1 Complete your degree online at Bachelor of Professional Studies in Organizational Leadership and Communication Also available: Online Certificate in Organizational Leadership and Communication A collaborative program of UW-Eau Claire and
2 Do you see yourself in any of these UW-Eau Claire BPS students? In the current uncertain economy, I need to do whatever I can to make myself as marketable as possible, including earning my bachelor s degree. After earning my associate s degree years ago, I didn t have the financial resources to continue on for a bachelor s degree. The flexibility of the BPS program is exactly what I need given that I have two young kids and work full time. It s a lot of effort, but being able to go online at night at my convenience is much more manageable than having to attend class on campus. I ve done other distancelearning programs, but the BPS program provides the best option for me. The faculty and the staff for the program have been really helpful and responsive. I have as much access, if not more, to my professors than I did when I was a traditional student. DEE M. Age 46 Middleton, WI Five years ago, I left school without completing my degree. I work full time now and have two children, so going back to campus isn t an option for me. It would be impossible for me to go back to college without the online flexibility this program offers. While completing this program won t be easy, I know that earning my degree will benefit my career in the long run. What I like most about the BPS is that I can have the ability to go out and earn a living and support my family, and then at night I can do my schoolwork even if that means staying up until 2 a.m. You do work hard, but the professors are extremely helpful and supportive. JIM B. Age 27 Beaver Dam, WI I have been working as a nonprofit professional for the past ten years. As I have been steadily progressing in my career, the number-one roadblock for me to move into an advanced position is not having my bachelor s degree. As the first college graduate in my family, it is important that I complete the BPS to be a role model for my two children and to show my family that attaining a college education is possible. I want to show them that it is important to work hard, study hard and sacrifice a little now to invest in one s education. However, it is most important to prove to myself that I have the ability and drive to get my degree so I can move ahead professionally. BAO V. Age 37 St. Paul, MN
3 An unexpected injury required me to make a career change and encouraged me to look into completing my bachelor s degree at UW-Eau Claire. While interviewing for jobs, it became apparent to me that employers were looking to hire bachelor s prepared individuals. In addition to that, it became obvious to me that it would be hard to qualify for advancement or pay raises without the bachelor s degree. The BPS program is very well organized compared to some other online programs I ve tried in the past. This is extremely important to me. I work nights, commute to the Twin Cities and have two kids. When I get home from work, I might only have a three-hour window to get my homework done for that day. I can t afford to spend that time trying to figure out unclear assignment instructions, broken web links, etc. A well-run degree like the BPS is critical in an online program. AARON T. Age 30 Chippewa Falls, WI I attended classes on campus for a couple years, but it was very difficult to manage. I was working full time, taking care of my daughter, commuting from Jim Falls and trying to squeeze classes at traditional classroom times into my schedule whenever I could. The online BPS program has allowed me to focus more on my studies than I was able to do previously, and I m even looking forward to graduating a little earlier (because of the eight-week format) than with the traditional programs. Even if you need to start and stop the BPS program at different times because things come up (and they will), it s important to finish. No one can ever take away your education. KRISTY R. Age 33 Jim Falls, WI Serving in the Navy required me and my family to move around the country a fair amount over the years. I ve always wanted to complete my bachelor s degree, but my busy schedule simply never allowed for this to happen. I ve been pleasantly surprised by how well the BPS program and setup is going for me. The condensed eight-week semesters are a lot of work, but I m committed to this. I m finding that I m saying and sharing much more about my opinions in these online classes than I ever would have done in a regular face-to-face classroom. SUSAN S. Age 53 Eau Claire, WI
4 Complete an online degree that matters. PATRICIA KLEINE Provost and Vice Chancellor UW-Eau Claire Welcome to the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire! The Bachelor of Professional Studies in Organizational Leadership and Communication was designed with you in mind. We know that finishing your bachelor s degree is not a decision you enter into lightly. Your responsibilities involving family and work already command a great deal of your time. This fully online degree completion program will provide you with the flexibility your busy life demands with the quality you expect from UW-Eau Claire. We look forward to serving you and your educational needs.
5 60 credits Online Bachelor s Degree Completion Program Bachelor of Professional Studies (BPS) in Organizational Leadership and Communication To learn more or apply for the degree or certificate program Contact us today! CALL toll free Designed for busy adults like you, this degree provides the practical knowledge and professional skills necessary to succeed or advance in your career. With an emphasis on communication, business, information literacy, and leadership, the major in Organizational Leadership and Communication features a real-world focus that integrates critical and creative thinking skills with your work and life experience. This degree offers you Flexibility: The program is completely online, so you never have to travel to campus unless you want to. Eight-week sessions allow you greater freedom in planning around family, work and service obligations. Study when and where you want. Start the program at the beginning of any semester. Qualities employers value:* Some of the top qualities employers are looking for in candidates are a key focus of the BPS program: leadership, WEB SITE onlinebachelordegree.wisconsin.edu decision making and problem solving, written and verbal communication with persons inside and outside the organization, working collaboratively, analytical/quantitative skills, initiative, technical skills and the ability to influence others. Student support: Our advisors and faculty understand your needs and are accessible by phone or . Quality: All courses are designed and taught by University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire faculty who are invested in your learning. Full accreditation: The degree is accredited by the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents and the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. A respected name: Where you earn your degree matters. A UW-Eau Claire degree is one that employers value and trust. Professional advancement: It pays to get an education. Studies consistently show that people with a bachelor s degree earn more and are more likely to stay employed than those without a bachelor s degree. Personal satisfaction: Achieving a major life goal like earning your undergraduate degree is a valuable source of self-esteem and sets a great example for the people you care about most. Curriculum This 60-credit bachelor s degree completion curriculum provides the skills and knowledge that you need to be an effective leader in a wide variety of areas, including private business, social service agencies, nonprofit organizations, municipal and other government settings. It *National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) Job Outlook report.
