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Campus: West Virginia University / Morgantown
College/School: Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design
Pathways: Visual and Performing Arts, Business and Communications

This flexible, interdisciplinary program prepares you to work in creative industries and provide innovative solutions to challenges facing our world today.

Academics

Fall
  • WVUE 191 First Year Seminar
    1
  • DSM 130 Introduction to Design
    3
  • ENGL 101 Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric Exclamation Point
    3
  • General Education Foundations Course
    3
  • General Education Foundations Course
    3
  • General Education Foundations Course
    3
16
Spring
  • Design-related Course
    3
  • Minor Course
    3
  • General Education Foundations Course
    3
  • General Education Foundations Course
    3
12
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This plan of study is for the 2017-18 academic year. Official plans of study are in the undergraduate course catalog (see archived catalogs for previous years).
  • Learn how sleep impacts academic success
  • Attend a SORTS (Students On the Road To Success) seminar
  • Be the last person to leave the library from studying
  • Join The Daily Athenaeum or WWVU-FM staff to learn how to publish a newspaper, write articles, create radio shows, and report news and sports
  • Sit in the front row of your class at least 5 times

The Mountaineer Experience

Clubs, sports and leadership roles will make your résumé standout. We'll help you find the right ones for your goals. During your first year you should:

  • Attend the Sophomore Celebration to celebrate your successful freshman year and becoming a sophomore
  • Consult Student Legal Services for advice on what to look for in an off-campus housing contract
  • International students: Participate in international social events
  • Make something at the WVU Craft Center
  • Participate in the PRT cram

You're a citizen of the world, and your potential is endless with study abroad, volunteering and other experiences to add to your résumé. During your first year you should:

  • Donate surplus items from your room before leaving for home
  • Ask your RA questions about succeeding at the University
  • Be a reporter for The Daily Athenaeum or WWVU-FM
  • Complete a financial management skill development opportunity in student organizations
  • Apply to be a Resident Assistant

Health and Wellness

Eating right, staying well and working toward your fitness goals will keep you on track. During your first year you should:

  • Join the Student Wellness Ambassador Team (SWAT)
  • Climb at the SRC climbing wall
  • Exercise daily
  • Visit the Student Rec Center
  • Use the WELLWVU HeartMath Lab

Career and Professional Development

You'll be prepared for internships, competitions and conferences — where you’ll make connections and gain vital experience to land the big offer. During your first year you should:

  • Submit your resume to Career Services
  • Complete the financial literacy course
  • Get a job on campus at the residence hall desk or a dining hall
  • Take a writing or communications class
  • Attend a resume writing class

Academics

Fall
  • DSGN 140 Sustainable Living
    3
  • ENGL 102 Composition, Rhetoric, and Research Exclamation Point
    3
  • CSAD 270 Effective Public Speaking Exclamation Point
    3
  • Foreign Language
    3
  • BIOL 105 Environmental Biology
    3
  • BIOL 106 Environmental Biology Laboratory
    1
16
Spring
  • Minor Course
    3
  • DSGN 220 Design Thinking
    3
  • Foreign Language
    3
  • Minor-related Electives
    6
15
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This plan of study is for the 2017-18 academic year. Official plans of study are in the undergraduate course catalog (see archived catalogs for previous years).
  • Complete the Campus Read
  • Attend a SORTS (Students On the Road To Success) seminar
  • Be the last person to leave the library from studying
  • Check all of your degree requirements
  • Attend dinner presentations at the Faculty Dinner Series

The Mountaineer Experience

Clubs, sports and leadership roles will make your résumé standout. We'll help you find the right ones for your goals. During your second year you should:

  • Visit the Outdoor Education Center and participate in a Challenge Course or Canopy Tour
  • Attend a Sophomore/Junior Year Experience trip or event
  • Attend Spring Family Weekend with your family
  • Attend a football game
  • Go on one of the break trips through the Outdoor Rec Center

You're a citizen of the world, and your potential is endless with study abroad, volunteering and other experiences to add to your résumé. During your second year you should:

  • Join a student organization
  • Get involved in the Student Government Association
  • Complete a financial management skill development opportunity in student organizations
  • Participate in leadership development opportunities in Greek Life
  • Study Abroad (complete one major experience outside the classroom)

Health and Wellness

Eating right, staying well and working toward your fitness goals will keep you on track. During your second year you should:

  • Use the WELLWVU HeartMath Lab
  • Make your own decisions about drinking and do the WELLWVU CHOICES toolkit program
  • Visit campus farmers market
  • Rent a bike and go for a ride on the rail trail
  • Learn how to de-stress at chillFEST

Career and Professional Development

You'll be prepared for internships, competitions and conferences — where you’ll make connections and gain vital experience to land the big offer. During your second year you should:

