4 Things Academic Deans Can Do to Connect Majors and Minors with Careers

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by Stanton Green, Professor of Anthropology and Former Dean of the McMurray School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Monmouth University

In my previous article with AI ("4 Things Academic Deans Can Do to Help Students Succeed After Graduation," in August 2015), I offered advice on how academic deans and career professionals can collaborate to improve student career mentoring. In this follow-up article, I would like to offer four curricular strategies that can immediately improve student career prospects, by connecting more clearly what a student studies and what they aspire to do after college.

Four strategies to make this happen:

  1. Work directly with admissions to break the myth that specific majors need to be tied to specific jobs.
  2. Design majors that are internally flexible and externally connectable in ways that allow students to explore their interests and graduate in four years.
  3. Design minors that connect to as many majors as possible and offer versatile career skills.
  4. Create internship and employer relations programs that connect curricula to potential employers.

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