ACU at CitySquare continues to thrive and expand with the addition of two new graduate degrees that will allow students to study and work in Dallas, applying their learning to real-world problems and practice.
Beginning in Fall 2014, ACU will offer a Master of Marriage and Family Therapy degree with an emphasis in medical family therapy and a one-year post-baccalaureate dietetic internship, pending final approval by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).
“We are excited about the opportunity that each of these programs will bring to our students,” said Dr. Carley Dodd (’70), dean of the graduate school. “We are committed to extending the boundaries of the classroom to achieve a richer, more vibrant learning experience. Both of these new degree plans will place ACU students on the front lines of urban poverty and allow them to experience the crossroads of classroom learning and ministry.”
ACU at CitySquare is a collaborative initiative with CitySquare in Dallas, a respected, 25-year-old poverty-fighting enterprise formerly known as Central Dallas Ministries. ACU’s partnership with CitySquare offers students in a variety of disciplines the chance to connect their learning with real-world situations, particularly focusing on urban poverty.
The proposed dietetic internship program at CitySquare is one of the first nutrition programs in the nation to offer an internship with an emphasis on community and poverty. The internship is 47 weeks and covers 9 hours of graduate course work. The degree in medical family therapy would include traditional marriage and family therapy courses along with additional courses emphasizing illness and disability across the lifespan, collaboration with healthcare systems and medical doctors, and focused internships in a medical setting. Students in both of these graduate programs will live and study in Dallas, applying their learning through work and research at CitySquare.