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Timothy J Mccoy
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? Interested in finding ‘what is right for you’? Looking for support in figuring things out? Course Topics: * Strengths & Self Exploration * Career & Academic Options/Exploration * Experiential Learning; Internships * Job and Internship Searching * Social Media * Professional Networking * Resumes, Cover Letters & Interviewing * Career Fairs * Informational Interviewing. General Studies 350D, Navigating Career Options, is a 3 credit course (graded CR/NC) and includes a lecture and quiz sections. 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. There is no text book for this course. Course materials will be provided. For questions about this class, please email or call Patrick Chidsey (206.616.5803, chidsey@uw.edu). For students exceeding 105 credits, yet interested in career support and information, they are encouraged to access Career Center offerings, including our awesome Career Success Certificate program (which offers students a structured yet flexible plan for optimizing career and job-search success), in-house and online workshops, big, medium and small career and employer events, career counseling appointments and much more.

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 (graded CR/NC) and includes a lecture and quiz sections. 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. There is no text book for this course. Course materials will be provided. For questions about this class, please email or call Patrick Chidsey (206.616.5803, chidsey@uw.edu). For students exceeding 105 credits, yet interested in career support and information, they are encouraged to access Career Center offerings, including our awesome Career Success Certificate program (which offers students a structured yet flexible plan for optimizing career and job-search success), in-house and online workshops, big, medium and small career and employer events, career counseling appointments and much more.

Recommended preparation

No pre-requisites needed for this course. This career and academic exploration course is offered primarily for 1st and 2nd year students and/or for new transfer students. This class is targeted to students who have earned roughly 0-105 credits. Questions about this course – please contact Patrick Chidsey [UW Career Center]: 206-543-0535; chidsey@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: 11/18/2013