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Program Description and Curriculum

The Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences (BAAS) is a 120 semester credit hour (SCH) degree program that recognizes and values occupational learning. BAAS recognizes learning acquired in a career, the military, or a technical degree program transferred from the community college. The program is designed to facilitate degree completion by accepting several forms of nontraditional /occupational education. The major of the program, Applied Arts and Sciences, permits students to select a track of study that can incorporate one or more subject areas. The 120-hour program is comprised of the following:

  • General Education Core Curriculum - 42 to 44 semester credit hours (SCH)
  • Occupational/Technical Credit - transferred from the community college or 6 to 24 semester credit hours achieved through portfolio assessment.
  • BAAS Foundational Courses - 9 SCH of upper division coursework. These courses must be taken in the following order:
    • ENG 340: Through guided practice, students develop the ability to write prose that informs and persuades. While they draft, revise, and edit a series of essays, students apply strategies for writing with effective organization and style. The course also demands careful reading and discussion of model essays and articles drawn from a diverse selection of published authors. Prerequisites: ENGL 1301 and 1302.
    • AAS 390: Examines the psychological impact of work on the individual through a study of the nature of work, job satisfaction, motivation, communication, behavioral styles, and career development. Students will assess individual personality traits, learning styles, work skills, and develop career goals. In addition, students will be guided through the portfolio compilation process to enable them to develop a portfolio of work and life learning linked to established theory for credit evaluation. Prerequisites: ENG 340 and BAAS enrollment.
    • AAS 490: As the summative course of the BAAS program, this course requires that students develop a research project with instructor approval. Because of the interdisciplinary nature of the BAAS degree program, individualized plans of research will be designed for each participant. Students will complete the following: (1) develop a research agenda on an approved topic; (2) conduct both a literature review and an action research plan of the topic within the context of a specified setting; and (3) complete both an oral and a written report. Prerequisites: ENG 340, AAS 390 and senior standing.
  • Professional Development Complement - 24 SCH of upper division coursework. Choose one of the following fields in which to specialize:
    • Behavioral Sciences
    • Computer Technology
    • Criminal Justice
    • English
    • Instructional Technology (all courses online)
    • Liberal Arts
    • Organizational Leadership (all courses online)
    • Political Science
    • Sociology
    • COMING IN 2014/15 - Mass Communications
  • Electives (After credit for previous coursework and prior learning assessment has been applied, the number of electives will be determined based on the number of hours needed to reach the degree’s required 120 SCH.)

Please note that 45 of the required 120 SCH must be from upper division courses. Also, 30 of the 120 SCH must be taken from Texas A&M University-Texarkana.