Course Descriptions

Accelerated Course StudentsGraduate School and Career Planning Strategies

If your goal after graduation is finding employment, you will need a certain set of knowledge and skills in order to be successful in your job search.

During this weekend residency, you will have the opportunity to learn:

  • How to write a resume and cover letter that will showcase your education, experience, skills and accomplishments
  • Effective job search strategies
  • How to prepare for and perform well during a job interview

The Career Planning portion of the course will be very hands-on with time for writing and mock interviews.

If your goal is to apply for graduate school, applying to graduate schools can be a complicated and time consuming process. This course will cover topics such as school selection, application process, timeline, and typical requirements. In addition, students will learn what to expect during the course of a typical graduate program. This class also includes a hands-on personal statement writing workshop.

Biology Lab Camp

This residency is the lab component of Biology I. Students who take this residency will be able to do hands-on labs relating to the online lab work they completed in BIO 1030. This residency can be used for the psychology residency requirement.

Students will be required to purchase, read, and bring the following textbook to the residency:

Enger, E. D., & Ross, F. C. (2012). Laboratory manual: Concepts in biology (14th ed.). New York, NY: McGraw-Hill. ISBN: 978-0077295257

Students wishing to stay through Tuesday afternoon can participate in a field trip to the area fossil beds and/or prairie lands in the area. Students wishing more information on this opportunity should contact Dr. Bartelt at

Managing Stress and Health in the Workplace (BUS 4905)

Job stress and its impact upon workers’ health and well-being has increasingly garnered recognition, media attention, and public concern. This residency program will examine and help students integrate the concepts of organizational change and stress management to help prevent and alleviate stress in the workplace. Furthermore, students will learn about the nature and sources of stress, the effects of stress on health, and personal skills to reduce stress.

Managing Your Multi-Generational Organization Today

Instructor: Steven Bardwell – Program Chair of Waldorf College Fire Administration Program

Book: Managing the Multi-Generational Workforce
(Robert B. Delcompo, Lauren A Haggerty, Merideth J. Janey, Lauren Ashley Knippel)

Today, our workforce is experiencing an interesting and challenging situation. We currently have four distinct and different generations working in the same workforce at the same time.

The session will be very interactive with discussions and activities about the characteristics of the generations, their expectations and values, and gaining a better understanding of how to manage these generations. Gaining the win-win-win-win will be a major priority. In addition to assignments completed during the residency, students will be required to complete a pre-course assignment.

Topics include:

  • Overview of the Generations
  • Millennials
  • Expectations and Values
  • Building and Maintaining Relationships
  • Psychological Contracts
  • Organizational Structure, Culture, and Training
  • Recruitment and Retention Tactics
  • Managerial Styles: Using Them Effectively with Multi-generations

About the Instructor:

Steven Bardwell has supervised in organizations ranging from two generations to four generations. In addition, he has developed and delivered many organizational training programs to organizations in each region of the United States. He also serves as an Adjunct Instructor for the United States Fire Administration.

Personal Marketing (Bus 4904)

Instructor: Barbara Barrows, Director of Marketing, Waldorf College

Whether you’re seeking a new position, writing your website bio, running for office or pitching your services, self-promotion is essential to your success.

This course will show you how tried and true public relations and marketing techniques can be targeted, customized and personalized to help you put your best foot forward. We'll cover audience research, message development, media placement, SWOT analysis and much more, all with the goal of getting you the recognition you deserve.

*Course attendees should prepare a 30- to 60-second "elevator speech" (a brief, conversational summary of accomplishments and talents) and bring their resume.

Media Skills and Professional Development for Emergency Management Personnel (CRJ 4900)

Instructor: John Shook, Assistant Professor/Department Chair for Criminal Justice Administration, Waldorf College

This course will discuss various skills and strategies necessary in the field of Criminal Justice or Fire Science Administration to assist in career and promotion opportunities. Topics will include: media relations (How do I respond to the media in an emergency situation? How can I provide proactive media relations to get ahead of the press?), public speaking tips, and professional development (interview skills, résumé writing tips, and job search strategies(How do I get that Federal job? Searching and navigating USAJOBS).