Catalog
2012-13

This is an archived copy of the 2012-13 catalog. To access the most recent version of the catalog, please visit http://catalog.manhattan.edu.

About Manhattan College

The Mission of Manhattan College

Manhattan College is an independent Catholic institution of higher learning that embraces qualified men and women of all faiths, cultures, and traditions. The mission of Manhattan College is to provide a contemporary, person-centered educational experience that prepares graduates for lives of personal development, professional success, civic engagement, and service to their fellow human beings. The College pursues this mission through programs that integrate a broad liberal education with concentration in specific disciplines in the arts and sciences or with professional preparation in business, education and engineering.

Established in 1853 by the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools, the College continues to draw its inspiration from the heritage of John Baptist de La Salle, the innovator of modern pedagogy and patron saint of teachers. Among the hallmarks of this Lasallian heritage are excellence in teaching, respect for human dignity, reflection on faith and its relation to reason, an emphasis on ethical conduct, and commitment to social justice.

Historical Note

In May 1853, five Christian Brothers moved their small Canal Street school to what was then known as Manhattanville, a section of New York City at 131st Street and Broadway. The Brothers brought with them more than their furniture and their students. They were the bearers of an educational tradition that began in 17th century France with Saint John Baptist de La Salle, the founder of their order and today acknowledged by the Catholic Church as the Patron Saint of Teachers. De La Salle formed a community of religious Brothers who would devote themselves exclusively to their work as teachers. Their students would be the children of the artisans and the underprivileged; their mission would be the intellectual, spiritual, moral, economic and social flourishing of those students. Responding to the needs of his time, De La Salle created a new type of school system and elevated the work of teaching school — treating it as a profession and a vocation. The Brothers were urged to go beyond rote memory to “touch the hearts” of the students. Practical subjects were taught that would lead to a useful role in society; religion was taught to impart a commitment to Christian ethics.

Between 1853 and 1863, the school grew significantly, adding college-level courses in 1859 and first using the name Manhattan College in 1861. It was chartered by the Board of Regents of the State of New York on April 2, 1863. Manhattan College was an unusual institution compared to its peer institutions at the time. From the beginning, the college sought to combine broad learning in the traditional liberal arts with rigorous technical and pre-professional training. As the first college catalog put it, the curriculum of Manhattan College combined the “advantages of a first-class College and Polytechnic Institute,” offering courses in both “the liberal and useful arts and sciences.”

As the school grew, new quarters were needed. The cornerstone of the “New Manhattan” was laid in 1922 on property bordered by the Hudson River and Van Cortlandt Park, in the Riverdale neighborhood of the Bronx, its present location. The addition of new buildings and student residences has enlarged and enhanced the campus significantly. From this accessible site, the college is able to offer access to the cultural, educational, business and entertainment opportunities of New York City, as well as a self-contained residential campus environment.

Today Manhattan College identifies itself as a Catholic college in the Lasallian tradition. That tradition has continued to characterize the special educational experience offered by the College over its long history. Its constant focus has been the education of the disadvantaged. From its beginning, the College has paid particular attention to educating first-generation college students, and was an early proponent of access to disadvantaged and minority students, establishing special scholarship funds as early as 1938. That commitment continues today and is evident in Manhattan’s diverse student body, many of whom are the first in their families to attend college, and most of whom are supported by significant financial aid.

The College continues to realize the objectives stated in its first catalog by maintaining a full range of programs in the liberal arts and sciences , combined with professional programs in engineering , business and education . The quality of the undergraduate programs is demonstrated in many ways, for example, in the presence on campus of chapters of prestigious honor societies such as Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Xi and Tau Beta Pi.  

Over the years, Manhattan College has seen many changes, and yet it maintains its deep commitment to its heritage and ideals. What was a predominantly Christian Brothers faculty has become predominantly lay, and includes a significant percentage of women. The College became coeducational and accepted its first women undergraduate students in 1973. Currently, women comprise almost half of the full-time undergraduate student body.

With the opening of Horan Hall (1990) and its twin, East Hill (2008), the College completed a major transformation from a majority-commuter to a majority-residential college. Manhattan College now offers a four-year guarantee of resident housing and 80 percent of the student body chooses to live on or near campus. Currently, the College has a student body of approximately 3,500 — 2,900 undergraduates and 600 graduate and continuing education students. The student-faculty ratio is 12:1.

