Expected Outcomes by Academic Program

This information has been provided by departments offering these degree-granting programs. It is included to help students make informed decisions about their education. Please refer to the actual programs described elsewhere.

 

Accounting: Prepares students for entry-level positions in the field of accountancy.

American Studies: Develops students’ abilities to think critically while offering them the opportunity to focus on different subject areas (American literature, history, political science, etc.); prepares students for a variety of careers, e.g., law, public administration, elementary and secondary school teaching.

 

Anthropology-Sociology: Offers students a comprehensive education in the methods and content of anthropology and sociology within a liberal arts tradition to prepare them to take a proactive, independent role in selecting a career option or graduate training program.

Art: Provides professional training in the fields of graphic design, illustration or photography with the goal of finding employment; studio arts provides in-depth training with the goal of creating professional artists.

 

Astronomy-Option of Earth & Planetary Sciences: Prepares students to enter graduate programs in the physical sciences or to enter the work force in jobs which make use of the physical sciences and allied areas.

 

Biology: Provides students with a strong background in the biological sciences suitable for entering either the work force or graduate school in a variety of biological disciplines.

 

Biology—Secondary Education: Develops the competencies for teaching biology in both middle and high school; develops a broad understanding of all the major concepts of biology (from molecular to ecological), its methodology and its technical language; evaluates the role which biology has played in the advancement of human society; develops skills related to biological experimentation and advancement of scientific knowledge.

 

Chemistry: Aids students in selecting meaningful career directions in chemistry while providing them with the professional background to pursue such careers.

 

Chemistry—Secondary Education: Aids students in selecting meaningful career direction; educates students with the professional background to pursue such careers; prepares them to take active responsibilities as concerned citizens in our society; develops the abilities of students for self-education, introspection and commitment to accountable holistic life styles.

 

Communication: Helps students improve their ability to participate in and evaluate the communication process, whether in personal relationships, business, theatre, media or other communication environments.

 

Computer Science: Prepares students for graduate study in computer science and/or to obtain positions in software development.

 

Contract Major: Allows students, with faculty guidance, to combine existing courses and study opportunities into innovative major programs responsive to individual interests and needs. Proposed contract majors must be approved by the academic departments involved and by the university curriculum committee.

 

Economics: Offers students a comprehensive education in the methods and content of economics within a liberal arts tradition to prepare them to take a proactive, independent role in selecting a career option or graduate training program.

 

Elementary Education: Accepts and matriculates competent teacher candidates seeking elementary certification in Connecticut and prepares students for successful careers in teaching.

English: Develops students’ abilities to read and analyze literature and to write analytically and creatively; prepares them for a variety of careers by developing verbal abilities.

 

English–Education: Develops students’ abilities to read and analyze literature and to write analytically and creatively while preparing them to become elementary and secondary school English teachers; aims to produce teachers who know both their subject and the pedagogy appropriate to the levels at which they will teach.

 

Finance: Provides students with the theoretical background and practical skills necessary for a successful career in finance.

 

Health Education: Provides students with a theoretical and practical foundation in health education so that they will be prepared to take on the responsibilities of professional health educators.

 

History: Introduces students to the framework of American, European and world history; provides the opportunity to study advanced topics in these areas; teaches the critical thinking and analytical skills needed to evaluate the past; teaches students how to use sources and write history; produces articulate graduates who can express a nuanced verbal and written evaluation of the past and apply analytical skills to fields other than history.

 

Justice & Law Administration: Prepares students for a variety of career choices in law, public service, social systems and private enterprise.

 

Management: Provides students with the knowledge, perspective and competencies necessary to understand and practice management as a generic process in all organizations and thus prepare them for future managerial positions and roles.

 

Management Information Systems: Produces management information systems professionals who can integrate strong systems, computer and quantitative skills with creativity and synergy in the solution of complex business problems.

 

Marketing: Produces graduates who can recognize marketing problems, apply appropriate marketing tools and find satisfactory solutions.

 

Mathematics: Prepares students to study mathematics at the graduate level, prepares students for a position in fields requiring quantitative reasoning, problem solving and logical thinking.

 

Mathematics/Computer Science Option: Prepares students for a field requiring a fundamental knowledge of both mathematics and computer science; prepares students to obtain positions in software development which require competencies in upper-division mathematics.

Mathematics—Secondary Education/Elementary Education: Develops the competencies for teaching mathematics at the K-12 level; develops a broad understanding of all the concepts of mathematics; expands skills in quantitative reasoning, problem-solving and logical thinking, enabling students to become effective teachers of mathematics, and/or to continue to study mathematics at the graduate level.

