Bachelor of Arts in Professional Studies - Online

The Bachelor of Arts in Professional Studies is a flexible degree design for those students who have earned an associate degree in a technical/professional discipline. This is a career oriented degree program built upon the concept of the “inverted degree” which permits the students to complete the degree based on the approved technical occupational major that the student possesses. To complete the Bachelor of Arts in Professional Studies degree, the student must finish all 54 hours of the program for Tiffin University graduation requirements.

The following courses, offered in modular sequence, are required for a degree in Professional Studies.

PSY 301-Adult Development and Life Assessment (3 credit hours)

Course closely examines the nature of transitions in adult life and explores the skills needed to successfully navigate those transitions by “mastering the art of self-renewal.” Through a process of self-discovery, adult learners come to a new understanding of themselves and others.

ENG 365-Issues in Literature (w) (3 credit hours)

This course is conducted as a forum wherein students read, analyze, and discuss different works of fiction and poetry. Special attention is given to those literary works that focus on the challenges of being responsible adults. Students will be asked to make a personal connection with the material, using their own lives and work experiences as a means to focus on literary techniques in the established literary canon. They will be challenged to make the transition from superficial reading of a text to a deeper interpretation and appreciation for literary theories and concepts. This is a writing intensive course. Prerequisite: Six hours of writing or composition. Offered as part of the Degree Completion Program only.

SOC 250-Social Psychology  (3 credit hours)

Study of the influences that people have on the beliefs and behaviors of others. Topics will include social perception and attribution, self-presentation, attitudes and attitude change, aggression and violence, group dynamics, and their relationship to selected fields. Prerequisite: PSY101 or SOC101

ART 210-Art Appreciation (3 credit hours)

This foundation art history introduces students to the vocabulary of the art world, explores methods and processes used in the creation of artistic and culturally significant objects and styles, and addresses the historical and aesthetic importance within a multi-cultural context. Prerequisite: ENG142

HIS 312-Middle East History (w ) (3 credit hours)

A survey of the history of the Middle East from the time of Muhammad (500 AD) through the beginning of the 21st Century. Specific emphasis is placed on the 20th Century and the decisions made that have resulted in the current world situation. The countries covered include Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Israel, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Iran and Afghanistan. This is a writing intensive course. Prerequisite: ENG141

POL 320-Public Administration (3 credit hours)

This course examines the management of government at local, state, and federal levels. Emphasis is on the function and control of government agencies, the nature of bureaucracy, planning, budgeting, and decision making in the public sector. Prerequisite: MGT201

COM 441-Organizational Communication (3 credit hours)

An advanced course designed to examine interpersonal relationships and patterns of managerial communication within the organizational structure.  Focus is on organizational channels of communication, examinations of problems encountered in various leadership styles, coping with complementary relationships in the organization, and effective use of intervention.

MGT 301-Organizational Behavior (3 credit hours)

A study of the interface between the individual, the formal and the informal groups in organizational settings.  Focus will be on individual growth, developing interpersonal skills, and understanding group dynamics. Prerequisite: MGT201

MAT 273-Applied Stats I (3 credit hours)

A study in descriptive and inferential statistical methods that aid decision-making. Includes the following topics: normal probability distributions, calculation of parameters from a universe, calculation of statistics from a sample, hypothesis testing, regression, and correlation. A hand-held calculator with scientific functions is required. Prerequisites: CIS111 or EDU150 and one of MAT174/MAT181/MAT281

LAW 211-Business Law I (3 credit hours)

An examination of civil and criminal law and process and their interrelationship. The course also examines application of the constitution to business with particular emphasis on the court system and administrative agencies. Substantively, the content areas of torts and contracts will be examined. Prerequisite: ENG141

CUL 443-Comparative Mythology (3 credit hours) (w)

A study of the great epics and myths of the world, possibly ancient and modern, and the common themes, archetypes, and folklore around the world and their roles in defining archetypes and influencing the contemporary world. The course might discuss creation myths, fertility myths, and hero/heroine myths/epics. This is a writing intensive course. Prerequisites: ENG142

