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The College of Professional Studies builds on the foundational educational experience provided by Marquette’s Core of Common Studies. It does this through a college curriculum that amplifies and deepens the knowledge, skills and values imparted to students in the nine knowledge areas of the Common Core, and by offering students the opportunity to develop specialized knowledge and skills in a variety of undergraduate majors and minors. The College of Professional Studies thereby extends the student’s Core of Common Studies experiences, and focuses further learning in pursuit of a specialized degree.

Working from the principles set forth in the Core of Common Studies the College of Professional Studies provides an educational environment — through advising, instruction, curriculum and assessment programs – for a diverse population of adult students marked by excellence, faith, leadership and service. Students enrolled in the College of Professional Studies will complete the requisite 36 credit hours in the nine knowledge areas plus an additional 24-36 credits as follows:

University Common Core and College Curriculum requirements

Knowledge Area Common Core Credits Additional College Credits
Rhetoric (R)60
Mathematical Reasoning (MR)33
Individual and Social Behavior (ISB)36
Diverse Cultures (DC)30
Literature/Performing Arts (LPA)33
Histories of Cultures and Societies (HCS)33
Science and Nature (SN)30
Human Nature and Ethics (HNE)60
Theology (T)60
Total3615

Leadership courses required for the College Curriculum

LEOR 2050Leading Teams and Groups3
LEOR 2100History and Theories of Leadership3
LEOR 3150Leadership and Diversity in Organizations3
LEOR 3160Systems Thinking3
LEOR 3610Leaders as Communicators3
Total Credit Hours15

Foundational Skills course required for the College Curriculum

PRST 1001Foundations of Learning (*)3
PRST 1005Fundamentals of College Reading and Writing (*)3
PRST 1010Foundations of Research Writing3
PRST 2110Principles of Liberal Studies3
Total Credit Hours12

*Courses have been designed to enhance educational success strategies and acclimation to the demands of current college reading, writing, and research skills that emphasize critical thinking.  Students may be required to complete one of more of these courses as a condition of enrollment upon recommendation of the admission committee.

 
Credit hours by Requirement Area

Area Credit Hours
UCCS and College Curriculum57-76
Major30-35
Minor (Optional)18-21
Elective Credits21-36

Additionally, each student within the College of Professional Studies must complete course work in specific discipline areas. These areas include:

English/Composition/Communication (9 credit hours)

All students must complete six credit hours of English composition as well as three credit hours of a communications-based course for a total of 9 credit hours. The specific courses that all College of Professional Studies students need to complete this requirement are:

ENGL 1001Rhetoric and Composition 1 (*)3
ENGL 1002Rhetoric and Composition 2 (*)3
CMST 3210Business and Professional Presentations3
Total Credit Hours9

History (6 credit hours)

All students are required to complete six credit hours of history. Other history courses may also fulfill the 6 credit hour history requirement; however, these options are not offered through the eight-week format in the College of Professional Studies. Generally students in the College of Professional Studies complete their history requirement with the following history courses that are offered in the eight-week format.

HIST 1001Growth of Western Civilization to 1715 (*)3
HIST 1002Growth of Western Civilization since 1715 (*)3
Total Credit Hours6

Literature (6 credit hours)

All students are required to complete six credit hours of literature. Other literature courses may also fulfill the 6 credit hour literature requirement; however, these options are not offered through the eight-week format in the College of Professional Studies. Generally students in the College of Professional Studies complete their literature requirement with the following literature courses that are offered in the eight-week format.

ENGL 2000Literature, History, and Culture3
ENGL 2010Literature and Genre3
Total Credit Hours6

Mathematics (6 credit hours)

All students must complete six credit hours of mathematics, of which three credit hours must be PRST 2140 Research and Statistical Methods. The remaining 3 credit hours are selected from the courses listed below and depend upon the student’s individual needs. Note: Students enrolled in the psychology major must enroll in PSYC 2001 Psychological Measurements and Statistics (4 credit hours) to fulfill the mathematical reasoning requirement.

PRST 2140Research and Statistical Methods (*)3
Choose one of the following courses3
College Algebra (*)
Foundations of Applied Mathematics
Total Credit Hours6

Natural Science (3 credit hours)

All students must complete PRST 1120 Aspects of Modern Science* for three credit hours. Other natural science courses may also fulfill the required 3 credit hours; however, these options are not offered through the eight-week format in the College of Professional Studies.

Philosophy (6 credit hours)

All students must complete PHIL 1001 Philosophy of Human Nature* and PHIL 2310 Theory of Ethics*.

Social-Behavioral Sciences (9 credit hours)

All students must complete nine credit hours of social-behavioral science, of which six credit hours must be PSYC 1001 General Psychology* and LEOR 2220 Economic Theory and Practice. Students may choose one of the following four courses for the remaining three credit hours. Other social science courses may also fulfill the remaining 3 credit hours; however, these options are not offered through the eight-week format in the College of Professional Studies.

PSYC 1001General Psychology3
LEOR 2220Economic Theory and Practice3
Choose one of the following courses3
Principles of Sociology (*)
Introductory Anthropology (*)
Introduction to Criminology (*)
American Politics (*)
Total Credit Hours9

Theology (6 credit hours)

All students must complete THEO 1001 Introduction to Theology* and one second level UCCS approved theology course for a total of six credit hours. THEO 2400 Christian Discipleship* is suggested as a second level theology selection and is offered in the eight-week format. Other second level UCCS approved theology courses may also fulfill the remaining 3 credit hours; however, these options are not offered through the eight-week format in the College of Professional Studies.

*

Courses fulfill University Core of Common Studies as well as college curriculum.

Consult the Core of Common Studies website for additional and updated information on the University Core of Common Studies.

Leadership Across the Curriculum

The College of Professional Studies has integrated online leadership modules, Leadership Across the Curriculum (LAC), into all of its undergraduate accelerated courses. Leadership Across the Curriculum consists of three modules of learning that build upon each other:

  • Awareness
  • Application and Practice
  • Synthesis

Each level of learning includes common leadership themes such as ethical considerations, thinking strategies, communication and diversity and is examined through the lens of each discipline. Awareness learning objectives are embedded into beginning-level courses.  Application and Practice learning objectives are integrated into sophomore and junior-level courses.  Synthesis learning objectives are incorporated into courses taken typically during a student's senior year.