Feb 07, 2023  
2014-2015 EIU Undergraduate Catalog 
2014-2015 EIU Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Career & Organizational Studies

Organizational and Professional Development (B.S.)

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Total Semester Hours Required for Degree: 120 semester hours

The Organizational and Professional Development Program offers a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Organizational and Professional Development that prepares students with significant working experience for positions as supervisors, project leaders, change agents, and trainers in a variety of organizational settings.

General Education Requirements

  • Humanities and Fine Arts. Credits: 9
  • Language. Credits: 9
  • Mathematics. Credits: 3
  • Scientific Awareness. Credits: 7
  • Senior Seminar. Credits: 3
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences. Credits: 9


Semester Hours Required for OPD Major: 12-39 semester hours

Major Requirements

  • Prior Occupational Learning. Credits: 1-30 (see footnote ** ) OR OPD 4810 – Principles of Career Development. Credits: 3

Areas of Concentration

Students may also select an area of concentration consisting of courses taken in addition to the General Requirements and Major Requirements. Each concentration is planned to supplement the student’s professional goals or personal interests and must be done in consultation with the student’s advisor. The two areas of concentration and the recommended electives for each are:


*Of the 120 semester hours required to complete the degree, at least 25 semester hours of courses from EIU must be included.

**Based on recommendations developed while enrolled in OPD 3000 - Learning Analysis through Portfolio Development, students may prepare and submit a portfolio which explicitly describes college-level learning based on prior occupational experiences. This credit may be granted via OPD 3200 or other course numbers within the Organizational and Professional Development Program.

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