Three new theology majors and several changes to business and nursing programs were put into place this year in hopes of accommodating and encouraging growth in these fields.
Department of Business
Two minors were added in the department of business. An international business minor will be put into place. This minor involves spending a summer abroad before graduation.
Michael Ophardt, chair of the department of business, said the goal of the minor is “to provide some international experience for students so that they can finish a semester early, earn some unique credits for international study. . .and be that much more ready for the business world.”
Jack Harris, director of cross-cultural engagement, will be taking a sabbatical soon in order to go through the program himself to ensure its validity for students. The minor will be advertised after Harris returns.
There is also a new business analytics minor. According to Ophardt, it is meant to keep up with the
The business analytics minor might be upgraded to a major if there is enough student interest. current hot topic of data research.
Multiple changes were made in programs of the school of nursing and health sciences to keep up with the way
The RN to BSN program, which allows nurses with associate degrees to earn bachelor’s degrees, has shifted from being a completely offline program to having about 40 percent of the classes online.the job field has grown and progressed.
“It’s a bit of a new animal for them because a lot of our students come to us because they like that we have a ground program,” said Debra Lee, dean of the school of nursing and health sciences.
According to Lee, adjusting to the online courses takes time, but nurses are becoming more involved in information technology in their everyday work, so it is beneficial for students to become accustomed to the medium.
The master’s degree program has also converted to offer about 40 percent of the required classes online.
The community health education major was revised. Now called community and public health promotion, the major involves new classes related to global health.
“Health care delivery in the United States is really shifting to a much more community-based approach,” Lee said. “People are being hospitalized less frequently for shorter periods of time, and health care, both acute and chronic as well as preventative, are happening more and more out in a community setting, in the home setting.”
Department of Bible, Theology and Ministry
Changes in the theology department began when several professors met with a large group of local pastors and church leaders to find out what was needed in ministry training programs.
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“Out of that emerged the idea that we really need a major in pastoral ministry,” said Steve Moroney, chair of the department of Bible, theology and ministry. “[This] would prepare students to be able to go into churches and serve hands on right away.”
Moroney said that pastoral ministry is ideal for unusually mature students who are ready to lead a church at a young age and for nontraditional students who have already been working in ministry but want to earn a degree.
Nate Jackson, junior pastoral ministry major, studied Bible and theology at Wheaton College before transferring to Malone.
“When I came into Malone, I wanted to be able to work closely with people in ministry and still go into pastoring a church,” Jackson said. “The major difference is that it’s a little more experiential.”
Several of the classes for the new major will begin next year as incoming students progress through the program. For Jackson and other upperclassmen who want to pursue the major now, however, the department is offering independent study courses.
Also new this year is a Christian worship major, which differs from the music ministry major. The new major has a slightly more theological focus and a lighter emphasis on performance and theory classes.
“If someone’s main thing is leading music, then probably music ministry is what they should do, and then they get some Bible and theology with that,” Moroney said. “[If] they want to be a pastor who also has a hand in music, and leads worship more holistically. . .then our Christian worship major is good for them.”
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A final change in the theology department is that the missions and cross-cultural ministries minor was bumped up to a major. No new classes were created to make this major possible and the minor is still available.
Ashley Ruppert, junior missions and cross-cultural ministry major, came into the new program after a break from academics following some time at the University of Akron. Ruppert had several years of experience in both local and foreign missions and wants the academic training to supplement that.
“I knew that I wanted to be in nonprofits and missions,” Ruppert said. “I saw that this would be the best way to get there.”