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Columbia College offers new programs

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Columbia College will be offering new majors, minors and concentrations in the day and evening college, beginning in the fall of 2017.

New Programs:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Arts in Business
    • Concentrations in:
      • Fashion Marketing and Merchandizing
      • Hospitality and Tourism Management
      • Sports Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Accounting
  • Minor in Entrepreneurship
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice
    • Concentrations in:
      • Management, Leadership and Homeland Security
      • Forensics

In response to the popularity expressed by students and the demand for jobs in these fields, the majors listed above are being offered, according to Madeleine Schep, Ph.D., division head for business, math and science. There is still a concentration in business administration for the Bachelor of Arts degree.

The Public Relations major will be led by Emily S. Ward, program coordinator for public relations and writing for print and digital media . “PR is one of the few fields in which women tend to be compensated as well as men,” according to a handout about the new major. “A career in PR appeals to students who enjoy learning new information, staying abreast of technology, following emerging trends, discussing current events, collaborating and honing communication skills.”

“Jobs are available in our area and throughout the country. This is an important field for corporations and nonprofits, for it addresses the strategic communication needs present in all companies,” Ward said. A minor is public relations is also offered.

One of the new nursing majors will be in collaboration with Midlands Technical College. The nursing major was previously offered as an online course, according to Dr. D’Michelle Dupre, program consultant for the Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing program.

Dupre said the other program will be a Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing program for those who already have their license, and it will be offered online and on campus. Students will need to complete 30 hours to attain a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

Dupre has had experience working in the Criminal Justice Department as a police officer and Forensic Pathologist.

The criminal justice major has been in existence at Columbia College for three years online but, like the nursing program, will be extended to the day and evening college. Students are not required to have a concentration within the criminal justice major. They can, instead, take elective courses.

Since there is a shortage of workers in these areas in South Carolina as well as nationwide, and it’s also a popular program, Columbia College wanted to offer criminal justice for the students, according to Dupre.

New majors being discussed:

  • Community and Public Health:
    • Bachelor of Science in Public Health Science
    • Bachelor of Arts in Health Care Management
    • Bachelor of Arts in Community Health and Education

Discontinued majors:

Spanish, history, religion, philosophy and public affairs will no longer be offered as majors. Spanish, religion and philosophy will be offered as minors. History general education courses will continue being offered.

If a student is currently majoring in one of these programs, the student will be able to complete the major; however, incoming students will not be allowed to major in these programs.

These majors are being discontinued because Columbia College wanted to reduce the programs few students were majoring in, according to Robin Rosenthal, Ph.D., associate provost of academic affairs and professor of psychology.

For more information about new majors contact Ward, Schep or Dupre.

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