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General Bulletin 2006-2008

Special Opportunities and Programs

International Education

Miami University’s policy on international programs and educational interchange:

It is essential in today’s interdependent world to provide a clear international perspective in the university’s curriculum. Citizens of all nations have a growing need to understand their citizenship in terms of global concerns as well as in terms of issues of local or national significance. People who have this awareness are likely not only to recognize and respect the legitimate rights and needs of other nations but also to realize how their own fate is ultimately bound to the fate of all peoples.

In this context, Miami University meets its responsibility to its students and to the state of Ohio by providing educational opportunities that recognize the plurality of cultures, the existence of common concerns, and the need for more effective methods of international and intercultural cooperation. The university is therefore committed to provide to the student body significant educational opportunities with international perspective. To this end, the university encourages the enrollment of foreign students who lend diversity to the campus community and serve as educational and cultural resources. It further encourages specialization in subject areas that have an international/intercultural dimension, such as the undergraduate program of International Studies, and informs students and faculty of overseas study and research opportunities that will enhance their international experience.

The university encourages international programs on campus and research and study abroad in a manner consistent with its policies on academic freedom and nondiscrimination. Believing generally that the interests of education are best served by access to all areas of the world, the university also believes that international education should promote the development of a humane and cooperative world order including respect for internationally recognized standards of human rights. The university seeks to ensure that its exchange programs remain consistent with these goals through regular review of all such programs. Creation of a program by Miami University constitutes no expressed or implied endorsement of the policies of the government of the other country.

John E. Dolibois European Center at the Château de Differdange, Luxembourg

Miami's fourth campus, the Dolibois European Center, founded in 1968, provides students with an opportunity to live and study in Europe while earning Miami credit. The Center is located in the historic castle of Differdange, Luxembourg’s third largest city. Situated in the heart of Western Europe, the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg retains the charm of its thousand-year heritage while standing in the vanguard of the European Union, as one of its three capitals. Both French and German are spoken.

Students pursue an in-depth study of Europe in courses and field studies designed to take advantage of the European location. All courses apply Miami standards and offer Miami credit; instruction is in English except in language courses. Faculty is composed of both European professors and Miami professors on assignment from the Oxford and regional campuses. The experience of living with a Luxembourg family and the opportunity to explore Europe during vacation periods and weekends are integral parts of the Dolibois European Center concept.

If you intend to apply, you should plan your academic program carefully. One of the advantages of studying at the Center is that you can complete a Miami Plan Thematic Sequence in one semester.

All Miami students with at least a 2.5 cumulative grade point average and a good conduct record are eligible to apply for study at the Center during their sophomore, junior, or senior year. Students from other colleges and universities may also apply, provided they are admitted to Miami as transfer or transient students. The first-round application deadline is January 24.

Tuition and fees are the same as at the Oxford campus and you may apply your university scholarships or financial aid. In addition, to offset the cost of travel, you may be eligible for a Dolibois European Center scholarship or interest-free loan.

Some music performance majors may be eligible to take classes at the Luxembourg or Esch Conservatory of Music.

For more information and applications, contact the Dolibois European Center on-campus coordinator, 220 MacMillan Hall (513-529-5050).

International Agreements

Agreements for the Exchange of Students

Miami has exchange agreements that provide opportunities for you to enroll directly in academic institutions overseas for a period of one semester or for a full academic year. You must be currently enrolled as a full-time student at Miami University to be eligible for application to a university student exchange program. In all cases, students maintain their enrollment by paying the full cost of tuition and fees to Miami, therefore creating a place for an international student to come here. If you receive financial aid, this arrangement allows you to maintain your eligibility. Depending on the terms of the agreement, students may also pay room and board charges to Miami that will, in turn, provide these same benefits when studying overseas. Academic credit for successful study at the overseas institution is guaranteed upon your return. Advance approval for the transfer of credit must be obtained in consultation with your academic adviser and with the Office of International Education, 216 MacMillan Hall (513-529-5628).

