Undergraduates: Are you still deciding on a major? Read on. Adelphi University has introduced four new bachelor's degree programs this fall—in statistics, environmental science, anthropology, and ethics and public policy.
Undergraduates: Are you still deciding on a major? Read on. Adelphi University has introduced four new bachelor’s degree programs this fall—in statistics, environmental science, anthropology, and ethics and public policy.
Bachelor of Arts in Ethics and Public Policy
The new interdisciplinary major will prepare the next generation of ethical leaders to make an impact in professional, government or nonprofit careers. During their studies, students will gain a balanced foundation in theories of ethics and justice from philosophy and political theory, policy issues and debates from political science, and analytical tools from economics. The program culminates in a capstone project in which students develop an ethically and economically sound policy solution to a contemporary problem.
“The BA in Ethics and Public Policy provides students with an interdisciplinary course of study that combines the strengths of Adelphi departments of philosophy, political science and economics,” said Shawn Kaplan, PhD, associate professor and philosophy department chair and director of the Ethics and Public Policy program at Adelphi. “Students will become equipped with a diversity of analytical and theoretical tools from these disciplines so as to be able to engage with and respond to the complex ethical challenges we all face. The program prepares students to become ethical leaders we so dearly need in business, the nonprofit sector, public service, advocacy and our shared communities.”
Bachelor of Science in Statistics
This major will give students the skills and hands-on training to launch a rewarding career in virtually any industry, from business and finance to government and logistics. The program is designed to meet the needs of students who want to solve problems through data. The rigorous curriculum teaches students to find, clean, manipulate, visualize and transform data into meaningful insights that will improve industry—and society as a whole.
“The Bachelor of Science in Statistics program is one of a kind on Long Island,” said Josh P. Hiller, PhD, assistant professor of mathematics and computer science. “It is an industry-focused, data-centric, educational program which allows students to study and solve real-world problems from their first day at Adelphi.”
Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science
There is a growing need for environmental scientists, specialists and policy makers who can devise solutions to critical environmental issues such as climate change, environmental degradation and sustainability. Adelphi’s new Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science program will give students the knowledge and training to address even the most critical environmental challenges.
Through this interdisciplinary program, students will be able to chart their own course of study with classes that cover everything from the natural and social sciences to the humanities. Students can even further tailor their degree path by enrolling in one of four optional curricular tracks (biological sciences, chemistry, physics or the social sciences). Field trips to environments as diverse as Alaska and Australia add even more opportunity to this exceptional learning experience.
“The new BS in Environmental Science degree that just launched this fall has already proven very popular, with new majors signing on every week,” said Bryan T. Wygal, PhD, director of environmental studies and sciences at Adelphi and associate professor of anthropology. “Specifically designed with maximum flexibility, this interdisciplinary degree offers a solid foundation for future policy makers, earth scientists, resource managers and community leaders interested in taking immediate action on issues of global climate change and sustainability.”
Bachelor of Science in Anthropology
For students interested in the sciences and social sciences, Adelphi’s Bachelor of Science in Anthropology is the first step to a career path full of possibilities. The program will prepare students to tackle the most urgent challenges of the 21st century, from globalization, nationalization, racism, inequality and unequal access to resources. Students will learn how to conduct research in both the laboratory and out in the field, gaining an understanding of scientific methods as well as quantitative and qualitative analysis.
“The BS in Anthropology degree is truly interdisciplinary, as it incorporates the study of cultures along with the scientific method to address some of humanity’s most pressing problems,” said Hanna Kim, PhD, chair and associate professor of anthropology. “This new degree is specifically designed with flexibility in mind for the student who has many interests and is considering different career paths, including medicine and nursing. Classes from a wide range of natural sciences, including biology, chemistry, environmental science, and math and computer sciences may be applied toward the BS in Anthropology.”
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