School of Continuing & Professional Studies-General Information

Historical Note

Founded in 1997, the Undergraduate Degree Completion Program at Manhattan College is a unique alternative to the traditional method of pursuing a college degree. The program is designed to provide adult students who have started and stopped their college careers a  non-traditional  opportunity to complete a baccalaureate degree to advance their professional careers and for personal achievement.
In this time of economic uncertainty, adults are sheltering themselves in to our program in greater numbers with the goal of completing a degree and augmenting their resume. Located in the Riverdale section of the Bronx, one block from Broadway at 238th Street, our accelerated, 24-month undergraduate degree program has been the school of choice for thousands of employees from corporations such as Con Edison, UPS, the MTA and NYPD. These workers have turned to Manhattan College’s Undergraduate Degree Completion Program to prepare themselves for managerial and supervisory positions in emerging global, corporate and industrial environments.

 Mission Statement

The mission of the School of Continuing and Professional Studies is to prepare adult students for success in emerging global, corporate or industrial environments. The School is committed to creating and offering programs designed to serve the adult population with a particular focus on mid-career adults desiring to advance their professional careers and/or fulfill personal achievement goals.  The School of Continuing & Professional Studies offers faculty experience in real-world application of their subjects, academically trained professors, blended learning environments for an integrated approach, small group classes with individual attention and weekly meeting schedules that work with your busy life.

Professional Studies Communication Courses

PSCM 326. Inter-Cultrual Communication. 3 Credits.

This course will introduce students to the cultural factors that affect workplace and professional communication in a variety of settings. Students will learn to identify differences in cultural communication patterns. The course also covers strategies for dealing with cultural differences at the organizational, team and interpersonal levels.

PSCM 371. Visual Communications. 3 Credits.

This module explores the principles and practices behind the clear and efficient transmission of visual information and data. It also provides the adult learner with programming tools that will allow them to create effective visual presentations.

Professional Studies Allied Health Courses

PSAH 393. Hospital Organization and Management. 3 Credits.

This course teaches concepts vital to organizational success, with applications to the health care industry. We cover: -Principles of planning, organization, control, motivation, directing, management in a very regulated environment. -Systems theory, goal setting and goal achievement. -Group formation and guidance. -Departmentalization, delegation and hospital governance. -Group management, informal and formal managers. -Leadership theory and One-way, two-way and diagonal communication. -Corporate cultural and organizational development.

PSAH 395. U.S. Health Care Systems. 3 Credits.

This course surveys the 21st century health care system and forecasts possible futures for it. The class covers the following: History of US health care from 1850 to 2013 with emphasis on the recent past and future; the impact of managed care: what caused it, what are its strengths and weaknesses, how it has and is evolving; monopsony-fueled recent and near-future changes in delivery systems structure, reimbursement, delivery of care and career opportunities; how long-term and chronic care is changing, the impact of the boomer generation and the future shortage of funds to pay for this care; how medical crises are created by medical providers. The impact of pharmaceutical manufacturers of crises and pseudo-crises; the needs of special populations, e.g. homeless, and the sprawling growth of ambulatory health provisions; and the development of quality assurance from its health care start in the 1980s to present day.

Professional Studies Economics Courses

PSEC 231. Economics. 3 Credits.

This module focuses upon the principles of economics as they need to be understood and used by managers and supervisors in all fields. In this era of 'downsizing' or 'rightsizing' brought on by international competition and globalization of every part of our American way of life, it is crucial that managers at every level understand and use the principles of economics to aid them in making sound decisions.

Professional Studies Elective Courses

PSEE 201. Intro to Computer Programming. 3 Credits.

An introduction to programming and computer science, including flow control, loops, arrays, strings, and an introduction to objects. Students will be required to do a variety of projects in C++ language which may involve graphics, animations, games and programs which download and process live data from Internet sources.

PSEE 207. Public Speaking. 3 Credits.

This course treats the issues, problems, and techniques in effective public speaking. Students will emerge will a heightened sense of self and a greater confidence in their own ability to communicate to others in business and social situations. The course will focus on how to organize ideas, how to make a speech, examples of good communication and bad communication, poor listening and good listening skills, protection of self, shyness, how to jog your memory and how to feel more secure and in command at business meetings.

PSEE 233. Coping with Stress. 3 Credits.

