May 25, 2024  
2022-2023 Graduate Bulletin 
2022-2023 Graduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

About Austin Peay State University

APSU Today

Austin Peay State University is one of the fastest growing universities in Tennessee that offers high quality undergraduate and graduate programs to a student body of varied ethnicities, ages, and interests. As of April 2017, APSU has a governing Board of Trustees. All public higher education in the state is coordinated by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC). The University’s urban campus is located in Clarksville, Tennessee, the state’s fifth largest city, just 50 miles from Nashville, the state capitol. Austin Peay State University also has multiple off-campus instructional sites including the Fort Campbell military installation site. While the majority of students live in the northwest and middle areas of Tennessee and in southern Kentucky, a number of students attend from throughout the state and the nation. APSU’s vision is to create a collaborative, integrative learning community, instilling in students habits of critical inquiry as they gain knowledge, skills and values for life and work in a global society.

As one of the state’s most diverse public universities, APSU has much to offer through quality programs, convenient locations and excellent technology-supported facilities. To meet the needs of today’s students, APSU offers day, evening and weekend classes on its Clarksville campus, as well as the Fort Campbell campus. In addition, online classes have become increasingly popular as students seek more options for scheduling classes. Therefore, both traditional and non-traditional students will find that APSU offers programs that match their interests and class scheduling that suits their lifestyle.

APSU supports the goal of a quality learning environment that encourages men and women to equip themselves to use their abilities productively and wisely. Leading the efforts of a committed faculty and staff in fulfilling this mission is President Alisa White, the tenth president since Austin Peay opened it doors in 1927 as a normal school for preparing teachers. The school is named in honor of Gov. Austin Peay of Clarksville, who was serving his third term of office when the school was established.

Off-Campus Instructional Site Information

The information below explains programs and locations where students are eligible to earn at least 50% of a degree. While many of these instructional sites are Dual Enrollment sites where high school students participate in completing general education requirements, other sites are available to all students.

By allowing our students to complete coursework at these locations, it opens yet another avenue for APSU to reach out to the community and students in a format which may allow students easier access to needed courses.

Off-Campus Instructional Sites

Austin Peay State University offers courses at multiple locations and in multiple formats to all for ease of educational access to all who seek a higher education credential. The below listing identifies locations and services available for those locations students may earn 50% or greater of a credential. 

  • The Austin Peay Center at Fort Campbell
  • Bibb-White Bluff Civic Center
  • Cheatham Central High School
  • Clarksville Academy
  • Clarksville High School
  • Creek Wood High School
  • East Hickman County High School
  • Fairview High School
  • Hickman County High School
  • Highland Crest 
  • Montgomery Central High School
  • Northeast High School
  • Rossview High School
  • Soto Cano Air Base
  • Stewart County High School
  • Sycamore High School
  • West Creek High School
  • Workforce Essentials Cheatham County

In addition to the locations above, some courses are also taught at locations where students earn less than 50% of a credential.  In accordance with the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017, Section 107, the additional locations are listed below.

  • Clarksville Regional Airport
  • APSU Farm and Environmental Education Center
  • Dickson County High School
  • Fin Del Gran Rosario SF Argentina
  • Kenwood High School
  • Northwest High School
  • Pellissippi State Community College
  • South Haven
  • Springfield Middle School
  • Washington Center

Institutional Mission


Austin Peay State University is a mission-driven, community-minded institution that provides transformational experiences through innovative, creative, and scholarly activities. We welcome and inspire an inclusive community of learners to make a positive impact regionally and globally.



We will be the region’s university of choice for those seeking to improve their lives. We will achieve this vision through student-centered teaching, unique developmental opportunities, and our focus on innovative research and public service.



We are a collaborative community that values personal growth and life-long engagement through the promotion of integrity and academic excellence.

  • Academic Excellence by providing meaningful and practical learning opportunities with highly qualified and dedicated faculty and  staff. 
  • Integrity by maintaining an honest, fair, and credible environment. 
  • Community by fostering learning in an environment where all are welcomed and valued.
  • Personal Growth by providing the knowledge, tools, and resources for all Governors to reach their full potential.
  • Life-Long Engagement by providing services,programs,and experiences that promote loyalty, pride, and mutual support.
  • Collaboration by enriching our local, regional, and global communities through value-added programs, strategic partnerships, and meaningful service.



The Felix G. Woodward Library


The Felix G. Woodward Library offers a print collection of more than 330,000 volumes, 668,000 microforms, and an electronic collection that includes 300 online databases, more than 63,000 full-text periodicals, 400,000 e-books, 7,400 audiovisual items, and ASPIRE, the university’s online institutional repository. The Library also provides special collections such as the Veterans’ Oral History Project, Clarksville Photographs, Dorothy Dix Collection, back issues of The All State student newspaper, and APSU Yearbooks. Online resources may be accessed from campus computer labs, mobile devices, off-campus locations, 108 computer workstations located in the library’s information commons, and 30 laptops for use within the library. Interlibrary loan is available at no charge to APSU students, faculty, and staff. Librarians provide instruction in the use of the library and its resources, and offer research assistance and consultations in-person and via online chat, email, phone, and text messaging.

