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In this course, students participate actively in the college’s Career Accelerator program both by attending a set number of events and by reflecting upon what they have learned and how they will act upon the knowledge gained. Prerequisite: Students must be at least in their second year.
This course builds community by bringing first- and second-year students together with seniors whose capstone projects provide opportunities for collaboration and leadership development. Additionally, students engage in conversations about the value of the liberal arts, assess their own community-building assets and challenges, and reflect on what it means to be part of a community like Beloit College. Alumni may contribute course content or professional networking opportunities with alignment to Career Channels. Prerequisite: students in their first or second year or permission of instructor.
An introduction to the basics of effective leadership, including an investigation of leadership theories and assessment of leadership styles. Guest speakers come to provide various viewpoints regarding different leadership styles. Students identify and describe leadership concepts and styles and apply strategies of leadership to various situations and contexts.
Students engage in a paired internship-special project experience. PRAX 200 can range from 0.25-1.0 credit, which counts towards fulfilling the Experience (E) Requirement. If students do not earn 1.0 credit from one course, they must complete the remaining credit with additional E-designated courses or experiences. Students may enroll in the internship after locating their own internship and securing a faculty sponsor. The faculty sponsor oversees the development of the content and form of the academic reflection and provides assessment of whether the work merits the credit requested. A full unit of internship credit assumes between 90 and 150 hours, depending on requirements as negotiated between the student and the faculty sponsor. Graded credit/no credit.
Students engage in this asynchronous, online course, along with an on-campus or off-campus internship of at least 45-90 site hours, to reflect upon the ways that the internship immerses them in a new professional environment, enhances their skills, and builds their professional community. As such, this course fulfills a portion of the Experience Requirement (“E” Requirement). Students may enroll in the workshop after sourcing their own internship, with approval from the instructor. The course includes pre-internship orientation and readings, a series of reflective essays, and assignments that include practical career development skills like networking and resume writing. Students must enroll in PRAX 201 prior to the beginning of their internship AND the last day to add classes. No exceptions. Offered each semester, including summer. Graded credit/no credit.
This course focuses on the entrepreneurial process and its component parts. Through case studies, students will explore the elements and skills required for successful venturing such as financing, planning, marketing, and negotiating. Course will focus on pragmatism and developing sound judgment within the context of ambiguous scenarios.
In this class, students learn how to lead, no matter who they are, no matter what they want to pursue in life. Students study leadership through diverse contexts and case studies (on complicated global, community, business, and organizational issues) and interactions with guest speakers who are successful leaders. Students gain a deeper understanding of their strengths and learn to creatively find and communicate solutions to complex problems, build and lead effective teams, develop a strategic plan to achieve their vision, and act in organizations and the world to influence change for the better. Prerequisites: Sophomore standing; preference given to juniors and seniors.
This course ties the academic curriculum with the social curriculum of the college by offering both structure and opportunities as students engage in the life of the Beloit community beyond the classroom–including Career Channels activities, student clubs, Beloit residencies, campus employment, or other opportunities locally or globally. Alumni may contribute course content or professional networking opportunities, with alignment to Career Channels. Prerequisites: first-year through junior standing; seniors with permission of instructor.
In this course, students prepare for their study away experience through a combination of online and in-person learning modules, readings, and reflective activities. Asynchronous learning modules cover practical topics, including health and safety, budgeting and finances, and on-site preparation. Readings, reflective activities, and in-person meetings focus on deepening students’ understandings of themselves, their cultures, and their positionalities at Beloit, at home, and away. Upon completion of the course, students set clear educational, professional and/or personal goals, develop a plan for managing their health and wellbeing, and connect with a mentor to support them during their time studying away. Participation in study abroad is contingent on enrollment in this course or approval by the Global Experience Office.
Research on study abroad learning outcomes indicates that the lessons of study abroad do not “take” without opportunities for reflection and meaning-making. Using a variety of exercises and assignments, this course aims to allow returned study abroad students to learn from their experiences and convey these lessons to others. Graded credit/no credit. Prerequisite: a study abroad experience.
This course focuses on specific topics, themes, or areas of interest relevant to students’ career and professional development. May be repeated for credit if topic is different.
Qualifying students have the option to earn academic credit for their self-designed entrepreneurial ventures. Students must plan their project, its goals and expectations, in consultation with the CELEB director, who must grant approval to the project and specify the appropriate academic credit. Upon approval, the student may enroll. Students participate in regular, weekly group discussion/advising with the CELEB director together with others also engaged in such ventures. Students pursue and complete their projects under advisement of the director and submit adequate documentation of the experience at its end to the director. Expected time commitment for 1 unit of credit is participation in group meetings plus approximately 90 project hours per term, and .5 unit is participation in group meetings plus approximately 45 project hours per term. Offered each spring. Graded credit/no credit.
This course can be taken multiple times, but each internship (either organization or job title) must be different. Prerequisites: PRAX 200, PRAX 201, or permission of the instructor. Students must enroll in PRAX 301 prior to the beginning of their internship AND the last day to add classes. No exceptions. Offered each semester, including summer. Graded credit/no credit.
This course is designed to help students learn how to identify the key financial decisions they will face following graduation, to help them learn the analytical tools to make wealth- and life-enhancing decisions, and to help them recognize the potential entrepreneurial opportunities in choosing their life and career paths. The class emphasizes that all planning, financial or otherwise, serves short and long-term life goals and that financial resources are means to an end, not the end itself. The course aims to help students be better prepared to make the key financial, career and life decisions they will face in the years immediately after graduation. The course is open to any junior or senior. Prerequisite: junior or senior standing required.
Designed as an interdisciplinary capstone for seniors from any major, this course enables students to engage in career-ready preparation while at the same time reflecting the depth and breadth of their liberal arts education. Channels capstones may be organized around any of the themes of the current Career Channel program channels or may address career-readiness and the liberal arts in a more general way. Channels capstones provide practical opportunities to students readying for life after Beloit. For example, students may produce and refine job application materials, refine presentational skills, and practice networking strategies and techniques. Channels capstones also help students articulate their values and goals in ways that will translate to professional success and fulfillment. Students may earn up to one (1) unit of credit from Channels capstone courses. Prerequisite: junior or senior standing.
Individual study under faculty supervision; evaluation based on appropriate evidence of achievement. Prerequisite: sophomore standing.
Work with faculty in classroom instruction. Graded credit/no credit.