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2019 2020 AMU Academic Catalogue 2,2019 2020 AMU Academic Catalogue 3. WELCOME TO AVE MARIA UNIVERSITY, As President of Ave Maria University I welcome you to one of America s youngest and most. dynamic and faithful institutions within Catholic higher education Launched in 2003 by Domino s Pizza. magnate and philanthropist Thomas S Monaghan AMU offers a first rate liberal arts curriculum and. over 30 challenging undergraduate majors as well as graduate degrees in theology In addition to. vibrant programs in the humanities sciences and music the University features pre professional and. professional specializations in disciplines as diverse as nursing accounting and biochemistry The. University s Core Curriculum numbers among the strongest in America and provides graduates with the. tools they need to become critical thinkers competent writers and lovers of learning Beginning in the. Fall of 2018 the University also began to offer degrees including a Master in Business Administration. through online learning, An Ave Maria education has been a spring board for many to promising careers and vocations. Recent alumni pursuing graduate studies have been admitted to prominent law and medical schools. and other graduate programs of distinction Those seeking employment have secured favorable. placements in the marketplace A number of AMU s graduates have entered the seminary or religious. life while others have been called to married life often with a fellow Ave classmate Vocational. discernment is at the heart of the Ave Maria educative experience. We believe our campus should provide an environment where young men and women can. mature into responsible adults who live their faith in Jesus Christ and apply their knowledge to the. challenges of the 21st century The moral climate in our residence halls allows our students to maintain. the values instilled in them by their parents and promotes growth in the spiritual life The hallmark of an. Ave education is the movement by the student from being self centered to other minded Ave has the. only Mother Teresa Project in America and our students not only volunteer in the neighboring farmworker. community in mentoring and Catechism programs but they travel on missions to work with Mother. Teresa s nuns in India Uganda Mexico Haiti and other countries. This academic year will be my ninth as President It is clear that what Tom Monaghan envisioned. is coming to fruition and that the Lord is honoring His Holy Mother by blessing us with record enrollment. financial stability and yes beautiful sunny Southwest Florida weather Put simply Ave Maria is unique. affordable and authentically Catholic, I hope you enjoy reading about Ave Maria University and visit our website at www avemaria edu. Visit our campus and see for yourself why Ave Maria is attracting some of the country s finest scholars. and students from 45 states and 18 countries I wish you every success as you review these materials. and invite you to seek further assistance from our well qualified and student friendly staff and faculty if. you have any questions, Thank you for your interest in Ave Maria University God bless you. With kindest regards,H James Towey,2019 2020 AMU Academic Catalogue 4. 2019 2020 AMU Academic Catalogue 5,Table of Contents. Academic Calendar 2019 2020 7,I INTRODUCTION AND GENERAL INFORMATION 9. Mission Statement History and Catholic Identity 9,Library and Technological Learning Services 11. II ADMISSION TO UNDERGRADUATE STUDIES 14,III FINANCIAL INFORMATION 21. Financial Aid 22,IV STUDENT AFFAIRS 33,V PHILOSOPHY OF THE CURRICULUM 44. VI UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE PROGRAMS AND COURSE DESCRIPTIONS 47. Core Curriculum Student Learning Goals and Outcomes and Bachelor of Arts. Bachelor of Science Degree and Bachelor of Science in Nursing Requirements 47. Additional Academic Policies 52,Honors Program 65,Academic Honor Code 67. Undergraduate Majors Minors and Course Descriptions 73. VII GRADUATE PROGRAMS AND COURSE DESCRIPTIONS 248,M A in Theology 251. Ph D in Theology 255,M B A in Business Administration 267. VIII DIRECTORIES 274,2019 2020 AMU Academic Catalogue 6. Electronic Publication, The electronic version of this Catalogue is the official publication. Catalogue Disclaimer, Information included in this Catalogue describes as accurately as possible the course offerings policies procedures. regulations and requirements of Ave Maria University The University reserves the right to alter or change any statement. contained herein without prior notice The provisions of this Catalogue are not to be regarded as an irrevocable contract. between the University and the student Students are expected to know regulations and policies found in the current. Academic Catalogue and Student Handbook It is the student s responsibility to inform himself or herself of degree. requirements the school calendar critical deadlines and the contents of all University communications received. electronically via the U S Postal Service or through one s own University mailbox. 