2021-22 University Bulletin 
    Jul 13, 2024  
2021-22 University Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

An Adelphi Education

Adelphi University: Providing unique learning opportunities for intellectual, cultural and social growth


Adelphi University provides students with a global learning experience that fully prepares them for successful and fulfilling careers through innovative programs, dedicated faculty, comprehensive support and services and diverse learning opportunities. Adelphi students graduate with the tools to compete and excel in their chosen fields, and the skills to engage with and assess the needs of their communities.

With an ethnically diverse student body recruited from 41 states and 48 countries, Adelphi provides an atmosphere that encourages cultural exchange and personal and professional growth. Students also benefit from the rich intellectual and social opportunities and creative energy of nearby New York City.

The pages that follow present in greater detail the many facets of student life and learning at Adelphi University.

A Brief History of Adelphi University

Adelphi University’s roots reach back to 1863 and the founding of the Adelphi Academy, a private preparatory school in Brooklyn, New York. The Academy was incorporated in 1869 and its board of trustees was charged with establishing “a first-class institution for the broadest and most thorough training, and to make its advantages as accessible as possible to the largest numbers of our population.” The school quickly gained a reputation for its innovative curriculum, particularly in physical culture and early childhood education.

The appointment of Charles H. Levermore, Ph.D. as head of the Academy in 1893 was an important moment in Adelphi’s history. Realizing that the city of Brooklyn was without a liberal arts college, Dr. Levermore seized the opportunity to establish Adelphi College. Through the efforts of Timothy Woodruff, former lieutenant governor of New York State and future president of Adelphi’s board of trustees, Adelphi College, with 57 students and 16 instructors, was granted a charter—one of the earliest charters granted to a coeducational college by the Board of Regents of the State of New York—on June 24, 1896. Henceforth, diplomas issued bore the seals of Adelphi College and of the University of the State of New York and were signed by the officers of the College and by the chancellor and the secretary of the University. For the next 25 years, the Academy remained intact yet separate from the College.

Over the course of the next hundred years, Adelphi grew and changed significantly. In 1929, Adelphi University became the first private, coeducational institution of higher education on Long Island. Since that time, more than 100,000 students have passed through our doors, leaving their mark on the University and the world beyond.

Today, Adelphi is thriving. Our colleges and schools include the College of Arts and Sciences; the Gordon F. Derner School of Psychology; the Honors College; the Robert B. Willumstad School of Business; the College of Education and Health Sciences; the College of Nursing and Public Health; the School of Social Work; and the College of Professional and Continuing Studies. Under the leadership of  Robert A. Scott, Ph.D., president of Adelphi since 2000, we have reinvigorated our academic community and invested in our future. Our faculty is leading the way to ensure that our students receive the finest education in the region and that Adelphi continues to serve as a vital resource to our local communities. As we turn our strategic plan into a vision for our future, the campus community has come together to accomplish mutual goals centered on scholarship and student achievement.

While universities around the country have been eliminating faculty positions,  Adelphi has hired more than 280 new professors since 2001. Current full-time and part-time faculty total 956, with a student/faculty ratio of 10:1. To ensure that our scholars have the resources needed to reach their goals, we have invested millions of dollars in infrastructure. We have renovated our facilities; upgraded our technology and created smart classrooms; dramatically improved our libraries—both facilities and collections; and invested in new equipment, including state-of-the-art lasers for two new physics laboratories, an atomic scanning microscope and a nuclear magnetic resonance machine for the chemistry program, new pianos from Steinway & Sons, and enhanced digital music facilities to support our music and performing arts programs. An ambitious campus expansion project has, over the last decade, resulted in the completion and opening of the Adele and Herbert J. Klapper Center for Fine Arts which provides space for painting, printmaking, sculpture and ceramics; a new Center for Recreation and Sports containing gyms and an indoor track; a new Performing Arts Center that includes the 500-seat Clayton Westermann Stage in the Concert Hall and additional performance, rehearsal and classroom space for music, theatre and dance; an outdoor sports complex; a complete renovation of Woodruff Hall with a modern exercise room, pool and teaching gym and classroom; the Alice Brown Early Learning Center; and additional parking.

Scholars throughout the University are making significant contributions to their disciplines. In recent years, Adelphi faculty members have been recognized as Fulbright Scholars and Hartford Scholars, and have received funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation. The School of Social Work is accredited for the maximum time that the accrediting agency grants. In fact, our School of Social Work was re-accredited with no recommendations for improvement by the Council on Social Work Education’s site evaluation committee, and the School’s self-study document so impressed the council that it is now used as a model in reaccreditation training sessions for other programs.

Currently, over 8,600 students are thriving in our classrooms, in our programs, on our sports fields at the main Garden City campus and at centers in New York City, Hauppauge and Poughkeepsie. Our students have gone on to achieve awards and national recognition for their scholarship, service and leadership.

Adelphi also seeks to serve its locality, state and nation through the research and practice of its faculty, the strengthening of ties between the professional schools and community, the staging of distinguished cultural events at its campuses and, most essentially, the education of a generation of future leaders and informed citizens, professionals and community members.

Off-Campus Centers

To meet the needs of students and the wider community, Adelphi extends its reach beyond the Garden City campus through its centers in Manhattan, Hauppauge and the Hudson Valley, as well as through a variety of off-site programs in diverse locales throughout the metropolitan region. At least one course in all programs offered at an Off-Campus center program will take place at Adelphi’s main campus in Garden City.

Manhattan Center

Adelphi University’s Manhattan Center, at 75 Varick Street on the corner of Varick and Canal Streets, is located in a historic district noted for its cast-iron architecture and as a home to artists, galleries, avant-garde dance companies, and performance artists. Although originally associated with the arts, this SoHo neighborhood on the border of TriBeCa has since become famous for both retail shopping and its proximity to downtown Manhattan, the financial capital of the world. It has become an archetypal example of inner-city regeneration and gentrification encompassing socio-economic, cultural, political and architectural developments.

The Center, a contemporary facility, encompasses more than 31,000 square feet of classrooms, conference rooms, student lounge areas, technology labs, a research branch library, a photography gallery, and an art gallery. The Manhattan Center offers course work in a variety of career-advancing undergraduate and graduate programs conveniently scheduled for adult students. Undergraduate course work is offered in social work. Graduate course work is offered in social work and education (including childhood/elementary education, adolescent education, early childhood education, special education, bilingual/TESOL, communication disorders/speech language pathology, and educational administration/technology).

Students are supported by full-time academic advisers and financial aid counselors, as well as multimedia rooms and computer labs. In addition, the Manhattan Center houses a Center for Psychological Services that provides free services and field placement opportunities to Adelphi students as well as low-cost services to members of the community. The services include tutoring/literacy support, psychological and educational testing, speech therapy, and individual/group counseling.

Hauppauge Center

Adelphi University’s Hauppauge Education and Conference Center is located at 55 Kennedy Drive in Hauppauge, NY, a rapidly growing business and industrial community in Suffolk County, Long Island. The Center is located conveniently near the Long Island Expressway, Northern State Parkway, and Motor Parkway. The Hauppauge Center offers undergraduate courses in social work and nursing. Graduate programs are offered in social work. On-site resources include advisers, library services, computer lab, and multimedia conference rooms.

Adelphi Sayville

Adelphi University in Sayville is located at 30 Greene Avenue in Sayville, NY. Adelphi Sayville is the result of a unique partnership with Suffolk County Community College offering transfer options to students seeking to continue their studies in pursuit of a bachelor’s degree in Nursing. Adelphi University offers a flexible schedule of courses for registered nurses seeking a bachelor’s degree in Nursing. Adelphi Sayville is conveniently located one block away from the Long Island Railroad Sayville station and just north of Montauk Highway in Downtown Sayville. On-site academic advisors, support services, technology services and library services are available to all Sayville students.

Hudson Valley Center

Adelphi’s Hudson Valley Center is centrally located in Poughkeepsie, New York. The Center serves the entire Hudson Valley region and nearby counties in Connecticut. The Hudson Valley Center has embraced a tradition of quality social work education for more than 30 years. The Center’s strong academic foundation is enhanced by close working relationships with social service agencies throughout the Hudson Valley. The faculty, staff, and administration provide individualized internship planning, professional and academic advisement. Graduates of the Center’s M.S.W. program go on to work in the region’s most renowned agencies and provide an ever-expanding network of contacts for students. The Hudson Valley program offers individuals living and working in the region an opportunity to pursue their graduate social work education in a convenient location, as either full-time or part-time students. In 2012, the Hudson Valley Center relocated to its present location in the MidHudson Regional Hospital of Westchester Medical Center in Poughkeepsie. The Hudson Valley Center plans to offer additional programs within the Center for Health Innovation in order to meet the needs of the healthcare community in that region. Courses are offered on weekday evenings and on Saturday. Criteria for admission, course content, and program requirements are identical to those at the Garden City campus.

