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Course Description

For over a decade, Career Leadership Academy has stood out for its innovative approach to leadership and career preparation.  Over 1000 University of Iowa students have participated in this two-part course series, earning academic credit, developing an edge as leaders and connecting with professionals in their career field.   


I think the most valuable part of CLA was learning about what employers want and what they look for, along with taking steps to get myself on the career ladder. Prior to the start of this course I hadn't thought much about what I wanted to do and what I was going to do after I graduate, but this course has made me take steps in thinking and actually doing in the future. - Spring 2017 student

I have learned how to use my strengths to become a stronger and more confident leader. Instead of constantly trying to make my weaknesses better, I have worked to change my mindset and make my strengths even stronger. I believe that I have been more successful in interviews, group projects, and at work when performing skills this way. - Fall 2017 student

I loved how many real world applications this class had, it was one of my favorite classes I've taken at Iowa so far. - Spring 2018 student 


CLA is more than a class.  As a CLA student, you will build relationships and develop key skills essential to starting your career.  Opportunities to interact with employers include speaking engagements, networking events, panels, mock interviews, service projects, and professional feedback on your presentation skills.


Career Leadership Academy Part 1: Leadership in Practice

MyUI Course Name: LS:2002
Fulfills requirements for the Enterprise Leadership major, the Bachelor of Liberal Studies program and the Certificate in Leadership Studies. 

The purpose of this course is to increase students’ understanding of themselves and others. By pairing leadership theory with career preparation, students will develop leadership competencies and an understanding of group development.  Interaction with employers and community professionals is woven into the curriculum, including a panel discussion and professional feedback on presentation skills.  Other topics include CliftonStrengths, the Relational Leadership Model, and ethics in leadership.  Students will develop a resume, complete an informational interview, and prepare a group presentation. 

Career Leadership Academy Part 2: Leadership in Action

MyUI Course Name:  LS:3002
Fulfills requirements for the Certificate in Leadership Studies, the Enterprise Leadership Major, and the Tippie College of Business’s Research, Internship, Study Abroad and Experiential Learning graduation requirement.

The purpose of this course is to increase students’ understanding of how to interact and work with others as effective team members and engaged citizens.  CLA Part 2 builds on CLA Part 1 by applying knowledge of leadership theory to a job search process.  Students engage in a service project as an opportunity to learn about social change while developing leadership competencies through hands-on group work.  Highlighted topics include the Social Change Model, interviewing and networking.