Kwantlen_Polytechnic_U_logoWith the new year fast approaching, resolutions are on everyone’s mind. Thinking about going (back) to school in 2015? Kwantlen Polytechnic University has new courses and programs to help students achieve their goals, whatever they may be.
KPU’s Faculty of Arts is offering two new programs in the upcoming year: a bachelor of arts minor in language and culture, and a bachelor of arts major in applied geography.
While KPU already offers courses in modern languages, (French, German, Japanese, Mandarin, Punjabi, and Spanish) starting in 2015 students will be able to continue their foreign language education into a credential. The BA minor in language and culture provides the option to specialize in two separate languages, while still focussing on thematic areas including Sikh culture, Islam in South Asia, or gender in China. Studies in language and culture also include linguistics with courses in language structure, grammatical patterns in language, and language and society. In a continuously interconnected and globalized world, learning a second (or third) language is an increasingly valuable skill, as is the ability to communicate across cultures. Both of these skills can increase employability and enhance a student’s educational experience.
Additionally, the new language and culture credential provides multiple opportunities for students to combine travel into their education and study abroad. Study abroad opportunities are currently available in Chile, China, France, Germany, and Japan.
The Faculty of Arts has also launched a new bachelor of arts major in applied geography. The program combines the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences to offer a blend of geographic concepts and theories with applied skills to prepare students for careers as urban planners, environmental consultants, and real estate professionals.
KPU’s Faculty of Health is also getting ready to debut a new program. The university will be the first public, post-secondary institution to offer studies in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). The diploma program combines theoretical courses, labs, and practice hours, giving students the knowledge and skills necessary to enter the field. In addition, graduates of this new up-and-coming program will be able to write the national exam and seek membership with the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of British Columbia—the official governing body of TCM in the province.
KPU is committed to supporting students throughout their entire education—from application to graduation.

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