Regular attendance in all courses is strongly recommended. Attendance requirements for individual courses will be set forth clearly by the instructors at the start of each course. (See Course Information Policy ).
In each course, the student must attend the particular section for which he or she is officially registered. Exception: for the purpose of making up a missed class, a student may, with the permission of both instructors involved, attend a class other than the one for which he or she is registered.
Student Absence for Religious Beliefs
Chapter 151C of the General Laws of Massachusetts permits any student in an educational institution, who because of his/her religious beliefs, is unable to attend classes or to participate in any examination, study, or work on a particular day to be excused and to be provided with an opportunity to make up such examination, study, or work requirement, provided, however, that such makeup examination or work shall not create an unreasonable burden upon the College. No fees of any kind shall be charged by the institution for making this opportunity available to the student. No adverse or prejudicial effects upon a student shall result from following the provisions of this section. If you are denied this right, contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and Human Rights, 978.542.6106.
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (The Buckley Amendment) and Fair Information Practices Act
Annually, Salem State College informs students of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (The Buckley Amendment, generally referred to as FERPA) and the Fair Information Practices Act of 1975. Salem State College intends to fully comply with these statutes, which were designed to protect the privacy of education records, to establish the right of students to inspect and review their educational records, and to provide guidelines for the correction of inaccurate or misleading data through informal and formal hearings. Students also have the right to file complaints with the Family Policy Compliance Office (FPCO), U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW Washington, DC 20202-5901, concerning alleged failures by the institution to comply with the Act.
Public Notice Designating Directory Information
Directory Information is defined by FERPA as information which would not generally be considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if disclosed. Salem State College has designated the following as Directory Information, and such information may be disclosed by the institution for any purpose, at its discretion.
- Electronic mail address
- Local and permanent mailing addresses
- Telephone numbers
- Date and place of birth
- Major and minor fields of study
- Dates of attendance
- Enrollment status (full or part time) and whether or not currently enrolled
- Certificates, degrees, honors and awards received (including scholarships)
- Date of actual or expected graduation
- Most recent educational institution attended
- Participation in officially recognized activities and sports sponsored by the College
- Weight and height of athletic team members
The College may disclose any of these items without prior written consent, unless the student has submitted a written request to the Registrar’s Office not to release directory information pertaining to him or her. Requests will be processed within 24 hours after receipt. A full copy of the current FERPA policy, including student rights under FERPA and the conditions under which Salem State College may release information from educational records, may be found at salemstate.edu/registrar in the Student Information section of the Registrar’s website. The College reserves the right to revise the designation of public directory information each academic year with full notification to students and the wider college community prior to such designations taking effect.
The Honors Program
The Honors Program at Salem State College is designed to offer to those students whose abilities and previous performance are demonstrably higher than the norm, a curriculum option that will be more challenging than the general college curriculum. Courses in the Honors Program are qualitatively different in their design and content from the standard college requirements, and smaller class sizes allow greater individual interaction with faculty members. A seminar format is used in most Honors Program courses, giving students the opportunity for independent research and class presentation. Special field trips and sessions taught by visiting scholars contribute to a particularly rich academic experience for students enrolled in the Honors Program.
Each semester students in the Honors Program take part of their academic program in Honors Program courses which take the place of college-wide required courses. The remainder of each student’s program (6 to 10 additional credits) is made up of elective Honors Program courses and regular college offerings, according to the student’s choice. Thus, even students in highly regimented programs such as nursing, and business administration can participate in the Honors Program and still stay in sequence in courses required by their majors.
Freshman applicants should meet one of the following criteria:
1. An SAT-critical reading score of 600 or better, an SAT-writing score of 600 or better, a combined SAT score of 1700 or better, and a recalculated GPA of 3.5 or better in college preparatory high school courses.
2. An SAT-critical reading score of 580 or better, an SAT-writing score of 580 or better, a combined SAT score of 1660 and a recalculated GPA of 3.80 or better in college preparatory high school courses.
Acceptance to the Honors Program for applicants who meet the eligibility criteria will be based on individual merit, projected success in the program, and space available.
Currently enrolled students and transfer applicants should have an overall college GPA of 3.50 or better and fewer than 61 college credits. Currently enrolled students and transfer applicants are considered on a case-by-case basis to determine whether they can meet the Honors Program requirements within their selected course of study. Please contact the Honors Program Coordinator, c/o Academic Affairs, MH250, for further details. The Program guarantees admission to all students who graduate from Commonwealth Honors Programs within Massachusetts community colleges and are accepted for transfer.
Students who do not meet these qualifications but who wish to be considered for inclusion in the Honors Program may write a letter presenting their reasons for inclusion, accompanied by two letters of recommendation from high school teachers, counselors, or principal, or two college professors. These letters should be sent to the Honors Program Coordinator, c/o Academic Affairs, 250 Meier Hall, Salem State College, Salem, MA 01970.
Retention in the Program
To remain in good standing in the Honors Program, a student must be enrolled in the required courses of the Program offered each semester and must maintain a minimum overall GPA of 3.2 or better through graduation. Students who do not maintain these standards will be dismissed from the Honors Program. In addition any student may withdraw from the Program prior to the first week of the following semester. If unusual circumstances warrant it, the Honors Program Coordinator, in conjunction with the course instructor, may defer a student from an Honors Program required course in a given semester. The student must then take that course at a later time or substitute an Honors Program elective, in order to be designated as a graduate of the Program. This option does not exempt the student from any all-college requirement for graduation.
Graduation from the Honors Program
To be designated a Commonwealth Honors Scholar upon graduating, students who enter the Program as freshmen must complete the required Honors Program courses listed below and (at least) 6 credits of Honors Program electives with a B or better, complete and publically present an Honors Thesis, and maintain a minimum overall GPA of 3.2 or better through graduation. Students admitted to the program after the first semester of their freshman year will take only those Honors Program required courses appropriate to their unfulfilled all-college requirements. In order to be designated as a graduate of the Program, such students must successfully complete at least 18 credits of Honors Program courses with a B or better, complete and publically present an Honors Thesis, and maintain a minimum overall GPA of 3.2 or better through graduation.
All courses with an “H” suffix after the course number are Honors Program courses and as such are open only to those students who are in good standing in the Program. For specific descriptions of the courses mentioned below, please see the appropriate department’s course offerings.
These required courses take the place of all-college requirements in the following ways: . Successful completion of fulfills the composition requirement.
1. English Composition. Students in the Honors Program receive 3 credits and a grade of P for
2. Speech. Students will have the option to take the speech exemption test in during the first two weeks of the semester. Students who pass the exemption will receive 3 credits and a grade of P for . Students who do not pass the exemption test must complete to fulfill the Speech requirement.
3. Health. Students in the Honors Program may substitute or for to fulfill this requirement. (Students in the Nursing program and B.S. program in Biology are exempted from this requirement.)
4. World History Sequence. and take the place of the required History sequence.
5. Literature Sequence. and take the place of the required Literature Sequence.
6. Departmental Honors and Directed Study. These courses may be used for the completion of individual senior honors projects.
7. Honors Seminars. and count toward frees elective credits in any curriculum. In addition, Honors Program students may take the following elective courses:
The curriculum development of Honors Program elective courses is by no means completed, and students and advisors will be notified about progress in this area.
Other Academic Benefits
- All Honors Program courses will be indicated as such on the student’s official transcript.
- Students who successfully complete the Program will be noted as Commonwealth Honors Scholars on their transcripts.
- Honors Program students may enter advanced level courses without introductory level prerequisites if they have permission from the appropriate department chairperson and the course instructor.
- Honors Program students will have priority in course selection at each semester’s registration.
- With permission of their advisor, Honors Program students will be exempted from the limit on the maximum number of credits taken each semester.
- Salem State College is a member of the National Collegiate Honors Council and the Northeast Region of the NCHC. These organizations sponsor weekend-long and semester-length seminars for Honors Program students and faculty which allow for in-depth exploration of a theme, topic, or interdisciplinary subject appropriate for the host college or university.
Students interested in the Honors Program should contact the Honors Program Coordinator at the Academic Affairs Office, 978.542.6247 or visit salemstate.edu/honors
Alpha Delta Mu is the national social work honor society. Its members are drawn from both undergraduate and graduate programs. The purpose of Alpha Delta Mu is to advance excellence in social work practice and to recognize, encourage and stimulate knowledge building by its members. Students who meet the following criteria are invited to join the Beta Upsilon Chapter of Alpha Delta Mu. BSW eligibility: 1) student must have completed at least two full semesters in the major and must have taken at least five courses in the major at Salem State (transfer credits not applicable); 2) students with 99 or above degree credits must show a GPA of 3.25. In addition student must demonstrate that they meet the professional standards required of them as outlined in the Professional Standards for the School of Social Work.
Students in the MSW Programs General Study Plans must have completed 45 credits towards their MSW degree (transfer credits not applicable) and a 3.85 cumulative grade point average. Students enrolled in the advanced standing study plan must have at least 27 credits towards their MSW degree (transfer credits not applicable) and have a 3.85 cumulative grade point average. For more information go to: salemstate.edu/academics/schools/5663.php
Alpha Kappa Delta is the international sociology honor society. Sociology majors or minors who are juniors, who have completedat least four sociology courses, who have a G.P.A. of 3.0 or higher in Sociology and who have an overall G.P.A. or 3.0 or higher are eligible for induction into AKD. The Sociology Department reviews student records to identify and notify eligible students each year. The department holds the AKD induction ceremony annually at the end of the spring semester. For more information, go to: salemstate.edu/academics/schools/285.php
Alpha Lambda Delta is a national society which honors high scholastic achievement during the first year in college. The purpose of the organization as stated in the constitution is: to encourage superior scholastic achievement among students in their first year in institutions of higher education, to promote intelligent living and a continued high standard of learning, and to assist women and men in recognizing and developing meaningful goals for their roles in society.
Alpha Lambda Delta is open to eligible students in all majors as well as undeclared students. Students must have an overall grade point average of 3.50 or better at the end of their first semester or first year at Salem State College. For further information, contact the Academic Affairs office to leave a message for one of the Society’s officers.
Alpha Mu Alpha is the national marketing honorary society was established in 1981 for qualified undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral marketing students. Under the auspices of the American Marketing Association, a selected advisory committee of marketing educators designed the recognition program to acknowledge outstanding scholastic achievement on a highly competitive basis.
Membership status in Alpha Mu Alpha is available to individuals who attend a school having an established American Marketing Association collegiate chapter, and/or who attend an accredited AACSB (American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business) institution. The Alpha Mu Alpha faculty coordinator on campus nominates marketing students who meet the academic standards approved by the American Marketing Association Board of Directors. The nominees are invited to complete initiation procedures and gain Alpha Mu Alpha honorary recognition.
All students in the top 10% grade point average (GPA) of all undergraduate senior marketing students at the school graduating within the academic year.
Alpha Phi Sigma is a nationally recognized honor society for students in the criminal justice sciences. The Eta Eta Chapter was established by the Department of Criminal Justice in 2005. The society recognizes academic excellence of undergraduate and graduate students of criminal justice. A student member must have completed one third of her/his total hours required for graduation and be recommended to Alpha Phi Sigma National by the chapter advisor. Undergraduate students must maintain a minimum of 3.2 overall GPA on a 4.0 scale and a 3.2 GPA on a 4.0 scale in criminal justice courses. The student must also rank in the top 35% of their class and have completed a minimum of four courses within the criminal justice curriculum. The Honor Society is open to those with a declared criminal justice major or minor.
Graduate students are required to maintain a minimum of 3.4 GPA in both criminal justice courses and overall courses, on a 4.0 scale. Students must have completed a minimum of four courses within the criminal justice curriculum.
Alpha Sigma Lambda is a national society that honors students in Continuing Higher Education for superior scholarship and leadership. Alpha Sigma Lambda is devoted to the advancement of scholarship and to the recognition of Continuing Education students who accomplish academic excellence while managing competing responsibilities at home, work, and in their community. To be eligible, students must be matriculated in an undergraduate Continuing Education degree program. They must have earned at least 48 credits, 24 of which must be graded Salem State College credits. At least 12 credits must be earned in courses in the Liberal Arts/Sciences. Students must have a minimum 3.2 GPA. Members are then selected from the top 10% of the students satisfying the aforementioned criteria.
Delta Mu Delta is an international honor society for Business Administration majors. The Society’s goals are to promote higher scholarship in education for business, and to recognize and reward scholastic attainment in business subjects.
|Membership is by invitation, and is open to all junior and senior business students in the top 20% (based on cumulative GPA) of their respective classes, who have completed a specific number of credits at the College.
Gamma Theta Upsilon is the international honor society in geography. Since the Alpha chapter was established at Illinois State University in 1928, the society has grown to chapters at over two hundred colleges and universities.
Gamma Theta Upsilon is open to persons who have completed at least 30 hours of course work at Salem State and at least four courses in geography with a “B” average, and shall be ranked in the upper thirty-five percent of his or her class.
In addition to local chapter activities during the academic year, the international society sponsors awards for academic excellence, educational funds for student research, paper sessions at professional meetings, a journal and other programs to further professional interest in geography.
Lambda Pi Eta is the official communication studies honor society of the National Communication Association (NCA) and is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies (ACHS). Since its foundation at the University of Arkansas in 1985, the society has grown to include more than 400 active chapters at four-year colleges and universities worldwide. The letters L, P, and E represent what Aristotle described in his book Rhetoric, as the three ingredients of persuasion: Logos (Lambda) meaning logic, Pathos (Pi) relating to emotion, and Ethos (Eta) defined as character credibility and ethics. Lambda Pi Eta recognizes, fosters and rewards outstanding scholastic achievement in communication studies and encourages the professional development of communication majors.
To be eligible to join the Salem State College chapter of Lambda Pi Eta, Sigma Omega, students must major in Communications and have earned a minimum of 60 total credits and 12 Communication credits, with a minimum of a 3.125 overall GPA and a 3.25 GPA in the major. The Communications Department invites eligible students to join on an annual basis.
Phi Alpha Theta is the a professional society whose mission is to promote the study of history through the encouragement of research, good teaching, publication and the exchange of learning and ideas among historians. We seek to bring students, teachers and writers of history together for intellectual and social exchanges, which promote and assist historical research and publication by our members in a variety of ways. Undergraduate students must complete at least 12 semester hours in history (4 courses) with a GPA of at lest 3.1 in history, have a GPA of 3.0 or better overall, and be in the top 35 percent of the class. Membership is not limited to history majors. Graduate students should have completed a minimum of 12 semester hours towards their master’s degree in history, have a GPA of better than 3.5, and shall have completed approximately 30 percent of the residence requirements for the master’s degree. For more information go to: salemstate.edu/academics/schools/2258.php
Phi Kappa Phi The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi is a century-old international community of distinguished scholars and professionals. Being interdisciplinary, people from all academic areas of the college may be invited to become members. You must be invited to join the chapter. An Initiation Ceremony for those who accept our invitation to join is held each spring semester. To date, almost 1800 people have been elected to the Salem State College chapter. For more information about qualifications and the chapter, please go to salemstate.edu/academics/1508.php
The national Society sponsors a number of fellowship and grant programs. Emerging Scholar Awards and Study Abroad grants are available to any qualifying student from Salem State, while the Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship program, Lover of Learning Grants and Literacy Grants are only available to active members of the chapter. For more information on these awards, visit the national website at http://PhiKappaPhi.org
Pi Lambda Theta is an honor and professional association in education, dedicated to providing leadership development and academic excellence in education. Membership is open to second semester sophomores or above, with a 3.5 GPA, enrolled in a program leading to a career in education, and to graduate students and professional educators. For more information go to: salemstate.edu/academics/7043.php
Pi Sigma Alpha is the honor society in Political Science and a member of the Association of College Honor Societies, was founded in October 1920, for the purpose of encouraging outstanding scholarship and critical interest in the field of government. In Salem State College’s Rho Sigma chapter, Political Science majors who are seniors or alumnae/i are eligible for memberhip if they have completed at least 24 credits in Political Science (or twelve credits for Political Science minors), have at least a “B” average in their Political Science courses and are in the upper third of their class overall.
