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More majors

Students seeking more choices in their academic program got their wish last fall. Several new academic programs made their debut, including a joint doctorate in education leadership. New degrees, majors and minors include a master’s degree in chemistry with a concentration in biochemistry, a master’s degree in business administration for executives, a history minor in Middle East and Islamic Studies and a criminal justice minor in forensics investigations. And a minor in Chicano Latino Studies got its start last spring.

The new majors and minors address student interests, emerging national issues and potential job opportunities. For example, the new biochemistry master’s degree helps prepare future employees for the area’s growing biotech industry. The courses in Middle Eastern and Islamic culture are an off-shoot from interest after Sept. 11. And the criminal justice minor in forensics arose from the strong interest in criminology among biology majors.

Two other programs address the needs of working professionals. The new doctoral program in educational leadership, offered with Sonoma State University and UC Davis, is designed to meet the need for leadership in California’s public schools and community colleges. The first group of Executive MBA students started in September in Roseville, and a second recently began in Folsom.

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