This course teaches students how to select the correct response when managing life's challenges. It also covers techniques for building stamina when faced with stressful situations. Attitude and behavior as well as physical and emotional health are assessed and explored while finding approaches to properly managedaily and event driven stress.

PSEE 236. Managerial Finance. 3 Credits.

This course is an introduction to the major financial concepts, principles, and analytical tools of corporate finance. The course covers financial statement analysis, forecasting, the risk/return tradeoff, the time value of money concept, valuation, the cost of capital, and the capital budgeting process. The course assists students in understanding how to utilize these concepts, principles, and techniques so that they can make well-reasoned decisions.

PSEE 237. Managerial Finance & Acctng. 3 Credits.

This module covers the organization-wide use of financial planning within a firm. Other topics include financial tools available for planning and analysis, and their use in managing cash flows and financial resources, and evaluating future investment opportunities. In addition, three primary topics will be developed; the importance of short-term finance for current operations , the use of capital budgeting tools for investment analysis, and the foundation of long-term finance for defining the organization cost of capital and optimal structure. This module explores external, financial accounting topics: balance sheet accounts and related revenue and expense accounts.

PSEE 238. Personal Finance. 3 Credits.

Students explore personal financial planning, banking, consumer credit, explore housing alternatives, mortgages and sale of a home; discuss types and insurance and risk management; investment fundamentals, the range of investment vehicles, estate planning and retirement planning.

PSEE 239. Managerial Accounting. 3 Credits.

This course covers activity-based costing, budgeting, flexible budgeting, cost-volume-profit analysis, cost estimating, and the costs of outsourcing. Students are also introduced to topics including standard costing, variance analysis, responsibility accounting, and performance evaluation. There is also some focus on cost terminology (the wide variety of costs), cost behavior, cost systems, and the limitations concerning the use of average costs. This course teaches students how to extract and modify costs in order to make informed decisions.

PSEE 246. Managerial Marketing. 3 Credits.

Through assigned readings, case studies, Web-site connections, class discussion, writing assignments and the team project, adult learners will be exposed to basic marketing theory and terminology. They will be given the opportunity to apply these principles and concepts to real world, domestic and international situations. This exploration provides adult learners with an appreciation of the role of marketing in organizational strategic planning; an awareness of how customer behavior and decision data are collected and analyzed in the marketing planning process; and the confidence to participate with other organizational members to "connect with customers" in a variety of effective and meaningful ways.".

PSEE 291. Career Development. 3 Credits.

The fast paced and ever-changing global environment demands the working individual to understand and adapt to numerous challenges in planning a successful career path within their present or future organization.Topics to be considered will be dual career issues, emotional intelligence, balance of professional and personal life, building a network, career development skills, assessment, and midlife career change.

PSEE 402. Public Policy. 3 Credits.

Contemporary society is in the middle of a dynamic environment. This course examines the interrelated actions of business, government and society and how the needs of each are satisfied, or hope to be satisfied. We look at the role and importance of business in society, the ethics of business, how globalization presents challenges for business and how government influences business through the legal system and how corporations influence government. Also, we examine the effects of business on the natural environment, how technology has changed business organizations and the business and its various stakeholders. Using various media, we apply the principles of this course to real-world examples.

Professional Studies English Courses

PSEG 110. Writing in the Workplace. 3 Credits.

This module is an intensive writing workshop with occasional lectures by the facilitator. Students are expected to complete a variety of writing exercises and assignments, both in class and as homework, by compiling a portfolio of work to be submitted at the completion of the module. The aim is for students to write fluent, logical, and grammatically correct Standard English.

PSEG 226. Organizational Communication. 3 Credits.

This course investigates the role of communication in creating a productive organizational environment. It aids adult learners in developing and strengthening their communication skills focusing on interpersonal, group and presentation skills.

Professional Studies Environmental Studies Courses

PSEV 490. Environmental Issues. 3 Credits.

This course will explore the significant environmental issues facing the nation and the world today and the search for solutions. The adult learner will investigate issues in Global Climate Change, Energy, Human Population, Air Pollution, and Sustainability and Protection of the Environment. Ethical issues will be discussed throughout the course as well as selected environmental science foundations to support intelligent discussion of the issues. Learning activities includes viewing videos, "taking sides" discussions on various environmental issues, and performing 'labs. A course paper will be required.

Professional Studies Law Courses

PSLW 365. Legal Aspects. 3 Credits.

