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public, coeducational institution of higher learning in Houston, Texas, U.S. A historically black university, it continues to have an enrollment that is predominantly African American. It grants undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees within colleges of liberal arts and behavioral sciences, science and technology, education, and pharmacy and health sciences; the Graduate School; the Jesse H. Jones School of Business; and the Thurgood Marshall School of Law. The Robert James Terry Library houses the Heartman Collection of African American history as well as the archives of alumna Barbara C. Jordan, U.S. congresswoman in 1972-78. Research is conducted at the Center for Excellence in Urban Education, the Research Centers in Minority Institutions, and the Mickey Leland Center on World Hunger and Peace. In 1973 the university redefined its mission to include an emphasis on urban issues. Total enrollment is approximately 7,000 students.