Wilson College adding 3 new degree programs

Staff report Chambersburg Public Opinion PublicOpinionOnline.com

Jan.17 2014

CHAMBERSBURG >> Wilson College will add three new degree programs in time for the fall semester.

Two new degrees will be available this school year: a bachelor’s degree in graphic design and a master’s degree in accountancy. A bachelor’s degree in animal studies will be added for the fall.

The new degrees are a response to interest expressed by current and prospective Wilson students, as well as to needs/demands identified in the marketplace, according to Wilson Vice President for Enrollment Mary Ann Naso.

“We are already seeing quite a bit of interest in the graphic design and accounting programs, including a 3+1 program in accounting that allows a student to earn both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in just four years,” said Naso.

The animal studies degree, which was recently approved by the Wilson College Board of Trustees after going through a faculty approval process, expands on the most popular degree programs at Wilson: veterinary medical technology and equestrian programs.

“The animal studies program is very exciting for us,” Naso said. “It builds on an enthusiasm in animals shared by a significant percentage of Wilson students and will allow our graduates expanded options, interms of post-graduation careers.”

The animal studies bachelor’s degree program will include study in such areas as animal behavior, the animal-human bond, training and handling methods, animals in service, environmental impact and ethical treatment. It will prepare graduates for advanced study, as well as for a career as an animal trainer, animal control officer, zoo or animal park employee, researcher or someone who works with animal-assisted therapy or at a veterinarian’s office, among others. Graduates also might work for a government agency such as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service or Drug Enforcement Agency, or in the agriculture or animal inspection field.

The new Master of Accountancy program is designed to produce graduates who are prepared to assume managerial positions with employers. Students will increase their knowledge and understanding of professional practices within accounting fields and gain

The new graphic design major, which offers concentrations in graphic arts and graphic media, balances artistic study and skill development with a traditional liberal arts education. Students will work in such areas as image creation, graphic representation, identity, typography, web design, and two- and three-dimensional design.

Graphic design students will be prepared for work in editorial design, advertising, website design, sign design, multimedia, branding/logo design, communication design and more.

Graduates of the graphic design program will be required to complete an internship to ensure that they get experience in the field before graduation. Potential employers include: design firms, publishing houses, advertising agencies, higher education, government agencies, television, newspapers, web/multimedia design firms, museums/galleries, in-house creative groups and corporations.

For more information about any of the new majors, contact the Wilson College Office of Admissions at 717-262-2002 or 800-421-8402.