Our Mission: Your Success! - Customizing Your Education with the UD College of Arts and Sciences
From Alison Gondos
Academic advisers and student panelists guide viewers through some of the biggest questions faced by prospective students and their families, including:
- How many majors are offered in the UD College of Arts and Sciences? Where do I learn more about them?
- Can I have more than one major and still finish my degree in four years?
- How do you add or change your major?
- What are minors and why are they valuable?
The following "quick access" guide provides timestamps, questions and links related to specific topics for your convenience:
A general introduction of the program, Our Mission: Your Success! - Customizing Your Education, including how students can participate. The panel of participants, which includes three College of Arts and Sciences academic advisors and two current CAS undergraduate students, is also introduced.
The panel shares information about the College of Arts and Sciences as well as its majors, programs, study abroad opportunities, faculty members, staff members, and events.
The panel shares a general overview of UD College of Arts and Sciences academic advising team works with new and returning students.
“How many majors are offered in CAS and where do you learn more about them?”
Academic advisors explain how students can major in a particular program, delving into details related to the College’s majors, minors and programs. Students are encouraged to visit the UD Major Finder, https://www.udel.edu/apply/undergraduate-admissions/major-finder/, as well as the online UD Course Catalog for the College of Arts and Sciences, https://catalog.udel.edu/content.php?catoid=40&navoid=6637. Students are also encouraged to visit the UD Career Outcomes webpage, https://www.udel.edu/apply/career-outcomes/, to learn more about what program graduates are up to.
“Can I have more than one major and still finish in four years?”
CAS academic advisors discuss the flexibility of the major programs and academic tracks within the College. Because of this, many programs within the College of Arts and Sciences allow for a double major.
“Do you have multiple majors? How do you balance the workload?”
Current UD undergraduate students discuss their majors, minors and concentrations. One major suggestion to prospective students? Utilize the academic advising staff, as well as program staff, to ensure that you pick courses that fulfill degree and program options and be open to Winter and Summer Session learning opportunities. UD student Kasiyah discusses the flexibility of the UD Political Science program and says, “Make sure to pick majors that you’re passionate about because then the time management part will be easier.”
“What if a student wants to change their major, how does that work?”
UD academic advisors explore a variety of reasons why students want to change their major and how to pursue next steps. The advising team recommends always coming to meet with your academic advisor before making a decision or if you need help or advice. Because of its organization, most major programs in CAS allow for students to easily transfer to another major. CAS advisors also recommend connecting with the UD Career Center, https://www.udel.edu/students/career-center/.
“What are minors and why are they valuable?”
“A minor can really help you focus your interest.” UD academic advisors share why students choose a minor and how it can benefit and enhance a student’s overall academic journey. An example is shared of a student seeking out minors to complement a core major.
“Do you have minors? What motivated you to add a minor?”
Whether it has led to adding another major or simply helped them explore another interest, UD students Maggie and Kasiyah share how minors have tied into their academic journey. Students also discuss concentrations, language minors and how minors and concentrations can help build on a general interest. “Minors give you the opportunity to deepen, diversify and strengthen your skill set,” says student Kasiyah. The fact that minors are not restricted to any particular major or program of study is also covered.
“What role does an academic advisor play in a student’s career at UD?”
UD academic advisors explain how they support students along their academic journey, highlighting how advisors are a great resource for class scheduling, exploring majors and minors and interpreting academic policies and deadlines. Academic advisors also help with transfer students, credit evaluations and other technical processes.
“What other resources can students take advantage of to ensure success?”
Academic advisors share some of the best resources for students, including UD Career Center for Undergraduates, https://www.udel.edu/students/career-center/students/, and the UD Office of Academic Enrichment, https://www.ae.udel.edu. Other resources highlighted include the library, the UD Writing Center, https://www.writingcenter.udel.edu, and the UD Mathematical Sciences Learning Laboratory (MSLL), https://www.mathsci.udel.edu/about-the-department/facilities/msll.
“How do you utilize the advising team, the writing center, tutors and other student resources for success?”
UD students Maggie and Kasiyah share how they utilize student resources on-campus, including study sessions and the Writing Center’s various student service offerings. Kasiyah also explains how she was able to map out her undergraduate journey semester-by-semester with her academic advisor after switching from pre-med to pre-law. Both students share their stories related to tutoring offerings available across the University of Delaware.
40:30-End of video
Audience and Panel Q&A
Q&A highlights include:
41:50 - “How can I create my own major?”
43:15 - “Are there accelerated graduate programs available in CAS?”
45:30 - “What’s the difference between the offerings in CAS and the Biden School?”