Coursework

These 1-credit courses are designed specifically for College of Liberal Arts and Sciences students. See the Spring 2020 course flyer (PDF, 254 KB) for more information.

Beginning Your Professional Portfolio

IDS4930 – Professional Pathways in the Liberal Arts and Sciences

This course serves as an introduction to personal and professional development. Students engage with multiple theories of career development, practice transferable skills, cultivate professional abilities such as resume-writing and interviewing, and identify the connections between these skills, themselves, and industries of interest.

IDS4930 – Introduction to the Pre-Health Process

This course will provide guidance on how students can prepare to be a healthcare professional and apply to health graduate programs. It will also introduce students to current topics in healthcare in a holistic, mind-body-spirit context including exploration of the patient/family experience, and one’s self as related to healthcare issues and topics. The use of the word ‘medicine’ in this course is all encompassing to include all healthcare professions.

Building Your Professional Portfolio

IDS4930 – Strategic Self-Marketing in the Liberal Arts and Sciences

This course will assist students in the process of becoming a more confident and competitive professional. By the end of this course, students will be able to understand the process of influencing and motivation others, identify successful leadership and management strategies, understand the principles of brand identity, and develop situational and cultural awareness in the workplace.

IDS4930 – The Art of “Adulting” in the Liberal Arts and Sciences

What does it mean to come of age as a young professional in today’s society? How do characteristics, challenges, perspectives, and responsibilities change as today’s students enter adulthood? This course explores these questions by grounding the contemporary concept of “adulting” in the Liberal Arts and Sciences. Students will engage with mythology, media, and historical perspectives to examine time management, personal finance, career development, civic participation, and other challenging but crucial elements of contemporary adult life.

IDS4930 – Beyond Borders: Global Awareness and Engagement in the Liberal Arts and Sciences

Study abroad and international internships change lives. But what can you do to harness that transformational energy and ride it toward transcendent professional heights? This course is designed to prepare you for your overseas experience and provides the intercultural perspectives and practical skills necessary to craft a strategic action plan that integrates world experience, civic engagement, and professional development to prepare future citizens of the global Gator Nation.

IDS4930 – Human Dimensions of Healthcare

This course is intended for students pursuing admission to pre-health professional graduate schools. Through the use of the humanities, social sciences, multi-media, case studies, guest speakers and discussion, this course will introduce students to a variety of healthcare topics and issues. In a holistic, bio/psycho-social/spiritual context, this course distinguishes characteristics of healthcare professions, articulates components of patient/family experiences, and identifies one’s strengths and challenges. Pre-requisite: Introduction to the Pre-Health process

IDS4930 – Why Learn? Getting More From College Than What You Came For

What’s the point of college? What does a bachelors degree get you these days? Can the university be a place where learning involves something more than the job you will land? In this seminar style course we will consider these questions and more as we try to imagine what the classroom can offer those who enter. We will examine our current experiences in higher education, and we will explore ways the classroom might contribute to the lives of those who fully engage. This seminar style course, defined by classroom conversation around focused essays alongside related articles, poetry, and film, will provide students the opportunity to engage with and discuss the course material in reflective and lively ways.

Utilizing Your Professional Portfolio

IDS4940 – Liberal Arts and Sciences Internship

Internships provide students with opportunities to integrate classroom knowledge, skills and methods with professional roles, responsibilities and activities in supervised settings. IDS4940 is a 1-3 credit, web-based course designed to complement your internship experience through guided reflection, critical analysis, synthesis and discussion. This course is offered for academic credit, graded on a pass/fail basis and fulfills upper division elective credit requirements. If interested in pursuing internship credit through the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, please review and submit the application below to internship@advising.ufl.edu. We encourage you to apply early. All applications must be in and processed no later than:
  • Spring 2020 deadline: Friday, January 17, 2020, by 12:00 p.m.
  • Summer 2020 deadline: Friday, May 21, 2020, by 12:00 p.m.
IDS4940 Application (PDF, 444 KB) IDS4940 Fall 2019 Syllabus (PDF, 164 KB)

Accessible & Flexible Learning

Beyond120 Skills Curriculum

Self-enroll in the Beyond120 Skills Curriculum

GatorLink username and password required


NOTE:

You must be pursuing a major within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences to access the Skills Curriculum.

Here you will find interactive lessons that cover a range of skills to assist with your professional development. The lessons are grouped by the eight career readiness competencies identified by the National Association of Colleges and Employers. New lessons are added all the time, so check back frequently for more content. Among the competencies covered are:

  • Resilience and Grit
  • Professional Materials
  • Decision Making
  • Communication for Professional Development
  • Goal Setting