School of Continuing Studies Programs of Study

Accounting Certificate (26 credits)

ACCTCS 210 Principles of Financial Accounting and Reporting (4 Credits)

Explore financial accounting and reporting concepts and procedures used in daily business operations. Examine the use of economic resources, as well as the obligations and activities of financial entities. Learn how financial information is used to analyze the financial health and performance of an enterprise.

ACCTCS 220 Principles of Managerial Accounting (4 Credits)

Analysis of financial and relevant non-financial information used in planning, directing, motivating and evaluating economic behavior. Concepts, terms and techniques from financial accounting, economics and behavioral sciences are applied to operational situations.

ACCTCS 310 Intermediate Accounting I (4 Credits)

Study of the financial accounting environment and the authoritative accounting literature that provides a guide to the recording of economic resources and obligations, and the related economic activities of a business enterprise. 
Prerequisite: ACCTCS 220.

ACCTCS 320 Intermediate Accounting II (4 Credits)

Study of the financial accounting environment and the authoritative accounting literature that provides a guide to the recording of economic resources and obligations, and the related economic activities of business enterprise. 
Prerequisite: ACCTCS 310.

ACCTCS 410 Auditing (4 Credits)

Examine the purposes, expectations, and responsibilities of independent public auditors as the profession evolves in society. Emphasis on the auditor’s decision process. Topics: legal liability, ethics, sampling theory, evidence, and audit standards. 
Prerequisite: ACCTCS 310.

ACCTCS 415 Tax Accounting (4 Credits)

Determine federal and state income tax liability for individuals, corporations and partnerships. Topics: calculating taxes, filing returns, paying taxes, refunds, and legislative and judicial development of tax law. 
Prerequisite: ACCTCS 210.

ACCTCS 421 Governmental and Not-For-Profit Accounting (2 Credits)

Learn accounting principles and practices related to state and local government agencies and not-for-profit entities, including hospitals, colleges, religious groups, and social service organizations. Topics: fund accounting and financial analysis. 
Prerequisite: ACCTCS 210. 

Business Location Analytics Certificate (10 credits)

BUSCS 610 Business Location Analytics: Foundations and Value Creation (3 Credits)

Overview of value creation using GIS and location intelligence in various private sector industries. Using a location value chain approach, myriad roles of GIS and location analytics in sales, marketing, operations, supply chain management, risk mitigation, and R&D are discussed, with emphasis on industry trends and applications.
Numeric grades only.

BUSCS 611 Business Location Analytics: Problems, Insights, and Solutions (4 Credits)

This course introduces students to hands-on applications of GIS and location analytics, using Esri's industry-leading web-GIS platform ArcGIS Online. Focus is on location analytics and decision-making for understanding customers, expanding the business, and managing risk (such as how GIS has played a visible and strategic role in addressing business disruption due to the 2020 pandemic).
Numeric grades only.

BUSCS 612 Business Location Analytics: Competitive Spatial Strategies (3 Credits)

This course focuses on GIS as a driver of differentiated business strategy that informs decisions and actions from the C-suite on to managers and analysts in a coherent and consistent fashion. Spatial storytelling is a distinguishing aspect of this course.
Numeric grades only.

Healthcare Administration Certificate (16 credits)

HADCS 302 Healthcare Leadership Principles and Practice (3 Credits)

Explore the principles of leadership, supervision, and management within the healthcare system.

HADCS 303 Healthcare Quality and Performance Management (2 Credits)

Learn to improve organizational quality, effectiveness, and performance in the areas of patient care, safety, risk management, healthcare operations, staff supervision, regulatory reporting and compliance, customer satisfaction, and business results.

HADCS 304 Healthcare Information Systems and Informatics (2 Credits)

Explore the managerial perspective on effective use of data and information technology to improve performance in healthcare organizations.

HADCS 305 Healthcare Human Resources Management and Labor Relations (3 Credits)

Review of HR management practices in healthcare organizations.

HADCS 306 Healthcare Finance (4 Credits)

Examine financial management principles and practice in healthcare services, with an emphasis on accounting, financial statements, finance and payment systems, cash flow analysis, risk management, budgeting, and capital finance.

HADCS 307 Healthcare Strategy and Marketing Development (2 Credits)

Learn the role, function, and application of strategic planning and market development in healthcare organizations. Emphasis is placed on strategic planning, product/service development, and implementation.

