Nov 16, 2018  
College Catalog 2010-2011 
College Catalog 2010-2011 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Alternative Study Options

Program Variations and Options

In addition to majors and minors, Elizabethtown College offers a number of alternative learning opportunities both on and off campus. On-campus study includes special learning options that emphasize individual study and close work with a member of the faculty. Off-campus opportunities include internships or joint programs with academic institutions or clinical facilities.

Independent Study

Independent study is a way for students to pursue individual investigation and/or reading in an area of special interest or to advance competencies in their major/minor area. Independent study may not be a course that is offered in the College Catalog and is not used simply to assemble credits for graduation or to replace a course listed in the curriculum. Independent study also may not be used toward Core Program requirements.

Independent study is available to students with junior or senior status who have a minimum grade point average of 2.00. Students pursuing independent study can expect to do extensive research, reading, writing and/or creative work resulting in a major paper, presentation, work of art, or other project agreed upon by the supervising faculty member and the student.

The work is initiated by the student and progresses largely unsupervised. Independent studies usually are registered for between one to four credits per study. Normally, a student may carry only one independent study at a time or two independent studies at the discretion of the Independent Study Committee. A maximum of 12 credits of independent study can be applied toward graduation.

Independent study is not tied to the academic calendar (i.e., a project may be started or finished at any point). The project must be submitted to the Independent Study Committee prior to the registration period for the semester during which the independent study will begin. The registration period for fall semester is in April and the registration period for spring semester is in November. Following approval of the Independent Study Committee, the student must officially register the project with the Office of Registration and Records by the end of the first week of classes for the semester during which it will be completed (i.e., by the end of the Add Period). Forms are available in the Office of Registration and Records. Any requests for exceptions to the policy must be made to the Academic Standing Committee.

Directed Study

In contrast to independent study of a special topic, directed study is undertaken for a regular course in the curriculum that is not being offered in a given semester. This method of study should be used by the student who needs rather frequent conferences with the professor.

An additional surcharge of $100 per credit is assessed for the full-time student who registers for directed study. Part-time students granted permission to register for a directed study course pay the same surcharge. Full-time undergraduate students whose course load exceeds 18 hours as a result of the directed study registration are charged the current part-time rate for tuition for those hours in excess of 18 plus the surcharge for all directed study credits. Note: Students must register for directed studies prior to beginning course work and no later than the end of the first week of classes (i.e., during the official Add Period for the semester). Registration forms are available in the Office of Registration and Records.


The tutorial is used to register a course that is not offered in the Catalog. In this respect, it is different from a Directed Study, which is used to register a course that is in the Catalog but is not offered in a given semester. The tutorial is also different from the Independent Study. With an Independent Study, students are responsible for proposing the content of the project (which is not in the Catalog) and then work largely independently on the project of their design. With a Tutorial, the faculty member is responsible for developing the content of the course and then works closely with the student to provide instruction in the topic. Tutorials must be registered during the regular course Add Period and are assigned a 379 course number. An additional surcharge of $150 per credit is assessed for the full-time student who registers for a tutorial. Full-time undergraduate students whose course load exceeds 18 hours as a result of a tutorial registration are charged the current part-time rate for tuition for those hours in excess of 18.


Through internships, Elizabethtown College offers students the opportunity to apply and augment their classroom learning with real-world experience. Internships can assist students with deepening and sharpening their personal learning and career goals. They provide opportunities for students to demonstrate their knowledge in work and practice settings, gaining confidence and skill as they integrate the abstract/theoretical with the practical and applied.


Internships will be registered in the Department of the supervising faculty member.

Internships will normally be graded Pass/No Pass. Departmental exceptions must be approved by Academic Council and be noted in the Catalog as letter-graded experiences.

Students enrolling in internships must have minimum cumulative and major grade point averages of 2.00. If a Department sets a higher grade point average standard, and if the internship is required for graduation, the higher standard must be approved by Academic Council.

