Academic Advising and Prestigious Scholarships & Fellowships

The Core Curriculum

When discerning applying for Prestigious Scholarships and Fellowships, be strategic about selecting Core courses. 

All students are required to earn 44 credits within the Core curriculum.   In addition to taking a First-Year Seminar all students are required to enroll in 10 Core courses in 8 Areas of Understanding.  Choose Core classes which will illustrate you have taken an interdisciplinary approach to your undergraduate education. 

Choose Core courses which will demonstrate you have a multi-cultural, cross cultural global understanding with an emphasis on social justice and peacemaking. 

Many Prestigious Scholarships and Fellowships are sponsored by the U. S. Department of State and prepare candidates for work in the Foreign Service.  Here is a list of Core classes which will prepare you for a role as a diplomat, representing the United States conducting research overseas, teaching English as a Second Language, and/or earning a graduate degree abroad:

  • AN 111: Understanding Human Cultures
  • HI 114: Western Civilization I
  • HI: 115: Western Civilization II
  • ART 280: World Architecture
  • EN 171: Classical Mythology: It’s Social Impact – Past, Present & Future.
  • PH 105: Introduction to Philosophy
  • PH 201: History of Western Philosophy I
  • PH 202: History of Western Philosophy II
  • PS 205: Western Political Heritage
  • PS 150: Introduction to Comparative Politics
  • PS 245: International Relations
  • EC 101: Principles of Macroeconomics
  • EC 102: Principles of Microeconomics
  • EN 251: Multicultural Literature (GWR)
  • MU 205: Music of Non –Western Cultures (GWR)
  • HI 101: United States History to 1877
  • HI 102: United States History Since 1877
  • PS 240: Foundations of American Democracy
  • PS 111: American National Government
  • PS 211(PSY 211): Political Psychology (GWR)
  • PS 215: Political Communication (GWR)
  • COM 252: Multicultural Communication
  • SO 101: Discovering Society
  • WGS 105: Sex and Gender in Society
  • HI 235: Citizenship and Conscience (GWR)
  • PH 115: Ethics
  • PH 234: Justice Through the Ages
  • PS 220: The Good, the Free and the Powerful
  • SO 204: Population and Global Issues
  • SW 160: Social Problems & Response of Society
  • ES 117: Climate Change and the Fate of Civilization
  • PH 370: Perspectives in Sustainability (GWR)
  • PCS 265: Nonviolence in America
  • PCS 165: Peace, War, and Nonviolence
  • PCS 160: Conflict Dynamics and Transformation
  • PCS 260: Peacebuilding Themes and Trends
  • IC 204 CE & HUM Artistic Peacebuilding
  • FR 170: Introduction Francophone Literature and Film
  • FR 171: Ethnicity, Identity and Power in the Caribbean: Martinique and St. Johns
  • EN 253: Gaelic and Anglo –Irish Ireland (GWR)
  • HI 111: History of Pre-Modern Asia
  • HI 112: History of Modern Asia
  • JA/ART 240: A History of Japanese Art and Aesthetics
  • EN 103: Literary Culture of the East
  • JA 245: Introduction to Japan Society, Business, Culture (GWR)
  • PCS 170/171 Peace and Conflict Studies in South Africa I & II
  • PS/INT 233: The Arab Spring (GWR)


Academic Minors

From the list posted above, you may have enough Core credits in a concentration from within an academic discipline to earn a minor.  Minors can range anywhere between 16-20 credits. Students may elect to pursue an academic minor in addition to their major. The following minors allow the student to acquire depth of knowledge in an area of secondary interest outside the major which make them very competitive for Prestigious Scholarships and Fellowships:


Modern and Ancient Languages

Students are only required to take one class (4 credits) in a Modern or Ancient Language course to complete the Power of Language - Other Core Area of Understanding (AW).  Students are required to comprehend and/or produce the target language at the appropriate course level for the discipline and/or demonstrate knowledge of corresponding culture(s) at the appropriate course level of the discipline.  To be competitive for a Prestigious Scholarship or Fellowship students should major, double major, or minor in a modern language:

  Bachelor Degree Majors

 Academic Minors


Honors Courses

Honors Students must complete 24 honors credits (typically six 4-credit courses) including First-Year Seminar, Interdisciplinary Seminar, Leadership Theory and Practice, and a Senior Thesis in the student’s major or minor.  Here are Honors required courses which make students competitive for Prestigious Scholarships and Fellowships:

  • HON 205 - HNR Leadership Theory & Personal Narrative
  • HON 201 - HNR Elizabethtown History: Campus and Community (PHS 201)
  • HRE 289 - HNR Communal and Utopian Societies
  • HPS 300 - HNR Gender and the Law (HWG 300)
  • HON 301 - HNR Thesis Preparation
  • HI 400 - Senior Honors Project
  • PS 499 - Senior Thesis
  • AN 400 - Senior Project in Anthropology
  • SO 400 - Senior Project in Sociology
  • ART 400 - Honors in the Discipline
  • BA 400 - Senior Project in Business
  • EC 400 - Senior Project in Economics
  • ED 399 - Thesis Preparation
  • ED 400 - Senior Project in Education
  • COM 498 - Honors in the Discipline I
  • COM 499 - Honors in the Discipline II


Signature Learning Experiences

Students are required to complete at least two of the five Signature Learning Experiences (SLE).
Prestigious Scholarship and Fellowship applications require a student to write a personal statement demonstrating their cross cultural experiences along with relevant academic and teaching experiences; a project proposal serving the local community; a research proposal based on their undergraduate scholarship.

1. These SLE options strengthen your personal narrative:

  • Cross-Cultural Experience

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.

  • Internships, Field Placements, Practicums

A transcribed 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. A field experience or practicum is a learning opportunity that takes place in the field of practice, is embedded in an associated course, and supervised by faculty.


2. These SLE options strengthen your English Teaching Assistant proposal and/or Project grant proposal:

  • Community-Based Learning

Community-Based Learning 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.


3. These SLE options strengthen your research project proposal:

  •  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.).


  • Capstone Course, Project 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.


Campus Centers & Student Leadership

Here is a list of campus centers focusing on a global perspective, social justice mission, cross-cultural and multi-cultural emphasis and programs with student leadership development opportunities:

  • Global Understanding and Peacemaking
  • Global Scholars Program
  • The Office of International Students and Scholars
  • Mosaic House
  • Admissions Diversity Team
  • Community and Civic Engagement
  • Center for Student Involvement
  • Called to Lead
  • High Center
  • Social Enterprise Institute
  • Center for Student Success
  • Writing Tutor
  • Kinesis Peer Academic Advisor
  • First Year Seminar Peer Mentor
  • International Leadership Team Assistant
  • Blue Jay Vic
  • Resident Assistant
  • Student Athlete Mentors