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New Programs Approved

Recently approved for 2022-2023*

New undergraduate certificates

  • Undergraduate Certificate – Environmental Justice -  This undergraduate certificate is for all undergraduate students who want to address issues of social inequality based on race, gender, and poverty related to environmental issues facing society. Note: This program may not be taken by Environmental Studies majors.
  • Undergraduate Certificate – Deaf and Hard of Hearing Studies - This 12-credit hour certificate is designed for degree-seeking students of any major and non-degree-seeking students who desire to improve accessibility for individuals who are Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing (D/HOH) and their families across educational, social, and professional environments.
  • Undergraduate Certificate – Professional Communication and Presentation Skills - The Professional Communication and Presentation Skills certificate is aimed at undergraduate students interested in developing and refining their presentation skills across various contexts in professional settings. The Professional Communication and presentation skills certificate is a 12-credit-hour undergraduate certificate.

New graduate certificate

  • Graduate Certificate - Equity-Centered Teaching and Learning - The Graduate Certificate in Equity-Centered Teaching and Learning is a 12-credit graduate certificate that aims at providing adult educators with transformative teaching and learning approaches to issues related to diversity and equity in adult learning environments. Courses will help prepare adult educators to understand how diversity and equity relate to learning theories and pedagogy. Our approach to diversity and equity will cover the intersections of disability, race, gender, sexual orientation, social class, and poverty and draws on interdisciplinary research in education.

New majors

  • Data Science Major - The Data Science major is designed to equip students with knowledge and skills in data management, computing and analytics modeling techniques to meet the ever-increasing demand by business/industry for individuals with such training. Besides the knowledge and skills for solving real-world data science projects, the program will equip students with strong communication skills required to work effectively with teams and clients.
  • Cybersecurity Major - The Cybersecurity major will prepare students for a variety of cybersecurity careers, dedicated to securing vulnerable data and information infrastructure and stopping cyberattacks in the digital environment. The major focuses on both rigorous theory and extensive practice of security and privacy in computer systems, networks, software and hardware, database, and web applications. The cybersecurity study is based on the solid foundation of computer science and mathematics such as programming languages, data structures, algorithms, operating systems, and architectures.
  • Commercial Music Major - Students will take classes that will prepare them for a variety of vocations within the field of commercial/popular music including, but not limited to, professional songwriter, recording engineer, music producer, music supervisor, record label administrator, artists and repertoire (A&R) recruiter, and music publisher.

New minors

  • Data Engineering Minor - Data engineering is the field of study that focuses on the collection, transformation, and validation of data for subsequent analysis and visualization. This program provides students with skills to design and manage data storage options and to construct data pipelines in the context of data science.
  • Computational Mathematics and Analytics Minor - The Computational Mathematics and Analytics Minor teaches students the basics of data analysis, real-world modeling, and numerical techniques for solving mathematical and data-involved problems.
  • Geospatial Analytics Minor - The Geospatial Analytics minor prepares students for data-driven careers by integrating the geospatial and data sciences.
  • Intergroup Relations and Justice Minor - The minor in Intergroup Relations and Justice develops critical understanding of relations between social identity groups (across dimensions of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, ability, and more) and prepares students to communicate and collaborate effectively across these groups. Through dialogue-based learning experiences, emphasizing active listening and critical reflection, the minor provides students with critical analysis, problem-solving, and intercultural leadership skills to create a more just and equitable world.
  • Environmental Analytics Minor - Environmental data science is a rapidly growing field that brings together the growing need for professionals who can harness big data and apply this information to inform understanding of earth systems processes, environmental policy, and decision making across the geosciences. While studying Environmental Analytics at CMU, students will learn to work with large datasets to analyze, interrogate, and interpret information as it relates to earth system and the decisions necessary to ensure a sustainable future.
  • Actuarial and Risk Analytics Minor - The actuarial data typically found in insurance industries and other organizations is emerging at an astonishing rate due to the advancement of modern technology. Based on such data, risk analytics identify, measure, and mitigate various risk exposures or hazards facing a business, investment, or project to minimize the likelihood of future adverse effects occurring. Therefore, it is an increasing professional demand for individuals with advanced knowledge and skills in risk analysis for actuarial data that greatly outstrips the availability of graduates.
  • Biological Analytics Minor - The Biological Analytics minor prepares students for data-driven careers by integrating the biological and data sciences.
  • Songwriting Minor - The Songwriting minor is to mentor future creative artists who wish to work in popular music genres. The Songwriting minor provides students with fundamental skills in music theory, music performance and composition, and music production software.

New concentration

  • Art: Animation Concentration - Study the intricacies of motion, design, and visual narrative to craft a visual story. A major in art with a concentration in animation prepares you for a rewarding career in animation.

Program changes approved for 2022-2023

  • Recreation Therapy Concentration (formerly Therapeutic Recreation Concentration) - The goal of the Recreation Therapy concentration is to prepare students to serve as competent practitioners in the role of Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialists (CTRS). Students in this program de­velop skills to work with individuals with disability and chronic illness in diverse health care settings. In addition to structured coursework a strong emphasis is placed on practical training via numerous volunteer placements and a full-time clinical internship under a CTRS. Upon completion of all coursework and professional internship, the student is eligible to sit for the national certifying examination administered by the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NC­TRC). Academic advisors work closely with students in the selection and scheduling of courses to assure timely completion of degree and major requirements. Academic advisors also provide Therapeutic Recreation advisement for pre-graduate programs in selected allied areas (i.e. Occupational Therapy).
  • Geography Major: Urban and Community Planning Concentration (formerly  -Geography Major: Environmental and Land Use Concentration) - The Geography Major: Urban and Community Planning Concentration prepares tomorrow's planning professionals, community leaders, and engaged citizens to promote sustainable communities by providing geographic knowledge, technical skills, teamwork, and communication.
  • Art Major: Studio Concentration (modifications to core offerings) - Find your creative voice and build your skills as an artist. A studio art student will gain experience working with various media and gain a comprehensive understanding of visual art. The program assists students in developing concepts and individualized creative practice. The studio art program provides students opportunities to work with nationally acclaimed artists and exhibit their work.
  • Bachelor of Science in Education, Standard Certificate: Early Childhood and Elementary Education (formerly Birth – Grade 6) - Completion of this degree will qualify a student for recommendation to the Michigan State Board of Education for a Standard Certificate, which will permit the holder to teach in the corresponding levels of the major.
  • Master of Arts: Creative Writing (formerly Master of Arts: English Language & Literature: Creative Writing) - This program is designed to meet the needs of students who wish to teach English at a community college, for students seeking preparation for advanced study at the doctoral level at another university, or for students teaching English at the secondary level who wish to pursue more study in the discipline.
  • Master of Science in Administration: Talent Development Concentration and Talent Development Graduate Certificate (formerly MSA: Training and Development) - This program is designed to develop practitioners with the knowledge and skills necessary to lead, support, diagnose problems and implement solutions that enhance organizational performance. Graduates will prepare for leadership positions as human resource professionals, training and development specialists, organizational development consultants, instructional designers, and performance technologists.
*Further information on program offerings can be obtained from the academic department of record.