Academic Policy and Program Changes
The vision of the Elizabethtown College Physician Assistant Program is to provide an innovative and supportive environment which elevates the standard of PA education through the utilization of an evidence based curriculum that is continuously assessed and adapted to address emerging challenges in healthcare, while fostering a collegial environment amongst students and faculty. The mission of the Elizabethtown College Physician Assistant Program is to educate and matriculate motivated students who will provide high quality healthcare as skilled Physician Assistants. Through a transformative educational experience and evidence based curriculum that emphasizes purposeful work, cultivates personal strengths, and develops a passion for lifelong learning, students will be prepared to Educate for Service. Upon graduation, our students will provide individualized healthcare to diverse patient populations while simultaneously working as a member of an interdisciplinary care team.
For more information, please contact Dr. Lynn Eckrote
Mechatronics is a combination of mechanical, electrical, and computer engineering. Each concentration in our ABET-accredited General Engineering degree comprises 6 upper-level engineering courses and 1 upper-level math course (for all but Industrial and Systems, that math course is MA 321 Differential Equations). The Mechatronics concentration consists of: EGR 311 Electronics; EGR 332 Digital Design I; EGR 410 Control Systems; EGR 434 Green Robotics; EGR 463 Analytical Mechanics and Vibrations; CS 122 Computer Science II; and MA 321 Differential Equations.
For more information, please contact Dr. Sara Atwood
Effective Fall 2020, with the College's plan to introduce our Physician Assistant Specialist Graduate Program, the Early Assurance Program with Penn State University’s College of Medicine's Master of Public Health Program is being discontinued immediately.
Effective Fall 2020, the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry will no longer offer a concentration in Forensic Science.
English as a Second Language (ESL) Program Specialist Certification (K-12)
The Post-Baccalaureate ESL Program Specialist K-12 Certificate is designed for in-service candidates seeking further understanding of pedagogy, resources, methods, and curriculum designed to allow English Learners access to equitable educational opportunities. The program is a combination of coursework and field experiences that will reveal the importance of language and culture in the education of English Learners. It affords students the advantages of a unique and practical curricular focus in curriculum and instruction supported by a constructivist course sequence that promotes individualized assessments, real application to current classroom practice, and applied research relevant to grade bands across the PK-12 continuum. The certification is awarded by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
For more information on this program, please contact Dr. Rachel Finley-Bowman .
Integrated STEM Education Endorsement
The Integrated Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics (STEM) Education Endorsement is designed for in-service candidates seeking further understanding of pedagogy, resources, methods, and curriculum designed to provide students with integrated STEM learning opportunities. The program is a combination of coursework and field experiences that will afford teachers professional development in the following areas related to STEM education: content, skills and abilities, instructional practices, and assessment. It affords students the advantages of a unique and practical curricular focus in curriculum and instruction supported by a constructivist course sequence that promotes individualized assessments, real application to current classroom practice, and applied research relevant to grade bands across the PK-12 continuum.
For more information on this program, please contact Dr. Rachel Finley-Bowman .
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.
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.