Tennessee State University

Founded in 1912, Tennessee State University has grown dramatically from a small college to two campuses: The 450-acre main campus and the downtown Avon Williams campus, located in the heart of Nashville, near the State capitol. The diverse student population of more than 9,000 represents 46 states and 45 countries. TSU has been listed for 11 consecutive years in the U.S. News & World Report “Guide to America’s Best Colleges.”

Tennessee State University is a comprehensive, urban, coeducational land-grant university offering 45 bachelor’s degrees and 24 master degrees. Doctoral programs include biological sciences, psychology, public administration, computer information systems engineering, administration and supervision, and curriculum and instruction.



United States

3500 John A. Merritt Blvd
TN 37209
Phone: 615-963-1577
Website: http://www.tnstate.edu

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Our Aims

Tennessee State University, an 1890 land grant institution, is a major state-supported urban and comprehensive university. This unique combination of characteristics differentiates the University from others and shapes its instructional, research, and service programs designed to serve Metropolitan Nashville, Middle Tennessee, the State of Tennessee, the nation, and the global community. The University is committed to maintaining its diverse student body, faculty and staff.

Tennessee State University provides quality instruction through academic programs which are broadly comprehensive at the baccalaureate and masters levels. Doctoral programs are offered in select areas where the University exhibits strength in instruction and research and consistent with the University’s unique mission. The University’s educational programs are intended to increase the student’s level of knowledge, enhance the student’s skills, and expand the student’s awareness.

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Location and Getting there

Tennessee State University’s Main Campus is located five minutes west of downtown Nashville at: 3500 John A. Merritt Blvd., Nashville, TN 37209.


Department and information about the department

The Art Department offer a major in Art leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science with concentrations in Studio Art and Art Education. The BS degree program in Art prepares students to work professionally in art related fields by providing concentrated studies in ceramics, jewelry, painting, printmaking, sculpture, graphic design, and K-12 art. Each discipline encourages students to approach and resolve aesthetic, intellectual, and technical problems through informed practice, experimentation, and historical awareness We believe that students must have exposure to a broad range of studio experiences to develop first-hand knowledge of the creative process. The in depth understanding that students acquire, in the department, through authentic research, compiled with historical study and critical analysis, develops the visual literacy necessary for successful, artist, designers, and art teachers. In addition to the degree program the department supports the cultural climate of the campus with a continuous program of exhibits and lectures in the Hiram van Gordon Gallery.

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Information For  Undergraduates

The Department of Art offers a major in Art leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science with concentrations in Studio Art and Art Education.

The minimum number of semester hours required for the Bachelor of Science degree in Art Education is 120, while the minimum in the Studio Art concentration is 120. The minimum number of hours required in Art courses for certification in Art is 64 while in the Studio Art concentration is 58.

Students who wish to pursue the Bachelor of Science Degree with licensure (teacher certification) to teach Art in grades K-12 must seek formal admission to the program through the College of Education during the sophomore year. They must have a 2.75 cumulative quality point average at the time of application for admission and must pass the Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST) or the Computer-Based Academic Skills Assessments Test (CBT). Students who have earned 21 on the ACT, 22 on the Enhanced ACT or a combined score of 990 on the verbal and mathematics portions of the SAT are exempt from the PPST or the CBT. For a full statement of admission and retention requirements see the Teacher Education Progr...  [ Read All ]

Information For  International Students

The International Student Organization at Tennessee State University was established to bring International Students as well as Internationally "minded" students together and create a global village in the university.

The International students here at Tennessee State University represent 52 different countries in which the largest population of students are from India, Bahamas, Middle East, Nigeria and Asia. The International student population consists of both Graduate and Undergraduate Students.




Student Facilities

CAMPUS COMPUTING: TSU has been recognized by Yahooâ„¢ as one of the most wired universities in the United States. The University maintains technology enabled classrooms, numerous computer labs located both in academic buildings and student housing, a student information portal (myTSU), and a Help Desk. All core services--including admissions, registration and bill payment--can be conducted online.

LIBRARY: The three-story Martha M. Brown/Lois H. Daniel Library has an impressive collection of resources supporting the college curriculum as well as the research needs of those in the surrounding areas. The library houses more than 420,000 books, 1500 microform titles, 1775 periodicals and a wide variety of online database services. Also included in the 82,000 square foot building are rooms devoted to collections highlighting the University's rich and colorful history.

Student Support

STUDENT SERVICES: University Counseling Center, Career Development Center, Cooperative Education, Student Health Services, Graudate and Professional Opportunities, International Student Affairs, Minority Student Affairs, and Disabled Student Services.


Student Life

A balanced program of activities is the goal of the University, the Student Government Association, the Student Union Board of Governors, and Student Organizations. Student Activities are coordinated by the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs and the Director of Student Activities.



The University recognizes the many advantages that living in residential facilities affords. It, therefore, maintains single sex, co-ed, and apartment-style facilities for men and women. The facilities for men and women provide comfortable and healthful living quarters and offer fine opportunities for cultivating lifelong friendships.


How To Apply

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Phone :: (615) 963-5101
toll- free :: 1-888-463-6878
Fax :: (615) 963-2930
Email:: vsmith@tnstate.edu