Department/Program Website Structure Guidelines

What is this?

The Web Services Group and the Dean of the College Office have worked together to define guidelines for departmental and program sites, with the goal of achieving a common structure and terminology.

Please note that many items on this page are not required; you may use the key to judge which items make sense for your site.

If you have any questions, please contact Matt Ryan.


  • Bold items are strongly recommended
  • Plain items are optional, but if they exist, we recommend the terminology used here
  • Italic items are examples; these show how the structure can be extended for individual departments' needs
  • Items with asterisks (*) are, in whole or part, automatically generated from the College's information systems

Recommended Web Site Structure

  • Home Page (includes location/contact information, site navigation, brief description of dept., latest news, upcoming events)
    1. 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)
    2. Faculty & Staff* (names and contact information)
    3. Courses* (Listed by number & by term)
    4. The Major (or The Concentration; or both)
      • Major/Concentration Requirements* (may link to registrar's site)
      • Integrative Exercise/Comps
    5. Resources
      • Facilities
      • Links
      • Library resources
      • Student Departmental Advisors
      • Reading Groups
      • Environmental Advisory Committee
      • Certificate of Advanced Study
    6. First-Year Students’ Guide
    7. Events
    8. News (blog or newsletter)
    9. Off Campus Study Programs
    10. Students (info about current students)
      • Student Organization(s)
      • Student Projects
      • Student Housing (such as language houses)
    11. Further Education & Opportunities
      • Summer Opportunities
      • Graduate Schools
      • Fellowships
      • Internships
      • Research
      • Jobs
    12. Alumni (info about former students)
      • Alumni Newsletter
      • Listing of past majors
      • Percentage of alumni in various fields
    13. Other top level links for unique, significant programs within the department