Special Academic Programs

4+1 Master of Business Administration Program

Current Nichols day program students who are specializing in a Business field and are interested in earning a Master of Business Administration (MBA) at Nichols can apply to the 4+1 MBA program at any time. If accepted, students will be enrolled in seven graduate credits (three courses) during senior year at no additional cost. Students must be full-time day students and should not exceed 15 undergraduate credits in each semester of their senior year in order to avoid any graduate tuition charges. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree, students in the program can then complete the MBA coursework in as few as 12 months. For more information on this program, contact the Nichols College Division of Graduate and Professional Studies. A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 is required.

4+1 Master of Science in Accounting Program

Current Nichols day program students who are specializing in the accounting discipline and are interested in earning a Master of Science in Accounting (MSA) at Nichols can apply to the 4+1 MSA program at any time. If accepted, students will be enrolled in seven graduate credits (three courses) during senior year at no additional cost. Students must be full-time day students and should not exceed 15 undergraduate credits in each semester of their senior year in order to avoid any graduate tuition charges. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree with a major in accounting, students in the program can then complete the MSA coursework in as few as 12 months. Once completed, students will have the 150 college credits needed to sit for the CPA exam. For more information on this program, contact the Nichols College Division of Graduate and Professional Studies. A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 is required.

Accelerated Degree Program in Accounting

Students who are considering a major in accounting and want to become a CPA can take advantage of the Nichols accelerated program in accounting. Students in this program can earn a BSBA and MBA in as little as four years. To be considered, students must have a high school GPA above 3.0 and declare intent upon entering their first year or during freshman year at Nichols. If accepted into the program, students will follow an accelerated course schedule during all four years, and must maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA throughout the program. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree following the third year, students will then complete the MSA coursework in as little as 12 months.

Bison Bridge Program

The Bison Bridge program provides students with support as they transition from high school to college. Open to all students, the 5-day, residential program focuses on both academic and social preparation for success at Nichols. Throughout the program students will develop academic success skills through a variety of workshop topics, including college writing and college math. These workshops will help students understand the rigors of college courses, as well as help them familiarize themselves with campus technology (Moodle, PaperCut, MyNichols) and the expectations of college professors. Students will meet with a variety of key members of campus and be able to familiarize themselves with campus resources. This is a non-credit bearing program, however all students participating will be registered for the same section of First-Year PDS (SEM 139), taught by their Academic Advisor.

Emerging Leaders Program

The Emerging Leaders Program is for students seeking to learn more about leadership through experiential learning opportunities. Students will develop a strong leadership foundation with a focus on the strengthening of the following attributes: achievement, collaboration, creativity, integrity, knowledge, and social responsibility.

The Emerging Leaders Program is open to all students who have completed LEAD 101 with a B- or higher. This is a non-credit bearing program; however, students completing the program receive a leadership distinction upon graduation. Upon acceptance into the program students will participate in a variety of activities, including networking opportunities, career-related experience, and a leadership summit experience during which students travel together to a selected destination.

Students completing this program will emerge with stronger communication skills, and strengthened abilities to persuade, to make decisions, and ultimately, to assume leadership positions in their chosen fields.

Program Requirements                             Description                                                                                              # Required

I.      LEAD101 – Learning to Lead              Nichols foundational course in leadership:                                     Grade Requirement:
                                                                        Join your First Year cohort either fall or spring semester.              Achieve B- (2.7) or higher in
                                                                                                                                                                                            LEAD101 and an overall C+ (2.3)
                                                                                                                                                                                            cumulative GPA

II.     Declaration Day                                    A networking event to formally enter and commit                         Attend 1
                                                                        to the Emerging Leaders Program:

                                                                        Meet successful Nichols College Alumni in leadership
                                                                        roles in our surrounding communities and hear their
                                                                        personal success stories and views on leadership.

III.    Speakers & Workshops                      Speaker events and workshops on leadership,                               Attend 6 over the course of the
                                                                        developed with you in mind:                                                                program. A minimum of 2 in each

                                                                        Reflect on others experiences as you consider and
                                                                        develop your own personal style. Personal leadership
                                                                        styles and experiences are wide and varied.

IV.   Campus Experience                             On-campus leadership roles:                                                               Participate in 1

                                                                        Experience a leadership role right on campus to fully
                                                                        realize your leadership potential. Learning takes place
                                                                        both in and out of the classroom.                                                     

V.    Career Experience                                 Career experiences:                                                                                     Complete 1

                                                                        Demonstrate your goals and career related experience
                                                                        through your internships and employment outside of
                                                                        class. Successful leaders set career goals early in their
                                                                        lives. They experience a variety of work environments as
                                                                        part of their education and goal development process.

