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Why Professional Studies?

The Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies can help students who

  • have completed an associate's degree but find it hard to apply the credits to a traditional bachelor's degree;
  • have career and professional goals not fully met by existing FSU degree programs;
  • wish to explore questions and problems from the perspective of more than one academic discipline;
  • have accumulated a significant number of credits from various institutions without earning a degree.


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Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies


The Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies is an interdisciplinary degree program that enables students to develop twenty-first century skills, such as critical thinking, communication, knowledge of global cultures, and related skills and knowledge that will prepare them for leadership roles and professional success in the global economy.  The program provides students the opportunity to develop an individualized program of study that is consistent with their personal interests, professional goals, and previous experience.

Focus / Why We Are Here:

One of the greatest needs in North Carolina is to increase the number of adults who hold a baccalaureate degree.  According to an analysis by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, 59 percent of North Carolina's jobs will require postsecondary education by 2018.  The Professional Studies degree program supports the goal of both UNC and FSU to increase the number of students obtaining a baccalaureate degree in order to succeed in today's and tomorrow's workforce. The program provides an alternative pathway for students whose interests and professional goals cannot be met fully by existing degree programs or who seek to explore questions and issues from the perspective of multiple disciplines.  The combination of technical and specialized courses, along with the Professional Studies Core courses, will prepare graduates for success in many professions and enable them to work effectively in a variety of organizations and businesses.

About the BSPS Degree:

All students, regardless of area of emphasis, will develop professional skills by completing courses in logic, statistics, professional writing, ethics, and a capstone course in leadership and communication.  FSU's B.S.P.S. is unique among the similar programs offered in the state because its core also requires two courses in global awareness that focus specifically on global readiness skills and knowledge.

FSU's B.S.P.S. is also unique in that it provides students a great degree of flexibility in creating their own specialized area of emphasis.  Specifically, students will develop a Professional Studies Concentration (in consultation with the Program Director) that is aligned with the student's prior experience and professional goals and interests.  The Concentration will usually fit one of the following designs:

A. Combination of existing programs - The student, with approval of the Program Director, may combine coursework from multiple existing majors or majors and minors to develop a program that meets a personal or professional interest.

B. Thematic - The student, with approval from the Program Director, will develop a set of courses from multiple disciplines linked thematically that enable the student to pursue an area of interest that is not addressed effectively by any existing major or combination of majors/minors.

C. Applied/Technical - For students who have earned an associate's degree or have ACE recommended hours from military training and service, a maximum of 42 credits (with a grade of C or better) will apply to the Concentration requirement. Students who propose this Concentration will work with the Program Director in selecting the restricted elective classes in an effort to complement and reinforce the area of applied/technical skills.

B.S.P.S students will also be able to enhance their selected Concentration by selecting a range of appropriate courses for their electives.  Ideally, students will use the electives to build on the Concentration.  Students may, however, use the required elective hours to obtain a minor.

Due to the unique nature of the program, each student must work closely with the Program Director in developing their Concentration and their overall Plan of Study.  As such, the Program Director also serves as the advisor for all BSPS students.

Program Requirements

To declare Professional Studies as a major you must be a new student to FSU with no FSU GPA or be a current FSU student with a minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA.

Students must go online and complete/submit the Declaration/Change of Major request form.

Students must also meet with the Program Director in order for the Declaration/Change of Major request form to be processed.

To earn the Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies degree students must construct a course of study in consultation with the Program Director.  That program must include a minimum of 120 credit hours, including:

  1. The University College Core Curriculum (38 hours)
  2. Professional Studies Core Major Courses (21 hours)
  3. Professional Studies Concentration (42 hours)
  4. Professional Studies Restricted Electives (15 hours)
  5. Electives (4 hours)

At least 24 credits in the program must be at the 300 or 400 level. Students must earn a grade of C or better in all classes that serve major requirements including electives.  A minimum of 30 credit hours must be earned at FSU.

Click here for the FSU Undergraduate Catalog statement of requirements.

Transfer credits may be applied to these requirements as appropriate with the approval of the Director.


For more information about the Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies, contact

Dr. Gregory J. DeLone, Director
Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies
Department of Government and History
Room 113, Science & Technology Building

Phone: 910-672-2427 or 910-672-1573
Fax: 910-672-1090

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