College of LAS « Illinois

Classes and workshops

A student participates in class

The Life + Career Design Initiative offers a variety of classes as a part of the framework that helps students make sense of and enrich their degree programs to prepare for life after graduation.

LAS Success Workshops

The LAS Success Workshop series is designed to support students' academic, personal, and professional development. See the full listing on the LAS Success website.



Current courses

LAS 101, Freshman Seminar

Restricted to first-year students in LAS.
1 credit hour

Orientation seminar for first-year students enrolled in LAS curricula. Prepares students for collaborative learning environments through campus orientation, study skills, and project-based assignments. Introduces students to the multiple perspectives represented by the Humanities, the Social Sciences, and the Physical and Life Sciences, and helps them appreciate the strengths and weaknesses of both qualitative and quantitative data in addressing real world problems. Prerequisite: Restricted to first-year students in LAS.



LAS 102, Transfer Advantage

Restricted to first-term LAS transfer students.
1 credit hour

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.



LAS 199, Design Your Illinois

1 credit hour

This course guides freshmen and sophomores to maximize their career development opportunities through active learning, reflection, and creative thinking on multiple pathways through the Illinois experience. Topics include understanding your purpose in college, finding your way through the many opportunities offered, what to do when you get stuck, and how to tell your college and career-prep story. By the end of this course, students will have employed design-thinking methods to create three options to make the most of the experiences offered at Illinois, and will have developed skills necessary for adjusting options along the way.

LAS 199, Organizational Cultures: LAS in DC

2 credit hours

This course will deliver a professional development and organizational learning experience in the nation's capital. Focus on leadership strengths while evaluating organizational cultures within different professional work environments including government, nonprofit, and corporate settings by visiting Washington, D.C. for a Spring Break field experience from March 18-24, 2018.

Students will experience various organizational cultures in D.C. and learn how to navigate them. Develop leadership skills as you observe and learn from professionals in the capital city who are also alumni of Illinois.

LAS 291, Global Perspectives for Intercultural Learning

0 credit hours

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

LAS 292, Global Perspectives in Cross-Cultural Contexts

1 credit hour

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. Prerequisite: LAS 291.

LAS 399, Leadership and Professional Development

1 to 3 credit hours

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.