For 170 years, Mary Baldwin College (MBC) has enriched lives through the transforming power of personalized, liberal education. Mary Baldwin has demonstrated since its founding in 1842 the courage to innovate as the world changes around it and the wisdom to stay true to its historic mission as a college devoted to empowering women at all stages of life even while expanding its mission to include a broad diversity of individuals.
The enduring strengths of a Mary Baldwin education add up to excellence for every student, every day. Committed to the liberal arts and sciences and emphasizing global leadership and citizenship, MBC is noted for high academic standards, dedicated faculty who engage one-on-one with students, a diverse student body, and innovative programs. The college’s students are empowered to compose lives of purpose as confident, compassionate changemakers.
A highly ranked institution, MBC offers a variety of degrees and programs.
Residential College for Women (RCW)
The RCW serves approximately 750 students on the college’s historic campus in downtown Staunton, Virginia. At the heart of the student experience are meaningful faculty and staff connections, research and leadership opportunities, and learning through community engagement. The Residential College includes two unique programs: the Program for the Exceptionally Gifted, for very young women of exceptional ability, and the Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership, the nation’s only all-female corps of cadets
Adult Degree Program (ADP)
The coeducational undergraduate program extends study through 10 regional centers across the state, in addition to the home campus in Staunton, enrolling more than 1,200 men and women. ADP offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees, certificates, and full teacher licensure. The program is designed to be flexible enough to fit adult students’ busy schedules, while maintaining the college’s high academic standards.
College of Education
The College of Education (COE) offers undergraduate and graduate programs in education, post-baccalaureate teacher licensure, and professional development and certificate programs. All COE offerings encourage inquiry and reflection, integrate theory and practice, and provide opportunities for exploration and innovation
Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences
Health-related careers continue to be one of the fastest growing segments of the job market. There is a consistently high demand for practitioners who can meet the current and projected health care needs of a growing and diverse population. The college of health sciences is committed to providing learning opportunities to students aspiring to careers in professions that serve the contemporary health care needs of society. At a new campus in Fishersville, the Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences offers doctoral programs in physical therapy (DPT) and occupational therapy (OTD). The master of science in physician assistant studies (MSPA) will also be offered, beginning in August of 2015. The Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences is committed to fostering the education of future health care professionals who are knowledgeable, competent, compassionate, and ethical, with a strong commitment to human service.
*For the most current accreditation information concerning Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences, reference www.mbc.edu/health_sciences/about/accreditation.
Shakespeare and Performance
Mary Baldwin’s unique graduate program in Shakespeare and Performance, offered in partnership with the American Shakespeare Center, draws students and visiting faculty from all over the world. The graduate program stresses both scholarship and stagecraft and culminates in earning a master of letters and/or master of fine arts.
Honor and Diversity
Mary Baldwin College is governed by a self-perpetuating Board of Trustees. It holds membership in the Phi Beta Kappa Society through the Lambda of Virginia Chapter. Mary Baldwin was the first women’s college in the nation to be granted a circle of Omicron Delta Kappa, a society honoring leadership, service and scholarship. Other national honorary societies at MBC include Alpha Kappa Delta (sociology), Alpha Lambda Delta (freshmen), Alpha Phi Sigma (criminal justice), Alpha Sigma Lambda (adult students), Beta Beta Beta (biology), Iota Sigma Pi (chemistry), Kappa Delta Pi (education), Lambda Pi Eta (communication), Omicron Delta Epsilon (economics), Omicron Delta Kappa (leadership), Phi Alpha (social work), Phi Alpha Theta (history), Psi Chi (psychology), Sigma Beta Delta (business, management, and administration), Sigma Pi Sigma (physics), and Sigma Tau Delta (English).
In addition to its educational programs, the college takes pride in its honor system, its exceptionally diverse student body, and its commitment to civic and global engagement. The honor system reinforces commitment to integrity and ethical behavior and makes possible a student-governed community. New residential undergraduates pledge their honor at the annual Charter Day, when the Student Government Association’s charter is passed from the Board of Trustees to the college president and on to the student president of the SGA. Adult and graduate students make their pledges at orientation.
