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Bachelor's Programs

Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in
Applied Leadership

The Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in Applied Leadership allows students to utilize their technical studies background while pursuing areas of concentration designed to cultivate innovative leaders. Students focus on two concentration areas consisting of upper-level coursework within Human Resource Development and Organizational Leadership. Additional core curriculum and language requirements complete this well-rounded degree option.

Some courses of interest:

  • HRDV 4301: Principles of Leadership in the Workplace
  • HRDV 4306: Strategic Leadership in Human Resource Development
  • COMS 3356: Leadership and Communication

Three job options: Leadership Coach, Project Manager, Entrepreneur

Bachelor of Arts in
Communication Studies

Texas Tech University offers the Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies, one of the largest and fastest growing majors at universities today. Communicating effectively in any career field is critical, and this flexible degree option provides specialized training and skills tailored to various situations. Students will focus not only on oral and written communication skills, but on critical thinking, developing creativity, and learning how to negotiate and collaborate in various situations.

Some courses of interest:

  • COMS 3319: Persuasion and Social Movement
  • COMS 3320: Media, Technology and Society
  • COMS 3334: Gender and Communication

Three job options: Journalist, Podcast Host, News Anchor, Social Specialist

Bachelor of Arts in
Digital Media and Professional Communication

Texas Tech University offers the Bachelor of Arts in Digital Media and Professional Communications. Students who complete this degree option will learn excellent skills allowing them to excel within the growing digital media and communications industry. Areas of study include but are not limited to specialized writing skills designed for communicating and advertising in a global society, communications theory and research, advertising creativity and sales.

Some courses of interest:

  • PCOM 2320: Corporate Citizenship
  • PCOM 3373: Business Communication
  • PR 3352: Public Relations Event Management

Three job options: Marketing Coordinator, Social Media Manger, Event Specialist, (Media Coordinator)

Bachelor of Arts in
Political Science

Texas Tech University offers the Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, designed to provide students with a broad context of the constantly advancing specialization of political science. Instruction within this degree option includes valuable insight relating to law, journalism, civil service, non-profit organizations and politics. Upon completion of this bachelor's degree, students will have a comprehensive knowledge base revolving around political values, policy issues, and foreign policy, making career choices exciting and fascinating.

Three courses of interest:

  • POLS 3312: Game Theory
  • POLS 2371: Comparative Politics
  • POLS 3353: Civil Rights and Liberties

Three job options: Intelligence Analyst, Attorney, Political Campaign Staff

Bachelor of Arts in
Sociology

The Bachelor of Arts in Sociology offers the study of human social behavior and societies. Students who pursue this degree option will be introduced to a broad understanding of organizational and socioeconomic structures, personal relations, interrelations of culture and community and sociological theory.

Three courses of interest:

  • SOC 3326: Women in Crime
  • SOC 3368: Sociology of Deviance
  • SOC 3331: Sexuality, Intimate Relations, and Family Life

Three job options: Lobbyist, Community Health Worker, Educator

Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science
University Studies

University Studies is a customizable major that encourages integrative learning and fosters new areas of discovery. By facilitating student learning across departments, the Office of the Provost provides a unique course of study that allows students with multiple interests to achieve their academic goals.

Popular Areas of Concentration:

  • Organizational Leadership
  • Communication Studies
  • Human Resource Development

Job Opportunities: Students can be just as creative with their job options as they can with designing their perfect degree under University Studies!

Bachelor of
General Studies

The Bachelor of General Studies is a flexible degree within the College of Arts and Sciences. This major allows students to design their own course of study under three areas of concentration. The BGS is a great option for students seeking a well-rounded degree.

Popular Areas of Concentration:

  • Biology
  • History
  • Kinesiology

Job Opportunities: Students can be just as creative with their job options as they can with designing their perfect degree under General Studies!

