Academic Program Descriptions

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 the ability to think critically while offering 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 a comprehensive education in the methods and content of anthropology and sociology within a liberal arts tradition; prepares students to take a proactive, independent role in selecting a career option or graduate training program.

Art: Provides challenging visual arts training within the context of a liberal arts education, including the following goals:

  1. Fluency in the visual language of aesthetic form, structure and dynamics and an ability to fully engage in the creative process.
  2. Acquisition of a comprehensive set of creative and intellectual skills that allow our students to successfully develop and articulate their creative visual statements.
  3. Development and creation of a provocative body of work.
  4. Graduating majors participate in the annual Thesis Exhibition, which serves as the capstone event, showcasing implementation of acquired skill sets.

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: Prepares students to have careers in teaching chemistry in both middle and high schools. 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: Promotes mastery of the four modes of communication (speaking, listening, writing, and reading) as well as media production and performance techniques to develop students’ ability to participate in and evaluate the communication process, whether in personal relationships, business, nonprofits, education, media or other communication environments.

Computer Science: Prepares students for graduate study in computer science 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.

Earth and Planetary Sciences: Prepares students to enter graduate programs in the earth and planetary sciences or to enter the workforce in jobs which make use of the earth and planetary sciences and allied areas including astronomy, geology, meteorology, and oceanography.

Earth Science — Secondary Education: Prepares students to have careers in teaching Earth Science in both middle and high schools. Students will have an understanding in astronomy, geology, meteorology, and oceanography. 

Economics: Offers a comprehensive education in the methods and content of economics within a liberal arts tradition to prepare students 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: Prepares students for a variety of careers and for graduate studies by developing three key skills needed in any field: close reading, critical thinking, and clear writing.  English majors study the major texts of English and American literature and learn to conduct research in the field to enable them to better situate their ideas in the ever expanding realm of English studies. English also provides a solid analytical and communications foundation for students pursuing careers in business and law.

English — Secondary Education: Develops abilities to read and analyze literature and to write analytically and creatively while preparing students to become 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 the analytical, practical, computer, and communication skills required to succeed in the areas of investments, financial markets, and corporate financial management.

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

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

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

Management Information Systems: Produces management information systems professionals who can integrate business systems, computer security 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 to continue to study mathematics at the graduate level.

Media Arts: Develops students’ ability to express themselves appropriately, creatively and effectively in, as well as to understand and evaluate, various communication media.

MeteorologyPrepares students to enter the workforce at entry-level positions in meteorology and related sciences. Prepares students to enter graduate programs in meteorology and environmental science as well as professional graduate programs in business and law.

Music — Bachelor of Arts: Appropriate program for students who wish to study music within the broader context of a liberal arts education. Specific goals include:

  1. To prepare students for possible 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 lifelong 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 — Three degree options

B.M. Emphasis in Audio and Music Production: Designed for those wishing to pursue a career in audio and music production. Many students who choose this option continue their studies at the graduate level and in various professional programs in their specific area. Not an audio engineering degree, but a music degree that provides a well-rounded education in all aspects of production including recording, mixing, sound design, arranging, and scoring.  Goals include:

  1. To give students comprehensive capabilities in the basic techniques of audio recording and mixing, studio sound, acoustics, copyright law, music theory, aural skills, arranging, composition, and improvisation necessary to succeed in the music audio production industry.

  2. To provide students with instruction and performing experiences on their principal instrument which will inform their ability to solve technical and artistic problems in the preparation of live performances, recordings, or other media for various purposes and in various musical genres and settings.

  3. To provide students with an understanding of administrative structures and practices associated with music organizations as well as of entrepreneurship and the history of the music industry.

  4. To give students a comprehensive musical education which includes experiences in traditional ensembles, jazz and contemporary ensembles, conducting, form & analysis, music history, music of diverse cultures, pedagogy, music technology, composition, improvisation and professional development.

  5. To increase the student’s understanding and awareness of the arts in relation to society, thus developing lifelong advocates of the arts.

B.M. in Performance (Vocal and Instrumental):  Designed for those who wish to pursue a performing or teaching career in music. Many who choose this option continue their studies at the graduate level and participate in various professional programs in their specific area. Specific goals include:

  1. To prepare students to become highly skilled performers on their principal instrument, thus giving them the potential 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: Designed for students wishing to pursue a performing or teaching career in jazz and commercial music. Many who choose this option continue their studies at the graduate level and in professional programs in their specific area. Specific goals include:

  1. To prepare students to become highly skilled performers on their principal instrument, thus giving them the potential 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: Prepares the student to apply for provisional PK-12 certification in Connecticut. Designed for students who wish to pursue a career in music education. 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 — Bachelor of Arts: Offers students knowledge of and training in all aspects of musical theatre within a liberal arts context in order to compete for employment opportunities in the entertainment industry where musical talent is utilized. Students will develop the following skills:

  1. Vocal production and techniques sufficient to present complete roles in full productions.
  2. Vocal interpretation and role preparation skills that enable understanding and performance of roles in a wide variety of styles and formats.
  3. Musicianship, keyboard competency, and analytic skills.
  4. Theatre skills, acting competence, script analysis, stage movement, voice and diction for the actor, auditioning techniques and related physical skills such as modern dance, ballet and jazz. 
  5. Understanding of basic production elements such as make-up, costume, sets and props, and lighting.
  6. Knowledge of the musical theatre canon, along with its history and development within the theatre.
  7. Portfolio preparation of musical and non-musical material 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: Prepares students 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: Prepare competent and effective generalist social work professionals to practice in a manner consistent with the purposes and values of the profession, to enhance human and community well being, and to value the dignity and worth of all persons. Based on the knowledge, values, and skills of the profession, the program exposes students to a world view that leads to a commitment to service, human rights, and social and economic justice. Provides students with significant opportunities to connect with faculty, students and community.

Spanish: Prepares students to function in an interdependent, multicultural, multilingual world to meet local, national and global needs in business, the non-profit sector, government, and other professions for a bilingual and bicultural workforce. With a foundation in socio-cultural, literary, commercial, historical, and artistic study of Spain, Latin America and Latinos in the United States, language proficiency is developed through the 5 C’s: communication, cultures, connections, comparisons, and communities.

Spanish — Secondary Education: Prepares candidates to teach Spanish at the secondary level to develop language proficiency and cultural awareness through the 5 C’s: communication, cultures, connections, comparisons, and communities. The classroom setting, in which future teachers will be engaged, sets the highest standards of cross-cultural interaction and immersion in the target language.

Theater Arts — Bachelor of Arts: Appropriate for students who wish to study theatre within a broader context of a liberal arts education and to emphasize areas of concentration such as performance, design/technology, theatre arts management or drama studies. Specific goals:

  1. To develop understanding and practice of theatre arts by focusing on the verbal, physical, visual and research aspects of the craft.
  2. To understand script analysis in order to develop an understanding of the relationship of production process to the period and style, content and structure of a script.
  3. To provide exposure to a wide variety of theatre repertory through the study of the history of theatre, its major dramatists, attending performances, and through the production of a variety of theatre works.
  4. To prepare students for entry-level positions in theatre performance, design and/or technology, theatre arts management and other entertainment industry related fields, as well as, for continuation with graduate studies, and/or teaching.
  5. To encourage students to explore breadth and variety in their educational pursuits to enhance their understanding of the world around them and to give them greater career versatility as a post-graduate.

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