ON THE BOOK SHELF

In There Is Life After College: What Parents and Students Should Know About Navigating School to Prepare for the Jobs of Tomorrow (2016), former editor of the Chronicle of Higher Education and best-selling author Jeffrey J. Selingo offers keen insight and practical advice that can help any college student – regardless of major – identify marketable skills, find professional employment, and get a strong start on their careers.

 

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!

 

Student Spotlight: Brianna Anderson

Brianna hails from the historic Borough of Flemington in New Jersey. She entered UD in Fall 2016 with a primary interest in the health sciences. After taking courses in biology, chemistry, anatomy, and nutrition, and meeting with both her UST advisor and an advisor from the Department of Behavioral Health and Nutrition, Brianna decided to declare a major in Health Behavior Science with a minor in Psychology. Brianna told us that she appreciated having Margie Kiter Edwards as her advisor because she was thoughtful, treated her like an individual, and answered her many questions.

Major Spotlight: Geography

Located in the College of Earth, Ocean & Environment, the Department of Geography offers a B.A. that requires students to complete 34 credits in specified coursework such as Physical Geography and Geographic Information Systems, as well as University skills and College breadth requirements.The employment outlook for most environmentally-oriented careers is strong. For example, cartography – more commonly known as map making — is a niche profession that is experiencing high demand. According to the BLS employment for cartographers is expected to jump 29 percent from 2014 to 2024. The annual median salary in this occupation is $62,000.

 

Expand Your Horizons

In order to graduate from UD, students must engage in three credits of Discovery Learning Experiences (DLE). The DLE involves instructional experiences beyond the typical curriculum. One way to fulfill the DLE requirement is to participate in a unique class over Winter session, such as ACCT363: Service Learning and the Earned Income Tax Credit.

Students will receive 12 hours of tax preparation training and must provide at least 34 hours of service preparing tax returns for people with incomes low enough to qualify for the EITC (Earned Income Tax Credit).