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Undergraduate Catalog 2008-09

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Scholar Programs


EC Scholars

The EC Scholars program is the flagship merit scholarship program at East Carolina University. Exceptionally qualified entering freshman who are full-time students enrolling at ECU for the first time are eligible to apply. The EC Scholars program offers enhanced undergraduate learning experiences. Scholars are exposed to dynamic professors, opportunities for enriched coursework, and involvement in research and creative activities that pique their interests. EC Scholars are engaged in a wide range of cultural, intellectual and artistic activities on and off campus. It is a strong community that challenges and supports each Scholar in their academic, personal and community endeavors.

The EC Scholars Program fosters students’ growth as the brightest of ECU’s future alumni and community leaders. All first-year EC Scholars are required to live in the designated Honors/International residence hall and participate in the University Honors Program, successfully meeting and completing the requirements for graduation with either Foundations or University Honors. Students must also enroll in required honors seminars and participate in service, leadership development and other enrichment programs. EC Scholars must maintain high program standards and demonstrate academic excellence and commitment, integrity and dedication.

There is a separate application for the EC Scholars Program due December 1. Application materials are reviewed by a faculty committee and finalists and their parents are invited to campus in February for Scholars Weekend. Over the course of this weekend finalists and their parents learn more about the EC Scholars program and the Honors Program at ECU. Teams composed of ECU faculty and administrators, donors, and current EC Scholars interview the applicants to choose the incoming Scholars. EC Scholars are notified of their award in March. Up to twenty Scholars are selected, each receiving an award totaling $40,000 awarded over eight semesters plus an additional $5,000 for study abroad. EC Scholar finalists are also eligible for selection as Early Assurance Scholars for admission to the Brody School of Medicine.

Additional information on the EC Scholars program is available on the program website and through the Office of Admissions.

The University Honors Program

The East Carolina University Honors Program is an exceptional, residential educational experience designed for academically motivated students to provide the academic challenge, support and attention of a smaller college with the opportunities of a large comprehensive university. All first-year honors students are required to live in designated housing together with EC Scholars, International Student Scholars and The North Carolina Teaching Fellows and Maynard Scholars to facilitate an educational experience rich in cultural diversity. The Program engages students in research, service and cultural appreciation through the Passport Program and through the many opportunities offered to our students. Honors students have access to research assistantships, scholarships, cultural events, community engagement, leadership development and participation in several Honors Program student organizations and program governance.

To be invited to join, students must be either an incoming freshman with at least a 3.5 unweighted GPA and a score of at least 1200 on the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), or a current ECU student with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.3. Students may complete the program and graduate with either Foundations Curriculum Honors or University Honors.

In order to graduate with Foundations Curriculum Honors, students must complete twenty-four semester hours of honors coursework with a minimum 3.3 grade point average

In order to graduate with University Honors, a student must complete thirty semester hours of honors courses, including an independent upper-level project in their major (such as a thesis, a portfolio, a field experience, or co-teaching), with a minimum 3.5 grade point average.

All students in the Honors Program must complete at least one course (usually HLTH 1050) at ECU that incorporates Academic Service Learning.

The program offers honors sections of many regular introductory courses each semester (in such disciplines as English, history, anthropology, and psychology) and special, often interdisciplinary, honors seminars designed to meet foundations curriculum requirements. Many of these seminars are team-taught. In the HNRS course listing, general categories of the seminars are included; the precise topics and semesters in which the seminars are offered will be determined by honors student requests and faculty proposals. Students may take seminars with the same number twice for credit, if the topics are different. All honors seminars except the laboratory carry writing intensive credit.

The Honors Program also comprises the Office of National/International Fellowships and Scholarships, which familiarizes students with competitive national and international fellowships and scholarships available to selected students intent on pursuing graduate work.

For further information, e-mail the director at or telephone 252-328-6373. The Honors Program is a member of the National Collegiate Honors Council and its regional and state affiliates and participates in national honors exchange programs.

Undergraduate Research

ECU, in keeping with its commitment to excellence in undergraduate education, has reaffirmed its priority of undergraduate research. Towards this end, the Office of Undergraduate Research in the Division of Research and Graduate Studies was created. The director and the Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity committee establish guidelines and administer a competition for awards to fund stipends, and supplies to eligible undergraduates who are engaged in research projects under the supervision of faculty. The Office is also charged with coordinating the annual Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Day during Research Week and offering student research workshops.

The Office of Undergraduate Research maintains a Web site ( with links to research opportunities both on campus and off.

For further information about undergraduate research opportunities, you may contact the director at or 252-328-9476. The Office of Undergraduate Research is located at 1512 Greenville Center.

North Carolina Nurse Scholars

The North Carolina Nurse Scholars Program was established in 1989 by the North Carolina General Assembly. The program provides college scholarship loans for outstanding high school graduates and other persons interested in pursuing higher education to become registered nurses. Recipients are chosen on the basis of academic performance, evidence of leadership and extracurricular participation, and the promise of service as a registered nurse in North Carolina. Awards can be made to full-time pre-nursing freshman; full-time pre-nursing sophomores; junior nursing students, who are nontraditional baccalaureate nursing students; community college transfers enrolling as juniors; other juniors in a baccalaureate nursing program; and to RNs enrolled full-time in a baccalaureate degree in nursing completion program. A scholarship recipient is required to practice in North Carolina as a full-time registered nurse for a full year for each year of scholarship assistance received.

Interested students may contact the College Foundation of North Carolina web site at, or contact the College of Nursing at 252-744-6477 or their high school guidance counselor. Applications are due February 15 of each year.

North Carolina Teaching Fellows


The North Carolina Teaching Fellows Program, the most ambitious teacher recruitment program in the nation and one of the most prestigious scholarship awards in North Carolina, provides a $26,000 scholarship to 500 outstanding high school seniors interested in teaching. ECU accepts 45 teaching fellows in each class. Teaching fellows participate in academic seminars, leadership development opportunities, professional internships, and social and cultural experiences. Throughout the four years, ECU Teaching Fellows also work as tutors, travel, participate in the Honors Program, perform service work, plan recruitment initiatives, and serve on various committees.

Teaching Fellows are licensed in the following areas: birth-kindergarten, elementary education (K-6), middle grades education (6-9), secondary education (9-12), business and information technologies education and family and consumer sciences (7-12) and K-12 (art, dance, theatre, music, health, exercise and sport science, and special education). Following graduation from college, the student agrees to teach for four years in one of North Carolina’s public schools, charter schools, or government schools.

High school students interested in becoming North Carolina Teaching Fellows should consult their high school guidance counselor. Applications are to be submitted in early fall of the senior year of high school. For further information on application deadlines, or more program information, access, or telephone the ECU Teaching Fellows Office at 252-328-4126.

Maynard Scholarship Program
James and Connie Maynard and the College of Education established the Maynard Scholarship at ECU on May 31, 2006. This four year $20,000 scholarship is awarded to outstanding high school seniors each year. The scholarship is modeled after the NC Teaching Fellows Scholarship and as such, recipients will be expected to teach in a public, charter or government school for four years in one of the stated counties following graduation. Individuals have up to seven years to complete this requirement. The Maynard Scholarship is administered from the ECU NC Teaching Fellows Office.

Succeed Sooner Programs


Degree in Three Program

The Degree In Three Program provides high caliber, highly motivated students the opportunity to finish their undergraduate degree in three years. This degree option is particularly appropriate for entering freshman who have recently graduated from high school with AP (Advanced Placement), IB (International Baccalaureate), and/or dual-enrollment credit. In general, program students have decided on a major and plan to attend graduate or professional school immediately following graduation, or desire to get an early start on their careers. This university-student partnership offers participation in the ECU Honors Program with full or probationary status. (See section 2 for admission requirements and Honors Program eligibility.)

Program students are assigned an advisor who assists students in getting the classes they need in order to maintain the specified three-year program completion schedule.

Most Degree In Three students will enroll in classes year-round. The typical three-year student will take 15-18 s.h. each fall and spring semester and 6-12 s.h. during the summer (two, five-week terms each summer). AP, IB, and dual enrollment credits received at point of admission reduce required summer attendance. Students should understand that finishing their degree in three years may involve less variety in choosing foundations curriculum and elective course work.

For more information about the Degree In Three Program, access the web site at

MD/7 Program

East Carolina University, in conjunction with The Brody School of Medicine (BSOM) at ECU, is pleased to offer a pre-med initiative that allows highly qualified students to complete both their undergraduate and medical degrees in seven years; this program is commonly referred to as the MD in 7. Under this plan, qualified ECU students may apply to BSOM at the end of their sophomore year. All four previous semesters must be completed at ECU and should include all prerequisite courses for medical school. (See advisor for a list.) Accepted MD in 7 students are assured a place in the entering class of the Brody School of Medicine the following year if they successfully complete their junior year of undergraduate studies at ECU and fulfill all other requirements. Upon successful completion of the first year of medical studies, MD in 7 students are awarded their appropriate bachelor’s degrees.

Admission to the MD in 7 program will be highly competitive. Eligible students must be North Carolina residents who have entered the University with an SAT score of 1200 (verbal and math) or greater (or an ACT score of at least 27) and completed their freshman and sophomore years at ECU with a prerequisite science and overall GPA of at least 3.5, along with a minimum GPA of 3.5 in the required prerequisite courses. Students with SAT scores of 1300 (verbal and math) or higher may not have to take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) to apply for the MD in 7 program. This decision is at the discretion of the medical school’s admissions office. MD in 7 applicants with SAT scores of less than 1300 must take the MCAT and achieve a minimum score of 10 in all three numerically graded sections to be eligible to apply as an applicant. Four slots in each BSOM entering class will be available for MD in 7 students. These four will be selected from the eligible pool after review of their applications and interviews by the BSOM Admissions Committee. The BSOM Admissions Committee is not held to filling these four slots.

The BSOM Admissions Committee considers a number of variables in addition to indicators of intellectual ability in evaluation of applicants. Exposure to different fields of medicine, knowledge of medically-related issues and problems, altruism evidenced by community service, eventual career plans, and compatibility with the mission of BSOM are all important aspects that frequently determine the outcome of an individual’s application. Also required are letters of recommendation from ECU faculty that can provide insight into a student’s academic performance and personal qualifications for a career in medicine. Students should meet regularly with the ECU pre-medical advisors to discuss the process of application.

To fulfill the requirements for their undergraduate degrees, accepted MD in 7 students must have accumulated a minimum of 96 credits by the end of the junior year, including the majority of those required for the major and the minor as well as those needed to fulfill all distribution requirements for graduation. A portion of this 96-credit requirement may be satisfied by AP credits, but the 96-credit requirement must include the following minimum number of graded credits: biology, 8; chemistry, 8*; math, 3; and physics, 4. Please note that the minimum required graded credits are not sufficient to meet the prerequisites for medical school. Students must also maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5 through the end of the junior year. (See the Succeed Sooner web site for more information.)

*Chemistry 2750, 2753 and Chemistry 2760, 2763 must be completed at ECU unless the student receives a special waiver for this requirement from the BSOM Admissions Committee.

Early Entry Into ECU Graduate Programs

The Integrated Bachelor’s/Master’s Program and the Accelerated Master’s Program provide two options for students to be admitted to graduate programs earlier in their undergraduate studies than usual. (Updated information about participating degree programs is available on the Succeed Sooner web site at

In the Integrated Bachelor’s/Master’s Program, qualified undergraduate students may apply for graduate admission and enroll in up to 15 hours of graduate credit to count toward completion of both the bachelor’s degree and the master’s degree. Students choosing this program complete their undergraduate degree in the three-year program or in the traditional four year program. For example, qualified students can integrate the bachelor’s degree in exercise and sports science and the master’s degree in physical therapy. Other combinations are available; students should discuss their goals with their advisors, the Graduate School, and/or the Degree in Three office. Students receive the undergraduate degree prior to or concurrent with completion of the master’s degree.

