Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Should I list classes on my resume?

A reader writes:
"Thanks for your help on my resume. I was wondering if I should list my classes on my resume, too? My friend says its a good idea but I don't know."
If you are a current first generation or low income college student or recent graduate, listing some of your classes on your resume might be appropriate, if those classes are related to what you are applying for.

For example, if you are communications major applying for a marketing internship and you have taken some marketing classes, it might be a good idea to list those classes on your resume. On the other hand, if you are a life sciences major applying to be a Resident Advisor, most of your classes will not be relevant.

When listing classes on your resume, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, Don't list every single class that you have taken, only the most relevant ones. You wouldn't want to list basic or introductory-level classes, only upper-division and more advanced classes, unless those intro classes help you qualify for the position.

You also want to make sure you use the course title and not the number or abbreviation, so say "Viral Marketing Strategies" instead of "Marketing 154" because those class numbers mean little beyond your college itself.

As far as where to actually list your classes on your resume, generally you would include "Relevant Coursework" as part of your Education, just make sure it is clean and easy to read. It might look something like this:
Education
Bachelor of Science in Human Development
University of California, Davis, Davis, CA
Expected 05/2012
  • Relevant Coursework: Cultural Diversity & Education, Cognitive Development, Social & Personality Development,  Psychological Assessment
Remember, when it comes to resumes and what goes on them, you should be tailoring your resume content to best reflect what the person reading it finds the most relevant.

Got questions? Please feel free to ask The Advisor about it.

26 comments:

  1. This is exactly what I needed to know. Thanks!

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  2. Glad this was helpful for you Antolín!

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  3. What do you do if you are taking relevant coursework in the Spring semester, long after the application is due? How do you include the Spring coursework on your resume?

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    1. Hey Anonymous, I've answered your question here: http://www.askanadvisor.org/2012/01/can-i-list-classes-i-havent-taken-yet.html

      Check it out and let me know if you have any other questions. Thanks!

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  4. Thank You, i was wondering that too! How many should you list?

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  5. Carrie, generally listing 2-6 classes gets the job done, but there is no precise number of classes to list. Just keep it clean and easy to read and only list relevant classes.

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  6. My son just paid $700 to have a professional resume done. They listed all his courses in business management. Is this something new or did they do if for filler?

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  7. Hey Anonymous, I've answered your question here: http://www.askanadvisor.org/2012/05/dont-fall-for-scam-artist.html

    Check it out and let me know if you have any other questions. Thanks!

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  8. what about computer classes? I took several computer classes such as java, oracle, web development etc. etc.
    I have no real life job experience in those and even though I did well in those classes, I wouldn't say I could program. Should I list those even if I feel weak in those areas and if so, should I list that under experience or part of my education section?

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    1. Hey Anonymous, I've answered your question here: http://www.askanadvisor.org/2012/05/should-i-list-classes-on-my-resume-part.html

      Check it out and let me know if you have any other questions. Thanks!

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  9. Thanks so much for this! :)

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  10. I'm in a spa program, so should I list down all the practical classes that I did in that program? or include some theory classes as well?

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    1. Like I said, don't list every single class that you have taken, only the most relevant ones. So if theory is relevant, listing a few classes might be appropriate. You might want to ask your professors and a few people in your industry for their take on it. Good luck!

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  11. Hello, I transfered to a university after 2 years. I have only listed my final school on my resume. Based on what I have read that is the best thing to do. However, some of my relevant coursework is from my previous school. Should I list my previous school or just include those classes along with the others?

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    1. Hey Anonymous, I've answered your question here: http://www.askanadvisor.org/2013/05/i-transferred-schools-but-took-relevant.html

      Check it out and let me know if you have any other questions. Thanks!

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  12. I graduated with my degree in the Arts, and I am unsure if it would be helpful to include the names of the well-known professors whom I took relevant courses with? If so, how would I go about including that?

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  13. What if you did not do too hot in a course that is relevant to the job? should you still put it on the resume?

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    1. I've taken this course, and although I did not do well in it, I still know the basics of it and it is completely relevant to the internship I am applying to. I'm not very good at test taking, which is what the grade reflected, but I can still talk about what I learned. The only thing I fear is if they ask me about my grade. I'm not lying on my resume when I said I took the course, but I am drawing attention to a bad grade..

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    2. Hey Anonymous, I've answered your question here:
      http://www.askanadvisor.org/2013/06/should-i-list-classes-on-my-resume-if-i.html

      Check it out and let me know if you have any other questions. Thanks!

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    3. Thank you so much!! Really appreciate this

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  14. I graduated with a bs in business administration,I work at a furniture store but Im taking online classes to be a medical coder...should I include my medical coding classes on my resume even though I is has no relevance to my current job?

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    1. Hey Anonymous, I've answered your question here: http://www.askanadvisor.org/2013/06/should-i-list-classes-on-my-resume-that.html


      Check it out and let me know if you have any other questions. Thanks!

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  15. I graduated with my MBA 2 years ago, but haven't found a job in my field. Should I still list relevant coursework?

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    1. Hey Anonymous, I've answered your question here:
      http://www.askanadvisor.org/2013/07/i-graduated-2-years-ago-should-i-still.html

      Check it out and let me know if you have any other questions. Thanks!

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  17. Was it relevant to note this point, "If you are a current first generation or low income college student or recent graduate..." in your response? Just curious. Thanks

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