Human Resources Management Certificate (18 credits)

HRCS 310 Human Resources Management (4 Credits)

Study the theory and practice of the human resource personnel function in organizations, including labor relations. Current issues in human resources management will be addressed.

HRCS 311 Legal Aspects of Human Resources Management (3 Credits)

Review state and federal regulations governing human resources management including labor law, discrimination, sexual harassment, occupational safety and health (OSHA), unions, and labor relations.

HRCS 312 Employee Recruitment and Selection (3 Credits)

Explore recruitment and staffing processes, including analyzing position requirements, preparing job descriptions, recruiting candidates, selecting finalists, and orienting new employees.

HRCS 313 Compensation and Benefits Administration (3 Credits)

Explore the design, development and administration of common employee compensation and benefit programs, including pay strategies, administration of health care and retirement plans, and reward systems.

HRCS 314 Performance Management (3 Credits)

Review of best practices in measuring, analyzing and monitoring job performance. Topics include: assessing performance, preparing and delivering performance reviews, documenting disciplinary actions, and aligning job performance with organizational goals and objectives.

Human Resources Management Certificate Electives (2 credits)

Complete 2 of the following 3 courses:

HRCS 316 Ethics in Human Resources Management (1 Credits)

Review ethical issues and dilemmas human resources professionals face in the workplace. Explore organizational culture, the role of human resources manager, laws and legal constraints, and rights and responsibilities of employees and employers.

HRCS 317 Risk Management and Workers Compensation Administration (1 Credits)

Explore the identification and management of risk from a human resources perspective, including workers’ compensation liabilities, workplace health and safety concerns, adequate or appropriate insurance coverage, and hostile work environments.

HRCS 318 Training and Development (1 Credits)

Examine current trends and issues in workplace training and development with special attention to the design, development, and application of training programs to improve productivity, safety, and quality.

Instructional Design (16 Credits)

EDUCCS 300 Introduction to Instructional Design (4 Credits)

Introduction to the core components of instructional design. Learn effective methodologies and principles suitable for the online, face-to-face, and hybrid instruction.

EDUCCS 301 Emerging Technologies and Instructional Design Tools (4 Credits)

This course will prepare students to explore, understand, and implement contemporary technology tools used to design and develop instructional materials. This course will cover techniques and effective pedagogical principles followed when using instructional technology tools in the development of training and course materials for face-to-face, hybrid, or online delivery.
Numeric grade only.

EDUCCS 302 Learning Theories (4 Credits)

In order to create engaging learning experiences, instructional designers must understand theories of learning, and how these theories intermix with ubiquitous digital content and social networks. In this course students with both explore and apply learning theories from traditional behavior-based understanding to emerging theories of social engagement.
Numeric grade only.

EDUCCS 303 E-Learning Instructional Design Concepts & Implementation (4 Credits)

This course will provide students the technical and pedagogical knowhow to design instructional materials for both face-to-face- and e-learning environments. Students will learn to evaluate, assess, and utilize instructional design software applications. The course will include discussions on various instructional design concepts, including evaluation and employment of specific software.
Numeric grade only.
May be offered online.

LGBTQ Leadership Certificate

LEADWI 400 Intersectional Diversity: Facing Racism, Sexism, & Homophobia (0-1 Credits)

This seminar addresses the individual's experience- their socio-cultural contexts, biases, and causes/effects of discrimination and oppression. The case is made for action-oriented, ethical and inclusive leadership for diverse communities that uncovers common roots and builds from and works with instead of solving for.

LEADWI 401 Trans-affirming: Gender Identity & Expression (0-1 Credits)

This seminar explores the historic influence of patriarchy, the contributions of science and medicine to the understanding of gender, and the targeting of transgender people with policies and laws. Participants will analyze social organizing forces in gender and sexuality, repercussions of historical and contemporary action, to develop trans-affirming leadership competencies.

LEADWI 402 Creating Safe Spaces (0-1 Credits)

Participants will gain insights and competencies to effectively manage the first task of any LGBTQ/LGBTQ-allied organization- the creation of safe space. Safe spaces include physical, social, emotional, spiritual and legal. Seminar topics address language; community-based boundary creation; respect of beliefs, values, and spiritual backgrounds; and legal parameters.

LEADWI 403 Community Based Activism & Social Change (0-1 Credits)

Participants gain an integrated perspective on the process of community-based activism and leading change specific to LGBTQ matters. Emphasis is placed on engaging stakeholders, increasing buy-in, accelerating collaboration, organizing and mobilizing resources, and networking for global change. Competencies for bottom-up leadership for grassroots, social-change, and/or community-based activism organizations will be acquired.

