Board of Regents approves 6 new academic programs for Dixie State

ST. GEORGE – Dixie State College of Utah received Utah State Board of Regents approval to offer two new four-year bachelor degree programs in Spanish and social sciences composite teaching at the Regents’ meeting held this past Friday at Utah Valley University in Orem.

In addition, Dixie State was given the go-ahead to offer a sociology emphasis in the College’s integrated studies program and three English minors in English education, general English and professional and technicalwriting.

The addition of the new academic programs continues the College’s progression toward fulfilling its mission to offer core, foundational and high demand educational opportunities consistent with four-year colleges, and to meet the demands of business and industry, including those in Utah’s public education institutions.

Class work for all six new degree programs will begin this January 2013.

The new Spanish degree program, which will be offered as both a bachelor’s of art and as a minor, will prepare students for employment in industry, commerce, social work and government positions where fluency in that language is required. Students may also use the degree to continue on to graduate-level studies in Spanish or Latin America studies. The Spanish minor program will prepare students to function effectively in the language for professional purposes in such fields as international business, government, teaching, medicine, social work, arts, travel and journalism.

 DSC has offered a Spanish emphasis in its integrated studies program since 2008, and according to administrators, Spanish is the second-most common language (behind English) in Dixie State’s service area, which includes the southwest and California.

Dixie State’s new social sciences composite degree program is designed to prepare students to prepare students to become social studies teachers at the secondary education level. The program will help students develop teacher competencies in American history, world history, Utah history, political science, geography, economics and sociology. Students who choose to enroll in the program will develop expertise in curriculum development, teaching methods and classroom management, which ensures that students in Utah’s secondary schools have informed, enthusiastic competent and innovative teachers.

In 2000, Dixie State College was granted license to begin offering bachelor’s degrees in high demand areas, which initially included business administration and computer & information technology. Several other degrees have since followed, including elementary education (2002), nursing (2004), English (2006), biology (2006), biology education (2006), biology with integrated studies education (2006), dental hygiene (2007), accounting (2007), aviation management (2007), communication (2007), integrated studies (2008), music (2009), psychology (2010), clinical laboratory science (2010), theatre (2010), music education (2010), mathematics (2011), mathematics education (2011), criminal justice (2011), physical science composite teaching (2011), computer science (2012) and art (2012).

In addition, DSC was given the go-ahead by the Regents to offer a secondary education teaching, also known as “SET,” licensure program in four emphases: Biology, English education, integrated science and theatre education, along with additional emphases in accounting, finance, management information system, and visual technology in Dixie’s business administration program.

In 2005, the Board of Regents approved a change in mission for Dixie State College, allowing the college to begin offering bachelor’s degrees in “core” or “foundational” areas consistent with four-year colleges. Dixie State College also continues to function as a comprehensive community college as well, offering associate degree and certificate programs to its students.

The overall strategic goal for Dixie State College is to offer core and high demand educational opportunities at both the associate and baccalaureate levels that are consistent with and responsive to the needs of the community. Future programs offered by Dixie State College will likely center in three primary strategic clusters: Business and technology, health care, and education.

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