Career Courses

Explore new worldsWhether you're exploring your interests, starting your job search, or working as an intern, the University Career Center has several in-person and online classes to help support your career development while earning course credit.

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. Sample syllabus (.pdf)

Semesters taught: spring -- Lawrence Campus (2 credits)


EPSY 210 (formerly PRE 210): Career & Life Planning

You will be introduced to career development in this hands-on class designed for first and second year students. Structured to help students analyze their unique academic and career situation through readings, class discussions and assignments, you will leave with an action plan that will guide your career and academic decision making for the duration of your KU experience: sample syllabus (.docx).

Semesters taught: fall and spring -- Lawrence Campus (3 credits)


LA&S 470 (formerly LA&S 492): 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: sample syllabus (.docx).

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: sample syllabus (.docx).

Semesters taught: fall, spring, and summer -- online (3 credits)


LA&S 480 (formerly LA&S 492): 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 Costa Rica program is available on the Study Abroad website: sample syllabus (.docx.).

Semester taught: spring -- Lawrence Campus (2 credits)


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: sample syllabus (.docx).

Semesters taught: fall, spring, and summer -- online (3 credits)


LA&S 490/EPSY 575 (formerly PRE 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: sample syllabus (.docx). 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.


University Career Center
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Winner of the 2013 Innovation Excellence Award in Research —National Association of Colleges and Employers
2009 National Chevron Award winner for excellence in career services —National Association of Colleges and Employers
2010 National Chevron Award finalist for excellence in career services —National Association of Colleges and Employers
Professional Clothing Closet won Service Program of the Year —2011-12 Jayhawk Choice Awards
More than 500 students enroll in career classes annually
Each year more than 7,500 jobs and 1,400 internships are posted in KU Career Connections
University Career Center hosts eight career fairs each year
More than 360 organizations attended University Career Center career fairs the past academic year
More than 10,000 students attended University Career Center workshops in 2012-13