8. New media: Colleges are offering a slew of variations under the new media umbrella, combining traditional journalism or communications studies with offerings in digital media and design. A sample: the new media studies major at Alma College, MIT's Comparative Media Studies program, and the University of Southern California's B.A. in interactive entertainment. Students at USC combine a liberal arts background with a specialization in cinematic arts such as filmmaking, writing, and directing.
Other schools offering new media majors include Wellesley College, the University of Minnesota, and Syracuse University. New media degrees can lead to jobs in filmmaking, television, game design, animation and programming, graphic design, audio and visual arts, social media, E-text and Web publication, advertising, journalism, and media research.
9. Public health: Whether because of flooding, the spread of antibiotic resistance, or healthcare reform, the call for public health experts is great. Students used to have to wait until graduate school to delve in. No longer. Many institutions offered an undergraduate major, minor, or concentration. A sampling: the University of Washington, East Tennessee State University, Tulane, San Diego State University, UC-Berkeley, the University of Maryland, Johns Hopkins, and the University of South Florida.
The major prepares students for entry-level jobs in government agencies, health corporations, community nonprofit organizations, and healthcare facilities. And if the coursework inspires a desire to move into the personal health realm, the degree appeals to the admissions folks at medical schools, too.
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