Fairfield University will host its annual Majors & Minors Fair on Tuesday, Oct. 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Oak Room in the John A. Barone Campus Center. The fair offers information and resources for every major and minor available within the College of Arts & Sciences and beyond.

“This is one-stop shopping for academic majors and minors at its best,” said Elizabeth Petrino, Ph.D., associate dean in the College of Arts & Sciences. “We have faculty from each of our Departments in the College coming, plus Program Directors for our interdisciplinary programs. In addition, our professional schools, including Nursing, Business, GSEAP, and Engineering, have representatives talking about their courses of study. Besides all these opportunities, the Registrar will be on site to actually sign students up, along with folks from the Office of Career and Professional Development within the College and the Office of Academic Support and Retention.”

“There is a host of new interdisciplinary minors, such Islaamic World Studies and Health Studies,” continued Petrino. “We’ll also have our graduate programs in Communication, Mathematics, American Studies, I/O Psychology, M.P.A., and Interior Design in attendance.”

If students need an additional reason to attend, there will be a special guest at this year’s fair. Lucas the Stag will be in attendance, and a few programs will be offering giveaways. One student who attends will also win $500 for books.

Petrino also discussed the opportunities offered by the new curriculum. “With the advent of the new Magis core curriculum, first-year students have the opportunity to choose to have one or more minors and even double major without as much difficulty as previously. Employers usually report that such broad preparation in the liberal arts is what distinguishes a Fairfield University graduate from others in the job market.”

“We hope that a majority of students will attend and get all the information they need to make a sound choice,” said Petrino. “Even if students begin to get familiar with their options, we’ll have a great opportunity to meet with them and point them down a successful academic path.”


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