Professional Studies

Bachelor of Science Degree: 180.0 quarter credits

About the 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

For more information about this major, visit Goodwin College's Professional Studies web page.

Degree Requirements

English Composition Requirements
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: The Craft of Persuasion3.0
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Thematic Analysis Across 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 and Ethnic Relations
Women & Men in a Changing 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.


Courses

PRST 180 Special Topics in PRST 1.0-4.0 Credit

Covers special topics related to Professional Studies. Allows the college to offer new, specialized lower-level topics of interest and relevance to the major.

College/Department: Goodwin School of Technology & Professional Studies
Repeat Status: Can be repeated 11 times for 12 credits

PRST 211 Computer Applications for Professionals 3.0 Credits

Through lecture-demonstrations, hands-on labs, independent study assignments, and case study analysis, students are challenged to use critical-thinking, data analysis and problem-solving techniques to develop cost-efficient and effective solutions to realistic professional problems using computer-based business application software. Students should possess a basic level of computer proficiency before taking this course.

College/Department: Goodwin School of Technology & Professional Studies
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PRST 212 Creative Studies in the World Wide Web 3.0 Credits

This course prepares professionals with an understanding of the process of developing creative, functional Web sites. Concentrating on the creative flow of the design process, the course uses Adobe Dreamweaver as the medium for development. Students should possess a basic level of computer proficiency before taking this course.

College/Department: Goodwin School of Technology & Professional Studies
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PRST 303 Interpersonal Skills for Virtual Teams 3.0 Credits

This course will introduce students to the dynamics of virtual teamwork and will allow students to experience first-hand the opportunities and challenges associated with operating in a virtual environment.

College/Department: Goodwin School of Technology & Professional Studies
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

PRST 330 Career & Professional Development 3.0 Credits

This course explores the literature of careers including preparation, organizational entry, orientation, nontraditional careers, and early, mid, and later career issues. The course provides students with opportunities for assessment of interests and capabilities, initiation and implementation of a personal development plan (PDP), and feedback on personal and career development.

College/Department: Goodwin School of Technology & Professional Studies
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

PRST 380 Advanced Special Topics in PRST 1.0-4.0 Credit

Covers special topics of interest in Professional Studies. This course may be repeated for credit.

College/Department: Goodwin School of Technology & Professional Studies
Repeat Status: Can be repeated 11 times for 12 credits

PRST 399 Independent Study in Professional Studies 0.5-6.0 Credits

Provides individual study or research in Professional Studies under faculty supervision. This course may be repeated for credit.

College/Department: Goodwin School of Technology & Professional Studies
Repeat Status: Can be repeated 11 times for 6 credits
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is PRST.

PRST 440 Policy Analysis 3.0 Credits

The course analyzes the entire process of policy agenda-setting, initiation, decision-making, implementation, evaluation and assessment. Students will be equipped with tools to analyze and understand the entire process of policy formation in any public or private enterprise. The skills developed in this course can be used in many professional fields.

College/Department: Goodwin School of Technology & Professional Studies
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman or Sophomore

PRST 450 Creative Leadership for Professionals 3.0 Credits

This course presents leadership as a collaborative focus for transforming change. Topics include the leadership crisis, differences between leadership and management, how leaders create and change culture, and ways in which leaders build creative, enduring organizations. In addition, the course is designed to help students develop their own leadership potential.

College/Department: Goodwin School of Technology & Professional Studies
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman or Sophomore

PRST 491 [WI] Professional Portfolio I 3.0 Credits

The professional portfolio is a two-course capstone project that provides Professional Studies majors with an opportunity to demonstrate achievement in their major and to engage in self-reflection. Components include reflective essays and carefully chosen samples of academic and relevant professional work completed during the college experience. This is a writing intensive course.

College/Department: Goodwin School of Technology & Professional Studies
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is PRST.
Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman or Junior or Pre-Junior or Sophomore
Prerequisites: COM 270 [Min Grade: D] and CAT 301 [Min Grade: D] and CRTV 301 [Min Grade: D] and CRTV 302 [Min Grade: D] and CRTV 303 [Min Grade: D] and PRST 440 [Min Grade: D] and PRST 450 [Min Grade: D]

PRST 492 [WI] Professional Portfolio II 3.0 Credits

Requires completion of the professional portfolio begun on PRST 491. Components of Professional Portfolio II include creative expression, future directions, and reflect on the major and the experience of creating a portfolio. This is a writing intensive course.

College/Department: Goodwin School of Technology & Professional Studies
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is PRST.
Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman or Junior or Pre-Junior or Sophomore
Prerequisites: COM 230 [Min Grade: C] and CAT 360 [Min Grade: C] and PRST 491 [Min Grade: C]

Multidisciplinary & Emerging Programs Faculty

Frank Anbari, PMP, PhD (Drexel University) Project Management Program. Clinical Professor. Transportation engineering; project scheduling; project cost management; earned value management; project quality management; project leadership; project management education; Six Sigma.
Kimberly Mitchell, PhD (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University ) Property Management Program. Associate Teaching Professor. Multi-family real estate operations, sustainability, affordability, and policy; asset management; real estate development.
Fredricka K. Reisman, PhD (Syracuse University) Director of the Torrance Center for Creativity and Innovation. Professor. Mathematics education, learning mathematics, mathematics pedagogy, teacher education, heuristic diagnostic learning and teaching, theory and research in creativity and applied creativity.
Victor Sohmen, PhD (University of Queensland) Project Management Program. Associate Clinical Professor. Extensive international experience in teaching, research, publication, and practice in diverse areas of: general management; project management; cost engineering; pedagogy; curriculum development; distance learning technology; research methodology; cross-cultural studies; and international business.

Interdepartmental Faculty

Scott J. White, PhD (University of Bristol, UK) Director, Computing & Security Technology Program. Associate Clinical Professor. Homeland security; operational risk management; infrastructure protection; intelligence, crime & counter-terrorism.
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