A Vision for Undergraduate Education
Steeped in Dominican Ethos, Liberal Learning
Through Foundations, Breadth, Depth and Integration
for Responsible Global Citizenship
We educate one student at a time in the company of others, each unique yet all distinctly Dominican. In dialogue with a Dominican ethos, our students grow as liberal learners through creative and rigorous study marked by solid foundations, disciplinary breadth and depth, and ongoing integration as they aspire to become ethically responsible global citizens. Each student develops an emerging sense of personal and professional vocation through a variety of means, including thoughtful interaction with courses, professors, and other students, and intensive advising and mentoring. We encourage students to participate in internships, study away (international and domestic), community-based learning, and undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative investigations. Diverse insights coalesce in each student’s distinctive educational trajectory, purpose, and plan, as we inspire students to discern the big picture and name their place within it-to stand somewhere and to stand for something, conscientiously positioned in relationship to the world.
Dominican ethos describes the distinctive character of our university’s culture. It includes an environment of Caritas et Veritas, in which we contemplate the meaning of existence and strive collaboratively for a more just and humane world. It understands that study is at once contemplative and communal. It unites reflection and dialogue as we collaborate in the search for truth. It enables students to develop a sense of care and responsibility for oneself, one’s community, and the wider creation. It fosters trust, tolerance, mutual accountability, and belonging. Students enter into conversation with a Catholic intellectual tradition that affirms the compatibility of faith and reason, a universe marked by both intelligibility and mystery, the sacredness of all creation, the dignity of every living being, and concern for the common good. They acquire basic knowledge about Christianity in its various dimensions, and how it interacts with secular and other religious beliefs, practices, and worldviews.
Upon graduation, students educated at Dominican University possess character, knowledge, and skills to take informed, ethical action in the world and to influence others for the good.
Foundations are the knowledge, skills, and attitudes essential for further learning. They are generally cultivated during the first year, and they are continually developed and built upon in later academic work. In alphabetical order, these are:
- Application Software. Effective use of application software is the ability to solve real-world problems using computer applications and includes being able to determine the appropriate application to use for a particular need.
- Students will be able to:
- create and use dynamic spreadsheets to analyze and present information;
- create and use databases to organize data and answer data-driven questions;
- create and manage digital content, including word processing, e-portfolios, and digital video; and
- independently research questions regarding application software use and effectively employ learning resources as a means for learning new and updated applications.
- Communication. Effective communication is purposeful expression that increases knowledge, fosters understanding, and/or promotes change in attitudes, values, beliefs, or behaviors.
- Written communication is the development of effective expression of ideas in writing.
Students will be able to:
- use rhetorical conventions appropriately;
- use appropriate examples, sources, and evidence in support of their own ideas;
- incorporate supporting materials (e.g., visual images, statistics) when appropriate; and
- demonstrate effective organization, syntax, and mechanics.
- Oral communication is the development and expression of ideas orally.
In class discussion and/or oral presentations, students will be able to:
- use rhetorical conventions appropriately;
- use appropriate examples, sources, and evidence in support of their own ideas;
- incorporate supporting materials (e.g., visual images, statistics) when appropriate; and
- use effective delivery techniques (e.g., posture, gesture, eye contact, vocal expressiveness, clarity).
- Critical thinking. Critical thinking is a habit of mind animated by a spirit of inquiry and problem solving characterized by the rigorous exploration, analysis, and evaluation of diverse issues, ideas, artifacts, data, and events in order to formulate an opinion, conclusion, or solution.
- Students will be able to:
- comprehend the content necessary for an appropriate understanding of the topic;
- examine one’s own and others’ assumptions;
- evaluate the claims and arguments or tools under consideration based on explicit criteria; and
- formulate a defensible opinion, conclusion, or solution.
- Cultural knowledge. Students develop the willingness to engage diverse dimensions of human experience and understand with empathy other cultures. Students demonstrate the ability to interact with a diverse contemporary America and the world, in relation to differences that include but are not limited to: race, ethnicity, nationality, language, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, socio-economic status, physical and intellectual abilities, and ways of knowing.
