Adventist Journal Online | Website design, cybersecurity added to South Adventist University programs
The new degrees expand opportunities in the digital realm.
SWestern Adventist University has expanded its academic options offered in digital fields such as website design and cybersecurity. Two new degrees and several other concentrations will be available from August 2021. These options have been developed in response to strong demand from students and potential employers and are included in the Academic Master Plan for Collegedale School, Tennessee, United States.
âThe new programs will expand Southern’s academic portfolio, allowing us to better meet the needs of our constituents,â said Robert Young, senior vice president of academic administration.
The School of Visual Art and Design will allow students to develop skills in user experience and web design through a new Bachelor of Fine Arts in Web Design and New Media.
âThis new program is exciting because it builds on our strong graphic design curriculum and combines it with more technical skills needed in this area,â said Randy Craven, dean of the School of Visual Art and Design. “We expect this combination to be highly desirable.”
In addition, the School of Computing has added a new master’s degree, the Master of Science in Applied Computer Science, which includes a choice of four certificates: Data Analytics, Computer Science, Cyber ââSecurity and Web Development. At the undergraduate level, two new concentrations – Security and Web Development – are available as part of several different degrees, including the Bachelor of Science in Computer Science.
âCyber ââsecurity and web development skills are very valuable in today’s market,â said Rick Halterman, dean of the School of Computing. âSouthern IT graduates have always been sought after by employers, but these options will provide students with the skills businesses immediately need to be successful. “
About the Southern Adventist University
Southern Adventist University was founded in 1892. It is located on a 1,300-acre (526-hectare) campus in southeastern Tennessee, United States. Its declared mission is to empower students to embrace biblical truth, embody academic and professional excellence, and pursue a life of Spirit-filled service.
The campus currently has 10 schools and 11 departments. It has 2,390 undergraduate and 348 graduate students from 50 US states and 37 countries around the world.
Southern is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) and the Adventist Accrediting Association (AAA).