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Concord College Promotional Literature Archive: Circa 1975 (part 1)

Concord Profile


Achievement and happiness are attained best by those who have compelling interests in what they are doing. But interest cannot be dictated. It must be discovered...individually.

As a four-year state-supported college, Concord College is committed to individualized education. Your most precious possession is your own personality. Our concern is to help you develop that personality, not change it.

At Concord you will not be asked to fit yourself into an educational mold that will shape you for a pre-set niche in life. Programs are innovative and flexible because we want you to find the combination of interests and abilities that will be best for you, not someone else, and to develop that combination to the best of your individual potential.

The College

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[Students studying]
[Students near Wilson Hall]

Concord College was established on February 28, 1872, by an Act of the West Virginia Legislature. It was opened officially on May 10, 1875. The 21-building College currently enrolls approximately 1,800 students, served by 125 faculty and professional staff members.

The American faith in education as a means of fostering individual moral and intellectual growth was reflected in the original Constitution of West Virginia. It continues to be a foundation for the objectives of Concord College today.

Concord encourages each student to accept the challenge of certain basic personal and professional goals:

A Personalized Education

[Student studying a map]
[College Reading Program materials]

Concord exists to give students of widely varying interests and abilities the opportunity to achieve. We believe that individual capabilities have not yet been set into unyielding patterns by the time a young man or young woman reaches college age. We recognize vast differences in motivational backgrounds and the speed of learning. The size of our College and the dedication of our faculty assure a personalized education. We want to help you find your own way toward your own goal, through avenues of individual thought. Our success is measured by the fulfillment you find in your career and in your life.

The most important elements in the make-up of a college are its human resources. For that reason, a measure of quality is in the closeness of the relationship between student and teacher.

Achievement of faculty members at Concord College is reflected in the success of their students. Their dedication is to you. Your enthusiasm, your questions, and your opinions are the most valued responses to their efforts. For intelligence is more than storage of information. It is not just what you know, but what you want to know.

Seeking advice from others is a means of growing socially and intellectually. That is why a personal student-faculty friendship is basic to the Concord philosophy of education. It is the premise that has led also to establishing full-time counselors in Student Personnel, Special Services, Upward Bound, a Writing Clinic, Tutorial Services, psychological services, and career counseling. Faculty advisers also guide student academic progress.

The Academic Program

Exploration of Concord's educational programs leads a student on limitless paths toward individual fulfillment. And the paths are never closed. For who is to say which new discovery may spark an interest as yet unrevealed.


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[Chemistry lab]

Concord College offers seven degrees: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Bachelor of Science in Community Development and Regional Planning, Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology, Bachelor of Science in Social Work, and Bachelor of Science in Education.

For the bachelor of arts degree, majors are available in Art, Dramatic Arts, English, French, Geography, History, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Spanish, and Speech.

For the bachelor of science degree, majors are available in Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Physics.

Minors for both degrees, as well as the Bachelor of Science in Community Development and Regional Planning and the Bachelor of Science in Social Work, are available in art, biology, chemistry, dramatic arts, economics, English, French, geography, history, mathematics, physics, philosophy, political science, psychology, sociology, Spanish, and speech.

Some bachelor of science and bachelor of arts degree programs require students to complete courses in foreign languages. Questions about these studies should be directed to divisional and departmental chairmen.

For the Bachelor of Science in Education degree, teaching fields are available in art, biological and general science, business education, chemistry and general science, early childhood education, elementary education, English, French, health and physical education, home economics (vocational), language arts, school librarian (elementary or secondary levels), mathematics, music, physics and general science, social studies, Spanish, and speech.

Special Programs

In addition to granting degrees in the arts and sciences, the College has special programs in education, business administration, medical technology, speech, dramatic arts, early childhood education, advertising art, social work, library science, home economics, health and physical education, and community development and regional planning. Opportunities are available through an independent study program in the Department of Biology.

Career Orientation

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As interests develop, both academically and socially, Concord College responds with career-oriented programs that will meet individual needs. We believe that education cannot be static. Classroom and laboratory studies are supplemented by practical experience in a variety of interest areas. New degree programs reflect changing times and attitudes. Personal counseling is in tune with new opportunities that exist at local, state, and national...even world-wide levels.

