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“In Arts and Sciences we have caring people and an intellectual atmosphere—motivated students and excellent faculty who nurture, foster, and encourage our students. After that, it’s really about human development—to develop students, and the discovery and validation of new knowledge. We are in the best position to prepare our students to achieve lifelong goals. All of our programs provide students with the broad background necessary for a sound liberal arts education and the depth necessary to enable them to enter graduate schools or to find good jobs. The education we offer challenges the deepest resources of our students’ intelligence, selfreliance, and responsibility.”

Dr. Saeed Ghahramani

Dean College of Arts and Sciences


In a survey of the College of Arts and Sciences Class of 2015, 97% were employed/offered employment within six months of graduation. Others were enrolled in graduate school.



American Studies

Information Technology


Integrated Liberal Studies


International Studies


Law and Society

Concentrations: Corporate Communication Health Communication Journalism Media Theory and Production Public Relations

Mathematical Sciences

Computer Science Creative Writing Criminal Justice Concentrations: Crime and Society Criminal Investigation Terrorism and Homeland Security

Economics Education Elementary Secondary

English Forensic Biology Forensic Chemistry Health Sciences

Neuroscience Philosophy Political Science Pre-pharmacy Pre-physician Assistant Pre-optometry Psychology Social Work Sociology Concentration: Crime and Society

Five-year Bachelor/MBA Five-year Bachelor/MS in Organizational Leadership 3+3 Law Program

MINORS: EXPAND YOUR OPTIONS The University offers more than 40 minors to match your interests and career goals. African American Studies

International Business


International Studies

Athletic Coaching



Latin American Studies

Bio-medical Physics





Mathematical Sciences



Computer Forensics


Computer Science


Criminal Justice

Political Science




Public Administration


Quantitative Economics

Enterprise Resource Planning with SAP

Religious Studies

Entrepreneurship Film Studies Forensic Science History Human Resource Management Information Technology Integrated Marketing Communication 2

Social Justice Social Work Social Work for Criminal Justice Sociology Spanish Theatre Women’s and Gender Studies

THINK. SEEK. CHANGE. Minds in motion, that is how we describe the nonstop investigation, research, and analysis you’ll be a part of at the College of Arts and Sciences. As you begin your studies, you’ll dig deep into literary classics and sharpen your skills of written and oral persuasion. You’ll learn to think critically and express your opinions as you study history and economics, languages, mathematics, the arts, philosophy, and the sciences to build a solid liberal arts foundation. As you focus in on your major, you’ll become adept at looking beneath the surface to question convention and offer better ways to do things. Whichever major you choose in the College of Arts and Sciences, you will become a valuable asset in the workplace because of your highly developed capacity to think creatively, to seek solutions, and to lead change. Think you’re ready?

Study Abroad: Make the World Your Campus Our hyper-connected society requires students to have a global perspective. The College of Arts and Sciences will help you to become a citizen of the world while making valuable contributions in your corner of it. How would you like to spend your second semester of college in London? The Freshman Semester in London is a unique program that allows first-year students to study and live in London for the spring semester. Western New England University faculty members teach most of your courses at Regent’s University London. You’ll study with international students while forging relationships with your own professors and fellow classmates with plenty of time to explore the UK and Europe. If you can’t bear to be away from campus for an entire semester, consider a 10- to 21-day University-sponsored course in the summer. Upcoming faculty-led trips include Southern Africa, the UK, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, and Spain.


LEARN AT THE CENTER FOR THE SCIENCES AND PHARMACY Wow! That’s what students say when they begin to explore the inspiring research and classroom facilities at the Center for the Sciences and Pharmacy (CSP). Walk through its halls to find Criminal Justice and Forensic Science students hard at work in the forensics lab and Psychology students conducting research in our observation rooms. In the Neuroscience suite, our students collaborate with faculty in exciting cellular research. In our multimedia classrooms, you’ll find Prepharmacy, Pre-physician Assistant, and $40 million investment Pre-optometry students engaged in in facilities for the discussions about their future professions. On the ground level, you’ll see the model sciences and pharmacy pharmacy and simulation labs that form the heart of the College of Pharmacy. This outstanding facility is an incubator for creative thinking and the interdisciplinary learning opportunities and research that are putting Western New England University on the map.


