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Degree Completion Programs

Professional Studies

Complete your bachelor's degree at the Orland Park campus in as little as 21 months and broaden your career options. Saint Xavier University's accelerated program in professional studies is designed for busy professionals who have either earned an associate's degree or have prior college credit and are eager to continue their education. This program enables students to complete a bachelor's degree with concentrations in organizational behavior, public administration and business administration. Flexible class schedules allowing you to advance in your current position or change career paths. The options are up to you.

Please take a look at the Professional Studies Progam Sheet (PDF) for more information.

Two-Year Course Rotation

These course rotations provide an overview of the courses that are scheduled to be offered at the Orland Park campus during the terms indicated. View the courses that correspond to your years of interest:

Program Highlights

Affordable

Generous adult scholarships are available to qualified students, which can be searched on the scholarship directory.

Admission/Transfer Inquiries

You may begin the admission process by applying online at no cost to you.  For questions regarding how your classes will transfer, registration and the rest of the admission process, contact Marge Cashman in Graduate/Continuing Education at 708-802-6210 or email cashman@sxu.edu

Areas of Study

Organizational behavior is the study and application of knowledge about how individuals, groups and organizations act and interact. Students in this major learn not only about how organizations function but also about how to maximize performance within organizations.

Possible Careers

  • Health care administration
  • Marketing management
  • Nonprofit administration
  • Human resources leadership
  • Information technology
  • Government

Program Requirements

Professional Studies Core Requirements

FOSEM 301 Ideas, Methods and Resources  (3)
FOSEM 302 Interpretation of Text  (3)
FOSEM 350 Senior Seminar/Capstone Project  (3)
FOSEM 360 Interdisciplinary Seminar  (3)

Area of Concentration Courses

Choose seven classes for 21 credits.

COMM 203 Intercultural Communication (3)
COMM 209 Small Group Communication (3)
COMM 335 Organizational Communication (3)
FOSEM 205 Business Communications (3)
MGMT 330 Diversity in the Organization (3)
MGMT 360 Human Resource Management (3)
MGMT 362 Negotiations and Conflict Resolution (3)
MGMT 370 Organizational Behavior (3)
MGMT 380 Business, Ethics and Society (3)

Course Descriptions

FOSEM 301: Ideas, Methods and Resources (3)

The course considers varied approaches to the study of the humanities, surveys available resources and guides each student in designing a research project.

FOSEM 302: Interpretation of Text (3)

The close reading and analysis of texts with attention to selected interdisciplinary themes. Involves reflecting on the text in all aspects to determine and identify different strata of meaning.

FOSEM 350: Senior Seminar/Capstone Project (3)

The purpose of this seminar is to allow students to integrate the various skills they have learned throughout their college studies. Students will be required to develop an independent research project focusing on critical thinking skills. A selected topic of inquiry will be the emphasis of the seminar. Students should plan to enroll in this course after senior status has been achieved.

FOSEM 360: Interdisciplinary Seminar (3)

Courses that focus on a specific topic or issue that engages students to think critically and creatively.

COMM 203: Intercultural Communication (3)

This course is an analysis of the impact of culture on various communication behaviors. Special attention is given to the study of cross-cultural interactions in interpersonal and organizational contexts. Issues such as globalization and diversity sensitivity will be examined.

COMM 209: Small Group Communication (3)

This is a laboratory course aimed at providing the student with theory and practice in group communication methods, including reflective thinking, problem solving and decision making.

COMM 335: Organizational Communication (3)

This course is an examination of communication systems within and among organizations. The course focuses on the process of communication, types and components of communications systems and the effects of communication systems as they impact employee productivity, growth and values.

FOSEM 205: Business Communications (3)       

The business community demands business communication to be clear, concise, courteous and correct. In addition, the ever-changing technological environment demands business executives to present information in a variety of electronic formats. This course examines the techniques for communicating effectively and efficiently in business situations. A project applying to the student’s current work situation is required.

MGMT 330: Diversity in Organizations (3)

This course addresses various aspects of diversity. The focus of the course is to help the students develop an ability to understand, respect, and value diversity. Through readings, discussions and assignments students will explore application and implication to management activities. Issues related to discrimination, affirmative action, career development, socialization and social change policies are explored. Historical, psychological, sociological, legal and managerial viewpoints are highlighted.

MGMT 360: Human Resource Management (3)

Human Resource Management is the study of principles and methods of general personnel management. Topics include staffing, evaluation, training and development, as well as compensation within the framework of organizational, governmental and societal goals and restrictions.

