Programs for every major

May 31, 2010

Thousands of students graduate from CU every year, with many of them carrying identical diplomas. Any degree from this school is great—but it’s the students who seek out opportunities outside of the classroom who have the upper hand in the competitive job market. Here are just a few of the amazing opportunities available to you here at CU. Taking advantage of any of these programs will not only give you an edge; it will also enhance your education and expand your knowledge and skill set.

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Technology, Arts and Media Program

Information technology is not only the wave of the future, but also the reality of the present. The Technology, Arts and Media Program offers a minor undergraduate program and certificate undergraduate program. Both teach students about how to think critically about the impact of technology on society and provide creative production courses. This is a great program for students in all majors and can prepare students for careers in information technologies, media production, and the arts.

This program is great because it’s allowed me to use skills in a practical way for my major and for my future career goals. – Mackenzie Andersen, junior

International Engineering Certificates

Although completing the science courses necessary to achieve a degree from the College of Engineering and Applied Science is undoubtedly impressive, it’s also important for today’s engineering students to understand a variety of cultures and languages. International Engineering Certificates provide this opportunity to students in all engineering fields, with certificates available in German, French, Spanish, and Italian. This program is helpful to students who want to work with multi-national engineering teams and engineering projects overseas.

CU Business Intensive Certificate (CUBIC)

No matter what major you are, basic skills in business will always complement your education and enhance your candidacy for a job. CUBIC, the CU Business Intensive Certificate program provides non-business major with this advantage by teaching them the basic foundational principles of business with a three-week noncredit certification program. Topics include accounting, finance, economics, marketing, and management. This program is great for students in any major to help you gain an advantage in your field.

It gave me an opportunity to see how businesses think, function, and make decisions. The program was laid out so it was easy to learn and understand without having any kind of previous business education. – Tim Murphy, senior

Designers Without Boundaries

The greatest constructions in the world were not created by one person, but rather were the creations of many. The field of architecture and planning is one of most interactive majors at CU, and that’s why Designers Without Boundaries offers an enriched academic experience that builds a collaborative and supportive community of students, staff, and faculty. This is a program for environmental design first-generation and historically underrepresented students to offer academic support and scholarship opportunities.

International Media Certificate

The foundation of the future is strongly embedded in both communication media and international politics, and the relationships between the two have developed. That’s why The International Media Certificate allows international affairs and journalism majors to explore each other’s fields to acquire an understanding of international journalism. Students in either of these majors with the desire to learn about the other field should definitely take advantage of this certificate program.

It’s given me a broader perspective of how journalism is used on a global scale, and I’ve learned a lot about a variety of cultures and places. – Maggie Zawalski, junior

These few programs are just a handful of the opportunities available outside of regular course work. Every school and college has its own certificates, study abroad programs, and many other chances to specialize your academic experience. The opportunities are there—now it’s your job to take advantage of them. —Maggie Schoonmaker, Junior, School of Journalism and Mass Communication

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