2018-2019 Undergraduate Course Catalog 
    Jul 16, 2024  
2018-2019 Undergraduate Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Other Programs

English Language Institute

David Lind, Director
700 University Avenue, Suite 207

English Language Institute (ELI) courses are designed for international students and professionals who are interested in short-term or long-term study to improve their English skills. This full-time intensive program is offered through University College. Five levels of Academic English courses are offered. Many of the students have been conditionally admitted to Syracuse University and need to increase their English proficiency before enrolling in a degree program. Completion of the level 4 (high intermediate) course will waive the university’s TOEFL requirement for most undergraduate and some graduate programs.

Courses of varying length can be designed for individuals or groups with specific needs and disciplines (e.g., architecture, business, engineering, etc.). The Legal English program offered every summer is an example of this type of specialization where students can prepare before starting in an LL.M. (Master of Laws) program at an American university.

Highly qualified instructors, a great deal of personal attention, and intensive exposure to English language instruction enable students to make the necessary progress. Enrollment is limited and admission is by application only. For more information about the ELI, call 315-443-8571, email elimail@syr.edu, or visit the website at eli.syr.edu.



Lois P. Agnew, Associate Dean
323 Hall of Languages, 315-443-3150


The Center for Innovative Learning (iLEARN) of the College of Arts and Sciences supports a variety of innovative educational and experimental programs and undergraduate research activities in the College and its departments. The center helps students complement traditional classroom and laboratory work with enhanced out-of-classroom learning experiences. These experiences represent active learning at its best, tapping students’ creativity, curiosity, and drive. These kinds of opportunities also enable students to apply their knowledge and skill to independent research, scholarly projects and professional experiences that engage students with current issues, and give them the kinds of skills helpful in making career choices. Students may choose to earn academic or experience credit.

Exemplary programs:

  • Undergraduate Research Program
  • The Syracuse University Undergraduate Mock Trial Program
  • Ruth Meyer Undergraduate Research Scholars Program

Funding opportunities:

iLEARN has funds available for use by arts and sciences undergraduate students, faculty, and departments/programs for eligible projects. Eligibility is dependent on a project’s relevance to the types of educational activities listed in the mission statement. Inquiries should be made to the director of iLEARN.

Mary Ann Shaw Center For Public & Community Service

Pamela Kirwin Heintz, Director
237 Schine Student Center, 315-443-3051

The Mary Ann Shaw Center for Public and Community Service (SHAW CENTER) enhances student learning and success by supporting the high impact practice of academic engagement in which students apply knowledge, skills and values in diverse community settings that address global issues and complex social problems. The center supports faculty to integrate community based service learning/research into academic coursework for under graduate and graduate students. It does this by: furnishing organizational information about placements in nonprofit and/or public organizations for those seeking community based service learning/research opportunities; helping create and facilitate campus - community  partnerships, collaborations, learning  and research opportunities;  and supporting ongoing academic programs, projects, and courses that foster community based service learning/research on the local, national, and global levels. Since opening in 1994, the SHAW CENTER has provided assistance to faculty in the form of consultation and orientation; identification and mitigation of risk/liability issues; and ongoing support, monitoring, and evaluation. Additionally, the SHAW CENTER offers a variety of curricular and co-curricular service opportunities at nonprofit and/or public organizations. Every college within the University offers community based service learning/research opportunities for students.

The Program

Community based components of service learning courses provide opportunities for academic learning in community settings that address unscripted, complex community issues and stakeholder expectations. Students can connect theory and practice as they train for life, enrich their moral character, and develop their sense of civic responsibility. This educational opportunity deepens students’ sense of place, context, connectedness and responsibility to others, and includes elements of vocation and avocation.

Students participate in the community based service components of their courses by completing a predetermined number of service hours at a community site, engaging in semester-long projects or community based research. Under the direction of the course professor, teaching assistants, academic managers, and SHAW CENTER professional staff, students can keep journals, write papers, do action based research, and present projects and reports to reflect on and process their community service experiences. The course professor assumes grading responsibility. Academic credit for the community based learning experience is awarded by the professor through credit for the course.


Students are invited to visit the SHAW CENTER office or web site at http://shawcenter.syr.edu/ to learn more about experiential learning in the community academic options. Students are encouraged to discuss course options that interest them with the appropriate faculty advisor before registering. Students can, with the approval of the professor, request individual placements within courses to enhance assignments or course goals. The SHAW CENTER will work to help the student and professor develop and implement an appropriate placement, as well as assist with the reflection and processing of the experience, if appropriate.


