Prepares international students for their transition to campus by examining expectations and focusing on the purpose and value of the higher education experience from a US perspective. Introduces critical concepts to know about academic programs, and engages students in planning their program of study as well as their personal and professional development. Serves as a complement to LAS 101/LAS 102/LAS 122 for students new to the US education system.
Design Your First Year Experience orients students to the academic environment at Illinois and establishes a useful framework for engaging in learning both inside and outside the classroom and articulating a purpose for their education. Using design-thinking, students explore campus resources, set goals for their academic, personal and professional development during their first year and make multiple (engagement) maps for reaching those goals. Prerequisite: Restricted to first-year students in LAS.
Introduction for first-term transfer students to the college and campus. Familiarizes transfer student with the resources available to them and helps them connect with other students and form a bond with the college. Prerequisite: For first-term LAS transfer students only.
Builds on the skills and information obtained in LAS 101 to create the toolbox needed to effectively explore academic possibilities. Enables students to successfully declare a major, as well as achieve and maintain academic excellence at Illinois and beyond. Prerequisite: Restricted to LAS AAP - Undeclared.
Engages first-year LAS honors students in the realms of citizenship, stewardship and leadership for the 21st century. En route to becoming competent and agile learners, first-year honors students experience an orientation to Illinois that fosters greater awareness and knowledge of campus resources and an examination of scholarly and personal leadership, global issues, and civic engagement. The course serves as a means for students to enhance their independence, cultural awareness and connection to community. Students work with a small cohort of peer scholars in a one-hour weekly graded session led by an upper-level LAS James Scholar peer mentor. Students are expected to work together and individually on projects involving community partners and campus groups. Assignments will incorporate the concept of service in connection with civic engagement.
Real-world practice in problem-solving, cross-cultural communication, and organizational support. Applying a human-centered design framework, students, guided by professional mentors, develop innovative solutions to social challenges posed by local and global organizations. Students provide research and professional support to organizations and, in turn, develop the critical skills necessary to be impactful leaders in the global society and workforce. Prerequisite: LAS first-year students accepted into the Global Leaders Program.
Topics will vary. See class schedule. Approved for Letter and S/U grading. May be repeated.
An examination of leadership from historical, political, and sociological perspectives through a study of how a natural disaster impacted a community within the United States. Participation in a community service trip during spring break may be required. Additional fees may apply. See Class Schedule. May be repeated in separate terms to a maximum of 6 hours, if topics vary. Prerequisite: Restricted to LAS James Scholars Honors program students.
Students follow a program of study and research through an approved internship. Written work report required. Approved for S/U grading only. May be repeated in separate semesters. Prerequisite: Consent of course instructor required. Restricted to students enrolled in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
Prepares students who are going abroad for a semester or academic year for their transition through a) examining expectations, b) focusing on the purpose and value of the abroad experience, c) preparing students culturally and logistically, d) addressing issues of culture shock, e) helping students with articulating their experience for future personal and professional goals, f) enhancing intercultural communication and global understanding, and g) assisting with re-entry planning. May be repeated in separate terms.
Provides an opportunity for students studying abroad to consider how their journey might be articulated as a global learning experience. Requires students to discuss what they are learning, reflect upon it, and discern ways to apply the knowledge gained through their experiences. May be repeated in separate terms. Prerequisite: LAS 291.
Provides credit toward the undergraduate degree for study at accredited foreign institutions or approved overseas programs. Final determination of credit is made upon the student's completion of the work. (Summer session, 0 to 8 hours). Approved for Letter and S/U grading. May be repeated to a maximum of 36 term hours per academic year or to a total of 44 term hours, all of which must be earned within one calendar year. Prerequisite: One year of residence at UIUC, good academic standing, and prior approval of the major department and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
Leadership and professional development seminar for student interns. Interns will learn teaching, mentoring, leadership and professional skills that will enable them to lead a section of an LAS transition course or experience and share their successful academic experiences with undergraduate students who are new to the University. Interns will help their students develop the skills necessary to succeed at the U of I. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 hours. Prerequisite: Instructor approval required.
For students seeking graduation with distinction in IPS. 2 or 4 undergraduate hours. No graduate credit. May be repeated to a maximum of 4 undergraduate hours. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor and IPS Advisory Committee; open only to students whose major is IPS and who have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.25.