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The Professional Studies program helps students prepare for management positions in the fields of information technology, healthcare administration, or business communications. It’s among University College programs targeting online learning and nontraditional students. The major consists of foundation courses in communications, statistics, supervision, organizational systems, organizational relations, and international context which can be completed fully online. Four concentrations are available: Healthcare Administration focuses on classes in healthcare research, nursing leadership management, trends and issues in nursing healthcare, community health nursing, and international health. Information Technology centers on software analysis, database management, data communications, and operating systems. Organizational Leadership courses concentrate on public relations, psychology, business etiquette, human resources, and cultural diversity. International Organizational Leadership teaches about international management, international law, political economy, intercultural communication, and international relations.

  • The Information Technology & Organizational Leadership concentrations are approved for the Academic Common Market.

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Tragedy to triumph: Degree goal assisted grief recovery

Recent grad Kim Gannon finished at age 50 what she started after high school, and the focus on learning helped recovery from grief gripping her after the tragic death of her youngest son with juvenile diabetes. “His diagnosis at age 3 brought me to my knees, and losing him (at age 11) took years out of my life,” Gannon says. “… Making the decision to further my education helped bring me back to life. It was a positive force; it consumed me.” Online offerings opened the door to complete a B.S. in Professional Studies with a concentration in Organizational Leadership. Her advisor in the distance learning area helped map out her major using previous credits and kept her motivated. “Prior to enrollment, I had hit a wall in my career,” says Gannon, a State Farm auto claim rep. “Obtaining a college degree made me competitive.” Her culminating project on how to build a children’s playground in Woodbury later came to fruition, Lincoln’s Place.

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Adult graduate flourishing with Nashville Fire Department

Alana Brown graduated from MTSU in 2009 when she was 44-years-old. While she was finishing up her Professional Studies degree with a concentration in organizational leadership she was promoted to EMS District Chief within the Nashville Fire Department. Brown had last attended college in 2001 when she was nine months pregnant. “I have two sons, who have both chosen MTSU for their bachelor’s degree programs,” said Brown, a Mt. Juliet resident. “I wanted to provide them with a strong role model and show them that hard work toward a goal pays off.” She said being organized was a huge part of her being successful as an adult enrolled in college classes. Brown is now exploring options for a Master's Degree, which she hopes to complete over the next few years. 

The Professional Studies program seeks to prepare students in the Information Technology concentration for a career in technology-based information management. The Organizational Leadership and International Organizational Leadership concentrations include a background for a variety of positions in the fields of business and communications. The Healthcare Administration concentration offers training that allows graduates to work in settings such as hospital and health systems management, medical groups, pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, care management organizations, health IT firms, government/policy organizations, health insurers, consulting firms, and corporate benefits programs.

Positions that prior students in these concentrations now work in include:

Healthcare Administration

  • Convalescent hospital administrator
  • Food and Drug Administration manager
  • Government administrator
  • Health information manager
  • Hospital administrator
  • Insurance company representative
  • Medical practice office manager
  • Medical services manager
  • Nursing home administrator
  • Pharmaceutical company manager
  • Public charity director
  • Public health manager
  • Residential care facility administrator 

Information Technology

  • Cloud architect
  • Computer forensic investigator
  • Data modeler
  • Geospatial professional
  • Health IT specialist
  • Information technology consultant
  • Information technology manager
  • Information technology vendor manager
  • Mobile application developer
  • Programmer
  • Software developer
  • Software engineer
  • Systems engineer
  • Web developer

Organizational Leadership and International Organizational Leadership

  • Chief executive officer
  • Chief financial officer
  • Chief information officer
  • Compliance director
  • Corporate recruiter
  • Director of quality systems
  • Director of strategic planning
  • Education administrator
  • Global trade expert
  • Health services manager
  • International team manager
  • Knowledge manager
  • Management analyst
  • Management consultant
  • Operations manager
  • Organization development consultant
  • Strategic planner of innovation
  • Strategy consultant
  • Talent manager
  • Vice president of human resources
  • Vice president of marketing

Employers of MTSU alumni include

  • Aerospace Testing Alliance
  • AllState Insurance
  • American Eagle Airlines
  • Bridgestone
  • Calsonic
  • Department of Veteran Affairs
  • Fisk University
  • Goodwill Industries
  • Olin Corp.
  • United Healthcare
  • U.S. Postal Service
  • Wyeth Pharmaceuticals
  • Xerox 

Students may choose from four concentrations to earn the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) with a major in Professional Studies: Healthcare Administration, Information Technology, Organizational Leadership, and International Organizational Leadership.

For complete curriculum details, click on the REQUIREMENTS tab above.

Each concentration consists of 21 hours of core requirements and 18 hours directly related to the chosen concentration. The degree requires a culminating special project course designed to be taken during the final semester.

The University College also offers a Bachelor of Science in Integrated Studies (B.S.)

Healthcare Administration

Professional Studies, Healthcare Administration Concentration, B.S.

University Studies 
615-494-7714
Dianna Rust, program coordinator
Dianna.Rust@mtsu.edu

The Professional Studies program helps students prepare for management positions in the field of healthcare administration. The Professional Studies major consists of foundation courses in communications, statistics, supervision, organizational systems, organizational relations, and international context. The Healthcare Administration concentration focuses on classes in healthcare research, nursing leadership management, trends and issues in nursing healthcare, community health nursing, and international health.

NOTE: This major does not qualify you as an applicant for licensure consideration by the state of Tennessee. Many students who pursue this degree will be prepared for entry level healthcare administration positions. For information about the state of Tennessee's licensure requirements go to https://www.tn.gov/content/dam/tn/health/documents/BENHA_Online_Application.pdf.

Academic Map

Following is a printable, suggested four-year schedule of courses:

Professional Studies, Healthcare Administration Concentration, B.S.  

Degree Requirements

General Education41 hours
Major Requirements36 hours
Electives43 hours
TOTAL120 hours

 

General Education (41 hours)

General Education requirements (shown in curricular listings below) include courses in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences.

Major Requirements (36 hours)

Professional Core (18 hours)

Administration and Supervision

Choose one:

  • MGMT 3610 - Principles of Management

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Junior standing. Concepts of the management functions of planning, organizing, and controlling with an emphasis on behavioral science concepts as applied to managing people in organizations.

  • PSY 3320 - Introduction to Industrial and Organizational Psychology

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the applications of psychology to business and Industry. Topics will include applied research methods, employee selection, performance appraisal, training, leadership, motivation, work environment, job design, safety, and work stress.

