Planning advice from academic departments

Please consult this information for departmental recommendations about courses and advice for prospective majors. Be sure to consult with Department Chairs if you have any questions and to discuss your individual circumstances (over the Summer, please see special contact information within each departmental section).

Select the area you wish to read or scroll down to be directed toward the appropriate advice:

Africana Studies
Anthropology

Art & Art History
Asian Studies
Biology
Biochemistry/Molecular Biology
Chemistry
Chinese
Civil War Era Studies
Classics
Computer Science
Economics
Education
English

Environmental Studies

French

German

Globalization Studies
Greek
Health Sciences
History
Interdisciplinary Studies


International Affairs
Italian
Japanese
Latin
Latin American Studies
Management
Mathematics
Music

Philosophy

Physics and Dual-Degree Engineering
Political Science
Premedical Studies

Psychology

P
ublic Policy 
Religious Studies
Sociology
Spanish
Theatre Arts

Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies


AFRICANA STUDIES

Africana Studies focuses on an examination and analysis of African American, other diasporan African (e.g. the Caribbean and Latin America), and continental African experiences, institutions, and perspectives.  It is broadly defined as the study of peoples of Africa and the African diaspora for the purpose of improving their life opportunities.  Interested students and prospective majors should choose AFS 130. For advising help, contact Prof. Jennifer Bloomquist (jbloomqu@gettysburg.edu).

ANTHROPOLOGY

Those interested in learning more about Anthropology should take at least one of our introductory courses, Anth 103 or Anth 106, during the first year. These courses satisfy the Social Sciences requirement of the Multiple Inquiries goal. They are also Global Understanding courses. Both are required for the major. Taking at least one of these introductory courses makes it possible to enroll in any 200-level course in subsequent semesters since either Anth 103 or Anth 106 is a prerequisite for courses at that level. Some 200-level anthropology courses are cross-listed with Asian Studies, Latin American Studies, and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Other anthropology courses may be used as electives for Africana Studies, Environmental Studies, Film Studies, or Globalization Studies. For advising help, contact Andrea Switzer (aswitzer@gettysburg.edu). 

ART & ART HISTORY

Students expecting to major or minor in studio art should take ARTS 141 in their first year. There are several sections of ARTS 141 in both the fall and spring semester and some enrollment spaces have been reserved for first year students.

Students expecting to major or minor in art history should take ARTH 125 in their first year. There are several sections of ARTH 125 in both the fall and spring semester and some enrollment spaces have been reserved for first year students.

For information, please contact office administrator Karen Eskildsen keskilds@gettysburg.edu or call 6121.

ASIAN STUDIES

Prospective minors in East Asian Studies should start language study with Chinese 101 or Japanese 101. See Chinese and Japanese sections as well. See online handbook.

BIOLOGY

Should I take an introductory Biology course my first semester?

YES - If you are planning to be a Biology, Biochemistry and Molecular biology (BMB) or Health Science major, are interested in the Neuroscience minor, or if you are planning to attend Medical school immediately after college. Students planning to go to Veterinary school should follow the Biology major recommendations.

Prospective majors should note that Introductory Biology and Chemistry courses are year-long sequences. In their first year, prospective majors should take Biology 111 in the fall and Biology 112 in the spring.

Since Chemistry is required for the Biology major, students who are sure of their intent to major in Biology or BMB should enroll in Chemistry 105 or 107 along with Biology 111 in the first semester. This permits a better integration of chemistry into upper level biology courses. Students may, however, delay chemistry until their second year and still complete the Biology major. A mathematics course (calculus or statistics) is required for the Biology major and should be completed in the first or second year.

OPTIONAL-with special considerations

• If you are planning on a Psychology or Environmental Studies major: These majors require 2 semesters of a natural science with labs, but you are not required to take Biology nor are you required to begin the natural science courses in your first semester. However, please note:

• Students interested in Environmental Science who plan to do the BS degree should take at least one course in either Biology (111 or 113), Chemistry (105 or 107), or Physics (103) their first semester.

• Non-Biology majors interested in Neuroscience should take Biology 110 their first semester.

• If you're planning on an Education minor, you need to take all four Biology core courses (Bio 111-112-211 and 212) for your certification.

Optional

• For students interested in other majors: All Gettysburg students need to take two science classes to graduate (and at least one of these courses must have a laboratory component). You can fulfill this goal of our curriculum by taking an introductory course in Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Studies, or Physics. You are not required to take a science class in your first semester, but it is a good idea to complete this requirement by the end of your sophomore year.

Which biology course is best for me?

Bio 101 (Basic Biology - Fall course) is geared towards non-science majors who do not intend to take Bio 112. It makes no assumption about your science background and is a stand-alone course. It has a weekly lab component.

Bio 102 (Biological basis of Disease - Spring course) is geared towards non-science majors. It makes no assumption about your science background- it has no prerequisite. It has an "every other week" lab component.

Bio 103 (Plants and Society - Spring course) is geared towards non-science majors. It makes no assumption about your science background and is a stand-alone course. It has NO lab component.

Bio 110 (Introduction to molecules and cells - Fall course) is geared towards students who are planning to major in Health sciences, minor in Neuroscience, or go into a health-related field. It assumes some HS science background and that you plan to take Bio 112. It has a weekly lab component.

Bio 111 (Introduction to ecology and evolution - Fall course) is geared towards students with a strong science background and is best suited for Biology, BMB, and Environmental Studies majors. It has a lab component.

Bio 113 (Introduction to Phage Biology - Fall course) is a research-intensive course geared towards science students. It can substitute for either Bio 110 or Bio 111 for any major/minor. It has a lab component and assumes students will also sign up for Bio 114 (Phage Genomics) concurrently with Bio 112 in the spring. Open to a limited number of students by application only.

Bio 112 (Form and Function - Spring course) is required for Biology, BMB, Health Science majors, pre-med students, and has a pre-requisite of Bio 110 or 111 or 113.

For Advising Help: contact Prof. Delesalle (delesall@gettysburg.edu) or visit the Prospective student tab at the Biology Department web site.

Visit the Biology Department web site.

BIOCHEMISTRY/MOLECULAR BIOLOGY

Students planning a major in the interdisciplinary Biochemistry and Molecular Biology program should take Biology 111 AND Chemistry 105 or 107 in the fall semester.  Since Mathematics 111-112 is required for the BMB major, consideration should be given to enrolling in Math 111 during the first year. For advising help, contact Prof. Kazuo Hiraizumi (hiraizum@gettysburg.edu) or Prof. Don Jameson (djameson@gettysburg.edu).

CHEMISTRY

Students planning a major in chemistry should take Chemistry 105 or 107 and Mathematics 111 or a higher level mathematics course during the fall semester.  See the Department Handbook

CHINESE

Students interested in Chinese or prospective majors in Chinese Studies should choose Chinese 101 if they have never studied the language previously. Students who have studied Chinese in high school should follow directions about placement testing during Orientation. Over the summer, contact Paula Baer pbaer@gettysburg.edu for assistance; and Prof. Jing Li jli@gettysburg.edu when the College is in session.

CIVIL WAR ERA STUDIES

There is no better place to learn about the American Civil War than Gettysburg College. CWES 205 is an excellent course for you to begin your exploration of the Civil War Era. Whether you are considering a minor in Civil War Era Studies, or you are just curious to find out more about the greatest conflict in American History, while spending four years at a site that played an important role in the war and its aftermath, CWES 205 offers an interdisciplinary introduction to the social, cultural, political and military aspects of the Civil War Era.  Additionally, CWES 205 may count towards the History major.  Prospective minors in Civil War Era Studies should plan to take this course as soon as their schedule allows.  For advising during the summer, please contact Cathy Bain, cbain@gettysburg.edu.

CLASSICS

100-and 200-level Classics courses are appropriate for any student interested in exploring this discipline, and they also contribute to the major in Classics. These courses address the Multiple Inquiries Goal and meet the Humanities Requirement. Students with a substantial interest in Classics who have studied ancient Greek or Latin in high school, should continue their language study (see courses and placement information under Greek and Latin headings); students who have not yet studied one of these languages are advised to begin their study (Latin 101 and Greek 101, fall semester only) in the fall of their First Year or no later than Fall of Sophomore year, in order to integrate a study abroad program into their coursework in Classics. For advising help, contact the Chair, Dr. GailAnn Rickert (grickert@gettysburg.edu).

COMPUTER SCIENCE

First-year prospective majors in Computer Science (CS) should schedule CS 111-112, and Math 111 during the first year.  Each course of our introductory sequence, CS 111, 112, and 216,  is offered each semester, so it is possible to begin the CS major at any point through sophomore year, although a later start will limit course choices and increase scheduling constraints.  Students with CS Advanced Placement (AP) scores of 4 or 5 will receive credit for CS 111 and place into CS 112.  Students without such AP scores may still place out of CS 111 with permission of a CS faculty member after an informal consultation.  Please note that CS 103 does not count towards CS major requirements. 

