College Establishes New Academic Programs

Brianna Favata ’17 and Sandra Bargainnier, chair of health promotion and wellness, examine tools used in nutrition classes.

Brianna Favata ’17 and Sandra Bargainnier, chair of health promotion and wellness, examine tools used in nutrition classes.

With more than 110 academic programs, Oswego offers a broad range of degree and certificate programs that are revised in response to advances in the discipline, the needs of our region and the changing demands of our students. This year, the college has established several new programs to meet those ever-evolving market demands.

Master’s in Graphic Design and Digital Media: The 30-credit hour program combines courses in studio, thesis, history and theory and practice. Structured in two tracks—specialist and generalist—the interdisciplinary coursework allows students to focus the degree to meet their career aspirations.

Minor in Illustration: Because illustration is re-emerging as a contemporary form of communication, the establishment of the minor adds weight and legitimacy to the experience and qualifications of graphic design and studio art students as well as majors in disciplines that offer illustration-rich careers, such as the sciences, creative writing, and cinema and screen studies, among others. The 24-credit minor is a re-packaging of courses already offered to meet students’ request for such a credential.

Minor in Nutrition: To help meet the needs for professionals in a booming field, the college added the 18-credit minor that includes courses in chemistry, health promotion and wellness, and counseling and psychological services. The new minor holds the potential to broaden future employment and graduate school opportunities for students in majors such as wellness management, biology, psychology and more.

Certificate in Behavioral Forensics: This 15-credit online certificate of advanced study examines the intersection of human behavior with the legal system, and provides opportunities for law enforcement, court, corrections, mental health counseling and other professionals to advance their knowledge about the signs and motivators of behavior in those within or headed toward the criminal justice system.

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