- Students will be able to:
- identify one’s own cultural rules and assumptions;
- recognize the rules and assumptions important to another culture;
- demonstrate ability to communicate in a second language;
- express openness to interactions with culturally different others.
- Information literacy. Information literacy is the ability to find, evaluate, and use information responsibly and effectively.
- Students will be able to:
- access needed information effectively and efficiently;
- evaluate the information and its sources critically;
- incorporate selected sources into their work products; and
- use information responsibly (i.e., ethically and legally).
- Quantitative reasoning. Students develop competency in comprehending and analyzing numerical information. Students conceptualize problems in terms of quantitative dimensions and reason and solve quantitative problems from a wide array of authentic contexts and everyday life situations. They understand and can create arguments supported by quantitative evidence, and they can clearly communicate those arguments in a variety of forms (using words, tables, graphs, mathematical equations, etc., as appropriate).
- Students will be able to:
- interpret information presented in mathematical forms;
- represent information in various mathematical forms;
- perform calculations, applying the appropriate mathematical processes; and
- draw appropriate conclusions based on the quantitative analysis of information.
- Reading. Students develop competency in understanding and interpreting written and visual works.
- Students will be able to:
- develop strategies to engage written texts and visual media;
- identify the purpose(s) of the works;
- analyze and discuss works in ways that enhance understanding; and
- critically evaluate written and visual works and their sources.
- Research fundamentals. Conducting research entails rigorous inquiry through which students join a community of scholars in order to pursue truth. This pursuit is conducted with sincerity and respect for the rights of others.
- Students will be able to:
- formulate a research question;
- identify relevant resources and strategies for answering the question;
- distinguish among modes of inquiry; and
- access and use material found in print or on the internet responsibly (i.e., ethically and legally).
Dominican University traditionally recognizes distinct areas of study and diverse ways of knowing necessary for students to engage in informed conversations of genuine breadth, both within and beyond the university. Students are enabled to appreciate the content and methods of diverse fields of study, recognize different ways of knowing and creating knowledge, and demonstrate understanding of disciplinary concepts and approaches, specifically in fine arts, history, literature, natural sciences, philosophy, social sciences, and theology.
Dominican students develop competence in and an in-depth understanding of one or more academic disciplines. After completing significant course work in a particular field of study, students will have developed a body of work that demonstrates substantial domain knowledge and a growing awareness of the underlying structures of an academic discipline. Additionally, they will have had extensive practice in applying disciplinary principles, perspectives, and discourse to diverse problems and in adopting a critical stance to evidence and argument.
Integrative learning is the practice of making meaningful wholes-that is, synthesizing knowledge across academic boundaries; connecting personal, academic, work, and community experiences; and evaluating and reflecting on their own learning. This enables students to develop increasingly complex frameworks for future learning and action in multiple communities.
The distinctively Dominican global citizen is conscientiously positioned in relationship to the world from within and across cultural, geographic, linguistic, physical, political, religious, racial, ethnic, gender-based, and socio-economic borders. Shaped by a growing understanding of this relational identity, Dominican students become global citizens through study, experience, practice, and reflection. They embrace globally responsible attitudes, develop a critical understanding of global interconnectedness, and act ethically to participate in the creation of a more just and humane world.
Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Science (BS), and Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Degrees
- Each student must complete 124 semester hours of credit, 3 semester hours of which may be in physical education and health. A semester course may carry from 1 to 8 semester hours of credit, according to the judgment of the department. The minimum requirement for full-time status in any one semester is 12 semester hours of credit, and the maximum permitted is 18 semester hours. See Academic Regulations for the rule governing an exception to the normal course load.
- Each student must attain a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.00 based on all Dominican course work and be in good standing.
- Each student in a BA or BS degree program must complete work in a major field consisting of no fewer than 24 and no more than 56 semester hours of credit. No more than 42 semester hours in a single discipline may be required for a major field (unless required for state licensure).
