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Thursday, December 20, 2007

UNCP to begin new bachelor’s degree program

The University of North Carolina at Pembroke will roll out a new bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary studies aimed at students served by the region’s community colleges.

The Board of Governors of the University of North Carolina approved the program in November. It will launch in fall 2008 at Cape Fear Community College in Wilmington, N.C., and the plan is to expand the program to other community colleges in the region.

The Bachelor of interdisciplinary studies program will appeal to students in a college track and to others already in the job market – in public, non-profit or business professions – who seek advancement or a career change with the aid of a college degree.

Charles HarringtonEight majors with 20 tracks will be available, and UNCP administrators expect some courses to be taught online. UNCP’s Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Dr. Charles Harrington believes there is a good market for the program.

“We believe interdisciplinary studies will have tremendous appeal across the region,” Dr. Harrington said. “We thoroughly vetted the idea, and we kept hearing that a flexible curriculum is needed to meet the needs of students already in the workforce.”

“We will take the program where it is needed in the region, and we will keep our options open to add tracks in the future,” he said. “It will be demand-driven.”

Interdisciplinary studies will draw from UNCP’s College of Arts and Sciences and Schools of Education and Business. An advisory council will be appointed, and the program will report to the provost.

Dr. Ramin Maysami, chair of the Economics and Finance Department in the School of Business, will chair the program and Dr. James Robinson, a sociology professor, will be associate chair.

“The difference with interdisciplinary studies is that it is designed for a specific group of students,” Dr. Maysami said. “Generally, it is intended for students to finish in four years after beginning their college career at the community college.

“Academically, the requirements will be as rigorous as all of our programs, but more flexible because it allows credit for course take at their community college,” he said.

UNCP began planning the bachelor of interdisciplinary studies almost a year ago, and it was approved in October by the Faculty Senate, its curriculum committee and the Office of Academic Affairs.

Offering five stand-alone courses at Cape Fear Community College in the fall semester 2007 and with an agreement in place between the two institutions, the partners are ready to move forward with the new program.

Majors and tracks within those majors follow:

  • Applied Professional Studies -  Advertising, Community Recreation, Economic Development, Health Promotion, International, Office Administration and Theatre
  • Applied Information Technology – Operations Management
  • Criminal Justice – Applied Information Technology, Forensics and Sociology
  • Cultural Studies – Spanish
  • Family Studies – Spanish
  • Hispanic Commerce – Community Emphasis
  • Hospitality – Hotel and Restaurant Administration
  • Public and Non-profit Administration – General Accountancy, Communication, Public Management and Spanish

For more information about the bachelor of interdisciplinary studies, please contact the Department of Continuing and Distance Education at 910.521.6367 or email ced@uncp.edu.

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