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Otterbein University Course Catalogs

2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog 
    May 30, 2020  
2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Continuing Studies

Established in 1974, Otterbein’s Continuing Studies Program is designed to meet the unique needs and special interests of adult learners. Some students are seeking to finish their degrees while others are beginning college for the first time. Many are interested in new careers or promotions, while others enroll in courses for personal enrichment rather than seeking a degree. With most students having family, career, personal, and community commitments, there is a need to fit their education into a variety of schedules. Otterbein offers very flexible scheduling through day, evening and weekend classes. Students can select from a variety of courses, fit those courses within one or more study options, and determine the rate they want to move through their program.

The Office of Continuing Studies provides a variety of services that have been designed with the adult learner in mind:

  • admissions and registration
  • advising for new and currently enrolled students
  • assistance with financial aid
  • a strong transfer program
  • evening/weekend office hours
  • a variety of fee payment plans

Small classes, flexible scheduling, individual attention, accessibility, and a reputation for academic excellence all contribute to a rewarding experience at Otterbein. For more information, or to find out how you can begin your experience at Otterbein, contact the Office of Continuing Studies at 614-823-1356 or go to

Degrees and Majors

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Otterbein offers the following undergraduate degrees:

  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.)
  • Bachelor of Music (B.MUS.)
  • Bachelor of Music Education (B.M.E.)
  • Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S.E.)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.)

Majors Available Through Day Classes

Nearly 50 majors and over 400 courses are available each quarter during the day. Daytime schedules may be obtained by calling the Office of Continuing Studies (614) 823-1356.

Majors Available Through Evening Classes


Business Administration with the following concentrations:


International Business



Computer Science


Literary Studies

Liberal Studies in (PACE program):

Business Administration

Business Psychology

Human Resources Management

Leadership with concentrations in:

  • Leadership and Psychology
  • Organizational Leadership

Management and Leadership

Organizational Communication

Organizational Communication


Public Accounting

Weekend College

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Weekend College at Otterbein offers you three class times which meet for four hours every other weekend (six weekends during the ten-week quarter) or one class time which meets for three hours every Saturday for ten weekends. Meeting less frequently and for a fewer contact hours than day and evening classes, Weekend College courses maintain academic quality through independent study assignments completed during the interval between classes.

Through Weekend College, you can complete courses for a degree in Business Administration or the general core requirements for any of Otterbein’s majors. Weekend College appeals to students who can’t attend classes during the week and to those who live a distance from campus. Students enjoy the flexibility of combining an evening or day class with a weekend class. It appeals to adult students who have developed a capacity for independent study.

On the scheduled weekends, classes meet during the optional sessions listed below:

Class I: 5:30 p.m. - 9:40 p.m. Friday
Class II: 8:30 a.m. - 12:40 p.m. Saturday
Class III: 1:00 p.m. - 5:10 p.m. Saturday
Class IV: 8:30 a.m. - 11:40 a.m.



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Otterbein University’s Office of Continuing Studies created its professional degree completion program, PACE (Professional Adult Continuing Education), in the Fall of 1996. We designed this innovative and flexible program for adults who want to maximize their transfer credits, attend classes one night per week and weekends, and complete a B.A. in just 23 months - with the option for students to take longer if they need to. Continuing Studies students who have completed 90 quarter hours (60 semester hours) with selected prerequisites can attend one three-hour evening course per week and a Weekend College course each term and earn a degree in 23 months.

All of Otterbein’s Liberal Studies majors are distinctly interdisciplinary in approach, which means a student will be able to draw connections among courses in business, communication, psychology, and the liberal arts. To be successful, today’s business professional must draw from several sources - different perspectives, combinations of academic disciplines, and thinking styles. The Liberal Studies majors’ interdisciplinary approach enhances critical thinking and problem-solving skills. All of Otterbein’s PACE majors are designed to prepare our adult students for the changing demands of today’s workplace.

PACE Program Liberal Studies Majors:

  • Business Administration
  • Business Psychology
  • Human Resources Management
  • Leadership with concentrations in:
    • Leadership and Psychology
    • Organizational Leadership
  • Management and Leadership
  • Organizational Communication

The opportunity to complete a degree in just 23 months by taking 2 courses per term over 4 terms (Autumn, Winter, Spring, Summer), plus a December Term course each year. Requires 90 quarter hours (60 semester hours) of transfer credit, including selected prerequisites.