The College continues to follow the founding spirit of John Baptist de La Salle by being responsive to the needs of its place and time. Innovation grounded in tradition has always been a hallmark of Lasallian education, and Manhattan College’s new strategic plan , “Renewing the Promise,” commits the College to a course of continuous improvement of its programs and facilities in response to emerging needs.

Recognition and Membership

Manhattan College is chartered and empowered to confer academic degrees by the New York State Education Department.

It is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104-2680, 215-662-5606, http://www.msche.org/ . The college is approved by the American Chemical Society for the professional training of chemists and by the New York State Department of Health for Radiation Therapy Technology.

The School of Business is accredited by AACSB International, The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, the premier accrediting agency for business programs globally.

The undergraduate programs in Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Environmental Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET Inc. (www.abet.org).

The teacher education programs at Manhattan College are accredited by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC). Recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and by the U.S. Department of Education, TEAC is a nonprofit group dedicated to improving academic degree programs for professional educators. Its primary work is accrediting undergraduate and graduate professional education programs in order to assure the public about the quality of college and university programs.

The College is a member of the Association of American Colleges, the American Council on Education, the Institute of International Education, the National Catholic Educational Association, the Association of Urban Universities, the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, the American Association of University Women, the American Society for Engineering Education, Middle Atlantic Association of Colleges of Business Administration, Association of Continuing Higher Education, the National Association of College and University Summer Sessions, American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, the College Entrance Examination Board, the National Commission for Cooperative Education, Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities (ACCU), Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities (CICU), National Association of Independent Colleges & Universities (NAICU), NY Campus Compact, Lilly Fellows Program, Lower Hudson Valley Consortium of Catholic Colleges & Universities (LHVCC), FSC DENA, International Association of Lasallian Universities (IALU), Annapolis Group.  The College is an associate member of The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU).

College-wide Core Goals & Competencies

All academic programs at Manhattan College have, as their foundation, a broad liberal education. The college-wide educational goals define the common curricular ground for all students. In fulfilling its mission, the College seeks to provide skills for a lifetime of intellectual growth; foster a reflection on faith, values, and ethics; and encourage a respect for individual dignity and a commitment to social justice. These educational goals allow the various schools to develop unique programs with specific missions. The educational goals also allow for creative implementation tailored to diverse student and faculty strengths and interests.

Students graduating from Manhattan College will demonstrate these core competencies:

  • Effective communication

  • Critical thinking

  • Information and technology literacy

  • Quantitative and scientific literacy

  • Independent and collaborative work

  • Global awareness

  • Religious and ethical awareness

The core competencies are further detailed in ten learning objectives which students are expected to fulfill by the completion of their academic programs, supplemented by active participation in the extra-curricular activities offered by the College. Upon graduation from Manhattan College, students will be able to:

  • Express their ideas coherently and persuasively through oral and written communication.

  • Analyze, evaluate, and synthesize information and arguments and make sound judgments about their use and application.

  • Locate relevant information in printed and electronic form and credit it properly.

  • Use information technology to function effectively and responsibly in society.

  • Understand, interpret, and apply numerical data.

  • Understand and apply the methods of science.

  • Function as independent thinkers and as members of collaborative groups.

  • Understand and appreciate cultural diversity.

  • Assess conduct and make decisions based on ethical concerns and transcendent moral values as articulated in Christianity and other religious and philosophical traditions.

  • Understand that Manhattan is a Catholic institution, committed to respect for individual dignity and social justice.

Students will develop the abilities to achieve these learning objectives through their individual programs within each school and through courses from other schools in the College. Student achievement of the learning objectives is assessed through a variety of measures.

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974 is a federal law that was enacted to protect the privacy of students and their educational records.  The intent of the legislation is to protect the rights of students and to ensure the privacy and accuracy of "educational information."  Educational Information refers to any record maintained by an educational institution, including files, documents, and materials of any type which contain information directly related to students, and which allows a student to be identified.

What is not considered Educational Information?