2019 2020 AMU Academic Catalogue 7,Academic Calendar 2019 2020. Fall Term 2019, August 29 Thursday New incoming students may check in after 9 00 a m. August 31 Saturday Returning students may check in after 9 00 a m. August 29 Sept 1 Thursday Sunday New Undergraduate Student Orientation. September 2 Monday Academic Year Begins First Day of Classes. September 6 Friday Fall Formal Academic Convocation 5 00 p m. September 9 Monday Last Day to Add Courses,September 11 Wednesday Last Day to Drop Courses. September 17 Tuesday Constitution Day Observed Classes in Session. October 14 Monday Provisional Grade Reports Due, October 24 27 Thursday Sunday Fall Term Break No Classes. November 1 Friday All Saints Day Classes in Session. November 4 15 Monday Friday Advising Period, November 18 Monday Last Day to Withdraw from Courses with a W. November 19 22 Tuesday Friday Registration Period, Nov 28 Dec 1 Thursday Sunday Thanksgiving Break School Closed. December 9 Monday Immaculate Conception Classes in Session. December 12 Thursday Last Day of Classes, December 13 Friday Examination Reading Day No Classes. December 14 20 Saturday Friday Final Examinations,December 21 Saturday Grade Reports Due. December 21 Saturday All students must check out before 12 00 p m noon. Spring Term 2020, January 11 Saturday Students may check in after 9 00 a m. January 13 Monday First Day of Classes,January 20 Monday Last Day to Add Courses. January 22 Wednesday Last Day to Drop Courses, January 24 Friday March for Life Classes in Session. February 24 Monday Provisional Grade Reports Due, Feb 29 March 8 Saturday Sunday Spring Break No Classes. March 16 27 Monday Friday Advising Period, March 25 Wednesday Feast of the Annunciation Classes in Session. March 30 April 3 Monday Friday Registration Period. April 8 Wednesday Last Day to Withdraw from Courses with a W. April 9 13 Thursday Monday Easter Break No Classes. April 13 Monday Classes resume at 5 30 p m on Easter Monday. April 29 Wednesday Last Day of Classes, April 30 Thursday Examination Reading Day No Classes. May 1 7 Friday Thursday Final Examinations,May 4 Monday Final Grades for Seniors Due. May 8 Friday Grade Reports Due Baccalaureate Mass, May 8 Friday All non graduating students must check out before 12 00 p m noon. May 9 Saturday Commencement, May 10 Sunday Graduating students must check out by 12 00 p m noon. Summer Session I 2020 on campus and online,May 11 12 Monday Tuesday Introductory Days. May 13 Wednesday First Day of Classes,May 14 Thursday Last Day to Add Courses. May 18 Monday Last Day to Drop Courses, June 18 Thursday Last Day to Withdraw from Courses with a W. June 30 Tuesday Last Day of Classes,July 1 Wednesday Reading Day. July 2 Thursday Final Examinations,July 3 Friday Grade Reports Due. Summer Session II 2020 online,July 6 7 Monday Tuesday Introductory Days. July 8 Wednesday First Day of Classes,July 9 Thursday Last Day to Add Courses. July 13 Monday Last Day to Drop Courses, August 13 Thursday Last Day to Withdraw from Courses with a W. August 25 Tuesday Last Day of Classes,August 26 Wednesday Reading Day. August 27 Thursday Final Examinations,August 28 Friday Grade Reports Due. 2019 2020 AMU Academic Catalogue 8,2019 2020 AMU Academic Catalogue 9. I Introduction and General Information, The University is a place of concourse whither students come from every quarter for every kind of knowledge It. is a place where inquiry is pushed forward and discoveries verified and perfected and rashness rendered innocuous. and error exposed by the collision of mind with mind and knowledge with knowledge. John Henry Cardinal Newman The Idea of a University. Ave Maria University Mission Statement, Founded in fidelity to Christ and His Church in response to the call of Vatican II for greater lay witness in contemporary. society Ave Maria University exists to further teaching research and learning at the undergraduate and graduate levels in. the abiding tradition of Catholic thought in both national and international settings The University takes as its mission the. sponsorship of a liberal arts education curriculum dedicated as articulated in the apostolic constitution Ex Corde Ecclesiae. to the advancement of human culture the promotion of dialogue between faith and reason the formation of men and women. in the intellectual and moral virtues of the Catholic faith and to the development of professional and pre professional. programs in response to local and societal needs As an institution committed to Catholic principles the University recognizes. the importance of creating and maintaining an environment in which faith informs the life of the community and takes. expression in all its programs The University recognizes the central and indispensable role of the Ordinary of the Diocese. of Venice in promoting and assisting in the preservation and strengthening of the University s Catholic identity. Ave Maria University Catholic Identity Statement, Ave Maria University is a Catholic liberal arts institution of higher learning devoted to Mary the Mother of God inspired b y. St John Paul II and Blessed Teresa of Calcutta and dedicated to the formation of joyful intentional followers of Jesus Christ. through Word and Sacrament scholarship and service. Catholic Identity and History, Ave Maria University is a Catholic liberal arts based institution of higher education devoted to the education of the whole. person a dynamic process that engages students