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Career & Personal Development (CPD) Courses

CPD courses are 1-credit hour courses offered by the Institute for Women's Studies and Services that cover a broad range of subjects ranging from developing professional skills to personal interests and goals. These courses help students develop applicable and relevant workplace skills, while priming them for their future careers.


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Learning to manage time efficiently is a necessary skill for successful students, educators, and professionals. This course is designed to enable women and men to analyze their use of time, identify factors that contribute to wasting time, and improve use of time through better prioritizing, scheduling, and increased motivation.

In every individual’s life there are numerous sources of stress. Instead of simply treating the symptoms of stress, this course will help students identify their own causes of stress and then deal with those causes prescriptively. Discussions will focus on understanding stress theory, personality attributes that contribute to stress, stress in the work environment, and relationship stress.

This course will explore the issues of self-esteem within a feminist framework, including the effects of sexism on self-worth, the role of women in a sexist society, and the tools needed to survive with a strong self-image. The goal is to apply what is learned to enhancing everyday living through an understanding of societal, familial, and self-induced pressures.

This course explores assertive behavior from a feminist point of view. The differences between passive, assertive, and aggressive behaviors are discussed. Avenues for change and tools to achieve change are identified.

This interactive workshop will help students to become aware of sexual harassment and learn how to stop and prevent it.

This course will focus on career evaluation and will assist students in acquiring the skills and attitudes to plan effectively for and manage the changes which they will experience during their work lives.

This course will empower students with tools to attain their own personal sense of well-being. It will address wellness as a multilevel process consisting of emotional, cognitive, somatic, and spiritual components. The workshop will include information, experiential exercises, and process work. Group work and journal keeping will also be used to bridge the communication gap between the self and others.

The economic and social circumstances of women’s lives in the United States often place them in a different material and psychological relationship to money and issues surrounding money than men. This course will review a variety of issues women face when planning for the future, as well as some of the tools used to build a secure future.

This is an internship preparation course for students from any department without a pre-internship class in their curriculum. Students will develop a plan for finding an internship site and learn the skills needed to successfully obtain the internship. They will research potential employers, write a resume and cover letter, and develop interviewing skills. Students will also reflect on the process of finding an internship in their field and develop goals and learning objectives for their placement.

This course will examine the various roles, models, and guiding principles of women in leadership. The discussions will be intentionally interactive as students share their own experience of women’s leadership ranging from traditional to unconventional. Students will identify the values most clearly associated with women’s leadership crossculturally and read diverse women’s experiences in their communities. Each student will interview a woman whom they deem to be in a leadership role, though not necessarily a formal position, and will present his or her findings to the class. All class members will reflect on their own leadership values in relation to the course material.

This course will begin by examining the psychological tools needed to defend oneself and will gradually move into the actual, physical skills necessary to survive, escape, avoid and/or resist violence. The Women’s Empowerment Model will be presented. This model emphasizes self-respect, an understanding of one’s inalienable human rights, and the determination and ability to protect those rights. Students will learn self-defense against verbal and physical assaults by becoming more aware, assertive and skilled in physical resistance techniques. Using interactive exercises, students will practice both verbal and physical self-defense skills. All ability levels are welcome, but the class is extremely physical; thus, students should come prepared to move.

This course provides the opportunity for Individualized Degree Program (IDP) students to synthesize the interdisciplinary learning they have done for their major/minor.  Participants will analyze the transformative outcomes of their IDP experiences to prepare for post-graduate possibilities such as interviews, internships, graduate school applications, etc. In addition to a preliminary face-to-face meeting and a final culminating presentation session, students will participate online by responding to readings, discussion posts, and orchestrating an informational interview. 

In this course students acquire skills for success and persistence at MSU Denver. Students will receive a grade which can help boost their overall GPA. The course will cover topics such as: MSU Denver online tools (i.e. Degree Works, Blackboard, Student Hub, SSC Guide); financial literacy and money management; academic and career planning; goal setting, time management and study skills; MSU Denver academic and social support services. There will be a writing component of this course that requires students to use the Writing Center and refine their writing skills.

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