Roberts launches associate degree in arts, culture

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Starting this fall, Roberts Wesleyan College will offer an Associate of Science program in arts and culture.

Students will be equipped with critical thinking skills and foundational knowledge to serve in various professional settings or continue their education in bachelor’s level programs.

This program combines the arts and culture into one degree, and is the only Associate of Science degree option offered at Roberts delivered fully online. Designed specifically for working professionals, the program can be completed in 12-24 months and consists of 32 credit hours.

The program is made possible by a $73,046 grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Roberts Wesleyan was one of two institutions in the Finger Lakes region to receive funding — the George Eastman Museum received $135,000 in support of its digital programming.

“Funding for a program like this not only preserves a focus on the humanities and all they offer to students, but also enables Roberts Wesleyan to offer this critical training for Rochester workers to enhance their skills and knowledge, preparing them for a diverse set of entry-level jobs,” President Deana Porterfield said. “This funding benefits the college and our students, as well as the Rochester community.”

The Associate of Science in arts and culture was approved as an accredited program by the New York State Education Department and will be housed within the School of Arts and Humanities.

“According to a 2018 Association of American Colleges & Universities survey of executives and hiring managers, the top traits most needed for a successful career include oral and written communication, critical thinking, problem-solving, ethical decision-making, and application of knowledge to real-world settings,” said David Basinger, chief academic officer. “Humanities builds these traits with courses in a variety of different areas including writing, art, history, literature, music, film and culture. The program exposes students to a broad base of foundations, theories and frameworks in the fine arts in order to better engage in culture and communicate about issues related to faith, society and work.”

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