Students seeking the 120-hour Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences (B.A.A.S.) degree must first obtain an associate degree from an approved institution. This degree requires 60 hours of coursework at Texas Tech University in addition to the initial 60 hours transferred from an approved collaborating institution.
The program is administered by the Office of the Provost, and interested students should contact the student services center in University Studies (806.742.7100). For more information see www.depts.ttu.edu/universitystudies.
1. Hours Required and General/College Requirement
A minimum of 120 semester hours, 40 of which must be at the junior/senior level, and fulfillment of degree requirements for the Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciencse degree as specified in the "General Requirements" in the Undergraduate Academics section of this catalog.
2. Major Requirements
Occupational Specialization, 36 Hours. Comprised of courses related to a specific occupation, field, or subject. The occupational specialization typically consists of field-specific coursework completed for an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree at a community college. Active-duty military or veterans may receive credit for technical or other formal training courses under this component of the degree plan. Other students who have not completed an occupational specialization through courses taken in a community college or in the military may create one by selecting a primary area of study.
Professional Development Concentrations, 36 Hours. Consists of two separate multidisciplinary concentrations that serve to enhance the skills acquired by the student through an associate's degree or are complimentary themes of interest. Requires completion of 36 hours in two separate concentrations of 18 hours each:
3. Core Curriculum Requirements, 44 Hours. Select any approved Texas Tech courses deemed by a B.A.A.S. advisor as appropriate to the degree. Caution must be exercised to ensure the student fulfills the university requirement of 40 hours of junior/senior level coursework.
4. Capstone and Multicultural Requirement, 6 Hours. 3-hour multicultural course (page 61) and the capstone course, INTS 4350.
The following credit may be submitted for consideration:
Texas Veterans may be eligible for Hazelwood Financial Assistance. Refer to the Military and Veterans Programs at www.mvp.ttu.edu.
The Center for Active Learning and Undergraduate Engagement (CALUE) is committed to
supporting and increasing undergraduate participation in active learning at Texas
Tech. The center serves as a centralized location for those interested in participating
in the active learning programs described below.
Service learning is an academic program that links academic study and civic engagement
through thoughtfully organized service that enables students to perform meaningful
community service related to their courses. CALUE assists faculty in developing service
learning courses and identifying community partners. The center also cooperates with
academic advisors in helping students identify and enroll in appropriate service learning
courses. The Service Learning Program provides information, support, and opportunities
to students, faculty, and community members and fosters an appreciation of the academic
and social values of community engagement.
CALUE provides direction, support, and funding for undergraduate students interested in conducting research with a faculty mentor; hosts educational workshops for students targeted at organizing, conducting, and presenting research, as well as preparing for graduate school and graduate admission testing; facilitates collaboration and dialogues among faculty, staff, and organizations engaged in undergraduate research initiatives; and recognizes outstanding undergraduate researchers and faculty mentors.
CALUE hosts the TTU Undergraduate Research Conference annually on the Texas Tech campus
to provide an opportunity for undergraduate researchers to present their research
to the campus community.
Through collaboration with academic colleges and other units on campus, CALUE enhances
the educational experiences of students by promoting internship opportunities, developing
relationships with organizations seeking internship placements, and placing students
in work experiences related to their academic major or minor.
CALUE assists the Study Abroad Office and colleges within the university in promoting study abroad opportunities that allow students to have an international learning experience while making progress toward a degree. Students who study abroad learn independence, self-confidence, flexibility, clarity about their own culture and future goals, views and perspectives held by others, and language and communication skills.
The Cooperative Education program integrates classroom study with paid, practical, and supervised work training in public and private employment situations. By applying their academic training in a work setting, students not only enhance their self-confidence while earning wages, but they also gain career direction and may receive offers for future full-time employment.
Co-op programs include both the alternating and parallel patterns. The alternating option allows students to alternate semesters of work and school, working a minimum of two semesters. The parallel plan permits students to work at least 15 to 20 hours per week concurrently with their academic progression.
