Academic Spotlight: Visual Arts

As one of our most interactive departments, visual arts is known for producing student work of the highest quality. This artistic and collaborative community strives to provide real-world experiences, preparing students for their future careers. Learn more about PUC’s department of visual arts at puc.edu/visual-arts and discover the creative pathways available to you in a career in the arts.

Programs offered:

  • A.S., B.A. in Art, Photography Emphasis
    • B.F.A. in Photography
  • A.S., B.A. in Design, Graphic Design Emphasis
    • B.F.A. in Graphic Design
  • A.S., B.A., B.F.A. in Film
  • B.A. in Art, Fine Art Emphasis
    • B.F.A. in Fine Art

A Student’s Perspective

“I picked visual arts because it is something I have been passionate about since seventh grade. Originally, I thought photography was simply a hobby, but as time progressed, I realized it is something I want to gain a deeper education in. One thing I really appreciate about the department of visual arts at PUC is its flexibility. Everyone is open to new ideas and the overall mindset of the department fosters individual creativity. Someday, I definitely want to start a business and have my own studio. I think it is something I will be able to do after graduating from PUC.” — Keren Castro, freshman, photography

Fast Facts

  1. Career Preparation. Visual arts programs provide an intensive approach to studying and creating art in multiple mediums and prepares students for success. Students have interned at Obey, Disney, Airbnb, Buzzfeed, the Napa Valley Film Festival, and Francis Ford Coppola’s American Zoetrope.
  2. Artistic Excursions. The department of visual arts takes students on quarterly trips to museums in the San Francisco Bay Area, as well as tours of companies like Apple, YouTube, and Pinterest; field trips to historic design spots such as the Eames Ranch and M&H Type; and longer trips to events such as the Sundance Film Festival.
  3. On-Campus Culture. The Rasmussen Art Gallery at PUC presents a variety of art exhibitions each year, where students, faculty, and guest artists showcase their latest work. Additionally, film students premiere their projects at the historic Cameo Cinema in St. Helena every year at the annual Diogenes Film Festival.
  4. Accomplished Graduates. Recent grads have gone on to work with many prestigious companies, such as Pixar, DreamWorks Animation, Legendary Films, Facebook, Apple, Netflix, Lucasfilm, LinkedIn, RipCurl, Williams Sonoma, and Martha Stewart Living. There are also many alumni working for large ministries like 3ABN, Amazing Facts, and Maranatha Volunteers International.

What You Can Do With This Major

You’re only limited by your imagination for what you can do with a visual arts degree! Here are just a few ideas to help get you thinking about your options.

  • Art professor
  • Artist
  • Film editor
  • Filmmaker
  • Graphic designer
  • Illustrator
  • Photographer
  • Photojournalist
  • UX/UI designer

Our team of admissions counselors can answer any questions you have about the department of visual arts or any of PUC’s other programs. Call (800) 862-7080, option 2 or email admissions@puc.edu to get connected with a counselor now and start learning about all the options available to you!

Academic Spotlight: Business Administration

The department of business is another popular choice at PUC and is often combined with the pre-medical program as students seek a well-rounded college experience.

PUC’s department of business prepares students for careers in all facets of the business world with practical training and multiple specialties to pursue. No matter what business program you choose, you will be equipped with problem solving and interpersonal skills that prepare you for graduate school, and the challenges of the workplace beyond.

Programs offered:

  • B.B.A., Emphasis in Accounting
  • B.B.A., Emphasis in Finance
  • B.B.A., Emphasis in Healthcare Management
  • B.B.A., Emphasis in International Business
  • B.B.A., Emphasis in Management
  • B.B.A., Emphasis in Marketing
  • B.A. or B.S. in Business Administration
  • B.S. in Computer Information Systems
  • B.S. in Management for Medical Professionals
  • M.B.A., Business Administration

A Student’s Perspective

“I decided to major in business mostly due to the advice of many physicians that are members of my home church who all wished they had taken business classes when they were in college. After graduating from PUC and medical school, I hope to use my business management degree to help start up my own pediatric clinic. I feel confident the skills I will have gained during my time at PUC will prepare me well as I look toward my career.” — Kenneth Grae McKelvie, sophomore, honors student

Fast Facts

  1. Of PUC’s departments, the department of business consistently graduates the largest number of students with bachelor’s degrees.
  2. The department of business gives out over $10,000 in business student scholarships every year.
  3. The curriculum for all business degrees has recently has been updated and revised and internships are now required for all degrees, helping equip students with real-world experience to succeed after graduation.
  4. The Enactus Club engages in social entrepreneurship, utilizing entrepreneurship skills developed in business classes for service learning projects. Local businesses have recently implemented a number of suggestions from these projects.
  5. Distinguished business department alumnus Loree K. Sutton, ’81, earned the rank of brigadier general in the U.S. Army in 2005. Less than 1% of all general officers in the Army ever earn this title. She has also received numerous awards, including the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal, the Order of Military Merit and the Defense Meritorious Service Medal.

