Wilson College

Introduction


Wilson College is a top liberal arts college with rigorous academic programs and so much more.

A rigorous academic program with incredible access to professors has been a hallmark of Wilson College since its founding in 1869. A collaborative environment, a 10:1 student-to-faculty ratio and professors who are dedicated to mentoring students—both in and out of the classroom—create an educational experience that is focused on the individual student.

Wilson connects career-oriented programs with a broad-based liberal arts education that teaches students to think critically and communicate with confidence—essential skills for career success. This approach is evident across all of Wilson's degree programs—undergraduate, graduate and adult degree.

Rooted in more than 140 years of a forward-thinking tradition, the College has always been a leader. From a pioneering residential program for single parents with children and the establishment of the Center for Sustainable Living 20 years ago to initiating a USDA certified-organic farm to leading the way on affordability in higher education with a first-of-its-kind student debt buyback program, Wilson continues to be a trendsetter.

Student experiences inside and outside the classroom are influenced by the Wilson Honor Principle, which fosters qualities of personal responsibility and integrity. College is a transformative time and Wilson is committed to educating the whole student: mind, body and spirit.

Our Campus

Located in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, Wilson College’s campus has gracious lawns, mature trees and rolling hills. The beautiful 300-acre campus is on the National Register of Historic Places as a historic district and the Conococheague Creek runs through it.

Six buildings serve as student housing and there are several facilities for athletics and equestrian com­petitions, including three athletic fields (field hockey, soccer and softball), tennis courts, a gymnasium and separate practice facility for gymnastics. A fitness center is housed in Lenfest Commons, along with a dance studio. Students have access to a nearby swimming pool. The Penn Hall Equestrian Center has three, 24-stall barns; two indoor arenas and an outdoor arena; cross-country jump course and turn-out fields. The College also provides complete equine-facilitated therapeutic facilities and equipment.

In addition, Wilson College has an organic farm—the heart of the Fulton Center for Sustainable Living— that allows a wide range of opportunities to learn about approaches to sustainable living. In January 2009, the College opened the new $25 million Harry R. Brooks Complex for Science, Mathematics and Technology, the first Gold LEED-certified building in the area.

The Harry R. Brooks Complex for Science, Mathematics and Technology

With state-of-the-art classroom, laboratory and research spaces, the Harry R. Brooks Complex for Science, Mathematics and Technology represents a vision for the future of the liberal arts and sciences at Wilson College. Flooded with natural light and filled with leading-edge technology and equipment, the building offers spaces that enhance teaching and learning, and the practice of science at the undergraduate level. The building has transformed the campus and is changing the lives of our students and faculty. We invite you to learn more about it on these pages, or visit campus and take a tour. Envision the future of science at Wilson College and join us in this important educational mission.

Mission and Values

Wilson College is an independent liberal arts institution founded in 1869. Wilson is dedicated to preparing women and men for successful careers through undergraduate, graduate and adult degree programs. Guided by the Honor Principle and distinguished by a commitment to transformative student growth, Wilson College prepares all of its graduates for fulfilling lives and professions, ethical leadership and humane stewardship of our communities and our world.

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Bachelor Degree in Communications

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Chambersburg

Wilson College’s major in Communications balances critical thinking, media theory, and writing skills for use in both traditional media markets and today’s emerging digital media forms. Students will study the foundations of communications learning—i.e., journalistic writing, legal media issues, and media theory—and use that learning in traditional forms of media as well as online and digital media. In the process, students will create content for both print and digital publications and learn the fundamentals of marketing media and selling advertising. [+]

