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  August 26, 2002

Trustees Approve Two Programs
By Karen A. Grava

Two new programs, a bachelor's degree in American Studies and an on-line master of science in accounting degree, were approved by the Board of Trustees this month.

Both programs must be approved by the Board of Governors for Higher Education before they can be offered to students.

The American Studies degree, which will be offered at Storrs, Stamford, Avery Point and the Tri-campus, will be the first interdisciplinary major available at Storrs and the regional campuses. It is designed to provide students with a well-rounded understanding of American societies and cultures. The program will draw from a wide number of existing courses in history, English, anthropology, political science, art history, ethnic studies, and other related fields.

Robert Tilton, an associate professor of English and director of American studies, will oversee the program.

The master of science in accounting program will be the first on-line program offered by the University. It will have the same basic curriculum as the regular program.

"It has quickly become apparent that an important student demand in the market is for flexible scheduling," Chancellor John D. Petersen said. "This demand is driven by the demographics of the student body for the program, which is mostly working professionals in the accounting community."

The MS program is needed by accountants interested in fulfilling the state's educational requirements to take the CPA exam.

Students enrolled in the program will be able to log on to their courses at their convenience, an important feature, since many work full time and are required by their employers to travel. There is currently up to 30 percent absenteeism in the part-time master's program because of the work demands students face.

The trustees also renamed the BS program in business administration offered at Stamford and the Tri-campus the bachelor of science in business and technology.

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