Students considering a Co-Op experience should consult with an advisor in University Career Services as early as possible. In addition, the student must obtain approval from his or her departmental advisor before enrolling. Ordinarily a student must have completed the sophomore year to be considered for the program.
The Government and Public Service Internship Program at Texas Tech provides students a unique opportunity to experience firsthand how federal or state government functions. Administered by the Office of the President, the internships allow students to work in offices in Washington, D.C., Austin or Lubbock.
Internships are offered each semester and students are selected through an interview process. Through this opportunity, interns earn course credit, experience, networking opportunities, and a scholarship.
The internships are open to students of all majors and academic disciplines. The program prefers for undergraduate applicants to have a minimum 3.0 GPA and to have completed at least 60 semester credit hours. The internship program is also available for graduate and law students. The College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources also offers a government internship program for students in the college.
For application information and to contact the program coordinator see the website www.congressionalintern.ttu.edu.
The Institute for Studies in Pragmaticism offers an undergraduate course and a graduate-level course on methods and logical problems associated with interdisciplinary endeavors in science. The only prerequisite is approval of the instructor. Students in any branch of Texas Tech University or Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center are eligible to enroll.
Contact: Kenneth L. Ketner, Director, Institute for Studies in Pragmaticism, Box 40002, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX 79409-0002, 806.742.3128.
Interdisciplinary Studies courses support students in the transition to and from university life. "Raider Ready: Freshman Seminar" (IS 1100) is designed for entering freshmen to smooth the transition of students from high school to the university, focusing on academic, social and personal skills needed to make that transition successfully. The one-hour interdisciplinary studies course is taught by faculty from throughout the university in a collaborative approach to address the major concerns of incoming students.
IS 1100 is a general university course with sections composed of 20 to 25 students from the freshman class without regard to college or major. It cannot be taken pass/fail. Freshman student athletes must take both IS 1100 and 1200, with the latter designed specifically to meet the unique demands and constraints on first-year student athletes.
The purpose of the IS 1101 TTAP seminar is to provide students with the skills and knowledge that will help them become exceptional Texas Tech undergraduates. The TTAP seminar has been specifically designed to expose students who are part of the TTAP to the insights, skills, dispositions, and resources necessary to excel as a Texas Tech undergraduate.
IS 4100 is a senior seminar to ease the transition of students from college to the workplace. Students who take IS 4100 should experience better results in their job search as a result of course content designed to enhance their ability to identify their own strengths and use those strengths to enter the workplace successfully.
Introduction to Library Research is a one-hour course designed to introduce students to lifelong information literacy skills and establish tools for effective and efficient research in a university library. Because information comes in many forms, students sometimes find the multitude of printed publications, Internet resources, and microform and audiovisual materials overwhelming. They need to know how to identify, find, evaluate, and use resources that are most appropriate for their assignments.
Introduction to Library Research has four main objectives: to present the arrangement and services of the Texas Tech University Libraries; to provide an introduction to resources and search strategies; to outline a transferable, systematic plan for critical evaluation and use of these resources in a variety of ways; and to promote the effective use of information to accomplish specific tasks.
Course content (readings, quizzes, and activities) is accessed through Blackboard for onsite and distance students. Onsite students will meet for lecture and hands-on sessions.
Contact: Laura Heinz, 806.834.4584
Programs for Academic Development and Retention (PADR) is designed to provide opportunities for students to acquire and build effective learning strategies and personal management skills for college and beyond. PADR courses are open to all students at Texas Tech University. Classes meet two or three times a week for 16 weeks and average 25 to 30 students each.
Students returning from Academic Suspension who have not already successfully completed a PADR course are required to enroll in PADR and fulfill all class requirements in order to maintain their academic standing with the university.
Courses through PADR encourage students to learn how to manage the complexities of life, identify motivations for being in school, set long-term goals, create stepping stones toward larger goals, and eliminate stress by keeping life in balance.
In addition to classroom interaction, students have the opportunity for individualized time with the instructor to work on specific problems that might hinder the student's success.
