Student Development Classes


What are Student Development classes?

These are one-, two-, or three-credit credit classes designed to assist students with relevant college related concerns in a class setting with the goal of helping you to fulfill the AIMS of a BYU education. Student Development courses typically focus on academic skills, career development and preparation, leadership, and improving mental health. Classes are taught by faculty of the Counseling and Career Center and advisors from University Career Services, the Academic Success Center, University Advisement Center, Preprofesisonal Advisement and other areas across campus.

We have highlighted several of our courses below. For a complete listing, go here

ST DEV 109 Effective Study and Learning

Concentrates on the college learning process. Improve time management, reading, listening, note taking, test preparation, test taking, and develop an effective memory.

ST DEV 117 Career Exploration

Learn about yourself, learn about careers. Connect interests and skills to majors and careers. Make effective career decisions.

ST DEV 140 Life Planning and Decision Making

Focuses on issues of personal maturity, goal setting, and decision making abilities in areas of common concern to young adults.

ST DEV 141R Individual Development, Positive Living

Apply research from positive psychology to enhance personal growth and development.

ST DEV 150 Public Speaking

Learn time-tested methods for enhancing your ability to connect with, inform and persuade an audience.

ST DEV 205 Surviving College Reading

Learn how to read and comprehend difficult textbooks. Retain more information in less time. This course is especially good for freshmen, sophomores, and any student who feels overwhelmed by the reading loads of their college classes. Download a handout here.

ST DEV 305 Advanced Reading Strategies for College Success

This course is designed to help you read demanding college texts more effectively, rapidly, and with greater comprehension and retention.
Download a handout here.

ST DEV 317 Career Strategies

Preparing for employment. Job search, resumes, cover letters, interviewing, networking. 

ST DEV 318 Graduate School Preparation

Prepare and craft competitive graduate school application documents. Topics include references, personal statements, scholarships and financial aid, entrance exams, resumes and interviewing, research of graduate programs.

When you enroll in a Student Development course you increase your ability to:

  • Raise your Grade Point Average
  • Be an effective decision maker
  • Improve performance on exams with better test-taking skills
  • Make reading a meaningful experience
  • Handle the note-taking challenge
  • Create strategies to deal with the expectations found in college
  • Explore and identify a major that is suited to your interests, values and plans
  • Face the University experience with greater confidence
  • Recognize your developing personality and strengths
  • Grow in personal development as a college student

When are they offered?

They are offered each semester or term, usually with multiple section offerings.

How do I enroll? 

Same procedure as other classes. They are listed under Student Development (STDEV).

Anticipated Outcomes?

Involvement in a Student Development class has several strengths: 1) it enhances commitment to the task of career exploration and decision making, since a grade is involved, 2) you have the opportunity to be in a class with other students who have the same concerns, thus giving you mutual support and sharing of information and resources, and 3) it gives you the extended amount of investment in time and energy to explore and think about these issues adequately. With this in mind, we consider the class to be one of the most intensive and most successful ways to engage in career exploration, decision making, and improved scholarship.