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The Value of a Minor

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At Notre Dame, there are three curricular configurations: Majors which are comprised of eight to ten three-credit classes, supplementary majors which require twenty-four credits, and minors which require fifteen credits. What is the benefit of a minor?

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Meet The Major: Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies

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Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies professor Ghada Bualuan presents the Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies department at Notre Dame and its many opportunities for increased cultural proficiency, studying abroad, and more.

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Balancing Athletics and Academic Goals

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First-year fencers Christina Boitano and Julia Barry were asked about the hardest part of being a student athlete. Both replied, “Time management.” Time management can be difficult any first-year student, but even harder if you are an athlete.

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A Conversation With: Dan Graff, Higgins Labor Program

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We are a unit of the Center for Social Concerns  — we sponsor research, education, and dialogue on issues involving work, opportunity, and social justice. We hope to connect students to the Catholic Social Tradition’s commitment to workers and workers’ rights. We would like the Notre Dame community to get involved in labor issues locally, in South Bend, and beyond, both nationally and internationally. 

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Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education

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A critical information literacy is a fundamental requirement for doing academic research. The Association of College and Research Libraries has proposed a framework for developing a critical information literacy for students of higher education. 

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Meet The Major: Italian Studies

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Italian Studies professor Christian Moevs presents the acclaimed Italian Studies department at Notre Dame and its many opportunities for exploration, studying abroad, and more.

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First Year Files: What Do I Do With My Midterm Grades?

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If you are like me, you may not know your exact grades in many of your courses. Several of my professors do not update grades in Sakai, so I will not see some of my grades until midterm reports come out. Coming from school systems where students and parents can see updated grades at any moment online, this can be nerve-wracking to first-years, myself included.

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First Year Files: How Do I Fix an Exam Conflict?

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As soon as I had all of the syllabi from my classes, I wrote down important due dates and exam times in my planner. After looking at them all together, I figured out that I have three finals in one day. On December 14th, I am supposed to take my Spanish final exam at 8am, my Cosmology final at 10:30am, and my Microeconomics exam at 1:45pm.

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New Actuarial Science Minor

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Professor Jeffrey Zheng is on a mission as the director of the new actuarial science minor at the University of Notre Dame: he wants everybody to know what an actuary is. “An actuary is someone who deals with and quantifies uncertainty.”

An actuary uses both math and business skills to assess and manage risk in a wide variety of fields, from insurance and banking to energy and natural resources, transportation, and climate change.

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