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

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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, 131, or 132. 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 and minor. 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, Classics, French, Latin American Studies, Religious 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. ARTS 141 is also open to students with general interest in studio art. 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. This course is a pre-requisite for upper-level studio art courses.

Students interested in art history, but not expecting to major or minor, may take ARTH 120 (does not count for the major or minor) or ARTH 125. 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. This course is a pre-requisite for upper-level art history courses.

For information, please contact office administrator Karen Eskildsen keskilds@gettysburg.edu or call 717-337-6121.

ASIAN STUDIES

Prospective majors and minors should consider taking AS 150 Japanese Culture and Society or AS 151 Chinese Culture and Society in their first or second year. They should also start language study with Chinese 101 or Japanese 101. See Chinese and Japanese sections and our online handbook as well. Asia related courses are also available in other departments including History, Political Science, Religious Studies, and Art History. Over the summer, contact Paula Baer (pbaer@gettysburg.edu) for assistance and Prof. Dina Lowy  (dlowy@gettysburg.edu) when the college is in session.

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 or 118 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.

Special considerations:

• If you are planning on a Psychology major: This major requires 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.

• Students interested in Environmental Studies who plan to do the BS degree should take at least one course in Biology (111 or 113) OR Chemistry (105 or 107) OR Physics (103 or 109 or111) their first semester.

• Students pursuing Teacher Certification for Biology must complete all four Biology core courses (Bio 111, 112, 211, 212) and should plan accordingly.

• 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 - not offered Spring 15) 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 designed for students who will not take our sophomore-level Genetics and Cell Biology courses but need an introduction to genetics and cell biology for their major/minor. It assumes that a student will also take Bio 112 in the Spring. Weekly lab component.

Bio 111 (Introduction to ecology and evolution - Fall course) is designed for students who plan to major in Biology or BMB, or have an interest in Environmental Studies. It assumes a solid background in science. Weekly 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 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. Lab component.

Bio 112 (Form and Function - Spring course) or Bio 118 (The Chemistry of Life - 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. Lab component.

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

WAITLIST ADVICE: students planning on majoring in Biology, BMB, or Health Sciences should enroll in the appropriate introductory Biology class in the fall OR join the waitlist for that class.

BIOCHEMISTRY/MOLECULAR BIOLOGY

Students planning a major in the interdisciplinary Biochemistry and Molecular Biology program should take Biology 111 or 113 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).

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. Chemistry 105 and Chemistry 107 fulfill the same requirements in the Chemistry Department curriculum and are taught at an equivalent level of difficulty. Either class is a solid foundation for Chemistry 108 in the second semester.  See the Department Handbook online or contact Prof. Luke Thompson (lthompso@gettysburg.edu) or Prof. Shelli Frey (sfrey@gettysburg.edu).


Students who are interested in taking a chemistry class because of a general interest in exploring chemistry can start with either Chemistry 105 or 107. Chemistry 105 is designed so that many of it's examples come from agricultural and environmental chemistry while Chemistry 107 explores a broader range of themes. Neither class presumes an extensive background in chemistry.

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. Our department offers a variety of courses that explore the Civil War Era using an interdisciplinary approach. Courses offered examine the war through literature, film, gender, race, and culture. Students interested in public history may also take advantage of an array of exciting internships in the field. CWES 205 is an excellent course for you to begin your exploration of the social, political, and military history of the Civil War Era; through readings of primary sources and the latest scholarship, it offers an introduction to what Walt Whitman called our "many-threaded drama." CWES 205 may count toward the History major, and prospective minors in Civil War Era studies should plan to take this course as soon as their schedule allows. Any student may earn a minor in Civil War Era Studies by completing CWES 205; a capstone seminar; and four electives, FYS 183 Investigate the Battlefield of Gettysburg, 183-4 Blood on the Moon: Literature and the American Civil War, and FYS 185-2 The Long Shadow of the Civil War count for the minor. For advising during the summer, please contact Cathy Bain, cbain@gettysburg.edu.or Brian Jordan (bmjordan@gettysburg.edu).