  • Sole possession records or private notes held by educational personnel which are not accessible or released to other personnel
  • Law enforcement or campus security records which are solely for the law enforcement purposes
  • Records related to individuals who are employed by the college
  • Records related to treatment provided by a physician, psychiatrist, psychologist or other recognized professional
  • Records of the college which contain only information about an individual obtained after that person is no longer a student at the college (i.e., alumni records)

Who is protected under FERPA?

Students who are protected under FERPA are those students who are currently enrolled or formerly enrolled, regardless of their age or status in regard to parental dependency.  Students who have applied but have not attended the college, and deceased students do not fall under FERPA guidelines.

Student's rights under FERPA

Eligible students have the right to inspect and review their educational records within 45 days of the day Manhattan College receives a request for access. The eligible student should submit the request to the Registrar and identify the record(s) they wish to inspect. The Registrar will make arrangements for access and will notify the student of the time/place where the records may be inspected.

An eligible student may also ask the college to amend a record believed to be inaccurate or misleading.  If the school decides to not amend the record, the parent or student then has a right to a formal hearing.  If, after the hearing, the school still chooses to not amend the record, the eligible student has the right to place a statement with the record commenting on the contested information.

Lastly, a student may formally request that Manhattan College not release Directory Information on their behalf.  This request must be submitted to the Registrar.  When this request is made, a notation will be flagged in the MC Student Information System and every reasonable effort will be made to safeguard the confidentiality of such information.  

When is a student's consent not required?

There are several exceptions to releasing information without a student's written approval.  Some examples are:

  • School officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is a person employed by Manhattan College in an administrative, supervisory, academic, or support staff position (including law enforcement unit personnel and health staff); a person or company with whom Manhattan College has contracted (such as an attorney, auditor, or collection agent); a person serving on the Board of Trustees; or a student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee, or assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks. A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility.
  • In connection with Financial Aid
  • Other schools to which a student is seeking to transfer/enroll
  • Parents of a dependent student, as defined by the IRS.  The college may release a student's records upon request, but the parent must submit proof of the student's dependency (via most recent federal tax form) prior to receiving the requested information
  • Individuals who have obtained court orders or legally issued subpoenas
  • Certain government officials in order to carry out lawful functions
  • State and local authorities within a juvenile justice system, pursuant to specific State law
  • Health and safety emergencies
  • Accrediting organizations or organizations conducting studies for MC

Directory Information

Under FERPA guidelines, a student's record may not be disclosed without written authorization unless the requested information falls under the category of "Directory Information."  MC may disclose information on a student without violating FERPA if it has designated that information as Directory Information.  The following information has been classified as Directory Information by Manhattan College and may be disclosed without a student's written authorization:

  • Student name
  • Address
  • Electronic mail address
  • Telephone number
  • Dates of attendance
  • Date and place of birth
  • Major field of study
  • Number of credit hours enrolled
  • Grade level
  • Degrees, honors, and awards received
  • Participation in clubs and activities
  • Photograph
  • Weight and height of members of athletic teams
  • Most recent educational institution

The College uses extreme discretion in releasing any student information to an outside source. While MC is legally entitled to release Directory Information, it generally does not disclose more than deemed necessary. The following items are defined as Personally Identifiable Information and can never be disclosed by the College:

  • Social Security Number
  • Race
  • Gender
  • Grades
  • GPA
  • Country of citizenship
  • Religion

You have the right to request that any or all of your directory information not be released by Manhattan College. You may contact the Registrar with a written and signed notice not later than 2 weeks of beginning of the semester to withhold the release of any directory information you specify. This request is in effect until you provide written notice to the contrary.

You have the right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by Manhattan College to comply with the requirements of FERPA at:

Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
600 Independence Avenue. S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20202-4605

Non-Discrimination Policy

Manhattan College has had a longstanding policy of non-discrimination. The College repudiates all discriminatory procedures and specifically those based on race, creed, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, veteran status, citizenship status,disability or any other legally protected status. The College does not knowingly support or patronize any organization or business which discriminates.

No person shall be denied admission or access to the programs or activities of Manhattan College, nor shall any person be denied employment at the College, solely because of any physical, mental or medical impairment within reasonable accommodations. Inquiries concerning this policy may be referred to Human Resources.

