ASC expands academic program offerings


Adams State recently added a number of new academic programs, to commence this summer and fall, according to Dr. Frank Novotny, Adams State vice president for Academic Affairs.

A new Master of Arts in music education brings Adams State's graduate program offerings to nine. A specialty in addictions counseling was added to the master's in Counselor Education, while sports leadership is a new emphasis in the Master's of Business Administration (MBA) program, offered through a collaboration between the School of Business and the Department of Human Performance & Physical Education (HPPE).

The HPPE department also revised its exercise science programs from a Bachelor of Arts to a Bachelor of Science, and from a Master of Arts to the college's first Master of Science degree. The department added a BA in sport management and converted its Master of Arts in sport administration to sport management, to reflect trends in the field. An undergraduate anthropology emphasis was added to the bachelor's in history/government.

Professional growth for music educators

Dr. Tracy Doyle, chair of the music department, noted the new music program is accredited by the National Association of Schools and Music. "NASM has a reputation for high integrity and comprehensive review procedures, so this is a good indication of the quality of the new program," she said.

Program director Dr. James VanValkenburg, associate professor of music, said it will further students' musical and professional growth, enhance the success of the students they serve, and provide graduate coursework necessary for additional salary credit. The program's first cohort will begin in the fall 2012. The two-year degree can be completed completely online, or candidates may spend the first year on campus to complete an area of concentration in performance, conducting, or composition.

Meeting demand for addictions counselors

Adams State's burgeoning online master's degree program in counselor education created the specialization in addictions counseling to address the rising prevalence of addictive disorders in the USA, according to Dr. Brandon Wilde, assistant professor of counselor education. "We anticipate the addictions specialty to attract 45 to 60 new students each year, with new cohorts beginning in the spring, summer and fall terms," he said.

The specialty will prepare counselors to work in a wide range of addiction counseling, treatment, and prevention programs, as well as in a mental health counseling context.

Responding to thriving sports & exercise industry

Adams State's MBA emphasis in sport leadership is unique in the nation, according to Novotny. It was developed to prepare students for careers in this multibillion dollar industry.

"Even during the recession, people attend sporting events, need rehabilitation, and seek gym memberships. Times can be tight, but this is one of the areas that remains strong with job opportunities," said Dr. Beez Schell, head of the HPPE Department.

HPPE's exercise science programs were revised to better align with trends in the field, according to Schell. HPPE is the second largest undergraduate program at Adams State, with 225 majors. The B.S. program better prepares students for entrance into graduate programs (physical therapy, occupational therapy, chiropractic, etc.) and/or entry level positions in exercise, fitness, health, and wellness. Students in the M.S. program will be prepared to analyze the effect of exercise and physical activity on the mind and body. The program prepares students for work in corporate fitness, clinical testing, personal training, research, strength and conditioning, or doctoral level programs.

Students "dig" anthropology

Student interest stimulated creation of an emphasis in anthropology in Adams State's history/government program. The emphasis entails 24 credit hours, with the following required courses: Introduction to Anthropology, Physical Anthropology, Archaeology, Anthropological Linguistics. Electives draw on multiple disciplines and include a museum internship and Archaeology Field School.

Details on each of these programs are available here.

By Julie Waechter