Jun 22, 2024  
2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog 
2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog Archived Catalog

Special Programs

Since the early 1970s, Neumann University has been recognized as a leader in the field of higher education and is highly regarded for the excellence of its educational programs and the success of its graduates. This tradition of educational outreach is implicit in Neumann University’s Mission Statement, which recognizes the University’s responsibility to offer educational programs which anticipate and respond to the changing needs of society.

The Neumann University Institute for Sport, Spirituality, and Character Development

Rooted in the Catholic, Franciscan tradition, the Institute for Sport, Spirituality and Character Development believes that sport possesses an inescapable spiritual and ethical dimension that merits academic exploration and practical application. The Institute works with Neumann community members as well as researchers, theologians, and sport professionals across the globe and, through the lens of athletics, strives to transform perspectives and inspire behavior that reflects an awareness to God’s presence in our lives.

The Institute offers student-athletes a program unlike any other in the United States. Staff members prompt Neumann student-athletes to go beyond “X’s and O’s,” helping them realize the best versions of themselves while connecting authentically with their teammates, values, and faith. The Institute builds a unique perspective on sports in the following ways:

  • Providing team chaplains - Neumann faculty and staff members who volunteer their time for this special ministry - to every athletic team on campus.
  • Facilitating special evenings of reflection and seasonal commissioning ceremonies for student-athletes each academic year.
  • Training team captains in leadership, communication, and team-building skills by integrating Neumann’s Catholic Franciscan values into the leading research-based practices available to sport practitioners.
  • Creating events for the entire Neumann community, such as conferences and the annual Institute Award, whose recipients exhibit strong character through athletics, exemplify spirituality, and embody the good that exists in and through sports.
  • Providing programming for high school students, coaches and administrators in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and other regional dioceses.
  • Conducting, publishing, and presenting research around the world on topics such as mission integration in athletics, spiritual growth and character development of student-athletes, and implementation of team chaplaincy programs.

Why at Neumann University?

Neumann University lives the values of Franciscan charism by teaching love and reverence for all creation. The Institute’s five core pillars - Respect, Balance, Reflection, Beauty, and Play - are grounded in this tradition and complement the University’s core values, offering student-athletes a new and provocative lens through which to engage Neumann’s mission.   

The Institute is located in The Mirenda Center for Sport, Spirituality, and Character Development, where those five core pillars form a centerpiece exhibit as a daily reminder of our mission. Opened in the Fall of 2009, The Mirenda Center encourages learning, community, reflection, and prayer by providing an educational environment which focuses on the whole person and interweaves athletics with academic, social, and spiritual development. Learn more about the Mirenda Center and view the digital version of the exhibit online at http://www.isscd.org/exhibit.

For additional information, please contact the Institute for Sport, Spirituality and Character Development at 484-840-4707 or visit the Institute’s website at http://www.isscd.org . You can also find the Institute on major social media networks, @isscd.


The Neumann Institute for Franciscan Studies

History and Purpose

The Neumann Institute for Franciscan Studies was founded on August 26, 1998 for the purpose of advancing the Catholic and Franciscan Intellectual Tradition and contributing to the identity of Neumann University as a Catholic university in the Franciscan tradition.

The Institute fosters collaboration and integration of the Franciscan values and tradition within Catholic higher education and, hence, affords opportunities for faculty to design and expand professional and interdisciplinary programs within a Franciscan ethic. The Institute also provides a forum and resources for contemplation, dialogue, study, and learning in the Franciscan tradition.

Mission Statement

The Neumann Institute for Franciscan Studies exists to strengthen the vision and charism of Francis and Clare of Assisi within a context of contemporary experiences in higher education. The Institute serves the scholarly and spiritual needs of the Neumann University community through a variety of sponsored seminars, lecture series, and other educational activities.

The Institute also provides ongoing dialogue about the Franciscan charism and values as they apply to the intellectual, affective, and ethical development of the Neumann University community.

In addition, the Neumann Institute for Franciscan Studies promotes the integration of the Catholic Franciscan tradition into the curriculum and supports course development by providing resources and research assistance.

Transitional Education Program

Neumann University’s Transitional Education Program is designed for those students who, according to their academic profiles and University-administered placements tests, are identified as being in need of at least one developmental course. The goal of this program is to provide students with a sound academic base in writing, reading, and/or mathematics that is necessary to succeed in college-level courses.

Developmental Education

In order to help assure each student’s academic success, Neumann University offers the following Developmental Education courses: ENG 094 Successful Writing , and MATH 092 Developmental Algebra .

