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Lynnea L. Erickson
GEN ST 350
Seattle Campus

Independent Fieldwork

Independent fieldwork in community agencies, apprenticeships, internships, as approved for College of Arts and Sciences credit. Faculty sponsor and internship supervisor are required. Credit/no-credit only. Offered: AWSpS.

Class description

Curious how to link college to careers? Do you need to choose a major? Not sure what academic and career options are out there? About to graduate but not sure what to do next? Interested in finding ‘what is right for you’? Wondering what you can do and how to think in a challenging economy? Looking for support in figuring things out? Look no further. Course Topics: * Career Options; Job Market * Academic Options & Choosing Majors; Making the Most of your Undergraduate Experience * Experiential Learning; Internships * Job and Internship Searching; Social Media & Professional Networking * Resumes, Cover Letters & Interviewing * Values & Finding Passion * Strengths Also, the above statement under INDEPENDENT FIELDWORK and listed in quotes below, is NOT CORRECT in describing this course. "Independent fieldwork in community agencies, apprenticeships, internships, as approved for College of Arts and Sciences credit. Faculty sponsor and internship supervisor are required." This statement is not correct and does not describe this course.

Student learning goals

Gain deeper understanding and appreciation of ‘self’ - the ingredients [strengths, interests, values, passion] that make them unique individuals

Learn how to use knowledge of ‘self’ to make informed decisions when exploring and pursuing academic and/or career options

Build skills to effectively research the vast working world and learn how to be successful in today’s job market

Expand knowledge and skills with social media, online professional networking and traditional networking

Learn how to develop effective resumes, cover letters and build interview skills

General method of instruction

General Studies 350D, Navigating Career Options, is a 3 credit course and includes a lecture [max 60 students] and 3 sections [max 20 students per section]. Students register for the lecture and one quiz section. We are team-teaching this class. Guest speakers from throughout our campus and city will interact with students in both the lecture and sections. We will incorporate a variety of events and career programming into this course – a sneak peak is available via the Career Center online calendar: http://careers.washington.edu/Calendar. Students will participate in activities throughout the course that addresses different learning styles. There is no text book for this course. Course materials will be provided.

Recommended preparation

No pre-requisites needed for this course. This course is open to all undergraduate UW students. Questions about this course – please contact Tim McCoy [Undergraduate Academic Affairs Advising]: 206.543.1631; mccoytj@uw.edu

Class assignments and grading

Assignments for this course involve written reflection pieces, informational interview write up, career and academic research assignments, career / academic event review write-ups, movie review write-up, resume and cover letter development and a final project. General Studies 350D, Navigating Career Options, is a 3 credit course, graded CR/NC. Credit will be awarded based on class attendance, participation, completion of assignments and the final project.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Timothy J Mccoy
Date: 11/22/2011