In some structured integrated programs, students receive both degrees at the same time. One such integrated program is the BSA/MSA. Students designate the integrated degree upon admission and complete the combined bachelor’s and master’s program in five years, receiving both degrees upon graduation. Students cannot receive the BSA only; students opting out of the BSA/MSA program change to a BSBA degree. A combination BA is psychology and MSOT in Occupational Therapy was initiated in Fall 2004. Students in this program apply after 75 hours and must maintain the required GPA for continuation. After five years, students receive both degrees. Students can identify other combined programs by visiting the Succeed Sooner web site at

The Accelerated Master’s Degree Program results in only one degree, the graduate degree. This program requires students to commit in the first semester of their freshmen year to the study of the combined degree program. With satisfactory progress, the students complete their foundations curriculum and program core requirements and then may apply directly to the master’s program. The first such program at East Carolina University is one of the options for earning the master’s degree in occupational therapy (MSOT). In this program, for example, students enter the university through the health service management curriculum and occupational therapy option. Students must maintain a minimum 3.2 GPA to be eligible to apply to continue their graduate program. Upon completion of this five-year program, they earn only one degree, the MSOT. This program option reduces the total number of hours in the students’ program. In the OT example, the accelerated program option reduces the program from approximately 196 semester hours (undergraduate degree plus graduate degree) to 162 semester hours (combined degree). The College of Nursing offers an accelerated program for transferring students with the RN. The RN/MSN results in one ECU degree: master of science in nursing (MSN). (See www.

International Programs


International Affairs

East Carolina University views the creation of international awareness as an essential obligation of the contemporary university. It provides academic and co-curricular programming which allows students to attain the knowledge and skills to comprehend the world within a broad, flexible, and sensitive conceptual framework that takes into account the reality of interdependence among countries and of international structures. The university aims to produce liberally educated citizens of this and other countries capable of coping with the complexity and diversity of the world in which we live. The International House is located at 309 Ninth Street; telephone 252-328-4829.

International Admissions and Services
The Office of International Affairs coordinates ECU’s international student recruitment and admissions program, working with its own staff and others within the university to expand the international representation within its degree-seeking student body. Additionally, the office offers all students and faculty a variety of opportunities to participate in international travel and learning experiences through summer-, semester-, or year-abroad programs. Fulbright and other scholarship or fellowship opportunities, teaching and research, or work experiences are a few of the activities addressed for students and faculty.

Students from countries other than the United States may apply to the chairperson of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures for a departmental certificate of American studies. (See Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures for requirements.)

Exchange Programs
In addition to its bilateral student exchanges with partner universities in fifteen countries, East Carolina University is a member of the UNC Exchange Program (UNC-EP) and the International Student Exchange Program (ISEP). As a result of these linkages, ECU students can spend a semester or full academic year studying on exchange at more than 200 institutions in 41 countries.

Studying abroad is available to students with strong foreign language skills as well as for students interested in sites where English is used as the primary language of instruction. These sites include such countries as Finland, Lithuania, Poland, Sweden, France, and the Netherlands. With proper planning, students may take courses in their major, minor or foundations curriculum without losing time toward graduation.

Studying abroad is affordable. Students studying on exchange through ECU, UNC-EP, or ISEP programs pay their tuition and fees to ECU and receive equivalent benefits at the host institution. Students may use their financial aid to pay for their exchange programs and they are encouraged to apply for a scholarship through the Rivers Endowment Fund, designed to support ECU students going on exchange.

Study abroad alumni gain a global perspective that can provide an advantage when applying to graduate schools or when applying for the first job. Admissions counselors and employers recognize that study abroad provides an opportunity to experience new cultures first hand and augment what students learn in the classroom.

The Thomas W. and Izabel B. Rivers Endowment Fund
The endowment fund established by Thomas W. and Izabel B. Rivers promotes the internationalization of ECU through support for students to study abroad. Awards are made throughout the year, as decided by a faculty panel. Information and applications are available through the Office of International Affairs.

