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  • Yaicha Ocampo

Trustees approve two new masters

As of Oct. 27, graduate students now have the option of pursuing a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Physical Theatre and a Master of Arts in Applied Politics.

CCU is the only college in the United States that offers a B.F.A. in Physical Theatre. Students can learn the basic framework of the program from CCU’s website.

“In this program, you’ll train in classic clowning, circus skills, acrobatics, mime, dance, character development, professionalism and the creation of original material to explore the intersection of clowning, theater, activism and experimentation in performance,” as outlined on the website.

The final year of this program will be spent in Accademia dell'Arte in Arezzo, Italy. Accademia dell'Arte is a community dedicated to the performing artists, whether that be musicians or scholars. Students will have the ability to work on collaborative projects during their 14-week stay.

The MFA program in physical theatre will continue to expand on this partnership.

The Department of Politics offers two B.F.A. degrees in political science and intelligence and national security.

These degree types are also offered as a minor to students with the additions of global studies and pre-law.

There is also an accelerated option for the B.F.A. in political science that will allow students to complete the program in 3 years.

The purpose of the MFA in Applied Politics is to prepare students for government work or for organizations that work closely with government to advocate on behalf of others. Students can choose between two focuses: governing and advocacy. According to the press release, the program was inspired by the regional employment demand.

“Nearly 17 percent of South Carolina citizens are employed by government,” according to the S.C. Department of Commerce. “Nationally, nearly 23 million people are employed by government at the federal, state or local level, making government the largest employer in the country. Also, more than 1,300 nonprofit organizations are located in Horry and Georgetown counties.”

A nonpartisan polling center will also be created for the master’s program in applied politics program so that data relating to elections and public policy issues can be collected and surveyed.

“The proposed master’s degree in applied politics is possible only because of our robust Department of Politics at Coastal,” said trustee Oran P. Smith, chairman of the board’s Academic Affairs Committee. “It is a unique degree in South Carolina and demonstrates CCU’s commitment to the betterment of our community through civic service.

The degree programs have not been added to the University curriculum yet due needed approval from the South Carolina Higher Education Commission and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

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