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Olivet College announces new academic programs for the 2010 fall semester
Aug 27, 2010

Olivet College is offering several new academic programs at the start of the 2010 fall semester. The new areas of study include an exercise science major and sports psychology minor; visual arts dual discipline in pre-art therapy and business; and a revamped psychology curriculum. Classes begin Tuesday, Aug. 31.

Olivets new exercise science major and sports psychology minor are outgrowths of the colleges Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Sport (HPERS) Department. Previously offered through the fitness management major, the newly streamlined exercise science track allows students to study the science of the body through physical performance, as well as the research and data associated with the process.

The new sports psychology minor is unique to Olivet, as few colleges in the nation offer undergraduate concentrations in the field. The minor focuses on the study of psychological and mental factors that affect performance in athletic competition. Students who study sports psychology often go on to graduate school or pursue careers in teaching and research.

Olivets visual arts dual discipline major combines art courses with classes in psychology or business and computer science, so students can earn a bachelors degree in pre-art therapy or visual arts business. The major prepares students for advanced study in art therapy, as well as employment in small, arts-related business or in corporate positions that combine technological skills with creative capabilities.

Olivet Colleges psychology program was redesigned to give students the opportunity to explore many of the numerous subfields of psychology. New courses include: social psychology, positive psychology, intimate relationships, health psychology, cross-cultural psychology and industrial/organizational psychology. The new curriculum allows psychology majors to design their own specialization in the program with the inclusion of nine elective credit hours. In addition, applied content courses such as health psychology and industrial/organizational psychology open the door for students to pursue careers in health care, business, social services and others fields.


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