Get some hands-on experience!

Through courses that include some component of experiential learning (i.e. learning outside the classroom or with experts in your field), or through external professional development programs, CAS students can get a jump start on preparing for life after UVM.

Whether you are planning to attend grad school or enter the workforce, stepping just outside of the standard lecture or seminar will set you up for success!

Exploring Majors

You might be curious which major enrolls the highest number of incoming CAS students every year. The answer: no major at all! Roughly 25% of first year students begin their CAS career without a major declared. 30% of first years change their major by the end of their second semester, and 2/3 of CAS students change their major at least once over the course of their time at UVM. If you’re Undeclared, you’ll likely benefit from the guidance and support of CAS’s “Exploring Majors” course, AS 095!

More Information

The primary goal of AS 095 is to build community. You’ll join a group of other exploratory first year students and work together to learn about all that UVM has to offer. The course is even led by former undeclared students, so you’ll have tons of support from peers who know exactly how it feels to be exploring your academic options!

The course will provide you with a solid foundation of knowledge from which to branch out and discover academic departments you’ve never heard of, or solidify your passion for subjects you’ve studied since grade school. You’ll meet faculty, current students, recent grads, and advisors who want to help you find fields of study that suit your skills, interests, and values.

You’ll also build effective learning skills, study habits, and stress/mental health management techniques to help you feel supported as you seek out your unique path.

What you'll get:

Core Competencies: Intercultural Fluency | Ethical Reasoning & Decision Making | Teamwork, Collaboration & Leadership


Service Learning Courses

Each year, UVM offers 80-90 courses that are designed to include a community-engaged element that connects to the course's academic content. This is a great place to start if you are entering a new field, want some faculty-supported community engagement, or want to complete a capstone project or research work. You will find all Service Learning courses on the Schedule of Courses marked with an "SL" in front of the course title. These courses range from intro-level to seminars and may include: 

  • direct service, interacting directly with a client population or providing needed services
  • consultancy, where — instead of volunteering — you are producing a deliverable or working on a professional-level project for your community partner
  • community-based research, collecting and/or analyzing data on behalf of a community partner.

What you'll get

Core Competencies: Intercultural Fluency | Ethical Reasoning & Decision Making | Teamwork, Collaboration & Leadership

This means you'll practice skills such as accepting responsibility, communicating across cultures, and adapting concepts and behaviors to changing conventions and norms. 



Career Readiness Courses

CAS offers courses to help you design your time at UVM to be most effective. Courses like "Careers in Helping Professions," "Liberal Arts in Worlds of Work," and "Showbusiness" help you connect your academic strengths with real-world strengths in an intentional way. 

What you'll get

Core Competencies: Information & Digital Literacy | Analytical & Critical Thinking

You'll practice synthesizing facts, concepts & principles, identifying alternatives, and assessing needs. 

Explore Career-Readiness Courses

Getting from the Liberal Arts to a CareerAS-0961 credit
Careers in Helping ProfessionsAS-0961 credit
Introduction to ExcelAS-0951 credit
Liberal Arts in Worlds of WorkAS-0951 credit
Careers in Public HealthPH 1961 credit
Career Builder: LinkedInCDAE 0952 credits
Science Career SkillsBIOL 2961 credit
Professional DevelopmentCHEM 1991 credit
ShowbusinessTHE 0963 credits
Professional PreparationTHE 2001-3 credits
Effective SpeakingSPCH 0113 credits



Core Communications Skills

There are several foundational skills that you should have before you graduate from the College of Arts & Sciences.

Writing & Speaking

Every deprtament will have courses that build these skills, but there are several courses that have been specifically created for this purpose. Many other courses across the CAS currilcum are writing intensive, so make sure to seek those out through your major to build your skills.

Alternately, several UVM clubs and organizations allow you to practice your written and oral communication. Take a look at the UVM Clubs Lynx to find an organization that interests you.

Quantitative Reasoning

Dealing with data and learning how to find the story within it are two skills employers are very interested in! Check out these courses in the UVM Catalogue that will help you develop these essential skills. 


Undergraduate Certificate Programs

Many students choose to pursue an Undergraduate Certificate in addition to their major and minor. Pull together your coursework into a capstone experiential project that will find real world application for your knowledge! While these programs do involve a number of required credits, they can absolutely be done alongside your degree.

Available Undergraduate Certificates


Manomet U360

Part course, part internship, part practical application, this program will help you develop your ability to understand, communicate with, and relate to working professionals. Help small business owners improve their sustainable practices by learning about their industries, identifying problem areas, and developing action plans to help them achieve their goals. This 2 semester program is ideal for students who are itching to help make an impact on the world through finding feasible solutions to everyday environmental sustainability issues. This program is run by the nonprofit Manomet. Earn up to 6 credits through AS-190.

What you'll get

Core Competencies: Intercultural/Global Fluency  |  Quantitative Reasoning 

Learn to identify quickly and accurately the primary issues when making a decision or solving a problem.


Additional Information

The CELO office is the home of Service Learning opportunities across the university. 

Office of Community Engaged Learning

Check out the course catalogue to find courses that include community engagement.

UVM Course Catalogue

Core Competencies

Underneath each program, we have listed the key Core Competencies you will be practicing through your participation. Think about which you would most like to develop and target your participation accordingly!

Current CAS Students: Get in touch with your advisor! Find out how these programs can fit into your degree completion plan.