Student Exchange Agreements

Aarhus University, Denmark
     Semester/academic year. Courses offered in English.
Conservatoire de Musique de la Ville de Luxembourg
    Semester only. Application is made to the Department of Music.
International Student Exchange Program (ISEP)
    Semester/academic year. Opportunities to choose from more than
    100 institutions in approximately 30 countries. Courses of instruction
    are normally offered in the language of the host country, but some
    institutions may offer a variety of courses taught in English.
Kansai University of Foreign Studies, Japan
    Academic year only. Courses offered in English.
University of Tsukuba, Japan
    Semester/academic year
    Courses offered in English
University of Glasgow, United Kingdom
    Academic year only.
University of the Americas-Puebla, Mexico
    Semester/academic year. Spanish language skills required.
Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration, Austria
    Semester/academic year. German language skills preferred;
    business courses available in English.

Agreements of Cooperation

Other agreements with overseas institutions provide a general framework for cooperation in all areas related to teaching, study, exchange of scholarship, and joint research. Many of these accords are based on relationships established by individual departments or other academic units of the university. Inquiries should be made to the Office of International Education to determine if opportunities exist for study abroad. Since agreements with the institutions listed below do not make specific provision for the exchange of students on a one-for-one basis, you may be able to study or conduct research at one of these institutions only by special arrangement. Miami has agreements of cooperation with the following institutions:

  • Brazil: University of Brasilia, University of Fluminense, University of Minas Gerais
  • China: Fudan University, Jinan University, Zhongshan University
  • Czech Republic: Palacky University
  • France: Nantes Atlantique Higher School of Commerce
  • Mexico: University of Tamaulipas

Summer Study Abroad

Miami is a national leader in the number and variety of summer study abroad learning opportunities.

Language and culture programs include French in Dijon, France; German in Heidelberg and Berlin, Germany; Italian in Urbino, Italy; and Russian in Novgorod, Russia. Programs vary from two to eight weeks and may be equivalent to a full year of language study.

Other recent workshops and locations include marketing practice in London; international business in Russia, Korea, Luxembourg, London, and the Pacific Rim; ecology and geology in the Bahamas, Belize, Bermuda, Costa Rica, and Kenya; and arts, culture, heritage, and archeology in the Bahamas, the Czech Republic, and Ghana.

Information on summer offerings is available at the Office of Continuing Education website at www.muohio.edu/continuingeducation or at the Office of Continuing Education.

Other Overseas Programs: Transfer Credit

Many American universities sponsor study abroad programs all over the world. Information is available in the Study Abroad Library at the Office of International Education, 216 MacMillan Hall. No student should study abroad without first making certain that the program is approved and that credits will transfer.

Transfer of your credit may be automatic if the overseas program is sponsored by an accredited university, but you should seek confirmation from the study abroad adviser before you apply. If you choose to enroll directly in an overseas institution, you should consult with your academic adviser and the study abroad adviser in the Office of International Programs about transfer credit. (See page 19 under “Credit Evaluations.”)

If you are admitted to an overseas program not sponsored by Miami University, obtain a Study Abroad form at the Office of International Education, 216 MacMillan Hall (513-529-5628). This office will determine if the credits earned can be transferred back to Miami. After the form is completed, it will be submitted to the Registrar’s office so that registration can be arranged for the next applicable semester. No readmission procedure is necessary if your Study Abroad form is on file at the Office of the Registrar.

Honors

Honors and Scholars Programs

A select number of students are admitted each year into the University Honors Program through a special essay application. Students with strong records of academic achievement are invited, upon admission to Miami, to participate in the Oxford Scholars Program.

University Honors Program

A rigorous academic programthat attracts and intellectually challenges highly motivated students, the University Honors Program includes special seminars, independent research, faculty mentoring, possibilities for internship and overseas-study experiences, as well as a close-knit learning and social community, and other unique activities.

