Majors and Minors
At the North Park University School of Professional Studies (SPS), earning your bachelor of arts (BA) degree requires you to complete 120 total semester hours of credit:
- 8 hours of professional studies core courses
- 44 hours of general education courses (all 44 hours may be fulfilled in transfer)
- 40 hours of major coursework (up to 20 hours may be fulfilled in transfer)
- 28 hours of elective courses (all 28 hours may be fulfilled in transfer)
All SPS students are asked to choose a major area of study. These seven majors are designed to build job-ready skills for a broad range of careers in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors.
By learning the core principles of finance, marketing, and management, you will be well-prepared for graduate study in business, or management roles within corporate or nonprofit organizations. Business administration majors graduate with strong communication and presentation skills, the ability to effectively manage resources and analyze financial statements, and the capacity to lead organizational change.
This major is particularly valuable for students considering careers in government social services agencies, private human services agencies, mental health organizations, or graduate programs in social work or clinical psychology. Courses in this major address normal human development, mental illness, and principles of counseling diverse populations. There is also a hands-on practicum, where counseling psychology majors can use their newly acquired skills to help real clients.
Law enforcement and criminal justice represent two of the fastest growing professions in America. The criminal justice major provides a broad foundation in criminal procedure, methods, law, and professional ethics to prepare students for management-level roles in law enforcement and related organizations. In addition to taking courses on the causes, prevention, and control of crime, criminal justice majors get to work with local law enforcement agencies as part of a supervised, for-credit practicum.
Are you interested in leading the digital revolution as a social media manager, digital strategist, or SEO specialist – all while earning your undergraduate degree? Organizations are actively recruiting to fill their talent shortages. This degree will provide graduates with plentiful job prospects and a fulfilling career. North Park is one of the first universities in Illinois to offer a major in digital marketing. With a network of Chicago-based business, the Office of Career Advancement will work one-on-one with students to obtain internships and job placement in this coveted field.
The cutting-edge skills taught in Location Intelligence are in demand among today’s employers. By combining aspects of natural and technical sciences, along with business principles and the latest in spatial technology, the Location Intelligence major prepares students for an array of careers.
North Park has one of the strongest nonprofit management programs in Chicago. As a nonprofit management major, you will learn how to apply solid business sense and sound leadership skills to any kind of nonprofit organization, from private foundations to arts advocacy groups to faith-based initiatives. Courses include effective nonprofit governance and volunteer management, economic decision-making, financial management, and building public and financial support for nonprofits.
Nursing Degree Completion for RNs
Registered nurses (RNs) who wish to complete their bachelor of science degree with a major in nursing may do so with a program offered through the School of Nursing and Health Sciences.
Organizational Management and Leadership
This is an excellent major for students considering graduate study in business, management, human resources, or nonprofit management. The coursework in this major is designed to develop effective skills for successfully leading people, departments, and entire organizations. Classes include understanding group and organizational behavior, assessing leadership skills, and managing change and conflict.
Add a second concentration and skill set to your resume by pursuing an academic minor. For a minor to appear on your SPS transcript, you need to take between 20 and 22 semester hours in one of the five programs below. In most cases, you won’t have to complete more than 120 semester hours to earn a minor. Your academic advisor can help you choose the best courses to graduate on time. We offer minors in:
- Business Administration
- Counseling Psychology
- Criminal Justice
- Nonprofit Management
- Organizational Management and Leadership
If you have any questions about majors, degrees, or academic requirements, don’t hesitate to contact our assistant director of admission, online or at (773) 244-4577.