- No more than 54 semester hours of credit in one discipline may be offered by the student for the degree. The following information should be noted in regard to the 54 semester hour rule: a) courses that are cross-listed count in both disciplines; and b) accounting and business administration count as one discipline, as do sociology and criminology.
A minimum grade of C- must be earned in courses for a major or minor, and a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.00 is required for completion of a major or minor. The satisfactory/fail grade option may NOT be used for any course submitted for a major or minor unless otherwise indicated in department major requirements.
Degree With Honors
Honors degrees are awarded on the basis of the cumulative grade point average of all baccalaureate course work taken at Dominican. For a baccalaureate degree summa cum laude, a student must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.90; for a baccalaureate degree magna cum laude, 3.70; for baccalaureate degree cum laude, 3.50. A student must complete a minimum of 62 credit hours at Dominican in order to qualify for these honors distinctions.
Course Intensification Option
Students may propose a special project for earning 1 additional semester hour credit in one course in which they are already enrolled in a given fall or spring semester. Summer courses are not eligible for the course intensification option. The course must be listed in the undergraduate course schedule for 3 or more credit hours. The student is responsible for completing a course intensification application (available in the Office of the Registrar) and obtaining written permission from the instructor.
Approved applications with a drop/add form signed by the student’s advisor must be filed in the Office of the Registrar by the end of the fourth week of the semester. Students who request the course intensification option may not alter this request once it has been approved-i.e., students may not drop the single credit. The course intensification option requires additional student work, and under no circumstances should it be considered a substitute for regular course work. Students will receive the same grade for the entire course, including the additional work completed as part of the course intensification.
Students may take no more than one course per semester with the intensification option. Some academic programs may require majors to take certain courses using the intensification option. Consult departmental program descriptions for more details.
One hundred twenty-four semester hours are required for graduation. A certain number of these hours must be earned in residency.
Students may meet Dominican’s minimum residency requirement in any one of the following ways:
- Complete any 90 semester hours at Dominican University;
- Complete from 45 to 89 semester hours at Dominican University, including the last 15 semester hours applied toward the degree; or
- Complete the last 34 semester hours for the degree at Dominican University.
Up to 68 semester hours are accepted in transfer from community colleges and up to 90 semester hours from four-year colleges and universities.
Each department will determine the number of semester hours in the major and minor that must be taken at Dominican.
Students must choose a major field prior to or upon completion of 60 semester hours. Students who have completed 60 semester hours and have not declared a major will not be allowed to register for additional courses until a major is declared. Information on declaring a major is available from the Rosary College of Arts and Sciences.
A major course (required) in which a grade of D or F is earned must be repeated. A minimum grade point average of 2.00 is required in the major. It is the responsibility of the student to make certain that degree requirements are met.
Students may elect an optional minor field. A department offering a minor may require no fewer than 18 semester hours and no more than 24 semester hours. The requirements for a minor are listed in the Courses of Instruction section of this bulletin under each discipline offering a minor.
Because of our commitment to integrative learning, a number of interdisciplinary majors and minors are available, including majors in American studies, black world studies, digital cinema, neuroscience, and the study of women and gender, and minors in Catholic studies, interfaith studies, Latin American and Latino Studies, medieval and renaissance studies, pre-law, social justice and civic engagement, and social media.
Interdepartmental Major or Minor
Students choosing an interdepartmental major or minor may devise programs suited to their particular needs and interests. Each student, in consultation with a committee of faculty members from the departments involved, submits a written plan of study, including a detailed rationale for the proposed major or minor and for the courses selected. If the plan is approved by the committee and the dean of the Rosary College of Arts and Sciences, it will be filed with the Rosary College of Arts and Sciences. Interdepartmental major or minor plans of study must be approved prior to completion of 90 semester hours.
Dominican University graduates may add a second major/minor to their Dominican record using the requirements in the bulletin of their original major/minor if completed within two years of receiving the bachelor’s degree.
Dominican University graduates who wish to add an additional major/minor more than two calendar years after receiving the bachelor’s degree must fulfill the major/minor requirements in effect at the time they return to complete their work.
