2019-2020 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
    Oct 19, 2021  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Special Program Information

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 faculty mentor, 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 second floor of Smee Hall.

Students who are accepted into the Honors Scholars program register in the fall semester for HON 4098  (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 4099  (one unit) in order to complete the project.

Teaching Credentials

Jen Lineback, Advisor

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)
  • Special Education Teaching Credential - Mild/Moderate and Moderate/Severe

Pre-Professional and Cooperative Programs


Maria Zack, Advisor

Three options are open to students who wish to work toward a degree in some branch of engineering.

Interested students may seek counsel from the Engineering advisor.


Jeff Birdsell, Advisor
Students from all majors who are considering a legal career should contact the Pre-Law Advisor to receive the most current information about how best to prepare for law school. Pre-Law advising is designed to provide all interested students with the information and support they need to successfully apply to law school. The Pre-Law Advisor is available for individual consultation with students and also hosts events each semester aimed at providing information and networking opportunities to all PLNU students who are considering law-related careers.

There is no “Pre-Law Major” or list of required courses, since the American Bar Association and almost all ABA-approved law schools discourage such programs. Instead, PLNU’s Pre-Law advising focuses on assisting students of any major with information on the best preparation for law school, including: the Law Schools Admissions Test (LSAT), application procedures and strategies, internships, the bar exam, and practice and placement issues.

Our Pre-Law advising particularly encourages networking with legal professionals and provides multiple opportunities for doing so in small-group settings. Guests include law school admissions officers, practicing attorneys, judges, and others involved in legal careers.  Students considering going to law school should contact the Pre-Law Advisor early in their academic career to ensure that they are on the invitation list for all of the Pre-Law events.


Sara Yu Choung, Advisor
Students from any major who are considering a career in dentistry, medicine, optometry, pharmacy, or veterinary medicine should contact the Pre-Health Advisor to ensure that they receive information about pre-health events, course requirements, volunteer opportunities, application process, advising, etc. The Pre-Health program is designed to help students determine whether a career in the health professions is right for them and support those who choose to apply to be the most successful and competitive applicants they can be. This includes, but is not limited to, speaker series, informational meetings, shadowing and volunteer opportunities, practice interviews, review of application materials, and recommendation letters.

There is no “Pre-Health or Pre-Med Major,” but each health professions school has specific course requirements for admission that generally include one year each of biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry, english (composition and/or literature), and physics, and one semester of biochemistry and mathematics. Health professions 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 PLNU choose to major in the natural sciences.

Pre-Physical Therapy and Allied Health

Leon Kugler and Rebecca 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.


Scott 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.

Office of Global Studies Programs

In an ever-changing and interdependent global community, Point Loma Nazarene University recognizes the value of providing for students the opportunity to live, learn, and engage in service in another culture. Such an experience allows students to expand their appreciation and understanding of other world cultures. It also strengthens their abilities to become global citizens.

In recognition and strong support of Point Loma Nazarene University’s mission and core values, the Office of Global Studies actively encourages all students to participate in learning opportunities overseas for an academic year, semester or summer term, or with a faculty-led program. It works with the PLNU community to develop a global perspective in its study abroad curriculum and promotes academic integration in all the programs.

In addition to the programs listed on the Office of Global Studies website, which have been approved to offer PLNU course credit, the Office of Global Studies offers a selected group of programs through affiliated universities and program providers. Students applying to study abroad enroll by registering with the Office of Global Studies. All students must determine, in advance, with the approval of their faculty advisors and the Director of the Office of Global Studies, how courses taken through these programs will be applied to their specific graduation requirements. Furthermore, although most financial aid applies, all study abroad applicants are required to meet with Student Financial Services (SFS) to review their eligibility for federal and university-funded scholarships and financial aid. Program information and application materials may be obtained online at the Office of Global Studies website, via e-mail at globalstudies@pointloma.edu, by telephone at 619-849-2387, or by visiting the Office of Global Studies.

To maintain a high academic standard, our programs requires minimum cumulative GPA of 2.750 or higher. 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.

Grades earned through the following programs are neutral and, as such, not included in PLNU GPA calculation:

  • OGS-designated international affiliates
  • Non-OGS programs
  • Semester-at-Sea programs

Grades earned through the following programs are included in PLNU GPA calculation:

  • OGS-designated domestic affiliates
  • OGS-designated partner programs
  • PLNU faculty-led programs

Students should confirm their program with the Office of Global Studies.

Students can apply for fall semester and summer programs by March 15th and spring programs by October 15th.

Academic Co-curricular

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.

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 1000 , FST 1001 ) focuses on study skills, motivational issues, and the institutional and personal resources that can contribute to academic success. Although LEAP students do not participate in ROTC or intercollegiate athletics, they do participate in the purposeful and holistic co-curricular opportunities incorporated into LEAP, in addition to curricular programming and academic enrichment. 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.

LEAP students who fail to meet certain academic standards may be subject either to disqualification or administrative withdrawal.

Course Load in LEAP.

The academic course load for LEAP students is a maximum of 14 units in the fall semester, and 14-17 units in the spring semester, based on a student’s fall GPA:

  • LEAP students whose fall GPA stands between 1.800 and 2.799 will carry a maximum spring load of 14 units. 
  • LEAP students whose fall GPA is 2.800 or greater will carry a maximum spring load of 17 units. 

Disqualification. LEAP students may be disqualified during either fall or spring semesters.

  • In fall semester, LEAP participants who receive grades of C- or better in FST 1000  and WRI 1001  but whose cumulative GPA falls below 1.800 will be disqualified.
  • In spring semester, LEAP students who receive a grade of C- or better in FST 1001 , but whose cumulative GPA falls below 2.000 will be disqualified.

LEAP students who are disqualified will receive a letter from the Vice Provost of Academic Administration indicating they have been disqualified from continuing at the university. To be considered for readmission, LEAP students who are disqualified must:

  • spend at least one regular semester away from the university (summer is not considered a regular semester);
  • take 12 pre-approved units at another institution;
  • present official transcripts that demonstrate a university cumulative GPA of 2.000 or above;
  • meet with the Vice Provost for Academic Administration; and
  • complete an application for readmission.

If readmitted, such students would sign a proposed Academic Improvement Plan, return on Academic Probation and enroll in a maximum of 13 units in their first semester back to allow deep concentration on a lighter class schedule.

Administrative Withdrawal. LEAP students may be disqualified at the end of either fall or spring semester.

  • In fall semester, LEAP participants who receive grades of lower than C- in FST 1000  or WRI 1001  and whose cumulative GPA falls below 1.800 will be administratively withdrawn.
  • In spring semester, LEAP participants who receive a grade of lower than C- in FST 1001  and whose cumulative GPA falls below 2.000 will be administratively withdrawn.

LEAP students who are administratively withdrawn will receive a letter from the Vice Provost of Academic Administration indicating they have been administratively withdrawn from continuing at the university. Although this withdrawal action offers no opportunity for appeal or readmission to LEAP, administratively withdrawn LEAP students who wish to do so can reapply directly through the Office of Admissions once they have completed 24 or more transferable units at another institution with a 2.800 or higher cumulative GPA.