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Philosophy Cougar Map

The Cougar Map is intended to guide you with suggestions for potential activities and career paths that can help you along your educational journey. Although everyone has different abilities, experiences and obstacles, this Cougar Map can be used with the help of your advisors to prepare for the future you want with a clear vision of your college-to-career pathway. Please refer to the SXU Academic Catalog and academic planning resources for detailed degree requirements.

If you would like to print out the Cougar Map, please view the Philosophy Cougar Map (PDF).

Competence (major/minor, summer suggestions, academic research) First Year Second Year Third Year Fourth Year
Bring writing assignments to the Learning Center/Writing Studio for help in fine-tuning papers.

Don’t get discouraged in your first year! For stress relief ideas, visit the Counseling Center.

Take advantage of your summer by taking courses to graduate on time or earlier
Taking your Methods class? Visit the Hub for technical assistance.

Visit the library for the appropriate resources in writing your research papers.

Consider pursuing a second major or minor to achieve your career goals.
Consider working with a faculty member on a research project.

Be mindful of important dates, i.e. semester ends and begins, deadline to withdraw from a course, petition for graduation.
Showcase your student-faculty collaborative project at the Research Expo or at a regional or national conference.

Begin work on your topic for your Senior Seminar independent research project.
Character (Service, global perspective, study abroad, clubs/RSOs, volunteering) Consider joining a student club or intramural sports team.

Consult the Den or Campus Ministry to identify opportunities for service on campus and in the surrounding area.
Research opportunities to take part in a service trip or study abroad program.

In the spring, apply for X-Factor Leadership opportunities, such as Resident Advisor, Resident Peer Minister or Cougar Peer Educator.
Take on a leadership role within a student club or organization.

Volunteer with SXU’s Campus Ministry or a local organization.

Participate in a spring break service trip
Mentor the next generation of student association officers.

Identify ways to work as an advocate for issues important to you by exploring local volunteering opportunities.
Career Success (career or grad school prep, internships, jobs) Complete your SXU Handshake profile for student employment with the help of Center for SUCCESS.

Talk to your advisor about preparing for internship experiences.
Create a LinkedIn profile and establish meaningful connections within your academic and personal circles.

Attend SXU’s career-related events throughout the year and network with professionals.

Apply for summer internships or part-time jobs with organizations, such as American Institutes for Research or Greater Chicago Food Depository.
If planning to attend graduate school, begin studying for the GRE or LSAT exams.

Apply for summer internships or volunteer opportunities with organizations, such as Philosophy in an Inclusive Key Summer Institute (PIKSI), Heartland Alliance, CAIR Chicago, Environmental Protection Agency or Chicago Legal Clinic
Take the GRE or LSAT exams early and apply to graduate schools in December and January.

Visit Center for SUCCESS to create a job search plan, sharpen your resume and practice interviewing.

Attend job, graduate school and intern fairs to help prepare you for what comes next after college.