Bachelor of Arts in Professional Studies

The B.A. in Professional Studies is available only to students in the External Degree Program. This major offers adult learners the option of designing a plan of study to pursue a special career or other interest not available through JSC's other majors. It also allows EDP students, who may have college credits from a number of institutions and life experience, to weave together the threads of their prior learning into a coherent degree program. Students are asked to declare and explore an area of special emphasis while meeting the EDP general education and other requirements for a bachelor's degree.

Requirements

Note: It is not possible to do a minor along with the major in professional studies unless the credits for the minor are in addition to the 120 credits required for a bachelor's degree.

Learning Outcomes for Professional Studies Majors

All graduating students will be able to:

  1. Plan an individualized program to pursue a special career or other interest not available through other JSC degrees.
  2. Plan and carry out a program that brings coherence to the student's college experience and/or learning through life experience.
  3. Develop and demonstrate bachelor's-level knowledge in at least one stated field of interest, including understanding of the history, language, and dominant methodologies of the field.
  4. Demonstrate understanding of some key connections among disciplines in relation to the stated field of interest.
  5. Demonstrate understanding of the connections between theoretical learning and practical experience in relation to the stated field of interest.