Earlham College has announced plans to launch three new academic programs this fall which the school says will prepare graduates for in-demand jobs in growing industries.
Students at the institution in Richmond this fall will be able to major in data science, social services, or media and communication, as well as pursue a minor in equestrian management.
“These new programs demonstrate that they are responsive to emergent societal needs and technologies and committed to the success of our students,” said Becky Thomas, Earlham’s academic dean and vice president of academic affairs.
Students who focus on data science will learn how to apply the skills to gather fresh insights in any field of interest. The college said the courses will be taught primarily by faculty in mathematics and computer science, but instructors from biology and psychology will be called upon as well. Earlham said that shows how diverse a career in data science can be.
The school says data science jobs are often the highest-paid positions in the IT industry.
Earlham will also be offering a major in social services, providing students a foundation to pursue a master’s degree in social work.
The college will also offer a media and communications major with a focus to see how the mechanisms shape the world politically and economically.
It will also offer an equestrian management minor utilizing the school’s equestrian center.