Applied Arts And Sciences (BAAS)

OVERVIEW OF PROGRAM

The Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences (BAAS) is a nationally recognized program designed for highly skilled adults seeking a bachelor's degree. The 120-hour degree provides an expedited path to degree completion by recognizing and credentialing personal learning acquired outside the classroom. The process through which personal learning articulates to college credit is called Prior Learning Assessment (PLA), and the learning assessed is the type people acquire in their work, military service, technical degree programs, and/or other professional development programs and opportunities.

In addition to an expedited path to degree completion, the BAAS degree offers an opportunity to strengthen professional knowledge and skills within a chosen field of practice. Areas of study include:

  • Behavioral Sciences
  • Computer Technology
  • Criminal Justice
  • English
  • Instructional Technology (online program)
  • Liberal Arts
  • Mass Communications
  • Organizational Leadership (online program)
  • Political Science
  • Sociology

PREREQUISITES FOR PROGRAM ADMISSION

  • A minimum of 5 years post-secondary work experience that can be documented and/or an earned AAS/AAA/AAT from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Completion of ENGL 1301 and 1302 (or equivalent) with a grade of C or higher

One of the Nation's

"Twelve Most Innovative Colleges for Adult Learners" 

Washington Monthly, 2017

"Texas A&M Texarkana Illustrates Best Practices in PLA"  

The Journal of Continuing Higher Education, 2017

Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences (BAAS)

Students should refer to their DegreeWorks degree audit in their Web for Students account for more information regarding their degree requirements.

Major Requirements
General Education Requirements
BAAS Core Courses
All Courses in Major must be completed with a grade of "C" or better unless otherwise noted
AAS 305The Adult Learner and Self-Development 13
ENG 340Advanced Expository Writing (EL) 13
or ENG 350 Technical Writing (EL)
AAS 395Inductive Learning: Prior Learning Assessment Theory and Practice 23
ITED 350Technology and Digital Literacy3
LEAD 415Organization Development and Change3
AAS 490Deductive Learning: Self-development in Professional Contexts 33
Upper Division Prior Learning Assessment Credit and/or Program approved Electives6
Professional Development Complement18
All Courses in Complement must be completed with a grade of "C" or better
Electives: including transfer credit, Prior Learning Assessment Credit and/or electives (As needed to meet minimum degree requirements including 45 SCH of upper division coursework)36
Minimum Hours for Degree120

Note: A minimum of 45 upper division hours are required for this degree. Resident credit totaling 25% of the hours is required for the degree.

Bachelor of Applied Arts & Sciences (BAAS) Complements

All courses in Complements must be completed with a grade of 'C' or better
Behavioral Sciences Complement
A minimum of 18 upper-division semester credit hours from Criminal Justice, Psychology, and/or Sociology
Computer Technology Complement
A minimum of 18 upper-division semester credit hours approved by the BAAS Coordinator from the following courses:
Analysis of Algorithms
Software Engineering
Operating Systems
Computer Networks
Project Management
Essentials of Management Information Systems
Introduction to Instructional Technology
Technology and Digital Literacy
Instructional Video Development
Website Design and ePortfolio Development
Introduction to Web-Based Instructional Content Development
Management and Development of Instructional Technology Projects
Other courses at 300/400 level may be substituted with advisor approval, with a limitation of 9 semester credit hours in Management Information Systems (MIS).
Criminal Justice Complement
A minimum of 18 upper-division semester credit hours from Criminal Justice
English Complement
A minimum of 18 upper-division semester credit hours from English
Instructional Technology Complement
A minimum of 18 upper-division semester credit hours from Instructional Technology
Liberal Arts Complement
A minimum of 18 upper-division semseter credit hours from the following:
Criminal Justice
Education (up to 12sch) 9
English
Fine Arts (Art, Drama, Music)
Geography
History
Instructional Technology
Interdisciplinary Studies
Journalism
Leadership
Mass Communications
Math
Political Science
Psychology
Science 10
Sociology
Spanish
Mass Communications Complement
A minimum of 18 upper-division semester credit hours as listed:
Initial Courses
Mass Communication Theory
Research in Mass Communication
Subsequent to MCOM 300 and MCOM 491:
Advanced Photojournalism
Public Relations Campaigns
Concepts in Classical Film
Popular Culture and Mass Communication
Advanced News Writing and Reporting
Advanced Video Production
Organizational Leadership Complement
A minimum of 18 upper-division semester credit hours as listed:
Introduction to Leadership: Concepts and Practices
Leadership Theory and Practice
Community Leadership
Additional 9 hours from the following:
Up to 9 upper-division semester credit hours in LEAD electives
Up to 9 upper-division semester credit hours from College of Business
Upper-division PSCI elective
Political Science Complement
A minimum of 18 upper-division semester credit hours from Political Science
Sociology Complement
A minimum of 18 Upper-division semester credit hours from Sociology

Note: Bachelor's degree graduation requirements include these minimums: 36 upper-division hours and resident credit totaling 25% of the hours required for the degree

Undergraduate Courses in Applied Arts and Sciences

AAS 1100. University Foundations for Adult Learners. 1 Hour.

