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Olivet College announces new majors, minors and concentration
Aug 20, 2009

Olivet College is offering several new academic majors and minors at the start of the 2009 fall semester. Thanks to a program funded by Dave Cutler, a 1965 Olivet alumnus, the colleges faculty has been reevaluating the curriculum and designing new majors, minors and concentrations for students to enhance their education and become more marketable in their chosen professions.

The new areas of study include: an actuarial science major, computer science major and minor, computer science education major and minor, information technology management major, insurance claims investigation minor, music major with a concentration in musical theatre, religious studies and ethics minor, and writing major.

Olivet Colleges new actuarial science major is designed to provide the necessary mathematical and business knowledge for students to prepare for the actuarial science exams administered by the Society of Actuaries and the Casualty Actuarial Society. Faculty created the major in response to the corporate worlds growing interest in actuaries, who evaluate the likelihood of events and plan for the financial consequences of risk.

The newly updated computer science and new computer science education majors and minors offer a series of required courses that stress fundamentals and elective courses that provide students the opportunity to explore advanced topics. Both the required and elective courses also provide exposure to a wide variety of hardware and software concepts. The computer science major and minor offer a foundation for a career in computers or entry into a graduate computer science program. The computer science education major and minor prepare teaching candidates for certification tests required by the state, as well as provide the opportunity to earn a state of Michigan teaching certificate.

The information technology management major combines computer science, computer applications, business management and communications courses to prepare students for positions that require knowledge of both computer systems and business management practices. Such positions could include serving as manager to a companys technology department, in which the ability to facilitate communication and field concerns from both the companys executives and its computer technicians is necessary.

The insurance claims investigation minor is the only program of its kind to be offered in the state of Michigan. The Risk Management and Insurance Center at Olivet combined with the criminal justice program to create the minor, which teaches students how to investigate and identify fraudulent activity in insurance claims. The minor requires a claims investigation internship, in addition to at least 28 semester hours in insurance and criminal justice courses.

The Performing Arts Department at Olivet is now offering a concentration in musical theatre for students majoring in music. Based on a curriculum designed by the National Association of Schools of Music, the concentration combines elements of music, theatre and dance. Olivets program is expected to attract a wide range of students with background in the performing arts while offering current students unique performance and academic opportunities. Students who choose to pursue a Bachelor of Arts in Music with a concentration in musical theatre are required to take 60 semester hours of core music courses, 34 semester hours of general education courses and 26 semester hours of theatre courses.

The religious studies and ethics minor was created to address growing student interest in religious studies, as well as reflect the importance of ethics in Olivet Colleges vision and mission. The minor requires students to complete 24 semester hours in a broad range of areas, including world religions, contemporary ethics, and special topics in religion and society. The program emphasizes critical thinking and writing, with the goal that students will gain a critical perspective on a variety of contemporary issues in religious studies and ethics.

Olivet Colleges new writing major combines creative and professional writing, thus preparing students for a variety of careers in advertising, public service, lobbying, corporate writing, journalism and more. The major also prepares students interested in continuing their education for graduate work. The writing major is designed to give students ample opportunity to double major or pursue multiple minors and therefore prepare for more specialized writing positions, such as science writing or computer/technical writing. Students pursuing a writing major are required to complete an internship as part of their training.

Applications to Olivet College are still being accepted for the 2009 fall semester. To apply, visit or call 1-800-456-7189.

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