Bachelor's degree programs in Social Work and in Community Development and Regional Planning represent Concord's innovative approach to a career-oriented education. In both programs, students spend some time working with agencies and governmental offices away from the Campus. Other off-campus work, for credit, is integrated into academic programs in Business Administration, Medical Technology, and Teacher Education.

General Studies

[Working with children]

All students at Concord are required to complete the Program of General Studies. In addition to providing general education, these courses make it possible for students to explore various programs and fields of specialization.

General Studies consist of the following fields: Written and Oral Communication, Literature, The Arts, The Social Sciences, Business and Economics, Science and Mathematics, Health and Physical Education, and Foreign Languages.

Division of Business and Economics

[Ms. Sonja Carter, Concord College]

Courses of study in Business and Economics prepare the student for the modern world of business, graduate study, or teaching business subjects in grades seven through twelve. After completing this program, students may become accountants, management trainees, marketing executives, insurance agents, stock brokers, executive secretaries, financial analysts, economists, teachers, retailers, bankers, actuaries, or personnel specialists.

Students may select from courses in accounting, computer programming, business law, communications, management, marketing, secretarial studies, transportation, insurance, advertising, retailing, statistics, sales, industrial relations, consumer behavior, personnel administration, finance, production management, cooperative work experience, introductory economics, international economics, labor economics, comparative economic systems, government finance, microeconomic and macroeconomic theory, and money, credit, and banking.

Division of Education, Health, and Home Economics

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[Sewing machine]
[Concord College Library]

Four departments—Education, Health and Physical Education, Home Economics, and Library Science—are included in this Division.


Students are prepared to enter the teaching profession through course work and practical experience in the classroom. As a singular responsibility, the Department administers the program for certification to teach nursery-kindergarten through grade six.

Courses in education include human development, learning and the curriculum, principles and management in the elementary grades, teaching methods for both elementary and secondary schools, special methods in teaching fields, Professional Block (in-school teaching experiences), teaching of reading, principles of kindergarten education, philosophy of education, and audio-visual materials and methods.

In education courses prior to admission into the Professional Block, students have the opportunity to observe and to participate in the area public schools.

Health and Physical Education

Teaching health and physical education in the public schools and attending graduate school are two options that students may elect when they complete the curriculum in Health and Physical Education. Other career possibilities include community recreation, coaching, rehabilitation work with the handicapped, public health, and social work.

Students in this area take courses in personal health, health education, general physical education, team sports, individual sports, tumbling and gymnastics, swimming, physical education for the elementary school, rhythms and dance, tests and measurement, physiology, kinesiology, coaching techniques, adapted physical education, first aid, and safety education.

Home Economics

Both the science and art of better home living are studied and tested in the Department of Home Economics. Emphasis is placed upon the effective management of available resources including food, money, clothing, and housing. The primary goal is preparing students to teach in a wide variety of settings from elementary school to adult education. Students are certified in vocational home economics upon completing the program. This is important, since it qualifies the graduate to teach career-oriented programs at the secondary level.

Other career opportunities include graduate study, dietetics, business or industrial home economist, county extension agent, home demonstration agent, 4-H Club work, social work, and public health.

Home Economics classes are clothing selection and construction, food selection and preparation, meal planning, nutrition, child guidance, textiles, early childhood education, selection and care of equipment, housing, home management, home economics education, home furnishings, family living, home management residence, consumer problems, and child development.

Library Science

Full undergraduate preparation in elementary and secondary school librarianship is provided by the Department of Library Science. As another area of service, the Department offers an introduction to librarianship for students interested in the graduate professional study of library science.

Library positions in the public schools, public library appointments, and graduate school are several career opportunities.

Courses include library materials for children, library materials for adolescents, reference and bibliography, cataloguing and classification, administration of school libraries, and library practice.

Division of Fine Arts


Three departments form the Division of Fine Arts; they are Department of Art, Department of Music, and Department of Speech and Dramatic Arts. The Division's major responsibilities are preparing teachers for the public schools, and preparing students for graduate school or careers in the fine arts.


Majors in studio art, visual communication, and teaching fields in art for elementary and secondary schools are offered within the Department of Art.

Students completing degrees in this area have the following occupation choices: teaching, graduate school, commercial art, fashion design, advertising, and civil service.

