2014/2015 Academic Calendar 4
A Simpson Education 6
Costs and Financial Assistance 17
The Academic Program 25
Academic Policies and Services 29
Engaged Citizenship Curriculum 41
The Division of Continuing & Graduate Programs 46
Majors, Minors, Programs, and Areas of Interest 50
Board of Trustees 296
The information in this catalog does not constitute a contract between the College and the student. The College reserves the right to make changes in curricula, admissions policies and process, tuition and financial aid, academic standards and guidelines, student services and any other regulations or policies set forth in this catalog without giving prior notice.
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SIMPSON COLLEGE CALENDAR 2014-2015
23 Freshmen/Transfers Arrive
24 Returning Students Arrive
26 Classes Begin
27 All College Convocation
1 Labor Day/Holiday
2 Last Day to Add/Drop
15 Mid-Term Grades Due
18 Family Weekend/Homecoming
Simpson College is an independent, selective, church-related, comprehensive liberal arts college dedicated to excellence in higher education.
The Simpson College community is equally committed to:
Promoting integrative learning that enables students of all ages
to develop intellectual and practical skills
Nurturing values which foster personal worth and individuality
within a creative, diverse and just community
Graduating students who continue to grow as free, responsible
and fulfilled individuals in the world of family, work, service
Drawing upon our relationship with the United Methodist
Church and our religious traditions that guide us on issues of
personal integrity, moral responsibility, social justice and global
Approved by the Board of Trustees, May 16, 2008
A Simpson Education 150 Years of Excellence For over 150 years, Simpson’s highly regarded academic programs have been preparing students for coveted careers, competitive research programs and prestigious graduate schools. Backed by a rich liberal arts tradition, today’s Simpson experience is defined by the many exceptional opportunities for learning both in the classroom and in the community.
Simpson’s internship program gives students the opportunity to gain practical experience before they graduate while Simpson’s multitude of school-sponsored clubs and organizations allow students to be actively involved on campus while developing valuable leadership skills. Nearly half of Simpson students study in fantastic locations around the globe through Simpson’s May Term and semester-long study abroad courses, and Simpson’s volunteer programs help students make a difference locally and abroad, with nearly 47,000 hours of service contributed to the community last year alone.
Most importantly, the Simpson experience gives students plentiful choices that encourage them to explore their passions, so when they graduate, they will be ready to go out and impact the world.
A Liberal Arts Tradition Simpson’s curriculum is guided by five principals that will help students develop the skills and mindset needed to succeed in the ever-changing work environment of the 21st century. These principals encourage academic rigor but also place an emphasis on quality experiences outside of the classroom, an increased global awareness and a sense of civic responsibility.
Integrative Learning: At Simpson, many important learning experiences take place through internships, research projects, service learning, volunteerism and involvement with community partnerships. These opportunities enhance course work by allowing students to take what they’ve studied at the college and apply it to real-world situations.
Intellectual and Practical Skills: Simpson helps students acquire the tools necessary to face challenges in and out of the workplace. Simpson’s curriculum prepares students to think critically and communicate effectively by encouraging inquiry, analysis and teamwork, along with the concrete application of knowledge.
Living and Working in a Global Context: Simpson assists students in recognizing their roles as citizens in a diverse world by giving them chances to discover and understand cultures and backgrounds different from their own, such as school-sponsored semesters abroad, international and domestic May Term trips and service-learning projects.
Leadership: Developing graduates who can serve as responsible leaders in their work environments as well as their communities is at the heart of what a Simpson education is about. Students develop their leadership skills through significant contributions to campus groups, classroom activities and off-campus organizations.
Personal and Social Responsibility: Simpson prepares students to become responsible and contributing members of society through the cultivation of character, citizenship and a commitment to social justice. Particularly, Simpson emphasizes service to the greater good through First-Year Service Day, the Wesley Service Scholar program and a variety of other volunteer opportunities.
