Two New Majors Offered in the College of Arts and Sciences

Monday, March 19, 2012

The College of Arts and Sciences is proud to announce two new majors: Behavioral Neuroscience and Italian Studies. Here is a brief explanation of each program. 

Behavioral Neuroscience -

The Behavioral Neuroscience major is an interdisciplinary major within the department of Psychological Sciences, which emphasizes the interaction of behavior with biological systems including brain pathways, nervous systems and hormonal systems. Disciplines such as psychology, biology, chemistry, anthropology, and philosophy all contribute to a cohesive understanding of psychological functions from a biological perspective. The assimilation of disciplines helps students develop intellectual skills in critical thinking and sound reasoning, and requires integration of knowledge from multiple levels of analysis, all of which are important characteristics of a liberal arts education. Career opportunities include jobs in healthcare, academia, government and the private sector.

Italian Studies - 

From art, literature, music and cinema, to finance, politics and science, Italy has greatly influenced world culture. The study of Italian culture and its role in the evolution of the Western world since Antiquity is essential for a fuller understanding of the political, economic and cultural forces that continue to shape the Mediterranean, Europe and the world. The Italian Studies Program develops students' linguistic proficiency while providing them with a strong interdisciplinary knowledge of Italian culture. The lower-division language classes help students develop a basic communicative competency in Italian as well as cultural and intercultural awareness. The interdisciplinary Major in Italian Studies and the Italian Minor explore the breadth of Italian literature, history and culture, while at the same time building and reinforcing language proficiency.

Students who major in Italian Studies may integrate their knowledge of Italian culture with other disciplines by taking upper-division courses in other departments. They can also combine the major in Italian Studies with a second major or a minor in another discipline. In addition, students can take advantage of our study-abroad programs in Italy (information is available at the Office of International Studies Abroad). Italian Studies Majors can pursue careers in many different fields, including art, business, culinary arts, design, education, fashion, film, international relations, journalism, and many others.

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