The Stephens College Equestrian Studies program is pleased to announce an expanded curriculum designed to support 21st-century equine careers.  

“The Stephens College equestrian studies program has always worked with individual students to provide advising and educational opportunities that allow them to follow their particular career path and interest,” said Leslie Willey, vice president for academic affairs at Stephens College. “Building on that tradition, the revised curriculum now provides a clear, step-by-step approach for students from their start at Stephens, depending on their personal and professional goals.”

With the new curriculum, Stephens students will continue to earn a B.S. in Equestrian Studies. However, students will now choose from among three specific tracks:

  • Equine Business track, which prepares students for entrepreneurship and management in the equine industry.
  • Equine Science track, which prepares students for graduate school or careers in equine health.
  • Teaching/Training track for the competitive multi-disciplined rider. 

“The changes will be especially helpful for prospective students who are just beginning their college research,” Willey said. “They now can better understand their options and how our program, which has a 100% career placement rate, can best serve them. Our equestrian faculty are focused on success, and a revised curriculum will further strengthen that.”

Because the equestrian program is now housed in the School of Health Sciences, a unique opportunity presented itself to expand the science curriculum, said Sara Linde Patel, Stephens equestrian studies program coordinator.

“We utilized existing science courses and faculty already in place and also leveraged the small business ownership minor and related courses as we looked at management and leadership career potential,” she said. “As a women’s college, we are strong on leadership, and we built upon that strength. 

“The review process involved in-depth research into what employers and graduate programs are looking for and evaluating how we can stand out from competing programs.”

Other curriculum changes include expanded course offerings for the non-rider and first-time rider and more community riding and summer camps. A minor in Equestrian Studies will continue to be offered as well.

“We want as many students as possible to take advantage of this wonderful resource we offer,” Patel said.

The new tracks went into effect with the current 2018-19 academic year.

Tags : School of Health Sciences, Equestrian

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