New Academic Programs Expand Learning Options
The University introduced and announced several new programs
this academic year.
School of Music launches certificate
and four degree concentrations
Students in the School of Music are the first in the nation to have an
undergraduate academic certificate option to prepare them to teach
classical music using El Sistema-inspired methods, the new certificate
in music for social change. Growing out of a social movement
in Venezuela, El Sistema is a philosophy of providing free music
education to school-aged children as one way of bringing communities
together and inspiring young students to achieve great things.
The certificate in music for social change will introduce University
music majors to this philosophy through teaching stringed
instruments to elementary-aged students. Through theory and
methods courses, as well as three semesters of internship, graduates
of the program will gain the tools and experience to use El Sistema-inspired
techniques throughout their career, developing young
musicians who might not otherwise have the opportunity to learn
The School of Music is also now offering an enhanced bachelor of
arts (BA), providing concentration options for students to focus
their degrees. Now, along with a broad general studies option, students
can select concentrations in arts administration, composition,
or instrumental jazz studies.
“Right now, students can come here and get a top-notch performance
degree, audition for graduate schools, and pursue their dream of
being a classical musician or opera singer,” said Dr. Craig Johnson,
dean of the School of Music. “But they can also pursue this enriched
BA with a much broader approach and free themselves up to experiment
with many more options.”
Seminary launches doctor of ministry
in urban ministry leadership
The Seminary, in partnership with Fuller Theological Seminary,
will launch its doctor of ministry in urban ministry leadership in
the spring semester. The new cohort doctoral degree is designed
for ministerial leaders to develop the theological foundation and
practical skills for effective urban ministry and leadership.
The cohort program blends online learning throughout the year with
face-to-face intensive courses in which students will meet annually
in three different cities—Chicago, Los Angeles, and Atlanta—for
one week. After completing three cohort years, students work with
faculty on an independent study project, then begin a two- to three-year
doctoral project that focuses on individual ministry interests.
Dr. Soong-Chan Rah, Milton B. Engebretson Associate Professor
of Church Growth and Evangelism, brings extensive experience
and scholarship in urban and multicultural ministry as director of
the new program. A nationally recognized author, speaker, church
planter, and professor, Dr. Rah was the founding senior pastor of
Cambridge Community Fellowship Church, a multi-ethnic church
committed to ministry in the urban context.
Master of arts in counseling psychology announced
The School of Adult Learning announced a new master of arts in
counseling psychology program, targeted to launch in fall 2014.
The two-year program sequence consists of 16 three-credit courses
in an accelerated seven-week format, culminating in a 600-hour
internship. For students seeking a pastoral focus in their counseling
work, the Seminary is partnering with the School of Adult Learning
to offer course options that can be substituted for two of the required
degree courses. Students who choose to take the Seminary courses
will still meet state professional counselor licensure requirements.
“The degree will build upon the broader North Park identity of embracing
cultural diversity and the active integration of an inclusively-defined
Christian perspective,” said Dr. Paul Priester, professor of
psychology. Priester said the program builds upon the assets that
the School of Adult Learning’s undergraduate degree in counseling
psychology currently offers. “Our counseling psychology major also
has an internship component, so we have already developed excellent
networking with clinical sites in the Chicago area.”
Dual-degree engineering program announced
The University, in partnership with the University of Illinois at
Chicago (UIC) College of Engineering, will launch a dual-degree
program in engineering in Fall 2014. Students who complete the
program will receive a bachelor of science in physics from North
Park University and a bachelor of science in civil engineering or
mechanical engineering from UIC, where North Park alumnus
Peter Nelson C’84 serves as dean of the College of Engineering.
The five-year program will enable students to complete alternating
coursework at both universities.
“With the dual degree, we now have a program where engineering
and liberal arts portions of the program can be intermixed during
the student’s five years in college,” said Dr. Johnny Lin, professor of
physics. “This will help the student experience an enhanced interdisciplinarity
in their studies.”