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Department of Professional Studies

Join the next generation of entrepreneurs, business leaders, and professionals.

The Department of Professional Studies delivers courses and support for students in the areas of communications and business. The overarching goal of the department is to give our students the tools to become the next generation of entrepreneurs, business leaders, and professionals. With this goal in mind, we introduce students to professionalism through coursework, clubs, and hands-on internships.

By modeling and practicing communication skills, we promote our students’ ability to

  • Listen actively
  • Think critically
  • Express themselves clearly
  • Advocate for themselves effectively.

The Professional Studies department focuses on collaboration, communication, and leadership, and inspires entrepreneurship and innovation.

One part of this is the Landmark Entrepreneurial Accelerator Program (LEAP), which provides funding for student innovation teams to develop an idea or product and seek additional outside funding for further development. The Idea Lab is a makerspace sponsored by LEAP for experimentation and testing of new approaches and products.

LEAP is just one of several integrated co-curricular aspects of the Professional Studies Department. The department offers courses in media production with our campus TV station and WLMC radio station, and with the student-run magazine, Voices.

The learning continues outside the classroom with clubs and other activities. Students can pursue interests in entertainment, social media, and journalism, and also gain experience with marketing and public relations.

Many credit-bearing and resume-building internships are associated with the Professional Studies Department. These provide valuable opportunities to learn to work with a team, in an office or out in the field, interact with clients and the public, and experience professional responsibilities. A wide range of internships for nearly every interest is available.

Majors Offered:

Minors Offered:

  • Communication


  • Business
  • Communication

Meet the Professional Studies faculty




Photo of Professor Eric Matte

Eric Matte
Chair, Department of Professional Studies
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Dean John Vitale headshot

John Vitale
Dean of Professional Studies and Science
[email protected]

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