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Weber State University Telitha E. Lindquist College of Arts & Humanities On Track to Welcome Largest Freshman Class in Five Years

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Weber State University Telitha E. Lindquist College of Arts & Humanities On Track to Welcome Largest Freshman Class in Five Years

Students cite 'flexibility' of arts & humanities degrees in preparing them for jobs that 'do not yet exist' in the global marketplace as reason for declaring major in college

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SALT LAKE CITY, Aug. 8, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- The Weber State University Telitha E. Lindquist College of Arts & Humanities (www.weber.edu/cah) today announced it is on track to welcome its largest new freshman class since 2013. Official enrollment numbers will not be finalized until the third week of class; however, based on preliminary admissions data, this year's class will be nearly 4 percent larger than the one admitted last fall. Weber State University's Lindquist College of Arts & Humanities is increasingly welcoming students who desire 'creativity,' 'flexibility,' 'affordability,' and the 'opportunity to earn a degree that will prepare them for an unpredictable future.'

"I was recruited to play basketball extensively by many other schools, including the Ivy League," said Israel Barnes, incoming freshman Creative Writing major and guard for the Weber State University basketball team. "I love basketball and writing. The ability to pursue both of my passions at Weber State University is a dream come true," said Barnes.

Classes in the Lindquist College will begin on Monday, August 27. The year class includes:

  • 3.6 percent increase in total students with declared majors in the arts and humanities
  • 4.2 percent increase in declared students majoring in communication
  • 14 percent increase in numbers of students majors declared in the arts

(All data collected four weeks prior to the semester starting.)

Chia-Ying (Julia) Shen from Taiwan selected Weber State University's piano program to continue her education studies due to its national ranking and All-Steinway-School designation. Shen has won countless international piano competitions and won first place at the Asia Region International Piano Festival. Watch a video of her performance here: [https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=BiQaQ9_PSv0]

Damien Poelman is an incoming freshman planning to study theatre. In an effort to determine what majors and career options are available, he reached out to the Lindquist College Theatre area and inquired about an internship. While still a high school student, he assisted the area's master electrician on two theatre productions, "Where Words Once Were" and "Class of 94." 

"Incoming students are learning that the job they are likely to have in ten years hasn't even been invented yet," said Scott Sprenger, Dean of the Telitha E. Lindquist College of Arts & Humanities. "We know from research that as new technologies displace existing jobs, graduates will be changing careers on average five to seven times during their lifetime. The education required to pivot successfully from one career to the next when disruption inevitably occurs is without question a broad-based liberal arts education; it will protect against job obsolescence," said Sprenger.

For more information on the Lindquist College of Arts & Humanities, please visit: weber.edu/cah

About the Telitha E. Lindquist College of Arts & Humanities
The Weber State University Telitha E. Lindquist College of Arts & Humanities teaches students to excel as they seek, understand, question and express complexities critical to the experience of being human. The Lindquist College of Arts & Humanities offers undergraduate degree programs in the following five areas: Communication, English, Foreign Languages, Performing Arts and Visual Art & Design. Master's degrees also are offered in Communication and English. The college serves more than 2,500 undergraduate majors and 250 graduate students. The Lindquist College of Arts & Humanities is the Western region's foremost institution for student- centered teaching and research that investigates the human experience and aims to educate global citizens who are responsible, creative and critical artists, performers and communicators. For more information please visit, (www.weber.edu/cah).

Contact:
Christie Denniston, APR
Director of Marketing and PR
Lindquist College of Arts & Humanities Weber State University
Phone: 801-626-6431
Cell: 303-827-5164
Email: cdenniston@weber.edu

 

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