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Innovative Routes to the Edge in Knowledge: New Majors for Fall 2008 at NJIT

The edge in knowledge is not limited to engineering and science: NJIT, the state’s science and technology university, is expanding its educational offerings with surprising new undergraduate degree programs for 2008 (pending approval). The university is accepting applications for Fall 2008 studies in eight new innovative areas including art and design, business and computing. To learn more about the new majors, visit newmajors.njit.edu. To apply for admission, visit: www.njit.edu/admissions/undergraduate/applying/index.php.

Each new program has a unique 21st century focus that draws on the rich technological expertise of NJIT. Students can learn new ways to apply technology and make it work for them: How to create digital or multimedia art, or to launch a hi-tech business, or to use computational technology to design new medicines or even to chart sunspots that disrupt cell phone reception.

New majors for 2008 include the following.

Art: (Bachelor of Fine Arts) prepares students for careers in the fine arts with a program that integrates art, science and technology with the new Bachelor of Fine Arts program offered by NJIT’s New Jersey School of Architecture (NJSOA).  The program offers a unique atmosphere in which students can develop their innate inventiveness and natural curiosity into an exciting, diverse and rewarding professional career.

Digital Design: Another new program offered by NJSOA, is an exciting field that underlies most of today’s communication and entertainment media, from computer game design to movie special effects. Students can learn the techniques of animation, digital special effects, and graphic design at one of the nation’s leading institutions for digital design education.

Interior Design: Drawing from NJSOA’s expertise as a national leader in digital design, the interior design program focuses on shaping the experience of interior space, through the manipulation of spatial volume as well as surface treatment. Students will learn to create residential, commercial and institutional interior spaces and facilities by integrating the disciplines of environmental psychology, architecture, industrial design and product design.

Enterprise Development: Students will explore how to initiate a new enterprise to deliver a new product and to rediscover the entrepreneurial spirit in a portion of an existing enterprise. Offered by NJIT’s School of Management (SOM), the program focuses on the growing importance of the international stage for future socio-economic exchange.

International Business: International trade, multinational enterprise development, foreign direct investment, and international financial institution are among the areas covered in International Business, another new SOM program offering.  SOM also encourages internships and foreign study programs with affiliated universities in Asia, Europe, Russia and South America.

Business and Information Systems: A new offering from NJIT’s College of Computing Sciences (CCS), this program is geared toward students who want to prepare for careers where they will perform requirements analysis and application systems design and development, as well as use, analyze and evaluate computing applications and systems in a business environment. Offered in collaboration with the School of Management, the program provides strong preparation in business topics as well as computing.

Computing and Business: Also offered by CCS in partnership with SOM, this new BS program teaches the concepts in computer science and business necessary to function effectively in designing, building, enhancing, and maintaining software systems and applications in the context of business environments such as in the financial industry. Graduates will have a unique combination of business and computing knowledge that will open doors to numerous jobs in finance, insurance, marketing, telecommunications, consulting, and the pharmaceutical industry.

Computational Sciences: This new math program, offered by the College of Science and Liberal Arts, explores the connection between science and computation. Computational sciences combines the application of numerical methods, models, and algorithms in the context of solving problems that are intractable by traditional methods, thus providing new means for learning and advancing the traditional sciences. Students may specialize in biology, physics, mathematics or chemistry.

One of the nation's leading public technological universities, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) is a top-tier research university that prepares students to become leaders in the technology-dependent economy of the 21st century. NJIT's multidisciplinary curriculum and computing-intensive approach to education provide technological proficiency, business acumen and leadership skills. With an enrollment of more than 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, NJIT offers small-campus intimacy with the resources of a major public research university. NJIT is a global leader in such fields as solar research, nanotechnology, resilient design, tissue engineering, and cyber-security, in addition to others. NJIT ranks 5th among U.S. polytechnic universities in research expenditures, topping $110 million, and is among the top 1 percent of public colleges and universities in return on educational investment, according to PayScale.com.