in both the pursuit of academic excellence and a deep exploration of. Catholic faith and culture The essential mission of the University is the development of a Christ centered scholar prepared. for lifelong learning professional career or pursuit of further graduate education. In 1998 Ave Maria Institute was founded as a two year institute of Catholic higher education with the encouragement and. support of Bishop Carl F Mengeling of the Diocese of Lansing MI After it began in September 1998 with 40 students Ave. Maria Institute quickly grew and developed an ambitious and far reaching plan for development In 1999 it acquired a branch. campus in Nicaragua In the year 2000 Ave Maria College was pre accredited by the American Academy for Liberal Arts. Education and approved by the State of Michigan as a four year degree granting educational institution offering the Bachelor. of Philosophy degree Ave Maria College graduated its first class in Spring 2002 The College received candidacy from the. North Central Association in the Spring of 2003, Originally conceived as a Michigan development the wisdom of establishing a Florida entity as the foundation for the. University became increasingly clear Thus an interim campus of Ave Maria University was established at the Greenfield. Commons property 1025 Commons Circle in Naples FL This campus was located on seven acres and contained two four. 2019 2020 AMU Academic Catalogue 10, story mid rise condominium style residence halls a two story men s residence hall indoor outdoor recreational facilities. classrooms academic laboratories a multipurpose facility bookstore chapel auditorium visitors center library classrooms. and offices an adoration chapel a dining facility offices for faculty and administrative personnel and faculty residences. This campus contained more than 75 000 square feet of space While the University launched its operations in the Vineyards. in North Naples property acquisition planning permitting and construction work began on the permanent campus located. east of Naples near the Immokalee community, In the Summer of 2007 the University opened the doors of its new campus in Ave Maria FL The campus is located in the. community of Ave Maria which is in Eastern Collier County on property between Oil Well Road and Camp Keais Road. approximately 20 miles east of Naples FL and 5 miles south from Immokalee The campus opened with single sex. dormitories the Canizaro Library an academic building with classrooms faculty offices a lecture hall and an impressive. array of scientific laboratories and equipment and a student union with a capacious dining hall conference rooms fitness. room and student lounges as well as several outdoor sports and recreational fields and courts Adoration chapels are. located in the dormitories and the Canizaro Library The Oratory was dedicated as the quasi Parish of Ave Maria Oratory by. the Most Rev Frank J Dewane Bishop of the Diocese of Venice FL on the Feast of the Annunciation 2008 On the Feast. of Our Lady of the Rosary in 2011 Bishop Dewane established Ave Maria University as a Catholic University according to. the guidelines of the Code of Canon Law In 2017 the Diocese of Venice purchased the Oratory so that it is now a parish. church The following year the University completed construction of the Thomas and Selby Prince Building which includes. a 400 seat auditorium a state of the art nursing laboratory and the Jack Donahue Black Box Theater. The University was built as an integrated entity containing the educational and student support facilities a distinctive church. a commercial center and residential and recreational areas The total land owned by the University is almost 1 000 acres. The campus was initially designed to occupy approximately 113 acres. Accreditation and State Approval, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. Ave Maria University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. SACSCOC to award baccalaureate masters and doctorate degrees B A B S B S N M T S M A M B A and Ph D. Please contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane Decatur Georgia 30033 4097 or 404 679 4500 for. questions about the accreditation of Ave Maria University. Licensure from the Florida Commission for Independent Education. Due to its accreditation from SACSCOC Ave Maria University is officially exempt from licensure by the Commission for. Independent Education Florida Department of Education Additional information regarding this institution may be obtained. by contacting the Commission at 325 West Gaines Street Suite 1414 Tallahassee FL 32399 0400 or 888 224 6684 The. Commission s website is www fldoe org cie,Ave Maria University Board of Trustees. Ave Maria University is governed by a self perpetuating Board of Trustees that oversees the activities of the University From. a legal perspective the Board of Trustees is the University. In accordance with the bylaws of the University the Ave Maria University Board of Trustees is composed of members of the. Catholic Church committed to its Magisterium i e the teaching authority of the Catholic Church This Board guides the. development of the institution and takes responsibility for its ongoing programs and success According to the bylaws and. common practice the Board delegates to individual officers or groups authority to formulate policies and procedures affecting. the operations and academic affairs of the University In accordance with the laws of the State of Florida the Board exercises. 