  • PS 3250 - Public Management  3 credit hours  

    PS 3250 - Public Management

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PS 1005 or permission of instructor. Fundamentals of public management--organization theory, leadership, policy making, planning, budgeting, personnel, administrative law, bureaucratic behavior.

Organizational Systems

Choose one:

  • COMM 3250 - Communication in Nonprofit Organizations

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: COMM 2140. Explores theories and techniques involving communication between organizations and their constituencies. Identification and analysis of communication involving corporate philanthropy and fundraising, fundraising events, volunteers, image, and grant writing. Possible topics include health organizations, art organizations, and nonprofits.

     

  • COMM 3500 - Communication for Organizational Effectiveness

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: COMM 2100 and COMM 2140. Organizational communication and its relationship to employees, leadership, corporate culture, diversity, change, and innovation. Possible topics include work-life balance and organizational identity.

Team and Organizational Relations

Choose one:

  • COMM 2140 - Introduction to Organizational Communication

    3 credit hours

    Introduces theories and processes pertaining to organizational communication; topics may include communication networks, teamwork, leadership and power, information technology, crisis communication, and organizational trends.

Statistical Methods

Choose one:

  • PRST 4600 - Statistics for Professionals

    3 credit hours

    Explores the fundamental principles that form the foundation of the scientific process. Ultimate goal is to enhance student's ability to effectively interpret and translate the results of research.

  • PSY 3020 - Basic Statistics for Behavioral Science

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: 3 credit hours of college-level mathematics. Elementary descriptive and inferential statistics and their applications.

  • SOC 3040 - Research Methods  3 credit hours  

    SOC 3040 - Research Methods

    3 credit hours

    Issues and strategies used by sociologists in their scientific studies and in their applied work in society.

  • SOC 3050 - Data Analysis  4 credit hours  

    SOC 3050 - Data Analysis

    4 credit hours

    Analysis, interpretation, and reporting of social science data. Incorporates the use of a statistical package such as SPSS or SAS. Offers fundamental applied research skills for the job market. Laboratory required.

Written Communication

Choose one:

  • BCED 3510 - Business Communication

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Junior standing. (Keyboarding skills helpful.) A review of the theory and processes in oral and written business communication. Emphasis on the extensive functions of written and electronic communications.

  • ENGL 3605 - Applied Writing  3 credit hours  

    ENGL 3605 - Applied Writing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020 with C- or better. Develops reading and writing strategies for examining individual writing processes and solving writing problems posed in university studies across the disciplines: essays, reports, reviews, analyses, memos, proposals. May not be used toward the English major, English minor, or Writing minor.

  • ENGL 3620 - Professional Writing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Completion of English and literature General Education requirements; ENGL 1020 or ENGL 3605 with a B- or better. A specialized composition course for students planning to enter the professional workplace, including industry, science, and government. Collaborative practice in the discourse and conventions of professional and technical writing: employment packages, memoranda, instructions, proposals, and reports.

International Context

Choose one:

  • GS 3000 - Globalization  3 credit hours  

    GS 3000 - Globalization

    3 credit hours

    Required of all Global Studies and Human Geography majors. Explores concepts and history of globalization including forms and processes. Introduces historical antecedents and contemporary issues of globalization such as globalism verses globalization and Americanization, migration and cultural diffusion, civil discord, global and regional governance, technology, environment, media, gender and inequality, regionalism, and the cultural landscapes of globalization/globalism. Requires off-campus activities. (Spring)

  • PS 3510 - International Political Economy

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: PS 1010  or permission of instructor. The relation between politics and economics in international affairs and its implications for global peace, security, ecology, and social welfare.

Healthcare Administration Concentration (15 hours)

  • HETH 3100 - Community Healthcare: Issues and Services

    3 credit hours

    Examines common health issues faced by individuals, families, and communities, as well as programs and services that address health issues. Emphasis on health promotion, health maintenance, illness prevention among populations, and resources available and/or needed.

  • HETH 3110 - Healthcare Research

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MATH 1530. Introduces the research process and basic health research concepts. Includes overview of methodology, types of research, and application of research process through literature review and written research proposal.

    NOTE: For Professional Studies majors only.

  • HETH 3120 - International Health: Problems and Issues

    3 credit hours

    Explores the impact of public health practices around the world at the individual, community, and global level. Emphasis on factors that contribute to health, access to health, healthcare delivery, and the burden of both communicable and noncommunicable disease.

    NOTE: For Professional Studies majors only.

  • HETH 4100 - Healthcare Leadership and Management

    3 credit hours

    Examines managerial and leadership concepts, issues, roles, and functions as applied to the role of the healthcare professional in various settings.

    NOTE: For Professional Studies majors only.

  • HETH 4110 - Trends and Issues in Healthcare

    3 credit hours

    Introduces the structure, financing, and delivery of services in the U.S. healthcare system. Topics include public and private insurance, various health services, health service providers, health policy, characteristics of the healthcare workforce, and issues related to law and ethics.

    NOTE: For Professional Studies majors only.

Culminating Project (3 hours)

  • PRST 4995 - Senior Capstone  3 credit hours  
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    OR 

    PRST 4995 - Senior Capstone

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: PRST 3995; senior standing. A capstone course in which students demonstrate skills and knowledge from the program of study. The capstone includes an academic research paper and an ePortfolio which should demonstrate synthesis of a student's coursework.

  • PRST 4997 - Practicum for Integrated and Professional Studies

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PRST 3995; junior or senior level. Provides students with practical work experience in their areas of study. (A minimum of 90 hours is required.) Students will also research a problem and create an ePortfolio as a synthesis of their program of study. Application for the practicum must be made and approved the preceding semester.

Electives (43 hours)

Curriculum: Professional Studies, Healthcare Administration

Curricular listings include General Education requirements in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.

Freshman

  • COMM 2200 - Fundamentals of Communication  3 credit hours  
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    (Comm) 

    COMM 2200 - Fundamentals of Communication

    3 credit hours

    Introduces principles and processes of effective public oral communication including researching, critical thinking, organizing, presenting, listening, and using appropriate language. Counts as part of the General Education Communication requirement. TBR Common Course: COMM 2025

  • ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing  3 credit hours  
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    (Comm) 

    ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing

    3 credit hours

    The first General Education English course. Emphasis on learning to adapt composing processes to a variety of expository and analytic writing assignments. Minimum grade of C- required for credit.

