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3 Tips for Structuring Your Professional Studies Concentration

May 15, 2015 by Trina Gabriel |
FootballGameThe Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies (BLS) with a concentration in Professional Studies allows for a large measure of flexibility and creativity. However, your flexibility and creativity will need some structure. It's all about having a plan.

THE COACH

I'm a huge football fan; and the success of a team is determined by the plays on the field during game day. Those plays are practiced over and over again with the oversight of a coaching staff. Your academic success will be determined by your daily commitment to your goals. But you're not going it alone. Your coaching staff includes an academic advisor to help you strategize your plays, adjust for changes, and keep you moving toward the end zone (like how I kept the football analogy going?)!

Part of your movement down the field includes the 30 credits which are specific to the professional studies concentration. Of these 30 credits, 12 must be earned at UNCG. So your concentration credits can be a combination of UNCG credits or transferable credits at the 300 course level or above (e.g. PSY121 will not count toward the concentration requirements).

THE OFFENSE

Here's your opportunity to play on the offensive side of the field. Too often, it may feel as if you're playing defense - keeping up with policies procedures, etc. The ball is now in your hands. So in preparation for speaking with your academic advisor here are some tips for a productive discussion.
  1. Review Your Transcripts
    Is there already a grouping that comes together? Have you completed several courses within a specific discipline or area of study? Check out our blog on some possible groupings.

  2. Think About Your Goals
    Why do you want to complete this degree? What key skills are important to you? If you're not sure where to start, read our blog on How to Choose the Right Online Bachelor's Degree.

  3. Define Your Interests
    What topics excite you? Is there a direct link between your interests and goals? If you intend to take courses outside of the BLS concentration areas, are there any restrictions? How often are they offered?

Within your professional studies concentration you are not creating a second major or minor. However, you are given an opportunity to give voice to your individual academic goals. As with any plan, it's more likely to be enacted if you write it down. Map it out. And talk with your coach!


 

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