Coastal Carolina University will offer two new majors –
and music – beginning in the fall 2001 semester. The new bachelor of
arts degree programs were recently approved by the South Carolina
Commission on Higher Education and Coastal's Board of Trustees.
"In today's global economy, a major in Spanish is an ideal
accompaniment to a wide variety of fields of study," says John Idoux,
provost and vice president of Academic Affairs at Coastal. "Because of
the growth of the Hispanic population in the U.S. and the expanding
cultural and economic ties to Latin America, the need for Spanish-
speaking professionals in many fields is growing."
The need for more Spanish teachers in K-12 education all over the
nation – and in Horry County in particular – is also increasing,
according to Idoux. As part of the Foreign Languages in Elementary
Schools (FLES) program, a Spanish curriculum has been introduced in all
23 elementary schools in Horry County in the past two years.
A bachelor of arts degree in music will strengthen Coastal's role
as a major cultural and intellectual center of South Carolina's
Waccamaw region, says Idoux. "Adding a degree program in music is a
natural extension of the teaching, research and public service mission
of the university," he said. Coastal also offers a major in secondary
education with a concentration in music and a minor in music.
"With the approaching completion of the Thomas W. and Robin W.
Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts Building, the addition of a
full degree program in music enhances Coastal's standing as a mature,
competitive academic institution," said Idoux.