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  Dec 18, 2017
 
 
    
2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Applied Arts and Sciences, B.A.A.S.


Admission to the Program


Before a student can be admitted, the student must arrange an interview with the Director or Academic Advisor of the BAAS Program.

BAAS students are limited to not more than twenty-five percent of their total semester credit hours in courses transferable to a program in a school of business and not more than fifteen semester credit hours in business school courses completed at Midwestern State University. However, students may select a minor in Business Administration with the approval of the Dean of the Dillard College of Business Administration.

Students currently enrolled at Midwestern State University in a designated degree program who satisfy the intent of the mission statement and have at least a 2.5 GPA will be allowed to transfer to the BAAS degree program. Exceptions to this policy will be considered on an individual basis by the BAAS Director. In such cases, the student must submit to the BAAS Director a petition letter accompanied by a letter of recommendation from an advisor in the student’s current major.

Degree Requirements


All transfers from another MSU program must complete at least 12 hours under the BAAS program at MSU to be eligible to graduate from the BAAS program.

The student must complete a baccalaureate degree plan from residence and transfer credit hours by meeting the requirements as follows:

Academic Foundations and Core Curriculum - 42 semester hours


(See Academic Foundations and Core Curriculum - 42 semester hours )

The Traditional BAAS Degree


Occupational Specialty - 24-39 semester hours, and any additional hours necessary to meet the 120-hour university requirement.


Credits toward an area of coherent specialization may be earned from community colleges, this university and other senior institutions (including elective hours), workforce education, vocational or technical schools, armed forces schools, work experiences, and nontraditional learning experiences that can be equated to college credit. To qualify for work experience credit, a student must have 3 consecutive years of full-time employment within the last 6 years. A student may be awarded 2 hours of credit for each qualifying year of work experience related to the student’s occupational specialty up to a maximum of 6 hours. Credit for nontraditional experiences is granted on the basis of evaluation by the Director and the BAAS staff utilizing the National Guide of the American Council on Education (ACE) and other appropriate publications. Documentation will be placed in the student’s permanent file in the Office of the Registrar. A minimum of 24 semester hours in the area of occupational specialty must be completed before the student can be accepted into the program. Cognate vocational technical courses may be accepted within the area of occupational specialty or professional development.

Computer Science - 3 semester hours


Professional Development - 36 advanced semester hours


May include 3 hours of BAAS 3113 - Internship Applied Arts and Sciences  and will include 3 hours of BAAS 4113 - Capstone Project .

The courses taken in this area will be chosen on the basis that they will give academic depth or breadth to the area of specialization or will provide substantive developmental knowledge for the student’s career or personal goals.

The BAAS Degree with Adult Education Concentration


The Adult Education Concentration is a gateway program that provides students with the background to serve an organization in the area of training and development for adults. The coursework combines strategies in adult learning, instructional system designs, best practice for adult learners regarding curriculum development, mentoring and the integration of technology into the training and development process. A graduate would be prepared for a career in training and development for the military, civil service, business, or industry.

Occupational Specialty - 24-39 semester hours, and any additional hours necessary to meet the 120-hour university requirement.


Credits toward an area of coherent specialization may be earned from community colleges, this university and other senior institutions (including elective hours), workforce education, vocational or technical schools, armed forces schools, work experiences, and nontraditional learning experiences that can be equated to college credit. To qualify for work experience credit, a student must have 3 consecutive years of full-time employment within the last 6 years. A student may be awarded 2 hours of credit for each qualifying year of work experience related to the student’s occupational specialty up to a maximum of 6 hours. Credit for nontraditional experiences is granted on the basis of evaluation by the Director and the BAAS staff utilizing the National Guide of the American Council on Education (ACE) and other appropriate publications. Documentation will be placed in the student’s permanent file in the Office of the Registrar. A minimum of 24 semester hours in the area of occupational specialty must be completed before the student can be accepted into the program. Cognate vocational technical courses may be accepted within the area of occupational specialty or professional development.

Computer Science - 3 semester hours


Note:


The BAAS Adult Education Concentration student may submit a petition to the BAAS program for permission to apply appropriate additional courses to fulfill the above 36 semester hour curriculum.

The BAAS Degree with Criminal Justice Concentration


The Criminal Justice Concentration provides students the background to pursue employment options in the criminal justice career field. The combination of such courses as law enforcement, political science, psychology, sociology, and social work prepares those already working in the field for career advancement. For those wishing to enter a criminal justice field, the degree offers the graduate the possibility of employment in such career fields as federal, state, and local law enforcement, institutional and community-based corrections, and criminal investigations.