Marks of Distinction—Honors and Global Scholars Programs Make a smart move. Add distinction to your academic record through participation in our Honors or Global Scholars programs. Such commitment demonstrates to graduate schools and potential employers that you are a person who takes the extra step to learn and to excel on campus or abroad.


Express Yourself Roll up your sleeves and have a seat at the potter’s wheel. Show off your vocal talents in the Campus Chorus. Make your acting debut in the Spring Musical. Whether they’re Criminal Justice majors or studying Psychology, Western New England University students are a creative and talented bunch. That’s why we’ve developed a wide range of electives in the Arts and minors in art, music, and theatre. Visit to learn about course offerings, upcoming art exhibits, and performances.

Experience Matters: Internships, Student Teaching, and Volunteer Opportunities Our liberal arts education gets a heavy dose of reality thanks to internship and fieldwork that let you build a résumé that rocks and a network of business contacts. Communication majors work for the region’s top TV stations. Social Work majors complete four intensive internships. Criminal Justice majors field-test their careers under the guidance of local law enforcement mentors. Here’s a sampling of just a few of the more than 1,000 internship sites available through the University: • Eastern Hampshire District Court • Massachusetts State Police • New England Center for Children • The Smithsonian Institution • Travelers Insurance • WWLP–TV22 • YWCA

Quality You Can Afford Western New England University offers an excellent private education at an affordable tuition. Assistance may include merit scholarships, needbased scholarships, grants, work study employment, and loans. Learn how our Merit Scholarships can save you from $11,000 to $20,000 per year for your academic achievements. Western New England University is test optional for most programs. Learn more at

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MAJORS/PROGRAMS Actuarial Science According to, this major can lead to one of the top 10 jobs today! Actuaries are business professionals who use their knowledge of mathematics, statistics, economics, and finance to analyze and solve problems related to managing risk. They help set insurance rates, manage pension plans and other investments, analyze healthcare issues, and predict the impact of policy decisions. Actuaries are most commonly employed in the insurance, financial services, and healthcare industries as well as in government agencies. Taught by our outstanding Department of Mathematical Sciences faculty, as well as members of the College of Business, courses include mathematics (specifically calculus), linear algebra, probability, statistics, stochastic processes, interest theory, mathematical finance, and actuarial modeling. Required courses in economics, accounting, and finance provide necessary knowledge of the professional environment. You’ll have opportunities to gain relevant experience through internships in insurance and finance in the Springfield-Hartford region.

American Studies The American Studies major is an interdisciplinary program that focuses on the study of literature and other media in a social and historical context. You will work in three major areas—literature, history, and media—to develop a broad, interdisciplinary approach to the meaning and nature of culture in the United States, including the context of European colonialism. The major examines film and other visual media alongside literary text, emphasizing the analysis of media as part of a larger cultural discourse, while at the same time sharpening your awareness of the techniques and traditions particular to each medium. The American Studies faculty includes scholars with expertise in the cultural studies approach emphasized by this major. The faculty has published numerous books and scholarly articles in the field. They utilize interdisciplinary methods in their classroom teaching, drawing upon visual media, museums, and architecture, among other cultural productions. Your degree will offer many of the opportunities of a traditional English major, but with a specialization in American culture that will be recognizable by graduate programs and employers. Experience in media other than literature will prepare you to link your expertise to contemporary expressions of specifically American cultural issues in a wide range of professional contexts.