A combination of one-night-per-week and weekend classes. Evening classes meet for 3.25 hours. Weekend classes meet Friday nights or Saturday for 4 hours, generally every other weekend (6 sessions plus a final exam period).

The choice of scheduling classes a year in advance and enrolling in a December Term.

The option of set-your-own-pace-scheduling to accommodate busy work and personal schedules.

The opportunity to complete one of the PACE majors even if you have little or no college credit. (Note: all bachelor degrees require a minimum of 180 credit hrs.)

Eligibility, Admissions and Registration

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The Office of Continuing Studies considers applicants based upon the following criteria:

  1. be at least 23 years of age,
  2. if you are under 23 years of age, you may seek admission only if you have completed a two or three-year college program, or if you have not been enrolled in high school or college for at least two years,
  3. a minimum of a 2.0 G.P.A. for all previous college work or a 2.5 G.P.A. if only a high school diploma or GED has been earned.

Each applicant is considered on an individual basis; applicants whose past academic work has been marginally successful will be considered and may be accepted on a conditional basis.

Application Procedure

  1. Complete the application. Applications are available from the Office of Continuing Studies and via the college website at
  2. Include a non-refundable $25 fee with your application. Checks and money orders should be payable to Otterbein University.
  3. Submit official transcripts from all previous post-secondary schools attended. If you have 12 or fewer credit hours, also include your official high school or GED transcript. If your academic credentials are from an institution outside the United States, you are required to provide a World Education Services, Inc. (WES) course-by-course evaluation of all post-secondary education. WES charges a fee of approximately $125 for this service, and Otterbein will reimburse you when one term of enrollment has been completed. For WES details and instructions, visit their website at
  4. Make an appointment with a Continuing Studies or departmental advisor to discuss your plans. This is not required, but is strongly recommended.
  5. Forward all application materials by the posted deadline. Application deadlines are generally 10 days prior to the quarter in which you wish to enroll. Please forward all application materials to: Office of Continuing Studies, Towers Hall, Otterbein University, Westerville, OH 43081. Direct questions to: 614-823-1356.
  6. You must be accepted for admission before you can register for classes.
  7. Once accepted, you may be admitted in one of the following categories.


Regular Status

The student is admitted as fully qualified to pursue a program leading to a degree. No conditions apply.

Conditional Status

Under certain conditions, you may be admitted if you do not meet the basic eligibility requirements. If your prior academic record was marginally successful, you may be accepted provided you receive and maintain a 2.0 G.P.A. in all classes during your first 12 hours of enrollment. At that time, your record will be reviewed to determine if you will be admitted with regular status. Based upon the admission decision, other conditions may apply, depending on individual circumstance.

Non-Degree Status

Applicants seeking college credit but are not pursuing a degree may do so by providing some proof of prior education (official high school transcript, or official college transcript). Official transcripts are not necessary to be admitted with this status. However, should you later chose to pursue a degree, you will be required to provide official transcripts from all prior post-secondary schools.

Audit Status

Applicants wishing to audit a course for no credit, or take a non-credit course may be admitted in this category. Some proof of prior education (high school transcript, copy of diploma, college transcript) is required. In all cases, requests to audit undergraduate courses are subject to final approval by the Registrar. No graduate courses may be audited.

Transient Status

Students pursuing a degree at another college or university who wish to earn credit for transfer to that institution may be admitted for a maximum of three quarters. An official transcript from the home institution is required with the application.

Transfer students

L.P.N. to B.S.N. must submit a nursing application when all prerequisites are completed and they are ready to enter nursing courses. Applications and further details are available in the Office of Continuing Studies.

International students

Please refer to Admission  for information.


Students must be officially accepted for admission before they can register for classes. First-time, newly-enrolled students should submit their registration form directly to the Office of Continuing Studies. After your first quarter of enrollment, you may register through Cardinal Web for Students or complete a registration form and submit it to the Registrar’s Office.

Your tuition is due by the first day of class, or if you choose, according to one of the payment plans outlined in the Payment Plans and Financial Aid section.

Please check the current schedules for applicable registration deadlines.

Payment Plans and Financial Aid

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In recognition of the fact that many adult students must carefully plan their finances to manage a household budget, Continuing Studies offers two convenient payment plans. Both plans are an alternative to paying fees in full by the first day of each term. If you choose to use one of these plans, please make arrangements before the beginning of the quarter. MasterCard, Visa, and Discover are accepted.

