National University

COLS Adds 9 New Programs, 1 New Specialization to Curricula

As a clear measure of its continued growth, the College of Letters and Sciences (COLS) has added nine new program offerings since last September.

 The new programs include eight undergraduate degrees across a broad academic spectrum, and signals a steady shift in enrollments toward younger students.

 Five of the nine new programs are for associate's degrees. They are as follows: 

  • AS in Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counseling
  • AS in Criminal Justice Administration
  • AS in Paralegal Studies
  • AS in Professional Golf Management
  • AA in Creative Writing

 The two undergraduate additions are: a BA in Biological Science with a Preliminary Single Subject Credential (CA); and a new with a Creative Writing Specialization in the BA in English program.

 The three new master's level programs are: An MA in Applied Gerontology; an MA in Performance Psychology; and an MS in Biology.

 COLS Dean Michael McAnear attributes the School's growth and its expanded undergraduate offerings to several factors, including the economy and the impact of budget cuts upon public universities and community colleges.

 "Our Associate's degrees are appealing to working professionals, and they provide an ideal and realistic gateway to Bachelor's programs," he said. Additionally, Dean McAnear emphasized the foundational role of COLS.  "Our mission is to provide a well-rounded foundational education, which in turn feeds many of the University's other graduate programs."

 COLS comprises the liberal arts core of National University and is made up of a community of teaching scholars who are dynamically involved with the University at large, educating the majority of its undergraduates, cultivating and administering the general education curriculum, sponsoring innovative research centers and institutes, and offering numerous graduate degree programs.

 For more information on any of the new degree programs mentioned above, please contact COLS at, or by calling (858) 642-8450.