Degree List Page

Degree List Page

This section contains only one field: Short Summary for Degree List Page.

This mysteriously named field holds the short summary that appears on degree list pages. The short summary should be quite short, a sentence or two. It should also be promotional, encouraging the viewer to seek more information about the program. There is a link from the Degree List page to the program overview page. Make sure that the text on the Degree List Page works well with the Program Overview text.

How Are Degree List Pages Used?

Department and program websites have a webpage that lists all the academic programs offered by that unit. We call this a "Degree List Page." Some units have two Degree List Pages, one for graduate programs and a second for undergraduate programs. The link to Degree List Pages is in the main navigation for most sites.

Some websites list their degrees by manually entering information into a standard page. These pages can be customized as necessary, but have no connection to the Programs application. The information on these pages is not automatically updated. Site editors will need to ensure they pages are maintained with the correct listing of programs.

Websites for units that offer a single academic program do not have a Degree List page. The link in their lefthand navigation goes directly to the academic program page. African and African American Studies, for instance, offers a minor. On the website, there a link "Minor" that goes directly to the program page for the minor.

On most websites, the Degree List Pages are generated automatically from the Programs application. This means that all of the degree names and descriptions are pulled directly from the Program application. This information is updated automatically as new degrees are added or degree names are changed.

Though the degree list is generated automatically, editors can add additional information to the page.

  • a top text area above the list of degrees
  • an additional text area in the right sidebar
  • a resource group at the end of the list of degrees
  • events
  • brief promotional text to accompany each degree

The sections below explain how to edit the automatically generated Degrees List Pages. This page (or pages) has different names on different sites, so you'll have to know the name of your Degrees List Page(s). Frequently used names:  Degrees, Degrees and Certificates, Graduate Programs (or Degrees), Undergraduate Programs (or Degrees). These pages are generally near the top of the list of pages and sections.

Adding or Changing the Top Text Area

Follow these steps to add or change short introductory text to the top of the Degrees List Page.

From the Pages View

  1. Click on the Edit button of the Degree List Page you want to edit.
  2. In the Edit Page Information Box, add or edit the text in the Main Content window. Be sure to use "Paste from Text" if you are cutting and pasting a text from Word.
  3. Save and review on the public-facing site.

Adding information to the Right Sidebar

You can add additional information to the right sidebar of the Degrees List Page. 

From the Pages View

  1. Click on the Edit button of the Degree List Page you want to edit.
  2. In the Edit Page Information Box, add or edit the text in the Additional Text window. Be sure to use "Paste from Text" if you are cutting and pasting a text from Word.
  3. Save and review on the public-facing site.

This information appears in the right side bar. There is no automatic heading for the sidebar on this page.

Keep in Mind

  • If you want to create a heading, use H2 from the formating drop down menu.
  • Use Paragraph from the formating drop down menu for regular text.
  • Keep information very brief as it will appear in a narrow sidebar.
  • Check your work to see how it looks and reads.

Adding a Resource Group with Additional Information

If there is additional information you want to add to the Degrees List Page, you can do that by creating a resource group and adding it to the page. Remember first you need to create the resource group using the link on the left of the editing window. Then you need to add that group to the page. From the Edit Page window, scroll down to the Associated Research Groups on the bottom right and click on "Show Groups". 

Some ways we have used a resource group on the Degrees page:

  • to list (and link to) the interdisciplinary minors that the department is affiliated with
  • to list (and link to) concentrations, which are currently not automatically added to the Degrees page
  • to describe honors in the major, which is currently not automatically added to the Degrees page

Please contact us with help in creating a resource group if this is new to you.

Adding Events to the Right Sidebar

From the Pages View

  1. Click on the Edit button of the Degree List Page you want to edit.
  2. In the Template Settings box on the right, check the "Display events" box.
  3. Save and check on public-facing website.