Support from a community

Learning is more successful (and more fun) when it's shared with others interested in the same subject. To encourage networking and career planning, Major Area of Interest (MAI) Courses with Online Learning Communities have been developed to allow students with similar academic goals to communicate and learn about their chosen career field. These Career Courses, originally developed as part of EFSC's Core Scholar program, help you explore your interests. Advisors on each EFSC Campus can assist with questions about Career Exporation Courses. Use the Class Schedule Search tool to find each term's courses.

SLS 2401: Discover Your Major and Career facilitates general career exploration as you consider multiple options. All MAI courses count for elective credit toward an EFSC degree.

BSC 2077: Career Exploration in Biology explores how biology can lead to a career in the scientific field and makes those professional connections.

GEB 2002: Career Exploration in Business introduces students to business methods and entrepreneurial skills, plus includes individualized business career planning.

COM 2071: Career Exploration in Communications lets students learn about careers, make professional contacts and flex communications skills through weekly topical debates.

PSY 2023: Career Exploration in Psychology connects students interested in the field, plus offers the chance to meet psychology professionals from the community.

Registering for one of these targeted courses includes access to the appropriate online Learning Community, with continued access for support even after the class is over.

Research shows that students who choose their major earlier are more engaged and have a better chance of graduating. These courses allow students to explore their career options in detail, consider their own skills and interests, and design personalized academic and career plans.

Students involved in a learning community will:
  • Research transfer requirements and different university programs
  • Learn job search and interviewing skills
  • Network with professionals in the community, all with a focus on their academic area of interest
  • Participate in an online learning community of their peers, exploring career options together and sharing their findings.

Online learning communities can include faculty, students, alumni and community members. The online discussions are based on discipline-specific content, including relevant readings, event notifications, current topics, career possibilities, educational requirements, etc. The communities are moderated by faculty members in the discipline and students chosen by faculty members.