May 30, 2020  
2015-2016 Undergraduate Catalog 
2015-2016 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Special Opportunities


 The Encompass Distinction

Contact: Dr. Bryn Upton, History

Students earning the Encompass Distinction will build on a liberal arts tradition to develop the core qualities of innovative and entrepreneurial thinking, pursuing the education, opportunities and support they need to become the new generation of innovators. In earning the Encompass Distinction, students develop the foundational skills of questioning, networking, observing, experimenting, and associating. Through problem-based learning across the curriculum, a careful scaffolding of interdisciplinary reflection, frequent experiential learning opportunities and high-quality mentorship opportunities, students develop key qualities necessary to turn their passion into purpose. This program has three core components—Curricular, Experiential, and Mentorship—which are designed to augment a students’ traditional major or minor.

Global Fellows

Contact: Dr. Amy McNichols, World Languages, Literature, and Cultures

The Global Fellows Program is an academic and co-curricular opportunity to enhance academic study in any discipline by formally acknowledging a student’s commitment to global learning, and providing a comprehensive way for that student to develop fully as a global citizen.  Throughout a structured three-year program, Global Fellows will deepen and broaden their understanding of global issues, develop heightened intercultural competency, and cultivate the skills and attitudes necessary to lead successful personal and professional lives in a global context.

Students will apply to the program in the spring semester of their first year, and commence the program in the fall semester of their sophomore year.

To satisfy the co-curricular requirements of this program, Global Fellows will regularly participate in workshops to develop intercultural competency and professional skills that will serve them in a global context, and allow them time for meaningful reflection on their own identity as global citizens.  They will also collaborate to do community outreach, and plan and participate each semester in a Global Issues Colloquium: a gathering open to the public for attendees to have in-depth discussions of current, major issues that are global in scope.

The academic requirements for Global Fellows are: proficiency in a world language equivalent to at least the fifth semester of college study (demonstrated through placement or coursework), more international courses (with more breadth) than what is required by the McDaniel Plan, the completion of a study/experiential learning abroad program (short or long term), the completion of a Senior Capstone Experience in the major that is connected to the student’s global learning, and finally, the submission of a “Global Learning Portfolio”, which will provide an opportunity for reflection on the student’s global education throughout his or her career at McDaniel College.

At graduation, students will receive a special notation on their diplomas to reflect their completion of the Global Fellows Program.  This notation will be accompanied by a letter explaining the program for presentation to prospective employers, and for inclusion in graduate and professional school applications.

Questions regarding the Global Fellows Program should be addressed to the Director of the Global Fellows Program, Associate Dean for International and Intercultural Programs, Dr. Amy McNichols (x2461 or

The McDaniel Honors Program

Contact: Dr. Bryn Upton, History

At a college recognized for changing lives, the McDaniel Honors Program challenges students to develop their intellectual potential as leaders for change in their local and global communities. The program opens doors to challenging courses in many disciplines, often taught in innovative ways. In addition to enriching electives, McDaniel honors students enjoy priority registration, extended library loans, a special study lounge, connections with accomplished alumni, support to present research at conferences for honors students, and a unique opportunity to study abroad at Glasgow University in Scotland. 

Requirements to be named a “College Scholar” upon graduation:

Overall GPA of 3.5 or better

Demonstrate intellectual and moral character befitting a member of the McDaniel Honors Program

HON 1101 Leading Change (2 credits; fall of 1st year)

HON 2201 Great Works (4 credits: fall or spring of 1st year)

HON 4491 Honors Senior Colloquium (2 credits: spring of senior year)

Completion of a College Scholars Project (4 credits; senior year, met by pursuing departmental honors or proposing a distinct project)

Four Honors Modules, selecting from among the following:

   Honors-enriched experiences (maximum of 1 allowed; may range from 0-4 cr)

   Honors electives (4 credit courses that also fulfill general education requirements; may sometimes fulfill a major or minor requirement as well; must meet one or more of the four student learning outcomes)

   Study abroad (each semester abroad counts as one honors module)

Study Abroad

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Study abroad is for all students in every discipline. It offers students the opportunity to have an in-depth experience of another culture and at the same time to pursue academic work that supports their goals and plans. While abroad, students may take courses in their majors as well as those that fulfill other McDaniel Plan requirements. The International Programs Office (IPO), located in Hill Hall 105, assists students interested in off-campus study and serves as a resource center for information about overseas programs in general.

Students may choose to study abroad for a semester or full academic year, during the summer or January Term. Longer programs are ideal for students wanting to immerse themselves in a world culture, become fluent in a world language, have an internship or community service experience, or live a typical student life in another country. Short-term programs can provide an academically rich and more moderately priced international experience.

