Whether you're exploring your interests, starting your job search, or working as an intern, the Office of Academic Programs & Experiential Learning has several in-person and online classes to help support your development while earning course credit.
UNIV 101: Orientation Seminar
University 101 is KU’ orientation seminar. In this class, you'll complete activities that extend beyond the classroom, such as touring iconic campus locations, investigating options getting involved, learning study and time management skills, and exploring all the resources available to you. In the course, you will: learn to navigate KU, find your people, and investigate all of the opportunities KU has to offer (e.g. research, service learning, internships, etc).
Semesters taught: fall -- Lawrence Campus (2 credits)
UNIV 120: Introduction to Engaged Learning
Explore your interests in several engaged learning opportunities offered on KU’s campus, including service learning, research, global opportunities, and internships, through self-exploration and hands-on activities related to each experience. You will be able to identify the opportunity/opportunities in which you are most interested and create the materials needed to pursue that experience with the support of your instructor. By the end of the course, you will have a plan outlined to pursue the engaged learning opportunity/opportunities of your choice. You will also have completed at least one requirement related to fulfilling an experiential learning certificate.
Semesters taught: spring -- Lawrence Campus --- (2 credits)
LA&S 172: Exploring Health Professions
Students will have the opportunity to explore health care career pathways broadly and will look more thoroughly at specific pathways of interest through experiential learning activities. Class-time will include discovering the knowledge, skills, and attributes typically seen in health care professionals and the requirements for gaining admission to the various professional degree programs. The course will also discuss important ethical issues in health care and the future direction of the field. This course is designed for KU students who are interested in pursuing a health care career. This includes but is not limited to: medicine, pharmacy, nursing, physician assistant, physical therapy, and occupational therapy. Approved course for BGS Career Course requirement.
Semesters taught: Fall & Spring --- Lawrence Campus (3 credits)
EPSY 310: Career & Life Planning
This hands-on class will help you navigate your unique academic and career plans through readings, class discussions and assignments. You will leave with a personalized road map that will guide your career and academic decision making for the rest of your KU experience and beyond.
Semesters taught: fall and spring -- Lawrence Campus (3 credits)
LA&S 372: Preparing for Programs in the Health Professions
Students will participate in experiential learning activities to confirm their interest in the health care professions and prepare documents for their application. Class-time will include exploring crucial health care topics such as ethical standards, the future of medicine, and social determinants of health. Additionally, students will prepare application materials, research professional programs, create a personal statement, participate in mock interviews, and decide where to apply. This course is designed for KU students who are planning to apply in the current or subsequent academic year to a health professional program including (but not limited to) medicine, pharmacy, nursing, physician assistant, physical therapy, and occupational therapy. Approved course for BGS Career Course requirement.
Semesters taught: Fall & Spring --- Hybrid (3 credits)
LA&S 470: Job Search Skills for Liberal Arts & Science Students
This course emphasizes identification of individual goals, assessment of talents, exploration of career options, analysis of the job market, effective use of employment search tools (e.g., resumes, cover letters, interviewing, networking), and management of career pathways. You will learn the value of the arts and sciences degree in the labor market and develop job search skills that will be useful throughout life.
Semesters taught: fall, spring, and summer -- online (1 credit)
LA&S 475: Professional Career Management
This advanced career development course studies the theories of career development, organizational and industrial psychology, and human resources. You will learn theories from these areas and understand how to apply them to your own professional career, future career transitions, and lifelong career progression. Approved course for BGS Career Course requirement.
Semesters taught: fall, spring, and summer -- online (3 credits)
LA&S 480: Preparing for International Careers
This course, delivered through an 8-week seminar and week-long study abroad experience, teaches the fundamentals of executing an international job search. The course is open only to participants admitted to the Preparing for International Careers study abroad program. Students must complete a study abroad application and be approved before enrolling in the course. More information and an online application about the London program as well as the Germany program is available on the Study Abroad website.
Semester taught: spring and summer -- Lawrence Campus
LA&S 485: Global Career Management
This global career development course studies the theories of cross-cultural communication and analyzes the global economy to help students apply these concepts to their own lifelong career management. Approved course for BGS Career Course requirement.
Semesters taught: fall, spring, and summer -- online (3 credits)
LA&S 490/EPSY 575: Internship Exploration
Are you needing or wanting credit for an upcoming internship? If you want to complete an internship that is not related to your major, your department doesn't offer an internship course, you don't meet the requirements for your department's internship course, you are not accepted into a major yet, or you need to explore another option, you may want to consider EPSY 575/LA&S 490: Internship Exploration. This course requires permission from the instructor to enroll, additional coursework outside of the internship conducted via the Internet, working a minimum number of hours a week at the internship, and finding an internship via your own connections or the resources at the University Career Center. Approved course for Goal 6 (Innovation & Creativity) of the KU Core.
Semesters taught: fall, spring, and summer -- online (1-5 credits)
If you would like to enroll in this course, please complete the enrollment form.