BLS Professional Studies Concentration

Rationale and Program Objectives

The Special Programs in Liberal Studies, Professional Studies concentration, is an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary online program. The program is designed to provide students with an opportunity to earn their baccalaureate degree online by combining course work from the humanities, social sciences, and other fields in a curriculum that emphasizes the skills and knowledge that will be helpful in the workplace.

Upon completing the Special Programs in Liberal Studies Social Sciences Concentration students will be able to:

    • Communicate clearly and effectively in an appropriate professional style.
    • Read texts with careful attention.
    • Think critically and analytically.
    • Connect learning in the humanities, social sciences, and other fields to their professional lives.

Minimum of 30 credits as listed below.

Degree Requirements

BLS Professional Studies Concentration: 30 Semester Hours (see catalog)

  • BLS Professional Studies Foundation Courses (9 s.h.)
    These courses should be taken in the first semester(s) of the program.

    • ENG 327: Writing in the Professions
    • CST 341: Communication and Workplace Relationships
    • PHI 361: Ethical Issues in Business
  • BLS Professional Studies Distribution: (6 s.h.)
    At least one course from each area listed below. Courses counted toward an additional or previously completed major or minor will not count toward this concentration.

    • Humanities (one course)
      BLS 321: Reading the Human Experience
      BLS 363: Ethics and Technology
      BLS 385: American Motherhood
    • Social Sciences (one course)
      CST 315 Persuasion and Social Influence
      SOC 354 Work and Gender
      PSY 444 Changing Behavior in Real World Settings
  • BLS Professional Studies Area of Emphasis (12 s.h.)
    Select four courses in consultation with your advisor. The Area of Emphasis can focus on a variety of topics or be customized to the student’s professional aspirations. Courses may come from the BLS Humanities and/or Social Sciences concentrations, other University courses, and approved transfer courses.

  • BLS Professional Studies Senior Seminar (3 s.h.)
    To be taken in the final semester of the BLS Professional Studies Concentration. Select one, to most closely align with your Area of Emphasis.

    • BLS 400: Senior Seminar in the Humanities
    • SSC 400: Senior Seminar in the Social Sciences
  • BLS Electives: as desired, to meet residency and upper-division requirements.

University Residency and GPA Minimum Requirements (see catalog)

  • 120 Total Semester Credits:
    Accepted transfer credit + courses completed at UNCG.
  • 31 Semester Credits from UNCG:
    Minimum 12 s.h. toward any major and 9 s.h. toward any minor.
  • 36 Semester Credits at 300 Level or Above.
  • 2.0 Cumulative GPA: Minimum GPA for coursework attempted at UNCG.

General Education Core Requirements (GEC in catalog)

College of Arts & Sciences Liberal Education Commitment (LEC in catalog)

Summary of GEC + LEC

  • GFA: Fine Arts: 1 course.
  • GLT: Literature: 2 different courses.
  • GPR: Philosophical, Religious, & Ethical Perspectives: 1 course.
  • GMO: Modern History: 1 course.
  • GPM: Pre-Modern History: 1 course.
  • GMT: Mathematics: 1 course.
  • GLS: Life Science: 1 course.
  • GPS: Physical Science: 1 course.
  • NS: Additional Natural Science: 1 course. (GLS or GPS)
  • LAB: Natural Science Lab, to accompany GLS or GPS: 1 laboratory.
  • GRD1: Reasoning and Discourse: ENG 101 or Equivalent: 1 course.
  • GRD: Reasoning and Discourse: 1 course.
  • GSB: Social & Behavioral Sciences: 3 different courses from ≥ 2 departments.
  • GFL: Foreign Language Intermediate Proficiency204 level; requires 4 semesters for most students.

Markers (may be combined with courses above):

  • GLOB1: Global Nonwestern (GN): 1 course.
  • GLOB2: Global (GL or GN): 3 courses.
  • SI: Speaking Intensive: 2 courses (1 must be in BLS major).
  • WI: Writing Intensive: 4 courses (1 must be in BLS major).

Your Degree Evaluation will show which of these degree requirements you have met.

*Students enrolled at UNCG prior to 2001 may be under CLER, see advisor for details.