Career and Personal Development
CLD 1100 (2 crs) – Exploring Career and Life Directions
Prerequisite: freshmen and sophomore standing or permission of instructor.
This course is for students who are either a) uncertain about their academic and career direction, or b) ready to take the first steps in engaging a particular career interest. This course will encourage students to start thinking beyond college by exploring their interests, skills, and values using career assessments; researching careers and occupations of potential interest; and learning about basic budgeting. Reflection and discussion are integral components. An improved sense of academic/career direction leading to enhanced academic/career motivation is a primary outcome of this course. Students may take both CLD 1100 and CLD 3100 for credit.
CLD 3100 (2 crs) – Experiencing Career and Life Directions
Prerequisite: junior and senior standing or permission of instructor.
This course will help students to identify satisfying career options, meet individuals in careers they are interested in, and learn about those careers through informational interviews, site visits and shadowing experiences. The emphasis will be on “hands-on” learning and will include the use of outside speakers and guests. This course will also require the development of a resume and cover letter and participating in a mock interview. Important outcomes of the course are: 1) improved sense of academic/career direction leading to enhanced academic/career motivation; 2) hands-on exposure to/experience with career fields of interest; 3) developing skills required to successfully apply for internships and employment. Students may take both CLD 1100 and CLD 3100 for credit. Required course for Liberal Studies majors.
English, Communication and Media Studies
ECM 2440 (4 crs) – Successful Communication at Work
Prerequisite: ECM 1120 or equivalent
This workshop introduces students to the conventions and protocols of business and administrative communication, including standard English usage. Using computer technology students will produce different types of correspondence, formal written reports, oral presentations, and effective résumés and job application letters.
THEA 2010 (4 crs) – Public Speaking
This course involves the theory and practice of public speaking including the study of the preparation and presentation of speeches for all occasions.
BUS 2401 (2 crs) – Advancing with Excel
This course is an in-depth study of the use of Microsoft Excel for business-related purposes. It provides students the opportunity to learn this industry standard program by applying real-world data management skills and data analysis techniques. This course offers extensive hands-on training on the introductory, intermediate, and beginning advanced levels. General topics included are managing and organizing data using tables, calculating data with formulas and functions, analyzing data using charts and conditional formatting, summarizing data with outlining and pivot tables, validating data and trouble-shooting errors, and automating procedures with macros. This course should accommodate the needs of those desiring to obtain comprehensive knowledge and application of using spreadsheets in any career field.
BUS 2402 (2 crs) – Assessing and Accessing Data
This course is an in-depth study of the use of Microsoft Access for business-related purposes. It provides students the opportunity to learn this industry standard program by applying real-world relational database management skills and database design techniques. This course offers extensive hands-on training on the introductory, intermediate, and advanced levels. General topics included are understanding the nature and business use of relational databases, effectively planning and designing a database, normalizing data, understanding data types, developing effective entity relationship models and diagrams, understanding the role of primary and foreign keys, creating tables, modifying field properties, enforcing referential integrity, developing sub-datasheets, developing queries, understanding SQL coding and types of joins, and designing basic forms to enter and modify data, and designing basic reports. This course should accommodate the needs of those desiring to obtain comprehensive knowledge and application of using a relational database in any career field.
BUS 3420 (2crs) – Developing and Delivering Advanced Multimedia Presentations
This course will enable students to gain confidence in developing and delivering a business presentation using an industry-standard visual aid. Students will learn multimedia presentations that are being used throughout the Internet that are specifically geared to run on devices such as tablets, phablets, and mobile phones. Learn to leverage the multimedia capabilities (video, graphics, pictures, clipart, smart art, etc.) in PowerPoint and other presentation programs such as Prezi, to create stunning presentations that will run well on those devices. A presentation might also need to be used as a visual aid to support a topic being presented to a group. Learn to deliver the presentation with professionalism and personality. This course is project-based and includes a self-assessment, along with instructor and peer feedback. Students will create and deliver 3 major presentations over the course of the semester.
Declared Business Students Only
BUS 3910 – Careers in Business I
1-credit hybrid course offered every fall for junior School of Business students. Junior standing required. No prerequisites. This course develops student resumes and introduces students to online portfolios. Students will be shown resume styles and create their own. Students will learn about career opportunities and select career options that suit their interests and academic experience. Students will begin create their own online portfolios which will demonstrate their capabilities and interests in academic courses completed to date.
BUS 3920 – Careers in Business II
1-credit hybrid course offered every spring for junior School of Business students. Junior standing is required. BUS 3910 is a prerequisite. Students will add to their portfolios developed in BUS 3910 and refine their resumes. Students will visit or hear from businesses to help them assess their career opportunities and interests. A mentorship program will be introduced and students will work through a process to find mentor matches. Students will participate in mock job interviews. Students will do information interviews.
BUS 4910 – Careers in Business III
1-credit hybrid course offered every fall for senior School of Business students. Senior standing is required. BUS 3910 and BUS 3920 are prerequisites. Students will add to their portfolios developed in BUS 3910 and BUS 3920 and refine their resumes. Students will visit or hear from businesses to ad d to their perspective of career opportunities and interests. Students will participate in the mentorship program and evaluate their mentorship experience. Students will participate in mock job interviews, information interviews and set up appointments for actual job interviews.
BUS 4920 – Careers in Business IV
1-credit hybrid course offered every spring for senior School of Business students. Senior standing is required. BUS 3910, BUS 3920 and BUS 4910 are prerequisites. Students will complete their portfolios and make them public online. Students will do actual job interviews and evaluate their performance using standard interview evaluation methods. Students will learn how to evaluate job offers and to negotiate the job offer.