Psi Chi is an international honor society with almost 1,100 chapters, whose purpose shall be to encourage, stimulate and maintain excellence in scholarship of the individual members in all fields, particularly psychology. Psi Chi strives to produce well-educated, ethical and socially responsible members who are committed to contributing to the science and profession of psychology, and to society in general.
Sigma Theta Tau is the International Honor Society of Nursing. The purposes of Sigma Theta Tau are to: recognize superior achievement; recognize the development of leadership qualities; foster high professional standards; encourage creative work; and strengthen commitment to the ideals of the profession. Undergraduate eligibility requirements include: Completion of approximately one-half of the Nursing curriculum; rank in the upper third of the class and cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0. The Honor Society also admits graduate students and community leaders in the field of Nursing.
Sigma Xi is the honor society of research scientists and engineers. It is an international, multidisciplinary society whose programs and activities promote the health of the scientific enterprise, reward excellence in scientific research and encourage a sense of companionship and cooperation among scientists in all fields. With more than 60,000 members in over 100 countries, Sigma Xi sponsors projects and collaborations around the world through grant awards, publications, and program developments.
The North Shore Chapter of Sigma Xi consists of members from Salem State, Endicott, and Gordon Colleges. The Chapter hosts a lecture series, an annual joint scientific research conference, and an annual induction ceremony for new members. Associate members are nominated by a faculty advisor or the Chapter and are students who have demonstrated initial research achievement, for instance through a senior research project or any other original, hypothesis-driven investigation. Full membership is awarded to individuals who have demonstrated noteworthy achievement as an original investigator in a field of pure or applied science or engineering. More information about the North Shore Chapter of Sigma Xi can be found at salemstate.edu/~lhanson/nS_SigmaXi.
CAPS (College Academic Program Sharing)
CAPS is a program designed to provide State College System students the opportunity to study at another college within the System in order to add a different or specialized dimension to their undergraduate studies. A semester or more on a state college campus different from the student’s home college will give the student who participates the chance to broaden his or her educational experience with a wider range of faculty and courses. Through CAPS, a student may take from 3 to 30 semester hours of college credits at another state college without going through formal registration procedures and without a formal transfer credits approval process. For details, consult the Registrar.
High School Program
High school seniors are encouraged to enroll in freshman level courses for college credits. Registration must be accompanied by a written recommendation from the high school principal or guidance counselor attesting that the student is considered capable of meeting collegiate scholastic standards. Students wishing to take advantage of this opportunity should examine the schedule of courses and make selections with the advice of their guidance director. Students may register as non-degree seeking students in appropriate day or evening courses, and will follow all Continuing Education registration procedures.
NECCUM (Northeast Consortium of Colleges and Universities in Massachusetts)
Salem State is a participant in the Northeast Consortium of Colleges and Universities in Massachusetts (NECCUM). Other members are Endicott College, Gordon College, Merrimack College, Middlesex Community College, Montserrat College of Art, North Shore Community College, Northern Essex Community College, University of Massachusetts - Lowell, and Marion Court College.
Each college is located in communities north of Boston within an hour’s drive of one another. The participation of the College in the Consortium makes available to students the resources of all ten institutions.
More than 130 program majors and concentrations are offered in these colleges which serve over 25,000 students in day division degree programs. NECCUM sponsors a cross registration program which opens many of these opportunities to students in each participating institution.
Under the cross registration program, students at Salem State College may enroll each semester at another member college. This policy greatly broadens curriculum offerings available to students. Full-time day students are eligible for this option with the approval of the Registrar. Students at each institution also have full library privileges at all ten institutions. Further information on cross registration can be obtained from the Registrar’s Office.
Credits earned at other NECCUM institutions will count toward the degree, and the grades and credits will be used in developing the student’s grade point average at Salem State College.
Cross Registration Program Restrictions:
- Only full-time Day College students are eligible to participate during the academic year, exclusive of summer school.
- Students may cross register in courses on a “space available” basis as long as all course prerequisites and corequisites are met. Each member institution may establish its own internal policy for regulating student cross registration. Appropriate institutional approval is required for all students who cross register.
- First semester freshmen are excluded from participation in cross registration (except for ROTC).
- No more than two courses per semester may be cross registered; exceptions must be approved by the Academic Deans or their designees of both the home and the host institutions.
- Students must have minimum a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 to participate. Exceptions must be approved by the Provost and Vice President, Academic Affairs, or an appointed designee, at Salem State College.
- Lab fees and other course fees (non tuition or instructional fee) required for a particular course are not exempt and must be paid by the participating student to the host institution.
- If grading options exist at the host institution (i.e.,pass/fail), the policies of Salem State College will apply and may supersede those of the host institution.
