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Attending the opening of the center are (from left) George Watson, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences; John Ernest, chair of the Department of English; Nathan Elson, director of the UD Career Services Center; and Robin Marks, associate director, career counseling and programming, Career Services Center.
The University of Delaware Department of English opened its brand-new Advising and Career Center on Thursday, Feb. 18, in 119 Memorial Hall.
The ribbon-cutting ceremony, complete with a pair of oversized
scissors, was held to celebrate the center’s purpose in serving as a
resource for students.
Established to support new department requirements that encourage
majors and minors to design their own individualized courses of study,
the center will focus on current and prospective English majors and
“The role of adviser is going to be very critical in this streamlined
curriculum that gives students more responsibility,” George Watson,
dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, said at the center’s opening.
He noted how much the requirements have changed since his own son became
an English major about 15 years ago.
The updated curriculum, Watson said, reflects the wide range of careers that English majors go on to pursue.
The center will be a convenient and timely resource for students to
get help and advice, said John Ernest, professor and chair of the
“When you have a small advising question on Monday, you don’t have to
wait until Thursday when you can meet with your faculty adviser to get
the answer,” he said. “We’re here for you.”
In addition to offering advisement services to students, the center
was created to allow career path collaboration among current and
prospective English and English education majors and English and writing
Ernest said the center will help students in the major connect with
alumni and find internship and career opportunities. It aims to provide
students with the resources for mapping out a variety of career paths in
the fields of business, government, science, the arts, education,
multimedia production and more.
“In collaboration with Career Services here at UD, the English
Department’s Advising and Career Center can start helping you plan for
your future much more deliberately than we have in the past,” Ernest
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