Adelphi Middletown

Adelphi University in Middletown is located at 115 South St. in Middletown, NY at the Orange County Community College campus. The program in Middletown enables Adelphi University to directly assist  those students in the lower Hudson Valley region who seek to continue their professional training with a Master’s degree and clinical preparation for a career in Social Work. Classrooms seat up to 30 students and are equipped with a computer/projector for internet/cd/dvd access. There are areas for students to sit or meet in groups before and after class. Vending machines are located in classroom buildings for snacks and drinks. The library is open to the community and there are library aids available to help students with any instructional needs they may have. Adelphi instructors have access to space in the classroom building to meet with students for advisement.

Off-Campus Centers Undergraduate Programs of Study

Manhattan Center

Bachelor of Social Work (B.S.W.)

Hauppauge Center

Bachelor of Social Work (B.S.W.)

Sayville Center

R.N. to B.S. in Nursing (B.S.)

Off-Campus Centers Graduate Programs of Study

Manhattan Center

Masters of Social Work (M.S.W.)
Education-all graduate programs excluding adolescent education and physical education

Hauppauge Center

Master of Social Work (M.S.W.)
Master of Science in Nursing Administration

Hudson Valley

Master of Social Work (M.S.W.)

Cultural and Campus Life

See Bulletin section for Cocurricular and Student Life  

Colleges and Schools of the University

College of Arts and Sciences

For 115 years, the Adelphi University College of Arts and Sciences has offered students a rigorous education in the liberal arts and sciences. Today, the College enrolls more than 1,800 undergraduate and graduate students and offers degrees in 37 disciplines. The College’s undergraduate curriculum, which includes a broad general education program and advanced courses in each discipline, prepares graduates who are critical thinkers and leaders ready to make a difference in global society. Both undergraduate and graduate students study, create and conduct research with award-winning faculty scholars and artists in a diverse and welcoming setting. Hundreds of internships and field opportunities enable students to apply their knowledge in their chosen careers. Working closely with faculty mentors, students gain the expertise and skills essential to further career advancement.

Gordon F. Derner School of Psychology

The Gordon F. Derner School of Psychology draws on its pioneering history as the first university-based professional school of psychology to offer an array of undergraduate through postdoctoral programs in psychology, which emphasize professional practice integrating psychological science and research. Grounded in psychological foundations within a broad cultural or societal context, our programs are sensitive to multicultural issues and integrative of multiple psychological perspectives—cognitive, social, developmental, and psychodynamic.

The Derner School of Psychology offers a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in psychology, and Master of Arts (M.A.) programs in general psychology, mental health counseling, and school psychology which prepare students to be lifelong learners and professionals who apply psychology in their chosen careers. Our Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) program in clinical psychology is nationally recognized for its preparation of students for clinical practice and research. The School also offers a respecialization diploma in clinical psychology and certificates in its postgraduate programs in psychotherapy and psychoanalysis including adult; child, adolescent and family; group psychotherapy; marriage and couple therapy; psychodynamic supervision and psychodynamic school psychology. The School operates two clinics, which offer assessment and psychotherapy services.

Honors College

To meet the challenge of increasing expectations for higher education in the 21st century, Adelphi launched its Honors College for undergraduate students in September 1995. In 1997 the Honors College was one of 28 programs and departments chosen from over 800 nominations to be placed on the Templeton Honor Rolls as an example of true excellence in American higher education. Graduates have proved the college worthy of this honor, gaining admission for graduate and professional study at Harvard, Yale, MIT, Brown, Columbia, the University of Pennsylvania, Cornell, NYU, and a large number of other great research institutions.

