Seton Hall administrators are focusing their attention on raising awareness for new programs on campus.
Recently, three new programs were added to the university curriculum: a minor in Irish literature, a minor in medieval and renaissance studies, and a certificate program in cybersecurity.
The Office of the Provost annually updates the University Catalog and promotes the new programs through academic advisors that share information with students.
Dr. Joan Guetti, senior associate provost, believes the University’s promotional methods are not effective enough and hopes the school can increase outreach.
“The Office of the Provost is looking to use other avenues during the pre-registration period to let students know about attractive opportunities for academic and professional credentials,” Guetti wrote in an email. “We are looking to get the word out through interviews with The Setonian (like this one), updating the website information, and other strategies.”
She expressed that students should know about these opportunities, since adding a minor on one’s resume can strengthen chances of employment.
“Certainly, we want our students to be competent and effective in meeting the expectations of employers and of the graduate programs to which they apply,” Guetti said.
One of the newest editions to the curriculum is the nor in Irish
Literature, which was created with the help of Dr. Martha Carpentier, a professor in the English Department.
The minor includes 18 credit classes, which consists of Irish introductory courses, history courses and advanced courses.
Carpentier shared in an email that she will be announcing and discussing the new minor on March 21 in the Theatre-in-the-Round at 7:30 p.m. Interested students are welcomed to attend.
In addition, Guetti expressed concern regarding the promotion of these opportunities.
“Publicizing new programs can be difficult,” Carpentier said. “We have limited outreach via e-mail to the student body of Seton Hall and limited access to poster space in buildings around campus. I usually have a table at the Study Abroad Fairs hosted by the Office of International Programs, where I can discuss both our trips to Ireland and the Minor in Irish Literature with students.”
Dr. Angela Weisl, a professor in the English department and coordinator of the medieval and renaissance minor, also shared in an email that the minor consists of 18 credits, where students can select courses from an existing list, which they may find on the university website.
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