Quality Academics With a full time student population of approximately 1,400, Simpson’s quality liberal arts education emphasizes academic excellence, community engagement, international experiences and success beyond the classroom. The college offers more than 80 majors, minors and pre-professional programs, which provide students with the skills they need to succeed in a given field. Simpson professors are dedicated to their fields of study and equally dedicated to teaching. It shows in the classroom. In addition, many opportunities exist for students to work with their professors outside of the classroom through research opportunities, volunteer experiences and trips locally and abroad.
First-Year Program Simpson’s First-Year Program, which helps ease students into their first-year at the college, is one of the best in the nation. According to College and Character, a national initiative of the John Templeton Foundation, Simpson is one of 60 colleges in the nation that offers students an exemplary program in the first year to develop moral character.
Beyond the Classroom May Term
With Simpson’s 4-4-1 academic calendar, the college offers two four month semesters and one three-week term in May. During May Term, Simpson students take just one class, allowing them to examine one issue or topic in a new and complex way. May Term makes it possible for students to
travel, hold an internship, develop new skills or learn about a specific interest in-depth. Course offerings vary from year to year, but May Term always provides a multitude of exciting choices. Each year, over a hundred Simpson students go abroad during May Term. In the past, courses have taken students to many unique and diverse locations, such as Namibia, Peru, Madagascar, Ecuador, Rwanda and Ghana. Courses have also taken students to destinations like England, France, China, Germany, New Zealand, Spain and Greece.
Simpson also gives students many options for travel within the United States with trips to places such as Denver, Chicago, Dallas, New York City and Washington, D.C.
Overseas with Simpson Simpson is ranked by U.S.News & World Report as one of the top 100 colleges in the nation with the highest percentage of students studying abroad. Simpson offers several semester-long study abroad programs that allow Simpson students to learn together under the guidance of a Simpson faculty member. Simpson’s semester-long programs are located in:
London, England (Fall 2015)
Schorndorf, Germany (Spring 2015)
Nakorn Pathom, Thailand (Spring 2015)
Tahiti, French Polynesia (Spring 2016)
Rosario, Argentina (Spring 2016)
Austrailia (Fall 2014)
Simpson students also have the option of participating in an affiliated study abroad program through another university or institution.
Partnerships Simpson has several partnerships and on-campus centers that give students outstanding experiences outside of the normal classroom environment.
EMERGE@Simpson: EMERGE@Simpson is a unique opportunity for students of Simpson College to learn and practice entrepreneurship skills working with start-up companies from around the United States. In some cases, students will have an opportunity to build equity in a budding business. Students may receive credit for their participation in EMERGE@Simpson, or volunteer their time.
Iowa History Center: The Iowa History Center connects the state’s historians, authors and students in an effort to capture and preserve Iowa’s history through many statewide initiatives. The center brings many prominent speakers to campus and also helps place Simpson students in internships with various state historical associations.
Center for Vocation and Integrative Learning (CVIL): CVIL challenges students to identify their vocation as global citizens and leaders through engagement, service, career development and career advancement. Among the services provided are vocational exploration through volunteer service, civic engagement, service-learning, career counseling, internships, job expos and fairs for job, graduate school, and volunteer opportunities. Simpson provides ongoing alumni networking and support, as well as an extensive resources library for students, alumni, faculty and staff. Encompassing many Simpson College offices, CVIL centralizes engagement, leadership development and career advancement.
The John C Culver Center for Public Policy: The Culver Center was established at Simpson College to honor the service of John C. Culver, who served the people of Iowa for 16 years in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. Simpson College strives to honor the example of John C. Culver by inspiring young people to pursue careers in service with integrity and moral courage. The Center’s nonpartisan programs seek to educate and inspire young people to actively participate in our democracy and encourage them to consider public service as their life’s work.
Professional Development According to the National Survey of Student Engagement, more than 70 percent of Simpson students take advantage of internships or field experiences before graduation, putting them ahead of students at similar schools.
