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Business & Economic Development

Business & Economic Development This division, with areas of study in Accounting, Economics, Management and Finance, offers a single major in Business Administration with tracks in Accounting, Management, or Finance. This major leads to the Bachelor of Business Administration degree.

Education

The Division of Education conducts and coordinates programs for the preparation of teacher candidates at the initial level. Initial program preparation areas include: Early Childhood Education, K-6 Interdisciplinary Studies, Middle Grades and Secondary Licensure Programs, Special Education (K-12), and Visual Arts Licensure (K-12). All programs within the Division are designed to provide academic rigor and advanced level studies which prepare teacher candidates for further studies in the field of education.

Fine Arts & Humanities

This division with areas of study in Art, English, Humanities, French, Spanish, Music, Philosophy and Religion, offers majors in Art, English, Humanities and Music, all leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree. Licensure in secondary, middle school, and/or elementary education may be completed along with the major programs. In collaboration with the Division of Education, certification is offered in English for secondary education, English/Language Arts for certification in elementary and/or middle grades education and Art for both elementary and secondary licensure.

Natural & Mathematical Sciences

This division, with areas of study in Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics, Natural Science and Physics, offers majors in Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics, and Information Technology all leading to the Bachelor of Science degree. In collaboration with the Division of Education, certification is offered in Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics for secondary education, as well as General Mathematics and General Science for certification in elementary and/or middle grades education.

Social & Behavioral Sciences

This division, with areas of study in African and African-American Studies, Criminal Justice, Geography, History, Political Science, Psychology, Social Studies, Social Work and Sociology, offers majors in: Criminal Justice, History, Political Science (Government), Social Science, Social Studies, Sociology, Social Work and Urban Leadership and Social Justice. Majors in Criminal Justice, Social Studies and Social Work lead to the Bachelor of Science degree. Majors in History, Political Science (Government), Social Science, Sociology, and Urban Leadership and Social Justice lead to the Bachelor of Arts degree. In collaboration with the Division of Education, certification is offered in History and Political Science (Government) for secondary education as well as Social Studies for certification in elementary and/or middle grades education.
  • Tennessee Intercollegiate Student Legislature (TISL)
  • ASAP
  • Center for African & African American Studies

Accelerated Studies

Accelerated Studies for Adults and Professionals (formerly the Accelerated Degree Completion Program- ADCP) provides a non-traditional learning environment designed to help adults and professionals complete a bachelor’s degree by attending class one night a week (or on Saturday mornings). Our adult and professional studies program is designed with the working adult in mind.
Students experience significant improvement in their communication and decision-making skills as well as leadership abilities. Knowledge and skills learned in class can be applied in the workplace from the beginning of the very first class. The Accelerated Studies for Adults and Professionals (ASAP) program provides each student with a solid foundation for further career development
Business & Economic Development

Business & Economic Development

Business & Economic Development This division, with areas of study in Accounting, Economics, Management and Finance, offers a single major in Business Administration with tracks in Accounting, Management, or Finance. This major leads to the Bachelor of Business Administration degree.
Education

Education

The Division of Education conducts and coordinates programs for the preparation of teacher candidates at the initial level. Initial program preparation areas include: Early Childhood Education, K-6 Interdisciplinary Studies, Middle Grades and Secondary Licensure Programs, Special Education (K-12), and Visual Arts Licensure (K-12). All programs within the Division are designed to provide academic rigor and advanced level studies which prepare teacher candidates for further studies in the field of education.
Fine Arts & Humanities

Fine Arts & Humanities

This division with areas of study in Art, English, Humanities, French, Spanish, Music, Philosophy and Religion, offers majors in Art, English, Humanities and Music, all leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree. Licensure in secondary, middle school, and/or elementary education may be completed along with the major programs. In collaboration with the Division of Education, certification is offered in English for secondary education, English/Language Arts for certification in elementary and/or middle grades education and Art for both elementary and secondary licensure.
Natural & Mathematical Sciences

Natural & Mathematical Sciences

This division, with areas of study in Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics, Natural Science and Physics, offers majors in Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics, and Information Technology all leading to the Bachelor of Science degree. In collaboration with the Division of Education, certification is offered in Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics for secondary education, as well as General Mathematics and General Science for certification in elementary and/or middle grades education.
Social & Behavioral Sciences