Students selected to participate in the University Honors Program receive a renewable scholarship, priority registration for courses, the opportunity to earn up to eight hours of free tuition credit for summer study (on campus or overseas), and other special opportunities. Students are required to complete a select number of Honors Experiences, which consist of small seminar classes and special learning opportunities, and have a cumulative g.p.a. of 3.5 or better in order to graduate with "University Honors." Students earning "University Honors With Distinction" complete an Honors thesis in addition to successfully completing the requirements for University Honors.

All Honors students have the option of living in the first-year or upper-class Honors and Scholars themed residence halls.

Students also have the opportunity to apply to the University Honors Program after completing at least 15 credit hours at Miami, post high school graduation, and fewer that 45 credit hours with an earned g.p.a. of 3.5. Applications are considered on a space-available basis only.

First-year students have the option of living in the Honors and Scholars themed learning community. Bishop Hall is the coeducational residence hall for upperclass honors students.

Students not invited to participate in the University Honors Program have an opportunity to apply after completing 15 Miami semester hours (normally one semester) with an earned g.p.a. of 3.5. Applications are considered on a space-available basis only.

Oxford Scholars Program

The Oxford Scholars Program is a co-curricular and living-learning community designed for high-ability students who have the desire to shape and make the most of their academic and student life experiences.

Students selected for this program receive recognition as an Oxford Scholar, an annual renewable scholarship award, priority registration for participation in an Honors and Scholars living-learning community, the opportunity to enroll in a special one-credit seminar taught by distinguished members of the faculty and senior academic officers, and access to travel grants to present research/scholarship accomplishments. Students in the Oxford Scholars Program (OSP) must maintain a requisite g.p.a. amd make progress towards the completion of Oxford Scholars Certificate requirements, through a variety of academic and co-curricular options, to remain in good standing in the OSP. Oxford Scholars who meet all requirements of the program are awarded a special certificate and cord at the Honors and Scholars Recognition Ceremony during Commencement Weekend in May.

Students who are in the University Honors Program cannot also be in the Oxford Scholars Program, but can elect to live in the Honors and Scholars living-learning community.

For more information on the University Honors Program or the Oxford Scholars Program, please contact the Honors and Scholars Program Office, 102 Bishop Hall, (513-529-3399), or visit the Honors and Scholars website at www.honors.muohio.edu.

Departmental Honors

If you are interested in additional study in your major area, you may enroll in a departmental honors program in most departments. Consult your chief departmental adviser about departmental honors; these programs vary from department to department. You graduate with departmental honors when you complete the program.

President’s List, Dean’s List

The President’s List recognizes undergraduate students who receive a 4.0 g.p.a. for a semester of 12 or more credit hours attempted for grades (A+ through F).

The Dean’s List recognizes undergraduate students who receive a 3.5 to 3.9 g.p.a. for a semester of 12 or more hours attempted for grades (A+ through F).

Miami’s News and Public Information Office notifies your hometown newspaper when you are on the President’s or Dean’s List.

Graduation with Distinction

A student pursuing a bachelor’s degree or an associate’s degree can graduate with distinction by achieving at graduation a cumulative g.p.a. of 3.5 (cum laude), 3.75 (magna cum laude), or 3.9 (summa cum laude). See the Other Requirements chapter for more information.

Academic Opportunities

Undergraduate Associates

Sophomores, juniors, or seniors who are interested in college teaching or another professional field can become undergraduate associates. Each associate is sponsored by a faculty member. The student and the sponsoring faculty member decide what the associateship should involve.

Students may complete the undergraduate associateship through either university-wide or department-based programs. Students successfully completing the university-wide program will receive a notation on their transcript. Each of these programs has special eligibility requirements. Additional information about the university-wide program is available online (http://casnov1.cas.muohio.edu/honors/hon/current/us.html) or by contacting the Honors and Scholars Office, 96 Bishop Hall or by calling 513-529-3399. Additional information about the department-based program is available through the appropriate academic department.

