William Peace University

Introduction

Welcome to William Peace University. Where your story really begins.

If you are looking for a different type of college experience – one that is rooted in the liberal arts but committed to building skills for 21st century careers – William Peace University might be for you.

If you’re willing to take an active role in our learning community and apply yourself in and out of the classroom, our innovative approach to education could help you shine. If you like the vibe of a busy, modern city but you also appreciate historic charm and green space, our downtown Raleigh campus might just feel like home.

Our mission is to prepare you for careers in the organizations of tomorrow. Rooted in the liberal arts tradition, you develop an appreciation for life-long learning, a focus on meaningful careers, and skills for ethical citizenship.

Over the last three years, 97% of the University's graduates are placed in jobs or graduate school within one year of graduating. We're also ranked #1 nationally for our student internship program.

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With a student-to-faculty ratio of 15:1, you get the hands-on learning you need to be successful in both your life and career.

Live the metropolitan life in downtown Raleigh, NC. We're an oasis nestled in the corner of a thriving metropolitan area with boundless opportunities for careers and fun. Our unique location allows for endless career opportunities coupled with an exciting & vibrant student experience. You won't get bored here. In fact, Raleigh is consistently ranked as a best place to live, work, and play in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks our city as the #4 "Best Places to Live in the US."

WPU also competes for national championships in and out of the classroom. We offer seven different men's and women's NCAA Division III sports, including men's and women's basketball, as well as soccer and tennis.

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  • Student-to-faculty ratio of 15:1
  • All classes taught by faculty (no teaching assistants)
  • More than 30 student clubs and organizations, performance groups, academic societies and three student-run publications
  • More than 7,000 hours of community service completed by the student body
  • Located on a 21-acre campus in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Affiliated with the Presbyterian Church for more than 150 years
  • Access to classes and library facilities at five local colleges and universities (including North Carolina State University) through the Cooperating Raleigh Colleges Consortium
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Bachelor in Anthropology

Campus Full time Part time September 2017 USA Raleigh

Anthropology is offered as a minor or as a concentration in the Liberal Studies major. Anthropology is most simply defined as the study of humans, in all of our wondrous similarities and differences. It is a field that explores the important question of what makes us human by studying our unique biology and our diverse societies and cultures. [+]

Anthropology is offered as a minor or as a concentration in the Liberal Studies major. Anthropology is most simply defined as the study of humans, in all of our wondrous similarities and differences. It is a field that explores the important question of what makes us human by studying our unique biology and our diverse societies and cultures. Anthropology helps students to understand and value human diversity, to develop an appreciation for their local context, as well as a global awareness, and to embrace an interdisciplinary perspective by drawing on both the natural and social sciences and the humanities. Courses The courses listed below are for the Academic Catalog and are subject to change. Please reference the Academic Catalog for further information and course descriptions. If you are a current student, please reference the catalog in which you come under. Required Courses 7 credit hours ANT 214: Cultural Anthropology: People and Culture 3 ANT 216: Biological Anthropology (Physical Anthropology) 4 Elective Course Choices 12 credit hours ANT 218: Archaeology: People in the Past 3 ANT 240: Anthropology of Death 3 ANT 295/395/495: Special Topics 1 ANT 305: Hispanic Voices in the United States 3 ANT 315 : Globalization: People and Culture 3 ANT 368: American Ethnic Relations 3 ANT 370: The Female of the Species: A Biocultural, Anthropological Perspective 3 ANT 380: India: Past and Present 3 ANT 392/492: Directed Study 2 ANT 450: Archaeological Fieldwork 4 [-]

Bachelor in Biology

Campus Full time Part time September 2017 USA Raleigh

The Biology program track is a flexible degree that allows students to pursue their science studies along with electives to prepare them for careers in nursing, health administration, medical technology, pharmaceutical sales, crime investigation, museum education and more. [+]

