Case School of Engineering program becomes first of its kind to be accredited in the U.S.

With a new academic year comes new program offerings at Case Western Reserve University—and in the case of the university’s engineering school, new accomplishments on a national stage. 

Case School of Engineering has a 140-year history of firsts, including being home to the first computer engineering degree and the first stand-alone polymer department. Now, its Bachelor of Science in Data Science and Analytics program is the first of its kind in the United States to be accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. 

The program takes students through a rigorous curriculum that includes mathematical and statistical modeling, informatics, data systems and analytics, and project-based applications in various data domains—all elements of the emerging data science field. 

Vipin Chaudhary, chair of the Computer and Data Sciences Department and the Kevin J. Kranzusch Professor, said the department’s faculty, staff and students deserve all the credit for achieving this “remarkable milestone.” 

“Data science is a fast-growing discipline with a robust demand from industry and applications to other sciences,” Chaudhary explained. “Having the first ABET-accredited data science program clearly prepares our students well and gives them an advantage in the market and it helps the industry pick our students knowing they have been through a well engineered and outstanding data science education in the world.”

As Case School of Engineering celebrates this achievement, three other Case Western Reserve schools and the College of Arts and Sciences are in the process of launching new undergraduate and graduate offerings, certificate options, a minor and a leadership program. 

Take a look at the newest academic offerings and learning opportunities at Case Western Reserve. 


Bachelor of Arts in Ancient Near Eastern and Egyptian Studies

College of Arts and Sciences 

The core of the ancient near eastern and Egyptian studies major is the study of the history, culture, languages (Akkadian and Egyptian hieroglyphs), and literatures of the Ancient Near East and Egypt until the end of the ancient world (usually understood to be the 5th century of the Common Era). The new major in this area offers exposure to a range of approaches: literary, philological, historical, archaeological, art historical, philosophical, and anthropological. 

Each student pursuing the Bachelor of Arts in Ancient Near Eastern and Egyptian Studies is strongly advised to choose a minor, selected in consultation with and approved by the departmental advisor, in such closely related fields as classics, anthropology, art history, philosophy, comparative literature, history, theater, or English.

Find out more about the bachelor’s in ancient near eastern and Egyptian studies.

Minor in Ancient Near Eastern and Egyptian Studies 

College of Arts and Sciences 

Presented with the same core academic approach as the major in this area, the minor in ancient near eastern and Egyptian studies is designed to acquaint students with aspects of the ancient civilizations of the Ancient Near East and Egypt by means of five courses, for a total of 15 credit hours. 

Discover more about the Ancient Near Eastern and Egyptian Studies minor.

Minor in Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine

School of Medicine 

The minor in nutrition and lifestyle medicine is available to all undergraduate students not majoring in nutrition or nutritional biochemistry and metabolism. The curriculum for this minor is committed to providing students with cutting-edge, evidence-based nutrition, food and lifestyle medicine courses and experiential offerings. By completing this minor, students will be better prepared with the didactic background necessary to appreciate how to prevent, ameliorate, or modify the risk of chronic disease for the general public and themselves. This will also allow students the opportunity to ultimately be part of the solution to decreasing the global burden of preventable chronic disease through lifestyle interventions.

See more about the minor in nutrition and lifestyle medicine.

Minor in Visual Design

College of Arts and Sciences

The minor in visual design creates a path for students to enhance their visual and artistic skills, broadening their abilities to think across traditional disciplinary boundaries and stimulate creativity. This is a five-credit minor which is primarily designed for engineering students, although all undergraduate students are welcome. 

Learn more about the minor in visual design.

Graduate and Professional 

Master of Science in Dentistry in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

School of Dental Medicine

The Master of Science in Dentistry (MSD) in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery is a four-year integrated experience that prepares dental residents to practice independently in the field. A master’s-level thesis is a required part of the program. Residents will train in the full scope of the specialty, with the required subspecialty rotations, including general anesthesia. The program also provides the skills to perform independent clinical research and eligibility to acquire board certification. The program fulfills all the standards required by the Commission on Dental Accreditation for training programs in the specialty.

Explore the MSD in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

Master of Science in Translational Pharmaceutical Science

School of Medicine

This program will prepare students for careers in the pharmaceutical industry. Full-time students can complete the 30-credit-hour master’s degree in two years or less and have the opportunity to tailor their training to their specific career aspirations. The core courses provide foundational knowledge about the translation of pharmaceuticals from bench to bedside including pharmaceutical science principles, drug development and discovery, clinical trials, and professional skills. Additionally, students select an experiential learning opportunity that can be an industry internship or laboratory research. To ensure students receive extensive interdisciplinary training mimicking the pharmaceutical industry, students select from a variety of electives offered in the areas of biomedical research, business management, intellectual property, patent law, bioengineering, biostatistics and bioinformatics. To round out the program, students participate in scientific seminars, research ethics workshops, and career development activities. In lieu of a thesis, students develop a final presentation related to their experiential learning opportunity. 

Discover more about the Master of Science in Translational Pharmaceutical Science.

Early Intervention Development Specialist Certificate 

College of Arts and Sciences 

An early intervention developmental specialist is a professional who is trained to work with individuals with disabilities by implementing strategies, curricula, and interventions, in addition to working with families to support child skill development. This Early Intervention (EI) certificate is for individuals who are interested in working with young children.

See more about the Early Intervention Development Specialist Certificate.

Public Humanities and Civic Engagement Certificate

College of Arts and Sciences 

The Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities now offers a graduate certificate program in public humanities and civic engagement for matriculated graduate students in the College of Arts and Sciences. Broadly defined, public humanities works to engage diverse publics in the creation of knowledge by making topics like art history, history, literary history, philosophy, film, and theater, accessible, understandable, and relevant to lived experience in the world. 

Faculty who teach courses for the Public Humanities and Civic Engagement Certificate work with Cleveland area community-partner organizations as part of their curricular mission. In these classes, faculty pair in-class content and learning goals with engaged civic practice. This approach emphasizes the value of learning by doing, as well as learning by serving. 

Find out more about the Public Humanities and Civic Engagement Certificate.

Leadership Deep Dive 

Weatherhead School of Management

The Leadership Deep Dive CEO and senior leadership development program at Weatherhead School of Management is an intensive nine-day program designed for senior executives from around the world who are seeking new and innovative ways to advance their organizations. Built on appreciative inquiry and emotional intelligence—the revolutionary management principles that originated at Weatherhead—Leadership Deep Dive not only changes businesses, it changes lives.

Through this top executive leadership program, program participants will explore universal leadership principles that translate across borders into all areas of management and provide participants with a perspective to impact business on a global scale.

Explore the Leadership Deep Dive program.

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