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Student Development Courses

What are Student Development courses?

These are one or two credit classes designed to assist students with relevant college related concerns in a class setting with the goal of helping you to fulfill the AIMS of a BYU education, thus experiencing success and happiness while attending BYU.

Anticipated Outcomes?

Involvement in a Student Development class has several strengths: 1) it enhances commitment to the task of career exploration and decision making, since a grade is involved, 2) you have the opportunity to be in a class with other students who have the same concerns, thus giving you mutual support and sharing of information and resources, and 3) it gives you the extended amount of investment in time and energy to explore and think about these issues adequately. With this in mind, we consider the class to be one of the most intensive and most successful ways to engage in career exploration, decision making, and improved scholarship.

When you enroll in a Student Development course you increase your ability to:

  • Help develop skills to raise your grade point average (GPA)
  • Be an effective decision maker
  • Improve performance on exams with better test-taking skills
  • Make reading a meaningful experience
  • Handle the note-taking challenge
  • Create strategies to deal with the expectations found in college
  • Explore and identify a major that is suited to your interests, values and plans
  • Face the University experience with greater confidence
  • Recognize your developing personality and strengths
  • Grow in personal development as a college student

When are they offered?

They are offered each semester or term, usually with multiple section offerings.

How do I enroll?

Same procedure as other classes. They are listed under Student Development (STDEV).

ST DEV 109 Effective Study and Learning (2 credit hours)

Concentrates on the college learning process. Helps students understand the process of intellectual maturity while developing the skills of time management, reading, listening, note taking, test preparation, test taking, and developing an effective memory.

ST DEV 117 Career Exploration (2 credit hours)

Applies theories of individual, academic, and career development; emphasizes information gathering and self-assessment with the intent of helping students make informed choices regarding major and career selection and subsequent graduation planning.

ST DEV 140 Life Planning and Decision Making (2 credit hours)

Focuses on issues of personal maturity, goal setting, and decision making abilities in areas of common concern to young adults.

ST DEV 141 Individual Development (2 credit hours)

Within the college environment, students learn the theories of young adult development and practice successful methods of facing the challenges facing college students.

ST DEV 214 Special Topics (0.5 to 3 credit hours)

This course allows instructors and students to explore various topics in general student success strategies, human development, and skills exploration. The various topics currently offered depending on the semester/term are:

  • Performance Psychology
  • Positive Living
  • BYU 101: Skills for Success at BYU (This section is for new students and by invitation only)
  • Math Modeling (By Invitation Only)
  • Integrity for Life: Building Personal Character
  • Test Preparation and Test Taking Strategies
  • Performance Psychology
  • Positive Living
  • Moral and Ethical Decision Making: Problems in Medicine
  • Surviving College Reading. Download a handout here

ST DEV 305 Advanced Reading Strategies for College Success (2 credit hours)

This course is designed to help you read demanding college texts more effectively, rapidly, and with greater comprehension and retention.

Download a handout here.

ST DEV 317 Career Strategies (2 credit hours)

This course is designed for students who are anticipating, preparing for, and managing the critical transition from university to either graduate school or the world of work. Theoretical conceptualizations of career development and practical strategies to facilitate job search/advancement or the graduate school admissions process are examined.

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