Special Academic Programs

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Health Professions

It is possible to prepare for many different health profession at Xavier. A student interested in nursing, occupational therapy, athletic training, medical technology, or radiological technology should see an academic advisor in the specific program. Students interested in preparing for professional programs in medicine, osteopathic medicine, dentistry, podiatric medicine, veterinary medicine, optometry, or pharmacy should meet at least once a semester with the coordinator of pre-professional heath advising, Ms. Kara Rettig-Pfingstag. She and members of the Health Sciences Committee (listed below) are available for counseling about career choices, academic programs in the health sciences, and preparation for admission to professional health schools. The Health Sciences Committee members are as follows:

Ms. Kara Rettig Pfingstag, Director
Pre-Professional Health Advising rettigk@xavier.edu

Dr. Dorothy Engle
(Biology) Committee Chair engle@xavier.edu

Dr. Adam Bange (Chemistry) bangea1@xavier.edu Dr. Barbara Hopkins
(Chemistry) hopkins@xavier.edu

Dr. George Farnsworth (Biology) farnsworth@xavier.edu

Dr. Charles Gorossman (Biology) grossman@xavier.edu

Dr. Watke Paulding (Biology) paulding@xavier.edu

Dr. Jennifer Robbins (Biology) robbins@xavier.edu

Dr. Lisa Close-Jacobs (Biology)
Dr. Richard Mullins (chemistry) mullinsr@xavier.edu 
Dr. Craig Davis
(Chemistry) davisc@xavier.edu
Dr. Justin Link (Physics) linkj2@xavier.edu

Honors A.B.

The Honors A.B. Program was established in 1948 and is the oldest continuous Honors program at Xavier University. It is devoted to the study of the literature, philosophy, theology, history and languages of classical Western Civilization. Designed for excellent students with a broad range of interests, the Honors A.B. Program represents the only completely interdisciplinary degree program offered by Xavier University. For additional information about the program, students should contact the following person:

Dr. Shannon Byrne

Pre Law

American law schools prescribe neither specific courses nor a specific major for pre-law study. They pay particular attention to students engaged in a broad program of high quality in liberal arts. The degree program should educate the students to assimilate difficult documents and to interpret factual data, to think logically and creatively, to express themselves well orally and in writing, and to acquire a critical understanding of the human institutions and values with which the law deals.

The basic criteria for acceptance into law school are the grade point average acquired during undergraduate studies and performance on the Law School Admission Test (LSAT). Students interested in the field of law as a career should consult both their departmental chair and the pre-law advisor.

Paul Fiorelli

Study Abroad

Xavier University believes that a study abroad experience as part of a student's academic program is of great educational value.  Students are encouraged to explore this option with their academic advisor and with the Director of Study Abroad.

There are numerous semester, year-long and short-term opportunities for study abroad.  Some of these programs are organized directly by Xavier, some are offered through direct exchanges with international universities, and some are coordinated through outside providers and approved by Xavier.

Study abroad can enhance any academic major by offering a student a global perspective.  Many students use the study abroad experience to fulfill the language requirement or increase their language proficiency.  This experience enhances a student's education and provides an attractive addition to the resume.

Xavier is committed to advising students concerning the academic, financial, and personal aspects of studying abroad so that they can have this experience while at Xavier.

Ms. Kim Diehl

University Scholars

The University Scholars' Program is an honors program designed for serious and talented students who thrive in classes that are small and challenging and who can stimulate others with their curiosity, intellectual independence and ability to adapt to varied learning situations. This program is appropriate for students in any major. Honors courses are generally available only for honors program students (Honors Bachelor of Arts, Philosophy, Politics & The Public (PPP) and University Scholars). For additional information about the program, students should contact the following person:

Dr. Alexandra Korros