College of Professional Studies at UW-Stevens Point
Proactive, Resourceful, Connected, Caring
The College of Professional Studies (CPS) at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point was created in
the early 1970s to house many of the university's pre-professional programs. Our college's majors
are as diverse as business administration
, communication sciences and disorders
, interior architecture
, clinical laboratory science
, health science
, health promotion/wellness
, family and consumer sciences
or athletic training
, but their common thread is student professional preparation.
Prepare for a profession
programs typically require a lot of supervised and graded practicum
experiences/labs, where for instance, athletic training students
actually tape ankles or education students tutor sixth graders. Practicums
and labs help students to affirm their interest in the major (it is one
thing to think you want to be in interior design and another to produce
complicated designs for a nursing home). These hands-on experiences
also help the faculty to see if the students can actually do the job
well, not just talk about it.
Gain hands-on experience
Pre-professional majors require students to work a semester or
longer actually on the job in an apprentice role, where they are graded
by both university faculty and the practitioners under whom they work.
This culminating experience is called different things by different
majors: student teaching, internship, externship or clinical
experiences. College of Professional Studies students achieve acceptance into prestigious
internships at a rate higher than the national average.