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.
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, Exploring Careers in Government: LAS in DC

1 credit hour

LAS in DC: In this course, students will explore career opportunities in government and government relations by visiting Washington, D.C. for a spring break field experience.

During the field experience, students will have the opportunity to do site visits and network with University of Illinois alumni working in the nation's capital. Students will also learn how to articulate through professional communication the skills and perspectives emphasized by an LAS education. Students will develop an understanding of the skills and knowledge necessary to thrive in government-focused work.

The course will meet during the first eight weeks of the spring semester leading up to the spring break Washington, D.C. field experience. Registration is restricted until students have been accepted into the program by the College of LAS. Check back soon for more information about how to apply.

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.

Coming soon

The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences will soon launch two new courses that integrate design-thinking into life and career mapping. The first will allow you to inquire and engage to create maps for your Illinois experience. The second will allow you to reflect on your knowledge, skills, and aspirations to create career maps and professional opportunities.