Applied Arts And Sciences (BAAS)

The Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences (BAAS) is a 120 semester credit hour (SCH) degree program that recognizes and values experiential learning. BAAS recognizes learning acquired in a career, the military,  technical degree programs transferred from community colleges, and other areas of skilled experience. 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 (please see Degree Requirements tab for more information):

  • 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 Core Foundational Courses - 9 SCH of upper division coursework plus 4 SCH of lower division coursework.  IS 1100 and AAS 1301 must be taken in the first semester available, and AAS 490 must be taken the last semester before graduating.
  •  IS 1100: University Foundations for BAAS Students 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.
  •  AAS 1301: Prior Learning Assessment Theory and Practice 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.
  • 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:Psychology of Work 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. Prerequisites: ENG 340 and BAAS enrollment.
  • AAS 490: As the summative course of the BAAS program, Strategies of Action Research requires  students to 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 - 18 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
    • 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.)

Students entering the BAAS program must have a minimum of 5 years of learning experience that can be documented and/or an earned AAS/AAA/AAT from a regionally accredited institution.

Please note that 36 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.

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 1100University Foundations for Adult Learners1
AAS 1301Prior Learning Assessment Theory and Practice 63
ENG 340Advanced Expository Writing (EL)3
or ENG 350 Technical Writing
AAS 390Psychology of Work 73
AAS 490Action Research Strategies 83
Professional Development Complement18
All Courses in Complement must be completed with a grade of "C" or better
Electives (As needed to meet minimum degree requirements including 36SCH of upper division coursework)
Minimum Hours for Degree120
6

1st Semester

7

Prerequisite: ENG 340 or ENG 350

8

Final Semester/Prerequisites: ENG 340 or ENG 350 & AAS 390

Note: A minimum of 36 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
Technologies for Instruction, Learning, and Communication
Instructional Video Development
Instructional Web Site 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
9

Up to 12 semester credit hours as approved by BAAS Coordinator. Includes: Reading, Early Childhood Education, Special Education, and Bilingual Education.

10

Includes Biology, Chemistry, and Physics

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.

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.

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 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 489. Independent Study. 3 Hours.

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

AAS 490. Action Research Strategies. 3 Hours.

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. Prerequisite: ENG 340 or ENG 350 or ENG 345, and AAS 390, plus senior standing.

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. 3 Hours.

This course emphasizes the principles of composition, document design, and rhetoric applied to primary genres within scientific, technical, and professional writing. 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

Lisa Myers

Instructor

Email: lisa.myers@tamut.edu