Auburn University fishing for new degree program

Auburn University fishing for new degree program

AUBURN, AL (WSFA) - Auburn University is trying to bring a new degree program to the school for students that are hunting for careers in the fishing and hunting industry.

Adding a degree in Wildlife Enterprise Management would make Auburn University only the second school in the country to offer this type of program. This new degree would also have a business minor.

"What this degree is designed to do is to train students to be managers of hunting and fishing lodge facilities. Specifically, we give students a good basic knowledge or foundational knowledge in wildlife management or resource management to be able to manage a resource, but also customer management or hospitality, and also business management," said Mosley Environmental Associate Professor of Wildlife Management Mark Smith. "So those are the three pillars that they really need to have experience, knowledge, and training in to be effective managers of these hunting and fishing lodges. We work to get that hospitality management through the college of human sciences and then the college of business to get the business management side of things."

School officials said they anticipate 25-30 students in each incoming class for a total of around 120 students in the program. Official enrollment will begin in fall 2019 pending approval by the Alabama Commission on Higher Education this December.

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