for students with disabilities. This approach emphasizes the students’ responsibilities and independence. This will allow the faculty to devote its attention to instruction. Additionally, Disability Support Services also provides an appropriate level of counseling regarding accommodation services.

Bowie State University’s Compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act

It is the policy of Bowie State University to make sure that all of its services, facilities, and accommodations are made accessible to individuals with disabilities in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Office of Testing Services

Director: Nedra Mahone

Mission Statement

The Mission of the University Testing Center is to assist Bowie State university Students and the surrounding community in measuring their academic progress and career potential in a professional testing environment which maintains the University’s strategic goal of academic excellence as well as its core values of excellence, civility, integrity, diversity and accountability. In order to provide professional standards in testing services that align with the University’s core values, University Testing Services maintains membership in and adheres to the guidelines set forth by the National College Testing Association (NCTA) as well as the standards set forth by external testing organizations.

Seven (7) Testing Services Offered

University Testing Services (UTS) coordinates and administers Placement Testing and the English Proficiency Examination. All first-time freshmen and transfer students who have not completed their English, reading, and mathematics requirements are required to take placement examinations prior to registering for classes. Performance on the placement examinations determines the courses in which students must enroll. All students, including first-time adult learners, register for the courses in which they are placed.

The English Proficiency Examination is a graduation requirement which must be satisfied by all students receiving a bachelor’s degree from the University. Native and transfer students should take the examination upon completion of English 101 and English 102. However, transfer students who completed their English composition requirement at another university should take the examination during their first semester of enrollment at the University.

University Testing Services (UTS) also administers standardized tests-the Praxis I and II online test and the Law School Admission Test (LSAT). Please visit http://www.ets.org/praxis for specific information on Praxis I registration, dates, times,and location. For detailed information on the LSAT, go to http://www.lsac.org/. UTS is offering College Level Examination Program (CLEP) and for more information on the CLEP, go to https://clep.collegeboard.org/?affiliateId=rdr&bannerId=clep. Academic Testing is another service offered by US, mainly for Bowie students but also as External Testing for other institutions. Please contact UTS for specific information about any of these services.

University Testing Services is located in suite 302 in the Center for Learning and Technology (CLT). Please feel free to visit the office and/or call us at 30.860.3295. You may also visit our website at http://www.bowiestate.edu/academics-research/testing-services/.

Student Support Services/TRIO Program

Director: Monica Turner

The Student Support Services program (SSS) is designed to provide support to two hundred low-income, first generation, and/or disabled U.S. citizens attending Bowie State University. Once accepted into the program, TRIO Achievers (SSS participants at Bowie State University) are offered individual writing and study skills instruction, tutorial services, personal counseling, workshops, and a variety of other academic support services. We provide Dell laptop loans, a technology laboratory, and audio/visual resources. TRIO Achievers also enjoy culturally enriching activities including graduate school tours, dinner theaters, dance performances, and much, much more. Services are available to participants from freshmen year until graduation, and all services are free of charge. Students are encouraged to start working with the Program during their first year at Bowie State University. However, we always welcome the opportunity to work with continuing students throughout the academic year.

All services and activities are completely funded by the U. S. Department of Education and are at no additional cost to the student. Learn more about the program at www.bsutrio.com.

International Student Services


Bowie State University proudly offers its challenging and dynamic graduate and undergraduate academic programs to qualified students from around the world. The Office of Career, Cooperative Education and International Student Services facilitates the entry of international students into the United States so that they can begin or continue their academic programs at Bowie State University. Transfer students from accredited U.S. colleges and universities are also welcome to apply for admission. Please note that the English language proficiency is required for admission, and certain levels of financial support are required in order to qualify for admission as an international student. Detailed information concerning international student immigration processing can be found on the University’s website at www.bowiestate.edu/CampusLife/career/iss/.

Career Development Services

Director: April Johnson

The mission of the Career Development Center is to guide students and alumni through all phases of the career planning and decision-making process, and help them to develop, evaluate and implement comprehensive career and educational plans that will prepare them for success. DREAM IT. PLAN IT. LIVE IT.

We are committed to creating an environment of student centeredness and providing innovative approaches that help undergraduate and graduate students and alumni learn:
• to find career opportunities related to their values, skills, interests, and personality
• to make informed decisions about their career goals
• to participate in Experiential Learning opportunities
• to develop job seeking skills
• to connect with employers and Bowie State University alumni
• to understand the forces at play in the global market and the new economy and how they affect the world of work.

The Career Development Center provides a wide variety of resources designed to meet the career development and employment needs of Bowie State University students and alumni.
• Choosing a Major Assistance
• Exploring Occupations & Careers
• Internship & Cooperative Education Search Assistance
• Graduate & Professional School Research & Preparation
• Internship / Job Listings
• Career Resource Library
• Bulldogs4Hire (online job, internship and resume database)
• On-Campus Interviewing with Employers
• Resume & Cover Letter Help
• Workshops & Seminars
• Walk-In Hours
• Individual Appointments
• Discover Career Planning System
• Class / Group Presentations

Experiential Learning

Experiential Learning  provides students with the opportunity to explore occupations and industries in addition to utilizing their academic training in real world work experiences.  Student are able to participate in different experiential learning opportunities to aid them in their exploration and identification of occupations and industries of interest through the Career Development Center.  Students can engage in the following experiential learning program: Cooperative Education Program, Internship Program, Job Shadow Program and the Bowie Day Program.  To learn more about our experiential learning opportunities and applicable program requirements, visit the Career Development Center website at http://www.bowiestate.edu/campus-life/the-career-development-center/students/

For more information about the services and resources offered by the Career Development Center, visit our website  http://www.bowiestate.edu/campus-life/the-career-development-center/students/.

