A political science major studies the use of authority and influence in society within legal, political, human and governmental contexts. This flexible program is designed to:
Do you want to look inside an atom, visualize the sound of a trumpet, or gaze on a supernova? Do you want to design a rocket engine that sends people into outer space or program a computer to simulate life? These are just a few of the things a physics major might do.
We offer both a physics major and minor. Our curriculum emphasizes doing science, not just learning about science, so all courses give students the opportunity to work on experimental and theoretical projects. Many opportunities also exist to work with faculty on research projects while at Doane.
A special education major helps prepare you for teaching children and youth with mild or moderate mental handicaps, learning disabilities or behavioral disorders. Teachers graduating from this program have certification for teaching kindergarten through 12th grade.
Students may obtain certification in both elementary education and special education. A coaching endorsement may also be added to the teaching majors.
A physical education major prepares you for professional experiences including:
- physical education teacher
- fitness club management
- personal fitness training
- athletic training
As a physical education teacher, you must pursue an additional teaching major. You will also choose one emphasis from the following:
Sociology seeks to understand all aspects of human social behavior, including the behavior of individuals and the social dynamics of small groups, institutions and societies.
Students in sociology learn about urban and rural life, family patterns and relationships, social class, social movements, crime and the criminal justice system, and contemporary social issues. A sociology major provides an intellectual background for students considering careers in law, medicine, business, consulting, education, or just about any other profession.
An English as a Second Language degree is intended to provide an education in the teaching of English to speakers of other languages. This major does not provide certification for American public school teaching, but is intended to prepare students for teaching English in non-English-speaking countries. Internships through Doane's International Program provide unique training opportunities for students in the ESOL studies program.
An English/Language Arts major is intended to prepare teachers in three areas of English, speech and theatre. No second major is needed for certification in this area, but an interest in all three areas of language arts is necessary.
Refer to the English/Language Arts Teaching Endorsement for additional information.
To become a successful elementary school teacher and shape the future of our youth, you need the support of a valuable elementary education program.
Doane’s elementary education program prepares students to teach kindergarten through eighth-grade. A range of field experiences in your sophomore and junior years will help you decide which grade level you would most like to teach.
Spanish has become increasingly relevant in today's world, due to increased internationalism and ready access to travel and communication with people from other nations. Students interested in studying Spanish will find the opportunity to acquire proficiency in this language will enhance your understanding of the global community.
Why Study Languages?
"There is a correlation between high school foreign language study and higher academic performance at the college level."