UMPI BLS Management Degree Plan

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Bachelor's Liberal Studies Management Degree Plan[edit]

Here is a Liberal Studies Degree plan for the University of Maine at Presque Isle (UMPI) as of approximately July of 2022. Please make sure that the suggestions are still valid before beginning to follow this plan.

Credit to DegreeForum members ss20ts, ashkir, and others for making it possible to plan alt credits for degrees at UMPI.

The alternative credit courses were handpicked using experience from previous students as to what courses will be the easiest and quickest courses to take. In places with multiple courses listed, the first course is assumed to be the fastest/easiest course to take.

Advantages of a Liberal Studies Degree[edit]

  • The fastest degree program to complete
  • Uses the most Sophia credit, which reduces the cost

Requirements for UMPI[edit]

  • 30 credits worth of courses must be completed with UMPI
  • Students must take a minimum of 24 credit hours of UL electives beyond courses taken for the general education core and minor requirement & most of the UL courses must be taken at UMPI

Tips on Order in Which to Complete Courses[edit]

Start with Sophia. Unfortunately, Sophia only allows 2 courses open at one time, so do only one course at a time that has touchstones (written assignments). Once done with Sophia, do Instantcert. Finally do

How Long Will It Take To Complete This Degree Once I Finish All the Alterative Credits?[edit]

How long to complete depends on various factors such as experience, time commitment, the efficiency of studying, etc. However, considering you spend at least 20 hours a week on your studies, completing this degree could take 1-2 sessions @ a cost of $1400 tuition per session.

How the General Education Curriculum Works[edit]

The GEC of UMPI is one of the most complex and hardest to understand of any college.

Some key things to keep in mind

  • You need at least one course to meet each objective
  • One course can meet multiple objectives
  • You need 40 unique credit hours worth of courses

Some degree programs such as business administration may require a specific course such as MAT 140. Taking MAT 140 would meet the requirements of 3A/3B; thus then you wouldn't need college algebra in this case.

Source of Credit[edit]

This degree plan was made using these sources to map out all the alternative credits.

General Education Curriculum Requirements[edit]




Units Value



Course Name Transfer Credit
1A 3 UMPI or

Sophia or or CLEP

English Comp I or

English 104: College Composition I (UMPI recommended) or CLEP College Composition

Note: (You could take English Comp I at Sophia which would save you $'s since you would then be able to take one less SDC course.)

1B 3 UMPI or

English 105: College Composition II (UMPI recommended)
1C 3 Sophia Communication at Work (recommended)

or Conflict Resolution

1D English Composition I (Duplicate)
2A 3 Sophia Intro to Ethics 3
2B Intro to Ethics (Duplicate)
2C English Composition II (Duplicate)
2D 3 UMPI or

HUM 103 - Creative Decision Making or

Humanities 201: Critical Thinking & Analysis

2E 3 Sophia Art History I or

Art History II

3A 3 Sophia College Algebra 3
3B College Algebra (Duplicate)
3C 3 Sophia Human Biology

(Highly recommended you take at Sophia vs UMPI)

3D 3 Sophia Environmental Science 3
3E 1 Sophia Human Biology Lab
4A (Orientation course on YourPace's learning platform is taken for no credit)
4B English Composition II (Duplicate)
4C Intro to Ethics (Duplicate)
5A 3 Sophia Introduction to Sociology 3
5B 3 Sophia US History II (recommended) or

US History I

5C 3 Sophia or

Spanish I

Note: If you are already fluent in a foreign language, you could also take an ACTFL exam. CLEPS are not recommended for beginners unless you already have at least a year of school experience in a foreign language.

5D Intro to Ethics (Duplicate) or Ancient Greek Philosophers
5E 3 Political Science 102: American Government or

Political Science 101: Intro to Political Science

Totals 40 31

Core Courses (most UL must be taken at UMPI)[edit]

Course Competency

Units Value



Course Name UMPI Credit
BUS 141: Introduction to Project Management with Microsoft Projects 3 Sophia Project Management 3
BUS 240: Change Management 3 or


Business 304: Leading Organizational Change 3
BUS 260: Leadership 3 or


Business 209: Mentoring & Leadership Development in the Workplace or

Business 302: Foundations of Leadership

BUS 321: Human Resource Management 3 UMPI or

Business 306: Strategic Human Resources Management
BUS 415: Operations Management 3 UMPI or

Business 312: Advanced Operations Management
PCJ 215: Business Communication 3 Sophia or or UMPI

Communication at Work (duplicate)

(reported filled PCJ 215 requirement)

Communications 120: Presentation Skills in the Workplace

Totals 18 9

24cr UL Elective Requirement[edit]

Course Competency

Units Value



Course Name UMPI Credit
BUS 350: Business Law 3 Sophia Business Law (UL course) 3
Any UL Course 3 Take UL course with or another provider 3
Any UL Course 3 Take UL course with or another provider 3
UMPI UL Course 3
UMPI UL Course 3
UMPI UL Course 3
UMPI UL Course 3
UMPI UL Course 3
Total 24 9

General Electives[edit]

Course Competency

Units Value



Course Name UMPI Credit
Whatever you want 41 Sophia Whatever you want

Note: You can take some Sophia 1cr courses to hit 38 credits exactly

Total 41 41

Total Transfer Credit[edit]

Course Competency

Units Value



Course Name UMPI

Transfer Credit

General Education Requirements 40 31
Core Courses 18 9
UL Elective Requirement 24 9
General Electives 41 41
Total 120 90

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