The Des Moines metro area provides countless internships for Simpson students. Des Moines—which was named the number one city in the nation for business and careers by Forbes magazine—is home to media outlets and publishing firms, research facilities, insurance and financial institutions, entertainment and cultural venues, the state legislature, and numerous nonprofit organizations.
In addition to Des Moines’ extensive array of jobs and internships, students often seek positions across the country and abroad. Whether it’s navigating the halls of the White House, performing research at Johns Hopkins University, or standing on the sidelines with the Green Bay Packers—a few recent experiences of Simpson students—internships are a great way to learn beyond the classroom and provide a solid foundation for the future.
Though many students chose to do internships independently, Simpson also offers courses that allow students to gain job experience while receiving college credit.
Co-Op 119 “Career Observation”
This May Term class is open to first-year students and sophomores and gives them the opportunity to job shadow in a specific work environment for three weeks.
Co-Op 319 “Internship Experience”
During this course, students receive hands-on job experience for credit through a semester-long or summer internship. A total of 16 credits of Co-Op 319 may be applied to graduation.
Academic Support Hawley Academic Resource and Advising Center: The center gives free academic support to all Simpson students with individualized appointments that help students work on their study skills. The Hawley Center can provide guidance with the writing process and tutoring for classes in any subject area. In addition, the center can help students learn about academic strategies for test taking, note taking, college reading, and time and stress management.
Student Support Services (SSS): SSS helps students take positive steps forward in their college careers with a wide variety of programs developed for first generation college students, students with limited incomes, or students with disabilities. Programs through SSS help students reach their fullest potential by providing opportunities for academic development. Programs include one-on-one advising with staff members, peer mentoring, educational workshops and social and cultural activities.
Career Services Simpson College’s Career Services provides resources to help students with career and graduate school planning from the moment they arrive on campus.
Services and programs offered by Career Services include:
Workshops and class presentations which cover topics such as: resume and cover letter writing, interviewing techniques and attire, applying for internships, proper business etiquette and more
Personalized career consultation to assist in determining possible fields of study and career goals
Career-related fairs and events throughout the year, including the Simpson Career Fair in the spring and the Fall Futures Fair in the fall
One-on-one appointments to critique résumés, cover letters and graduate school applications
Simpson CareerPaths, a free online database of full-time and part-time jobs and internships
Extracurricular Activities Simpson offers many clubs and organizations that provide great leadership experiences for Simpson students. Some of the options for involvement include:
Student publications, including an award-winning newspaper, literary magazine and radio station
Performance opportunities in theatre productions and music groups
19 Division III athletic teams
Religious Life Community, which provides chances for vocational exploration, service trips and worship in many faiths
Multicultural and international organizations that highlight new cultures and enhance diversity on campus
Intramurals, such as basketball, softball, pool, fishing, BINGO, paintball, jamball and kickball
Cheer and dance teams
Athletics The Simpson College athletics program has a great tradition of success at the NCAA Division III level. As a member of the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, Simpson’s 19 varsity teams compete for conference, regional and national championships each year.
Simpson is committed to helping students become well-rounded athletes, and our student-athletes excel in the classroom and beyond. Simpson student-athletes have received prestigious NCAA postgraduate scholarships, and hundreds of athletes have been named to IIAC All-Academic teams.
Men’s Athletic Teams
Track & Field
Women’s Athletic Teams
Track & Field
Fine Arts Simpson makes art, theatre and music available to all students, whether they are interested in performing or just want to catch a show or see an exhibit.
The Farnham Galleries sponsor an eclectic exhibition program each year. Past exhibits have included works of digital imagery, photography, painting and ceramics. The galleries also display student work, including a senior art exhibit each spring.
Simpson’s nationally recognized music program offers a variety of vocal and instrumental ensembles as well as musical and opera performances that allow students to show off their talents. Simpson has one of the largest college opera programs in the nation and is home to the Des Moines Metro Opera in the summer.
Theatre Simpson performs three faculty-directed shows, and a festival of student-directed one acts each year, giving students plenty of opportunities to perform on stage. Performances range from classical to contemporary to musicals.