Henry Wise Student Health and Wellness Center

Director: Dr. Rita Wutoh

All registered students are required to submit a complete health history and a record of immunizations to the Henry Wise Student Health and Wellness Center prior to admission. Documentation regarding the status of the meningitis vaccination should be submitted to the housing department where that immunization is required.

All registered students; full-time, part-time and graduates, are eligible for a range of primary care services offered in the Student Health and Wellness Center. All students are assessed a health fee as part of their tuition. Students are expected to pay for services such as laboratory testing and physical examinations for certain types of employment. Students are referred to health care resources in the community for services that are unavailable in the Health Center. The Center is staffed with a nurse practitioner, a registered nurse, and a part-time physician. All services and records are confidential and information on a student’s condition or health status will not be released without the student’s written consent.

All full time undergraduates are required to have health insurance that covers expenses incurred for medical services beyond the scope of the Student Health and Wellness Center. A low-cost group Accident and Sickness Insurance Policy designed especially for Bowie State University students is available through the University. International students are required to purchase the student health insurance.

Counseling and Student Development Center

Senior Director:  Dr. Tonya Swanson

Assistant Director: Dr. Aquila Mitchell

The philosophy of  Counseling  Services derives from the belief that every student has basic and unique needs which much be fulfilled in order to successfully function in a learning environment.  Therefore, the mission of Counseling Services is to assist students a Bowie State University in their personal and psychosocial growth through the provision of programs and services.  Staff members assist students in resolving problems that may impede their academic progress. 

Counseling Services assists the institution in its mission by providing personal , social, career, and academic counseling. This task is accomplish by enhancing and strengthening the quality of the Four-Year-Experience Counseling Program. As part of the program, counselors conduct psychosocial interviews to assist the University in the retention of students in each classification. Counseling Services also offers a student development workshop series and a computerized career exploration program. Services are confidential and provided free of charge for all students from their freshman year through graduate school. .

Bulldog Card Office

The mission of the Bulldog Card Office is to provide the University community with a standardized form of identification with the ability to access a variety of University services and activities.

The Bulldog Card serves as the meal card, check cashing card in the BSU Bookstore, athletic access card, library card, and much more. Additionally, when funds are deposited on the card, it becomes a debit card that allows you to make “cash-free” purchases for food and snacks in the book store and from vending machine purchases. Copies can also be made. The card is not transferable and should only be used by the person to whom it is issued. The BowieCard official ID card is required for all students, faculty, and staff.

Bowie State University provides its students, faculty, and staff with a fully integrated ID card system that offers capabilities for the following:

  1. Full color, digitized photo identification;
  2. Library privileges;
  3. Event access;
  4. Meal plan access in the Student Restaurant;
  5. Debit card capabilities for the following:
    • BSU bookstore
    • Student Dining Hall
    • Alex Haley Convenience Store
    • Bull Dog Cafe
    • Outtakes
    • Marvelous Market
    • The Pub
    • Smoothies and More
    • Copy Machines
    • Computer Laboratory Printers
    • Vending Machines
    • Parking Fees and Fines


Department of Public Safety

Chief: Ernest L. Waiters

The mission of the Department of Public Safety (DPS) is to ensure that academic learning at Bowie State University is conducted in a safe, secure environment. DPS is an organized law enforcement agency operating in the campus community. The Office is vested with full police authority under the provisions of Educational Article 13-201 of the Annotated Code of Maryland. The officers are fully trained and certified by the Maryland Police Training Commission in all areas of law enforcement responsibilities, including criminal investigation, patrol procedures, traffic control, emergency medical assistance, and the safe care and use of firearms. The DPS provides year-round, 24-hour-a-day security and law enforcement to the University community. Patrol and dispatch services are provided, with access to municipal, state, and county emergency services available when needed.

The DPS enforces Parking Rules and Regulations found on the BSU website @http://www.bowiestate.edu/campus-life/parking-and-transportation.  Parking permits are required of all enrolled students, faculty, staff, and visitors who park motor vehicles on the campus. Permits are valid for a full academic year, September 1st through August 31st. Visitors must obtain a temporary parking permit from the DPS in Robinson Hall upon entering the campus. Parking fee information is available online in the Bowie State University Campus Safety website.

All unregistered vehicles, illegally parked vehicles, or vehicles with outstanding parking violations will be ticketed and/or towed at the owner’s or operator’s expense. As of October 1, 1992, the Motor Vehicle Administration requires all students enrolled in an accredited university, and operating an out-of-state vehicle in the State of Maryland, to obtain a non-resident vehicle permit from the MVA if the vehicle will be operated in the State of Maryland for more than 30 days. The non-refundable registration fee for the non-resident vehicle permit is $20.00 for a year. It can be renewed annually as long as the student is attending school in Maryland and the registration is current. Failure to obtain the non-resident vehicle permit will result in a fine of $500.00 for the first occurrence; subsequent occurrences will result in fines of $1,000.00 each. Questions may be directed to the MVA at 410-768-7174.

The Office of Campus Safety publishes two booklets: Jeanne Cleary Disclosure Act Information, The Emergency Management Plan and BSU Parking Rules and Regulations. These booklets contain rules and regulations that govern parking at Bowie State University and are issued upon request or may be found on the Bowie State University Campus Safety Website.

For information on parking and permit fees, please check the Campus Safety website or call the Department of Campus Safety Office at 301-860-4040 with specific questions or concerns.