Students who, in their first semester at Texas Tech, fail to meet minimum GPA requirements set forth by their college (see course descriptions for requirements) and those students returning from academic suspension will be required to enroll in a PADR course designated for their major.
Contact: Room 59 Holden Hall, www.padr.soar.ttu.edu, 806.742.3928.
The Study Abroad unit in the International Education and Enrollment division of the Office of International Affairs coordinates all study abroad programs for Texas Tech University students. In today's globalized job market, students who participate in a study abroad program or international internship are more marketable and competitive in almost every field. An overseas educational experience equips students with an international perspective that helps them unction objectively and comfortably in the global marketplace while earning credit towards their degree.
There are several types of study abroad programs from which Texas Tech students may choose. The Texas Tech Center in Seville, Spain, offers students the opportunity to take Texas Tech catalog classes. Students participate in an intensive Spanish- language program (equivalent to four semesters) and may select one other course that meets general education requirements. Students live with host families and are immersed in the language and culture through excursions and day-to-day experiences.
Many academic departments offer faculty-led programs, usually in the summer, with a wide variety of course offerings and locations. Students earn Texas Tech credit while taking a catalog course in an international location with Texas Tech faculty.
Other study abroad programs available to Texas Tech students range from three weeks to a full academic year. Study Abroad advisors assist students with choosing a program that best fits their individual needs and provide guidance during the application and orientation process.
Students participating in any Texas Tech study abroad program are eligible to apply
for the Study Abroad Competitive Scholarship, funded by the International Education
Fee paid by all Texas Tech students. Students also remain eligible for Texas Tech
financial aid to help finance their program.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org; www.studyabroad.ttu.edu; 806.742.3667; International Cultural Center, 601 Indiana Avenue, Lubbock, TX.
University studies is an interdisciplinary major that fosters new areas of learning and discovery by facilitating student learning across department and college boundaries. Administered by the Division of Undergraduate Education and Student Affairs within the Office of the Provost, a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in University Studies provides a unique course of study that allows students flexibility in choosing three distinct areas of study. Each area is referred to as a "concentration." Although the three concentrations exist as separate programs within the university, they are normally unavailable as a combination of courses in an existing degree program. For example, a student might focus on a specialization in environmental journalism with concentrations in journalism, plant and soil sciences, and environmental toxicology. Each area exists in different colleges as part of separate degree programs, but only a major in university studies will allow students to study the three concentrations as a unit.
Coursework in the B.A. or B.S. degrees must total 120 semester hours. Prerequisites for courses selected in the areas of concentration must be completed and, depending on the concentration, may not count toward the 18-hour minimum per area of concentration. A total of 40 upper-division hours is required for the degree, with at least 9 hours of upper-division credits required in each area of concentration.
Students seeking a B.A. or B.S. in University Studies will be required to make a C or better in 12 hours of Integrative Studies from the following: INTS 2310, 3300, 4350, and either 3301 or 4320. Concentration areas must combine in such a way that they provide an integrated or thematic specialization without significantly replicating any existing departmental major. Students must be in good academic standing to apply for the major.
Students interested in a university studies degree must begin the process by contacting a university studies degree advisor to organize a course of study that meets existing university and degree standards. With the degree advisor's assistance, each student must develop a degree plan that consists of (1) a concentration declaration form and (2) a degree plan incorporating a listing of all courses completed and/or in progress as well as a listing of all intended or enrolled courses related to the degree and major. A student choosing to change an already established area of concentration must be appropriately advised by a university studies advisor and submit a new degree plan.
Credit by Exam. Seniors must receive written permission from the Office of the Provost prior to attempting credit by examination and provide proof of notification upon registering for an exam in Academic Testing Services.
Grading Practices. Credits for a course in which a grade of D is earned may not be applied toward fulfillment of any concentration area. No course may be used more than once on a degree plan unless it has been approved by the Office of the Provost or has the statement "may be repeated for credit" in the official published course description.
