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Bachelor Degrees

A bachelor’s degree is a four-year degree. It typically takes four years of full-time study to earn a bachelor’s degree.

In these four years, you will complete 120 semester credits or about 40 college courses. In most cases, more than half of a bachelor’s degree consists of general education or liberal arts courses in areas such as English, Science, History and Math.

Typically only 30 to 36 credits—10 to 12 courses—will be in your major area of study. Historically, the term “college degree” meant a bachelor’s or traditional four-year degree. The bachelor’s degree remains the standard for entry into many professional careers. 

Consider a Bachelor's Degree When You......

  • Know that a graduate or professional degree will be required for your career.
  • Have already earned more than 60 semester college credits or hold at least one associate’s degree. 
  • Have formal and informal learning experiences gained from professional work experiences, military service, training classes, professional skills workshops or seminars. These experiences may translate into college credit which means you finish faster! 

Some careers may require a very specific type of bachelor’s degree. For example, if your goal is to become a public school teacher your state Board of Education will require, at minimum, a bachelor’s degree in education —and that degree will need to include some very specific courses. Check with your state licensing board before enrolling in any bachelor’s degree program in accounting, education, nursing, counseling and engineering, in particular.


 

Degree Availability through the TN eCampus Partnership

Select a university from the list below to find out more about the degree program. Upon completion, your degree will be awarded and conferred by the institution you select as your home school. There is no differentiation between earning your degree on-ground or online.

Degree

Universities Offering Program

Bachelor - Interdisciplinary Studies

Tennessee State University

Tennessee Technological University

BPS - Health Administration

Tennessee State University

Tennessee Technological University

BPS - Information Technology

Tennessee State University

Tennessee Technological University

University of Memphis

BPS - Organizational Leadership

Tennessee State University

Tennessee Technological University

University of Memphis

BPS - International Organizational Leadership

Tennessee State University

Tennessee Technological University

University of Memphis

 


Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies

The Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies program, also known as Liberal Studies at some universities, provides students with a well-rounded, liberal studies education. Program structure gives students the flexibility to customize their degree around a theme, topic of interest or a track to meet personal and professional goals. 

The program is ideally suited for adult students who have completed an associate's degree or those who have earned a substantial number of college credits from other institutions and are interested in completing their degree. 

 

Bachelor of Professional Studies - Health Administration

The healthcare field needs good managers to keep business and operations running smoothly. Healthcare administrators plan, direct, coordinate and supervise the delivery of healthcare in large facilities and group medical practices. Because the structure and financing of healthcare is changing rapidly, there is a need for administrators who are prepared to deal with the integration of healthcare delivery systems, technological innovations, a complex regulatory environment, and improved efficiencies and quality of care delivered.

This degree concentration prepares students interested in entering the healthcare field in an administrative capacity. According to US Department of Labor statistics, the healthcare field is projected to grow faster than average and job opportunities are good.


Bachelor of Professional Studies - Information Technology

The Bachelor of Professional Studies degree is designed as a degree-completion program. Credit hours earned through associate degree programs, other universities, military transfer credits, and/or credit awarded for certifications may be applied toward the 120-credit hours needed to earn the degree. The degree consists of a common general education core, upper division major requirements and electives, as well as an applied technology concentration combined with elective credits to meet the 120 credit hours for graduation. The bachelor’s degree in Professional Studies provides an opportunity for a seamless transition from the associate degree in order to help meet an individual student’s educational and career goals. Students work closely with their academic advisors in determining their curriculum requirements.

The Information Technology concentration is designed for individuals working in the field who desire to move into a management position. The program develops proficiencies in software, operating systems and information network management. It also qualifies graduates to work in most information systems departments in business, industry or government.


Bachelor of Professional Studies - Organizational Leadership

Private sector, public service, non-profit and other agencies are constantly in need of individuals who demonstrate management and leadership skills. While career opportunities are wide-ranging and varied, the qualifications required are similar.

The Bachelor’s of Professional Studies degree is designed as a degree-completion program. Credit hours earned through associate degree programs, other universities, military transfer credits, and/or credit awarded for certifications may be applied toward the 120-credit hours needed to earn the degree.

The degree consists of a common general education core, an upper division professional core, as well as an organizational leadership concentration combined with elective credits to meet the 120 credit hours for graduation. The bachelor’s degree in Professional Studies provides an opportunity for a seamless transition from the associate degree in order to help meet an individual student’s educational and career goals. Students work closely with their academic advisors in determining their curriculum requirements.

The Organizational Leadership concentration especially benefits those in human relations, marketing, business communication or other management areas who are interested in career advancement possibly at their current workplace.


Bachelor of Professional Studies - International Organizational Leadership

As US firms expand their businesses abroad, many will need skilled professionals who can formulate market entry strategies, provide advice on legal concerns and assist with organizational and administrative issues. Increasing competition and globalization also means that job opportunities will exist for individuals who have a comprehensive knowledge of international business, foreign cultures and languages. 

The Bachelor’s of Professional Studies degree is designed as a degree-completion program. Credit hours earned through associate degree programs, other universities, military transfer credits, and/or credit awarded for certifications may be applied toward the 120-credit hours needed to earn the degree. The degree consists of a common general education core, a professional core, as well as an international organizational leadership concentration combined with elective credits to meet the 120 credit hours for graduation. The bachelor’s degree in Professional Studies provides an opportunity for a seamless transition from the associate degree in order to help meet an individual student’s educational and career goals. Students work closely with their academic advisors in determining their curriculum requirements.

This concentration prepares students for challenging career assignments which span across geographies, business lines and cultures.