Occupational Specialty - 24-39 semester hours, and any additional hours necessary to meet the 120-hour university requirement.


Credits toward an area of coherent specialization may be earned from community colleges, this university and other senior institutions (including elective hours), workforce education, vocational or technical schools, armed forces schools, work experiences, and nontraditional learning experiences that can be equated to college credit. To qualify for work experience credit, a student must have 3 consecutive years of full-time employment within the last 6 years. A student may be awarded 2 hours of credit for each qualifying year of work experience related to the student’s occupational specialty up to a maximum of 6 hours. Credit for nontraditional experiences is granted on the basis of evaluation by the Director and the BAAS staff utilizing the National Guide of the American Council on Education (ACE) and other appropriate publications. Documentation will be placed in the student’s permanent file in the Office of the Registrar. A minimum of 24 semester hours in the area of occupational specialty must be completed before the student can be accepted into the program. Cognate vocational technical courses may be accepted within the area of occupational specialty or professional development.

Computer Science - 3 semester hours


Note:


The BAAS Criminal Justice Concentration student may submit a petition to the BAAS program for permission to apply appropriate additional courses to fulfill the above 36 semester hour curriculum.

The BAAS Degree with Healthcare Administration Concentration


The Healthcare Administration Concentration is designed for students or healthcare professionals who have an accredited associate’s degree or certificate from a vocational technical program, hours from a medical or healthcare services degree or program, or those currently working or desiring to work in the healthcare or medical field.  This concentration prepares individuals to assume positions as managers, trainers, and educators within various healthcare-related fields.  Upon completion of this concentration students will have acquired the foundation to further advance their knowledge and skills to be more effective in their roles as managers and trainers within their various fields.

The Healthcare Administration Concentration is an interdisciplinary approach to a general foundation of healthcare administration theory, application, education, and training, and previous healthcare and medical coursework.  This concentration would provide entry level access for those interested in the healthcare or medical professions, and those continuing professionals in various healthcare and medical professions not requiring professional certification and licensure.

Occupational Specialty - 24-39 semester hours, and any additional hours necessary to meet the 120-hour university requirement.


Credits toward an area of coherent specialization may be earned from community colleges, this university and other senior institutions (including elective hours), workforce education, vocational or technical schools, armed forces schools, work experiences, and nontraditional learning experiences that can be equated to college credit. To qualify for work experience credit, a student must have 3 consecutive years of full-time employment within the last 6 years. A student may be awarded 2 hours of credit for each qualifying year of work experience related to the student’s occupational specialty up to a maximum of 6 hours. Credit for nontraditional experiences is granted on the basis of evaluation by the Director and the BAAS Academic Advisor utilizing the National Guide of the American Council on Education (ACE) and other appropriate publications. Documentation will be placed in the student’s permanent file in the Office of the Registrar. A minimum of 24 semester hours in the area of occupational specialty must be completed before the student can be accepted into the program. Cognate vocational technical courses may be accepted within the area of occupational specialty or professional development.

Computer Science - 3 semester hours


Professional Development - 36 advanced semester hours


The BAAS Degree with Healthcare Administration Concentration is 36 advanced semester hours of the following:

  • 27 advanced hours in the Professional Development area (from the course offerings listed below)
  • 6 advanced elective hours, and
  • BAAS 4113 - Capstone Project  

Students with at least 21 advanced hours from the Gunn College of Health Sciences and Human Services, who are eligible for the BAAS program, may be able to complete the Healthcare Administration Concentration with 12 advanced hours in the Professional Development area (from the course offerings listed below), and BAAS 4113 - Capstone Project .

Note:


The BAAS Healthcare Administration Concentration student may submit a petition to the BAAS program for permission to apply appropriate additional/substitute courses to fulfill the above 36 semester hour curriculum.

The BAAS Degree with Human Resource Development Concentration


The Human Resource Development Concentration prepares individuals to work towards improving the performance of workers within industry or governmental sector.  The multi-disciplinary coursework combines strategies in counseling, adult learning, and the integration of technology into the training and development process.  A graduate would be prepared for a career in training and development for any industry.  Those currently in the field will have acquired the foundation to further advance their knowledge and skills to be more effective in their roles as managers and trainers within their organization’s employee assistance, training, or employee development programs.

Occupational Specialty - 24-39 semester hours, and any additional hours necessary to meet the 120-hour university requirement.


