The intimate size, collegiate atmosphere, and innovative spirit of Ursinus faculty and students combine to create a number of unique opportunities for student achievement.
Summer Fellows Program
Each summer a quarter to a third of the rising senior class spends two months on campus, each student working individually with a faculty mentor to complete an in-depth research project. Students accepted into this prestigious program are given a stipend and housing accommodation for the summer.
Ursinus College is a member of Project Pericles, a national organization of colleges and universities committed to make socially responsible and participatory citizenship an essential part of our educational program - in the classroom, on the campus, and in the community.
Project Pericles, which is named after the Athenian statesman credited with introducing democracy to the ancient world, was conceived in 1999 by Eugene M. Lang to address a national concern: the growing political cynicism and civic disengagement of young people. A retired businessman well-known for his philanthropic and innovative ventures in education, including the creation of the I Have a Dream Foundation, Lang was motivated by his belief that higher education should be the primary medium for revitalizing the legacy of Pericles.
Led by Dr. Houghton Kane, the Leadership Studies program offers Ursinus students the opportunity to develop their unique leadership skills.
International Studies Certificate
The International Studies Certificate (ISC) is designed to complement a student’s major. The interdisciplinary nature of the certificate requires students to take a diverse set of courses in order to meet the goal of understanding nations, peoples, and issues. Students are also asked to have an independent learning experience that is international in scope. Students are required to take 28 credit hours, with no more than 8 credit hours taken from a single department or in the student’s major.
Center for International Programs (Study Abroad)
Many history majors choose to study abroad in order to fulfill their ILE. Approximately 200 Ursinus students study abroad each year, both in programs designed and run by the college and in programs sponsored by other institutions or consortiums. Ursinus students have studied abroad on every continent except Antarctica--in Europe, Asia, Africa, Central and South America.
Ursinus is one of more than 200 institutions participating in the Washington Semester Program, a cooperative arrangement conducted by American University in Washington, D.C. The program offers several specializations, including the American Politics Semester, the Economic Policy Semester, the Justice Semester, the Foreign Policy Semester, the Journalism Semester, and the Art and Architecture Semester. These programs give selected juniors and seniors an opportunity to work with people and resources in the nation’s capital so as to understand better the dynamics of American politics and policymaking.
Under the direction of full-time faculty from American University, students participate in seminars with governmental officials, lobbyists, and media representatives; they arrange an internship with one of the three branches of the national government, political parties, interest groups, research organizations, or the media; and they may complete a major research project on a current issue or policy problem.
This program allows Ursinus students to attend Howard University in Washington, D.C., under an exchange agreement between the two institutions. Students wishing to participate will normally do so for one semester in their junior year. Students will pay Howard’s tuition and fees.