Social & Behavioral Sciences

This division, with areas of study in African and African-American Studies, Criminal Justice, Geography, History, Political Science, Psychology, Social Studies, Social Work and Sociology, offers majors in: Criminal Justice, History, Political Science (Government), Social Science, Social Studies, Sociology, Social Work and Urban Leadership and Social Justice. Majors in Criminal Justice, Social Studies and Social Work lead to the Bachelor of Science degree. Majors in History, Political Science (Government), Social Science, Sociology, and Urban Leadership and Social Justice lead to the Bachelor of Arts degree. In collaboration with the Division of Education, certification is offered in History and Political Science (Government) for secondary education as well as Social Studies for certification in elementary and/or middle grades education.
  • Tennessee Intercollegiate Student Legislature (TISL)
  • ASAP
  • Center for African & African American Studies
Accelerated Studies

Accelerated Studies

Accelerated Studies for Adults and Professionals (formerly the Accelerated Degree Completion Program- ADCP) provides a non-traditional learning environment designed to help adults and professionals complete a bachelor’s degree by attending class one night a week (or on Saturday mornings). Our adult and professional studies program is designed with the working adult in mind.
Students experience significant improvement in their communication and decision-making skills as well as leadership abilities. Knowledge and skills learned in class can be applied in the workplace from the beginning of the very first class. The Accelerated Studies for Adults and Professionals (ASAP) program provides each student with a solid foundation for further career development
"I came to Memphis from New Orleans. It was a traumatic time. LeMoyne-Owen saved my life... I had been a student before, but at LeMoyne-Owen I became a scholar... they took the light that was within me, and helped me manifest it."

Derrick Woods

Class of 2016

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LeMoyne-Owen College offers a new brand of urban education to prepare student for economic independence, professional advancement, solid contributions to their community and personal fulfillment.
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Organizations and activities at LeMoyne-Owen College range from student government Association to honor societies, fraternities, sororities, and social and academic organizations. These organizations and activities provide unique experiences through which students achieve greater social and intellectual maturity and professional competence.
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Visit our campus bookstore. Our staff ensure that we have the materials and supplies you need to be a success in the upcoming school year. We can assist you with any questions or school needs.
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"I like the fact that the classes are small and that the instructors are friendly. They are always willing to help, and are very flexible in meeting to help students. The environment here is sociable and many of my classmates have become friends."

Danielle Martin

Class of 2016

Alumni

Our LeMoyne- Owen College Alumni are an important and proven asset in the creation of community understanding f the College's mission, services, and accomplishments. Through your generosity in giving both financial support and volunteer services, we continue to enhance the teach and learning experience at LeMoyne-Owen College while maintaining quality and relevant educational programs.

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Non-Traditional Students

If you've been out of school for a while, or maybe never attended college after high school, LeMoyne-Owen College can assist you in making a successful transition into college life.

Non-Traditional Students

If you've been out of school for a while, or maybe never attended college after high school, LeMoyne-Owen College can assist you in making a successful transition into college life.

Traditional Students

Live on campus. Our residential life will develop your person growth with a communal academic environment that promotes learning and making life-long friendships.

Traditional Students

Live on campus. Our residential life will develop your person growth with a communal academic environment that promotes learning and making life-long friendships.

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LeMoyne-Owen College Receives Largest Beneficial Gift in the School’s 158-Year History

LeMoyne-Owen College is named the beneficiary of a $40 Million Endowment at the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis 

Memphis, Tenn .—LeMoyne-Owen College, the only Historically Black College and University (HBCU) in Memphis, Tennessee, has been named the beneficiary of an endowment of $40 million, one of the largest gifts to any HBCU and the largest for the school in its 158-year history. The endowment was created from assets from the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis, an organization that works to strengthen the community through philanthropy.

Like other colleges across the country, LeMoyne-Owen College is working to ensure their students, many of whom are first-generation college attendees, return to school following the pandemic. Recent initiatives include partnerships to provide Wi-fi access and electronic devices to students for remote learning, emergency assistance for displaced students and scholarships for students in need.  

“Even before the pandemic, there has been transformative work happening at LeMoyne-Owen College,” Bob Fockler, Community Foundation of Greater Memphis president says. “The college offers unique opportunities for African-American students, and we are committed to ensuring that work continues to benefit students and their families for years to come.”

The endowment fund is a major stepping stone on the path toward advancements in the quality education the College can provide for a larger number students, at a critical time when HBCUs nationally face unique funding challenges and equity issues. LeMoyne-Owen College has the lowest tuition rate of any of the private colleges in the state of Tennessee, nearly 90 percent of students qualify for financial aid or currently receive Federal Pell Grants.