Biology Biology is the key to solving many of the problems that will face humanity in the coming decades. Everything from new cancer treatments to increasing crop yield for food production has its genesis in the study of biology. Our program focuses on general and molecular biology concepts with a focus on cell biology, biochemistry, evolution, and ecology. You’ll learn in laboratories of the Center for the Sciences and Pharmacy, where you’ll be mentored by outstanding faculty, who have studied at such institutions as Princeton, Columbia, Boston College, and Rutgers University. Their diverse research interests include such fields as dinosaur evolution, bioinformatics, and bacteriophage ecology. Graduates of the Biology program have successfully entered many career paths in healthcare, including medicine, dentistry, physical therapy, and pharmacy as well as prestigious graduate programs. Research skills learned in our laboratory courses have led to careers as laboratory technicians in biotechnology, environmental testing, and forensics.

Chemistry Remarkable advances in genetics are opening new research horizons to chemists. Today, chemists are on the front lines of treating many diseases, thanks to the breakthroughs in DNA research. Western New England University will give you the education to be part of this new wave of discovery. Immersive, applied laboratory experience is the primary tool for learning in the Chemistry program. Basic research skills and more advanced techniques, including the use of nuclear magnetic resonance, electrophoresis, chromatography, and spectrophotometric instrumentation are taught. Apply what you learn in internships at the State Police Crime Lab, Shriners Hospitals for Children, environmental testing facilities, chromatography research/development companies, and various other governmental and industrial sites. In your junior and senior years, you can become a student assistant, mentoring first and second year students in laboratories, preparing chemicals, answering students’ questions, and demonstrating techniques. This experience will prove invaluable in graduate school or the workplace.


Communication Concentrations: Journalism Health Communication Media Theory and Production Professional Communication Public Relations

The University is also home to the Springfield bureau of WAMC— Northeast Public Radio. Our students write, produce, and air original content for the network.

Communication is an essential element to every profession. The ability to convey important information to others is valued in all employment settings. The Communication major provides you with the skills to become a professional communicator through our four concentrations. Whether you want to work in an official capacity as a reporter or public relations executive, or just want to become more adept with communication for graduate studies, the Communication program is right for you. With the high growth of healthcare communication, this fall, we are adding a fifth concentration in Health to prepare students for opportunities to work in media, public relations, government, or marketing. The Journalism concentration explores the role of the professional and citizen journalist in light of the digital revolution. Students in the Public Relations concentration analyze and develop professional public relations. The Professional Communication concentration focuses on one-to-one interaction in everyday life in a variety of contexts such as interpersonal, group, organizational, intercultural, and public communication. Media Theory and Production students write, produce, film, and edit their own newscasts, editorials, feature stories, commercials, and music videos in our modern TV studio in the D’Amour Library. The TV studio is the centerpiece of the Communication program. Communication graduates have gone on to be television news anchors, a talent coordinator for American Idol, a content marketing manager, and a music programming coordinator at Sirius XM Radio.

Computer Science Our Computer Science major is a truly multidisciplinary undertaking. Following the guidelines set forth by the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM), you will learn the ins and outs of computer software and hardware by combining courses in computer science, computer engineering, mathematics, and communication. Your first two years will be spent focusing on the conceptual design of software and its interaction with hardware. You will be a well-rounded professional who is ready to create and manage complex computer architectures and explain how these environments work to nontechnical colleagues.


Get experiential learning through internships or other Learning Beyond the Classroom opportunities. Through a program sponsored by the National Science Foundation, you can work on humanitarian free and open source software projects. In your spare time, you can join our HackerSpace club to compete at such events as HackNYC or HackMIT.

The CS/IT faculty takes a personal interest in each student’s progress. With their guidance, you’ll be well prepared to enter careers in software design, software development, software management, systems programming, systems analysis, technical and software support, computer consulting, and network and system administration. Our graduates have been hired by Verizon, the FDA, General Dynamics, and the Bank of Scotland.