Many options are available for study in hundreds of destinations throughout the world through McDaniel’s affiliation with various institutions and universities abroad. The College has its own branch campus and national study abroad center in Budapest, Hungary – McDaniel Europe (see below). The College also has student exchange programs with Université Saint-Louis Bruxelles in Belgium, and with Africa University in Mutare, Zimbabwe, which enable students at one institution to engage in a semester of study at the other. The Brussels program offers a range of courses in French and English, mostly in the social sciences. In addition, a study abroad opportunity is available for McDaniel’s Honors students in partnership with the University of Glasgow, Scotland, and a consortium of U.S. colleges (Principia Consortium). Each January Term a number of faculty members also take small groups of students on academic study tours abroad.

Federal and state financial aid can be used for affiliated programs only. Institutional aid and scholarships can be applied to McDaniel College Budapest, the Brussels Exchange Program and the Africa University Exchange Program. The IPO has information about scholarships,  the deadlines for which may be one year before you study abroad.  Planning for a study abroad experience is essential and should begin early in the semester prior to your planned semester away. The requirements, application procedure and deadlines for study abroad vary and must be discussed with the staff in the International Programs Office.

McDaniel Europe

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McDaniel Europe in Budapest, Hungary, is the branch campus of McDaniel College. Established in 1994, the Budapest campus is our signature program and most popular study abroad site. In addition to serving as a national study abroad center for U.S. college students who enroll there for a semester or a full year, the Budapest campus provides a four-year undergraduate program for international students from 20 different countries, leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree. McDaniel Europe offers a range of courses in the following majors: Art/Art History, Business Administration/Economics, Communication, Political Science and Psychology. All courses are taught in English by highly qualified Hungarian, British, and American professors. Credit-bearing internships may be possible in some disciplines. Faculty-led field trips to cities throughout Central Europe are also a regular part of the program. McDaniel students are able to transfer all financial aid and institutional scholarships to the Budapest study abroad program.

Special Domestic Off-Campus Semester Programs

McDaniel College offers several single-semester programs designed to enable students to pursue specialized interests. The Washington Semester Program, administered by The American University, enables students to study public affairs in the nation’s capital. The Gallaudet Visiting Student Program is an opportunity for students to study and/or complete the ASL and Deaf Studies minor by immersion in the language and culture of deaf people.

Students considering a special off-campus semester in the U.S. should consult with the director of the International Programs Office and their academic advisor, or appropriate program advisor, as well as the Bursar’s, Financial Aid, Registrar’s, and Residence Life Offices at the College.

Gallaudet Visiting Student Program

Contact: Eddy Laird ASL/Deaf Studies

One semester of study is available to juniors and seniors who wish to complete the requirements for the ASL and Deaf Studies minor. The one semester at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C., provides immersion in the language and culture of deaf people. Credit earned becomes a part of your record at the College. The Practicum may be counted as part of the study. Prerequisite: A 2.5 or higher score on the ASL Proficiency Interview (ASLPI).

Washington Semester Program

Contact: Dr. Christianna Leahy, Political Science and International Studies

To enable you to spend one term in specialized study of public affairs in the nation’s capital, McDaniel College participates in the Washington Semester Program, sponsored and administered by The American University. Each semester you may study the American Government, the formulation of American foreign policy, the District of Columbia as an urban area, the administration of justice, problems of international development, and economic policy formulation, or engage in research projects, seminars, internships, and other formal courses at The American University.

Common Ground on the Hill

Executive Director: Walt Michael, Artist in Residence

Common Ground on the Hill is a traditional music and arts organization whose purpose is to offer a quality learning experience with master musicians, artists, writers, and crafts people while exploring cultural diversity in search of “common ground” among ethnic, gender, age, and racial groups. Two weeks of classes and workshops are offered each summer and events are sponsored during the academic year. Peaceful solutions to social and individual conflicts are sought through the sharing of artistic traditions. In a liberal arts context, these courses in the humanities and the arts may be taken for graduate and undergraduate credit by contacting Dr. Henry Reiff, Acting Dean of Graduate and Professional Studies, or Walt Michael, Artist in Residence.

Military Science

Military Science can be an integral part of a student-designed major or an elective supporting any major. The courses are designed to develop each student’s leadership ability and to prepare the student for commissioning as an officer in the Active Army, Army Reserve, or Army National Guard. Courses are open to both men and women. Students will find that Military Science provides instruction and practical experience which complement any undergraduate major.

Undergraduates Enrolling in Graduate Courses

Undergraduates at McDaniel College may enroll in graduate courses once they have successfully completed at least 80 credits in their undergraduate program. Students must have the approval of both the Dean of Graduate and Professional Studies and the Dean of Student Academic Life prior to registering for graduate courses. Students must be formally admitted to one of the College’s five year programs or meet the GPA required for admission into the program in which the course is offered. Normally limited to one or two courses, these credits may count toward either the undergraduate or graduate degree at McDaniel College but not both.