A low student-faculty ratio and small average class size not only ensure that students get the most out of college, but also that they learn to participate effectively in the group settings that prevail in contemporary business. MBC’s student body is exceptionally diverse, with students from across the United States and around the globe, who range from age 13 to more than 80 years. More than 40 percent of students in the Residential College for Women are members of ethnic minorities. Evidence of MBC’s commitment to a diverse community is the pledge of inclusive community renewed every year by new and returning students, faculty, and administration.
The mission of Mary Baldwin College is to provide undergraduate and graduate education consistent with the institution’s rich heritage as a private liberal arts college primarily for women, which affirms its Christian roots while welcoming a broad diversity of views. This mission is implemented in the residential programs for women and the nonresidential programs for men and women older than 21 through focus on teaching and learning; concern for the individual; commitment to the liberal arts as preparation for life, for careers, for graduate and professional studies, and for leadership; and emphasis on high ethical standards.
Undergraduate Curriculum and College Learning Outcomes
The undergraduate curriculum at Mary Baldwin College expresses the college’s commitment to providing a personalized, transforming liberal-arts education as the foundation for life-long learning, global citizenship, and the holistic integration of mind, body, and character.
The faculty of Mary Baldwin College believes that an education grounded in the liberal arts and sciences develops an informed and critical awareness of an open-ended dialogue spanning both centuries and civilizations in the pursuit of knowledge; provides the background necessary for enduring intellectual engagement and creative expression; prepares students for responsible citizenship — both in their own society and among other peoples around the world; liberates students from prejudice, intolerance, and ignorance; and at its very best informs the heart, enlightens the conscience, and disciplines the intellect.
Mary Baldwin College is committed to providing an education that enables all graduates to demonstrate achievement of the following three College Learning Outcomes.
College Learning Outcome One
Demonstrate an understanding of the liberal arts and sciences through:
• Knowledge of the methods and theoretical approaches of the
• Social sciences
• Natural sciences
• Recognition of themes of enduring importance to humanity
Statement of Rationale for Learning Outcome One
A liberal arts education provides students with the knowledge, context, and critical thinking abilities necessary for personal fulfillment and professional success in the 21st century. Students learn to weigh evidence, assess multiple perspectives and interpretations, and approach new ideas analytically. Students learn how different disciplines address common issues and they become better equipped for participation in civic life. Liberal arts and sciences coursework consists of both a broad sampling of different disciplines and opportunities for cross-disciplinary exploration of important questions, problems, and challenges.
College Learning Outcome Two
Demonstrate an understanding of the self in relationship to the broader community through:
• Engagement with diverse cultures in a global context
• Recognition of the importance of race and ethnicity in the United States
• Recognition of the role of gender in shaping identity and culture
• Community involvement
• Knowledge and practice of physical fitness and health
Statement of Rationale for College Learning Outcome Two
A strong sense of identity and self-efficacy combined with an understanding of others serve as a prelude for positive contribution to society as well as ethical and effective leadership. College coursework and co-curricular activities provide students with opportunities to engage with human diversity. Areas of diversity include but are not limited to: gender, race and ethnicity, socio-economic status, religion, education, sexual orientation, and cultural and linguistic heritage. Students learn to encounter the diversity of human experience with respect and open-mindedness, while also gaining the ability to express themselves and their own values and beliefs creatively and with civility and clarity.
College Learning Outcome Three
Demonstrate the capacity to make a positive impact on the world by:
• Acquiring effective skills in
• Written communication
• Oral communication
• Quantitative reasoning
• Research and information literacy
• Addressing authentic issues and problems by applying theory, using evidence, and considering ethical implications
Statement of Rationale for College Learning Outcome Three
Mary Baldwin College enables graduates to be “confident, compassionate changemakers” through the power of communication, investigation, and rational thought. Graduates use words and numbers fluently and accurately to communicate. They are able to access information and evaluate the credibility of sources. They construct solutions to challenges through the application of rational methods of analysis and give judicious consideration to the ethical dimensions of their actions.
