Gordon College conceives of education as encompassing the total college experience. This includes both the formal academic program and informal learning within the context of an academic community. Cocurricular activities supplement and reinforce the formal curriculum and therefore are important in the total development and education of the student.
The two foundational parts of the formal academic program of the College are the Core Curriculum and the departmental majors. All students are required to complete the Core Curriculum and at least one major course of study. Students may also elect to minor in one or more disciplines. Significant aspects of the academic program include the first-year seminar, The Great Conversation; writing across the curriculum; an emphasis on developing oral communication skills within the majors; and many off-campus academic programs for students.
Undergraduate Majors, Minors, Concentrations
Students must elect one of the following 38 major courses of study: accounting, art, biblical studies, biology (bachelor of arts), biology (bachelor of science), business administration, chemistry, Christian ministries, combined languages, communication arts, computer science, early childhood education, economics, elementary education, elementary art education, English, finance, French, German, history, international affairs, kinesiology, linguistics, mathematics, middle school education, music, music education, music performance, philosophy, physics (including the 3-2 engineering program), political science, psychology, recreation and leisure studies, secondary education, social work, sociology, Spanish, or theatre arts. Students complete core and major requirements of the catalog in effect during the year in which a student enters but have the option to select one other catalog in effect during attendance. See Majors under Academic Policies. A minimum of 20 semester hours must be taken through Gordon for each major. In departments offering a double major with secondary education, modifications of existing majors will be noted. Note: Some majors have entrance requirements and/or minimum standards to continue in the major. See admissions and departmental information.
Double/Triple Majors. Students wishing to earn two or more majors should consult with the departments involved to determine specific requirements. All core requirements for each major must be completed as well as all departmental requirements of each major. Remaining credits may also be fulfilled by electives. The degree earned will be based on the first major. If a student wants to complete a second, different degree, all the current requirements of the appropriate core and the major for the second degree must be completed with a minimum of an additional 32 credits taken in residence at Gordon after completion of all the requirements of the first degree.
Departmental Concentration. A departmental concentration is a prescribed group of courses related to a specific topic within a student’s major. Requirements for the concentrations are listed under the appropriate departments and majors.
Students may select one or more departmental or interdepartmental minors.
Departmental Minor. A prescribed or individually tailored group of related courses (a minimum of 20 credits) taken outside of one’s major discipline. Courses are taken from one department’s offerings or major requirements and approved by the Registrar’s Office and the department in which it is offered. Prescribed departmental minors are described under the appropriate department. Minors provide an opportunity to study outside the major without requiring the heavy commitment of a second major. Students may tailor a minor with approval of the chair of the department offering the minor.
Interdepartmental Minor. Gordon also offers interdisciplinary and preprofessional studies minors. Each requires a prescribed group of at least 20 credits of related courses taken from more than one department. Each interdisciplinary minor is supervised by a faculty committee, which must approve any deviation from the required courses. See Interdisciplinary and Off-Campus Curricula. Minor forms are available online and should be submitted to the Registrar’s Office with appropriate signatures. Interdisciplinary minors include: classics, East Asian studies, environmental studies, gender studies, global Christianity (missions), health professions, Latin American studies, neuroscience, nonprofit organization management, outdoor education, peace and conflict studies, prelaw, public history/museum studies, sport studies and sustainable development.
Graduate Degree Programs
Gordon offers three graduate degrees. The Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction (M.Ed.) prepares students to obtain the Initial License in the following areas: early childhood, with and without disabilities; elementary; moderate disabilities; English as a Second Language; reading; mathematics; middle school or secondary education in biology, chemistry, English, history, mathematics, physics, French or Spanish; and Educational Leadership for licensure as Principal, Assistant Principal, Supervisor or Director. Students may also pursue professional license and a master’s degree in these content areas. In addition, after completing a master’s degree the Education Specialist (Ed.S.) degree may be earned in the following areas: English as a Second Language, Math Specialist, Reading Specialist, and Educational Leadership: Principal, Assistant Principal, Supervisor or Director.
The Master of Music Education (M.M.Ed.) degree is awarded to students who complete the graduate music education program, a summers-only program which can be completed in three summers plus a one-semester field-based experience or thesis. Contact the Graduate Education Office or the Graduate Music Office.
Students are assigned faculty advisors to help develop their academic programs, plan for graduate study and give personal guidance during college. The relationship between students and faculty is stressed in all aspects of Gordon’s program. Faculty advisors can be a valuable resource in helping students to adjust to the demands of college and work through academic and career decisions.
