The Bachelor of Professional Studies program allows students the option of selecting coursework from a variety of university courses to create a path leading to a bachelor's degree.
This program should not be confused with the Interdisciplinary Studies program. The Bachelor of Professional Studies program allows students to complete a degree who may not have been able to do so otherwise.
In addition to the Professional Studies Core, university courses are divided into fourteen focus groups. Students select courses from two focus groups and develop their personalized programs.
The BPS program includes a capstone course where students explore career opportunities, design a plan to become employed using their degree, and develop a competitive resume and letter of application.
The Bachelor of Professional Studies program is ideal for those who need a great deal of flexibility in pursuing their degree.
This information is presented for informational purposes. In the event of a discrepancy between this page and the Undergraduate Bulletin, the Bulletin should always be used.
Students are required to meet with their faculty advisor to schedule classes and discuss degree requirements.
In keeping with The W's Mission, the General Education Program provides students with the skills, knowledge, and values they need to become independent, productive members of society in our continually changing world.
The W's General Education Program provides a foundation in the liberal arts that includes knowledge in the historical, literary, aesthetic, scientific, and cultural traditions that shape the world, and fosters skills that allow students to become civically responsible life-long learners ready to adapt to new challenges.
All students who complete the Mississippi University for Women general education program will demonstrate:
The Bachelor of Professional Studies degree program is a 42-hour individualized program designed to provide a broader freedom of course choices than is available in traditional majors. Collectively, the creative and critical thinking skills embedded throughout the institution's general education curriculum , the content knowledge learned in the focused study areas, and the ability to plan, make decisions, and lead taught throughout the Professional Studies core lead to well-rounded graduates ready to make a difference across a number of professions.
Upon completing the program requirements, students will:
Note: Students should strongly consider a more specialized major before enrolling in the Professional Studies program. Some employment opportunities may prefer bachelor's degrees from more specific fields that require a larger number of credits in a discipline than is afforded through this program's broader generalized approach.
Note: Students considering graduate study should research the admissions standards of the programs/institutions in which they are interested and consider aligning focused study area course selections to prerequisite courses for those programs of interest.
Fifteen (15) semester hours must be completed from two focus groups listed below with at least nine (9) semester hours from each area completed at the 300- or 400-level and nine (9) semester hours from each area must be completed at MUW.
Accounting, Business, Business Quantitative Analysis, Economics, Finance, Management, Management Information Systems, Marketing
Culinary Arts, Nutrition
Health and Kinesiology
English, Foreign Languages, Philosophy, Communication, Religion
History, Political Science, Geography
Family Studies, Psychology, Sociology
Management Information Systems (excluding MIS 157), Computer programming course(s)
Mathematics, Fortran, Programming in C++
Biology, Microbiology, Chemistry, Physics
*Education, *Baccalaureate Nursing, *Speech-Language Pathology
* Credit in Education, Baccalaureate Nursing, and Speech-Language Pathology must be earned prior to application to Professional Studies major.
Total Hours Required for Professional Studies, BPS: 120 Semester Hours