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2010-2012 Undergraduate Catalog 
2010-2012 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Professional Studies (BS)

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Department of Professional Studies


The major in Professional Studies is an outcome based, degree completion program. This means there are no prescribed courses. Rather, in consultation with an advisor, professional studies majors select courses that demonstrate competency in the following four areas: Oral and Written Communications, Interpersonal Skills and Civic Responsibility, Professional Skills/Personal Development, and Quantitative, Analytical, and Critical Thinking Skills.

The flexibility of the major affords students the opportunity to gain a quality education with the ability to focus on skills they will need in their chosen profession. As such, the professional studies major has wide appeal to a variety of careers. It is most applicable to those currently employed and desiring to further their career, technical school graduates, international students seeking to complete an American baccalaureate degree, and those wishing to enter Officer Candidate School. It is not intended for the traditional undergraduate student where a specialized degree is more appropriate, but many students may find it valuable as a second major.

(120 Credits)


Program Requirements – Credits: 120 (including transfer credits)

Core Courses - Credits: 15

At least 3 credits in each of the following areas:

Oral and Written Communication

Interpersonal Skills and Civic Responsibility

Analytical, Quantitative, and Critical Thinking Skills

Emphasis Area - Credits: 15

Experiential Learning

All new Professional Studies majors will be required to demonstrate completion of a 40 hour (minimum) experiential learning requirement. Depending on the student’s area of emphasis, this may be demonstrated by an internship, Americorps, Compass Leadership, study abroad, service learning, conference presentation, or other documented experience approved by the student’s advisor and the chairperson of Professional Studies.

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