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Course Descriptions

College Studies Courses

COLL 100: Personal Finance /Prof. Growth

(Personal Finance and Professional Growth.) Through class exercises and field research activities, students learn to manage their personal finances while developing pre-professional competencies (e.g. attitudes, dispositions, personal orientations/ethics, social skills). Personal financial planning topics include wise actions for managing budgets, taxes, consumer credit, housing decisions, insurance, investments, and the best ways to consider how you are financing education costs. Goal setting, creative problem-solving, team building, and working with a mentor will help students manage monetary stress and develop a plan for meeting their financial goals. Identifying and learning to communicate about personal qualities for career exploration are emphasized. Learning activities involve interactive experiences, case studies, and personal assessments to create a personal financial plan and professional development portfolio. No prerequisites.

COLL 102: Liberal Arts and the Workplace

Liberal Arts and the Workplace is designed to deepen student understanding of the fundamental skills and knowledge base that a liberal arts education brings to today’s and tomorrow’s professional cultures and innovative workplaces. In addition to curating the courses and experiences students have already had, this course continues to build essential workplace skills in communication, teamwork, resourcefulness, network-building, goal-setting, effective self-assessment, and research skills. Outcomes of the course include a career exploration research portfolio, a mentor network, a resume for internships, a plan for seeking and successfully completing high-quality internships, an articulated, well-researched career plan, as well as a corresponding academic and co-curricular plan of action. No prerequisites.

COLL 103: Success: Mindsets and Strategies

This course is designed to equip students with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to learn and grow from their academic and collegiate experiences. Using theoretical application of self-regulation and self-control, students learn to achieve their short-term academic goals while remaining focused on their long-term objectives. Students study recognized resiliency practices—including principles of academic tenacity, anxiety reduction through effective time and project management, positive effective self-assessment strategies, and other strategies to retain a growth mindset. Students learn to most effectively use the tools and resources for academic success at Lake Forest College. Faculty, alumni, and current student leaders present on their resiliency stories and strategies. Throughout the course, students compile a portfolio of their experiences at Lake Forest College as a self-study in success practices. The course runs as a seminar twice a week with individual one-on-one meetings outside of class required. This is a partial credit 0.50 course. No prerequisites.

COLL 119: COVID-19 Partial Credit Recovery

This course is designed to recover the credit hours (.5) successfully earned during the first half of a one credit course in the COVID-19-interrupted Spring 2020 term. It is available only as part of a withdrawal from the original course and recognizes the work that the student successfully completed before the midterm shift to remote learning. To qualify for this 0.5 credit, the student needed to be passing and regularly attending the course up until the midterm break. This course cannot be applied to any major or minor or toward the Forester Fundamental Curriculum.

COLL 170: Your Future Self

[i]How do you identify, design, and live a life you love?[/i] This course utilizes design thinking in an entrepreneurial setting to help students from any major envision their possible future self and develop a plan to realize their vision for themselves. Using entrepreneurship frameworks, students develop a deeper awareness of self, others, and the world. Students also explore personal and career-path opportunities, and the importance of resilience, reflective decision-making, and goal setting in those pursuits. This experiential course offers personal and career exploration via distinguished speakers, lectures, class discussion, and readings. No prerequisites. Not open to seniors.

COLL 222: Powerful Academic Writing

Powerful academic writers write like great speakers sound--they move audiences to change their opinions, their actions, their perspectives. Good writers often read their writing aloud to be sure that each sentence communicates its intent. In this course, students read their writing aloud, give meaningful critique to others, work in writing teams (as if in the workplace) and, develop writing confidence through hearing as well as seeing ideas on the page. Most importantly, students write about facts and ideas with personal meaning, passion, and purpose. No prerequisites. (Under the Forester Fundamental Curriculum, this course meets the Writing requirement.)