Student Speak

Practicums in the Faculty of Social Science and Humanities

Posted by Erin Campbell on April 9, 2019 at 9:04 AM

As we continue our blog post series on internship, co-op an other hands-on learning experiences at our university, we are moving on to our practicums.

One form of experiential learning in the Faculty of Social Science and Humanities (FSSH), here at the university is a practicum. So what exactly does that mean for our students, and what does it entail? Check out FSSH's brand new website all about the experiential learning options in the faculty.

Today I’m going to walk you through what the practicum program is, how you become eligible for it, what is possible for you here with our FSSH and then we will look at some real student’s experiences in the program! 

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Topics: Academic, Faculty of Social Science and Humanities, Placements

A sneak peek into communication and digital media studies

Posted by Rilita Theodora on April 2, 2019 at 9:01 AM

I became interested in the Communications and Digital Media Studies program at our university because of the new and emerging digital culture. People are all on social media but most of them don’t even understand how it works.

The university offers digital media studies, which mean you will learn a lot about digital communications--whether it is through advertisements, social networking sites, influencers and many more!

There are benefits that I have experienced while majoring in communication while at university. Here are some of them:

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Topics: Faculty of Social Science and Humanities, writing, Academics

All about co-ops, internships and placements

Posted by Erin Campbell on March 11, 2019 at 9:07 AM

Our university is pretty well-known for vast amount of opportunities for experiential learning. In this blog, we’re talking all about our co-op, internship and placement programs for each faculty at the university.

The University of Ontario Institute of Technology has over 300 industry and community partners dedicated to supporting our students in their learning. Stay tuned for faculty-specific blogs in the future, featuring real students and their experiences in the programs. Let’s get into what experiential learning is, what we offer and why it is so beneficial.

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Topics: Academic, Faculty of Business and Information Technology, Faculty of Health Sciences, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, Faculty of Social Science and Humanities, Faculty of Science, Faculty of Education, Faculty of Energy Systems and Nuclear Science

5 reasons why you should get an arts degree

Posted by Shelly Kowalski on February 29, 2016 at 9:46 AM

“Why would you want an arts degree? There aren’t any jobs for social science grads!” I often hear statements like this one from the mouths of my parents, friends, acquaintances, that uncle I haven’t spoken to since I was eleven and even sometimes strangers who overhear my conversations. For some reason everyone and their brother thinks that having an arts degree is a bad thing, and they claim that I won’t be able to find work when I graduate.

Luckily, through informative lectures, chats with professors and employers in the arts field, I’ve found that this is simply not true. Here are some reasons why an arts degree has big benefits:

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Topics: Faculty of Social Science and Humanities

Academic and professional benefits of undergraduate research at Ontario Tech University

Posted by Shelly Kowalski on December 22, 2014 at 1:00 PM

As an undergraduate student at Ontario Tech University, research can be hugely beneficial to your university experience and academic goals. Not only will it look great on a resume or graduate school application, but it will also allow you to connect with faculty and students who have similar career goals and an array of expertise and skills to share. From studying wearable technologies at the Decimal Lab, to researching the psychology of the human brain at the Clinical Affective Neuroscience Laboratory for Discovery and Innovation (CandiLab), there is a diverse selection of undergraduate research for students to get involved in.

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Topics: Academic, Faculty of Social Science and Humanities

Ontario Tech University graduate story: My degree opened up diverse opportunities

Posted by Andrea Brown on November 29, 2014 at 3:00 PM

Meet Nigel Heels, a Ontario Tech University graduate who holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree in Criminology and Justice (2008). Nigel is employed by the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP). Thanks to Ontario Tech University Alumni for sharing Nigel's story!

It's interesting to see where the Criminology and Justice program at Ontario Tech University can take you.

For Nigel, it's been a fascinating journey. Following graduation he joined the OPP and was posted to the Bruce Peninsula detachment. Within only three years he assumed positions as school resource officer, media relations officer, auxiliary liaison officer and lead for the area's Ontario Sex Offender Registry.

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Topics: Faculty of Social Science and Humanities, UOIT Spotlight

Ontario Tech University graduate story: Discovering a love for writing changed everything

Posted by Andrea Brown on November 29, 2014 at 10:00 AM

christian-julalIn this entry, we'd like to introduce you to Christian Julal. Christian graduated from Ontario Tech University with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree in Communication in 2012. He also holds a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Toronto. Our thanks to Ontario Tech University Alumni for sharing Christian's story!

"Believe in yourself and never be complacent. If there's something you want, go after it." Taking this advice from his professors to heart, Christian is already an editor, author, educator, communicator and dancer.

After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Communication from Ontario Tech University in 2012, Christian enrolled at the University of Toronto. He recently graduated with a Bachelor of Education and completed an internship at Father Leo J. Austin Catholic School where he taught drama and realized that he can make a difference in the lives of his students.

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Topics: Faculty of Social Science and Humanities, UOIT Spotlight

Ontario Tech University graduate story: Research was my motivation - and got me first place!

Posted by Andrea Brown on November 28, 2014 at 2:30 PM

I finished my undergraduate degree in Criminology and Justice at Ontario Tech University in June 2014. I am currently pursuing a Masters degree in Criminology at Ontario Tech University. I initially chose Ontario Tech University because of its technology-enriched learning environment.

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Topics: Faculty of Social Science and Humanities, UOIT Spotlight

Ontario Tech University graduate story: Empowered to lead

Posted by Andrea Brown on November 28, 2014 at 9:00 AM

I credit my decision to attend Ontario Tech University for my undergraduate degree with heavily influencing my perspective on what it takes to build a better a better community, empower people and solve problems. Students enrolled in the ‘First Class’ at Ontario Tech University were on campus at a time when opportunities to shape the future of the university were only limited by our imagination and willingness to invest in its future. It is my pleasure to be indebted to the notion that creating change is driven by people who take action and that leadership is a state of mind rather than a rank, position or credential. Professionally, I have been able to find opportunities within organizations using the same approach to creating change and problem solving. Being able to anticipate barriers, ask questions and use evidence to solve problems are skills that are invaluable in all contexts.

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Topics: Faculty of Social Science and Humanities, UOIT Spotlight

Ontario Tech University graduate story: Practicum paved the way to a great career

Posted by Andrea Brown on November 27, 2014 at 4:00 PM

2014-12-23-20-26-13-51425937_(2)After obtaining a Police Foundations Diploma, I enrolled in the Criminology and Justice Bridge program as I was provided the opportunity to put my college credits towards a university degree. After two busy years, I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Degree in Criminology and Justice. Shortly thereafter, I was successful in obtaining a position as a Probation and Parole Officer. I believe the hands-on experience I gained through the practicum course at Ontario Tech University assisted me in my chosen career path.

Sean Stastny
Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Criminology and Justice, 2012
Probation and Parole Officer

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Topics: Faculty of Social Science and Humanities, UOIT Spotlight