Second Bachelor’s Degree
Students holding a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution may earn a second bachelor’s degree (either the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree) from Dominican University, provided that:
- All university general education requirements, foundation and core requirements, and major requirements are met;
- At least 34 semester hours are earned in residence at Dominican University; and
- A cumulative grade point average of 2.00 is earned in all Dominican course work
The Bachelor of Medical Science degree is a second-bachelor-degree program designed for students interested in pursuing graduate or professional study in medical fields.
Students returning to Dominican after an interruption of more than five years are subject to bulletin provisions for the general education requirements as well as major and minor requirements in effect at the time they re-enter. (However, every effort will be made to count earlier courses in the way most beneficial to fulfilling current requirements.)
Students returning to Dominican after an interruption of fewer than five years can use the bulletin in effect at the time of their original admission to Dominican or any later bulletin. Returning students who have attended other colleges or universities during their absence must reapply to Dominican. Upon readmission, they may select a bulletin in effect up to five years prior to the term they re-enter, providing they were enrolled during the bulletin year of their choice.
Academic Advising/Academic Success Programs
Advising is teaching and learning for vocation. First in importance and sequence for advising are not the questions, What courses do I have to take? What am I required to do? Instead, advising should begin with and frequently revisit more fundamental questions: Why am I in the university? What should I study, and why? What will it mean for my life, for my future, for my community, and for society? Advising explores the meaning, purpose, and effect of university learning. Assisting students in exploring and selecting major fields, selecting and scheduling courses, internships, and a host of other more practical functions are built upon insights students derive from beginning with and revisiting the reflective questions that go to the heart of each student’s educational project.
Each undergraduate student has a dedicated faculty advisor-initially the student’s freshman seminar professor, and later, a professor from the student’s chosen major field. Faculty advisors and students are assisted by the Rosary College of Arts and Sciences advising office staff.
Students at Dominican are able to exercise a large measure of personal choice in curriculum because of the quality of the university’s academic advising. The university recognizes that while students hold the primary responsibility for their education and hence for their program choices, the advisor’s help is crucial in developing an informed basis for responsible and expedient academic decisions.
Students may not register for courses online without receiving an advising clearance and may not register in person in the Office of the Registrar without their academic advisor’s signature. Please note that successful degree completion is the sole responsibility of the student.
The Office of Academic Success Services and Diversity is committed to supporting and enhancing the academic success of students, discerning impediments to success, and developing means to remove those impediments for undergraduates in general and for particular segments of the student body, including international students, multicultural students, and students at risk. The office assesses the academic, social, cultural, and economic needs of undergraduate students within the scope of the overall work of the Rosary College of Arts and Sciences advising office, and develops and implements support services and programmatic initiatives to address students’ needs.
Academic Success Services assists students as needed in designing an Academic Recovery Plan or an Academic Preparation Plan. These services include monitoring Warning Notices, Focus Reports, Scholars Hour, and students on academic probation.
This office promotes the university’s vision of an inclusive campus community that welcomes a diverse population and honors each individual’s heritage and experience so that all students, faculty, staff, families, and visitors feel welcomed and valued.
Career Advising Program
The career advising program in Career Development aspires to create in students a values-centered work ethic, to educate them to become productive and compassionate citizens, and to equip them with tools to make satisfying career and life plans. Services available to students include assistance with selecting a major, help finding part-time jobs and internships, and full-time job search support.
Career Development provides career decision-making assistance, job search workshops, résumé writing, interviewing techniques, cover letter assistance, and updated career resources to students and alumnae/i of Dominican University. The office interacts with business, industry, education, and government to develop a network of employers for full-time and internship opportunities. The office hosts on-campus interviews, practice job interviews, a business etiquette dinner, and both on- and off-campus job/internships fairs.
Active teacher candidates who complete their student teaching through Dominican University can establish a credential file with this office. A job bulletin listing full-time and part-time teaching vacancies is posted online. Additional information about Career Development is available on the website at www.dom.edu/aec/career.
