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Illinois College announces new degrees and programs

Jacksonville, Ill. -  Illinois College announces new programs in agribusiness, criminal justice, dual languages, health sciences and sports management as part of IC’s continual strategic plan for sustainability and growth.

New minors in interfaith studies and in education will also be available.

These degrees and programs meet the needs of current and prospective students. Faculty adopted these new programs after analyzing trends in education, career viability, potential student interest and current enrollment. They build upon existing College strengths and bring new areas of expertise to campus supported by the elements of a traditional liberal arts education.

Assistant Professor of Sociology, Paul Fuller, said “the liberal arts component of a degree from IC is unique and develops key skills in communication, organization, problem solving and critical thinking that employers are valuing more and more in the workplace, especially in a complex field like criminal justice.” 

As students and families continue to look towards the value of a private college education, especially in the State of Illinois, where budgets and programs are continually being cut from public colleges and universities, Illinois College is not only developing new educational programs, but investing in students with a promise to cover Illinois Map grants and guaranteeing graduation in four years with the College’s new Finish in 4 program.

Rising sophomores and incoming first-year students are eligible to enroll in this group of new programs, which will begin this fall.

For additional information, please visit www.ic.edu or contact the office of admissions at 217.245.3030.

Brief overview of new degrees and programs at Illinois College:

Agribusiness  
The agribusiness concentration prepares students for careers in the areas of agriculture lending, agriculture service and sales and farm management. The program focuses on the business aspects of agriculture, with an introduction to the agricultural industry and coursework covering agricultural finance, ag economics, commodity and futures markets, and farm management. 

Criminal Justice 
The criminal justice program focuses on various aspects of law enforcement, policing, research and data analysis, and the social and ethical issues in the field. Instruction will be provided by specialists in the areas of law, police work, and institutional and community corrections.

Dual Languages
In an increasingly multilingual world, the new dual languages degree will be both professionally and academically advantageous for students with strong interests in languages. This option allows students to demonstrate proficiency in one language, while encouraging them to develop their interests in a second language as well. 

Health Sciences 
The health sciences major prepares students for opportunities a range of professions related to human health. Students wishing to go on to graduate programs, such as nursing and occupational therapy, will work closely with advisors to build a strong educational foundation to do so. 

Sports Management 
The sports management concentration provides students with the skills and knowledge needed to pursue careers in college athletic program administration, professional sports marketing (including promotion, sales, and ticket operations), and recreation administration. The program also prepares students who wish to pursue a graduate degree in sports program administration.  It is built on a foundation of psychology/sociology courses, facility management, sports promotion, leadership and sports law. 
About Illinois College

Founded in 1829, Illinois College is a residential liberal arts college fostering academic excellence rooted in opportunities for experiential learning while preparing students for lifelong success. The college is located in Jacksonville, Ill. With an enrollment of about 1,000 students, the college offers over 50 undergraduate programs and a Master of Arts in Education degree program. In 1932 the society of Phi Beta Kappa established a chapter at Illinois College, and it remains one of only 11 in the state.

Illinois College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.

Visit www.ic.edu or call 217-245-3467 for more information.

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