Academic Policy and Program Changes in the Traditional College
Effective Fall 2019, the Department of Communications will offer majors in Journalism, Mass Communications and Public Relations . All programs are comprised of 56 credits. In addition to taking foundation courses in communications fields, Journalism majors will complete courses in visual communications, public speaking, communications law and ethics, and a capstone course, which will require journalism students to complete journalism-related research project. Public Relations majors take several intermediate and advanced level courses in public relations to develop their writing skills, digital media production, and solve PR-related problems. Similarly, Mass Communications majors take several intermediate courses to develop their video and audio skills, digital media experiences, and broadcast news experience.
For more information, please contact the Chair of the Communications Department.
Effective Fall 2019, the Department of Psychology will introduce a Bachelor of Science with a major in Neuroscience . Neuroscience is an interdisciplinary program that prepares students to developing an understanding of the brain at a cellular and behavioral level using knowledge and skills gleaned primarily from the fields of Biology, Psychology, and Chemistry. Students develop statistical and laboratory skills which are applied in a capstone experience in the field. The Neuroscience program prepares students for work in biological and clinical laboratory settings and for graduate work in Neuroscience and related fields including Neurology, Neuropsychology, Psychology, Cognitive Science, and Medicine.
The program will consist of 64 credits with four foundational courses, two methodological courses, four breadth courses in biology, psychology, and cognitive science, as well as advanced courses in neuroscience. Majors will also complete 12 credits of departmentally approved emphasis elective groupings. Lastly, students will be required to complete a capstone is neuroscience.
For more information, please contact the Chair of our Psychology Department.
Effective Fall 2019, the Department of Health and Wellness will introduce a new coaching minor. The Coaching minor at Elizabethtown College will meet a demonstrated need of our students to gain additional knowledge, and credentialing, in preparation for pursuing athletic coaching as an important part of their career path. The minor will consist of 18 credits comprised of five wellness course requirements including an internship as well as ten credit hours of departmentally approved electives.
For more information, please contact Bruce Lynch.
Effective Fall 2019, the Department of Occupational and Therapy will introduce a doctoral program. The Doctorate in Occupational Therapy requires three years or 8 semesters (this includes two summer semesters/ sessions) of graduate academic study, six months of clinical Level II Fieldwork, one Capstone Experience with the requirements listed below. To begin coursework toward he doctorate program in occupational therapy, students must have successfully completed prerequisites including earning a GPA of 2.9 by the end of their junior year and earning a minimum of a C- in all required courses. Students will start to take graduate level courses in the senior year and will officially be registered into the doctorate degree only after completing the fourth year of the occupational therapy program and earning an undergraduate degree in Health Sciences.
For more information on this program, please contact Dr. Tam Humbert
Effective Fall 2019, the Department of Education will introduce an English as a Second Language (ESL) Program Specialist Certification (K-12). The certification program requires 16 credits consisting of 6 courses and 60 hours of fieldwork. This program in combination can be declared by any degree-seeking education major. Please be advised, the certification is not a stand-a-lone program. The certification is awarded by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. The notation on a students transcript requires the successful completion of a bachelors degree at Elizabethtown College.
For more information on this program, please contact Dr. Rachel Finley-Bowman .
Effective Fall 2019, the Department of History will introduce a certificate program in Public Heritage Studies. The certificate requires 10 credits consisting of 6 credits of public heritage coursework along with a four credit internship experience. Please be advised, the certificate is not a stand-a-lone program. The award of the certificate notation on a students transcript requires the successful completion of a bachelors degree at Elizabethtown College.
For more information on this program, please contact Dr. Brian Newsome .
Effective Fall 2018, the Department of Fine and Performing Arts will introduce a Graphics Design Major. The major requires 44 credits.
For more information on this programs, please contact Dr. Pat Ricci, a member of the Fine and Performing Arts Department.
Effective Fall 2018, the Department of Business will introduce two new majors in Finance and Financial Economics. A Finance minor will also be introduced. The Finance and Financial Economics majors (68 credits) will consist of 17 required courses in addition to 8 credits from a departmentally approved elective list. The Finance minor requires 6 courses for a total of 24 credits.
