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Minor Spotlight: Religious Studies

Religion is an important source of both personal meaning and inspiration and of social cohesion and group conflict in human societies. Students interested in exploring questions concerning spirituality, belief systems, and the functions of religious institutions are encouraged to take PHIL204: World Religions. The Religious Studies minor requires just this class and an additional 12 credits from an approved list of interdisciplinary coursework offered by a variety of departments including English, History, Anthropology, and Sociology.

 

Student Spotlight: Isabel Hartenstein

Isabel is an honors student and a member of the marching band. She chose to enter UD as undeclared because she wanted to explore her options before committing to a major. She told us that being a University Studies student during her first year “gave her peace of mind” because she didn’t feel rushed or isolated in the major-selection process.

After taking some core science classes, meeting with her academic advisor, and going to the Career Services Center, Isabel decided to declare a Pre-Vet major with a Wildlife Ecology & Conservation minor. Her advice to other students is, “Don’t be afraid to explore your options. College is a huge adjustment, so make sure to take care of yourself and give yourself time to figure everything out.”

 

Campus Resources: Academic Difficulty

Students who are on probation or otherwise struggling academically are encouraged to work with an academic advisor to reflect on their performance, clarify their values, and carefully evaluate their 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 or reading comprehension) and learn strategies for effectively addressing these issues.

Finish in Four

UD students who complete at least 30 credits during their first year in college are more likely to graduate in four years. Talk with an advisor about developing an academic plan that includes both the correct number and the appropriate type of credits needed for making progress toward degree completion. You may want to consider taking a course during winter session to stay on track.

Career Exploration: Job Shadowing

During the winter break, students are encouraged to arrange a job shadow experience with someone who works in their field of interest. Job shadowing may involve taking a “behind the scenes” tour of an organization, attending team meetings, interviewing people who hold positions at different levels of a company, and identifying a mentor who can assist you in evaluating potential career options. To connect with UD alumni who may be willing to host your visit to their place of employment, log in to Handshake.

 

 

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