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

Also submit to Creative Services:

  • 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 program 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 program 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 program pages in the Bulletin are missing important introductory information that helps students understand the programs’ objectives. Before defining specific degree requirements, each program 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 this major
  2. What students gain
  3. What it prepares students for in life and work

Successful Program Overview Examples

The following examples are longer than they need to be, but they succeed in accomplishing the objectives above.

BU Major in American Studies

The major in American Studies (AM) gives students a broad and critical understanding of the culture and society of the United States through a series of core courses, in-depth training in the scholarly discipline of an associated department, and comparative study of a non-American society. Through its affiliations with Boston-area cultural institutions, the program offers research opportunities in the rich historical, literary, and artistic resources of New England and the nation. The small size of the program encourages close personal and intellectual contact between students and faculty, and permits majors to devise an interdisciplinary academic program best suited to their individual needs. The American Studies major provides excellent preparation for graduate work in the humanities, the social sciences, or professional training in law, business, medicine, or communications.

NYU Major in History (from NYU)

History is the study of human experiences of all kinds, considered in relation to particular times and places. It is also a method of thinking characterized by its attention to the contexts in which people have lived and worked. By mastering this method of thinking, students of history gain invaluable skills and techniques. They learn to analyze and interpret many different kinds of evidence—cultural, social, economic, and political—and to organize it into a coherent whole and present it clearly with style in written or oral form. In so doing, students also learn to justify and to question their own and others’ conclusions, for history is always an argument about what actually happened. Indeed, rethinking and revising accepted historical conclusions is one of the most important—and most interesting—tasks of the historian. Most undergraduate students of history do not become professional historians. However, the skills and techniques learned in studying history—the ability to analyze, interpret, and organize data of any kind and to communicate conclusions orally and through coherent writing—are invaluable in every profession. History students develop these skills and go on to use them in many careers, including law, teaching, business, film, international affairs, and even medicine and science. The History Department’s program is aimed at all these possible careers.

Program Requirements

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

Do 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 Policy section)
Requirements for the program (if necessary) General grade information (this belongs in the Policy section)
Grade requirements (info specific to a particular program belongs in program section; general detailed info belongs in Policies)
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 program pages with concise, complete information and degree requirements: