Specialized Pathways to BA Completion

The Bachelor of Arts Degree Completion Program is a baccalaureate degree program structured to meet the educational needs of adult learners. Designed for busy adults, the degree provides non-traditional students with a variety of options in meeting University requirements for an undergraduate degree grounded in the liberal arts. The degree is ideally suited to employed adult learners who have already earned some college credit. FDU will accept up to 90 credits, of the 120 required for the degree, from other sources. Students who receive the full 90 credits may complete the degree in as little as 18 months. The program recognizes the value of life/work experience and affords students the opportunity to receive advanced standing through portfolio assessment.

Students in the program may choose to pursue a single area of study in-depth or design a program of study by combining liberal arts courses with career-related specializations in a subject that matches their professional goals or personal interests. The result is a degree program that will be immediately appealing to mature adults who bring to FDU traditional course work completed over a period of years at a number of institutions, a history of work and life experiences that can be equated with credit-bearing courses, and the desire, commitment and self-discipline to complete the degree requirements.

Program highlights

  • Offered fully online, as well as in-person and blended courses
  • Transfer up to 90 credits from prior learning
  • Special tuition program
  • Career focused specializations in areas such as applied technology, business, communications, digital media arts, healthcare administration, homeland security, hospitality, human resource management, liberal studies, public administration, technology and sustainability
  • Personal attention from faculty with extensive industry experience

Program learning outcomes

Each college program has identified outcome measures that indicate whether students are successful in meeting the specific outcomes for the program. The following are outcome measures that will be assessed for the Bachelor of Arts Degree completion program:

  • Communication:  An FDU graduate will demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively in written documents, when making oral presentations, and when appropriate, by using graphic presentation software.
  • Critical Thinking:  An FDU graduate will demonstrate the ability to define problems; to use information resources such as libraries and computers; and to analyze and integrate knowledge, perspectives and techniques.
  • Global and Culture Understanding: An FDU graduate will demonstrate an understanding of the historic and global context of events and achievements over time as treated in subjects such as history, the arts and the humanities with an awareness of and sensitivity to global problems and social issues, including those involving ethnic and cultural differences.
  • Specialization:  An FDU graduate will demonstrate the mastery of a body of knowledge in one subject area or a group of related areas that will be considered the graduate’s specialization.

Admissions requirements

For adult learners, eligibility for admission to the University is based on previous educational experience:

  • Completed online application. There is no fee to apply.
  • Official transcripts or GED. If you have previously attended a regionally accredited college or university and have at least 24 transfer credits, submit official transcripts from each institution attended. These will be evaluated both for admission eligibility and to determine your advanced standing in (i.e. transfer credits to) your selected degree program. If you have not attended a regionally accredited college or university or have fewer than 24 transfer credits, submit an official high school transcript or proof of a GED (with Scoresheet).
  • SAT or ACT scores are not required.

Degree requirements

The minimum requirements for the baccalaureate degree are as follows:
  • completion of a minimum of 120 credits.
  • cumulative grade point ratio of 2.00.
  • cumulative grade point ratio of 2.00 in the upper-level courses completed at FDU.
  • upper-level credit courses: of the courses completed at FDU 24 credits (eight courses) must be upper-level.
  • at least 30 credits, normally the last 30, must be completed at FDU.
  • residency requirement/time limit on degree completion as explained below.

A transfer student may transfer credit achieved through either formal course work or through proficiency examination to the extent that the credits transferred do not circumvent existing University policy requiring a minimum of 30 credits in residence, including at least 50 percent of the credits required for upper-level course selections to be taken at FDU. Any course work completed more than 10 years before the projected date of awarding the degree (including work for which credit is transferred from another college) shall be evaluated for its currency by the appropriate department. Where it is deemed appropriate, the department will recommend courses to familiarize the student with more recent developments.

Online BA enrollment

The online BA option consists of registration forms and processes that are particular to this modality. The following links contain forms to assist students with enrollment in online courses. 