What You Can Do With This Major

With a business degree from PUC, your career path options are endless. Here is just a short list of some of the many opportunities available to graduates.

  • Accounting
  • Advertising
  • Banking
  • Fraud examination
  • Human resources
  • Insurance
  • Law firm associate
  • Marketing
  • Real estate
  • Small business owner
  • Stock brokering

Learn more about the department of business at puc.edu/academics. Our team of admissions counselors can answer any questions you have about PUC’s business programs, or the other majors the college offers. Call (800) 862-7080, option 2 or email admissions@puc.edu to get connected with a counselor now and start learning about all the options available to you!

Academic Spotlight: Interesting Classes at PUC

While you will obviously take many classes for the major you end up studying, one thing you may not know about college is you will also need to take general education classes as well. What are general education requirements? Essentially, it’s classes that cover basic ideas and concepts PUC wants all of its graduates to know, like English, history, religion, etc. It amounts to approximately 23 courses (68-79 hours) for students studying bachelor of science degrees and 24-27 courses (72-97 hours) for those studying bachelor of arts degrees. You can read “What on Earth are General Education Requirements?!” to learn more.

We thought it would be fun to highlight some of the different and unique classes at PUC students may be able to take to fulfill their GE requirements or simply take as an elective.

  • AVIA 101: Intro to Aviation
  • AGRI 212: Home Greenhouse Gardening
  • AGRI 213: Organic Vegetable Gardening
  • BIOL 227: Natural History of California
  • BIOL 331: Marine Science
  • BUAD 118: Personal Money Management
  • CHEM 210: Laboratory Glassblowing
  • COMM 105: Introduction to Communication
  • JOUR 110: Current Issues in the Media
  • JOUR 350: Campus Chronicle Production
  • ECED 181: Introduction to Early Childhood Education
  • EDUC 101: Introduction to Teaching
  • DRMA 229: Acting Fundamentals
  • ENGL 210: Bay Area Theater
  • ENGL 212: Shakespeare in Performance
  • WRIT 313: Creative Writing: Poetry
  • ESAC 160: Fencing
  • ESAC 178: Canoeing
  • ESTH 365: Outdoor Experience
  • HIST 360: Adventist Heritage
  • PLSC 124: Introduction to American Government
  • MUHL 105:Survey of Music
  • EMER 104: Emergency Medical Technician
  • EMER 180: Fundamentals of Technical Rescue I
  • NURS 110: Introduction to Nursing
  • HLTH 101: Introduction to Allied Health Professions
  • PSYC 121 – General Psychology
  • SOWK 121: Introduction to Social Work
  • RELB 180: Introduction to the Old Testament
  • RELB 190: Introduction to the New Testament
  • RELB 230: Psalms and Wisdom Literature
  • RELB 250: Parables of Jesus
  • RELB 328: Jesus and the Gospels
  • ARTD 130: Fundamentals of Graphic Design
  • ARTF 212: Ceramics I
  • ARTH 260: History of World Cinema
  • ARTP 150: Black & White Photography Fundamentals
  • MDIA 152: Introduction to Filmmaking

Hopefully, you’re getting excited about college and the prospect of taking classes more aligned with your interests. This list should give you some great ideas of classes you could take your first year at PUC, or options for future years. Class registration starts in just a few days on April 4, so start thinking now about what you want to take. If you haven’t paid your $200 enrollment fee yet (it’s required before registering for classes), visit puc.edu/alreadyaccepted or call (707) 965-7530 to pay now so you can be ready to register!

Academic Spotlight: Global Development Studies

Do you care about the people and problems of the world?

Do you desire to learn, not just from lectures and books, but also through real-life experiences and relationships?

Do you seek a career where your passions and the world’s needs intersect?

For over 130 years, PUC has produced creative, socially responsible graduates who are ready to represent Christ in a vast and changing world. Our founders set out to prepare students for “productive lives of useful human service and uncompromising personal integrity” and it is with our mission statement in mind a new program was created.

