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Academic program changes approved by Trustees

by Karen A. Grava - May 4, 2009


The Board of Trustees has voted to approve a master’s degree in financial risk management in the School of Business at the Stamford campus and to rename the Department of Plant Science.

The new financial risk program will focus on current issues in worldwide financial markets, said Provost Peter J. Nicholls.

Home to a number of financial services firms and two large banks, the Stamford area is considered home of the hedge fund industry and interest in the new program is expected to be strong, Nicholls said.

In other business, the trustees voted to rename the plant sciences department the Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture. The department encompasses two of UConn’s oldest concentrations – agronomy and horticulture – but in recent years has also focused on landscape architecture.

Nicholls noted that the department supports the state’s $1 billion a year green industry, and in recent years has also focused on biotechnology and on turf grass and soils.

“Our landscape architecture program trains students to obtain professional licensure and work in fields as diverse as land use planning and landscape design,” he said.

The trustees also voted to discontinue:

  • the M.A. in education studies in the Neag School Education, which Nicholls said shows inconsistent enrollment patterns and, according to a market study, is no longer current or viable;
  • the Ph.D. in professional higher education administration in the Neag School of Education, which duplicates courses offered in educational administration;
  • the Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in biobehavioral sciences in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, which have substantial overlap with concentrations offered in behavioral neuroscience, neuroscience, and developmental psychology, all within the Department of Psychology;
  • the Ph.D. and M.S. programs in botany, entomology, and zoology in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, which will be consolidated into Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. The ecology field of study will be renamed ecology and evolutionary biology; and
  • the African studies concentration in the M.A. in international studies, which have been inactive for several years.
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