Career Courses

The College of Arts and Sciences offers four specially designed courses to help you through every step of the career development process. Each course was designed to be taken throughout your academic career, and in conjunction with the work you do with the Walter Center for Career Achievement. Not sure that a class is right for you? Your career coach can help you make an informed decision.

ASCS-Q294: College to Career I: Explore Your Options
2 credits | 8 weeks | Open to all freshmen and sophomores
If you haven’t yet chosen a major or are at the very beginning stages of career exploration, this is the course for you. You will:

  • Take time to explore your interests, values, skills, and personality to see how they relate to different careers and occupational environments
  • Familiarize yourself with campus and community resources to find experiential learning opportunities
  • Learn structured decision-making skills to help you choose a potential major or career
  • Clearly understand how your academic choices relate to your career options

ASCS-Q296: College to Career II: Navigate Your Arts and Sciences Experience
2 credits | 16 weeks | Open to all sophomores and juniors

This class will allow you to explore the relationship between your chosen field of study and life after graduation. You will explore post-graduation opportunities through the lens of marketable skills. Under the guidance of career coaches and academic advisors, you will develop a portfolio that highlights skills gained through academic coursework and co-curricular experiences. By the end of the course, you will be more fully engaged in an ongoing process of academic and career planning for post-collegiate success. There are currently two sections of this course available:

  1. Global & International Studies (Designed for students in the School of Global & International Studies and language majors)
  2. Media (Designed for students in the Media School)

ASCS-Q299: College to Career III: Market Yourself for the Job and Internship Search
2 credits | 8 weeks | Open to all sophomores, juniors, and seniors
Whether you’re trying to secure an internship or your first full-time postgrad position, this class can help. You will learn how to:

  • Craft a targeted resume that will capture the attention of recruiters and employers
  • Use your cover letter as a tool that expands on your resume rather than summarizes it
  • Enter into interview situations with a firm understanding of what the employer is looking for
  • Effectively locate and build a professional network of individuals who will help you learn more about different occupations and job opportunities
  • Prepare for a smooth transition from college to postgraduate life

ASCS-Q275: Building Your Professional Portfolio
1 credit | 8 weeks | Open to all sophomores, juniors, and seniors
Think of your professional portfolio as a tangible record of your academic and extracurricular accomplishments. No two professional portfolios are ever the same. For instance, a journalist will have a very different type of portfolio than a marketer or a graphic designer. In this class, you will:

  • Create your own professional portfolio and learn how you can use it as a marketing tool for employers of various industries and graduate programs
  • Use the portfolio to reflect on what you’re doing well now, and what skills you’ll want to develop before you graduate
  • Use your portfolio as a tool to determine future course and career decisions
  • Give a final in-class presentation about your own work in a professional setting

ASCS-Q377: The Art of Meaningful Work
3 credits | 16 weeks | Open to juniors and seniors who have not taken ASCS-Q294
Each of us wants to serve the world in our own unique way. In this course we will examine the idea that each of us has a “calling” or unique gift to bring to the world. We will ask questions such as:

  • What kind of world do I want to live in?
  • What are the personal gifts that I can bring into my work, and to others?
  • What moves me to want to act?

Through experiential, individual, and group exercises, you will be challenged to subjectively explore personal issues of meaning and spirituality to discover your strengths, values, and passions. You’ll also explore topics such as the economic context of work, the environmental crisis and work, and the idea of “right livelihood.” The discussion component of this class will be emphasized, and you will be asked to dig deep to develop a unique philosophy of meaningful work, and to discover the calling to which you are led.