UNIV 006 A-Z - Special Topics: Careers and the Liberal Arts
Semester Hours: 1
In this course students will explore and articulate their own professional interests, identify learning experiences that will help them achieve their long-term professional goals and plan to engage in those experiences, and practice writing materials they can use for applications and participating in interviews for internships, jobs, and admissions to graduate and professional schools. Students will gain a deeper understanding of the learning outcomes of a liberal arts education and practice describing, in both speech and writing, the transferable skills they will have acquired in their liberal arts majors. Course activities will include panel discussions with Hofstra alumni who are liberal arts graduates now working in the private, public, and non-profit sectors.
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UNIV 006A: Careers in the Liberal Arts
This course, co-taught by Dr. Rosanna Perotti (Political Science) and Ms. Sabeen Sheikh (Career Center), is designed to help HCLAS students discover their career interests (first few weeks) and explore options and opportunities at Hofstra that they can take advantage of to prepare for the best possible “launch” to those career trajectories after graduation.
Highlights of the course include three alumni speaker panels, scattered throughout the semester, featuring Hofstra alumni who majored in the liberal arts and then went on to careers in the private sector (businesses large and small), the public sector (government agencies on the local, regional, state, and national level), and the non-profit sector (including social service agencies and political lobbying organizations).
The faculty teaching the course try to recruit alumni whose majors at Hofstra reflect the majors of students in the given semester. The curriculum also features a presentation on how to prepare to apply for graduate or professional school.
If you’re sure you know what you want to do after you graduate, this course could help you make your best choices to achieve that very goal. If you’re unsure as to what you want to do after you graduate, this course will help you figure that out.
Sophomore standing. Grading is Pass/Fail. No liberal arts credit.
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