Dec 13, 2018  
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog

Professional Studies (B.A.)

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The B.A. in Professional Studies is available to students who are completing their bachelor’s degree through JSC Online or Johnson State College’s community-based Distance Learning Programs  (EDP). This major allows adult learners to design a plan of study around a particular career interest while weaving together the threads of their prior learning into a coherent degree program. Upon declaring an area of special emphasis, students work with their advisor to develop a degree plan that meets their objectives as well as the college’s general education and other requirements for a bachelor’s degree.


  • For students matriculating through JSC Online, no college credits are required before admittance into the major.

  • For students matriculating through the community-based External Degree Program, 60 college credits are required before admittance into the major.

  • Completion of the JSC Online/EDP General Education Curriculum
  • During the student’s first semester, development and submission of a degree plan, including a narrative that declares a focus of study and demonstrates integration of prior learning and proposed courses
  • Completion of at least 30 credits in a focus area of study, including INT 4950 , Senior Seminar in Professional Studies
  • Completion of at least 15 upper-level credits (3000- or 4000-level) within the 30-credit focus area

Note: It is not possible to do a minor along with the major in professional studies unless the credits for the minor are in addition to the 120 credits required for a bachelor’s degree.

Learning Outcomes for Professional Studies Majors

Students will be able to:

  • Plan a coherent, individualized program of study with a clear focus and in keeping with their personal goals.
  • Demonstrate bachelor’s-level knowledge in one or more fields of interest.
  • Demonstrate connections between theoretical learning and practical experience in relation to the field of interest.
  • Demonstrate an ability to reflect upon and synthesize key aspects of the learning experience in the program.


In order to earn a degree, you must successfully complete all requirements for your major as listed here AND meet all other Degree Requirements , including the General Education Curriculum requirements  and JSC Graduation Standards .

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