Dominican University offers a wide variety of study abroad programs, viewing these opportunities as an integral part of a student’s undergraduate education. In Europe, Asia, Latin America, and Africa, students are perfecting their language skills and/or studying the culture, politics, art, literature, and social systems of the target country. In addition to their course work, students in study abroad programs participate in a wide variety of cultural experiences and excursions and have the opportunity for independent travel. The goal of study abroad is to give students a broader knowledge and understanding of the world and of other peoples and also a new sense of self-reliance and independence. With approval of the major department, some study abroad courses can be used to meet major requirements in the sociology, criminology, or other fields; see a departmental advisor for more information.
Year-Long or Semester Programs
Semester in London, England-Offered during the fall semester only, the London program is open to juniors and seniors in all majors. With a focus on students’ experiencing as well as studying about Britain, the curriculum consists of two parts: an interdisciplinary course in British life and culture and a tutorial/independent study course, generally in the student’s major. The interdisciplinary course includes lectures by British experts in a variety of fields, weekly day trips to such sites as Stratford-on-Avon and Bath, and two four-day study tours-one to Edinburgh and York and one to Dublin, Ireland.
Study Abroad in Milan, Italy-This affiliate program with IES Abroad in the fashion, financial, and commercial capital of Italy is intended for students interested in a semester or an academic year program in Italy. Students live with Italian university students and/or young professionals. Students take a variety of language and area studies courses in art history, cinema, theatre, history, literature, music, and political science at the IES center in Milan or at Milan’s major universities. All courses are taught in Italian. Advanced students of Italian can apply for internships with professionals in any number of subject areas. In addition to Italian language, apparel students can take area courses taught in English and one or two fashion courses at the Istituto di Moda Burgo.
Study Abroad in Poitiers, France-This affiliate program with Oregon State University gives students of French the opportunity to study and live in Poitiers for one semester or an entire academic year. They enroll in courses at the International Center or at the Université de Poitiers while living with a French family. All instruction is in French. Participants must have completed French 202 or above to be eligible.
Study Abroad in Salamanca, Spain-This affiliate program with AIFS (American Institute for Foreign Study) offers one or two semesters of study at the oldest and most famous university of Spain. Students register for classes in language, area studies, or other fields at either the Universidad de Salamanca or the AIFS program, depending upon their language preparation. Students wishing to enroll for courses at the PEI (Universidad de Salamanca) must have written permission from the Spanish Department. All courses are conducted in Spanish. Students live with a host family. Through excursions planned by AIFS and independent travel, students have the opportunity to explore Spain and the rest of Europe.
Study Abroad in Stellenbosch, South Africa-This affiliate program with AIFS (American Institute for Foreign Study) offers one or two semesters at the Stellenbosch University, South Africa’s second-oldest university. Students register for classes taught in English at the university. Students can choose from a wide variety of subjects, including African area studies, South African and African history and politics, theatre arts, and South African literature.
Study Abroad in Limerick, Ireland-This affiliate program with AIFS (American Institute for Foreign Study) offers juniors and seniors the opportunity to take courses at the University of Limerick for one or two semesters. They can choose from a wide variety of courses in the College of Business, College of Humanities, College of Informatics and Electronic Engineering, and the College of Science. Students also are encouraged to take courses offered in Irish studies. The program includes a three-day excursion to London and trips to the West of Ireland and to Dublin. Students live in single rooms in university townhouses on campus. Students in all majors are welcome to apply.
Study Abroad in Blackfriars/Oxford-This program is open to juniors who either are in the honors program or have a 3.7 GPA. Blackfriars Hall is run by Dominican friars within the Oxford University system. Students participate in the traditional Oxbridge tutorial teaching, in which they meet twice a week with a tutor to discuss an essay. Topics for tutorial projects include philosophy, theology, English literature, psychology, and British history with optional classes in Latin, New Testament Greek, and Biblical Hebrew. Accommodations are within walking distance of Blackfriars.
