Academic Program Options
In addition to general education courses and electives that provide a foundation of skills, knowledge, and experiences, all undergraduate students are required to select a major (a program of courses providing an in-depth experience in an academic area). At their option, a student may pursue one or more minors. Other opportunities for concentrated study at both the undergraduate and post-baccalaureate levels include teacher certification and certificates.
Each program determines the requirements for its major. At least 50% of the credits toward the major must be completed at Chatham and a grade of C- or higher must be earned in all major courses. A student must earn a G.P.A. of 2.0 or above within their major. Some programs may impose a higher minimum G.P.A. per licensure and accreditation requirements.
Students may declare a major consistent with their catalog year and change to an academic advisor within that major at any point after admission. They must declare a major before the registration period at the end of their sophomore year. While students are free to change majors as they desire, repeated changes may delay graduation. The longer a student goes undeclared may cause financial aid eligibility issues. Students should consult with financial aid for more information concerning declaring a major.
A major may be pursued through concentrated study in two related programs. Such a major consists of a minimum of eight courses in each of the two programs, exclusive of the integrated senior capstone. Individual programs require specific courses in fulfillment of the requirements. The capstone must integrate the subject matter of the two programs. Such a major must be approved by both programs and supported by a full-time faculty member who has agreed to advise the student and direct their program, particularly in the interrelations of the subjects to be studied. At least 50% of the credits toward the major must be completed at Chatham. A student must earn a G.P.A. of 2.0 or above within their major. Courses within the major with a recorded grade below C- must be repeated.
Students may select any two of the following interdisciplinary options: Biology, Business Accounting, Business Economics, Business Management, Business Marketing, Cultural Studies, English, History, International Business, Mathematics, Music, Political Science, and Psychology. Students wishing to do an interdisciplinary major in two business disciplines must follow the guidelines provided in this catalog under the Department of Business and Entrepreneurship.
A major program also may be pursued through concentrated study of two or more disciplines bearing on a single concern, possibly in disciplines not usually considered related. The major may be built around a single topic. The self-designed major proposal must be submitted to and approved by a committee of three full-time faculty members in the disciplines most closely related to the proposed major; one member of this committee will serve as the student’s academic advisor. The student prepares a proposal for her major that must include, but is not limited to, a statement of educational goals, identification of learning outcomes, 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 11 courses, including the integrated senior capstone (2) seven of the 11 courses must be at the 200- level or above; (3) at least two full-time semesters of academic work must be completed following the application and approval of the major. When the proposal has been approved, copies of the student’s proposal, signed by the members of her committee, are placed in the student’s permanent academic record and advising file. Any changes to the plan must be approved by the committee and updated in the student’s permanent academic record. At least 50% of the credits toward the self-designed major must be completed at Chatham and a grade of C- or higher must be earned in all major courses completed after spring 2011. A student must earn a G.P.A. of 2.0 or above within their major.
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, identification of learning outcomes and a list of courses that will be included in the minor. Internships and independent studies may be included in the requirements for the minor. The selfdesigned minor proposal must be submitted to and approved by a full-time faculty member in the discipline most closely related to the proposed minor; responsibility for monitoring of the minor rests with this faculty member. No more than two courses may be double counted toward a self-designed minor and a major. At least 50% of the credits toward the self-designed minor must be taken at Chatham and a grade of C- or higher must be earned in all minor courses completed after spring 2011. 
A student may earn a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Interior Architecture, Bachelor of Science, or Bachelor of Social Work degree with a double major by fulfilling the major course requirements of two majors, the general education requirements of the primary School, and one integrated senior capstone, with a maximum of eight credits that may fulfill degree requirements for both majors. If the two majors are for different degrees, then the student must choose between the B.A., B.F.A., B.I.A, B.S. or B.S.W. degrees. A single senior capstone must integrate the subject matter of the two programs. Double majors must be approved by both programs and must be supported by a faculty member who has agreed to advise the student and direct his/her program, particularly in the interrelation of the subjects to be studied. At least 50% of the credits toward each major must be completed at Chatham and a grade of C- or higher must be earned in all major courses completed after spring 2011. A student must earn a G.P.A. of 2.0 or above within each major.
