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Bachelor’s Degrees at SPCS

Our bachelor’s degrees are designed for those who want an interdisciplinary degree. You’ll be exposed to some of the best thinking from around the world through a broadly based educational experience. Through your major, you’ll gain valuable industry knowledge while further developing your critical thinking, writing and analytical skills.

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts (BALA)

Major in Liberal ArtsDevelops characteristics that employers value highly including flexibility, competence, and confidence in analytical and communication skills.

Major in Interdisciplinary Studies – Weekend College: Degree-completion program that develops a broad, holistic perspective on the world.

Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies (BSPS)

Major in Human Resource Management: Offers a strategic perspective that include quantitative and skills pertaining to HRM and a thorough understanding of the environment in which HRM operates.

Major in Information Security: Prepares students to be IT security specialists and decision makers in information security positions in private industry and government sectors.

Major in IT Management: Explores the development, implementation and management of information technologies and offers the flexibility to take courses in other subject areas.

Major in Paralegal Studies: Provides the skills needed to perform delegated, substantive legal work under the supervision of a lawyer.

Review course requirements for each degree below.

Undergraduate Degrees
Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies (BSPS)

Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies

General Education

30 semester hours. Includes Common Seminar and Areas of Study.

Common Seminar

6 semester hours

ADED 301U Knowledge Management: Seminar Across the Disciplines I
ADED 302U Knowledge Management: Seminar Across the Disciplines II

Areas of Study

24 semester hours. At least one 3-hour course from each of the following areas:

  • History
  • Literature
  • Natural Sciences
  • Social Sciences and Cultural Studies
  • MATH 103U Finite Mathematics (or higher)
  • The Arts

General Distribution

60 semester hours. Coursework selected from across the curriculum. Minors may be drawn from this area. Foundation Coursework applies toward General Distribution.

Foundation Coursework

The student’s placement test score, along with advising recommendations, will determine the pathway of foundation courses before other required coursework.

ENGL 101U Strategic Reading and Writing
ENGL 201U Critical Writing and Research I
ENGL 202U Critical Writing and Research II
MATH 103U Finite Mathematics

Major

30 semester hours. Select from Human Resource Management, Information Security, IT Management or Paralegal Studies.

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts (BALA)

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts

General Education

30 semester hours. Includes Common Seminar, Areas of Study and Language and Cultural Studies.

Common Seminar

6 semester hours

ADED 300U Knowledge Management: Seminar Across the Disciplines (Weekend College only, included in Interdisciplinary Studies major) or
ADED 301U Knowledge Management: Seminar Across the Disciplines I and
ADED 302U Knowledge Management: Seminar Across the Disciplines II

Areas of Study

18 semester hours. At least one 3-hour course from each of the following areas:

  • History
  • Literature
  • Natural Sciences
  • Social Sciences and Cultural Studies
  • MATH 103U Finite Mathematics (or higher)
  • The Arts

Language and Cultural Studies

6 semester hours

IDST 306U Understanding Culture and Language (Weekend College only, included in Interdisciplinary Studies major) or
IDST 304U Understanding Culture and Language I and
IDST 305U Understanding Culture and Language II

Language and Cultural Studies Exemptions

Students majoring in Liberal Arts who have completed six (6) semester hours (or equivalent) in language coursework with a grade of “C” or better may earn waivers for IDST 304U and IDST 305U. Credits from a study abroad experience may also count toward the six-hour requirement (IDST 304U and IDST 305U).

Students majoring in Interdisciplinary Studies (Weekend College) must take IDST 306U as part of the course of study.

Students who wish to switch from the major in Interdisciplinary Studies to the major in Liberal Arts and who have passed IDST 306U with a grade of 'C' or better may earn waivers for IDST 304U and IDST 305U.

Students who pass IDST 304U, IDST 305U or IDST 306U may not take the courses again for repeated credit in the BALA program (to include both Liberal Arts and Interdisciplinary Studies majors).

General Distribution

60 semester hours. Coursework selected from across the curriculum. Undergraduate minors (combined with the major in Liberal Arts only) may be drawn from this area. Foundation Coursework, if required, counts toward General Distribution.

Weekend College Exceptions

Weekend College students combine General Education and General Distribution requirements. 60 semester hours total required, 45 hours prior to transfer to University of Richmond. Foundation Coursework requirements except MATH 103U are built in the 60-hour Interdisciplinary Studies major for Weekend College students.

Foundation Coursework

The student’s placement test score, along with advising recommendations, will determine the pathway of foundation courses before other required coursework.

ENGL 101U Strategic Reading and Writing
ENGL 201U Critical Writing and Research I
ENGL 202U Critical Writing and Research II
MATH 103U Finite Mathematics

Major

30 semester hours (Liberal Arts) or 60 semester hours (Interdisciplinary Studies).

Select from Liberal Arts or Weekend College Interdisciplinary Studies

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