Academic Support Center
General Support. The Academic Support Center, located on the fourth floor of the Jenks Library, is open during the academic year to assist students to achieve academically. The Center provides a Writing Center with trained tutors; weekly small-group review sessions with a peer tutor for large core courses; individual tutors to help with study skills, math, foreign language, English language learners and other subject areas as needed; special academic advising; and time management assistance. Study skills workshops are offered periodically during the year and are available to all students. Students are encouraged to develop self-awareness as learners and to investigate new strategies and techniques for effective performance. Professional staff are available for concerns that affect a student’s general academic progress and for issues relating to disabilities.
Disabilities Support. Gordon College is committed to providing equivalent access to its educational programs, activities and services for students with disabilities. Academic accommodations are arranged for students who qualify for such services. The Academic Support Center works interactively with students and faculty to coordinate any accommodation needs. Students with documented disabilities who intend to request services should send current reports clearly supporting appropriate academic accommodations to Ann Seavey, director of the Academic Support Center, and notify instructors at the beginning of each term. Disability policy is stated in Appendix C: Statement of Provision for Students with Disabilities .
Center for Faith and Inquiry
The Center for Faith and Inquiry (CFI) is dedicated to promoting first-order scholarship, reflection, creativity and conversation, drawing from Christian intellectual and spiritual traditions, the various academic disciplines and the wisdom found in societies and cultures at large. The insights and ideas derived from its work aim to serve Gordon College, the Body of Christ and the common good.
CFI maintains three principal programs: the Faith Seeking Understanding lecture series, the Jerusalem and Athens Forum honors program and Respectful Conversations. The various activities of these programs include debates, conferences, lectures, panel discussions, small-group discussions, promoting faculty scholarship and more. The Center is located on the campus of Gordon College. See www.gordon.edu/cfi.
Health Professions Program
The Health Professions Program is designed to assist students in meeting established guidelines for medical, veterinary or dental graduate programs, and provides advising for students aiming for other diverse fields in medicine including nursing, physician assistant, or allied health areas. See Health Professions Program or contact Dr. Craig Story, Director of Health Professions, for more specific information.
Students attracted to a Christian liberal arts curriculum who are also seriously considering an engineering career may choose to spend three years at Gordon and then apply for transfer to an engineering school for two more years. Gordon College has a formal matriculation agreement with the University of Southern California in Los Angeles; however, students may apply for transfer to any accredited engineering institution. The student will earn bachelor’s degrees from both Gordon and the engineering school. In addition to Gordon’s Core Curriculum, the student will take selected physics, engineering, chemistry and mathematics courses which will prepare the student for continued study at an engineering school.
The Gallery at the Barrington Center for the Arts
The Department of Art operates a professional-level art gallery featuring contemporary art by local and national artists in all media: painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, design, and new media. The gallery program is integral to our teaching and reflects a commitment by the faculty to model high standards for our students. Student senior-thesis exhibits reach for this same level of excellence and are often the highlight of the exhibition year.
Named for James and Evelyn Jenks, generous supporters of Gordon College, Jenks Library is the campus gateway to information resources and services. It houses nearly 200,000 items, including books, 280 journals in hard copy, DVDs, videos, CDs, music scores, rare books and curriculum materials. In addition, the library provides access to over 80 online databases, over 60,000 online journal titles, and 70,000 e-books. These resources, combined with a strong service program, make it an essential part of teaching and learning at Gordon College.
The library’s website at www.gordon.edu/library is the starting point for library research at Gordon. The online catalog, electronic resources, course reserves and interlibrary loan services are all available on the library’s website.
Jenks Library is a member of NOBLE (North of Boston Library Exchange) and the Massachusetts Library System (MLS). These and other partnerships provide the Gordon community with access to a wide array of library information resources. Jenks Library is also a selective depository for U.S. government documents.
The library is open over 100 hours a week, and librarians are available seven days a week to assist students in the use of library resources and in the development of strong analytical and information-seeking skills. Each year the library purchases new materials that support the Gordon College curriculum. In addition to information resources and services, the library provides space for quiet study as well as group-study rooms for collaborative learning.
The Cooperative Education Program provides interaction between formal education and off-campus experiential learning through employment. The goal is to enable students to test theory in real-life settings, to learn more about themselves and the world of work, and to facilitate the “learning/work” transition from college to career.
Part-time and full-time co-op experiences enable students to fulfill educationally related work responsibilities for pay. Co-op placements vary in length from three to 12 months; a semester and/or summer co-op is typical. It is possible for a student to have more than one co-op placement, either at the same workplace or at different ones.
