College of Saint Elizabeth

From Vincentian Encyclopedia
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The College of Saint Elizabeth in Morristown, New Jersey was founded in 1899 by the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth. It was New Jersey's first baccalaureate-degree-granting college for women. It has been accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education since 1921. Approximately 2,000 students attend the college, approximately 25% at off-campus sites.

The college has graduate programs in education, foods and nutrition, health care management, management, nursing, theology and counseling psychology. It has undergraduate programs in art, biology, business administration and economics, chemistry and biochemistry, education, English/communication, foods and nutrition, foreign languages, history, justice studies, mathematics and computer science, music, nursing, philosophy and theology, psychology and sociology. There are also inter-departmental undergraduate programs: American studies, international studies, political science, women's studies.

There is a faculty student ratio of 1:12 and, as of 2008, 87% of the full-time faculty have doctoral degrees.

Founded as a women's college, the College of Saint Elizabeth began offering coeducational adult degree programs in 1976.

The college established the Holocaust Education Center in 1994. In 1994 the college also began to collaborate with the New Jersey Commission on Holocaust Education for teacher training. The center continues the college's annual commemoration, which began in 1990, of Kristallnacht. It offers workshops for school teachers, in service training for teachers, programs for students, and presentations at state, national and international gatherings of teachers, religious groups, holocaust survivors and civic groups. The center belongs to the international Association of Holocaust Organizations and Association of New Jersey Holocaust Organizations.

In Spring, 2001 the Center for Catholic Women's History at the College of Saint Elizabeth opened. The center came about as a result of several initiatives focused on oral history. The center's goals are to "collect Catholic women's stories of their experience of being Catholic and the ways they are handing on the faith" and to "make the stories available to researchers as a source of studying Catholicism in the United States."

The Center for Theological and Spiritual Development provides resources of theological and spiritual development of the laity. The center has particular interest in developing skills for ministry in multicultural settings and in promoting inter-religious dialog.

The College of Saint Elizabeth has an undergraduate women's college.


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