The Bachelor of Arts in Professional Studies with a major in Business Administration from the School of Continuing and Professional Studies (SCPS) builds knowledge and skills for application in corporate and nonprofit settings, especially within administrative, managerial and supervisory positions. In this program, students examine their prior and current work experience in light of theory and principles. This program intentionally helps students to integrate liberal arts learning, with an emphasis on agile and critical thinking, with a professional specialization.
This major advances students' foundational business knowledge in a range of areas critical to business administration, especially project management, human resources, risk management, leadership, workplace law, globalization, ethical conduct, data analytics, and professional communications. With a range of courses in the major offered as electives, students may choose courses and specialize in areas of particular interest to them.
Graduates of this program will be particularly well positioned to make optimal decisions in the workplace and become promotable leaders. This major is designed for working adult students who seek the following:
- Designed for working adult students with flexible scheduling including online options available
- Financial Aid, flexible payment options, and special adult student tuition pricing available
- Acceleration and affordability through transfer credit and prior learning assessment (PLA) credit
- Opportunities to combine bachelor's and master’s programs and apply graduate courses to both programs
- Individualized program planning, course selection and advising assistance provided
- Enhanced career opportunities through professional portfolio development, and career placement services instruction from industry practitioners, and wide-ranging Career Services support
- Degree granted by DePaul University, with its excellent academic reputation and the opportunity to join its prestigious and extensive alumni network
|Total hours required
Students will be able to:
- Analyze and apply knowledge and theories of management.
- Analyze issues in organizational contexts.
- Apply skills for effective decision-making in organizations.
- Investigate problems using qualitative and quantitative methods.
- Apply ethical principles in context.
- Apply various methods of communication in multiple settings.
- Analyze and apply different liberal arts perspectives.
College Core Requirements
(78 credits, 20 credits in residence):
(32 credits, 16 credits in residence):
|LL 201||REFLECTIVE LEARNING 1||2|
|LL 305||ACTIVE CITIZENS: MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN THE COMMUNITY, WORKPLACE WORLD||4|
|LL 205||QUANTITATIVE REASONING||4|
|LL 261||ESSAY WRITING||4|
|LL 270||CRITICAL THINKING||4|
|LL 290||RESEARCH WRITING 1||4|
|LL 301||RESEARCH METHODS 1||6|
|LL 302||EXTERNSHIP 1||4|
(46 credits, 4 credits in residence):
- Liberal Arts in Action Requirement: CCA 281, CCH 281, CCS 281 or courses with LA1 designation, 6 credits
- CORE CURRICULUM ARTS & IDEAS, courses with the CCA, AL, PI, or RD requirement designations, or any Arts & Ideas competencies, 12 credits
- CORE CURRICULUM HUMAN COMMUNITY, courses with the CCH, SSMW, or UP requirement designations, or any Human Community competencies, 12 credits
- CORE CURRICULUM SCIENTIFIC WORLD, courses with the CCSW, SI, SILB, or SISK requirement designations, or any Scientific Word competencies, 12 credits
- IN 307 INTEGRATIVE LEARNING, 4 credits 1,
Students must take a total of 70 credit hours in the major. Of these, 40 credit hours must be completed in residence in the major, including FA 199, DCM 321 and DCM 322.
Professional Studies Core (20 credits, 8 credits in residence)
|FA 199||CAREER ASSESSMENT AND PLANNING 1||2|
|DCM 330||PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATION IN THE WORKPLACE||4|
|ETHICS IN THE PROFESSIONS|
|SOCIAL JUSTICE IN THE PROFESSIONS|
|CREATIVITY AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP|
|CREATIVITY AND INNOVATIVE THINKING|
|BUSINESS, TECHNOLOGY AND OUR GLOBAL FUTURE|
|GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES OF WORK & FAMILY|
|GLOBALIZATION AND PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE|
|DCM 321||CAPSTONE PLANNING 1||2|
|DCM 322||CAPSTONE PROJECT 1||4|
Business Administration Core (40 credits)
|BADM 208||SALES AND MARKETING MANAGEMENT FOR BUSINESS TODAY||4|
|DA 200||DATA ANALYTICS||4|
|BADM 223||ACCOUNTING AND FINANCE PRINCIPLES||4|
|DCM 301||EFFECTIVE LEADERSHIP IN A CHANGING PROFESSIONAL ENVIRONMENT||4|
|DCM 302||PROJECT MANAGEMENT: DESIGN AND ASSESSMENT||4|
|DA 233||APPLIED INFORMATION MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS||4|
|BADM 267||WORKPLACE LAW: HARASSMENT, DISCRIMINATION AND CIVIL RIGHTS||4|
|BADM 315||ECONOMICS FOR DECISION-MAKING||4|
|BADM 334||HUMAN RESOURCE AND TALENT DEVELOPMENT FUNDAMENTALS FOR MANAGERS||4|
|BADM 335||RISK MANAGEMENT IN THE WORKPLACE||4|
Business Administration Electives (10 credits)
|ESSENTIALS OF COACHING|
|THE ART OF SPEECHMAKING|
|GENDER AT WORK|
|THE HEART OF THE ENTREPRENEUR|
|DEVELOPING CONSULTING SKILLS|
|APPLYING ECONOMICS: A PRACTICAL APPROACH|
|STARTING UP AND RUNNING YOUR OWN BUSINESS|
|MARKETING FOR THE SOCIAL GOOD|
|GENDER IN BUSINESS AND LEADERSHIP|
|UNDERSTANDING FINANCIAL STATEMENTS|
|IMPLEMENTING CORPORATE TRAINING PROGRAMS|
|ETHICAL BUSINESS BEHAVIOR|
|EXPLORING THE NONPROFIT WORKPLACE|
|ESSENTIALS OF TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT|
|STRATEGIC CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS|
|CONSUMER BEHAVIOR INSIGHTS|
|PROFESSIONAL SPEAKING SKILLS|
|ANALYZING HUMAN BEHAVIOR|
|INTRODUCTION TO STATISTICS|
|EFFECTIVE GROUP AND PERSONAL DYNAMICS|
Open Electives (44 credits)
Open Electives can be fulfilled through courses taken in the School of Continuing and Professional Studies and other DePaul colleges, transfer courses, assessment of prior learning (PLA), and independent studies.
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