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The Journal Gazette

Wednesday, April 04, 2018 1:00 am

PFW adds psychology, online degrees for fall

Journal Gazette

Purdue University Fort Wayne will offer three new degrees in-class and online this fall.

The bachelor of science in psychology will be available for students beginning in the fall, the school announced Tuesday. Two online degrees – bachelor of science in early-childhood education and bachelor of science in business – will also be open for fall admission.

The split of IPFW will create two schools – Purdue Fort Wayne and Indiana University Fort Wayne – beginning July 1. IU will focus on the health sciences, and Purdue will handle all other academic programs.

“The new bachelor of science in psychology is a truly significant addition to the array of programs at Purdue Fort Wayne,” Eric Carl Link, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, said in a news release. “We anticipate that this program will be in high demand because it provides students who are interested in human behavior and the study of the mind with a new degree pathway that emphasizes scientific understanding, experimentation, and quantitative research methodologies.”

Education professionals who currently have an associate degree and teach in early-learning programs such as preschools or ministries are eligible to earn the bachelor of science in early-childhood education. Students will have two program options: birth through age 5 (non-license) and pre-K through grade three (eligible for license).

The online bachelor of science in business is being offered with a major in marketing or management. The program can be completed entirely online as well as in its traditional face-to-face or combination formats, the school said.

Prospective students of the new online programs in early education and business can attend an open house to meet faculty and advisers and learn more about the programs. The event will be from 5 to 7 p.m. April 26 at the Steel Dynamics Keith E. Busse IPFW Alumni Center on the west side of campus.