University Seminar 2001, Sophomore Seminar: Planning for Success is a 1-credit
academic course that provides sophomores opportunities to work on
professional planning and development. Topics will include individual
strengths exploration, academic majors, potential career paths,
internship preparation, research opportunities, campus involvement,
graduate school preparation, and career transition preparation.
This is a one-credit elective course.
- Provides sophomore students with an opportunity to work on professional planning and development.
- Topics will include exploring individual strengths, academic majors, potential career paths, how to get an internship, research opportunities, getting involved on campus, graduate school preparation, and preparing for the transition to a career (e.g., resumes, cover letters, and interview techniques).
In this course, students will learn
- About desired majors and/or career paths.
- To identify interests, skills, values and personal characteristics.
- To develop a plan, based on your career aspirations, for the remainder of your college career (e.g., internships, study abroad, student organizations, community service, research opportunities,) etc.
- To construct a resume and cover letter.
- To identify and learn how to appropriately navigate the process(es) for a job search (e.g., networking, informational interviewing, on-line searches).
- To establish and enhance interviewing skills.
Assignments include, but are not limited to:
- Formulating an Action Plan: This plan will include goals and objectives related to your career choice and will help you map out how you will use the remaining 2-3 years at the university to reach your goals and build your resume.
- Creating a Resume/Cover Letter: Learn how to tailor your resume and cover letter to specific job postings.
- Participating in Mock Interviews: Dress for success and interview with a professional.
"I have taken away two important things after taking this class. The first is that I need to be open minded with what I want to do and not feel trapped with any single career path. I have learned that there might be something that fits my personality and skills perfectly but I have not found it yet and I need to keep my eyes open. The second is that I need to get involved with everything. I need to network as much as possible through joining clubs and attending meetings. I will try much harder to jump on any opportunity I am presented with, whether it be related to my major or not. Overall, Sophomore Experience was a great class for me because it was exactly what I needed."
—Alexander (Class of 2013) is entering his junior year as a Film & Media Arts major.
"I have learned and grown so much throughout this semester. This course gave me a chance to experience so many things for the first time in my life. For the first time, I actually bought professional clothes (suits, dress shirt, dress). I also got the chance to interview a teacher, learn about my summer job and be interviewed by others. This course gave me so many motivations to do to an internship and get involved in programs that can benefit me in the future. Not only that, this course helped me boost my confidence. I feel prepared for any kind of job interview that I will have later in life."
– Ly (Class of 2013) is entering her junior year and will be a peer instructor for a first year seminar course in the fall of 2011.
"[For my networking assignment,] I had the opportunity to go to an information session presented by Ogilvy and Mathers advertising firm, which was an enlightening experience. The information session was an opportunity to hear perspectives of the employees themselves about working at Ogilvy. As this year ends, I am beginning to finalize the rest of my curriculum and concentrate on a career path. The advice and opportunities have only been a help and an advantage for me."
– Alex (Class of 2012) is in the process of completing a competitive internship in the New York office of Ogilvy and Mathers. Her experience in the Sophomore Experience course has certainly come full circle.
University Seminar 2003, Global Citizenship: is a 1-credit academic course that assists students in their
development of global perspectives and competencies that are important
for successful navigation of the world. This course explores topics and
themes related to helping students prepare to move forward as global
Click here for a sample syllabi: UNVS 2001 || UNVS 2003
For more information contact:
Michele L. O'Connor
Associate Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies