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Career Exploration

Degree Type: Associate in Arts
College(s): Retention and Student Success

Why Choose CARE?

You might be coming to college with a major in mind, but you'd like to be sure of your choice. You might have several options for majors and need assistance in sorting them out. You might enter college knowing you want an education, but have no clear career focus. Ferris State University offers you opportunity to explore careers at any stage of the career decision-making process. The Career Exploration program is part of University College and features a career-planning course, faculty advisors, and career testing and counseling.

The Course

CARE 102, Career and Education Planning, is a three-credit hour class that guides you through the career decision-making process. CARE 102 offers you the opportunity to explore college programs, career options and employment viability.  As a student you will discover how educational planning can help you with your lifelong career decision making process.  In this course you will develop a personal educational and career plan based on your interests and skills, using strength-based assessments. 

The Academic Advisor

All CARE students enroll in the Ferris State University Seminar courses - FSUS 100 and 101. The instructor of this weekly seminar is also your advisor, selected from the many faculty and professional staff who specialize in helping to guide students who have not yet selected a program. Academic Advisors can help you define and develop realistic goals, identify special needs, match the student to available resources, monitor progress toward educational and career goals, and discuss linkages between academic preparation and the world of work.

Self-Evaluation Options

Through the Educational and Career Counseling Center, you have the opportunity to complete interest and personality indicators under the guidance of licensed professional counselors. The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is one of the most researched and popular personality instruments used to help individuals understand and appreciate personality gifts and differences. The Strong Interest Inventory (SII) is a valid and reliable interest assessment used for career counseling.

More Information

Developmental Curriculum
Retention and Student Success
Ferris State University
820 Campus Drive, ASC 1017
Big Rapids, MI 49307

Shelly VandePanne
Director of Student Academic Affairs
Phone: 231-591-2360
Required Courses
Credit Hours

General Education Requirements

Communication Competence:
English 1
English 2
Choose One:
Interpersonal Communication
Fundamentals-Public Speaking
Scientific Understanding Electives:
Two courses from the following (one must be a lab): ASTR, BIOL, CHEM, GEOG 111 or GEOG 121, GEOL, PHSC, PHYS
Quantitative Skills: 
This requirement can be fulfilled by ONE of the following options:
MATH 115 Intermediate Algebra or higher OR proficiency OR ACT Subtest Score 24 or higher
Cultural Enrichment Electives:
At least 3 courses from the following: ARCH 244, ARTH, ARTS, COMM 231, ENGL 322, FREN, GERM, HIST, HUMN*, LITR, MUSI, SPAN, THTR. One course must be 200 level or above. A maximum of 3 credit hours of music or theater activites may be used.
*except HUMN 217
Social Awareness Electives:
Three courses totaling 9 credit hours from the following: ANTH, ECON, GEOG (Except GEOG 111 or GEOG 121), PLSC, PSYC, SOCY, SSCI (Except SSCI 100). Must include 2 different subject areas and one Social Awareness Foundation Course.
Additional Cultural Enrichment*/Social Awareness Elective:
2-3 minimum

Required Courses

Career and Education Planning
Ferris State Univ Seminar
Ferris State Univ Seminar 2
Directed Electives:
Credits necessary to meet the total requirement of 60 sem. Credits.
 Electives may be any 100 level or above course offered through Allied Health Sciences, Arts and Sciences, Business, Education, Optometry, Technology or University College. Exploratory Course list is available. Courses should be selected with an advisor.
Limited to 1 year.
Career Assessment Inventories taken, then move into program.