CS 107, "Introduction to Scientific Computation", in an alternative to CS 111 for prospective majors in Mathematics or the Natural Sciences.  Such students are strongly encouraged to take CS 107 or CS 111 rather than CS 103.

CS 103 is a lab-based, survey course of Computer Science for non-majors including a historical survey of technology and the use of computers, computer applications, software systems design, programming with scripts, computer hardware and digital logic design, and implications of computing.

To learn more about the Computer Science major, please consult any CS faculty member (x6630), the CS chair Todd Neller; x6643, or read our CS handbook

ECONOMICS

Students completing the major in economics have two degree choices – the Bachelor of Arts in Economics or the Bachelor of Science in Mathematical Economics.  We strongly encourage students who wish to pursue graduate study in Economics to choose the Bachelor of Science degree option.

Prospective majors in Economics should take Economics 103 and Economics 104 in the first year, in either order. Students looking primarily to understand nation-level issues of growth, employment, and prices should take Economics 104 (macroeconomics); students looking primarily to understand individual-level decision-making, economic incentives and the role of the marketplace in society should take Economics 103 (microeconomics). These courses meet the social sciences multiple inquiries goal, and are prerequisites for 200 level courses in regional economic issues (e.g. Asia, Latin America, Africa) that meet some of the diversity curriculum goals.

Students with AP or transfer credit in Introductory Microeconomics receive credit for Economics 103 and so should first choose Economics 104, and similarly students with AP or transfer credit in Introductory Macroeconomics should first choose Economics 103. Students are also encouraged to take Econ 241 (Statistics) as early as possible. In addition, majors are required to demonstrate achievement in Mathematics by taking Math 111 or Math 105-106. It is important to satisfy this Math requirement early since it is a prerequisite for admission to some sophomore courses in the department. The Economics Department strongly recommends Math 111. Those prospective majors who need more preparation in mathematics may take instead Mathematics 105 followed by Math 106 in the spring semester. For advising help, contact Prof. Brendan Cushing-Daniels (bdaniels@gettysburg.edu) or Sue Holz (sholz@gettysburg.edu).

EDUCATION

The Education Department offers two routes of interest for the study of Education: the Educational Studies minor (which does not include teacher certification) or the secondary and K-12 teacher certification program, which allows candidates to earn Pennsylvania state teacher licensure in selected fields. Students in either program should consider beginning their coursework in the first semester of their first year by enrolling in Education 209 or Education 201. Students enrolled in either of these courses will be assigned an Education advisor; please plan to contact your Education advisor as soon as you arrive on campus to ensure that your course of study is planned appropriately. Education classes require enrollment in a field lab (Education 060). Note that enrollment in an Education class permits you to bring a vehicle to campus to facilitate your fieldwork. Speak to your Education advisor for more information on this.

The Minor in Educational Studies: The Educational Studies minor allows students to explore education without earning teacher licensure at Gettysburg College. Students interested in earning certification in areas not offered at Gettysburg (in elementary grades, for example) are encouraged to pursue licensure as part of a Master's degree program or through alternative routes to certification. The Educational Studies minor is designed to prepare students for Master’s level coursework by introducing them to education as a cultural phenomenon, explored through various disciplinary lenses (including history, philosophy, psychology and sociology) and/or academic fields of interest (such as public policy, diversity studies, or social justice).

Teacher Certification program: Students interested in teacher certification and Pennsylvania licensure should begin their programs of study during the fall semester of their first year at the College. All candidates pursuing teacher certification must take two college-level math courses, a writing course, and a course in British or American Literature within their first two years of enrollment at Gettysburg. Other courses relevant to specific certification checklists can also be taken as follows, beginning the first semester:

-Those seeking certification in secondary English should select a British or American Literature course, English 205, or a math course.

-Those seeking certification in secondary mathematics or the sciences should select Math 111 and/or a British or American literature course.

-Those seeking certification in world languages (French, German, or Spanish) should select a British or American Literature course and a math course.

-Those seeking certification in secondary social studies should select from Anthropology 103, Environmental Studies 121, Political Science 101, History 110, a math course, and/or a course in British or American literature.

For more information on the Educational Studies minor or the teacher certification program, please see the College catalog http://www.gettysburg.edu/academics/catalog/programs/education.dot

For more information, contact Professor Divonna Stebick (717.630.2977; dstebick@gettysburg.edu) in June or July.

