General info concerning Messiah College
Messiah College offers more than 80 majors and pre-professional programs in four schools: the School of the Arts; the School of Business, Education and Social Sciences; the School of Science, Engineering and Health; and the School of the Humanities. In addition to major requirements, there is a general education curriculum, required for all students. General education requirements include but are not limited to theology courses, a philosophy, a literature, a social science, an art course, a world views class, physical education courses, first year and senior seminars, and a comprehensive first-year seminar course added in 2009 called Created and Called for Community.
Messiah College awards Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees in the liberal and applied arts and sciences. Specialized programs include extensive off-campus study, individualized majors, independent study, service-learning, internships, allied health programs in partnership with other institutions and a College Honors Program. Some majors allow students to graduate one or two semesters early, depending on their particular field of study.
In 2009, Messiah College launched its first graduate programs, and currently offers online master's programs in art education, conducting, counseling, education, higher education and youth and young adult ministries.
Messiah College has been named by U.S. News and World Report as the #4 "Best Regional College" in the North and has been ranked in the top 10 in its region as a "Great School at a Great Price". Messiah College is also recognized by the Princeton Review as a "Best College in the Northeast."
Messiah College students have earned prestigious academic national and international post-graduate honors and fellowships such as Rhodes, Fulbright, Carnegie, Truman and Boren scholarships. Joy Yu-Ho Wang became Messiah College's first Rhodes Scholar in 1997.
Messiah College uses the 4-1-3 academic calendar system where the academic year is divided into Fall, January, and Spring Terms. The January Term, or J-Term, is a three-and-a-half-week period where students can choose to take one or two courses intensively, participate in a cross cultural study program, sign up for the popular Skiing and Snowboarding class, or simply stay home for an extended vacation.
In 1963 the College was accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. Academic programs in engineering, dietetics, nursing, athletic training, music, social work, education, theater, and business are each accredited by professional associations.
Messiah College has a nationally recognized network of programs through which students can study abroad. In 2010, Messiah College was ranked 7th among all undergraduate institutions in the country that send students to study abroad by the Institute for International Education's Open Doors Report. In 2009-2010, more than 400 Messiah students earned academic credit by studying abroad in more than 40 different countries.
Cross-cultural courses are offered during January and May terms. These trips are led by faculty members and students earn credits by participating in an intense three-week study of a particular geographic region or culture. Messiah College students can also participate in the International Business Institute (IBI), an overseas program in international economics and business designed to give students an opportunity to integrate academic study with international field experience. Students who travel with IBI during the summer visit corporate headquarters, manufacturing plants, and government and international agencies in Europe, India, and China. Students can also work in a variety of fields—including the arts, politics, and health care—through an international internship partnership with Arcadia University. Students also have the opportunity to design their own international internship at the location of their choice in partnership with the College's Internship Center.