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. Through their participation in service learning courses, students are expected to manage and develop an understanding of complex problems and situations, demonstrate applied learning, develop interpersonal communication and leadership skills, develop social responsibility and associated skills, develop ethical reasoning skills, and learn to be a service to the community during their professional lives.
CALUE recruits researchers from all disciplines for the Undergraduate Research Scholars Program. This program provides fellowship funding to support undergraduate research initiatives under the guidance of a faculty mentor. Students gain valuable experience by conducting scholarly research and presenting research findings during the annual Texas Tech University Undergraduate Research Conference. The center also hosts educational training sessions throughout the semester targeted at organizing, conducting, and presenting research; preparing for graduate school; and creating a culture of research. Training sessions are open to all students. The center provides conference travel and research supply funding each semester. Applications are competitive and limited, so students should submit applications early. The Undergraduate Research Organization is a student organization sponsored by CALUE to create a forum for students.
Through collaboration with academic colleges and other centers 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 International Cultural Center 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 nformation 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 information: 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. “Tech Transition: The 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. All students will prepare a portfolio throughout the semester that will count as the final project.
Contact information: Laura Heinz, 806.742.2236.
The university offers an 18-hour minor in military studies with a concentration in military history through the Department of History. The concentration consists of the following courses and options:
- 3 hours of HIST 3331 or 3332 (military history survey)
- 3 hours of HIST 3308 or 3309 (diplomatic history survey)
- 3 hours of HIST 4304, 4309, or 4338 (writing intensive)
- 9 hours of HIST 3330, 3333, 3366, or 3367 (war)
As part of the military studies minor, two other concentrations are available only to ROTC students: aerospace studies and military science. For information about the aerospace studies concentration, contact Maj. Andrew Blair, 806.742-2143, email@example.com. For military science information, contact Denise Colley, 806.742.2141, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Programs for Academic Development and Retention (PADR) are 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, three or four times a week for 14 weeks and average 25-28 students each. Classes that meet four times a week run only seven weeks.
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.
Contact information: Room 59 Holden Hall, www.xl.ttu.edu, 806.742.3928.
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 to function objectively and comfortably in the global marketplace while earning credit towards their degree.
The Study Abroad division of the Office of International Affairs coordinates all study abroad programs for Texas Tech University. Two international Texas Tech centers—one in Seville, Spain and another in Quedlinburg, Germany—offer students the opportunity to take Texas Tech catalog classes and receive direct Texas Tech credit since the centers serve as satellite campuses. Students may elect a concentrated language program (equivalent to four semesters of Spanish or German) or, at the Seville Center, take other courses that meet general education requirements. Students live with host families and are immersed in the language and culture through excursions and day-to-day experiences.
Other study abroad programs available to Texas Tech students range from two weeks to a full academic year. Many academic departments offer their own faculty-led programs during the summer. Study Abroad advisors assist students with choosing a program that best fits their individual needs and provide guidance during the application and orientation process. All Texas Tech students planning to participate in a study abroad program to earn Texas Tech credit need to consult the Office of International Affairs.
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 information: Sandra Crosier, Study Abroad Director, International Cultural Center, 806.742.3667, www.studyabroad.ttu.edu
Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in University Studies
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 15-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 must be in good academic standing to be admitted into the program. They will be required to take INTS 2310, 3300, 4350; and either INTS 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 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 information: University Studies, Office of the Provost, 162 Drane Hall, T 806.742.7100,
F 806.742.9219, www.depts.ttu.edu/universitystudies
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 includes a minimum of 18 hours from HRDV 2301, 3301, 3303, 3305, 3307, 3308, 3309, 3310.
Human Resource Development as a Minor. Although students majoring in university studies do not need a minor, students in other degree programs may seek a minor in human resource development by taking 18 hours in 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 form HRDV 3305, 3307, 3308, 3309, or 3310. It is recommended that the 18 hours of coursework be taken in the order listed below:
- HRDV 2301: Introduction to Human Resource Development
- HRDV 3301: Human Relations in Human Resource Development
- HRDV 3303: Introduction to Research in Human Resource Development
- Choose at least three classes from HRDV 3305, 3307, 3308, 3309, 3310.
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, 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:
- INTS 2310: Foundations in Integrative Studies
- 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
- INTS 4350: Capstone in Integrative Studies
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 is unparalleled, and the wind energy industry is second to none in providing 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 2.0 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 47 hours of the university’s core curriculum, 46 hours of wind energy core courses, 6 hours of a global component, and 21 hours of free electives. The wind energy core courses are WE 1300, 1310, 1311, 2300, 2310, 3100, 3300, 3301, 3310, 3315, 4300, 4310, 4311, and 4323. Wind energy elective courses are WE 4000, 4312, 4313, 4320, 4321, and 4322.
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 international internship are considered more marketable and competitive. Students will be expected to complete 6 credit hours of international experience.
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 of one of the following global component options:
- Study Abroad Option. Complete an approved study abroad experience through the International Texas Tech Center in Spain, a Texas Tech approved reciprocal exchange program, or a faculty-led program.
- International Internship Option. Complete an approved internship for an international company, either in the U.S. or abroad, related to the wind energy field. Internships should be completed during the student’s junior or senior year of coursework, require a minimum of 400 hours of job related experience, and include a written report.
Contact information: Dr. Andrew Swift, email@example.com
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 from the following WE courses: 1300, 2300, 3100, 3300, 3301, 4000, 4300, 4310, and 4320.
Undergraduate Wind Energy Minor. This minor consists of 18 hours of undergraduate wind energy courses. 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, and 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, and LAW 6205.
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 for doctoral and master’s degree candidates. It also functions as a stand-alone credential useful for professionals in nursing, social work, law, healthcare management, and other fields. The director approves courses from many different departments, schools, and colleges for credit toward completion of the certificate.
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 Director of the Women’s Studies Program, 806.742.4335, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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