In 2017, PUC introduced a new program, global development studies. Taken in conjunction with another major, this program encourages students to think critically about complex world issues while considering social, economic, political, and environmental factors, within a faith perspective. Theory is integrated with real-world experience, as students are immersed in diverse cultures and build relationships around the world, transcending the typical classroom setting. Students learn to effectively communicate and interact with others from different cultural backgrounds while serving in partnership with individual communities.

Possible double majors available:

  • Business
  • Chemistry
  • Communication
  • Environmental Studies
  • Film & TV
  • Graphic Design
  • Language & Culture Studies
  • Mathematics
  • Photography
  • Social Work

Program Highlights

  • The program is designed to be interdisciplinary, giving students the opportunity to follow their passions, while choosing from a combination of religion, communication, environmental studies, and sociology courses
  • Students are required to spend time studying abroad or participating in an international service project
  • Students will develop a capstone project showcasing their plan for global service within their chosen profession, working closely with their advisor

Possible Career Options

  • Church leader
  • Community organizer
  • Diplomat
  • English as a foreign language (EFL) teacher
  • Environmental manager
  • Human rights advocate
  • International development consultant
  • Non-profit program manager
  • Public health worker
  • Social entrepreneur
  • Social worker
  • Teacher
  • Urban planner
  • Volunteer coordinator

The world desperately needs people who are ready to serve, are open to change, and feel called to His service. Talk with an admissions counselor to learn more about the global development studies program at PUC, and everywhere it can take you. Email admissions@puc.edu or call (800) 862-7080, option 2 to get connected with a counselor now.

Academic Spotlight: Exercise Science

Exercise science isn’t just about lifting weights. It’s also about helping people overcome their fears, cope with and prevent injuries, and live longer, happier lives.

The department of exercise science at PUC features programs designed to prepare students for careers in physical education and the exercise sciences, which are often combined with pre-professional programs. The department gives students the opportunity for career development in athletics, sports management, instruction, and a variety of careers in health and wellness.  

Our facilities include the fitness center, weight room, gymnasium, pool, tennis courts, and athletic fields. In recent years, students have supported our facilities and programs by utilizing student senate funds. They provided a substantial amount toward the creation of our $100,000+ fitness center. They also purchased a state-of-the-art sound system for the gymnasium, weight room equipment, and additional equipment for a climbing wall.

Programs offered:

  • B.S. in Physical Education, Teacher Education Emphasis
  • B.S. in Exercise Science
  • Minor in Physical Education

A Student’s Perspective

“Something I appreciate about the department is they do a great job of informing you about the different areas in which this major is useful. They require classes that cross over with the subjects I will also learn about in graduate school, including anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, and exercise physiology, among others. With this degree, I plan to apply to the physical therapy program at Loma Linda University. My future goal is to specialize in pediatrics and work with kids with disabilities. I think PUC’s department of exercise science is preparing me for this career by introducing me to many of the topics I will be learning in graduate school and teaches us about sports and athletic injuries I may encounter as I advance in my career.” — Amy Robles, sophomore, exercise science & honors student

Fast Facts: Exercise Science

  • Exercise science students are offered a variety of employment opportunities within the department at PUC to enhance their resumes and experience, including lifeguarding, weight room and fitness center attendants, gym supervisors, officiating and set up crews for intramurals, and athletics office assistants.
  • In 2013, the department’s intramurals program was ranked #1 in the nation by Niche.com. It is one of the largest intramural programs offered by a school of our size on the West Coast.
  • Interesting and fun classes offered by the department include care & prevention of athletic injuries, pickleball, skiing & snowboarding, kinesiology, hydro aerobics, theory & practice of officiating, fencing, research methods in sports, canoeing, ethics in sports and exercise, and more.
  • According to Payscale.com, the average salary for someone with a bachelor’s degree in exercise science is approximately $53,000, slightly more than the median household income in the U.S., which is about $51,939 across all jobs.
  • Exercise science is a growing field! About a 10 percent growth is expected in positions between now and 2026. As there has been an increased emphasis on health and wellness in recent years, it has expanded job opportunities in the field.

What You Can Do With an Exercise Science Major

Wondering what you can do with a degree in exercise science? Here are just a few places it can take you!

