Chatham University

Chatham College for Women

Chatham College for Women preserves the institution’s historic commitment to the education of women since the University’s founding as Pennsylvania Female College in 1869. Chatham College for Women maintains the academic and co-curricular programs for undergraduate women and embodies the traditions and rituals of one of the nation’s oldest colleges for women.

The undergraduate curriculum, combined with the Senior Tutorial, an original research project guided one-on-one with a Chatham professor, provides an excellent foundation to continue to graduate and professional schools. Chatham College for Women offers strong preparation for law school, medical school, and science-based graduate programs as well as the University’s own graduate degree programs. 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. All first-year students receive HP tablet computers which are integrated into coursework, with access to a wireless campus network.

Social consciousness, awareness and understanding of the environment, interest in public service, a strong grounding in the sciences and liberal arts, and the ability to communicate effectively are characteristics that Chatham undergraduates share.

Undergraduate Majors & Minors

Integrated Degree Program

Chatham students have the opportunity to earn a bachelor's degree in the major of their choice along with a master's degree in as little as five years. Qualified students may pursue a graduate program at Chatham University or through the H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University. The Integrated Degree Program requires a demanding undergraduate load for three years, followed by full-time graduate studies. Incoming students should contact Admissions or consult their advisors as early as possible in their undergraduate studies for guidance in developing an appropriate undergraduate course of study. click for more ifnromation.

Self-designed Majors/Minors

Self-Designed Program brochure

At Chatham College for Women, each student can personalize her curriculum by self-designing a major or minor in consultation with her faculty advisors. The major or minor may be built around a single topic, possibly in disciplines not usually considered related.

The self-designed major must be approved by a committee of three full-time faculty members from the disciplines most closely related to the proposed major. One faculty member on the committee serves as the student's academic advisor. The proposal for a self-designed major that must include, but is not limited to, a statement of educational goals and a detailed plan of study including all courses that would apply to the major. The plan of study must adhere to the following guidelines: (1) the major consists of no fewer than 12 courses, including the two courses of tutorial; (2) no more than one independent study and one internship can be applied toward the major; (3) seven of the 12 courses must be at the 200-level or above. When the proposal has been approved, copies of the student's proposal, signed by the members of her committee, is submitted to the Registrar's office. Any changes to the plan must be approved by the committee.

The self-designed minor consists of a minimum of five courses in an area of study for which a program minor does not exist. The student prepares a proposal for her minor that includes a title, a statement of her educational goals, and a list of courses that will be included in the minor. The proposal must be submitted to a faculty member associated with the discipline most closely related to the proposed minor. When the proposal has been approved, a copy of the student's proposal, signed by the advisor, is submitted to the Registrar's office. Any changes to the plan must be approved by the advisor. No more than two courses may be double counted toward a self-designed minor and a major.