ENGLISH

Prospective majors in English should elect one of the First Year Seminars (FYS) which focuses on literature (FYS 165, FYS 168, FYS 178-2, FYS 183-4) or ENG 111 and ENG 113. All of these courses will fulfill the College's first-year writing requirement as well as count as an elective toward an English major or minor. If a prospective English major has exempted from the first-year writing requirement, he or she might want to begin with a foundational-level literature course (ENG 210-269).

All 200-level English literature courses (ENG 210-269) are open to any student who would like to study English or American literature; there are no pre-requisites for these courses. All 200-level literature courses fulfill the Multiple Inquiries Humanities requirement. ENG 201 Writing the Public Essay is open in the fall to any student who has been exempted from the first-year writing requirement.

For advising help, contact Linda Miller (lmiller@gettysburg.edu).

ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES

Prospective majors and minors should take ES 196 as soon as possible, preferably in the first year. Note that ES 121 and most other 100-level ES courses are designed for non-majors and typically do not count toward the ES major. Students interested in the Bachelors of Science degree should take two semesters of a basic natural science in their first year (Bio 111-112 or 113-114, or Chem 105 or 107-108, or Phys 103-104, 109-110, or 111-112). Sophomores should take as many core courses as possible (ES 211, 223, 225, and 230). For more information, read the full major/minor requirements. For advising help, please contact Professor Rud Platt.

FRENCH

All students who have previously studied French and wish to continue the language MUST take a placement test and register at the level they placed at.  If you are unable to sign-up for a class but really would like to take it, you need to place yourself on the wait-list.  We should know by August if we are able to accommodate students in that situation.  Placement in French 300 is only reflective of a good level in French language and does not suggest knowledge of theoretical concepts.  These will be taught in subsequent French classes (305, 310 etc.).  It is thus not unusual for First-Year students to be placed in FR300 and do very well.  Prospective French majors should have completed French 300 by their Sophomore year to ensure smooth planning for study abroad.  Those who have never taken French before and would like to start at Gettysburg College must register in French 101 which meets five days a week.  If you have questions, please contact Sue Welsh (swelsh@gettysburg.edu).

GERMAN

Prospective majors should take German 301 in the fall, pending placement at that level, but those who begin with German 201 can still schedule the remaining coursework for the major program without difficulty. A department placement test will be required of all students enrolling in German except for those who have never studied German before. German 101 is appropriate for the true beginner and meets five days a week. If you have questions, please contact the Department Chair, Prof. Laurel Cohen-Pfister (lcpfiste@gettysburg.edu)

GLOBALIZATION STUDIES

Prospective majors must take all four foundation courses: Anthropology 103, Economics 101 or Economics 104, History 110, and either POL 103 or POL 104.  These may be taken in any order and ideally should be completed by the end of the second year.  Students should be aware of the fact that because they design their regional and thematic tracks for this major, they must complete an application for the major.  THE APPLICATION IS AVAILABLE ON THE GLOBALIZATION STUDIES WEBSITE.  For advising help, contact Prof. DONNA PERRY (dperry@gettysburg.edu).

GREEK 

Beginning Greek (ancient) 101-102 (fall-spring) are appropriate for students who have never studied ancient Greek or who have studied ancient Greek previously but need to firm up fundamental grammar, syntax, and vocabulary in preparation for intermediate reading courses.  To integrate a study abroad program into their course work, students are advised to complete at least Greek 101-102 by the end of their second year. Students who wish to continue their study of ancient Greek (or are interested in Classics) should consult with the Chair, Dr. GailAnn Rickert (grickert@gettysburg.edu) about appropriate placement.

HEALTH SCIENCES

Prospective majors in Health Sciences should take Bio 110 in the fall and Bio 112 in the spring. Students interested in the Health Sciences B.A. major should take HS 112 in either the fall or spring semester. HS 112 is not required for the Health Sciences B.S. major. For more information, see the Department's web site.

HISTORY

All 100 and 200- level courses have no pre-requisites and fulfill the Humanities requirement for the Multiple Inquiries Goal. Many of these courses also fulfill the Global Understanding, Conceptualizing Diversity, or STS requirements. Prospective majors should take a 100-level or 200 level course. FY students can take 300 level courses only with permission of the instructor. For advising help, contact Rebecca Barth (rbarth@gettysburg.edu). 