6 60 credits Online Bachelor s Degree Completion Program Bachelor of Professional Studies (BPS) in Organizational Leadership and Communication focuses on communication, business, information literacy, and leadership, with an emphasis on using these skills in the real world. Through this program you will: Sharpen your critical and creative-thinking skills Expand your ethical problem-solving abilities Improve your written and oral communication Develop your collaborative and leadership skills Who can apply? The Bachelor of Professional Studies in Organizational Leadership and Communication allows you to work on a degree and career goals at the same time. If you completed an Associate of Arts and Science degree from the University of Wisconsin Colleges, please apply directly to the BPS program. If you completed a liberal arts Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree from another academic institution, or approximately 60 credits of general education coursework in a bachelor s degree program, just contact us to find out how your work may transfer. If you completed an associate degree from a technical or vocational college, you will likely need to take additional coursework to satisfy your general education requirements prior to applying to the Bachelor of Professional Studies. If you need to complete your Associate of Arts and Science before applying for the BPS, you may also do so through UW Colleges Online: online.uwc.edu. Before trying to enroll in the BPS program, please contact your BPS adviser. Call toll free or Courses PSAS 300 PSAS 350 PSAS 480 PSB 321 PSB 350 PSB 360 PSB 370 PSB 380 CJ 390 CJ 391 CJ 392 CJ 492 CS 290 ECON 373 HIST 390 IDIS 360 IDIS 370 PHIL 301 POLS 387 SOC 385 Introduction to Organizational Leadership and Communication Using Data to Make Decisions Organizational Leadership and Communication Capstone Business Communication for Today s Workforce Principles of Management and Leadership Marketing and Selling Your Ideas Human Resource and Legal Issues in the Workplace Accounting for the Workplace Communication in Interpersonal and Cultural Contexts Communication in Organizations: Perspectives and Applications Communication in Teams and Groups Analyzing and Improving Organizational Communication Introduction to Data Management Economics of Urban Issues Local History, Global History The Workforce in Music, Literature, and Art Science and Society Ethics in the Professions and the Community The Psychology of Public Opinion Social Foundations of Work and Occupations
7 Online Certificate 12 credits Organizational Leadership and Communication (OLC) If you are not able to commit to the 60-credit Bachelor of Professional Studies (BPS) degree in Organizational Leadership and Communication; or, if you already have a degree, but would like to complement it with a certificate, you may want to consider pursuing the 12-credit OLC certificate program. The OLC certificate is made up of six classes selected from BPS degree program coursework. The courses reflect some of the key qualities of the degree program that employers value most. Completing the OLC certificate can act as a stand-alone credential or be your first step in eventually pursuing the entire BPS degree! Depending on course sequencing, it may be possible to complete the entire OLC certificate in as little as two eight-week terms. OLC Certificate Course Requirements (12 Credits Total) After you ve completed PSAS 300, you are free to take remaining required courses in ANY order depending on availability. Take the following course first: PSAS 300 Introduction to Organizational Leadership and Communication (3 credits) Choose one course (3 credits) from the following: CJ 390 Communication in Interpersonal and Cultural Contexts (3 credits) CJ 391 Communication in Organizations: Perspectives and Applications (3 credits) CJ 392 Communication in Teams and Groups (3 credits) Choose two courses (6 credits) from the following: CJ 390** (3 credits) CJ 391** (3 credits) CJ 392** (3 credits) PSB 321 Business Communication for Today s Workforce (3 credits) PSB 350 Principles of Management and Leadership (3 credits) PSB 360 Marketing and Selling Your Ideas (3 credits) PSB 370 Human Resource and Legal Issues in the Workplace (3 credits) PSB 380 Accounting for the Workplace (3 credits) **if not already taken Requirements: Prior to starting the program, you must have earned at least 30 credits from an accredited college or university and be approved by the program s academic director. To receive the OLC certificate, a grade of C+ or higher is required for each course and a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 across all coursework in the certificate.
8 No state tax dollars were used to print this publication. An EEO/Affirmative Action employer, University of Wisconsin provides equal opportunities in employment and programming, including Title IX and ADA requirements. Complete your degree online at UW-Eau Claire. You want to move ahead professionally and we can help! Online Bachelor s Degree, 60 credits Online Certificate, 12 credits Organizational Leadership and Communication To learn more or apply for the degree or certificate program Contact us today! CALL toll free WEB SITE onlinebachelordegree.wisconsin.edu