On Thursday, August 26, 2021, the College of Communication and the Arts hosted a virtual orientation session, welcoming new graduate students pursuing applications for the Museum’s Masters of Crafts and Masters of Communication programs at the College. The orientation, hosted by Microsoft Teams, began with presentations to faculty, a glimpse into community and campus life at Seton Hall. Founding Dean, Deirdre Yates, MFA, Assistant Dean, Ryan Hudes, Ph.D., CASE Director, Brittany Scoles, MA, Communications Program Director Renee Robinson, Ph.D., and Program Director Museum Professions Gregory Stevens, MAT were all in attendance to offer a warm welcome to new graduate students as they begin their new journey. The chat box was greeted with enthusiasm, and administrators and faculty reflected on their own time as graduate students, describing their studies as a time of intellectual complexity and discovery.
For most graduate students, the University is a new academic institution and to help better understand the many resources available to them, Dr. Ryan Hudes gave a presentation on policies and resources. The presentation described the University’s use of learning and technology platforms such as Blackboard, PirateNet and Compass, in addition to sharing many other resources that will help students during their time to pursue higher education. Students were also introduced to CAGSA, the Association of Graduate Students in Communication and the Arts, a student-run association organized to enhance the CommArts community, giving students the opportunity to navigate socializing, academics and networking. within their own cohort. Department Chair and Communications Program Director Renee Robinson, Ph.D. also made a presentation, emphasizing the importance of the agency during the graduate experience. Dr Robinson said that “exceptional communication skills are expected of all students. The ability to pursue research in an independent and refined manner is a key component of graduate study within each program ”.
At the end of the presentations, students were invited to join virtual meeting rooms with students and faculty in their individual program. In each chat room, students engaged with their professors, sharing information about themselves and what led them to pursue graduate studies at Seton Hall. Madeline Whitacre, a new student in the Masters of Museum Professions program, moved from New Mexico to New Jersey to attend Seton Hall. She said: “I became interested in the Museum Professions program because the faculty and classes seemed to be very much in touch with modern issues in museums. I was excited about the opportunity to spend a few years exploring the east coast. Seton Hall is in a great location for accessing the main museums. ”Faculty members supported their students and answered additional questions before the orientation was completed.
The College currently offers graduate programs in Museum Professions and Communication, including the opportunity to pursue a unique field of study, including options in Public Relations, Digital Communication / Communication Technologies, and Communication in Schools. organizations. In addition, four double degree options, including three accelerated Masters / BA programs and a double Masters with the School of Diplomacy and International Relations are offered. For more information on graduate studies within the College of Communications and the Arts, please contact Dr. Ryan Hudes.