Welcome to the Wilson College Department of Communications! In these web pages you can learn all about the Communications major and minor at Wilson College, about our current faculty, and about the various organizations and activities sponsored by the department. Wilson College’s major in Communications balances critical thinking, media theory, and writing skills for use in both traditional media markets and today’s emerging digital media forms. Students will study the foundations of communications learning—i.e., journalistic writing, legal media issues, and media theory—and use that learning in traditional forms of media as well as online and digital media. In the process, students will create content for both print and digital publications and learn the fundamentals of marketing media and selling advertising. Students who graduate from Wilson with a degree in Communications will have an array of marketable skills, including learning AP Style, designing print and online media frames, crafting public relations and advertising for a variety of industry purposes, and mastering a wide array of technical and software skills for use on traditional and electronic media. Students will gain additional skills in computer programming, graphic and website design, photography, and marketing, all of which positions the Wilson graduate for success in both the workforce and in graduate school. Internships take place in local media markets and include exposure to both traditional and online forms of media. By the completion of the degree program students will be ready to tackle the ever-evolving world of new and digital media and still understand the... [-]

Bachelor Degree in Graphic Design

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Chambersburg

The graphic design program at Wilson balances artistic study and skill development with a traditional liberal arts education. This balance prepares graduates to be critical thinkers and creative problem-solvers while developing design skills and practices required for professional success. You will work in areas including image creation, graphic representation, identity, typography, web design, and two- and three-dimensional design and more. [+]

The graphic design program at Wilson balances artistic study and skill development with a traditional liberal arts education. This balance prepares graduates to be critical thinkers and creative problem-solvers while developing design skills and practices required for professional success. You will work in areas including image creation, graphic representation, identity, typography, web design, and two- and three-dimensional design and more. Students select from concentrations in graphic arts or graphic media. The graphic arts track emphasizes visual content development, composition and creation, and is suited to fine arts students who wish to pursue the practice of graphic design as a primary profession. The graphic media concentration—designed to provide students with training in visual communication—incorporates courses like writing and digital media with design classes, giving students a broader base of skills for work in communications and marketing-related professions. No matter which concentration is pursued, the graphic design major prepares students to be effective visual communications professionals. Working in both traditional and digital mediums, students learn to conceptualize, design and produce in a variety of design disciplines, including advertising, packaging, editorial or magazine design, websites and more. Senior capstone work focuses on the development of a student’s portfolio, an essential component in obtaining future employment. The portfolio represents a cohesive body of work that demonstrates the skill and proficiency of the designer. Graduates of the graphic design program are prepared for both immediate design practice and lifelong intellectual and creative growth. Concentration In Graphic Media Course Requirements Concentration in Graphic Media The Graphic... [-]

Bachelor Degree in History and Political Science

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Chambersburg

History and Political Science is an interdisciplinary, liberal arts major. The interdisciplinary emphasis deepens understanding of the nature and development of human institutions and behavior. In particular, students gain a historical perspective which is vital to a comprehensive understanding of contemporary social and political issues. Courses in the major also increase the student’s awareness of strategies available for dealing effectively with these issues. [+]

History and Political Science is an interdisciplinary, liberal arts major. The interdisciplinary emphasis deepens understanding of the nature and development of human institutions and behavior. In particular, students gain a historical perspective which is vital to a comprehensive understanding of contemporary social and political issues. Courses in the major also increase the student’s awareness of strategies available for dealing effectively with these issues. The program emphasizes development of skills useful in various occupations as well as in graduate school. Course work stresses development of verbal and written communication skills and analytical thinking. Small class sizes allow faculty members to frequently use innovative teaching methods, including simulations and collaborative learning. While breadth of knowledge in the major is emphasized, students also concentrate in an area of their choice. Concentrations are offered in these areas: History, International Relations, Political Science, and Thematic. A certificate for secondary teaching in Social Studies is also available. Concentrations History and Political Science Concentration in History Five courses in history, two of which must be at the 300 level, and two additional courses in political science. Students fulfilling a humanities focus in the history concentration may substitute two courses in classics, art history, music history, literature, philosophy, or religion studies for Sociology 120 and Economics 101 or 102 (see Course Requirements tab). Concentration in Political Science Five courses in political science, to include work in American government and international politics, with at least three of the five courses taken at the 300 level. Two additional courses in... [-]

