President’s Leadership Program
Learn how to make an impact through the President’s Leadership Program (PLP). Selected freshman applicants have excelled in their academic studies and demonstrated a passion for engagement. Through challenging courses, public service, foreign study and other targeted opportunities, PLP empowers leadership students to make a difference — to become caring, knowledgeable and effective leaders for America and the world. The President’s Leadership Program offers priority registration, annual scholarships and study abroad stipends.
This unique program offers students more freedom to customize their academic experience for their personal and professional aspirations. The Honor’s Program allows more time for interdisciplinary seminar-style courses and challenges students by means of study abroad, independent research, internships, jobs and volunteer experience relevant to their passions. Each student receives an annual residential scholarship (including a study abroad stipend), as well as priority housing in an Honors Learning Community and priority course registration.
Undergraduates engage in cutting-edge research at CNU. In all fields of study, our students collaborate with faculty mentors on key research, make conference presentations, and publish books and scholarly journal articles with faculty. Each spring the Paideia Conference showcases outstanding student research, and the new Summer Scholars Program offers paid research assistantships for undergraduates.
Interested in pursuing a career in law? The nation’s top law schools seek applicants who have received a well-rounded undergraduate education — one like the liberal arts and sciences curriculum Christopher Newport offers. Many of our pre-law students pursue a philosophy of law minor or an American studies major with a constitutional studies concentration, but regardless of your undergraduate field of study, our Pre-Law Program is designed to help you gain admission to one of the nation’s top 25 law schools.
Pre-Med and Pre-Health Program
Medical schools and other graduate programs seek applicants with a well-rounded undergraduate education. The Pre-Med and Pre-Health Program at Christopher Newport assists students pursuing any academic major to prepare for post-graduate study. In addition to the necessary prerequisite coursework, we offer several resources to help you gain admission to your professional school of choice — from academic and career advising to mentoring, clinical internships, workshops and seminars.
We encourage you to study abroad, either accompanied by CNU faculty or independently. Learn about different cultures while falling in love with America. You may choose to study for an entire semester, year or more briefly between academic terms. These rich cultural experiences are as unique as the destinations. With scholarship opportunities available, the world is your classroom! CNU students have recently spent semesters or full academic years in Australia, Costa Rica, England, France, Germany, Greece, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Scotland, Spain and many other international locales.
Five-Year Master’s Programs
CNU students can obtain a bachelor’s and master’s degree in the following five-year programs:
• Master of Arts in Teaching
• Master of Science in Applied Physics and Computer Science
• Master of Science in Environmental Science
Center for Academic Success
Throughout the CNU experience, the Center for Academic Success offers tutoring, workshops, seminars and one-on-one assistance to help students improve their academic performance with effective study strategies. Peer writing consultants available in the Writing Center offer specialized help with all stages of the writing process.
CNU students contribute to the greater good by making a positive difference in the life of our campus, community and world. We offer countless opportunities – from service-learning initiatives and projects like Habitat for Humanity to the philanthropic work of our Greek organizations and student-athletes, among others. Through a partnership with the prestigious Bonner Foundation, CNU joins a national network of more than 75 colleges and universities who support four-year, service scholarships.
Majors and Degrees Offered
We offer more than 80 areas of study in the liberal arts and sciences, providing
a breadth and depth of knowledge that will prepare you to take advantage of any opportunity that presents itself in today’s global marketplace. Through Christopher Newport’s rigorous curriculum you will learn to think critically and communicate effectively while developing the tools and skills that will serve you for a lifetime.
Areas of Study
Biology — Cellular, Molecular and Physiological
Biology — Environmental
Biology — Integrative
Biology — Organismal
Civic Engagement and Social Entrepreneurship
Human Rights and Conflict Resolution
International Culture and Business
Latin American Studies
Mathematics — Applied and Computational
Medieval and Renaissance Studies
Middle East and North Africa Studies
Military Science (ROTC)
Choral Music Education
Instrumental Music Education
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Philosophy of Law
Photography and Video Art
U.S. National Security Studies
Women’s and Gender Studies
Biotechnology and Management
Five-Year Master’s Programs
Applied Physics and Computer Science