- Graduate courses and courses offered through the Evening Division programs shall be exempt from the provisions of this policy.
Other activities of the Consortium include interlibrary loan arrangements, sharing of plant facilities, joint purchase arrangements, and interinstitutional sponsorship of faculty/student colloquia, school/college collaboration and special events programming.
New England Regional Student Program
Salem State College participates in a regional cooperative program administered by the New England Board of Higher Education. This program, known as the New England Student Program, permits qualified students of the New England states to study with in-state tuition and admission privileges in certain programs at any of the states colleges, the public two-year colleges, and technical institutes.
Board of Regents policy allows all public higher education institutions participating in the Regional Student Program to charge all out-of-state students enrolled in a recognized “Regional Student Program”, under the New England Regional Compact, a tuition surcharge of 50% of the applicable in-state tuition charge.
Detailed information about this exceptional program can be obtained from any guidance counselor, or from the New England Board of Higher Education, 45 Temple Place, Boston, MA 02111.
The purpose of this program is to expand opportunities in higher education for New England residents by making available on an equal basis to all interested those courses not commonly offered at every institution. This practice tends to reduce duplication of courses and this utilizes most efficiently the higher education facilities in each state.
Pre-Professional Study and Advisement
Students who enroll at Salem State College and are considering preparation for admission to a school of medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, veterinary medicine, law, or other professions should inform the respective department chairperson prior to the orientation period so that an appropriate assignment of advisor can be made.
Students who wish to prepare to study law should familiarize themselves with the entrance requirements of one or more law schools. A pre-legal advisor, who makes a continuing study of the requirements of such schools, is in a position to advise the student in the choice of courses. Law schools ordinarily do not prescribe a particular undergraduate major. However, the study of law requires skill in writing, analytical reasoning and comprehensive reading. Political Science, Economics, History and Business provide the strongest preparation for Law School. The student will work with two advisors, the advisor for the major and the pre-legal advisor: Dr. Paul Marsella, History.
Pre-medicine, pre-dentistry, and pre-veterinary medicine and other health related professions
There are many opportunities for careers in the health professions, including medicine, dentistry, podiatry, optometry, and physician assistant as well as veterinary medicine. All of these advanced programs typically require applicants to include general biology, general and organic chemistry, physics and one year of college mathematics in their undergraduate preparation. A student in the B.S. Biology degree program satisfies these minimum admissions requirements and also takes numerous content courses such as Genetics and General Physiology that are helpful in preparing for standardized entrance examinations and professional courses.
Whether or not a student majors in Biology in preparation for these health professions, every student interested in such a career should contact the Pre-Professional Advisor no later than the end of the sophomore year regarding the complex and lengthy admissions process.
Dr. Susan M. Case in the Biology Department is the co-advisor for the health related professions. All students interested in applying to medical, dental, veterinary, or other professional health schools should consult her. Web page URL: salemstate.edu/academics/schools/973.php
Army and Air Force ROTC
The College, through an agreement with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, offers both Army and Air Force ROTC programs to full-time students. Army ROTC is part of the Paul Revere Battalion which includes cadets from Salem State, Harvard, Tufts, Wellesley, MIT, Endicott and Gordon College. The Air Force ROTC is part of the Doolittle Raiders unit at MIT. The ROTC programs offer leadership, field, and fitness training. Upon successful completion of the programs, graduates will be commissioned as officers. Students who elect to enroll in either program can apply for scholarship monies to support their education at the College. More specific information is available at salemstate.edu/news/6451.php or by calling Army ROTC at 617.253.4471, Air Force ROTC at 617.253. 4475, or the Dean of Students (MH 245) at 978.542.6401.
Institutional Review Board
All research involving human beings or vertebrate animals conducted at Salem State College or by Salem College faculty or students must be submitted to the Salem State College Institutional Review Board (IRB) for review before the start of the research. An IRB application form, which can be obtained from the IRB web site, should be used for all research application submissions to the IRB. Applications are reviewed on a regular basis. Applicants are informed of the results of an IRB review, generally within two weeks of submission and for full committee review as soon as possible after each meeting. Arrangements are made to review applications during the summer. A schedule of IRB meetings during the academic year is available on the IRB web site. Investigators should keep copies of all IRB materials, including approved applications, consent forms, data collection instruments, etc., in a locked file cabinet for three years after the completion of the project. For more information, instructions and forms, visit the IRB web site or email the IRB at salemstate.edu/irb.
Center for International Education
The Center for International Education (CIE) is located at 8 Harrison Avenue on South Campus. The Center coordinates international education activities at Salem State College, and serves as the focal point for the College’s international dimension by providing leadership in the internationalization of the College and by promoting global awareness and international education. The Center serves the College and the State by preparing students to play an active role in an interdependent world.
