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The following institutional initiatives are a function of the Office of the Provost.
The honors program at University of the Sciences offers exceptional students the opportunity for specialized, intensive learning experiences both inside and outside the classroom. The program is open to students in all majors, though not everyone can be accepted into this small, highly motivated group of students.
For more information contact:
Dr. Stephen T. Moelter
Director, Honors Program
Under the auspices of the Office of Study Abroad, USciences provides its undergraduates with the opportunity to study abroad, through affiliation agreements with New York University (NYU) and Rosemont College. Affiliated programs are selected based on their credentials, commitment to academic quality, health and safety practices, and reputation in the international education field.
USciences students have the option to study abroad for a semester at select NYU campus in Asia, Africa, Europe, or South America. With careful planning, students can usually study abroad and not delay their anticipated USciences graduation. Courses students take with NYU are treated as USciences courses; both credits and grades appear on students’ transcripts.
For some students, the traditional semester-long study abroad program may be either too lengthy or expensive. Summer programs and other short-term study abroad experiences are a great alternative to semester programs – with just as many options. These programs are typically more affordable and flexible with durations ranging from two to six weeks.
We understand that student needs and interests change year by year. Students are encouraged to research other summer program offerings and petition for their approval. Once a student has identified a few programs of interest they should contact the Office of Study Abroad to discuss the petition process.
Rosemont College’s Annual Global Seminar is a short-term study abroad opportunity that allows students to earn University credits in an accelerated format. These seminars are designed to provide students with first-hand experience of the subject they are studying. Although the destinations change each year, in recent years’ students have traveled to: England, Ireland, and Scotland.
The Office of Study Abroad provides students assistance in choosing and planning a study abroad experience that best fits their academic and cultural interests. Students who are interested in studying abroad are encouraged to schedule an appointment with the Office of Study Abroad early in their academic career at the University.
Office of Study Abroad
James Yarrish, Director
Whitecar Hall – Suite 2300
Exchange Program with University of the Arts
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USciences and University of the Arts (UArts) have an exchange agreement that allows USciences students to take a variety of courses at UArts. The list of available courses changes each semester. Courses are treated as USciences courses, and both credits and grades appear on the student’s USciences transcript. Students do not pay additional tuition unless they take private lessons.
For more information, contact:
Dr. Kevin Murphy
Chair, Department of Humanities
Academic Technology Services supports all technical aspects of teaching and learning across the University, including state-of-the-art classroom technology and e-learning (online and distance education) using the University’s learning management system, Blackboard. Academic Technology is also responsible for audience response systems (TurningPoint), Google Apps, lecture capture using Mediasite and Panopto, and web conferencing. Student technology support is offered 24/7 over chat or phone.
For more information, contact:
Dr. Rodney Murray
Executive Director, Academic Technology
Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) programs are available to USciences students through cooperative arrangements with Saint Joseph’s University for Air Force ROTC and with Drexel University for Army ROTC. Each of these universities offer military studies, leadership, and training courses. Courses are treated as USciences courses and both credits and grades appear on students’ transcripts. Participating students may be exempted from the undergraduate physical education requirement. Students who are not recipients of ROTC scholarships may enroll in the first- and second-year ROTC courses without incurring any military obligation. University students enrolling in ROTC programs are eligible to compete for ROTC scholarships awarded by the Air Force or the Army.
For more information, contact:
James Yarrish, ROTC Advisor
Students at USciences can participate in Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) through a partnership agreement with Drexel University. Sciences’ students who desire to participate in the Army ROTC program will complete all associated coursework and physical training on Drexel University’s campus.
The Army ROTC program is designed to be completed in four years, eight semesters, one military science class and lab per semester, with a few exceptions. Students may complete all requirements within a two year period through participation in a summer training session called the Cadet Initial Entry Training (CIET) or if he or she attend basic training and advanced individual training.
The ROTC program consists of two parts, the Basic and Advance Courses. The first two-year portion of the program is the Basic Course, normally for freshmen and sophomores. Any student may take Basic Course classes without obligation of military service. The second two-year portion is the Advanced Course, normally for undergraduate juniors and seniors; however, it can be taken as part of a graduate program as well. The military science classes are elective courses that use a combination of academics and hands-on training to teach students leadership, responsibility, and teamwork. These classes add leadership training, practical experience, and personal growth opportunities to a student’s university education.
In addition to the academic portion of the curricula, each cadet participates in a two-hour Leadership Laboratory (LLAB) and two hours of Physical Training (PT) each week. Program acceptance and ROTC scholarship eligibility may vary, depending on a student’s academic performance, degree choice, and the personnel needs of the military branch.
Further information on the Army ROTC program at Drexel University can be found at http://www.goarmy.com/rotc/schools/drexel-university/about.html
The AFROTC program offered through Detachment 750 at Saint Joseph’s University offers college students a three- or four-year curriculum leading to a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Air Force (USAF). USciences students participating in the AFROTC program complete all associated coursework and physical trainings on Saint Joseph’s University’s campus.
In the four-year option, a student (cadet) takes General Military Course (GMC) classes during their freshmen and sophomore years, attends a 4-week summer training program between their sophomore and junior years, and then takes Professional Officer Course (POC) classes during their junior and senior years. Cadets in the three-year option will be dual-enrolled in both GMC classes during their sophomore year, attend a summer training program, and take POC classes during their junior and senior years. A cadet is under no contractual obligation with the USAF until entering the POC or accepting an AFROTC scholarship. The GMC curriculum focuses on the scope, structure, organization, and history of the USAF with an emphasis on the development of airpower and its relationship to current events. The POC curriculum concentrates on the concepts and practices of leadership and management, and the role of national security forces in American society.
In addition to the academic portion of the curricula, each cadet participates in a two-hour Leadership Laboratory (LLAB) and two hours of Physical Training (PT) each week. Both LLAB and PT utilize the cadet organization designed for the practice of leadership and management techniques.
Further information on the AFROTC program at Saint Joseph’s University can be found at https://sites.sju.edu/afrotc/