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Career Readiness Certificate

CLA Dean's Office
College of Liberal Arts
  • Program Type: Undergraduate credit certificate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2019
  • Required credits to graduate with this degree: 6 to 15
  • Degree: Career Readiness Certificate
The Career Readiness Certificate is earned by students who intentionally and intensively engage in the career development process during their undergraduate program. The certificate program challenges students to think about the totality of their liberal arts degree and the acquisition of the Core Career Competencies. The curriculum is designed to support students from the exploration stage of the career management process and prepares them to compete for significant experiences, and ultimately reinforces the necessary reflection required to articulate their proficiency in the Core Career Competencies. The certificate will signal to potential employers and graduate programs that students have demonstrated the ability to describe their unique academic path in the College of Liberal Arts, what they’ve learned in the process, and how that relates to their readiness. It encourages the integration of academics and co-curricular experiences through the common language of Core Career Competencies and connects the academic experience to their professional life. The certificate is open to all CLA undergraduate students.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Admission Requirements
For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.
General Requirements
All students in baccalaureate degree programs are required to complete general University and college requirements including writing and liberal education courses. For more information about University-wide requirements, see the liberal education requirements. Required courses for the major, minor or certificate in which a student receives a D grade (with or without plus or minus) do not count toward the major, minor or certificate (including transfer courses).
Program Requirements
Introductory Course(s)
Take 1 - 2 course(s) totaling 1 - 6 credit(s) from the following:
Options for First-Year Students
Note: CLA 1005 and CLA 2005 are only available to students in the President's Emerging Scholars Program.
CLA 1001 - CLA First-Year Experience I (1.0 cr)
or CLA 1005 - Introduction to Liberal Arts Learning (2.0 cr)
CLA 1002 - CLA First-Year Experience II (1.0 cr)
or CLA 2005 - Introduction to Liberal Education and Responsible Citizenship (2.0 cr)
· Options for Transfer Students
Note: ID 3101 also fulfills the Career Exploration and Readiness Course Requirement.
· CLA 3001 - CLA Transfer Semester Experience (1.0 cr)
or ID 3101 - Major and Career Exploration for Transfer Students (2.0 cr)
or OUE 2001 - Academic Planning and Exploration (1.0 cr)
Career Exploration and Readiness Course
Students who have taken ID 3101 to fulfill the Introductory Course(s) Requirement will have already fulfilled this requirement.
Take exactly 1 course(s) totaling 1 - 2 credit(s) from the following:
· ID 3101 - Major and Career Exploration for Transfer Students (2.0 cr)
or ID 2201 - Career Kickstarter: Building Career Experiences as a Second-Year Student (1.0 cr)
Career Planning Course
Take exactly 1 course(s) totaling exactly 2 credit(s) from the following:
· ID 3201 - Career Planning (2.0 cr)
Career Readiness Experiences for Credit
Take 2 or more course(s) from the following:
· ID 3896 - Internship Reflection: Making Meaning of Your Experience (1.0 cr)
· OLPD 3330 - Global Identity: Connecting Your International Experience to Your Future (1.0 cr)
· CLA 1052 - Dean's First-Year Research and Creative Scholars Program (2.0-3.0 cr)
or Research Practicum Course (3 cr.)
 
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CLA 1001 - CLA First-Year Experience I
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01966
Grading Basis: S-N only
Typically offered: Every Fall
In-class/out-of-class learning experiences/reflection. Charting educational path on basis of strengths, values, life goals. prereq: CLA
CLA 1005 - Introduction to Liberal Arts Learning
Credits: 2.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
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CLA 1002 - CLA First-Year Experience II
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01967
Grading Basis: S-N only
Typically offered: Every Spring
In-class/out-of-class learning experiences/reflection. Charting educational path on basis of strengths, values, life goals. prereq: CLA
CLA 2005 - Introduction to Liberal Education and Responsible Citizenship
Credits: 2.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
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CLA 3001 - CLA Transfer Semester Experience
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: S-N only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
This course will support first-semester College of Liberal Arts transfer students in making a smooth transition and connect them with campus resources. Although online, some in-person assignments are required (available at various times) to help students benefit from resources, meet people, and develop a sense of belonging on campus. Time will also be dedicated to major exploration and career/post-graduation planning, so that students are well-prepared to meet their individual goals. Some weekly lessons will carefully relate to CLA's Career Readiness themes, and involve taking a personal assessment and finalizing a new resume. Prereq: Must be a new CLA transfer student in their first semester on the UMTC campus.
ID 3101 - Major and Career Exploration for Transfer Students
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02523 - ID 2201/ID 3101
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Major and career planning for CLA transfer students, or students considering transferring to CLA. Learn about core career competencies, values, personality, and how CLA majors connect with careers. Emphasis on finding internships or experiences connected to career goals. Learn about resumes, interviewing, networking, and use of campus resources.
OUE 2001 - Academic Planning and Exploration
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Undecided and competitive-major students engage in academic and career decision-making process. Students develop an exploratory action plan to help them discover/declare a best-fit major matching their interests, values, and academic skills. Customized course assignments include self-assessment, reflective essays, and an action plan project.
ID 3101 - Major and Career Exploration for Transfer Students
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02523 - ID 2201/ID 3101
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Major and career planning for CLA transfer students, or students considering transferring to CLA. Learn about core career competencies, values, personality, and how CLA majors connect with careers. Emphasis on finding internships or experiences connected to career goals. Learn about resumes, interviewing, networking, and use of campus resources.
ID 2201 - Career Kickstarter: Building Career Experiences as a Second-Year Student
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02523 - ID 2201/ID 3101
Grading Basis: OPT No Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
As a second-year student in CLA, this course helps you become competitive for internships or other career-related opportunities as you explore connections between your academic interests and professional goals. You'll develop the skills to successfully apply for an internship or other career-related opportunity, explore possible careers, engage with employers in the class, and develop plans for building career readiness with your liberal arts degree. Throughout the semester, you'll learn about the Core Career Competencies that employers expect successful college graduates to have, and have opportunities to begin gaining experience through employer engagement within the class.
ID 3201 - Career Planning
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
For juniors and seniors. A practical introduction to integrating individual talents, values, interests, and experience with critical career search strategies. Emphasis on understanding the marketplace, internet research, strategic resume writing, networking, and interviewing.
ID 3896 - Internship Reflection: Making Meaning of Your Experience
Credits: 1.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
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OLPD 3330 - Global Identity: Connecting Your International Experience to Your Future
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
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CLA 1052 - Dean's First-Year Research and Creative Scholars Program
Credits: 2.0 -3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: OPT No Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
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