WPU professors don't have to look for proof of what the Biology Department does for its students. It comes to them. Every semester the phone calls, emails and letters come from graduates, thanking the professors for preparing them for their post-graduate work and meaningful careers with top companies. It's no mistake WPU biology students hit the ground running when they graduate. We offer small class sizes with experienced faculty members who take a stake in your future. Through exciting lab opportunities, students step out of the classroom and truly experience the field. WPU also provides teaching assistantships to exceptional students where they can work alongside professors and get valuable teaching and research experience. Students have the option of majors in Biology. The Bachelor of Science track is a focused degree emphasizing math, chemistry and physics and is an avenue for careers in dental, medical, and veterinary fields, as well as graduate studies in these and other areas. The Bachelor of Arts track is a flexible degree that allows students to pursue their science studies along with electives to prepare them for careers in nursing, health administration, medical technology, pharmaceutical sales, crime investigation, museum education and more. This program was designed with desirable outcomes in mind. Graduates from the WPU biology program are consistently accepted to prestigious graduate programs and have found positions at companies like GlaxoSmithKline, Osiris, Biogen, Norach, the U.S. Army and more. Courses The courses listed below are for the Academic Catalog and are subject to change. Please note, there are two tracks for Biology. First listed is the Bachelor of Science and following is for the Bachelor of Arts. Bachelor of Science in Biology Liberal Education Curriculum 49 credit hours Biology Core Courses 18-19 credit hours Biology Electives 17-20 credit hours Allied Requirements 28 credit hours General Electives 4-8 credit hours Total credit hours for the B.S. in Biology 120 credit hours Bachelor of Arts in Biology Liberal Education Curriculum 49 credit hours Biology Core Courses 18-19 credit hours Biology Electives 17-20 credit hours Allied Requirements 8 credit hours General Electives 24-28 credit hours Total credit hours for the B.A. in Biology 120 credit hours Careers The biology major provides undergraduate preparation for a wide variety of careers such as medical, dental, pharmacy, veterinary, medical technology and teaching. Biology majors learn to solve problems, work in teams and develop research and analytical skills. Graduates go on to careers in areas such as biotechnology, medical laboratory research, pharmaceutical sales, diet and nutrition and forensics. [-]

Bachelor in Criminal Justice

Campus Full time Part time September 2017 USA Raleigh

The Criminal Justice program consists of inter-disciplinary courses that will help you understand the conditions—psychological and sociological—that lead to criminal behavior. [+]

Do you dream about working for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)? How about keeping the computer systems of the federal government or a major corporation safe from international hackers? Do you ever wonder what is going on in the minds of criminals? If you think about these or other questions related to law enforcement, investigations, or the administration of law, a degree in criminal justice from William Peace University is right for you. The William Peace University Criminal Justice Program consists of inter-disciplinary courses that will help you understand the conditions—psychological and sociological—that lead to criminal behavior. You will also develop a strong understanding of the legal system in the United States, as well as develop some skills, like forensics, that you can use once you graduate. The program at Peace will help you become a leader in the criminal justice field as you prepare for a career after college—whether the career is in law enforcement, Homeland Security, or justice administration. The unique feature of the Criminal Justice Program at William Peace University is a unique learning program—the Raleigh Experience—which will give you hands-on experience working with professionals in areas related to criminal justice. When you graduate, you will be well prepared to pursue a criminal justice career because you already have some experience in the field. [-]

Bachelor in Environmental Studies

Campus Full time Part time September 2017 USA Raleigh

Environmental Studies is an interdisciplinary program that provides an overview of the scientific, economic, cultural, and policy elements of the environment and the issues touching it. [+]

Environmental Studies is an interdisciplinary program that provides an overview of the scientific, economic, cultural, and policy elements of the environment and the issues touching it. The EVS major draws on both liberal arts and pre-professional disciplines, including Biology, Chemistry, Anthropology, Political Science, Business Administration, Global Studies, and Communication. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, approximately 10% of new jobs by 2033 will be “green” careers. Examples of these new careers include the following: environmental safety specialist, environmental coordinator or planner or permitting specialist, risk assessor, greenways coordinator, nature preserve manager, carbon broker, protection technician, sustainability coordinator, environmental educator, ecotour guide, lobbyist, and many more. According to Peterson's, "Environmental Studies graduates can expect to find careers as environmental planners, analysts and policy-makers. Of course, you can also work for a corporation, managing their compliance with environmental regulations and conducting audits of internal environmental efficiency (EE). Graduates can also work in the conservation or public sector managing or protecting natural resources. The degree is also a good starting point for an advanced degree. Environmental studies can prepare students for degrees in medicine, law, and graduate studies." [-]

Bachelor in Global Studies

Campus Full time Part time September 2017 USA Raleigh

Globalization is becoming increasingly relevant to employment in the world. Employers are more frequently recognizing the advantages of hiring college graduates who, in addition to broad skill sets, also have a strong background in cross-cultural integration. [+]