INTERDISCIPLINARY  STUDIES

Courses listed in the College Catalogue under the category of Interdisciplinary Studies involve subject matter and methods of study from more than one discipline or department. All courses with an IDS indicator, except courses numbered IDS 450-499, address the Integrative Thinking Goal through the Interdisciplinary courses option. 200-level courses without prerequisites are appropriate for First Year students. Students may create their own majors, normally in their sophomore year, through the Individual Major Program  administered by the Interdisciplinary Studies Committee. For advising help, contact Cindy Helfrich (chelfric@gettysburg.edu), Prof. Marta Robertson (mroberts@gettysburg.edu), or consult the departmental webpage http://www.gettysburg.edu/academics/ids

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

International Affairs (IA) is offered only as a dual major; therefore, it must be combined with another major.   Students must apply and be accepted into the program.  Applications are available on the IA website.  Students must also have chosen their other major at the time of their application.  Students must have at least a 2.60 GPA in their other major and the general curriculum to be considered for the program and to remain in it.  Most students apply in the second semester of the first year or in their sophomore year.  In the first and second year, students should take Economics 103 & 104, Political Science 103, and History 110. For advising help, contact Prof. Donald Borock, Director of IA (dborock@gettysburg.edu) or Prof. Eileen Stillwaggon (stillwaggon@gettysburg.edu).

ITALIAN

The Italian Studies Major consists of twelve courses which includes Italian 201 and 202; five courses at the 300 level taught in Italian and five courses at the 200 level taught in English. Students who pursue the Italian Studies Major must spend a semester of study in Italy. The Italian Studies Minor consists of five courses above IT 202, at least two of which must be at the 300 level taught in Italian. We highly encourage, but do not oblige, our students interested in the Italian Studies Minor to study in Italy for a semester. If you wish to schedule Italian, but are unable to register for a section matching your language placement results, you can contact the Department Chair, Prof. Alan Perry via email at aperry@gettysburg.edu. For more information on our Italian Studies Minor and Major, please consult the information at http://www.gettysburg.edu/academics/italian/programs/major_minor.dot

JAPANESE

Students interested in Japanese or prospective majors in Japanese Studies should choose Jpn 101 if they have never studied the language previously. Students who have studied Japanese in high school should follow directions about placement testing during Orientation. Over the summer, contact Paula Baer pbaer@gettysburg.edu for assistance; and Prof. Eleanor Hogan (ehogan@gettysburg.edu) when the College is in session. 

LATIN 

Beginning Latin 101-102 (fall-spring) are appropriate for students who have never studied Latin or who have studied Latin previously but need to firm up fundamental grammar, syntax, and vocabulary in preparation for intermediate reading courses. Students who have had only one or two years of high school Latin may enroll in Latin 101 in the fall without taking the placement test. Students who wish to continue their study of Latin (or are interested in Classics) and have had three or more years of Latin study in high school should take the online Placement Exam. Without previous college level course work, students may enroll in Latin 102, 201, 202, or 300-level courses only after completing the placement exam.  To integrate a study abroad program into their course work, students are advised to complete at least Latin 101-102 by the end of their second year.  Students who wish to continue their study of Latin (or are interested in Classics) should consult with the Chair, Dr. GailAnn Rickert (grickert@gettysburg.edu) about appropriate placement.

LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES

First-year students wishing to pursue the combined Latin American Studies-Spanish major, or the Latin American Studies minor, should take the Spanish placement test and sign up for the appropriate level Spanish-language course. (Minors can fulfill the language requirement with a demonstrated proficiency in Spanish, French, or Portuguese.) Prospective majors and minors should consider taking FYS 133-2, or FYS 199-3. Sign up for LAS 140 Introduction to Latin America: Social Sciences or LAS 147 Introduction to Latin America; Cultural Studies, any of these fulfill the required introduction to Latin American Studies for majors and are strongly recommended for minors. Students should contemplate studying abroad in Latin America on a college-affiliated program (required for majors) second semester sophomore year or during their junior year.

Sophomore students should continue their language studies and take (LAS 140 Introduction to Latin America: Social Sciences or LAS 147 Introduction to Latin America; Cultural Studies, if they have not done so already, and then move on to 200-level course. Note: Since LAS is a multidisciplinary program, many courses are cross-listed with other departments.

MANAGEMENT

The Department of Management offers a major in Organization and Management Studies and a minor in Business.

