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

Career Planning and ResourcesOur 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 three interdisciplinary concentrations: 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.

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

Can you work well on a team, make decisions and solve problems? Those are the skills employers most want when they are deciding which new college graduates to hire. The next-most-important skill: ability to communicate verbally with people inside and outside an organization. Employers also want new hires to have technical knowledge related to the job, but that’s not nearly as important as good teamwork, decision-making and communication skills, and the ability to plan and prioritize work."
Forbes.com

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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