Honors Scholars Program
Near the end of the junior year, a student who has demonstrated exceptional scholarship and capacity for serious and creative study or research, and who has maintained a 3.500 cumulative GPA, may apply for entry into the Honors Scholars program. With the guidance of a major professor, and in community with other Honors Scholars, the student will complete an honors project during the senior year. Successful scholars will receive special recognition at commencement ceremonies and on the university transcript of record. Criteria, qualifications, and procedures are available in the Wesleyan Center, located on the lower floor, west side of the Bond Academic Center.
Students who are accepted into the Honors Scholars program register in the fall semester for HON 498 (two units), as listed below. This represents the initial phase of work on the required project. In the spring of the senior year, students register for HON 499 (one unit) in order to complete the project.
Before formal acceptance into the Honors Scholars program, students may register for HON 399 (up to a total of 4 units). This course is not an eligibility requirement for the program, and completion of HON 399 does not guarantee acceptance into the program.
Courses necessary to satisfy the requirements for the following teaching credentials are offered. The requirements presented in the School of Education section are in addition to the requirements for the baccalaureate major.
- Single-Subject Teaching Credential - 2042 (Secondary) (Teacher Education)
- Multiple-Subject Teaching Credential - 2042 (Elementary) (Teacher Education)
Pre-Professional and Cooperative Programs
Kendall Mallory, Advisor
Three options are open to students who wish to work toward a degree in some branch of engineering.
- Those interested in engineering with an electronics emphasis such as electrical, hardware or systems engineering may choose to earn a degree in Engineering Physics at Point Loma Nazarene University (see Department of Physics and Engineering ).
- Those interested in pursuing further study towards a M.S. degree in engineering may also choose to earn a degree in Engineering Physics at Point Loma Nazarene University (see Department of Physics and Engineering ).
- Those choosing a B.S. level professional degree in other branches of engineering may choose to take two or three years of basic course work at this university followed by a transfer to an engineering school of their choice.
Interested students may seek counsel from the Engineering advisor.
Kelli McCoy, Advisor
The Pre-Law program is designed to provide those considering legal careers with all the information and support they need to assist them with the accomplishment of their goals. While most of the program centers on the concerns of those planning to attend law school, counsel is also available for those contemplating paralegal, government, and other law-related careers.
There is no “Pre-Law Major” as such, since the American Association of Law Schools and almost all ABA-approved law schools discourage such programs. Instead, the Point Loma program focuses on assisting students of any major with information on the best preparation for law school, including: the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT), application procedures and strategies, internships, the bar exam, and practice and placement issues.
The Pre-Law program brings speakers to the university in small-group settings and provides a wide variety of programs. Guests include law school admissions officers, practicing attorneys, judges, and others involved in legal careers. In addition, the advisor provides individualized counseling for all Pre-Law participants. Students interested in any aspect of the Pre-Law program should contact the advisor early in their academic career.
Sara Yu Choung, Advisor
Students may prepare themselves for admission to educational institutions specializing in the health professions by pursuing a four-year program of study as suggested by the Pre-Health Professions Advisor. These schools make no requirements regarding the choice of major for students preparing for the health professions but encourage a broad liberal arts background in the humanities, social and behavioral sciences, natural sciences, and mathematics. Most students interested in careers in the health professions at Point Loma choose to major in the natural sciences. If students choose a major other than these, they must be prepared to do especially well in science courses. In addition to a bachelor’s degree, the specific requirements for admission into health professions programs varies by program, but generally include one year each of general chemistry, organic chemistry, biology, and physics, and one semester of biochemistry and calculus. Many also require a course in statistics and expect or require more than a minimum number of credits in biology.
A Pre-Health Professions Committee of the faculty follows the progress of each student and is available to advise the student and write recommendations when the student applies to educational institutions for the health professions, usually during the summer after the junior or senior year. The Pre-Health Program is designed to aid and encourage student candidates through a visiting speaker program, orientation meetings, suggestions in preparing for entrance exams, practice interviews, special experiences such as research opportunities, and critiques of application materials. Prospective students are advised that high grades and entrance exam scores are essential. Participation in the committee process is required for all pre-health students.
Pre-Physical Therapy and Allied Health
Leon M. Kugler and Rebecca J. Flietstra, Co-advisors
Students of various academic majors intending to attend physical therapy school must prepare adequately for the rigors of graduate school and groom themselves for the application process. Interested students will receive advisement on accredited programs, prerequisites, and admission standards. The advisors assist in internship placement, preparation for the application process including letter of recommendation decisions and the admission interview paradigm. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) preparation strategies and course sequence advising are offered. Prospective students are advised that high grades and entrance exam scores are essential.
Interaction with professionals in the physical therapy and medical fields is encouraged through two or three clinical internship placements, the first of which occurs as early as the second semester of the sophomore year, the biannual distinguished lecture series, contact with the university sport team physician and original research leading to Honors Scholar status at graduation. These interactions are beneficial to personal and pre-professional development and enhance the prospect of graduate school admission.
