Goal 2 - Strategy 2

Incorporate career readiness and other high impact practices into the curriculum, including a signature work

Undergraduate Majors and Career Ready Competencies

Every undergraduate major at Indiana State University has career ready competencies and a culminating experiential learning requirement embedded into the curriculum.  The range of career ready experiences available to students is as diverse as the array of undergraduate majors.  These opportunities include but are not limited to the following programs.

  • The Meis Student Development Center, in cooperation with the Indiana State University Career Center, coordinates Catapult, the Scott College of Business’ comprehensive professional development program.  This robust program includes workshops, networking events with employers and alumni, and panel discussions. Workshops are highly interactive and often require advance preparation.  Beginning with 100-level courses, students participate in relevant and grade appropriate Catapult programs every semester. 
  • Students earning a Bachelor of Science in Professional Aviation Flight Technology receive four years of hands-on flight training in addition to their required coursework.  Training is completed at the Indiana State University Flight Academy.  The academy, located at the Terre Haute International Airport, features a recently renovated facility and a fleet of aircraft with navigational equipment and technology consistent with industry standards. Students complete their degree with an FAA Commercial Certification with an Instrument Rating and Multi-Engine Land Class Rating; and ready to embark upon a successful career.
  • Future healthcare providers at Indiana State train in real time clinical scenarios at the Rural Health Innovation Collaborative Simulation Center.  The center utilizes life-like, high-tech mannequins that mimic various human conditions.  Team-based education is a particular emphasis of the center.  Students across multiple disciplines from area colleges and universities engage in fundamental skill development activities at the Sim Center every semester.
  • The Teachers of Tomorrow Advancing Learning Program (TOTAL) provides teacher education students the opportunity to complete an intensive internship the semester prior to student teaching.  Students work with a coaching teacher in one classroom for the entire semester.  Teacher candidates from the Bayh College of Education graduate with an abundance of workplace experience through early fieldwork, an internship semester, and a student teaching assignment.
  • The Department of Psychology provides its students with a career-specific culminating experience depending on their career ambitions.  In consultation with an advisor, students select a community setting work experience or a lab work experience.  The community setting opportunity is available for students interested in entering the workforce upon completing their undergraduate degree; while the lab opportunity is appropriate for students interested in pursuing graduate school upon completing their undergraduate degree.  Students in both settings glean important experiential lessons and develop critical career skills, such as:  identifying and communicating personal strengths, creating an effective cover letter and resume, and successfully applying to graduate school or securing employment in the psychology field.

Short-Term Study Abroad Experiences

Indiana State University is committed to the idea that study abroad and other types of global engagement are an integral part of an Indiana State education.  One important way students experience global engagement is through short-term or faculty-led study abroad.  These programs generally last one to three weeks and provide a cost-effective option for international travel.  Students can choose from fifteen programs that range from studying contemporary politics, economics, and social policy in Cuba; to providing medical service outreach to indigenous persons in Ecuador; to studying the Holocaust in Poland and Germany.  While the subject matter of short-term study abroad programs can vary considerably, each program shares the important goal of expanding students’ worldviews.  Logistical support and student scholarships are provided through the Center for Global Engagement.

To read more about short-term study abroad experiences, click here.

Student Media

The Indiana Statesman, the student newspaper at Indiana State University, is delivered digitally and in print form two days a week.  Students are responsible for reporting, opinion writing, photography, editing, advertising sales, graphic design, circulation management, and videography.

The Sycamore, Indiana State’s yearbook, is published each May.  Students serve as writers, photographers, page designers, editors, and marketing managers.

Students working at WZIS 90.7 FM, the student- run radio station, work as disc jockeys, sports announcers and commentators, news and public affairs reporters and hosts, station directors and managers, audio production managers, and promotion managers.  Students also provide staffing to WISU, 89.7, the public radio affiliate of WYFI-FM in Indianapolis. 

Sycamore Video is a student-run video production company.  Student staff manage all aspects of production, including hosting the cablecast programs This Week at ISU and Almost Live.  Sycamore Video also hosts the annual Sycamore Video Expo. 

Indiana State Sports Network produces live video of Sycamore Athletics events for ESPN3 and ESPN+ in agreement with the Missouri Valley Conference.  Students are responsible for all aspects of video production for volleyball, soccer, football, men’s and women’s basketball, softball, and baseball.

The outstanding work of student media has been recognized by the Indiana Association of School Broadcasters, Intercollegiate Broadcasting System and Indiana Collegiate Press Association.

To learn more about the success of the Student Media program, click the following links:  national awards and state awards.