In addition, the department will introduce two new International Business concentrations. The Entrepreneurship and Family Business will consist of BA 380 Entrepreneurship and a choice of two courses from an approved list of electives. The Self-Designed concentration will require an approval process through the department.
For more information on these programs, please contact a member of the Business Department .
Effective Fall 2018, the Sociology and Anthropology Department will reintroduce the Criminal Justice program. The program will require14 courses as well as two electives from a departmentally approved list of elective for a total of 58 credits.
The major combines the college's full-time faculty with professionals in the field to deliver both the knowledge and skills needed to be a qualified law enforcement, corrections, and probation/parole officer, in addition to other occupations in the field such as victims advocate and social services provider. In addition to a common core of courses, students can put together electives in the program, or combine it with majors/minors in other departments to develop expertise in crime scene investigation/forensic science. Majors can also work with the pre-law department to prepare for law school.
Effective Fall 2018, Candidates for certification in Early Childhood Education must complete a major that consists of two key elements. The first element emphasizes critical concepts and ideas important to one’s general education and academic preparation for teaching. The second emphasis stresses a professional core organized in five areas: 1) Early Childhood Development, Cognition and Learning, 2) Subject Matter Pedagogy Content (Pre-kindergarten through Fourth), 3) Assessment, 4) Family and Community Partnerships, and 5) Professionalism. Content requirements are based on national standards for early childhood education as well as Pennsylvania’s curriculum standards. Candidates have the option of completing a concentration in Special Education that leads to special education certification Pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. Candidates who choose this option will receive dual teaching certifications in both Early Childhood and Special Education .
Elizabethtown College offers a combined BS/MS Occupational Therapy program that requires five years of academic study, including one summer, and six months of clinical fieldwork. The program awards both a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences and a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy .
The Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences degree serves as a prerequisite to the Master of Science in Occupational Therapy. Students completing only this course of study are not eligible to become registered occupational therapists, but have academic credentials that qualify them to be employed in health care and community settings.
The Master of Science in Occupational Therapy requires two years or four semesters (this includes one summer semester/ session) of graduate academic study and six months of clinical Level II Fieldwork with the requirements listed below. To begin the master’s program in occupational therapy, students must have successfully completed prerequisites including earning a GPA of 2.9 by the end of their junior year and earning a minimum of a C- in all required courses. Successful completion of the Master of Science in Occupational Therapy affords the student the opportunity to take the National Board of Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) Exam and to become licensed to practice occupational therapy as an individual jurisdiction requires.
If you have specific questions about the new program please contact Dr. Tamara Humbert , Chair of Occupational Therapy.
The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry will be introducing a Chemistry Lab Sciences major. The Chemistry major at Elizabethtown College includes coursework in biology, physics, mathematics and computing. It is an exception preparation for a variety of careers in chemistry. An integral part of this new concentration is an internship at an industrial lab.
If you have specific questions about the program please contact Dr. Gary Hoffman , Chair of Chemistry and Biochemistry.
The Department of Computer Science will offer a Bachelor of Science in Data Sciences . The course curriculum for the Data Science major will start with foundational courses from computer science and mathematics. This foundation will be followed by computer science courses that cover necessary theory and algorithms. Upper level courses will cover retrieval, storage, and visualization of data as well as machine learning and analysis. A capstone course provided opportunity for student to apply their skills to real problems, working with businesses and non-profit entities outside oft he College.
If you have specific questions about the program please contact Dr. Thomas Leap , Chair of Computer Science.
The Department of Engineering will be introducing two new concentrations: Civil and Biomedical . The engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET (http://www.abet.org) and features open-ended team projects every year. This accreditation ensures that our programs meet global standards for graduating students to work worldwide.
