Advancing Academics

Dec 12th, 2012 | By | Category: Highlights

BY: Chris Agar ’11

Wes­ley Col­lege is offer­ing two new majors for stu­dents to choose from for the 2012–13 aca­d­e­m­ic year.

The first is phi­los­o­phy and reli­gion. This pro­gram will attempt to give stu­dents the tools nec­es­sary to answer per­ti­nent ques­tions about human life. The cours­es will cov­er a vari­ety of sub­jects to help stu­dents get a bet­ter under­stand­ing of the role his­to­ry and cul­ture play in the growth of reli­gious and philo­soph­i­cal beliefs as well as learn about mod­ern move­ments. Dif­fer­ent aspects the major will tack­le include the nature and impact of the reli­gious expe­ri­ence, The rel­e­vance of per­son­al, social, and pro­fes­sion­al ethics; and the lim­i­ta­tions of sci­en­tif­ic and tech­no­log­i­cal respons­es to the chal­lenges of human life. Alban Urbanas, pro­fes­sor of phi­los­o­phy and French, states, “There’s a strong com­mon­al­i­ty between phi­los­o­phy and reli­gion, and we believe that they will fine tune a student’s under­stand­ing and open up new ways of think­ing.”

Eugene Nel­son ’16 and Tiffany Dern­berg­er ’16 work­ing in the new music stu­dio

Upon com­plet­ing the nec­es­sary require­ments, stu­dents will be award­ed with a Bach­e­lor of Arts in Phi­los­o­phy and Reli­gion. Those with great knowl­edge in this sub­ject have gone on to have careers in var­i­ous fields rang­ing from reli­gious min­istry to pol­i­tics. “Wes­ley Col­lege is under­stand­ing the need for majors like this so stu­dents can see the ben­e­fit of think­ing,” says Urbanas. Stu­dents also have the oppor­tu­ni­ty to earn a minor in one or the oth­er.

The oth­er new major is music. This pro­gram aims to pre­pare stu­dents to have a suc­cess­ful career in music. Stu­dents will be allowed to spend time in a state of the art record­ing stu­dio and oth­er music tech­nol­o­gy facil­i­ties as well as pur­sue per­for­mance oppor­tu­ni­ties at main venues in the state.

The music major offers a choice of two dif­fer­ent con­cen­tra­tions: music his­to­ry or music the­o­ry and com­po­si­tion. Each one has their own set of require­ments for stu­dents to com­plete. Those who choose to major in music his­to­ry will pri­mar­i­ly deal with cours­es detail­ing the his­to­ry of cer­tain gen­res (includ­ing jazz and opera) as well as study the evo­lu­tion of music dur­ing a spe­cif­ic time peri­od (Twen­ti­eth Cen­tu­ry music). Music the­o­ry and com­po­si­tion majors will learn about the process of writ­ing music by tak­ing four semes­ters of Com­po­si­tion Lessons. They will also learn the tech­niques of con­duct­ing as well as orches­tra­tion and arrang­ing, among oth­er top­ics. The Music Depart­ment also offers pri­vate lessons for voice and instru­ments for those who wish to devel­op their skills even fur­ther.

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