Academic Programs and Colleges


A future so bright blue,

you’ve got to wear shades.

Preparing for life and work in an ever-changing future means building strong communication, reasoning and problem-solving skills. It also means gaining specialized knowledge—with abundant opportunities for research, internships and travel.

Expand your mind in classes that involve hands-on learning and stimulating discussion.

The professors who will inspire you include world-renowned astronomers, national experts in the health sciences, and award-winning television producers and writers. These caring teachers and role models are eager to offer their professional connections and provide academic and career support.

Tennessee State University is known for programs that connect students to real employer needs in almost any field: more than 75 percent of students who complete internships are offered a full-time position by that company. Other students collaborate with faculty on research put to use in the real world.

Throughout the country you will find successful graduates from our internationally accredited business programs…nationally accredited art, music and teacher education programs…and one of the oldest honors programs in the nation.


The Honors Program challenges talented students to lead and learn through honors courses, a senior thesis project, study abroad and mentoring programs.

Career services include internship networks, employer workshops and on-campus recruiting by companies like Honda, IBM and Boeing.

Tennessee State’s 37 majors are organized into colleges within the university.

Students interact closely with faculty who are nationally and internationally recognized in nutrition, food safety, resource management and entrepreneurship. Resources include state- of-the-art classrooms and laboratories and a multimillion-dollar research program at three locations in Middle Tennessee. About 93 percent of our agricultural sciences students obtain jobs in their fields or go on to veterinary or graduate school within three months of graduation. More.

Prepare for the global economy through internationally accredited programs that focus on contemporary business concepts. Uniquely positioned in the heart of downtown Nashville, the College of Business provides innovative learning opportunities that help students map out a viable career path. Follow the stock market in the college’s state-of-the-art financial trading center or interact with global business leaders serving on the college’s six corporate advisory boards. More.

The College of Education offers responsive programs designed to prepare competent and caring professionals with a multicultural perspective. Extensive faculty advising complements a wide range of internship, volunteer, service learning and research opportunities. Practical experience is an integral part of the curriculum: most education courses include a field experience, and all psychology majors complete a senior project. More.

The College of Engineering provides nationally accredited, industry-driven programs. Our dedicated faculty will help you enhance your experience through their extensive industry partnerships and outreach initiatives. An engineer from Tennessee State is technically competent and has the leadership skills to succeed and serve at the highest levels. Eighty percent of our recent graduates have obtained jobs in their field within six months, and nearly 20 percent have gone on to graduate school. More.

Healthcare is one of the largest industries in the United States and is growing rapidly. Prepare to earn national certification as a registered respiratory therapist, dental hygienist, medical technologist or registered health information administrator through the College of Health Sciences’ nationally accredited programs. Alumni are highly sought after by employers and have an excellent record of acceptance to graduate and professional schools. More.

Develop essential skills in problem solving, communicating and collaborating through the varied offerings of the largest of the university’s colleges and schools. The college is committed to excellence in teaching and advising, research and creative activity, and public service. Earn credit for participating in international exchange programs or service projects. Intern at the state capitol, in a music studio or with the FBI. The college’s active learning communities provide a solid academic foundation for a lifetime of learning and success. More.

No matter what policy or social issue moves you to action, you can obtain the skills and knowledge you need to bring about change effectively. Our highly adaptable program combines current theory with extensive practical experience so you can become a leader who serves. The program complements career preparation in many other majors. Within three months of graduation, nearly all of our alumni went on to graduate or professional school or began working in their field. More.

  • not giving up without a fight.

  • knowing and speaking your mind.

  • using your voice.

  • impeccable manners.

  • Originality.

  • looking sharp.

  • “WTST, The Blaze!”

  • social preparedness.

  • doing graduate work at yale, mit, penn state, purdue and ohio state.

  • trusting your perspective.

  • moving up.

  • confidently making your way in the world.

  • fearsome on the field.

  • comfortable in your own skin.

  • real-world research and internships.

  • the Warm Welcome BBQ on the quad.

  • inheriting the strength of leaders and champions.

  • home to the inventor of the cell phone microchip.

  • passion.

  • the ferocity of the tiger.