Hurricane Ian Update
September 28, 2022 Claflin Family: At approximately 4:10 p.m., South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster declared a state of emergency for South Carolina. As the safety of our students, faculty and staff is a major priority, Claflin University will close and classes will be canceled on Thursday, September 29, 2022, at 12 p.m. Classes for Friday, September 30, 2022, will be held virtually. Students are encouraged to check Moodle for instructions from professors. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to seek safety away from the predicted affected (coastal) areas. Residential students who live in South Carolina or within a 4-hour radius are strongly encouraged to leave campus. However, residential students who are unable to leave campus must register with the Office of Residential Life no later than Thursday, September 29, at 10 a.m. by clicking here. The Office of Residential Life will be on-call to answer questions in case of emergencies at (803) 258-8981. The University Dining Center will operate on the following schedule: Thursday: Normal operations. No late night dining. Friday: Brunch (9 a.m. until 1 p.m.); Dinner (5 to 7 p.m.) Saturday & Sunday: Brunch (10 a.m. until 1 p.m.); Dinner (5 to 7 p.m.) * Meals will be take-out on Friday through Sunday. Pizza Hut and Starbucks will be closed. If conditions become worse (power outages, flooding, downed trees, etc.), the University will implement its emergency protocol and provide shelter and meals in the Jonas T. Kennedy Health and Wellness Complex (located on the campus of Claflin University). You are encouraged to visit the University’s website, where updates will be posted regarding University operations. Updates also will be posted through Panther Alerts (text messages), Panther X, and email. For general information and updates, please call the University’s Information Line at (803) 535-5243. In case of on-campus emergencies, please call Claflin University Public Safety at (803) 535-5444. You may also check the National Weather Service for up-to-date alerts at

Career Planning

Wondering what life after graduation looks like for your major? This career planning resource offers tips and insights for your chosen area of study. 

What can I do with this major?

It's never too early to begin planning and training for your career.

Five Career Planning Steps

1. Assess Yourself

  • What interests and skills have you developed?
  • What do you like best: working with people, things, or ideas and information?
  • What subjects really interest you?

2. Explore Possibilities:

  • Read about various career possibilities of interest to you.
  • Get experience: part time work, volunteering, co-op education.
  • Explore options through apprenticeships, mentoring, and career days.

3. Inform Yourself

  • What are the qualifications needed?
  • What are the projected needs for this type of position in the future?
  • What are the working conditions: working alone, with others, indoors, outdoors, etc.
  • What are the work place laws you need to know about?

4. Prepare Yourself:

  • Have your resume and cover letter ready and available.
  • Make up a job hunting plan including goals, contacts, and schedules.
  • Find out information about the company.

5. Present Yourself:

  • Make sure that your resume is articulate and professional.
  • Make sure that your appearance is professional, well groomed, and presentable.
  • Career Planning Materials
  • The Office of Career Development has many career planning materials that you can come by and take with you.

Cooperative Education

Cooperative Education (Co-op) is a unique educational program that combines academic instruction with a supervised career-related work experience. A co-op student will:

  • Receive a practical education.
  • Receive a competitive salary.
  • Contribute to the employer's productive work effort.

The Cooperative Education Program at Claflin University allows a student who has completed 45 semester hours to alternate a semester of paid employment with a company related to the student's major field with a similar period of study until the senior year. The student must complete a minimum of two work periods. This enables the student to integrate classroom work with practical on-the-job experience while studying for their undergraduate degree.

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