Upon acceptance to the University, each student is informed as to which placement tests he/she will be required to take before registering for classes. This determination is based upon the student’s SAT scores, high school record, transfer credits (if applicable), and the program requirements for each academic major. Those whose scores indicate the need for remediation are assigned to one or both of the developmental courses cited above. Students who have taken steps to remediate academic deficiencies after taking the placement test may petition to retake the placement test prior to the commencement of classes. Students are then placed according to the results of the re-test. Full-time students must be enrolled in their required developmental classes during their first semester at Neumann.

Students in developmental classes are ordinarily given two semesters (usually Fall and Spring) to remediate their deficiencies. To facilitate academic success, students enrolled in developmental classes have their schedules restricted in terms of courses and total credit hours. Consequently, students enrolled in developmental education courses might be advised to register for additional summer course work, or that they might require more than eight semesters to complete their degree requirements.

ENG 094 , and MATH 092   can only be taken on a Pass/Fail basis. Although courses below the 100-level do not count as credit toward the degree, they do count as credit for purposes of determining financial aid eligibility and do affect the student’s GPA. Since these courses are taken on a Pass/Fail basis, the student’s GPA is affected only when a grade of Failure (“F”) is earned. For further information, please refer to the Academic Resource Center  and Placement Testing  sections in this catalog.

MATH 092 Developmental Algebra , should be followed by the required college-level Mathematics Core course to provide continuity in the study of mathematics. ENG 094 Successful Writing , should be followed by ENG 101 Rhetoric and Writing I .

PACE Program

The PACE (Program for Academic Competence and Enrichment) Program, introduced in 1980, is an academic program for students who are placed in more than one developmental course. This program provides the additional support that is needed to succeed in college: enrollment in the required developmental courses, individually designed class schedules, special academic advising, and referral to the John C. Ford Academic Resource Center (ARC) for tutoring. PACE students participate in learning communities as well as supplemental instruction opportunities. Since credits for developmental courses are not applicable to any degree program at the University, students accepted into the PACE program may need more than eight (8) semesters of study to graduate.

Honors Program

The Neumann University Honors Program is based upon the belief that students who have demonstrated the motivation for learning, a desire to excel, and the capability for leadership should be given the opportunity to develop these abilities. The Honors Program is a two-tiered program consisting of a Freshman Honors Program and a University Honors Program for sophomores, juniors and seniors. Students who complete the University Honors Program receive a Certificate of Completion and medallion at the Academic Awards Convocation, and recognition in the Commencement Program.

Program Outcomes

The student who successfully completes the University Honors Program will be able to:

  •  Express integrated views of the world.
  • Evaluate information and ideas by exercising informed judgment.
  • Discover, select and report information using an active learning approach.
  • Apply critical thinking skills to the formulation or evaluation of an idea or thesis.
  • Compose a well-supported thesis that demonstrates a growing level of scholarship.
  • Facilitate a group discussion, presentation or activity in a curricular or extracurricular setting.
  • Report the findings of a research paper in a professional manner.

Admission Criteria

Candidates for admission to the Freshman Honors Program:

  • Provide evidence of potential for strong extracurricular, community, and leadership activities.
  • Achieve a minimum high school GPA of 3.50.
  • Achieve a minimum SAT score of 1050 (out of 1600 Math and Critical Reading).
  • Have earned fewer than 24 earned credits of college courses.

Students whose high school GPA or SAT scores fall below the above levels may be admitted on a probationary basis at the discretion of the coordinator.

Candidates for admission to the University Honors Program:

  •  Have a GPA of 3.50 or above.
  • Have earned 24 or more credits of college courses.
  • Complete an application to the program.
  • Participate in an interview with the Coordinator of the Honors Program or other member of the Honors Committee.

Progression/Completion Criteria

Progression in the Freshman Honors Program requires students to maintain a 3.00 GPA in the Freshman Honors courses.

Progression in the University Honors Program leading to completion requires students to:

  •  Maintain a 3.50 GPA in the Honors multidisciplinary seminars.
  • Complete 12 credits of University Honors courses (sophomore-level and above).
  • Participate in an exit interview with the Coordinator of the Honors Program.

Program Design

Freshman Honors

Fall: 7 Credits

Spring: 6 Credits

  • Freshman Honors Multidisciplinary Seminar 6 Credits *

* These courses fulfill part of the University’s Core Curriculum Requirements for all undergraduate degree programs. (Please refer to the Core Curriculum  section of this catalog.)

