Student Spotlight: Julia Kane

Julia Kane came to UD with a strong interest in the social sciences, specifically psychology, because she enjoys learning about human behavior and its motivations. Upon discovering that UD offers a disability studies minor, Julia added it to her program plan because of her positive experience volunteering with individuals with special needs. She sees her minor as the “perfect pairing” with psychology, which she intends to declare as her major this spring. Long-term, Julia is planning to attend graduate school and is considering a career as a school psychologist.

Julia is glad that she entered UD as an undeclared student because she was hesitant to make such a big decision too early in her college career. Being a UST student allowed her to keep her options open, take some classes to see if they were a good fit for her while also fulfilling breadth requirements, and explore some other interest areas while working with her advisor, Lys Murray. Julia told us that her advisor has been an “incredible resource” who suggested relevant classes, provided faculty contacts, and served as a source of great advice and encouragement!

 

Major Spotlight: Linguistics

Located in the College of Arts & Sciences, the Department of Linguistics & Cognitive Science offers the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in Linguistics. Linguistics is concerned with the nature of language and communication, including sentence structure, word meaning, and speech sounds. Understanding these components provides a strong foundation for teaching English in other countries.

This 124 credit major has a highly flexible curriculum that enables students to complete a double major or minor in a related field of study, such as English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian, or Spanish. Students interested in becoming certified to teach English as a Second Language in the United States are encouraged to learn more about the M.A. in Teaching ESL program

Helpful Tip: Final Grades

All final grades for the Fall 2017 semester are due to the Registrar by Wednesday, December 20 and will be posted to students’ UDSIS accounts soon after grade rosters are received. To view your final grades, log in to UDSIS and select “Grades” from the drop-down menu.

Please keep in mind that your academic advisor does not have access to your instructors’ gradebooks and does not receive your grades directly from your professors. Under federal regulations, advisors may not discuss a student’s grades directly with a parent. If your grade for a particular course is not posted, or if you think there has been an error in calculating your final grade, you will need to contact your instructor directly.

 

The University Studies Program is pleased to announce that Sylvia Lee has joined the academic advising staff. Sylvia is originally from Virginia where she attended NVCC and GMU. She received the B.A. in Theater, the B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Dance, and a certificate in American Sign Language. She also completed the M.Ed. in Counselor Education at VCU and worked as an advisor at JMU. Sylvia particularly enjoys engaging in career exploration with undecided students.

Though she has never been undeclared, Sylvia has had six official undergraduate majors (including math and photography), and has considered and attempted to pursue many more (including conflict resolution and communications). She hopes to complete a doctoral degree one day, but hasn’t decided in what subject.