Schools of Excellence
The academic program at Mary Baldwin College is organized into four Schools of Excellence. The Schools of Excellence encourage collaboration between and among the disciplines comprising each school. The school structure affirms the college’s long-term commitment to the liberal arts, cooperative research, women’s education, diversity, international connectivity, and civic engagement. The Schools of Excellence add not only depth of knowledge and intellectual growth within majors and minors, but also experiential elements blending classroom work and real-world practice that prepare students for success in life and in their careers. The schools are “permeable hubs” that encourage both disciplinary and interdisciplinary collaboration on the part of faculty and students.
School of Arts, Humanities, and Renaissance Studies
The graduate program in Shakespeare and Performance, affiliated with the American Shakespeare Center, is one of MBC’s signature programs in this school, which also is home to history; art history; studio art; English; and French and Spanish language, culture, and literature. Within this school, students have the opportunity to work side-by-side with acclaimed artists; study Shakespeare’s plays with literary experts and see them performed professionally at the Blackfriars Playhouse; explore the dynamic history of the region and conduct research at the neighboring Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library; learn languages and take advantage of the many academic opportunities abroad such as theatre in London or Paris, community mural painting in El Salvador, or Renaissance art in Italy.
Undergraduate majors and minors:
African American Studies
Francophone Studies Historic Preservation
Latin American Literature and Cultures
Philosophy, Religious Studies, and Culture
Religious Leadership and Ministry
Master of Letters in Shakespeare and Performance
Master of Fine Arts in Shakespeare and Performance
BA/MLitt: combines BA in theatre with MLitt in Shakespeare and Performance
Carpenter Preparation for Ministry
Carpenter Quest Program
Partnerships and affiliations (selected):
American Shakespeare Center
Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library
Virginia Program at Oxford
School of Professional Studies
Programs in this school build professional competence upon a liberal arts foundation and include business, marketing, and communication; Health Care Administration (HCA), one of only two fully-certified HCA programs in Virginia; and Social Work, accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). Students in the School of Professional Studies join a community of people who are committed to leading change. They learn how knowledge informs practice through intensive experience in the field — business or Health Care Administration internships or social work practicum — and take advantage of MBC’s longstanding partnerships with service organizations, companies, and agencies.
Undergraduate majors and minors:
Clinical Laboratory Science
Coaching and Exercise Management
Health Care Administration
Human Resource Management
International Economics and Business
Marketing and Communication
Sustainable Business Management
Health Care Management
Human Resource Management
Long-Term Care Administration
Marketing and Communication
Carpenter Health Care Administration Program
Partnerships and affiliations:
Association of University Programs in Health Administration
Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)
School of Science
This school maintains the long-term association among disciplines with a common emphasis on quantitative and experimental inquiry, such as biology, chemistry, and physics. Students are also prepared well for post-graduate study. Psychology shares this orientation toward research and preparation for graduate study, and plays a significant role as the college’s second largest major. Students in the School of Science work on research projects in collaboration with faculty members. The Shenandoah Valley and the Blue Ridge Mountains provide the laboratory for environmental science exploration. Students produce original research, and present it on campus and at professional conferences.
Undergraduate majors and minors:
Partnerships and affiliations:
Washington and Lee University (physics)
University of Virginia (engineering)
Vanderbilt University (master’s degree — nursing)
Jefferson College of Health Sciences (accelerated bachelor’s degree — nursing)
School of Social Sciences
This school brings together programs in economics, political science, sociology, and international affairs to accentuate the college’s commitment to educating students for leadership and civic engagement in a global context. Students in the School of Social Sciences have the opportunity to consider human societies from multiple perspectives; participate in an exchange program in Japan, Korea, or India; examine the distribution of resources, diversity of cultures, and stewardship of the environment; learn how to manage conflict and promote peace; and prepare to be leaders in the complex 21st-century world.
Undergraduate majors and minors:
Global Poverty and Development
Peacemaking and Conflict Resolution
Sexuality and Gender Studies
U.S. Poverty Analysis
Non-degree certificate offerings:
Partnerships and affiliations:
Clinton Global Initiative University
Women for Women International
Degrees Offered by Mary Baldwin College
Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Science
*Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN program: in development; students will be admitted to begin in fall 2015)
Bachelor of Social Work
Master of Arts in Teaching
Master of Education
Master of Letters in Shakespeare and Performance
Master of Fine Arts in Shakespeare and Performance
*Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies (in development; students will be admitted to begin in fall 2015)
*Doctor of Occupational Therapy
*Doctor of Physical Therapy
Certificates in 10 concentrations
Mary Baldwin College adult education certificate programs prepare and educate students in several relevant and in-demand fields. Coursework can be completed through online classes, at MBC regional centers, on campus in Staunton, or by independent tutorial. Certificates require 21 to 24 credit hours of coursework, which can be completed in one academic year.
