Professionalism Program

The KU School of Business’ Professionalism Program will give Business Jayhawks an even bigger advantage in the competitive job market by providing students with early exposure to career concepts and enriched opportunities for professional development.

Launching fall 2020, the Professionalism Program helps students keep their career goals on track and build the future of their own design through a combination of a series of six, 1-credit courses focused on career and professional excellence along with a portfolio of documented participation in a variety of outside of course activities. From workshops to badges and certifications, the program will have numerous opportunities. Students will be able to demonstrate the full range of their activities to potential employers in new ways.

What to expect

Throughout the program, you will get a comprehensive understanding of how you’ll put your business education into action upon graduation.

The program provides opportunities to research professions, develop a career plan and set goals, earn certifications and credentials, engage with potential employers and industry professionals, and participate in a flexible internship component.


BUS 110: Introduction to Professionalism

Lay the groundwork for personal and professional development.

BUS 120: Emerging Topics in Business

Gain exposure to cutting-edge topics, trends and technologies.

BUS 210: Career Management and Planning

Connect with a career advisor, set career goals, and develop your resume and interviewing skills.

BUS 220: Introduction to Professions in Business

Explore careers and career-related topics in various business disciplines based on your major or career path. Major-specific 220 courses will be available, and students in those majors will be encouraged to take the 220 course for their chosen or anticipated major.

BUS 310: Internship

Apply the skills you’ve learned with a professional-level internship component, which can be completed between your sophomore and junior year or between your junior and senior year, though exceptions can be made.

BUS 410: Professionalism Capstone

Prepare for a successful transition to life after college by reflecting, integrating and synthesizing your professional development.

Note: KU has adjusted courses to allow for reduced classroom capacities in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Incoming fall 2020 School of Business freshmen will take BUS 120 as their first course in this sequence because it is better suited for online learning.


Karl Kammerer Jana Fitchett
Director, Professionalism Program Assistant Director, Professionalism Program
913-897-8479 785-864-7539


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