Organization and Management Studies

Prospective majors in Organization and Management Studies will need to take Psychology 101 or Sociology 101 in their first year. The earliest a student may take OMS 111 is the spring semester of their first year because of the Psychology or Sociology pre-requisite.

Students considering OMS as a major must complete OMS 111, OMS 235, and OMS 270 by the end of their sophomore year. OMS 235 is restricted to first and second year students. For advising help, contact Prof. Bennett Bruce during his open office hours on Wednesday or Friday from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. or Sally Roelke (sroelke@gettysburg.edu). The department of Management is located on the 4th floor of Glatfelter Hall.

Business Minor

Prospective minors in Business should take Economics 103 in their first year. Students interested in business should visit Prof. Bruce during his open office hours on Wednesday or Friday from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. or Sally Roelke (sroelke@gettysburg.edu). The department of Management is located on the 4th floor of Glatfelter Hall.

For advising help, contact Prof. Bennett Bruce (bbruce@gettysburg.edu).

MATHEMATICS

The Department of Mathematics does not have a placement exam.  Rather, we believe that students should self-place themselves into the class that best fits their background and interests with help from their advisor and other faculty in our department.  Students considering a mathematics course should refer to the Mathematics Placement Guidelines to determine the appropriate placement or consult with a member of the department at 717-337-6630 or email (dglass@gettysburg.edu).

MUSIC

Incoming music majors (all degrees) and minors should also refer to the New Student Orientation page on the Sunderman Conservatory website. If you are not a music major or minor, please see below: Information for All Incoming Students, to learn about courses that will be offered in 2012-13.

Information for Incoming First-Year Music Majors and Minors (Class of 2016)

As you prepare to register for courses, please check your audition letter to see which degree guidelines to follow from those given below.

B.A. in Music and music minors: Should register first for MUS_CLAS 141: Music Theory 1 and build the rest of the schedule around this course. Then register for the following: a second language, a First Year Seminar (highly recommended; a number of seminars also fulfill the writing requirement), and one multiple inquiries goal course other than in the Arts.  In the second semester, students should register first for MUS_CLAS 142:Music Theory 2 (1),  and then for the following: MUS_CLAS 212: Cross-Cultural Contexts of Music (1), Eng 101/111 (only if the writing requirement was not previously satisfied, and Gettysburg Curriculum requirements (in consultation with academic advisor). Information about registration for studio lessons and ensembles for both semesters can be found below in the section on Private Lessons and Ensembles. If you think you would like to study abroad, please begin planning for this option with your advisor in the first year.

B.S. in Music Education: Should register first for MUS_CLAS 141:Music Theory 1 (1), Mus_Clas 149: Social Foundations of Music Education (1), and Mus_Clas 120: Piano Skills 1 (.25) and build the rest of the schedule around these courses. Then  a First Year Seminar (WITH WRITING COMPONENT) or Eng 101/111 (this is a state requirement for teacher licensure that must be completed during the first semester; an approved AP ENGLISH WRITING class with a score of 4 or higher can exempt you from this requirement) , and a second language (we recommend Spanish, as it is the more commonly spoken second language in public education). In the second semester, students should register first for MUS_CLAS 142:Music Theory 2 (1), MUS_CLAS 212: Cross-Cultural Contexts of Music (1), MUS_CLAS 121: Piano Skills 2 (.25), MUS_CLAS 159: Vocal Methods (.25). Educ 201: Educational Psychology (1) , and continue in their second language sequence. Music Education majors will complete the piano proficiency through the two keyboard skills classes (MUS_CLAS 120-121) and should register for applied performance area instruction and appropriate ensembles in both semesters (see information in the section entitled Private Lessons and Ensembles below). If you think you would like to study abroad, please discuss this with your advisor at your first meeting so that you can plan ahead for the 9th-semester student teaching option.

B Mus in Performance: Should register first for MUS_CLAS 141 (Music Theory 1) and build the rest of the schedule around this course. Then register for a second language, First Year Seminar (with writing component) or Eng 101/ 111, or one multiple inquiries goal course other than in the Arts. Students will register for Music 157 at the time of the first meeting with their studio teacher. In the second semester, students should register first for MUS_CLAS 142 (Music Theory 2) and then for MUS_CLAS 212, and Gettysburg Curriculum requirements (in consultation with academic advisor). Registration for MUS 158 will take place through your studio teacher. There may be additional partial-credit requirements associated with your particular degree track (voice, keyboard, strings, or wind/percussion) that you will add in consultation with your music advisor at the beginning of the fall semester. If you think you would like to study abroad, please begin planning for this option with your advisor in the first year.

