Goucher College 2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalogue 
    Jul 18, 2024  
Goucher College 2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalogue PLEASE NOTE: This is an archived catalog. Programs are subject to change each academic year.

Curriculum Information

Goucher College is an intellectual community of students, scholars, artists, and scientists. Within an innovative liberal arts curriculum, students can determine the course of study that best suits their intellectual interests and academic goals. They can choose a traditional major, or they can shape their education by combining different fields of study into a double major or interdisciplinary major. The Goucher curriculum emphasizes the value of intellectual engagement, interdisciplinary approaches, information technologies, and global perspectives in order to prepare students to live and work in the world as contributing, ethical citizens. Course work, service options, study abroad, and internships provide students with myriad opportunities to develop intellectually and personally.

Student Learning Goals and Outcomes

The college has posted the undergraduate college and program learning outcomes on a website for easy access by students and faculty. Program learning outcomes are also accessible on each program’s website.

A liberal education from Goucher College is demonstrated by a student’s ability to do the following:


Incorporate data and evidence based-thinking to understand the complex nature of real world problems


Collaborate with others, including those not like themselves, to bring to bear multiple Disciplinary perspectives employing various modes of communication


Consider alternative points of view and asymmetries of power and opportunity in our social and natural environments


Engage in and communicate self-reflection about learning and identity through the curriculum, individual discipline, and overall Goucher experience


Contribute new knowledge and/or creative expression

The Courses of Instruction

Numbering of Courses

The number of the course indicates the level of instruction: that is, 100-level courses are introductory courses and are typically appropriate for first-year students, 200-level courses are intermediate courses and are typically appropriate for sophomores. 300- and 400-level courses are advanced courses. 300-level courses are typically appropriate for juniors and 400-level courses are typically appropriate for seniors. 500-700 level courses are designated for post-baccalaureate and graduate programs. Any student who has the stated prerequisite for a course may register for that course.

Credit Hour and Work Expectations

Goucher defines the credit hour as the amount of work expected in learning outcomes to be achieved by students in class work which is approximately equivalent to not less than:

(a) One hour (50-60 minutes) of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours of out-of-class student work each week for approximately fifteen weeks for one semester for each credit (or the equivalent amount of work during a different amount of time); or

(b) At least an equivalent amount of work as required in item (a) above for other academic activities as established by the college, including laboratory work, internships, practica, studio work, independent studies, and other academic work leading to the award of credit hours.

In courses, such as online courses or independent work, in which “seat time” does not apply, a credit hour may be measured by an equivalent amount of work, as demonstrated by student achievement.

Calendar and Time Schedule

The academic year is divided into two semesters of approximately 14 weeks each. At the end of each semester, there is a brief reading period followed by days of final experiences/examinations. There is also a designated three-week intersession in January for intensive courses.

Goucher II Undergraduate Studies

Goucher II is an entrance plan for adult students who wish to complete or begin their undergraduate studies at Goucher College. Prospective students are eligible for Goucher II if they have independent status as defined by the Higher Education Act of 1992 (at least 24 years of age, or a veteran, or married, or with legal dependents other than a spouse). Goucher II students study on-campus and have the same access to classes and faculty as all other undergraduate students. Goucher II students may study either part- or full-time.

The college accepts up to 60 credit hours for courses completed at other accredited two- and four-year institutions in which at least a grade of C- was earned. Course credit may be transferred regardless of when the courses were taken, but only courses relevant to the Goucher curriculum will be accepted.

Robert S. Welch Center for Graduate and Professional Studies

The Robert S. Welch Center for Graduate and Professional Studies provides adults with opportunities for a degree, career change, professional advancement and enrichment. The center offers ten masters degrees programs, 4+1 Bachelors/Masters programs, 4+ 2 Bachelors/Masters of Fine Arts programs, dual degree MA/MA, and dual-degree MA/MFA, and ongoing professional development opportunities.  Programs are offered in face-to-face, hybrid, and online formats.

Graduate Limited Residency Degree Programs

Goucher College’s low-residency master’s degree programs are geared toward working professionals who want to take the next step in their professional lives.  Our hybrid on-campus/online format gives students the best of both worlds.  We pioneered the low-residency master’s degree format to provide a high-impact graduate education that is convenient and effective.   

Throughout the academic year, faculty maintains close contact with students. During residency, faculty meet face-to-face with students during intensive on-campus classes. During online sessions, classes meet in an interactive web-based format. The low-residency structure means that students have the attention of thought leaders and experienced practitioners from around the world, wherever they live or work.  Relationships bridge the on-campus and online sessions, and they help students to form the lifelong friendships and professional connections to help them throughout their careers.