Creative Writing The Creative Writing major enables students to study writing along two parallel paths. One begins with literary surveys in British and American literature to provide a knowledge base for the tradition to which our students will contribute and with a Shakespeare course to provide a reference point on this path. The other begins a sequence of writing workshops in which you will learn your craft. Our faculty is comprised of noted authors and poets who have extensive experience in fiction (including young adult), memoir, nonfiction, and poetry writing. Faculty members have published several critically-acclaimed novels and their work has appeared in the American Poetry Review. Each semester novelists and poets come to campus for our Authors Speaker Series. Aside from pursuing careers as novelists, our students may choose to continue on to study in our Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program or perhaps attend our School of Law. Others may venture into the working world in publishing, journalism, technical writing, and creating content for the Web. Western New England is also a member of the National Association of Writing Programs.

Criminal Justice Concentrations: Crime and Society Criminal Investigation Terrorism and Homeland Security An increased emphasis on homeland security has created a need to find dedicated individuals who will protect our nation’s interests against those who seek to inflict harm. A Criminal Justice degree is an ideal way to set you on a path to a career in federal, state, or local law enforcement as well as corrections or private security. Our widely respected program meets all the standards of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. Every full-time faculty member has a minimum of 10 years of field experience. Our expert adjunct faculty is drawn from a pool of experienced, high-ranking officers in the criminal justice field. The Criminal Justice program offers three areas of concentration: Crime and Society, Criminal Investigation, and Terrorism and Homeland Security. Recent graduates have found employment in the Springfield Police Department; the U.S. Marine Corps; and with the Maine, Massachusetts, and Vermont State Police. Our alumni hold or have held such ranks as Chief of Police and Massachusetts State Police Superintendent.


Economics Economics is one of the great social sciences. It encompasses how human beings interact with their world and investigates the great mysteries of how people can attempt to control their lives. Economists are in the important profession of helping businesses, governments, organizations, and citizens see trends, assess risks, and take advantage of opportunities. Because economics is such an important area of policymaking, you, as a citizen, must have a significant understanding of its workings. In the Economics Senior Seminar, you will take on a major research project guided by a faculty mentor. Economics is an ideal program for a double major. It has been one of the most popular minors at the University over the past five years. Some recent papers have focused on the wealth effect on consumer consumption on the economy and the compensation of professional athletics, and faculty and students in the department have partnered with the Middle East Council of American Chambers of Commerce (MECACC) to develop a comprehensive database for American businesses working in the Gulf Region. Students have interned with banks, investment companies, and government agencies. Graduates are employed by a wide range of organizations, including Regional Models, Inc., Penn State University, and Capitol Capital Group, LLC.

Education–Elementary Elementary school teachers play a vital role in the development of young children. What children learn and experience during these early years can shape their views of themselves and the world, and affect later success or failure in school, work, and their personal lives. As a student in this program, you’ll complete a double major in Elementary Education, and one of the following content majors: English, History, Mathematical Sciences, Psychology, or Sociology. Completing both majors allows students to graduate in four years having met all the University requirements, and the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) requirements for an initial level teaching license (grades 1-6). All full-time faculty members have significant experience as teachers in public and private schools. The Elementary Teacher Education program is a state-approved program accredited through the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Through coursework, fieldwork, and a full-time student teaching practicum, you will be prepared to teach students from first through sixth grade in Massachusetts and, via the NASDTEC Interstate Contract, you’ll be eligible to teach in about 40 states. Elementary Education majors have opportunities to get out into the field as early as their first year and typically no later than their sophomore year.


Education–Secondary Teachers motivate students and help them discover the areas of study they wish to pursue in their postsecondary education. That’s why we offer a variety of subjects for students in this program to major in. Your major in Biology, Business, Chemistry, English, History, or Mathematical Sciences integrates your Secondary Teacher Education coursework with your content area coursework. You will receive in-depth preparation in your subject specialty, along with training in the following areas: curriculum design, teaching strategies, student assessment, and classroom management. The Secondary Teacher Education majors are state-approved; accredited through the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Through coursework, fieldwork, and a full-time teaching practicum in the fall of your senior year, you will be thoroughly prepared to teach students in grades 8-12 in Massachusetts. Once you have completed all education major requirements, and graduated, you will be eligible for licensure in approximately 40 other states through the NASDTEC Interstate Contract.