“Many of our students and their families were already struggling, even before COVID-19. Recent demonstrations have heightened our awareness and commitment to do more to address the inequality and racism that has led to their financial challenges and the critical need to create a more equal and just world,” says Dr. Carol Johnson Dean, interim president of LeMoyne-Owen College. “The Community Foundation of Greater Memphis has generously and courageously helped LeMoyne-Owen College take a huge step forward in educating our future leaders and providing a stronger financial foundation from which to grow.”

This beneficial gift allows unrestricted use of the funds for purposes determined by LeMoyne-Owen College. The money will be distributed to LeMoyne-Owen College annually in an amount equal to 5% of the average balance of the Fund. Annual distributions will be made as long as the college maintains its active nonprofit status and continues to perform its mission as publicly stated.

Situated in the poorest zip code in Memphis, LeMoyne-Owen College was originally established in 1862 as an elementary school for freedmen and runaway slaves after the occupation of Memphis during the Civil War. Today, it’s home to more than 800 students from across the United States, Virgin Islands and African countries. The college’s rich history of developing leaders boasts notable alumni including former National NAACP President, Benjamin L. Hooks, several State of Tennessee legislators and a host of city and county officials. Learn more about LeMoyne-Owen College and its programs at www.loc.edu

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About LeMoyne-Owen College

LeMoyne-Owen College provides a transformative experience educating students for urban-focused leadership, scholarship, service and professional careers. The only historically black college in Memphis, Tennessee, LeMoyne-Owen is poised for growth, success, and economic impact; and now, more than ever, prepared to embrace the future.

About the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis

The Community Foundation of Greater Memphis is a philanthropic organization that manages charitable funds with a broad base of donors to benefit West Tennessee, eastern Arkansas, and northern Mississippi. Founded in 1969, the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis brings a half-century of experience and expertise, working with donors, professional advisors, and nonprofits to help strengthen the Mid-South community through philanthropy.

A Message on the Passing of Trustee Herman Strickland

On behalf of the entire LeMoyne-Owen College family, we are deeply saddened by the loss of Trustee Herman Strickland. He was an integral part of the LOC Board of Trustees as chair of the finance committee. Just this past week, he graciously volunteered hours assisting us with our application for stimulus funds. 

Herman was not only a banking and financial expert, but also a selfless community servant and a true friend of our college. With heavy hearts, we extend our support and sympathy to his family and all who knew him.

Dr. Carol Johnson Dean
Interim President

Dr. Christopher Davis
Board of Trustees Chair

LeMoyne-Owen selects Dr. Carol Johnson-Dean as interim president

MEMPHIS, TN, July 30, 2019 – The Board of Trustees of LeMoyne-Owen College, a four-year historically black college in Memphis, today announced it has selected Dr. Carol Johnson-Dean to serve as Interim President, effective Aug. 26, 2019.

 

“Dr. Johnson-Dean’s breadth of educational leadership experience and unique understanding of the inner workings of HBCUs made her stand out as a highly qualified candidate for interim president,” said Dr. Christopher Davis, chairman of the Board of Trustees. “Selecting Dr. Johnson-Dean to serve in this critical role is just one of the many great strides LeMoyne-Owen is making as we push forward in our mission.”

 

Dr. Johnson-Dean currently serves as executive director of New Leaders - South Region in Memphis. She has also previously served as superintendent in Memphis, Minneapolis and Boston Public Schools.

 

“It is truly an honor to assume the role of Interim President of LeMoyne-Owen College, an institution with a more than 150-year legacy in Memphis,” Dr. Johnson-Dean said. “As an HBCU, LeMoyne-Owen College continues to play an integral role in educating and serving students, many of whom are first-generation college-goers. I am humbled at the tremendous opportunities that lie ahead for the College, and I look forward to working with faculty, students and community partners in this critical endeavor.”

 

A permanent president for the College will be determined at a later date. LeMoyne-Owen also recently appointed Dr. Christopher Davis – pastor of St. Paul Baptist Church and local community advocate – to serve as chairman of the Board of Trustees.

 

 For more information about LeMoyne-Owen College, visit www.loc.edu.

Leadership. Opportunity. Change.

The vision of LeMoyne-Owen College is to be an exemplary historically black college providing an excellent liberal arts education that transforms urban students, institutions and communities.

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