Chatham University

Bachelor Degree Overview

Undergraduate Studies

Chathams undergraduate programs prepare students to excel in their professions and be engaged, environmentally responsible, globally conscious, life-long learners, and citizen leaders for democracy.

The curriculum is designed to develop students with:
  • A strong grounding in the sciences and liberal arts;
  • The ability to communicate effectively;
  • Social consciousness;
  • Awareness and understanding of the environment;
  • Interest in public service;
  • Understanding of and appreciation for international dynamics and cultural differences.

During the undergraduate program of study, students' personal, professional, and leadership skills are developed to their fullest potential through internships, study abroad, service-learning and leadership training opportunities, and personal development seminars. The curriculum, delivered through coursework and a wide variety of academic experiences, as well as the co-curriculum delivered through programming through student life, athletics, and on-campus work experiences, contribute to an integrated and holistic learning experience.

Chatham Undergraduate College offers strong preparation for law school, medical school, and science-based graduate programs as well as the other graduate degree programs. Integrated degree programs allow students to enter the Chatham Undergraduate College and continue through to completion of a graduate degree through the Schools of the University. Chatham University welcomes international students from many areas of the world who enrich the experience for all. The University also welcomes transfer students from other institutions who decide to make Chatham their academic home.

Based on its unique heritage and the strengths and commitment of the Faculty and Staff, a Chatham education is supported by the institutional mission. These attributes are woven throughout the curriculum and are championed by our centers and institutes.

Bachelor's Degree Requirements

The Bachelor's degree at Chatham may be earned by fulfilling the following requirements:

Integrative Capstone: This course, undertaken by the student during the senior year, is an extended project that helps the student complete their transition from an undergraduate student to a world-ready professional. The study usually centers on the student's major and may be conducted, at least in part, in the context of a group experience. Such programs are crafted to meet the unique needs of each major, and could include, for example, fieldwork, theatre production, creative work in the arts, independent research, or independent readings. The integrative capstone in an interdisciplinary major must have the approval of both academic programs. The Integrative Capstone Manual, which discusses in-depth requirements, deadlines, and guidelines, is available on the Academic Affairs, Documents and Forms section of MyChatham. Each senior should have an individual copy of the manual readily available for their perusal.

Maymester or Study Abroad: Each May, faculty offer small classes of students innovative, interdisciplinary and experiential courses. These courses provide opportunities for students to explore areas of interest and focus on one topic for the three-week period. Before graduating, each student will have engaged in Maymester courses that provide intensive and highly-engaging learning experiences on campus and in experiential settings off campus.

Chatham Plan Professional Edge: Students explore professional careers related to their major or the preparations needed for graduate school. These seven credits include Professional Development Skills, Job Skills, Professional Development, and an internship as designated by the major. Transfer students who are exempted from SDE 101 (1 credit) must still complete the final six credits of the Chatham Plan Professional Edge. Three-credit graded internships, with a grade of C or better, may be considered for transfer credit. Internships graded on a pass-fail basis may be accepted after additional review. Under almost all circumstances, students will complete the 3-credits of Chatham Plan coursework at Chatham.

Communicating Across the Curriculum: Each student must complete 6 credits of writing-intensive coursework in their major. These courses feature a discussion of writing concurrent with its regular practice through coursework. Oral communication and informational literacy skills are embedded in each major. Ethics is also taught in communicating across the curriculum courses (information literacy) and in major courses.

Second Degree
Students who have already earned a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution of higher education may complete a second bachelor's degree at Chatham by fulfilling the following requirements: