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New programs set for 2016-17 academic year

From master’s programs to associate degrees, Rochester area universities and colleges are updating their academic offerings to better serve student needs.

Bryant & Stratton
Health Services Administration, AAS: This program is designed to train students to manage various administrative aspects of health care facilities, including doctor’s offices, long term care facilities and hospitals.

Monroe Community College
New degree programs at the college include:

  • Global Studies, A.S.: Designed to give students an understanding of the global interdependence of nations, peoples, cultures and institutions around the globe.
  • African American Studies, A.S.: An interdisciplinary program aimed at the issues facing African Americans, the program is designed to help students understand the contemporary and historical background of racial oppression.
  • Physics, A.S.: This program is designed to give students a hands-on introduction to conducting physics research and working in professionally equipped labs. The program is also designed to develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
  • Psychology, A.S.: This program provides students with a comprehensive introduction to the field, including social, developmental and abnormal psychology. The program also introduces students to basic research methodology.
  • Philosophy, A.A.: This program provides students with a foundation in philosophical thought throughout history. It includes the study of religion across cultures and deals with central philosophical questions of religious meaning and tolerance in a global society.
  • English, A.A.: Students in this program will balance liberal arts coursework with a focus on literature. The program is designed to develop critical and analytical thinking skills in order to study literature as an expression of the human experience.
  • Creative Writing, A.A.: This program is designed to cultivate the strong writing skills used in a range of writing careers.
  • Gender and Sexuality Studies, A.S.: Centered on the idea that sexuality and gender are social and cultural constructions, the program draws on historical cross-cultural scholarship to investigate social institutions and the intersection of gender and sexuality.
  • Urban Studies, A.S.: The program is designed to give students an understanding of the evolution of American cities from the 17th century to modern times. The program focuses on current challenges such as inequality, environmental issues and land use, and unemployment.
  • Homeland Security, A.S.: This program is designed to prepare students for further studies at four-year colleges or for immediate careers in private security and/or local, state or federal homeland security or emergency services agencies. 

MCC is also launching a number of noncredit programs, including a Middle-Skills Bridge Program, Conscious Leadership and Conscious Culture Program, and Basic Tooling and Machining Technology Training Program.

Nazareth College
The college has launched an accelerated B.S./M.S. program in Communication Sciences and Disorders. The program is intended to prepare students for careers in evaluating and treating people with communication and swallowing disorders.

The college is now offering its Nursing R.N. to B.S. program via weekend classes and online instruction. The program is intended for working nurses.

The program has launched a new undergraduate Horticultural Therapy certificate program.

Museums, Archives and Public History, B.A: One of the few undergraduate public history majors in the nation, this new program combines historical study with experiential learning. It is designed to allow students the opportunity to pursue careers or advanced degrees in fields like preservation, museums and archives.

Master of Music in Performance and Pedagogy, M.A.: The performance-based program is designed to prepare students for private teaching and performance careers or doctoral degree programs in performance and pedagogy.

Rochester Institute of Technology
The university is launching accelerated B.S./M.S. degrees in computer engineering/science, criminal justice, environmental sustainability/health and safety management, physics/astrophysical sciences and technology and software engineering/computing security.

RIT is expanding its accelerated technology and public policy B.S./M.S. program to include sub-specialties computer engineering/science, computing security/science, environmental science, and international and global studies/science. The program is designed to train policy experts in technology, science and related fields.

Health Care Interpretation, M.S.: The program is designed to serve the need for nationally certified sign language interpreters in health care environments.

St. John Fisher College
The college has launched an advanced certificate in special education leadership. The program is designed for certified teachers and school administrators seeking deeper backgrounds in special education leadership.

Management, M.S.: The program has been designed to provide fresh graduates as well as mid-career professionals without business-related degrees the opportunity to expand and develop their business leadership skills.

Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric Mental

Health Nurse Practitioner, M.S.: These three new programs are designed to pro-vide nurse practitioners with advanced skills tailored to working with special population groups.

SUNY College at Brockport
The university is launching online versions of a number of their programs, including their R.N. to BSN program, their advanced certificate in bilingual certification extension, and their MSEd.-level adolescence teacher education and health education programs.

University of Rochester

Dance, B.A.: The program includes two tracks of study, performance and choreography, which are designed to give dancers the skills to succeed artistically and professionally, and dance studies.

The university’s Warner School of Education is also launching a new certificate program aimed at boosting educator’s abilities to teach effectively through online courses and settings.

The university’s Eastman School of Music has launched an online Eastman career and leadership certificate program designed for those interested in professional careers in the music arts.

—Compiled by Eric Walter

8/12/2016 (c) 2016 Rochester Business Journal. To obtain permission to reprint this article, call 585-546-8303 or email


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