Jul 21, 2024  
2024-2025 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 
2024-2025 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog

Specialized Studies, A.A.S.

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Department Contact: 

Division of Professional Studies Dean:  Dr. Julie Warnick 

Division of Professional Studies Director: Sherri Link, Director of Academic and Student Affairs 

Program Description 

The AAS, Specialized Studies online program is an online degree program that may be completed by students with a specialized certification, students seeking an AAS or students who are dual enrolled with an affiliate institution earning a specialized certification. The program offers liberal arts courses in the Catholic Franciscan tradition. Educational opportunities are available for students seeking to earn an Associate of Applied Science into a laddering degree for workforce development programs. Through completion of this program, students will be positioned for future educational pursuits toward an online Bachelor of Science degree at SFU. This program is designed for students seeking technical, occupational, and vocational skills used primarily for advancement or employment.   

Student Learning Outcomes 

  • Develop competencies in technical skill sets.    

  • Develop research, quantitative, and analytical abilities.  

  • Build effective communication and writing skills.   

  • Integrate Franciscan values and ethical frameworks into one’s personal leadership style by accepting the inherent value and individuality of every person.  

Admission Requirements: 

See Division of Professional Studies for admission criteria and information.

Graduation Requirements:

A candidate for graduation must satisfy the following requirements: 

  • Complete all requirements for an approved program of study; 

  • Complete the minimum number of credits (128 for a bachelor’s degree; 60 for an associate’s degree); 

  • Repeat for an acceptable passing grade any course required for the major in which the grade of “F” has been received; 

  • Achieve a cumulative grade point average of 2.00 or better in all courses taken at SFU; 

  • Achieve a cumulative grade point average of 2.00 or better in all major or collateral requirements; 

  • Satisfy the requirements of the General Education core curriculum; 

  • Satisfy the capstone requirement as specified by the major department(s); 

  • Submit a completed Application for Degree form at least one semester prior to graduation date; and 

  • Satisfy financial obligations to the University. 

Estimated Completion Time:

Estimated 1 year of studies; dependent on student enrollment status 

Total Credits Required:

60 Credits

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