The Biomedical concentration prepares students to apply principles of engineering across biomedical applications. The program focuses on the design and testing of medical devices for surgical and clinical applications. Students develop and understanding of biological systems such as balance and motor control through the lens of engineering. Courses include biomechanics, strength of materials, biomaterials, fluid dynamics, control systems, and biomedical device design.
The Civil concentration focuses on developing the skills for designing structures such as bridges, transportation systems, and buildings. Directly shaping society through the design and analysis of safe, reliable and efficient public-infrastructure and private projects are a key focus of this program. Courses include green architectural engineering, strength of materials, civil engineering materials, environmental engineering, structural engineering, and environmental site design.
An Individualized Major at Elizabethtown College allows students to pursue unique disciplinary trajectories by working in close collaboration with faculty from multiple disciplines. Students will select faculty co-advisors from two different disciplines, or a faculty advisor and an advisor from the Academic Advising Office. Proposals are approved by the Dean for Curriculum and Assessment. Students cannot propose a individualized major necessitating certification by an external accrediting body. For program information and proposal requirements, please contact Dr. Brian Newsome .
The Fine and Performing Arts and the Business Departments have created a new interdisciplinary minor in Arts Administration . Business courses provide students with foundations in the areas of management, marketing, and entrepreneurship. The Arts component of the curriculum is designed to allow students to pursue some depth in one discipline or breadth across the disciplines. An online component (MOOC – Massive Open Online Course) is included to allow students an opportunity to individualize their study beyond our curriculum. The Arts Administration minor curriculum requires the completion of 24 credits. There are five parts of the minor: Business courses, Arts courses, an internship, and a capstone course.
For more information about this minor, please contact the Arts Administration Advisor, Dr. Jim Haines .
Effective Fall 2017, the Department of Business will offer a concentration in "Entrepreneurship and Family Business" replacing the previous concentration in "Entrepreneurship". In addition, the department will be offering a new minor in "Family Business & Entrepreneurship".
For more information, please contact a member of the Business Department .
Effective Fall 2017, the Department of Engineering and Physics will offer a concentration in "Environmental Engineering" replacing the previous concentration in "Sustainable Design". In addition, the department will be replacing the Industrial Engineering Management major with an accredited Engineering concentration in "Industrial and Systems Engineering." For more information, please contact a member of the Engineering and Physics Department .
Effective Fall 2017, the Department of Communications will offer a concentration in "Public Relations" replacing the previous concentration in "Corporate Communications". For more information, please contact a member of the Communications Department .
Effective immediately, the College has revised the transfer credit policy to include the acceptance of transfer credits transcribed through DUAL Enrollment .
Elizabethtown College has an agreement for preferred admission to West Virginia University School of Dentistry Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) program following four years (4+4 program) at Elizabethtown College. A student may major in any discipline. Form program information and additional requirements, please contact Dr. Aaron Cecala .
The focus of the Family Business and Entrepreneurship minor is on entrepreneurial family businesses and new ventures and their use of innovation as the main growth engine. The minor develops the skills needed to lead and perform effectively as a member of a family business and to recognize and capitalize on opportunities to launch new ventures. The capabilities learned through the minor are essential for the success of any business regardless of its size and scope. The minor provides students with hands-on skills, with internship and externship opportunities, mentoring and networking opportunities, and attending guest speaker lectures offered by family businesses. The minor is supported by the High Center of Family Business at Elizabethtown College. Students who plan on pursuing a career in a family business or entrepreneurial sector after graduation are particularly encouraged to enroll.
The Family Business and Entrepreneurship minor will consist of 5 course requirements totaling 20 credits. This minor is open to all majors, except Business Administration, International Business, and Accounting . For more information about this minor, please contact the Family Business and Entrepreneurship Advisor.
The interdisciplinary minor in
will serve as an excellent adjunct area of study for
students in any discipline. Data science draws on mathematics/statistics, computer science, and a field of application. The application area can be business, biology, chemistry, political science, etc. The Data Analytics minor will consist of 8 requirements totaling 22 credits.
For more information about this minor, please contact the Data Analytics Advisor.
Effective Fall 2016, Degree Planners ( Sample Planner )will replace departmental, interdisciplinary, and graduate program checksheets. Registration and Records has created a webpage dedicated to the Degree Planner . Degree Planners are located in the upper-right corner of the major, minor or graduate program webpage in the Online Catalog.
Effective Fall 2016, an Early Assurance Program with Penn State University’s College of Medicine's Master of Public Health Program is an opportunity for Elizabethtown College students to gain guaranteed entry during their third undergraduate year into the Master of Public Health Program.
Elizabethtown College is one of only two exclusive colleges that offers an Early Assurance Program with Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine. The Early Assurance Master of Public Health (MPH) program was established to encourage undergraduate students to pursue careers as Public Health Professionals who focus on improvement of population health and reduce health disparities - across Pennsylvania, the nation, and the world - through excellence in education, research, and service. This program gives our students the option for automatic matriculation to The Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine’s MPH program upon completing a Bachelor’s degree, maintaining competitive grade point average, and GRE Test scores as stipulated by The Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine.
For additional program information and admissions requirements, contact Dr. Aaron Cecala.
Effective Fall 2015, if an incoming student places into a modern language course at the 211 level or higher and earns a B- or better, then he or she will receive credit for the previous course in the sequence. The course must be taken before the end of the student’s second year. This policy is not applicable to native speakers who were formally educated in the language through the high school level.
For more information, please contact the Chair of Modern Languages Department.
Effective Fall 2015, Elizabethtown College will offer a new Early Acceptance Program with Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM). LECOM's College of Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association, Bureau of Education Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA). The School of Pharmacy Doctor of Pharmacy degree program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE). The Doctor of Dental Medicine has been granted the accreditation status of "initial accreditation" by the Commission on Dental Accreditation. These agreements provide an excellent opportunity for highly motivated students interested in pursuing a career in medicine, dentistry, or pharmacy.
For more information, please contact the Chair of the Biology Department.
Effective Fall 2015, Elizabethtown College will offer a new interdisciplinary major and minor in Interfaith Leadership Studies. The Interfaith Leadership Studies major consists of 13 courses totaling no fewer than 42 credits. The Interfaith Leadership Studies minor consists of 7 courses totaling no fewer than 22 credits.
For more information, please contact the Chair of Religious Studies.
Effective Fall 2015, Elizabethtown College will offer a Master of Curriculum and Instruction in Peace Education. The program is designed for candidates who are already certified (PK-12) educators seeking graduate study in curriculum and instruction with an emphasis upon peace education, including issues of social justice, student rights, conflict resolution, community capacity, culturally responsive methods, and student/teacher advocacy. The program consists of 10 courses totaling 33 credits.
For more information, please contact the Chair of the Elizabethtown College Education Department.
Effective Fall 2015, the Early Assurance Program with Penn State University’s College of Medicine, Physician Assistant’s Program is an opportunity for Elizabethtown College students to gain guaranteed entry during their third undergraduate year into the Penn State College of Medicine, Physician Assistant’s Program.
Elizabethtown College is one of only two exclusive colleges that offers The Early Assurance Program with Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine’s Physician’s Assistant Program . The program was established to encourage undergraduate students to pursue careers as Physician’s Assistants and to work in areas of primary care. This program gives these students the option for automatic matriculation to The Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine’s Physician’s Assistant Program upon completing a Bachelor’s degree, maintaining competitive grade point average, and GRE Test scores as stipulated by The Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine.
For additional program information and admissions requirements, contact Dr. Debra Wohl.
Effective Fall 2015, Elizabethtown College will offer a Master of Public Policy (M.P.P.). Students enrolled in the program will develop leadership and analytical skills in preparation for careers in public service. Graduates of the MPP program will be eligible for careers in state and local government, nonprofit agencies, think tanks, lobbying firms, NGOs, and in the private sector. This program is a 4 +1 program open only to our currently enrolled undergraduate students.
