New majors and minors come to the University, some disbanded


Jeannette Yan

The Gies College of Business is decked out to celebrate the generous donation from the Gies Family at the Business Instructional Facility on Oct. 26. The Gies College of Business is among one of the many colleges within the University to introduce a new program for future students.

By Alyssa Pappas, Staff Writer

With the fall semester coming to a close, there are many new majors and minors that have been approved to be implemented for the upcoming semesters.  There are also a few programs that will no longer be taking students, thus set on the path toward elimination on campus.

Kathryn A. Martensen, assistant provost for Educational Programs, gave a list of programs which were approved to close admissions, or “phase down.”  

What this means is that students in this program will be allowed to complete them, but no new students will be accepted.

Programs set to “phase down”

  • Master of Arts in Psychology
  • Master of Engineering in Bioinstrumentation
  • Master of Arts in Economics.

Martensen said in an email the Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine “was both phased down and terminated because…there were zero enrolled students and had not been for many, many years.”

John Foreman, associate dean of academic and student affairs for the College of Veterinary Medicine, said they decided to discontinue the degree because they had not awarded it in almost 20 years.

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There are also a list of programs that are on track to be created. “These programs were *approved* to be implemented at any point from the date listed forward; whether or not they actually start admitting is up to the offering unit/college,” Martensen said.

For example, according to the College of Media Student Services Center, “the Journalism minor is officially live right now, so students can enroll at any time.”

Martensen also said how some of these programs have yet to set up codes through the University system and that they can take up to a month to generate, causing a delay of students actually being in the program.

Programs set to be created or have already been created

College of Education

  • Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education, Mathematics Concentration
  • Bachelor of Science in Middle Grades Education

College of Fine and Applied Arts

  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Music
  • Master of Science in Sustainable Urban Management

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

  • Master of Science in Psychological Science
  • Undergraduate minor in Criminology, Law, and Society
  • Graduate minor in Statistics
  • Undergraduate minor in Psychology
  • Undergraduate minor in Creative Writing
  • Undergraduate minor in Global Markets and Society
  • Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts and Sciences, major in Asian American Studies
  • College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences:
  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Science + Crop Sciences

College of Media

  • Undergraduate minor in Journalism
  • Undergraduate minor in Public Relations

Carle Illinois College of Medicine

  • Doctor of Medicine Professional Degree program

Gies College of Business

  • Master of Science in Management
  • College of Engineering:
  • Master of Engineering, major in Bioengineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Innovation, Leadership and Engineering Entrepreneurship

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