Prescribed Courses

PRESCRIBED COURSES

Penn State Law School: All students in the J.D. program are required to take the first-year curriculum in the Law School. In the second or third year, students must take CORE 934 (Professional Responsibility).

The fall curriculum for the first year consists of the following courses:

CORE COURSES (CORE)
900. Civil Procedure (4)
910. Criminal Law (3)
912. Legal Analysis, Research & Writing I (3)
925. Torts (4)

The spring curriculum of the first year consists of the following courses:

One three-credit Elective
CORE COURSES (CORE)
903. Constitutional Law (3)
905. Contracts (4)
914. Legal Analysis, Research & Writing II (3)
920. Property (4)

HI ED: All students pursing a Ph.D. must satisfy the following minimum requirements:

Core Courses: 18 credits

HIGHER EDUCATION (HI ED)
548. Curriculums in Higher Education (2-3)
552. Administration in Higher Education (3)
556. Higher Education Students and Clientele (3)
562. Organizational Theory and Higher Education (3)

Research Requirements: 12 credits

Statistics through Multivariate Analysis:
AG 400(4) and R SOC 573(3) or STAT 500(3) and STAT 501(3)

HIGHER EDUCATION (HI ED)
585. Research Design
586. Qualitative Research Methods

Advanced Skills: 9 credits

Specialization in Higher Education: 12 credits

Cognate Minor: 15 credits (minimum)

PROPOSAL WRITING
HI ED 594 (Research Topics) (minimum of 3 credits; maximum of 9)
Ph.D. DISSERTATION (non-credit; for continuous registration after completion of coursework and Oral Comprehensive Exam)
HI ED 601 (full time) or HI ED 611 (part time)
All students pursuing a D.Ed. must satisfy the following minimum requirements:

Core Courses: 18 credits

HIGHER EDUCATION (HI ED)
548. Curriculums in Higher Education (2-3)
552. Administration in Higher Education (3)
556. Higher Education Students and Clientele (3)
562. Organizational Theory and Higher Education (3)

Research Requirements: 12 credits

Statistics through Multivariate Analysis:
AG 400(4) and R SOC 573(3) or STAT 500(3) and STAT 501(3)
HIGHER EDUCATION (HI ED)
585. Research Design (3)
586. Qualitative Research Methods (3)

Specialization in Higher Education: 12 credits

Minor or General Studies Grouping: 15 credits (minimum)

Internship:
HI ED 595 (9 credits optional based on previous experience in higher education administration)
VI. D.Ed. THESIS RESEARCH
HI ED 594 (Research Topics) (minimum of 3 credits; maximum of 9)
DISSERTATION (minimum of 15 credits)
HI ED 600 (thesis research) or HI ED 610 (Thesis Research Off-Campus)

Students pursuing the M.Ed. must satisfy the following requirements: (30 credits for degree)
• Higher Education Courses (15 credits minimum; HI ED 545 (Higher Education in the U.S.) is required).
• Research methods (3 credits)
• Minor field or General Studies Grouping (6 credits)
• Master’s Paper (3 credits)
• HI ED 596 (Independent Study)