Academics

The Center for Graduate Life provides multiple academic courses which can be taken for credit, including career preparation, leadership,  communication, research, and teaching courses. Find a list of courses offered below:

Leadership & Career Preparation Courses

GRAD 6000 | Leadership Essentials for Graduate Students | 2.0 credits

Learn the strong leadership skills you will need to successfully recruit for and land professional career roles. Leadership Essentials will help you assess your leadership strengths and weaknesses and develop a personal leadership plan. The course will help students improve all aspects of their communication and learn how to cultivate collaborative relationships that foster trust, commitment, and coordination. The course will also cover how to recognize various styles of thinking and emotional behavior.

GRAD 6000/8000 | Topics on Diversity and Inclusion | 2.0 credits

The objective of this course is to explore diversity and inclusion from various multi-disciplinary perspectives. Diversity is often equated with a disciplinary view rooted in social justice. Yet, over the last few years research in diversity has demonstrated numerous disciplinary-specific points of view. Groups with more diversity perform better than other groups. Companies with a diverse employee base tend to produce better financially. These various discipline-specific findings provide a strong case for why diversity matters. Given the value of diversity, how do we build organizations and systems that are inclusive?

GRAD 6000/8000: Navigating Graduate School as a First Generation Scholar | 2.0 credits

This 2-credit elective course will help graduate students identify and define how their individual identities, experiences and skills can be leveraged to progress through the potentially challenging and isolating environment of graduate life.

GRAD 6050 | Intrapreneurship for Non - Business Majors | 2.0 credits

An intrapreneur is defined by American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language as a person within a corporation or organization who takes direct responsibility for turning an idea into a viable finished product or service through assertive risk-taking and innovation – namely an entrepreneur within the organization. The challenge and opportunity for the student is to explore and understand how to create, develop, and sustain innovative new businesses, products or services within established corporate, government or nonprofit organizations.

GRAD 6201/8201 | Teaching at the University Level | 3.0 credits

This course is designed for graduate students who teach or intend to teach.  Topics include developing a teaching philosophy, constructing a syllabus, using student demographics and learning styles in course design, managing controversial topics, incorporating active learning and critical thinking, constructing rubrics for use in testing and grading, and applying theories of learning and motivation to the classroom.  From this foundation, students will teach during class meetings to gain experience and benefit from peer review.

GRAD 6000/8000 | Creating Best Classroom Practices Using Psychological Theories | 3.0 credits

This course offers students who teach, either alone or as TAs, an opportunity to explore the creation of effective classroom practices.  Whether designing a course, planning a syllabus, or creating materials for class, teachers want to use evidence-based best practices to maximize the effectiveness of their teaching and the students' learning.  This course covers established psychological theories in the areas of learning, memory, and motivation to assist teachers in finding the best practices for their classrooms. Theorists include, but are not limited to, Pavlov, Watson, Thorndike, Skinner, Piaget, as well as contemporary contributors to the fields.

GRAD 6320/8320 | Career Lab: Developing Core Career Competencies | 2.0 credits

Gain practice and knowledge about non-cognitive skills such as grit, leadership, lateral thinking, innovation, professional branding, effective communication, and organizational evaluation as it relates to your professional career. Developing and practicing these core career competencies contribute to the career brand, confidence and connection to your industries of choice. Participate in weekly topical sessions, contribute to discussions and complete reflections and assignments that correlate to each unit. Each unit, including related discussions and assignments, builds upon the last to help you create a strategic career action plan and attain valuable skills for long-term success.

GRAD 8000 | Grants: Find, Study, Plan and Prepare an Application | 2.0 credits

There are up to $60 Billion dollars available in grant support for research and education. That money has very specific purposes, to support specific research and specific people, in specific regions and/or institutions. To find money, you must understand the funding agencies and yourself. We will study both; who are you? What is your research, specifically and more broadly? Where does it, and where do you fit among the funding agencies? Where can you fit that you didn’t realize before? How do you need to prepare yourself in order to be competitive? What is required in the application? How do you complete all of that, and make it, and yourself, most competitive?  Together, we will answer all of these questions one by one, and you will either have one or more great applications, or have a specific and actionable plan to apply to one or more opportunities by the end of the semester.  

Communication & Writing Courses

GRAD 6212/8212 | Academic Writing for Graduate Students | 3.0 credits

This course refines academic writing skills, especially those related to writing about empirical research. The course focuses equally on product and process. You will gain skills to help you effectively produce key parts of an empirical paper and you will explore different academic genres relevant to your discipline; then produce a relevant academic genre of your choice. You will also learn strategies for planning a large writing project, developing a regular writing schedule, managing procrastination and perfectionism and responding to critical feedback.

GRAD 6210/8210: Graduate-Level Writing for International Students | 3.0 credits

Designed to benefit English as a Second Language (ESL) graduate students and serves as an introduction to concepts central to graduate-level writing in the United States, such as academic integrity, audience awareness, and discipline-specific variation.

GRAD 8610 | Making Dissertations Happen:  Managing Writing and Life | 2.0 credits

This course will help you manage your dissertation work through such topics as prioritizing your dissertation, writing more effectively and efficiently, improving your productivity, strengthening your relationship with your dissertation advisor and handling stress in healthier ways.  Join a supportive community of dissertation writers and learn to create more balance in your life. 

GRAD 6330 | Workplace Communications | 2.0 credits

Learn the principles of good communication in the workplace, with a focus on the special needs of writing in technical fields such as health, the sciences, and business. Emphasis is placed on communicating effectively in an increasingly diverse world.

Research & Data Courses

GRAD 8990 | Academic Integrity | 0 credits (non-graded)

Online training addressing issues of academic integrity and the University’s policy and procedures related to violations. Required of all new doctoral students.

GRAD 6302/8302 | Responsible Conduct of Research | 2.0 credits

This course focuses on practical skills and critical thinking about the responsible conduct of research, highlighting the nine areas of instruction required by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and National Science Foundation (NSF).  This course features speakers with expertise in various areas of professionalism and research ethics. This course is required for all doctoral students. Graded on a Pass/Unsatisfactory basis.

GRAD 6240/8240: Research Ethics in the Biological and Behavioral Sciences | 3.0 credits

Designed to identify the fundamental elements that characterize not only methodologically grounded but also morally appropriate scientific research. Class discussion and readings focus on key issues in biological and behavioral research including informed consent, privacy and confidentiality, risk-benefits assessments, mechanisms for protecting animal and human research subjects, international research, vulnerable populations, conflicts of interest and data management, publication ethics, intellectual property issues and the politics of research.

GRAD 6340/8340 | Data Analysis & Presentation | 2.0 credits

Learn to gather, organize and present data for understanding and impact in a professional setting. This course helps develop decision-making and predictive modeling.