Academic Policy and Program Changes

2018-2019

B.S./M.S. Occupational Therapy 3+2 Program

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.

Chemistry & Biochemistry Department introduces new concentration in Lab Sciences

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry will be introducing a new concentration in Lab Sciences.  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.

New Bachelor of Science in Data Science

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.

Engineering and Physics Department introduces Civil and Biomedical concentrations

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.

If you have specific questions about the program please contact Dr. Sara Atwood , Chair of Engineering and Physics, or Dr. Kurt DeGoede , Professor of Engineering and Physics.

2017-2018

New Individualized Major Program

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 .

New Arts Administration Minor

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 .

New Business Administration Concentration and Minor

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 .

New Engineering Program Changes

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 .

Communications Department renames concentration

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 .

Transfer Credit Policy

Effective immediately, the College has revised the transfer credit policy to include the acceptance of transfer credits transcribed through DUAL Enrollment .  

NEW Joint Degree Program

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 .

2016-2017

New Family Business and Entrepreneurship Minor

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.

New Data Analytics Minor

The interdisciplinary minor in Data Analytics 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.

Degree Planners replace Checksheets

Effective Fall 2016, Degree Planners ( Sample Planner PDF ICON )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

New Early Assurance Program with Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine's Master of Public Health (MPH) Program

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.

2015-2016

Modern Language Incentive Program

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.

New Early Acceptance Program with Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM)

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

New Interdisciplinary Program in Interfaith Leadership Studies (B.A.)

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.

New Master of Curriculum and Instruction in Peace Education (M.Ed.)

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.

New Early Assurance Program with Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine's Physician's Assistant Program

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.

New Master of Public Policy (M.P.P.)

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.

New Mathematical Business Major (B.S.)

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.

2014-2015

How will the U.S. Department of Education's “150% limit” impact the degree audit (aka grad report)?

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.

Signature Learning Definitions

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.

  • Supervised Research
    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
    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.