Renée Crown University Honors Program

Professor Danielle Taana Smith, Director
306 Bowne Hall, 315-443-2759

The Renée Crown University Honors Program is a selective, demanding, and rewarding program for outstanding students who seek intense intellectual challenge and are prepared to invest the extra effort it takes to meet that challenge. It is marked by four distinguishing characteristics:

  • heightened expectations;
  • participation in a vibrant and active community of learners;
  • intensity of intellectual experience; and
  • special intellectual opportunities and responsibilities.

The program is open to qualified students from all undergraduate majors at Syracuse University. Its requirements, supplemental to those of their majors, stipulate that they demonstrate the attributes of depth, breadth, command of language, global awareness, civic engagement, and collaborative capacity by successfully completing the following program requirements:


  1. An Honors Capstone Project, with written summary for a non-expert audience; and
  2. XXX 499, Capstone Project preparation, in the major (e.g., HST 499  or ETS 499 ).

BREADTH (the following three requirements):

  1. An introductory honors seminar (HNR 100  for first-year students; HNR 210 , HNR 220 , or HNR 230  for students entering after their first year).
  2. Disciplinary Diversity
    Four three-credit Honors courses, from at least two of the following divisions: humanities, social sciences, or natural sciences/mathematics. At least two of these courses must carry the HNR prefix. The remaining two courses may have the HNR prefix, or be Honors sections of regular, departmental courses. Students may substitute three one-credit, 200-level Honors seminars, taken for a grade, for one of these courses.
  3. Interdisciplinary Work (one of the following three options):
    1. An approved, three-credit HNR or other course with substantial interdisciplinary content; or
    2. An independent project experience, with prior approval from the Honors Program; or
    3. A clearly interdisciplinary Capstone Project, with prior approval from the Honors Program and from the student’s major department.

COMMAND OF LANGUAGE (the following four requirements):

  1. The Capstone Project as described under “Depth” above;
  2. A written summary of the Capstone Project, as noted under “Depth” above;
  3. One course or experience with a substantial public presentation requirement; and
  4. Either one course with a significant quantitative component or one course in creative expression.

GLOBAL AWARENESS (two of the following ten options; at least one must be non-Eurocentric in its focus):

  1. One course that has a non-US focus (other than language courses);
  2. A Capstone Project that has a non-US focus;
  3. Ability in a foreign language at a level of 201 or higher;
  4. An internship or other work with a documented global perspective for at least 50 hours;
  5. A semester or summer abroad in a University-approved foreign study program;
  6. An Honors-approved, short-term program that includes a foreign travel component (see examples at: http://suabroad.syr.edu/destinations/shortterm-programs/)
  7. At least one semester of residence in a Learning Community with an international focus.
  8. Participation in the University’s Maxwell in Washington Undergraduate Semester residency program (IR/DC);
  9. An approved, sustained, reciprocal mentoring partnership with international students for one semester under the aegis of the Slutzker Center for International Services; or
  10. An alternative path approved in advance by the Honors Program.

If the requirements of a student’s major create a serious impediment to completing this requirement as stated, the student may, with prior approval from the program director, satisfy the requirement by completing two global courses, at least one of which must be non-Eurocentric.

Civic Engagement:

Demonstrate civic engagement through sustained, documented involvement over a minimum of three semesters. The minimum requirement is 50 hours in total.

Collaborative Capacity (one of three options):

Successfully complete an extended activity with a team of three to five collaborators that involves significant intellectual content appropriate to the Honors Program:

  1. An approved course that involves substantial teamwork; or
  2. An independent project experience (in an area such as drama or engineering), resulting in production of a deliverable artifact, such as a report, presentation, or performance (requires faculty approval before work begins and at the end of the project);
  3. An off-campus project (which may be done through an internship, field experience, or other activity), resulting in a deliverable artifact, such as a report, presentation, or performance, and accompanied by a written description of the experience, signed by the faculty mentor.

All courses taken to fulfill the above requirements must be completed with a grade of B or better. Honors students must complete the program with a grade point average at least at the cum laude level in their home schools or colleges (for School of Architecture students, 3.2; for all other schools and colleges, 3.4).