Auxiliary aids and academic adjustments within the guidelines of the ADA/Section 504 are provided without charge by the Specialized Resource Center, Room 300A, Miguel Hall, Voice: (718) 862-7101, TTY: (718) 862-7885.

The Title IX and Age Act Coordinator is located within the Office of Human Resources, Memorial Hall, Room 305. The ADA/Section 504 Coordinator is located within the Specialized Resource Center, Miguel Hall, 300A.

 

Location

The College is situated along Manhattan College Parkway on the heights above Van Cortlandt Park (242nd Street and Broadway) in the Riverdale section of New York City. It is a short distance from the 242nd Street station of the Broadway Seventh Avenue Subway, and can be easily reached from any part of the metropolitan or suburban areas. The exit of the Henry Hudson Parkway (West Side Highway) located at 239th Street several blocks to the west of the College puts the campus within easy reach of New Jersey. The College is also within easy commuting distance from Long Island and Westchester and Rockland counties because of its proximity to the New York State Thruway and the Major Deegan Expressway (exit at Van Cortlandt Park South or West 240th Street).

Campus Map

Directions to Manhattan College

 By Car:

From Long Island

Robert F. Kennedy Bridge (Triborough Bridge) (from South)

Follow signs to Major Deegan Expressway North (I-87), exit at Van Cortlandt Park South, bear right off ramp and bear right onto Broadway. At second traffic light, turn left and then left again onto Manhattan College Parkway. Proceed up hill to main gate on right.

Whitestone or Throgs Neck Bridge (from East)

To Cross Bronx Expressway (I-95), to Major Deegan Expressway (I-87) North, exit at Van Cortlandt Park South, bear right off ramp and bear right onto Broadway. At second traffic light, turn left and then left again onto Manhattan College Parkway. Proceed up hill to main gate on right.

From Upstate

Saw Mill River Parkway/Henry Hudson Parkway

Traveling North: Exit at 239th Street. Go to stop sign, cross intersection and bear right onto Manhattan College Parkway. Proceed down hill to main gate on left.

Traveling South: Exit at 246th Street. Turn left at first traffic light, turn right onto Fieldston Road at circle and then turn left onto Manhattan College Parkway. Proceed down hill to main gate on left.

New York State Thruway (I-87) (from North)

Thruway South (I-87) becomes the Major Deegan Expressway. Exit at Van Cortlandt Park South, turn right off ramp and bear right onto Broadway. At second traffic light, turn left and then left again onto Manhattan College Parkway. Proceed up hill to main gate on right. 

From New Jersey

George Washington Bridge (from West)

New Jersey Turnpike or Route 80 to George Washington Bridge. Follow signs to Henry Hudson Parkway North to 239th Street Exit (no commercial vehicles). At stop sign, proceed straight across intersection (monument on left), pass traffic light and bear right at fork onto Manhattan College Parkway. Proceed down hill to main gate on left.

From New York City

F.D.R. Drive (from South)

F.D.R. Drive to Major Deegan Expressway North (I-87). Exit at Van Cortlandt Park South, bear right off ramp and bear right onto Broadway. At second traffic light, turn left and then left again onto Manhattan College Parkway. Proceed up hill to main gate on right.

West Side Highway (from South)

West Side Highway to Henry Hudson Parkway North to West 239th Street Exit. At stop sign, proceed straight across intersection (monument on left), pass traffic light and bear right at fork onto Manhattan College Parkway. Proceed down hill to main gate on left.

From New England

New England Thruway West to Cross Westchester Expressway, then onto New York State Thruway South. Exit at Van Cortlandt Park South, turn right off ramp and bear right onto Broadway. At second traffic light, turn left and then left again onto Manhattan College Parkway. Proceed up hill to main gate on right.

From Airports

JFK

Take Van Wyck Expressway North to Grand Central Parkway to Robert F. Kennedy Bridge (Triborough Bridge), and follow the Long Island directions (above).

LaGuardia

Take Grand Central Parkway to Robert F. Kennedy Bridge (Triborough Bridge), and follow Long Island directions (above).

Newark Liberty

Take N.J. Turnpike North to George Washington Bridge and follow the New Jersey directions (above).

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