Being Green at Simpson Promoting green initiatives on campus and across central Iowa is an important part of Simpson’s plan for the future. Simpson President John Byrd has signed an agreement with college and university presidents across the nation that committed Simpson to reducing and eventually eliminating its carbon footprint.
Since signing the agreement, Simpson has made great progress. Simpson has already made numerous updates in current buildings to help conserve natural resources, instituted a campus-wide recycling program and purchased a biodiesel converter that will allow used vegetable oil from the dining hall to be converted into fuel for campus vehicles and other machines. Simpson has also committed to environmentally friendly designs in all future construction projects.
Students play a vital role in the future of sustainability efforts at the college. Two campus groups help lead these efforts. Through the Environmental Awareness Club (EAC), students organize events and educate the campus on various issues relating to sustainability. The Earth Corps program gives motivated student leaders the opportunity to conduct important research on sustainability, and participate in outreach projects on campus and in the community.
Living on Campus
Simpson prides itself on having some of the best housing options around, and the college provides students with a variety of choices for campus living. First-year students are assigned to one of two first-year residence halls while upper-class students can choose among living in one of two additional residence halls, a theme house, Greek housing or one of seven college-owned apartment buildings.
All college housing is air-conditioned, fully furnished, carpeted and smoke-free. Each residence hall contains a computer lab, laundry facilities, cable, vending machines and a kitchenette.
Every room, apartment or house is equipped with computer data jacks for connecting personal computers to the campus computer network and Internet. The entire campus (including campus housing) is also completely wireless.
Best of Both Worlds Simpson’s location gives students the best of both worlds: the friendly atmosphere of a college town with the benefit of living near an exciting metropolitan area. Indianola is host to many nationally known events, including the Des Moines Metro Opera and the National Balloon Classic. The vibrant, small-town community also has a multitude of choices for entertainment including state parks and trails for recreation, a golf course and many unique restaurants, shops and movie theatres within walking distance of campus.
Indianola is just 12 miles south of Iowa’s capital city, Des Moines, which gives students plenty of opportunities to attend cultural events and festivals, see professional sports teams in action, catch concerts or Broadway musicals, shop in the trendy East Village or the upscale Jordan Creek Mall and more.
ADMISSION Simpson College is a selective institution which seeks a diverse group of high quality
students for admission to its undergraduate programs each year. General standards for admission
to Simpson College should be regarded as very competitive. A strong academic record is
essential. Admission procedures for freshman and transfer students are outlined below.
Admissions Committee. All materials submitted for admission consideration
become the property of Simpson College. In some cases, additional information is
required. Although no specific distribution of entrance units is required, it is strongly
recommended that the following be included:
• four years of English (composition and literature);
• three years of one foreign language;
• three years of mathematics (two years of algebra, one year of geometry).
Students planning to major in either mathematics or science in college are urged to complete four years of high school mathematics;
• three years of social science;
• three years of laboratory science.
Home-schooled Admission Procedure
1. The student submits the online application, a paper application or the common application (commonapp.org).
2. The applicant submits an official transcript for all coursework completed including detailed course descriptions OR other documentation in lieu of the transcript, as noted below:
• detailed portfolio of work completed in high school to demonstrate preparation for college-level work; or
• GED test results; or
• scores from any AP exams.
3. The applicant submits a letter of recommendation evaluating the student’s academic potential from a qualified educator or evaluator outside the home-school environment;
4. The student requests official results of the American College Test (ACT) or the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) be forwarded to the Simpson College Office of Admissions.
5. The College notifies the candidate concerning action on his or her application for admission as soon as all information has been received and evaluated by the Admissions Committee. All materials submitted for admission consideration become the property of Simpson College. In some cases, additional information is required. For the recommended high school curriculum, refer to number 5 under Freshman Admission Procedure above.
