When a small team of E-town faculty representatives and administrators traveled to California in late July, they had their sights set on Stanford University’s Design School—the d.school.
At the d.school, educators from a wide variety of disciplines experiment with ways to develop students’ creative confidence through design thinking. Active, project-based, experiential and student-centric teaching strategies are the name of the game in higher education today. And the E-town team spent four days immersed in design thinking.
At Elizabethtown, applying Design Thinking can help students develop the skills and mindsets they need to thrive in an increasingly complex world.
“When the engineering department planted the seed about design thinking, we were in the midst of revising and developing a variety of new majors and minors to address student interests and market demands,” said Betty Rider, senior vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty. “As we are building class schedules and new majors, we are asking ourselves ‘What do students want and need? What skills are needed in the work force?’”
“We are prototyping and launching programs to keep pace with market demand and student interest.”
The College has added more sections of the most popular classes and looked at career and job capacity in the marketplace. It answered the call from students and the market and, over the last two years, embarked on the most aggressive academic development plan in the history of the College—an initiative to build and introduce more than 15 new majors, minors and concentrations.
Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction in Peace Education is for candidates who are already certified educators (PK-12) and who are seeking graduate study in curriculum and instruction with an emphasis on peace education, including issues of social justice, student rights and conflict resolution.
Physician Assistant Program – Coming in fall 2020.
Master of Special Education (4+1 program) offers currently enrolled undergraduate students in education the opportunity to earn a master’s degree in special education.
Chemistry Laboratory Sciences – The only program of its kind in Pennsylvania offering a semester internship in an analytical chemistry laboratory. Students are able to take advantage of the growing demand for analytical chemists for positions that don’t require advanced degrees. Students can begin laboratory work in the chemical industry setting immediately upon graduation.
Criminal Justice – The need for community servants in our society is growing. Careers in corrections, law enforcement, government agencies and nonprofits are in high demand and offer graduates the opportunity to carry their commitment to service into their professional lives.
Data Science – Demand for skills in data science has increased dramatically. The organization, storage and analysis of large sets of data, with the ability to communicate insightful results, makes graduates particularly appealing to employers.
Finance (major AND minor) – Economics, accounting, marketing, management, law and intermediate/advanced courses in finance are combined with communication skills and practical experiences for careers in finance and advancement to graduate school.
Financial Economics – Quantitative skills fuel success in data-driven businesses, including government agencies, banking, finance, the public sector and prepare students for graduate study in economics, finance and business.
Graphic Design – There is a constant demand for talented professionals in both print and digital media design. The program is future-focused, offering simulated tasks and assignments for students to create diverse portfolios.
Marketing – Special emphasis is placed on research-based strategies and a partnership with the Category Management Association, which integrates category management into the major and makes E-town the only school in Pennsylvania to offer this type of program.
Arts Administration (minor) – Students are offered the opportunity to blend their love of the arts with work in marketing, administration or management. Symphony orchestras, community arts centers, galleries, museums and theatre companies need skilled professionals to bring their art to the public.
Biomedical Engineering (concentration) – Advances in the health care industry and an aging population drive the need for biomedical engineers. Students are equipped with the design and technical skills needed for biomedical engineering jobs in the medical device industry.
Civil Engineering (concentration) – Assessing the challenges and designing the infrastructure to meet society’s needs is at the heart of civil engineering. Students learn how to design and analyze structural systems and are prepared for careers in structural design, construction, green infrastructure and transportation.
Entrepreneurship & Family Business (minor AND concentration)- Elizabethtown College is one of the few colleges in the nation that blends entrepreneurship and family business management into one program. Students learn every aspect about running a business, from day-to-day operations and strategic thinking to managing an existing family enterprise or starting one of their own.
Theatre Endorsement – E-town is the only college in Pennsylvania, and one of only five in the country, to offer this opportunity to degree-seeking education majors interested in teaching theatre or directing school musicals.
Occupational Therapy – Coming in 2019.