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Three New Majors Offer New Opportunities

Three New Majors Offer New Opportunities

Chestnut Hill College has added two majors effective this semester in the School of Continuing & Professional Studies (SCPS) and one that will be available in the fall 2017 semester in the School of Undergraduate Studies (SUS) — three new opportunities designed especially for CHC students.

Organizational Dynamics focuses on the aspects of human resources and includes the firm's cultural structure, how to motivate and inspire all levels of the organization, how to manage conflict and how to lead change.

Organizational Dynamics is the study of human resource management, change leadership, the cultural structure of organizations and much more. Applicable to nearly every industry, this new major is designed for the adult learner and offered through the Accelerated Adult Degree Program. 

Some key concepts include understanding critical organizational theory, team dynamics, effective communication, negotiation/conflict management, cultural competence and data analytics. It will prepare students for careers in management of medical and health services, sales, purchasing, human resources, public relations, fundraising, education, government and more. 

“This major includes courses that help students understand human behavior, how organizations work, team dynamics, cultural competencies and organizational leadership,” says Elaine Green, Ed.D., dean of the School of Continuing & Professional Studies. “And the Security Studies major prepares students in areas such as risk analysis, emergency planning, threat assessment and criminal investigation.

“We continually review the curriculum and look for opportunities to add new majors and minors — a detailed process that includes many different levels of approvals,” she adds. 

The Security Studies interdisciplinary degree is designed to develop the critical thinking, problem-solving and planning skills of security professionals from diverse backgrounds.

The Security Studies major will prepare police, first responders and emergency management personnel with critical thinking, informed decision-making and emergency planning knowledge and skills. This interdisciplinary degree is designed to meet these needs of security professionals from diverse backgrounds. 

Through this course of study, students will be prepared for careers as forensic science technician, emergency management director, information security analyst and others.
The SCPS majors are interdisciplinary and offered in the evenings and Saturdays in an 8-week accelerated format. Thirty percent of each program will be available in a hybrid or online format designed for working professionals and individuals making career changes. These programs also offer community college students seamless transfer opportunities with tuition discounts.

Coming in the Fall

Exercise Science is a new major being launched through the Department of Physical Education. Those students with a love of fitness, health and/or sports performance may find their career path through this major, according to Carolyn Albright, Ph.D., associate professor of physical education and chair of the department.

“This new major is a great opportunity for those who want to pursue a career in the fitness industry, corporate wellness, strength and conditioning for sport or even use this as a pathway to a professional program in areas such as physical therapy, athletic training, occupational therapy or cardiac rehabilitation,” says Albright.

After completing the Exercise Science major, students will be prepared to sit for the American College of Sports Medicine Personal Training Certification and Exercise Physiologist Certification as well as the National Strength and Conditioning Certification exam to be a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. The new Exercise Science major provides students with a strong understanding of the scientific and behavioral aspects of fitness and wellness that can be used to promote health and wellness throughout the community and the world.

Students in this major also will spend time in the exercise science lab and CHC’s Fitness Center in addition to the classroom, where they will gain hands-on experience to better understand and be prepared for jobs in the fitness, health and sport professions.

“For the past several years, there has been a focus on adding programs giving students more options for marketable degrees and courses of study,” says Kathleen Anderson, Ed.D., interim vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty. “For example, Organizational Dynamics offers an alternative path for business majors who are interested in organizational structures and behaviors, team building and leadership development and Exercise Science demonstrates CHC’s commitment to health and wellness.”

— Brenda Lange

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