2023-2024 Undergraduate Course Catalog 
    
    May 29, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Course Catalog

Interdisciplinary Studies, BPS


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Contact

Associate Dean:

Ryan O. Williams, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Professor of Practice
College of Professional Studies, rywillia@syr.edu

Administrative Director:

Charlotte Stahrr, Academic Program Administrator
College of Professional Studies, cstahrr@syr.edu

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Description

The Bachelor of Professional Studies (B.P.S.) degree prepares graduates for career placement or advancement in three separate areas of professional studies. Courses will be applied and interdisciplinary – designed to develop and improve work-ready skills through a wide range of competencies and cognitive skills. This degree will address a choice of three of the following knowledge areas: Cannabis Studies, Creative Leadership, Cybersecurity Administration, Healthcare Administration, Knowledge Management, Project Management, and Studies in Computer Programming.

Student Learning Outcomes


  1. Explain the foundational principles of leadership, administration, or management.
  2. Apply methods and approaches from different disciplines to develop new insights and produce creative work.   
  3. Communicate effectively with diverse audiences through multiple modalities.   

Liberal Studies Core (30-37 credits)


The Liberal Studies Core gives a foundation in writing, language or quantitative skills, humanities, social science, natural science, and critical reflections. It draws upon lower-division courses in the College of Arts and Sciences.

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  • Foreign Language or Quantitative Skills (Choose 6-12 credits)


    Foreign Language:


    Complete Language Skills Sequence Requirement outlined in the Liberal Arts Core Guidebook.

    Quantitative Skills:


    Complete Quantitative Skills Sequence Requirement outlined in the Liberal Arts Core Guidebook.

    Humanities (Choose 6 credits)

    Any course listed in the Humanities Division of the Liberal Arts Core Guidebook.

    Social Science (Choose 6 credits)

    Any course listed in the Social Sciences Division of the Liberal Arts Core Guidebook.

    Natural Science (Choose 3-4 credits)

    Any course listed in the Natural Sciences Division of the Liberal Arts Core Guidebook.

    Critical Reflections on Ethical & Social Issues (Choose 3 Credits)

    Any course listed in the Critical Reflections on Ethical & Social Issues Division of the Liberal Arts Core Guidebook.

    Students are required to select one Liberal Arts Core Course that meets the IDEA requirement

Professional Competencies Core (30 Credits)


The Professional Competencies Core covers fundamental knowledge and abilities required in the modern workplace, such as ethics and critical thinking, problem solving, human relations, diversity and change management, budgeting and resource management, and teamwork. The Professional Competencies Core includes an introductory course, and a capstone experience required of all B.P.S. students. Designed to draw together issues from across the entire B.P.S. program, these courses summarize concepts covered in the curriculum and develop students’ skills in strategic decision-making that looks to the future.

Major Requirements (30 Credits)


  • Required (3)

  • Career Track (27 Credits) 

    Students will complete three different career tracks of 9 credits each. Career tracks may be formed by combining three courses using any college of Professional Studies academic prefix (except BPS). Examples below.

    Cannabis Studies

    • Complete 3 CAN-prefixed courses

    Computer Programming

    • Complete 3 SCP-prefixed courses

    Creative Leadership

    • Complete 3 CRL-prefixed courses

    Cybersecurity Administration

    • Complete 3 CYB-prefixed courses

    Healthcare Administration

    • Complete 3 HCA-prefixed courses

    Knowledge Management

    • Complete 3 KNM-prefixed courses

    Project Management

    • Complete 3 PPM-prefixed courses, in addition to PPM 301

    Students may not double count courses in the Professional Competencies with courses in their chosen career track.

Electives (23-30)


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