English An English education provides you with a versatile degree that can be applied in many different areas. The Western New England English major will teach you critical thinking and analysis skills through detailed assessments of texts and research papers. You will get a traditional survey in English and American Literature along with a variety of courses examining more contemporary authors. The analytical and communication skills we teach will serve as great preparation for any number of career paths. A hallmark of the program is mentorship by faculty members who have published novels, poetry collections, literary and cultural criticism, and textbooks. Other writers speak on campus through our Authors Speaker Series. English majors find work in teaching, publishing, public relations, entertainment, finance, and technology. Majoring in English remains one of the likeliest routes to law school. In the 3+3 Law program, qualifying students can begin classes at Western New England University School of Law in their senior year. English graduates also may continue their education in our MFA in Creative Writing program, which features mentorship from published authors and literary agents, and offers opportunities to hone their craft in workshop residencies in the U.S. and Ireland.


Forensic Biology Law enforcement agencies rely heavily on the work done in forensic crime labs to help bring offenders to justice. Forensic biologists play an important role in piecing together the clues to give prosecutors the corroborative evidence needed to get criminals off the street. Your coursework in the Forensic Biology program will be heavily augmented by practical laboratory experiences and professional internships. Required science coursework covers such topics as general biology, microbiology, cell biology, genetics, fingerprinting, general chemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry, and physics. In addition, you will complete coursework in the areas of ethics and criminal investigation. Our program will teach you the skills to be an effective member of the investigation team. You will learn protocols for collecting and handling samples, filing reports, and giving testimony and expert opinions to investigators. The Forensic Biology major is also a good program if you are interested in a research or an academic career.

Forensic Chemistry Do you want an opportunity to be a real-life CSI? Then the Forensic Chemistry major is your first step. The application of physical and biological sciences to the investigation of crime is becoming ever more important to law enforcement. Forensic chemists are involved in the collection, preservation, analysis, and presentation of evidence related to criminal investigations and are employed in state and federal crime labs. With a foundation in courses that explore how organisms react to chemicals, you will prepare for this fascinating field through courses such as Recombinant DNA/Fingerprinting and Toxicology and learn to use the instruments and techniques applied in forensic labs. You will also become skilled at analyzing data and communicating their results through written and oral reports. You will have opportunities to apply what you have learned in the classrooms and labs of our Center for the Sciences and Pharmacy and through participation in exciting internships at private or state forensic labs. Forensic chemists can also find jobs in the private sector at research facilities, universities, and pharmaceutical companies.


Health Sciences The Health Sciences major will give you a clear understanding of human biology at the cell, tissue, and organ system levels of organisms and help you comprehend the homeostatic processes that underlie physiological mechanisms of humans. Utilizing a combination of biology, chemistry, and genetics coursework, you will obtain the background necessary to enter the scientific workforce or continue on to more advanced training and education at the graduate level. Oral and written reports are incorporated into the curriculum in order to teach you to communicate effectively and to develop quantitative problem solving skills and data analysis. You will study such topics as Epidemiology, Infectious Diseases, and Medical Microbiology, which will give you insights into how to treat dangerous pathogens. In our state-of-the-art labs you will use the same technology you will use in professional settings or graduate school. Studying Health Sciences is excellent preparation for medical school or a career as a physician assistant or physical therapist.

History The leaders of tomorrow need a clear understanding of the events of the past in order to successfully navigate the obstacles of the future. The History program gives you a general knowledge of American and world history along with the skills to understand and construct a historical argument. You will take courses in American, European, and non-Western history to give you a broad understanding of how societies and cultures have evolved. The History program revolves around the concept of doing history through courses ranging from East Asian History to Women and Gender in Europe, the Rise of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, and Modern American History. Students have explored career paths through internships at museums and living history exhibitions such as the Smithsonian Institution in the National Museum of American History Archives, National Constitution Center, and Historic Deerfield. History majors have built careers with the local, state, and federal governments, including the Foreign Service, National Security Agency, and the National Archives.


