As Dean of Mount Ida College’s School of Social Sciences and Humanities, Dr. Brad Hastings has launched a number of exciting, new initiatives. We sat down with him as he prepared to introduce two new career-relevant majors, Geography & Regional Planning and Professional Writing, for fall 2015.  


Q: Dean Hastings, please provide a brief overview of the two new majors enrolling for fall 2015.

The Geography & Regional Planning program will prepare students to become architects of society,  studying the dynamic interplay of physical landscape, social, economic, cultural and political forces as they mold the societies in which we live. From using Geographical Information Systems (GIS) to mapping the carbon footprint of a rural community, students will learn how to harness technology to make better business and planning decisions. Students will also learn how to inform developers and policymakers of sustainable business practices and to provide expertise on the adherence to increased regulations.

Our Professional Writing program will train students to write in a way that is not only accurate, but captivating. Students will work closely with faculty who are experienced writing professionals and prepare for careers in such fields as publishing, business, science, government, journalism, fashion merchandizing and law.


Q: The Geography & Regional Planning degree sounds like a cutting edge program on the forefront of an expanding field. What do you see as the key strengths of this program?

One of the greatest strengths of the program is that students will be able to train with advanced technology under the supervision of industry experts. Students will learn to create maps, use GIS systems, learn to read, analyze and evaluate planning documents and develop, write and present a regional planning research project.


Q: Our Professional Writing Degree offers students a valuable skill set. Tell us about the kinds of careers graduates can expect to find.

Professional writers can be found working in wide-ranging fields including publishing, business, science, government, journalism, law, and within non-profit organizations.

Strong professional writing skills can be utilized and are in demand in advertising agencies, media outlets, publishing houses, corporate communication offices, non-profit organizations, within such specialized industries as fashion merchandising, healthcare and technical fields; anywhere that the power of words is needed for success.

To learn more about the School of Social Sciences and Humanities, please visit the School of Social Sciences and Humanities page.

-April 2015

After a long, harsh winter in New England, the summer is almost here. Before you start making plans just yet, you may want to consider taking a class or two this summer at Mount Ida College. Our Office of Continuing Education is offering a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate courses. Check them out and see if one is right for you. With our convenient campus location and online course offerings, you can count on a summer class experience that meets your needs.

There are so many other benefits to taking summer classes at Mount Ida. If you are a student who wants to accelerate in your coursework and graduate sooner, summer courses are a way to do that. Need to catch up or get back on track? Summer classes are a great way to fulfill course requirements quickly and efficiently. Also, summer classes at Mount Ida College are a great value at just $450 per credit—that’s a substantial savings compared to fall and spring course offerings.


To learn more about our course offerings and how to register, visit For further information, please contact our Director of Continuing Education Robin Melavalin at (617) 928- 4624 or at Summer Session I begins Wednesday, May 13 and Summer Session II begins Wednesday, June 24 so be sure to register soon!

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