Professional Development Experience

2019-2020 Catalogue

Throughout her Wesleyan education each student is given opportunities to explore professional and career choices, and to develop and demonstrate the knowledge and skills essential for professional success. Each student will complete PDE 400 Professional Development Experience and PDE 401 Professional Practice Seminar.

Professional Development (PDE) Course Descriptions

100: Career and Major Exploration.
Goal: To help students develop a strong foundation for major/career decision planning through career inventories, research on careers, and personal reflection.
Content: The course provides opportunities and resources for students to seek career information related to academic and occupational interest patterns, which form the foundation for sound career decision making. Students are guided through individual and group exercises that assist in identifying needs, values, wants, interest, and abilities.
Taught: Spring.
Prerequisite: None.
Credit: 1 hour.

396: Special Topics in Professional Development.
Goal: To provide an opportunity for exploration of a topic not offered as part of the established curriculum.
Content: Examination of special topics, problems, or issues in business that seem particularly relevant to student needs and interests.
Taught: Offered occasionally.
Prerequisite: Dependent on topic.
Credit: 1-6 hours. A student may take a maximum of six to eight semester hours of special topics in any one field.

400: Professional Development Experience.
Goal: To allow students the opportunity to engage in a high-impact practical application of skills and knowledge through a professional experience that ties together and supports the student's coursework and professional goals.
Content: Each student identifies, plans and completes a professional experience that supports her individual goals and career objectives. The PDE can take the form of an internship, professional research experience, community service project, creative work culminating in an exhibition or performance, or a self-designed project. Working with her faculty supervisor, the student will develop learning outcomes to fit her anticipated professional experience and include those as part the application. At the end of the experience, the student will articulate and reflect upon what she has learned and submit that documentation as part of her Professional ePortfolio.
Taught: Upon request of student, with approval of sponsoring faculty.
Prerequisite: 60 hours of undergraduate coursework.
Credit: 1-12 hours.

401. Professional Practice Seminar.
Goal: To give students opportunity to reflect on their liberal arts education, explore professional and career choices, and prepare for future professional success.
Content: The course will incorporate several learning experiences designed tosupport students in the process of professional discernment and development of knowledge and skills in preparation of graduate school and career. Topics covered include career exploration, professional behavior and communication, and women in the workplace. The course will involve a self-reflection component that helps a student find and use her voice in the workplace. Over the course of the semester, students will complete a personal statement, resume, transferable skills narrative, and LinkedIn profile.
Taught: Fall and Spring.
Prerequisite: 60 hours of undergraduate coursework.
Credit: 1 hour.

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