CLASSICS

All 100-and 200-level Classics courses with no prerequisites are appropriate for any student interested in exploring Classics, and they also contribute to the major in Classics. New students should check the FY announcement of courses for this year's offerings. All Classics courses address the Multiple Inquiries Goal and meet the Humanities Requirement. Students with 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 in the Fall of their first year or no later than the 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 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.

•CS 107 Introduction to Scientific Computation, is 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. CS 103 is designed for student who are interested in computer science but do not plan on majoring. CS 103 does not count towards CS major requirements.

To learn more about the Computer Science major, please consult any CS faculty member (717-337-6630), the CS chair Clif Presser (cpresser@gettysburg.edu); or read the Computer Science handbook online CS handbook

ECONOMICS

Students completing the major in economics have two degree choices – the Bachelor of Arts with a major in Economics or the Bachelor of Science with a major  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 requirement and are prerequisites for 200 level courses in regional economic issues (e.g. Asia, Latin America, Africa) that address some of the diversity curriculum goals. 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 Math 105 followed by Math 106 in the Spring semester.

Students interested in Economics but not sure they want to major in the field should take Econ 103 or Econ 104 in the first year.

Students with AP or transfer credit in Introductory Microeconomics should choose Economics 104 (Introductory Macroeconomics), and students with AP or transfer credit in Introductory Macroeconomics should first choose Economics 103 (Introductory Microeconomics). Students who have AP credit in the more general Introductory Economics will be given credit for Econ 104, and should therefore take Econ 103. For advising help, contact Prof. Brendan Cushing-Daniels (bdaniels@gettysburg.edu) or Sue Holz (sholz@gettysburg.edu).

EDUCATION

The Education Department offers two tracks: the Educational Studies minor, which does not include teacher certification; or, the secondary 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 199 or Education 201. Students enrolled in either of these courses will be assigned an Education advisor. 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 first-year students to bring a vehicle to campus to facilitate fieldwork. Contact the Education Department for more information on the field lab and vehicle registration.

The Minor in Educational Studies: The Educational Studies minor allows students to explore education without earning teacher licensure. Students seeking certification in areas not offered at Gettysburg (for example, elementary education) 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 (such as 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 work during the fall semester of their first year. 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 requirements include:

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

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

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

-For 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, contact Academic Administrator Kathy Ambrose (kambrose@gettysburg.edu 717-337-6550); or, Prof. Dave Powell (djpowell@gettysburg.edu 717-337-6552).

ENGLISH

Any first year students as well as prospective majors in English may elect one of the First Year Seminars (FYS) that focuses on literature (FYS 128-3, FYS 165, FYS 168-2, FYS 178-2, FYS 183-4) or ENG 111 or 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).

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- and 300-level literature courses fulfill the Multiple Inquiries Humanities requirement.

Prospective English majors and minors who wish to focus on creative writing should accomplish their writing requirement in the Fall semester of their first year and attempt to enroll in ENG 205 Introduction to Creative Writing the Spring semester. If classes are full, students should be sure to enroll in ENG 205 the Fall semester of their sophomore year. ENG 205 is a gateway course to all advanced-level writing classes. Those first year students who have been exempted from the writing component might consider enrolling in ENG 201 Writing the Public Essay for the Fall semester.

For advising help, contact Jody Rosenthal (jrosenthal@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 advising help, please contact Professor Rud Platt (rplatt@gettysburg.edu).

FRENCH

All students who have previously studied French and wish to continue the language MUST take a placement test and register at the level where they are placed. If the class you want fills, you should place yourself on the wait-list; the department will decide in August if they 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

