UST Explorer

A Blog for Undeclared Students

Month: January 2018

Helpful Tips: Books and Other Supplies

Check your course syllabi or Canvas (the course management system used at UD) to see which books and other materials are required for your Spring classes. You can pre-order books online from UD Barnes and Noble. If you want to buy or rent your books in person, take a copy of your schedule with you to the bookstore at 83 East Main Street and staff will help you get the books you need.  

In the Know: Academic Probation

Undergraduate students with a cumulative G.P.A. below 2.0 and fewer than 13.00 deficit points are placed on academic probation. As a college student, you are ultimately responsible for your academic decisions. However, there are many people on campus who are invested in supporting your success.

If you did not perform well in the fall and have been placed on academic probation, you can work with an academic advisor to reflect on last semester, clarify your values, and carefully evaluate your abilities, interests, and goals. You can also work with a specialist from the Office of Academic Enrichment to identify problem areas (such as time management and resource organization). Students can learn strategies for effectively addressing these issues through workshops, one-credit classes, and individual sessions.



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

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