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 and photography with the goal of securing employment in the 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—Secondary 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.

Health Promotion Studies (B.S.): Provides a comprehensive and multidisciplinary academic curriculum that prepares graduates for careers in a variety of health and fitness educational fields, as well as a comprehensive approach to health and fitness education emphasizing the connection and interdependency of individuals, careers, family and community.

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.

History—Secondary Education: Prepares students to teach history on a global perspective. American and European history courses are taught along with courses on Middle Eastern, Caribbean, Asian and African History. The understanding of history in civilization is key in working with people of diverse cultures and backgrounds in a modern pluralistic society.

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-Bachelor of Arts (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 B.A. in Music include:

  1. To prepare students for careers in music and arts-related professions.
  2. To increase student's understanding and appreciation of the arts in relation to society, thus encouraging their life long advocacy of the arts.
  3. To allow students to maintain an emphasis on music while further exploring other academic interests.
  4. To foster intellectual curiosity.
  5. To encourage students to seek breadth and variety in their educational pursuits to aid them in securing employment in the ever-changing global economy.

Music-Bachelor of Music (B.M.) –– two degree options                                                 

B.M. in Performance (Vocal and Instrumental): 
This degree option is designed for students who wish to pursue a performing and/or teaching career in music. Many students who choose this option continue their studies at the graduate level and participate in various professional programs in their specific area. Specific goals for the B.M. in Performance degree options 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 a comprehensive musical education which includes experiences in traditional ensembles, jazz and contemporary ensembles, conducting, analysis, music history, music of diverse cultures, pedagogy, music technology, composition, improvisation and professional development.
  3. To prepare students for careers as private music teachers.
  4. To prepare students for advanced study at the graduate level.
  5. To increase students’ understanding and awareness of the arts in relation to society, thus developing lifelong
    advocates of the arts.

B.M. in Jazz Studies: This degree option 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 B.M. in Jazz Studies degree 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 history, 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, improvisation and professional development.
  4. To prepare students for careers as private music teachers.
  5. To prepare students for advanced study at the graduate level.
  6. To increase students’ understanding and awareness of the arts in relation to society, thus developing lifelong advocates of the arts.

Music Education-Bachelor of Science (B.S.): The B.S. 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 that includes experiences in traditional, jazz and contemporary ensembles, conducting, analysis, music history, music of diverse cultures, pedagogy, music technology,
    composition, improvisation and professional development.
  4. To increase students' understanding and awareness of the arts in relation to society, in particular the education system, thereby developing lifelong advocates of the arts.

Musical Theatre:  Offers students a comprehensive knowledge of and training in all aspects of musical theatre in order to compete for employment opportunities in the entertainment industry where musical talent is utilized.  Students will be able to sight read, have a basic knowledge of the piano and music theory and have a body of musical and non-musical material prepared for auditions and/or graduate school.

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.

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 a comprehensive education in the methods and content of psychology within a liberal arts tradition in order to prepare students 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 Science — Secondary Education: Students are prepared in a multi-discipline field which includes geography, political science, economics and anthropology. Through exploration of historic and cultural accomplishments across civilizations, students will gain a more thorough knowledge of social science as well as the ability to impart this knowledge in a classroom setting.

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.

Spanish — Secondary Education: Prepares candidates to teach in academic settings where students are native speakers and those who have adopted the language. The classroom setting, in which future teachers will be engaged, sets the highest standards of cross-cultural interaction and immersion in a foreign language.

Theater Arts: Develops students’ comprehension and practice of theatre arts by focusing on the verbal, physical, visual and research aspects of the craft. Prepares students for entry-level positions in performance, design and  technical fields (lighting, sound, costume, props) and careers in theatre arts management and other theater-related fields (publicity, promotion, casting, agenting, producing, company management) as well as, for continued graduate studies in preparation for terminal degrees.


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