College Adds Four Majors to Begin Fall 2022

June 28, 2022

By Laura Lemire '06 and Kathryn Williams '24

It’s an exciting time on the Hilltop as the College continues to grow signature Anselmian experiences. Saint Anselm is breaking ground on a new home for the Gregory J. Grappone ’04 Humanities Institute; recently unveiled a new study abroad program in Tuscania, Italy; and is planning a new school of nursing and health professions, including the building of a new state-of-the-art facility while also adding innovative academic undergraduate and graduate programs. In addition to the recently announced public health major, the College is adding five programs to its already 90+ lineup of majors and minors: majors in business analytics (BS), health sciences (BS), information systems (BS), legal studies (BA) and a minor in Africana studies. Students may begin taking courses for these majors in the fall of 2022.


Health sciences (BS)

The new health sciences major expands upon the College’s current offerings to give students a preparatory advantage as they take post-graduate steps towards a career in healthcare. This major is designed to support multiple career tracks, in addition to the current selection of pre-professional programs the college offers. Health Science tracks include pharmacy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, athletic training, physician assistant, and nurse practitioner. Students will take courses across the sciences including in mathematics, psychology, chemistry, and biology. The interdisciplinary structure of the major will benefit students by including a variety of pre-requisite courses often needed for post-graduate education. Those interested in learning more about the major may contact Chief Health Professions Advisor and Chemistry Professor Carolyn Weinreb.  

Legal studies (BA)

The History Department has created a new major in legal studies to provide students an interdisciplinary approach to studying law and its many implications in past and present societies. The major offers insight into the function of law within institutions as well as reflection on the origins and significance of efforts to shape human behavior, explains Legal Studies Director and History Professor Philip Pajakowski. Students in the major will learn about law from three distinct perspectives: law in practice, law as policy, and legal culture. By thoughtfully examining different elements of law and engaging with other disciplines, the legal studies major aligns with the College’s emphasis on the liberal arts. Students will graduate with critical understanding of the many ways that legal systems shape nearly every aspect of society and culture, empowering them to take on graduate programs and careers in numerous fields related to law. Those interested in more information may contact Professor Pajakowski.

Business analytics (BA)

The Computer Science Department and the Economics and Business Department jointly introduce an exciting, new interdisciplinary major in business analytics. Combining business skills, analytical tools, and relevant applications, business analytics allow the enterprise to measure and improve the effectiveness of core business functions. Students majoring in business analytics will achieve a deep understanding of business, management, and statistics while also learning how to mine and analyze data in order to answer existing business questions with data-informed processes. Business demand for these skills has exploded so the major will address this demand, positioning students for success.

Business analytics majors will develop the analytical, quantitative, and critical thinking skills necessary to succeed in business analytics careers. They will learn leadership skills that allow them to effectively communicate and ensure optimal implementation of decision-making. Our business analytics majors will also understand the moral obligation inherent in gathering, protecting, and using business data in an ethical manner. For more information contact Professors Adam Albina or Jennifer Kelber.

Information systems (BA)

Majoring in information systems prepares students to lead innovation and change at the intersection of technological, organizational, and societal systems. Created by the Computer Science Department in collaboration with the Economics and Business Department, information systems prepares students for a variety of jobs in business and technology such as systems analyst, business analyst, database administrator, and chief information officer. It also provides an appropriate undergraduate curriculum for students who may want to pursue graduate studies in organizational behavior, data analytics or management information systems. For more information contact Professors Adam Albina or Jennifer Kelber.

Minor: Africana studies

Through the interdisciplinary minor Africana Studies, students will explore the wealth and variety of scholarship on the experiences and contributions of Africans, Black Americans, and other members of the worldwide African Diaspora. Courses feature faculty expertise from the departments of English, fine arts, history, education, sociology & social work, criminal justice, politics, psychology, and theology .“Africana Studies provides students with knowledgeable background from which to engage in difficult conversations today and to take actions to promote social justice and to pursue personal growth,” says History Professor Sarah Hardin. For more information, contact Professor Hardin.