Our students address real-world issues that directly affect their communities and their disciplines. Our goal is to empower our students to address the complex challenges they face as professionals and leaders. Students graduate with a degree that enhances their ability to make a lasting contribution to the world.

For more information or an application, visit us at:

Robert S. Welch Center for Graduate and Professional Studies


Julia Rogers Building, Room 204

410-337-6200 or 1-800-697-4646


Master of Arts in Arts Administration

The Master of Arts in Arts Administration program gives working professionals the ability to further their skills and knowledge in a challenging and ever-developing field. The program emphasizes the role of the arts in the community, and the contribution the arts make to society. The core curriculum covers key fields in arts administration, including strategic planning, marketing, development, law and the arts, and financial management.  Graduates are prepared to work effectively in both the nonprofit and for-profit sectors, in organizations focused on the performing arts, visual arts, arts education, and arts policy. For more information, visit www.goucher.edu/MAAA 

Master of Fine Arts in Creative Nonfiction

Our nationally recognized MFA in Creative Nonfiction helps students develop their skills as nonfiction writers under the close supervision of faculty mentors. The program’s faculty includes some of the most respected writers in the genre who excel in teaching and can work with a wide range of student interests. What distinguishes Goucher’s MFA from other graduate creative writing programs, including those that take advantage of the limited-residency format, is its exclusive focus on a single genre. The program is also distinguished by its strong professional focus on writing and publishing. Second-year students travel to New York to meet with editors and agents in the publishing world. The program is usually completed in two years and includes four semesters of off-campus work, along with up to four weeklong residencies on Goucher’s Baltimore campus. Balancing original writing with critical reading, the program provides instruction in personal essay, memoir, and literary journalism, among other forms. Residencies include lectures, writing workshops, panel discussions, and faculty and student readings. Visit www.goucher.edu/MFA.

Master of Arts in Cultural Sustainability

The Master of Arts in Cultural Sustainability prepares students to effectively engage and build community capacity for sustainability, resilience, and innovation in the face of complex social challenges.  The program prepares students to work effectively in identifying and supporting the cultural history, resources and gifts of communities. The program is centered around promoting ethical practice, deep human inquiry, relationship building with people in communities, and ongoing assessment and reflection.  Graduates from the program work in roles ranging from programming and education at cultural institutions; cultural documentation in both written and multimedia formats; and helping organizations effect community partnerships, build their cultural competency, and promote cultural equity. For more information, visit: www.goucher.edu/culture.  

Master of Arts in Digital Arts

The Master of Arts in Digital Arts is designed for students who want to develop a broad base of creative and organizational skills in interactive design, multimedia production, creative technology, and entrepreneurship. Students master the fundamental principles of interactive and networked media while taking electives that develop their skills in graphic and user interface design, multimedia and web programming, animation, audio and video production, and game design and development. Management courses prepare students to take control of their career, find an audience for their work, and bring a unique skillset to collaborations. Graduates of the program work as graphic designers, web and software developers, multimedia producers, arts educators, and entrepreneurs. We focus on preparing students to find their place in an ever-shifting economy, or blaze a path for others to follow. Learn more at www.goucher.edu/da.

Master of Fine Arts in Art & Technology

The interdisciplinary Master of Fine Arts in Art & Technology is designed for visual, performing, and multimedia artists with a desire to develop, expand, and transform their practice through a critical engagement with technology while acquiring practical skills to build a sustainable life in the arts. Students follow a curriculum that pairs mentored studio work and group critique with coursework in history, theory, design, animation, sound, video, interactive art, networked media, and management topics relevant to the professional artist. Beyond the technical skills, students work closely with faculty active in the field, develop a network of peers from around the globe, and form the foundation in critical thinking necessary to sustain a creative life. Graduates are practicing visual and performing artists, multimedia producers, educators, academics, designers, developers, and everything in between. Learn more at www.goucher.edu/at.

