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Month: February 2018 (page 1 of 2)

Minor Spotlight: Global Studies

One way to enhance any major is to minor in Global Studies – the interdisciplinary study of the political and cultural foundations of global issues. All students in this minor take three core courses – ARSC300, ANTH101, and POSC270 – as well as three courses from their chosen track. Two tracks are available in this minor – Global Systems and Human Rights and Security. For more information, contact faculty director Cynthia Schmidt-Cruz.

Campus Resources: Library Study Rooms

Did you know that small groups of students can reserve study rooms in the Morris Library? The library provides 40 comfortably furnished group study rooms that include WiFi. Most rooms have blackboards or glass writing boards. Room 049 on the Lower Level even has a projector and screen. The Multimedia Design Center provides studios where students can use advanced technology to create a digital map or record a presentation.

Peer-to-Peer Advice from Undeclared Students

When I got to college in the fall, I had no idea what I wanted to do. I heard other people talking about their majors and what careers they wanted and I wondered how they knew all that when we’re only 18 years old. I never even heard of half the majors they have at UD; how could I pick something if I don’t know what it is?? Right now I’m taking a lot of different classes to meet my requirements and hoping I figure out what I want to do. – UST Freshman   


I was a biology major when I entered UD. I always liked science when I was a kid so I thought that would be a good major for me. But after taking all those really hard classes like bio and chem and calc in freshman year, I decided I had enough and I switched to UST. It’s not that I mind working hard, but I don’t even like biology! So now I’m taking a class on choosing a major and considering what other things I’m interested in. – UST Freshman

It’s hard to believe I’m finishing my sophomore year soon. I am a very different person than when I came here as a freshman. It was hard for me to adjust to college even though I was a good student. I didn’t know how much things like trying to make friends and getting used to living with strangers would affect me. I almost transferred to a school closer to home at the end of my first semester, but now I’m glad I stuck it out. – UST Sophomore/Social Science Interest Area



Student Spotlight: Nick Montoro

Nick is a sophomore from Syosset, New York who came to UD as an undeclared student because he wanted to try out a wide range of classes and he wasn’t certain which career path he wanted to pursue.  He recently decided to declare a B.S. in Biological Sciences as his pathway to dental school. Nick told UST he decided to be an orthodontist “because I love teeth and I am a perfectionist!”   

Nick credits his advisor Kathryn Goldman with helping him transition to college and develop his academic plan without feeling stressed. She “never pressured me into taking any classes I did not want and [she] made sure to educate me about the extensive list of opportunities at UD.  His advice to new students is to stay optimistic.


Campus Resources: Academic Enrichment

As you begin the spring semester, reflect on your experiences in the fall and consider whether you may benefit from using other resources to enhance your academic performance.  The Office of Academic Enrichment offers several one-credit, pass/fail classes that help students develop their skills. Students choose a course on their current schedule to serve as a target class for practicing the skills being taught. 

UNIV113: Study Skills covers effective time management and study strategies.

UNIV114: Critical Thinking helps students become independent, well-informed thinkers and make persuasive arguments.

UNIV115: Problem Solving focuses on breaking mathematical and scientific problems into manageable components and solving them strategically.


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