LEADWI 404 Fundraising & Nonprofit Development (0-1 Credits)

This seminar emphasizes how participants can strengthen and contribute to the mission of an organization by critical analysis of the ties between organizational growth and health to fundraising, communications, and the relationships between internal stakeholders. Participants will gain competencies in the fundamentals of communications, fundraising, programming, and growth management.

LEADWI 405 Structures of Acceptance: Family & Community (0-1 Credits)

Focus will be on developing comprehensive understanding of the impact of family acceptance and family rejection upon LGBTQ youth and adults; this includes analysis of the impact on physical and mental health. Participants will gain competencies in developing best practice strategies to strengthen organizations that support LGBTQ persons and families.

LEADWI 406 Building Bridges: Religion & Spirituality (0-1 Credits)

Examine spirituality and religion as the sense of connection to something larger; as resources to enable activists to maintain perspective, to combat fatigue and sustain hope in the midst of work; and recognize their roles and their impact as a bridge and/or barrier when doing equality work.

LEADWI 407 Human Rights & Global Advocacy (0-1 Credits)

Focus on the global perspective of LGBTQ rights as human rights and as a foundation for equality. Topics include the UN's work in 70+ countries where being LGBTQ+ is illegal; doing advocacy that recognizes the effects of growing global migration; and leading with frameworks that are rooted locally, reaching globally.

Marketing Certificate (19 credits)

BUSCS 340 Principles of Marketing (4 Credits)

Introduction to the concept of marketing and marketing principles, with a focus on how marketing creates value for the customer. Survey the marketing mix (product, price, promotion and place/distribution) and its application to products and services in profit and not-for-profit enterprises in a local, national, and international environment.

BUSCS 341 Marketing Research (3 Credits)

Learn how to make effective marketing decisions using marketing research. Explore market research sources, data collection, analysis, surveys, research theories, and strategies. Evaluate quantitative and qualitative research with an emphasis on the value and limitations of various sources. Identify how to blend and manage marketing research sources.

BUSCS 342 Customer Experience Management (3 Credits)

Develop an appreciation for the various ways customers experience products and services from brand awareness to product and service fulfillment to loyalty programs. Examine the customer and brand experience. Identify how to create a customer experience management system. Learn to deliver exceptional customer service.

BUSCS 343 Internet and Social Media Marketing (3 Credits)

Explore Internet marketing, including its components, structure, and technology, as well as the application of marketing concepts to social media. Learn the strategies, tools, and tactics related to Internet marketing with special attention given to the development of messaging techniques designed for specific social media tools.

BUSCS 344 Integrated Marketing Communication (3 Credits)

Survey the integration of advertising, sales promotion, public relations, direct marketing, and the marketing mix to support marketing strategy. Learn the linkages of segmentation, targeting, positioning, buyer behavior, and branding. Explore planning, budgeting, and the execution of a comprehensive, integrated marketing communication program from message development through media selection and evaluation.

BUSCS 345 Marketing Analytics (3 Credits)

Learn how marketing measurement relates to business return on investment using analytics. Review top view campaign performance, tactical management, and real-time campaign monitoring. Explore how to integrate results from multiple media and channels, including retail, sales, direct marketing, and online media. Covers use of analytics tools.

Mental Health and Spirituality (Credit/No Credit)

URAWI 501X Spirituality in Mental Health (0-2 Credits)

Learn concepts and strategies for understanding and integrating spirituality in mental health services for mental health professionals, clinical chaplains, community leaders, and others. Topics include understanding of cultural frameworks, multi-faith and interfaith frameworks, implicit biases, and working with instead of solving for diverse communities.

URAWI 502X Paradigms of Healing and Wholeness (0-2 Credits)

Explores a range of paradigms for human healing and wholeness, inspired by diverse spiritual traditions (e.g., Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Buddhist, Native American, Sufi) and clinical frameworks (e.g., meaning-based therapy, Jungian depth psychology, inner cultivation of compassion and mindfulness). Emphasis is on experiential application of concepts and practice.

URAWI 503X Integrating Spirituality in Clinical Practice (0-2 Credits)

Students learn to utilize spirituality informed strategies and techniques to assess spiritual distress, guide treatment planning, implement appropriate evidenced-based interventions and evaluate therapeutic outcomes. Course is Practitioner focused and designed to develop clinical skills integrating spiritual issues in therapy.

