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TROY Magazine
Five new programs
offered this fall at Troy
University will present
both undergraduate and
graduate students with some
additional degree options
and help better prepare them
to be competitive in the
The College of Arts and
Sciences will offer a bachelor’s
degree in anthropology and
a bachelor’s degree of liberal
studies; the Sorrell College of
Business will offer the Master
of Accountancy; and the
College of Communication
and Fine Arts will offer
a Bachelor of Fine Arts
in Dance and a Master
of Science in Strategic
In June, the Alabama
Commission on Higher
Education granted TROY
permission to offer the new
degrees, with the exception of
anthropology, which received
approval in December 2011.
Dr. Jim Rinehart, dean of
the College of Arts and
Sciences, said the University
has offered a concentration
in anthropology in the social
sciences major for years, but
the major in anthropology was
created to satisfy a demand by
the students.
“We also have faculty
members, led by Dr. Bill
Grantham, the department
chair, who are well qualified
to teach anthropology, which
was a primary factor in our
decision,” Dr. Rinehart said.
The Bachelor of Liberal
Studies features a broad-based
curriculum designed to
foster critical thinking and
communication skills, Dr.
Rinehart said. He said the
degree would be attractive
to adult learners who have
vocational and professional
skills from on-the-job
experience but lack a college
degree or traditional students
who are planning to pursue
graduate degrees in areas
that demand critical thinking
skills, such as law, business
administration or public
The Bachelor of Fine Arts
in Dance is designed as a
comprehensive program for
students who either want
to pursue a career in dance
performance, teach dance
or work in the fine arts field
New programs offer expanded opportunities, flexibility for students
in areas involving dance,
according to Dr. Maryjo
Cochran, dean of the College
of Communication and Fine
“This is a natural outgrowth
of the minor in dance that
we have offered for several
years coupled with our hiring
of Elie Lazar, internationally
known choreographer and
ballet master, for our dance
faculty,” Dean Cochran said.
The College is also home to
a new Master of Science in
Strategic Communications in
the Hall School of Journalism
and Communication. The
graduate degree features a
30-semester hour program
focused on contemporary
communication issues and will
prepare students to develop,
implement and evaluate
communication strategy in
an increasingly complex,
multifaceted and online
environment. The program is
designed to be completed in
one year.
“By launching this graduate
degree program in Strategic
Communication, the Hall
School continues to move the
standards in journalism and
communication education
forward,” said Dr. Steven
Padgett, Director of the
School. “This degree
responds to requests from
our Journalism Alumni
Association (JAA) and
industry demands, which are
being driven by the historic
shifts we are witnessing in
how the public communicates
through online and social
The Master of Accountancy
degree will enable
TROY graduates to be
more competitive in the
marketplace, according to Dr.
Kaye Sheridan, director of
the School of Accountancy.
Currently, the University
offers an accounting
concentration in the master
of business administration
“Data from the American
Institute of Certified Public
Accountants show that 82
percent of students with
graduate degrees hired by
CPA firms have the master
of accountancy degree,” Dr.
Sheridan said.
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance is one of five new programs offered this fall.