VI.   Community Involvement                    Volunteerism:                                                                                           Complete 24 hours

                                                                        Demonstrate your commitment to social responsibility
                                                                        by performing community service in a surrounding

VII.  Leadership Summit                              A leadership capstone for students in their senior year:              Attend during spring semester
                                                                                                                                                                                            senior year

                                                                        Travel to a destination together to receive your
                                                                        leadership designation.




Nichols College Honors Scholar Program

The Honors Scholar Program offers highly motivated and academically promising full-time students in the baccalaureate degree programs at Nichols the opportunity to develop their intellectual potential to the fullest and to receive special recognition for outstanding academic achievement. It is an alternative and additional means for talented students to be recognized for their intellectual initiative and success beyond that associated with the traditional graduation honors. Honors Scholar candidates have the opportunity and challenge of working closely with leading members of the faculty as they pursue a specially designed, rigorous, and rewarding educational experience.

Joining the Program  Joining the program is easy—with qualifica­tions: The Honors Scholar Program requires a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.4 and a 3.4 GPA or higher within the Honors Program courses, along with approval by an Honors Scholar Program Advisor. Current students with a cumulative GPA of 3.4 are encouraged to contact an Honors Scholar Program Advisor: Dr. Hans G. Despain, Program Chair (email: hans.despain@nichols.edu); or Dr. Kellie Deys, Program Director (email: kellie.deys@nichols.edu). Incoming freshmen are also encouraged to contact the Office of Admissions.

Seven special Honors (H) courses compose the Honors Scholar Program. Six courses will be completed - one per semester - over the first three years of study. Four lead-in Level I & II Honors courses offered in the first and second year of study will enhance academic skills and awareness of key issues prior to undertaking two advanced electives (Level III) during the third year of study. In the fourth year, Honors Scholar candidates will enroll in the final course - the capstone interdisciplinary Honors Seminar. Therefore students must complete three courses at the 300/400 level (including the Honors Seminar).

Honors courses should be taken in the approximate sequence in which they are offered. That is, Level I courses should be taken prior to Level II; and, Level III electives should be undertaken after the completion of Levels I & II and prior to the Honors Seminar.

Students who have maintained a 3.4 quality point average overall and a 3.4 quality point average in Honors courses will be eligible to enroll in the Honors seminar.

The Honors Curriculum (This is an example of possible semester course offerings. There are additional Honors course offerings and courses are subject to evolve.)

Year                                              Fall                                                                                                      Spring

Freshman                                     ENGL 212H: Analytical Writing                                                     CRIT 201H: Critical Writing,

                                                                                                                                                                   Reading, and Research

Sophomore                                 ECON 221H: Microeconomics                                                     ESCI 243H Physical World


                                                                                                                                                                   LSB 327H Business Law & Ethics

Junior                                           Special Topic Course 300 level                                                     ENGL 345H: Non-Fiction Writing


                                                                                                                                                                   Special Topic Course 300/400 level

Senior                                           HONR 480H: Honors Seminar                                                      OPEN


Special Activities for Honors Scholars  The Honors Scholar Program has a number of special features:

•      Honors courses offer a very interactive learning experience.

•      Students make lifelong connections with faculty and peers in the program.

•      The Honors Scholar Program offers interdisciplinary courses.

•      Some courses are team taught, which offers to students increased access to a greater number of faculty members and different points of views and perspectives in the classroom.

•      Many courses have guest speakers, media nights, and unique course design and course projects.

•      Each semester, the Honors program has a dinner to announce upcoming courses and events, and to provide general interaction amongst program participants (i.e. Honors Scholars, Faculty, and Honors Steering Committee members).

•      In the fall of junior year, all Honors Scholars in good academic standing are invited to participate in the Nichols College Honors Trip, which occurs in March during spring break. The destination is agreed upon by eligible Honors Scholars. The trip is intended to foster academic interaction, offer enriching cultural experiences, broaden social awareness, encourage civic involvement, and otherwise to simply have fun with other Honors Program participants.

•      There is special recognition and awards for Honors Scholars at Commencement.

This publication provides information concerning the programs at Nichols College and does not constitute a contract with the student.

The policies and procedures contained in the 2017-2018 Nichols College Catalog will remain in effect until June 30, 2018. Nichols College reserves the right to change at any time the rules governing admission, tuition, fees, courses, the granting of degrees, or any other regulations affecting the campus community. Such changes are to take effect whenever College officials deem necessary and will be communicated via written notice whenever possible or other means as appropriate.

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Catalog of Nichols College
July 2016