Adult Education Degree Programs

General Information

The College of Arts and Sciences, in collaboration with the Office of Continuing and Adult Education, offers two degree completion Bachelor of Arts programs designed for post-traditional, adult students: Liberal Studies and Professional Studies. These degree programs are designed to enable adult students to combine their demanding work/family schedules with the goal of attaining a college education grounded in the development of personal and professional skills and dispositions. Both programs provide a blended instructional environment that includes traditional classroom learning, fully online courses, and hybrid courses that include both classroom and web-facilitated learning. Advisors work with each student to develop individual academic plans that facilitate degree completion, professional advancement, and personal development.

Admission to either program requires the completion of an Associate of Arts or Sciences degree or its equivalent. In addition to the major requirements, all Liberal Studies and Professional Studies students must complete Philosophy 150: The Examined Life and at least one Religious Studies course at Saint Xavier University, as well as an interdisciplinary seminar. These courses embody the commitment of the Catholic intellectual tradition to the development of the whole person through liberal education.

Adult students who do not hold an associate's degree may complete the Saint Xavier Adult General Education Core in conjunction with a major in Liberal Studies or Professional Studies.

Additional information about evaluation of transfer college credit, ACE credit, CLEP, and credit for prior learning is available from the Continuing and Adult Education section of the catalog.

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies Major

The Liberal Studies major offers a rich interdisciplinary program to those students who desire a broad curriculum. Students have the opportunity to broaden their knowledge, improve their critical analysis and communication skills, and sharpen their awareness of the impact of liberal disciplines like art, history and philosophy on contemporary issues. The unique quality of this program is the flexibility of course options as the student reaches upper-division coursework. Liberal Studies majors have the opportunity to organize part of their program around personal and professional goals. 

Liberal Studies Major (33 credit hours)

Core Requirements (12 credit hours)

One Area of Concentration (21 credit hours)

General Note for Liberal Studies Major

For descriptions of the core requirement courses in Liberal Studies, consult the Continuing and Adult Education course listing. At least 18 hours in the Liberal Studies major must be completed at Saint Xavier University. Completion of an Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, IAI-GEC program or SXU General Education Program is required.

A Bachelor of Arts degree requires completion of 120 semester hours, of which the Liberal Studies major provides 33 hours. Additional electives may be required to reach 120 semester hours.

An academic advisor will assist each student in developing a program plan to meet personal and professional goals.

Bachelor of Arts in Professional Studies

The Professional Studies major is offered at the Orland Park campus and is structured in an accelerated format. This program is intended for students who have earned an associate of arts (A.A.) degree or associate of science (A.S.) degree or the equivalent of an associate degree. It is intended for students whose life/work experience and prior learning allows them to be successful in an accelerated program and to complete self-directed, instructor-assisted research.

Most courses in the Professional Studies major meet in eight-week class sessions, evenings and weekends. The program employs both face-to-face and technology-enhanced instruction. After enrollment, students are carefully advised to determine all requirements for degree completion.

The Professional Studies major offers three distinct concentration areas. The public administration concentration provides graduates with the skills they need to work in community and not-for-profit organizations, government relations, and at all levels of local, state and federal government. The organizational behavior concentration prepares students for careers that require team work, group communication, and decision-making in organizations. The business administration concentration provides a solid foundation in essential business skills applicable to all industry sectors.

Professional Studies Major (33 credit hours)

Core Requirements (12 credit hours)

Choose one area of concentration from the options listed below.

Organizational Behavior (21 credit hours)

Select 7 of the following courses:

Other courses subject to program approval

Public Administration (21 credit hours)

Select 7 of the following courses:

Other courses subject to program approval

Business Administration (21 credit hours)

Complete the following 6 courses:

Complete one of the following:

Any MGMT OR MKTG 200 or 300 level course (3)​

NOTE: An additional MGMT or MKTG 200 or 300 level course may substitute for one of the six specified courses, subject to program approval.

General Note for Professional Studies Major

For descriptions of the core requirement courses in Professional Studies, consult the Continuing and Adult Education course listing. Descriptions for concentration courses may be found in the respective departmental sections of the College of Arts and Sciences or in the Graham School of Management course list.

At least 18 hours in the Professional Studies major must be completed at Saint Xavier University. Completion of an Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, IAI-GEC program or SXU General Education Program is required.

A Bachelor of Arts degree requires completion of 120 semester hours, of which the Professional Studies major provides 33 hours. Additional electives may be required to reach 120 semester hours.

An academic advisor will assist each student in developing a program plan to meet personal and professional goals.

 

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