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Bachelor of Science in Biology

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Chambersburg

The curriculum in biology provides thorough and intensive course work in both theoretical and applied aspects of biological science. Active participation by the students in laboratory and field courses is required and direct experience with living organisms and scientific instrumentation is a central focus of the program. [+]

The curriculum in biology provides thorough and intensive course work in both theoretical and applied aspects of biological science. Active participation by the students in laboratory and field courses is required and direct experience with living organisms and scientific instrumentation is a central focus of the program. The science of biology is taught within the larger context of a liberal arts education and every effort is made to encourage interdisciplinary connections with the social sciences and the humanities. Courses strongly emphasize writing and speaking skills and avoid reducing science to the accumulation of factual knowledge. Majors are encouraged to pursue summer internships in field and laboratory settings. An undergraduate degree in biology offers a variety of career options, including technical positions in business and medicine. Many graduates earn advanced degrees in medical and veterinary schools or do graduate research in such fields as biochemistry and ecology. Students with expertise in genetics, physiology, and environmental science are increasingly in demand in business and government. Undergraduate work in the sciences provides the student with skills in research and the clarity of thought and communication essential for success in the contemporary world. Student Learning Goals To provide a broad foundation in the biological sciences. To engage students in the methods of scientific inquiry. To develop effective communication skills and foster independent thought and creativity. To promote critical analysis and scientific literacy within an ethical framework. To promote interdisciplinary study and the foundations of a liberal arts education. Events and Projects Marine Biology Field... [-]

Bachelor of Science in Equestrian Studies

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Chambersburg

All students who wish to ride are evaluated and classified as beginner, novice, intermediate, or advanced according to their demonstrated skills. Students are grouped with riders of comparable skills in small classes. Equitation is considered a physical education activity and, as such, earns one-half course credit. [+]

Wilson College offers two concentrations within the Equestrian Studies major: Equine Management and Equestrian Management. Equine Management Concentration The student interested primarily in the management of a barn will select the Equine Management concentration. This program directs the student's interests to the mechanics of running a stable and the handling of horses within a barn, including practical stable management. The Equine Management concentration requires two business-related courses. Equestrian Management Concentration The student primarily interested in riding and the teaching of riding will select the Equestrian Management concentration. The program improves skills in riding and provides an education focused on teaching. In addition to equestrian courses, both concentrations include courses in biology, psychology, physical education, and veterinary medical technology. The Equestrian Management concentration also requires an educational psychology course. All students who wish to ride are evaluated and classified as beginner, novice, intermediate, or advanced according to their demonstrated skills. Students are grouped with riders of comparable skills in small classes. Equitation is considered a physical education activity and, as such, earns one-half course credit. All students, regardless of major, may take as many equitation courses as their schedules can accommodate. The student in the Equestrian Management track may apply a maximum of three and one-half equitation course credits (seven semesters) toward graduation requirements. Other majors and students concentrating in equine management may apply not more than one and one-half course credits (three semesters) toward graduation requirements. Wilson College emphases a classical approach to balanced seat riding. Equestrian Studies Students are... [-]

Bachelor of Science in Mathematics

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Chambersburg

The Mathematics and Computer Science curriculum emphasizes theory and application of mathematical and computer science principles. Obtaining a degree in Mathematics within the framework of a liberal arts curriculum strengthens the student’s understanding of the interrelationship between the sciences, the social sciences, and the humanities. [+]