Curriculum

Students completing the requirements for the Bachelor of Arts Degree Completion program are required to demonstrate proficiency in the following areas:

I. Communication, Mathematics and Computer Skills – 18 credits (6 courses)

  • Writing – 9 credits (3 courses) Any combination of freshman writing and advanced-level writing courses or their equivalent at other institutions. At least one advanced-level writing course must be taken at FDU.
  • Oral Communication – 3 credits (1 course) Public Speaking
  • Mathematics – 3 credits (1 course) At least one college-level math course.
  • Computer Skills – 3 credits (1 course) Fundamentals of Computer Use

II. Liberal Arts and Sciences – 24 credits (8 courses)

Humanities – 9 credits (3 courses) at least two of the following areas must be represented:

  • Art History/Appreciation
  • Literature
  • Music History/Appreciation
  • Theater History
  • Foreign Language
  • History
  • Philosophy

Social Sciences – 9 credits (3 courses) at least two of the following areas must be represented:

  • Anthropology
  • Economics
  • Geography
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

Natural Sciences – 6 credits (2 courses) selected from the following areas:

  • Life Sciences
  • Chemistry
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences
  • Physics

At least one course must be a laboratory science course. A first-year science course for majors may be substituted for any of the recommended courses listed.

III. University Core – 12 credits (4 courses)

FDU requires all students to complete this common University Core curriculum consisting of the following four integrated courses that have a strong emphasis on liberal arts:

  • CORE 1001 Perspectives on the Individual
  • CORE 2002 The American Experience
  • CORE 2003 Cross-cultural Perspectives
  • CORE 3004 Global Issues

Students who receive 30-59 transfer credits are exempt from Core 2002. Students who receive 60 or more transfer credits are exempt from both Core 2002 and 2003.

IV. International Perspective – 3 credits (1 course)

This requirement may be met through one of a variety of designated courses from anthropology, business, economics, literature, fine arts, history, music, philosophy, political science or sociology. This course must emphasize an international perspective.

V.  Specialized Studies – 18 credits (6 courses)

The coursework in the Specialized Studies Area is designed to provide broad intellectual exposure to a single discipline or a combination of disciplines approved by an advisor. The structure of these specializations allows students to develop the skill sets that will enable them to operate more effectively in today’s business environment. Areas of Specialized Studies include: applied technology, business, communications, digital media arts, healthcare administration, homeland security, hospitality, human resource management, liberal studies, public administration, technology and sustainability

Of the 18 credits required in the Specialized Studies Area, a minimum of 9 credits must be completed at FDU in 2000 or higher-level courses. Some examples of courses offered in each specialization follow. Your advisor will help you select courses that best fit your goals.

Business:

  • MGMT 1100 Business in a Global Society
  • MGMT 2261 Human Motivation & Behavior
  • PHIL 2255 Business Ethics I
  • BUS 2201 International Business
  • BUSI 2645 Principles of Management

Communication:

  • COMM 2101 Professional Communications
  • COMM 2140 New Technologies in Communication
  • COMM 3313 Mass Media: Television
  • COMM 3311 Customer Service
  • COMM 3118 Social Media Branding & Leading in a Digital World
  • COMM 2101 Professional Communications
  • COMM 2140 New Technologies in Communication
  • COMM 3313 Mass Media: Television
  • COMM 3311 Customer Service
  • COMM 3118 Social Media Branding & Leading in a Digital World

Business Technology:

  • MIS 2101 Management Information Systems
  • MIS 2151 Electronic Commerce & Beyond
  • MIS 2171 Creating E-Portfolios
  • MIS 3142 Information Security
  • MIS 4450 Information Resource Management

Liberal Studies:

  • PHIL 2351 Medical Law & Ethics
  • ENGL 2227 CyberVoices: Internet Literary Communities
  • HIST 2282 Government & the Individual
  • SOCI 3610 Multicultural Perspectives
  • HUMN 2241 Greek Civilization

Public Service Administration:

  • PADM 4400 Seminar on Leadership Development
  • PADM 4505 Psychology of Terrorism
  • PADM 4563 Violence & Culture
  • PADM 4566 Cybercrime & Computer Forensics
  • PADM 4545 Effective Risk Communications for Leadership

VI. Free Electives – 46 credits

Electives can be chosen to complement your specialization or pursue a different area of study. You should consult your advisor before selecting your electives.

Specialized Pathways to BA Completion
Contact Information
Dr. Francisco Parra, Asst. Director, In-Person Undergraduate Programs
201.692.2740
fparra@fdu.edu
Contact Information
Office of Online Undergraduate Programs
201.692.7357
online@fdu.edu

Course Descriptions