Unique Learning & Opportunities
Providing women of color with unique opportunities to grow, learn and lead is the driving mission of Bennett College. Bennett Belles are supported on their higher education journey by experienced professionals, accomplished academicians, Fulbright Scholars and scientists.
Bennett offers 15 majors, 17 minors, 4 dual degrees (with NC A&T State University) and 3 cooperative degree programs to help you find and nurture your passion. Our faculty invest time and energy into understanding how you best learn, combining class discussions, technology, simulations, experiments and real-world research with traditional teaching methods.
Bennett Belles practice what they learn through internships, field practicums, technical training and student teaching. When you graduate, the education and experience you received at Bennett will give you the confidence, skills, and training necessary to succeed no matter what path inspires you.
Our approach is unique and distinguished among liberal arts programs, including:
- Bennett’s Social Work program has been accredited by the Council in Social Work Education (CSWE) since 1988.
- Bennett College Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) graduates are immediately qualified as social workers. Students may also attain a Child Welfare Certificate, making them eligible for employment with any department of social services in North Carolina.
- A Bennett BSW degree grants advanced standing for most Master of Social Work (MSW) programs, which can be completed within one year instead of two years.
- Small classes of 10 to 20 students foster dialogue with and personal attention from professors.
- Bennett faculty are primarily women – unusual for an undergraduate program – with Ph.D. degrees in chemistry or an allied field such as computational science with a focus on chemistry.
- Laboratory instruments and computer programs provide “hands-on” training in chemical analyses and data gathering.
- Some topics are particularly relevant to women students: a biochemistry course examines the menstrual cycle as an example of the role of hormones and the pituitary gland in human functions.
- Authors of color are at the center of the curriculum that also includes study of major authors and works from various periods.
- Courses are cross-referenced with the International Studies track for Africana Women’s Studies.
- Students can serve as peer tutors in Bennett’s Writing Center.
- Students can publish original works in the English program’s publication, Bennu.
- Students can become members of the English Honor Society – Sigma Tau Delta – and present research at the Society’s annual conference.
- Couples performance with music history, theory and the music business through culturally specific and relevant topics that expand the notion of what is considered black music.
- Students may audition to join the world-renowned Bennett College Choir
- Individual, private lessons in voice, piano and string instruments… including the harp!
- Students may compose, perform, and record original pieces, and majors may participate in music competitions.
- Women of color as the leading role in every production.
- Women of color in charge of set design and lighting.
- Women of color serving as the director of the show.
- Students have opportunities to write and perform original works.
Interdisciplinary Studies – Traditional Track
- Students pursue multiple interests without taking extra time during the undergraduate years; allowing courses required for admission to a variety of academic areas that may be pursued after graduation.
- Students self-design a concentration for the major, combining disciplines across any Bennett departments.
- A study abroad experience can be counted towards the major.
Interdisciplinary Studies – Africana Women’s Studies Track
- The only undergraduate program in the U.S. with a focus on women of the African Diaspora and an emphasis on advocacy and social justice.
- Majors create an interdisciplinary concentration and individualized area of study based on their own area(s) of interest.
- Students in women’s studies courses contribute to, manage, and update the Bennett College Africana Women’s Studies Reading List each semester.
Journalism and Media Studies
- Bennett’s JMS faculty are experienced media professionals.
- Students are provided access to media equipment on their first day.
- Classwork is real media work.
- Students develop their ideas and produce projects with the guidance of faculty.
- Goals are determined by the student; faculty help students accomplish their goals.
Curriculum and Instruction
- The Bennett College Educator Preparatory Program (EPP) provides a unique Afro Centric female perspective for women of color to serve children from diverse backgrounds.
- Bennett’s EPP is the only private HBCU EPP in North Carolina offering a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Elementary Education and a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Special Education.
- Official Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Guilford County Schools.
- Bennett’s EPP offers a year-long internship that develops into a student teaching model providing 32 weeks of in-school experience.
- One of two all-female programs in the nation supporting future female teachers of color.
- Bennett’s Political Science major prepares women of color for careers in government and legal careers.
- Extracurricular activities include the Model United Nations program, a school chapter of the NAACP and professional development opportunities for those interested in legal careers events that prepare for a law career.
- Faculty members continuously conduct and present research on historical persons of the civil rights movement.
- Two professors have law degrees and legal experience.
- Bennett students minoring in Global Studies take interdisciplinary classes that ground them as global leaders promoting social justice.
- Bennett’s Center for Global Studies include wrap-around study abroad advising. Both students and families are advised about the study abroad process from the beginning to the return.
- Bennett’s Center for Global Studies provides students with intensive scholarship advising before they apply.
- Bennett’s Center for Global Studies exposes students to cultures different from their own, highlights the cultures of Bennett’s Fulbright FLTAs and ALLEX scholars and demonstrates the influence of the African Diaspora in different cultures.
Academic Degree Programs
|50.1002||Arts Management (Visual Arts track)||Bachelor of Arts*|
|26.0101||Biology||Bachelor of Science|
|52.0201||Business Administration||Bachelor of Science|
|40.0501||Chemistry||Bachelor of Science|
|11.0101||Computer Science||Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts*|
|13.1202||Elementary Education||Bachelor of Science|
|23.0101||English||Bachelor of Arts|
|13.1305||English Education||Bachelor of Arts*|
|30.9999||Interdisciplinary Studies||Bachelor of Arts and Science in Interdisciplinary Studies|
|(Africana Women’s Studies, History and Self-Designed tracks)|
|09.0499||Journalism and Media Studies||Bachelor of Arts|
|27.0101||Mathematics||Bachelor of Science|
|50.0101||Music||Bachelor of Arts|
|13.1312||Music Education||Bachelor of Arts*|
|45.1001||Political Science||Bachelor of Arts|
|42.0101||Psychology||Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science*|
|44.0701||Social Work||Bachelor of Social Work|
|13.0001||Special Education||Bachelor of Arts|
|50.0101||Theatre||Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts|
*The Bachelor of Arts programs in Arts Management-Visual Arts, Music Education, English Education, and Computer Science-Computer Information Technology, as well as the Bachelor of Science program in Psychology, are no longer accepting students.
Division of Academic Affairs
The Division of Academic Affairs is responsible for the administration of the academic programs. The Division works collectively and collaboratively to facilitate the mission of the College through its delivery of effective instruction and quality academic support services. Faculty, staff, and administrators demonstrate and promote high academic standards and expectations through leadership, scholarship, research, and public service.
The Bennett College undergraduate majors and minors are organized within two divisions:
- Arts and Sciences
- Professional Studies
The requirements for each major and minor are described in the College Catalog.
Majors, Minors and Concentrations
All degree-seeking students select a major and complete departmental requirements for that major. A student may also select a minor area of study along with her major. A total of 18 credit hours must be earned to satisfy requirements for a minor in selected disciplines. An interdisciplinary concentration is required for the degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. A total of 24 credit hours constitute a concentration.
Students who wish to pursue a double major must complete all General Education courses AND all requirements for both major areas. Double majors must be approved by department chairs from both major areas and the Provost by completing a double major form.
Meet and learn about each of our distinguished faculty members by visiting the Faculty Directory.