URAWI 504X Bi-Polar Faith (0-2 Credits)

Learn concepts and strategies for providing spiritual care, mental health guidance, and culturally sensitive training for groups that seek to provide access to care. Topics include intertwining of familial, social, and spiritual issues; living with Bi-Polar disorder; finding, providing, and/or receiving resources; collaboration, and community; and forgiveness vs. reconciliation post-trauma.

URAWI 505X Spirituality in Bereavement (0-2 Credits)

Gain academic training to supplement the practical experience of providing clinical, palliative, and hospice care to those who are dying and those who survive the dying, shifting from best intention to best practices. Topics include types of grief, possible psychological and spiritual complications in grieving and rituals in grieving.

URAWI 506X Spiritual Journeys in Chronic Illness (0 Credits)

Learn, practice, and develop best practices for palliative caregivers, medical practitioners, interfaith chaplains, and more in dealing with issues of chronic illness, spirituality, and survival. Topics include understanding how age, degrees of function, and grief interplay in well-being.

Organizational Leadership Certificate (12 credits)

BUSCS 320 Managing Individual Performance (3 Credits)

Explore the roles and responsibilities of supervisors and managers in developing, monitoring, and managing performance standards. Topics include motivation, goal setting, supervisory excellence, communication skills, reward systems, vision, and values.

BUSCS 322 Leading and Managing Teams (3 Credits)

Examine how effective teams are led and managed even when you may not have direct authority over team members. Understand hierarchies, team dynamics, managing expectations, coaching, mentoring, aligning teams with organizational goals, and communication.

BUSCS 323 Managing and Resolving Conflict (2 Credits)

Develop effective conflict management skills. Learn how and when conflicts arise and identify approaches to manage conflicts with subordinates, peers, and supervisors. Know how to engender goodwill and develop win-win conflict management tactics. 

BUSCS 324 Organizational Change Management (2 Credits)

Identify when, how, and why organizational change occurs. Create approaches to manage change by using intervention strategies, creating buy-in, communicating in a productive and positive manner, identifying the sequence of change, and managing resistance.

BUSCS 325 Organizational Leadership Principles and Practice (2 Credits)

Explore organizational leadership roles: visionary, manager, director, change agent, supervisor, coach, and mentor. Identify how leadership styles influence the direction of the organization. Develop an appreciation for how leaders affect daily operations.

Practice Development for Mental Health Professionals (Credit/ No Credit)

EDUCCS 610 Entrepreneurship and Niche Practices for Mental Health Professionals (0 Credits)

Learn concepts and strategies of entrepreneurship in creating, developing, and enhancing a private practice in a mental health setting. Topics include identifying and capitalizing on opportunities in developing niche practices, developing business models, ethical and legal issues in establishing a practice, and setting up operations.

EDUCCS 611 Ethics and Risk Management in the Business of Private Practice (0 Credits)

This course introduces ethical and regulatory compliance issues that are especially salient for mental health professionals in private practice, especially those that arise in starting a practice, in practice policies, in practice administration, in billing and financial management, and in staff training and marketing. Emphasis will be on practical applications.
Credit/No Credit only.
May be offered online.

EDUCCS 612 Practice Finances for Mental Health Professionals (0 Credits)

Learn concepts and strategies necessary for managing finances independent practices. Topics include key terminology, exercising fiduciary responsibility, attitudes toward money and the effects on those attitudes, financial metrics, using practice dashboards, compensation systems, fee setting, and creating a financial action plan.
Credit/No Credit only.
May be offered online.

EDUCCS 613 Practice Management for Mental Health Professionals (0 Credits)

Learn concepts and strategies of managing a private practice as a business entity in a mental health setting. Topics include understanding a practice as a system with subsystems, identifying and acting on core values, roles of a practice owner, data-driven decision making, strategic planning, and writing a business plan.
Credit/No Credit only.
May be offered online.

EDUCCS 614 Ethical Marketing for Mental Health Professionals in Private Practice (0 Credits)

Learn concepts and strategies of ethical marketing for mental health professional in private practice. Topics include understanding of what constitutes ethical marketing for private practice, how to connect with referral partners and ideal clients, and marketing via person-to-person contact, print, websites, blogs and social media.
Credit/No Credit only.

