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Program Requirements

This information is provided for current active students in the program. New students and returning students can no longer be admitted to the program.

Lifelong Learning Area

The Lifelong Learning Area consists of 12 competencies satisfied by 8 required SCPS courses, approved transfer courses or proficiency exams. They are:

  • LL 103 INDEPENDENT LEARNING SEMINAR (L-1)
  • LL 250 FOUNDATIONS OF ADULT LEARNING: DEVELOPING PERSONAL, PROFESSIONAL AND EDUCATIONAL GOALS (L-2 & F-1)
  • L-3: Civic Engagement competency in SCPS course, transfer, or experience. The L-3 competency is available in the following SCPS courses:
  • AI 143 ROOTED IN THE CITY: WRITERS & WRITING IN CHICAGO
  • AI 218 ORGANIZING AND DEVELOPING EMERGENCY TRAINING & SERVICE STRATEGIES: "LESSONS-LEARNED" FROM KATRINA
  • AI 230 MEMOIRS: A JOURNEY FROM THE INSIDE OUT
  • AI 257 ENGAGE FOR CHANGE: GET INFORMED, INVOLVED AND CONNECTED
  • HC 118 MAKING SOCIAL CHANGE: THE LEGACY OF THE 1960'S
  • HC 211 ENGAGING A LOCAL NONPROFIT TO SOLVE A GLOBAL PROBLEM
  • HC 268 CULTURE AND POLITICS OF CAREWORK
  • HC 283 GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES BALANCING WORK & FAMILY
  • HC 302 ACTIVE CITIZENS: MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN THE COMMUNITY, WORKPLACE WORLD 
  • HC 362 POVERTY, POLICY AND THE ECONOMY: POOR IN THE USA
  • IN 231 EXPLORING CHICAGO POLITICS
  • IN 352 EYES ON THE PRIZE: A TELEVISION HISTORY OF THE AMERICAN CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT
  • SNC 215 ISSUES IN HEALTH POLICY AND ADMINISTRATION 
  • SW 251 UNDERSTANDING GLOBAL HEALTH CONCEPTS AND PRACTICES 
  • SW 254 ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY AND ADVOCACY
  • LL 260 LL 260 WRITING FOR COMPETENCE  (L-4)
  • LL 270 CRITICAL THINKING  (L-5)
  • LL 205 QUANTITATIVE REASONING  (L-6)
  • L-7: Collaborative Learning competency in SCPS course, transfer, or experience. The L-7 competency is available in the following SCPS courses:
  • AI 170 CREATIVITY AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP
  • AI 255 AI 255 SELF EXPLORATION: INSIDE OURSELVES, OUTSIDE WITH OTHERS
  • AI 285 WORK, PLAY AND REST: INTEGRATING THE FRAGMENTS
  • FA 133 EDITING YOURSELF AND OTHERS: A COLLABORATIVE APPROACH TO WRITING AT WORK
  • FA 196 MANAGING A SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS
  • FA 198 FINANCIAL PLANNING FOR RETIREMENT
  • FA 214 ENTREPRENEURIAL ACCOUNTING
  • FA 221 ENTREPRENEURSHIP: FROM START-UP TO SUCCESS
  • FA 224 HOMELAND SECURITY IN THE 21ST CENTURY
  • FA 237 CONFLICT MANAGEMENT, NEGOTIATION, AND CLIENT RELATIONS
  • FA 241 WORKPLACE ENGAGEMENT AND COMMITMENT: HOW TO MOTIVATE EMPLOYEES
  • FA 300 PROJECT MANAGEMENT
  • FA 340 IMPLEMENTING CORPORATE TRAINING PROGRAMS
  • FA 363 ACHIEVING WORK AND LIFE GOALS
  • FA 390 DIVERSITY: IN AND BEYOND THE WORK PLACE
  • HC 102 HOLIDAY ECONOMICS
  • HC 141 COACHING FOR PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT AND PROFESSIONAL EFFECTIVENESS
  • HC 171 ORGANIZATIONAL CULTURE IN ACTION
  • HC 178 GENDER AT WORK
  • HC 217 HIP HOP AND THE POLITICS OF DIFFERENCE
  • HC 246 LANGUAGE AND LANDSCAPE
  • HC 299 ASSESSING AND MANAGING CONFLICT
  • HC 302 ACTIVE CITIZENS: MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN THE COMMUNITY, WORKPLACE WORLD
  • HC 344 INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS: A CROSS-CULTURAL PERSPECTIVE E
  • SW 250 WIDGETS, CLICKS, & TWEETS: ESSENTIALS OF APPLIED WEB TECHNOLOGY
  • SW 262 SW 262 THE HAPPINESS PROJECT
  • SW 295 SUCCESSFUL INTERVIEWING
  • LL 300 LL 300 RESEARCH SEMINAR  (L-8 & L-9)
  • LL 302 LL 302 EXTERNSHIP (L-10 & L-11)
  • LL 390 LL 390 SUMMIT SEMINAR (L-12)

Liberal Learning

The Liberal Learning Area consists of 26 competencies in 4 categories. Competencies can be satisfied by SCPS courses, relevant transfer courses of C- or better, and documented college-level learning from experience. They are:

Arts & Ideas Category

  • 1 from Interpreting the Arts (A-1)
  • 1 from Creative Expression (A-2)
  • 1 from Reflection and Meaning (A-3)
  • 1 from Ethics in the Contemporary World (A-4)
  • 1 from Creativity (A-5)
  • 3 additional AI competencies

Human Community Category

  • 1 from Communities and Societies (H-1)
  • 1 from Institutions and Organizations (H-2)
  • 1 from Individual Development (H-3)
  • 1 from Power and Justice (H-4)
  • 1 from Globalization (H-5)
  • 3 additional HC competencies

The Scientific World Category

  • 1 from Experiencing Science (S-1)
  • 1 from Patterns and Processes (S-2)
  • 1 from Science, Technology and Society (S-3)
  • 1 from Interconnections in the Natural World (S-4)
  • 1 from Scientific Reasoning (S-5)
  • 3 additional SW competencies

Electives

  • 1 Advanced Elective (E-1)
  • 1 Advanced Elective (E-2)

Focus Area

The Focus Area consists of 12 competencies satisfied by SCPS courses, relevant transfer courses of C- or better, and documented college-level learning from experience.

  • F-1: Focused Planning (Fulfilled by LL 250)
  • F-2: Focus Area Elective
  • F-3: Focus Area Elective
  • F-4: Focus Area Elective
  • F-5: Focus Area Elective
  • F-6: Focus Area Elective
  • F-7: Focus Area Elective
  • F-8: Focus Area Elective
  • F-9: Focus Area Elective
  • F-10: Focus Area Elective
  • F-11: Advanced Project (Fulfilled by FA 303 or FA 304)
  • F-12: Advanced Project (Fulfilled by FA 303 or FA 304)