AFROTC, AROTC, and NROTC Programs
Scott N. Shoemaker, Advisor
Two- to four-year programs in Air Force, Army, and Navy Reserve Officer Training Corps, are offered in cooperation with San Diego State University and the University of San Diego. Upon completion of the program and all requirements for a bachelor’s degree, cadets are commissioned as second lieutenants in the Air Force, Army, and Marines, and as Ensigns in the Navy. In addition to the leadership courses listed on the admissions office website, students are typically required to take a four to six-week Field Training Camp or cruise during the summer. Further information on these programs may be obtained from the ROTC advisor at Point Loma Nazarene University or from the Aerospace Studies Department, 619-594-5545, and the Military Science Department, 619-594-4943, at San Diego State University or the Department of Naval Science, 619-260-2288, at the University of San Diego.
Study Abroad Programs
In support of its core values regarding developing a global perspective and promoting ethnic and cultural diversity, Point Loma Nazarene University actively encourages all students to spend a full semester studying outside the United States or with a designated domestic program. In an ever-expanding global community, the university recognizes the value of providing for students the opportunity to live and learn in another culture. Such an experience allows students to expand their understanding of other world cultures and reflect upon their own.
In addition to the programs listed below, which have been approved to offer PLNU course credit, the Study Abroad Office offers a wide range of programs through affiliated universities and program providers. Students applying to study abroad enroll by registering with the Study Abroad Office. All students must determine, in advance, with the approval of their faculty advisors and the Director of Study Abroad, how courses taken through these programs will be applied to their specific graduation requirements. Furthermore, students must consider the implications of studying abroad on university-funded scholarships. Program information and application materials may be obtained online at www.pointloma.edu/studyabroad, via e-mail at email@example.com, by telephone at 619-849-2972, or by visiting the office.
Students who are on academic or disciplinary probation, or those who are not cleared by the Dean of Students, are not eligible to participate in Study Abroad programs.
Programs designated with [CCCU] are sponsored by the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.
Co-curricular activities in the area of Academic Affairs include, but are not limited to, the following: a nationally ranked forensic team; the annual Sunset Cliffs National Forensics Tournament hosted by the university; California Board of Registered Nursing-approved continuing education courses; the Phi Alpha Theta society for pre-law students; the Point Loma String Project; a wide variety of activities directed by the Fermanian Business and Economic Institute; and student summer research in biology, chemistry, mathematics, computer information systems, and computer sciences.
Other opportunities directly or indirectly related to specific majors and programs include a host of ensembles in the Department of Music such as Chorale, Concert Choir, Point Loma Singers, Choral Union, Chamber Orchestra, Concert Band, and Jazz Band; Urban Term, an intentional living community studying local urban issues in the context of ethnic diversity and low-income environments; radio station KPLR and the university television station, supported by the Department of Communication and Theatre; international study trips sponsored by the Center for International Development; summer marketing research, an honors program in the Fermanian School of Business; and an annual series of literary teas, Poetry Day, and a writer’s symposium featuring nationally known personalities, sponsored by the Department of Literature, Journalism, and Modern Languages.
First-Year Experience (FYE)
Educating the Student…Developing the Student… Serving the Student. This is the focus of Point Loma Nazarene University’s First-Year Experience (FYE) program. FYE includes academic and personal development activities and services that strive to be as seamless as possible. The goal of Point Loma’s FYE is to support and facilitate the transition to university life as students learn how to take responsibility in seeking to develop skills to meet the challenges of higher education, self-awareness and understanding of others, the enjoyment of a wide variety of services, and setting the course to enter into the community of faithful learners.
Learning Experiences for Academic Progress (LEAP)
Learning Experiences for Academic Progress (LEAP) provides a small group of freshmen with a year of selected activities, structured academic programming, and on-campus support services in order to increase academic success, retention, and degree attainment. The LEAP experience is designed to assist students with the transition from high school into a four-year, residential environment by providing a network of educational, personal, social, and spiritual support for one academic year. The year-long Freshman Studies Seminar (FST 100 , FST 101 ) focuses on study skills, motivational issues, and the institutional and personal resources that can contribute to academic success. In addition to curricular programming and academic enrichment, purposeful and holistic co-curricular opportunities are incorporated into LEAP. Faculty members, along with professionals from Academic Advising, Engagement and Retention, and Residential Life, serve as advocates and facilitators to encourage students to achieve their educational goals. The program places a significant emphasis on the university-level writing and reasoning skills necessary to promote student learning.
In the fall semester, LEAP students take a maximum of 14 units and receive tutorial services. At the conclusion of the fall semester, LEAP students with a GPA of 2.000 or above will be removed from academic probation for the spring semester and limited to 15 units of coursework. LEAP students with GPA of 2.8000 or above are given permission to enroll in additional coursework (not to exceed a total of 17 units of which LEAP will choose 15 ). LEAP students who complete the fall semester with a GPA of 1.800 to 1.999 will continue on academic probation in the spring semester with a limit of 15 units. Students who fail to achieve a C- or better in FST 100 , WRI 099 , or FST 101 or who fail to achieve a GPA of 1.8000 or better are not allowed to continue in the following semester. Failure to achieve normal academic status (GPA at or above 2.000) at the conclusion of the spring semester will result in disqualification from the university.
(PSY 101 )
Typical of many institutions of quality, Point Loma Nazarene University offers a freshman seminar required of all first-time freshmen in their first year of study. Presented in a unique combination of colloquium, lecture, and small-group laboratory experience, the seminar is designed to assist the student in understanding Point Loma Nazarene University as an academic, religious, and social culture. The semester-long experience features guest speaker, films, panels, and a variety of settings in which theories and issues in psychology are related to the student’s own level of need to develop mentally, spiritually, and socially.