University Foundations for Adult Learners serves as an introduction to higher education and is designed to assist BAAS students become engaged members of the A&M-Texarkana academic community. This course assists students in acquiring essential academic success skills and developing a better understanding of learning processes. Focus is placed on the benefits of higher education and the expectations and values of the university. Students will examine factors that underlie learning, success, and personal development in higher education. NOTE: This is required of all BAAS students meeting 2015-16 and subsequent catalog degree requirements. Prereq: ENGL 1301 & 1302 with a grade of C or better.

AAS 1301. Prior Learning Assessment Theory and Practice. 3 Hours.

This course is designed to assist students in identifying areas of learning that may be evaluated for college-level equivalency. The course guides students through the preparation and compilation of all components required for the evaluation of a portfolio of prior learning. Students use critical reflection skills to conceptualize the value of prior learning and its implications for future learning. Adult learning theory, models, and concepts are discussed and applied to case studies. Admission to course requires BAAS program admission and permission by BAAS Coordinator. Prerequisite: ENGL 1301 & ENGL 1302 with a grade of C or higher.

AAS 301. Careers and Work-Life Integration. 3 Hours.

This course examines evolving work-life issues with respect to contemporary organizations and the changing landscape of careers. Major topics will include new career models, career development strategies, the interrelationship of work and family, and career development over the lifespan. Students will conduct a rigorous self-assessment to clarify values, interests, skills and career goals and aspirations.

AAS 305. The Adult Learner and Self-Development. 3 Hours.

This course will provide a formal space to introduce adult learners to the theories of adult development and learning and allow them the opportunity to explore those theories in light of their own personal and professional development. The course will also introduce students to the importance of well-developed skill-sets that include critical thinking, problem-solving, effective communication, leadership, personal responsibility, and self-directed development. In addition, this cours will house tutorials to help returning adults acclimate to higher education, specifically its environment and expectations.

AAS 390. Psychology of Work. 3 Hours.

AAS 390 assists students in analyzing effective occupational practices as they relate to adult learning theory. The course topics include a comparison of traditional and adult learning theories, self-directed learning, transformative learning, experiential learning, motivation, personality traits, communication, and how these areas of knowledge assist in developing career goals and effective workplace interaction. Prerequisite: ENG 340 or ENG 350 or ENG 345, and must be enrolled in the BAAS program.

AAS 395. Inductive Learning: Prior Learning Assessment Theory and Practice. 3 Hours.

This cours is designed to lead students through the inductive learning process by assisting students in identifying specific learning events, reflecting upon those experiences, and then conceptualizing the prior learning within theoretical frameworks. Specific areas to explore include occupational-based communication and interpersonal skills, leadership, collaboration, problem-solving, and time-management. Utilizing Bloom's Taxonomy and Kolb's Experimental Learning Cycle, the course guides studens through the preparation and compilation of all components required for the evaluation of a portfolio of prior learning for collegiate credit. Students use critical reflection skills to coneptualize the value of prior learning and its implications for future learning. Prerequisite: BAAS program admission and completion of ENGL 1301 and ENGL 1302 with a "C" or higher.

AAS 489. Independent Study. 3 Hours.

This course provides individual instruction. Students may repeat the course when topics vary.

AAS 490. Deductive Learning: Self-development in Professional Contexts. 3 Hours.

As the summative course of the BAAS program, this course leads students through the deductive learning process of applying theoretical knowledge to experiential settings. The course requires students to develop and present a research project based on an area of professional development within their field of practice. Students will conduct a truncated literature review over the selected topic within the context of a specified setting, collect and analyze data utilizing quantitative methods, and complete a digital and written report of research and findings. Prerequisite: AAS 390 and ENG 340 or ENG 350 with a grade of C or better, and senior status.

ENG 340. Advanced Expository Writing (EL). 3 Hours.

This course advances individual writing ability by focusing upon analytical and rhetorical strategies through various exercises and the production of compositions. This course integrates the principles of Experiential Learning and meets criteria for undergraduate research. Prerequisite: ENGL 1301 and ENGL 1302 with a grade of C or better.

ENG 350. Technical Writing (EL). 3 Hours.

This course emphasizes the principles of composition, document design, and rhetoric applied to primary genres within scientific, technical, and professional writing. This course integrates the principles of Experiential Learning and meets the criteria for undergraduate research. Prerequisite: ENGL 1301 and ENGL 1302 with a grade of C or better.

IS 1100. University Foundations. 1 Hour.

University Foundations serves as an introduction to higher education and is designed to assist first-year students become engaged members of the A&M-Texarkana academic community. This course assists students in acquiring essential academic success skills and developing a better understanding of learning processes. Focus is placed on the benefits of higher education and the expectations and values of the university. Students will examine factors that underlie learning, success, and personal development in higher education. No prerequisites. Required of all full-time year students new to the university, and students must successfully complete this course before enrolling in any upper division courses.

Faculty

Dr. Lisa Myers
Instructor
Email: lisa.myers@tamut.edu
Katheryn Hartshorn
Instructor
Email: katheryn.hartshorn@tamut.edu