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FAU Offers New Classes, Programs for Fall 2008 Semester

            BOCA RATON, FL (August 25, 2008) – Florida Atlantic University’s Fall 2008 semester officially began on Saturday, August 23. The start of the new semester also marks the launch of several new classes and programs at the university.

            “The New Hollywood,” taught by Dr. Manju Pendakur, dean of the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, is an undergraduate class that will examine Hollywood as an industry, as well as its structures and policies in the production, distribution and exhibition sectors. Global expansion of Hollywood and its power relations between the U. S. government, Canada and other governments also will be discussed. Part of the course will be devoted to survival strategies for independent filmmakers, including alternative modes of financing independent films, contractual terms and conditions in production, distribution and exhibition to understand the intricacies of deal making.

            FAU’s College of Engineering has initiated the “FAU Innovation Leadership Honors Program” (ILHP). This select group of students will be provided with an enhanced background and training in innovation, entrepreneurship, leadership and communication. The ILHP will also provide its students with invaluable practical experience and access to industry leaders.  Innovation Leadership Scholars in the College of Engineering will complete both the degree requirements of their selected major and the special requirements of the ILHP once being admitted based on academic accomplishments. These requirements consist of a combination of existing and new courses, a Leadership Development Workshop series and special enrichment activities. New courses include Biology for Engineers, Green Engineering, Innovation & Entrepreneurship, and a venture-funded team project.    

            FAU’s College of Education will offer a new bachelor’s degree in early childhood education.   The bachelor of early care and education (BECE) is designed for educators of young children from birth to five years of age and was created through the collective vision of early childhood community leaders, donors, child advocates and representatives from Palm Beach Community College, in collaboration with FAU early childhood education faculty and staff. The degree prepares educators to teach, lead, and gain experience with infants, toddlers and preschoolers, and includes both theory and practical classroom instructional strategies. 

A new 36-credit, interdisciplinary master’s degree program in environmental education also will be offered this fall by the department of teaching and learning in the College of Education.  This program provides students with the opportunity to incorporate environmentally-related courses offered by all nine FAU colleges, and includes opportunities to apply academic theory to practical experiences with children in the classroom, as well as on-site at the Pine Jog Environmental Education Center, a 135 acre natural preserve in the heart of urban Palm Beach County.  Students have a choice of four tracks for elective concentrations, including environmental education plus middle grades general science for certified (elementary) teachers; environmental education for certified (middle/high) teachers and non-formal (center) educators; environmental education for sustainable planning educators; and, environmental education for center administrators. 


Florida Atlantic University opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University serv es more than 26,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses strategically located along 150 miles of Florida's southeastern coastline. Building on its rich tradition as a teaching university, with a world-class faculty, FAU hosts 10 colleges:  College of Architecture, Urban & Public Affairs, Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts & Letters, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Biomedical Science, the Barry Kaye College of Business, the College of  Education, the College of  Engineering & Computer Science, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Graduate College,  the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science.

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