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Wilson Adds New Degree Programs

Wilson College is offering two new degrees this year, a bachelor’s degree in graphic design and a master’s degree in accountancy, and will add a third new program in fall 2014, a bachelor’s degree in animal studies.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE
: Jan 14, 2014
CONTACT: Cathy Mentzer, Manager of Media Relations
Phone: 717-262-2604
Email: cathy.mentzer@wilson.edu

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Wilson College is offering two new degrees this year, a bachelor’s degree in graphic design and a master’s degree in accountancy, and will add a third new program in fall 2014, a bachelor’s degree in animal studies.

The new degrees are a response to interest expressed by current and prospective Wilson students, as well as to needs/demands identified in the marketplace, according to Wilson Vice President for Enrollment Mary Ann Naso.

“We are already seeing quite a bit of interest in the graphic design and accounting programs, including a 3+1 program in accounting that allows a student to earn both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in just four years,” said Naso.

The animal studies degree, which was recently approved by the Wilson College Board of Trustees after going through a faculty approval process, expands on the most popular degree programs at Wilson: veterinary medical technology and equestrian programs.

“The animal studies program is very exciting for us,” Naso said. “It builds on an enthusiasm in animals shared by a significant percentage of Wilson students and will allow our graduates expanded options, in terms of post-graduation careers.”

The animal studies bachelor’s degree program will include study in such areas as animal behavior, the animal-human bond, training and handling methods, animals in service, environmental impact and ethical treatment. It would prepare graduates for advanced study, as well as for a career as an animal trainer, animal control officer, zoo or animal park employee, researcher or someone who works with animal-assisted therapy or at a veterinarian’s office, among others. Graduates also might work for a government agency such as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service or Drug Enforcement Agency, or in the agriculture or animal inspection field.

The new Master of Accountancy program is designed to produce graduates who are prepared to assume managerial positions with employers. Those majoring in the master’s program will increase their knowledge and understanding of professional practices within accounting fields and gain executive leadership skills that will elevate them as employees, according to Wilson Assistant Professor of Accounting James Hay.

The new graphic design major, which offers concentrations in graphic arts and graphic media, balances artistic study and skill development with a traditional liberal arts education. Students will work in such areas as image creation, graphic representation, identity, typography, web design, and two- and three-dimensional design.

Graphic design students will be prepared for work in editorial design, advertising, website design, signage, multimedia, branding/logo design, communication design and more.

Graduates will be required to complete an internship to ensure that they get experience in the field before graduation. Potential employers include: design firms, publishing houses, advertising agencies, higher education, government agencies, television, newspapers, web/multimedia design firms, museums/galleries, in-house creative groups and corporations.

For more information about any of the new majors, contact the Wilson College Office of Admissions at 717-262-2002 or 800-421-8402.

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Founded in 1869, Wilson College is a private, coeducational liberal arts college offering bachelor’s degrees in 34 majors/concentrations and master’s degrees in education, the humanities and accountancy. Wilson is committed to providing an affordable education that offers value to its students beyond graduation.

Located in Chambersburg, Pa., the college has a fall 2013 enrollment of 662, which includes students from 20 states and 14 countries. Visit www.wilson.edu for more information.