John Dee Bright College

Areas of Study

Bright College offers two 2-year associates degrees: The Associate of Arts (AA) in Business, Organizational, and Professional Studies and the AA in the Integrated Arts, Sciences, and Humanities.

The Business, Organizational, and Professional Studies degree prepares students to enter the professional workforce in promotion-eligible positions in for-profit businesses and enterprises of all kinds where leadership, self-directedness, and high-level non-cognitive competencies are key to professional success and promotion.

The Integrated Arts, Sciences, and Humanities degree prepares graduates to enter public- and nonprofit-sector employment in the arts, environment, civil service, and community service organizations, professions where awareness of and sensitivity to the complex forces that shape culture are key.


Program Outcomes

Bright College offers its students opportunities to develop foundational disciplinary knowledges and skills integrated with transferrable non-cognitive habits of mind. Our graduates will be ready for the future world of work, for lifelong personal fulfillment, and for ongoing educational attainment.


Disciplinary Foundations

Drawing on the stated outcomes of the Drake University Areas of Inquiry, Bright College courses help students develop the following disciplinary knowledges and skills:

  • Effective written and verbal communication
  • Quantitative and Statistical Literacy
  • Social and Cultural Literacy
  • Natural Scientific Literacy
  • Media and Information Literacy
  • Historical Literacy
  • Artistic Competency
  • Intercultural Literacy
  • Complex Systems Literacy
  • Digital Competency

Along with disciplinary and interdisciplinary learning, Bright College students develop, practice, and refine higher-order habits of mind and dispositions with broad application and relevance to a wide range of professional and life goals. They include:

  • Collaboration, Teamwork, and Conflict Resolution
  • Creative Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Ethical Reasoning
  • Self-Efficacy and Resilience
  • Decision-Making
  • Adaptability and Flexibility
  • Planning and Organization

A.A. Degree Requirements

Course Credits
JBC 011: Dean's Hour I 0

JBC 015: Integrated Seminar in Communication and Cultural History*

    JBC 012: Topics in Written Communication 4
    JBC 013: Topics in US Cultural History 4
    JBC 014: Topics in Identity Representation 4
JBC 025: Organizational Improvision
JBC 031: Dean's Hour II 0
JBC 035: Integrated Seminar in Media and Statistical Literacy* 0
    JBC 032: Topics in Media Literacy 4
    JBC 033: Topics in Information Literacy 4
    JBC 034: Topics in Data and Statistical Literacy 4
JBC 045: Organizational Culture 6
JBC 051: Dean's Hour III 0
JBC 055: Integrated Seminar in Global Natural and Social Systems* 0
    JBC 052: Topics in Global Natural Systems 4
    JBC 053: Topics in Global Social Systems 4
    JBC 054: Topics in Intro to Systems Theory 4
Choose one:  
    JBC 111: Topics in Applied Arts, Sciences, and Humanities 3
    JBC 121: Topics in Business Professions 3
Choose one set of courses:  
JBC 112: Arts, Science, and Humanities Employee Leadership Accountability AND 3
JBC 115: Culminating Practicum in the Integrated Arts, Sciences, and Humanities 9
JBC 122: Business, Organization, and Professional Studies Employee Leadership Accountability AND 3
JBC 125: Culminating Practicum in Business, Organization, and Professional Studies  9
Total Credit Hours 62

*The Integrated Seminar courses are comprised of three interrelated 4-credit disciplinary components.

The information in this catalog does not constitute a contract between the university and the student. The university reserves the right to make changes in curricula, admission policies and processes, tuition and financial aid, academic standards and guidelines, student services and any other regulations or policies set forth in this catalog without giving prior notice.