Prospective students can chat with faculty online in February

Prospective students can learn more about the bachelor’s degree programs at Penn State New Kensington from Feb. 11-14, by talking online with campus faculty.

“Connect with Us” is a live online chat with professors from a variety of majors offered at the campus. Via Adobe Connect, faculty from administration of justice, organizational leadership, communications and psychology programs discuss career options and answer questions.

The Administration of Justice faculty chat is set for 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11. The degree focuses on the interrelated components of the criminal justice system: public and private sector enforcement and investigation, legal systems, correctional treatment and community services. The four-year program is designed for students interested in entry-level employment, academic or research positions, or graduate education. For more about the administration of justice program, visit

Andrea Adolph, director of academic affairs, and a panel of nontraditional students (those 24 years and older) from various programs, including organizational leadership (OLEAD), will be online at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 12. The OLEAD bachelor’s degree program is designed specifically as a degree completion program for veterans and adults learners. Students can earn a minimum of six credits (two three-credit courses) per semester by attending classes one night a week in an accelerated fashion. The OLEAD major can be completed at the New Kensington campus or at the Regional Learning Alliance in Cranberry. There are numerous academic options available to veterans and adults -- nine bachelor’s degrees; five associate degrees; and more than 160 Penn State degrees that can be started at New Kensington and finished at another Penn State campus. Veterans and adult learners, who comprise approximately 31 percent of the Penn State New Kensington student population, have their own space on the campus at the Adult Learner Resource Center and Lounge. For more on the Organizational Leadership program at the campus, visit

For more on other degree programs, visit

Communications faculty will talk with prospective students at 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13. The bachelor of arts in communications degree combines training in advanced multimedia skills with the development of critical thinking and strategic communication competencies. Students can complete one of two four-year degree options at Penn State New Kensington -- corporate communications or journalism. For more on the communication program, visit

Prospective psychology majors can get in the final word of chat week at 1 p.m., Friday, Feb. 14. Psychology is the study of thinking and behavior. New Kensington offers two four-year degrees in psychology: bachelor of arts and bachelor of science. Hands-on involvement in research provides students a basic foundation of knowledge and critical thinking skills that can lead to a range of careers.

The bachelor of arts degree prepares students for careers that require a basic psychology and broader liberal arts background. Because the program is broadly based, the degree is geared to students who may be unsure of their future psychology career paths. The bachelor of science degree includes options in science or business to suit a student's career goals. The science option helps prepare students for careers in developmental, clinical, social or health psychology. The business option helps prepare students for careers in industrial and organizational psychology or social psychology. Public and private sector jobs include the fields of personnel services, management, advertising and marketing. For more on the psychology program, visit

Faculty chats debuted a year ago. Previous chats centered on the radiological sciences, nursing and information sciences and technology programs. Video recordings of the talks are available online.

To connect with a live chat or to view a previous chat, visit

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Last Updated February 05, 2014