Specifically, CIE offers comprehensive services for international students and scholars, and campus and community intercultural programming; promotes study abroad, overseas institutional linkages, and international student and faculty exchanges; provides English as a Second Language training and courses; and maintains a sister relationship with Reitaku University in Japan and membership in the following organizations: The Massachusetts Council for International Education (MaCIE), NAFSA-Association of International Educators, The Institute for International Education (IIE), the College Consortium for International Studies, (CCIS), and The International Careers Consortium, (ICC). The main components of CIE are described as follows:
International Student Programs and Services
The CIE serves approximately 450 students from 64 countries. The Office provides extensive support services and programs that facilitate the adjustment of international students to life bothat Salem State College and to the U.S. so that they will be able to achieve their academic goals. Experienced advisors assist students with visas, orientation, immigration requirements, work authorization, travel, housing, drivers licenses, financial documentation, cultural adjustment and many other issues. Advisors provide educational and emotional support and act as ombudsmen and advocates with other College offices and with outside institutions. Training workshops are conducted on safety, immigration issues, work options, job searches, taxation, reentry, and other topics of interest. A newsletter is published, and forums and speakers are presented.
Cultural and social programs offered, such as International Festival, Cultural Night, International Dinners, Fairs and Exhibitions, provide opportunities for international students to interact with and learn from both their American peers and each other in order to achieve greater understanding of cultural differences and similarities. Other activities, such as the Host Family Program, Faculty Mentor Program, and Teach-in Program integrate the international students into the larger Salem and neighboring communities, thereby fostering awareness and appreciation of other cultures. The Teach-in program places international students in local elementary or high school classrooms to share each other’s cultures.
The Center also houses the International Student Association (ISA). The ISA performs multiple functions. While it seeks to help international students learn about the culture and the language of the United States, it celebrates the beauty and richness of the cultures represented here at Salem State. This approach helps create a caring and cooperative atmosphere for the entire College community.
The International Student Association co-sponsors with the Center many events throughout the year including International Dinners, International Festival, and a Teach-In program. Membership in the ISA is free and open to all Salem State students.
English as a Second Language
An integral part of the college community, the English as a Second Language (ESL) program serves students from over 25 different countries each semester. Offering a variety of non-credit courses, the program is designed for students who wish to improve their English proficiency and deepen their knowledge of US culture. Many students in the ESL program go on to complete bachelors and masters degrees at Salem State College. For all who participate in the program, developing their English is a key step in achieving educational, personal, and professional objectives.
For those students who plan to complete a degree at Salem State, the ESL program provides the perfect bridge to credit courses. Working with the English as a Second Language Coordinator and International Student Advisor, students receive assistance and advice throughout the application process. In addition, as their English proficiency increases, many students are able to combine their language studies with courses which will count towards their final degree.
During 12-week sessions in the Fall, Spring, and Summer ESL students can choose to study as few as three or as many as twenty-five hours per week. Courses such as “Integrated Skills” (an overview of grammar, listening and speaking) and “Reading and Writing”, which meet six to nine hours a week, offer students intensive instruction and practice. Elective courses provide opportunities to focus on particular topics or language skills. For example, as part of “Academic Skills”, students explore the US educational system by observing undergraduate classes, practicing presentation skills, and participating in panel discussions. Other popular courses include “Business English” and “TOEFL Preparation”.
Classes in the ESL program are small and student-centered. Students learn in, rather than simply about, English. Designed to allow students to work simultaneously on all areas of language, class activities include: oral presentations, class discussions, research papers, and creative writing. In the past, students have performed skits, drawn cartoons, and produced videos as part of their class work.
Extracurricular activities offer the perfect complement to classroom study. Through fieldtrips to libraries, museums, and historic sites, students deepen both their linguistic knowledge and their familiarity with the communities in which they are living. “Brown bag lunches” and “coffee hours” provide students opportunities to get to know their teachers and classmates better and to practice English in an informal setting.
All of the teachers in the ESL program have Masters degrees in Teaching English as a Second Language and have traveled extensively. Most have lived and taught in other countries, giving them particular insight into the challenges of learning a language and adapting to a new culture. Working closely with other members of the CIE staff, the ESL faculty strives to provide students with an enriching and supportive environment in which to develop their knowledge of English, of the US, and of Salem State College.
Recognizing the international dimension of higher education, the growing importance of majors in area studies as well as international educational programs, and the increasing demand for exchange programs as well as cross cultural experiences, Salem State College has established a number of study abroad programs. Such programs prepare students for lives and careers in an increasingly interdependent world.
Salem State College participates in four major programs. Oxford Brookes University in Oxford, England, is a fairly young but prestigious university that offers Salem State College students the possibility to take courses throughout the liberal arts as well as education and business disciplines. The Universite de Caen in Caen, France, offers several integrated French language courses suitable for students from introductory to advanced language proficiencies. The Summer Spanish-language program at the University of Oviedo in Oviedo, Spain allows SSC students to earn six credits in Spanish, the Summer French-Language program at the Universite Laval in Quebec, Canada allows SSC students to earn six credits in French. Salem State College is also a member of the College Consortium of International Studies (CCIS) which offers 37 programs in 24 countries. These programs cover the globe and conduct courses in many languages, disciplines, and cultures.
Programs vary greatly. There are year, semester, summer, and short-term programs. Students attending either semester or year programs, however, must maintain a full-time student status with the equivalent of twelve (12) credits hours per semester. Program costs, duration, dates, prerequisites, application procedures and academic offerings are individual. It is the student’s responsibility to make sure that all requirements are met.
Financial aid for Salem State College students may cover all expenses for a study abroad program including tuition, fees, room, board, transportation, and personal expenses. Salem State College students can apply all federal, state, and Salem State College financial aid and scholarship awards to study abroad. Students may also use a variety of loan programs as well. The Financial Aid Office coordinates all aid for international programs in consultation with CIE.
