Lindenwood - Your Alumni Connection - Fall 2017

Lindenwood University has recently added a number of new degree programs, some of which are available online or in a hybrid online-classroom format. Digital content strategy and game design, which will be housed in the School of Arts, Media, and Communications, are both available online. Digital content strategy offers a Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, minor, and certificate. Communications Professor Andrew Smith says that the field is ready to grow. “Digital content strategist is a job that did not exist 10 years ago,” Smith said. “More and more companies are now figuring out they need people who understand digital media to go with their more traditional marketing and public relations personnel.” Smith added that digital content strategy is a field that doesn’t just include social media, but the entire spectrum of digital media, including how to manage and monetize it. The Bachelor of Arts in game design will ready students for a career working in a game studio environment, focusing on game art, design, and quality assurance, all while working with the latest equipment in classrooms designed for game design. “We will cover game testing, rapid and paper prototyping, level design, and character design, and we will use various game engines,” said Professor Jeremiah Ratican. “Students will work in teams creating full playable games. Also, we are bringing in game developers working in the field to assist and mentor the students.” Ratican said that it’s an exciting time for game design with job opportunities on the rise with game companies and independent game designers. Students can now earn a Bachelor of Science in Paramedicine (BSP) through the School of Health Sciences. The Department of Paramedicine is led by Professor Nick Miller, a respected professional in the field of paramedic education and training. Miller said that there are three tracks students can take within the program: traditional, for students without any previous paramedic education; licensed paramedic, which allows paramedics to continue their education at the baccalaureate level; and military medic, which trains military medics for paramedic certification. The licensed paramedic and military medic tracks are available on-campus or online. Paramedicine students will also have their choice of one of six emphases, a minor in a medical science, or other department-approved minor. “The BSP program is more than just a paramedic certification program,” Miller said. “It is an integrated bachelor’s degree that is designed to develop critically thinking paramedics that can perform as advanced clinicians and practitioners. It also provides students with marketable expertise and the foundational education necessary to advance throughout their careers.” Lindenwood has also added master’s degrees for two programs which had existing undergraduate degrees, journalism and fashion business and entrepreneurship, plus a new bachelor’s degree in therapeutic recreation, also in the School of Health Sciences. NEW DEGREE PROGRAMS ADDED FOR FALL 2017 Lindenwood University CAMPUS NEWS The BSP program is an integrated bachelor’s degree that is designed to develop critically thinking paramedics.” Professor Nick Miller “ 7 CAMPUS NEWS ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT UPCOMING EVENTS LINDENWOOD SPORTS ALUMNI EVENTS AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS ALUMNI NEWS & NOTES Paramedicine students learn from Air Evac crew. Professor Jeremiah Ratican helps a game design student. LINDENWOOD Fall 2017