Certificates offered: American Studies, Sustainable Business Management, Entrepreneurship, Health Care Management, Human Resource Management, Leadership Studies, Long Term Care Administration, Marketing Communication, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and Environment-Based Learning. Please see Undergraduate Offerings: American Studies, Business, Health Care Administration, and Leadership Studies and Graduate Offerings: College of Education.
Mary Baldwin and six other private colleges in Virginia (Hampden-Sydney, Hollins, Randolph-Macon, Randolph, Sweet Briar, and Washington and Lee) have joined in a consortium exchange through which students in the Residential College for Women may attend another of the participating colleges for a year or part of a year while remaining enrolled at MBC. Application should be made to the exchange officer in the registrar’s office. Priority is given to juniors. Mary Baldwin students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.3 to participate.
Cooperative Programs/Articulation Agreements
Guaranteed Admissions Agreement with the Virginia Community College System
Mary Baldwin College and the Virginia Community College System have adopted a Guaranteed Admissions Agreement to facilitate the transition from community college to MBC. The articulation agreement guarantees admission and full transfer of credit between all Virginia community colleges and Mary Baldwin — for both the Adult Degree Program and the Residential College for Women. More information about the guaranteed admissions program, including eligibility requirements, can be found at www.mbc.edu/admissions/transfer.
Guaranteed Admissions Agreement with Richard Bland College
As a member of the Council of Independent Colleges in Virginia (CICV), Mary Baldwin can offer guaranteed admission for graduates of Richard Bland College, a two-year college in Petersburg, Virginia. Richard Bland students must have graduated with at least a 3.0 GPA and with an associate in art or an associate in science to be eligible.
Mary Baldwin College and the University of Virginia Dual Degree Program in Engineering
Mary Baldwin College students may elect to participate in a dual degree program in the various branches of engineering, offered by the School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Virginia. Under this program, qualified students attend Mary Baldwin for three years and then, based on their academic performance, are accepted into the University of Virginia for two or more years of study, leading to a bachelor’s degree in applied mathematics from MBC and a master’s degree in engineering from UVA. Students who are interested in exploring this option should contact the coordinator, John Ong, associate professor of mathematics, during their first semester at Mary Baldwin. To enroll, they must maintain an overall (as well as a math and science) GPA of B+ at the college, and must complete the calculus and physics sequences during their freshman year. Students who are accepted into the program generally have a 1700 SAT or 25 ACT score or better.
Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) – Doctor of Osteopathy
Up to 10 qualified MBC students have the opportunity to gain admission to VCOM through the Guaranteed Acceptance Program by following a distinct academic protocol and by demonstrating high achievement. VCOM also offers the Early Acceptance Program — which encourages candidates from rural areas, low socio-economic status backgrounds, and underrepresented minorities to enter health careers — for up to five MBC students. Interested students should consult with the pre-medical advisor for more information about the requirements and course schedules for VCOM guaranteed acceptance or early acceptance, preferably early in their college career at MBC.
Jefferson College of Health Sciences — Nursing
Mary Baldwin students seeking nursing degrees may participate in the program at Jefferson College of Health Sciences (JCHS) in Roanoke. The articulation agreement between MBC and JCHS stipulates that, each year, JCHS will grant priority admission to five qualified Mary Baldwin baccalaureate graduates who seek entry into their accelerated bachelor of nursing program.
Vanderbilt University — Nursing
A student may complete three years at Mary Baldwin and transfer to Vanderbilt University in Tennessee for two additional years of study, at the end of which they will receive the bachelor’s degree in their field from Mary Baldwin and the Master of Science in nursing degree from Vanderbilt.
The MSN degree opens many opportunities for students in specialty medical fields and is an attractive option for students who wish to be involved in the various emerging aspects of professional medical practice that are not based in the traditional medical degree or in custodial hospital care. Students considering this program should consult with Paul Deeble, associate professor of biology.
Washington and Lee University — Physics
A student may receive a bachelor’s degree in physics by designing a major drawn from the appropriate courses at both Mary Baldwin and our consortium partner Washington and Lee University.
Robert Klonoski, Mandi Montgomery Smith, Laura van Assendelft, advisors
Mary Baldwin College is committed to ensuring that students are prepared for the rigors of law school and have the skills needed for a successful professional career.
MBC pre-law advisors suggest that students gain first-hand experience in one or more legal environments — though summer jobs and internships at private firms, a circuit court clerk office, or in a juvenile and domestic relations court. They also recommend talking with and shadowing knowledgeable attorneys to get a feel for the job. Many students benefit from full-time employment as a paralegal after completing their bachelor’s degree, which allows them to evaluate their interest in pursuing a law degree.
According to the Association of American Law Schools, there is no specific pre-law major or curriculum. MBC recommends a strong liberal arts foundation, with an emphasis on courses and majors that require writing essays that are evaluated on the basis of reasoning and supporting evidence, as the best undergraduate preparation. Students should also consider taking courses that will help them develop their ability to work with and motivate others, two very important qualities in an attorney. Suggested courses include those with an emphasis in psychology, social processes, business, accounting, writing, research, communication, and public speaking.
For more detailed information and recommended courses, visit the Pre-Law page at www.mbc.edu/studies/prelaw.
Pre-Med and Allied Health
Paul Deeble, advisor
Many students are interested in graduate school in health-related professions, ranging from traditional medical school to physician assistant studies to careers in allied health, such as physical therapy and occupational therapy. We strive to support our students in health-focused career exploration and endeavor to prepare them well for future graduate studies.
Medical schools, as well as allied health programs, have varying admission requirements, but most are more concerned that applicants have a strong liberal arts background and have demonstrated an ability to excel, rather than requiring a specific major. Most medical schools want entrants with a strong foundation in science and math, as well as a strong overall GPA.
Achievement on the entrance examination — Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) — is a nearly universal requirement of medical schools and allied health programs. Students usually take the MCAT or GRE in the spring of their junior year and apply for admission the following summer/fall. Some students may apply for early decision in the summer.
Students who choose to major in biology may further designate an emphasis in biomedical science designed to provide broad-based scientific knowledge and skills.
No college can guarantee admission to medical school or other graduate programs; however, at Mary Baldwin we have found that capable students who successfully complete the designated pre-requisite courses and apply themselves can gain admission to a good medical school or allied health program. We recommend that students who are interested in health care participate in an internship in a medical/health care setting early in their careers at MBC, as a valuable addition to their academic records and to evaluate their interest in a particular profession. The premedical advisor and Career Services can help you explore options for internships and shadowing.
Mary Baldwin students interested in applying to the Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences may do so their junior year for “conditional early admission” provided they meet all admissions requirements and are on track to complete the baccalaureate degree and prerequisite coursework in the senior year. Students should work with their faculty advisor to ensure that their four-year plan allows for completion of all necessary prerequisite coursework. There are three early admission seats available each year, and those opportunities will be offered to the most-qualified MBC applicants from each admissions pool. Faculty advisor recommendation is required in addition to the standard admission requirement for letters of recommendation.
A Mary Baldwin student who has been accepted into a school of medicine, dentistry, or veterinary medicine after her junior year may apply to the dean of the college to receive a Mary Baldwin degree following the first year of professional school, thereby waiving her senior year at Mary Baldwin. To get the pre-professional bachelor’s degree, the student must have completed 99 semester hours (66 at MBC), completed the general education and major requirements for the major, and fulfilled the sophomore and junior residency requirements. In addition, she must submit a transcript after one year at the professional school showing at least 33 semester hours of credit with no grade below a “C.”
For more detailed information and recommended courses, visit the Pre-Medical and Allied Health Fields page at www.mbc.edu/studies/premed and/or the Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences page at www.mbc.edu/health_sciences.