  • ENGL 1020 - Research and Argumentative Writing  3 credit hours  
    (Comm)(Comm)  dotslash:(Comm) title:(Comm) 
    (Comm) 

    ENGL 1020 - Research and Argumentative Writing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ENGL 1010. The second General Education English course. Emphasis on analytic and argumentative writing and on locating, organizing, and using library resource materials in the writing. Minimum grade of C- required for credit.

  • Social/Behavioral Sciences 3 credit hours
  • Mathematics (MATH 1530 recommended) 3 credit hours
  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts 3 credit hours
  • Natural Sciences 4 credit hours
  • Electives (UNIV 1010 recommended) 8 credit hours

Subtotal: 30 Hours

Sophomore

Choose 6 hours from:

  • HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020. TBR Common Course: HIST 2010

  • HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020. TBR Common Course: HIST 2020

  • HIST 2030 - Tennessee History

    3 credit hours

    The role of the state in the development of the nation. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement. TBR Common Course: HIST 2030

 

  • English Literature (Hum/FA) 3 credit hours
  • Social/Behavioral Sciences 3 credit hours
  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts 3 credit hours
  • Natural Sciences 4 credit hours
  • Electives 11 hours

Subtotal: 30 Hours

Junior

  • HETH 3100 - Community Healthcare: Issues and Services

    3 credit hours

    Examines common health issues faced by individuals, families, and communities, as well as programs and services that address health issues. Emphasis on health promotion, health maintenance, illness prevention among populations, and resources available and/or needed.

  • HETH 3110 - Healthcare Research

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MATH 1530. Introduces the research process and basic health research concepts. Includes overview of methodology, types of research, and application of research process through literature review and written research proposal.

    NOTE: For Professional Studies majors only.

  • HETH 3120 - International Health: Problems and Issues

    3 credit hours

    Explores the impact of public health practices around the world at the individual, community, and global level. Emphasis on factors that contribute to health, access to health, healthcare delivery, and the burden of both communicable and noncommunicable disease.

    NOTE: For Professional Studies majors only.

  • Administration/Supervision 3 credit hours
  • Team and Organizational Relations 3 credit hours
  • Organizational Systems 3 credit hours
  • International Context 3 credit hours
  • Electives 6 credit hours
  • Upper-division elective 3 credit hours

Subtotal: 30 Hours

Senior

  • PRST 4995 - Senior Capstone  3 credit hours  
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    OR 

    PRST 4995 - Senior Capstone

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: PRST 3995; senior standing. A capstone course in which students demonstrate skills and knowledge from the program of study. The capstone includes an academic research paper and an ePortfolio which should demonstrate synthesis of a student's coursework.

  • PRST 4997 - Practicum for Integrated and Professional Studies

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PRST 3995; junior or senior level. Provides students with practical work experience in their areas of study. (A minimum of 90 hours is required.) Students will also research a problem and create an ePortfolio as a synthesis of their program of study. Application for the practicum must be made and approved the preceding semester.

 

  • Written Communication 3 credit hours
  • Statistical Methods (all have prerequisites) 3 credit hours
  • Electives (PRST 3995 prerequisite for PRST 4995/PRST 4997) 15 credit hours
  • HETH 4100 - Healthcare Leadership and Management

    3 credit hours

    Examines managerial and leadership concepts, issues, roles, and functions as applied to the role of the healthcare professional in various settings.

    NOTE: For Professional Studies majors only.

  • HETH 4110 - Trends and Issues in Healthcare

    3 credit hours

    Introduces the structure, financing, and delivery of services in the U.S. healthcare system. Topics include public and private insurance, various health services, health service providers, health policy, characteristics of the healthcare workforce, and issues related to law and ethics.

    NOTE: For Professional Studies majors only.

Subtotal: 30 Hours

Information Technology

Professional Studies, Information Technology Concentration, B.S.

University Studies 
615-494-7714
Dianna Rust, program coordinator
Dianna.Rust@mtsu.edu

The Professional Studies program helps students prepare for management positions in the field of information technology. The Professional Studies major consists of foundation courses in communications, statistics, supervision, organizational systems, organizational relations, and international context. The Information Technology concentration centers on information systems, software, data analytics, database management, and security.

Academic Map

Following is a printable, suggested four-year schedule of courses:

Professional Studies, Information Technology Concentration, B.S.  

Degree Requirements

General Education41 hours
Major Requirements36 hours
Electives43 hours
TOTAL120 hours

 

General Education (41 hours)

General Education requirements (shown in curricular listings below) include courses in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences.

Major Requirements (36 hours)

Professional Core (18 hours)

Administration and Supervision

Choose one:

  • MGMT 3610 - Principles of Management

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Junior standing. Concepts of the management functions of planning, organizing, and controlling with an emphasis on behavioral science concepts as applied to managing people in organizations.

  • PS 3250 - Public Management  3 credit hours  

    PS 3250 - Public Management

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PS 1005 or permission of instructor. Fundamentals of public management--organization theory, leadership, policy making, planning, budgeting, personnel, administrative law, bureaucratic behavior.

  • PSY 3320 - Introduction to Industrial and Organizational Psychology

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the applications of psychology to business and Industry. Topics will include applied research methods, employee selection, performance appraisal, training, leadership, motivation, work environment, job design, safety, and work stress.

Organizational Systems

Choose one:

  • COMM 3500 - Communication for Organizational Effectiveness

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: COMM 2100 and COMM 2140. Organizational communication and its relationship to employees, leadership, corporate culture, diversity, change, and innovation. Possible topics include work-life balance and organizational identity.

  • COMM 3250 - Communication in Nonprofit Organizations

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: COMM 2140. Explores theories and techniques involving communication between organizations and their constituencies. Identification and analysis of communication involving corporate philanthropy and fundraising, fundraising events, volunteers, image, and grant writing. Possible topics include health organizations, art organizations, and nonprofits.

     

Team and Organizational Relations

Choose one:

  • COMM 2140 - Introduction to Organizational Communication

    3 credit hours

    Introduces theories and processes pertaining to organizational communication; topics may include communication networks, teamwork, leadership and power, information technology, crisis communication, and organizational trends.

Statistical Methods

Choose one:

  • PRST 4600 - Statistics for Professionals

    3 credit hours

    Explores the fundamental principles that form the foundation of the scientific process. Ultimate goal is to enhance student's ability to effectively interpret and translate the results of research.

  • PSY 3020 - Basic Statistics for Behavioral Science

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: 3 credit hours of college-level mathematics. Elementary descriptive and inferential statistics and their applications.

  • SOC 3040 - Research Methods  3 credit hours  

    SOC 3040 - Research Methods

    3 credit hours

    Issues and strategies used by sociologists in their scientific studies and in their applied work in society.

