Dietetic Targeted Electives
Dietetic Targeted Electives provide a specific focus for your dietetic curriculum. These courses are suggestions. The Targeted Electives areas do NOT serve as a minor or an additional certification. Your Target Electives area may NOT be added to a resume, but Targeted Electives may be talked about in an internship application letter or interview to show your interest in a specific area. Scheduling these classes is your responsibility. Required classes take priority over targeted electives; however, some of the suggested targeted electives do meet general education and major degree requirements which are specified below. Remember, just like the FSHN departmental courses, 300- & 400-level courses have prerequisites, so make sure to plan your schedule accordingly if there is a class of particular interest where a prerequisite course is required. It is NOT required to choose a Targeted Electives area and, in fact, it may be of benefit to choose electives under different Targeted Elective areas to see where your interests lie within dietetics.
There are many benefits to building targeted electives into your class schedule. They help to focus your education in a more specific area of interest and may give you direction for your career and/or post-undergraduate degree plans. Targeted electives may help guide students into a career interest and may even make students more competitive in a certain area. The targeted elective areas were created based on careers available in dietetics and general student interest. It should also be noted that the University of Illinois Nutritional Sciences graduate program offers FSHN 510 (Nutrition Research Topics) and 520 (Advanced Clinical Nutrition) which have specific emphasis, which changes each semester. Since they are graduate level courses, permission must be granted by the instructor.
For course descriptions, see the University Catalog.