Professional Studies, Bachelor of Science

The Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies is a career-focused, degree-completion program that provides students with theoretical and practical educational experiences designed to enhance their current professional capabilities. A degree in Professional Studies will prepare students for both career advancement and new career opportunities.

This program ensures students have the skills necessary to succeed in a variety of work and academic environments.

The curriculum is flexible, so students can tailor the degree to their personal, academic, and professional goals. This degree is available in both an on-ground and on-line format.

Professional Studies students will graduate with the skills expected of an educated person, which includes the ability to think critically, communicate effectively, interact in diverse environments, read comprehensively, and conduct research.

Due to the great flexibility in course selection, students are advised to work closely with their academic advisor to ensure that all of the curriculum requirements are met.

Program Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate effective use of interpersonal skills appropriate for complex and diverse workplace settings.
  2. Demonstrate proficiency in critical analysis, writing and communication skills.
  3. Analyze and evaluate philosophical and ethical arguments.
  4. Review a body of literature and analyze the reported results.
  5. Identify and address a community problem or issue using acquired knowledge and skills.
  6. Understand organizational and psychological theories required to successfully navigate an organization.
  7. Analyze complex problems and propose effective solutions.
  8. Begin to develop specialized knowledge in an academic discipline.

Graduation Requirements

Students must complete all Bachelor-level general graduation requirements as stated in the catalog. Additionally, it is required that students complete the Professional Studies Capstone (PRO 495).

Curriculum

Bachelor in Professional Studies

General Education Requirements – 40 Credits

ENG 101English Composition

3

ENG 1XXEnglish Elective

3

 

ENG 300Advanced Composition

3

OR

ENG 320Advanced Writing for Health Professionals

3

OR

ENG 325Advanced Writing for the Business Professional

3

 

CAP 110*Computer Applications

3

MATH 1XXMathematics (MATH)

3

Science (BIO, CHEM, SCI)

4

PSY 112Introduction to Psychology

3

SOC 101Introduction to Sociology

3

Humanities (HIS, PHIL, SPAN, ASL, HUM)

3

General Education Electives**

12

*Students have the option to test out of CAP 110 and take a General Education elective instead.  The test must be completed prior to the first attempt.  See CAP 005 policy.

**Elective credits may be chosen from any general education course, unless directed by the program.  General Education courses contain the following prefixes:  ENG, MATH, STAT, CAP, COM, IDA, BIO, CHEM, SCI, HIS, HUM, PHIL, SPAN, PSY, SOC, and PSC.

Programmatic General Education Requirements - 6 Credits

COM 101Public Speaking

3

OR

COM 105Interpersonal Communications

3

 

STAT 167Principles of Statistics

3

Major Core Requirements - 33 Credits

Courses in the student's designed major core (1XX)

27

PRO 495Professional Studies Capstone

3

PSY 420/PSS 390Research Methods

3

Open Electives - 42 Credits

2XXOpen Electives

27

3XXOpen Electives

15

Total Credit Hours: 121-123