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January 11, 2010

Farmingdale State Unveils Seven New Minors This Spring

College Adds 14 Minors since 2006, Further Preparing Students for the Job Market

 
 
 
 

Farmingdale State College offered seven new minors – specific courses designed to deepen understanding in a field - beginning in Spring 2010. The new programs – biology, sustainable energy and environment, management information systems, economics, Spanish, web development and business management – bring the total number of interdisciplinary minors up to 14. Farmingdale offers 25 Bachelor and 10 Associate degree programs.

Acting Provost Dr. Lucia Cepriano said, "Offering these minors affords our students an important opportunity to align their coursework with career goals and interests.  We plan to expand this area of academic opportunity in the near future. In addition, it's important to note that these minors can be incorporated into the majority of our majors so students have a high degree of flexibility."

The biology minor is designed for students interested in pursuing a career or graduate studies in the biosciences and health professions. Course selection will include those in biology, chemistry and genetics. For more information, contact Dr. Charles Adair, the department chair, at Charles.Adair@farmingdale.edu or 631-420-2175.

The minor is intended for students who want to enter the green workforce. Courses include energy policy and standards, sustainability in architecture and renewable energy.   For more information, contact Prof. Socrates Thanasas, the department chair, at socrates.thanasas@farmingdale.edu, or 631-420-2256.

The minor in management information systems is for students looking to advance their IT skills, and will focus on computer concepts and applications, programming and more. This program also offers internship opportunities. For information, contact Prof. Ruth Sapir, the department chair, at ruth.sapir@farmingdale.edu, or 631-420-2190.

The economics minor prepares students for careers in business, financial institutions, government, research and non-profit organizations. Students will become adept in a broad spectrum of economic concepts and applications, including research and report writing, statistical analysis and the generation and presentation reports for the general public. For more information, contact Dr. Richard Vogel, the department chair, at richard.vogel@farmingdale.edu, or 631-420-2063.

The Spanish minor will focus on various aspects of the language and culture, including the skills needed to become proficient for careers in business, medicine and social services.  For more information, contact Dr. Ligia Rodriguez, the department chair, at ligia.rodriquez@farmingdale.edu, or 631-420-2192.

The web development minor will focus on today's leading technologies and applications, enabling graduates to meet industry demands and work with experienced teams of technicians. This program also offers internship opportunities. For more information, contact Prof. Ruth Sapir, the department chair, at ruth.sapir@farmingdale.edu, or 631-420-2190.

The business management minor prepares students for a wide array of business and managerial careers through the mastery of intellectual and practical business skills, including effective decision making and creative problem solving as well as social responsibility and ethical judgment. This program also offers internship opportunities. For more information, contact Dr. Francine Federman, the acting department chair, at francine.federman@farmingdale.edu, or 631-320-2015.

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