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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