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Moravian College announces new undergraduate track, Data Science, available in Fall 2020

The Criminal Justice and Law track also renamed in response to student needs

Bethlehem, PA, February 14, 2020: Today, Moravian College announced the launch of the Data Science track within the Computer Science major in response to the shortage of qualified data science professionals on the job market today.  Also included in the announcement, the Criminal Justice and Law track within the Sociology major has been renamed to better reflect what’s being offered to students. Data Science will be available for undergraduate students beginning in the Fall 2020 semester.  This Data Science track at Moravian combines essential competencies in programming, databases, and data organization from computer science with higher-level math skills. 

“Media and industry reports are repeatedly telling us that the need for data science professionals is growing every day, and higher education needs to offer programs that help address that market need,” said Bryon Grigsby, president of Moravian College.  “Industry leaders like Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google are hiring thousands of data scientists every year, and we want to give Moravian students an opportunity to compete for those high paying jobs.”

The new Data Science track at Moravian will include an "applications" course in which students will learn how to use data in real-life situations and come to understand the ethical implications of data and data analysis.  All Moravian students engaged in this track will be strongly encouraged to complete an internship in a relevant field as part of the program. In 2019 the Moravian Graduate program launched the Master of Science in Predictive Analytics (MSPA), and the undergraduate Data Science track is an ideal precursor to the MPSA program for students interested in pursuing a graduate degree.

In addition to Data Science, Moravian College has announced the renaming of the Criminal Justice and Law track within the Sociology major.  “We’ve heard from students that Criminal Justice and Law more accurately describes this track and it’s what they want listed on their transcripts,” commented Carol Traupman-Carr, vice provost at Moravian College.  “The track has been available for years and many well-known alumni, like former Northampton DA and now Judge John Morganelli and former Judge Emil Giordano, have taught in the program, but the students spoke and we listened.”

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Moravian College is the nation's sixth-oldest college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania offering undergraduate and graduate degrees that blend liberal arts with professional programs. For more than 275 years, the Moravian College degree has been preparing students for reflective lives, fulfilling careers, and transformative leadership in a world of change. Moravian College is a member of The New American Colleges and Universities (NAC&U), a national consortium of selective, small to mid-size independent colleges and universities dedicated to the purposeful integration of liberal education, professional studies, and civic engagement. Visit to learn more about how the Moravian College focus on education for all prepares its students for life-long success.