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April 24, 2012

New majors, degrees offered at Dakota Wesleyan

MITCHELL – The Dakota Wesleyan University Board of Trustees has approved four new degrees and two majors and minors for the college.

DWU will now offer an Associate of Science degree in nursing, and Bachelor of Science degrees in nursing, athletic training, and biology. All of these degrees were previously offered as Bachelor of Arts degrees, and biology will continue to be offered as both.

The decision was made because a Bachelor of Science degree has become the preferred marketplace degree in certain disciplines, and DWU wanted to provide that option to students. In many cases, such as pre-medicine and athletic training, students are already taking the required courses for a Bachelor of Science degree, so the transition will be seamless.

“The formalization of biology and athletic training majors as Bachelor of Science degrees simply recognizes the strong scientific component of each of these disciplines,” said Amy Novak, campus provost. “DWU remains committed, however, to ensuring that the traditional liberal arts skills of effective communication, critical and collaborative thinking, global and cultural awareness, and civic engagement remain a hallmark of every student’s academic experience, regardless of whether they are seeking a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree.”

The board also approved Christian leadership as a major and minor and digital communications as a major and minor.

Currently, the college offers a major in religion and philosophy, which will be replaced by Christian leadership.

“This new major is a more practical approach to modern ministry and will provide an individualized education not just for students entering seminary, but also those who want to take a more hands-on leadership position in their own churches,” Novak said.

The Christian leadership major will allow students to select areas of concentration for their studies.  These include youth and child ministry, church leadership and administration, Biblical studies and interpretation, the Christian mission of witnessing and service, and also church planting and renewal.

Digital communications will reconfigure the current major of multimedia and add a more modern approach to communications in the digital age.

“The new major recognizes the growth and expansion of digital media as a significant communication channel,” Novak said. “In addition to simply developing skills in multimedia, students in the digital communications curriculum will be exposed to courses in business, design, writing/journalism, marketing, and communication theory.”

 

 
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