Master of Arts in Environmental Studies

The mission of the MA in Environmental Studies program is to develop leaders prepared to collaborate across disciplines who can address the complex human and social aspects of environmental challenges.  The program provides students with the tools to work with communities, organizations, and researchers.  It ensures students have the scientific literacy and quantitative skills necessary to engage a variety of different stakeholders from both technical and non-technical backgrounds.  Graduates of the programs are able to create sustainable programs, policies and solutions for both a healthy planet and healthy communities. They can take on positions across industries, including in educational or advocacy organizations, local or federal government agencies, public policy institutes and think tanks, environmental nonprofits, conservation organizations, environmental justice or citizen science organizations, engineering or industrial firms, and as writers or filmmakers. For more information, visit: www.goucher.edu/MAES

Master of Arts in Historic Preservation

The Master of Arts in Historic Preservation program prepares students to work effectively and innovatively in the field of preservation by providing the knowledge, experience and methods to identify and document important places and the meanings they hold for the people who use them. Students build a solid foundation, based on a comprehensive understanding of the field, to help communities plan for the long-term sustainability of places that matter and expand their own networks of community and practice. Topical and competency-based electives allow students to customize their program of study and align with program scholarships that recognize the importance of the built environment, cultural heritage, and community engagement in planning to take historic resources into the future. For more information, visit: www.goucher.edu/MAHP.

Master of Arts in Management

The mission of the MA in Management program is to develop leaders for social, environmental, and creative organizations in the for-profit, non-profit, and public sectors.  The program is geared toward developing the leadership capacity for students who want to make a positive impact on people and the planet as well as run economically sustainable organizations. Students select from courses ranging from social entrepreneurship and how to run a nonprofit to project management, finance, marketing, and strategy.  This program is one of our most popular dual degrees because it provides a depth of managerial and strategic skills for students who are interested in leading or starting an organization, or in developing their own leadership skills. For more information, visit:  http://www.goucher.edu/MGT.

Dual-Degree Master’s Programs

Students who would like a broader knowledge base can apply to the limited residency dual-degree programs with the initial application or at any time before graduation. Dual-degree students typically take an extra year of course work and finish with two master’s degrees. By coordinating classes across programs, students can maximize their education and credentials while minimizing the cost and time in school. In the dual-degree option, classes are drawn from across both curricula so students can develop their skills in two domains. Students also complete a capstone project or thesis, a culmination of their work that draws from topics shared in both programs.Visit www.goucher.edu/graduate-programs/dual-degree-masters-program.

Non-Matriculating Students or Alumni Interested in Personal or Professional Development

The low-residency graduate programs accept qualified, non-degree seeking students (aka non-matriculated students) for up to 12 credits of coursework with program director approval.  Non-matriculating students are not eligible for a degree or financial aid.



Graduate Programs in Education

Master of Arts in Teaching

This certification program is designed to prepare college graduates with strong liberal arts backgrounds who wish to enter the teaching profession but who have not had adequate preparation for teaching. The program is based on the assumption that, through a curriculum carefully balanced between theory and practice, participants can acquire the knowledge and skills needed to teach elementary, secondary, special education, or dual certification (elementary and special education or secondary and special education). Students complete the program with a yearlong internship guided both by a member of the Goucher faculty and for traditional interns, by a selected, well-qualified cooperating teacher. For more information, please visit www.goucher.edu/gpedu.

Master of Education

Goucher College offers a master of education degree developed in collaboration with the Sheppard Pratt Health System Inc. With a curriculum specifically designed to integrate theoretical with practical course work, the MEd program is currently divided into eleven areas of specialization: Athletic Leadership and Administration, At-Risk/Diverse Learners, Literacy Strategies for Content Learners,  Middle School (available only through cohort program), Montessori studies (in collaboration with Maryland Center for Montessori Studies), Reading Instruction, Reducing Student Classroom and School Disruption, School Improvement Leadership, Special Education for Certified Elementary and Secondary Education, and Teacher as Leader in Technology. Each program component addresses the societal forces that have an impact on student development and success, social and ethical issues, curricular and management strategies, and relevant research. Whenever possible, a clinical perspective is offered. For more information, please visit www.goucher/edu/gpedu.

Professional Development Certificate Program

Advanced graduate work may be pursued beyond the master’s degree to receive a professional development certificate. Applicants are required to have completed a master’s degree in education or a closely related field from a regionally accredited institution of higher education. Certificates are offered in nine of the areas of specialization listed in the Master of Education program. For more information, please visit www.goucher.edu/gpedu.

Advanced Placement Summer Institute

In association with the Middle States Regional Office of the College Board, The Advanced Placement Summer Institute offers week-long summer courses intended for both future and current Advanced Placement (AP) teachers to help them prepare for their AP courses as they share best teaching practices with colleagues in a retreat-like setting. All instructors are national AP consultants for the College Board who are experts in their fields and are very experienced in effectively preparing students for their AP exams. 