CIT 312-Information Systems for Managers (3 credit hours)

This course introduces the foundations of information systems and their expanding role in the business environment. The technology of information systems will be discussed as it relates to supporting the day-to-day operations of an organization, with a strong emphasis on the use of it in managerial decision-making. Prerequisite: One CIT course, MGT201

NAT 220-Survey of Health Issues (3 credit hours)

Health decisions made today are the building blocks for future personal health. This course will assist the student in making personal health decisions by introduction of resources and information pertaining to various health issues, health trends and examination of issues pertinent to the life of today’s college student.

SOC 360-Multicultural Issues (3 credit hours) (w)

An analysis of the problems and economic and social positions of minority groups in the United States will be presented.  Interactions among historical and current social forces and institutions that influence group and individual behavior will be examined.  New trends in inter-group relations, emergence of new minorities, and the contesting for program funding and services will be explored.  The struggles over income, property, and power on the interpersonal, community, national, and international levels will be presented.  This is a writing intensive course.

MGT 317-Human Resource Management (3 credit hours)

A study of the human resource functions in business.  Major areas of study will include staffing, recruitment, training and development, wage and salary administration, job analysis and evaluation, and labor relations.

PSY 320-Motivational Psychology (3 credit hours)

This course is an exploration from the perspective of scientific psychology of historical and current conceptions of motivation, the force that determines activity preference, selection and persistence. This course provides both a broad overview of motivational theories and practical applications of these theories to real-world problems.

MGT 359-Small Business Management (3 credit hours)

A study and analysis of the problems of operating a small business. Additionally, a discussion of the how’s, what’s and why’s an individual would consider in developing their own business. All areas of managing an entrepreneurial operation will be covered such as marketing, finance and financial controls, government regulations and strategic planning. Prerequisites: MGT201 and Junior standing

PHI 305-Applied Ethics (3 credit hours)

This course is a critical examination of various moral problems present in contemporary society and involved in various professions from the perspectives of different ethical theories. The emphasis is given to those moral problems that arise in daily life, especially those that involve rational decisions between conflicting values, each of which represent something good in itself in order to do what is right. (7 weeks) Prerequisites: ENG142

(w) = Writing Intensive Course

Major Course Designation: Six of the major courses (18 semester credit hours) are selected by the student upon admission to the program from the 54 hours offered in the BA Professional Studies Program by Tiffin University. These six courses (18 credit hours) along with their 30 semester hours of major coursework taken at their transfer institution will comprise the 48 hours major requirement.

Eight courses must have a major GPA designation and are required to maintain a 2.50 GPA. Six will be selected by the student upon admission to the program from the 54 hour BA in Professional Studies Program.  The remaining two courses will be the two highest grades of the major completed at the 200 level at the transfer institution.

Bachelor of Arts Degree Completion Program Courses and Sequencing

Course Designation Course Title Weeks
Term 1      
PSY 301 Adult Development and Life Assessment 7 3
ENG 365 Issues in Literature 7 3
SOC 250 Social Psychology 7 3
ART 210 Art Appreciation 7 3


12 crs.

Term 2      
HIS 312 Middle East History  7 3
POL 320 Public Administration 7 3
COM 441 Organizational Communication 7 3
MGT 301 Organizational Behavior 7 3
    Total 12 crs.
Term 3      
MAT 273 Applied Stats I 7 3
LAW 211 Business Law I 7 3
CUL 443 Comparative Mythology 7 3
CIT 312 Information Systems for Managers 7 3
    Total 12 crs.
Term 4      
NAT 220 Survey of Health Issues 7 3
SOC 360 Multicultural Issues 7 3
MGT 317 Human Resource Management 7 3
PSY 320 Motivational Psychology 7 3
    Total 12 crs.
Term 5      
MGT 359 Small Business Management 7 3
PHI 305 Applied Ethics  7 3


6 crs.
  18 courses

126 weeks

54 crs.