A Plan of Study that Works for You!
The Certificate Program is designed to serve undergraduate, graduate, and non-traditional students.
Courses may be taken as stand-alone courses or as part of the Certificate Program.
Courses may be taken for academic credit or audit.
Options for Admission
There are two ways to participate in the courses. The eligibility requirements are slightly different for each option.
Option one: Audit (non-credit basis)
Students selecting this option have no academic requirements. Auditing students have access to the video-recorded lectures and the assigned reading material without obligation to complete the writing assignments or final project. The instructor will check in with the audit students but largely they work at their own pace.
Option two: Credit Basis
Students selecting this option have the option to take the courses individually for credit without the obligation to take more than one course (3 credit hours) or enroll in the Summer Intensive in Bethlehem.
This option has academic/life experience requirements. Check them below.
Recommended Academic/Life Experience Qualifications
It is recommended that applicants to the BIPJ courses have either completed an undergraduate course of studies or are currently enrolled in undergraduate university studies. If an applicant has no university experience, it is recommended that they have been involved in pursuits that have equipped them to think critically about texts and to express themselves in writing.
It should be noted that the courses are taught entirely in English and extensive writing is required. It is recommended that applicants be proficient in speaking and writing English.
The application deadline is September 10 for the Fall semester course which begins in mid-September and ends mid-December.
The application deadline is November 15 for the Spring semester course which begins mid-January and ends mid-April.
The application deadline is April 15 for the Summer Intensive which is conducted in the last two weeks of June.
The BIPJ seeks to include and support those who have traditionally be excluded from academic discussions.