Final 30 Hours. The final 30 credit hours applied to a degree program must be completed with Texas Tech University enrollments. Credit for courses taken at other institutions must have prior written approval from the Office of the Provost.
Contact: University Studies, Office of the Provost, 164 Drane Hall,
T 806.742.7100, F 806.742.7219, www.depts.ttu.edu/universitystudies
The area of concentration in agricultural leadership includes breadth in terms of
a broad overview of leadership and depth in the areas of personal, team, and organizational
leadership taught in an agricultural and natural resources context. Students learn
how both non-profit (e.g. cooperative extension, international development agencies)
and for-profit (both small-scale and large multinational agribusinesses) organizations
are influenced by leadership, as well as specific principles and concepts regarding
personal, dyadic, team, managerial, and executive leadership. The coursework is conceptualized
around a leadership process model and how leadership traits and skills are utilized
through core leadership behaviors (supportive, charismatic, directive, reward and
punishment, and participative). The development of human capital undergirds this important
field of study.
The human resource development (HRDV) curriculum focuses on the skills and knowledge necessary for interacting with people in various work settings. The courses in the program draw on theory from the social and behavioral sciences as well as organizational leadership. HRDV courses are designed to help students understand and address issues confronting both individuals and organizations. Coursework focuses on workplace topics such as human relations and communication, training and development, staffing skills and strategies, and leadership within the workplace.
Human Resource Development as a Concentration. Students interested in pursuing a degree in university studies with an area of concentration in human resource development must complete all of the degree requirements for the chosen degree. An area of concentration in human resource development included a minimum of 18 hours from HRDV 2301, 2303, 3301, 3303, 3305, 3307, 3308, 3309, 3310, 4000, 4301, 4302, 4303, 4304, 4305, or 4306.
Human Resource Development as a Minor. Although student majoring in university studies do not need a minor, students in other degree programs many see a minor in human resource development by taking 18 hours of HRDV courses approved by a human resource development advisor. The core (required) courses for a human resource development minor are HRDV 2301, 3301, and 3303. The remaining 9 hours can be selected from HRDV 2303, 3305, 3307, 3308, 3309, 3310, 4000, 4301, 4302, 4303, 4304, 4305, or 4306. It is recommended that the 18 hours of coursework be taken in the order listed below:
Integrative studies is an approach to answering questions, solving problems and addressing contemporary social issues from multiple perspectives. Integrative studies students develop the intellectual tools needed to build bridges across academic disciplines and apply their skills, innovations, and knowledge in various academic and practical settings. In core classes, students develop portfolio artifacts that showcase their individual skills, interests, and talents. This portfolio and the applied learning experience provide each student with valuable resources for flexible, individualized career planning and development.
Integrative Studies as a Concentration. Students interested in pursuing a degree in university studies with an area of concentration in integrative studies must include in their course of study a minimum of 18 hours from the following courses: INTS 2310, 3300, 3301, 3330, 3350, 4000, 4320, and 4350.
Integrative Studies as a Minor. Although students majoring in university studies do not need a minor, students in other degree programs may seek a minor in integrative studies by taking 18 hours of integrative studies courses approved by an integrative studies advisor. A grade of C or better must be achieved in each course. The coursework is recommended to be taken in the order listed below:
1. INTS 2310: Foundations in Integrative Studies
2. Choose at least four classes from the following:
INTS 3300: Perspectives on Integrative Studies
INTS 3301: Career and Professional Development
INTS 3330: Global Perspectives in Integrative Studies
INTS 3350: Team Leadership in Interdisciplinary Problems
INTS 4320: Internship in Integrative Studies
3. INTS 4350: Capstone in Integrative Studies
The interdisciplinary concentration in organizational leadership formally guides and encourages the exploration of organizations and their influence in the global economy. The curriculum blends challenging course options with relevant interdisciplinary electives to facilitate an interest in and appreciation for the beneficial application of operational concepts through leadership. The concentration comprises 18 credit hours consisting of 6 hours from three curricular learning objectives. Students must have a minimum of a 2.0 TTU GPA to declare the concentration, and a grade of C or better in each class is needed to complete concentration requirements.