Professional Financial Planning Certificate (21 credits)

BUSCS 350 Financial Planning, Principles, and Practice (3 Credits)

Learn how financial plans are developed. Topics include: establishing a client-planner relationship, gathering client data and determining client financial needs for investment, insurance, estate planning, and retirement benefits. Understand the roles and responsibilities of the financial planner, including professional ethics.

BUSCS 351 Insurance Planning and Risk Management (3 Credits)

Develop life, health, casualty, and liability insurance planning strategies as part of a comprehensive financial plan. Topics include: assessing and managing risk, evaluating insurance products for tax and estate planning consequences, and understanding the role of insurance in retirement and businesses.

BUSCS 352 Investment Planning (3 Credits)

Survey various investment vehicles available to meet financial planning goals. Topics include: evaluating risk tolerance, asset allocation strategies, security analysis, bond and security valuations, modern portfolio theory, market analysis, alternative investment instruments, and special topics.

BUSCS 353 Income Tax Planning (3 Credits)

Develop an understanding of income tax planning opportunities, issues, and challenges. Topics include income tax law, compliance, calculations, accounting, tax of business entities, trust and estate tax, tax basis, depreciation, like-kind exchange consequences, property tax, alternative minimum tax (AMT), tax reduction techniques, passive activity rules, special circumstances, and deductions.

BUSCS 354 Employee Benefits and Retirement Planning (3 Credits)

Learn how employee benefit plans and comprehensive retirement planning help clients meet their financial goals. Topics include retirement needs analysis, Social Security, types of retirement plans, qualified plan rules, investment considerations, distribution rules and consequences, employee benefit plans and options.

BUSCS 355 Estate Planning (3 Credits)

Survey estate planning principles as they relate to the development of a comprehensive financial plan. Topics include property titles and transfers, documents, including wills and trusts, gifting strategies, tax consequences and compliance, liquidating estates, charitable giving, life insurance, business transfers, fiduciaries, and special topics.

BUSCS 356 Financial Plan Development (3 Credits)

Develop professional financial planning strategies, approaches, and techniques. Upon completing the course, each participant will have developed and presented a comprehensive financial plan based on various client concerns, life stages, and risk tolerances.

Project Management Certificate (15 credits)

PMCS 301 Project Management Principles and Practices (3 Credits)

Overview of project management processes and principles used in planning and monitoring project activities from inception through closure.

PMCS 302 Project Leadership, Teambuilding, and Communications (3 Credits)

Learn essential qualitative areas necessary for effective project management, including leadership, personnel and team management, communication, and strategic planning.

PMCS 303 Project Quality and Risk Management (3 Credits)

Examine the principles and practices associated with project quality assurance and risk management including quality assurance and risk management strategies, executing an effective quality assurance plan, and monitoring and controlling quality and risks. Project management best practices and standards are explored using the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK).

PMCS 304 Project Planning, Procurement, and Cost Management (3 Credits)

Learn the essential project management tools and techniques involved in planning and scheduling projects, procuring supplies and services, and managing project costs. Topics include collecting project requirements; developing scope of work procedures and documentation using work breakdown structures; conducting source selections; estimating and controlling costs; and closing out project activities.

PMCS 305 Project Management Practicum (3 Credits)

Capstone experience to the project management certificate. A practical and applied approach for review and reinforcement of previously learned project management skills, strategies, and techniques.

Purchasing, Logistics and Supply Chain Management Certificate (12 credits)

BUSCS 310 Supply Chain Management Principles and Practices (3 Credits)

Survey of supply chain management, including defining the scope of service, procurement, and purchasing and materiel management. Business concepts include return on investment, value chain principles, contracts and legal issues, and operations management.

BUSCS 311 Supply Chain Management Logistics (3 Credits)

Examine transportation and distribution concerns, including production scheduling, third-party logistics, calculating costs of services, warehousing, materiel management, analyzing value of services, staffing and supervision, and technology.

BUSCS 312 Supply Chain Management Procurement (3 Credits)

Explore procurement management and contract administration, including procurement policies and procedures, supplier selection, cost analysis, contract negotiation, strategic sourcing, bidding and requests for proposals, and overall project management.

BUSCS 313 Supply Chain Management Practicum (3 Credits)

Capstone experience focusing on the application of industry best practices. Topics include aligning supply chain management operations with business practices. 
Prerequisites: two of the following courses: BUSCS 310, BUSCS 311, or BUSCS 312.