This module provides a general overview of the Business Law system including the Constitution, laws, regulations, case studies, common law, treaties and the interplay between Federal and state systems. Particular emphasis is placed upon contracts, agency, torts, professional liability, products liability, intellectual property, cyberlaw, business litigation, partnerships and corporations.

Professional Studies Leadership Studies Courses

PSLS 101. Adult Development. 3 Credits.

This module introduces adult learners to adult development theory and links these concepts to life through a process of individual reflection. Both classical and contemporary adult development theories are examined. These theories then provide the paradigm for self-analysis and life assessment.

PSLS 102. Learning in Adulthood. 3 Credits.

This foundational course is designed to build and/or enhance the requisite skills needed for academic succes. Students will identify their individual learning styles and devise strategies for maximizing their effectiveness. The course also introduces students to theories on adult and career development.

PSLS 111. Organizational Change. 3 Credits.

Adult learners examine the formal and informal functions of organizational and analyze an agency or organization based on a systems model. Students will also analyze and solve organizational problems using a step-by-step method. This analysis will be applied to adult learners' work related Research projects.

PSLS 141. Motivating Yourself and Others. 3 Credits.

This course will explore issues which have been identified by research as impacting workplace motivation. It will introduce an approach to managing which has been found to enhance intrinsic motivation in employees. Readings and discussions will focus on creative strategies for intrinsic and extrinsic motivation.

PSLS 151. Conflict Mgmt & Team Building. 3 Credits.

This course will explore what conflict is and how it is identified. Understanding the reactions to and the behaviors of conflict will allow the student to explore strategic options to better manage their own conflict as well as those who work with or for them. This course will help the adult learner understand what a conflict competant organization with a working action plan. The course will utilize research, inquiries, videos and case studies to help the student apply the principles of a conflict competant leader.

PSLS 187. Research Project I Seminar. 3 Credits.

This is an introductory seminar covering the basics of research. The seminar includes library and online research techniques.

PSLS 275. Teams & Group Dynamics. 3 Credits.

This module is a study of group behavior and how group functioning affects organizational effectiveness. Emphasis is placed on decision-making and conflict resolution. Adult learners develop strategies for efficient and productive group management and determine which tasks are handled by groups or by individuals.

PSLS 285. Capstone Project Preparation. 1 Credit.

The Capstone Project Preparation Seminar is designed to prepare students for research and execution of the final project. Among the topics covered are best practices in research as well as effective use of the library and databases.

PSLS 286. Research Project II. 2 Credits.

One session course followed by several individual meetings. Students will review progress on their thesis and receive feedback and guidance on this major project. PSLS 187 is the required pre-requisite for this course.

PSLS 287. Capstone Preparation Seminar. 3 Credits.

The thesis is a major research effort designed to enhance knowledge in an area related to one's professional work. This in-depth seminar prepares students for research and execution of the final thesis. Among the topics covered are best practices in research, effective use of the library and databases, crafting, a useful thesis outline and draft guidelines.

PSLS 300. Special Topic. 3 Credits.

An introduction to a topic, theme or issue related to leadership, mediation. The subject will vary from semester to semester.

PSLS 351. Organizational Leadership. 3 Credits.

Adult learners examine major leadership theories and research and explore their application to individual and group functioning in work and home settings. Leadership styles are covered through readings and class practice.

PSLS 368. Leadership & Literature. 3 Credits.

Through intense discussion each work of literature will be examined; particular attention will be given to issues which resonate with the modern-day business world and the leadership it demands. Students are expected to complete a weekly two-page typewritten reaction paper along with the formulation of questions for class discussion. A final paper will be assigned.

PSLS 375. Organizational Ethics. 3 Credits.

This module begins by assisting students in discovering and articulating who they are and what they believe by reviewing several religious traditions, philosophical thinkers and scientific theorists. In addition, the module adds the theory of business ethics, social responsibility, and an ethical decision-making framework. Within the context of domestic and international case studies, students analyze complex issues, apply principles, and view alternative approachers and perspectives.

PSLS 386. Capstone Proposal. 1 Credit.

This seminar is designed to provide a hands-on experience in research outlining and draft writing that will conclude with students submitting a Capstone Project proposal. The seminar will also provide students with a refresher on research and data collection essentials. Pre-requisite: PSLS 285.