The Master’s in Public Policy consists of 11 courses totaling no fewer than 48 credits. A minimum 3.0 GPA must be maintained to continue in this program. As part of the application process, students interested in this program will be required to complete both macro and microeconomics before the end of their junior year. During their senior year, accepted students will complete several master’s level courses which count towards their undergraduate degree requirements. An eight credit internship will be completed in the Summer prior to enrolling into any additional upper-level master’s course requirements. For more information on this program, please contact the Chair of our Politics, Philosophy and Legal Studies Department.
Effective Fall 2015, Elizabethtown College will offer a new undergraduate major in Mathematical Business. Students will complete a combination of courses in the departments of Business and Mathematics thus preparing student to enter the business world with uncommon technical skills. The Mathematical Business major consists of minimum of 18 courses totaling 70 credits.
For additional program information and admissions requirements, contact the Chair of our Mathematical and Computer Sciences Department.
The U.S. Department of Education’s new regulations [Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21)(Public Law 112-141)] will impact very few students.
Students are not impacted by this new regulation UNLESS it takes more than six years to complete their undergraduate program requirements.
- The new group "Non-Program Courses" bucket will appear and capture ONLY a course(s) taken by the student where the course does not satisfy a program requirement (major, minor, concentration), Core, or as a free-elective taken towards the 125 credit minimum required for degree completion.
- 5th Year Programs are NOT impacted by this change in regulation. Master’s programs like Occupational Therapy and Special Education are not impacted by the regulation change unless they take more than six years to complete their undergraduate program
An example of a situation where a student may see the new group appear on their grad report.
If a student takes a course as a free-elective counting only towards the 125 credit minimum for degree completion but they do not successfully pass the course. Once the course is letter-graded as an “F”, the new “Non-Program Courses” group will appear on the student’s grad report and the failed course will migrate from “Free-electives” to the “Non-Program Courses” group. Unless the student has takes more than six years to complete their undergraduate program requirements, this could should not impact their financial aid. Any specific questions about the “150% limit” should be directed to Financial Aid.
If the student elects to REPEAT the failed course and he/she successfully completes it - the course will move out of the “Non Program Courses” and back to the “free-electives” group provided the student has not satisfied all program requirements and the 125 credit minimum. The “Non-Program Courses” group will now be removed or hidden from view on the student’s grad report.
Elizabethtown College is committed to engaging its students in real-world learning opportunities that complement classroom learning and provide pathways to productive careers and lives beyond college. All Elizabethtown College students will complete at least two Signature Learning Experiences (SLE) as part of their graduation requirements. In consultation with their academic advisor, students will select at least two of the following five Signature Learning Experiences: supervised research; community-based learning; cross-cultural experiences; internships, field experiences or practicums; and capstone experiences. More information can be found on the “Core and Real World Learning Requirements” form.
Undergraduate research actively engages students in scholarship at an advanced level under the close supervision of a faculty mentor or approved disciplinary expert. Results from the research should be disseminated publicly in a way that is appropriate to the discipline (presentation, in writing, performance, exhibition, prototype development, etc.).
Cross-Cultural Experience or Exchange
Cross-cultural experiences allow students to engage meaningfully with diverse cultures, experiences, and worldviews, by living and studying in a culture different from their own. These experiences can be domestic or abroad and include traditional semester study abroad programs as well as short-term faculty-led programs.
Internship, Field Experience, or Practicum
An academic internship is a form of experiential learning that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skills development in a professional setting that can be transcribed. Field experience is a learning opportunity that takes place in the field of practice, is embedded in an associated course, and supervised by faculty.
Community-Based Learning (CBL) is an instructional strategy that gives students opportunities to apply knowledge and skills from the classroom to analyze and address community problems. In so doing, students achieve a deeper and more integrated understanding of their studies while benefitting the community.
Capstone Course, Projects, or Development Portfolio
Culminating experience near the end of the college career in which students integrate, synthesize and apply what they have learned in the major or program. Capstone experiences can include courses, projects, performances, exhibits, and/or portfolios. Portfolios should include artifacts and narratives, sampled during the college career under faculty review, that demonstrate competencies or learning outcomes in the major or program.