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The Vanderbilt Hustler

The official student newspaper of Vanderbilt University.
The official student newspaper of Vanderbilt University

The Vanderbilt Hustler

The official student newspaper of Vanderbilt University.

Data science and business minors to move to School of Engineering, Owen in Fall 2024

More electives will be offered for the minors due to the changes.
George Albu
Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management on a sunny day, as captured on Nov. 24, 2023. (Hustler Multimedia/George Albu)

As of Fall 2024, the undergraduate business and data science minors will be housed in the Owen Graduate School of Management and the School of Engineering, respectively, instead of Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education Tiffiny Tung’s portfolio. Tung emphasized that these programs will retain their interdisciplinary qualities, which she said is a core aspect of a Vanderbilt education.

This shift comes amid Vanderbilt Law School offering a new introduction to legal studies minor starting in Fall 2024. The business and legal studies minors will be governed by students’ home schools’ academic policies due to Owen and VLS not having undergraduate academic policies.

“We’re hoping that we’ll get more classes added [for these minors] because now those programs will be in an academic school or department that can focus on curricular development, which will be nice for enhancing student options,” Tung said. “I respect the autonomy of academic departments and schools and the professors within them. Because they’re on the ground teaching in the classroom, they know really well what to develop for the students.” 

Director of the Business Minor Program Gary Kimball said the structure of the business minor will largely remain the same despite moving to a professional school. 

“One change that students will see in the future is that Owen faculty will begin offering [undergraduate] elective courses as well, giving students even more choices,” Kimball said in a message to The Hustler.  

Dr. Charreau Bell, director of the data science minor, said its move to the School of Engineering was a collaborative effort among Vanderbilt leaders. She was unsure whether the minor will eventually move to the College of Connected Computing

“The move to Engineering is fortuitous,” Bell said. “We have this new capacity to leverage the resources for academic programs within a school. I think we’re going to be able to grow more and offer more electives, which is something I’m very happy about.”

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Rachael Perrotta
Rachael Perrotta, Former Editor-in-Chief
Rachael Perrotta ('24) is from Cranston, R.I., and majored in cognitive studies, political science and communication of science and technology and minored in gender and sexuality studies in Peabody College. She was also previously Senior Advisor and News Editor. If she's not pressing you for a comment, she's probably trying to convince you that she's over 5 feet tall, cheering on the Red Sox or wishing Nashville had a beach. She can be reached at [email protected].
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George Albu, Staff Writer and Photographer
George Albu (‘27) is majoring in medicine, health and society in the College of Arts and Science. When not working for The Hustler, he enjoys taking long walks around campus, reading or watching video essays about anything and everything online. He can be reached at [email protected].
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