Please note: An audition is required for admission into the major or minor program.

Private Lessons and Ensembles

Students register for applied music courses in Voice, Piano, Organ, Guitar, Woodwinds, Brass, Percussion, or Strings at the first meeting with your studio teacher in the fall semester. Auditions/placements for music ensembles in Choir, Band, Orchestra, and Jazz Band will also be scheduled at the beginning of fall semester. Ensemble directors complete the ensemble registration once auditions are over and the ensemble rosters are finalized.

Information for All Incoming Students

We also offer courses that fulfill the goals of the Gettysburg Curriculum for students who are undecided or in other majors. In 2012-13 these include: MUS_CLAS 101 (sections of Introduction to Music Listening: Classical Survey or History of Rock), 102 (World Music), 110 (Jazz: Evolution of America’s Music), 251 (Music of the Caribbean)  For advising help, contact Prof. Kay Hoke (shoke@gettysburg.edu).

PHILOSOPHY

Students are encouraged to consider an introductory course in Philosophy early in their college career as an opportunity to enlarge their intellectual perspective and develop skills in reasoning and argument.  It would be helpful for prospective majors to take either 101, 105, 107, 110, FYS 132-2, FYS 133, or FYS 134 in their first year, although many majors have little problem completing major requirements after beginning a course of study in the sophomore year. A 100-level course is a pre-requisite for all 200- and 300-level courses in philosophy, and anyone who has taken any 100-level course in philosophy should feel encouraged to consider all other course offerings in the department.  For advising help, contact Prof. Steve Gimbel (sgimbel@gettysburg.edu). 

PHYSICS and DUAL-DEGREE ENGINEERING

Students planning to major in Physics should take Physics 111 and Mathematics 111 or a higher level mathematics course. Candidates for the Dual-Degree Engineering Program interested in majoring in physics while at Gettysburg College should take Physics 111 and Mathematics 111; students interested in Chemical Engineering and a chemistry major should take Chemistry 107 and Mathematics 111; other non-physics-major dual-degree candidates should take Physics 109 and Mathematics 111.  All dual-degree candidates should take a second language, English 101, or 111, or First Year Seminar that is writing intensive which satisfies the effective communication goal, or Economics 103 or 104 in the first semester. Dual-degree candidates should also give thought in the first year to which of the fifteen engineering majors they wish to pursue. For advising help, contact Prof. Bret Crawford (bcrawfor@gettysburg.edu).

Advice about intro Physics courses:

  • 101: For non-science majors; does not count toward the Physics major
  • 103: For Biology, Environmental Studies, Health Science majors, algebra-based course; sophomore status required; does not count toward the Physics major
  • 109: For Chemistry and Biochemistry & Molecular Biology  majors, calculus-based course; sophomore status required; does not count toward the Physics major
  • 111: for Physics and Engineering dual degree majors, calculus-based course

POLITICAL SCIENCE

Any student may enroll in Political Science 101,102,103 or 104.  Prospective majors must take three of these introductory courses which are intended to introduce the student to the major fields of political science.  They may be taken in any order, but should be completed by the end of the fourth semester. The political science department also encourages majors to take Pol 215 (Methods in Political Science) by the end of their sophomore year. For advising help, contact Karen Goldberg (kgoldber@gettysburg.edu) or Prof. Don Borock (dborock@gettysburg.edu). 

Public Policy: Students interested in the Public Policy Major would benefit from taking one of the following courses: POL 101 (American Government), POL 104 (Comparative Politics), ECON 103 (Microeconomics), ECON 104 (Macroeconomics), or PHIL 105 (Contemporary Moral Issues).

PREMEDICAL STUDENTS

Students planning to attend medical school immediately after college should have completed Biology 110-112, (or Biology 111-112 if majoring in Biology), Chemistry 107-108, Chemistry 203-204, and Physics 103-104 (or 109-110, or 111-112), by the end of the junior year.  This will prepare students to take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) at this time.  In order to keep this rigorous schedule, students should give careful consideration to planning their first year courses.  While medical schools require that a student must have taken these courses to gain admission, they do not require any particular major.