  • SOC 3050 - Data Analysis  4 credit hours  

    SOC 3050 - Data Analysis

    4 credit hours

    Analysis, interpretation, and reporting of social science data. Incorporates the use of a statistical package such as SPSS or SAS. Offers fundamental applied research skills for the job market. Laboratory required.

Written Communication

Choose one:

  • BCED 3510 - Business Communication

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Junior standing. (Keyboarding skills helpful.) A review of the theory and processes in oral and written business communication. Emphasis on the extensive functions of written and electronic communications.

  • ENGL 3605 - Applied Writing  3 credit hours  

    ENGL 3605 - Applied Writing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020 with C- or better. Develops reading and writing strategies for examining individual writing processes and solving writing problems posed in university studies across the disciplines: essays, reports, reviews, analyses, memos, proposals. May not be used toward the English major, English minor, or Writing minor.

  • ENGL 3620 - Professional Writing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Completion of English and literature General Education requirements; ENGL 1020 or ENGL 3605 with a B- or better. A specialized composition course for students planning to enter the professional workplace, including industry, science, and government. Collaborative practice in the discourse and conventions of professional and technical writing: employment packages, memoranda, instructions, proposals, and reports.

International Context

Choose one:

  • GS 3000 - Globalization  3 credit hours  

    GS 3000 - Globalization

    3 credit hours

    Required of all Global Studies and Human Geography majors. Explores concepts and history of globalization including forms and processes. Introduces historical antecedents and contemporary issues of globalization such as globalism verses globalization and Americanization, migration and cultural diffusion, civil discord, global and regional governance, technology, environment, media, gender and inequality, regionalism, and the cultural landscapes of globalization/globalism. Requires off-campus activities. (Spring)

  • PS 3510 - International Political Economy

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: PS 1010  or permission of instructor. The relation between politics and economics in international affairs and its implications for global peace, security, ecology, and social welfare.

Information Technology Concentration (15 hours)

 

  • INFS 2200 - Introduction to Microcomputing  3 credit hours  
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    OR 

    INFS 2200 - Introduction to Microcomputing

    3 credit hours

    Microcomputer applications and the microcomputer environment. (Not open to CIS majors.)

  • INFS 2400 - Web Development  3 credit hours  

    INFS 2400 - Web Development

    3 credit hours

    Web development using HTML, XHTML, CSS, JavaScript, and multimedia Web content. Covers planning, design, development, and publishing of a Web site.

 

  • BIA 3620 - Introduction to Business Analytics

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: BIA 2610 or MATH 1530, junior standing. Introduces the concepts and application of data analytics in business. Spreadsheet software and associated analytic tools utilized to visualize, model, and analyze business data using a hands-on-approach.

  • INFS 3200 - Business Application Development

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Foundation knowledge of microcomputer applications; junior standing; admission into the College of Business. An applications-oriented course; extensive laboratory work and development of projects.

  • INFS 4300 - Security Assurance for Information Systems Audit

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Admission into the College of Business. An in-depth look at developing, implementing, monitoring, and auditing an information system's security. Managerial concepts for security of operating systems, administering security, and legal/ethical/policy issues examined as well as a hands-on approach to implementing operating systems security techniques. Explores the advancement in security detection and implementation, problem-solving techniques, and the role and importance of the information systems auditor.

Culminating Project (3 hours)

  • PRST 4995 - Senior Capstone  3 credit hours  
    OROR  dotslash:OR title:OR 
    OR 

    PRST 4995 - Senior Capstone

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: PRST 3995; senior standing. A capstone course in which students demonstrate skills and knowledge from the program of study. The capstone includes an academic research paper and an ePortfolio which should demonstrate synthesis of a student's coursework.

  • PRST 4997 - Practicum for Integrated and Professional Studies

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PRST 3995; junior or senior level. Provides students with practical work experience in their areas of study. (A minimum of 90 hours is required.) Students will also research a problem and create an ePortfolio as a synthesis of their program of study. Application for the practicum must be made and approved the preceding semester.

Electives (43 hours)

Curriculum: Professional Studies, Information Technology

Curricular listings include General Education requirements in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.

Freshman

  • COMM 2200 - Fundamentals of Communication  3 credit hours  
    (Comm)(Comm)  dotslash:(Comm) title:(Comm) 
    (Comm) 

    COMM 2200 - Fundamentals of Communication

    3 credit hours

    Introduces principles and processes of effective public oral communication including researching, critical thinking, organizing, presenting, listening, and using appropriate language. Counts as part of the General Education Communication requirement. TBR Common Course: COMM 2025

  • ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing  3 credit hours  
    (Comm)(Comm)  dotslash:(Comm) title:(Comm) 
    (Comm) 

    ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing

    3 credit hours

    The first General Education English course. Emphasis on learning to adapt composing processes to a variety of expository and analytic writing assignments. Minimum grade of C- required for credit.

  • ENGL 1020 - Research and Argumentative Writing  3 credit hours  
    (Comm)(Comm)  dotslash:(Comm) title:(Comm) 
    (Comm) 

    ENGL 1020 - Research and Argumentative Writing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ENGL 1010. The second General Education English course. Emphasis on analytic and argumentative writing and on locating, organizing, and using library resource materials in the writing. Minimum grade of C- required for credit.

  • Social/Behavioral Sciences 3 credit hours
  • Mathematics 3 credit hours
  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts 3 credit hours
  • Natural Sciences 4 credit hours
  • Electives (UNIV 1010/UNIV 2020 recommended) 8 credit hours

Subtotal: 30 Hours

Sophomore

Choose 6 hours from:

  • HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020. TBR Common Course: HIST 2010

  • HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020. TBR Common Course: HIST 2020

  • HIST 2030 - Tennessee History

    3 credit hours

    The role of the state in the development of the nation. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement. TBR Common Course: HIST 2030

 

  • English Literature (Hum/FA) 3 credit hours
  • Social/Behavioral Sciences 3 credit hours
  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts 3 credit hours
  • Natural Sciences 4 credit hours
  • Electives 11 hours

Subtotal: 30 Hours

Junior

  • INFS 2200 - Introduction to Microcomputing  3 credit hours  
    OROR  dotslash:OR title:OR 
    OR 

    INFS 2200 - Introduction to Microcomputing

    3 credit hours

    Microcomputer applications and the microcomputer environment. (Not open to CIS majors.)

