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Adult Education Degree Programs


General Information

The College of Arts and Sciences, in collaboration with the Office of Continuing and Adult Education, offers two degree completion Bachelor of Arts programs designed for post-traditional, adult students: liberal studies and organizational development. These degree programs are designed to enable adult students to combine their demanding work/family schedules with the goal of attaining a college education grounded in the development of personal and professional skills and dispositions. Both programs provide a blended instructional environment that includes traditional classroom learning, fully online courses and hybrid courses that include both classroom and web-facilitated learning. Advisors work with each student to develop individual academic plans that facilitate degree completion, professional advancement and personal development.

Admission to either program requires the completion of an Associate of Arts or Sciences degree or its equivalent. In addition to the major requirements, all liberal studies and organizational development students must complete Philosophy 150: The Examined Life and at least one religious studies course at Saint Xavier University. These courses embody the commitment of the Catholic intellectual tradition to the development of the whole person through liberal education.

Adult students who do not hold an associate's degree may complete the Saint Xavier Adult General Education Core in conjunction with a major in liberal studies or organizational development.

Additional information about evaluation of transfer college credit, ACE credit, CLEP and credit for prior learning is available from the Continuing and Adult Education section of the catalog.

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies Major

The liberal studies major offers a rich interdisciplinary program to those students who desire a broad curriculum. Students have the opportunity to broaden their knowledge, improve their critical analysis and communication skills and sharpen their awareness of the impact of liberal disciplines like art, history and philosophy on contemporary issues. The unique quality of this program is the flexibility of course options as the student reaches upper-division coursework. Liberal studies majors have the opportunity to organize part of their program around personal and professional goals.

Liberal Studies Major (33 credit hours)

Core Requirements (9 credit hours)

  • FOSEM 301/ORGS 301: Research and Analytical Thinking (3)
  • FOSEM 350/ORGS 350: Senior Seminar/Project (3)
  • FOSEM 360/ORGS 360: Special Topics: Interdisciplinary Seminar (3)

One Area of Concentration (24 credit hours)

  • Social Sciences (one discipline or a combination of allied areas)
  • Humanities (one discipline or a combination of allied areas)
  • Customized concentrations, including thematic areas, with approval of advisor and dean.

General Note for Liberal Studies Major

At least 18 hours in the liberal studies major must be completed at Saint Xavier University. Completion of an Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, IAI-GEC program or SXU general education program is required.

A Bachelor of Arts degree requires completion of 120 semester hours, of which the liberal studies major provides 33 hours. Additional electives may be required to reach 120 semester hours.

An academic advisor will assist each student in developing a program plan to meet personal and professional goals.

Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Development

The Organizational Development major is offered at the Orland Park campus and is structured in an accelerated format. This program is intended for students who have earned an Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree or Associate of Science (A.S.) degree or the equivalent of an associate's degree. It is intended for students whose life/work experience and prior learning allows them to be successful in an accelerated program and to complete self-directed, instructor-assisted research.

Most courses in the organizational development major meet in eight-week class sessions, online, evenings and weekends. The program employs both face-to-face and technology-enhanced instruction. After enrollment, students are carefully advised to determine all requirements for degree completion.

The organizational development major offers three distinct concentration areas. The leadership in public administration concentration provides graduates with the skills they need to work in community and not-for-profit organizations, government relations and at all levels of local, state and federal government. The generalist concentration in organizational development prepares students for careers that require team work, group communication and decision-making in organizations. The business administration concentration provides a solid foundation in essential business skills applicable to all industry sectors.

Organizational Development Major (39 credit hours)

Core Requirements (21 credit hours)

  • ORGS 301: Research and Analytical Thinking (3)
  • ORGS 302: Introduction to Organizational Development (3)
  • ORGS 303: Organizational Cultures (3)
  • ORGS 320: Leading Change (3)
  • MGMT 370: Organizational Behavior (3)
  • ORGS 350: Senior Seminar/Capstone Project (3)
  • ORGS 360: Special Topics: Interdisciplinary Seminar (3)

Choose one area of concentration from the options listed below.

Generalist Organizational Development (18 credit hours)

The following courses must be completed:

  • COMM 335: Organizational Communication (3)
  • COMM 337: Leadership Communication (3)
  • MGMT 330: Diversity in the Organization (3)

Choose three of the following courses:

  • COMM 203: Intercultural Communications (3)
  • MGMT 360: Human Resource Management (3)
  • MGMT 362: Negotiations and Conflict Resolution (3)
  • MGMT 380: Business Ethics and Society (3)

Other courses subject to program approval

Leadership in Public Administration (18 credit hours)

The following courses must be completed:

  • POLSC 206: State and Local Government (3)
  • POLSC 208: Public Administration (3)
  • POLSC 260: Topics in Politcal Science (3)
  • POLSC 301: Public Policy Analysis (3)

Choose two of the following courses:

  • COMM 203: Intercultural Communication (3)
  • COMM 335: Organizational Communication (3)
  • COMM 337: Leadership Communication (3)
  • MGMT 330: Diversity in the Organization (3)

Other courses subject to program approval

Business Administration (18 credit hours)

Complete six of the following courses:

  • COMM 335: Organizational Communication (3)
  • COMM 337: Leadership Communication (3)
  • MGMT 223: Legal Environment (3)
  • MGMT 330: Diversity in the Organization (3)
  • MGMT 360: Human Resource Management​ (3)
  • MGMT 380: Business, Ethics and Society (3)
  • MKTG 300: Principles of Marketing (3)

NOTE: An additional MGMT or MKTG 200 or 300-level course may substitute for one of the seven specified courses, subject to program approval.

General Note for Organizational Development Major

Descriptions for concentration courses may be found in the respective departmental sections of the College of Arts and Sciences or in the Graham School of Management course list.

At least 18 hours in the Organizational Development major must be completed at Saint Xavier University. Completion of an Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, IAI-GEC program or SXU general education program is required.

A Bachelor of Arts degree requires completion of 120 semester hours, of which the organizational development major provides 39 hours. Additional electives may be required to reach 120 semester hours.

An academic advisor will assist each student in developing a program plan to meet personal and professional goals.