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Student Development Classes

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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 from Student Development Services and advisors from University Career Services, the Academic Success Center, University Advisement Center, Preprofessional Advisement and other areas across campus.

We have highlighted several courses below. Click HERE for a complete list.

Popular Student Development Courses
Enroll and develop your academic skills, improve your mental health, and learn about and prepare for a successful career.

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.

More Questions?

Contact the Student Development office: 801.422.6291