MGMT 362: Negotiations and Conflict Resolution (3)

This is an introductory course to the study of negotiation and conflict resolution. Some degree of conflict is inevitable in one's life and the ability to manage it is integral to one's effectiveness as a person and as a potential leader. On some level, much of all that individuals, groups and organizations do to be successful is negotiated, therefore, an understanding and practice of negotiation is an important prerequisite for each of us. This class is intended to be useful to all students, not just to those whose jobs require formal negotiations. In the course, students will gain insight into various approaches, the strengths and weakness associated with each, when to use which and those that work best for each person. The course draws heavily on simulations, case studies and class discussions.

MGMT 370: Organizational Behavior (3)

The class material will include theory, research, and practical application of Organizational Behavior (OB) in organizations. OB is the study of how individuals, groups and workplace contexts impact behavior within an organization. The goal of OB is to understand, predict, and influence employee attitudes and behavior in order to improve organizational effectiveness. Topics include: personality differences, work motivation, leadership, influence processes and group dynamics.

MGMT 380: Business, Ethics and Society (3)

In this course, students will develop an understanding of the interrelationship and interaction of society, business and government at the national and international level. Students will learn to develop the ability to recognize the importance of ethics in business and society, what ramifications can occur and what solutions can be developed to resolve conflicts that arise. The class will focus on allowing students to develop and understanding of ethical concepts, philosophical principles, terms and processes relating to business. This course will help students develop the analytical, written and oral communication skills needed in business.

This program provides an introduction to the public administration field while developing highly marketable skill sets. Courses are designed to provide graduates with the knowledge and skills to plan, implement and evaluate public programs.

Possible Careers

  • Government sector
  • Nonprofit organization
  • Private-sector businesses: community development, cultural affairs, education, health care and social service
  • International business
  • Financial and commercial organizations

Program Requirements

Professional Studies Core Requirements

FOSEM 301 Ideas, Methods and Resources  (3)
FOSEM 302 Interpretation of Text  (3)
FOSEM 350 Senior Seminar/Capstone Project  (3)
FOSEM 360 Interdisciplinary Seminar  (3)

Area of Concentration Courses

Choose seven classes for 21 credits.

COMM 203 Intercultural Communication (3)
COMM 335 Organizational Communication (3)
ECON 200 Principles of Economics (Macro) (3)
FOSEM 205 Business Communications (3)
MGMT 360 Human Resource Management (3)
POLSC 206 State and Local Government (3)
POLSC 208 Intro to Public Government (3)
POLSC 260 Government/Community Problem Solving (3)
POLSC 301 Public Policy Analysis (3)

Course Descriptions

FOSEM 301: Ideas, Methods and Resources (3)

This course considers varied approaches to the study of the humanities, surveys available resources and guides each student in designing a research project.

FOSEM 302: Interpretation of Text (3)

The close reading and analysis of texts with attention to selected interdisciplinary themes. Involves reflecting on the text in all aspects to determine and identify different strata of meaning.

FOSEM 350: Senior Seminar/Capstone Project (3)

The purpose of this seminar is to allow students to integrate the various skills they have learned throughout their college studies. Students will be required to develop an independent research project focusing on critical thinking skills. A selected topic of inquiry will be the emphasis of the seminar. Students should plan to enroll in this course after senior status has been achieved.

FOSEM 360: Interdisciplinary Seminar (3)

Courses that focus on a specific topic or issue that engages students to think critically and creatively.

COMM 203: Intercultural Communication (3)

This course is an analysis of the impact of culture on various communication behaviors. Special attention is given to the study of cross-cultural interactions in interpersonal and organizational contexts. Issues such as globalization and diversity sensitivity will be examined.

COMM 335: Organizational Communication (3)

This course is an examination of communication systems within and among organizations. The course focuses on the process of communication, types and components of communications systems and the effects of communication systems as they impact employee productivity, growth and values.

ECON 200: Principles of Economics (Macro) (3)

This course provides an understanding of the principles of economic analysis with emphasis on how to utilize these principles. Students will learn to build valid opinions about the fundamental economic problems that every society has to deal with. They will learn that economics offers a systematic way of thinking and useful analytical tools for successful managing of many of society's economic problems. Topics include the principles of underlying the operation of a national economy as a whole, analysis of gross domestic product accounts, national income determination, levels of employment (or unemployment) and inflation, taxation and government expenditures, monetary and fiscal policy and the basics of international trade.

FOSEM 205: Business Communications (3)       

The business community demands business communication to be clear, concise, courteous and correct. In addition, the ever-changing technological environment demands business executives to present information in a variety of electronic formats. This course examines the techniques for communicating effectively and efficiently in business situations. A project applying to the student’s current work situation is required.

MGMT 360: Human Resource Management (3)

Human Resource Management is the study of principles and methods of general personnel management. Topics include staffing, evaluation, training and development, as well as compensation within the framework of organizational, governmental and societal goals and restrictions.

POLSC 206: State and Local Government (3)

This course is an analysis of political structures and processes at the state and municipal level in the United States.

