Salem offers master’s, bachelor’s and associate’s degree programs as well as post-master’s certificate programs in a wide array of subject areas and specializations.
Undergraduate and graduate degree programs at Salem generally require successful completion of a set of
liberal arts foundation courses that includes English, mathematics, natural sciences, social and
behavioral sciences, and the humanities. The fundamental roles of these general education
courses are to:
- Support the Mission of the University.
- Emphasize the liberal arts, which are directed to general intellectual growth and
- Integrate the various disciplines.
- Offer philosophical, ethical, social, historical, literary, or aesthetic components.
- Provide the tools and concepts for analyzing culture and society in an international
In addition students are expected to gain the following competencies:
- Writing, listening, and speaking skills
- Critical thinking ability
- Quantitative and technological proficiencies
- Decision-making and problem-solving skills
- International and multicultural awareness
- Leadership and citizenship skills
Consistent with and in support of the Mission, most undergraduate students will complete several
general education courses that focus on global information and perspectives.
Most programs of study offer additional recommended courses that are meant to expand
students’ knowledge, skills, and abilities in support of their major
The goals of the University are to:
- Serve the public good through academic scholarship and community engagement;
- Create an environment conducive to multicultural understanding;
- Continue professional development of faculty and staff;
- Enhance student learning, teaching and institutional effectiveness; and
- Maintain fiscal integrity through sound financial stewardship.
The mission of the University is to prepare global citizens with broad knowledge, marketable professional skills, and the ability to make decisions with integrity.
In 1888, the Salem, West Virginia community founded Salem College to provide an affordable baccalaureate curriculum grounded in the liberal arts to prepare students for occupations, professional and advanced studies, and curriculum to prepare educators.
Throughout our history, it has been our commitment to prepare global citizens with broad knowledge, marketable professional skills, and the ability to make decisions with integrity and an international perspective. Salem continues to serve the educational needs of an increasingly diverse, global citizenry and welcomes students from around the world to join our community of scholars.
The leadership of Salem University consists of various leaders from around the country and our local community. Our Leadership Committee and Board of Trustees work closely with our President and Provost to guide direction and support for our students, staff, faculty and the University as a whole.
Salem University is proud to be regionally accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, as well as authorized by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission and the Indiana Board for Proprietary Education. Additionally, many of our individual programs have achieved accreditation status and are aligned with these organizations’ best practices and principles.