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courses and are governed by individual academic programs and departments.  Students interested in pursuing a departmental minor should contact their nursing advisor as well as an advisor in the designated department to outline the courses required for completion of the minor.
In addition, undergraduate nursing students are also eligible to pursue University Minors, which generally consist of six to eight courses and combine coursework from at least two schools within the University of Pennsylvania.  Nursing-related University minors include Health Communication, Nutrition, and Nursing & Health Services Management.
Health Communication Minor
The Health Communication Minor, a collaboration between the School of Nursing and the Annenberg School for Communication, is a University Minor that expands nursing students’ knowledge of the communication process, theory, and behavior.  It prepares them for roles as professionals who develop cutting-edge models for health behavior intervention or who implement patient education and health communications programs locally, nationally, and worldwide.  Students gain a practical perspective through a summer communications internship in a newsroom, publishing company, television station, radio station, or health agency.  Additional information about the minor is available in the School of Nursing Undergraduate Handbook, online at www.nursing.upenn.edu/students/handbooks/ and in the Cross School Programs section of this Bulletin.
Nutrition Minor
The School of Nursing and the School of Arts and Sciences offer a University Minor in Nutrition, which is designed to provide a broad view of the field of nutrition to complement individual student interests and career goals.  More information about the Nutrition minor is available in the School of Nursing Undergraduate Handbook, online at www.nursing.upenn.edu/students/handbooks/, and in the Cross School Programs section of this Bulletin.
Nursing & Health Services Management Minor
The School of Nursing, the Wharton School, and the College of Arts and Sciences offer a University Minor in Nursing and Health Services Management, which is designed to help students understand the nature of the economic and managerial constraints that face health care organizations.  Additional information about the minor is available in the School of Nursing Undergraduate Handbook, online at www.nursing.upenn.edu/ students/handbooks/, and in the Cross School Programs section of this Bulletin.
Nursing Honors Program
The Nursing Honors Program (NUHP) seeks to foster the creativity and inquiry of the next generation of nurse researchers, scholars and leaders by fostering an environment to support intellectual pursuits, linking scholars with faculty mentors who are among the leading researchers in their respective areas of expertise, and providing opportunities for independent and collaborative research in the student’s area of interest.
NUHP scholars participate in small group honors seminars within the School of Nursing and in interdisciplinary honors courses with scholars from all four of Penn’s undergraduate schools. The NUHP provides scholars with a network of intellectual peers and colleagues within the School of Nursing and across the PENN campus and helps them to access interdisciplinary scholars with similar interests.  Each scholar is also paired with a faculty research mentor who assists him or her throughout the process of scholarly inquiry into a research topic of interest. Through participation in honors coursework, seminars, research training and mentored practice, the scholar develops the knowledge base and research skills necessary to formulate a research question and execute the research plan necessary to answer the question.  Either independently or in collaboration with faculty and other research mentors, many scholars will contribute to or co-author research publications and presentations, thereby contributing to the generation of new knowledge.
Interested freshmen and sophomore students should contact the Director of the Nursing Honors Program for more detailed information.
Nursing students are also eligible to apply for the Benjamin Franklin Scholars Program and the University Scholars Program.  More information about these programs is available in the Across the University section of this Bulletin.
Independent Study
Students who have completed Nursing 106 (Concepts in Nursing: Promoting Healthy Lifestyles II) are eligible to register for an independent study course.  Independent study offers students the opportunity to explore a topic of study that may not be available through traditional course offerings.   The student must plan with and receive approval for the independent study project from a faculty preceptor during the semester before the study is to begin.  The credit for independent study can be used as a Nursing Elective or a free elective.  Additional information is available in the School of Nursing Undergraduate Handbook, online at http://www.nursing.upenn.edu/students/ handbooks/.