Interested students should contact the Career Services Office at least one semester in advance. Information sessions and deadlines are communicated via Student News email notices and the Career Services weekly electronic newsletter. The director and associate director work with students to locate co-op placements and monitor progress during placements. Applicants must be in satisfactory academic standing with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0. However, some employers may require a higher cumulative GPA.
Prior to the learning/work experience, faculty advisors assist students in developing co-op learning plans and discuss approaches for maximizing the experience. Faculty advisors monitor the learning plan/goals at midterm site visits.
At the completion of each co-op experience, students complete self-evaluations, assessing the extent to which learning plans were fulfilled. Employers also complete evaluations of students’ progress in the co-op learning/work experience. Co-op experiences are recorded on students’ transcripts, although no academic credit is awarded.
Internships at Gordon College are academic experiences intended to allow students to make practical connections between their fields of study and the world of work. As such they should be seen as important and useful transition experiences for students and should carry the full weight of and respect for academic rigor found in any other academic experience in the majors. Internships are defined as being limited to a maximum of 8 credit hours in a student’s undergraduate program of study, with a minimum expectation of 28 on-the-job hours for each academic credit hour earned. A student who meets the minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 may apply for an internship. The internship must be prearranged and approved by a faculty advisor and the registrar prior to the student’s beginning the internship and must be done with a professional practicing in the field; requires a minimum of two personal visits by the supervising faculty and will be graded following the same guidelines as for other academic experiences. The deadline to enroll in an internship is the same as other registration deadlines (fifth day of a semester or June 1 for summer). Tuition for internship credit is the same as for any other academic credit. Internships may not be repeated; subsequent internships must be thoroughly different experiences and with totally different organizations.
Students desiring an internship must develop a learning plan in advance with the supervising faculty member; set specific goals; identify the appropriate content, length and expectations for written requirements or appropriate projects; and indicate criteria, deadlines and procedures for evaluation and grading. Two site visits are required during the work experience. A student may enroll on campus for other coursework while participating in an internship. Contact the Registrar’s Office.
Please see the Global Education Office website for additional information: www.gordon.edu/geo.
The following programs are owned and operated by Gordon College. Application for the programs is found online at www.gordon.edu/geo.
Gordon IN Aix. This semester-long program (with a year-long option for French majors) provides an immersion experience in French language and culture in the town of Aix-en-Provence in the south of France. All students take a Seminar in French History and Culture. Students such as French majors whose principal purpose is to improve their proficiency in all aspects of French language (command of grammar, speaking, writing, aural comprehension, reading) will normally be enrolled in the Institut d’études de français pour étudiants étrangers (IEFEE), where students are placed in classes at the level of their proficiency after taking tests at the beginning of the semester. Students whose principal purpose is to give an international dimension to their studies in International Affairs, Political Science, International Relations, Economics, or other of the social sciences will normally be enrolled in the Institut d’études politiques (SciencesPo), where the curriculum includes courses in French language, courses taught in English, and courses designed for international students. With COR 210 and COR 211 , the program fulfills Global Understanding Thematic Core. Contact the Global Education Office.
Balkans Semester. The Balkans Semester for the Study of War and Peace is an interdisciplinary program centered on the themes of war and peace, conflict and reconciliation. Students study these themes while learning first-hand from people on both sides of recent wars and genocides who are grappling daily with problems of justice and forgiveness, and with navigating a path toward sustainable peace. Croatia, along with Serbia, Kosovo, and Bosnia and Herzegovina, serve as the backdrop for studying the relevant historical, literary, philosophical, socio-political and theological texts; for interacting with local and international scholars and practitioners; and for examining the role of religion in local conflicts. Students wrestle with the complexities of peace-making through interreligious dialogue while developing a Christian understanding of peace, both in their personal lives and on a global, social and political scale. With COR 210 and COR 211 , the program fulfills Global Understanding Thematic Core. Contact the Global Education Office.
Gordon IN Boston: Urban Studies with Professional Internship. This program offers students a semester-long option of urban study and professional internship while living together with other students in Boston’s city center. With a vision to develop the next generation of urban Christian leaders, the program partners with the Emmanuel Gospel Center, and uses an interdisciplinary approach to student learning, focusing on the multifaceted dimensions of urban life. A required seminar engages an understanding of the dimensions of urban systems and of the church’s responsibility for addressing the challenges that accrue to the urban setting. A required professional internship helps students develop job skills and broaden their professional networks for future job placement. Other urban-themed, core, and urban ministry courses are offered through the program each semester, and students are invited to select one course from a broad list of offerings at other Boston-area colleges and universities for transfer credit.
Students of all majors are welcome to apply. However, Gordon IN Boston is best suited for those seeking careers in public service or ministry (i.e., healthcare, economic development, education, media, social work, politics, and ministry). Education, social work or urban ministry/youth ministry majors may complete their practicum requirements while participating in the program. With COR 210 and COR 211 , the program fulfills Global Understanding Thematic Core. Contact the Global Education Office.
Gordon in Lynn. Gordon in Lynn (GIL) is a dynamic and exciting partnership between the City of Lynn and Gordon College. Through relationships with various community organizations in Lynn, students are able to serve in a diverse, urban community. The Lynn internship program is an intensive leadership development opportunity for those students wishing to dig deeper into urban engagement and community development. Students may also be engaged with the community through various course requirements. In addition, SALTeams (serve and learn teams) work with community organizations, schools and social service agencies. For more information contact Valerie Buchanan, program director.
Gordon IN Orvieto. Students in this arts-oriented semester program in central Italy find new, creative inspiration in the artistic traditions of the past while experiencing rhythms of life slower and simpler than the forms of contemporary American life by dining together, enjoying sustained conversation, and living more closely to the earth in the midst of vineyards and olive groves. Its workshop environment draws teachers and students into close collaborative learning. All students take an introductory course that uses drawing to introduce the themes of the entire program. Students then select three among a set of courses offered in the visual arts and humanities. Students with no background in the Italian language take a 2-credit tutorial-based course in Italian Language Studies. Courses occur in a month-long intensive format, typically with three-hour class sessions from Monday through Thursday mornings. The three-day weekends are available for personal travel and course-related excursions. With COR 210 and COR 211 , the program fulfills Global Understanding Thematic Core. Contact the Global Education Office.
Gordon Wilderness Immersion and Leadership (W.I.L.D.) Semester. The Gordon College W.I.L.D. Semester exposes students to the historical, cultural, spiritual, moral and environmental dimensions of the wilderness and encourages critical thought about issues important to outdoor educators. Through a living and learning community, experiential opportunities, extensive outdoor travel and fieldwork, students will obtain valuable outdoor skills, leadership experience and crucial outdoor certifications. The Wilderness Immersion and Leadership Development semester will fulfill requirements for either a recreation and leisure studies or outdoor education ministries concentration; with the addition of an internship in a later semester the program will fulfill a minor in outdoor education. Sixteen credits and an internship placement. Contact Scott Barnett, director of the W.I.L.D semester.
International Seminars. These are two- to four-week intensive summer- or winter-break seminar and field experiences focusing on specific topics and geographical regions. Past topics include British Stage (United Kingdom); *Economic Development in Modern China; *History of Ancient and Modern Greek Culture and Christianity in the Aegean World (Greece); *Physical Settings of the Bible (Israel); and War and Peace (Balkans). *With COR 210 and COR 211 , the program fulfills Global Understanding Thematic Core. Contact the Global Education Office.
La Vida Wilderness Expeditions. The La Vida program, which fulfills the La Vida, Discovery or Concepts of Wellness physical education requirement, is a 12-day Adirondack wilderness experience. La Vida is specifically designed for first-year students or for transfer students in their first year at Gordon. Leadership, self-discovery, experiential learning, stewardship and character formation are promoted. In the context of a supportive Christian community, students are given the opportunity to explore their physical, mental and spiritual potential. A La Vida Expedition is within the physical limits of anyone of normal health, and the majority of students come with no prior camping, canoeing, or backpacking experience. The program includes travel via backpacking, canoeing or kayaking, and activities such as the challenge course, rock climbing, group problem solving, solo experience, group discussions and Bible studies. La Vida Expeditions are offered in August prior to new-student orientation, in May immediately following Commencement, in mid-June, and in early and late July. First-year students register during summer registration for the June, July or August La Vida expeditions. Current students register in November for the May, June, and July expeditions. By petition only, current students may apply in April for the August expedition. Contact Rich Obenschain, director of the La Vida Center for Outdoor Education and Leadership, with any questions.
Best Semester (Programs of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities)
The following programs are operated by the CCCU, with 16 credits per semester given by Gordon College. Students may apply through Gordon, online at www.gordon.edu/geo. See Off-Campus Programs.