A department placement test is required of all students enrolling in German, except for those who have never studied German before. Prospective majors should enroll each semester of their first year in the appropriate language course. It is possible even for those who begin with GER 101 to complete the German Studies major. It is recommended that majors concurrently enroll in a German Studies course taught in English (GER 120, GER 270, GER 280, GER 351, HIST 218, PHIL 208, PHIL 366, MUS_CLAS 109). Majors should take GER 240, Introduction to German Studies: Method and Theories, as soon as possible. This course is offered every other year. AP credits do not count toward the major or minor. 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 104, either POL 103 or POL 104, and GS 225 (class of 2017 students may take History 110 in place of GS 225). The foundation courses may be taken in any order and ideally should be completed by the end of the second year. A semester of study abroad is required for the GS major. Two semesters of foreign language study are required for the major in addition to the two-semester foreign language sequence required as part of the Gettysburg College Curriculum. 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 (available on the department website).  For advising help, contact Prof. Megan Sijapati (msijapat@gettysburg.edu), Prof. Yasemin Akbaba (yakbaba@gettysburg.edu), or Ms. Lin Myers (lkmyers@gettysburg.edu).

GREEK 

GRK 101-102 Beginning Ancient and New Testament Greek (fall-spring), is appropriate for students who have never studied Greek or who have studied 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 Greek (or are interested in Latin or Classics) should consult with the Chair, Dr. GailAnn Rickert (grickert@gettysburg.edu) about appropriate placement.

HEALTH SCIENCES

The Health Sciences (HS) Department offers two majors: HS for the Bachelor of Science degree (HS BS) and HS for the Bachelor of Arts degree (HS BA). See the department's website for a description of the two majors. Prospective HS BS majors should take BIO 110 in the fall semester of their first year, and BIO 112 in the spring semester of their first year. Although not required, prospective HS BS students also may want to take CHEM 107 in the fall semester of the first year, and CHEM 108 in the spring semester of the first year. Taking these sequences of general biology and general chemistry together during the first year is most important for HS BS majors who want to attend medical school directly after graduating from Gettysburg College (no gap year). Prospective HS BA majors should take BIO 110 in the fall semester of the first year, and BIO 112 in the spring semester of the first year. It is important for HS BS majors and HS BA majors to follow the recommendations in this paragraph. There will be a group advising session during the First Year Orientation for students interested in attending a professional school in the health professions (medicine, dentistry, physician assistant, physical therapy, etc.) after graduating from Gettysburg College. It is important for all interested students to attend this session.

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 Science-Technology-Society requirements. Prospective majors should take a 100-level or 200 level course. First Year 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 Interdisciplinary Studies Committee. For advising help, contact Lin Myers (lkmyers@gettysburg.edu) or Prof. Shannon Egan (segan@gettysburg.edu).

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

International Affairs (IA) is offered only as a dual major; therefore, it must be combined with another major. In the first and second year, students should take Economics 103 & 104, Political Science 103, and History 110. 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 and must have at least a 2.60 GPA in their other major and overall 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. 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 including 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.

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. 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 Ancient and New Testament Greek or  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.) Spanish 301 is the first required course for the Combined Spanish/Latin American Studies Major.


Students who have a general interest in LAS or prospective majors and minors should sign up for LAS 147 Introduction to Latin America: Cultural Studies in the Fall; or LAS 140 Introduction to Latin America: Social Sciences in the Spring. Either course fulfills the required introduction to Latin American Studies for majors and is strongly recommended for minors. Students should contemplate studying abroad in Latin America on a college-affiliated program (required for majors) as soon as they have completed Spanish 301 and LAS 147 or LAS 140.

Sophomore students should continue their language studies and take LAS 140 or LAS 147, if they have not done so already, and then move on to 200-level courses. 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. For advising help, contact Prof. Bennett Bruce (bbruce@gettysburg.edu).

Organization and Management Studies

Prospective majors in Organization and Management Studies will need to take Psychology 101 or Sociology 101 (or Soc 101 or Soc 103) in their first year. The earliest a student may take OMS 111 is the spring semester of their first year UNLESS you have credit for the Psych or Soc prerequisites.

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.

Business Minor

Prospective minors in Business should take Economics 103 in their first year.