Additionally, International Affairs coordinates the Rivers Distinguished Chair of International Affairs program. It ensures that throughout each academic year outstanding scholars are in residence, assisting schools or departments as well as faculty in the internationalization process through teaching, research, and conferences.

International Experiences


Global Academic Initiatives

The Global Academic Initiatives program provides international experiences to students on the ECU campus through the use of real-time video, audio, and internet technologies. The global understanding course (ANTH 1050, PSYC 2250, INTL 1050), is jointly taught with three other countries and is centered around topics ranging from family to cultural traditions to the meaning of life. In this foundation curriculum course, students are partnered with their colleagues from partner universities in 18 countries to explore these and other topics. ECU’s global understanding project is the winner for the 2008 Andrew Heiskell Award for Innovative International Education, given by the Institute of International Education, The same video, audio, and other technologies are used in the International Lecture Exchanges, the International Course Exchanges, and the International Research Exchanges. These virtual exchanges are offered across the curriculum in a wide variety of courses and disciplines.

Leadership Programs


BB&T Center for Leadership Development

The BB&T Center for Leadership Development advocates and facilitates the incorporation of leadership development as an important dimension of intellectual attention, inquiry and activity at East Carolina University and in higher education. Major emphasis is placed on the proposition that every university student is being prepared as a leader, and therefore being empowered as an agent of positive change in society.

The Center’s mission is to serve as a catalyst for leadership development throughout the University. A major goal is to encourage and assist academic units and faculty to prepare students with leadership capacities to positively influence and impact their lives, their families, their communities and the larger society. That goal is pursued by providing opportunities for leadership-related projects, programs and initiatives through financial grants for leadership development agendas.

By encouraging and assisting units to embed leadership development components into courses and programs, the Center seeks to advance East Carolina University’s extant service culture and its intention as a leadership development community.

Requests for further information should be addressed to the Director, BB&T Center for Leadership Development, 1100 Bate Building, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC 27858-4353; telephone 252-328-6190;

Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement

The Center for Student Leadership & Civic Engagement (CSLCE) is located in Mendenhall Student Center within the Department of Student Experiences/University Unions. The mission of the center is to foster leadership practices and civic engagement experiences that transform and empower students through pedagogy, research, and co-curricular experiences. The center provides a central location for student leadership experiences and opportunities that foster their leadership development.

The CSLCE operates under five core premises and a matrix of guiding principles which aligned with the university’s strategic plan to “Distinguish itself by the ability to train and prepare leaders for our state and nation.” The first and foundational premise is that leadership is a continual process of understanding who you are and using that knowledge to positively influence yourself, others, and society. Secondly the CLSCE is driven by the premise that civic engagement is a powerful vehicle for developing students' leadership skills. The third operating premise is that leadership is a collaborative process, and the fourth states that leadership is value-based. The final premise around which the center functions is that all students (not just those in formal positions) have the ability to apply leadership practices to real life situations.

Programs and activities will be designed to encourage development in three learning stages; they will Discover, Design, and then Deliver. Within each stage, students will explore three phases of leadership – Self, Others, and Society.

In the Discover phase, students start by recognizing the self--who they are, what they want, what they value, how they operate as individuals and as members of groups, and how they can contribute to the betterment of society.

During the Design phase, students develop a personal strategic vision and develop strategies for motivation and self-discipline. Plans for promotion and collaboration with others are made. In this stage, students personally respond to societal challenges.

The Deliver phase is structured to be transformative. At this point in their development, students will have the opportunity to transform themselves and society by performing service to the public.

The CSLCE offers students points of entry into leadership development activities throughout their collegiate career. The center serves as a clearinghouse for multiple programs and hosts the Elite Pirate, Leadership Challenge Institute, Emerging Leaders Program, Student Financial Literacy, Co-Curricular Student Profile, LeaderShape, and the Walter & Marie Williams Leadership Award Program to name a few. To find out more about our programs and initiatives, visit our website at or feel free to give us a call at 252-737-2002.