Class Highlight - Introduction to Graduate Studies

Students in Introduction to Graduate Studies class

What class?

LSTD 5003 - Introduction to Graduate Studies

Why is it cool?

You’ve chosen a graduate degree program and enrolled. Now what?

If you’re feeling a little daunted by graduate school, don’t worry. Introduction to Graduate Studies will prepare you to get the most out of your graduate program. This 16-week seminar-style class is designed to help students become more independent while learning to produce the original, high-quality work expected of graduate students.

Students will learn to pursue knowledge on their own and to critically evaluate information as it’s discovered. In essence, they will discover how to learn, think and create.

The Greek philosopher Plato once said, “know thyself.” In other words, inner awareness must be established before an understanding of the external world is possible. This class helps students realize their inner motivations, life goals and decision-making processes. Students will learn to build on their self-awareness by exploring how their own experiences relate to the world around them.

After completing the class, students will know how to use their newly acquired skills to create meaningful, academically-based research materials.

Your graduate program can be one of the most significant, exciting and rewarding experiences in your life if you allow it to be. As with most things in life, the more effort you put into it, the more you’ll benefit.

Introduction to Grad Studies will set you up for success by providing you with a toolbox of skills that will prepare you to make the most of the other courses and activities in your graduate program.

Talk to your advisor to see if this class is right for you, or see what else is offered by the College of Professional and Continuing Studies.


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Tami Althoff

Tami Althoff holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism. She is a reporter with more than 20 years’ experience working for newspapers, including The Oklahoman. She has covered everything from breaking news to local music and art. She loves sports, especially OU football and basketball games, where she often embarrasses her children by yelling too loudly.