The University’s Chairs of Excellence


This includes the Roy Acuff Chair in the Creative Arts, APSU Foundation Chair in Free Enterprise, Harper-Bourne Chair in Business, and Lenora C. Reuther Chair in Nursing.

The Center of Excellence for Field Biology

College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
Phone: (931) 221-7019

To identify, study and preserve biodiversity.

The Center of Excellence for Field Biology at Austin Peay State University brings together scholars from various biological disciplines to conduct research on biotic communities in Tennessee-Kentucky and adjacent eco-regions including experimental ecology, general ecological theory, definition of biodiversity, evolution and systematics, applied biological science, and community outreach through focused and regional environmental education programs; field-based observations and methodologies are an integral component of these research endeavors.

The Center provides research assistantships to undergraduate and graduate students that provides them with hands-on experience in various areas of field biology under the mentorship of practicing scholars. For more information visit our website at

The Honors Program


This program is under the supervision of the College of Arts and Letters, provides individualized studies designed to challenge students and provides opportunities for creative exploration and intellectual development.

Art Galleries and Information

To learn more about the following, visit or call 931-221-7333.  

The New Gallery is Austin Peay State University’s contemporary art gallery operated by the Department of Art + Design. Located in the Art + Design building, the New Gallery features 6 professional exhibitions each year with corresponding guest artist lectures, gallery talks, and other programming. The New Gallery, and all corresponding programming, is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday from 9 a.m to 4 p.m. Curator-guided tours of exhibitions are available by request.

The Barbara Beach Student Gallery is located in the Art + Design building and hosts senior exhibits featuring works by graduating art majors. Hours vary with each exhibit.

The Living Gallery is a communal studio space that accommodates ten dedicated student studios for Art + Design majors. It’s a space where selected students can share ideas and visitors can see our students at work.

The Jenkins Gallery, located in the Morgan University Center, showcases the Ned and Jacqueline Crouch Folk Art Collection.

The CECA Visiting Artist Speaker Series, sponsored by CECA, brings as many as 8 top artists, designers, curators, and thinkers to Austin Peay State University and the Clarksville community each year.

The University Art Collection is comprised of approximately 3000 pieces of very diverse art objects: paintings, photographs, prints, sculptures, drawings and historical objects. The permanent collection can be viewed throughout campus and includes the Trahern Edmondson Sculptures, the Ned and Jacqueline Crouch Folk Art Collection, and the Robertson Photography Collection.

Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts

College of Arts and Letters
Location: Harned Hall, 128
Phone: (931) 221-7876

The Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts (CECA or “seek-ah”) offers students, faculty, and the Clarksville community unique experiences in music, theatre, dance, creative writing, and visual arts. Whether you are a participant or an audience member, there are over 100 arts events to choose from each year presented by nationally and internationally-acclaimed guest artists. CECA is symbolic of the University’s commitment to the enrichment of life, which can be realized through an understanding and appreciation of the arts. Most events are free and open to the public.

Established in 1985, CECA is the only program of its kind in the state, offering students rare opportunities to learn from as many as 75 esteemed guest artists from around the world each year in the preparation and study of the arts. CECA’s programs emphasize collaboration between visiting artists and university students, resulting in the highest possible standards of artistic achievement.

CECA coordinates with the departments of Art + Design, Creative Writing, Music, and Theatre & Dance to support the creation of new works and to present works musical productions, recitals, concerts, theatre performances, literary readings, and visual arts exhibitions. Curricular activities sponsored by CECA include classes, lectures, workshops, seminars, master classes, public school outreach, and symposia focusing on the various arts disciplines and interdisciplinary nature of the arts for undergraduates, graduate students, and members of the community. CECA also manages the Roy Acuff Chair of Excellence, which brings exceptionally high-level authors, musicians, artists, actors, and teachers to campus to work with students and the community in a dynamic atmosphere of unrestricted experimentation. CECA also funds undergraduate and graduate scholarships for students in the creative arts.

CECA also took over the management of APSU’s Community School of the Arts (CSA) in 2017. The CSA offers a variety of arts classes for children and adults, from beginning to advanced levels, in the areas of dance, theatre, music, creative writing, and visual art, serving over 300 students per year.

The Division of Student Affairs

The mission of the Division of Student Affairs at Austin Peay State University is to promote student success and personal and professional development through collaborative, holistic, inclusive experiences and environments.  The vision of Student Affairs is to create an individualized student-focused path for success through active engagement.  We set the standard for Student Affairs through excellence, honor and compassion.  We drive optimum utilization of resources through intentional engagement with students and the community.

The Division of Student Affairs is represented in its mission by the following departments: Assessment; Career Services; Child Learning Center; Student Counseling and Health Services; Dean of Students; Student Conduct/Case Management; Disability Services; Fraternity and Sorority Affairs; Housing, Residence Life, and Dining Services; University Recreation; Student Life and Engagement; Student Publications; Center for Service Learning and Community Engagement; African American Cultural Center; Hispanic Cultural Center; Adult and Nontraditional Student Center; Military Student Center and VetSuccess on Campus. Each of these departments incorporates human and student development philosophies in their programs and services.