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2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Professional Studies Major, B.S. (Organizational Leadership Concentration)

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Department Information

School of Continuing Studies & Academic Outreach
PO Box 70659
Phone: (423) 439-4223
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The Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies (BSPS) meets the needs of students whose interests are situated between two or more disciplines and gives them the opportunity to explore multiple subjects, perspectives, and methodologies in a variety of academic and professional fields. Because the BSPS program can be completed entirely online or through a combination of online and on-campus courses, it is especially suited for students whose work-life situation requires more flexible scheduling. Most BSPS applicants have already earned an associate’s degree or prior college credit. Students pursue an interdisciplinary program of study that requires completion of a concentration in either Information Technology or Organizational Leadership. These concentrations equip students with knowledge of management information systems or with management and communications skills in preparation for work in business, industry, and government. Students enrolled in the BSPS program may not double-major at ETSU.

Admission Requirements

The Division of Cross-Disciplinary Studies offers four undergraduate degree programs: Bachelor of Applied Science, Bachelor of General Studies, Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies, and Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies. Students who apply for admissions to any of the programs in the Division of Cross-Disciplinary Studies (CDST) are required to:

  1. Identify Cross-Disciplinary Studies interest as your major on the application form. 
  2. Complete an interview. The application process for these degrees includes an admissions interview designed to help students choose the best degree program for their objectives. The department will contact the applicant to schedule an interview online, in person, or by phone. 
  3. Be recommended for admission to the appropriate CDST degree. After the interview the academic advisor makes a recommendation on admission to a CDST degree program or refers them to another department.

The chair accepts or denies admission to the recommended CDST program. Cross-Disciplinary Studies Interest is not a federal financial aid eligible program. Once admitted to the appropriate degree program, these programs are federal financial aid eligible and the student may qualify for federal financial aid for courses in their program of study.

Degree Requirements: 120 credits

General Education 41-42 credits
Major Total Requirements 52 credits
     Major Core    (10 credits)
     Professional Core    (21 credits)
     Concentration    (18 credits)
     Capstone    (3 credits)
Free Electives 27 credits
TOTAL 120 credits

Suggested Four-Year Program of Study: PROS-BS (ORGL)  

General Education Requirements  

These requirements include earning 41-42 credits in Communication, Humanities and Fine Arts, Social and Behavior Sciences, History, Natural Sciences and Mathematics categories.

Total Requirements for Professional Studies Major: 52 credits

Professional Core Requirement: 21 credits

Choose one (1) course from areas one through five. Choose two (2) courses from area six.

Area Two: Organizational Systems

Choose one (1) of the following:

Area Three: Teamwork and Organizational Relationships

Choose one (1) of the following:

Area Four: Statistical Methods

Choose one (1) of the following:

Capstone: 3 credits

Prior Learning/Experiential Learning Portfolio

The prior learning portfolio is an option that allows students in the Bachelor of Applied Science, the Bachelor of General Studies, the Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies, and the Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies programs the opportunity to earn credit for college-level learning that has taken place outside the traditional college classroom. In consultation with the advisor, students prepare a prior learning portfolio, which is submitted to the advisor to appraise form and content. Final approval is made by the appropriate departmental faculty. Credit may be awarded only for prior learning that directly equates with specific ETSU courses.

No more than 25 percent of the degree may be earned through the prior learning portfolio process. In a 120 credit program, this limit is 30 credits. Credit earned through the prior learning portfolio is ungraded and does not impact the student’s grade point average. Portfolio credit does not count as ETSU residence credit.

No Minor Required

Free Electives: 27 credits

Additional Information

Click here to view Degree and Graduation Requirements  for all ETSU students.

CSCI 1100  or Proficiency exam: Must be completed to meet Bachelor’s Degree Requirements. 

Most minors range from 18-24 credits. Those few minors with more than 24 credits may affect the number of free electives allowed.

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