American Studies Program. This is an interdisciplinary internship/seminar program based in Washington, D.C. Designed to expose undergraduates to opportunities for involvement in public life, the program also provides students with a general understanding of the public policy dynamics at work in the nation’s capital. The program provides internship opportunities for the diverse majors and career interests of university juniors and seniors. Students live together in campus apartments, work as voluntary interns and participate in a seminar program for which they receive full academic credit. Since the number of participants is limited, the program is highly selective. See Off-Campus Programs . Contact the Global Education Office.
China Studies Program. Located in Xiamen, China, this semester program enables students to engage China’s ancient history from an insider’s perspective. While immersed in Chinese culture, students participate in seminar courses on the historical, cultural, religious, geographic and economic realities of this strategic and complex nation. Students choose from a diverse selection of elective courses from Eastern philosophy and religions to international business in China. Both field and business internships are available. Students also study standard Chinese language and apply their skills by serving in an orphanage or tutoring Chinese students in English. The program begins in Hong Kong and introduces the diversity of China with visits to Beijing, Shanghai and Xian. With COR 210 and COR 211 , this program fulfills Global Understanding Thematic Core. See Off-Campus Programs . Contact the Global Education Office.
Contemporary Music Center. This interdisciplinary program is based in Nashville, Tennessee. CMC provides a community for young musicians and aspiring music executives to plumb the depths of their creative souls and test the waters of a career in popular music. Designed as an artists’ community, the program seeks to develop artists and music executives with a Christ-centered vision for music content, production and delivery. The mission of the CMC is to prepare students academically and creatively for potential careers in the music industry. In addition to the required core courses, each student will choose either the Artist Track, the Executive Track or the Technical Track. See Off-Campus Course Programs . Contact the Global Education Office.
Latin American Studies Program. Located in San Jose, Costa Rica, this semester program gives students the opportunity to study the language, literature, culture, politics, history, economics, ecology and religion of the region while living with a Costa Rican family. Students also participate in a service opportunity and travel for three weeks to surrounding countries. Four specialized academic tracks are available: Latin American Studies, International Business Concentration, Environmental Concentration, and Advanced Language and Literature. With COR 210 and COR 211 , this program fulfills Global Understanding Thematic Core. See Off-Campus Programs . Contact the Global Education Office.
Los Angeles Film Studies Center. This is an interdisciplinary internship/seminar program located in one of the primary film and television production centers in Los Angeles; the Los Angeles Film Studies Center (LAFSC) is designed to integrate a Christian worldview with an introductory exploration of the work and workings of mainstream Hollywood entertainment. See Off-Campus Programs . Contact the Global Education Office.
Middle East Studies Program. Located in Jerusalem, Israel, this semester program provides students with the opportunity to study Middle Eastern cultures, history, religions, politics and language from within this diverse and strategic region. Students participate in interdisciplinary seminar classes, receive Arabic language instruction and serve as volunteers with various organizations. Travel component may include Egypt, Palestine, Jordan, Turkey, Morocco or Tunisia. With COR 210 and COR 211 , this program fulfills Global Understanding Thematic Core. See Off-Campus Programs . Contact the Global Education Office.
Scholars’ Semester in Oxford (two semesters). Located in Oxford, England, the program develops the academic writing and research skills of students who want and are prepared to study intensively. Enables students to explore the disciplines and their interests to a high standard. Students enroll in a primary and secondary tutorial (equivalent to upper-division courses), an integrative seminar (first term), the British Landscape course (both terms) and a thesis (second term). Students group their work in a concentration so that all elements of the program work together. Designed for students interested in fields of art history, classics, English language and literature, history, musicology, philosophy, psychology, theology and religious studies. Applicants must have a 3.7 or better GPA. With COR 210 and COR 211 , this program fulfills Global Understanding Thematic Core. See Off-Campus Programs . Contact the Global Education Office.
Uganda Studies Program. Located at the Uganda Christian University, Uganda, this program provides students with both immersion in a local community and broad exposure to a variety of people and places in Uganda and Rwanda. There are three emphases offered: Uganda Studies, Social Work and Intercultural Ministry and Missions. Students in the first two programs share their lives with university students, living primarily on campus at Uganda Christian University. Students in the missions emphasis live with host families within walking distance of UCU. With COR 210 and COR 211 , this program fulfills Global Understanding Thematic Core. See Off-Campus Programs . Contact the Global Education Office.
Other Approved Programs
Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies. With the basic mission of promoting responsible Christian stewardship of God’s creation, Au Sable Institute and Pacific Rim Stewards serve evangelical Christian colleges by providing field-oriented courses earning Gordon credit in January and May, as well as two summer sessions. Study sites are located in northern Michigan, Washington state, Costa Rica and India. Contact Dr. Dorothy Boorse, Gordon’s Au Sable representative.
