Becton College introduces online liberal arts certificates

By Kenna Caprio

Students looking to add that “extra liberal arts flair” to their resumes can enroll now in online courses through Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Becton College.

The first certificates available are in Communicating for Professional Success and Gaming Development and Programming at the graduate level, and Illustration for the Web, e-Books, and Print at the undergrad. The Becton administration specifically picked fields that lend well to online learning.

“When I think of online, I think of courses that deliver more than just lecture material, making use of the medium,” says Becton College of Arts and Sciences assistant dean and film professor Howard Libov. These classes are visual and creative.

The offerings will appeal to students, “looking to adopt a new skill or hone a new skill,” says Libov. “They are non-traditional (learners) in that they want this particular skill right now, and want a certificate to reflect skills that are marketable — whether they are starting their career or enhancing it.”

Credit for certain certificate courses can be applied toward a related undergraduate or graduate degree at the University.

Students can apply now for the Fall 2012. For further details, call 973-443-8645 or email In the coming year, options in animation, digital and graphic arts, communication, computer science and gaming and creative writing will be included in the offerings.

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