May 30, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog [FINAL EDITION]

Professional Studies, BS (Continuing Studies)

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121 semester hours of credit required for degree

This program is open to any student holding an associate in applied science degree from a regionally accredited institution. Most students will receive 30 semester hours of advanced standing credit; students from approved technical programs will receive 30 or 45 semester hours.

The program is designed to enhance students’ personal and professional skills through careful selection of courses within the professional development area, which may include a minor.

General Education Requirements 

All students are required to complete a minimum of 9 semester hours in each of the three areas of humanities, social science, and science/mathematics. A Semester hour consists of one hour per week in a classroom per semester or two to three hours in laboratory or fieldwork per semester. This requirement is based on the conviction that a baccalaureate degree represents more than expertise in a specific field. Students broaden themselves by taking courses in academic areas that have traditionally been at the heart of an undergraduate  education. Students should work closely with advisors in selecting courses appropriate to their interests and academic needs. For more information regarding the General Education Requirements, please see the navigation bar in the catalog or General Education  .

Courses taken on pass/no pass basis may not be used to satisfy the university distribution requirement. Both semester-long and certain module courses may be used to satisfy distribution requirements.



See Course Descriptions  for required prerequisites and corequisites

  • Advanced Standing—BLOC Credit 30 or 45 Credit(s) +

General Education (18 Credits)

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  • Three Humanities courses 9 Credit(s)
  • Three Social Science courses 9 Credit(s)

Program Core (33 Credits)

Electives (9–24 Credits)+

  • Free electives 24 or 9 Credit(s)

Total Credits: 121

**Professional development courses must encompass a specific minor. Only six credits of transfer work may be used within the professional development courses/minor.

+Students who have been awarded advanced standing of 30 credits will take 24 credits of free electives. Those students who have 45 credits of advanced standing take 9 free elective credits. Students who do not have 12 credits of mathematics/science within their BLOC credit must take 12 credits of mathematics/science within the free electives.

Note: A minimum of 30 credits in addition to UASC 401   and UCS 450  must be taken at Widener.

The program of study that appears here applies to students who were admitted for the summer session of this catalog year and later.  Students admitted prior to that term should select the appropriate catalog year of their admission.  Choose previous catalogs from the Home, Graduate, or Undergraduate Catalog Page at

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