4+1 and 4+2 Bachelor of Arts/Master Programs

For those undergraduate students interested in continuing their studies at the graduate level, Goucher offers accelerated degree programs in which students can earn both the Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master’s degree in five years rather than the more typical six or seven years. 

The Welch Center offers accelerated 4+1 degree programs in both the limited residency programs and the graduate programs in education.  In this program students can earn both the Bachelor of Arts degree and a Masters degree in just five years in Cultural Sustainability, Digital Arts, Education/Teaching, Environmental Studies, and Management.  For students interested in earning both a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master of Fine Arts in Digital Arts we have a 4+2 program. 

To be eligible, undergraduate students need to have at least a 3.0 grade point average, and have been approved by their undergraduate faculty advisor and the director of the graduate program the student wishes to enter.  Students may apply as rising juniors.  Undergraduates may take up to 12 graduate credits that would apply to both the 120 credits required for the bachelor’s degree, and the credits required for the master’s degree. The 4+1 programs typically require two to three summers of coursework. Information on the programs is available at the relevant program website at: http://www.goucher.edu/graduate-programs

Graduate Programs Financial Aid

Matriculated students enrolled in programs culminating in a degree may apply for graduate-level Subsidized and/or Unsubsidized Stafford Loans or Graduate PLUS loans. Please review the loans section of our financial aid website for details. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is required to be considered for these programs. A limited number of scholarships are also available.

Post-Baccalaureate Premedical Program

The one-year Post-Baccalaureate Premedical Program is a non-degree program designed for applicants who have completed a bachelor’s degree but lack the required science courses for entrance to medical school. Students typically take eight courses in the sciences and receive a certificate upon completion of the program. Prior to the start of the program in June, an optional intensive mathematics review is offered at no extra cost. Individual tutoring is provided throughout the program by a full-time teaching assistant, who also conducts homework sessions and exam reviews. Beginning in the fall, students prepare for the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) through twice-weekly prep instruction; this continues in the spring with more frequent sessions and numerous practice MCATs. Workshops are offered on many topics, including essay writing and interviewing skills. In addition, students receive extensive counseling during the medical school application process and a composite letter of evaluation from the premedical committee at Goucher. On Tuesdays starting in the fall, students have the opportunity to enhance their clinical experience by volunteering in a hospital or clinic.



Candidates for the Post-Baccalaureate Premedical Program are selected on a rolling admission basis starting in September. An interview is required of competitive candidates after all application materials are received. Applicants must apply through PostBacCAS. In addition to its requirements, the following are required by Goucher:

  • Nonrefundable application fee, submitted electronically to Goucher College.
  • Official scores from the SAT, ACT, or GRE.
  • A total of two letters of recommendation.



Information concerning tuition and expenses can be obtained from the Post-Baccalaureate Premedical Program website. The tuition fee includes workshops, MCAT preparation, tutoring provided by the teaching assistant, lectures, and laboratory fees for the nine courses and a mathematics review (offered in the summer before the start of the program). Books and incidental fees are not included.



Students may apply for graduate-level Federal Direct unsubsidized loans and Graduate Direct PLUS loans by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The program awards several merit scholarships; all applicants are considered for these, and there is no separate application.



Director- Betsy Merideth

Assistant Director - Marisa Sanders

Program Assistant - Aimee Marson

Professors - Sasha Dukan (physics), George Greco (chemistry)

Associate Professors - Ruquia Ahmed-Schofield (chemistry), Nina Markovic (physics), Kevin Schultz (chemistry), Micah Webster (mathematics), Rodney Yoder (physics)

Assistant Professors - Pam Douglass (chemistry), Hank Ratrie (biological sciences)





CHE 540  PRINCIPLES OF CHEMISTRY I (4 Cr.) - taken in the summer.

CHE 541  PRINCIPLES OF CHEMISTRY II (4 Cr.) - taken in the summer.

CHE 636  ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I (4 Cr.) - fall term.


PHY 542  PRINCIPLES OF PHYSICS I (4 Cr.) - fall term.

PHY 543  PRINCIPLES OF PHYSICS II (4 Cr.) - spring term.


If a student has successfully completed for credit one or more equivalent courses elsewhere, the Director may approve the substitution of an upper-level science course or an appropriate non-science course for the core courses listed above. All post-bacs must be enrolled full-time in the program.

As mandated by the U.S. Department of Education, disclosures regarding the program’s cost, student indebtedness, and outcomes are available on the program website (click on http://goucher.edu/graduate-programs/post-baccalaureate-premed-program to follow link).