Information Technology Information technology professionals are the conduit between the computer end user and the software and hardware that keep organizations running. IT professionals administer systems, networks, and databases. The Information Technology degree will prepare you to be one of these professionals who can help administer computer systems, manage networks of computers, design and develop webpages, troubleshoot network security problems, and oversee the physical connectivity of Internet or intranet connections. You’ll get practical experience in the field through internships and a new program sponsored by the National Science Foundation that allows you to work directly on humanitarian free and open source software projects. You’ll have internship opportunities to see how information technology is applied across the workplace. Recent students have interned at a police department running database applications and at a plastics company working on systems and network administration with machines that check bar coding processes. Our students have also interned at such companies as Pratt and Whitney and MassMutual and have been hired by those companies after they graduated.

International Studies Advancements in communication, technology, finance, and travel bring the four corners of the globe closer and closer. A comprehensive understanding and knowledge of different cultures is going to be a critical factor in helping you become an informed citizen of the world. The International Studies program promotes global understanding and lifelong learning through an international, intercultural, and interdisciplinary curriculum. Students in this major are ideally suited to participate in the Global Scholars Program. You can also get a close look at foreign societies through our Study Abroad program, spending a semester in Europe, Australia, or Asia. The skills learned in the International Studies program can be applied to any number of career areas including government, law, business, economics, politics, or teaching. Many graduates of this program pursue postgraduate education in law, public administration, and other liberal arts fields.


Law and Society The study of law’s rich humanistic tradition draws from the insights and tools of academic disciplines including history, political science, economics, and related social sciences. The Law and Society major is designed to provide students with a solid understanding of the origins, institutional frameworks, cultural development, and theoretical foundations of law and justice. The Law and Society major provides excellent preparation for those wishing to attend law school, but it is not intended exclusively for pre-law students. Law and Society may be a good choice for any liberal arts student who has an interest in the history and development of the law. The skills learned in this interdisciplinary major can also be applied to government work, business, education, or international affairs. This program is a popular foundation for enrolling in the accelerated 3+3 Law program.

Mathematical Sciences Mathematics is vital to the success of numerous industries, as mathematical theory is used to solve economic, scientific, engineering, medical, and business problems. In the Technology in Mathematics course, students gain exposure to a variety of mathematical software packages, programming languages, and presentational software useful in both the major and future careers. Standout students in this program participate in such competitions as the Putnam Exam and the Fall Northeastern Section meeting of the Mathematical Association of America. Each year Mathematics majors give presentations on their research at the annual Hudson River Undergraduate Mathematics Conference. Through a National Science Foundation grant, upperclassmen work with a faculty member on original research topics in origami-math. Students have also participated in selective Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) programs. A Mathematical Sciences degree will position you well for careers in actuarial science, education, business, government, engineering, and technology. Many of our graduates have gone on to graduate school and earned PhDs.


Neuroscience By combining the disciplines of psychology, biology, and chemistry, the Neuroscience major studies the intricacies of the human brain. As the most complex organ in our body, many regions and functions of the brain remain uncharted. Neuroscience students have opportunities to collaborate on research with their professors and attend and present research at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience. As an undergraduate Neuroscience major, you will study the nervous system, behavior, and cognitive processes from a variety of perspectives ranging from molecules to behavior. Your learning will take place in our state-of-the-art Center for the Sciences and Pharmacy. Many students who major in Neuroscience go on to pursue advanced degrees in science or the medical field. Massachusetts is one of the fastest growing states in the country for work in the life sciences.