† Students who successfully complete all required course work for the Fall semester of the Freshman Honors Program are exempted from taking ENG 101 Rhetoric and Writing I , but will be expected to satisfy the credits assigned to that course through additional course work.

University Honors (Sophomore, Junior, and Senior)

12 Credits from the following:

Pre-Professional Educational Options

Neumann University offers several pre-professional educational opportunities for those students who are interested in pursuing careers in law, pharmacy, or medicine. These educational options as well as curricular information are presented below. Academic advisement is available, through the Division of Arts and Sciences, to provide counseling and guidance as well as to review the application process to these professional schools.

Accelerated Pre-Pharmacy Articulation Agreement with Duquesne University

Neumann University and Duquesne University have developed a cooperative program of study leading to the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree. This six-year doctorate program begins with the Pre-Pharmacy Early-Entry Program at Neumann University. At Neumann, academically qualified students who have been accepted into this program begin two years of pre-pharmacy course work before transferring to the Duquesne University Mylan School of Pharmacy. Students must be accepted into the Neumann University Early-Entry Program as freshmen and must complete the first two years of their undergraduate work at Neumann University. Because of Neumann University’s special affiliation with Duquesne University, students who successfully complete the two-year program at Neumann are given preferential consideration for admission to the professional phase of the Doctor of Pharmacy Program at Duquesne University. If not accepted, students may elect to complete an undergraduate degree at Neumann University in Biology, Liberal Arts, or Liberal Studies over the course of two more years of study.

Requirements for Admission into Neumann University’s Pre-Pharmacy Early-Entry Program

Candidates for admission to the Pre-Pharmacy Early-Entry Program are required to:

  • Have an SAT total of 1050 (out of 1600 Math and Critical Reading total) or higher; or have an ACT composite total of 23 or higher.
  • Earn a GPA of 3.00 or higher on a 4.00 scale.
  • Achieve a class rank in the top 25% of the graduating high school class.
  • Demonstrate a strong background in University preparatory courses, especially mathematics.
  • Submit a résumé demonstrating evidence of leadership potential, community service, and co-curricular activities.
  • Provide one letter of recommendation from either a high school teacher or guidance counselor.
  • Complete and sign a Release Statement (page 4 of 4 of the online Application that must, then, be either mailed or faxed to the Admissions Office).

Admissions Process for Professional Phase at Duquesne University

Students should apply to Duquesne University by the January 15th yearly deadline during their sophomore year at Neumann University. All applicants will be placed into a pool of Neumann University applicants from which students will be chosen. Once offered acceptance, students will have two weeks to send their enrollment deposit to Duquesne University in order to reserve their space in the program. If the deadline passes without a deposit, the prospective student’s space will be given to another student, and they will be placed at the bottom of the applicant wait list.

Duquesne University Mylan School of Pharmacy Admission Requirements

Duquesne University will admit up to four Neumann students, in each academic year, who meet the criteria listed below. At Duquesne University’s discretion, more than four students may be admitted in any given year. Candidates for admission to Duquesne University Mylan School of Pharmacy are required to:

  • Complete the two-year undergraduate Pre-Pharmacy curriculum at Neumann University, including specified Core Curriculum requirements.
  • Earn a minimum grade of “C” in all Neumann University undergraduate courses.
  • Achieve a GPA of 2.50 or higher for all science and mathematics courses that are taken at Neumann University.
  • Achieve a cumulative GPA of 2.50 or higher in the Pre-Pharmacy Early-Entry Program.
  • Receive a letter of recommendation from the Neumann University Pre-Pharmacy Selection Committee.
  • Provide evidence of leadership potential and commitment to the pharmacy profession.

Pre-Pharmacy Early Entry Program

Suggested Two-Year Curriculum




* Students need to have an appropriate mathematics background in order to be placed in MATH 250  , Calculus I; this background can be demonstrated by passing a waiver exam for MATH 110  , Precalculus, during their first semester. They also need to pass a Placement Examination in Statistics or take MATH 102  (Introductory Statistics) during the summer following their freshman year at Neumann University in order to meet the prerequisites for PSYCH 202  (Behavioral Science Statistics). 

Pre-Law School Information

Pre-Law School Information at Neumann University has been developed in accordance with standards established by the Association of American Law Schools, which recommends that prospective law students have a comprehensive liberal arts background. In accordance with these recommendations, Neumann University has created a sequence of courses which represents a sound preparation for the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) and the study of law.