Transfer Admission Procedure
Each year, Simpson College welcomes transfer applications. Requirements for transfer from other colleges are:
• official college transcripts from each institution attended;
• for students with less than 36 postsecondary graded, transferable college credits: final official high school transcript, including evidence of graduation or GED Equivalent and official results of the American College Test (ACT) or the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT).
The College notifies the candidate concerning action on his or her application as soon as all the information has been received and evaluated by the Admissions Committee.
Four-Year College Transfers Students presenting credits with satisfactory records from accredited four year colleges may
be accepted and admitted to the classification at Simpson to which their credit entitles them.
All transfer credit is evaluated on an individual basis. Courses with D or F grades are not
granted transfer credit. Students must complete at least 32 credits at Simpson College.
Two-Year/Community College Transfers Although an Associate of Arts degree is not required for a transfer to Simpson, students who complete an Associate in Arts degree at any two-year/community college accredited by the NCA or an equivalent accrediting body and who subsequently are admitted as full-time degree-seeking students at Simpson College will have met all of the general education requirements of the Simpson curriculum.
Courses with a C- or better will be credited on a course by course basis. Although an unlimited number of credit hours may be transferred to Simpson College, graduates of two-year colleges must complete an additional minimum of 64 credits at Simpson to apply to the minimum of 128 credits needed to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts Degree (68 and 132 credits respectively for a Bachelor of Music Degree).
Further information regarding transfer admission may be obtained by contacting the
Director of Transfer Enrollment in the Office of Admissions.
Enrollment Deposit Procedure
Within a designated time after receiving notice of admission to the College, the candidate
is required to make an initial enrollment deposit of $200. The acceptance of the offer of admission is not completed until the deposit is received. Applicants for financial assistance are not required to pay the deposit until after they are notified of their financial assistance award. For students enrolling fall semester, the deposit is refundable until May 1 of the year of enrollment. After May 1, the $200 is non-refundable.
Upon matriculation, $100 becomes a continuing enrollment deposit and $100 becomes a non-refundable matriculation fee. The $100 continuing enrollment deposit is kept on file and is refunded upon departure providing the student has no outstanding financial obligations to the College.
Admission to Continuing & Graduate Programs Students who wish to apply for admission to Continuing & Graduate Programs must complete the following:
Submit a part-time application for admission.
Submit official transcripts from all colleges previously attended.
Set up an appointment to meet with an academic advisor.
Pay a one-time $75 matriculation fee upon receiving an acceptance letter.
For additional information, please consult the current viewbook for Continuing & Graduate Programs or the web page at www.simpson.edu/continue for the process of admission as a part-time student. Contact
any office of the Continuing & Graduate Programs for assistance.
After the application and accompanying records are received, the credentials will be evaluated by the Admissions Committee. As soon as possible after the evaluation is completed, the College will notify the candidate concerning action taken on the application for admission.
International Student Admission Procedure International students applying for admission to Simpson College must:
Submit the completed international student application to the Simpson College Office
of Admissions. Applications may be filed any time between September 1 and May 1.
Students wishing to apply after May 1 may do so, but priority will be given to those
applicants that meet the May 1 deadline.
Forward certified true copies of the student’s original secondary school records and
certificates (GCE, SPM, HSC, HKCE, Bachillerator, etc.). Translations alone are not
acceptable without a copy of the original record.
Send official copy of the results of TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), IELTS, SAT or ACT.
After the application and accompanying records are received, the credentials will be
evaluated by the Admissions Committee. As soon as possible after the evaluation is completed,
the College will notify the candidate concerning action taken on his/her application for
A financial statement attested to by the candidate’s bank or other financial institution
is required. This satisfies the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service regulations. This
statement must document that financial resources will be available to the candidate for the
academic year requested. The immigration document (I-20) will not be issued for a student
until the resources are verified and an enrollment deposit of $1000 is received. .
COSTS AND FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FINANCIAL PLANNING
Simpson College is a nonprofit educational institution providing students with a rich academic environment in which they can learn and grow. As such, the College must charge tuition and fees for the services it provides. A portion of the tuition and fees is covered by income from endowments and other gifts from friends of the College.