  • INFS 2400 - Web Development  3 credit hours  

    INFS 2400 - Web Development

    3 credit hours

    Web development using HTML, XHTML, CSS, JavaScript, and multimedia Web content. Covers planning, design, development, and publishing of a Web site.

 

  • Administration/Supervision 3 credit hours
  • Team and Organizational Relations 3 credit hours
  • Organizational Systems 3 credit hours
  • International Context 3 credit hours
  • Written Communication 3 credit hours
  • Statistical Methods 3 credit hours
  • Elective 3 credit hours
  • Upper-division elective 3 credit hours

Subtotal: 30 Hours

Senior

  • PRST 4995 - Senior Capstone  3 credit hours  
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    PRST 4995 - Senior Capstone

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: PRST 3995; senior standing. A capstone course in which students demonstrate skills and knowledge from the program of study. The capstone includes an academic research paper and an ePortfolio which should demonstrate synthesis of a student's coursework.

  • PRST 4997 - Practicum for Integrated and Professional Studies

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PRST 3995; junior or senior level. Provides students with practical work experience in their areas of study. (A minimum of 90 hours is required.) Students will also research a problem and create an ePortfolio as a synthesis of their program of study. Application for the practicum must be made and approved the preceding semester.

 

  • BIA 3620 - Introduction to Business Analytics

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: BIA 2610 or MATH 1530, junior standing. Introduces the concepts and application of data analytics in business. Spreadsheet software and associated analytic tools utilized to visualize, model, and analyze business data using a hands-on-approach.

  • INFS 3200 - Business Application Development

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Foundation knowledge of microcomputer applications; junior standing; admission into the College of Business. An applications-oriented course; extensive laboratory work and development of projects.

  • INFS 4300 - Security Assurance for Information Systems Audit

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Admission into the College of Business. An in-depth look at developing, implementing, monitoring, and auditing an information system's security. Managerial concepts for security of operating systems, administering security, and legal/ethical/policy issues examined as well as a hands-on approach to implementing operating systems security techniques. Explores the advancement in security detection and implementation, problem-solving techniques, and the role and importance of the information systems auditor.

Subtotal: 30 Hours

International Organizational Leadership

Professional Studies, International Organizational Leadership Concentration, B.S.

University Studies 
615-494-7714
Dianna Rust, program coordinator
Dianna.Rust@mtsu.edu

The Professional Studies program helps students prepare for management positions in organizational leadership with a focus on international management. The Professional Studies major consists of foundation courses in communications, statistics, supervision, organizational systems, organizational relations, and international context. The International Organizational Leadership concentration teaches about international management, international law, political economy, intercultural communication, and international relations.

Academic Map

Following is a printable, suggested four-year schedule of courses:

Professional Studies, International Organizational Leadership Concentration, B.S.  

Degree Requirements

General Education41 hours
Major Requirements36 hours
Electives43 hours
TOTAL120 hours

 

General Education (41 hours)

General Education requirements (shown in curricular listings below) include courses in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences.

Major Requirement (36 hours)

Professional Core (18 hours)

Administration and Supervision

Choose one:

  • MGMT 3610 - Principles of Management

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Junior standing. Concepts of the management functions of planning, organizing, and controlling with an emphasis on behavioral science concepts as applied to managing people in organizations.

  • PS 3250 - Public Management  3 credit hours  

    PS 3250 - Public Management

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PS 1005 or permission of instructor. Fundamentals of public management--organization theory, leadership, policy making, planning, budgeting, personnel, administrative law, bureaucratic behavior.

  • PSY 3320 - Introduction to Industrial and Organizational Psychology

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the applications of psychology to business and Industry. Topics will include applied research methods, employee selection, performance appraisal, training, leadership, motivation, work environment, job design, safety, and work stress.

Organizational Systems

Choose one:

  • COMM 3250 - Communication in Nonprofit Organizations

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: COMM 2140. Explores theories and techniques involving communication between organizations and their constituencies. Identification and analysis of communication involving corporate philanthropy and fundraising, fundraising events, volunteers, image, and grant writing. Possible topics include health organizations, art organizations, and nonprofits.

     

  • COMM 3500 - Communication for Organizational Effectiveness

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: COMM 2100 and COMM 2140. Organizational communication and its relationship to employees, leadership, corporate culture, diversity, change, and innovation. Possible topics include work-life balance and organizational identity.

Team and Organizational Relations

Choose one:

  • COMM 2140 - Introduction to Organizational Communication

    3 credit hours

    Introduces theories and processes pertaining to organizational communication; topics may include communication networks, teamwork, leadership and power, information technology, crisis communication, and organizational trends.

Statistical Methods

Choose one:

  • PRST 4600 - Statistics for Professionals

    3 credit hours

    Explores the fundamental principles that form the foundation of the scientific process. Ultimate goal is to enhance student's ability to effectively interpret and translate the results of research.

  • PSY 3020 - Basic Statistics for Behavioral Science

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: 3 credit hours of college-level mathematics. Elementary descriptive and inferential statistics and their applications.

  • SOC 3040 - Research Methods  3 credit hours  

    SOC 3040 - Research Methods

    3 credit hours

    Issues and strategies used by sociologists in their scientific studies and in their applied work in society.

  • SOC 3050 - Data Analysis  4 credit hours  

    SOC 3050 - Data Analysis

    4 credit hours

    Analysis, interpretation, and reporting of social science data. Incorporates the use of a statistical package such as SPSS or SAS. Offers fundamental applied research skills for the job market. Laboratory required.

Written Communication

Choose one:

  • BCED 3510 - Business Communication

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Junior standing. (Keyboarding skills helpful.) A review of the theory and processes in oral and written business communication. Emphasis on the extensive functions of written and electronic communications.

  • ENGL 3605 - Applied Writing  3 credit hours  

    ENGL 3605 - Applied Writing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020 with C- or better. Develops reading and writing strategies for examining individual writing processes and solving writing problems posed in university studies across the disciplines: essays, reports, reviews, analyses, memos, proposals. May not be used toward the English major, English minor, or Writing minor.

  • ENGL 3620 - Professional Writing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Completion of English and literature General Education requirements; ENGL 1020 or ENGL 3605 with a B- or better. A specialized composition course for students planning to enter the professional workplace, including industry, science, and government. Collaborative practice in the discourse and conventions of professional and technical writing: employment packages, memoranda, instructions, proposals, and reports.

