Courses for Career Success

Career Center Courses List

Leadership Studies

Career Leadership Academy

Academic Courses and Leadership Programs

The University of Iowa Marvin A. and Rose Lee Pomerantz Career Center administers the University's Career Center Programs. Students may use the Pomerantz Career Center's services at any time during their academic careers. The center encourages entering first-year and transfer students to visit after they arrive on campus and to make use of all of the center's services throughout their study at Iowa.

The center offers tailored professional career advising to students who are deciding on majors that connect with career interests, résumé and cover letter help, job and internship strategies, ways to gain hands-on experience, interview strategies, preparing for graduate school, and other career-related topics. Students also can drop in daily for assistance from career peer advisors. Workshops and programs are presented to students across campus on career and professional development-related topics each semester.

Academic courses in career-related topics, such as career exploration and job search skills, are available each semester for academic credit ranging from 1-3 s.h. per course. See "Professional Development Courses" below for more information. Other courses are offered through the Leadership Studies Program.

The center hosts several career fairs and events each fall and spring, offering students the opportunity to talk with and learn about prospective employers.

The Pomerantz Career Center facilitates job and internship interviewing with a wide range of employers: regional, national, and international; profit and nonprofit; state and federal government. Employers conduct on-campus interviews at specific times during the year, and many post immediate openings year-round for internships and for full-time positions. On-campus recruiting and job, internship, and student employment postings are available online; visit Handshake on the Pomerantz Career Center website.

The center helps students find internships in Iowa, the Midwest, nationwide, and sometimes in other countries. For discipline-related internships (all require course registration), see Courses in this section of the Catalog.

For more information about the center's services and facilities, contact the Pomerantz Career Center.

Career Leadership Academy

The Career Leadership Academy is a two-semester sequence of courses designed to help undergraduate students develop vital skills for leadership and career development: communication, interpersonal, and presentation skills and the ability to work well with others. This highly interactive program consists of weekly seminars, activities, and events. Participants also engage in career exploration opportunities, professional networking, and leadership development experiences.

Course List
Code Title Hours
LS:2002 Career Leadership Academy Part 1: Leadership in Practice 3
LS:3002 Career Leadership Academy Part 2: Leadership in Action 3

For more information, see Career Leadership Academy

Leadership studies is a multidisciplinary academic field that draws upon theories and applications from a wide variety of related disciplines, such as the social sciences (e.g., psychology, sociology, political science, and anthropology) and the humanities (e.g., philosophy and history), as well as professional fields, including management and education. The Leadership Studies Program examines ethical issues, principles, theories, and styles of leadership; the dynamics of interactions between leaders, followers, and group members; leaders' impact on organizations and communities; and leadership skills such as goal setting, communicating effectively, creating a vision, and empowering others.

The Leadership Studies Program offers the undergraduate Certificate in Leadership Studies as well as the Career Leadership Academy, a two-course sequence designed to help undergraduate students develop leadership and employment skills. The program also offers professional development courses.

Certificate in Leadership Studies

The Certificate in Leadership Studies is an interdisciplinary program coordinated by the Pomerantz Career Center and supported by the Tippie College of Business, the College of Education, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and the Office of Leadership, Service, and Civic Engagement.

Career Leadership Academy

The Career Leadership Academy is a two-semester sequence of courses designed to help undergraduate students develop vital skills for leadership and career development: communication, interpersonal, and presentation skills and the ability to work well with others. This highly interactive program consists of weekly seminars, activities, and events. Participants also engage in career exploration opportunities, professional networking, and leadership development experiences.

Course List
Code Title Hours
LS:2002 Career Leadership Academy Part 1: Leadership in Practice 3
LS:3002 Career Leadership Academy Part 2: Leadership in Action 3

For more information, see Career Leadership Academy on the Pomerantz Career Center website. 

Professional Development

Professional development courses provide students with opportunities to engage in practical, hands-on, skills-based instruction relevant to careers and leadership development. The topics and curricula for the following courses incorporate input from employers, who were surveyed about their experiences, real-world examples, guidance, and which skills they most often seek when hiring new graduates.

Course List
Code Title Hours
LS:2013 Strengths-Based Leadership 1
LS:3003 Culturally Intelligent Leadership 1

Professional Development Courses

Professional development courses give students the opportunity to engage in practical, hands-on, skills-based instruction relevant to careers and leadership development. The topics and curricula for the following courses incorporate input from employers, who were surveyed about their experiences, real-world examples, guidance, and the skills they most often seek when hiring new graduates.

Course List
Code Title Hours
CCP:1301 Communication for the Workplace 1
CCP:1302 Office Etiquette for the Workplace 1
CCP:1303 Successful Teamwork for the Workplace 1
CCP:1306 UI STEP: Student to Employed Professional 2
CCP:3105 Transitioning from Campus to the Workplace 1
CCP:3106 Career Computing Skills 2
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