Employers want to hire those who can work cooperatively with other team members to increase information flow, creativity, and productivity. This minor—open to all students, all majors—best illustrates the achievement of this skill set to future employers.
Most students can add this minor with only 5–7 additional credits.
The Effective Teamwork and Communication minor is unique in that it links the foundational theory of interprofessional skills to students’ fields of study, preparing them to succeed in the twenty-first century.
This new minor is our answer to employers’ demands. Research shows 90 percent of employers rank interprofessional skills as equally or more important than field-specific skills, regardless
of the field.
Students who are interested in the Effective Teamwork and Communication minor are advised to take SOC 161 (instead of SOC 151) and THTR 161 (instead of THTR 101) their first year at IUP. Students should declare the minor early with the appropriate form (PDF) to receive proper advising by the director of Teamwork and Leadership Studies, Professor Justin Fair.
You can enhance your skills by pairing the Teamwork and Communication minor with one of the following leadership minors. Many of the same core courses are required, making double minoring easier. Students who are interested in double minoring should take
SOC 161 and THTR 161 their first year at IUP.
Additional leadership minors for those wishing to double minor:
Have you ever wondered why some people don’t like to work on group projects? What makes group work so difficult for some, when it is so necessary? Why is it so valued by employers who seek out talented employees who can work effectively in teams?
In this minor, you’ll examine each team member’s expectations, attitudes, and beliefs, and explore new thinking on the best practices for working with others. Through foundational theories and hands-on applications, you’ll gain insight that can propel
you ahead of other job seekers.
The minor was designed to add minimal credits, allowing even the most credit-packed majors to take the minor. Although the minor requires 18–20 credits, most majors will only need to take 5–7 additional credits to earn the minor. Some of the classes taken
for your liberal studies or major requirements can also count toward the Effective Teamwork and Communication minor.
See the Graduate Catalog for course descriptions (PDF).
Courses in the minor that also count as other degree requirements:
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