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Engineering college adds three new minors

Feb. 11, 2009

KALAMAZOO--Acting at its Feb. 4 meeting, the Western Michigan University Board of Trustees approved a series of changes to academic programs. Changes at the graduate level included creation of a new Master of Arts in Counselor Education: Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling, which replaces the master's degree program in marriage and family therapy, and deletion of a master's degree in teaching geography.

Another program undergoing a name change is the master's-level program in counselor education: community counseling. Already existing courses were added to the program moving it from a 48- to 60-hour program, and the board approved a new formal degree name--Master of Arts in Counselor Education: Clinical Mental Health Counseling.

At the bachelor's degree level a Bachelor of Science in Child and Family Development will replace an earlier emphasis in that area, and three engineering minors were implemented, covering the areas of automotive systems, cast metals and plastics processing. Trustees also revised six of the required courses for a minor in alcohol and drug abuse, renaming the program addiction studies.

Media contact: Cheryl Roland, (269) 387-8400, cheryl.roland@wmich.edu

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