  • Research
  • Teaching
  • Physical therapy
  • Public health
  • Coaching
  • Fitness instructor
  • Sports medicine
  • Chiropractic medicine
  • Athletic trainer
  • Corporate wellness
  • Sporting goods retail
  • Recreational program director

Our team of admissions counselors can answer any questions you have about exercise science or any of PUC’s other programs. Call (800) 862-7080, option 2 or email admissions@puc.edu to get connected with a counselor now and start learning about all the options available to you!

Prepared for Success: An Overview of PUC’s Top Programs

By Sarah Tanner

With over 70 different degrees and programs, PUC’s academic opportunities are wide-ranging and diverse. From world languages to physics to fine arts, students are encouraged to find a field that best suits their interests and talents. And with so many options available, everyone can find a major to match their specific gifts. We chatted with a few students in PUC’s top programs to find out what makes them so great.

Nursing & Health Sciences

One of PUC’s most popular tracks, the department of nursing and health sciences draws an increasing number of students each year.

McKenna Freier, sophomore

“I grew up watching my mom go through nursing school and got to learn alongside her at a young age. My passion for nursing sparked when I was very young, and since then it has only grown stronger. I want to help people get back to being healthy and living their lives to the fullest. I really appreciate how much the PUC department of nursing is there for the students. They give us many resources to help us along our journey as they know it is a difficult one. Once I was accepted they helped me work through everything and made sure I was ready to begin my nursing career with confidence. If I ever have questions or concerns they always have someone readily available to help.”

Business Administration

The department of business is another popular choice at PUC and is often combined with the pre-medical program as students seek a well-rounded college experience.

Kenneth Grae McKelvie, sophomore, honors student

“I decided to major in business mostly due to the advice of many physicians that are members of my home church who all wished they had taken business classes when they were in college. After graduating from PUC and medical school, I hope to use my business management degree to help start up my own pediatric clinic. I feel confident the skills I will have gained during my time at PUC will prepare me well as I look toward my career.”

Biology

Another popular choice for students hoping to attend medical school, the biology program offers a comprehensive overview of life sciences.

Victoria Gabardi, sophomore, honors student

“I was convinced to change majors from biochemistry to biology at the end of my freshman year after I realized how many classes from the department of biology would prepare me for medical school. As a biology major, I have the opportunity to take immunology, histology, and advanced human anatomy courses before I even attend medical school. Having a background with the material from these courses will prepare me well for the field of medicine. My favorite thing about the department of biology is all of the unique opportunities I receive. Learning biology can take place outside of a classroom. For instance, this spring break I am going to Kenya with my tropical biology class to do a mission trip while also taking time to learn biology. There are a lot of biology classes that involve going on hikes in nature or going to the beach to study marine science. I also love how elegant biology is. It can encompass something as small as a single protein in an organelle to something as large as rainforest ecosystems. It connects life from all levels of organization.”

Exercise Science

Another widely pursued program is exercise science. The department features programs designed to prepare students for careers in physical education and the exercise sciences, which are often combined with pre-professional programs.

Amy Robles, sophomore, honors student

“Something I appreciate about the department is that they inform you well about the different areas in which this major is useful. They require classes that cross over with the subjects I will also learn about in graduate school, including anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, and exercise physiology, among others. With this degree, I plan to apply to the physical therapy program at Loma Linda University. My future goal is to specialize in pediatrics and work with kids that have disabilities. I think PUC’s department of exercise science is preparing me for this career by introducing me to many of the topics I will be learning in graduate school and teaches us about sports and athletic injuries that I may encounter as I advance in my career.”

Visual Arts

Vastly different than the sciences, PUC also offers a number of humanities-based majors. Degrees in visual arts range from photography to graphic design to film, and many things between.

Keren Castro, freshman, photography

“I picked visual arts because it is something I have been passionate about since seventh grade. Originally, I thought photography was simply a hobby, but as time progressed, I realized it is something I want to gain a deeper education in. One thing I really appreciate about the department of visual arts at PUC is its flexibility. Everyone is open to new ideas and the overall mindset of the department fosters individual creativity. Someday, I definitely want to start a business and have my own studio. I think it is something I will be able to do after graduating from PUC.”

Communication

An increasingly popular option at PUC is communication. The program includes three emphases to choose between, as well as a handful of minors.