Bachelor of
Science in Biology

The Bachelor of Science in Biology is a great option for students interested in the medical field. This degree offers study of the natural world, exploration of physiological and biological processes, and development of critical thinking and data analysis skills. There are two tracts within this major: Cell Biology and Ecology.

Some courses of interest:

  • BIOL 3416: Genetics
  • BIOL 3309: Principles of Ecology
  • BIOL 3320: Cell Biology

Three job options: Biochemist, Genetic Counselor, Physician

Bachelor of Science in
Human Sciences

The Bachelor of Science in Human Sciences is designed for students who wish to pursue multiple fields of study within the College of Human Sciences. It provides flexibility for students to explore specific areas of interest, work toward career goals, or prepare for graduate or professional study.

Popular Areas of Interest:

  • Addictive Disorders and Recovery Studies
  • Human Development and Family Studies
  • Nutrition

Bachelor of Science in
Kinesiology

Undergraduate students pursuing this 120-hour degree option will be required to complete at least 36 hours of upper level coursework towards their kinesiology major, and will also work towards achieving a minor within the degree. Students will study not only the foundations of physical activity and human movement, but will also be exposed to other exciting areas such as motor development, exercise physiology, and advances strength and conditioning just to name a few.

Three courses of interest:

  • KIN 3314: Life Span Motor Development
  • KIN 3323: Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries
  • KIN 4305: Advanced Strength and Conditioning

Three job options: Athletic Trainer, Occupational Therapist, Coach

Bachelor of Science in
Multidisciplinary Studies - Middle Level Certification – MATH

This degree in education allows students to complete both a bachelor's degree and teacher certification in middle-grades mathematics. Students may also use this coursework to prepare for certification in English as a Second Language and Special Education. The comprehensive curriculum includes a combination of math and education courses. Internship and student teaching are both completed in Waco. Students will be required to make appropriate scores on the Texas Examinations for Educators Standards (TExES) exam upon beginning their teaching career.

Three courses of interest:

  • EDTP 2377: Mathematics for K-8 Curriculum
  • EDEL 2300: School, Society, and Diversity
  • EDTP 3304: Behavior Management in General and Special Population Classrooms

Three job options: Elementary Math Teacher, Middle School Math Teacher, Mathematics Instructional Specialist

Bachelor of Science in
Multidisciplinary Studies - Middle Level Certification – English

This concentration within the B.S. in Education is designed primarily for individuals seeking teacher certification in grades four to eight. Students may choose certification in English Language Arts, Social Studies, Science or Math. Students should consult with an advisor in the college to determine which degree plan best suits their career aspirations. Degree plans leading to the different certificates will include subject area coursework and a sequence of four semesters of professional education courses (including two student teaching semesters). All courses include field experiences scheduled outside of class time.

Bachelor of Arts in
English

The Bachelor of Arts in English develops an understanding of contemporary discourse and literary heritage and strengthens creative and analytical abilities. There are two concentrations available to students as a part of this degree: Literature and Language and Creative Writing. Students majoring in English with a concentration in literature and language study literary works from a wide variety of periods and genres. They learn to think critically and analytically about literature and about language itself. The concentration in creative writing is designed for students wishing to write fiction, nonfiction, and/or poetry with the guidance of teachers who write. This plan allows maximum concentration in literature courses so that, as they write, students may further understand and appreciate the aspects and techniques of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.

Three courses of interest:

  • ENGL 3351: Creative Writing
  • ENGL 4315: Studies in Film
  • ENGL 3372: History of the English Language

Three job options: Writer, Librarian, Teacher

Bachelor of Arts in
Technical Communication

The Bachelor of Arts in Technical Communication will provide a broad liberal arts background and intensive training in the principles and practices of technical communication. It will prepare students for careers as technical communicators, editors, grant writers, website developers, information architects, and publications managers in a wide variety of professional domains. It also will prepare students for graduate education in technical communication as well as in law, business, science, and medicine.

