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Wilson College approves new Equine Journalism Major for Spring 2009 Term

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. – The Wilson College Board of Trustees voted Nov. 1 to approve a new equine journalism major, along with three other new majors: environmental sustainability, financial mathematics and sport management.

The new majors, which will be offered for the first time in the spring 2009 semester beginning in January, will be added to Wilson’s 24 existing bachelor’s degree offerings and mark an important step in the 139-year-old college’s history.

“One of Wilson College’s greatest strengths is our ability and willingness to respond to changing student interests and new needs in the marketplace,” said Dr. Lorna Duphiney Edmundson, Wilson president. “All four of these new major programs do just that, while building on Wilson’s existing strengths and creating interdisciplinary programs of study – the wave of the future in most disciplines.”

The bachelor’s in equine journalism will combine instruction in equestrian studies, one of Wilson’s most popular majors, with instruction in conventions of journalism, including feature writing and media ethics. Students will be required to complete an internship and upon graduation, will be knowledgeable about equestrian studies and possess a high level of communications skills that will qualify them for any job that requires strong writing, officials said.

Although some other colleges offer equine journalism as a concentration within a major or as a class, Wilson may be the first college in the United States to offer a degree in equine journalism.

“An examination of similar programs shows that, currently at least, there is no similar major anywhere in the country,” said Dr. Michael Cornelius, chair of Wilson’s Department of English and Mass Communications.

Graduates with a degree in equine journalism will have a number of career options, including writing for newspapers and magazines that report on equestrian events and working in public relations and corporate communications for companies in the horse industry.

The major also will prepare graduates for careers in the equine industry that call for creating marketing,

sales and technical written materials for pharmaceutical companies, horse barns, breeders and manufacturers of tack and apparel. In addition, graduates would appeal to associations, foundations and nonprofit organizations related to the horse/equestrian industry, as well as to the public relations departments of schools where equestrian activities are an important part of the institution’s program.

The publications field in the equestrian industry presents a wealth of opportunities for graduates, according to Dr. John Tukey, chair of Wilson’s Department of Equestrian Studies.

“The American Horse Publications organization lists more than 470 members,” Tukey said. “There is a very real need for reporters and writers who are trained in equestrian studies and also are skilled in journalism.”

Wilson’s equestrian program includes two existing majors – equine-facilitated therapeutics and equestrian studies, which offers two concentrations: equine management and equestrian management.

For more information, contact the Wilson College Office of Admissions at 800-421-8402 or visit http://www.wilson.edu.

Founded in 1869, Wilson College is a liberal arts college dedicated to the education of women. Affiliated with the Presbyterian Church and located in Chambersburg, Pa. Wilson offers bachelor’s degrees in 24 areas and a master’s degree in education. The college’s 2008-09 enrollment in both the College for Women and the Adult Degree Programs is 710 and includes students from 20 states and 13 foreign countries. Wilson is committed to environmental sustainability and to preparing leaders who will serve their communities and professions effectively.


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