Career-Specific Course Suggestions

Counseling/Social Work/Therapy/Direct Services
Introduction to Social Work – SOCW 200
Human Development – SOCW 451
Civic Engagement Seminar – FAA 291 and  FAA 391 (Action Research Illinois)
Community Partners and Health – SHS 375
ACE IT Facilitation – CHLH 199
Campus Acquaintance Rape Education (CARE) – CHLH 199
Theories of Psychotherapy – PSYC 420
Introduction to Facilitating Intergroup Dialogue – PSYC 496
Close Relationships – HDFS 225
Self-Help Group Development and Process – HDFS 261
Critical Family Transitions – HDFS 425
Interpersonal Communication – CMN 230
Emotional Intelligence Skills – GE 361
Women’s Resource Center courses
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Business/Public Relations/Human Resources
Industrial/Organizational Psychology – PSYC 245 – part of “Industrial/Organizational Cluster”
Organizational Psychology – PSYC 455 (SP only) – part of “Industrial/Organizational Cluster”
Personnel Psychology – PSYC 475 (FA only) – part of “Industrial/Organizational Cluster”
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Public Speaking – CMN 101
Business Communication – CMN 211
Intro to Organizational Communication – CMN 212
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Business Minor (apply after first semester of SOPH year) – details on BUS minor website
Prerequisite courses – CS 105, ECON 102MATH 234, and STAT 100
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Business Major (apply after FR year) – details on BUS major website
Prerequisite courses :
ECON 102 + 103 and MATH 234 + 124 (or 125) or
ECON 102 + 103 and MATH 220 (or 221) + 124 (or 125) or
ECON 102 + 103 and MATH 220 (or 221) + MATH 231
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Leadership Minor
Leadership Studies – AGED 260
Leadership in Groups and Teams – AGED 380
Organizational Psychology – PSYC 455
Collaborative Leadership – AGED 480
Additional six (6) hours of leadership electives
For more information about this minor and to view the elective course list visit www.leadershipstudies.illinois.edu or contact the Program Coordinator, Lisa Burgoon, at burgoon@illinois.edu.
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Pre-Health Professions (Pre-Health Advising at the Career Center)
Most pre-health professions (e.g., medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine) require specific prerequisite courses to help students prepare for examinations and admission to professional schools. This typically includes courses in chemistry, biology, and physics. Please refer to the Career Center web site for further information.
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Prescribing Psychologist Track
Undergraduate preparation for prescribing psychologists (in the state of Illinois):

General Chemistry I – CHEM 102
General Chemistry Lab I  – CHEM 103                                                                 
General Chemistry II – CHEM 104
General Chemistry Lab II  – CHEM 105

Introductory Microbiology – MCB 100
Intro Microbiology Lab  – MCB 101
Organismal & Evolutionary Biology – IB 150
Organismal & Evolutionary Biology Lab (recommended)- IB 151
Molecular & Cellular Basis of Life – MCB 150
Molecular & Cellular Biology Lab (recommended) – MCB 151   
Human Anatomy & Physiology – MCB 244
Human Anatomy & Physiology I Lab (recommended) – MCB 245
Human Anatomy & Physiology II  – MCB 246
Human Anatomy & Physiology II Lab (recommended) MCB 247  

Medical Terms – Greek & Latin Roots (online) – CLCV 102
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Law/Legal  (Pre-Law Advising Services)
It is recommended that pre-law students carefully review the ABA’s Preparation for Legal Education statement. Use this document to help you assess which skills you are already developing through your major, and which skills you can improve by taking other coursework. This statement suggests that pre-law students develop skills in the following areas:

  • Analytical skills
  • Writing skills
  • Research skills
  • Critical reading skills
  • Oral communication skills

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Forensic Psychology
Course preparation for a career in forensic psychology might be similar to that for clinical/counseling psychology, or you might choose to focus on cognitive psychology or social psychology in relation to law. Students might supplement their coursework with additional courses similar to those recommended in the pre-law track or courses in criminology and sociology. You might also consider the minor in Criminology, Law, and Society. Some specific course suggestions include:

Criminology – SOC 275
Sociology of Deviance – SOC 310
Law and Society – SOC 378
Sociology of Law – SOC 477
Forensic Science – ANTH 246
Basic Constitutional Law & Individual Rights – LAW 201
Introduction to Law – LAW 301
Law and Public Policy – PS 322
Psychopathology & Problems in Living – PSYC 238
Theories of Psychotherapy – PSYC 420
Psychology and Law – PSYC 468