The University’s Pre-Law Curriculum has been carefully designed to provide fundamental information about human institutions and the values to which they subscribe. Students develop strong oral and written communication skills as well as the ability to think creatively, analytically, and critically with thoroughness, accuracy, and independence.

Any student who intends to pursue this program may choose from a variety of academic majors, such as Criminal Justice, English, Political Science, or Psychology. Students wishing to include a Pre-Law focus with their declared academic major must consult with the faculty member coordinating the program for advice on course selection and information pertaining to the Law School Admission Test (LSAT). In order for students who are following the Pre-Law Curriculum to receive a baccalaureate degree and secure letters of recommendation to law school, they must successfully fulfill all general and specific degree requirements of Neumann University as well as the specific requirements of their chosen academic major.

The courses listed below constitute Neumann University’s recommended Pre-Law Curriculum.

Widener University Delaware Law School Articulation Agreement

Neumann University (Neumann) and Widener University Delaware Law School (Delaware Law) agree to establish an articulation agreement, beginning with the 2015 - 2016 academic year, in which Neumann students will be eligible to attend Widener  Delaware Law to complete a juris doctor degree.

3 + 3 Early Admission Program

Neumann University undergraduate students may enter a bachelor’s degree and a juris doctor degree in six years, instead of the usual seven provided they meet the following criteria:

  • Complete all major and core course requirements at Neumann and complete 75% of their bachelor degree’s requirements before enrolling in courses at Widener  Law Delaware
  • Earn a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher through six semesters of undergraduate studies at Neumann
  • Achieve an LSAT score that meets or exceeds the median LSAT score of the current Widener Delaware Law first year entering class
  • Satisfy all law school admissions requirements relating to character and fitness
  • Submit a completed application to Widener Delaware Law no later than April 1st of the calendar year in which the student plans to begin legal study.

Students admitted to Widener Delaware Law through the 3+3 Early Admission Program must attend on a full time basis until they have completed their bachelor’s degree.  At that time, they may elect to continue their legal studies on either a full or part time basis. 

Widener Delaware Law agrees that Neumann 3+3 students will be considered for any merit-based and need-based financial aid for which they would be normally considered.

Neumann will not provide institutional aid to students enrolled at Widener Delaware Law. If enrolled at Widener Delaware Law whether at the completion of the 3rd or 4th year of undergraduate studies, students will no longer apply for federal aid through Neumann.  All aid applications will be handled directly between the student and Widener Delaware Law.

Students in the 3+3 Early Admissions Program will have Widener Delaware Law send an official transcript to Neumann at the completion of their first year of law school. Neumann will award the bachelor’s degree to students who have successfully completed the first year of law school and completed all major and core requirements at Neumann.

Express or Guaranteed Admission Program

Express admissions students will be admitted to Widener Delaware Law School if they meet the following criteria:

  • Earn a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher through time of law school application review
  • Achieve an LSAT score that meets or exceeds the median LSAT score of the current Widener Delaware Law School first year entering class
  • Satisfy all law school admissions requirements relating to character and fitness
  • Submit a completed application to Widener Delaware Law School no later than April 1st of the calendar year in which the student plans to begin legal study


Pre-Medical School Information

Students who are interested in medical careers meet as a group with the Pre-Medical Advisor during their freshman and sophomore years. Formal professional advising, however, does not begin until the second semester of the sophomore year and only after the student has applied for the advising process and is interviewed and selected by the members of the Pre-Medical and Pre-Professional Advisory Council of the Division of Arts and Sciences. To be interviewed, students must have demonstrated satisfactory academic progress in their chosen major with a science cumulative GPA of 3.20 and no grade less than a “C.” Students who have been selected by the Advisory Council work with the Pre-Medical Advisor to begin the application process.

Medical schools seek broadly educated applicants who have a solid foundation in the natural sciences, strong communication and analytical skills, and experience in the health professions in the forms of employment, volunteer work, and /or internships.

While a specific academic major is not a requirement for admission to medical school, there are certain basic science and mathematics courses which must be completed before beginning the application process. At Neumann, these courses include General Biology (BIO 107 /117  and BIO 108 /118 ), General Chemistry (CHEM 107 /117  and CHEM 108 /118 ), Organic Chemistry (CHEM 211 /221  and CHEM 212 /222 ), Physics (PHY 107 /117  and PHY 108 /118 ), and either Applied Calculus (MATH 225 ) or Calculus I (MATH 250 ). Medical schools also require at least two semesters of English courses that emphasize clear comprehension and analytical and communication skills.

