1-Credit Courses


Professional Development Courses for Students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

FALL 2016 Course Descriptions

ASPD 2000 Professional Development – 1 Credit

Monday: 12:30-1:20 (ASPD 2000-006), 3:00-4:15 (ASPD 2000-005)

Tuesday: 11:30-12:45 (ASPD 2000-004)

Wednesday: 11:30-12:20 (ASPD 2000-003), 1:30-2:45 (ASPD 2000-001)

Thursday: 11:30-12:45 (ASPD 2000-002)

Learn how to create a professional résumé, research internships and professional positions, conduct an informational interview, answer job interview questions, network with alumni, and create a professional development plan. Learn how to market the skills you are developing as a student in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences effectively for professional positions.

ASPD 2001-001 Introduction to Professional Writing – 1 Credit

Tuesday, 1:00 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.
Learn the hallmarks of effective professional writing: How to target an audience while writing clearly, concisely, and persuasively. Gain valuable professional writing experience directly transferable to writing in internships and professional positions.

ASPD 2003-001 Professional Communication – 1 Credit

Thursday, 10:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
This course provides a foundation for leadership studies and professional speaking. You will enhance your professional communication by learning various perspectives that will deepen your understanding of leadership and enable you to succeed in a diverse, ever-changing workplace.

ASPD 2004 – 001 Social Networking – 1 Credit

Monday, 11:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m.
Making connections and staying connected has never been easier with sites like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Learn how to harness the power of social media for professional gain and become a savvy social networker.

ASPD 2005 – 001 Networking for Success – 1 Credit

Monday, 3:00 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.
Learn the importance and relevance of networking for your professional success. This course is designed for students who want to identify, understand, and develop personal strengths and relationships to explore and expand professional opportunities.

ASPD 2100 – 001 Preparing for Health Careers – 1 Credit

Monday, 10:30 a.m. to 11:20 a.m.
It takes more than good grades to become a good health care professional. In this course we will examine the interpersonal and intrapersonal competencies which make up 9 of the 15 "core competencies" screened by medical schools in admissions, and which are prized by all health professions schools.  What do they mean? Why are they important in health care? And how can you develop them in yourself?

ASPD 3000 – 100 Topics in Prof. Development – 1 Credit

Day and time TBD

This three-credit independent study course is designed to examine the skills and tools students need to prepare for a career. Whether students are preparing for an internship or their first full-time job after graduation, certain skills are necessary as you locate, apply, interview, and negotiate for a position. This course considers building a strong career toolkit including exploring areas of various industries, résumé /cover letter preparation, job/internship search preparation, interview skills, salary negotiation, social media, and professional etiquette in the workplace. Permission of instructor required to register.

Contact Information

Office for Undergraduate Students
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Saint Augustine Center 107
Phone: 610-519-3900
Email: as-ous@villanova.edu
Fax: 610-519-6322

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