The Honors College aims to transform highly talented and motivated high school students into thoughtful college graduates prepared to fill leading positions in government, the arts, education, the learned professions, business, and industry. It is a school that returns to tradition, patterning itself after the great colleges of Oxford and Cambridge, where social and academic life take place in the same setting, where students gather and work, and where faculty members have offices and are readily available for conversation, debate, advice, and exchange of ideas. In this integrated, collegial setting, the Honors College provides a dynamic program for liberal learning—a classical education that has been newly crafted to meet the needs of contemporary life and contemporary students, through a curriculum focused on the problems and achievements of modern knowledge and their bearing on the modern condition.

Robert B. Willumstad School of Business

The Robert B. Willumstad School of Business prepares leaders to meet the challenges of today’s rapidly changing, business-oriented world. The rapid pace of technological change and the growth of international markets and competition are creating rich opportunities for increased productivity and abundance for an ever-growing population. Business knowledge has become an all-important factor not only in corporate enterprises, but also in government and not-for-profit entities. The School believes that the best business leaders are those who enjoy an intellectual challenge; have a deep appreciation of the theoretical and the practical; understand today’s realities and tomorrow’s possibilities; and see the link between the skills they learn and the character they display. The School is accredited by AACSB International—The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

The Robert B. Willumstad School of Business has two departments: Accounting, Finance and Economics; and Management, Marketing and Decision Sciences. The school offers six undergraduate degree programs, one five-year BBA/MBA program, a traditional MBA degree as well as an accelerated MBA degree, and three certificate programs. In addition the school also offers four minors in business, and six clusters in business for non-business majors.

The School was named in 2012 for Robert B. Willumstad, former president of Citigroup and chairman of Adelphi’s Board of Trustees, following his $9.5 million gift to support the School of Business.

College of Education and Health Sciences

The Adelphi University College of Education and Health Sciences is dedicated to providing students with the skills and techniques necessary to meet the challenges of teaching and working in a complex multicultural society. The School’s innovative curriculum combines liberal arts and sciences with professional training and community service to provide a firm foundation for teachers and professionals in related fields. The curriculum is built upon the core values of scholarship, reflective practice, social justice, inclusive community, wellness, and creativity and the arts.

The School is composed of three major departments: Communication Sciences and Disorders; Ruth S. Ammon School of Education; and Health and Sport Sciences. Although the School of Education offers a variety of teacher education programs leading to teacher certification, the School also offers pre-school certification, education leadership certification, certificates and advanced certificates in literacy and special education, as well as programs outside of teacher certification, including sport management, exercise science, pre-physical therapy, speech therapy, community health promotion, and audiology.

In 1995, the School introduced the Scholar Teacher Education Program (STEP), a five-year, combined bachelor/master’s degree program for undergraduate students preparing to teach childhood and adolescent levels. Additionally, in cooperation with the College of Arts and Sciences, students may major in art education. Art education is a four-year program leading to visual arts certification, K–12. Health and Physical Education are also offered as four-year teacher certification programs as a dual certificate or separately. The School was previously named in 2006 for alumna Ruth S. Ammon ‘42, following an $8.5 million gift by her daughter, University Trustee Carol A. Ammon, M.B.A. ‘79. The Board of Trustees approved the name change to the College of Education and Health Sciences as of January 1, 2019.

The College of Education and Health Sciences is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

College of Nursing and Public Health

For more than six decades, the Adelphi University College of Nursing and Public Health has been at the forefront of preparing students with the skills, knowledge, and specialized education to succeed as qualified caregivers and leaders in the healthcare field. The first school of nursing on Long Island to offer a baccalaureate degree, it currently offers Long Island’s only Ph.D. in nursing. Innovative bachelor’s and master’s degree programs blend theory, research, clinical practice, and community service, enabling students to excel in their chosen specialties. Highly accomplished and dedicated faculty members ensure that students are well versed in the advances in practice, knowledge, and technology that are transforming the healthcare profession. Extensive school and community partnerships provide diverse, career-enhancing fieldwork opportunities.

School of Social Work

For more than 60 years, the Adelphi University School of Social Work has been at the forefront of preparing social workers through its B.S.W., M.S.W., and Ph.D. programs at its Garden City campus and at the Manhattan, Hauppauge, and Hudson Valley Centers. The School of Social Work prepares professional social workers for the human services. The curriculum enables graduates to live as informed citizens and to be educated, humane, and skillful professionals. The baccalaureate and master’s degree programs are fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

In addition, the professional education program offers a wide range of workshops and certificate programs for social workers and other human services professionals to enrich their knowledge and skills. School of Social Work faculty are regarded by their students as excellent teachers. They are known nationally and internationally in their research areas and have published extensively. The School’s highly regarded community partnerships and initiatives include the acclaimed Adelphi New York State Breast Cancer Hotline and Support Programs and the Long Island Center for Nonprofit Leadership.