Upon completion of these requirements, “Renée Crown University Honors” is awarded on the diploma and listed under “Awards and Honors” on the transcript.


For a listing of current and past Honors courses offered each semester, go to http://suhonorscourses.flywheelsites.com/

Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC)

The Reserve Officer Training Corps program is offered by the Air Force through the Department of Aerospace Studies and by the Army through the Department of Military Science. Both programs include a basic course taken during the freshmen and sophomore years, and an advanced course taken during the junior and senior years. Each program offers commissions in their respective service for men and women who complete the course requirements and meet other mandatory prerequisites.

Students may enroll at any time in the first two years of either program and complete field training or basic camp without incurring any military-service obligation. Uniforms and ROTC textbooks are furnished at no cost. Students accepted to the second two years of the programs are given a subsistence allowance of $450 to $500 a month during each academic year. Two-, three-, and four-year scholarship recipients receive full tuition benefit, full room and board grant, a $1,200 a year book allowance, lab fees, and a stipend ranging from $300 a month for first-year students to $500 a month for seniors for the duration of their scholarship.

Sophomores may receive credit for the basic course by attending a special, expenses-paid,four-week camp during the summer before the junior year.

Enrollment in the ROTC program is also available to seniors who expect to go directly into graduate school in a program that requires at least two academic years to complete, as well as to graduate students who will have four or more semesters remaining at the time of the next fall registration.

Academic credit awarded toward graduation requirements for Military Science and Aerospace Studies courses is determined by the individual schools and colleges.

Interested students should inquire at either ROTC office of their choice either before or at the start of the academic year or semester. Students may visit the ROTC offices in Lyman Hall 122 & 215. For more information on the individual program descriptions, refer to the course catalog or call the Unit Admissions Officer, Army ROTC, 315-436-3759 or 315-443-2462; or Air Force ROTC, 315-443-2461 e-afdet535@syr.edu or visit us.

Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps
Lt. Col. Timothy Kimbrough
Sponsored Associate
122 Lyman Hall, 315-443-2461

The goal of the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps is to commission second lieutenants in the U.S. Air Force. Students completing the Air Force ROTC training program will serve as Air Force officers on active duty for a minimum of four years after graduation. These students will have learned to exercise leadership, think critically and creatively, and communicate effectively. All cadets are required to complete the Air Force ROTC course sequence. The ROTC academic courses are cross-listed with other University departments and colleges, allowing academic credit toward degree requirements.

Students in the Air Force ROTC program enroll in an aerospace studies (ASC) course each semester. ASC 205 /PAF 275  and ASC 206 /PAF 276  are taken during the first year and ASC 295 /HST 295  and ASC 296 /HST 296  are taken during the sophomore year. These courses comprise the general military course and meet one hour a week.

During the junior year, students enroll in ASC 305 /O&M 405  and ASC 306 /O&M 406 . During the senior year, they enroll in ASC 405 /PAF 475  and ASC 406 /PAF 476 . These courses comprise the professional officer course, and each meets for three hours a week.

All academic courses are taught by career Air Force officers who hold at least a bachelor’s degree. These officers are on the University faculty and hold the academic title of professor or assistant professor for the duration of their assignment.

Besides attending academic classes, cadets attend a leadership laboratory each week. The leadership laboratory provides instruction in Air Force customs and courtesies, drill and ceremonies, expeditionary skills, and briefings on career opportunities. The instruction is conducted by the cadet corps with a progression of experiences designed to develop leadership potential.

During the summer between the sophomore and junior years, cadets attend field training at Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama. This training is four weeks long. Field training provides each cadet with leadership training, group involvement, physical fitness training, and a chance to experience life in an active Air Force environment.

Juniors in Air Force ROTC are eligible to apply for positions as cadet training assistants or to participate in professional development training programs around the country. Cadet training assistants attend a field training camp and train and evaluate cadet trainees and execute field training activities.

Army Reserve Officer Training Corps
LTC Jason Warner
Professor of Military Science
215 Lyman Hall, 315-443-2462; http://armyrotc@syr.edu

Students in the Army ROTC program receive instruction for Military Science & Leadership in preparation for commissions as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army, Army Reserve, or Army National Guard. Officer education emphasizes such areas as the duties and responsibilities of junior officers; the understanding of the fundamental concepts and principles of military art and science; the development of leadership and management potential; decision making and problem solving; a strong sense of personal integrity, honor, and individual responsibility; and an appreciation of the requirements for national security.

In addition to a weekly class, all students participate in a two hour leadership laboratory each week. This period of instruction is largely student-planned and directed and provides opportunities for realistic leadership experience. It emphasizes leadership, basic military skills, and professional knowledge subjects.

In the junior year cadets prepare for advanced camp, which takes place at Fort Knox, KY typically during the summer between the junior and senior year.

Students study military leadership and management, map reading, advanced physical conditioning, military ethics, professionalism, and law. These courses, if cross-listed with other academic courses, may be taken for academic credit.

Field training exercises are held once each semester at a variety of field sites in Central New York and Pennsylvania. They introduce a wide range of military skills and stress practical application of classroom instruction.

Aerospace Studies Courses

General Military

ASC 101 ,ASC 102 /ASC 201 ,ASC 202 
ASC 205 /PAF 275 
ASC 206 /PAF 276 
ASC 295 /HST 295 
ASC 296 /HST 296  

Professional Officer

ASC 301 ,ASC 302 /ASC 401 ,ASC 402 
ASC 305 /O&M 405 
ASC 306 /O&M 406 
ASC 405 /PAF 475 
ASC 406 /PAF 476  

Military Science Courses

MSL 101 ,MSL 102 /MSL 201 ,MSL 202  
MSL 301 /MSL 302 //MSL 401 ,MSL 402 
PED 200  

Student SUccess Initiative (SSUI)

The Student SUccess Initiative (SSUI) program is committed to the retention of students. In partnership with SU’s schools and colleges, SSUI provides a comprehensive learning community experience that includes personal coaching, quiet study areas, tutorials, and social activities. To qualify for the SSUI program, students must show some indication that they are academically “at risk” and are dedicated to making a change in their approach to academic and personal development. For more information, contact the SSUI office at 315-443-1095 or ssui@syr.edu or visit the web site.

Syracuse Abroad

Syracuse University Abroad
106 Walnut Place
Petra Hejnova, Interim Executive Director for Syracuse Abroad
1-800-235-3472, suabroad@syr.edu, http://suabroad.syr.edu

Did you know that nearly 48 percent of Syracuse University students study abroad? Consistently ranked as one of the nation’s highest quality programs, Syracuse Abroad offers a variety of options and signature features:

  • Year-long, semester, summer, and short-term programs;
  • Language at any level (beginner to advanced);
  • Immersive homestay experiences;
  • Assured guidance from staff and faculty abroad; and
  • Once-in-a-lifetime internships and Signature Seminars.

Syracuse Abroad maintains centers in Santiago, Chile; Hong Kong and Beijing, China; London, England; Strasbourg, France; Florence, Italy; Madrid, Spain.

Our World Partners programs provide opportunities in many additional locations, including Australia, the Czech Republic, Ecuador, Germany, India, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Korea, Russia, South Africa, and more. Courses award SU credit, and your financial aid travels with you. Study abroad grants and other scholarships are available.

Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate Research Program

Lois P. Agnew, Associate Dean
323 Hall of Languages, 315-443-3150

The Undergraduate Research Program (URP), housed in the College of Arts and Sciences but open to qualified participants from other colleges, exists to provide non-classroom, credit-bearing educational opportunities to undergraduate students. Interested qualified students work closely with Arts and Sciences faculty members in faculty generated research projects, other projects representing the faculty member’s academic interests, learning environments provided by professionals affiliated with the College of Arts and Sciences, or eligible off-campus internships. The program features the apprenticeship model, and students gain firsthand experience in creative and investigative academic processes, translate theory into practice, explore the cutting edges of particular disciplines, develop closer working relationships with faculty members, and enhance their own career and educational credentials.

Faculty Participation

The program offers Arts and Sciences faculty members a chance to extend and expand the character of their teaching in the undergraduate context, to work closely with self-selecting, highly motivated students, to attract excellent students to continued study in their particular field of study, and to open both internal and external funding possibilities by way of undergraduate involvement in their work. Faculty members are invited to propose projects to the Director. Individual projects may extend beyond a semester in length as appropriate. The character and requirements of these projects, as well as the number of credits involved, vary greatly, since they come from across the disciplines of the College of Arts and Sciences. The common criterion for all, however, is appropriateness to an educational credit-bearing experience for qualified undergraduate students.