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New courses at colleges this year cover a variety of topics

RIT will be offering several new dual degrees this fall, including a combined bachelor's and master's degree in areas such as software engineering and computer science. (Courtesy of RIT)

RIT will be offering several new dual degrees this fall, including a combined bachelor’s and master’s degree in areas such as software engineering and computer science. (Courtesy of RIT)

Local colleges are offering a bevy of new courses this fall. Here is a look at some of the new opportunities that await students when they return to campus.

The College at Brockport

The College at Brockport is offering a new aging studies certificate. This certificate is tied to a 12-credit program offered to students who are enrolled in a graduate program and are seeing a general overview of the biology, psychology and sociology associated with the aging process.

In addition, the college’s RN to BSN program, which is designed for licensed registered nurses holding an associate’s degree and seeking a baccalaureate degree, is now offered completely online. This is in addition to the traditional model.

The college is also offering a new course through its department of public health titled “Healthcare and Policy.” It provides an overview of health policy, health care ethics, the health care system and health care in other countries.

Finally, the political science department is hosting a new course simply titled, “Politics and Food.” It examines the role and influence of food production in the development and advancement of early political states.

Monroe Community College

Monroe Community College is offering many new academic options this school year. Highlights include degrees in fire protection technology, geography, health studies, child care practitioner, and wellness coaching and health management.

A new geology degree being offered is the first associate degree of its kind available in the Finger Lakes region. Certificates also are being offered in cohort-based office technology for medical office assistants, private security studies, personal trainer and fitness instructor, geospatial information science and technology, and mechatronics, which prepares students for careers as technicians skilled in assembling, maintaining, troubleshooting, repairing and upgrading automated manufacturing production systems.

MCC also offers redesigned degree and certificate programs that prepare students for automotive careers with Toyota and Lexus dealerships. In addition, noncredit programs now are offered for a number of topics, including front-end developer professional, user experience (UX) design, diesel technician and more.

Finally, the college has opened a new downtown Rochester campus that features flexible, innovative and high-tech spaces, such as simulation labs that allow for real-world applications.

Nazareth College

For the first time, Nazareth College offers a bachelor of music composition degree designed to prepare students for a career in composition, film and media scoring, and others.

At the same time, the college for the first time is giving students the opportunity to earn a minor in data analytics or pursue a master’s degree in organization and management. Those taking part in the master’s program will learn to analyze and solve workplace problems and to apply leadership and management practices that foster strong employee motivation, morale and performance. While a traditional master’s of business administration degree focuses more heavily on financial and quantitative aspects of business, this degree emphasizes progressive leadership, management of human capital, and organizational development.

Nazareth College is also offering a master’s degree in education, as well as an online gifted and talented program that will extend a teacher’s New York certification to teach gifted students at the same grade levels as the original certification.

Rochester Institute of Technology

Rochester Institute of Technology is providing students a number of new degree opportunities this fall. These offerings include an associate of applied science degree in 3D graphics technology at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, a bachelor’s of science degree in nutritional sciences through RIT’s College of Health Sciences and Technology, and a master’s degree in data science through the Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences.

In addition, students have access to a new master’s degree in media arts and technology from the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences and a doctoral degree offering in mathematical modeling through the College of Sciences.

The college also is offering several new dual degrees, including a combined bachelor’s and master’s degree in areas such as software engineering and computer science; electrical engineering/science and technology and public policy; industrial engineering/science and technology and public policy; chemical engineering/materials science and engineering; microelectronic engineering/science and technology and public policy; and chemistry.

St. John Fisher College

Many new degrees options are available at St. John Fisher this fall, including a bachelor’s degree in pharmaceutical studies primarily designed for students pursuing the doctor of pharmacy degree. This serves as another credential available to students as they advance toward a Pharm.D degree.

The existing master’s degree in library media moves online this fall, while the college’s master’s degree in literacy education moves to hybrid format, allowing for greater flexibility in scheduling. Full-time students can complete the program in just one year.

St. John Fisher also offers new minors in data science and legal studies. The data science minor helps students adopt a problem-solving approach to data analysis, blending the study of statistics, computing and programming and data skills. Students earning a legal studies minor will gain substantive knowledge about the law within the context of society, politics and the humanities, preparing them for law school or careers in the legal field.

Finally, the college is offering a new master’s degree in applied data science, as well as an advanced certificate in special education leadership.

University of Rochester

The Humanities for Life program at the University of Rochester, with funding from the Mellon Foundation, begins in September. It aims to increase undergraduates’ level of engagement in the humanities early in their academic careers, creating more opportunities for broader experiences.

The program includes an expansion of grants to freshmen who specify on their admission application a humanities field as primary or secondary interest, as well as Meliora Seminars for first-year students, giving them an opportunity to apply insights of humanistic inquiry to contemporary issues. It also includes a shared reading program for incoming freshmen, interdisciplinary humanities courses open to undergraduates in any class year and that connect students to discussions of the humanities outside the classroom and internships that allow students from diverse backgrounds to explore the application of the humanities to professional careers by working at cultural institutions or nonprofits where their humanities training can be applied.

In addition, the University of Rochester’s department of linguistics is offering two new programs, the philosophy department is offering three, and the arts, sciences and engineering departments are giving students access to more than a dozen new courses.

Travis Anderson is a Rochester-area freelance writer.

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