During May Term, any student can go on the short-term trips organized and led by full-time Mary Baldwin faculty with expertise in the subject and location. A May Term trip lasts for three weeks and gives students the opportunity to study or perform community service in locations such as France, Italy, Costa Rica, South Africa, Peru, and Japan.
Students can also study or volunteer abroad for a summer, semester, or year, either at one of Mary Baldwin’s partner colleges or through other universities and independent providers. Mary Baldwin College has partnerships with several colleges in England, India, Japan, Peru, South Korea, and Taiwan. For more information about these programs, see the descriptions listed below.
To find out more about study and service abroad opportunities at Mary Baldwin College, visit the Spencer Center for Civic and Global Engagement, contact the director of international programs at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the study abroad page at www.mbc.edu/study_abroad.
MBC Exchange and Partner Programs
Oxford University: The Virginia Program at Oxford is a six-week summer session at St. Anne’s College of the University of Oxford. Six Virginia colleges, including Mary Baldwin, combine to offer a select group of students the opportunity to study the literature, history, and society of late 16th and early 17th century England. Lectures and tutorials are conducted by British faculty. Students may earn six semester hours of English and history credit. Students from all majors at Mary Baldwin may apply to the program. For more information and application, contact Professor of History Mary Hill Cole.
Lady Doak College: Lady Doak College, the first women’s college in the city of Madurai, gives VWIL students the opportunity to spend a semester or year in India. Since it was established in 1948 by American missionary Katie Wilcox, the college has grown from 81 students to more than 3,000. Offering undergraduate courses in 21 disciplines, Lady Doak is committed to the empowerment and academic development of women.
Applicants for the programs in Japan must have at least a “B” average and should contact Daniel Métraux, professor of Asian studies.
Doshisha Women’s College of Liberal Arts: Doshisha Women’s College of Liberal Arts in Kyoto has been a “sister school” to Mary Baldwin for more than 20 years. The college is located across the street from the legendary Emperor’s Palace in one of Japan’s most beautiful and historic cities. While attending Doshisha for a semester or year, students immerse themselves in Japanese language and culture. Students can also arrange independent studies and internships to further their experience.
Kansai Gaidai: Kansai-Gaidai, which enrolls around 13,500 students, is a private college in Hirakata, Osaka Prefecture, offering an Asian Studies program specifically designed for international students. Courses are taught in Japanese and English, though applicants are required to have two years of Japanese instruction. Established in 1945, Kansai-Gaidai is located mid-way between Osaka and Kyoto, in the commercial and cultural heart of Japan.
Soka University: Soka, which enrolls ten thousand undergraduate and graduate students, is Mary Baldwin’s newest “sister school.” It is located in the suburban city of Hachioji, less than an hour by train from central Tokyo. International students may enroll for the fall, spring, or summer sessions or for a full academic year. Soka offers visiting students a wide range of courses in Japanese and Asian Studies as well as a full complement of Japanese language courses.
University of Virginia Program in Perú: Spanish is not required to study in Perú for a summer, semester, or full academic year at the Universidad Católica in Lima. Courses in anthropology, history, literature, philosophy, and sociology are taught in English. Students can also take courses taught in Spanish with Peruvian students in arts and sciences, law, education, engineering, or any of the disciplines taught at Católica. Participants visit museums, archaeological sites, explore Lima, and attend plays. Students stay with families in safe neighborhoods. The University of Virginia operates this program in partnership with Mary Baldwin College.
Sungshin Women’s University: MBC students from all academic programs are eligible to study for a semester or year at Sungshin Women’s University, in Seoul, South Korea. Founded in 1936 by Dr. Lee Sook-chong, Sungshin University currently enrolls around 13,000 students. Previous study of Korean language is not required, but participants can enroll in language courses while at Sungshin. Apartment-style housing is provided on campus in the international residence hall.
National Chengchi University: Established in1927, National Chengchi University (NCCU) is noted for its humanities and social sciences disciplines and is located in Taipei City, the capital of Taiwan. Study at NCCU gives students the opportunity to learn Mandarin Chinese, which is the official language of Taiwan. The partnership between MBC and NCCU will enable at least two MBC students to participate in the exchange each year. Alternatively, the flexible agreement allows up to four students to each pursue one semester of study per year. Contact the director of international programs for more information.