The Course Catalog contains comprehensive information about Saginaw Valley State University, its academic programs and requirements for earning bachelor's and master's degrees from SVSU. It can serve as your guide to admission and graduation requirements, and for various academic options. Brief descriptions of all courses are listed by department, as well as programs of study for each major and minor currently offered.
Graduation requirements are based on the regulations and requirements published in the catalog in effect at the time you initially registered at Saginaw Valley State University as a degree-seeking student. You may choose to follow graduation requirements in a catalog published after your initial registration, but you must follow the entire set of graduation requirements listed in that catalog. No student may graduate under the requirements of a catalog published more than six calendar years prior to the date of graduation. If you have to be readmitted, you must follow all the requirements and regulations in the catalog current at the time you re-enroll.
You should refer to your catalog for information you'll need to successfully complete a degree program at SVSU. Additional assistance is available from academic advisors and faculty. You also should refer to theCourse Schedule, which lists all the courses, location and meeting times for fall, winter and spring/summer semester.
The University creates opportunities for individuals to achieve intellectual and personal development through academic, professional, and cultural programs. By fostering an environment of inquiry and openness that respects the diversity of all whom it serves, the University prepares graduates whose leadership and expertise contribute to the advancement of a pluralistic society. The University serves as a cultural and intellectual center dedicated to the pursuit and propagation of knowledge.
The University will provide academic, professional, and cultural programs at the highest level of quality and service; it will achieve national recognition for its programs of distinction. The University’s graduates shall distinguish themselves and their University through meritorious service, accomplishments, and leadership in the economic, cultural, and civic affairs of a diverse and global society. Through exemplary teaching, research, and engagement with the greater community, the University will also be the premier cultural and intellectual resource for the region’s schools, governments, businesses, and people.
- Adopted by the Board of Control on March 21, 2005
To provide a comprehensive array of baccalaureate degree programs and a select number of master’s degree programs.
Baccalaureate degree programs are based upon a foundation in the liberal arts, the development of strong academic skills, and include studies in depth in one or more academic or professional disciplines.
Master’s degree programs concentrate studies in fields that address the needs of the East-Central region of Michigan or take advantage of unique opportunities and particular strengths within the university.
To strive for excellence in teaching, learning, research, service and creative endeavors, and to stand as an example in those regards.
To provide academic and support services that address the educational needs of a diverse student population that varies by gender, age, ability, experience, lifestyle, cultural background and economic circumstances.
To represent and advance the ideals and values of higher education in a democratic society by:Pursuing and defending freedom of inquiry, thought and expression.
Practicing and encouraging respect, integrity, civility, decency and fairness in human relationships.
Promoting understanding among people and by people for their world.
Maintaining an openness of opportunity for all people to reach their fullest personal and professional potential.
To contribute to the quality of life for the people of the region, state and society by:
Providing expertise, leadership, and other support in the development of ideas and strategies for addressing social, technological, and economic issues.
Creating, sponsoring and hosting events and activities that help people understand and appreciate the varieties of human culture, art and accomplishment.
Promoting responsible participation in a democratic society by people both within and outside of the university community.
~ Adopted by the Board of Control on March 29, 1993
Saginaw Valley State University is a public institution governed by a Board of Control appointed by the Governor of the State of Michigan. The eight members serve staggered eight-year terms. Current members are:
Jeffrey T. Martin, Chair Term Expires July 21, 2015 Saginaw, MI
Cathy W. Ferguson, Vice Chair Term Expires July 21, 2017 Saginaw, MI
Jenee L. Velasquez, Secretary Term Expires July 21, 2019 Midland, MI
Scott L. Carmona, Treasurer Term Expires July 21, 2019 Bay City, MI
Dennis Durco Term Expires July 21, 2021 Pinckney, MI
David R. Gamez Term Expires July 21, 2017 Saginaw, MI
John Kunitzer Term Expires July 21, 2021 Saginaw, MI
Jerome L. Yantz Term Expires July 21, 2015 Bay City, MI
Saginaw Valley State University was accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association as a baccalaureate degree-granting institution in 1970. In 1980 the HLC/NCA continued this accreditation and granted accreditation at the master’s degree level. Both accreditations have been retained continuously since the original accreditation.
Saginaw Valley State University has ten programs that have been awarded specialized accreditations.