Payment of Student Accounts
Before the beginning of each term, the Business Office will send each student an estimated bill showing the total charges for the term and the financial aid expected to be credited to the student account for the term. Fall term balances are due to be paid prior to the start of the term. Spring term balances are due in January prior to the start of the term.
A monthly payment plan is available, see below. For parents or students who wish to pay their account by credit card, the College accepts MasterCard, American Express and Discover. In addition, students can access their account balance online through StormFront and make secure payments by ACH or credit card. A convenience fee on credit card payments will apply. There is no fee for ACH payments.
If an account is not paid in full by the due date, the College regards the account as delinquent unless satisfactory financial arrangements have been made with the Business Office. Students with accounts considered delinquent are not entitled to future registration, room, board or issuance of transcripts.
Finance charges are assessed at a daily rate of 0.05% (18% A.P.R.) on the unpaid balance not covered by the payment plan. Finance charges are calculated at the end of the month and added to the student’s account.
Books are sold at the Simpson College Bookstore and may be purchased by cash, check or credit card (MasterCard, VISA, American Express or Discover). Students should be prepared to pay approximately $1,165 each year for books.
Monthly Payment Plan
The College offers a monthly payment plan for those who prefer to budget the annual cost of tuition, room, board and fees in monthly installments.
The TuitionPay Plan is administered by a third party payment plan administrator and provides a way to pay educational expenses through manageable monthly installments. The TuitionPay Plan may be tailored to cover all or part of the financial obligations for the academic year. The TuitionPay Plan is not a loan. Thus, there are no interest charges. The only cost is an annual non-refundable participation fee of $55 for the year. With the TuitionPay Plan, monthly installments can be automatically deducted from a designated checking account or charged to a credit card. This eliminates the worry of remembering to make payments each month and avoids the assessment of late fees by the payment plan administrator. Of course, monthly installments can be billed directly. Prepayments may occur at any time without penalty.
Questions regarding the TuitionPay Plan may be directed to the Business Office. To enroll in the TuitionPay Plan, visit www.simpson.edu/businessoffice/tpp.
Federal regulations require credit balances created by Title IV funds to be refunded to the student within 14 days. Students who want credit balances retained by Simpson College for the academic year must give written authorization to the Business Office.
All full-time residential students must have a board plan.
Full meal plan options (all per semester):
200 blocks and $75 flex dollars
150 blocks and $275 flex dollars
20 meal per week board plan. Unused meals are lost at the end of every week, and the plan does not include flex dollars.
Part meal plan:
100 blocks and $250 flex dollars (only available for commuters, apartment and theme house residents).
Greek meal plan:
150 blocks and $275 flex dollars, with five blocks per week served at the house. If a house chooses to go onto this meal plan, it is required for all live-in members.
Flex money left over at the end of the first semester will roll-over to the second semester. Unused blocks will not roll-over between semesters.
Students may change their board plans during the first four weeks of the semester. Meal charges will be pro-rated to reflect the change. Flex dollars will also be pro-rated.
Residence Hall Community Damage Fund
Each student living in College owned housing is billed ten dollars at the beginning of each term as an assessment for the Residence Hall Community Damage Fund for each residential unit. The amount is included as a part of the total Residence Hall room charge. Unidentified vandalism costs incurred through the term will be totaled and deducted from the fund established for each unit. Any remaining monies after damage billings at the end of each term will be turned over to the residence hall activity account for each unit. Residence hall activity accounts are utilized under the direction of the residence hall council and residence hall staff for each respective building. In the event that unidentified vandalism charges in any one term exceed the Residence Hall Community Damage Fund, residents will be individually billed for excess charges.
Personal Property Insurance
The College does not carry insurance on personal property of students, faculty or staff and is not responsible for the loss or damage of such property.
There are tax benefits available to help reduce the financial impact of higher education. For more information, please consult your tax advisor.