Study Abroad in Salzburg, Austria-This affiliate program with AIFS (American Institute for Foreign Study) offers students with or without prior knowledge of German the opportunity to spend one or two semesters in Salzburg, Austria. All students must study German, along with a variety of classes taught in English, including political science, business/economics, art, literature, and music. Included in the program fee are several excursions, including ones to Munich, Germany, and to Vienna and Innsbruck, in Austria. Students have the option of living in a dormitory or with a host family. Students in all majors are welcome to apply.
Florence and the Cultural Traditions of Italy - The Florence program is a four-week study abroad opportunity intended for students interested in Italian language, art, culture, and history. As the center of Renaissance civilization, Florence offers students opportunities to become acquainted with the cultural achievements of Italy’s past while living in a dynamic and fashionable city. Florence is centrally located, giving students easy access to other important Italian cities and places of cultural interest. Dominican University’s Italian and art departments offer this program taking place from mid-May to mid-June. It is a program that distinguishes itself as a fully immersive humanities experience; it relates literature, art history and philosophy with the hands-on experience of drawing and observation. Students enroll in two courses (STA 223 - Drawing on Florence and STA 282 - Florence: The City as Renaissance Text ). This program awards three credits for each course. There is no language requirement; both courses are taught in English. However, students seeking credit in Italian may intensify the literature course for fours credits upon approval of the Italian discipline.
China: Tradition, Modernization, and Culture - This three-credit course is designed to introduce students to the study of and involvement with China, in particular its history, religion and culture, political and social life, and increasingly important economy. Participants will visit and study in Beijing, Xian, and Shanghai to experience this complex country, rich in its tradition and dynamic in its transition. Most importantly, they will discover how to adapt to a culture and an environment that are quite different from the American or European conditions to which they are accustomed, a skill that will be increasingly required in the 21st century. Classes are held at Dominican both before and after the trip. The course is conducted in English.
Paris: Essentials of French Fashion - This course for apparel majors and minors provides the opportunity to spend one month in Paris, the fashion capital of the world. Students take all course work at the Paris American Academy. The intensive course consists of an overview of the French fashion industry, an opportunity to become immersed in a specialization (design, couture, merchandizing, or communication) from a French fashion perspective, and a hands-on introduction to the French culture and language. The course is conducted in English.
Cuba: Culture, History, and Politics - This course is a unique interdisciplinary course offered by Dominican University in collaboration with FLACSO-Cuba and the Universidad de La Habana (University of Havana). Course participants will travel across the island learning about the country’s pre- and post-colonial and revolutionary history, contemporary political and economic system, cultural landscape including music, art, and religion, and social institutions including schools, medical systems, and urban farming. This course includes mandatory pre-trip class sessions and orientation meetings, and it fulfills the multicultural core requirement for Dominican students. The course is conducted in English. This course can be used to fulfill a course requirement in the study of women and gender major. Please see advisor for details.
Strasbourg French Language Program - This three-week course offers a total immersion experience in the French language and culture. Students will participate in class sessions, do city-based projects, keep a journal, and complete a photo project. Excursions include a trip on the Alsatian Wine Route and a visit to the European Parliament. The language of instruction and interaction is French. Language requirement: FREN 202 - Intermediate French II or equivalent.
El Salvador: Human Rights, Gender, and Globalization - This course explores themes of social and economic development, globalization, gender, and social justice within the Central American context. Dominican students have the opportunity to travel in El Salvador while learning about human rights and gender issues. Interacting with different sectors students will learn about various policies and programs. Travel across the country will include visits to communities in both urban and rural settings. This course includes pre-trip class sessions and orientation meetings, and it fulfills the multicultural core requirement for Dominican students. The course is conducted in English. This course can be used to fulfill a course requirement in the study of women and gender major. Please see advisor for details.
Rome Interim Program: The Art of Renaissance and Baroque Rome - This program takes place in late December/early January during the winter semester break. The program consists of three phases: 1) two slide presentation that set up the historical context of the sites that will be visited in Rome (this takes place at Dominican prior to departure); 2) the actual tour of Rome, where students will visit the major Renaissance and Baroque sites as well as ancient sites, such as the Coliseum and the Roman Forum; 3) a final term paper upon return. The program is conducted in English.