Philosophy The Philosophy major teaches skills valuable to almost all employers, including critical reading, analysis, writing, and logic. It contributes to personal growth and a deeper understanding of ourselves, the world we live in, and other people. In the Philosophy major, you will explore such topics as the relationship between mind and body, free will, the difference between knowing and believing, justice, human rights, and Eastern and Western religions. You will gain the intellectual skills needed to apply philosophical theories to real world problems—at home, at work, in your community, and in society. You will get close, personal attention from the Philosophy faculty. To increase your appeal to prospective employers, you can add a minor to your Philosophy major, such as Business, Economics, Psychology, or Political Science. With Philosophy providing a great foundation for a career in law, you may also consider our 3+3 Law Program. Philosophy majors are also well qualified for careers in medicine, education, and the ministry, but philosophy skills can be of value in any profession. Many actors, broadcasters, playwrights, politicians, business leaders, historians, and musicians have majored in Philosophy.

Political Science With 90,000 municipal, county, and state governments in America and more than 16 million public sector workers, a degree in Political Science is the first step to a career in a diverse field. The Political Science program will prepare you for this wide variety of rewarding positions. Our excellent faculty will stimulate your intellect and introduce you to the inner workings of government in the United States and other nations.


In addition, Political Science majors enjoy the unique prospect of participating in the Washington Semester program. The program, a joint venture with American University, gives students the opportunity to complete an internship, earn course credits, and enjoy college life at American University in Washington, DC. Students also benefit from study abroad, including a seminar program in Southern Africa, which examines the socioeconomic impact of the AIDS epidemic.

Pre-occupational Therapy Occupational therapists (OTs) help people of all ages do the things they want and need to do through the use of everyday activities (occupations), such as helping disabled children participate in school or social activities to adapting workstations to help people who are injured return to work. Students seeking to be occupational therapists can choose majors in Health Sciences or Psychology to prepare for application to our new Doctor of Occupational Therapy program (pending approval) leading to this valued and growing profession.

Pre-optometry The Pre-optometry program is a 3 + 4 Affiliation Program offered through an agreement with New England College of Optometry (NECO). In this program, after successfully completing three years taking Preoptometry coursework at Western New England University, students can receive early admissions status in the four-year NECO program. Through the 3 + 4 accelerated program undergraduate partnership, students are awarded a Bachelor of Science in Allied Health from Western New England, and a Doctor of Optometry from New England College of Optometry.

Pre-pharmacy Pharmacists are healers. They dispense the medicines that treat everything from the common cold to our most serious diseases. They also offer candid and personal advice on how to treat an ailment and are the point people when it comes to questions about medication. The Pre-pharmacy program is a two-year curriculum designed to lead directly into the four-year Doctor of Pharmacy program at Western New England University. You will study a broad base of science and math coursework in our amazing Center for the Sciences and Pharmacy. With successful completion of the Pre-pharmacy program, you’ll receive preferred admission status for our Doctor of Pharmacy program (98% of our Prepharmacy students are admitted to the PharmD program). In the PharmD program, you will receive both a bachelor’s after four years and your PharmD degree after six.


Pre-physician Assistant Physician assistants (PAs) represent the future of patient-centered healthcare. Working under the guidance of physicians, PAs examine, diagnose, and treat patients. As a Pre-physician Assistant major, you work in the stateof-the-art labs and on equipment in the new Center for the Sciences and Pharmacy while preparing for admission to a Physician Assistant graduate program. Students who have successfully completed the Western New England University Pre-physician Assistant program requirements may apply to the Salus University Physician Assistant Studies program, which leads to the Master of Medical Science degree, or apply to a wide array of Physician Assistant programs around the country.