International Context

Choose one:

  • GS 3000 - Globalization  3 credit hours  

    GS 3000 - Globalization

    3 credit hours

    Required of all Global Studies and Human Geography majors. Explores concepts and history of globalization including forms and processes. Introduces historical antecedents and contemporary issues of globalization such as globalism verses globalization and Americanization, migration and cultural diffusion, civil discord, global and regional governance, technology, environment, media, gender and inequality, regionalism, and the cultural landscapes of globalization/globalism. Requires off-campus activities. (Spring)

  • PS 3510 - International Political Economy

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: PS 1010  or permission of instructor. The relation between politics and economics in international affairs and its implications for global peace, security, ecology, and social welfare.

International Organizational Leadership Concentration (15 hours)

Choose five:

  • COMM 2560 - Intercultural Communication

    3 credit hours

    Introduces how communication patterns are influenced by perceptions, values, and norms of behavior that vary among people of different cultural, racial, and national backgrounds. Content focuses on increasing understanding as well as improving abilities to facilitate cross-cultural interactions.

  • COMM 4200 - Communication in the Global Workplace

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: COMM 2140. Critical examination of multinational organizations and the expatriate experience, including analysis of organizational preparation and employee training.

  • GS 3010 - Education Abroad: Reflection and Application

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: GS 2010 or approval of department chair. Required of all Global Studies majors and minors. Completed after returning from the required education abroad experience, students reflect on their experiences abroad and its application to their coursework in the major/minor and application to their personal and professional lives. (Fall)

  • PS 3210 - International Relations

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PS 1010 or permission of instructor. The state system and national power, balance of power, balance of terror, game theory, psychological aspects of international conflict, decision making, diplomacy and negotiation, war, disarmament, and collective security.

  • PS 4275 - NGOs and Non-Profits

    3 credit hours

    Key topics and issues surrounding the political environment and competing pressures that international non-governmental organizations and domestic non-profits confront. Formal readings paired with discussions from practitioners in the field and hands-on professional exercises.

  • PS 3500 - International Law  3 credit hours  

    PS 3500 - International Law

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PS 1010 or permission of instructor. General principles of modern international law taught by the case study method in a seminar format encouraging debate and discussion. Issues concerning the development of international law and human rights will be studied.

  • PS 3510 - International Political Economy

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: PS 1010  or permission of instructor. The relation between politics and economics in international affairs and its implications for global peace, security, ecology, and social welfare.

Culminating Project (3 hours)

  • PRST 4995 - Senior Capstone  3 credit hours  
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    OR 

    PRST 4995 - Senior Capstone

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: PRST 3995; senior standing. A capstone course in which students demonstrate skills and knowledge from the program of study. The capstone includes an academic research paper and an ePortfolio which should demonstrate synthesis of a student's coursework.

  • PRST 4997 - Practicum for Integrated and Professional Studies

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PRST 3995; junior or senior level. Provides students with practical work experience in their areas of study. (A minimum of 90 hours is required.) Students will also research a problem and create an ePortfolio as a synthesis of their program of study. Application for the practicum must be made and approved the preceding semester.

Electives (43 hours)

Curriculum: Professional Studies, International Organizational Leadership

Curricular listings include General Education requirements in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.

Freshman

  • COMM 2200 - Fundamentals of Communication  3 credit hours  
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    (Comm) 

    COMM 2200 - Fundamentals of Communication

    3 credit hours

    Introduces principles and processes of effective public oral communication including researching, critical thinking, organizing, presenting, listening, and using appropriate language. Counts as part of the General Education Communication requirement. TBR Common Course: COMM 2025

  • ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing  3 credit hours  
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    (Comm) 

    ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing

    3 credit hours

    The first General Education English course. Emphasis on learning to adapt composing processes to a variety of expository and analytic writing assignments. Minimum grade of C- required for credit.

  • ENGL 1020 - Research and Argumentative Writing  3 credit hours  
    (Comm)(Comm)  dotslash:(Comm) title:(Comm) 
    (Comm) 

    ENGL 1020 - Research and Argumentative Writing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ENGL 1010. The second General Education English course. Emphasis on analytic and argumentative writing and on locating, organizing, and using library resource materials in the writing. Minimum grade of C- required for credit.

  • Social/Behavioral Sciences 3 credit hours
  • Mathematics 3 credit hours
  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts 3 credit hours
  • Natural Sciences 4 credit hours
  • Electives (UNIV 1010/UNIV 2020 recommended) 8 credit hours

Subtotal: 30 Hours

Sophomore

Choose 6 hours from:

  • HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020. TBR Common Course: HIST 2010

  • HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020. TBR Common Course: HIST 2020

  • HIST 2030 - Tennessee History

    3 credit hours

    The role of the state in the development of the nation. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement. TBR Common Course: HIST 2030

 

  • English Literature (Hum/FA) 3 credit hours
  • Social/Behavioral Sciences 3 credit hours
  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts 3 credit hours
  • Natural Sciences 4 credit hours
  • Electives 11 hours

Subtotal: 30 Hours

Junior

  • Administration/Supervision 3 credit hours
  • Team and Organizational Relations 3 credit hours
  • Organizational Systems 3 credit hours
  • International Context 3 credit hours
  • Written Communication 3 credit hours
  • International Organizational Leadership concentration 6 credit hours
  • Electives 6 credit hours
  • Upper-division elective 3 credit hours

Subtotal: 30 Hours

Senior

  • PRST 4995 - Senior Capstone  3 credit hours  
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    OR 

    PRST 4995 - Senior Capstone

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: PRST 3995; senior standing. A capstone course in which students demonstrate skills and knowledge from the program of study. The capstone includes an academic research paper and an ePortfolio which should demonstrate synthesis of a student's coursework.

  • PRST 4997 - Practicum for Integrated and Professional Studies

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PRST 3995; junior or senior level. Provides students with practical work experience in their areas of study. (A minimum of 90 hours is required.) Students will also research a problem and create an ePortfolio as a synthesis of their program of study. Application for the practicum must be made and approved the preceding semester.

 

  • Statistical Methods (all have prerequisites) 3 credit hours
  • International Organizational Leadership concentration 9 credit hours
  • Electives (PRST 3995 prerequisite for PRST 4995/PRST 4997) 15 credit hours

Subtotal: 30 Hours

Organizational Leadership

Professional Studies, Organizational Leadership Concentration, B.S.

University Studies 
615-494-7714
Dianna Rust, program coordinator
Dianna.Rust@mtsu.edu

The Professional Studies program helps students prepare for management positions in the field of organizational leadership. The Professional Studies major consists of foundation courses in communications, statistics, supervision, organizational systems, organizational relations, and international context. The Organizational Leadership concentration courses concentrate on public relations, psychology, business etiquette, human resources, and cultural diversity.

