Lebanon Valley College offers over 30 majors, as well as self-designed majors for students seeking a high-impact experience in an academically rigorous environment.

Majors, Minors & Programs

MAJORS
Accounting Accounting majors are in high demand. Many double-major, study abroad, or intern with nearby firms.
Actuarial Science Actuarial Science: LVC's nationally recognized program has placed nearly 100 percent of its graduates in high-paying jobs. Many alumni are company officers or consulting firm partners and principals.
Art & Art HistoryArt & Art History Create and study art in a dynamic learning environment with accomplished faculty mentors. Three concentrations prepare students for rewarding careers as artists, teachers, or museum curators.
Athletic Training Lebanon Valley College offers over 30 majors, as well as self-designed majors for students seeking a high-impact experience in an academically rigorous environment.
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology In the last 10 years, more than 30 of our biochemistry & molecular biology students have co-authored and presented research at regional, national, and international scientific meetings—an experience more commonly reserved for graduate students.
BiologyLVC's biology majors have a remarkable record of graduate school placement. In the last five years, 45 percent have gone on to graduate or professional schools.
Business AdministrationBusiness Administration: LVC's undergraduate business programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs, a prestigious status granted to only about one in four business schools.
ChemistryOver 70 percent of students who conduct research with chemistry faculty enter advanced degree programs.
Computer ScienceComputer Science emphasizes software development and helps establish paid internships, leading to a virtual 100 percent employment rate for LVC graduates.
Criminal JusticeCriminal justice majors have presented papers at the national conference of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.
Digital CommunicationsDigital communications majors have had internships that include starting a record label, designing a book, developing an iPhone app, and filming educational videos.
EconomicsEconomics majors study complex questions from a systems perspective in preparation for employment of graduate work.
EducationEducation: From freshman year on, full-time education faculty serve as advisors to guide each major in the selection of appropriate courses to prepare for field practicums, student teaching, and a professional teaching position.
EnglishEnglish majors choose an area of concentration related to the language arts: literature, communications, theater, creative writing, or secondary education.
Exercise Science Lebanon Valley College offers over 30 majors, as well as self-designed majors for students seeking a high-impact experience in an academically rigorous environment.
FrenchFrench: Each fall, LVC students spend the semester immersing themselves in French language and culture in Montpellier, France.
GermanStudents can take an immersive approach to learning German language and culture in Berlin, Germany, or a four-week summer language and culture course in Würzberg, Germany.
Historical CommunicationsUnique to LVC, the major in historical communications provides students an opportunity to prepare for work in the field of communications but with an intellectual grounding in history rather than literature.
History Many history majors work on collaborative undergraduate research with faculty, such as maintaining an online archive; several have presented their findings at conferences.

 


Global Studies The international studies program develops analytical skills required for understanding and evaluating global culture, economics, and politics.
LanguagesStudents at Lebanon Valley College can study a variety of languages including French, German, Italian and Spanish.
MathematicsAn LVC research group brings mathematics, physics, and computer science students together for research projects - mostly in quantum information science.
MusicThe music program features a student-centered curriculum and ample opportunities to perform as a soloist or with campus ensembles.
Music BusinessFrom New York, Nashville, and across the country, music professionals come to campus each fall for LVC's Music Industry Conference. Music business majors organize and host the event.
Music EducationMusic education: Five semesters of fieldwork begin during the first semester of study.
Music Recording TechnologyMusic recording technology: Students in the Audio Engineering Society host LVC's yearly Unplugged and Live for Life concerts.
Open (Undecided)If you don't yet know what you are going to major in, you're not alone. In fact, an average of 12 percent of LVC's first-year students hold an open major, meaning they haven't yet decided what they want to pursue.
PhilosophyPhilosophy invites serious reflection on perennial issues; fosters and develops critical, analytical, and rhetorical skills; and prepares students for the pursuit of professional degrees that require rigorous thinking skills.
Physical TherapyStudents in LVC's six-year doctoral program in physical therapy benefit from state-of-the-art classrooms, teaching laboratories, a research center, a therapy pool, and a fitness/aerobic center. They get hands-on learning experience working with LVC's hundreds of student athletes and community volunteers.
PhysicsStudents majoring in physics work closely with faculty and are encouraged to participate in summer research projects. The department maintains optics, atomic/nuclear, electronics, advanced physics, atomic force microscopy, and computational physics laboratories.
PoliticsPolitical Science majors study government institutions, international politics, and the political systems of the United States and other nations. One course includes participation in a European Union simulation in Washington, D.C.
PsychobiologyThe psychobiology program prepares students for graduate study and careers in fields including neuroscience, behavioral genetics, medicine, animal behavior, and more.
PsychologyMany psychology students publish research in professional journals or present findings at conferences, either as independent work or in conjunction with faculty mentors.
ReligionThe religion major challenges students to engage the ideas of a wide variety of religious traditions in a critically aware manner - both in the classroom with professors and at sponsored events with members of different religous traditions.
Self-designed MajorSelf-designed Major: Many LVC students design their own major with faculty support. Examples of recent individualized majors: biotechnology and business, chemistry and artifact conservations, environmental economics and policy, and mathematics of finance.
SociologySociology student Teddi Hermes presented her capstone project, "Love the Sinner, Hate the Sin: Christian Pastors' Views on Homosexuality," in a poster session at the Eastern Sociological Society Meeting in New York City.
SpanishLVC Spanish majors learn by teaching when they work with local elementary school kids in after-school Spanish language programs.
TEACHING CERTIFICATION
Early Childhood EducationEarly Childhood majors receive intensive training in the content and methodologies of all elementary school subjects, focusing on PreK through Grade 4. This is a new program – reflecting recent guidelines from the PA Department of Education and LVC.
Music EducationMusic Education majors prepare for PA music certification in PreK-Grade 12 and spend several semesters in the field prior to full-time student teaching in the senior year.
Secondary EducationStudents persuingsecondary education certification combine a departmental major with required education courses.
Special Education (PreK-Grade 8)The special education is a dual major program for students completing a primary major in early childhood education.