Undergraduate Research Program

You can apply for a grant to do independent research or other creative endeavor from the Undergraduate Research Committee. Research can be in any discipline. Funding for the grants comes from alumni and friends of Miami.

Approximately $23,000 is available yearly for individual grants. Typically 50 to 60 grants are awarded ranging from $200 to $800 each.

This program is publicized in early fall. For more information, contact the Office for the Advancement of Research and Scholarship (OARS) at 513-529-3734.

Undergraduate Summer Scholars Program

This 10-week summer program enables Miami undergraduates to do research or other creative activities in the summer with the supervision of individual faculty mentors. About 100 awards are available each summer.

You can apply for an award along with a faculty member as a student-mentor pair. For the student, each award includes 10 weeks of summer support payments, 12 hours of academic credit with waiver of instructional fees and tuition, and an allowance for supplies, services, and travel; the faculty mentor receives a modest allowance.

The program is publicized, and applications are due in late fall. For more information, contact the Office for the Advancement of Research and Scholarship (OARS) at 513-529-3734.

Science and Engineering Research Semester

Central States Universities, Inc., in conjunction with Argonne National Laboratory near Chicago, Illinois, sponsors this program. Qualified majors participate in basic research in physical and life sciences, mathematics, computer science, and engineering, as well as in applied research programs relating to coal, conservation, environmental impact and technology, fission, fusion, and solar energy.

Students receive a stipend from Argonne National Laboratory, housing, and reimbursement for travel from Miami University to Argonne.

To apply for this program, you must have completed your sophomore year, be a citizen of the United States or a permanent resident alien, be 18 years of age or older, and have an overall g.p.a. of 3.0 or better.

For more information, contact the Department of Physics, 133 Culler Hall (513-529-5625) or the Department of Geology, 114 Shideler Hall (513-529-3216).

Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC)

Students can earn commissions as officers in the U.S. Air Force, Navy, or Marine Corps through the Air Force Reserve Officers Training Corps (AFROTC) or the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC).

Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC)

For information contact the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps office at 50 Millett Hall (513-529-2031).

AFROTC was established at Miami in 1949 as the Department of Air Science and Tactics. In 1952, a joint university-Air Force agreement resulted in the unit’s designation as a senior reserve officer training corps and the Department of Aerospace Studies.

Membership Eligibility

To be eligible you must:

  • be at least 14 years of age. You must be 17 years of age for enlistment and 18 years of age for commissioning.
  • be under the maximum age for commissioning. Pilots and navigators must be scheduled for comissioning prior to reaching age 29 and enter UPT or UNT prior to age 30 . Other applicants must receive an enrollment allocation to enter the Professional Officer Course (POC) prior to reaching age 30 and be commissioned prior to age 34 with waiver. Public law prohibits commissioning after age 35.
  • be a United States citizen
  • be of good moral character
  • meet Department of Defense and Air Force Dependency Policy requirements
  • meet medical entrance requirements
  • meet academic requirements and be in good academic standing (CGPA of 2.00) to compete for enrollment allocation
  • pass the the Air Force Officers Qualifying Test (AFOQT)
  • meet weight and physical fitness standards

Veterans with previous honorable active U.S. military service who wish to enroll in the Professional Officer Course may receive a waiver for the General Military Course (GMC) requirement. Veterans who meet all other requirements may be enrolled at the beginning of the junior year.

College Scholarship Program

This program offers highly qualified seniors in high school and freshmen and sophomores in college an opportunity to compete for scholarships on a national level. Awards are four-, three-, and two-year scholarships in a designated field of study and cover tuition, books, and most fees, along with a monthly tax-free subsistence.

You may also defer repayment of Federal Perkins Loans or Nursing Student Loans until three years after you enter active military duty.

Other Scholarships

Several other university (i.e., nongovernment) scholarships are also available to Miami Air Force ROTC cadets. These privately funded scholarships vary by amount and eligibility criteria and are awarded by the professor of aerospace studies.

Curriculum

The curriculum in aerospace studies is divided into two parts: the General Military Course (GMC), taken during your freshman and sophomore years, and the Professional Officer Course, taken during your junior and senior years.

General Military Course (GMC)

The GMC includes one class hour and two leadership laboratory hours per week plus physical fitness training. The leadership laboratory includes briefings by Air Force commands and agencies and may also include visits to Air Force bases. You receive eight credit hours for all four semesters. Normally, completion of the GMC is a requirement for admission to the Professional Officer Course. However, a one or two-year professional option is possible under certain conditions.

Professional Officer Course (POC)

The Professional Officer Course consists of eight courses taken during the four semesters of your junior and senior years. Three classroom hours of instruction and two hours of leadership laboratory are held each week in addition to physical fitness training. Sixteen (16) semester hours are required.

Field Training

Applicants for the Professional Officer Course must attend a summer field training course between their sophomore and junior years. Those who complete the GMC are assigned to a four-week training course; however, students who do not complete the GMC must attend a more intensive six-week training period. The Air Force furnishes uniforms, housing, medical care, meals, round-trip travel allowance, and military pay.

Students who successfully complete field training are eligible for the Professional Officer Course. Academic credit may be obtained for field training.

Uniforms and Textbooks

Students enrolled in AFROTC are furnished with uniforms. ROTC textbooks are issued through unit supply and are returned upon completion of courses or withdrawal. Additionally, scholarship/contract cadets are reimbursed by the Air Force for all textbooks.

Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC)

For information contact the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps office at 67 Millett Hall (513-529-3700).

Naval ROTC was founded at Miami in 1946. With satisfactory completion of naval science and bachelor’s degree requirements, graduates are commissioned either an Ensign in the United States Navy, or Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps.

All NROTC programs are open to men and women. You may qualify for the scholarship program, college program, or two-year program.

Scholarship Program

Students admitted to Miami as midshipmen in the scholarship program receive a monthly subsistence allowance and an allowance each semester for the purchase of textbooks. The Navy pays all registration and general fees, all tuition ( in state or out of state), all instructional fees, provides all naval science textbooks, and furnishes all uniforms.

Between academic years, midshipmen participate in summer training periods held throughout the world. During these training periods, you are furnished all meals, housing, medical care, travel expenses, and military pay. Upon commissioning, you serve a minimum of four years on active duty.

You can major in any field of study leading to a bachelor’s degree; you can choose Navy option, Navy nurse option, or Marine Corps option.

Navy scholarship option. You take 31 semester hours of naval science, one year of calculus, one year of calculus-based physics, one semester of American military affairs or national security policy, and one semester of world culture.

Navy nurse scholarship option. This program is for students seeking a commission in the Navy Nurse Corps. In addition to the school of nursing requirements, you take 18 semester hours of naval science.

Marine scholarship option. You take 24 semester hours of Naval Science; one semester of American military affairs or national security policy. You must also complete six weeks of training at the Marine Corps Officer Candidate School in Quantico, Virginia, during the summer between your junior and senior years.

College Program

Selection to this program is made by the professor of naval science, based on evaluation of the applicant’s potential to serve as a commissioned officer, ACT or SAT scores, and high school record. You receive books and materials for all naval science courses, uniforms, $350 per month during your junior year, and $400 per month during your senior year.

Freshmen apply during the Summer Orientation Program. Applications are accepted, however, any time during a student’s first two years at Miami. Submit applications to the NROTC Unit, Millett Hall.

Midshipmen participate in one summer training period, held throughout the world, normally the summer between your junior and senior years. During training, meals, housing, and medical care are furnished, and you receive military pay and reimbursement for cruise travel expenses. After you are commissioned, you serve a minimum of three years on active duty.

You can compete for Navy and Marine Corps scholarships throughout your first two years in the NROTC program. You follow the same requirements as the scholarship students while competing for those scholarships.

