USF to offer new programs

University of St. Francis is launching several new academic programs to meet the needs of students in a variety of fields. Many of these programs will begin in August.

For undergraduates, a new B.S. in Business Administration will provide adult undergraduate learners with the highest quality of applied management skills to fulfill their intellectual and professional career needs. Students can customize their education by choosing from one of five concentrations: Entrepreneurship, Management & Leadership, Managing Human Resources, Marketing and Transportation & Logistics.

A new Substance Abuse Counseling major will prepare students to become certified to counsel individuals who suffer alcohol or drug addictions.

A Leadership Studies minor will guide students to be leaders in a global community. They’ll learn the principles of leadership and teambuilding while gaining field experience.

The Information Technology major will include a new concentration in Management Information Science (MIS). This concentration prepares students for roles in the quickly expanding field of information systems, which requires a solid grasp of business practices combined with an understanding of the role information systems play in within organizations.

For graduate-level students, a new M.S. in Educational Leadership with two concentrations has been designed to prepare educators to become ethical decision-makers and leaders who can articulate a clear vision and sense of identity and purpose within a community. The Principal Preparation concentration is for educators who want to assume a principal or assistant principal role in a school. This degree replaces the old Type 75 certificate. The program culminates with students earning a Master of Science in Education degree and a P-12 Educational Endorsement. The Teacher Leader concentration leads to students earning a Teacher Leader Endorsement. Teachers who have completed the Teacher Leader Program at USF and who later decide to pursue a principal or assistant principal position will only need to take 12 additional hours.

The M.S. in Teaching & Learning provides the opportunity for a school district or a cohort of teachers to select a concentration of courses designed to meet specific areas of interests and academic needs. The program assists teachers and administrators to address the myriad of issues and needs which school communities face in a climate of evolving standards, curriculum change, school improvement and strategic planning efforts. A new TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) track provides coursework that includes an analysis of English language and explores the relationship between language and culture. It will help students develop strategies for successful ESL teaching, particularly teaching adult second language learners.

The Master of Science in Higher Education program is for individuals who aspire to assume leadership roles within higher education institutions or for higher education professionals who seek career advancement. The program prepares ethical and compassionate higher education professionals who are able to contribute to the improvement of society.

USF will add an M.S.N. and an Advanced Certificate in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners. This three-month immersion program will service BSNs in Arizona, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, New Mexico and Wisconsin who want to make an impact on nation’s increasing mental health needs. Online classes will begin later in the year; contact USF for details. On the doctoral level, USF expands its Ed.D. with a new concentration in Stewardship, Leadership & Learning. While the Educational Leadership concentration was designed for educators interested in becoming superintendents, the new Stewardship, Leadership & Learning concentration teaches the importance of ethical and moral decision-making as it applies to various constituents, including non-educators who want to continue their quest for lifelong learning. It promotes the concept and practice of “servant leadership” as viewed through the Catholic/Franciscan lens, resulting in quality education based on respect, integrity, service and compassion. All of this is done via an applied research experience.

The University of St. Francis in Joliet serves 3,400 students nationwide, offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs in arts and science, business, education, nursing, health care and social work. For information, call (800) 735-7500 or visit