For advising help, students should visit Prof. Bennett Bruce (bbruce@gettysburg.edu) when the college is in session during his open office hours on Wednesday or Friday from 3:00 to 4:30pm or contact Sally Roelke (sroelke@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). Please note that Calculus I (Math 111) is for students who have not previously taken Calculus. In general, students who have taken the AB Calculus exam should start in Calculus II (Math 112) and students who have taken the BC Calculus exam should start in a 200-level math course. Students who are considering a major in Mathematics, Physics, or Computer Science and are beginning at the Calculus I or Calculus II level should consider taking the Honors sections of those courses.

Guidelines for Math Placement for First Year Students

It is beneficial to find the most appropriate math course in which to start, given your goals; aptitude and motivation; and background. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to discuss your individual situation with a math faculty member.

Step 1 (Goals):  What are your goals in taking a math course at Gettysburg College?

Goals

Starting course

Pursue further study in math, computer science, economics, or the sciences.

Introduction to Research in Mathematics (Math 201; no pre-requisites), or

Calculus (Math 105, 111, 111H, 112, 112H, or 211; see placement chart), or

Linear Algebra (Math 212; see placement chart), or

Abstract Mathematics I (Math 215; see placement chart), or

Differential Equations (Math 225 see placement chart)

Fulfill the Quantitative, inductive and deductive reasoning (QIDR) requirement.

Mathematical Ideas (Math 103; no pre-requisites), or
Introduction to Research in Mathematics (Math 201; no pre-requisites), or
Cryptography (FYS 146-2; no pre-requisites), or
Courses in other departments (such as certain courses in CS, Econ., HES, Philosophy, Political Science, etc.)  See Registrar’s website for eligible courses.

Note: Gettysburg College does not have a math requirement.

Step 2 (Aptitude and Motivation): These are only guidelines to help you decide where it is best for you to start; you may want to keep the following points in mind:

  1. Your motivation (drive and determination) is a very important factor in your success no matter which course you select. Many students are more motivated to work (and will attain higher grades) in a course where the material is new to them as opposed to a course where they have already seem most of the material.
  2. Good study habits and the ability to handle challenges go a long way toward filling occasional gaps in background. If you are unsure about the strength of your background, you should consider your study habits and whether you are diligent in seeking out help.
  3. It is easier to move down than it is to move up. When choosing between two courses, the department's general recommendation is to take the higher course, because you will have an opportunity to move down to a lower level course through the fifth week of classes. If you start in a lower course, you will not be able to move up to a higher course after the second week of classes.

Step 3 (Background): On the chart that follows, find the highest level background course completed in high school in which you did well (grade of B or better). For example, if in high school you had an A in Algebra II, a B in Precalculus, and a C in Calculus, then your highest level background with B or better is Precalculus.

Highest Level Background with B or Better

Starting Course

Algebra II

Note:  If you have completed Algebra II, but you do not have a B or better in any of the courses listed in this column, you should pre-register for Math 105 and speak with a math faculty member before finalizing your registration.

Calculus with Precalculus  (Math 105)
(and in the spring  Math 106)

Note:  Completing Math 105 and Math 106 is equivalent to completing Calculus I (Math 111).

Precalculus   (also taught under titles such as Math Analysis, or Functions, or College Algebra/Trig), including the topics:
Functions, graphs, and shifting/stretching
Polynomial and rational functions
Exponential and logarithmic functions
Trigonometric functions and identities

Note:  A score of 4 or 5 on AP Calculus AB exam gives credit for Math 111.  If you take Math 111, you will lose this credit.

Calculus I  (Math 111)

Some Calculus + Highly Motivated:
If you took some calculus (but not enough to enroll in Calculus II), are highly motivated, and have a Math SAT score of 650 or higher.

Honors Calculus I  (Math 111H)

Calculus:  full year course in high school (not necessarily AP),                  including the following topics:
Limits and continuity
Derivatives
Increase/decrease, max/min, and concavity
Antiderivatives
Definite integrals
Fundamental Theorem of Calculus

Note: A score of 4 or 5 on AP Calculus BC exam gives credit for Math 112.  If you take Math 112, you will lose this AP credit.

Calculus II  (Math 112)

Calculus + Highly Motivated:
If you earned a 4 or 5 on the AB Calculus test
or
If you took a year of calculus, are highly motivated, and have a Math SAT score of 650 or higher.

