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Harris–Stowe State University

Harris–Stowe State University
The college at night
Motto Inspiring change.
Established 1857
Type Public
President Dr. Dwaun Warmack
Academic staff 120+
Undergraduates 1,590
Location St. Louis, Missouri,
United States
Campus Urban
Former names
  • St. Louis Normal School, later Harris Teachers College (est.1857)
  • Sumner Normal School. later Stowe Teachers College (est.1890)
  • Harris Teachers College (merger 1954)
  • Harris-Stowe College
  • Harris–Stowe State College (1979)
Colors Brown      & Gold     
Athletics Baseball, Basketball, Soccer, Softball and Volleyball
Mascot Hornet
Affiliations NAIA
Harris Teachers College
Harris–Stowe State University is located in Missouri
Harris–Stowe State University
Location 3026 Laclede Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63103
Area 1.9 acres (0.77 ha)
Built 1905 (1905)
Architectural style Tudor Revival
Governing body HSSU Board of Regents
NRHP Reference # 04000787[1]
Added to NRHP August 4, 2004

Harris–Stowe State University is a historically black, public university located in midtown St. Louis, in the U.S. state of Missouri. The University is a member-school of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund.


In 1857, St. Louis Public Schools established a normal school for white students; it was subsequently named Harris Teachers College, after William Torrey Harris, a former St. Louis superintendent of schools and United States Commissioner of Education. In 1920, it was authorized to issue a four-year Bachelor of Arts in Education degree.[2]

In 1890, the St. Louis school system established Sumner Normal School to train black teachers. In 1929, its name was changed to Stowe Teachers College, after author Harriet Beecher Stowe, whose Uncle Tom's Cabin had promoted the abolitionist cause in the antebellum United States.[2]

The U.S. Supreme Court's 1954 decision in Brown v. Board of Education mandated integration of public-school systems. In response to this, Harris and Stowe Colleges were merged into one institution, which retained the "Harris Teachers College" name. At the behest of Stowe alumni and other St. Louisans, the name "Stowe" was added, and the school became Harris-Stowe College.[2]

In 1979, the college was added to the state system of public higher education, under the name of Harris-Stowe State College. Its four-year education degree was changed to a Bachelor of Science in Education. It subsequently expanded its programs to offer several new degrees in education, including the B.S. in Urban Education, designed to enable non-teaching urban education personnel to address problems specific to urban schools; and a degree in Business Administration with various professional options.[2]

In 2005, the college attained university status, and was renamed Harris–Stowe State University.[2]

Academics & Accreditation


Harris–Stowe State University comprises three academic units:

  • Anheuser-Busch School of Business awards Bachelor of Science degrees in Accounting, Computer Technoogy, Entrepreneurship, Health Care Management, Business Administration (with an option in Management), Management Information, and Marketing.[3]
  • College of Arts & Sciences programs lead to Bachelor of Sciences degrees in Biology, Criminal Justice, Mathematics, Professional Interdisciplinary Studies, and Urban Affairs.[4]
  • College of Education programs are for a degree of Bachelor of Science and State of Missouri certification in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Middle School Education, or Secondary Education.[5]

All degree programs at Harris-Stowe are dual level, with the first level emphasizing general education studies, and the upper level concentrating on professional studies.[6]


Source: [7]

Harris–Stowe State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

The Anheuser-Busch School of Business receives additional accreditation through the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs and the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education.

The School of Education receives additional accreditation through the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

Student activities

Student organizations

The Office of Student activities sponsors or hosts over thirty activity or special interest clubs, more than a dozen academic clubs and honor societies, several campus affiliate chapters of national organizations, and nearly a dozen Greek organizations (mostly in conjunction with other St. Louis area colleges and universities).[8]


Harris–Stowe State teams are known as the Hornets.[9] The university competes in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) as a member of the American Midwest Conference (AMC).

Harris-Stowe sponsors three men's and four women's teams in NAIA sanctioned sports:

William L. Clay Sr. Early Childhood Development/Parenting Education Center

The William L. Clay Sr. Early Childhood Development/Parenting Education Center is an early childhood child care center that sits on the campus of Harris–Stowe State University. Harris-Stowe invested $11 million into the new facility that is used to train early learning professionals, provide parenting education, and high quality full day care for children. Harris-Stowe was awarded an FY09 Area Resources for Community and Human Services (ARCHS) start-up and expansion grant to assist in the purchase of developmentally appropriate materials for the center's new infant/toddler rooms.[10]

Notable alumni


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places.  
  2. ^ a b c d e "Campus History". Harris-Stowe State University. Retrieved 2013-12-23.
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  9. ^ "Athletics". 
  10. ^ "ARCHS' PRE-K PARTNER SET TO OPEN NEW CENTER". ARCHS. Retrieved 13 September 2011. 

External links

  • Harris–Stowe State University official website
  • Harris–Stowe State University official athletics website

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