PSLS 399. Independent Research. 1 Credit.

Individual study and/or research under faculty supervision. Repeatable.

PSLS 401. Social Issues in the Workplace. 3 Credits.

This module presents an analysis of major contemporary social problems. Particular attention is given to the problems of poverty, racism, sexism, drug and alcohol abuse, and illiteracy and their impact on the contemporary workplace. Consideration is given to diverse sociological perspectives regarding the causes, consequences, and solutions to these problems.

PSLS 450. Strategic Planning. 3 Credits.

This module introduces students to various management planning models and techniques and applies these to business cases. It stresses the concepts of business planning and strategic management.

PSLS 487. Capstone Project-Final Thesis. 1 Credit.

The Capstone Project is a major research effort designed to enhance knowledge in an area related to one's professional work. This course is the culmination of a final oral presentation in class and the submission of the final written thesis. Pre-requisite: All core courses must be completed. Pre-requisite: PSLS 386.

PSLS 489. Capstone Research Project. 3 Credits.

Students will work with thesis advisor to complete project and make final presentation.

Professional Studies Math Courses

PSMT 195. Modern Mathematics for the Organizational Leader. 3 Credits.

This course is a general overview of mathematical concepts used in quantitative reasoning. This course places quantitative skills and reasoning in the context of experiences that students will be likely to encounter. It emphasizes processing information in context from a variety of representations, understanding of both the information and the processing, and understanding which conclusions can be reasonable determined.

PSMT 221. Statistical Research Methods. 3 Credits.

This module is an introduction to research and its tools for the adult learner as both a consumer and producer of statistics and research. Specific emphasis is placed upon helping students to complete the Research Project and understand managerial decision-making.

Professional Studies Psychology Courses

PSPY 249. Industrial Psychology. 3 Credits.

This module is an exploration of the values and perceptions of selected groups affecting social and economic life through an analysis of policies and procedures relating to recruitment, selection, training, development, and compensation of employees.

PSPY 280. General Psychology. 3 Credits.

A survey course that explores the fundamental concepts of human and animal behavior. We will emphasize human development, learning and memory, psychological testing, personality and abnormal behavior.

PSPY 316. Ten Theories of Human Nature. 3 Credits.

A course to help students understand how humanity has struggled to comprehend its nature by exploring the ideas of major philosophies and thinkers from ancient eastern traditions to theories of modern psychology. Students will critically examine each theory on four points - the nature of the universe, the nature of humanity, the ills of humanity, and the prposed cure for these ills. Participants will consider who we are, what motivates us, and how we can understand and improve the world.

PSPY 381. Applied Psychology - Managers. 3 Credits.

Topic outline for this course includes: adjusting to modern life; theories of personality; stress and its effects; coping processes; social thinking and social influence; interpersonal communication; careers and work; psychology and physical health; the self; friendship and love; marriage and intimate relationships. Pre-requisite: PSPY 280.

Professional Studies Religion Courses

PSRL 237. Religions in the Workplace. 3 Credits.

This course is an examination of major world religions and their impact in the modern workplace. In addition, to studying the differing world-views, beliefs, rituals and customs of different religions, this course will focus on how these differing Weltangschauungs effect the workplace in the 21st century, both on the international level in the global village and on the local level in our pluralistic, multicultural society.

PSRL 274. Religion & Social Justice. 3 Credits.

A study of the role of Catholic social movements in the economic, political, and cultural life of New York as interpreted through biblical insight and Roman Catholic social teaching. Topics include charities, the Catholic Worker, labor issues, Wall Street, inner-city churches, and the United Nations.

PSRL 379. Religion and Popular Culture. 3 Credits.

A general or topic-specific examination of the influences of popular culture or religion as well as of the religious dimensions of contemporary literary, musical, visual, and/or other prevalent social practices.

Professional Studies Science Courses

PSSC 394. Everyday Biology. 3 Credits.

This course is an introduction to the foundational principles and uses of biology in present-day life. The course relates biology to health, chronic diseases, medicinal plants among other every day elements in the environment.

Professional Studies Spanish Courses

PSSP 101. Spanish I. 3 Credits.

An introduction to the four basic skills with emphasis on speaking and comprehending spoken Spanish. The course also provides an introduction to the culture of Spanish-speaking peoples. For students with little or no background in Spanish or with only one year of high school Spanish.

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