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Degree Plan & Rationale


PHIL 1370: A survey of major knowledge systems with an emphasis on the scientific and humanistic methods of inquiry.

ENGL 1301: Basic forms of expository writing. Frequent themes. Collateral reading in articles and essays of a factual and informative type. This course is prerequisite to ENGL 1302 and 1374.

ENGL 1302: Forms of expository and analytical writing. Topics for composition suggested from wide reading in at least two of the three genres: prose fiction, poetry, and drama. Research paper required. Prerequisite: ENGL 1301.

COMM 1315:

Principles and practice of public speaking.

MATH 1314: Linear and quadratic equations and inequalities, determinants, matrices, systems of equations, binomial theorem, exponential and logarithmic functions, theory of equations.

MATH 1342: Non-calculus based introduction to statistics, statistical measures of data, statistical description of data, elementary probability, random variables, binomial and normal distributions, estimation, testing hypotheses.

GEOL 1403: Earth materials, structures, tectonics, land forms, mineral resources and processes that formed them.

GEOL 1404: History of the development of our planet and its inhabitants.

HIST 1301: United States history from the revolutionary period through reconstruction.

HIST 1302: United States history from the post-reconstruction period to the present.

POLS 2301:

and participation; public opinion and interest groups; parties, voting and elections.

The national and Texas constitutions; federalism; political socialization

POLS 2302: The legislative, executive and judicial branches and the bureaucracy; policy formulation and implementation including civil rights and civil liberties, domestic and foreign policies.

DANC 2304: A survey of the art of dance, its role in world cultures, history and current issues. This is the only dance course that satisfies the fine arts core for non-dance majors.

PSYC 2301: An introductory survey of the major areas of psychology such as learning, personality, social, testing, developmental and physiological. Emphasis is on psychology as the scientific study of behavior and includes both human and animal behavior.

PEGA BOWLING: Required Activity course, transfer.


ENGL LIT 3320: Literature about or for children and adolescents and the special features and concerns of the genre. May be taken for credit more than once if the topic varies.


HIST 2321: History class, transfer.

COMM 1375: A survey of the field of film with emphasis on current trends in cinema, past and present directors, and the historical development of film. This course satisfies the University Core Curriculum requirement for a course in the fine arts.

ARTS 2356: An introduction to basic photographic processes and techniques used as an art medium.

ARTS 1316: A beginning course investigating a variety of drawing media, techniques and subjects, exploring perceptual and descriptive possibilities.

ARTS 1311: The study of the elements and concepts of two-dimensional design.


ECON 1301: Comprehensive introduction to economic principles and problems for non-business students. Resource utilization; price determination; distribution of income; fiscal and monetary problems; economic growth.

ACCT 2301: Concepts of financial accounting. Emphasis is on the conceptual framework of accounting and the preparation and uses of financial statements

ACCT 2302: Uses of accounting information in managerial planning, decision making, and control. Includes study of cost behavior, cost-volume-profit analyses, and budgeting.

MISY 1373: History of computing; components of a personal computer; word processing, spreadsheets, databases, presentation graphics, e-mail and Internet tools.

PSYC 2471: Statistical concepts and techniques used in behavioral science research. Topics include graphs, measures of position, central tendency and dispersion, correlation and regression, probability, tests of significance and introduction to non-parametric techniques.

PSYC 2308: A study of the growth and development of behavior patterns in children.


ARTS 1301: An introductory course emphasizing the understanding and appreciation of visual arts (painting, sculpture, and architecture). Open to all students.

ARTS 2379: Advanced study of black and white photography as an art medium.


AASC 3301: Lifelong Learning for BAAS.


3000-4000 Level

FINC 3310: An introductory survey of the principal issues, decision areas, and analytical procedures relevant to the financial management of private business firms including capital budgeting, cost of capital, short and long-term financing, dividend policy and valuation.

MGMT 3310: Includes the study of organization behavior concepts such as leadership, motivation, individual behavior, group behavior and communication. Their use in U.S. and multinational organizations in management practice is examined in the context of today’s legal, social and ethical environment.

MKTG 3310: A description and analysis of business activities designed to plan, price, promote and distribute products and services to customers. Topics studied include the marketing environment, consumer buying habits and motives, types of middlemen, marketing institutions and channels, governmental regulations, advertising and current marketing practices.

MISY 3310: Systems theory and concepts; information systems and organizational systems; decision theory and how it is implemented by IT; quality, TQM and re-engineering; level of systems; strategic, tactical and operational; system components

and relationships; information system strategies; roles of information and information technology; roles of people using, developing and managing systems; IS planning; human-computer interface; network and telecommunications systems management; electronic commerce; implementation and evaluation of system performance; societal and ethical issues related to information systems design and use.

MGMT 3330: A behavioral approach to the management of the human resource in business enterprise. The fundamentals of human relations and organizational behavior will be used to structure an understanding of the managerial problems of recruitment, selection, training, promotion and termination of personnel. Supervision of the work force will be considered as an examination of theories of motivation, communication and leadership.

MISY 3395: This course will examine the processes necessary to integrate a web site into the strategic plan of an organization. Primarily, the course will address the strategic application of the web site to enhance corporate profit, serve customers, and market the organization. It will cover how to maintain and continually improve the website, including registering with search engines and directories. Students will be required to have a home page for posting homework and to create a simulated company web site.

BCOM 3350: Practical instruction in learning how to write business memos, letters, and analytical reports and learning the fundamentals of giving a formal business presentation.

4000 Level

PSYC 4310: A review of research and theory regarding the structure and function of the basic sensory processes and sensory perception.

PSYC 4320: A study of abnormal behavior. Special emphasis on the symptomatology, etiology and therapeutic approaches.

PSYC 4360: Theories and research concerning learning and cognitive processes, with a consideration of practical implications.

AASC 4301: Senior Seminar for BAAS.

The classes listed under core classes are required classes for the core curriculum for the BAAS. I have one core class left to take and I have selected Child and Adolescent Literature. These courses are also pre-requisites to several of the upper level classes that I will take for my two minors. I have chosen to minor in Business and Psychology.

Several of the electives that I have previously taken such as the ARTS courses were taken

when I was going for a bachelor’s degree in Studio Art. However, these courses will help me with my venture of becoming a professional photographer.

After the electives that I have already taken or are currently taking I will need 15 hours of electives. I have chosen courses that are required for my minors in business and psychology. I will have 18 hours of required courses that will fit into the electives hours.

I will end up with 39 hours of electives.

For the advanced hours I will have the two required AASC courses and 27 hours of required courses for my minors in business and psychology. I have chosen 6 hours of business courses to accompany the other business courses that will help me in the future with my small photography business.

I chose to minor in Business and Psychology. I picked business because I plan to one day

have my own photography studio. I feel that having a minor in business will allow me to gain a wealth of information on how to run a sound business. Classes I have chosen will teach me how to handle money, market my art, handle employees, and more. I also chose Psychology because I have an interest in teaching. If photography does not work out as well as I hope it to I will go for teacher certification. I feel that having knowledge of psychology will help me as a teacher. I have selected courses that deal with child psychology and the psychology of learning.

I decided to switch over to the BAAS because it would allow me to take courses that

would benefit me and my future plans. I am able to take courses from several different areas of interest; all of which will incorporate into my plan of being a professional photographer and a studio owner. I will be able to take a large amount of my classes online which will allow me to spend more time with my two small children. I am also interested in the opportunity of teaching. Receiving my Bachelor’s Degree will allow me to go for teacher’s certification at a later date if I so chose.