Two-Year Program

Sophomores can apply for the two-year program at the NROTC Unit, Millett Hall. Selection is based upon your cumulative grade point average and potential as a commissioned officer. If you are selected, you must attend the Naval Science Institute at Newport, Rhode Island, between your sophomore and junior years. You then enter NROTC as a junior in the scholarship or college program. You have the same benefits and take the same naval science courses as other NROTC students.

Other Information

NROTC midshipmen may change from the Navy to the Marine Corps option, or vice versa, anytime during their first three years at Miami provided they are qualified and both services agree.

Scholarship program midshipmen do not incur any obligation until the beginning of their sophomore year. College program midshipmen do not incur any obligation until the beginning of their junior year.

Initial duty assignments depend upon needs of the service and the individual’s preference, qualifications, and performance. Navy option midshipmen may choose assignments in naval aviation, nuclear submarines, or surface warfare. Marine option midshipmen also choose from a variety of assignments, including aviation, combat arms, and combat support.

Scholastic Enhancement Program (SEP)

This program provides support to specially admitted students who show academic promise, but whose academic profiles suggest the need for academic and personal guidance to ensure completion of a degree program. Students admitted through SEP are required to follow an individually developed educational plan provided by program coordinators that includes: additional assessment of academic skills, early advising with supervised course selection, personal counseling, and other scholastic activities to assist in their adjustment to Miami. SEP also provides a residential program called URO (Undergraduate Research Option). This learning community matches students with a faculty sponsor to participate in a research project.

For more information, contact the Bernard B. Rinella Jr. Learning Center, 14 Campus Avenue Building (513-529-5528).

Student Leadership Programs

Leadership, Excellence, and Community

This program attracts first-year students who choose to participate in a year-long program that introduces them to the complexities of leadership. Students are encouraged to examine their own leadership styles and to develop and hone interpersonal and group processing skills. An optional course is available.

For more information, contact the Office of Student Affairs , 112 Warfield Hall (513-529-3435).

EMPOWER: Leadership and Social Justice Series

This program guides students through service and learning experiences designed to increase their understanding of the diverse and complex issues that create social and economic inequalities within our local and global communities. Program initiatives help build local capacities and challenge students to think critically, reflect, and then take purposeful action.

For more information, contact the Office of Community Engagement and Service, 102 Hanna House (513-529-2961).

Multicultural Leadership Program (MLP)

This program provides students with exposure to opportunities in higher education and professional careers. Activities are provided for high school students, with continuing opportunities for those who enroll at Miami. Participants are encouraged to explore and pursue a variety of academic programs to attain their career aspirations.

This university-wide program, supported by each academic division, provides opportunities that lead to summer internships and experiences in leadership skills development, including team-oriented projects. In addition, students have opportunities to meet professionals from a variety of organizations. Students are encouraged to participate in outreach efforts to help enrich the ethnic and cultural diversity of the campus, including activities for pre-high school and college-bound high school students and their parents.

Miami MLP Scholars are selected from the program’s pre-college participants, high-achieving incoming students who did not have access to pre-college activities, and top performing upperclass students who display leadership talent. With regard to student selection, the primary focus of the program is on students of color. For more information, contact the Multicultural Leadership Program, 142 Campus Avenue Building (513-529-5621).

Peer Education Opportunities

Through peer education programs, students develop knowledge and skills to educate their peers about important student issues.

The Office of Health Education (513-529-8544) coordinates the HAWKS Peer Health Educators (Health Advocates for Wellness Knowledge and Skills) and addresses issues around student health such as alcohol and other drug use; sexual health and decision making; nutrition and wellness; body image and eating disorders; and relationships.

The Student Counseling Service (513-529-4634) coordinates the DPE (Diversity Peer Educators) program and Career Assistants.

Scholar Leader Program

Upperclass students with 3.0 cumulative grade point averages who are interested in exploring leadership issues through academic and co-curricular activities and who will significantly contribute to a residentially based living-learning community are encouraged to apply for this program. Applicants must attend an information session. Applications and additional information are available at the Office of Student Affairs, 112 Warfield Hall (513-529-3435).


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