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ERIC Number: EJ1083467
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Reference Count: 8
Debunking "You Want Fries with That?": Designing Courses to Bridge the Gap between Degree and Career
Luebke, Monica; Rhodes, Althea E.
CEA Forum, v39 n2 p54-72 Sum-Fall 2010
Liberal arts majors are teased that they will have to learn to say, "Do you want fries with that?" after college, but as professionals and former liberal arts majors ourselves, the authors know the workplace holds much more promise than a future in fast food. However, with today's economic crisis and stagnant job market, educational institutions need to offer rhetoric majors with career possibilities instead of simple assurances. The authors believe it is better to show their students than to tell them that they learn more from active experience. They have designed selected courses within the rhetoric and writing program to offer them guidance and to help them conceive of their major in the form of different careers, both academic and nonacademic, before they hit the job market, careers that exist in the local economy and that make use of their rhetorical and literary skills. These courses include the capstone course, the senior seminar, and two internship courses. In what follows, the authors present the design and benefits of these courses which work to help students find careers that the rhetoric majors and minors may not envision otherwise. These courses help them bridge the gap between being a student and a professional.
Descriptors: Outcomes of Education, College Graduates, Career Guidance, Majors (Students), Labor Market, Curriculum, Seminars, Internship Programs, Portfolios (Background Materials), Rhetoric
College English Association. Web site: http://www.cea-web.org
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Arkansas