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.

-June 2015

Summer is here! 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!

Nina Morrison, adjunct faculty of Humanities and English as well as advisor and director for the Mount Ida Drama Organization shares some wonderful drama of her own.  She was named as a Huntington Playwriting Fellow at the Huntington Theatre Company in Boston.

Fellows receive two-year residencies during which they are provided a modest honorarium from the theatre, participate in a bi-weekly writers’ collective, attend Huntington productions and events, and benefit from access to the Huntington’s artistic staff and resources. Nina is one of four 2014-2016 Fellows who were selected from more than 60 applicants.

“It’s amazing to be chosen as a Fellow.  The big audiences, big stages, to be able to put on work and develop as a writer and to have their expertise at my disposal is a fantastic opportunity.  It’s about being able to dream bigger and bolder.

Nina’s plays have been read and produced by the One-Minute Play Festival, Company One, Fresh Ink Theatre, Wax Wings Productions, Bostonia Bohemia, and Interim Writers. She is a member of Project:Project and Accomplice Writers. Before moving to Boston, Ms. Morrison was the senior program associate at the Philadelphia Theater Initiative. She studied acting at the National Theatre Institute at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center, New Actors Workshop, and Oberlin College. In addition to teaching at Mount Ida, she enlightens classes at the University of New Hampshire and GrubStreet.

In addition, Nina is preparing for the Mount Ida Spring show in April –  “Law & Order: Fairy Tale Unit”!  Nina says “I love working with the students at Mount Ida!”