Employers are increasingly recognizing the advantages of hiring college graduates who, in addition to broad skill sets, also have a strong background in globalization. For example, The Association of American Colleges and Universities shared the results of a report that emphasized important qualities of college graduates to employers. “At its core, the LEAP research revealed that today’s employers expect more from their employees: a broader skill set, increased teamwork capabilities, a global perspective, and high-level problem solving abilities.” Additionally, the top ten attributes employees seek, according to the study, included “an understanding of global context in which work is now done.” In terms of expected income from a global studies / international relations major, PayScale’s recent survey reported that the median starting salary for a college graduate with this major was $42,400, which “exceeded median starting salaries of many other social science fields, [trailing only] economics majors.” Globalization is becoming more and more relevant to employment in the world. Global Studies majors can work in various industries, including but not limited to companies such as MTV, Disney, the NBA, Coca-Cola, World Wildlife Fund, Greenpeace, Sierra Club International, the UN, World Bank, IMF, Red Cross, Sony, Microsoft, Apple, among others. [-]

Bachelor in Liberal Studies

Campus Full time Part time September 2017 USA Raleigh

The Liberal Studies major does more than give students skills for the workplace, it prepares them for life by teaching them to become thinkers and learners. This program steps outside the confines of the typical classroom experience and offers students choices and flexibility as they dig deeper into important issues facing society. [+]

The Liberal Studies major does more than give students skills for the workplace, it prepares them for life by teaching them to become thinkers and learners. This program steps outside the confines of the typical classroom experience and offers students choices and flexibility as they dig deeper into important issues facing society. Instead of telling students what they need to learn, we invite them to build their own curriculum that fits their specific needs and interests. This major is not for students who are unsure of their direction but rather those who have a passion for learning in all forms. Through this multi-disciplinary approach, students are taught to ask questions, gather information and evaluate evidence. They're presented with challenging coursework that forces them to delve into difficult issues, confront moral problems and better understand the world they live in. With the breadth and depth this major offers students explore topics they might have otherwise overlooked. This experience provides a perspective students use to cultivate their own concentration and build a degree that fits their future goals. Students are required to take two critical thinking seminars as well as 30 hours in seven of the following eight liberal studies areas: English, Fine Arts, Foreign Languages, History, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, Philosophy/Religion and Social Sciences. After completing the general course requirements, students take 18 to 24 hours in one subject. Concentrations are more flexible than minors are. They can be composed of courses from two or more disciplines and focused upon a common theme. If WPU does not offer a concentration in your field of interest, you can create your own. In the past students have studied pre-Pharmacy, pre-Nursing, language translation and more. Courses Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies Liberal Education Curriculum 49 credit hours Liberal Studies Core Courses 34-37 credit hours Concentration OR Minor 15-20 credit hours General Electives 14-22 credit hours Total credit hours for the B.A. in Liberal Studies 120 credit hours Careers Liberal Studies is an interdisciplinary field of study that prepares students for a truly broad range of career opportunities. It combines the methods and insights of the humanities, natural sciences and social sciences and stresses understanding of concepts, rational analysis, imagination and communication. Graduates go on to various careers in areas such as scientific research, hospitality management, technical recruitment, recreation administration and sales and marketing. [-]

Bachelor in Musical Theatre

Campus Full time Part time September 2017 USA Raleigh

Our B.F.A. in Musical Theatre features an intense, specialized and synchronized curriculum. [+]