Course offerings feature introduction to the visual arts, creative expression in fine arts, drawing, design, lettering, painting, ceramic arts, art history, illustration, art metalwork and jewelry, sculpture, printmaking, art education, layout, advertising design, drawing for commercial reproduction, and etching and lithography.


The primary purpose of the Department of Music is to prepare public school music teachers and offer quality training for professional musicians. Career opportunities include teaching, graduate school, choir director, band director, organist, and performance.

Applied music courses are violin, viola, violoncello, double bass, cornet, trumpet, trombone, baritone, French horn, flute, piccolo, oboe, English horn, clarinet, bassoon, piano, organ, voice, saxophone, tuba, and percussion.

General music courses are introduction to music, music education, theory, music history, music literature, music teaching methods, conducting, marching band techniques, composition, arranging and scoring, and elements of accompanying.

Music ensembles are College Choir, Collegiate Singers, Symphonic Band, Marching Band, Concord Commanders, Brass Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, Woodwind Ensemble, and String Ensemble.

Speech and Dramatic Arts

In the Department of Speech and Dramatic Arts, students can earn degrees in either speech or dramatic arts, and complete teaching fields in speech. A degree in this program may lead to teaching, graduate school, theatre careers, preparation for professional school, business careers, or graduate study in speech therapy and audiology.

Fundamentals of speech, introduction to theatre, interpersonal and group communication, argumentation and debate, forensics workshop, voice and interpretation, principles of acting and makeup, freedom of speech in American, stagecraft, modern drama, advanced study in speech, introduction to speech correction, advanced studies in theatre, fundamentals of directing, and history of theatre are among courses offered.

Department activities include the College Theatre, Children's Theatre, and the Debate Team.

Division of Languages and Literature

[Dr. Tom Hambrick, Concord College]

Faculty members in English and foreign languages comprise the Division of Languages and Literature. Degrees can be earned in English, French, or Spanish, and teaching fields can be established in English, language arts, French, and Spanish.

Career opportunities are available in teaching, graduate school, professional school preparation, journalism, civil service, and business.

Students can select from course offerings in composition and rhetoric, literature of western civilization, fundamentals of reading, surveys of British and American literature, criticism of literature, journalism, grammar, English language study, advanced composition, teaching of reading, children's literature, adolescent literature, world literature, foreign literature in translation, literature before 1500, 16th century, 17th century, 18th century, 19th century, and 20th century literature, creative writing, and honors courses.

Courses in French include elementary French, intermediate French, beginning conversation, reading-translation, composition and conversation, cultural and literary promenades, special teaching methods, directed studies in literature, and honors courses.

Spanish courses are reading and writing, oral, composition and conversation, descriptive linguistics, Hispanic civilization, literature, special teaching methods, directed studies, and honors courses.

German courses include reading and writing (includes four semesters) and descriptive linguistics.

Division of Natural Sciences

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[Chemistry lab]
[Biology lab]

The Departments of Biology, Mathematics, and Physical Sciences and courses in Natural Sciences (including the program in medical technology) make up the Division of Natural Sciences.


Students can earn a degree in biology or establish teaching fields in this area. Career opportunities include teaching, graduate school, public health, preparation for medical and dental school, pre-pharmacy school study, civil service, business and industry, and research work.

Class in biology features general biology, plants as organisms, cell physiology, ecology and field methods, genetics, microbiology, human anatomy and physiology, biochemistry, special topics, biology seminar, independent study, and honors courses. Biology majors are required to participate in an innovative program of independent study and research. Opportunities are available to participate in research projects with faculty members.


Within the Department of Mathematics, students can earn a degree and complete teaching fields in this discipline. Career options following graduation include teaching, graduate school, research, business, industry, computer application, civil service, scientific and technical positions, and professional schools.

Courses of study in the department are basic mathematics, general mathematics, algebraic skills laboratory, college algebra, college trigonometry, statistics, informal geometry, mathematics for the public schools, modern mathematics, computing, computer programming, calculus with analytic geometry, theory of numbers, history of mathematics, mathematical probability and statistics, college geometry, modern algebra, mathematics for physical science, linear algebra, mathematics recreations, differential equations, introduction to topology, introductory modern analysis, theory of analytic functions, advanced calculus, numerical analysis, independent study, and honors courses.