 

Medical Technology: Prepares students for the preclinical competency examinations and for the clinical year of the program.

 

Meteorology: Prepares students to enter the work force at entry-level positions in meteorology and/or to enter graduate programs.

 

Music (B.A): This degree is appropriate for students who wish to study music within the broader context of a liberal arts education. Specific goals related to the Bachelor of Arts in Music include:

  1. To prepare students for careers in music and arts related professions.
  2. To increase the student’s understanding and awareness of the arts in relation to society, thus developing lifelong advocates of the arts.

 

Music (B.M. –– Jazz Studies): This degree is designed for students wishing to pursue a performing and/or teaching career in jazz and commercial music. Many students who choose this option continue their studies at the graduate level and in various professional programs in their specific area. Specific goals for the Bachelor of Music with a jazz studies option include:

  1. To prepare students to become highly skilled performers on their principal instrument, thus giving them the tools necessary to succeed in a highly competitive field.
  2. To give students the requisite skills in arranging, composition, and jazz improvisation necessary to succeed in the industry.
  3. To give students a comprehensive musical education, which includes experiences in traditional, jazz and contemporary ensembles, conducting, analysis, music history, music of diverse cultures, pedagogy, music technology, composition and improvisation.
  4. To prepare students for careers as private music teachers.
  5. To prepare students for advanced study at the graduate level.
  6. To increase the student’s understanding and awareness of the arts in relation to society, thus developing lifelong advocates of the arts.

 

Music (B.M. — Performance): Develops students’ abilities to analyze and perform music stylistically and creatively; prepares students for productive careers in the music profession as performers, composers, conductors and promoters of the arts.

 

Music Education (B.S.): The Bachelor of Science in Music Education degree leads to provisional PK-12 certification in the State of Connecticut. The program is designed for students who wish to pursue a career in music education. The program goals include:

  1. To prepare students to become highly skilled teaching professionals.
  2. To prepare students to become highly skilled performers on their principal instrument.
  3. To give students a comprehensive musical education, which includes experiences in traditional, jazz and contemporary ensembles, conducting, analysis, music history, music of diverse cultures, pedagogy, music technology, composition and improvisation.
  4. To increase the student’s understanding and awareness of the arts in relation to society, in particular the education system, thereby developing life-long advocates of the arts.

 

Self-declared music education majors must maintain a GPA of 2.67 or higher upon the completion of 60 credits of course work in order to remain a self-declared education major. Students who fail to meet this requirement will be notified by the dean of the School of Professional Studies. Students must achieve a GPA of 2.8 or higher in order to be accepted into all professional education programs as candidates for teacher certification.

 

Nursing: Prepares professional nurses who will be qualified for licensure as registered nurses; provides opportunities for educational mobility for registered nurses prepared in associate degree and diploma nursing education programs.

 

Physical Education Minor (not degree-granting): Correlates goals and objectives of physical education with the mission, values and action plans of the university and the School of Professional Studies; develops an awareness of the important role that exercise and fitness play in the health and well-being of people of all ages.

 

Political Science: Offers students a comprehensive education in the methods and content of political science within a liberal arts tradition to prepare them to take a proactive, independent role in selecting a career option or graduate training program.

 

Professional Writing: Prepares students to work professionally as writers. Optional fields include creative writing, business, public relations and journalism.

 

Psychology: Offers students a comprehensive education in the methods and content of psychology within a liberal arts tradition in order to prepare them to take a proactive, independent role in selecting a career option or graduate training program.

 

Social Sciences: Offers students a comprehensive education in the methods and content of the social sciences within a liberal arts tradition to prepare them to take a proactive, independent role in selecting a career option or graduate training program.

 

Social Work: Develops competency as an entry-level generalist social work practitioner within a liberal arts tradition; builds professional identity; engenders understanding of the human condition and sensitivity to cultural diversity; develops an ethical basis for practice and a commitment to social and economic justice; integrates research into practice; and encourages contributions to the development of social policy.

 

Spanish: Prepares students to function in an interdependent, multicultural, multilingual world; prepares students to meet national needs in business, the professions and in government. Language study touches upon all aspects of foreign cultures—political, literary, commercial, artistic and social.

Theatre Arts: Develops students’ comprehension and practice of theatre arts by focusing on the verbal, physical and visual aspects of the craft. Prepares students for entry-level positions in performance and design technology and other theatre-related fields (i.e. lighting, set design, costume), as well as for continued graduate studies in preparation for terminal degrees.


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