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Exploremore: Majors and Minors 
Day-by-day schedule

March 20–29, 2018

Exploremore: Majors and Minors is a two-week advising block devoted to helping first-year students and sophomores explore potential majors and minors. Sessions are designed to help students learn about pathways within majors/minors, special opportunities for engagement (collaborative research, independent studies, credit bearing internships), and real or potential post-Skidmore trajectories. Don’t miss this opportunity to talk to professors and upper-class students about what it means to major/minor in a specific discipline and how to make the most of your academic career.

For a list of events by department, program, or office, please click here.     

Please note: Because your schedules vary, sessions can accommodate late arrivals or early departures. 

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Biology   Tues., March 20 4:30–6 p.m.
Dana Atrium

Interested in biology? Questions about the biology major, study abroad, research and career opportunities? Come and meet with biology faculty and students to learn about the paths through the major, how to get involved in research and internships, and how a biology major can prepare you for a career in medicine, biotechnology, or environmental conservation etc.

Italian  Tues., March 20 5–6 p.m.
LRC Lounge  (PMH 429)

Join Italian professors for pizza and conversation about next year's course offerings and an explanation of how to complete a minor in Italian. Current minors will be there to share their experience and answer questions. 

Media and film studies  Tues., March 20 6–7 p.m.
Filene 115

Learn about theater, film, comics, video games, and much more in the interdisciplinary media and film studies minor. In addition to studying media theory and practice, students undertake an exciting and demanding practical field experience, gaining professional skills in research, writing, and producing, among others.

International affairs   Wed., March 21 4–5 p.m.
BO 282
Meet informally with international affairs faculty and current majors, get to learn more about the program, and discuss opportunities for IA majors and minors at Skidmore and beyond.   
Environmental studies and sciences
Wed., March 21 5–6 p.m.
Dana 285

The environmental studies and sciences faculty will give an overview of the ESS program and talk about upcoming classes for the next semester, internship opportunities, and study abroad options. Afterward, we will break into groups to talk about our two majors, environmental studies and environmental science. If you are planning on majoring in ESS, don't miss this session. Refreshments will be provided.

Art (studio)  Wed., March 21 5:30–6:30 p.m.
Saisselin Art Building, Room 201
Hosted by Matt Wilt and Fabian Lopez
See things differently. Create from a new perspective. Learn about the many studio art courses and creative opportunities within the Art Department and opportunities for careers in the visual arts. This one-hour information session offers a clear overview of the many possibilities of expanding your creative potential through introductory to advanced courses. Pizza and beverages will be served.
German  Thurs., March 22 4–5:30 p.m.
WLRC Lounge (PMH 429)
Come to a traditional Viennese coffeehouse, enjoy coffee and desserts (the famous sachertorte from Hotel Sacher!), and learn about the German major, minor, study abroad programs in Germany and Austria, and our faculty-led travel seminars in Berlin and Vienna. Hope to see you there!   
Chemistry  Thurs., March 22 4:30–5:30 p.m.
Dana Atrium

Come find out how a major in chemistry, including the biochemistry concentration, can lead to a career in pharmaceuticals, medicine, nanoscience, biotechnology, law, etc. We will discuss paths through the chemistry majors (biochemistry concentration and ACS certified) and how they can prepare you for medical school, graduate school, law school, or getting a job. Come meet current majors and learn about research opportunities, study abroad and summer internships.

English Thurs., March 22 5:30–6:30 p.m.
PMH 301
Interested in majoring in English? Minoring in literature or creative writing? Come speak with English faculty and students about the opportunities available during and after the English major. Also: Pizza and cookies! 
Education studies Thurs., March 22 5:30–6:30 p.m.
PMH 200 
The Education Studies Department faculty will be available to introduce themselves to potential majors and minors. The professors will take a few minutes to describe the program (major and minor), outline the kinds of courses offered, and describe field placements. Senior and junior majors will also be present to give firsthand accounts of the department, studying abroad as an EDS major, and can provide advice about how to work through the major or minor. Refreshments provided!
Art history  Thurs., March 22 5:45–6:45 p.m.
Filene 117
Come learn more about art history! It's not just about the art world's greatest hits—we study photography, architecture, advertising, fashion, design, film and more! Students in the major learn how to uncover hidden social agendas, recognize how design shapes their behavior and values, and understand the world more critically to become informed consumers and citizens. Our graduates have gone on to careers in museums, galleries, law, medicine, publishing, historic preservation, and much more.
Economics Thurs., March 22 6–7 p.m.
Dana Atrium
Stop by for the Economics Department's open house. This event will be an opportunity for students to come and meet informally with faculty and current majors to learn more about the economics major, minor, and study abroad opportunities in economics. Refreshments will be served.  
IGR  Thurs., March 22 6–7 p.m.
TLC 204

Unsettle silence—seek voice—lean into brave space! Please join us to learn more about intergroup relations (IGR), a unique minor for students interested in race, social justice, and dialogic learning. As an IGR minor, you will cultivate knowledge, personal awareness, and facilitation skills, preparing you to co-lead your own race-themed dialogue course at Skidmore College. Come learn about how you can make a valuable contribution to our campus community and develop skills with tremendous real-world value. IGR faculty and students will be on hand—along with some yummy grub!—to answer your questions about the program and process for minoring. 

