Lynchburg Reduces Tuition Fees for Adult Learners and Offers Three New Flexible BAs – University of Lynchburg

Caleb Franklin ’22, transfer student and business major, studies and talks with Holden Fiedler ’22, exercise physiology major, at Schewel Hall in August 2021.

Beginning this fall, Lynchburg University will offer three new undergraduate degrees exclusively to adult learners or Access students: a Bachelor of Arts in Business Studies, a Bachelor of Professional Studies in Diversity Strategies, and a Bachelor of Professional Studies community and non-profit. Leadership.

Lynchburg will also lower its tuition rate for all Access students to $500 per credit hour, beginning in the fall 2022 semester.

“These degrees open up a variety of opportunities for adults in the workforce or for those looking to re-examine their career options,” said Associate Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies Dr. Roger Jones, who leads also the Doctor of Education from the University of Lynchburg. Leadership Studies Program and co-directs the Center for Leadership.

Classes will be offered early morning, late afternoon, evening, weekends, D-Term and during the summer. They will include a variety of delivery methods, including face-to-face, synchronous online, asynchronous online, and hybrid.

Classes except March 2022
An outdoor course in March 2022

Just like traditional Lynchburg students, Access students will need 124 credit hours to graduate, and they must complete the DELL program – the university’s general education program.

There is only one small difference: Access students who obtain one of the three new diplomas are no longer required to take a foreign language. Instead, they can cover these six credits with the two-part Access Intercultural Competence Pathway option.

“While we want to help students graduate as efficiently as possible, it’s important that their education at Lynchburg be built on a strong liberal arts foundation that includes a global perspective and cross-cultural skills,” Jones said.

Access students can choose one of the University’s more than 50 majors, but there are distinct advantages to choosing a degree tailored to them, Jones says.

“First, the schedule is built around the busy day of a working adult,” Jones said. “Second, we also made sure that what Access students learn is exactly what employers want – and what employees, or entrepreneurs, need to know at this point in their working lives.”

In developing degrees and professional study programs, Jones and his task force relied not only on University faculty and surveys of current and former Access students, but also on data provided by feedback from businesses, nonprofits, and community leaders.

As a result, both degrees include a number of courses that teach skills that are in high demand by employers, such as working with groups and communities, the psychology of diversity, or human resource management.

“We are thrilled to offer these three new adult programs in Central Virginia,” Jones said. “Lynchburg University is an institution rooted in the city and in the region, and our vision is to provide opportunities for adults to grow and become the leaders of the future.”

For more information, visit the Access Program website or contact Susan Hogg, Director of Admissions, at [email protected] To apply, visit

Key Requirements for New Access Degrees

Bachelor of Professional Studies in Community and Nonprofit Leadership (42 credit hours):

  • COMM 341 — Professional and Organizational Communication (PR*: COMM 101, 112 or 114)
  • ENGL 210 – Writing in the Workplace (PR: ENGL 123W)
  • HMSV 201 – The Science and Art of Meeting Human Needs
  • HMSV 220 — Working with groups and communities
  • MGMT 262W — Human Resource Management (PR: ENGL 123W)
  • HMSV 285 – Research with Diverse Populations: Community-Based Participatory Research (PR: HMSV 201)
  • MKTG 200—Social Media Marketing
  • PSYC 243 — Psychology of Diversity
  • SOCI 222 — Sociology of Race and Ethnicity
  • COMM 412—Digital Leadership and Influence Communication
  • HP 210 – Health Disparities, Equity and Advocacy
  • BPS 302 – Nonprofit Leadership
  • BPS 301 – Nonprofit Fundraising, Grant Writing, and Finance
  • BPS 303—Community Leadership
  • BPS 400 – Capstone in the major

Bachelor of Professional Studies in Diversity Strategies (42 credit hours):

  • AFRS 101 — Introduction to African Studies
  • COMM 112 — Interpersonal Communication
  • INTL 101—Global Politics
  • HMSV 220 — Working with groups and communities
  • SOCI 222 — Sociology of Race and Ethnicity
  • HMSV 285 – Research with Diverse Populations: Community-Based Participatory Action Research (RP: Permission of Instructor)
  • CRIM 275 — Research Methods (RP: CRIM 201)
  • PSYC 243 — Psychology of Diversity
  • RELG 205W — Asian Religions
  • RELG 206W — Judaism, Christianity and Islam
  • HIST 343 – History of South Africa
  • HIST 348 — Racism and Empire in the American Context
  • HIST 375 – History of Love and Sex in Latin America
  • HIST 347 – Slavery and Race in the Early Americas
  • SOCI 363 — Sociology of the City
  • INTL 320—African Diaspora in Latin America and the Caribbean
  • ENGL 323 – Modern Multicultural Literature (PR: ENGL 123W)
  • ENGL 337 – American Multiethnic Literature (PR: ENGL 123W)
  • BPS 321 — Service Learning
  • BPS 400 – Capstone in the major

Bachelor of Arts in Business Studies (48 credit hours):

  • ACCT 201 — Accounting I
  • ACCT 202 — Accounting II (PR: ACCT 201, C- or higher)
  • BUAD 205 – Quantitative applications in business
  • ECON 201—Microeconomics
  • ECON 202 — Macroeconomics
  • MKTG 209 — Principles of Marketing
  • MGMT 244 — Operations Management (PR: BUAD 205 for ACCESS students)
  • MGMT 260 — Principles of Management
  • MGMT 262W — Human Resource Management (PR: ENGL 123W, C- or higher)
  • MGMT 303 — Management beyond borders (PR: MGMT 260)
  • COMM 251 — Intercultural Communication (PR: COMM 101, 112 or 114)
  • MGMT 310 — Information Systems (RP: MGMT 260)
  • FIN 317—Finance (PR: ACCT 201, ECON 201, and DELL MATH)
  • BUAD 322 — Business Law
  • BUAD 441W — Cornerstone of strategy (PR: ECON 201-202, FIN 317, MGMT 244, MGMT 260,
    MKTG 209, ENGL 123W, C- or above)
  • ELECTIVES – 6 hours (MGMT 399 course is strongly encouraged)



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