Ghana: A Gateway to Africa - This study abroad program occurs during the spring semester. On-campus classroom sessions and orientations are followed by 10 days of travel in the West African country of Ghana during spring break. While there, participants experience Ghana’s political development and participate in Ghana’s independence celebration. Participants also discover Ghana’s rich history and culture traveling to the different regions, exploring the timeless art of Kente weaving; visiting the Manhyia Palace, the home of the Ashanti kings; and touring 14th-century slave dungeons along the coast of Ghana. In addition, participants enjoy both daily lectures and lectures at one of the largest universities in Ghana and learn about traditional religion, Muslim and Christian faiths, and how they have shaped Ghana. The study tour provides experiences of Ghana’s natural beauty with trips to Wli waterfalls and Kakum National Park. Students are required to keep a journal of their experiences and write a term paper. The course is conducted in English.
Community-Based Learning Programs
El Salvador: Election Observation and Democratic Participation - In this course students learn in depth about the political, social, and economic reality of El Salvador and contribute to its democratic process. Democracy depends on a transparent process, and the presence of international observers can help guarantee such transparency. This service learning abroad course is incorporated into an electoral international observer mission in El Salvador.
Guatemala - This short-term intensive international service program provides the student with an immersion experience in Guatemalan life and culture. We provide service at the San Lucas Mission in San Lucas Tolimán, Guatemala, working with the people there growing coffee or performing other needed tasks. The participants form a community to study and reflect on our experiences of Guatemalan (Mayan) culture, history, religion, economics, society, poverty, and community.
Haiti - Students will serve with the people of Haiti, while learning about the social, cultural, historical, economic, political, and religious aspects of Haitian life and culture. Students will investigate: How does Haiti change our global consciousness and open us to seeing in new ways and understanding in radically different ways? This course involves a week of service in Haiti during spring break, four classes to prepare for the experience, a post-trip reflection session, and participation in a program to present the Haiti experience to the Dominican community.
South Africa (in affiliation with Elmhurst College) - An interdisciplinary and international study/service experience on the diverse cultures of South Africa. The four spring seminars prior to travel will look at the history and the socio-political, religious, and educational realities of South Africa, with an emphasis on social justice and ethics in the post-apartheid era, in relation to educational and religious leaders, communities, and their work. In the first week of travel the group will visit a center of traditional African village life and key historic sites in Cape Town, including Robben Island, District Six, the Slave Church Museum, the Cape of Good Hope, Table Mountain, Langa Baptist Church, Desmond Tutu’s church, the Jewish Museum, the Athlone mosque, and connect with activists and professionals in service organizations and several schools. For the second week, students will select an individual service project in Cape Town based on their academic and professional interests. Hands-on service learning sites include an early childhood day care center, an interfaith center serving the poor, a convalescent and recreation center for children, and a township school. A two-day safari will close out the experience in the bush country, sleeping in huts and riding in open-air jeeps to see South Africa’s wildlife and natural beauty.
For complete information on all programs, contact the Director of International Studies.
Internships enable students to gain appropriate work experience in their field and to integrate their academic course work with professional preparation. By completing an internship, students can better understand the career opportunities offered by their major and establish more specific career goals.
Students entering their junior or senior year of study, having fulfilled any internship prerequisites set up by the department, are eligible to apply to their department for an internship experience. A minimum cumulative career grade point average of 2.00 is required. Transfer students must have completed at least 15 semester hours at Dominican before applying for the internship, and students enrolled in certificate programs should complete the internship at the end of their program of study.
The internship experience is governed by a contract between the student, the faculty coordinator, and the employment supervisor. This contract must be approved by the department in which the internship is being taken and by the career development office. An internship may be taken only in the student’s declared academic program, for 1 to 8 semester hours of credit. The student may register for an internship in no more than two semesters. Credit hours earned in an internship will be applied toward the 124 semester hours required for a bachelor’s degree. Unless explicitly listed as a requirement or option for a major or minor, the internship hours do not satisfy the total semester hours required for completion of a major or a minor.
