Student Speak

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 UOIT

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

As an undergraduate student at UOIT, 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

UOIT graduate story: My degree opened up diverse opportunities

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

Meet Nigel Heels, a UOIT 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 UOIT Alumni for sharing Nigel's story!

It's interesting to see where the Criminology and Justice program at UOIT 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

UOIT 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 UOIT 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 UOIT 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 UOIT 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

UOIT 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 UOIT in June 2014. I am currently pursuing a Masters degree in Criminology at UOIT. I initially chose UOIT because of its technology-enriched learning environment.

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Topics: Faculty of Social Science and Humanities, UOIT Spotlight

UOIT graduate story: Empowered to lead

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

I credit my decision to attend UOIT 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 UOIT 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

UOIT 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 UOIT 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

UOIT graduate story: Mentoring shaped my experience

Posted by Andrea Brown on November 27, 2014 at 10:00 AM

FSSH_AmandaCoutureIn 2004, I launched my undergraduate career in the Criminology and Justice program with the Faculty of Social Science and Humanities. As a small university, UOIT provided me with incredible opportunities to be mentored by professors in multiple research and conference initiatives. These experiences solidified my commitment to academia and provided me with the skills necessary to complete a Master's degree in UOIT's Criminology graduate program, where my research was funded by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) and the Ontario Graduate Scholarship Program (OGS).

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Topics: Faculty of Social Science and Humanities, UOIT Spotlight

UOIT graduate story: The value of experience

Posted by Andrea Brown on November 26, 2014 at 4:30 PM

With great confidence, I can say that UOIT's hands-on teaching approach in the Communication program really prepared me for my current career. It was greatly beneficial to be part FSSH_IrisSinilong2of classes that gave insights on the different fields of media. From writing mock press releases, devising advertising strategies and creating business plans, my experience served as an essential groundwork. The professors were especially wonderful. I loved the fact that they were so approachable and were always available to answer any of my questions! They genuinely cared about their students and extended help in any way they can. My time at UOIT felt like being part of one caring family!

My advice to high school students?

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Topics: Faculty of Social Science and Humanities, UOIT Spotlight

Blast from the past: Stuff Communication majors say

Posted by Michael Lisinski on November 21, 2014 at 12:00 PM

Remember that Internet trend where people mimicked, erm, 'stuff' that specific cohorts of people say?

In early 2012, one of our video bloggers created just such a video for students taking Communication. Take a look at what the Communication experience was like just over a couple of years ago.

 

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Topics: Faculty of Social Science and Humanities, Fun Facts