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    Professional Studies

    Degree Information

    The building blocks of education begin with a Professional Studies degree. This two-year associate degree includes studies in the classics – writing, speaking, and arithmetic. Students will choose a number of liberal arts courses from the humanities, social sciences, business and math, and science divisions to create a well-rounded program that suits their professional needs.

    Professional Studies students may complete introductory classes in a wide variety of disciplines, which gives them a chance to become familiar with the requirements of many fields and helps them assess their potential for professional success in careers related to these studies.


    A Professional Studies major will:

    • Demonstrate analytical and creative reasoning skills in a broad range of liberal studies
    • Provide students with a program that allows for interdisciplinary studies
    • Demonstrate quantitative and/or analytical problem-solving skills
    • Effectively communicate ideas through written expression
    • Integrate multi-disciplinary course offerings as a plan to develop themselves as a whole
    • Demonstrate the ability to provide works on subjects relating to human existence: social, political, philosophical, technological, and cultural through selected areas of study

    Outcomes assessments

    • Completion of Applied Ethics paper
    • Completion of Natural Science course project
    • Completion of College Algebra final exam
    • Completion of social science research project
    • Create or design a project in Computer Applications I or II
    • Completion of Literature research paper

    View the curriculum guide (for students beginning in Fall 2018) – PDF

    Accelerated Part-Time

    The Professional Studies major is part of Lackawanna’s Accelerated Part-Time program, which allows students to obtain an associate degree in a little over two years on a part-time basis.

    View the curriculum guide for Accelerated Part-Time students (PDF)

    This degree program is offered in Scranton, Hawley, Hazleton, Sunbury, and Towanda.