CDCI 200, Bridging Academics to Careers: Exploring Opportunities in a Global Society

Course Details:

  • On-line course taught completely through Blackboard
  • 2-credits
  • Satisfies “W” requirement
  • Summer Session: May 27-June 27, 2014
  • Register through BU Brain
  • Tentative Syllabus

Course Overview:

The goal of this course is guiding you in creating a meaningful and purposeful plan so that you prepare you for your future career by making you get the most out of your college experience. This course is ideal for rising sophomores or juniors who either have yet to declare a major or are having second thoughts about their current major and overall uncertainty about their career direction.

The first step in identifying the right major and career path for you is by developing a sense of self awareness and purpose. Through online discussions, activities, and lectures, this course encourages you to discover personal values, skills, interests, history, and personality in order to identify careers that complement your strengths. This is done through a series of activities including self-tests, conducting informational interviews and researching major and careers.

You will also learn about the complexities, opportunities and challenges of the global workplace, gain insight into career exploration and decision making, professionalism in the workplace, how to effectively present oneself in writing, the value of experiential learning, and how to prepare for life’s transitions.

Identifying and choosing a major and career path is a process that takes time and effort on your part. At the conclusion of the course you should be well informed and less stressed about future life choices, and more confident about how you will utilize your college experience.

Required Course Materials:
  • Hanvey, Heeg, Kreitl, Lloyd, & Yarnelle (2010). Ready or Not: Beginning Your Career Journey.
  • Online modules (through Blackboard)
FACT: According to longitudinal on choosing a major, research has found that undecided students comprise a substantial population on a college campus. It is estimated that about 75% of students entering college are undecided about their academic and career plans, and at least half of all students with a declared major are "prematurely decided" majors.

Source: Cuseo, J (2005). “Decided,” “undecided,” and “in transition”: Implications for academic advisement, career counseling, & student retention. In R. Feldmen, Improving the First Year of College, Research and Practice: 27-48.

Course Objectives:
  • To build knowledge about self, academic majors, and careers by engaging in a variety of activities and experiences
  • To learn strategies for setting career and life goals.
  • To identify and integrate personal history, interests, values, skills, and personality style to assist in career decision making in the context of a global society.
  • To understand how career assessments and other interventions are used to facilitate career decision making.
  • To gain information about careers, majors, and decision making through the use of campus resources as well as field and online research.
  • To learn about workplace trends to enhance current and future career decision making.
Course Topics Include:
  • Introduction to Binghamton University’s Fleishman Center for Career and Professional Development.
  • Internal and external influences on decision making, and personal and career decision making in global economy.
  • Understanding skills and values as they relate to career and life goals.
  • How interests and personality relate to career and life goals.
  • World of work overview, and how personal skills, abilities, interests, values and personalities relate to careers.
  • Introduction to Career/Major exploration, researching majors, and alternative majors.
  • Effectively making decisions, setting goals and objectives that can be achieved.
  • Researching majors and careers, and an introduction to networking with Binghamton University alumni.
  • Offices on campus, services and programs that can be of help to you with career and major decision making.

For more information on the course please contact course instructors:

Holly Horn

Wren Fritsky

Last Updated: 7/8/14