2019 2020 AMU Academic Catalogue 11, fiduciary responsibility for the University reviewing and approving its annual budget and making appropriate policy decisions. The Board of Trustees is deliberative in its processes and often depends on administrators to propose policies for. consideration on matters of importance to the institution. On the recommendation of the faculty and administrators of the University the Board confirms and awards all academic. degrees and honors,Completion and Graduation Rates. The calculation of the graduation and completion rates for institutions of higher education is not an easy task given the. various ways in which the rates can be figured defined and treated from various statistical perspectives The undergraduate. degree completion and graduation rates of Ave Maria University are similar to many institutions of higher education which. generally achieve graduation rates of first time students in the 40 60 percent range The institution makes every effort to. follow the definitions as outlined in the Common Data Set for the six year graduation rate For the undergraduate cohort that. entered in 2008 the six year graduation rate was 43 For the cohort that entered in 2009 the six year graduation rate was. 51 For the cohort that entered in 2010 the six year graduation rate was 63 For the cohort entering in 2011 the six year. graduation rate was 64 For the cohort entering in 2012 the six year graduation rate is 59 For the cohort entering in. 2013 the six year graduation rate will be known in September 2019. Constitution Day, In conformity with federal regulations the University observes Constitution Day on September 17th of each academic year. with special activities,Canizaro Library, The Canizaro Library provides print and electronic resources that support the quest for truth In support of this mission the. Library has a collection of over 200 000 print volumes in addition to numerous electronic books and journals that are available. from anywhere by visiting the Library s website The Library also has several special collections including one of the largest. Catholic Americana collections which researchers may use by making an appointment with Rare Books and Special. Collections staff Materials that are not owned by the Library may be requested from other libraries through interlibrary loan. Librarians also offer classes and individual consultations to teach research skills and are able to assist with research papers. in every discipline, A variety of study spaces are available in the Library to support both group and individual work Study rooms with whiteboards. are available on the second floor and may be reserved The second floor is reserved for quiet study Please note that food. is not permitted in the Library and drinks must be in spill proof containers. Computers are on both floors of the Library A multipurpose copier printer scanner is on the first floor of the Library providing. students with easy access to print and to copy items in the Library s collection A limited number of laptops are also available. to be checked out for use in the Library, Library staff curate monthly displays of materials from both the Library s general collection and special collections. Additionally at least one art exhibit per semester is displayed in the Canizaro Exhibit Gallery located on the second floor of. the Library,2019 2020 AMU Academic Catalogue 12,Information Technology Policy. Ave Maria University Information Technology IT policy prohibits its staff and students from use of the Ave Maria computer. network resources for illegal unethical or inappropriate activity The complete policy is available from the librarian the Chief. Information Officer or the Vice President for Student Affairs. Catalogue Disclaimer, Information included in this Catalogue describes as accurately as possible the course offerings policies procedures. regulations and requirements of Ave Maria University The University reserves the right to alter or change any statement. contained herein without prior notice The provisions of this Catalogue are not to be regarded as an irrevocable contract. between the University and the student Students are expected to know regulations and policies found in the current. Catalogue and Student Handbook It is the student s responsibility to inform himself of degree requirements the school. calendar critical deadlines and the contents of all University communications received electronically via the U S Postal. Service or through one s own University mailbox,2019 2020 AMU Academic Catalogue 13. 