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PUC Launches Three New Academic Programs

By: Ashley Eisele

Pacific Union College has launched three new academic programs available for the 2020-2021 school year. The Global Health, Data Science, and Paramedic programs are especially timely for students looking for ways to serve their communities in meaningful ways.

PUC’s Bachelor of Science in Global Health is designed for those interested in improving the health and wellness of communities worldwide. The study of global health stems from the need to educate and keep large groups of people healthy in a way that individualized medicine cannot. A student who is fascinated by health and well-being, driven to help others, and enjoys research and education makes an excellent candidate for this degree.

The B.S. in Emergency Services, Paramedic is a unique hybrid program that allows students to complete three years at PUC in the Emergency Services Program and then take their paramedic training at any accredited (CAAHEP) program. Upon completion, they will be awarded their degree from PUC.

The Data Science major will prepare students to be employed to work with data and analyze it in a variety of industries, including healthcare, technology, entertainment, and political and social science. The B.S. degree also provides a background for further graduate study in data science or related fields. Introduction to Data Science will be available in fall 2020 for any students interested in wanting to see if the major is right for them.

Find Something Different: Five Interesting Classes You Can Take At PUC

By: Ally Romanes

Whether you’re daydreaming about all the classes you can take once you arrive as a new student at PUC or you’re currently sitting in your dorm room working on registering for spring quarter, keep in mind, PUC offers some really fun and interesting classes you can take to fulfill your extracurricular credits. Here are a few of our personal favorites.

ITAL 111 – Beginning Italian

Have you always wanted to learn a new language but never found the time? Join a language class and earn college credit while learning a new skill! PUC offers multiple language courses but Italian feels the most fun for us. Learn to speak, read, listen, and write in Italian while also learning about the culture. 

AVIA 101 – Introduction To Flight

Is your head always in the clouds? How about taking your actual head into actual clouds? PUC is lucky to have a private airport that is home to our department of aviation. But you don’t need to be an aviation major to experience the Napa Valley and our campus from the sky, register for Intro to Flight and you can do just that.

Bonus: PUC has a state of the art flight simulator in case the Angwin skies are a little too intimidating. 

MUHL 245 – Introduction to World Music and Culture 

Music transcends language barriers and is known to bring people together. It’s important to explore the different types of music the world offers and at PUC, you are blessed to have the opportunity to do that while still earning credits toward your degree. Introduction to World Music and Culture examines how people from different cultures incorporate music into their lives with an emphasis on non-Western and folk music. 

ARTF 212 – Ceramics I

What’s more fun than playing with clay? Sign up for ceramics and spend some time each week creating art with your own hands while trying to master the ever difficult wheel-throwing technique. Who knows, you might even walk away with a great gift for your parents! 

ESAC 107A – Swim & Stay Fit 

Everyone at PUC is required to take fitness classes, it’s just part of a general liberals arts education. However, why not make sure you’re having a blast while you earn those credits. Take a break from the classrooms, fitness centers, and weight rooms and hop in the pool! This class aims to teach you the use of swimming skills to enhance muscular and cardiovascular fitness, but ultimately, pools are just fun! 

These are just a small sample of the classes PUC offers. For a full list, check out the course catalog


My Favorite Classes at PUC

By Andrew Mahinay

PUC offers a broad spectrum of classes to help prepare students for their future careers upon graduation. Reading charts and bar graphs is the specialty of a business major. Reading “Le Morte d’Arthur” by Thomas Malory kindles a warm discussion amongst English majors. Throwing a Frisbee one hundred feet through the air is a class for all majors.

As my time at PUC comes to an end, I am content and happy with the many classes I took at PUC. Like me, your favorite classes might end up being a subject that has nothing to do with your major. In this post, I write about three of my favorite classes.

  1. The most energizing and thrilling class I took was Ultimate Frisbee taught by Elaine Neudeck, M.A. For each class period, Professor Neudeck brought along with her energizing commentary for each game. The way she encouraged students to push their bodies to the limits and try their very best in each Ultimate Frisbee game was memorable. She was funny, witty, and most of all, she made sure students were having a great time, but also having a great workout at the same time.
  2. Second on the list is Linguistics, taught by Dr. Maria Rankin-Brown. This class is fascinating. There is a process to learning a new language and I was lucky enough to learn that process at an early age. In Linguistics, you learn how the pronunciation of each word came to be. It was a class that covered the genesis of language and I am glad I took the class because language is an significant part of society.
  3. Taught by Dr. Keith Neergaard, Microeconomics is a class that greatly challenged me academically. Although I am an English major, I chose to take Microeconomics as an elective. An elective is a class you choose to take for fun (Learn more about PUC’s General Education requirements). The class was exhilarating and Microeconomics challenged me as I worked to understand the many business terms. The open in-class discussions were also very helpful and I really appreciated the way Dr. Neergaard applied each term to real life scenarios, which made the class a bit more intriguing.

As a senior, I look back on these classes and am so grateful I had the chance to participate in each of them. Classes that allowed me to have a great time while breaking a sweat was pure awesomeness. My core English classes taught me the genesis of language, and how each word came to represent what they do in our current age. Challenging myself with unfamiliar material was a great way to get out of my comfort zone and learn something new.

If there is one piece of advice I can offer you, whether you are a prospective student or already attending PUC, it would be to step out of your comfort zone and take a class that not only interests you but challenges you as well. Enroll in a subject that peaks your interest and choose a class that allows your heart to beat for joy. This is all I have for you today, best of luck as you choose your next classes!