SALINA, Kan. (AP) _ Kansas Wesleyan University says it will begin offering 17 new majors and a revamped core curriculum during the next four years.

Officials from the university in Salina said Wednesday the new curriculum will allow departments to combine offerings. For example, art therapy would combine art and psychology studies.

Provost Nancy Cummings says the goal is to develop compelling programs and meet graduate’s needs for employment.

School officials say the changes grew out of discussions with employers and alumni, who said a well-rounded education was important.

The Salina Journal reports ( ) students will generally take about 40 hours of liberal studies classes over four years, with the courses grouped into four broad categories.