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Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies

The Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies is a 120-credit program that enables students to maximize transfer credits completed at regionally accredited institutions and complete a bachelor’s degree without sacrificing any professional and personal obligations. Students benefit from a concentration in interdisciplinary knowledge that is designed to make them successful within any vocation. In addition to taking online courses, students can earn credit for what they already know through prior learning assessment.

The program offers both required and elective courses to satisfy students’ individual learning interests. Course work provides a solid grounding in relevant academic theory, applied practice, and policy-making. Students complete course work in a prescribed order culminating with a capstone project. The program is attractive to professionals who possess a two-year degree and those looking for a business or management program where transfer credits can be applied.

What You Will Learn

Graduates of the Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies program will be able to:

  • Apply written and oral skills appropriate for business communication
  • Apply critical thinking skills in business-related situations
  • Apply core supervisory and management principles to business operations
  • Apply strong ethical, cross cultural, and quantitative skills when leading organizational operations.
  • Employ empirical approaches to business planning and decision making
  • Examine elements of organizational culture including awareness, context, diversity, and ethical behavior to optimize business practices
  • Apply technology to enable business growth, development, and sustainability

Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies Credit Distribution

Subject Category Credits
I. General Education Requirements 60
A. Intellectual and Practical Skills 15
  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Quantitative Literacy*
  • Information Literacy
    SOS-110: Living in the Information Age
B. Civic and Global Learning 9
  • Diversity
  • Ethics
  • Civic Engagement
C. Knowledge of Human Cultures 9
D. Understanding the Physical and Natural World 8-10
E. Mathematics 3
F. General Education Electives 14-16
Area of Study/Specialization Requirements  
II. Professional Studies Requirements
  • A minimum of 15 credits must be taken at the 300/400 level.
  • Select Track A OR B below:
A. Professional Career Track
  • Some courses listed as applicable toward the professional career track may also be applicable toward general education or other degree requirements. If a course is used toward another degree requirement, it WILL NOT apply toward this area.
Select 10 courses from the following areas:
B. Specialized Career Track
  • Select 5 courses from the Professional Career Track above
  • AND
  • 5 courses/15 credits of Specialized Career Courses
  • Paralegal/Legal Studies
  • Police Science/Homeland Security/Criminal Justice
  • Military Studies/Military Science
  • Office Systems Technology/Executive Assistant
  • Health Services: Dental Hygiene/Sonography/ Respiratory Therapy/Radiation Therapy/etc.
  • Real Estate
  • Mortuary Science
  • Business: Accounting/Retail Management/Fashion/Sports Management/etc.
  • Drafting
  • Culinary Arts/Hospitality
*This list of subjects is offered as a guide. Other subjects may also be considered appropriate for this major area of study. Please consult Academic Advising to inquire about additional subject areas.
III. Associated Professional Studies Courses
  Select from A OR B below:
A. Professional Undergraduate Certificate (18 credits each)  
B. Supportive Professional Studies Courses (18 credits each)
  • (A maximum of 6 credits can be taken in each discipline)
  • *Some courses listed as applicable toward supportive professional studies may also be applicable toward general education or other degree requirements. If a course is used toward another degree requirement, it WILL NOT apply toward this area.
IV. Professional Studies Capstone 3
V. Electives 9
Total Credits 120

*MAT105 Applied Liberal Arts Math or above.

Toni M. Terry, BA

"I am 67 years old, soon to be 68, and to be able to say I did this at this day in my life is just gratification for my own self."

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