5 classes to help you thrive in the workplace

Your typical campus attire of yoga pants and sweats probably won’t fly after graduation. Learn the skills you need to survive and thrive in cubicle life.

1. COMS 342 Problem-Solving in Teams and Groups

We hate to break it to you, but group work doesn’t end in college. But you know what they say, two heads are better than one. This class will teach you how to work with and tap into co-workers who have different backgrounds and can introduce new ideas. You’ll be a pro in team meetings and impressing your boss in no time.

This course introduces basic concepts important to leading and/or participating in problem-solving work teams. Problem identification and analysis and leadership are emphasized and practiced. Teamwork variables are discussed and promoted. Lecture, demonstrations, exercises in class are structured for students to analyze groups outside of class. Prerequisite: COMS 130, COMS 150, or COMS 230.

2. ECON 582 Economic Development

We can’t all have as much money as Jordan Belfort, but we can all get a better understanding of the economy. Explore how economies grow and what challenges inhibit growth in both developed and developing countries.

An introduction to economic growth and development in high and low income countries, problems of development, and development policy. Prerequisite: ECON 104 or ECON 142.

3. LING 320 Language in Culture and Society

Kelly never had a filter when it came to work, but in a real office, the lingo can be a little trickier. In this class you’ll explore different types of language and how people use it differently in social interactions. Striking the right tone in an email or a meeting can be tricky; you don’t want to be too informal but being too formal isn’t always right either.

Language is an integral part of culture and an essential means by which people carry out their social interactions with the members of their society. The course explores the role of language in everyday life of peoples in various parts of the world and the nature of the relationship between language and culture. Topics include world-view as reflected in language, formal vs. informal language, word taboo, and ethnography of speaking. Cross-listed as ANTH 320.
Satisfies KU Core: Goal 4 Outcome 1, Goal 6 Outcome 1

4. MATH 365 Elementary Statistics

Trying to push through a new proposal or showcase the success of a project you led? Don’t be like Brian Fantana. Make a stronger case and impress your boss by perfectly calculating and presenting accurate data.

Elementary descriptive statistics of a sample of measurements; probability; the binomial, Poisson, and normal distributions, populations and sampling from populations; simple problems of statistical inference. Prerequisite: MATH 101, MATH 104, or two years of high school algebra and a score of 26 or higher on ACT mathematics, or a qualifying score on the mathematics placement test.

Satisfies KU Core: Goal 1 Outcome 2

5. LA&S 470 Job Search Skills for Liberal Arts & Sciences Majors

Leslie Knope wasn’t always the confident, powerful politician we know today. She started out just like you, a student trying to figure out their life and find a job.  This online, 1 credit hour course, can help you learn how to talk up your liberal arts skills and get started on your career path.

This course is designed to introduce students to the fundamentals of planning and organizing job search strategies. Emphasis is placed on practical application of employment search tools for post-graduation employment or graduate school admission, stressing the value of the arts and sciences degree in the labor market.

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Note: These classes are offered across all semesters. Check out the schedule of classes to see what’s available in upcoming semesters.