The Bachelor of Professional Studies with a major in Business provides students with a solid foundation in general business, preparing them for graduate study, professional development and career advancement.
In addition to the unique general education curriculum specific to the BPS program, this degree offers a comprehensive business core as well as a broad selection of “functional areas”. These functional areas include all of the major areas of study from Business (Accounting, Finance, Human Resource Management, Management, Marketing and Social Entrepreneurship), while also permitting the selection of professional programs such as Hospitality and Tourism Management, Organizational Leadership, Paralegal Studies and Sustainability Studies.
As with any of our majors, students will demonstrate proficiency in critical thinking, reading, writing, and research skills via their general education coursework.
ECON 101 Principles of Economics I (grade of C- or better)
ECON 102 Principles of Economics II (grade of C- or better)
ECON 234 Elementary Statistics*
MATH 96 (if required by RUA)
MATH 116 Finite Mathematics* (grade of C- or better)
MATH 121 College Algebra*
University Writing Requirement
Other courses, if necessary, to complete the University Writing Requirement
ENG 101 Introduction to Composition (grade of C- or better)
ENG 102 Argument, Analysis, Research (grade of C- or better)
* Higher-level mathematics may be substituted for MATH 116 and 121 with permission. ECON 234 may be replaced by MATH 217.
Business Core Requirements
All freshmen/sophomore business requirements must be completed with grades of C- or higher. A 300-level business elective is substituted for the international perspective course if an international course is in the functional area. MGMT 380 must be taken at Roosevelt and passed with a grade of C- or higher. One grade of D may be used in the remaining junior/senior core courses unless a C- is specifically required by the major.
ACCT 210 Introduction to Accounting I
ACCT 211 Introduction to Accounting II
BLAW 201 Business Law I
BADM 304 Business and Society
BCOM 301 Business Communications
FIN 311 Business Finance
INFS 330 Management Information Systems
MGMT 300 Operations Management
MGMT 308 Ethical Leadership and Corporate Responsibility
MGMT 358 Behavioral Science and Organization Theory
MGMT 380 Business Policy and Strategy
MKTG 302 Principles of Marketing
ACCT 337 International Accounting -OR-
FIN 354 International Financial Analysis -OR-
MGMT 360 Survey of International Business -OR-
MKTG 362 International Marketing Strategies
Functional Area - Eighteen semester hours in one functional area. The functional areas are: Accounting; Finance; Hospitality & Tourism Management; Human Resource Management; Management; Marketing; Organizational Leadership; Paralegal Studies; Social Entrepreneurship; Sustainability Studies.
General Education Core Curriculum
BPS degrees replace traditional general education courses and electives with an innovative Core Curriculum, consisting of interdisciplinary seminars and a Senior Thesis research project. These seminars, designed for adult students, reduce the time required to complete degree requirements. Courses in the BPS core are designated with the PLS prefix (Professional and Liberal Studies). The BPS Core Curriculum includes:
PLS 201 Pro-Seminar in Critical Skills (for students with <60h of transfer credit) - OR
PLS 302 Methods of Critical Reasoning (for students with >60h transfer credit or AA/AS degree)
PLS 390 Seminar in the Social Sciences
PLS 391 Seminar in the Natural Sciences
PLS 392 Seminar in the Humanities
PLS 399 Senior Thesis
* Students may waive one PLS Senior Seminar with nine semester hours of appropriate transferable credit with at least a 2.0 average in a single seminar area; students with 60 semester hours of transfer credit or an Associates’ Degree in Arts or Science may waive two Senior Seminars.
- Students must be 24 years of age when they start the BPS degree.
- New students should take the Roosevelt University Assessment test before registering for their first semester. Students will not be allowed to register for a second semester at Roosevelt until the RUA is completed. The RUA will determine placement into appropriate English and Math courses.
- Students must successfully complete their final 30 semester hours at Roosevelt University (residency requirement).
- Students must have a 2.0 grade point average to graduate.
- Students must complete a minimum of 21 semester hours of coursework at the 300-level at Roosevelt.
- The PLS Senior Seminars are only open to students who have completed PLS 201 or PLS 302 and the University Writing Requirement.
- PLS 399, Senior Thesis, is open to students who have completed PLS 201 or PLS 302, the University Writing Requirement, two Senior Seminars, and who are within 21 hours of graduation.
- Students seeking a CPA: Please note that 150 credit hours in specific course areas (undergraduate, graduate, or combination of these) is required to sit for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam. BPS graduates can fulfill this 150 credit hour requirement by earning additional graduate credit, either through degree programs such as the MBA or MSA, or through additional coursework in areas such as organizational leadership, professional accounting, taxation, training and development, and management advisory services and related fields. As well, the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) exam requires a baccalaureate degree. For the most up-to-date information on CPA requirements: http://www.illinois-cpa-exam.com/ If you plan to sit for the CPA you must see an advisor for more information early in your degree program.