Three courses of interest:

  • ENGL 3366: Style in Technical Writing
  • ENGL 4368: Advanced Web Design
  • ENGL 4366: Technical and Professional Editing

Three job options: Technical Writer, Website Developer, Editor

Bachelor of Arts in
Anthropology

Anthropology is uniquely positioned to educate and engage students about the human condition. Faculty take an integrated view of humanity from its deep past to diverse modernity. Students are trained in the methods by which anthropologists investigate the diversity of ancient and modern human cultures and societies using theories that explain the wide range of human diversity.

Three courses of interest:

  • ANTH 3380: Method and Theory in Archaeology
  • ANTH 4320: Forensic Archaeology
  • ANTH 2306: Anthropology at the Movies

Three job options: Forensics, Museum Curator, Cultural and Environmental Resource Management

Bachelor of Science in
Restaurant, Hotel, and Institutional Management

This degree incorporates an AAS degree from a culinary school or community college in order to complete the four-year bachelor's degree. The program is designed for students to gain extensive management skills and practical work experience. Labs in hotel operations, food production and computers, among others, give students hands-on training that increases their marketability in the industry. The nature of the hospitality business allows the student a great deal of individual and group social interaction. This camaraderie prepares the student in areas of interpersonal communication and networking which facilitates future employment opportunities.

Three courses of interest:

  • RHIM 2310: Introduction to Hospitality
  • RHIM 3370: Restaurant Operations and Management
  • RHIM 4311: Wines of the World

Three job options: Hotel Management, Executive Chef, Sommelier

Bachelor of Applied Arts and Science in
Restaurant, Hotel, and Institutional Management

This degree incorporates an AAS degree from a culinary school or community college in order to complete the four-year bachelor's degree. The program is designed for students to gain extensive management skills and practical work experience. Labs in hotel operations, food production and computers, among others, give students hands-on training that increases their marketability in the industry. The nature of the hospitality business allows the student a great deal of individual and group social interaction. This camaraderie prepares the student in areas of interpersonal communication and networking which facilitates future employment opportunities.

Three courses of interest:

  • RHIM 3352- Culture and Cuisine in the Hospitality Industry
  • RHIM 4345 Foundations of Meeting, Conference and Convention Management
  • RHIM 3345: Event Management in the Retailing Industry

Three job options: Restaurant Management, Catering Director, Event Management

Bachelor of Applied Arts and Science in
Human Sciences

Texas Tech University's Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in Human Sciences offers individuals who have completed an Associates of Applied Arts and Sciences in a Human Sciences- related academic area a flexible path to earning their bachelor's degree. Students will utilize their workforce experience and technical college degree to market a diverse skill set.

Content Areas: Students will have the opportunity to focus on Addictive Disorders and Recovery studies, Family and Consumer Sciences, Human Development, and Personal Finance.

Three job options: Education, Mental Health Counseling, Financial Planner

Master's Programs

Master of Arts in
Strategic Communication and Innovation

The Master of Arts in Strategic Communication and Innovation is focused on preparing students for senior-level positions as strategic communicators in today's global and digital environment. The program is offered exclusively online to meet the needs of students, most of whom are communication professionals.

Three courses of interest:

  • MCOM 5316: Communication in Organizations
  • MCOM 5312: Media Management, Entrepreneurship and Consulting
  • MCOM 5322: Multimedia Story Telling

Three job options: Marketing Manager, Media Relations Director, Communications Consultant

Master of
Public Administration

The Master of Public Administration (MPA), fully accredited by the NASPAA (The Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration, provides professional knowledge and skills-based competence for working public administrators or students seeking a career as a manager or policy analyst in public or nonprofit agencies. Recipients of our degree enter the job market equipped with general public management skills and a specialization in a particular public sector or policy areas such as non-profit management, fiscal administration, and environmental policy and administration. The MPA is conferred and administered by the Department of Political Science in conjunction with the Center for Public Service.

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