UST to introduce 3 new programs, reduced years of study next academic year

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THE UNIVERSITY is set to offer new undergraduate programs and tracks for Academic Year 2018 to 2019, while programs with five years of study will be reduced to four years.

The Faculty of Arts and Letters will open a fresh undergraduate program in creative writing, which will be holding writing workshops as part of its curriculum.

“The undergraduate program will feed the [Master of Arts] program. [A]nother reason is a lot of undergraduate students have told us that they’re interested in taking up creative writing,” Cristina Pantoja-Hidalgo, director of the UST Center for Creative Writing and Literary Studies, told the Varsitarian in an interview.

The UST-Alfredo M. Velayo College of Accountancy will be accepting students to its new accounting information systems program, a program that “combines knowledge in business, accounting and computer systems and involves partnering with management operations and decision-makin[g],” a memorandum from the Commission on Higher Education read.

As a result of the K-12 basic education reform, which added two years in high school, aspiring engineers will now be able to finish their studies in four years instead of five.

The physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech-language pathology programs of the College of Rehabilitation Sciences will also become four-year undergraduate programs.

New specialization tracks

The College of Education’s elementary education program will be converted into straight programs or specialization tracks, such as early childhood education (Kinder to Grade 3), elementary education (Grade 4 to 6) and special needs education.

The Conservatory of Music’s undergraduate programs will also offer straight degree programs such as performance, composition, music education, music theater, music technology and jazz.

New tracks to be offered in the Institute of Information and Computing Sciences are: computer science, game development and data science for the computer science program; business analytics and service management for the information systems program; and network security, IT automation and web and mobile development for the information technology program.

The College of Tourism and Hospitality Management will offer tracks and specializations in culinary entrepreneurship and hospitality leadership for its hotel and restaurant management program; and travel operations and service management and recreation and leisure management for the travel management program.

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