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Professional Development at the Perdue School (BUAD 300)

Professional Development is an important part of a student's learning experience at the Perdue School of Business. To help students better understand the professional expectations in a business environment, BUAD 300: Personal and Professional Development is now a co-requisite with MGMT 320. This is a 1-credit course that provides a valuable foundation for transitioning from student to professional.

Note: Business minors and Economics-BA majors do not need to complete BUAD 300.

Professional Sales minors must take BUAD 300 as it is a prerequisite for MKTG 497.


A $25 course fee will be imposed when the student is enrolled in BUAD 300. An additional line item will be on their bill indicating a course fee.

Course requirements include the following:

  • Agree to student code of conduct & review Student Behavior Policy.
  • Complete online orientation module and related quiz
  • Complete 2 writing assignments.
  • Attend "THE Meeting"
  • Attend 2 speaking events: (1) ELS -which is mandatory and 1 additional event from the pre-approved list (Note: you must sign in for each to get credit!) NOTE: You must sign-up for MOST of these events by using Perdue Sign-Up Page.
  • Attend 1 mandatory class session titled, "MBTI Workshop".
  • Review entire ABLE module and complete quiz.
  • Complete sexual harassment training
  • Read assigned textbook, Professionalism: Skills for Workplace Success.

**Students should refer to their BUAD 300 course syllabus for specific course requirements.**

THE Meeting: Transition to professional program; Hear from major faculty; Engage with other departments and students

THE Meeting consists of 3 sessions: opening, breakout and resource. It is a requirement for students enrolled in BUAD 300.  Students will attend the event in order to gather more information about the Perdue School of Business and what it has to offer.

Students will check-in and attend an opening session that includes an explanation of the event and remarks from the Associate Dean. Students are then split into two groups and released into either a break out session based on their major or the resource session. In their major breakout session, they hear from faculty who discuss what to expect from the classes they will be taking in the professional program. Students then have a chance to network with the faculty and ask questions. Also, each session is staffed with a Student Business Leader who can offer insight on the professional program from a student’s perspective. “I learned a lot about the accounting program and what to expect from the next few years in the business school”, says Bryan Marks, a current Perdue School student.

The resource session includes networking with fellow students; meeting with various club representatives; and connecting with the available resources on campus. Everything from SU Libraries to Study Abroad Programs are represented here. Students are treated to light refreshments and given the opportunity to learn about different clubs and resources available to Perdue students. Parris Stanford, a Student Business Leader, described this session as "Finding out how to leave your mark while here in Perdue!”.  THE Meeting is an essential event for both learning about classes within the professional program and increasing student involvement here at Perdue. Come prepared to learn and meet your new professional classmates!

Click here to see a PowerPoint about THE Meeting and what it entails: THE Meeting PowerPoint

Students planning to take BUAD 300 (only offered in Fall & Spring):

When enrolling in MGMT 320, students must also register for its matching BUAD 300 co-requisite in the same transaction. Attempting to enroll in an incorrect section of BUAD 300 will result in an error. Minors should not enroll in BUAD 300 as they do not need the course (except Professional Sales). Those who do will be removed by the Registrar's office.

Students who have previously completed MGMT 320 or who need to re-take BUAD 300 must register for the stand-alone section of BUAD 300 (i.e. one not tied to MGMT 320).

All students enrolled in BUAD 300 will receive more information via campus email prior to the beginning of the semester on how to get started on BUAD 300 requirements.

Career Services also offers many great professional development opportunities. Though not necessarily required for BUAD 300, these opportunities to learn can benefit students tremendously as they enter the workplace. Calendar of Events in Career Services

For more information about BUAD 300, send an email to: Undergraduate Programs Coordinator

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