Hailey Johanson, sophomore, honors student

“My favorite aspect of being part of the department of communication are the professors. I strongly believe my department has some of the most dedicated, smart, and passionate faculty at PUC. My department is run by strong, intelligent women, and their life experiences and candor really speaks to me and motivates me to pursue this degree. Likewise, I appreciate the in-depth knowledge my degree encompasses. There are so many aspects of communication; its applications are everywhere. Communication is a crucial facet of the human existence and is an integral part of every field. I am of the opinion the opportunities for a communications major are endless. It is for these reasons I love my department as well as my major.”

The personal testimonies of so many students speak for themselves, and regardless of one’s choice of department, pursuing a degree at PUC is sure to be a rewarding experience. Those interested in learning more about the programs offered on campus are encouraged to explore PUC’s website to learn more about the available courses of study at puc.edu/academics.

There’s More to Academics Than Picking a Major

Part of choosing a college involves thinking about what program you want to study. With over 70 degrees and programs offered at PUC, whatever your passion, we’ve got a program for you! (Pssst! You can learn more about all of the college’s programs at puc.edu/academics.)

There’s also a lot more to academics than deciding on your major. Here are five academic-related questions students frequently ask during PUC’s admissions process. Reach out to PUC’s team of admissions counselors if you have additional questions or need clarification on anything!

What does the typical day of a college student look like?

Every day will probably be different! Sorry, it’s a frustrating answer, but it’s the truth. Most classes at PUC meet three or four times a week, so you’ll likely have different classes on different days. Some classes are an hour, while others might be three hours (like a lab). Depending on your schedule, you might have classes all in the morning or all in the afternoon. You’ll have lots of free time, but it’s important to balance your time well. Which leads to the next question …

How much should I plan to study each week?

As a general rule of thumb, most professors say college students should expect to spend about two hours studying per week for each credit hour they take. A full load at PUC is considered to be 16 credits, which means about 16 hours of your week is spent in class, and you should try to block out about 32 hours a week to prepare for classes. Class prep includes homework, reading, and any other assignments. Don’t panic though, you probably won’t spend all that time studying, as it can fluctuate based on papers, projects, and other things. To give you a better idea of what to expect, USA Today found the average college student spends about 17 hours per week preparing for their classes.

What if I don’t know what I want to study?

Don’t worry if you haven’t picked a major yet! You’ll be fine. Research suggests as many as 80 percent of college students change their major at least once, while the average student changes their major up to three times. Understandably then, many students come to college without knowing exactly what they want to study.

The beauty of PUC being a liberal arts college is you will need to take classes in many different subjects to fulfill your General Education requirements (You can read more about those in the “What on Earth are General Education Requirements?!” blog post). This is the perfect way to try something new while learning about your strengths to see whether or not you’re interested in a subject enough to major in it. Each quarter, there are hundreds of class options available to you, including classes on such topics as business law, fencing, American government, ceramics, anatomy, Christian ethics, creative writing, computer programming, and so much more.

If you’re struggling to see where your future is headed, there are also many resources available to you at PUC. Through the Career and Counseling Center, you’ll have access to multiple personality tests, interest surveys, and our career counselor will happily give you one-on-one career counseling. We’ll help you find where God is calling you.

Learn more about PUC’s Career and Counseling Center.

What academic resources does PUC have to help me with my studies?

The Teaching and Learning Center (TLC) offers free group tutoring Sunday through Thursday for more than 25 different courses, ranging from business to languages to science. Most lower-division GE courses have tutoring options available. If you’re struggling with a class but don’t see a tutoring option available, talk with the helpful TLC staff and they can set you up with a small group or an individual tutor. There’s also a writing lab available to students who would like input and direction on writing papers—take advantage of this service!

For those with a learning disability, be sure to contact the disabilities support service coordinator in the TLC when you are on campus to learn more about the accommodations we provide.

Learn more about PUC’s Teaching and Learning Center.

How do I register for classes?

For your first quarter, you’ll work with your admissions counselor to get registered for classes. Then, once you’re a student, you will be assigned an advisor in the area you’re studying. For example, if you’re planning to study business, your advisor will be a professor in the department of business (helpful, right?). Your advisor knows the ins and outs of their department’s programs and will be a valuable source for any questions you have about what classes you should take, what major you should consider for your career path, and more. Every quarter your advisor will need to approve your schedule, which is a great safety net for making sure you stay on track to complete your degree!

We have a team of five amazing admissions counselors ready to help you throughout the application process with any questions you have along the way, whether you have questions about admissions requirements, financial aid, or one of PUC’s academic programs. Call (800) 862-7080, option 2 or email admissions@puc.edu to get connected with one now!