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College of Professional Studies and Community Outreach


Dr. Mary Ann Rollans, Dean
61 Lake Point
Conference Center
(479) 968-0318
mrollans@atu.edu
Fax: (479) 968-0205

The College of Professional Studies and Community Outreach offers a broad range of credit, non-credit, special interest, professional development, management, leadership, and leisure-learning courses. The College is responsive to the needs of the area and strives to offer programs and services which support a diverse target audience including business and industry, educational and government agencies, professional groups and associations, and the general community.

Mission Statement

The mission of the College of Professional Studies and Community Outreach is to provide participating students with a theoretical and practical educational foundation to enhance their current professional capabilities as well as prepare them for new career opportunities in highly specialized technical and service industry positions.

Programs of Study

The College of Professional Studies and Community Outreach offers programs of study leading to baccalaureate and associate degrees as listed below:

Bachelor of Professional Studies
Professional Studies
(Areas of Concentration)
   Agriculture Business
   Criminal Justice
   Early Childhood Education
   Industrial/Organizational Psychology
   Information Technology
   Public Relations
Accelerated Degree Program Track
Bachelor of Arts in General Studies
Associate of Science
Early Childhood Education

Department of Professional Studies

Mr. Jeff Aulgur, Head
61 Lake Point
Conference Center
(479) 356-2095
jaulgur@atu.edu
Fax (479) 968-0205

Assistant Professors:
Aulgur, Giroir,Stuckey
Instructor:
Saxton

The Bachelor of Professional Studies (BPS) degree is a unique program which offers a flexible degree completion path addressing the needs of particular target groups:

  • Students graduating from community colleges
  • Adults pursuing full-time careers or raising their families
  • Degree “stop-outs” who began but never completed a bachelor’s degree
  • Individuals who have accumulated hours that cannot be applied toward a specific major
  • Entering freshmen seeking maximum diversity for career decisions.

The degree’s focus is to successfully prepare graduates for entry or advancement in government, nonprofit, corporate, or industrial careers. The curriculum is designed to enhance workplace skills such as planning, organizational behavior, ethics, needs assessment, problem solving, communications, human resources, and technology applications.

Students may select one of the following concentration areas: agriculture business, early childhood education, information technology, industrial/organizational psychology, criminal justice, or public relations. The degree will follow the same guidelines as all other bachelor’s degrees in requiring 37 hours of general education coursework and a minimum of 40 hours of upper division courses.

Learning Objectives for Professional Studies Degree

  • Communication: Student will demonstrate competency in public presentation and written communication skills.
  • Research: Student will apply empirical research to recommend relevant strategies for solving problems.
  • Leadership/Critical Thinking: Student will assume a leadership role in identifying and addressing issues in a real-world environment.
  • Project Management: Student will create, plan, and implement relevant strategies needed to develop a business proposal.
Curriculum in Professional Studies
Degree Completion Plan Beginning in Fall Semester
Freshman Sophomore
Fall Spring Fall Spring
ENGL 10131,T 3 ENGL 10231,T 3 Social Sciences1,T 3 Humanities1,T 3
Science with Lab1,T 4 Science with Lab1,T 4 ENGL 2053T 3 Specialty Course 3
Social Sciences1,T 3 Social Sciences1,T 3 SPH 2003T 3 Technical Course2, T 3
Specialty Course 3 MATH 1113T 3 Specialty Course 3 U.S. History1,T 3
COMS 1003 or BUAD 2003T 3 Specialty Course 6 Fine Arts1,T 3 Elective (3000-4000 Level) 3
BUAD 2053 or MATH 2163T 3 WS 10021,T 2
Total Hours 16 Total Hours 19 Total Hours 18 Total Hours 17
Junior Senior
Fall Spring Fall Spring
Specialty Course 3 Technical Courses2, T 6 PS 3003 3 PS 4006 6
PSY 3093 3 Elective (3000-4000 Level) 3 Technical Courses2 6 Technical Courses2 9
Technical Courses2, T 6 PS 3023 3 Elective (3000-4000 Level) 3
Elective (3000-4000 Level) 3
Total Hours 15 Total Hours 12 Total Hours 12 Total Hours 15
Degree Completion Plan Beginning in Spring Semester
Freshman Sophomore
Spring Fall Spring Fall
ENGL 10131,T 3 ENGL 10231,T 3 Social Sciences1,T 3 Humanities1,T 3
Science with Lab1,T 4 Science with Lab1,T 4 ENGL 2053T 3 Specialty Course 3
Social Science1,T 3 Social Sciences1,T 3 SPH 2003T 3 Technical Courses2, T 3
Specialty Course 3 MATH 1113T 3 Specialty Course 3 U.S. HIST1,T 3
COMS 1003 or BUAD 2003T 3 Specialty Courses2 6 Fine Arts1,T 3 Elective (3000-4000 Level) 3
BUAD 2053 or MATH 2163T 3 WS 10021,T 2
Total Hours 16 Total Hours 19 Total Hours 18 Total Hours 17
Junior Senior
Spring Fall Spring Fall
Specialty Course 3 Technical Courses2, T 6 PS 3003 3 PS 4006 6
PS 3023 3 Elective (3000-4000 Level) 3 Technical Courses2 6 Technical Courses2 9
Technical Courses2, T 6 PSY 3093 3 Elective (3000-4000 Level) 3
Elective (3000-4000 Level) 3
Total Hours 15 Total Hours 12 Total Hours 12 Total Hours 15

