2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Apr 22, 2024  
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Professional Studies (B.A.) - O

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The B.A. in Professional Studies is available to students who are completing their bachelor’s degree through NVU Online. 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.

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.


  • For students matriculating through NVU Online, no college credits are required before admittance into the major.
  • Completion of the NVU General Education Core 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.


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 Core Curriculum  and NVU Graduation Standards .

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