Professional Studies

About the Program

Note: Effective Winter Term 2014, students are no longer being accepted into this program.

The Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies program is a multidisciplinary major that prepares students to move into the professional ranks of an organization. Coursework for the major is constructed around five domains that are central to modern professional life—social science (understanding people in a diverse world), critical thinking, creativity, communication, and business. The curriculum is designed to enable students to become professionals in their field of choice, building on their prior education and experience.

The program is designed for aspiring professionals in any industry. Students are encouraged to take the technical knowledge they already possess in their fields, and learn to utilize it as creative and innovative leaders and communicators. 

Career Opportunities

The program helps students from a variety of industries improve their professional skills and strengthen their position in the job market. Industries with employees that may benefit from the Professional Studies include, but are not limited to:

  • Telecommunications
  • Aerospace
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Retail

Opportunities for Professional Studies graduates include:

  • Career advancement within students’ current organizations and industries
  • Preparation to pursue a master's degree in a variety of areas

Degree Requirements

English Composition Requirements
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
Corporate Communication Requirements
COM 111Principles of Communication3.0
COM 230Techniques of Speaking3.0
COM 270 [WI] Business Communication3.0
Mathematics Requirements
MATH 181Mathematical Analysis I3.0
MATH 182Mathematical Analysis II3.0
MATH 183Mathematical Analysis III3.0
College Requirements
GSTD 200Lifelong Learning Theory & Practice3.0
Natural Science Requirements
Students select 9.0 credits from the following: ANAT, BIO, CHEM, FDSC, NFS, PHEV, or PHYS. Courses from other departments may be considered with Departmental approval. 9.0
Humanities and Social and Behavioral Science Requirements
ANTH 101Introduction to Cultural Diversity3.0
PHIL 323Organizational Ethics3.0
PSY 101General Psychology I3.0
SOC 101Introduction to Sociology3.0
Select one of the following:3.0
Approaches to Personality
Introduction to Social Psychology
Abnormal Psychology
Culture and Personality
Select one of the following:3.0
Sociology of the Future
Race, Ethnicity and Social Inequality
Gender and Society
Students select one internation or intercultural course. Suggested courses include the following:3.0
Intercultural Communication
Introduction to World Religions
Humanities Elective *3.0
Business Minor Requirements **
Select six of the following24.0
Financial Accounting Foundations
Business Law I
Principles of Microeconomics
Principles of Macroeconomics
Introduction to Finance
Introduction to Marketing Management
Organizational Behavior
Operations Management
Introduction to Business Statistics
Professional Studies Core
CAT 201 [WI] Interpersonal Communication3.0
CAT 302Customer Service Theory and Practice3.0
CAT 360Applied Organizational Research3.0
CRTV 301Foundations in Creativity3.0
CRTV 302Tools and Techniques in Creativity3.0
CRTV 303Creativity in the Workplace3.0
PROJ 301Introduction to Project Management3.0
PRST 211Computer Applications for Professionals3.0
PRST 212Creative Studies in the World Wide Web3.0
PRST 303Interpersonal Skills for Virtual Teams3.0
PRST 330Career & Professional Development3.0
PRST 440Policy Analysis3.0
PRST 450Creative Leadership for Professionals3.0
PRST 491 [WI] Professional Portfolio I (not available online)3.0
PRST 492 [WI] Professional Portfolio II (not available online)3.0
Free Electives ****48.0
Depending on transfer credits and professional goals, students may use free electives to pursue a minor/certificate. Students should see their advisor for details.
Total Credits180.0


Students select one humanities elective, such as English (ENGL); history (HIST); philosophy (PHIL); fine arts, or a foreign language course.


No more than 2 transferred courses may be used to complete the minor. A grade of C (2.0) or better must be earned in each courses in the Minor in Business.

Writing-Intensive Course Requirements

In order to graduate, all students must pass three writing-intensive courses after their freshman year. Two writing-intensive courses must be in a student's major. The third can be in any discipline. Students are advised to take one writing-intensive class each year, beginning with the sophomore year, and to avoid “clustering” these courses near the end of their matriculation. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.

A "WI" next to a course in this catalog may indicate that this course can fulfill a writing-intensive requirement. For the most up-to-date list of writing-intensive courses being offered, students should check the Writing Intensive Course List at the University Writing Center. Students scheduling their courses can also conduct a search for courses with the attribute "WI" to bring up a list of all writing-intensive courses available that term. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.

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