  • Become a student-leader in at least one organization
  • Join a club sport team
  • Internship (complete one major experience outside the classroom)
  • Undergraduate research (complete one major experience outside the classroom)
  • Attend a career fair

Academics

Fall
  • ID 330 Design for Quality of Living Exclamation Point
    3
  • Design-related Course
    3
  • Minor Course
    3
  • Minor-related Elective
    3
12
Spring
  • Design-related Course
    2
  • Minor Course
    3
  • Minor-related Electives
    7
12
Summer
  • DSGN 491 Professional Field Experience: Capstone
    1-18
1
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This plan of study is for the 2017-18 academic year. Official plans of study are in the undergraduate course catalog (see archived catalogs for previous years).
  • Complete the Campus Read
  • Join The Daily Athenaeum or WWVU-FM staff to learn how to publish a newspaper, write articles, create radio shows, and report news and sports
  • Attend a SORTS (Students On the Road To Success) seminar
  • Be the last person to leave the library from studying
  • Get a Success Coach from Student Life Office of Student Success or in your college

The Mountaineer Experience

Clubs, sports and leadership roles will make your résumé standout. We'll help you find the right ones for your goals. During your third year you should:

  • Attend Spring Family Weekend with your family
  • Attend Fall Family Weekend with your family
  • Attend WVUp All Night
  • Visit the West Virginia and Regional History Center in the Downtown Library
  • Visit the Core Arboretum

You're a citizen of the world, and your potential is endless with study abroad, volunteering and other experiences to add to your résumé. During your third year you should:

  • Work on a community service project
  • Participate in leadership development opportunities in Greek Life
  • Create a culture of well-being with a WELLWVU academic internship
  • Participate in the Friends of International Students Program
  • Explore community service opportunities in Greek Life

Health and Wellness

Eating right, staying well and working toward your fitness goals will keep you on track. During your third year you should:

  • Use the WELLWVU HeartMath Lab
  • Become an Alcohol Literacy trainer and educate peers about the real effects of drinking alcohol
  • Take an academic yoga class in the Health and Education Building
  • Attend a WELLWVU Try It event
  • Take a class on healthy cooking

Career and Professional Development

You'll be prepared for internships, competitions and conferences — where you’ll make connections and gain vital experience to land the big offer. During your third year you should:

  • Join a club sport team
  • Study Abroad (complete one major experience outside the classroom)
  • Undergraduate research (complete one major experience outside the classroom)
  • Submit your resume to Career Services
  • International students: Explore optional practical training (12 to 29 months work experience in the U.S.)

Academics

Fall
  • Minor Course
    3
  • DSGN 480 Designing Innovative Futures
    3
  • Minor-related Elective
    4
  • Free Elective
    5
15
Spring
  • Free Electives
    9
  • Minor-related Electives
    7
16
Exclamation Point Critical Course A Icon B Icon C Icon Success marker (try to get the grade indicated)

This plan of study is for the 2017-18 academic year. Official plans of study are in the undergraduate course catalog (see archived catalogs for previous years).
  • Join The Daily Athenaeum or WWVU-FM staff to learn how to publish a newspaper, write articles, create radio shows, and report news and sports
  • International students: Meet one-on-one with an immigration adviser
  • Attend a SORTS (Students On the Road To Success) seminar
  • Get a Success Coach from Student Life Office of Student Success or in your college
  • International upperclassmen: Mentor new international students

The Mountaineer Experience

Clubs, sports and leadership roles will make your résumé standout. We'll help you find the right ones for your goals. During your fourth year you should:

  • Attend Fall Family Weekend with your family
  • Attend the Mountaineer Send-Off
  • Attend a football game
  • International students: Participate in international social events
  • Sit in the Senior Spirit Section (Section 121) at the home football games

You're a citizen of the world, and your potential is endless with study abroad, volunteering and other experiences to add to your résumé. During your fourth year you should:

  • Participate in a fraternity and sorority accreditation program
  • Explore mentorship opportunities in Greek Life
  • Participate in the Friends of International Students Program
  • Develop fundraising skills in a student organization
  • Be a reporter for The Daily Athenaeum or WWVU-FM

Health and Wellness

Eating right, staying well and working toward your fitness goals will keep you on track. During your fourth year you should:

  • Drop in to a meditation class in the Health and Education Building
  • Complete a WELLGO calendar (wellgo.wvu.edu)
  • Visit campus farmers market
  • Use your resources: learn about all your health-related needs at well.wvu.edu
  • Become a Student Wellness Ambassador Leader

Career and Professional Development

You'll be prepared for internships, competitions and conferences — where you’ll make connections and gain vital experience to land the big offer. During your fourth year you should:

  • Sign up for an interview
  • International students: Explore optional practical training (12 to 29 months work experience in the U.S.)
  • Attend a career fair
  • Submit your resume to Career Services
  • Participate in a practice job interview session

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