Credits toward an area of coherent specialization may be earned from community colleges, this university and other senior institutions (including elective hours), workforce education, vocational or technical schools, armed forces schools, work experiences, and nontraditional learning experiences that can be equated to college credit. To qualify for work experience credit, a student must have 3 consecutive years of full-time employment within the last 6 years. A student may be awarded 2 hours of credit for each qualifying year of work experience related to the student’s occupational specialty up to a maximum of 6 hours. Credit for nontraditional experiences is granted on the basis of evaluation by the Director and the BAAS Academic Advisor utilizing the National Guide of the American Council on Education (ACE) and other appropriate publications. Documentation will be placed in the student’s permanent file in the Office of the Registrar. A minimum of 24 semester hours in the area of occupational specialty must be completed before the student can be accepted into the program. Cognate vocational technical courses may be accepted within the area of occupational specialty or professional development.

Computer Science - 3 semester hours


Note:


The BAAS Human Resource Development Concentration student may submit a petition to the BAAS program for permission to apply appropriate additional/substitute courses to fulfill the above 36 semester hour curriculum.

The BAAS Degree with Human Services Concentration


The Human Services Concentration prepares individuals to meet human needs through an interdisciplinary knowledge base.  Focusing on prevention, as well as remediation of problems, graduates will help improve the overall quality of life of the serviced populations. The multi-disciplinary coursework combines a general foundation of human services theory, work application, and academic coursework for students at entry level or those currently working in social services, governmental agencies, institutional and community-based corrections, child welfare systems, and nonprofit and health service agencies.

Occupational Specialty - 24-39 semester hours, and any additional hours necessary to meet the 120-hour university requirement.


Credits toward an area of coherent specialization may be earned from community colleges, this university and other senior institutions (including elective hours), workforce education, vocational or technical schools, armed forces schools, work experiences, and nontraditional learning experiences that can be equated to college credit. To qualify for work experience credit, a student must have 3 consecutive years of full-time employment within the last 6 years. A student may be awarded 2 hours of credit for each qualifying year of work experience related to the student’s occupational specialty up to a maximum of 6 hours. Credit for nontraditional experiences is granted on the basis of evaluation by the Director and the BAAS Academic Advisor utilizing the National Guide of the American Council on Education (ACE) and other appropriate publications. Documentation will be placed in the student’s permanent file in the Office of the Registrar. A minimum of 24 semester hours in the area of occupational specialty must be completed before the student can be accepted into the program. Cognate vocational technical courses may be accepted within the area of occupational specialty or professional development.

Computer Science - 3 semester hours


Professional Development - 36 advanced semester hours


The Human Services Concentration is 36 advanced semester hours of the following:

  • 27 advanced hours in the Professional Development area (from the course offerings listed below)
  • 6 advanced elective hours, and
  • BAAS 4113 - Capstone Project  

Students with at least 21 advanced hours from the Gunn College of Health Sciences and Human Services, who are eligible for the BAAS program, may be able to complete the Human Services Concentration with 12 advanced hours in the Professional Development area (from the course offerings listed below), and BAAS 4113 - Capstone Project .

Note:


The BAAS Human Services Concentration student may submit a petition to the BAAS program for permission to apply appropriate additional/substitute courses to fulfill the above 36 semester hour curriculum.

The BAAS Degree with Liberal Arts Concentration


The Liberal Arts Concentration is a gateway program that provides students with the critical thinking tools for a lifetime of learning and career achievement. The program is designed to fulfill the needs of students who wish to prepare for the challenges of today’s world by acquiring the skills and tools provided by a broadly based liberal arts education. The goal of the program is to equip these students with that broad base of knowledge in the liberal arts and to provide them with the communication and language skills necessary for success in the marketplace and in life.

Occupational Specialty - 24-39 semester hours, and any additional hours necessary to meet the 120-hour university requirement.


Credits toward an area of coherent specialization may be earned from community colleges, this university and other senior institutions (including elective hours), workforce education, vocational or technical schools, armed forces schools, work experiences, and nontraditional learning experiences that can be equated to college credit. To qualify for work experience credit, a student must have 3 consecutive years of full-time employment within the last 6 years. A student may be awarded 2 hours of credit for each qualifying year of work experience related to the student’s occupational specialty up to a maximum of 6 hours. Credit for nontraditional experiences is granted on the basis of evaluation by the Director and the BAAS staff utilizing the National Guide of the American Council on Education (ACE) and other appropriate publications. Documentation will be placed in the student’s permanent file in the Office of the Registrar. A minimum of 24 semester hours in the area of occupational specialty must be completed before the student can be accepted into the program. Cognate vocational technical courses may be accepted within the area of occupational specialty or professional development.

Computer Science - 3 semester hours


Professional Development - 36 advanced semester hours


Note:


The BAAS Liberal Arts Concentration student may submit a petition to the BAAS program for permission to apply appropriate additional courses to fulfill the above 36 semester hour curriculum.