3rd Year Experience Background Information

Mission Statement


The mission of the Third-Year Experience is to provide systematically all juniors, both continuing and incoming transfer, the necessary information, programs, and services to fully transition into their academic program and begin preparations for post-graduation plans.



3YE Goals

·         To maintain or create staple events and programs that address emotional literacy and resilience, two personal responders for this population.

·         To streamline communications and outreach efforts on academic policies and programs as a means to ensure compliance with graduation requirements.

·         To encourage recognition of the leadership cycle and transition into leadership roles both on- and off-campus. 



Current 3YE Initiatives

IDI1550: Career Planning and Decision Making(1 credit/Fallonly) Designed to assist students who are beginning a career, have not yet selected their major, or are undecided on their career goals. Students apply research and career-development theory to examine how to formulate and make major and career decisions. Experiential activities include interest testing, skills and values identification, informational interviews, writing résumés and cover letters, conducting career research, interviewing skills, and the internship and job search. Participants gain insight into their career development through assessments, exploratory activities, and discussion. Limited to exploring sophomores and juniors.


IDI2030: Going Global: Intercultural Communication(1 credit/Fall & Spring)Introduces students to the basic concepts of intercultural communication in an international context. Topics include communication styles, international cultural factors, cross-cultural adjustment, and global citizenship. Globalization is discussed in the context of international understanding, and students correspond with others abroad to enhance their insights. This course is particularly useful for students thinking about studying abroad.


IDI3250: Fundamentals of Leadership (4 credits/Fall & Spring)Students are introduced to the basic concepts of leadership development and engaged in experiential learning activities that focus on civic engagement. The purpose of this course is to guide students in their development as campus leaders, educated citizens, and willing advocates.