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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 the opportunity to explore careers at any stage of the career decision-making process. The Career Exploration program is part of Rentention and Student Success unit and features both career-planning and career-skills courses.

The Courses

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. 

CARE 201, Career Skills -I, is a one-credit course that focuses on completing job applications, writing resumes, and writing cover letters. In addition, students will be connected with career resources on campus and around the community. 

CARE 202, Career Skills -II, is a one-credit course that focuses on employment, interviewing and professional etiquette. 

CARE 203, Career Skills -III, is a one-credit course that focuses on employment portfolios, networking, and transferrable skills. 

FSUS and Advising Support

All freshman CARE students enroll in the Ferris State University Seminar course - FSUS 100.  The instructor of this weekly seminar is also the student's academic advisor, which allows for more advising interactions. Having more advising interactions allows the student the opportunity to 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.

General Education


All University General Education requirements for an Associate’s degree is here

Please consult this link for a complete listing of General Education Electives. 

 Consult the Required Course above or program advisor for program specific General Education requirements.

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

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.