William Peace Theatre empowers students to pursue careers in the fine arts as independent, self-assessing artists. Our B.F.A. in Musical Theatre features intense, specialized and synchronized curriculums. These programs were designed in accordance with the guidelines and standards established by NAST and ATHE to insure the best possible career training and success. Musical Theatre majors develop strong singing, dancing and acting skills needed to make a mark on the professional and wonderful world of theatre. Students build vocal technique, repertoire and musicianship through private lessons focused specifically on current musical theatre style. Both the B.A. in Theatre and the B.F.A. in Musical Theatre are taught within Theatre Department. This powerful synergy offers students specialized and focused training they need without bouncing between two different programs. Our teachers have vast professional and academic experience and continue to work in the professional theatre. Students benefit from decades' of professional relationships with theatres, directors, casting agencies, agents, voice teachers, coaches, choreographers and directors in places like London, New York and Las Vegas. Our productions and students have been nominated for various awards over the years, including: Top Ten List by Spectator Magazine, multiple Raleigh News & Observer Top Ten Lists, Best Comic Actress by Roberts Reviews, consistently ranked and reviewed by the Independent Weekly. Additionally, we have been awarded countless grants to write and produce original pieces, including: Dreaming in Color written by students and alumni in conjunction with playwright Barbara Lebow; adaptation for the stage of Charles Dickens Dombey and Son by Dickens scholar Elliot Engel; Better Late Than Ever; On the Other Side; Far and True; Tartuffe, the Rock Musical. Students have gone on to New York, Los Angeles, San Diego, Wilmington and other cities to pursue professional careers in theatre, film and television. WPU alumni have also gone on to study at schools like The Juilliard School, Harvard, American Academy of Dramatic Art and Virginia Commonwealth. WPU students are fully prepared for graduate school or to step directly into the professional arena of theatre and musical theatre when they graduate. We will help you develop the tools, skills and connections you need to succeed. When you graduate, you will be a confident, marketable, self-assessing artist and be fully prepared to go to graduate school or to step directly into the professional arena and the exciting world of theatre. Courses Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre Liberal Education Curriculum 49 credit hours Theatre Core Courses 33 credit hours Dance Core Courses 16 credit hours Music Core Courses 22 credit hours Total credit hours for the B.F.A. in Musical Theatre 120 credit hours Careers Musical Theatre majors develop strong singing, dancing and acting skills needed to make a mark on the professional and wonderful world of theatre. Students build vocal technique, repertoire and musicianship through private lessons focused specifically on current musical theatre style. They also gain valuable experience through classroom study and traveling to see performances in new and innovative ways that reflect the latest and best in theatre practice and theory. Musical Theatre majors perform in William Peace Theatre productions throughout their careers as students. [-]

Bachelor in Pre-Law

Campus Full time Part time September 2017 USA Raleigh

William Peace University brings the judicial system to you. Located just blocks from state and local courts, as well as the General Assembly, where laws are made, WPU pre-law students learn the legal system by working in it every day. [+]

William Peace University brings the judicial system to your doorstep. Located just blocks from state and local courts, as well as the General Assembly, where laws are made, WPU pre-law students learn the legal system by working in it every day. The William Peace University Pre-Law Program consists of inter-disciplinary courses that will help you hone the skills that law schools and the legal profession desire. You will develop your critical thinking, analytical writing and public speaking abilities in the courses. The Raleigh Experience is an innovative new program putting WPU students in the middle of the exciting world of North Carolina politics. All pre-law majors spend a semester working full time at four different sites related to the law profession. Students fill their contact lists with professional contacts as they spend their final semester of college working in four different full-time internships in the heart of the state capital. During the senior year, a WPU Pre-Law major will participate in an intensive (40 hours per week) learning experience, similar to a co-op program at other institutions. They will work for sponsoring organizations in three areas related to the law profession, which can include: advocacy/lobbying, governance, law, non-profit administration, politics, policy research, and public administration. During the semester, they will rotate through four, four-week practicums and be concurrently enrolled in their senior seminar course. One session a student might be helping legislators draft bills in the General Assembly. The next they could assist an attorney research as he or she prepares for trial. The Raleigh Experience gives students real skills and results that put them a step ahead of other law school applicants. And most of these opportunities are within walking distance of our campus. Imagine leaving your dorm, grabbing a coffee on campus and walking to the state legislature to conduct policy research. The WPU pre-law program offers more than just a top-notch education. It gives students an experience no other school in North Carolina can offer. Courses Bachelor of Arts in Pre-Law Liberal Education Curriculum 49 credit hours Pre-Law Core Courses 12 credit hours Allied Courses 12 credit hours The Raleigh Experience 12 credit hours General Electives 35 credit hours Total credit hours for the B.A. in Pre-Law 120 credit hours Careers If you are interested in attending law school and becoming a lawyer or judge, the pre-law major is for you. At William Peace University, pre-law majors do not just study their field-they work in it, connect to it and prepare to lead in it. Several opportunities exist for students who have an interest in understanding the law. Internship opportunities include but are not limited to Federal, state and county courthouses, including the North Carolina Supreme Court The North Carolina Legislative Building and the Governor's Mansion The District Attorney's Office in Wake County Law enforcement headquarters for Raleigh, Wake County and the State of North Carolina More than 400 law firms The Campbell University School of Law (with three other law schools--Duke University, North Carolina Central, and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill--within thirty miles) Administrative offices for state agencies from agriculture to transportation Headquarters for the North Carolina Democratic and Republican parties Major public policy research organizations that influence the legislative process at local, state, and national levels Non-profit agencies delivering services to citizens across North Carolina Digital, electronic, and print news outlets that cover local, state, national, and international politics [-]

Bachelor in Writing

Campus Full time Part time September 2017 USA Raleigh

The Writing curriculum combines courses from the English and Communication programs to produce graduates who are skilled at creating rhetorically sophisticated documents and prepared to put them to immediate practical use in high-tech companies. [+]