Classics  Thurs., March 22 6–7 p.m.
Filene, second floor conference room
Interested in the Classics Department? Come to the second floor conference room in Filene on Thursday, March 22 at 6 p.m. for food and fun! It will be an informal, intimate gathering led by a group of classics majors and faculty. Please feel free to ask the majors any questions or concerns you might have regarding the department itself, requirements, and even professional opportunities after Skidmore. We will also be revealing Fall 2018 classics courses as a special treat. Hope to see you there!
American studies  Fri., March 23 1:25–2:20 p.m.
TLC 204
The American studies major focuses upon life and culture in the United States, past and present, using resources, techniques, and approaches from a variety of disciplines. American studies is inherently interdisciplinary. The major examines the diversity of Americans, as well as their commonly shared experiences, and often emphasizes gender, class, race, and ethnicity as categories for cultural analysis. Students majoring in American studies plan a program of study that reflects their interests. American studies students also often study abroad (and in Washington, DC) and do a wide variety of internships. Students who major in American studies are employed as teachers, journalists, lawyers, professors, editors, and filmmakers, etc.; they go into public service, work for NGOs, and are often entrepreneurial.
Theater  Fri., March 23 1:30–2:30 p.m.
JKB Lobby

Create powerful and meaningful performances and characters, design and build scenery and costumes, produce and manage live performance events. Learn about the theater major and minor through an informal meeting with theater faculty, and current majors and minors. Hear about the many theater courses, study abroad opportunities, professional internships and other creative opportunities that are offered in the Theater Department. Learn about how a major in theater can lead to careers in entertainment, design, law, architecture, management, etc. Refreshments will be served.

Fri., March 23 1:59–3:14 p.m.
Dana Atrium
Happy Pi Day! Mathematics faculty will share their insights about the department and also challenge you to some math puzzles and problems.

Come and learn about the mathematics major and minor programs, about various opportunities for independent study, about extracurricular educational and social departmental events, and more. Students: Especially if you are considering or have decided on an MA major or minor, please come to this event!

And we have pie! We will have many different flavors, some made by the mathematics faculty.

Religious studies   Fri., March 23 2:30–3:30 p.m.
 Religious studies lounge (Ladd Hall, second floor)
What can you do with a major in religion? A lot more than you may think! Religion is a great major in its own right, and a wonderful choice for a double major. Come and learn about the possibilities—what our current majors are planning, what our recent alumni are up to—in informal conversation with religion faculty and majors. Of course there will be yummy refreshments on hand: food for the body as well for as the mind and soul.
Chinese  Fri., March 23 3–4 p.m.
PMH 401

Please stop in to meet the faculty and current minors to learn the requirements for the Chinese and the Japanese minors. Chinese and Japanese appetizers will be served.

Japanese  Fri., March 23 3–4 p.m.
PMH 401

Please stop in to meet the faculty and current minors to learn the requirements for the Chinese and the Japanese minors. Chinese and Japanese appetizers will be served.

 CDC Exploremore  Fri., March 23 3–4 p.m.
 BO 102

Help! My friends all know their major, but I have no clue! (How to make any major into your dream career)

First-year students and sophomores: Do you feel like you are the only person that doesn’t know what they want to major in? Or do you have a major, but fear you won’t be able to leverage it into a career? Come for a conversation with Megan Jackson, associate director for early career engagement and a major-selection enthusiast. During her undergraduate career, Megan declared nine different majors (ranging from music to education, political science to sociology) before finally realizing the skills she was gaining through the liberal arts and used it to build her dream path. Learn about what employers seek in any applicant and how you can gain those skills through the majors at Skidmore, cocurricular activities, and other experiences.

Cookie dough and toppings will be available.



Program Date Time Location
 Geosciences   Mon., March 26  Noon–1 p.m.
Dana Atrium

Interested in geosciences? Join the faculty and current majors for our annual spring equinox barbecue. Come learn more about the major including upcoming courses, student research, and study abroad opportunities. Welcome spring with some delicious food and good company!

History   Mon., March 26 1:25–2:20 p.m.
TLC 308
Want to explore more about the History Department? Come talk to faculty and current majors about what it means to major/minor in history and all the opportunities the History Department has to offer.
Physics  Mon., March 26 4–5 p.m.
Dana 277
Interested in physics? Faculty and students will discuss opportunities in the department and after graduation.
Computer Science  Mon., March 26 5–6 p.m.
Harder 209
Interested in finding out about computer science at Skidmore? Meet the faculty and current majors to learn about CS course offerings, the CS major and minor, and other CS-related opportunities.
Music   Mon., March 26  5–6 p.m.
Zankel Lobby

Join faculty and current students for live music, conversation, and tasty food from Chipotle! Learn about the newly revised music major, begin to plan your own musical studies, and explore the many varied careers that music majors have pursued. 