A group of standardized tests is generally taken in the spring semester of the junior year for entrance into medical, veterinary, dental, or other graduate programs. Most medical schools require the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). Veterinary medical schools generally require either the Veterinary College Admission Test (VCAT) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Dental schools require the Dental Admission Test (DAT). Students normally take the appropriate examinations(s) after having completed their basic science courses and, often, a test review course as well.

Additional information pertaining to requirements and recommendations of specific medical schools can be found in Medical School Admission Requirements, published by the Association of American Medical Colleges, 2450 N Street, NW, Washington, DC 20037. 


Chiropractic and Podiatric Medical School Articulation Agreements

For students considering a career in either chiropractic or podiatric medicine, Neumann University has established educational partnerships with both the New York Chiropractic College in Seneca Falls, NY, and the New York College of Podiatric Medicine in New York, NY. Based upon mutual respect for the integrity of parallel academic programs, these “3 + 1” Articulation Agreements have been designed for qualified Neumann students. Upon successful completion of a stipulated curriculum and satisfactory completion of specified entrance requirements, such students are automatically admitted to the degree programs of either of these medical schools.

Students who have been accepted at Neumann and who have declared their intent to continue their studies at either the New York Chiropractic College or the New York College of Podiatric Medicine take three years of prescribed courses at Neumann which lead to a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Biological Science. These three years of study satisfy all prerequisite course work and enable the student to enter his/her first year as a medical student at either medical institution. This first year of study at either the New York Chiropractic College or the New York College of Podiatric Medicine satisfies senior year requirements at Neumann, and the baccalaureate degree would be conferred, upon successful completion of all first-year courses at either medical college. For further information, please contact the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid.

For additional information regarding any of the above Pre-Professional Educational Options, please contact the Division of Arts and Sciences at 610-558-5509.

Military Science (U.S. Army and Air Force ROTC) Cross-Enrollment Programs

The Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) is a college-based, officer commissioning program that focuses on leadership development, problem solving, strategic planning, and professional ethics. In this program, participants learn valuable leadership and management skills that are essential in today’s demanding economic and job environment. Additionally, ROTC programs improve a graduate’s marketability and opportunity to advance in any career field.

Students at Neumann University are eligible to participate in either the United States Army or Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) through a cross-enrollment program agreement with Widener University (Army) and St. Joseph’s University (Air Force). Credits for these courses are accepted as General Elective credits at Neumann. ROTC offers men and women the opportunity to graduate with a college degree and a commission as a second lieutenant in either the United States Army or Air Force, Army National Guard, or the United States Army Reserve.

ROTC offers a variety of on-campus tuition scholarships, financial assistance for books, and monthly stipends. Applications for on-campus scholarships must be submitted by March 1st and are available from the Office of Admissions at Neumann University. For additional information pertaining to ROTC scholarships and military science courses, call the ROTC Department at either Widener University at 610-499-4098 or St. Joseph’s University at 610-660-3190. For more information about this program, call the Office of Admissions at Neumann University at 610-558-5616.

Additional Information for Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC)

The Department of Aerospace Studies offered through Detachment 750 at Saint Joseph’s University offers college students a three- or four-year curriculum leading to a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Air Force (USAF). In the four-year option, a student (cadet) takes General Military Course (GMC) classes during their freshmen and sophomore years, attends a 4-week summer training program between their sophomore and junior years, and then takes Professional Officer Course (POC) classes during their junior and senior years. Cadets in the three-year option will be dual-enrolled in both GMC classes during their sophomore year, attend a summer training program, and take POC classes during their junior and senior years.  A cadet is under no contractual obligation with the USAF until entering the POC or accepting an AFROTC scholarship. The GMC curriculum focuses on the scope, structure, organization, and history of the USAF with an emphasis on the development of airpower and its relationship to current events. The POC curriculum concentrates on the concepts and practices of leadership and management, and the role of national security forces in American society.

In addition to the academic portion of the curricula, each cadet participates in a two-hour Leadership Laboratory and two hours of physical training each week. Leadership Laboratory utilizes the cadet organization designed for the practice of leadership and management techniques.

Further information on the AFROTC program at Saint Joseph’s University can be found at sites.sju.edu/afrotc, or students can contact detachment personnel directly at:

Unit Admissions Officer

AFROTC Detachment 750

Saint Joseph’s University

Philadelphia, PA 19131

Phone: 610-660-3190

Email: rotc@sju.edu