The College of Professional and Continuing Studies

Adelphi’s College of Professional and Continuing Studies offers innovative instructional programs that accommodate the needs of busy working adults and meet the highest standards of academic excellence. University College offers associate’s, bachelor’s, certificate and graduate levels of degree programs. The programs of study incorporate the latest in instructional technology and are designed to have an immediate impact on a student’s life and career. Students receive personalized attention from dedicated faculty with extensive teaching experience and can select from a wide variety of highly relevant degree, certificate, and non-credit programs tailored to their needs. Courses are offered nights, weekends, online, in accelerated scheduling formats, to accommodate the busy scheduling needs of working adults.

Department Codes

Numeric department codes are used when registering for courses, and three letter department codes are used on transcripts. The Department Code Tables , sorted two ways, show the correspondence between these coding schemes.

Undergraduate Program Information

Undergraduate Curriculum and Table of Degrees with New York State Program Codes

To qualify for the award of a baccalaureate degree (B.A., B.S., B.B.A., B.F.A., B.S.W.), students must satisfactorily complete the following:

  1. The requirements for General Education (approximately 31-34 credits), which apply to all undergraduates; and
  2. The requirements for their chosen major (27 or more, depending on the major); and
  3. Credits in the liberal arts and sciences as required by NY State for the various bachelor’s degrees, as follows:
    90 credits for a B.A.; 60 credits for a B.S.; 30 credits for other bachelor’s degrees, e.g. B.B.A., B.F.A., B.S.W.
    This total can include all credits completed by a student, including those required for the major, for General Education, for the language requirements, and electives. “Liberal arts and sciences” generally includes courses in psychology, economics, and most courses within the College of Arts and Sciences, with the exception of studio art and music performance and instruction, but generally does not include courses towards professional degrees
  4. A minimum of 120 total credits, which includes the credits required for General Education and the major together with additional electives. The School of Nursing requires 124 credits for its generic degree and 123 credits for its R.N. degree. The School of Business requires 121 credits for its degrees.

The University awards the following  undergraduate degrees to students who fulfill degree requirements. Each degree is followed by its New York State Program Code, its HEGIS Code, and CIP Code. Students are advised that enrollment in other than registered or otherwise approved programs may jeopardize their eligibility for certain student aid awards.


  • The New York State Program Code is the number on the Inventory of Registered Programs that are approved for degree granting by the New York State Department of Education.
  • The HEGIS Code (Higher Education General Information Survey) was set up as part of the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System by the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences.
  • The CIP Code (Classification of Instructional Programs) is a taxonomic scheme developed by the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Educational Statistics to support accurate tracking, assessment, and reporting of fields of study and programs completions activity.

Academic Minors

Students wanting to declare a minor should do so by the first semester of their junior year, but by no later than the beginning of the first semester of their senior year. This will enable them to seek the advice needed to be able to complete the requirements of the minor. Some departments offer more than one minor track and new minors are being constantly developed. Students are advised to consult the department’s minor advisors as early in their studies as possible. The form used to declare the intention to pursue a minor has a place for the signature of the department chairperson and dean. Pass/Fail courses may not be applied to a minor. Students must achieve a minimum 2.00 GPA in their minor courses in order to have the minor listed on their transcript.

Graduate Program Information

Table of Graduate Degrees with New York State Program Codes

The University awards the following graduate degrees to students who fulfill all degree requirements. Students are advised that enrollment in programs that are not registered or approved programs may jeopardize their eligibility for certain student aid awards. Following each graduate degree is its New York State Program Code, HEGIS Code and CIP Code. 


  • The New York State Program Code is the number on the Inventory of Registered Programs that is approved for degree granting by the New York State Department of Education.
  • The HEGIS Code (Higher Education General Information Survey) was set up as part of the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System by the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences.
  • The CIP Code (Classification of Instructional Programs) is a taxonomic scheme developed by the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Educational Statistics to support accurate tracking, assessment, and reporting of fields of study and program completions activity.