Internships must be registered during the semester in which the work is completed. In the case when internship hours clearly overlap two terms (e.g., begins in April and ends in June), the registration of the internship can be split (e.g., two credits registered in the spring term and two credits registered in the summer term for an internship experience that is four total credits). Summer internships cannot be registered during spring or fall semesters.

An internship can be taken for up to 12 credits. To be awarded academic credit, students must work a minimum of 40 hours over the course of the term in which the internship is registered for each credit awarded. This is a minimum expectation; some Departments or internship sites may have higher work expectations. At least two-thirds of these hours should be spent at the internship site, with the remaining one-third spent on related activities.

Each Department will establish its own criteria for related activities and expectations for awarding academic credit to internships, including whether students can engage in multiple internships over the course of their college career and the maximum number of credits that students in their programs can accrue through internships.

To prevent potential conflicts of interest, students must disclose any familial relationships with employees or owners of the organization at which they want to intern. Students may not intern at a company owned or managed, fully or in part, by a family member, nor may the on-site supervisor be a member of the student’s family or anyone working under supervision of a family member. In addition, continuation of a part-time or summer job may not serve as an internship. Any exceptions to these prohibitions would be unusual and require the approval by the Associate Academic Dean.

All internships must have a faculty supervisor and an on-site supervisor. The intern must have regular contact with the on-site supervisor during the term of the internship. At the end of the internship, the on-site supervisor will be asked to submit a written evaluation to the faculty supervisor, describing the work and responsibilities of the intern and providing an evaluation of the intern’s level of performance and progress during the internship.

Internships must be registered no later than the third Friday of the regular fall or spring term. This additional registration time is provided to enable students to collect their on-site supervisor’s signature on the Internship Contract form. For summer internships, registration must be by the end of the first week of the internship.

The Internship Contract or syllabus must specify the goals and objectives of the internship, the activities necessary to reach those goals, and the methods by which the student will be evaluated. An Internship Contract must be signed by the student, the on-site supervisor and the faculty supervisor.

Consult the appropriate Academic Department for more detail on its internship policy.

Affiliated Institution Programs

In Affiliated Institution Programs, students study at Elizabethtown College and at affiliated academic institutions or clinical facilities in the United States. The following programs are offered in conjunction with other academic institutions:

Forestry with Duke University.   

Pre-engineering with The Pennsylvania State University.   

Biology health professions and pre-allied health with Thomas Jefferson University. 

Invasive cardiovascular technology with the Lancaster Institute for Health Education.  

Washington Semester and World Capitals Program with American University. The Washington Semester provides an opportunity to study in Washington, D.C., and take advantage of the resources of the nation’s capital. Students in the program work with the policymakers and business professionals who play a vital role in American government and culture. Full semester credit is earned by studying in one of 10 areas: American politics, international politics, peace and conflict resolution, economic policy, journalism, justice, international business and trade, international environment/development, public law, and transforming communities. All programs include internships, and several involve three weeks of study abroad. Students interested in the program should contact Dr. Fletcher McClellan in the Department of Political Science. Students participating in the program must acquire off-campus course approvals from the Office of Registration and Records.

The College also offers a number of majors in which work at affiliated clinical facilities constitutes an important part of the student’s education. In music therapy, occupational therapy, social work and clinical laboratory sciences, students combine work at the College with first-hand experience in hospitals, clinics, and social work and therapy programs. For detailed descriptions, see the appropriate Department for more information.

International Study Programs

Elizabethtown’s Office of International Programs encourages and facilitates study-abroad experiences for our U.S. students and provides a support network for international students who elect to study here. Increasing numbers of our U.S. students are participating in the semester-long, study-abroad opportunities offered at our nine partner institutions. More information about Elizabethtown’s International Study Programs can be found in the Unique Centers of Learning  section of this Catalog.

To make international study more accessible, several Elizabethtown faculty members regularly lead short-term educational experiences to locations around the world. These programs typically provide credits to students who successfully complete all the requirements. More information on those programs for which our students can earn credit is contained in the Department information.