Internships of varying credits hours and duration may be individually designed in conjunction with an international sponsor and the appropriate Salem State College academic department.
|The application and registration procedures are as follows:
Students will apply to become Salem State College study abroad students by completing an application form, along with two letters of recommendation, a short statement outlining their interest in study abroad, a transcript, and all materials required by the student’s chosen study abroad program. To be eligible, students must be in good academic standing and meet the criteria of the host institution. All students will remain as fully enrolled active students at Salem State College even though they are off campus. Students who study in the fall and/or spring semesters must account for a minimum of twelve (12) credits hours per semester. This academic load is to ensure full-time status at Salem State College for academic and financial aid purposes.
Upon completion of an international experience, an official transcript or grade report from the host institution will be reviewed and added to the student’s Salem State College transcript. This entry will include the name and location of the international institution, the courses as listed, the credits hours for each course as well as the American grade equivalent. Academic credits will be transferred to Salem State College, but the grades will not be calculated into the student’s grade point average. Only grades of C- or better will be transferred into Salem State
College, but all courses will be recorded on the transcript to document the student’s study abroad program. The Salem State College transcript will be the official document of the student’s study abroad program.
For additional information, contact the Center for International Education.
Student Teaching Overseas
The program is designed to give the student teacher the opportunity to enrich his or her own cultural understanding and educational background by student teaching in England. The student teaching period is for a full semester. The first part is to be completed here in the U.S.A. and the last part in Great Britain. For more information, contact the Coordinator of the program, School of Education or see salemstate.edu/academics/schools/9389.php.
The Divisions of Graduate and Continuing Education
The Divisions of Graduate and Continuing Education provide full and part-time educational opportunities for students. Degree programs and credit courses are offered at the graduate and undergraduate level. Courses are offered during the fall, spring, wintersession, summer session I, and summer session II. Courses are offered primarily on evenings and weekends during the fall and spring semesters. During the aummer aessions and a wintersession, courses are offered during the day and evening. Brochures listing all offerings are available approximately six weeks before the opening date of a semester.
Course Privileges for Students 60 Years of Age and Over
Students 60 years of age and over may enroll on a space available basis in credit courses with tuition waived. However, students are responsible for paying the fees for courses. For directed study courses, as well as institutes and seminars, the full program cost plus all fees are charged. The eligible student must bring proof of age to the registration site. Space Available registration will begin one week prior to the start of the course.
Salem State College Summer Institutes
The Summer Institute Program offers intensive week-long courses focusing on a variety of topics. Instruction may also include guest lecturers, field trips, exposure to special collections and events, and the use of special media. Institutes may be offered on or off campus, and may involve long distance travel. Some institutes may require preparations prior to the start of the class, including doing readings, meeting with the instructor, and other projects. Academic endeavors may include major presentations and research papers. The institute format allows a dynamic interaction between student and faculty that provides a memorable, exciting, intellectual experience for all participants. Please call the Continuing Education Office at 978.542.6324 for further information or a brochure.
Registration For Continuing Education and Graduate Courses
Registration for courses is handled by the Registrar’s Office and is subject to the deadlines and regulations listed in the Continuing Education brochure. All grades and credits are automatically recorded on the student’s transcript. Students who do not wish to have courses credited towards graduation should request to audit. Charges for Continuing Education courses are NOT covered by Day School tuition costs.
Summer and Evening Classes
Graduate and undergraduate courses are available during Summer Sessions I and II as well as in the evenings during the regular school year. All grades and credits are automatically recorded on the student’s transcripts. Students who do not wish to have courses credited towards graduation should request to audit.
Registration is handled by the Registrar’s Office, and is subject to the deadlines and regulations established by that office. Consult the current Master Schedule of Courses or Summer Session brochure for further information.
Day College students must pay the same tuition as Evening students.
The School of Graduate Studies
The mission of the School of Graduate Studies is to create a stimulating environment for research and interactive learning at a post-baccalaureate level for both students and faculty. The School of Graduate Studies provides programs that are responsive to regional and global educational needs. It seeks to enhance a lifelong commitment to learning among its students enabling them to lead personally rewarding and socially beneficial lives in the 21st century. It promotes the cultivation of scholarship and the expansion of knowledge, the development of professional skills and scholarly research at an advanced level, and the interchange of ideas among students, faculty, and staff. The School of Graduate Studies helps learners achieve professional competencies and realize broad intellectual and social interests. For more information visit salemstate.edu/graduate. The School of Graduate Studies Catalog can be viewed here.
The School of Graduate Studies offers more than 50 degree and certificate programs. Requirements for admission and completion of these programs are found in the School of Graduate Studies Catalog. For a complete listing of all graduate programs, please Graduate Programs section of the School of Graduate Studies Catalog.
Graduate Assistantships are available to applicants for all degree programs. Remission of tuition for regularly scheduled courses and bi-weekly payment for a ten hour per week work committment for the academic year of appointment are features of the study-work-and-learning experience program. Applications, eligibility requirements and approved positions are available at salemstate.edu/graduate.
Advising and Information
Academic advising is provided for prospective students as well as accepted candidates. Admissions information, catalogs and brochures are available through the School of Graduate Studies, Sullivan Building, Room 113 or at the above mentioned website.
Availability of Graduate Courses To Undergraduate Students
Accepted undergraduate degree candidates at Salem State College who have completed at least 90 credits of their curriculum and have a 3.0 in the major, may be given permission to take Graduate courses for undergraduate credits. Interested students should contact the Registrar’s Office for further information.
Continuing Education Programs
The undergraduate program of the Evening Division provides an opportunity for college-level study leading to a Baccalaureate degree for students who cannot attend a full-time day program. By offering a Bachelor’s degree in more than 30 academic disciplines, the Continuing Education Division fulfills a wide range of academic needs and interests. Students seeking a degree must be accepted by Salem State College following the official admissions procedures. Complete information on admission is available by contacting the Admissions Office or see salemstate.edu/admissions/undergraduate.php.
In addition to degree programs, the undergraduate program offers the opportunity for students to take individual courses in any subject or group of subjects. The only requirement for registration is the possession of a high school diploma or a high school equivalency certificate (GED).
For current infomation about the Division of Continuing Education and current course offerings, please visit salemstate.ed/ce.
Adult Learner Orientation
Prior to the start of classes, new students are invited to attend an Adult Learner Orientation that is designed to introduce students to Salem State College and provide them with the tools necessary to be successful during their first year of College. Students also have the opportunity to meet with representatives from academic departments, the Center for Academic Advising, Financial Aid, and the Registrar’s Office.
Academic Advising for the Evening undergraduate student is located in the Administration Building. The advising staff is available by appointment for all students during the day as well as evening hours. Continuing Education students accepted into degree programs should plan to meet with an advisor at least once a year to go over their programs of study. Students not yet accepted are encouraged to meet with an academic advisor to have a preliminary transcript evaluation done of any previous college work before registering for courses. Information about academic advising can be found at salemstate.edu/advising.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing RN Program
In cooperation with the Division of Continuing Education, the School of Nursing offers a comprehensive part-time, self-paced Registered Nurse component. The program has been adapted to meet the specific learning needs of the registered nurse student. Degree requirements are completed through acceptable transfer credits, life experience credits, credits through exemption examination and part-time evening study.
Individualized learning experiences are designed to assist students’ professional growth within the framework of the curriculum design. Prospective students must plan an initial interview before application and in addition to the normal college application should submit a record of completion of a diploma or an Associate Degree program in nursing. The applicant must also show evidence of current license as a Registered Nurse in Massachusetts as well as any other college transcripts for what transfer credits may be sought. Daytime and evening advising is available through the Division of Graduate and Continuing Education. Students should call 978.542.6331 for an advising appointment.
Transfer Articulation Agreements for RN-BSN Nursing Students
Students who have graduated from Northern Essex, North Shore or Middlesex Community Colleges since 1988 may be eligible to participate in the Educational Mobility Program. The purpose of this program agreement is to facilitate the acceptance of nursing graduates from these Associate Degree Nursing Programs into the Salem State College RN-BSN Program within five years of graduating from the participating community college. After a lapse of five years, these students will be required to take the ACT-PEP exams. Information regarding this program can be obtained by calling the Division of Graduate and Continuing Education at 978.542.6309.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing LPN-BSN Program
in cooperation with the Division of Continuing Education, the School of Nursing offers a part-time program for those Licensed Practical Nurses who wish to complete a BSN program and take the NCLEX-RN licensing examination. This program has been adapted to meet the learning needs of adult learners who have family and work responsibilities. Degree requirements are completed through acceptable transfer credits, credits through exemption and challenge examination and part-time day or evening study.
Students interested in the LPN-BSN program must complete the NLN Mobility I Book I examination prior to acceptance into the program. 9.5 advancement credits may be earned by successful completion of two specific NLN Mobility and ACT-PEP examinations. These credits are awarded after the student has met the requirements of identified nursing courses. The applicant must also show evidence of current license as a Licensed Practical Nurse in Massachusetts, and have at least one year of nursing experience as an LPN prior to acceptance into the program. Other program requirements may apply. Students who are interested in this program should call 978.542.6331 or 978.542.6309 for an advising appointment.
Day College Courses
Evening undergraduate students who wish to register for courses offered in the Day College (Fall and Spring) may obtain the master schedule of courses at salemstate.edu/registrar. Courses are open on a space available basis and space available registration dates are noted on the Registrar’s website prior to the beginning of the term.
Day College Students
Day College students may also register for courses through the Evening Division when advisable. Day students should consult with their academic advisor or with a member of the Advising Advising staff before registering for concurrent Evening courses. The tuition structure of the Divisions of Graduate and Continuing Education is separate from that of the Day College. Day College students are required to pay the same tuition as other Graduate and Continuting Education students and payment must be made at the time of registration.
Community Enrichment Programs
Continuing Education also offers a wide variety of special non-credit, professional development, and CEU/CEH programs in such areas as arts and crafts, business skills, career enhancement, computer skills, desktop publishing, film/theatre, allied health, languages, photography, physical activities, special interests, test preparation, and travel.
Programs are offered at various locations and require a fee for participation. Brochures are available at the office or by mail.
Use of Technologies
Students should be aware that at Salem State College, courses may require the use of the internet, digital library resources, and other electronic learning technologies.