With the increased emphasis in science-related fields on more precise modeling of real-world situations, the need for well-trained computer scientists and mathematicians is also increasing. The Mathematics and Computer Science curriculum emphasizes theory and application of mathematical and computer science principles. Obtaining a degree in Mathematics within the framework of a liberal arts curriculum strengthens the student’s understanding of the interrelationship between the sciences, the social sciences, and the humanities. Some common choices for Mathematics and Computer Science graduates are graduate study and/or research in mathematics or computer science; teaching; or employment in the fields of business (actuarial science, economics, numerical analysis, programming), government (statistics, cryptology, operations research), and medicine (optometry, research medicine). Secondary certification in Math is available. One major is offered, Mathematics, as well as minors in both Mathematics and Computer Science. For the student interested in the management of information systems, an MIS minor is offered as part of the Business curriculum. For those students whose interest is primarily a Business major, a concentration in MIS is offered through the Business and Economics department. Course Requirements Mathematics Two courses from biology or chemistry or physics or computer science. Choose two from the four following options: 1. BIO 101: General Biology I BIO 102: General Biology II or 2. CHM 101: General Chemistry I CHM 102: General Chemistry II or 3. CS 152: Programming and Design II CS 235: Data Structures and File Processing or 4. PHY 101: General Physics I PHY 102: General Physics II In addition,... [-]

Bachelor or Science in Global Studies

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Chambersburg

The Global Studies program will provide you with the skill that is—and will continue to be—crucial to achievement in any field: the ability to communicate across cultural, racial, and economic and gender difference. You will also gain proficiency in a world language other than English and graduate with strong public speaking and writing skills. As such, Global Studies is an interdisciplinary program that allows you to foster greater understanding of the challenges that we face as citizens of a complex, globalized, and interconnected world. [+]

The Global Studies program will provide you with the skill that is—and will continue to be—crucial to achievement in any field: the ability to communicate across cultural, racial, and economic and gender difference. You will also gain proficiency in a world language other than English and graduate with strong public speaking and writing skills. As such, Global Studies is an interdisciplinary program that allows you to foster greater understanding of the challenges that we face as citizens of a complex, globalized, and interconnected world. While there are many ways we can go about exploring cultural difference and social, political, and economic integration, Wilson’s Global Studies program is unique when compared to others in our region. Several regional institutions offer the more traditional International Studies option, which is often limited to a nation-state relations approach to analyzing global changes. Meanwhile, Global Studies at Wilson focuses not only on international relations, but also complex forms of globalization that move outside the borders of nation-state actors. Further, core courses and areas of specialization address multiple facets of global cultures, and students are highly prepared for their future careers with service-learning/field opportunities, internships, and study abroad experiences. Mission Statement Global Studies is a cross-disciplinary program that seeks to foster understanding of the challenges that we face as citizens of an interconnected world. Students will acquire the knowledge, skills and perspectives necessary to develop cultural literacy and to comprehend complex global events and processes of globalization, as well as an ability to respond to them... [-]

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Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Chambersburg

A degree in philosophy from Wilson College will equip students with the logic, ethics and critical thinking skills needed to pursue professional careers in law, government, business, science and more. [+]

Exploring reality and the world as we know it From Aristotle to Kant, and everywhere in between, the search for knowledge about our world, reality and the overall human experience has gone on for thousands of years. A degree in philosophy from Wilson College will equip students with the logic, ethics and critical thinking skills needed to pursue professional careers in law, government, business, science and more. Philosophy students will consider such issues as how to lead a fulfilling life, the rights of animals and nature, and the limits of human freedom and knowledge. Easily coupled with a primary major in another field such as religious studies, sociology or literature, the philosophy major provides an open environment for dialogue surrounding the figures and texts that have shaped human thought through time. Philosophy course tracks Philosophy major Philosophy minor Interdisciplinary minor in ethics (religious studies/philosophy) Featured Course Love and Friendship: What's the difference between romance and friendship? How do we understand the tensions between loving particular others, such as our family members, and the moral demand to love all others as we love ourselves? Join Professor John Elia for this Summer I Online course where you'll become familiar with competing accounts of love and friendship, and analyze cultural expressions of love and friendship in the arts, sciences and media. Course Requirements PHI 120: World Philosophy or PHI 121: Ethics PHI 222: Logic PHI 224: Ancient and Medieval Philosophy PHI 225: Modern Philosophy PHI 240: Feminist Philosophy Three additional 200- or 300-level... [-]