New degree programs offered

By News Editor Karah Wilson

This fall, UNA is offering new degree options for students. These new programs will include graduate, undergraduate, traditional and online degrees.

UNA Vice President for Academic Affairs and provost Ross Alexander said the new programs will provide students with multiple pathways to success.

“We diligently strive to fit both the needs of our students and the changing global marketplace, and that’s accomplished with diverse programmatic options,” Alexander said. “It is our responsibility to offer degrees that position graduates for success in an array of fields, whether they choose to forge careers locally, regionally or internationally.”

The College of Business will be offering two new degrees this fall. These degrees are a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology and an online Master of Accountancy graduate degree.

“It’s a good thing UNA is offering a masters program for accounting because, for the ambitious, earning a masters degree opens the door to the top-paying jobs in the profession,” said Allie Freeman, sophomore accounting major. “That includes jobs, such as chief accounting officer and chief financial officer.”

College of Business Dean Greg Carnes said the Bachelors in Information Technology will complement the excellent ABET accredited programs UNA has in Computer Information Systems and Computer Science.

“(The degree will) allow UNA to continue to be a leader in our region’s growing technology sector,” Carnes said. “UNA also has a storied tradition of excellence in accounting education.  The graduate degree will provide online and face-to-face students with the knowledge and skills needed to be leaders in the accountancy profession.”

The College of Arts and Sciences added a few new programs for students. A chemical engineering option is now available in the Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology program. A Masters of Science in Mathematics will be added, which makes UNA one of the handful of schools to offer the degree online.

“Both of these new programs are examples of our commitment to evaluating and responding to the workforce needs of our tri-state region,” said College of Arts and Sciences Dean, Carmen Burkhalter. “By expanding our curriculum, as well as utilizing the latest technology, in delivery we can better insure our graduates are ready for the growth this region has experienced.”

The College of Arts and Science will also be adding a Bachelors of Art in Spanish. The Anderson College of Nursing and Health Professionals will be adding a new degree for the spring semester, pending approval.

Coordinator of operations and strategy for Academic Affairs, Bliss Adkinson, said there will be a few more additional programs.

Undergraduate degree options will now include a Bachelor of Science in Applied Health Science and accelerated bachelors to masters programs.

Graduate degrees will now include family and consumer sciences education, as well as accelerated bachelors to masters programs.

The Masters of Business Administration and Masters of Science in Family Studies will now be taught as a joint curriculum.