Honors Calculus II  (Math 112H)

AP Calculus BC course, including all Calculus topics listed above plus:
Integration techniques
Applications of integration
Differential equations
Infinite sequences and series

Multivariable Calculus  (Math 211)
or
Linear Algebra  (Math 212)
or
Abstract Mathematics I  (Math 215)
or
Differential Equations (Math 225)

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 2014-15.

Information for All Incoming Students

Three first-year seminars, FYS 143 (Flipping the switch), FYS 118 (Why Jazz Matters), and FYS 144-2 (Why Do People Dance?) will be offered by music faculty members. We also offer courses that fulfill requirements for the Gettysburg Curriculum for all students. In 2014-15 these include: MUS_CLAS 101 (sections of Introduction to Music Listening, a course focusing on western art music), 102 (World Music), 218 (American Diasporic Music and Dance), and 251 (Music of the Caribbean). All of the 100-and 200-level courses listed above offer excellent opportunities for exploring various aspects of music.

Information for Incoming First-Year Music Majors and Minors (Class of 2018)

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. with a major 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 we recommend you 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,  and then for the following: MUS_CLAS 210: Western Art Music 1, Eng 101/111 (only if the writing requirement was not previously satisfied), and Gettysburg Curriculum requirements such as the second semester of your second language-all in consultation with your 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 and on the Conservatory's web pages. If you think you would like to study abroad, please begin planning for this option with your advisor in the first year.

B.M.E. (Bachelor of Music Education): Should register first for MUS_CLAS 141:Music Theory 1, EDUC 201: Educational Psychology and build the rest of the schedule around these courses. Next, a First Year Seminar that also fulfills a curricular requirement (for example, Writing American or English Literature, or Math/Quantitative). [Note: the writing component is a state requirement for teacher licensure that must be completed during the first semester either through an approved course, having achieved a minimum score of 660 on the verbal portion of the SAT, or having successfully completed an approved AP English writing class with a score of 4 or higher.] Your advisor will guide you in the selection of a 4th course and various other music requirements not listed above. The music education faculty will also invite you to participate in a webinar this summer before you register online for the Fall 2014 courses. Helpful information will also be posted on the Conservatory's web pages. At the first meeting with your advisor in August you will also plan ahead for Spring 2015 courses. 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.M. 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 210: Western Art Music, 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: A successful audition is required for admission into the major or minor program.

Private Lessons and Ensembles: Registration for applied music courses and ensembles will be completed when the students arrive on campus-do not try to register for those online during the summer. 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.

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, or, when offered: FYS 132-2, FYS 133, FYS 134, or 138-2, 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 Mathematics 111, and either Chem 107, CS 107 or CS111.  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) and review the department website.

Advice about intro Physics courses:

  • 101: Non-lab science 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; can count toward the Physics major for those starting the major in their sophomore year. Appropriate course for non-physics majors interested in engineering.
  • 111: for Physics 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 sub-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 additional information about the major contact any member of the department or its administrative assistant Carla Pavlick (cpavlick@gettysburg.edu) For advising help, contact the department chair Prof. Don Borock (dborock@gettysburg.edu).

PREMEDICAL STUDENTS

Students planning to attend medical school should complete the following courses by the end of junior or senior year, depending on when they plan to take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT).

  • Biology 110 and 112 (or Biology 111 and 112 if majoring in Biology, BMB, or Environmental Studies)
  • Chemistry 107 and 108
  • Chemistry 203 and 204
  • Physics 103 and 104 (or Physics 109 and 110 if majoring in Chemistry or BMB, or Physics 111 and 112 if majoring in Physics)
  • Biology 211 and 212 (Note: Chemistry 333 and 334 may substitute for Biology 212)
  • Psychology 101
  • Sociology 101 or 102 or 103

First year students should take Biology 110 or Biology 111 the first semester. Students with strong science backgrounds typically also take Chemistry 107 the first semester.