PSYCHOLOGY

Prospective majors may elect to take Psych 101 in either the fall or spring. Prospective majors would hope to complete Psych 205 by the end of the Sophomore year. Enrollment in Psych 205 is limited to declared Psychology majors. MAJORS MUST ALSO COMPLETE TWO LABORATORY COURSES IN THE DIVISION OF NATURAL SCIENCES FROM AMONG THOSE THAT WILL SATISFY THE NATURAL SCIENCE REQUIREMENT. Students who have received a 4 or better on the Psychology Advanced Placement Exam may consider registering for 200-level classes in the fall. For advising help, contact Prof. Stephen Siviy (ssiviy@gettysburg.edu).

RELIGIOUS STUDIES

The Department of Religious Studies focuses on the global, cross-cultural, and academic study of religion. We offer an array of courses that introduce students to major religious traditions of the world, such as Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Confucianism, and the religions of America. All courses in the Department fulfill the one-course requirement in the Humanities. Many courses also fulfill the one-course requirement in Global Understanding, while other courses fulfill the one-course requirement in Conceptualizing Diversity. Although there are no prerequisites for any 100- or 200-level course, we encourage prospective majors and minors to take Religion 101 early in their career. The Department strongly recommends Study Abroad programs and counts toward the major or minor work completed abroad. We also offer a Judaic Studies minor and are related to the Peace and Justice Studies minor. See the Department's website for details. For summer advising help contact the Dept. Chair, Prof. Stephen Stern at sstern@gettysburg.edu.

SOCIOLOGY

Sociology 101(or SOC 102 or 103, which are equivalent to 101) is appropriate for any student interested in exploring this discipline and meets the Social Science requirement for the Multiple Inquiries Goal. Students interested in majoring in Sociology should take Soc 101 during the first year since it is a prerequisite for almost all other Sociology courses. Sociology majors planning to study abroad during the junior year should ideally complete Sociology 101, at least two 200 level Sociology courses, and one of the 300 level sociology courses by the end of the sophomore year. For advising help, contact Andrea Switzer (aswitzer@gettysburg.edu )

SPANISH

Prospective majors should take Spanish 301 in the fall, or as soon as possible, pending placement at that level. Those who begin at a lower level can still schedule the remaining coursework for the major program without difficulty, but should consult with the Spanish Department for advising.  All students who have previously studied Spanish for more than a year MUST take the Spanish placement test.  Those who have studied one year or less MAY take the placement test or enroll in Spanish 103. Spanish 101 is reserved for students who have never studied Spanish; it meets five days a week.  If you have questions, contact Becky Best (bbest@gettysburg.edu). 

THEATRE ARTS

Theatre is a vital part of the liberal arts education which Gettysburg College offers. Rooted in a sound academic program and fed by rigorous course offerings, it flowers in a variety of productions. You are encouraged to take one or more of the following theatre courses during your first year: Theatre Arts 105, Introduction to the Theatre (fall/spring); Theatre Arts 115, Theatre Production (fall); Theatre Arts 116, Introduction to Costume Design (fall); Theatre Arts 120, Fundamentals of Acting (fall/spring); Theatre Arts 204, History of Theatre Arts (spring); Theatre Arts 212, Fundamentals of Directing (fall); Theatre Arts 215, Fundamentals of Stage Design (spring); First Year Seminar 128-2, Shakespeare:  Then and Now (fall).

You are also encouraged to attend first year students only auditions for our fall production held on the first day of classes, Monday, August 27, from 4:00 PM - 6:30 PM: this will introduce you to our opening production. For information, contact Chris Kauffman, chair, ((ckauffma@gettysburg.edu) or Carol Coon, Academic Office Administrator, (ccoon@gettysburg.edu)

WOMEN, GENDER & SEXUALITY STUDIES

Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies is an interdisciplinary program which examines historically marginalized genders and sexualities from the perspective of critical gender studies.  The program has a special focus on women and on intersections of gender, sexuality, race, class, ethnicity, age, and ability.  The curriculum emphasizes critical thinking, multiple perspectives, and the diversity of human experience. Students learn a number of methods for examining and strategies for modifying the conditions that affect all of our lives.

Students interested in the program should take WGS 120 in their first or second year. Our 200-level courses do not have pre-requisites and work towards an array of Gettysburg College Curriculum goals, notably the Interdisciplinary, Conceptualizing Diversity, Global Understanding and Humanities or Social Science goals. Students planning to major and study abroad should note that WGS 300 is offered in the Fall and are strongly encouraged to take WGS 300  prior to the capstone sequence WGS 340-400 to be taken senior year (fall and spring). For advising assistance over the summer, contact Prof. Nathalie Lebon at nlebon@gettysburg.edu.


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