Bachelor Degree Overview
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.
- International and Global Understanding
- Sustainability and the Environment
- Engagement and Responsibility
Bachelor's Degree Requirements
The Bachelor's degree at Chatham may be earned by fulfilling the following requirements:
- The satisfactory completion a minimum of 120 credit hours.
- The completion of a minimum of 30 of their last 36 credits in residence at Chatham University.
- The satisfactory completion of 40 general education credits and all general education requirements;
- The satisfactory completion of an approved major; 50% of which must be completed at Chatham;
- The satisfactory completion of the Integrative Capstone seminar and six credits of designated writing-intensive courses in the major;
- A grade of C- or higher earned in all courses counting towards a major or minor;
- The satisfactory completion of the Chatham Plan Professional Edge, including an internship, as designated by your major;
- The satisfactory completion of at least one 3-credit Maymester course or Chatham Abroad or equivalent as determined by the university ;
- The satisfactory completion of an Eden Hall Practicum;
- The satisfactory completion of an online class;
- A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 in all coursework;
- A student must earn a minimum GPA of 2.0 or above within their major program of study. Some programs may impose a higher minimum GPA per licensure and accreditation requirements.
- RN or BSN students are not required to complete the Eden Hall Practicum, the Passport, or Chatham Abroad/ Maymester.
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.
Chatham Field Experience: Eligible Chatham students experience international study and travel as an integral part of their Chatham degree program. Students study and work closely with faculty before, during and after the trip abroad.
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.
Chatham Eden Hall Fields Practicum: All Chatham students will have the opportunity to gain a hands-on, site-specific appreciation for the tenets of living sustainably in the modern world. These 1-credit experiences will utilize Chatham's Eden Hall Campus, designed and constructed from the ground up as a living laboratory for exploring the rich complexity found at the interface of the natural and built environments. Each Chatham undergraduate will complete at least one of these courses before they graduate.
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.
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:
- The satisfactory completion of an approved major in a field different from that of their first degree;
- The satisfactory completion of the integrative capstone;
- A grade of C- or higher earned in all major courses;
- A cumulative GPA of 2.0 in all course work;
- A student must earn a minimum GPA of 2.0 or above within their major program of study. Some programs may impose a higher minimum GPA per licensure and accreditation requirements. Second degree students are exempt from general education and core requirements.