Academic Map

Following is a printable, suggested four-year schedule of courses:

Professional Studies, Organizational Leadership Concentration, B.S.  

Degree Requirements

General Education41 hours
Major Requirements36 hours
Electives43 hours
TOTAL120 hours

 

General Education (41 hours)

General Education requirements (shown in curricular listings below) include courses in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences.

Major Requirements (36 hours)

Professional Core (18 hours)

Administration and Supervision

Choose one:

  • MGMT 3610 - Principles of Management

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Junior standing. Concepts of the management functions of planning, organizing, and controlling with an emphasis on behavioral science concepts as applied to managing people in organizations.

  • PSY 3320 - Introduction to Industrial and Organizational Psychology

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the applications of psychology to business and Industry. Topics will include applied research methods, employee selection, performance appraisal, training, leadership, motivation, work environment, job design, safety, and work stress.

  • PS 3250 - Public Management  3 credit hours  

    PS 3250 - Public Management

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PS 1005 or permission of instructor. Fundamentals of public management--organization theory, leadership, policy making, planning, budgeting, personnel, administrative law, bureaucratic behavior.

Organizational Systems

Choose one:

  • COMM 3250 - Communication in Nonprofit Organizations

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: COMM 2140. Explores theories and techniques involving communication between organizations and their constituencies. Identification and analysis of communication involving corporate philanthropy and fundraising, fundraising events, volunteers, image, and grant writing. Possible topics include health organizations, art organizations, and nonprofits.

     

  • COMM 3500 - Communication for Organizational Effectiveness

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: COMM 2100 and COMM 2140. Organizational communication and its relationship to employees, leadership, corporate culture, diversity, change, and innovation. Possible topics include work-life balance and organizational identity.

Team and Organizational Relations

Choose one:

  • COMM 2140 - Introduction to Organizational Communication

    3 credit hours

    Introduces theories and processes pertaining to organizational communication; topics may include communication networks, teamwork, leadership and power, information technology, crisis communication, and organizational trends.

Statistical Methods

Choose one:

  • PRST 4600 - Statistics for Professionals

    3 credit hours

    Explores the fundamental principles that form the foundation of the scientific process. Ultimate goal is to enhance student's ability to effectively interpret and translate the results of research.

  • PSY 3020 - Basic Statistics for Behavioral Science

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: 3 credit hours of college-level mathematics. Elementary descriptive and inferential statistics and their applications.

  • SOC 3040 - Research Methods  3 credit hours  

    SOC 3040 - Research Methods

    3 credit hours

    Issues and strategies used by sociologists in their scientific studies and in their applied work in society.

  • SOC 3050 - Data Analysis  4 credit hours  

    SOC 3050 - Data Analysis

    4 credit hours

    Analysis, interpretation, and reporting of social science data. Incorporates the use of a statistical package such as SPSS or SAS. Offers fundamental applied research skills for the job market. Laboratory required.

Written Communication

Choose one:

  • BCED 3510 - Business Communication

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Junior standing. (Keyboarding skills helpful.) A review of the theory and processes in oral and written business communication. Emphasis on the extensive functions of written and electronic communications.

  • ENGL 3605 - Applied Writing  3 credit hours  

    ENGL 3605 - Applied Writing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020 with C- or better. Develops reading and writing strategies for examining individual writing processes and solving writing problems posed in university studies across the disciplines: essays, reports, reviews, analyses, memos, proposals. May not be used toward the English major, English minor, or Writing minor.

  • ENGL 3620 - Professional Writing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Completion of English and literature General Education requirements; ENGL 1020 or ENGL 3605 with a B- or better. A specialized composition course for students planning to enter the professional workplace, including industry, science, and government. Collaborative practice in the discourse and conventions of professional and technical writing: employment packages, memoranda, instructions, proposals, and reports.

International Context

Choose one:

  • GS 3000 - Globalization  3 credit hours  

    GS 3000 - Globalization

    3 credit hours

    Required of all Global Studies and Human Geography majors. Explores concepts and history of globalization including forms and processes. Introduces historical antecedents and contemporary issues of globalization such as globalism verses globalization and Americanization, migration and cultural diffusion, civil discord, global and regional governance, technology, environment, media, gender and inequality, regionalism, and the cultural landscapes of globalization/globalism. Requires off-campus activities. (Spring)

  • PS 3510 - International Political Economy

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: PS 1010  or permission of instructor. The relation between politics and economics in international affairs and its implications for global peace, security, ecology, and social welfare.

Organizational Leadership Concentration (15 hours)

Choose five from the following:

  • BCED 4400 - Tools of the MEEC Industry (Meeting, Event, Exhibition, and Convention [MEEC] Management)

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: BCED 4300; admission into the College of Business. Introduces students to the meetings, events, exhibitions, and conventions (MEEC) industry.  Explores the core issues of the MEEC industry from the fundamentals to the contemporary trends. Introduces students to the tools used in the meetings, events, exhibition, and conventions [MEEC] industry. Explores the core issues involved in the selection of tools (from terminology and vendor references to the Green Movement) for use in meetings, events, exhibitions, and conventions.

  • BCED 4660 - Corporate Communication

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Junior standing; admission into the College of Business. (BCED 3510 recommended.) Research and analysis of case studies of significant research; case studies in business communication; communication policies, principles, and procedures from the executive's viewpoint.

  • COMM 2560 - Intercultural Communication

    3 credit hours

    Introduces how communication patterns are influenced by perceptions, values, and norms of behavior that vary among people of different cultural, racial, and national backgrounds. Content focuses on increasing understanding as well as improving abilities to facilitate cross-cultural interactions.

  • LEAD 3010 - Leadership Theories and Practices

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Junior standing. Focuses on individual leadership development. Emphasis on leadership practices and skill development.

  • MKT 3820 - Principles of Marketing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Junior standing. Survey of the functions, processes, and institutions involved in the distribution of consumer and industrial goods and services. Decision making in marketing management introduced.

  • PS 4630 - Public Human Resources Management

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PS 3250 or permission of instructor. Human resources administration in government agencies. Patterns of position classification, compensation, recruitment, selection, training, performance appraisal, promotion, discipline, separation, collective bargaining.

  • PR 2040 - Public Relations Principles

    3 credit hours

    Introduces the practice of public relations, including its fundamental concepts and theories, historical development, and current issues.

    NOTE: This was formerly PR 3040.