POLSC 208: Intro to Public Government (3)

This course is an introduction to concepts, ideas and issues of administrative practice in the United States. Topics will include bureaucratic organization, administrative responsiveness, and the practice and ethics of public management.

POLSC 260: Government/Community Problem Solving (3)

This course focuses on special topics in political science. Course may be repeated when a new topic is offered.

POLSC 301: Public Policy Analysis (3)

This course examines different approaches to analyzing public policy. Policy making, implementation and outcomes of policy will be addressed. Specific areas of focus may include education policy, health policy, welfare policy or economic development policies.

This program prepares students for career advancement with a solid foundation in essential business skills that apply to a variety of industries. Courses are designed to develop strong communication skills, sharpen analytical talents, gain global perspective on business and operations and understand what it takes to be a leader and maintain positive professional relationships.

Possible Careers

  • Project manager
  • Small business manager
  • Human resource administrator
  • Management analyst
  • Labor relations manager

Program Requirements 

Professional Studies Core Requirements

FOSEM 301 Ideas, Methods and Resources  (3)
FOSEM 302 Interpretation of Text  (3)
FOSEM 350 Senior Seminar/Capstone Project  (3)
FOSEM 360 Interdisciplinary Seminar  (3)

Area of Concentration Courses

Complete seven classes for 21 credits.

MGMT 320

Operations Production and Technology Management

(3)
MGMT 330 Diversity in the Organization (3)
MGMT 340 International Business (3)
MGMT 360 Human Resource Management (3)
MGMT 370 Organizational Behavior (3)
MGMT 380 Business, Ethics and Society (3)
Elective Any MGMT or MKTG 200 or 300 level course (3)

Course Descriptions

FOSEM 301: Ideas, Methods and Resources (3)

This course considers varied approaches to the study of the humanities, surveys available resources and guides each student in designing a research project.

FOSEM 302: Interpretation of Text (3)

The close reading and analysis of texts with attention to selected interdisciplinary themes. Involves reflecting on the text in all aspects to determine and identify different strata of meaning.

FOSEM 350: Senior Seminar/Capstone Project (3)

The purpose of this seminar is to allow students to integrate the various skills they have learned throughout their college studies. Students will be required to develop an independent research project focusing on critical thinking skills. A selected topic of inquiry will be the emphasis of the seminar. Students should plan to enroll in this course after senior status has been achieved.

FOSEM 360: Interdisciplinary Seminar (3)

Courses that focus on a specific topic or issue that engages students to think critically and creatively.

MGMT 320: Operations Production and Technology Management (3)

Operations Management is the study of the management of the direct resources required to produce the goods and/or services provided by an organization. The course focuses on competitiveness, with emphasis placed on the close coordination of business unit operational decision making and strategic planning. Topics covered include product/process design, aggregate planning, operations scheduling, inventory theory, and quality control and incorporates the use of quantitative techniques for operational decision making. Attention is given to the strategic uses of advanced manufacturing systems such as FMS, MRP and JIT. Comparisons of Western and Japanese management and manufacturing philosophies are also studied.

MGMT 330: Diversity in Organizations (3)

This course addresses various aspects of diversity. The focus of the course is to help the students develop an ability to understand, respect, and value diversity. Through readings, discussions and assignments students will explore application and implication to management activities. Issues related to discrimination, affirmative action, career development, socialization and social change policies are explored. Historical, psychological, sociological, legal and managerial viewpoints are highlighted.

MGMT 340: International Business (3)

International Business is a survey course designed to provide a basic understanding of the various facets of international business. Starting with the concept of globalization and basic trade theories, the course will cover trade practices, the mechanics of the foreign exchange market, international finance and accounting, marketing cultural differences and management strategy under the international environment, organizational structure of multinational companies and other international institutions.

MGMT 360: Human Resource Management (3)

Human Resource Management is the study of principles and methods of general personnel management. Topics include staffing, evaluation, training and development, as well as compensation within the framework of organizational, governmental and societal goals and restrictions.

MGMT 370: Organizational Behavior (3)

The class material will include theory, research, and practical application of Organizational Behavior (OB) in organizations. OB is the study of how individuals, groups and workplace contexts impact behavior within an organization. The goal of OB is to understand, predict, and influence employee attitudes and behavior in order to improve organizational effectiveness. Topics include: personality differences, work motivation, leadership, influence processes and group dynamics.

MGMT 380: Business, Ethics and Society (3)

In this course, students will develop an understanding of the interrelationship and interaction of society, business and government at the national and international level. Students will learn to develop the ability to recognize the importance of ethics in business and society, what ramifications can occur and what solutions can be developed to resolve conflicts that arise. The class will focus on allowing students to develop and understanding of ethical concepts, philosophical principles, terms and processes relating to business. This course will help students develop the analytical, written and oral communication skills needed in business.