Website Structure Guidelines

The following guidelines have been developed by the Web Services Group and the Dean of the College Office for academic department and program websites. Using a common structure and terminology makes it easier for both internal and external visitors to find information. Many items on this page are not required; you may decide which items make sense for your site. 

  • Bold items are required (where applicable)
  • Items with asterisks (*) are, in whole or part, automatically generated from the College's information systems
  • Plain items are optional, but if they exist, we recommend the terminology used here
  1. Home Page (includes location/contact information, site navigation, brief description of dept., latest news, upcoming events)
  2. Overview (perhaps taken from Publications/Admissions departmental descriptions)
    • Traditions
    • Why Study [name of subject]?
    • Photos (from departmental events)
    • Research Projects (recent projects by faculty & students)
  3. Faculty & Staff*
  4. Courses*
  5. The Major
    • Requirements*
    • Integrative Exercise/Comps
  6. The Minor*
  7. Resources
    • Facilities
    • Links
    • Library Resources
    • Student Departmental Advisors
  8. Information for First-Year Students
  9. Events
  10. News (blog or newsletter)
  11. Off Campus Study Programs
  12. Students (info about current students)
    • Student Organization(s)
    • Student Projects
    • Student Housing (such as language houses)
  13. Further Education & Opportunities
    • Summer Opportunities
    • Graduate Schools
    • Fellowships
    • Internships
    • Research
    • Jobs
  14. Alumni (info about former students)
    • Alumni Profiles*
    • Alumni Newsletter
  15. Other top level links for unique, significant programs within the department