Budapest Semester in Mathematics. Located in Budapest, Hungary, this program provides an opportunity for qualified students majoring in mathematics or computer science to study in Budapest for one semester. Students can take up to 16 credits of electives for the mathematics major. In addition, they may take courses in Hungarian, the culture of Hungary, or topics such as the history of science, philosophy or film analysis. Courses transfer from St. Olaf College. With COR 210 and COR 211 , this program fulfills Global Understanding Thematic Core. Contact departmental faculty and the Global Education Office.
China Studies Institute. Located in Beijing, China, this program provides courses in English through Peking University in the following areas: economics, business, politics, foreign policy, philosophy, history, art, literature, and Chinese language. Students live in an international student dorm and are eligible for internship placement with major industries and organizations in Beijing. With COR 210 and COR 211 , this program fulfills Global Understanding Thematic Core.
CIEE. Approved for Spanish majors for their semester’s language study abroad, the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) program offers study opportunities at universities throughout Central and South America and Spain. Students live in homestays; courses vary. With COR 210 and COR 211 , fulfills Global Understanding Thematic Core. Contact department faculty and the Global Education Office.
Consortium Visitor Program. Undergraduates enrolled at one of the member institutions of the Christian College Consortium with a minimum 2.0 GPA are eligible to be considered for enrollment on another Consortium campus. Enrollment is limited to one term on the campus visited, but additional studies as a special student deferred from Gordon may be possible if approved by the registrars of both institutions. No Gordon aid or scholarships are available for the second semester. Enrollment may be restricted by institutional policy or enrollments, individual course limitations or prerequisite requirements. Contact the Registrar’s Office.
Creation Care Studies Program. This program connects Christian faith with urgent global environmental issues of the day. Programs are offered in Central America (Belize) and the South Pacific (New Zealand). In Belize students examine sustainable development and tropical ecology through a Christian lens of creation care and stewardship, utilizing field studies in Belizean villages, tropical rain forests, mountain streams and Caribbean atolls. Interest-specific internship and practicum experiences with Belizean organizations are available. In New Zealand students explore a rich variety of ecosystems. New Zealand, home to about 12 percent of all the earth’s endangered species and a world leading innovator in conservation and environmental management, is an ideal place for studying care of creation in a rigorous academic semester that comprises ecology, theology, environmental literature and sustainable community development. With COR 210 and COR 211 , program fulfills Global Understanding Thematic Core. Contact the Global Education Office.
University of Edinburgh. Currently approved for philosophy majors. Selected students may spend one semester in Edinburgh through the university’s Visiting Students Programme. Courses available to students vary with each semester. Students have a variety of on-campus and off-campus housing options with the program. Courses transfer from Edinburgh University. With COR 210 and COR 211 , this program fulfills Global Understanding Thematic Core. Contact the Global Education Office.
University of Heidelberg. Through this program German majors study at one of the top 50 learning institutions in the world, participating in a range of courses from Vorlesung lecture courses to presentation-style Proseminare to the intensive grammar course at the Max-Weber-Haus. Students study with an international group of peers. Courses transfer from Heidelberg University. With COR 210 and COR 211 , this program fulfills Global Understanding Thematic Core. Contact departmental faculty and the Global Education Office.
Jerusalem University College. Gordon College is an associate school of Jerusalem University College in Israel. A three-week historical geography course is offered in the summer, and a semester programs during the academic year. Courses may be drawn from offerings in biblical studies, history and geography of the Middle East, archaeology, Christian and Jewish communities in Israel, and Hebrew. Courses transfer from Jerusalem University College. With COR 210 and COR 211 , this program fulfills Global Understanding Thematic Core. Contact Dr. Elaine Phillips in the Biblical Studies and Christian Ministries Department, and the Global Education Office. Participation conditional, based on security issues.
LCC International University, Lithuania. This exchange program sends students from Gordon to LCC and students from LCC to Gordon. Students from Gordon join with 30 other North American students to immerse themselves in the culture of the Baltic states. Courses are available in business, English, theology, psychology and sociology. There are also courses that could meet core requirements or other requirements for students’ majors. Courses transfer from LCC International University. With COR 210 and COR 211 , this program fulfills Global Understanding Thematic Core. Contact the Global Education Office.
Marine Studies Consortium. The regional Marine Studies Consortium allows Gordon students to take marine biology courses through Consortium institutions with an additional fee. Contact Biology Department chair.
