Consistent with the mission of Mercer University, the College of Continuing and Professional Studies offers undergraduate and graduate academic programs and lifelong learning opportunities for adults who seek leadership roles in their communities and beyond, professional transition and advancement, and lives that have meaning and purpose.
Human Resources Administration and Development
The Bachelor of Applied Science in Human Resources Administration and Development is designed to offer adult students in the Regional Academic Centers a career path in human resources in such workplaces as government, non-profit agencies, corporate organizations, health care facilities, and adult educational institutions. The major will ground student learning with an understanding of human behavior, particularly as related to work, and will provide them with exposure to the skills and competencies necessary to carry out essential human resources functions that can benefit both individuals and organizations.
The Bachelor of Science in Social Science, Human Services, is an interdisciplinary study, based primarily on the disciplines of psychology, sociology and anthropology, that prepares students to work as generalists in the field of social services. The human services professional is dedicated to the goal of helping clients become self-sufficient through teaching problem-solving, using case management skills, and using client-centered mental health practices.
The Bachelor of Arts degree with a Liberal Studies major provides a challenging learning opportunity for those students who want a bachelor’s degree based upon a strong liberal arts foundation for their personal and professional development. Students in the Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies program come from every age group and every life situation. All students in the Liberal Studies program share an eagerness to advance their understanding of the world and develop the tools they need to reach their life goals. The Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Studies degree provides an individualized program of study that combines a common liberal studies core with individualized concentrations in selected courses and fosters students’ ability to think critically and constructively in relation to their self-chosen academic goals.
Informatics is a broad academic field, which combines solid grounding in computer programming, mathematics, and statistics with study of the ethical and social science aspects of complex information systems. Students in an informatics program develop the skills to design, implement, and evaluate the next generation of information technology tools for different disciplines.
The interdisciplinary focus of the Bachelor of Applied Science in Organizational Leadership degree provides a targeted study of leadership along with the development of conceptual, interpersonal, and technical administrative and organization skills. The degree program is designed with a keen appreciation of the leader's critical and evolving role in the change process and dynamic environment of 21st Century organizations. Courses provide a practical, real world approach to administration, emphasizing leadership, interpersonal relations, and implementation of change in a global environment.
The Bachelor of Science in Public Safety Leadership is designed to prepare students for employment in professional careers or graduate school. The degree is tailored to adult learners who may or may not be working in the field of public safety and provides students the opportunity for service-based learning. The program will provide students a strong foundation of knowledge regarding the various public safety entities including: law enforcement, corrections, the courts, fire science, homeland security and emergency response. The Public Safety department is made up of faculty who specialize in public safety, homeland security, fire science, corrections, sociology, public administration, psychology, law, and social science.