  • PR 3400 - Case Studies in Public Relations

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PR 2040. Practical methods of handling problems in public relations with emphasis on fact-finding, planning, promoting, and evaluating.

  • PSY 3230 - Abnormal Psychology

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PSY 1410. Patterns of maladaptive behavior, including anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, and antisocial behavior.

  • PSY 3320 - Introduction to Industrial and Organizational Psychology

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the applications of psychology to business and Industry. Topics will include applied research methods, employee selection, performance appraisal, training, leadership, motivation, work environment, job design, safety, and work stress.

  • PSY 3590 - Personality  3 credit hours  

    PSY 3590 - Personality

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PSY 1410. Historical and contemporary personality theory and research, including the trait, cognitive, and motivational approaches. Topics include personality development, the unconscious, the self, goals, emotions, coping, disorders, and personality change.

  • PSY 4360 - Organizational Psychology

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PSY 1410. Application of psychology to examine individual and group behavior in organizations; job design and organizational design and their effects upon work behavior; and organizational processes such as leadership, power, and decision-making.

  • SOC 3300 - Diversity in the Workplace

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: SOC 1010, SOC 2010, or permission of department. Covers various aspects of organizational diversity, focusing primarily on the United States. Explores current patterns of social inequality in the workplace with a specific emphasis on gender, race/ethnicity, age, and family arrangements. Focuses on the link between these social patterns and workforce diversity.

Culminating Project (3 hours)

  • PRST 4995 - Senior Capstone  3 credit hours  
    OROR  dotslash:OR title:OR 
    OR 

    PRST 4995 - Senior Capstone

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: PRST 3995; senior standing. A capstone course in which students demonstrate skills and knowledge from the program of study. The capstone includes an academic research paper and an ePortfolio which should demonstrate synthesis of a student's coursework.

  • PRST 4997 - Practicum for Integrated and Professional Studies

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PRST 3995; junior or senior level. Provides students with practical work experience in their areas of study. (A minimum of 90 hours is required.) Students will also research a problem and create an ePortfolio as a synthesis of their program of study. Application for the practicum must be made and approved the preceding semester.

Electives

Curriculum: Professional Studies, Organizational Leadership

Freshman

  • COMM 2200 - Fundamentals of Communication  3 credit hours  
    (Comm)(Comm)  dotslash:(Comm) title:(Comm) 
    (Comm) 

    COMM 2200 - Fundamentals of Communication

    3 credit hours

    Introduces principles and processes of effective public oral communication including researching, critical thinking, organizing, presenting, listening, and using appropriate language. Counts as part of the General Education Communication requirement. TBR Common Course: COMM 2025

  • ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing  3 credit hours  
    (Comm)(Comm)  dotslash:(Comm) title:(Comm) 
    (Comm) 

    ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing

    3 credit hours

    The first General Education English course. Emphasis on learning to adapt composing processes to a variety of expository and analytic writing assignments. Minimum grade of C- required for credit.

  • ENGL 1020 - Research and Argumentative Writing  3 credit hours  
    (Comm)(Comm)  dotslash:(Comm) title:(Comm) 
    (Comm) 

    ENGL 1020 - Research and Argumentative Writing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ENGL 1010. The second General Education English course. Emphasis on analytic and argumentative writing and on locating, organizing, and using library resource materials in the writing. Minimum grade of C- required for credit.

  • Social/Behavioral Sciences 3 credit hours
  • Mathematics 3 credit hours
  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts 3 credit hours
  • Natural Sciences 4 credit hours
  • Electives (UNIV 1010/UNIV 2020 recommended) 8 credit hours

Subtotal: 30 Hours

Sophomore

Choose 6 hours from:

  • HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020. TBR Common Course: HIST 2010

  • HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020. TBR Common Course: HIST 2020

  • HIST 2030 - Tennessee History

    3 credit hours

    The role of the state in the development of the nation. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement. TBR Common Course: HIST 2030

 

  • English Literature (Hum/FA) 3 credit hours
  • Social/Behavioral Sciences 3 credit hours
  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts 3 credit hours
  • Natural Sciences 4 credit hours
  • Electives 11 credit hours

Subtotal: 30 Hours

Junior

  • Administration/Supervision 3 credit hours
  • Team and Organizational Relations 3 credit hours
  • Organizational Systems 3 credit hours
  • International Context 3 credit hours
  • Statistical Methods 3 credit hours
  • Organizational Communication concentration 9 credit hours
  • Elective 3 credit hours
  • Upper-division elective 3 credit hours

Subtotal: 30 Hours

Senior

  • PRST 4995 - Senior Capstone  3 credit hours  
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    OR 

    PRST 4995 - Senior Capstone

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: PRST 3995; senior standing. A capstone course in which students demonstrate skills and knowledge from the program of study. The capstone includes an academic research paper and an ePortfolio which should demonstrate synthesis of a student's coursework.

  • PRST 4997 - Practicum for Integrated and Professional Studies

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PRST 3995; junior or senior level. Provides students with practical work experience in their areas of study. (A minimum of 90 hours is required.) Students will also research a problem and create an ePortfolio as a synthesis of their program of study. Application for the practicum must be made and approved the preceding semester.

 

  • Written Communication 3 credit hours
  • Organizational Leadership concentration 6 credit hours
  • Electives (PRST 3995 prerequisite for PRST 4995/PRST 4997) 18 credit hours

Subtotal: 30 Hours

 

Due to the interdisciplinary nature of the degree programs offered by University College, faculty are drawn from every discipline offered at MTSU. This benefit allows University College students to gain from the expertise of all MTSU faculty and to have greater latitude in selecting their specific areas of interest.

The multidisciplinary nature of this degree program allows students, in consultation with their academic advisors, to choose courses from a variety of disciplines to fit their individualized academic plans. Click on the ACADEMIC MAP tab to see a framework for planning and course selection to meet degree requirements; however, the academic map does not replace working with an academic advisor.

Contact Information

Megan Vazquez
adcp@mtsu.edu

Phone | 615-898-5236

Who is My Advisor?

Rodney Robbins (A-B for Integrated Studies and Professional Studies, and all Applied Leadership)
Rodney.Robbins@mtsu.edu
615-898-5060

Megan Russell (C-H for Integrated Studies and Professional Studies)
Megan.Russell@mtsu.edu
615-898-5200

Christina Sintic (I-Q for Integrated Studies and Professional Studies)
Christina.Sintic@mtsu.edu 
615-898-5230

Mona Snell (R-Z for Integrated Studies and Professional Studies)
Mona.Snell@mtsu.edu
615-898-5251

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