Oregon Extension. On the banks of an old millpond in the Cascade Mountains of southern Oregon, this fall program brings students together in a rustic setting to focus on contemporary issues, social thought and living faith. Fostering intimate conversation with peers and faculty, the program aims to create a supportive environment for pursuing questions of faith and humanity. Courses transfer from Eastern University. Fall semester only. Contact the Global Education Office.
Spring Semester in Thailand. The program employs an interdisciplinary approach to Thai history, sociology, anthropology, languages, politics, economics, art and religion. The majority of the semester is based in Chiang Mai and includes an internship (16 hours/week). The last three weeks students live and study in the northern Thai foothills of the Himalayas in a Karen tribal village. Courses transfer from St. Olaf College. Spring semester only. With COR 210 and COR 211 , program fulfills Global Understanding Thematic Core. Contact the Global Education Office.
Study Abroad in Romania. The New Horizons Foundation, a pioneering faith-based non-profit NGO in Romania, uses its extensive programming in community development and adventure education for youth in post-communist Romania as the framework for a study-abroad program. As an applied setting for the social sciences, this program can serve international affairs, sustainable development, youth ministry, outdoor education, social work and nonprofit organization management programs. Students normally earn a full semester of credit transferred from Northwestern College (Iowa) for courses and internship/service learning in Romanian History, Culture and Religion (Eastern Orthodox Christianity), Sustainable Development, Experiential Education and Youth Development. With COR 210 and COR 211 , this program fulfills Global Understanding Thematic Core. Contact the Global Education Office.
Westmont in San Francisco Urban Program. As the center of a large, diverse metropolitan area, San Francisco offers a unique setting for the study of cultural, economic, political and social aspects of our society. The program provides ready access to the city along with the security and intimacy of a self-determined community. One emphasis of the program is urbanization-its historical process, contemporary problems faced by cities and policy proposals that address these problems. A required urban studies course examines themes such as the nature of cities, how community forms in the urban environment, the ways race and ethnicity shape people’s interactions in the city, the range of understandings of poverty and how best to address it, and the call to Christians in relation to these various issues. The Urban Program emphasizes student responsibility for their learning. The program is experience-based with considerable fieldwork and involvement in the issues and life of San Francisco. Courses transfer from Westmont College. Contact the Global Education Office.
Other International and Domestic Opportunities
If in consultation with a student’s academic advisor the above programs do not adequately meet the goals of a student’s curriculum or career needs, the student may petition the Global Education Committee for permission to apply to a nonapproved program. Formal, structured programs are available through a variety of institutions in many countries overseas. Some programs require fluency in a foreign language while other programs offer courses taught in English. Contact the Global Education Office for information or petition forms.
Academic Honor Societies
Alpha Mu Gamma. Alpha Mu Gamma (AMG) is a national foreign language honor society whose Kappa Epsilon Chapter was established at Gordon in 1983 to acknowledge achievement in the field of foreign languages, encourage academic excellence in the field of linguistics and cultural studies, promote cultural awareness inherent in foreign language study, and foster sympathetic understanding of other peoples and international friendship. Invitation to membership in the Gordon chapter is contingent upon the support of a faculty member in the department and is extended to students who have satisfied the following requirements: an overall cumulative GPA of 3.5 or better; a grade of A/A- in 8 nonrepeated credits of language classes taken on campus at the 200-level or higher (at the 300-level or higher for Spanish majors); no grade below a B in foreign language; and a declared major or minor in foreign language-Chinese (Mandarin), French, German, Spanish, combined languages, East Asian studies, and related Pike contract majors.
Phi Alpha Chi. Phi Alpha Chi was founded at Gordon in 1928 as a scholastic honor society. The Greek letters stand for Philoi Aletheias Christou-Lovers of the Truth of Christ. On the foundation of its evangelical commitment, Phi Alpha Chi is dedicated to the encouragement and recognition of scholarly research, clear thinking and creativity by Christians in every discipline. Persons eligible for membership must be graduating seniors who have pursued studies at Gordon for at least four semesters and who have a cumulative grade point average of 3.75 or higher. Upon recommendation of the faculty advisor, candidates are voted on by the entire faculty prior to Commencement. Total inductees may not exceed 10 percent of the graduating class in any year.
Phi Sigma Iota. The Zeta Chapter of Phi Sigma Iota, the national honor society in foreign languages, was established at Gordon in 1978. It recognizes outstanding achievement in upper-level courses in any foreign language and linguistics. Membership is by invitation only.
