The philosophy of professional and service projects is simple: service is a vitally important component of career development. What this means practically is that opportunities are available through service that can allow one to achieve the following objectives:
How do I “take” 70-201?
Students fulfill 70-201 requirements by engaging in activities in which they substantively address each of the four goals of the course listed above. The course culminates in a written report documenting students’ participation and the extent to which they achieved the aforementioned goals.
What Activities can I use to complete the requirement?
There are various activities in Undergraduate Business, within the Carnegie Mellon campus at large, and in the local and international communities allow students the opportunity to meet the course goals.
1) Clubs and Organizations: students may fulfill 70-201 by demonstrating high impact, in terms of both quantity and quality of personal contribution, to any Undergraduate Business or University club or organization. Examples of such clubs/organizations include:
2) Community Organization Projects: If you believe you are achieving the goals of 70-201 through participation in a community organization, please arrange a meeting with Lauren Weinstein or Dr. Cofield to discuss this involvement and how it might apply to 70-201. Additionally, community organizations often contact the department soliciting student involvement in their activities that may be used to meet the service requirement. These are shared with interested students as they develop in order to provide students with additional opportunities not associated with specific clubs or organizations.
3) University Lecture Series & Wednesday Night Insights: Professional development through educational events such as lectures, panels and workshops complements coursework and informs practice. Students must go to ten (10) lectures and write a two-page (single-spaced) paper on each one detailing what they learned and how it relates to course objectives to fulfill 70-201. Alternatively, students can supplement other 70-201 activities, such as those through clubs and organizations with professional development opportunities to create a more comprehensive portfolio.
4) Academic courses: Certain academic courses can be used to complete 70-201 such as 15-502 and 15-391. Please discuss this option with an advisor.
5) Additional Opportunities
What activities can’t I use to complete 70-201?
Involvements with fraternities and sororities, religious institutions and athletic teams may not be used to complete 70-201.
How do I enroll in 70-201?
Students are only allowed to register for the course when at least 70% of the course objectives have been completed. Typically, this means after being substantially involved for one full semester or more in a club or organization. For students opting to solely attend lectures, seven lectures must be attended and students must have received an A on each essay. If, after submitting the report, it is determined that the student has met 100% of the course objectives, no further documentation is necessary and a grade will be awarded. If after submitting the report, it is determined that the student has not met 70% of the requirements, the student may request an appointment to better understand how his/her involvement has been evaluated and how he/she can best fulfill the requirements.
Students are encouraged to meet with Lauren Weinstein or Dr. Cofield at the beginning of the semester they wish to enroll in 70-201 to ensure they are on the right track and can successfully complete the requirement that semester.
Student may be registered in the course until the last day of classes in a semester and may not be enrolled prior to the first day after the end of the drop-add period.
By when do I need to complete 70-201?
Each student must complete 70-201 as a part of their degree requirements. Students who enter as freshmen should plan to complete the requirement by the end of their 5th semester. Students who transfer into undergraduate business should plan to complete the requirement by the end of the 3rd semester after their transfer. There is no cut-off date for completion of this requirement other than prior to graduation. However students are encouraged to complete the requirement within the above suggested guideline times as it if difficult to complete it without sufficient prior planning.
There are about 5-6 information sessions per year to talk about 70-201 in greater depth and answer any questions. If you have an immediate question/concern, please contact Lauren Weinstein or Dr. Milton Cofield.