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2021-2023 - Undergraduate Catalog 
2021-2023 - Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


Mission of the University

Student learning and personal development through highly effective and innovative teaching, complemented by a wide variety of out-of-class experiences, continue to serve as the hallmarks of a Shippensburg University education.

About the University

Founded in 1871, Shippensburg University offers a unique and quality education for an exceptional value that prepares students for success. Learning by doing is what sets the Shippensburg University experience apart. From day one, students have access to hands-on opportunities through service learning, internships and job shadowing, faculty-guided research and study abroad programs.  

Shippensburg University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) and offers 250 industry-aligned undergraduate, graduate, certificate, and doctoral programs, preparing the workforce of the future, today. 

The landscaped, 210-acre campus is ideally located in south-central Pennsylvania, fully accessible to major cultural and recreational destinations throughout the Blue Ridge Mountains. An advanced, networked infrastructure supports technology-based teaching, learning, and research.  

Ship is home to the College of Arts & Sciences, the College of Education and Human Services, the John L. Grove College of Business, and School of Graduate Studies. The School of Engineering, housed in a repurposed steam plant, opened in 2021 to serve the region as an economic driver in the areas of computer science, electrical and software engineering, and civil and mechanical Engineering.  

Ship’s role as a regional engine of economic and research development includes programs of study and real-world resources such as: The Grace B. Luhr’s University Elementary School, the state’s only on-campus laboratory school; the Institute for Social Inclusion; the Brad E. Hollinger Stock Trading Room; Center for Educational Leadership; Center for Land Use and Sustainability; the Luhr’s Performing Arts Center, and the Fashion Archives and Museum.  

Shippensburg University is a member of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.


  • Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)
  • Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) 
    • The School of Engineering’s computer engineering, software engineering and computer science programs are fully accredited. 
  • Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS)  
    • Ship’s Criminal Justice Department offers one of only eight Bachelor of Science programs in the United States that is fully accredited. 
  • Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (ACEJMC) 
    • Ship’s Communication/Journalism Department offers one of only three programs in Pennsylvania that is fully accredited. 
  • American Chemical Society (ACS) 
    • Ship’s Chemistry and Biochemistry Department’s curriculum is fully accredited. 
  • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB) 
    • In 1981, the John L. Grove College of Business became the first school in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education to become internationally accredited by the most prestigious business accrediting agency in the world. 
  • Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) 
    • The Bachelor of Social Work and Master of Social Work programs offered by the Ship’s Social Work and Gerontology Department are fully accredited. 
  • Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) 
    •  Programs from the Counseling and College Student Personnel Department are nationally accredited. 
  • National Council for the Accreditation of Teachers (NCATE) 
    • Ship offers several programs with accreditation from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education including Teacher Education; Educational Leadership and Special Education; and School Counseling. 


Awards and Accolades

  • US News & World Report (Regional Universities North 2021) 
    • Top Public Schools 
    • Best College and Best Online MBA Programs for Veterans 
    • Best Value Schools 
    • Best Online MBA Programs 
  • Top Guard Friendly School by The Pennsylvania National Guard Associations (PNGAS) 2021 
  • Voter Friendly School by Fair Elections Center’s Campus Vote Project and Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA) 2021 
    • One of only 231 schools nationwide 
  • Best Online MBA Programs by Fortune magazine 
    • #26 in the nation based upon cost per credit. 
  • Study.com Top-Ranked School (Grove College National Rankings, 2021) 
    • #2 Supply Chain Management 
    • #5 Marketing 
    • #7 Journalism
    • #12 Business  
    • #14 Software Engineering
    • #23 Finance 
  • Best Business Schools by The Princeton Review (Grove College, 2021) 

The Campus

Shippensburg University is located in the Cumberland Valley of south-central Pennsylvania, overlooking the Blue Ridge Mountains. The campus itself is situated on 200 acres of rolling land and is surrounded by a vast array of cultural and recreational sites.

Travel Time

The interstate highway system puts Shippensburg within reasonable travel time of numerous East Coast cities:

Harrisburg 45 minutes
Gettysburg 30 minutes
Baltimore 2 hours
Washington D.C. 2 hours
Philadelphia 2.5 hours
Pittsburgh 2.5 hours
New York City 4 hours


If your point of departure is …

East of Shippensburg: Use Pennsylvania Turnpike Exit 226 (Carlisle) to I-81 south. Take I-81 to Exit 29.

West of Shippensburg: Use Pennsylvania Turnpike Exit 201 (Blue Mountain) to Route 696 south.

North of Shippensburg: Take I-81 south to Exit 29.

South of Shippensburg: Take I-81 north to Exit 24.

Academic Programs

Shippensburg University offers a variety of undergraduate programs in three colleges: the College of Arts and Sciences, the John L. Grove College of Business, and the College of Education and Human Services.

The following table shows the number of students earning degrees and the average number of years taken to finish. These figures include students who entered as first-time freshmen from 2012 to 2014.

Program* No. Avg. Years
College of Arts and Sciences    
Art 31 4.43
Biology 156 4.27
Chemistry 18 4.21
Communication/Journalism 146 4.28
Computer Science and Engineering 57 4.29
Economics 21 4.25
English 54 4.38
Geography/Earth Science 79 4.59
History 73 4.25
Human Communication Studies 55 4.51
Interdisciplinary Arts 10 4.56
International Studies 13 4.62
Mathematics 44 4.13
Modern Languages 14 4.36
Physics 25 4.83
Political Science 71 4.28
Psychology 218 4.33
Sociology 65 4.80
John L. Grove College of Business    
Accounting/Management Information Systems 180 4.30
Finance 197 4.29
Management/Marketing 379 4.32
College of Education and Human Services    
Criminal Justice 196 4.27
Exercise Science 89 4.44
Social Work 84 4.41
Teacher Education 180 4.35
University Total 2462 4.35
*Four-year programs only, suppressing departments with less than ten graduates    

Statements of Compliance

The Office of Equity, Inclusion, and Compliance, located in Old Main 200, coordinates the university’s compliance with laws and regulations relating to equal opportunity, sexual misconduct, and “reasonable” accommodations for persons with disabilities. Any questions or complaints should be directed to the Chief Equity, Inclusion and Compliance Officer at (717) 477-1161.

Equal Opportunity

Shippensburg University is committed to creating an environment free of discrimination for all of its employees and students. The Office of Equity, Inclusion, and Compliance at Shippensburg University assists the University in ensuring equal opportunity and access to educational, employment and contract opportunities for all persons including students, faculty, staff and administrators. The University will make every effort to provide these opportunities to all persons regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation or gender identity. This applies to all members of the University community, all applicants for admission or employment and all participants in university-sponsored activities. The nondiscrimination policy sets clear expectations for an environment free of discrimination, defines discrimination and provides procedures for handling charges of discrimination.

Sexual Harassment

It is the policy of Shippensburg University to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex in any of its educational programs or activities. This policy is in accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.

Prohibited sex discrimination covers sexual harassment including sexual violence. Sexual harassment is conduct that is sexual in nature and is sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive that it adversely affects a student’s ability to participate in or benefit from the university’s activities or educational programs or creates a hostile or abusive educational environment. Sexual violence is a form of sexual harassment, prohibited by Title IX, which includes conduct that is criminal in nature. Acts may include rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, sexual coercion, unwanted touching, dating violence, and sexually motivated stalking.

Inquiries concerning the application of Title IX may be referred to:

Shippensburg University Title IX Coordinator
Daniel Velez
Office of Equity, Inclusion, and Compliance
Old Main 200, (717) 477-1161, dcvelez@ship.edu

Department of Education
E-mail: ocr@ed.gov
400 Maryland Ave SW
Washington, DC 20202-1100
Phone: (202) 245-6700
Toll-free: (800) 421-3481
TTY: (800) 877-8339

Office of Accessibility Resources

Shippensburg University is committed to serving all students, including those with documented disabilities. The Office of Accessibility Resources (OAR) determines, coordinates, and provides reasonable and appropriate accommodations for eligible students who present current and comprehensive documentation. In compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008, OAR coordinates services as outlined by Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education and by Shippensburg University’s equity plans. Additionally, the office works with the Human Resource Office to coordinate accommodations for campus faculty and staff with diagnosed disabilities.

The Office of Accessibility Resources is located in Suite 252 Mowrey Hall. For further information, visit the website at www.ship.edu/oar, or contact the office at (717) 477-1364 or the Director at (717) 477-1326.

Policy for Religious Observances for Students

Shippensburg University respects the principle of the separation of church and state, while promoting and encouraging a climate of dignity where individuals are not discriminated against or treated differently because of their religion or national origin.

