New Programs Approved for 2021-2022*

New Undergraduate Certificate

  • Undergraduate Certificate in Entrepreneurial Studies – The Undergraduate Certificate in Certificate Entrepreneurial Studies will be a four-course subset of both the existing Entrepreneurship Major and the existing Entrepreneurship Minor.  This certificate will help infuse entrepreneurship education into various disciplines across CMU.

New Graduate Certificate

  • Graduate Certificate in Logistics and Acquisitions Concentration (formerly Graduate Certificate in Acquisitions Administration) - The Logistics and Acquisitions graduate certificate prepares administrators to focus on purchasing, logistics, and contracting. Students will select electives in a variety of related areas, such as government contracting, quality control, regulatory concepts, and inventory management.
  • Graduate Certificate in Emergency Management and Homeland Security (formerly Graduate Certificate in Integrated Homeland Security) - This program is designed to focus on leadership and administrative issues in the crisis management field. Courses will enhance and augment skills for dealing with a wide range of man-made and natural threats and vulnerabilities. This program will provide students with the knowledge needed to lead crisis prevention and response programs in the military, public, and private sectors.
  • Graduate Certificate in Structured Language and Literacy Intervention -  This 18-credit hour certificate is designed for degree-seeking students of any major and non-degree-seeking students who desire to offer high-quality literacy services using evidence-based instruction and interventions to students with reading disabilities, including dyslexia.

New Majors

  • Teaching Grades PK-3 Major - The purpose of the Teaching Grades PK-3 major is to prepare educators to address the needs of the whole-child; use relevant, research-based criteria to establish a supportive, engaging environment that fosters, learning; and use practices that meets the needs of all learners.  This Learner-Centered major prepares the educator in areas of Literacy, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies to teach students in grades PK-3 in a self-contained classroom or departmentalized setting.
  • Teaching Grades 3-6 Major - The purpose of the Teaching Grades 3-6 major is to prepare educators to address the needs of the whole-child; use relevant, research-based criteria to establish a supportive, engaging environment that fosters, learning; and use practices that meets the needs of all learners.  This Learner-Centered major prepares the educator in areas of Literacy, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies to teach students in grades 3-6 in a self-contained classroom or departmentalized setting.
  • Teaching Grades PK-6 Major - The purpose of the Teaching Grades PK-6 major is to prepare educators to address the needs of the whole-child; use relevant, research-based criteria to establish a supportive, engaging environment that fosters, learning; and use practices that meets the needs of all learners.  This Learner-Centered major prepares the educator in areas of Literacy, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies to teach students in grades PK-6 in a self-contained classroom or departmentalized setting.
  • Teaching Grades PK-3 with Special Education Major  - The purpose of the Teaching Grades PK-3 major paired with a Special Education major is designed to prepare educators to address the needs of the whole-child; use relevant, research-based criteria to establish a supportive, engaging environment that fosters, learning; and use practices that meets the needs of all learners including students with disabilities.  This Learner-Centered major prepares the educator in areas of Literacy, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies to teach students in grades PK-3 in a self-contained classroom or departmentalized setting.  The Teaching Grades 3-6 major paired with Special Education EI or CI will prepare candidates to be certified in grades 3-6 and special education K-12. 
  • Teaching Grades 3-6 with Special Education Major - The purpose of the Teaching Grades 3-6 major paired with a special education major is to prepare educators to address the needs of the whole-child; use relevant, research-based criteria to establish a supportive, engaging environment that fosters, learning; and use practices that meets the needs of all learners including students with disabilities. This Learner-Centered major prepares the educator in areas of Literacy, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies to teach students in grades PK-3 in a self-contained classroom or departmentalized setting. The Teaching Grades 3-6 major paired with Special Education EI or CI will prepare candidates to be certified in grades 3-6 and special education K-12. 
  • Teaching Early Childhood, B-3 & Early Childhood Special Education Major - The purpose of the Teaching Early Childhood, Birth-Grade 3 and Early Childhood Special Education major is to prepare educators to address the needs of the whole-child; use relevant, research-based criteria to establish a supportive, engaging environment that fosters child development and learning through the use of practices and play that meets the needs of all young learners. This Learner-Centered major prepares the educator in areas of Literacy, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies to teach young learners from birth through grade 3 in a variety of settings which include home visiting, child-care, state and federally funded preschool programs, early elementary classrooms, and early childhood special education.

New Minor

  • Game Design Thinking Minor - This undergraduate minor will provide an innovative, student-centered instructional experience for students interested in exploring the principles of game design and their applicability beyond solely a career as a game designer. The core required courses of the minor draw upon several disciplinary approaches from within the Colleges of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS), Arts and the Media (CAM), and Science and Engineering (CSE). Thus, the minor offers students an interdisciplinary program that works to fulfill the university’s broader mission of fostering the pursuit of knowledge, wisdom, discovery, and creativity.
  • Disability Studies and Community Inclusion Minor - This minor program seeks to examine how addressing disability in its full complexity can promote the participation, self-determination, and equal citizenship of people with disabilities in society. The minor program will be available to any undergraduate student who is committed to studying the complex nature of disability, with all its implications, as well as more pragmatic measures that can be taken to minimize the negative consequences associated with disability.   

New Concentrations

  • Neuroscience Major: Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience Concentration - The Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience concentration prepares students for graduate school in neuroscience or biomedical fields and medical school.
  • Neuroscience Major: Clinical Health Neuroscience Concentration - The Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience concentration prepares students for graduate school in neuroscience or biomedical fields and medical school.
  • MSA: Logistics and Acquisitions Concentration (formerly MSA: Acquisitions Administration Concentration) - The Logistics and Acquisitions concentration prepares administrators to focus on purchasing, logistics, and contracting. Students will select electives in various related areas, such as government contracting, quality control, regulatory concepts, and inventory management.
  • MSA: Emergency Management and Homeland Security Concentration (formerly MSA: Integrated Homeland Security Concentration) - This program is designed to focus on leadership and administrative issues in the crisis management field. Courses will enhance and augment skills for dealing with a wide range of man-made and natural threats and vulnerabilities. This program will provide students with the knowledge needed to lead crisis prevention and response programs in the military, public, and private sectors.

Program Changes Approved for 2021-2022

  • Teaching Early Childhood B-K and Early Childhood Special Education Major (formerly Early Childhood Development and Learning Major) - The purpose of the Teaching Early Childhood, Birth-Kindergarten and Early Childhood Special Education major is to prepare educators to address the needs of the whole-child; use relevant, research-based criteria to establish a supportive, engaging environment that fosters child development and learning through the use of practices and play that meets the needs of all young learners.
  • The Digital Management Concentration (formerly Information Resource Management Concentration) is designed to develop the skills needed to effectively manage the digital aspects of organizations. Administrators in this space need to lead and communicate with virtual teams, make technologically informed and ethical decisions, and understand how to be effective managers within the digital infrastructure of the enterprise. Leveraging digital resources, using technology to improve business performance, and leading transformation are among the many concepts covered in this concentration.

*Further information on program offerings can be obtained from the academic department of record.