Psychology The Department of Psychology has experienced tremendous growth as its reputation for outstanding undergraduate education and our PhD program in Behavior Analysis are attracting attention worldwide. Through faculty with expertise ranging from neuroscience and cognitive psychology to industrial and school psychology, students have opportunities to explore many paths in this broad and fascinating field. Psychology students can work closely with faculty mentors in labs, explore a wide variety of internship opportunities, and travel to professional conferences such as APA, EPA, Neuroscience, BABAT, NASP, and Connecticut ABA with their professors, where they may even present their own research. Students are prepared for graduate school or careers in counseling, personnel administration, human service agencies, special education, elementary school teaching, higher education, medicine, criminal justice, law, or social work. Our graduates have been hired by such diverse organizations as the U.S. Army, Florida Hospital–Orlando, United Cerebral Palsy, the University of New Hampshire, and the FBI.

Social Work A passion for helping others is a prerequisite for students entering the Social Work major. Social workers influence people’s lives by enabling them to better help themselves. They work with individuals, families, groups, and communities, and advocate for positive social policies. We offer four different internship opportunities, including one in the first semester. This totals over 725 hours of fieldwork. Thanks to this experienceintensive approach and our Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) accreditation, students who excel in our program are eligible to enter advanced standing programs, where they can obtain their master’s degree in one year rather than two. Our program provides a broad liberal arts education combined with a generalist social work foundation.


Sociology Concentrations: Crime and Society Sociology is the study of the social life, social causes, and the consequence of human behavior. The Sociology major emphasizes research, evaluation, and assessment with additional development of communication skills, computer usage, and program evaluation. Sociology majors have presented their research at annual conferences including the New England Undergraduate Sociological Research Convention. The Crime and Society concentration focuses on the behavior that violates the law and seeks explanations for that behavior from the sociological perspective. Students in this concentration have the opportunity to conduct their own research and to engage in an internship in the field. Our graduates have gone on to work in human resources, law enforcement, public administration, and education.

THE ACCELERATED COMBINED DEGREE PROGRAMS Saving approximately a year’s worth of study and tuition, these programs are designed for highly motivated students.

Five-year Bachelor/MBA Whether you work for a corporation, nonprofit, healthcare organization, government, or law enforcement agency, understanding business operations and how to be a leader are critical to success. With a combined bachelor’s degree from the College of Arts and Sciences and an MBA from the College of Business you’ll save time and tuition and be well positioned to jumpstart your career and advance to executive positions.

Five-year Bachelor/MS in Organizational Leadership What makes a good leader? How are successful organizations structured? The Fiveyear Bachelor/MS in Organizational Leadership program is designed to help students who aspire to hold leadership positions find answers to those questions. In this time and tuition saving program, you will study leadership and organizational behavior theory, analyze best practices, learn how to solve conflicts, and uphold high ethical standards.

3+3 Law Program A law degree is an excellent complement for a wide variety of majors from English to Criminal Justice, Philosophy to Law and Society. Qualifying students can enroll in the 3+3 Law program and study at our law school right on campus. Beginning in your senior year, you will take law courses, including our simulation Introduction to the Legal Profession course in which you and your teammates will act as a mock law firm under the guidance of real lawyers. You’ll save time and tuition, graduating with two impressive degrees in six years rather than seven.


CENTER FOR GRADUATE AND ADVANCED STUDIES: THE NEXT STEP When you’re ready to take the next step in your education, you can pursue a master’s or doctoral degree from the College of Arts and Sciences. We offer world-renown programs in behavior analysis, dynamic programs for teachers and educational administrators, a cutting-edge program for communication professionals, and an MFA in Creative Writing taught by our own inspiring faculty and published authors. Offering quality and value, our programs include: Master of Arts in English for Teachers Master of Arts in Mathematics for Teachers Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction Master of Arts in Communication with a Public Relations Concentration Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis PhD in Behavior Analysis

LEARN TO LEAD THROUGH ROTC Students who agree to post-graduate service commitments are eligible for scholarships covering tuition, room and board, and books, as well as a monthly stipend that increases every year they are enrolled. Every student can take ROTC leadership courses, even without a service commitment.



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OFFICE OF ADMISSIONS 1215 Wilbraham Road Springfield, MA 01119-2684

Springfield, MA PERMIT NO. 896


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