MINORS & CONCENTRATIONS
American Studies American Studies is a versatile minor concerned with all aspects of American culture—from language to politics to music.
Creative WritingLebanon Valley College offers over 30 majors, as well as self-designed majors for students seeking a high-impact experience in an academically rigorous environment.
English CommunicationsEnglish Communications: Students who take courses in public relations, journalism, and writing for radio and TV can turn an unrelated major into a media specialty.
Family StudiesLebanon Valley College offers over 30 majors, as well as self-designed majors for students seeking a high-impact experience in an academically rigorous environment.
Law and SocietyLaw & Society: This interdisciplinary minor, which introduces students to the American legal system, can be valuable to students applying to law school.
TheaterWig and Buckle gives theater students the chance to hone their skills in three major student-directed productions each year.
World ClassicsLebanon Valley College offers over 30 majors, as well as self-designed majors for students seeking a high-impact experience in an academically rigorous environment.
COOPERATIVE PROGRAMS
EngineeringWith three years at LVC and two at any accredited engineering school, a student in this 3+2 program may earn both a B.S. from LVC and an engineering degree from another institution. LVC has cooperative agreements with both Penn State and Case Western Reserve universities.
Medical TechnologyLVC students prepare for a B.S. in medical technology by spending three years on campus and one year working and studying in a hospital with an accredited school of medical technology.

PRE-PROFESSIONAL AREAS
DentistryDentistry: A student in any LVC major can enter medical or dental school as long as core math and science requirements are fulfilled. The Health Professions Committee advises and helps prepare students for medical and dental school admission.
LawLVC graduates have attended some of the nation's top law schools including Harvard, Chicago, Columbia, Stanford, Washington and Lee, and William & Mary.
MedicineMedicine: A student in any LVC major can enter medical or dental school as long as core math and science requirements are fulfilled. The Health Professions Committee advises and helps prepare students for medical and dental school admission.
MinistryStudents interested in ministry can earn credits through an internship with the College Chaplain to explore the field of chaplaincy within the context of higher education.
Veterinary MedicineVeterinary medicine: As an LVC student, Jared Pitt earned credit for an internship at a local veterinary office. He is now attending vet school at Tuskegee University.

GENERAL EDUCATION
Requirements & Components The General Education Program prepares graduates who are broadly competent, skilled in communication, capable of analysis and interpretation, tolerant, and able to continue to learn in a rapidly changing world.
GRADUATE STUDIES
Master of Business AdministrationThe MBA program at Lebanon Valley College is designed to educate business generalists for leadership. Our students develop advanced business management capabilities rooted in the liberal arts traditions of critical thinking, qualitative and quantitative analysis, effective communication, and ethical business practice.
Master of Music EducationThe Master of Music Education Program equips you with ideas and technologies that you can immediately apply with your students in your music classroom. The structure of our program provides an exceptional opportunity to learn from your peers—music teachers like you—with real classroom challenges and solutions.
Master of Science EducationThe Master of Science Education program at LVC produces leaders for schools, the state, and the nation. The flexible structure of the program allows you to self-design a course of study based on your individual interests.
Doctorate of Physical TherapyThe curriculum for the Doctorate of Physical Therapy is based on the current accepted evidence for practice and guidelines of the leading professional organizations in the field and is enriched by outstanding clinical placements.

USEFUL LINKS
Academic Affairs The Office of Academic Affairs provides support for the faculty, students, and curricular programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels of the college.
LVC Assessment The process of effective assessment is cyclical—ongoing and systematic—leading to institutional renewal and demonstrating the value of an LVC education.
Study Abroad The Study Abroad program allow you to live and study on campuses throughout the world. Explore the world in Australia, Germany, Argentina, England, New Zealand, Netherlands, Greece, Italy, Francy, Spain, Sweden, Philadelphia, or Washington. D.C.
President's Innovation Fund The President's Innovation Fund provides new and distinctive educational opportunities for our students.
Arnold Grants The Arnold Grants for Experiential Learning provide $50,000 annually to support high impact internship and faculty-student research endeavors.
The College Catalog The College Catalog provides a listing of academic regulations, procedures, programs and more.
Fellowships & ScholarshipsGraduate fellowship programs and scholarships are designed to give current students and recent graduates opportunities for research, personal development, and international experience.