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Digital Cultures and Technologies Major; Ethics Minor; Mental Health Counseling Certificate New at Fisher


This fall, students at St. John Fisher College have three more programs to choose from. The College is now offering Digital Cultures and Technologies as a major; a new Ethics minor will replace the Peace and Social Justice Studies Minor; and Mental Health Counseling will be offering a Certificate of Advanced Study.  

Digital Cultures and Technologies, previously offered as a minor, intertwines theory and practice to prepare students for careers in the ever-changing technology of the 21st Century. Students will learn visual design (video, photography, data visualization), writing, and programming, and relate those skills to creative media work. They will simultaneously embrace social media, information technology, the web, and location-based media as venues for artistic expression, communication, and persuasion.

"The major will prepare students to better understand digital and social media from a practical perspective, in terms of creating mobile apps, websites, and digital video and photography, as well as writing for online media,” said program director Jeremy Sarachan, Assistant Professor in the College’s Communication/Journalism Department. “It also allows students to better understand how new media technologies have changed modern culture and apply that knowledge using humanistic and quantitative perspectives."

Digital Cultures and Technologies majors will be required to complete a second major. Each student will also choose one four-course track in Content Creation, Social Media Analytics, Computer Science, Information Technology, or Learning Technologies. Additionally, students must complete a capstone project during their senior year.

As a multi-departmental program, the Ethics Minor complements major programs of study, preparing students for the complexities of the workplace, as well as for graduate studies in numerous fields, including medicine, business, communications, and law. It is jointly administered by the Religious Studies and Philosophy Departments.

Students in the program will be required to complete 18 credit hours for the minor. In addition, they will have the opportunity to participate in several special events supported by the department throughout the year, including the Rochester Area Business Ethics Foundation Luncheon, World Philosophy Day, Four Freedoms Week, the St. Thomas More Ethics Lecture, and The Road Less Traveled event.

According to the Program Director, Dr. Linda MacCammon, the Ethics minor is an interdisciplinary course of study that “encourages students to think critically and constructively about ethics, morality, and character development in a variety of professional, cultural, and social contexts.  The minor is the perfect complement to many disciplines and majors offered at the College.”

Mental Health Counseling, which has been offered as a major through the College’s Wegmans School of Nursing, will now offer a Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS).

The 18-credit hour program was approved by the New York State Education Department in July. It is designed for individuals with a master’s degree, or higher, in Counseling (e.g., School Counseling, Student Affairs and College Counseling, Rehabilitation Counseling) or a related field such as Psychology, who lack specific academic coursework and supervised internships to meet the full educational requirements for licensure as a Mental Health Counselor in New York State. Currently, graduates of the College’s MS in Mental Health Counseling program do meet the educational requirements for licensure.

Candidates must have a master’s degree with at least a 3.0 GPA, and completed coursework in human development, assessment, individual and group counseling theory, and diversity.  Additionally, candidates must have had clinical instruction in the form of a supervised practicum or fieldwork experience in a counseling setting as part of their graduate program. 




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