HUM 275: Careers for Humanities Majors

Welcome to the course page for HUM 275: Careers for Humanities Majors

This is an asynchronous, online 2-credit course. At the end of the semester, you will have

  • Explored some potential career paths
  • Talked informally with several working professionals and developed your own approach to networking.
  • Started shaping your professional identity for in-person and online interactions
  • Written and revised job application documents in order to understand how to customize them for different situations and employers.
  • Identified a few key career goals and priorities.

The overall structure of the course is

Weeks 1 – 5, Basics: creating a professional identity, drafting a resume, reading job ads, doing informational interviews.

Weeks 6 – 10, Exploration: learning more, reaching out, customizing your resume,

Weeks 11 – 15, Planning: your next steps, your five-year plans, interviewing,

Humanities majors have a lot of career career options. (If those slides raise questions — great! Create a Slack channel and ask them — chances are if you have a question, so do other people reading this.)

This course is intended to help you move forward towards YOUR future–as you start to figure out what that might be.

There are outward facing components to the course — networking opportunities, resumes career fairs, events with speakers — at which you should plan to practice the professional behavior that will characterize your working life.

There are also inward facing components to the course, particularly the Slack page, where you can be reflective, uncertain, cynical, opinionated, and questioning. None of us wanted to be in this peculiar moment: taking courses online (like this one) that were intended to be face-to-face and trying to move forward amidst all kinds of unknowns. Let us be kind to one another: respectful, mindful of different life experiences, and open to different individual values and priorities.

Where:

This webpage is the main repository for static information about the course: assignments, readings, advice, assignments, the course schedule and policies. Only people directly involved in this course have the link to this page, so it’s a good idea to bookmark it on your primary device. More information and additional links will appear on this page as the course moves forward.

Slack is where much of the work of the course will take place: online conversations, group activities, Zoom meetings, readings. Taking part in Slack conversations is a required component of the course, and you can start immediately with the two channels that have “wk1” in the title. You can also initiate conversations (by opening a new Slack channel) for “custom assignment” points.

Compass 2g will function as an online gradebook, so you can track your progress, but not much else will happen there. If you log in to Compass, you should find this course automatically listed.

kwilcox@illinois.edu (my email) is where you will submit assignments. I will provide feedback and comments through the Outlook 365 platform. Questions about grades should be asked via email, and not a Slack DM.

All course materials will be available online; there is no required textbook.

Course Assignments, Requirements, Grading Procedures

There are two kinds of assignments in this course: required assignments that everyone is expected to complete, and custom assignments, which you will choose from a menu of options. The required assignments give you the opportunity to get advice and feedback in doing things that are a standard part of every career path. The custom assignments will allow you to explore career paths and develop additional dimensions of your professional identity in ways that make the most sense for your goals and interests. That said — take advantage of the opportunity to explore things that might not have have occurred to you!

Required Assignments

You will get explicit instructions for each of these as the deadline approaches — generally through the Slack, but this list should help you know what to expect and when key course components will be due.

Total Required Assignments: 300/350 500 pts.

Custom Assignments:

You can find a list of the “Custom Assignments” here, which includes information about how to submit those assignments and the deadlines for each. Note that the “deadline” column is for assignments that have a specific written deliverable. If there is no deadline, it’s an event that I’ll be attending or hosting, so your participation is enough to earn the points for the event.

In order to get the full 500 360 points allocated for the course,  you’ll need to complete 50 points of custom assignments. If your custom assignments add up to MORE than 60 points, the surplus points will count towards your general point total. In other words, if you miss a required assignment, or decide that a required assignment offers little value to you, you can make up the missed points through additional custom assignments. (You will notice that the Grade Center in Compass allocates 3oo points for the Custom Assignment course component to accommodate surplus points.)

As part of your “Draft Resume and Reflection” assignment, you will be asked to identify the assignments you plan to complete — not as a binding expectation, just to encourage you to plan ahead and stay on track.

Grading 

The numbers below have been updated to reflect changes in the course requirements.

Written assignments, attendance, and the mock exam final add up to a maximum total of 350 points, with the grading scale as follows

 

A+ 360+ – 350
A 349 – 334
A- 333 – 324
B+ 323 – 313
B 312 – 299
B- 298 – 288
C+ 287 – 277
C 276 – 263
C- 262 – 252
D+ 251 – 241
D 240 – 227
D- 226 – 216
F/No Credit 215  –  0

 

A+ 500 – 486
A 485 – 466
A- 465 – 451
B+ 450 – 436
B  435 – 416
B- 401 – 415
C+ 400 – 386
C 385 – 366
C- 365 – 351
D+ 350 – 336
D 335 – 316
D- 301 – 315
No Credit 300  –  0

Generally, if you complete an assignment in good faith, you’ll get the points. If you notice that you’re missing points, it’s probably because (a) you left out some required component or (b) your work reflects some misconceptions that I’d like to clear up. Please reach out if you lose points on an assignment and don’t understand why! You’ll usually have an opportunity to make up the lost points (and sometimes I just enter numbers wrong and would prefer to correct the situation).

You can find additional course policies here.