Required Coursework. With an emphasis on academic and institutional engagement, utilization of resources, intellectual agility, and future application, students must select 6 credit hours from each of the three curricular learning objectives of the concentration: communication, leadership, and operational practice. Students cannot select more than 6 credit hours from any curricular learning objective. Courses required explicitly and without alternatives by the student's declared major/minor may not be used to fulfill elective coursework in the organizational leadership concentration.
Communication – Students may select from the following courses: AGSC 2300, 2301; AAEC 4320; ADV 3310; COMS 3315, 3355, 3358, 3359; SPMT 4356, 4358;INTS 3300, 3301, 4350; MGT 3373; MKT 3350; PFI 3301; PHIL 3323; and RTL 2350.
Leadership – Students may select from the following courses: AGSC 3301; AAEC 2305, 3301, 3304, 3305, 4306, 4313; COMS 3356; ECO 3320; MGT 3370; BA 3304, BA;HRDV 3305, 3308, 3309, 4301, 4302, 4303, 4306;INTS 3330, 3350; ISQS 3344; RHIM 2210, 4341, 3358; and RTL 3340.
Operational Practice – Students may select from the following courses: AAEC 3302, 3315, 4303, 4315, 4316; ACCT 2300, 2301; BA 3301, 3302, 3303; BLAW 3391; COMS 3351; ECO 2301, 2302, 2305, 3311, 3323, 3324; FIN 3320; HRDV 2301, 3301, 3303, 3307, 3310, 4000, 4304, 4305;INTS 4320; ISQS 2340; MATH 2345, 2356; PR 3310; RHIM 3320, 3321, 3322, 3345, 4316; and RTL 3380.
Note: Students must satisfy individual course prerequisites that may not count towards the organizational leadership concentration. Courses listed in bold are those that have historically been offered online or at a regional site.
Students enrolled in the B.S. or B.A. in University Studies may choose the journalism and visual media concentration. This concentration allows students to study issues related to news, writing, photography, and publications. It will appeal to students who have an interest in travel and destination journalism. The concentration is offered only at the Texas Tech University Hill Country campus in Fredericksburg, Texas. Required courses are JOUR 2300, 2310, 3316; PHOT 3310, 4300, 4312.
University Studies offers a 12-hour Undergraduate Certificate in Strategic Leadership in Human Resource Development to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to build productive employee teams and lead organizations in a dynamic workplace environment. The certificate program provides knowledge and skills related to leadership in traditional, global, and virtual workplaces; team building; developing human capital; and aligning human resources with organizational goals.
The required courses for the certificate are HRDV 4301 and 4306. It is recommended that students take HRDV 4301 during their first semester in the certificate program and HRDV 4306 during their last semester in the certificate program. Students additionally select two 3-hour electives from AGLS 3314, 3315, 4308; COMS 3355, 3356; HRDV 4302, 4303, 4304, 4305; INTS 3350; and RHIM 3358.
Contact: Dr. Andrea McCourt, University Studies, 806.834.4387, email@example.com
Rapid growth in the wind energy industry has produced an increase in demand for a well-educated workforce. Texas Tech University, already a pioneer in wind energy education, has developed educational programs to meet these expanding needs and educate future leaders in the wind energy field.
Job growth in wind energy has been strong, while the wind energy industry contributes to energy independence, positive environmental impact, and favorable growth to the United States economy. Texas Tech supports undergraduate and graduate coursework in the field of wind energy.
The Bachelor of Science in Wind Energy prepares students for a career in all segments of the industry by offering courses on multiple aspects of the industry, from education on the characteristics of wind to instruction on project development and management. The versatile multidisciplinary nature of the degree plan makes Texas Tech's wind energy program unique.
