The School of Professional Studies offers programs to prepare students for a wide range of occupations in business, government, and nonprofit organizations.
Our programs allow students to acquire marketable skills and knowledge, preparation for advancement on the job, and a strong foundation for graduate study.
Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Bachelor of Science (BS) degrees are offered in Business Administration, Criminal Justice, and Psychology. The Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) allows individuals who have completed a technical associate degree (Associate of Applied Science) or acquired the equivalent in credits and life experience to complete a course of study in Business Administration with an emphasis in Management.
The Business Administration program offers a choice of options - Accounting, Computer and Management Information Systems (CMIS), Management, and Marketing. The Business, Marketing, and Information Technology Field Endorsement (BMIT) is available for individuals who wish to teach business courses in secondary schools.
The Criminal Justice program provides three options. The first option is Justice Administration, which provides interested individuals in developing leadership/management skills prior to pursuing a career in law enforcement or some facet of criminal justice administration. The Justice Counseling option provides a human services-related education and allows students to complete Provisional Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (PLADC) courses. The final option, Law and Society, focuses on preparing students for careers in state and federal employment, public administration, and post baccalaureate education in law, criminal justice or government. PLADC courses are limited to on campus enrollment due to State Licensure requirements.
The Psychology major features a strong set of core courses for individuals interested in eventual graduate study and electives that target interesting subjects in the field and allow students to develop sought-after human services skills. Psychology students may also complete Provisional Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (PLADC) courses. PLADC courses are limited to on campus enrollment due to State Licensure requirements.
Minors are available in Accounting, Business Administration, Computer and Management Information Systems (CMIS), Marketing, Criminal Justice, and Psychology. Earning a minor can help build flexibility to accommodate evolving career interests.
All degrees, options, and minors offered by the School of Professional Studies are available online. Many courses offered by the School of Professional Studies are available online during eight-week terms or sixteen-week semesters each year. Online courses are a convenient way for the highly motivated student to continue or accelerate his/her studies without having to commute to campus.
Aside from active student organizations, such as Phi Beta Lambda, PSCJ, Lambda Alpha Epsilon, and internship experiences, the School of Professional Studies also has an International Field Experience program. To date, students have studied in Australia, Costa Rica, and Ecuador.