For the former Morris College in India, see Vasantrao Naik Government Institute of Arts and Social Sciences.
Morris College
Motto"Intrare Libris, Dispartire Servire"
Motto in English"Enter to Learn, Depart to Serve"
TypePrivate, HBCU
Religious affiliationBaptist Educational and Missionary Convention of South Carolina
Endowment$10 million
PresidentDr. Luns C. Richardson
Academic staff50
LocationSumter, South Carolina,
United States
Campus33 acres (13.4 ha), 24 buildings
ColorsBlue and Gold
AthleticsNAIA Division I
AffiliationsAssociation of Independent Institutions (AII)
"South Carolina's Best Kept Secret"

Morris College (MC), located in Sumter, South Carolina, is a four-year, coeducational, liberal arts, private, historically black college founded and operated by the Baptist Educational and Missionary Convention of South Carolina.

History Edit

Morris College was founded in 1908, initially as a grade school, high school, and college. The college is named after the Reverend Frank Morris because of his outstanding leadership throughout the African American community of South Carolina. The college's first president was Dr. Edward M. Brawley (1908-1912). Morris College awarded its first bachelor's degree in 1915 under the administration of college president Dr. John Jacob Stark.

Academics Edit

Morris College offers bachelor's degrees in 20 areas of study. The college is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award four different types of bachelor's degrees: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Science, and Bachelor of Science in Education.

To effectively accomplish the purpose and philosophy of Morris College, its academic programs are organized into six academic divisions which oversee their respective departments.

Division of General Studies Edit

  • The Division of General Studies allows students to establish and develop a solid academic foundation before entering their major fields.
  • Honors Program

Division of Business Administration Edit

  • Business Administration
  • Organizational Management MCMI Program

Division of Education Edit

  • Early Childhood Education
  • Elementary Education
  • Secondary Education

Division of Religion and Humanities Edit

  • Mass Communications
  • Pastoral Ministry
  • Christian Education
  • English
  • Liberal Studies
  • English/Secondary Education

Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics Edit

  • Biology
  • Biology/Secondary Education
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematics/Secondary Education

Division of Social Sciences Edit

  • Criminal Justice
  • History
  • Political Science
  • Sociology
  • Social Studies/Secondary Education.


Morris College teams, nicknamed athletically as the Hornets, are part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), primarily competing as an Independent of the Association of Independent Institutions (AII). Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, tennis and track & field; while women's sports include basketball, cross country, softball, tennis, track & field and volleyball.

Notable AlumniEdit

Name Class year Notability References
J. David Weeks 1975 politician, Member of the South Carolina House of Representatives from the 51st district. He also serves on the Judiciary Committee and is chair of the Legislative Black Caucus.
Laura Hall 1965 politician, Member of the Alabama House of Representatives from the 19th district [1]
Jerry Moore 1963 participated in Freedom Rides
Herman Harris 1963 participated in Freedom Rides
Mae Francis Moultrie 1961 participated in Freedom Rides
James T. McCain Civil Rights activist, local president of CORE, participated in Freedom Rides
Dr. Leroy Bowman 1940 one of the original legendary Tuskegee Airmen of World War II

See also Edit


External links Edit

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