2019 2020 AMU Academic Catalogue 14,II Admission to Undergraduate Studies. It is the nature of human beings and especially youth to seek the Absolute the meaning and fullness of life Dear young. people do not be content with anything less than the highest ideals Our personal encounter with Christ bathes life in. new light sets us on the right path and sends us out to be His witnesses cf Veritatis Splendor 88. John Paul II Invitation to 2002 World Youth Day in Toronto. General Principles, Ave Maria University s undergraduate student body consists of an exceptional community of young scholars The academic. enthusiasm and moral character of her students is second to none this is one of the hallmarks of Ave Maria University. It is the desire of the Admissions Office to assist students in their efforts to find a university that will enable them to develop. into all that God has designed for them At Ave Maria University students will be challenged intellectually spiritually and. socially Therefore a careful admissions process is followed for each student and several factors determine acceptance to. the University, Applicants for admission must furnish evidence of good character excellent academic preparedness and an ability to. succeed in the rigorous demands of the curriculum,Admissions Counseling. The Ave Maria University Admissions Office provides information and admissions counseling for prospective students. Interviews are a desirable part of the admissions procedure. An Overview of the Admissions Process, Step 1 Complete the application procedure A detailed description of the process is outlined under Admissions. Procedure in this Catalogue, Step 2 Once the Admissions Office receives all essential documents the complete application is evaluated by the. admissions counselor for acceptance in accord with the admissions criteria of the University If the applicant does. not meet the admissions criteria the Admissions Committee will review the application for possible acceptance. Step 3 The Admissions Office emails as well as mails a decision letter to the applicant. Step 4 All accepted students including degree seeking guest dual enrolled JumpStart and personal enrichment. students are required to submit a 300 enrollment fee Students who have left the university and are accepted. through the readmission process are required to submit a 150 enrollment fee. Admissions Procedure, Students may submit applications after completing their junior year in high school Applying early is encouraged Applications. are submitted online An admissions file is considered complete when the Admissions Office has received the following. 2019 2020 AMU Academic Catalogue 15,1 A completed Ave Maria University application. 2 An official high school transcript, 3 Official SAT or ACT test scores submitted via the testing agencies or as part of the high school transcript Ave Maria. University Ave Maria Florida s school ACT code is 6212 and SAT code is 4249 and. 4 All official college transcripts if the student has taken any college courses please see the Transfer Student section. Official transcripts must be signed sealed and submitted directly from each institution Paper transcripts may be mailed to. Office of Admissions,Ave Maria University,5050 Ave Maria Blvd. Ave Maria FL 34142, Transcripts may also be submitted electronically through transcript services such as eSCRIP Parchment and Naviance. Transcripts sent via email are not considered official. The University has made provision for Conditional Provisional Admission as an applicant makes their way toward definitive. Admission Conditional Admission is based upon documentary but not official high school grades and test scores Verbal. or self reporting of grades and test scores is not accepted for consideration of Conditional Provisional Admission. Conditional Provisional Admission must be upgraded to definitive Admission by submission of official transcripts and test. scores before the start of enrolled classes,Standards for Admission. First time college attendance FTCA applicants should have at least a 2 8 high school unweighted GPA and a 21 ACT or a. 1060 SAT two part The Classical Learning Test CLT is also accepted and converted to either standardized SAT or ACT. equivalency Any unclarity or doubt about CLT results will be referred to the Admissions Committee. Transfer students should have a cumulative 2 6 GPA from all colleges attended Transfer students who have not completed. an associate degree also submit official high school transcripts. The University may accept students who do not meet the above criteria but upon closer review indicate a probability for. success based upon a review of a broad range of factors The University reserves the right to administer placement tests. and procedures to admitted students to improve advising assist in course placement and enhance probabilities for student. Completion of High School, Applicants who intend to enroll as freshmen typically apply after junior year of high school or during senior year Therefore. an official but not final transcript will be used to determine the student s eligibility for acceptance At the completion of the. senior year a final and official transcript must be sent from the applicant s high school to the University The University. reserves the right to revoke the acceptance of a student if academic performance has severely declined as evidenced by the. final transcript,High School Program Preparation, A comprehensive college preparatory program is an important foundation for fostering a liberal arts education Ave Maria. University recommends the following curriculum in preparation for its academic program.
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