Chatham University offers the following degrees: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Interior Architecture, Bachelor of Science, or Bachelor of Social Work. A student may earn two Chatham degrees concurrently by completing all the degree requirements specified by the School along with all the requirements for a second major, including a second senior capstone, with no courses fulfilling requirements for both degrees. A student must take an additional 45 credits, for a total of 165 credits. At least 50% of the credits toward the second major must be completed at Chatham and a grade of C- or higher must be earned in all major courses completed after spring 2011. A student must earn a G.P.A. of 2.0 or above within each major.
Such a minor consists of a minimum of five courses as designated by the program or department. No more than two courses may be double counted toward a minor and a major. Internships and independent studies may be a part of the requirements. There are no capstone requirements for the minor. At least 50% of the credits toward the program minor must be taken at Chatham and a grade of C- or higher must be earned in all minor courses completed after spring. A student must earn a G.P.A. of 2.0 or above within the minor.
+Integrated Degree Program
Well-qualified Chatham students have the opportunity to earn a bachelor’s degree along with a related master’s degree at Chatham University in as little as five years. Please see the Integrated Degree Program in admission’s section of the catalog for the specific requirements.
+Three-Year Undergraduate Program in Interior Architecture
Chatham’s three-year Bachelors of Interior Architecture degree prepares students for a career in interior design. Please see the Three-Year Undergraduate Program in Interior Architecture in admission’s section of the catalog for the specific requirements.
+Chatham Scholars Program
Chatham Scholars is designed to provide a program of academic enrichment. Students will take two designated First-Year Scholars courses and a 1-credit Dialogues course in their first year, and then choose two 3-credit, value-added, seminar courses during their sophomore and junior years. Designated disciplinary seminars under the rubrics of Dialogues, Intellectual Traditions, and Faculty Seminars are designed to challenge and engage students with exceptional academic and leadership potential. These additional credits will be thematic in focus, will be modeled on a seminar format, and will offer inquiry on topics of special interest. Students who satisfy the Scholars’ course requirements and maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA will receive recognition that they have completed Chatham Scholars on their university transcript.
+The Gateway Program
The Chatham University Gateway Program is designed to provide academic enrichment and intellectual growth to adult learners. Gateway students are offered the opportunity for assessment of prior learning which can be used to save time and money in the pursuit of their educational goals. SDE 136– Wellness for Gateway Students, is specifically designed for Chatham’s adult learners to foster intellectual, financial, physical and social wellness as they become acclimated to Chatham University’s academic and co-curricular offerings.
Summer classes at Chatham University are open to students matriculating at Chatham or at other institutions of higher education, students entering college, non-degree seeking students, and accelerated high school students. Courses are typically available online.
Chatham students can also petition the appropriate academic dean for permission to register for courses at another accredited institution during the summer. Students should complete a "Study at Another Institution Application" form available in the University Registrar’s Office. If approved, students may register for courses at another accredited institution and pay that institution’s tuition charges. After final grades are awarded, the student must submit to the University Registrar an official transcript showing the course and final grade. After review, credits for approved courses will transfer to Chatham, but the grades will not.
Chatham prepares undergraduate and graduate students for certification in five areas: early elementary (N-4), secondary (7-12), art (K-12), and environmental (K-12). In addition, certification in special education (K-12) is available at the graduate level through the Master of Arts in Teaching. Certification in music (K-12) is available through Carnegie Mellon University. The curriculum for each area of certification is designed specifically to prepare the student to be successful at the appropriate level.As part of the coursework for each undergraduate education class, a student is required to complete a field placement, spending two-and-one-half to three hours per week, for approximately 12 weeks, in actual classroom settings to observe or demonstrate the techniques covered in the Chatham class. In addition to field placements, the student is required to complete a student teaching assignment at the appropriate level under the supervision of a master teacher and a Chatham faculty member. Student teaching is a 14-week assignment. The time spent in student teaching affords on-the-job experience to practice and demonstrate what has been learned through coursework, as well as to develop an effective individual teaching style. To be admitted to student teaching, candidates must successfully complete the three PAPA Pearson pre-professional exams that are part of the Teacher Certification Process. Undergraduate students must also apply to the Teacher Certification Program upon completion of 48 credit hours as well as successfully passing the three PRAXIS pre- professional tests. As the student nears completion of the certification course requirements, important information regarding the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania requirements will be made available.
+Certification Program in Music Education
In order to provide an opportunity for students with an interest in Music Education, a cooperative program in Music Education Certification has been established with Carnegie Mellon University.