Sigma Delta Pi. The Eta Omicron Chapter of Sigma Delta Pi, the national honor society in Spanish, was established at Gordon in March 1969, the 183rd chapter in the country and the first chapter in Massachusetts. Membership is by invitation only and is limited to advanced Spanish students.
Sigma Pi Sigma. Students elected to membership in Sigma Pi Sigma must attain high standards of general scholarship and outstanding achievement in physics. Membership is by invitation only. The Gordon College chapter of Sigma Pi Sigma was established in 2012. Chapters are restricted to colleges and universities of recognized standing that offer a strong physics major program.
Sigma Xi. First established at Gordon College in 2009, Sigma Xi is an international, multidisciplinary research society whose programs and activities promote the health of the scientific enterprise and honor excellence in scientific investigation. Candidates nominated by faculty to join the North Shore Chapter of Sigma Xi (Gordon College, Endicott College and Salem State College) must be graduating seniors with GPA of at least 3.0 pursuing degrees in science or engineering and have shown an aptitude and experience in original and independent research.
Departmental Honors Programs
Gordon College has established honors programs for exceptional majors. To be eligible to graduate with honors, students must maintain a 3.50 GPA in their major with a cumulative GPA of 3.00. General requirements include a research project culminating in a written honors thesis which is presented orally and defended in front of department faculty. See departmental listing for specific details for each major. Honors programs are available for students majoring in: accounting, biology, business administration, chemistry, Christian ministries, combined languages, computer science, economics, English, finance, French, German, history, international affairs, kinesiology, mathematics, physics, political studies, sociology, and Spanish.
The Elijah Project
The Elijah Project is a 12-month (January-December) intensive exploration of the theoretical and practical outworking of the concept of vocation. A cohort of 12-14 students is chosen to participate in two 4-credit seminars exploring theological, biblical, philosophical and historic perspectives on personal calling, work, current problems and opportunities, and decision making. (See NON 310 and NON 312 for course descriptions.) Between spring and fall terms, students are placed in a summer internship designed to help them explore a field of study or question of interest. During the second semester (fall term) students commit to a shared living experience in Dexter House; house fellowship, cultural events and field trips contribute to the development of self-knowledge and community. Prerequisites: GPA of at least 2.75, approval of academic advisor and successful application to the program. Completion of both NON 310 and NON 312 meets both the Human Person and Civic Responsibilities core thematic requirements. For more information contact Laura Carmer, program assistant, or Dr. Gregory Carmer, director.
Jerusalem and Athens Forum
The Jerusalem and Athens Forum is a one-year great books honors program in the history of Christian thought and literature. In a small-seminar setting, students read and discuss classic texts from antiquity to the present, focusing on their implications for present-day living, learning and leadership. Additional activities of the program include retreats to explore questions of personal vocation and intellectual commitment, cultural activities in Boston and the North Shore, a public debate on an issue of pressing moral concern, roundtable discussions with Gordon’s faculty and interaction with prominent guest speakers. Scholarships available. Students must have a 3.0 GPA or higher and sophomore status to begin the program. Offered as two six-credit courses. On completion of both semesters, students may petition through the program director to fulfill up to 12 credits of core requirements, selecting three from the following requirements: HIS 121 Historical Perspectives on Culture, Belief and Civilization , PHI 118 The Examined Life , Core Curriculum Civic Responsibility theme or Human Person theme. Application of credit to a major is at the discretion of individual departments. For further information contact M. Ryan Groff, administrative director of the Center for Faith and Inquiry, or Dr. Thomas Albert Howard, director.
Pike Honors Program
The Kenneth L. Pike Honors Program is a selective, rigorous program designed to provide exceptional students with a unique opportunity to achieve academic goals not possible under existing Gordon programs.
The program is available by invitation only; students who complete at least one semester at Gordon College with a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 are invited to consider crafting individualized, disciplined and challenging academic experiences, usually interdisciplinary in nature. Applicants devise a draft proposal in consultation with faculty with knowledge of the discipline and/or a Pike Committee representative, meet with the Pike chair, and then submit a program proposal to the Pike Honors Program Committee for review. An approved program will either fulfill an existing major or minor in a unique way, or will be a “contract major or minor” comparable to programs in a recognized or discipline not available at Gordon. Pike contract majors or minors must be approved by both the Pike and Academic Programs Committees of the faculty. Normally at least three semesters must be completed in the program after approval as a scholar.
To remain in the program, the scholar’s cumulative grade point average must not fall below 3.5 for a total of three semesters. No grade may be earned below a C in any course. A student who withdraws from the program or is discontinued may not be reinstated. See www.gordon.edu/pike or contact the Registrar’s Office for details.