Physical Sciences

Degree programs and teaching fields in chemistry and physics are included in the Department of Physical Sciences. In addition, the degree in medical technology is administered by this departmental faculty. Teaching, graduate school, professional schools, business, industry, research, public health, civil service, and environmental study and research are among career possibilities.

Courses in chemistry include introductory chemistry, general chemistry, quantitative analysis, organic chemistry, physical chemistry, instrumental analysis, biochemistry, quantum mechanics, inorganic chemistry, independent laboratory research, and honors courses.

Physics courses include introductory physics, intermediate physics, introductory astronomy, electronics instrumentation, optics and wave phenomena, modern physics, thermodynamics and statistical mechanics, mathematics for physical sciences, intermediate electricity and magnetism, intermediate mechanics, theoretical mechanics, quantum mechanics, and honors courses.

The degree program in medical technology requires courses in biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, psychology, the Program of General Studies, and the senior year internship at the Appalachian Regional Hospital at Beckley.

Natural Sciences

Courses in Natural Sciences are science and human affairs, introduction to physical science, introductory astronomy, physical geology, historical geology, and geomorphology.

Division of Social Sciences

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[Laboratory rat]

Included within the Division of Social Sciences are degree programs in community development and regional planning, geography, history, political science, psychology, social work, and sociology. Teaching fields in this area include a comprehensive field in social studies, a grade seven through nine teaching field in social studies, and a subject specialization for grades five through nine in social studies.

Career options include teaching, graduate school, civil service, social work, community planning, community development and organization, cartography, public administration, law school, theology, mental health, psychologist, urban development, business, industry, rehabilitation programs, social science research, youth programs, public relations, and community action programs.

Geography courses are world cultural geography, physical geography, conservation, economic geography, cartography, climatology, political geography, regionalism, regional studies—Anglo-America, Europe, Asia, Latin America, Africa and the Near East, Soviet Union, and Australia and Oceania—urban geography, Appalachian Seminar, field methods and research, independent study, and honors courses.

Courses in history are western civilization, history of philosophy, history of Europe, history of United States, world cultural history, American Colonial, West Virginia history, geography and government, recent American history, development of the Federal Union, Civil War, history of England, Tsarist Russia, Germany, world since 1914, Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, American Revolution, Populist Era, Progressive Era, foreign relations of the United States, Latin America, Renaissance and Reformation, French Revolution and Napoleon, historical methods and historiography, recent Latin American history, seminar in history and political science, independent study, and honors courses.

Courses available for the minor in philosophy are history of philosophy, Biblical studies and philosophies, world's living religions, principles of logic, ethics, aesthetics, Chinese philosophy, American philosophy, political theory, Existentialism, seminar in philosophy, independent study, and honors courses.

Psychology courses are general psychology, human behavior and social environment, experimental psychology, child psychology, basic learning, introduction to learning, introduction to psychological testing, personality, physiological psychology, animal behavior, human sexuality, abnormal psychology, history and systems of psychology, seminar in contemporary psychology, psychology practicum, independent study, and honors courses.

Courses in social work are fields of action in social work, group dynamics and group processes, social welfare policy and services in Appalachia, interventive methods in social work practice, school social services, human services in the field of aging, human services in corrections, field instruction, social work issues seminar, directed individual study, and honors courses.

Sociology courses are man and his social environment, introduction to sociology, contemporary social issues, social stratification, marriage and the family, criminology, social psychology, minority group relations, anthropology, sociological research, contemporary sociological theory, seminar in sociology, independent study, and honors courses.

Since the degree program in Community Development and Regional Planning is interdisciplinary, students take courses in political science, business, economics, sociology, geography, social work, the Program of General Studies, a minor field of study, and electives. In addition, they are required to complete a field work program in their senior year.

Courses in political science are introduction to political science, contemporary political issues, state and local government, international relations, public administration, American federal government, municipal government, comparative government, American political parties, West Virginia history, geography and government, international organizations, constitutional law, political theory, scope and methods of political science, government and politics in the Middle East, Soviet government and politics, government and politics of Africa, regional and community development and planning, interdisciplinary internship in community development and regional planning, seminar in history and political science, independent study, and honor courses.

Literature continued in part 2.

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