The list of academic programs offered at the Mount just got a lot longer. Aside from two new online baccalaureate programs and additional minors and specializations, the University is offering its first bachelor of fine arts (BFA) degree.
Aspiring commercial photographers can now earn a BFA in professional photography from the Mount. Classes are held in the Sunset Gower Studios in Hollywood, where the MFA in film, television & photography is also based. The program integrates liberal arts, ethics and professional business practices with a core photography and media production curriculum that prepares students for the entrepreneurial and technical challenges of a professional photography career.
The online bachelor’s degree in liberal arts, through Weekend/Evening College, provides the same quality course offerings as the traditional program but gives students the flexibility of schedule and location. The major studies human societies, culture and history from the multiple perspectives of the humanities and the social sciences. Courses will be offered in eight-week formats in the fall and spring semesters, and six-week formats in the summer.
The nursing department has added a fully online RN to BSN program to its hybrid and traditional options. Designed so that nurses who already have associate degrees can continue to work while earning their bachelor of science in nursing degree, the program can be completed in as little as three semesters.
A new minor in linguistics is open to any student who wants to gain a foundation in the study and understanding of human language, both at the individual and global levels.
The music department added a minor and specialization in music industry for students who wish to gain the business and legal knowledge necessary for success in the field. Aside from an introduction to the music industry, some of the required courses include The Business of Music, Music and Arts Entrepreneurship, and Music Technology.
The sociology department now has five specialization options after adding a youth and family counseling track in the undergraduate division. This track is for sociology majors interested in working with children and families in a variety of social service settings.
Global healthcare policy is now a minor in the undergraduate division and a specialization within the master of science in healthcare administration program.
The graduate religious studies department has started offering two new concentrations. Contextual theology asserts a claim that all theologies are intimately influenced, and have the potential to influence the socio-cultural and geo-political contexts in which they are immersed. The study of religions concentration, which is interdisciplinary and interreligious, employs social-scientific methods and theories to study religion.