Seven new academic programs coming to campus this fall

Post by John Schwarb and Rich Schneider, IU Communications media specialists:

If you’re on this page, you might already know that Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis offers more than 350 undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs.

Come this fall, there will be a few more.

Here’s a look at seven new academic programs from a variety of IUPUI schools:

Ph.D. in data science, School of Informatics and Computing:

This degree — the first of its kind in Indiana and in the Big Ten, and one of only a handful in the United States — leads to positions in academia as well as in industry. In fact, Glassdoor, a job and employment-recruiting website, ranks data scientist as the No. 1 job in America based on the number of job openings, salary, and overall job-satisfaction rating. According to Glassdoor, the median base salary for a data scientist is $116,840.

The field of data science involves collection, organization, management, and extraction of knowledge and insights from massive, complex, heterogeneous data sets commonly known as “big data.”

Ph.D. in American studies, School of Liberal Arts:

This nontraditional doctoral program looks to recruit students interested in exploring issues through a multidisciplinary approach, drawing on courses already being offered across the School of Liberal Arts. A doctoral internship of at least a year will help students translate their research into a variety of careers.

“The Ph.D. program in American studies at IUPUI does not tweak the traditional Ph.D. model, but rather builds an infrastructure for a collaborative and applied graduate school experience in order to close the distance between academia and the world that surrounds it,” said Raymond Haberski Jr., professor of history and director of American studies.

Graduate minor in communicating science, School of Liberal Arts Department of Communication Studies:

Scientists and health professionals today need to connect to and engage with the lay public, policymakers, funders, students, and professionals from other disciplines. As a result, they find the need to tailor their communication for a variety of audiences. This program — designed for future scientists, including researchers and practitioners, who find themselves increasingly responsible for public speaking and writing — will increase students’ career prospects, help them secure funding, and help them serve as effective teachers.

Students heading to class on a sunny day.

Students will have seven new academic programs to choose from in fall 2017.

“The courses will offer more than public speaking and writing tips,” said Krista Hoffmann-Longtin, assistant professor of communication studies in the School of Liberal Arts and assistant dean for faculty affairs and professional development in the School of Medicine. “Scientists will learn to improvise messages; to tell relevant stories; and to connect effectively with students, collaborators, and funders.”

Liberal arts and management certificate, School of Liberal Arts:

A 2013 study suggests that a liberal arts degree coupled with other skills can nearly double job prospects when those skills include marketing, business, data analysis, and management — just to name a few.

“This certificate offers a course of study from both liberal arts and business to better prepare the 21st-century liberal arts graduate to respond to the challenges of a more complex world,” said Kristy Sheeler, associate dean for academic programs in the School of Liberal Arts and a professor in the Department of Communication Studies. Contact Sheeler with questions about this new program.

Doctor of public health in global health leadership, Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health:

The school already knows what some students in this new program will do when they graduate: They’ll become state health commissioners; ministers of health; program officers; and mid- to senior-level managers in government agencies, foundations, nonprofits, and nongovernmental organizations.

That’s based on experiences of a similar program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The person who helped design and lead that program is now at IUPUI: Sue Babich, associate dean of global health, director of the doctoral program in global health leadership, and professor of health policy and management.

The degree prepares students to be leaders who can address the world’s challenging and complex public health issues. The three-year degree is a distance program, with classes delivered in real time via internet video. Students meet face-to-face three times each year in years one and two, and they complete dissertations in year three.

Master of Science degree in product stewardship, Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health:

The only academic degree available today designed to prepare students for leadership roles in the emerging field of product stewardship will train professionals to help businesses in a wide range of industrial fields navigate increasingly complex regulations as they advocate for the production of products in ways that ease regulatory compliance, minimize risks to people and the environment, and boost profitability.

The online 30 credit hour degree is expected to attract, among others, professionals who are already active in the product-stewardship field seeking formal training that will allow them to move up in their product-stewardship organizations and professionals from a wide range of other backgrounds, including environmental health, regulatory compliance, industrial hygiene, occupational health and safety, sustainability, product development, supply chain, and law.

Master of Arts in teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL), Department of English, School of Liberal Arts:

This 31 credit hour degree provides both a strong theoretical foundation and hands-on practical experience to prepare national and international graduate students to become effective teachers of English to adult learners who speak other native languages, both in the United States and abroad.

Working with IUPUI’s award-winning faculty, students will experience rich opportunities in teaching practica, including not only English for academic purposes, or EAP, but also English for Specific Purposes, or ESP — for example, academic, legal, business and medical English. The program features a unique curricular strength in second-language research, materials preparation, curriculum design and the use of technology in second-language learning.

“It is thrilling to be able to launch the Master of Arts in TESOL at IUPUI,” said Ulla Connor, director of the program. “This program is the culmination of TESOL and applied linguistics programming in the Department of English at IUPUI over the past 30 years. Our previous programs include the English for Academic Purposes Program for international students, which began in 1985; the International Center for Intercultural Communication, which started in 1998; and the Program for Intensive English that we began in 2015.”

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