arts & sciences

arts & sciences

A Week to Reflect on Civility
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 The School of Arts & Sciences at the Charlotte Campus hosted a “Peace and Justice” week in March. Events included workshops, movies and presentations. Don Taylor, assistant professor, and Richard Pinder, instructor, discussed Black activism and the Black Panthers; the JWU PRIDE club presented The Trevor Project, an organization working to prevent suicide resulting from bullying of homosexuals; Pat MacEnulty, PhD, assistant professor, shared a reading from her book “Picara,” and students attended a workshop on social justice.

Justice and peace do not happen accidentally, Mayor Anthony Foxx told students. “One of the most critical aspects to make our country more peaceful and just is to make sure you take that one step to make your dreams a reality.” Foxx spoke from the heart about his experience at New York University School of Law when a professor encouraged him to write a paper from the opposite point of view of his beliefs. “It was a painful experience,” he joked, noting he learned a valuable lesson about 35 pages into the paper — a lesson that has lasted. “The fundamental rule of civility is, articulate the other person’s perspective before you can begin to defend your own.”

Harvey Gantt ’08 Hon., Charlotte’s first black mayor, introduced Foxx.

Image l-r: Charlotte assistant professor, Pat MacEnulty, PhD, directs students as they read scenes from such plays relating to peace and justice as Aristophanes’ “Lysistrata” and August Wilson’s “Fences.”

JWU Offers First A&S Degree 

A bachelor of science in counseling psychology will debut as JWU’s first degree program granted through the John Hazen White School of Arts & Sciences. Beginning in fall 2011 at the Providence Campus, the first class of students will study and train to become counselors in one of three concentrations: addictions counseling, mental health counseling or career and school counseling.

“It’s a really important moment in the history of JWU to offer a professional degree out of the School of Arts & Sciences,” said Provost Veera Gaul, PhD, ’91 MS “It’s a very good step to take because it allows us to explore other areas students might be interested in that don’t fit in our traditional colleges.”

Unlike typical undergraduate psychology degrees, JWU’s program allows students to complete internships with licensed practitioners and gain supervised clinical work experience.

“We basically took the best of psychology programs, then focused on training students for careers in practical psychology. It’s a tremendous project,” says social sciences professor, Cheryl Almeida, PhD.

The program prepares students for a range of careers including counselor, probation officer and caseworker, giving them an advantage when applying for graduate programs in counseling and related fields.

The degree was created after reviewing research from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, showing an overall growth of 18 percent for job opportunities in counseling in the next decade. Like JWU’s other degree programs, the B.S. in counseling psychology combines academics, professional skills and work experience, giving students a well-rounded education with both theory and practice.

“The new major changes our identity and footprint in the higher education community,” says Angela Renaud, EdD, dean of the John Hazen White School of Arts & Sciences.