Professional Studies (PR)

PR500: Professional Global Communication

This course will help you develop a critical understanding of the relationships between culture and communication in different professional contexts. You will be introduced to methods in constructing and delivering messages in an increasingly diversifying workplace environment. In addition to the analysis of diverse communication methods, the course considers wider strategies and trends in the audience, cultural norms, and the consequences of globalization.

Quarter Credit Hours: 5 | Prerequisite: None

PR501: Professional Research Methods and Data Literacy

This course provides professionals the knowledge and understanding of the role of quantitative and qualitative research methods for conducting meaningful inquiry and research. The course provides the opportunity to analyze research intent, design, methodology, and presentation. The course will develop your ability to use this knowledge to become effective professionals that can access, understand, and leverage information.

Quarter Credit Hours: 5 | Prerequisite: None

PR502: Professional and Organizational Ethics

This course examines the ethical issues facing modern organizations and provides the necessary tools for successful ethical decision-making and problem-solving. The social responsibility of organizations is analyzed including the impact of ethical decisions on stakeholders.

Quarter Credit Hours: 5 | Prerequisite: None

PR503: Visionary Leadership, Conflict, and Collaboration

This course will provide you the tools to manage and resolve conflict in different professional environments. You will be taught how to employ contemporary leadership theories and methods with the purpose of cultivating collaborative relationships in the workplace. You will be equipped with the skills to evaluate, synthesize, and apply strategies for enhancing professional communication.

Quarter Credit Hours: 5 | Prerequisite: None

PR504: Competitive Positioning, Planning, and Decision Making

This course provides a foundation for strategic planning and implementation via development within organizations. In this course, you will learn about how to competitively position and plan to create action plans to implement strategic decisions. The course delves into analysis, synthesis, application, and evaluation of information necessary for strategic decision making.

Quarter Credit Hours: 5 | Prerequisite: None

PR510: Introduction to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity

This course will provide you with an understanding of the categories to consider when thinking about diversity, equity, and inclusion. You will discuss the development of the categories as well as consider the evolving categories of diversity today. In addition, the course will provide opportunities to expand your awareness and focus on necessary professional skills to make use of equity-minded practices in both the real-life and professional setting.

Quarter Credit Hours: 5 | Prerequisite: None

PR515: Fostering Cultural Diversity in the Workplace

This course will impart a foundational understanding of culture, its influence on human behavior, and its diverse representation in the workplace. The course will apply core concepts of social sciences to the workplace to better understand observed patterns of behavior and outcomes. You will explore expressions of cultural diversity in the workplace to develop the knowledge and skills that aid in negotiating situations that arise in diverse workplace settings. Special focus may include the topics of religion, race, gender, and sexuality.

Quarter Credit Hours: 5 | Prerequisite: PR510

PR520: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Within Professional Contexts

This course will help you to identify, support, and promote diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) within professional contexts. You will learn about historical, cultural, political, and social contexts that influence the promotion of DEI. This course will explore organizational culture and socio-economic factors that impact the development of DEI. You will evaluate specific strategies, skills, and behaviors that promote DEI.

Quarter Credit Hours: 5 | Prerequisite: PR510

PR525: Unconscious Bias and Fostering an Inclusive Environment

This course provides you with the knowledge to understand the formation and impact of implicit biases on both an individual and societal level. You will learn about the role of perceptions, stereotypes, and ethics in maintaining implicit biases in professional contexts. The course provides you the opportunity to learn about different debiasing interventions and other strategies to combat implicit biases and cultivate a more equitable and inclusive workplace environment.

Quarter Credit Hours: 5 | Prerequisite: PR510

PR530: Diversity in Teams

In this course, you will explore elements of diversity, equity, and inclusion in teams. You will learn theories of team dynamics and how diversity and inclusion play into those dynamics. You will evaluate ways to solve intragroup and intergroup conflict and analyze how power structures affect team dynamics and function. The course will investigate effective inclusive communication strategies for diverse teams, and highlight how diversity, equity, and inclusion help strengthen teams and small groups.

Quarter Credit Hours: 5 | Prerequisite: PR510

PR599: Graduate Capstone in Professional Studies

This course provides the culmination for the Master of Professional Studies (MPS) program enabling you to demonstrate leadership, communication, and critical thinking competencies and apply your knowledge to your chosen career. Through individual research, writing, and completion of a real-world project, you will apply your problem-solving and analytical skills in professional contexts to develop a project that aligns with your career interests.

Quarter Credit Hours: 5 | Prerequisite: Last term or permission of the Dean