Even in the increasingly technological and often mechanized workplace, employers continue to identify mastery of language as the skill most lacking in recent college graduates. A 2013 report written by The Chronicle and American Public Media’s Marketplace claimed that “written and oral communication skills” was identified by more than 700 employers as the leading skill deficit among graduates. The Writing major combines a focus on close reading and argument with a contemporary application of such skills to digital media to prepare WPU graduates for careers in emerging fields that demand linguistic precision in technological contexts. The Writing curriculum combines courses from the English and Communication programs to produce graduates who are skilled at creating rhetorically sophisticated documents and prepared to put them to immediate practical use in high-tech companies. [-]

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Bachelor in Communication

Campus Full time Part time September 2017 USA Raleigh

Learn the skills needed to become an Emmy Award-winning journalist, or make waves with your designs, ideas, and digital media [+]

The Communications program at William Peace University will enable you to channel your creativity into a fulfilling career by cultivating your ability to analyze, understand and interact with the world around you. Are you a lover of language and the written word? Do you think conceptually and enjoy turning ideas into messages? A hallmark of the WPU communication program is the careful blend of theory, skill development and experiential learning designed to provide a comprehensive foundation in the field. Valuable real-world experience is carefully integrated into the curriculum, taking the form of community-based client projects, service learning initiatives and documentary fieldwork to help you develop personally and professionally, and to build important career contacts. Through your BA in Communication, your skills in innovative thinking and written and oral communication will set you apart in today’s job market. At Peace, we prepare students not just to get jobs but also to create them. Our graduates have gone on to careers in technology, public relations, marketing and social media — carving out their own niches in exciting industries. Bachelor of Arts in Communication Liberal Education Curriculum 49 credit hours Communication Core Courses 24 credit hours Communication Concentration 12 credit hours General Electives 35 credit hours Total credit hours for the B.A. in Communication 120 credit hours Communication and media students study the various ways in which communication serves to inform, persuade, entertain and control. Students also develop technical and professional writing skills, working with deadlines and effective speaking. Graduates go on to work in various careers, including technical writing, public relations, television production and media coordination. [-]

Bachelor in Education

Campus Full time Part time September 2017 USA Raleigh

The Education program at WPU is designed by experienced educators who are closely connected to public education in North Carolina. We provide an atmosphere where students dissect the learning process and examine the future of K-12 education. [+]

William Peace University is the place for young teachers in North Carolina to learn and grow. The education program at WPU is designed by experienced educators who are closely connected to public education in North Carolina. We provide an atmosphere where students dissect the learning process and examine the future of K-12 education. Our professors challenge students to explore the latest teaching methods as they engage in relevant coursework, extensive field and practicum experiences, and enriching student teaching opportunities. A close partnership with the Wake County Public School System offers students access to extensive resources, valuable professional contacts and student teaching opportunities unavailable at other colleges and universities. Simply put, our students are prepared, connected and ready to make a difference when they graduate. The education major is one of the fastest growing at WPU and currently offers elementary education and a blended elementary/special education program. Courses Bachelor of Arts in Education Liberal Education Curriculum 49 credit hours Education Core Courses 40-47 credit hours General Electives 20-23 credit hours Total credit hours for the B.A. in Education 120 credit hours Careers The education major was specifically designed with help from the Wake County Public School System -- people who understand what teachers need to know and the skills they need to master. WPU's program is unique since it is a "blended" program where students earn licensure in both elementary education (K-6) and in Special Education: General Curriculum (K-12). [-]

Bachelor in English

Campus Full time Part time September 2017 USA Raleigh

Our English majors develop skills for life as they explore the power of the written word. [+]

English majors at William Peace University develop skills for life as they explore the power of the written word. Using the backdrop of literature, students embrace their creativity and learn to develop arguments, analyze language, literature, cultural studies, and writing. Through our innovative curriculum focused on real outcomes, students link their passion for the arts to in-demand skills. Our experienced faculty teaches students to become effective writers, communicators and critical thinkers by dissecting text, interpreting language and expressing ideas. English graduates have gone onto positions in academia, marketing, journalism, graduate school, business and more. Starting in 2011, WPU began offering a four-year college writing program unlike any other in the state. Students are required to take a writing course for all four years of college with each year focusing on a different form of writing. Through this program, students will learn to write grants, technical documents, resumes, cover letters and other valuable applications. WPU English majors graduate with more than just an understanding and appreciation of great literature but also with skills graduate programs and employers value. Courses Bachelor of Arts in English Liberal Education Curriculum 49 credit hours English Core Courses 33 credit hours General Electives 38 credit hours Total credit hours for the B.A. in English 120 credit hours Careers English majors use analytical approaches to examine language, literature, cultural studies and writing. Critical thinking and analytical skills are developed as one focuses on the comprehension and interpretation of language and expressing one's ideas, both verbally and in written form. Graduates go on to various careers in areas such as journalism, technical writing, advertising copy writing and public relations. [-]

