What Can I Do with a Bachelor's in Professional Studies?

Our interdisciplinary concentrations prepare students to meet the demands of a competitive and diverse labor market. Graduates are prepared to assume positions in businesses, government agencies, and non-profit organizations. The Bachelor’s in Professional Studies offers four interdisciplinary concentrations: Engineering Technology; Organizational Studies; Leadership Strategies and Dynamics; or Technology Science and Society. The following provides information about each of the concentrations including acquired skillsets and potential career pathways along with resources to aid in the job search process.

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Engineering Technology Concentration

Engineering technology may be described as the ‘practical applications arm’ of engineering. Once a project engineer has determined that an idea is theoretically feasible within the parameters observed in the physical world, the main task of the technologist is to translate the engineer’s idea into practical reality.”
IT Chronicles

Engineering Technology

About the concentration

Focus on the application of engineering techniques, analysis and critical thinking, and effective communication skills. Coursework will prepare students to become professional engineering technologists. Engineers typically spend their time planning, while Technologists spend their time making plans work!

Skillset

  • Excellent mathematical skills
  • Outstanding oral and written communication capabilities
  • Comprehensive knowledge of Physics and other sciences
  • Troubleshooting and critical thinking skills
  • Analytical abilities
  • Technological skills, especially with design software (CAD, CREO, etc.)

Potential Career Paths

  • Operations
  • Production
  • Manufacturing
  • Test and Evaluation
  • Product Design
  • Distribution and Sales
  • Service and Maintenance
  • Drafting
  • Engineering Technician
  • Field Engineer

Organizational Studies Concentration

Organizational leadership degree programs prepare students to be business and program leaders who are skilled in handling the human aspect of business management. Graduates in this major are trained to understand what it takes to be an effective manager or leader, how to motivate others, and how to successfully implement change. As people are involved in every business and organization, at multiple levels, jobs for this degree can be found in a variety of settings and roles.”
The Houston Chronicle

Organizational Studies

About the concentration

Careers in this area focus on finding solutions to human problems in organizations and/or communities. Students will receive education and build skills in areas of business and humanities/social sciences preparing them to better understand human behavior in groups, organizations and large businesses.

Skillset

  • Outstanding oral and written communication abilities
  • Organizational theory and behavior
  • Critical thinking and problem resolution
  • Motivate and influence others
  • Individual and group dynamics
  • Knowledgeable in standard business practices and professional ethics
  • Training and Development
  • Effective team organization

Potential Career Paths

  • Human Resources Management
  • Employee Development
  • Compensation and Benefits
  • Corporate Training
  • Motivational Speaker
  • Program Developer
  • Instructional Designer
  • Recruiter

Leadership Strategies and Dynamics Concentration

This is a management degree, and depending on which leadership electives you choose, it can prepare you to work in businesses, government, and philanthropic organizations. It is particularly useful for human resources management, as an organizational change management consultant, training and development manager/consultant, nonprofit manager, and in public management."
UnBound by Pearson

Leadership Strategies and Dynamics

About the concentration

Focus is on the nature of leadership in a variety of settings. Coursework will prepare students for management responsibilities in their chosen field. Emphasis is placed on leadership and management along with theories of motivation, leadership styles, team building, professional ethics and communication.

Skillset

  • Outstanding oral and written communication abilities
  • Building and leading diverse teams
  • Critical thinking and problem resolution
  • Motivating others
  • Staffing and employee development
  • Knowledgeable in standard business practices and professional ethics
  • Understanding of various leadership styles

Potential Career Paths

  • Human Resources
  • Project Management
  • Public Relations
  • Management Consultant
  • Entrepreneur
  • Healthcare Administration
  • Social Services
  • Retail/Business Management
  • Political Advisor

Technology, Science, and Society Concentration

Science, technology, and society majors were the top-paid Class of 2015 humanities graduates at the bachelor’s degree level, according to results of NACE’s Class of 2015 First-Destination Survey. These majors earned an average of $55,427.”
National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE)

Technology, Science, and Society

About the concentration

Integrate the study of science, engineering and/or technology with its social and cultural impact on humanity. Coursework focuses on developing a broad understanding of the technical, historical and social dimensions of science and technology.

Skillset

  • Balance technical knowledge with verbal and written communication skills
    • Effectively adapt technical information to non-technical situations.
  • Comprehend the significance, challenges and effects science and technology present to society.
  • Understand how to incorporate technical, scientific knowledge with analytical thinking from a social perspective.
  • Develop quantitative and qualitative skills
  • Easily adapt from a technical environment to a business environment

Potential Career Paths

  • Business Law
  • Public/Community Service
  • Technical Writing
  • Research
  • Politics/Policy
  • Conservation
  • Public Health
  • Quality and Regulatory Compliance
  • Health and Safety

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