  1. Three-Part Payment Plan

You may divide your tuition into three payments. At least one third of your tuition will be due by the first day of class. The remaining balance will be payable in two payments due one month apart. There is a $25 quarterly handling charge for this payment option.

  1. Deferred Payment Plan

If you qualify for your company’s tuition reimbursement program, this plan will allow you to defer most of your tuition until the end of the quarter. There is a $35 quarterly service charge for this payment option.

To help you meet the costs of a college education, you may wish to apply for financial aid. Assistance paying for college expenses may be available to you through loans, grants, and/or work-study opportunities. Because the availability of certain forms of financial aid is limited, prospective students are encouraged to make application as early as possible by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the University’s Institutional Aid Form. Both forms may be picked up in either the Office of Continuing Studies or the University’s Financial Aid Office. If you have any questions regarding the application process or the availability and awarding of financial aid, do not hesitate to contact the Office of Continuing Studies. Also see the Financial Assistance Section of this catalog.

Satisfactory Academic Progress

Students who fail to make satisfactory academic progress are subject to the loss of federal financial aid. Complete requirements are outlined on pages 329 and 330. Satisfactory academic progress is defined as achieving earned credit hours in at least two-thirds of all credit hours attempted and maintaining the appropriate cumulative grade point average. Courses in which IP’s, NR’s and W’s are received are considered attempted credit hours. Students who fall below the defined standard for satisfactory academic progress will be warned in writing. Students who receive a warning will have to be in compliance with the defined standard within two quarters or federally funded financial aid will be forfeited. Warnings are issued as a courtesy; students must assume full responsibility for monitoring their own satisfactory academic progress. The University reserves the right to refuse registration to students who are failing to make satisfactory academic progress toward their degrees.

Transfer Student Scholarships

Transfer students interested in academic scholarships should refer to the Bridge Scholarships listed in the financial assistance section of this catalog.

General Information

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Through advising sessions, the Office of Continuing Studies offers adult students an enhanced educational experience. Advisors are available in the Office of Continuing Studies and the academic departments to explain Otterbein’s programs and to assist students with scheduling classes. Through these sessions, students receive a comprehensive range of services beyond scheduling and obtain answers to questions regarding the rotation of classes, transfer credit, financial assistance, and details regarding the campus. Meeting with an advisor provides students the opportunity to develop an educational plan that will meet and/or exceed their personal and professional goals.

Final Examinations

A final examination schedule for daytime classes is printed on the class schedule. Finals for evening classes are given at the scheduled class time which falls during the designated days for finals. Weekend College class finals will be given during the last class session of the term.

Continuing Studies Dean’s List

Students who excel academically during a particular school year are recognized annually on the Continuing Studies Dean’s List which is announced in June. Guidelines for the Dean’s List are:

  1. Students must complete a minimum of 20 quarter hours during the regular school year (Autumn, Winter, Spring Quarters).
  2. Students must have A’s or B’s for all hours attempted.
  3. Students must have a minimum Grade Point Average of 3.6.

Full-time versus Part-time Status

You may attend Otterbein as a part-time or full-time student. Full-time students may take 12-18 hours of academic credit per quarter. Tuition for full-time students is figured from a base rate per quarter. All full-time students have access to the University’s peripheral services. These services include use of the Clements Recreation Center, free tickets to theatre, athletic and artist series events, use of the Health Service, and participation in student activities, intramural and athletics.

Part-time students may take up to 11 hours of academic credit per quarter. As a part-time student, you will pay a reduced tuition rate per quarter hour. Your total part-time tuition is figured by multiplying the number of quarter hours you are taking times the current part-time tuition rate. This reduced rate is made possible because a number of peripheral services are not available without charge to part-time students. Students should contact the Student Affair’s Office (614) 823-1250 to verify the services available when attending Otterbein part-time.

Residence Requirements

Refer to the section entitled The Academic Program .

Earning a Second Bachelor’s Degree

Refer to the section entitled The Academic Program .

Transfer of Credit

Refer to the section entitled Registration .

Credit for Prior Learning/By Examination

Refer to the section entitled Registration .

Auditing Courses

Refer to the section entitled Registration .

Interruption in Attendance

Refer to the section entitled The Academic Program .

Adding/Dropping Class

Refer to the section entitled Registration .


Refer to in the section entitled Registration .

Refund Schedule

Refer to the section entitled Tuition and Financial Assistance .

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