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What Can I Do With This Major?

Tuesday, October 2nd / The Commons

Featured Majors / Commons Rooms: 318 / 328 / 329
Dental Hygienists and the Oral Health Crisis / DENT / Lisa Bress
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM / Commons Room 318

Registered Dental Hygienist, Lisa Bress, RDH, MS joins us from the University of Maryland School of Dentistry to describe what is going on with the national oral health crisis in the country, and how dental hygienists are a part of the healthcare team addressing this public health concern. The interconnection to other health fields will also be discussed. Learn how you can earn your degree at UMBC and gain admission into Maryland’s master’s programs!


Pursuing Inclusive Excellence: Careers in Education / EDUC / Joshua Michael
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM / Commons Room 328
Students at UMBC are known for their grit and commitment to issues that matter.  UMBC certificate and Masters programs help link your major with a career in education, focused in advancing equity for young people in our region.

Theatre: The Major and the Industry / THTR / Eric Abele
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM / Commons Room 329

Often Theatre is not considered a viable major because the image of the “starving artist” is pervasive in our society.  But at the same time, consider that Theatre has been a “dying” art form going on 2,000 years strong.  This session will offer perspectives on how theatre is a direct pipeline into employment of many varieties, both within and outside of the art form.  You will have a chance to see the work of some current Theatre majors and discover how an interdisciplinary major like Theatre is a great option for students of all backgrounds and interests.

Finding Your Place in the World and Getting from Here to There: The Technologies, Abilities, and Skills Associated with a Degree in Geography & Environmental Systems / GES / Joe School
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM / Commons Room 318

Every wonder why things are where they are?  Want to know more about technologies you use every day but don’t think about, and that let you understand the world in a more insightful way?  Are you interested in a degree which is at the intersection of social and environmental sciences that will give you the tools to help solve the world’s big problems?  Check out the talk about GES.


Design Your Own Major, Create Your Own Future / INDS / Steven McAlpine & Carrie Sauter
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM / Commons Room 328

Through a self-designed major in Individualized Study, you can start now to lay the framework for your post-undergraduate plans. Design something unique to stand out from others!


How Do I Talk With My Parents About My Desired Major? / ADVISING / Dr. Ken Baron
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM / Commons Room 329
Parents often worry about the “perceived” value of certain majors with respect to jobs and graduate schools.  Through the effective use of professional association projections, labor statistics, and graduate/professional school expectations – you can educate them (and yourself) on how majors are accounted for in the real world!  Take part in a collaborative discussion with Dr. Ken Baron regarding strategies to help parents understand your academic goals through more “informed dialog” strategies.
On the Path to Change the World of Aging / AGNG / Cierra O’Keefe
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM / Commons Room 318

Students will be provided with a challenge impacting the sectors of the business of aging (i.e. finance, entrepreneurship, policy, etc).  Utilizing coursework and topics covered in our major, they will then be able to navigate to and achieve a solution to their challenge.  At the end of their journey, they will have completed and pieced together an actual “roadmap” of courses that will assist them in understanding how our program impacts all sectors.


Bioinformatics 101 / BIOL / Dr. Maricel Kann
3:00 pm – 4:00 PM / Commons Room 328

What is Bioinformatics? Join us for an introduction to the field of Bioinformatics, hosted by Dr. Maricel Kann! Participants will learn about program requirements, wonderful study abroad and research opportunities, and why Bioinformatics is such a hot field! BINF is a complimentary minor to many UMBC students majoring in biological sciences and computer science – but the field expands across various fields.