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Connect with your Career and Academic Pathway (CAP), a community of faculty, staff and fellow students who share your academic and professional interests. They will help you forge your path to complete a major, earn a certificate or prepare to transfer.
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Creative Arts and Design
A pathway where creative thought and imagination meet in real life. Programs in this CAP will develop your creativity and self-expression, and you’ll learn how art has affirmed the complexities and wonder of life throughout history. This will prepare you for a career in performing arts, digital media, design and studio arts.
Entrepreneurship and Business
A pathway where entrepreneurial vision, leadership and commerce strategy unite. Programs in this CAP will teach you finance, business and office management skills that will prepare you for careers in the government, in the private sector or to run your own business. Businesses may include building and construction management, culinary arts, digital publishing, energy management, horticulture, music technology or welding.
Global and Human Studies
A pathway where curiosity about humans and cultural understanding come together. Programs in this CAP explore cultures, people, and their activities so that you have the skills to solve problems, improve the quality of life for others, understand the past, and create innovative approaches to the future. This will prepare you for careers related to social justice, public policy, education, private counseling or social work.
Health and Public Service
A pathway where the mission of human well-being and protection is realized. Programs in this CAP will train you in human physiology, medical and dental care, criminal justice and fire technology so that you can keep people healthy, safe and protected during emergencies. You will be prepared to enter a career in private and public healthcare, civil service or become a first responder.
Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
A pathway where analytical thinking, science and logical innovation collaborate. Programs in this CAP will deepen your understanding of the natural and physical world from a scientific perspective so that you are prepared for a career in fields such as environmental policy, engineering, medicine, as well as field and laboratory science.
Frequently Asked Questions About CAPs
What is a Career and Academic Pathway (CAP)?
- A Career and Academic Pathway (CAP) is a group of related disciplines that share some courses, skills, and themes in common. These CAPs make it easier for students in the CAP to learn more about career options in those disciplines and to find the most relevant support and resources to help them along the way. CAPs also provide a chance to connect with fellow students through themed events, peer mentors, and promoting current student clubs.
What are the benefits of being part of a CAP?
- Being part of a CAP helps students to find tailored resources, events, and information just right for their needs. CAPs also make it easier to connect with faculty and students pursuing the same interests.
Do I have to sign up to be part of the CAPs?
- Nope, it happens automatically based on your major, so you are all set.
How do I find out which CAP I am in?
- Check the list of majors and certificates on each CAP webpage, such as this list for Creative Arts and Design. Or, visit the webpage for your major department (such as Art History) and look for the CAP listed under Program Information. Some majors are categorized in two CAPs, so students in these majors may find useful resources and events in both CAP groups.
What if I want to change my CAP or major?
- Check in with an academic counselor. It is always best to connect with an academic counselor regarding decisions about your major. Academic counseling is being provided online while we continue with remote learning. In Fall 2021, we anticipate academic counseling will be available both in-person and online. Check the Academic Counseling webpage for the latest information.
What if I have not yet declared a major?
- Since CAP events are open to everyone, they are a good opportunity to explore options. Looking through the CAP webpages and using the Career Coach tool can also help you see how your interests may align with a major. Academic counselors and career workshops are available as well.
Can I go to events hosted by other CAPs, or can I only attend things for my CAP?
- Yes, events are open to everyone no matter their CAP! They are also a great chance to explore CAPs if you are undecided.