Salem International University was founded as Salem College in 1888 in Salem, West Virginia, by the Seventh Day Baptist Church. The school is located on 100 acres in the Appalachian mountains.
Campus life is rich and varied at Salem. Six Greek organizations are active on campus, three general groups, two honor societies, and one service group. Other organizations include the campus ministry, broadcasting club, thrill seeker club and the drama club. Students looking to get involved may participate in the Student Government Association, write for the Green & White Newspaper, or attend one of the many campus concerts or dances. Students can also cheer on the Tigers in such sports as basketball, cross country, soccer, water polo, and bowling.
One of Salem’s goals is to help students develop marketable skills across a select number of fields, including business, education, and health care. To this end, the university’s offering of degree and certificate programs, while teaching students to become serious scholars, is especially focused on preparing them for a great career right out of school. Salem offers a certificate program in licensed practical nursing (LPN) as well as associate degrees in business administration, criminal justice, and nursing. Ten bachelor’s programs include information technology, secondary education, criminal justice (as well as criminal justice with a concentration in crime scene investigation), and business administration (with six different possible concentrations, including health care management and human resource management).
Master’s degrees may be earned in business admin through a five-course concentration in either international business or health care, and in education, with a concentration in curriculum design or educational leadership.
Students who prefer distance learning may attend Salem International University online and choose from one associate program, seven bachelor’s programs, and one master’s program. The schedule and coursework for each is flexible enough to accommodate the needs of just about any part-time student. Take, for example, the online business administration programs – one of the most popular degrees offered. Students are able to earn their associate’s, bachelor’s, or master’s degrees all online. At the master’s level, as in the physical campus program, students may choose to earn a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in either health care management or international business. Other bachelor’s degree options are crime scene investigation, information technology, and a Bachelor of Science in nursing (BSN) for those who are already registered nurses (RN).
Salem University, a school with both history and tradition on its side, has managed to successfully integrate into the practical world of 21st century education. This includes their online offerings and their dedication to directing students to occupations.