New Majors Coming Fall 2014

The University of Valley Forge will be offering six new Bachelor of Arts majors, including Criminal Justice, Sports Management and Deaf Culture Studies (for non-Deaf students), in addition to offering a new Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership Fall of 2014. See below for information regarding each of the new areas of study.

Important: These new majors are only offered for new incoming freshmen. Current students or transfer students are not allowed to select these majors at this time.



Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice


Criminal justice professionals work in a variety of positions, both in the public eye and behind the scenes. Local, state and federal enforcement agencies, crime scene technicians and investigators, public safety professionals, detectives, security and emergency personnel who use their expertise of deduction and technology to solve complicated crimes.

The Criminal Justice major teaches fundamentals of the criminal justice system and criminal justice skills. The program offers a foundation in criminal law, legal procedures, criminal evidence and criminology. Areas of study include law enforcement, the courts and corrections. The upper-level courses include more in-depth study of the criminal justice systems, along with instruction in areas such as criminalistics, victimology and computer forensics.

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Sports Management

Sports Management


Sports management is more than being a talent recruiter or agent. The field is populated with professionals harnessing unique skills, who use them in various ways to support the industry’s success. Talent scouts and managers are the exciting public face of sports management. Behind the scenes, facilities managers, public relations executives, broadcasters, nutritionists and trainers are just a few of the sports industry’s movers and shakers.

Other management areas include in-office systems, marketing, events and facilities. Opportunities also exist in sports economics, finance and information. Sports management professionals can also be found in business or medicine. A degree in sports medicine might see you teaching college football players how to stay healthy and keep fit by eating the right kinds of foods, or helping a tennis player deal with the psychological ramifications of stress and competition that come with being a professional athlete.

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Deaf Culture Studies
Deaf Culture Studies
(for non-Deaf students)

Trained as a Cross-cultural communicator, the Deaf Culture Studies major for non-Deaf students includes the intricacies of the American Deaf Community in order to serve as a bridge between society's major community and this language people group. Basic American Sign Language skills, the skills to identify cross-cultural dynamics between the Deaf and non-Deaf communities, and the skills to minister the gospel cross-culturally are key areas that will be taught. Career opportunities are available in full-time vocational ministry in the Deaf Community. Pastoring, teaching, missions and many other areas of interest. This degree also prepares the student for further studies leading towards his/her professional interpreting license.

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Graphic Design

Digital Media Graphic Design

The Digital Media Graphic Design undergraduate major will study design, effective use of typography and color theory. It will use industry-specific software to help students learn and create everything from corporate branding and identity packages to Web sites. Students will learn to inform, inspire and persuade in areas including advertising, publishing and interactive media. Classes will cover theories of aesthetics and communication, as well as the workflow processes involved in creative project management. The major will allow students to develop, analyze and refine creative concepts from initial idea to final product. 

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Web Design

Digital Media Web Design and Development

The Digital Media Web Design and Development undergraduate major will teach students the tools and technology needed to understand the language of web design and how to take that knowledge into a professional career creating a variety of interactive web content. Coursework will explore identifying a target audience, selecting graphics that best portray the message, aesthetic design, color relationships and project and client relationship management. Students will learn to concept, code and publish their own standards-based content for a variety of formats, incorporating the latest design ideas, technology and features in order to develop a well-rounded skill set.

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Middle Level Reading

Middle-Level (4-8): English/Language Arts and Reading - Public and Private Certification

The Middle-Level (4-8): English/Language Arts and Reading - Public and Private Certification program is designed to equip and prepare teacher candidates with the content knowledge and pedagogical skills necessary to excel as teachers of middle level (grades 4-8) instruction in public and private schools. A non-certification option is also available for students who do not wish to pursue state certification. Students will engage in learning experiences that are tailored to the specific characteristics of the adolescent learner, aligned with Pennsylvania academic standards, focused on current theory and best practices, and supported by a Christian worldview.

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MOL

Master of Organizational Leadership

The Master of Organizational Leadership (MOL) will be a hybrid program that includes an online cohort to accommodate working adult schedules. The MOL program is designed as a framework of organizational systems to not only improve, but fully develop students as leaders with emphasis in team building, organizational psychology, biblical values and business ethics, creative thinking, negotiation and conflict resolution. Through the MOL program, students will acquire the skills necessary to effectively lead organizations, understand the dynamics of global and multi-cultural environments, organizational behavior, strategic planning through implementation, budgeting, financial management and risk management for organizational decision-making, and demonstrate effective use of technology and processes for feedback, performance assessment, problem-solving and improving organizational processes.

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