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    FDN 1100 STRATEGIES FOR SUCCESS (1 credit)
    This course prepares students to take personal responsibility for their learning and academic success at Northwood University with an emphasis on holistic factors including how to acquire and apply knowledge, critical thinking, problem-solving and effective communication skills. Includes an overview of University resources that support student success. Also includes an introduction to the institutional philosophy as it pertains to “The Northwood Idea,” emphasizing the role of the individual and limited government in a free-enterprise society.

    FDN 1200 INTRODUCTION TO THE NORTHWOOD IDEA (1 credit)
    Building on FDN 1100, this course emphasizes the relationship between student success and institutional culture and philosophy as it pertains to “The Northwood Idea.” An introduction to the role of government, individual freedom and responsibility, property rights and the free-enterprise system of capitalism. Prerequisite: FDN 1100 or 15 credit hours completed

    FDN 2200 INTERNATIONAL STUDENT SEMINAR (1 credit)
    Designed for new transfer international students during the first semester of attendance. The course provides an overview of practical information and tools to achieve academic and extracurricular success and social adjustment to the American university system. The course also focuses on developing awareness of American values, traditions and facilitating the acquisition of skills needed to cope with challenges such as the realities of “culture shock” and intellectual maturity in an English-speaking environment.

    FDN 2400 STRATEGIES FOR SUCCESS-SIE (1 credit)
    Semester in Europe allows Northwood students the opportunity to travel through culturally diverse regions. This course will encourage students to be more engaged and to think critically about experiential learning activities - from museum visits to walking tours and guest speakers. There will be weekly discussion sessions where students will be expected to offer thoughtful analysis based on assigned readings, as well as their personal observations. The course will begin by exploring broad topics such as globalization and nationalism. As students improve their understanding of these terms, they will examine how globalization and ideas of national identity influence the economics, sociology, and politics of each country, and the European Union as a whole.

    FDN 2500 STRATEGIES FOR SUCCESS-ADP (0-1 credit)
    This course prepares students in the Adult Degree Program to take personal responsibility for their learning and academic success at Northwood University with an emphasis on holistic factors including how to acquire and apply knowledge, critical thinking, problem-solving, and effective communication skills. Includes an overview of University resources that support student success. Also includes an introduction to the institutional philosophy as it pertains to “The Northwood Idea,” emphasizing the role of the individual and limited government in a free-enterprise society. This course can be taken for credit or no credit. Graded pass (P)/fail (F) only.

    FDN 3100 CAREER DEVELOPMENT (1 credit)
    Designed to provide juniors and seniors with research skills and methodology to gain information and understanding about specific industries and enterprises in which the students are interested in seeking employment. Students will learn about the importance of non-verbal interaction, interviewing techniques, resume and cover letter writing and negotiation skills.