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.
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.
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.
The Spanish program gives you insight into the second most spoken language in the world. With an increased demand for Spanish-speaking people in a multitude of fields such as business and communication, having a Spanish degree proves marketable - especially when paired with another subject. Also, students don't just learn the language.
The physical sciences include physics, chemistry, meteorology, astronomy and geology. A physical science major allows you to gain a broad understanding of these areas and prepare for a career in teaching or in the health industry.