Chatham University

2016-2017 Chatham University Course Catalog

+Our Mission

Chatham University prepares women and men to be world ready: to build lives of purpose and value and fulfilling work. In addition to appropriate professional skills and liberal arts learning, Chatham believes that world readiness means being an informed and engaged citizen in one's communities; recognizing and respecting diversity of culture, identity and opinion; and living sustainably on the planet.


Chatham University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, 267-284-5000.

Chatham University is authorized by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) to confer degrees. The Department of Education can be reached by writing to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Education Office of Postsecondary and Higher Education, 333 Market Street, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17126, or by telephone at 1-717-783-6788. Additional information regarding the PDE complaint process can be found on the PDE website.

Specific Programs are accredited by the following agencies:

The teacher education program is recognized and approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

+Chatham University Seal

The seal is a symbolic representation of the ideals to which the University is dedicated. Chatham was founded in 1869 as a women's institution of higher learning, a purpose denoted by the ancient lamp of learning.

The Latin motto of Chatham College for Women dates from the occasion of the laying of the cornerstone of the first new College building in 1871. It is taken from Psalm 144, verse 12, of a 1579 Latin translation of the Hebrew Bible by Franciscus Junius and Immanuel Tremellius. It expresses the founders' hopes of providing service to society and is freely translated in the King James Version of the Bible as "may our daughters be as cornerstones."

The acorns and the shield with its "fesse chequy" and Byzantine coins are taken unchanged from the crest of the Earl of Chatham and are a constant reminder of William Pitt's concern for the freedom of the individual.

+Non Discrimination

Chatham University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected status in its educational programs and policies, co-curricular activities, scholarship and loan programs, or employment practices. Inquiries may be directed to Chatham University, Director of Human Resources, Woodland Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15232, 412-365-1847.

+Title II

Title II of the Student Right to Know and Campus Security Act of 1990 and the Pennsylvania Act 73 of 1998 require that information regarding college graduation/completion rates and campus crime statistics be available to current and prospective students. Inquiries may be directed to Chatham University, Director of Institutional Research, Pittsburgh, PA 15232, 412-365-1292.


As of our date of publication, our catalog is true and correct in content and policy, but the provisions of it are not to be regarded as an irrevocable contract between the students and Chatham University. Since University curricula, programs, and policies cannot be static in a changing environment, the information in this catalog is subject to change by the University at any time. For educational and financial reasons, the University reserves the right to change any of the provisions, statements, policies, curricula, procedures, regulations or fees found in this catalog. Changes will become effective whenever the proper authorities so determine and will apply to both prospective students and those already enrolled. As a result, students, applicants, and other users of this catalog should consult with appropriate University offices to verify the current text or status of policies, programs, descriptions of curricula, or other information in this catalog.