Match your passions with your career pursuits as part of Wooster’s new Pathway programs. Gain the skills sought after by employers and grad schools through hands-on experiences and career exploration, while earning credit towards graduation.

Pathways are optional, interdisciplinary programs distinct from majors and minors that bring together academic interests, hands-on experiences, and career exploration. For students who are interested in exploring careers perhaps related to but not defined within a major or minor at Wooster, pathways can offer flexible and personalized ways to learn more about a field of interest, gain related experience and skills, and connect with experts. Whether your career interests align perfectly with your major or slightly outside of it, pathways are multifaceted opportunities to explore these interests in ways that are meaningful to you.

Each pathway includes :

  • Experiential learning (EL) opportunities (typically 1-2 experiences, such as an internship, off-campus study, campus job, or service project)
  • Reflection (exercises that help students make connections between courses, experiences, and long-term goals)
  • Coursework (typically 3-4 courses)

Upon completion of a Pathways program, students will be able to:

  • Articulate the knowledge and skills they’ve accumulated within the pathway
  • Articulate how this knowledge and these skills can be applied to a career beyond Wooster

Pathways are available for first-and second-year students and for third-year students in their first semester.

For additional questions or information about the Pathways Program, please review the FAQs section below or contact Coral Ciupak, Pathways Program Coordinator, at [email protected]

Resources

We are here to help! Drop in to the Pathways channel on Wired Wednesdays between 1:30-4PM and ask to talk with a Pathways Peer Advisor, or schedule an individual appointment with them through Handshake.

The Pathways Coordinator is also available to meet with you — book a meeting here.

Pathways FAQs

If your question is not addressed by the information below, please contact the Pathways Coordinator at [email protected].

About Pathways

What are Pathway programs?

  • Pathway programs are interdisciplinary programs that allow you to pursue your academic interests, gain valuable experience, and explore potential careers.

What commitments does Pathway require from me?

  • Each Pathway program is distinct. Typically, a Pathway requires the completion of 1-2 experiential learning opportunities (such as internships, off-campus study programs, campus leadership positions, volunteer work, and more, a series of reflection exercises, and 3-4 courses. You can learn more about program-specific requirements by visiting each Pathway’s webpage.

Who is eligible to start a Pathway?

  • Only first-year and second-year students and first-semester juniors are eligible to declare a Pathway. Some Pathways may have additional opportunities for second-semester juniors and senior students who are not enrolled in a Pathway. You may contact a representative of your Pathway Team or the Pathways Coordinator for more details.

What certification do I receive after completing a Pathway?

  • You will receive a certification that is noted on your transcript, e.g., “Certificate in Museum & Archival Studies.”

How long does it take to complete a Pathway?

  • Pathway programs typically require four semesters of work. Students may complete experiential learning components during summer recesses.

Are Pathways required of all students?

  • They are optional.

Can I do more than one Pathway program?

  • You won’t need to. Pathways are specifically built to help you think deeply about your interests and connect your academic work to potential careers.

Do Pathways have to be related to my major or minor?

  • For some students, the Pathway program will be closely connected to the work of a major or minor. For others, they will be completely distinct. There is no requirement to connect them.

Can I double count courses toward my major or minor and my Pathway?

  • Yes.

Can I double count courses toward general education requirements and my Pathway?

  • Yes.

Is there an additional cost to complete a Pathway?

  • Not usually. There is no additional cost for enrolling in a Pathway program. Students may encounter additional expenses related to their chosen experiential learning opportunities, such as housing and transportation for unpaid internships or study-abroad programs. Some sources of funding are available, including competitive grants and fellowships through APEX and the Global Engagement Office.
Getting Started

How do I decide on a Pathway program?

  • There are many ways to learn more about Pathways. You can:
    • Attend an information session
    • Talk with the Pathways Coordinator
    • Talk with a Pathway Peer Advisor
    • Talk with one of the faculty or staff members on your Pathway Team
  • You should also review your four-year academic plan with your academic advisor or staff in APEX to determine whether a Pathway will fit into your academic plan. Use the Colleague Self-Service “What if?” advising tool to map out the requirements of the pathway.

How do I start a Pathway program?

  • When you are ready to begin, simply complete the “Pathways Launch” form on the Student Academic Forms page at the Registrar’s office webpage.

What happens after I declare my pathway?

  • You will be enrolled in a Moodle course devoted to the Pathway – and receive a set of instructions on the first steps. The Moodle course will be the central guide and repository for your work in the Pathway .

What is the deadline for declaring a pathway?

  • At the end of the sixth week of classes in the fall or spring semesters. This deadline for the 2021 Fall semester is Wednesday, September 29, 2021. Students must declare their Pathway by the fall semester of their junior year.
Completing a Pathway

How can I track my progress within a Pathway?

  • You can track your progress within the Pathway on the pathway Moodle page and using the “Degree Progress” tool on Colleague Self-Service

I’m interested in a course that I think relates to my Pathway. Can I count it toward my Pathway’s coursework requirement?

  • First, check your Pathway’s list of pre-approved courses. If the course is not included here, you may request that a course be reviewed for a requirement by contacting the Pathways Coordinator or a member of yourPathway Final decisions on course substitutions rests with your Pathway team.

I’m interested in an experiential learning opportunity that I think relates to my Pathway. Can I count it toward my Pathway’s experiential learning requirements if it is not already approved?

  • See the details on your Pathway’s Moodle page or contact the Pathways Coordinator for instructions.

What happens if I don’t complete the requirements of the Pathway?

  • You won’t receive the notation on your transcript that you’ve completed the Pathway.

Can I change Pathways after I have begun?

  • Contact the Pathways Coordinator to discuss your situation. The Pathways Program Committee and your Pathway Team have ultimate authority on this question.