General Studies Bachelor’s: Professional Studies Concentration

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The Professional Studies concentration of the Bachelor of Liberal Studies in General Studies has a focus on organizational development and leadership — skills that will benefit you in any field throughout your career. Even if you are not sure of your professional goals, it offers expertise and abilities that can help you build your profile as a future leader and a self-starter.

Coursework will provide you with professional skills in communication, group behavior, and strategic thinking that will that will teach you how to:

  • Motivate a team
  • Identify and develop other leaders around you
  • Improve organizational culture

By developing your own leadership potential, the Professional Studies concentration will help prepare you for roles that are as challenging as they are rewarding.

What Can I Do With This Concentration?

Today’s organizations are incredibly complex. Only leaders who have a solid understanding of organizational dynamics, group and human behavior, and how factors such as diversity, culture, and ethics affect them, will be able to successfully lead them. The Professional Studies concentration incorporates studies in organizational development and leadership to ensure that you are ready to take on the responsibilities required in today’s global and diverse companies.

These skills are applicable to almost any industry or field. Wherever you work with other people or are responsible for managing them, the Professional Studies concentration outcomes will be a resource you can call on throughout your career.

Professional Studies Concentration Courses

The Professional Studies concentration requires 8 courses (minimum 24 credits) and consists of the six courses below as well as two approved major electives offered in Management, English, Leadership & Organizational Sustainability, or Managing Human Capital.

ENG 263 Writing for Organizations ODL 200 Career and Personal Development
ODL 300 Organizational Dynamics and Behavior
ODL 320 Leadership and Development
ODL 330 Issues in Organizational Development
ODL 340 Coaching and Consulting

See course descriptions for this concentration.

With You at Every Step

Saint Joseph’s University has officered educational programs designed for adults for more than 100 years. To ensure that you are successful in achieving your educational goals, we offer:

  • A full team of counselors, advisors and professors who offer one-on-one support
  • Financial aid to those who qualify
  • 24/7 technical support
  • Assistance with the application process

How to Get Started with Your Professional Studies concentration
Learn more about the online Professional Studies concentration of the Bachelor of Liberal Studies in General Studies: Call (610) 660-3400 to speak with a Program Manager or request more information below.

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