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Freshmen: UNIV 100: TerrapinSTRONG - UNIV 100 is a one-credit seminar for entering BSOS freshmen that helps them to answer the questions, "Why am I here?" and "How can I get the most out of the University of Maryland?"

Transfer: BSOS361: Academic & Career Planning for Transfer Students - is a required one-credit course for new BSOS Transfers that features career planning activities and BSOS TerrapinSTRONG onboarding.

All students: BMGT 160: Intentional Self - As you navigate adulthood, you will constantly be making decisions that impact your personal and professional well being and success. Making these life choices with intention and a perspective of your whole self will increase your life satisfaction. In this course, you will examine who you have been, who you are, and who you want to become. We will be exploring the six pillars of the whole self including purpose/character, relationships, wellness, community, prosperity, and nature and creating a vision for your future self. Three credits. 

All students: EDCP 108C: Choosing Your Major and Career-  By engaging with course content, your peers, and your instructor, you will come away with a better understanding of what drives you, what you are good at, and which majors and careers align with those interests and skills. One credit.  



Internships: EDCP108I: Academic Transition into Internships – a one-credit online class preparing students for successfully landing an internship and how to reflect on the experience. 

PSYC123: The Psychology of Getting Hired - an one-credit online course for freshmen and sophomore, it looks at what’s behind the hiring process, applying psychological principles and strategies for landing internships/jobs.

COMM 488I: Communication Portfolio Project; Strategic Interviewing- an online course that introduces students to communication skills used in employment interviews. This course introduces students to advanced techniques in interviewing for job opportunities and career progression. 

UNIV362: Designing Your Life After College - a two-credit innovative course that is designed to help students navigate the transition out of college.


BSOS Internship Courses:

  • BSOS 288I (1-3 credits), Internship Practicum in the Social Sciences, open to students with 30-60 completed credits by the end of the previous semester.  
  • BSOS 355  (3 credits), Social Science Internship Practicum, fulfills the GenEd Scholarship in Practice requirement.  It is open to students who have completed 61 or more credits who have an internship related to the behavioral and social sciences.
  • BSOS 386 (3-6 credits), Experiential Learning is open to students who have completed 61 or more credits.

UNIV099: Internship Seminar – a zero-credit course that complements supervised work experiences and assures that these experiences are noted on the student’s transcript. Led by the University Career Center. 


Take advantage of the major specific career development courses below. The courses prepare students for to be successful landing their post-graduation opportunities. Some courses require students to be a declared majors. Read more about the courses below by searching for the title on Testudo.

ANTH398- Career Development for Anthropology Majors

CCJS332- Major Transitions: From Undergraduate to Professional

ECON387- Career Preparation for Economics Majors

GEOG212- Career Planning for Geographical Sciences, GIS, and ENSP Majors *Non-majors are welcome.

GVPT319- Series of career exploration options for GVPT majors

PSYC303- Professional Development for Psychology Majors

SOCY370- Transitions from an Undergraduate to Professional


Peace Corps Prep Program- Prepares students for international development fieldwork and potential Peace Corps service. To accomplish this, students build four core competencies through interrelated coursework, hands-on experience, and professional development support. This certificate program will prepare you to be a competitive applicant to the Peace Corps. Upon completion of the program, students will receive a certificate from the Peace Corps. Questions? Contact the Peace Corps Prep Coordinator

Federal Fellows- Combines a fall seminar course taught by industry experts with a spring internship in the DC metropolitan area. Throughout the year, fellows are supported with professional development workshops, one-on-one resume and interview reviews, and federally-related events. The program's mission is to prepare talented and diverse undergraduate students to excel in professional internships and to pursue careers of influence and impact, especially in the public sector.

Global Fellows in Washington DCan innovative internship program designed to equip University of Maryland undergraduate students with the knowledge, skills, attitudes and experience necessary to become leaders in our increasingly globalized society.

Maryland Fellows - The aim is to prepare talented and diverse undergraduates to excel at their spring internships and pursue careers in public service, especially at the state and local levels. The Maryland General Assembly is a popular option, as well as other state and local organizations, including NGOs and non-profits. 

MLAW (Law Programs)- is the undergraduate law programming at the University of Maryland. Undergraduate students in any major who are interested in law and justice can participate.

xFoundry Xperience- 15-month multidisciplinary program is designed for passionate students who want to make positive change. Xperience is designed to harness your passion, energy, and talent for solving society's grand challenges. Areas: Climate, Education, Energy, Food and Water, Health, Society, Transportation or Health.


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