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Trustees approve new academic programs

Oct. 5, 2010

KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University's Board of Trustees approved the creation of a new minor program and a new accelerated master's degree program at its September meeting.

The new minor in Race and Ethnic Relations provides a practical understanding of how interethnic and interracial relations develop over time; the economic, social and cultural factors that can lead to modifications of existing relationships; and the implications of these dynamics for the delivery of human services, business and other interactions.

Also approved was a new Accelerated Master's Degree Program in Computer Science. The program allows for up to 12 credit hours of specific higher-level courses taken as an undergraduate to be counted toward a master's. This shortens the time required to obtain a master's degree, serving as an incentive for students to pursue a higher degree and as a recruitment tool for undergraduate students.

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

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