Bachelor - Professional and Liberal Studies: Autism Studies

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The Bachelor of Science in Professional and Liberal Studies with a concentration in Autism Studies program at Saint Joseph's University is a degree completion program focused on honing a student's leadership abilities. It is also designed to provide students with a general education and behavioral studies foundation. Read on to find out more about this program today.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

The Bachelor of Science in Professional and Liberal Studies with a concentration in Autism Studies program at Saint Joseph's University is designed to explore the psychological and societal aspects of autism. Online classes are designed to cover basic education requirements, such as math and history, as well as specialized topics on autism, such as modern organizations and research in the field. Within the professional and liberal studies core, students will have the chance to learn about career development, negotiations, management, and mentoring. Students may also be able to choose from a number of different electives so that they can customize their curriculum. After completing this program, students could be able to sit for the Behavior Analyst Certification Board's Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA) exam.

What Are the Prerequisites?

Those interested in this Saint Joseph's University program should have a knack for helping others learn and reach their goals. Participants should have patience and compassion for others, regardless of their physical and mental abilities. Applicants to this Saint Joseph's University's program should have earned at least 45 college level credits; some programs may have additional requirements.

What Are the Course Requirements?

This Saint Joseph's University program is made up of a total of 120 credits. Those credits consist of general education requirements, concentration requirements, and electives. Program requirements may change; please contact Saint Joseph's University for up-to-date course requirements.

What Could I Do After I Graduate?

Career Opportunities

Once a student finishes this program, he or she could be able to apply for a job that uses the interpersonal and planning skills emphasized in this course. These positions could be entry level or could hold greater challenges and require further responsibilities. Graduates could find themselves working directly with those who have autism or could find work in business or nonprofit organizations. Some careers could require professional certification as a BCaBA.

Possible job opportunities include but are not limited to:

  • Assistant Behavior Analyst
  • Autism Specialist
  • Program Services Coordinator

Advanced Degrees

After graduating from this program, students could find it valuable to their career and personal goals to apply for an advanced degree. By completing a higher-level degree, students could be able to specialize in a relevant field of study, such as education, behavioral science, or psychology.

Advanced degrees students could seek to earn include but are not limited to:

  • Master of Education in Special Education
  • Master of Music in Music Therapy
  • Master of Education in Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Master of Science in School Psychology
  • Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis