Bachelor of Professional Studies

Students majoring in Professional Studies will select one of the following concentrations or create an individualized program of study through the Baccalaureate Contract Program.

Alcohol & Drug Abuse Services
Students pursuing this degree typically provide services to those disabled by alcohol and drug abuse, including abusers, families, friends, colleagues, and associates. Areas of study include alcohol and drug abuse, social, administrative services and other courses relevant to this concentration.

Child Development & Family Studies
In addition to core courses based on early childhood development, the guidelines of this concentration contain course work designed to develop skills and knowledge of the historical, social, cultural, and educational contexts of the field.

Disability Studies & Rehabilitation Services
This concentration will provide students an understanding of the social, psychological, economic, physical, medical, and other environmental problems faced by individuals seeking disability services.

Early Care and Learning
Students in this concentration will develop knowledge and skills in child development and learning, observation and assessment, pedagogy and research through classroom and field experiences. Students will be prepared for employment in a discipline working with children and families, and may pursue graduate training that leads to careers in education, academia, research, health professions, or social work.

Early Intervention Specialist
Early Intervention (ages 0-2) focuses on recognizing the uniqueness of the provision of instruction and/or service coordination in the field of Part C the Federal IDEA legislation for early intervention. Students will learn how to promote caregiver-child interaction by assisting families to adapt routines and activities to support children's (ages 0-2) learning and interaction. In addition, students will be introduced to adult learning approaches to support caregivers and understand how cultural diversity affects family interactions and practices.

Emergency Management
The interdisciplinary Emergency Management concentration is designed for students with a diversity of backgrounds and interest in applying that background to emergency management, community resilience to disaster, environmental hazards mitigation, emergency management response, and business continuity/disaster recovery.

Fashion Design
The Fashion Design program prepares students for careers in Fashion Design for the Apparel Industry. The curriculum fosters creative expression in all aspects of Fashion Design, including fashion sketching, creative design, computer applications, draping, and pattern drafting. With this, students learn to balance hand-making and digital skills with an integrated approach to design. The program is structured to challenge and inspire students by incorporating artistic, technical, and theoretical elements into a realistic approach to the Fashion Design Industry.

Fashion Merchandising
Industry overview, financial planning and purchasing, visual presentation, color selection and coordination, textile identification, clothing characteristics, entrepreneurship and personal and professional development are all program components in this concentration.

Health Services
Experienced health care professionals can build upon their training and experience in this concentration with courses in business practice, administration, interpersonal skills, policy, risk management, social context of health care, and financial management.

Human Services
Students in this concentration will study philosophical orientation to the human condition; understand social structures, values and norms; human growth and development; and research social change and social and bureaucratic organizations.

Information Technology (online only)
This concentration will provide students an understanding of fundamentals in administrative leadership in the technological fields, national and international technological development and communication; and gain skills in information systems, statistical methods, formal and interpersonal communication, including team and organizational relations.

International Organizational Leadership (online only)
Students will study the nature of bureaucratic organizations and the fundamentals of administrative leadership; reflect upon national and international organizational context and upon significant social and cultural issues raised in those contexts; and gain skills in formal and interpersonal communication.

Law Enforcement Administration
Experienced law enforcement professionals can increase their skills in management, organizational relations, and communication; their knowledge of law enforcement administration; understanding of workplace issues that can affect productivity; and their ability to manage diversity in the workforce.

Legal Studies
Students in Legal Studies acquire the knowledge and skills needed to offer essential support to law offices, government agencies, corporations, or other professional settings in the legal field. Students also gain a solid foundation for continuing on to law school after graduation.

Manufacturing Technology Management
This interdisciplinary focus on manufacturing supervisory skills will assist students in advancing their manufacturing careers for those already working in the industry. Students will learn skills in project planning and evaluation, work design improvement, production control, facility design, occupational safety, and statistical quality control. In addition, they will learn principles of supervision and other management skills.

Music and Entertainment (offered only at the Lambuth campus)
The Music and Entertainment (ME) degree is an interdisciplinary program fusing three areas of study: music, business, and technology. This concentration will provide students an understanding of fundamentals in commercial music and will provide them the knowledge to gain employment in the entertainment field.

Nonprofit Development & Administration
Students will examine how nonprofit organizations serve the community, learn about their operation and their constituencies, and will improve or develop administrative skills in order to work in the nonprofit sector.

Organizational Leadership (also offered online)
Our Organizational Leadership concentration promotes understanding of bureaucratic organizations and the fundamentals of administrative leadership. Students will explore national and international organizational contexts and significant social and cultural issues raised in those contexts; and learn skills in formal and interpersonal communication.

Preschool & Childcare Administration
In addition to coursework in early childhood professional studies, this concentration emphasizes developing skills in fiscal management, recruiting and hiring personnel, health and safety management, board relations, marketing and public relations, and understanding the role of a liaison in professional associations and regulatory agencies.

Technology Management Services
Technology Management Services are designed for those who wish to gain knowledge of a technical nature while at the same gaining skills in management, organizational relations, and communications; their knowledge of contexts within which the management of technology fits; their understanding of workplace issues that can effect productivity; and their ability to manage diversity in the workforce.

Urban Studies
This program provides a structure of study for students interested in the origin, evolution, and function of cities and metropolitan areas. Please note, this concentration will require students to complete a baccalaureate contract.

Visual Merchandising and Exhibition Design
The Visual Merchandising and Exhibition Design concentration is an interdisciplinary program and comprises developing environments such as homes, stores, display windows and other merchandise displays; as well Exhibition Design, including trade shows and installations at large scale events, like pop-up stores.

Students may also pursue minors in the following subjects:

Alcohol & Drug Abuse Services
This interdisciplinary minor examines societal alcohol and drug abuse from the perspectives of anthropology, counseling, criminal justice, psychology, and sociology.

Child Development
This interdisciplinary minor will attract students with majors in education, human services, nonprofit administration, psychology, social work, and related areas.