Beyond the Major
Beyond the Major represents a university-wide commitment to offering students organized experiences outside of the classroom so they can engage in deep, rich and workplace-connected activities beyond those required for a degree. More than that, the Beyond the Major effort strives to help students develop a thread that connects their individual experiences into their own unique story – a story that not only aids in their self-identification as an emerging professional, but shows employers the value that their college education brings beyond the list of courses that goes with a specific degree.
The value of the college degree used to speak for itself. Now students have to speak to, and provide evidence for, the value of their degree in an increasingly competitive job market. To be successful students need to graduate with more than a resume—all Boise State students need to leave with a story.
At Boise State, students select from a wide range of majors, minors, certificates, and experiential learning opportunities. Beyond the Major helps students to name the skills and experiences they gain and to translate those skills and experiences for audiences beyond the university.
A Beyond the Major Initiative for Storytelling Across the Curriculum
Storyboard is a 2-year learning and leadership community in which faculty collaborate to integrate meaningful reflective and narrative practices into a range of courses and experiences.
During the first year, this community will research reflection and narrative theories/practices across disciplines with the goal of creating an archive of scholarship and strategies. In the second year, the community will apply the theories to innovative pedagogical practices that can be implemented across campus.
We know each student brings a different story, and each job opportunity is unique. Student Leaders at Boise State offer help with developing reflective practices and communication skills to prepare for the job search.
Stay tuned for more information about our student leadership programs.