Academics at Avery Point
The American Studies program promotes an awareness of the complex cultural, political, and economic structures at the root of the social organizations that have existed throughout the history of the Western Hemisphere. Our studies range from the first immigrants across the land bridge from Siberia, to the colonization of the Americas by Europeans, to the nationalist movements of the 18th and 19th centuries, to the present day. Other areas of concentration may include the ways in which literary, musical, and visual artists have articulated cultural concerns, and the study of our changing understandings of new world geography and ecology. Students are encouraged to fashion a course of study that will allow them to pursue their particular interests and prepare for graduate study or careers in education, law, policy, marketing, or business.
The English Department at the University of Connecticut is committed to informing its majors about literature and literary history and to helping them to develop the writing and critical thinking skills required for literary interpretation. As a component of Connecticut’s only public institution authorized to grant the Ph.D., the English Department prepares graduate students for professional careers in teaching, literary criticism, research, and writing. Gifted poets, novelists, essayists, and playwrights on our faculty contribute to the literary canon and provide undergraduate and graduate students with courses in creative writing. In its Freshman English courses, General Education courses, and in other upper and lower division courses, the Department serves the university community through its commitment to the teaching of critical thinking, cogent analysis, and clear written expression. Much of the Department’s research is designed to advance knowledge about literature and the cultures from which it has emerged, and to extend the critical approaches and historical perspectives through which literature can be understood and enjoyed.
The Avery Point contact for the English major is Pam Bedore, 860-405-9136 or email@example.com">.
The Maritime Studies program embraces the liberal arts as the foundation for exploring humankind’s critical and continually evolving connections with the world’s waterways and watersheds. Through this interdisciplinary major, students will explore the historical and contemporary aspects of human society and the marine and coastal environments. Students will complete a series of core courses that explore maritime issues from historical, literary, social science and natural science perspectives. The Maritime Studies program equips students with liberal arts training in recognized disciplines such as history, English, economics, political science, and anthropology, but also with specialized knowledge of the opportunities, issues, and traditions that influence life in maritime regions. Graduates pursue graduate study or jobs in law, public history, aquaculture, marine or environmental policy, consulting, maritime recreation, marketing, education, and other fields.
Degree-seeking students at Avery Point can pursue many of the wide variety of minors offered at the University. A minor offers an option for students who want an academic focus in addition to their major. Minors are supervised by the sponsoring department or program.
For a description of the requirements for each minor, check the minors list prepared by the Avery Point staff.
At Avery Point, students may begin most of the 100+ academic majors and programs available in the nine undergraduate schools and colleges of the University.
Typically, students complete a specific number of credits, depending on their major, before moving on to the main campus in Storrs to complete their bachelor's degree. There is no transfer application necessary and no disruption to the course of study. The process of moving from the regional campus to the Storrs campus is a seamless transition.
Interdisciplinary Learning Community
Starting in the Fall 2009 semester, Avery Point introduced a Learning Community focused on global citizens and the environment. The Learning Community provides a framework for connecting learning in a variety of courses to show how the subject areas can be linked together around a given theme. To learn more about the Spring 2010 Learning Community, go to Learning Community Introduction.
Student Support Services (SSS) Program
Student Support Services (SSS) increases access to higher education for high-potential students who come from underrepresented ethnic or economic backgrounds and/or are first-generation college students. Learn more about this program at http://www.averypoint.uconn.edu/student_support_services/index.html.
Undecided About Your Major?
At Avery Point, students who are undecided about a major or still weighing all the possibilities are accepted to UConn's Academic Center for Exploratory Students (ACES) program. ACES provides a well-defined plan that encourages students to explore a number of possible majors and chart an educational path before committing to an individual discipline.
Go to the Alumni page to see what some of our graduates have done upon completion of their degrees.