To foster and advance the precepts of an inclusive environment, students desiring to participate in the religious observances of their particular faiths, creeds, or beliefs will be granted an excused absence from scheduled classes. Faculty will make appropriate accommodations for the excused absence(s), and students will be accountable for the material covered in class. Each academic semester students will be required to provide their faculty with the dates (in writing) of scheduled religious observances.

Access to Educational Records

In accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (commonly known as the Buckley Amendment), Shippensburg University provides its students with privacy safeguards of their educational records. The university issues reports of progress including grades, written evaluations, and letters of warning directly to the student. A student may have access to all information pertaining to his or her educational records and academic status.

Under the provisions of the Buckley Amendment, the university may release directory information about current students without violating privacy rights. Directory information includes name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, enrollment status, major, degree, and honors. Individual students may request this directory information not be released by notifying the Registrar’s Office.

Drug-Free Campus

Shippensburg University complies with the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendment of 1989 and has adopted a program to prevent the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by both its students and employees.

Campus Safety

Shippensburg University has developed policies and implemented procedures to increase safety awareness and provide precautionary measures for all current students, prospective students and employees.  Information on crime statistics is also provided to all campus members.  This information is prepared in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act, Title IX, and the Violence Against Women Act.  The Pennsylvania College and University Security Requirements (Chapter 33), the Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990, and the Accuracy in Campus Crime Reporting Act of 1997 are also resourced.  The Shippensburg University Campus Safety & Security/Fire Statistics Report may be accessed by visiting:  http://www.ship.edu/globalassets/police/safety-and-security-report.pdf.


Shippensburg University will compile graduation and completion rates for all undergraduate students as well as for undergraduate students receiving athletically related student aid. These rates will be reported to the U.S. Secretary of Education and will be disclosed to prospective students as required by the Student Right-To-Know Act.

Individuals may request public records from Shippensburg University under the Right-to-Know Law, as amended, 65 P.S., sections 66.1 - 66.9.  The guidelines for submitting Right-to-Know requests can be found at http://www.ship.edu/right_to_know/.  


Shippensburg University complies with consumer information requirements set forth in Section 493A of Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and its amendments.

Veterans Benefits

Shippensburg University complies with the requirements of Title 38, U.S. Code, Veterans Benefits.

  • Shippensburg University permits any covered individual to attend or participate in the course of education during the period beginning on the date on which the individual provides to the educational institution a certificate of eligibility for entitlement to educational assistance under chapter 31 or 33 (a “certificate of eligibility” can also include a “Statement of Benefits” obtained from the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) website  e-Benefits, or a VAF 28-1905 form for chapter 31 authorization purposes) and ending on the earlier of the following dates:
  1. The date on which payment from VA is made to the institution.
  2. 90 days after the date the institution certified tuition and fees following the receipt of the certificate of eligibility.
  • Shippensburg University will not impose any penalty, including the assessment of late fees, the denial of access to classes, libraries, or other institutional facilities, or the requirement that a covered individual borrow additional funds, on any covered individual because of the individual’s inability to meet his or her financial obligations to the institution due to the delayed disbursement funding from VA under chapter 31 or 33.

Nonimmigrant International Students

Shippensburg University is authorized under federal law to enroll nonimmigrant international students.

Educational Diversity

As part of a public system of higher education, Shippensburg University is responsible for educating students to face the challenges of our ever-changing global society. Shippensburg University aims to create a campus culture that offers opportunities for increasing knowledge, awareness, and understanding of diversity and inclusiveness and promotes a climate that builds upon values that welcome and nurture all members of the university community. Creating an inclusive campus environment helps to prepare students to be productive public citizens in a society comprised of people with differing national, racial, religious, and cultural backgrounds.

Shippensburg University seeks to attain these goals by offering academic and co-curricular activities that address the differences that have historically divided people and have led to unjust and discriminatory practices based on race, sex, religion, national origin, and sexual lifestyle. The university also remains committed to the recruitment and retention of a broad, inclusive student body, faculty, staff, and administration who represent a diverse range of interests, talent, and cultures. By working to accomplish these goals, Shippensburg University will ensure students receive an education that prepares them for the challenges of a global society with its diverse beliefs, attitudes, and ways of thinking.

Catalog Provisions

This catalog is intended to be a description of the policies, academic programs, degree requirements, and course offerings in effect for the 2021-2022 and 2022-2023 academic years. It should not be construed as an irrevocable contract between the student and the university. Shippensburg University reserves the right to change any of the policies, procedures, or fees described in this catalog and to apply these changes to any or all of its students as it sees fit. The university may also choose to add or delete course offerings or degree programs at any time.