Prior to the start of an internship, students should consult first with their academic advisor or with the chairperson of the relevant department and then with the career development office. Registration for an internship requires the approval of an academic advisor, an internship application, and a course registration form, which should be submitted to the Office of the Registrar before the start of the internship.
Employer sites and internships must be approved by the faculty supervisor as worthy of academic credit. Special regulations apply to the internship program, and information about these regulations as well as currently available internship opportunities may be obtained from the career development office.
Community-based learning is a method of teaching that combines community service with academic instruction as it focuses on critical, reflective thinking and civic responsibility. Community-based learning involves students in organized community service that is directly linked to the curriculum and that addresses local community needs. This learning experience provides multiple benefits to the students, including the enhancement of course-related academic skills, further development of critical thinking and social analysis skills, and opportunities for meaningful commitment to and civic engagement with the broader community.
Community-based learning courses are designated in the course schedule by the sentence “Includes off-campus service hours.” These courses engage the entire class in service and reflection and fully integrate service into the learning and understanding of the course content. Another community-based learning option can be self-initiated through an agreement between the professor, the student, and the Community-Based Learning Office. This course carries 1 semester hour of credit. For additional information, contact the Community-Based Learning Office.
Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Investigations (URSCI)
Dominican University offers students opportunities to engage in undergraduate scholarly activities that go beyond class assignments. The Office of Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Investigations (URSCI) promotes undergraduate student-faculty collaborative research and scholarship. It administers a variety of initiatives to support undergraduate students involved in scholarly projects in all disciplines. Students may work as research assistants to faculty members, compete for prestigious student-driven summer scholarships or apply for grants to defray the costs of projects or attendance at academic conferences. Students may also learn valuable research skills for different disciplines by taking courses taught within each department. Students can earn course credit for working with a faculty mentor on a research project or creative investigation that is completed independently-not as part of a class assignment. A uniform course number (e.g., BIOL 195, ART 395) has been established to designate participation in independent undergraduate research/creative activities across all departments at Dominican. Students must obtain prior approval from a faculty mentor before they can register for any of these independent research courses. Each course can be completed for variable credit hours (1-3) and can be repeated for two semesters at each class level. Students are encouraged to present their independent scholarly and creative work at the annual Exposition of Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Investigations, which is held each spring.
Dominican University offers counseling and other academic support services to students who have been away from college for a number of years or who wish to begin college work some years after high school graduation. Interaction between faculty, students, and career advising staff helps returning students to develop new academic and career possibilities and to become aware of new avenues for personal growth. For adult students who have acquired academic experience outside the classroom, credit by examination is obtained through the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP). After completing three courses at Dominican, adult students may also apply for academic course equivalency (ACE) credit. Academic course equivalency credit is not awarded to students holding a bachelor’s degree.
Guidelines for applying for ACE credit are available in the Office of the Dean of the Rosary College of Arts and Sciences. A maximum of 28 semester hours of credit, as many as 12 of which may be in the major, is granted through credit by examination, ACE credit, or both. Academic course equivalency and CLEP petitions must be submitted prior to completion of 90 semester hours.
Concordia University/Dominican University Exchange
Under a cooperative exchange plan, full-time Dominican University students may take, at Concordia University and for no additional cost, one or two courses per semester in subjects that complement courses in the Dominican curriculum. (Students majoring in music may take more than two.) Students need to register both at Concordia University (this should be done first to confirm that there is room in the course) and at Dominican. The exchange agreement does not cover special fees for music lessons, laboratory courses, etc.; students are responsible for these costs.
Concordia University is located one-half mile east of Dominican University’s Main Campus and across from the Priory Campus.
Elmhurst College/Dominican University Foreign Language Exchange
Under a cooperative exchange plan, degree-seeking Dominican University students may take, at Elmhurst College and for no additional cost, one or two courses per semester, limited only to foreign language courses not offered at Dominican. Students need to register both at Elmhurst College (this should be done first to confirm that there is room in the course) and at Dominican.
Elmhurst College is located 7.5 miles west of Dominican University’s Main Campus.