Bachelor in Political Science

Campus Full time Part time September 2017 USA Raleigh

Our Political Science majors impact their communities' everyday through exciting positions in politics, government, law and more. We offer an engaging curriculum rooted in relevant skills and taught by professors with real world experience including practicing law, administering major city and state agencies, managing political campaigns and analyzing politics for state and national media outlets. [+]

Get more out of college than just a degree. Learn to make a difference. Political Science majors at William Peace University impact their communities' everyday through exciting positions in politics, government, law and more. We offer an engaging curriculum rooted in relevant skills and taught by professors with real world experience including practicing law, administering major city and state agencies, managing political campaigns and analyzing politics for state and national media outlets. Political science focuses on governmental organizations including the formulation and implementation of public policy. Several opportunities exist for students who have an interest in understanding the organizational make-up and functioning of governmental organizations, along with a desire to study contemporary issues, people and their behavior and the law. This major is designed for students interested in public service careers including federal, state or local government, city management and urban planning, international organizations, non-profit institutions and government relations work in private firms. Political science majors develop skills such as analyzing data, written and oral communication and effective decision-making. The Raleigh Experience is an innovative new program putting WPU students in the middle of the exciting world of North Carolina politics. Students fill their contact lists with professional contacts as they spend their final semester of college working in four different full-time internships in the heart of the state capital. During the senior year, a WPU Political Science major will participate in an intensive (40 hours per week) learning experience, similar to a co-op program at other institutions (click here to read our Q&A on co-op at WPU). They will work for sponsoring organizations in three areas related to the Political Science discipline, which can include: advocacy/lobbying, governance, law, non-profit administration, politics, policy research, and public administration. During the semester, they will rotate through four, four-week practicums and be concurrently enrolled in their senior seminar course. During one session of The Raleigh Experience, a student might be helping legislators draft bills in the General Assembly. The next they could assist an attorney research as he or she prepares for trial. And with WPU's downtown Raleigh location, most of these opportunities are within walking distance of campus. Of course, you can always explore opportunities in other locations, such as Washington, D.C. if you are interested in federal agencies. The Political Science major offers more than just a top-notch education: it gives students an experience no other school in North Carolina can offer. Courses Bachelor of Arts in Political Science Liberal Education Curriculum 49 credit hours Political Science Core Courses 15 credit hours Political Science Electives 6 credit hours The Raleigh Experience 15 credit hours General Electives 35 credit hours Total credit hours for the B.A. in Political Science 120 credit hours Careers Political science focuses on governmental organizations including the formulation and implementation of public policy. Several opportunities exist for students who have an interest in understanding the organizational make-up and functioning of governmental organizations, along with a desire to study contemporary issues, people and their behavior and the law. This major is designed for students interested in public service careers including federal, state or local government, city management and urban planning, international organizations, non-profit institutions and government relations work in private firms. Political science majors develop skills such as analyzing data, written and oral communication and effective decision-making. Graduates go on to various careers in areas such as law enforcement, political campaign management, community relations and state and federal government jobs. [-]

Bachelor in Psychology

Campus Full time Part time September 2017 USA Raleigh

The psychology major teaches students about the world around them by focusing on its smallest component -- the individual. By learning the methodology and principles of psychology, students are able to examine the behavior, thought, feelings and interactions of humans. [+]

Ever wonder about human behavior and the human mind? The psychology major teaches students about the world around them by focusing on its smallest component -- the individual. By learning the methodology and principles of psychology, students are able to examine the behavior, thought, feelings and interactions of humans. Working closely with professors in small class sizes, students are challenged to refine their critical thinking and analytical skills through rigorous coursework. Students learn not just about the inner workings of the brain but also personality, perception, thinking and social interaction. The psychology major at WPU gives students an opportunity to do hands on research and develop a truly unique perspective on society. Our curriculum is outcome focused, preparing students for positions in social work, counseling, psychology as well as other non-major specific careers. WPU psychology majors have also gone onto law school and graduate programs in social work, school counseling and sports psychology. Courses Bachelor of Arts in Psychology Liberal Education Curriculum 49 credit hours Psychology Core Courses 24 credit hours Psychology Electives OR Concentration in Psychology Research 15 credit hours General Electives 32 credit hours Total credit hours for the B.A. in Psychology 120 credit hours Careers Psychology majors develop skills such as effectively listening, observing, analyzing and interpreting. They are also taught the importance of ethical practice, showing concern for others and critical and inferential thinking. Peace graduates go on to various careers in areas such as pharmaceutical sales, social work, life skills training, community relations and clinical psychology. [-]

