Franklin Pierce University announces new Bachelor of Science in Integrated Studies

May 20, 2011

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Concord, NH – The College of Graduate & Professional Studies at Franklin Pierce University is accepting applications for its’ new Bachelor of Science in Integrated Studies degree. The B.S. in Integrated Studies offers students the opportunity to customize their degree program and focus their studies in multiple concentration areas - developing leadership and critical thinking skills in the disciplines most meaningful to the student.

The B.S. in Integrated Studies is a degree completion program developed specifically for adult students with an associate degree or those who have earned some college credit, military credit and/or credit for life experience. This unique and flexible degree program builds on the foundation students have already established and provides a direct path to completion of a bachelor’s degree.

Franklin Pierce’s program differentiates itself from bachelor’s degree programs by offering students a high degree of program customization. Students choose two concentrations based on their interests, experience and prior education. Concentrations offered currently include: Management, Marketing, Human Services, American Studies, Liberal Studies and self-selected study. The self-selected study option allows students to customize a unique concentration based on their career goals. Working with an advisor, students develop a course sequence to submit for concentration approval.

“The B.S. in Integrated Studies was created with the flexibility to maximize transfer credits for community college graduates and adults with college or military credits. Our goal is to create a clear pathway for students to complete their undergraduate education and be prepared to continue onto graduate study,” said Dr. Patricia Brown, Interim Dean for the College of Graduate & Professional Studies. “There is a direct correlation between higher levels of educational attainment and career success. Our students’ success is our success.”

Dr. Brown worked closely with administrators and staff at Great Bay Community College to design this degree. The Integrated Studies program offers community college graduates the opportunity to transition easily into a baccalaureate program. Concentrations were selected based on the associate degree programs offered currently at New Hampshire’s community colleges.

A key component of this new degree program is the e-Portfolio each student will create and maintain throughout the course of study. These online portfolios document students’ best coursework, showcasing strong academic achievement and developed skill sets.

 Applications are being accepted for admission to the program which begins in September. Summer classes are available also. This degree can be completed 100% online or with hybrid (a combination on in-class and online learning) and traditional courses available at the University’s Concord, Lebanon and Portsmouth centers. Program information and an easy online application can be found at franklinpierce.edu/adult_undergraduate. For more information, interested candidates are encouraged to contact the Graduate & Professional Studies office at 800.325.1090 or cgps@franklinpierce.edu.

For more information on Franklin Pierce University or to schedule an interview, please contact Patricia Garrity at 603.899.4221 or garrityp@franklinpierce.edu.

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