JBU Offers New Degree Programs

Siloam Springs, Ark (April 22, 1999) — On April 10, 1999, the John Brown University Board of Trustees approved a Master of Science degree in Leadership and Ethics, a Political Science major with an emphasis in Pre-Law, and a minor in Instrumental Music beginning in the Fall of 1999.

The Master of Science in Leadership and Ethics is a response to the urgent need for leaders with integrity, character and trustworthiness combined with excellence in professional training. This degree is being offered through JBU’s Division of Business in conjunction with The Donald G. Soderquist Center for Business Leadership and Ethics on the campus of John Brown University.

The curriculum for this program will equip those who complete it with the leadership skills to function at various levels and in many types of organizations.

"There is a crisis of leadership in our world today. John Brown University is uniquely positioned to provide a program that will facilitate the development of leadership skills, from a Christian perspective, to people from around the world, from all types of organizations and from various backgrounds," said Dr. Joe Walenciak, chair of JBU’s Division of Business.

One way this will be accomplished is through partnering with business leaders who will team teach with JBU professors. Don Soderquist, senior vice chairman of Wal-Mart., Inc., Tom Muccio, vice president for Procter and Gamble, and John Copeland, senior vice president for ethics at Tyson Foods, are among those professionals slated to teach courses in the upcoming term.

JBU will also begin offering a Political Science major with an emphasis in Pre-Law in the Fall. This major will be a natural fit for the University, considering its association with key political figures in the state of Arkansas. JBU’s commitment to providing the strongest possible liberal arts education will be complimented by offering this new major as it will provide a testing ground for tomorrow’s civic leaders.

John Brown University’s Department of Music will also be expanded with the addition of a minor in Instrumental Music, which will focus on wind, percussion and string instruments. The new minor would expose current Music majors to areas of expertise beyond what they now experience as well as broaden the program to make it more appealing to students in other disciplines who have musical skills they wish to develop.

"I am pleased to see that JBU is taking the opportunity to expand its curriculum into areas that will add value to our students’ educational experience at this university as well as lay a foundation for

influencing tomorrow’s leaders in many different fields," said Dr. Mel Fratzke, provost and dean of the faculty at John Brown University.

Since 1919, John Brown University, an interdenominational, Christian university, has provided top-quality Christ-centered higher education. JBU embraces a three-fold emphasis on training the "Head, Heart and Hand" of 1,400 students from over 44 states and 38 countries.

For ten consecutive years, JBU has been on the John Templeton Foundation Honor Roll of Character Building colleges. The University has also been repeatedly included in the U.S. News & World Report’s list of top regional colleges and universities.