Programs Section Guidelines

The Programs section contains up to three levels:

  • Main Programs landing page (i.e., hyperlinked list of programs)
  • Program subject landing pages
  • Individual degree program pages

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  • Links to other sections or sites

Main Programs Section Landing Page

This page is organized in tables listing subjects in your school/college in alphabetical order and the associated degrees, hyperlinked to the relevant pages alongside them. Where relevant, the list may be broken into categories by department or school.

Examples: The College of Communication and the College of Fine Arts have tables broken out by department/school within the college.

Sample table

SAR > Programs

Program Degree Options
Athletic Training BS, BS in AT/DPT
Behavior and Health BS
Health Science BS
Human Physiology Minor, BS, BS/MSMSPhD
Nutrition/Dietetics BS, MS, MS/DI
Occupational Therapy BS/MSMS, OTD
Physical Therapy BS/DPT, BS in AT/DPT, DPT
Public Health Minor, BS/MPH
Rehabilitation Sciences PhD
Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences Minor, BS, BS/MS, MS, MS/PhD, PhD

General Information & Special Programs

In some cases, there are special programs that don’t fit into a category, or general information that should accompany programs because it pertains to many or all of them. General information appears as a bulleted list above the table, with list items linking to appropriate pages. Special programs are treated similarly, appearing as a bulleted list below the table and hyperlinked to their individual pages.

Example: The College of Arts & Sciences has a Programs page with both general information and multiple special programs.

Programs Landing Pages without Tables

Some schools do not require the table structure because of the nature of their programs. Their Programs page is a list of degrees with hyperlinks to the individual degree pages.

Examples: The School of Hospitality Administration and the College of General Studies

Program Subject Landing Pages

In cases where a subject or program has more than one degree associated with it, it will have a landing page listing each degree or program offered and linking to the individual page for each. This page exists primarily to assist with user discovery through the right-hand navigation.

Individual Degree Program Pages

Individual program pages describe necessary details about a specific degree program, including both the program overview statement and the specific degree requirements.

Program Overview NEW

Some Programs pages in the Bulletin are missing important introductory information that helps students understand the programs’ objectives. Before defining specific degree requirements, each Programs page should begin with a clear and substantive description of what the program aims to do for its students. The overview should be about 3 sentences (100–125 words), outlining:

  1. The intellectual content of the major
  2. What students gain
  3. What it prepares students for in life and work

Successful Program Overview Examples

Undergraduate

BA in Economics

The major in Economics provides student with a firm understanding of core microeconomic and macroeconomic theory while at the same time providing the empirical skills that are essential to applying economic reasoning in our increasingly data-driven world. In addition to rigorous training in both theory and econometrics, students have room in their program to choose electives in economics fitting their likely targets of interest, ranging from financial economics to labor market analysis to development economics, and many more.

BA in English

The major in English (EN) offers students access to a thousand years of literature, from Beowulf to contemporary books in English from all over the world. Under the guidance of internationally known scholars and writers, students are exposed to a wide range of approaches. Many courses have an interdisciplinary dimension, making connections between literature and such fields as philosophy, religion, the arts, politics, science, material culture, and history. In small classes, students learn techniques of analysis, interpretation, and research that are applicable to many fields and professions (e.g., teaching, law, education, business, politics, journalism, and publishing). Courses in creative writing are also available to undergraduates.

Graduate

MA in International Affairs

The Master of Arts in International Affairs (MAIA) is a versatile program that prepares students to pursue a wide range of careers in the field of international relations, including work for national governments and a wide range of IGOs and NGOs. The program includes core coursework that covers the fundamentals of international affairs (IR) theory, research methods in IR, the workings of the global economy, and an overview of global security issues. In addition to the core classes, students choose two tracks, allowing them to develop in-depth knowledge in their chosen specialties, and write a capstone MA paper. The curriculum ensures that graduates emerge with a comprehensive perspective on international issues and a clear understanding of the means by which these issues are researched, discussed, and acted upon.

MS in Epidemiology

The Master of Science in Epidemiology provides students with a fundamental grounding in the principles of epidemiology and its companion discipline, biostatistics (which includes training in statistical computing), with an emphasis on the application of these disciplines to public health research. The program has a structured curriculum and thesis requirement, both of which emphasize the development of quantitative research skills and the application of these skills to real-world public health problems. The program is designed primarily for health care clinicians interested in research careers. Exceptional students with other backgrounds may be considered. Graduates of the program assume research-oriented positions in academic settings, government, or private industries.

 

Program Requirements

Here are some tips on writing the program requirements section of an individual Programs page:

  • Think scannability and ease for the reader. Arrange information in bulleted lists when possible, and use subheads, etc., to create easy-to-digest chunks of information.
  • Arrange courses in bulleted lists in the order that they should be taken. Where order is not an issue, arrange alphabetically.
  • Include credits after courses in parentheses with credits abbreviated cr.
  • Where appropriate, use first- and second-level subheads.
  • Be consistent in your terminology and treatment of various programs. For example, if you begin a page with requirements for one program, follow suit in the others.

What information is appropriate to include on the individual Programs page?

Include Do NOT Include
A paragraph or two of introduction, e.g., overview of the major/program, what the major/program prepares students for, what kind of job most graduates get, special opportunities (opportunities to publish, etc.), but keep it short. Complete explanation of a program and its opportunities, attractions, relevance to the modern world, and so on (these belong on your school website)
Contact sidebar (if necessary) “Marketing copy” (e.g., “Why study at?”) for the major/program (this belongs on your school website)
Application/admissions information (if necessary) General policy information (this belongs in the Policies section)
Requirements for the program (if necessary) General grade information (this belongs in the Policies section)
Grade requirements (info specific to a particular program belongs in the Programs section; general detailed info belongs in the Policies section)
Other policies specific to this program (if necessary)
Licensure information (if necessary)
Special examinations relating to the program
Other academic information specific to the program (as necessary)

Examples of Programs pages with concise, complete information and degree requirements: