TROY. AL—The Alabama Commission on Higher Education has approved four new degree programs for Troy University starting fall semester 2012.
The programs are the Bachelor of Liberal Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences; the Master of Accountancy in the Sorrell College of Business; and the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance and the Master of Science in Strategic Communications in the College of Communication and Fine Arts.
Dr. Jim Rinehart, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, said the Bachelor of Liberal Studies features a broad-based curriculum designed to foster critical thinking and communication skills. He said the degree would be attractive to adult learners who have vocational and professional skills from on-the-job experience but lack a college degree or traditional students who are planning to pursue graduate degrees in areas that demand critical thinking skills, such as law, business administration or public administration.
The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance is designed as a comprehensive program for students who either want to pursue a career in dance performance, teach dance or work in the fine arts field in areas involving dance, according to Dr. Maryjo Cochran, dean of the College of Communication and Fine Arts.
“This is a natural outgrowth of the minor in dance that we have offered for several years coupled with our hiring of Elie Lazar, internationally known choreographer and ballet master, for our dance faculty,” Dean Cochran said.
The Master of Accountancy degree will enable TROY graduates to be more competitive in the marketplace, according to Dr. Kaye Sheridan, director of the School of Accountancy. Currently, the University offers an accounting concentration in the master of business administration program.
“Data from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants show that 82 percent of students with graduate degrees hired by CPA firms have the master of accountancy degree,” Dr. Sheridan said.
In addition, the Alabama Commission on Higher Education approved:
The extension of the Master of Science in Adult Education, currently offered only on the Montgomery Campus, to the Troy Campus, the Dothan Campus and eTROY, the University’s distance education division;
A concentration in environmental policy to the Master of Science Degree in Environmental and Biological Sciences;
Three options to the Master of Science in Adult Education in Leadership Studies, instructional technology and curriculum and instructional design;
An emphasis in public history to the existing baccalaureate program in history; and
A pre-baccalaureate certificate in cyber-security.