Bachelor in Simulation and Game Design

Campus Full time Part time September 2017 USA Raleigh

Simulation and Gaming Design majors are provided with the necessary tools to master design, 3D modeling and programming used in developing video games and simulation training in the military, healthcare, academic and private industries. [+]

Did your parents say playing video games was not a career? Did you zone out right after they said it? Well, you might not have heard the next sentence: designing and developing simulation and video games is a career. Simulation and Gaming Design majors are provided with the necessary tools to master design, 3D modeling and programming used in developing video games and simulation training in the military, healthcare, academic and private industries. You'll learn everything from, programming to story development, to interface and character and soundtrack design with a focus on the creative and analytical elements of conceptualizing, designing, building and producing for this fast growing Industry. Students develop skills in creative and visual arts, audio and video technology and management. Students participate in an individual and collaborative learning curriculum and environment modeled after real game studios. Emphases on aesthetics, technical skills, audience analysis and development, prepare each student to be the serious gamer the industry values. There are currently more than 30 simulation and game companies in the Triangle area alone. Courses Bachelor of Arts in Simulation and Game Design Liberal Education Curriculum 49 credit hours Simulation and Game Design Core Courses 48 credit hours General Electives 23 credit hours Total credit hours for the B.A. in Simulation and Game Design 120 credit hours Careers Simulation and Game Design majors focus on learning the creative and analytical elements of conceptualizing, designing, building and producing for this fast growing Industry. There are currently more than 30 simulation and game companies in the Triangle area alone. Some of the potential Internship sites include: EPIC Games IBM ICARUS Studios Lenovo Red Storm Entertainment Virtual Heroes Wake Med Hospital [-]

Bachelor in Theatre

Campus Full time Part time September 2017 USA Raleigh

Our B.A. in Theatre features intense, specialized and synchronized curriculums. These programs were designed in accordance with the guidelines and standards established by NAST and ATHE to insure the best possible career training and success. [+]

William Peace Theatre empowers students to pursue careers in the fine arts as independent, self-assessing artists. Our B.A. in Theatre features intense, specialized and synchronized curriculums. These programs were designed in accordance with the guidelines and standards established by NAST and ATHE to insure the best possible career training and success. Both the B.A. in Theatre and the B.F.A. in Musical Theatre are taught within Theatre Department. This powerful synergy offers students specialized and focused training they need without bouncing between two different programs. Our teachers have vast professional and academic experience and continue to work in the professional theatre. Students benefit from decades' of professional relationships with theatres, directors, casting agencies, agents, voice teachers, coaches, choreographers and directors in places like London, New York and Las Vegas. Our productions and students have been nominated for various awards over the years, including: Top Ten List by Spectator Magazine, multiple Raleigh News & Observer Top Ten Lists, Best Comic Actress by Roberts Reviews, consistently ranked and reviewed by the Independent Weekly. Additionally, we have been awarded countless grants to write and produce original pieces, including: Dreaming in Color written by students and alumni in conjunction with playwright Barbara Lebow; adaptation for the stage of Charles Dickens Dombey and Son by Dickens scholar Elliot Engel; Better Late Than Ever; On the Other Side; Far and True; Tartuffe, the Rock Musical. Students have gone on to New York, Los Angeles, San Diego, Wilmington and other cities to pursue professional careers in theatre, film and television. WPU alumni have also gone on to study at schools like The Juilliard School, Harvard, American Academy of Dramatic Art and Virginia Commonwealth. WPU students are fully prepared for graduate school or to step directly into the professional arena of theatre and musical theatre when they graduate. We will help you develop the tools, skills and connections you need to succeed. When you graduate, you will be a confident, marketable, self-assessing artist and be fully prepared to go to graduate school or to step directly into the professional arena and the exciting world of theatre. Courses Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Liberal Education Curriculum 49 credit hours Theatre Core Courses 39 credit hours General Electives 32 credit hours Total credit hours for the B.A. in Theatre 120 credit hour Careers William Peace Theatre's innovative classes train students in the wide array of collaborative skills and knowledge which make up the work of theatre through performances of new works, including adaptations of literature, both by professional playwrights and student writers. Students learn to perform, travel, create works, network and receive technical theatre experience. Students gain valuable experience through classroom study and performances of classic plays and musicals from all periods of history in new and innovative ways that reflect the latest and best in theatre practice and theory. WPU graduates go on to various careers in areas such as costume design, directing, set design, producing, acting and teaching. [-]

Women's Studies Minor

Campus Full time Part time September 2017 USA Raleigh

The Women's Studies Program is designed to help students examine the ways in which gender is constructed, learned, and performed in different cultures and social contexts. [+]

The Women's Studies Program is designed to help students examine the ways in which gender is constructed, learned, and performed in different cultures and social contexts. Women's Studies helps students to identify how these constructions of gender are shaped by power and to develop strategies for social, political and economic change. Comprised of interdisciplinary courses from across the curriculum, Women's Studies uses feminist theory as a lens to explore gender inequality and other systems of inequality, such as those based in racism, classism, heterosexism and colonialism. By using this lens, students can better understand the global issues that so many women face, including, health disparities, unpaid labor, limited reproductive choices, violence, and political under-representation. As a discipline, Women's Studies is informed by the fields of: anthropology, economics, history, law, literature, medicine, philosophy, political science psychology, public health, religion, and sociology. Classes in Women's Studies help students refine their skills in critical thinking and writing and can enhance almost every course of study. Systems that promote traditional gender role expression and power relations shape both men and women's perceptions of efficacy and professional goals. By learning tools to identify and deconstruct those systems, students can generate new ideas about careers, the role and purpose of work, and ethical decision-making within the context of their chosen profession. Courses Required Courses 3 credit hours WST 200: Introduction to Women's Studies 3 Women's Studies Electives 15 credit hours ANT 370: The Female of the Species: A Biocultural, Anthropological Perspective 3 ENG 325: Women on Stage 3 ENG 374: The Image of Women 3 PSC 311: Political Leadership 3 PSY 375: Human Sexuality and Gender 3 [-]

BBA

Bachelor in Business Administration/Marketing

Campus Full time Part time September 2017 USA Raleigh

Our program recognizes that business today is internationally-focused and every course examines the impact of the global environment on the functions of business. [+]

The global economy moves fast. William Peace University helps you keep pace. Business majors at WPU earn control of their future by learning the skills valued by today's business leaders. Whether you want to climb the corporate ladder or run your own business, our curriculum prepares you with the critical thinking and analytical skills needed to compete for exciting careers in business. Students learn the latest business theory and have the opportunity to put them into practice with a variety of internships in downtown Raleigh and or at one of Research Triangle Park's more than 170 global companies. Business is a three dimensional concept. It is a phenomenon, a process and a philosophy. Most business programs address only the first two dimensions; however, business success today requires addressing all three. The business program at William Peace University recognizes that business today is global business and every course in the business program examines the impact of the global environment on the business functions. The curriculum for the WPU business degrees combines the standard fare of business courses with the unique perspective of how to do business on a global scale. Students choose a concentration with their degree in Global Business, Marketing, Leadership and Management Studies, and new to our campus - the WPU Sport Management program. WPU Sport Management students will have opportunities for internships and careers with pro- and semi-pro teams (locally the Hurricanes, the Durham Bulls, and the Carolina RailHawks), public and private recreational facilities (parks and recreation, golf and tennis clubs, etc.), high schools and intercollegiate athletics. And while the opportunities at WPU are big, our classes are small. Students receive individual attention the direction and confidence to become leaders in among the most talented people in the world. Graduates have gone onto meaningful careers in marketing, accounting, management, economics, accounting and finance. The result is students who can not only "talk the talk" but also can "walk the walk" of business. Courses Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Liberal Education Curriculum 49 credit hours Business Administration Core Courses 39 credit hours Concentration 12 credit hours General Electives 20 credit hours Total credit hours for the B.S. in Business Administration 120 credit hours Careers Business majors learn how to formulate the policies and direct the operations of corporations, nonprofit institutions and government agencies. General business manager's plans, organize, direct, control and coordinate the operations of an organization and its major departments or programs. General managers and top executives hold more than three million jobs in the U.S. Business majors learn to problem solve and develop interpersonal and organizational skills. Peace graduates go on to various careers in areas such as credit analysis, payroll, real estate, financial analysis and account management. [-]

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