Bachelor of Professional Studies

Bachelor of Professional Studies Course Offerings

Bachelor of Professional Studies course offerings will be found under the 4 letter code of BPST in the course listings. These courses do not apply toward the Business Administration major.

311 – Critical Thinking, Research, and Presentation (3)

Prerequisite: English Composition 101 or equivalent. This course focuses on academic writing, scholarship, and presentation. Critical thinking and research skills as they apply to academic discourse are stressed. Further, students study argument with a focus on Aristotle, as well as Toulmin and Rogerian logic. Students apply their critical analysis, research, and argumentative skills in the production of a number of written documents such as literature reviews, abstracts, white papers, and case studies. In addition to individual writing and speaking assignments students take part in a collaborative written project and presentation. Throughout the course, students use and become increasingly familiar with resource materials within their academic discipline and perform a significant amount of secondary research using professional and academic journals.

312 – Technical and Business Communication (3)

Prerequisite: English Composition 101 or equivalent. Students delineate the importance of effective professional written and oral communications skills. Students analyze examples of workplace writing, including memos, letters, technical and professional documents, reports, and proposals, and develop skills in understanding, editing, revising, and creating appropriate written materials. Students also learn the elements of conceptualizing, researching, and writing an academic paper, including appropriate use of the American Psychological Association (APA) format. Students study the importance of effective oral communication and delineate the impact of power, position, age, ethnicity, culture, and gender on interpersonal, group, and organizational communications. Students also demonstrate proficiency in the development of individual and group oral presentation  employing presentation graphics software.

314 – Business Legal Environment (3)

Students examine a broad spectrum of legal principles as they relate to business organizations. Students study the critical nexus between law and the environment in which business operates. Students analyze the creation of rights, liabilities, and regulations under the law as expressions of societal forces. The course addresses the legal aspects of business agreements and relationships. Subjects covered include constitutional law, dispute resolution, contracts, torts, product liability, and property issues. Students study the different forms of business organizations available and the fiduciary duties of officers, directors and shareholders. The legal aspects of the employment relationship as they relate to protection of trade secrets, agency, discrimination, and wrongful termination are also covered. Students analyze relevant legal cases and statutes to learn the impact of law on organizations. (Credit is not granted for both BPST 314 and ACCT 303.)

471 – Special Topics (3-6)

Prerequisite: Topic dependent. elected topics that reflect faculty specialization or program needs. Topics may include areas related to BPS core topics. May be repeated for credit with a change in topic.

491 – Directed Study (1-6)

This is an individual study under faculty direction on a topic of relevance to the BPS core area.

499 – Internship (1-6)

Internships offer students opportunities to experience various fields of employment while working with a variety of organizations on important and challenging projects. These experiences augment classroom learning while allowing on-the-job training.