Do you seek to rise as a leader? Are you ready to explore the history lessons of our past and apply them to our future? Here are the top five reasons you should consider majoring in Political Science and History at Mount Ida College:

1)      Become an engaged civic leader.  

The world is changing rapidly due to social issues, the economy, advancing technology and global politics. Today’s leaders require an expansive skill set anchored in public administration, law, business as well as a deep understanding of today’s social issues. At Mount Ida, you can choose your path to leadership and discover your future while studying the past. You will learn about the historical and political underpinnings of our country’s past and present, helping you make informed decisions in a position of leadership tomorrow.

2)      Graduates who make a difference.

Through an in-depth understanding of the human experience, you will leave Mount Ida prepared for a multitude of career fields. As a graduate of our Political Science and History program, you may go on to work in politics, attend law school or complete another advanced degree programs. You also may choose to become a teacher or work for your favorite cause or non-profit organization.

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3)      Experience a gateway major to a world of possibilities.

Political Science and History disciplines address the core of who we are as a society and our place in history, preparing you for service and leadership on both a local and global stage. By combining traditional academics, writing and critical thinking with hands-on training, you will build upon a strong academic base and may even decide to choose a concentration to further expand your career opportunities.

4)      Foster the skills that history teaches.

Designed to meet many challenges of 21st century politics and society, our program offers a mix of academic course work that will sharpen analytical and writing skills, coupled with internships and research experiences, allowing you to move confidentially as a leader into your professional life. Here, you will experience coursework in American Government, Constitutional law, social sciences and capstone research just to name a few.

5)      Discover your strengths in a small-college environment.

A private New England College, our students come from all walks of life with a variety of interests, points-of-view and passions. Like them, you will experience many different opportunities, be challenged and have your skills and abilities refined by our knowledge faculty. Here at Mount Ida, you will forge lasting friendships with your fellow students and have a little fun along the way.

Are you ready to put your imagination to work? Do you seek to develop the skills you need for a rewarding career in animation? Here are the top five reasons you should consider majoring in Animation at Mount Ida College:

1)      Change the world – one pixel at a time.

The world of animation is constantly evolving and animators must stay on the cutting edge to stay ahead of the curve. Our new Animation degree program will instruct you to think of animation in terms of performance – a vital component for career success in this growing industry. You will have the opportunity to develop storytelling and character design in addition to developing specialized skills in animation and motion graphics.

2)      Create career connections.

Internships are an important part of Mount Ida’s career-focused approach to teaching and learning, and the Boston-area is the perfect setting for connecting with these hands-on experiences. You will gain valuable professional experience through experiential learning opportunities, allowing you to work for a wide variety of clients. As a graduate, you may choose to work in any number of fields such as, feature animation, television cartoons, web development, multimedia design and motion graphics.

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3) Access to top-notch industry-tested design professors.   

You’ll be taught by leading industry professionals, using the same techniques and tools that you will eventually need in the workplace. Through small classes, a faculty comprised of passionate and dedicated storytellers and a collaborative learning environment, you will develop a unique voice, a strong visual style and the necessary experience to succeed in your animation career.

4) Experience cutting-edge curriculum.  

Here, you will learn both 3D and 2D animation techniques and principles. You’ll do cutting-edge 3D animation while learning and understanding 2D principles of movement, performance and expression. Our curriculum is grounded in art and movement fundamentals that underlie all animation.  Coursework will be focused on storyboarding, technical art, animation principles, special effects and 3D modeling.

5) Push the envelope as a design innovator.  

While our Animation degree program emphasizes traditional animation techniques and storytelling, we also encourage experimentation in form, content and medium. To develop your animation skills, you will produce storyboards, develop concept art and design motion graphics. Our project-based degree will give you the opportunity to create a portfolio of work that showcases your abilities, an essential component for success in the professional animation industry.

Dean Hastings Introduces Two New Majors for the School of Social Sciences and Humanities 

Dr. Brad Hastings is the Dean of Mount Ida College’s School for Social Sciences and Humanities, joining the Mount Ida College community in the summer of 2013 from Mount Aloysius College in Pennsylvania where he served as Chair of the Social Science Department and Professor of Psychology. We had the opportunity to sit down with Dean Hastings and learn more about his perspective as he maps out the future for the School of Social Sciences and Humanities and introduces two, new exciting undergraduate degrees: Media Communication and Political Science and History. 

Q. Dean Hastings, you have been very busy since you came to Mount Ida in July of 2013. Fill us in on all of your new, exciting initiatives here at the college.

A: I am so excited to be able to introduce two, unique new majors. Our two new majors—Media Communication and Political Science and History— will prepare our students for positions that our marketplace is actively seeking.

These majors will give our students a first mover advantage into rapidly expanding and technological challenging markets. The first new major is a Bachelor’s of Art Degree in Media Communication. Our Media Communication program will fully prepare our students for thriving careers by providing them the complete range of skill sets and experiential learning opportunities needed to engage today’s digital communications marketplace. Our Media Communication Degree program will follow Mount Ida’s strong career-focused mission designed to provide the value that employers are demanding in today’s workplace. I am also very pleased to have initiated our new Political Science and History bachelor’s degree program.  The Political Science and History major builds upon our strong foundation in the arts, social sciences and humanities and combines traditional academic coursework and critical thinking with real-world experience.

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Q: The Media Communication degree program sounds like a state-of-art and in-demand major for today’s digital world. What do you see as the key strengths of this program?

A: Digital media platforms are emerging in virtually every industry. These digital media platforms require advance level abilities and skills to succeed.  Our new Media Communication program is a degree that is going to provide value in many different directions for our graduates because our skill based learning opportunities will allow them to work in almost any industry. Our Media Communication degree program utilizes an interdisciplinary approach, combining communication, digital design and business skills. We develop and reinforce many highly sought after workplace skills including writing, web design, public speaking and critical thinking, which allow our graduates tremendous flexibility in their career paths. I foresee our graduates rapidly progressing in their careers in a variety of creative industries including broadcasting, video production and editing, advertising, web design, and public relations.

Q: Our Political Science and History degree program is a unique combination. Tell me about it.

A: You are absolutely right. Political science and history is a dynamic combination and we are proud and excited to be offering this program at Mount Ida. Our political leaders today are challenged like never before. Today’s leaders need to possess expansive skill sets anchored in public administration, law, business as well as the social sciences. Our leaders further need to be well-versed in the lessons of history. By combining traditional academics and critical thinking with hands-on training, our political science and history major will build upon a strong academic base to explore career-focused concentrations in public administration, pre-law, or a customized program design tailored to fit our student’s specific career goals in political science or history. Our Political Science and History degree program is experiential learning based, such that when our students earn their degree, they are well-versed  in all aspects of their careers.

Q: Students and employers alike demand value in program offerings today. What career paths do you see our graduates pursing and why should employers be excited about Mount Ida’s new degree offerings in Media Communication and Political Science and History?

A: Let me first speak to our media communication degree program. Our media communication program is interdisciplinary. We have structured this program to provide students with broad based skill sets that will allow them to seamlessly integrate into today’s digital marketplace. Our students will be able to immediately provide value to their employers by applying their knowledge and internship experiences to business issues in the real-world.  There are so many possible careers paths that flow from our media communication program including careers in web design, mass media, social media, advertising, public relations, and video production design just to name a few. With the rapid waves of information and new entrepreneurial opportunities in the marketplace crashing into the digital communications space, these are careers that will be in high demand well into the future.

Our Political Science and History Bachelor’s degree program is a tremendous value proposition for employers in the public and private marketplaces. Our degree program is specifically designed to meet many challenges of 21st century politics and society. Our program offers a mix of academic course work that will sharpen analytical and writing skills, coupled with internships and research experiences, allowing our graduates to move confidentially as leaders into their professional life. Our students will be fully prepared for professional career growth through promoting their understanding of the diversity of the human experience in its historical and global contexts. The Political Science and History degree program will give our graduates opportunities for many different career paths in both the public and private sectors including government, politics, public administration, education and law.