Degree Requirements. Students will maintain a minimum 2.25 GPA for all courses and must follow course prerequisites as stated in their degree plan requirements. Coursework in a wind energy degree must total a minimum of 120 semester hours, including 46 hours of the university's core curriculum, 47 hours of wind energy core courses, 3 hours of a global component, and 24 hours of applied electives
Global Component. In today's globalized wind energy job market, students who are exposed to a foreign
language, participate in a study abroad program, or gain job experience through an
internship with an international company are considered more marketable and competitive.
Students will complete the university's foreign language requirement, either by completing two years of high school foreign language or two semesters at the college level, and choose from the following global component options:
Contact: Dr. Andrew Swift, firstname.lastname@example.org
Undergraduate Wind Energy Concentration. Students interested in pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in University Studies, a Bachelor of Science in University Studies, or a Bachelor of General Studies with an area of concentration in wind energy must complete all of the degree requirements for the chosen degree. An area of concentration in wind energy includes a minimum of 18 hours of wind energy coursework. A minimum of 9 hours of WE coursework must be taken at the 3000 level or above.
Undergraduate Wind Energy Minor. This minor consists of 18 hours of undergraduate wind energy courses. A minimum of 9 hours of WE coursework must be taken at the 3000 level or above. All courses must be approved by a wind energy advisor, and a grade of C or better achieved in each course. Wind energy is a multidisciplinary field and some concepts will require a background in calculus and physics.
Undergraduate Certificate in Wind Energy. The Undergraduate Certificate in Wind Energy consists of 10 hours of undergraduate wind energy courses. Students pursuing the undergraduate certificate must take WE 1300, 3300, 3301, and 3100. A grade of C or higher in each course is required.
Graduate Certificate in Wind Energy. The Graduate Certificate in Wind Energy includes 15 hours of graduate-level coursework. Students may choose to specialize in the technical or managerial tracks. The technical track of the certificate is calculus and physics-based and focuses on the technical aspects of the growing wind energy field. The managerial track is more interdisciplinary and focuses on the administrative/managerial aspects of the field.
Students pursuing the managerial track must take WE 5310, WE 5311 (prerequisite 5310), IE 5329 and 6 hours of coursework from WE 5320, WE 7000, ECE 5343, IE 5306, IE 5319, or LAW 6205. Students pursuing the technical track must take WE 5300, WE 5301 (WE 5300 prerequisite), ECE 5343 and 6 hours from WE 5320, WE 7000, ATMO 5301, IE 5306, 5319, 5329, or LAW 6205.
See www.depts.ttu.edu/nwi/education/wind_energy_certs_home.php for more information about the graduate certificates.
Ph.D in Wind Science and Engineering. If students decide to pursue studies beyond the certificate level, course credit earned towards the certificate may be considered toward a Ph.D in Wind Science and Engineering. See Interdisciplinary Degree Opportunities in the Graduate School section for details about this program.
The Women's Studies Program is an interdisciplinary, all-campus program administered by the Director of Women's Studies.
Undergraduate Minor. The university offers a minor in women's studies. Goals of the minor include encouraging students to reinterpret concepts of gender and gendered identities in different social, cultural, and political contexts. A minor consists of 18 hours of courses as approved by the director. The minor typically includes Introduction to Women's Studies (WS 2300), Feminist Thought and Theories (WS 4310), and Women's Studies Seminar (WS 4399). Courses counted toward a major field of study will not count toward completion of the women's studies minor. However, many courses without a WS prefix may be used to complete the minor, with the approval of the director.
Graduate Certificate. The Graduate Certificate in Women's Studies offers a specialist interdisciplinary sub-field in women's, gender, and identity studies at the post-graduate level. It also functions as a stand-alone credential useful for professionals in nursing, social work, law, healthcare management, and other fields or as an additional credential for M.A. and doctoral students. The curriculum includes courses in women's studies as well as a wide range of related courses from other departments and programs.
Other Graduate Courses. Both Women's Studies (WS prefix) and a range of other graduate courses from across the university can also be approved by the director for completion of one of the three fields in the interdisciplinary M.A. degree program. For more information, contact the Women's Studies Program, 806.742.4335, email@example.com.