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New academic programs at ASU

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As state leaders across the country wonder how to improve their economies by creating and filling more high-income, desirable jobs, Arizona State University (ASU) is introducing a special degree program aimed at attracting and keeping some of the region’s best and brightest, future job candidates. 

The new program allows top students to get two degrees – one from the W. P. Carey School of Business and one from the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering – at the same time.

“The Business and Engineering Scholars Program, which just started this fall, utilizes two of the highest-ranked schools at ASU to produce extremely qualified graduates in both business and engineering in just four years,” says W. P. Carey School of Business Dean, Robert Mittelstaedt. “This is the dream program for many honors students, who want to be prepared for a high-impact career.”

The concurrent degrees program features the opportunity to earn dual degrees in areas like economics, industrial engineering, engineering management and even supply chain management, a field in which the W. P. Carey School consistently ranks among the top 10 in the nation. 

The program is offered at ASU’s Tempe campus and is one of four new undergraduate offerings from the W. P. Carey School this fall.

The other three new options are part of the W. P. Carey School’s popular Bachelor of Arts in Business program that combines traditional, high-caliber business degrees with concentrations from other ASU schools. 

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The new concentrations are in technology, statistics and global leadership.

“For example, the business-and-technology degree can please both the parents, who want their kids to get a high-quality business degree, and the students, who want to develop video games or be involved in digital media or social entrepreneurship,” says Tim Desch, Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Admissions at the W. P. Carey School.

The technology concentration is offered at ASU’s Polytechnic campus in Mesa, in conjunction with the College of Technology and Innovation. The other two new concentrations are being offered at ASU’s West campus in northwest Phoenix, in coordination with the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences.

“The field of statistics offers relatively high salaries and a growing number of jobs right now,” says Kay Faris, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs for the W. P. Carey School of Business.

“If you want to be a financial analyst, an actuary or a market researcher, among other occupations, this degree should really help. Those who take the global leadership concentration will get a great background in international politics and cultures, including a Spanish course specifically for business use,” adds Faris.

The four new degree programs bring the total number of undergraduate offerings from the W. P. Carey School of Business to 21. 

Students can focus on everything from traditional areas like marketing, finance or management, to combination business degrees with concentrations in areas such as sustainability or legal studies. 

The school will soon begin taking applications for fall, 2013, when two more innovative offerings will be introduced, pending university approval. 

They will be bachelor’s degrees in business with concentrations in either human resources or sports and media studies. The latter degree will be offered in conjunction with ASU’s prestigious Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

The W. P. Carey School’s undergraduate business program is currently ranked among the top 30 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report

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