Completing these courses by the end of the junior year will prepare students to take the MCAT in the spring of the junior year and apply to medical school the summer between the junior and senior year. If accepted, the student would then attend medical school immediately after graduating from Gettysburg College (no gap year).

Completing these courses by the end of the senior year will prepare students to take the MCAT in the spring of the senior year and apply to medical school the summer after senior year. If accepted, the student would then attend medical school one year after graduating from Gettysburg College (gap year).

Approximately 50% of Gettysburg students who apply to medical school do so after the junior year (no gap year), while the other 50% apply after the senior year (gap year). Nationally, the average age of first year medical students is 25 years.

Careful planning is needed to ensure students complete the courses needed for medical school. While medical schools require that students take specific courses to gain admission, they do not require any particular major.

For advising help, contact Kristi Waybright (kwaybrig@gettysburg.edu) or Kristin Stuempfle (kstuempf@gettysburg.edu).

PSYCHOLOGY

Prospective majors may elect to take Psych 101 in either the fall or spring of the first year or even in the fall of the sophomore year. First-year students who have received a 4 or better on the Psychology Advanced Placement Exam may consider registering for 200-level classes in the fall. Similarly, continuing students who have completed Psych 101 should consider 200-level electives if they would like to take more psychology courses. Psychology majors must also complete two lab science courses.

Ideally, prospective majors should complete Psych 205 by the end of the sophomore year. Enrollment in Psych 205 is limited to declared Psychology majors, so students interested in the psychology major should declare the major no later than the first semester of the sophomore year in order to enroll in Psych 205 for the spring semester. Students who declare a psychology major in the second semester of the sophomore year will not be able to take Psych 205 until fall of junior year and thus will not be able to study abroad if they want to graduate on time. The department hosts a pre-pre-registration for declared majors after spring break every year. Students who know they want to be psychology majors are strongly encouraged to declare their majors before spring break so that they can be placed in the courses they need. Students interested in Neuroscience should take Biology 110 their first semester.

For advising help, contact Prof. Kathleen Cain (kcain@gettysburg.edu).

Public Policy

Public Policy is offered only as a dual major, that is, in conjunction with another major. Courses with no prerequisites, open to first-year students, and which also meet foundational or other requirements for the Public Policy Major and the Gettysburg Curriculum are: POL 101 (American Government), POL 104 (Comparative Politics), ECON 103 (Microeconomics), ECON 104 (Macroeconomics), PHIL 105 (Contemporary Moral Issues), and Math 107 (Applied Statistics-offered in the spring). Students interested in the Public Policy major would benefit from taking some of these courses during their first year.

RELIGIOUS STUDIES

The Department of Religious Studies focuses on the global, cross-cultural, and academic study of religious and cultural traditions. 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 (or 102 or 103) 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 101/102/103, 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

The Theatre Arts program at Gettysburg College has a long and rich history and is a vibrant part of the liberal arts curriculum. Rooted in a sound academic program, the department offers a variety of courses for majors and non-majors alike, as well as many co-curricular productions open to the entire student body. Prospective majors or minors in Theatre Arts are encouraged to take one or more of the following theatre courses during their first year: THA 105 Introduction to the Theatre (fall/spring); THA 120 Fundamentals of Acting (fall/spring); THA 203 History of Theatre (fall); and THA 214 Survey of Dramatic Literature (spring). All of these courses will fulfill the Multiple Inquiries requirement for the Arts and are open to any interested students.

Audition Information for All Incoming Students: All students are welcome to audition for theatre productions throughout their four years at Gettysburg regardless of whether they major or minor in theatre, or whether they have any acting experience. Students also play a key roles as stage managers, carpenters, and technicians. You are encouraged to attend auditions during the first week of classes, and we have set aside a specific time of auditions for first year students only on Monday, September 1st, from 4:00PM - 6:30PM. You do not need to prepare anything in advance- you will be asked to read from a script provided for you. There will also be a meeting during the first few days of classes for first-years interested in working back stage. More information on the fall production opportunities will be posted on the Theatre Arts website during the summer months. For information, feel free to 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 that 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, contact Joyce Sprague(jsprague@gettysburg.edu).


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