Health professions (HPAC) Mon., March 26  5–6 p.m. TLC 100

Interested in the health professions (medical doctor, dentist, vet, nurse, PA, OT/PT, etc.)? Come meet representatives from Skidmore’s Health Professions Advisory Committee (HPAC) so that you can learn more about how we can support and advise you. We will talk about how you can get a health-professions advisor (if you don’t already have one), and we will review important coursework, discuss relevant on-campus and off-campus experiences, and outline some processes involved in applying to health-professions programs for your graduate study.     

Arts administration  Mon., March 26 4–5 p.m.
Filene 115

Arts administration combines a passion for the visual and performing arts with business acumen. Hear firsthand from students about how a minor in arts administration can complement other Skidmore programs of study and provide you with the knowledge and skills to engage in the arts beyond the stage or studio. Join us for a lively and entertaining discussion … and refreshments, of course! 

Sociology Mon., March 26 6–7 p.m.
TLC 108

Sociology: the ultimate hammer! You can study anything with sociology—there's sociology of media, sociology of religion, sociology of gender, sociology of  knowledge, sociology of race, environmental sociology, political sociology, and much more.  With sociology as your hammer, you can crack open everything from Skidmore student worlds to gender in global society to race and mass incarceration in the U.S. Our courses cover what divides us and what brings us together, theories that explore why and how we behave as we do, and methods that help you gather and analyze qualitative and quantitative data. Pizza will be provided and sociology majors, as well as department faculty, will be on hand to answer your questions.   

Management and Business   Tues., March 27 5–6 p.m.
PMH 202
Interested in management and business? Join the associate chair and other representatives from the Management and Business Department, who will discuss opportunities in the major.   
Psychology  Tues., March 27 5–6 p.m.
Emerson Auditorium (PMH)

Thinking about majoring in psychology? Come hear about the curriculum, requirements for the major, and exciting opportunities available to students. This is essential information for students considering majoring in psychology.    

Political science Tues., March 27 5:30–6:30 p.m.

An open house and pizza party for students interested in the political science major. Political science faculty will talk about the work of the department, the curriculum, and the value of the degree in political science. Each will introduce himself/herself and briefly mention their research interests and discuss the courses they are offering in the fall semester. Current majors will speak about their experiences in the department then the floor will be open to questions from students, especially sophomores thinking about majoring in political science.    

Gender studies  Tues., March 27 6:30–7:30 p.m.
Ladd 106

Please join the Gender Studies Program faculty and current gender studies majors and minors to enjoy dessert and learn about the major and the fabulous things that majors do: study abroad, independent studies, senior theses, cocurricular activities, and more.

Neuroscience Wed., March 28 4–5 p.m.
TLC 100
Come learn about the major, including course requirements and how to seek research opportunities.
Anthropology Wed., March 28 5–6 p.m.
BO 282
Interested in anthropology? Faculty and current students will discuss opportunities in the major.    
Self-determined major   Wed., March 28  5:30–6:30 p.m.
TLC 203
Are you a first-year student interested in a self-determined major? Come enjoy some pizza while learning more about the process for proposing a self-determined major from faculty on the advisory board as well as students currently completing self-determined majors. The Self-Determined Major Program is for highly motivated students who are able to design a clearly developed and coherent interdisciplinary course of study that is not available through the existing majors and minors at Skidmore. Students who successfully design an SDM need to plan early and carefully. This session is designed to provide information for first-year students interested in pursuing an SDM and to answer questions about the program requirements. 
Dance  Wed., March 28 5:45–6:45pm  Dance Theater conference room
Interested in dance?  Faculty and current students will discuss opportunities in the major.  
Health and human physiological sciences  Wed., March 28   6–7 p.m.
Murray-Aikins Dining Hall atrium 
Did you know that 75% of health and human physiological sciences majors go on to a variety of health professions? Join faculty and students from the Department of Health and Human Physiological Sciences for an informational meeting about how we study human health from the cellular level to the public-health level. You will also have the opportunity to have your body composition assessed and blood pressure measured, as well as get a chance to build your own ice cream sundae.
National merit scholarships and fellowships Thurs., March 29 5:15–6 p.m.
PMH 301
Have you ever wondered what is involved in applying for a Fulbright? Wondered who wins prestigious scholarships like the Rhodes? Join us to learn about national merit scholarships and fellowships that are available to students after Skidmore.    
Philosophy  Thurs., March 29 6–7 p.m. Ladd 207

What should I do with my life? How can I have meaningful conversations with people whose ideas are very different from my own? If you have ever grappled with these questions, you have already begun to philosophize. Philosophy classes will provide you with tools to think more deeply about issues you care about. You will develop the habits of mind that make it possible to engage our changing world in a perceptive, intelligent, sensitive, and creative manner.


 For a list of events by department, program, or office, please click here.