1See appropriate alternatives or substitutions in "General Education Requirements".
2Technical courses taken as part of an associate degree or from a community college may be transferred into the BPS degree.
3At least 40 of the total hours required for graduation must be 3000-4000 level courses: no more than 30 hours of electives towards the degree may be taken from the College of Business.
TDesignates a block of courses that would provide for a seamless transfer into this program if equivalent courses are taken at another college or university.

 

Specialty/Concentration Areas:
Early Childhood Education: 18 hours
Take: ECED 2001 and ECED 2002 (concurrent enrollment); ECED 3023 and ECED 3033 (concurrent enrollment); EDMD 3013, MATH 2033, and BIOL 3213.
Information Technology: 19 hours
Take: COMS 1333, COMS 1403, COMS 1411, COMS 2003, COMS 2233, COMS 2700, COMS 2703, and 3 hours COMS elective credit.
Industrial/Organizational Psychology: 19 hours
Take: PSY 2003, PSY 2053, PSY 2074 and 9 hours from the following: PSY 2023, PSY 3093, PSY 4033, PSY 4043, PSY 4234.
Criminal Justice: 18 hours
Take: CJ 2003, CJ 2043, CJ 3023, CJ/RS 3063, CJ 3103, and CJ 3153.
Public Relations: 18 hours
Take: SPH 3033, SPH 4153, JOUR 3173, JOUR 4173, JOUR 3273, and COMS 2003.
Agriculture Business: 18 hours
Take: AGBU 2063, AGBU 2073, AGBU 3133, AGBU 4013, AGBU 4003, and AGBU 4023.

Accelerated Degree Program (ADP)

The Bachelor of Professional Studies degree can be delivered as an Accelerated Degree Program (ADP). The accelerated delivery format is designed to ease the financial, time, and geographic constraints adults may face when contemplating a baccalaureate program.

Students who enter the program with a minimum of 60 transferable credits and completion of the required general education courses, should be able to complete the remainder of the degree requirements within an 18-month period.

A Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) process is available which will award up to 12 hours of upper-division credit for relevant work experience, professional development, or military training through a portfolio course which provides the required documentation for determining the number of hours of credit which can be awarded.

Online Delivery

Under the guidance of advisors who understand the unique needs of the adult learner, the ADP allows each student to complete the necessary hours for the degree within a convenient yet directed scheduling format since the courses required for completion of the degree in the accelerated track are offered through online delivery.

Bachelor of Arts
General Studies

The Bachelor of Arts in General Studies is designed primarily for students who wish a broad liberal arts degree, without a concentration in a discipline or preparation for a particular profession. The degree also suits students wishing to pursue a four-year baccalaureate in order to obtain an education which will furnish them with good writing, analytical and/or speaking skills. The degree will furnish background for employment in a variety of business, governmental, and managerial careers. General Studies requires completion of the General Education courses, a general core of classes, with the addition of two emphasis blocks.

The Bachelor of Arts degree in General Studies requires completion of 124 hours. In addition to completion of General Education hours, a student must complete two emphasis blocks, 12 hours in upper level Liberal Arts courses, 6 hours in computer/technology courses, and 25 hours of electives.

Curriculum in General Studies
Degree Completion Plan Beginning in Fall Semester
Freshman Sophomore
Fall Spring Fall Spring
ENGL 10131 3 ENGL 10231 3 Social Sciences1 3 Social Sciences1 3
Social Sciences1 3 Social Sciences1 3 Fine Art/Humanities2 3 Fine Art/Humanities2 3
BIOL 10141 4 PHSC 10131 3 Computer/Technology 3 Computer/Technology 3
MATH 10031 3 General Studies Emphasis Block Courses 3 General Studies Emphasis Block Courses 3 General Studies Emphasis Block Courses 6
Physical Activity1 1 Physical Activity1 1 Elective3 3
PHSC 10211 1
Elective3 3
Total Hours 14 Total Hours 17 Total Hours 15 Total Hours 15
Junior Senior
Fall Spring Fall Spring
General Studies Emphasis Block Courses 9 General Studies Emphasis Block Courses 6 Any additional needed General Studies Emphasis Block courses, or Elective 6 Any additional needed General Studies Emphasis Block courses, or Elective 6
Upper level Liberal Arts (3000-4000 level) 3 Upper level Liberal Arts (3000-4000 level) 3 Upper level Liberal Arts (3000-4000 level) 3 Upper level Liberal Arts (3000-4000 level) 3
Elective3 3 Elective3 6 Elective3 8 Elective3 7
Total Hours 15 Total Hours 15 Total Hours 17 Total Hours 16
Degree Completion Plan Beginning in Spring Semester
Freshman Sophomore
Spring Fall Spring Fall
ENGL 10131 3 ENGL 10231 3 Social Sciences1 3 Social Sciences1 3
Social Sciences1 3 Social Sciences1 3 Fine Art/Humanities2 3 Fine Art/Humanities2 3
BIOL 10141 4 PHSC 10131 3 Computer/Technology 3 Computer/Technology 3
MATH 10031 3 General Studies Emphasis Block Course 6 General Studies Emphasis Block Courses 3 General Studies Emphasis Block Courses 6
Physical Activity1 1 Physical Activity1 1 Elective3 3
PHSC 10211 1
Total Hours 14 Total Hours 17 Total Hours 15 Total Hours 15
Junior Senior
Spring Fall Spring Fall
General Studies Emphasis Block Courses 9 General Studies Emphasis Block Courses 6 Any additional needed General Studies Emphasis Block courses, or Elective 6 Any additional needed General Studies Emphasis Block courses, or Elective 6
Upper level Liberal Arts (3000-4000 level) 3 Upper level Liberal Arts (3000-4000 level) 3 Upper level Liberal Arts (3000-4000 level) 3 Upper level Liberal Arts (3000-4000 level) 3
Elective3 3 Elective3 6 Elective3 8 Elective3 7
Total Hours 15 Total Hours 15 Total Hours 17 Total Hours 16
1See appropriate alternatives or substitutions in "General Education Requirements".
2See appropriate Fine Art/Humanities courses in "General Education Requirements". 3 hours of Social Sciences or Fine Art/Humanities must be a starred course.
3At least 40 of the total hours required for graduation must be 3000-4000 level courses.

 

Emphasis blocks:
Anthropology: 12 hours Take: ANTH 1213 and 2003 and 6 hours from the following: ANTH 3203, 3223, 3243, 4403, or 4993. History/Philosophy: 18 hours 9 hours required in Philosophy and 9 hours required in 3000-4000 level European History or 3000-4000 level American History.
Foreign Language: 16 hours Any catalogue sequence of 4 foreign languages numbered 1014, 1024, 2014, and 2024 in the same foreign language, for a total of 16 hours. Social Studies: 18 hours 3 hours required in 3000-4000 level Geography, 3000-4000 level Philosophy, 3000-4000 level Political Science, 3000-4000 level History, and a 6 hour upper level concentration from the following areas: History, Geography, Philosophy, or Political Science.
Fine Arts: 18 hours Take: ART 1303, 1403, 2703, or 3603, ART 2503 or 3533, 3 hours electives in 3000-4000 level Art History, 3 hours electives in 3000-4000 level art studio courses. Graphic Design: 18 hours Take: ART 1303, 1403, 1503, 2213, 3203, and 3 hours elective in 3000-4000 level Art History.
Psychology (Applied Human Services):18 hours Take: PSY 2003, 2053, and 12 hours from the following: PSY 2033, 3003, 3063, 3153, 3163, 4043, or PSY/SOC 3013. Psychology (Industrial/Organizational): 19 hours Take: PSY 2003, 2053, 2074 and 9 hours from the following: PSY 2023, 3093, 4033, 4043, or 4234.
Sociology: 15 hours Take: SOC 1003, 3133, and 2083 and 6 hours from the following: SOC/PSY 3013, SOC 3023, 3063, 3093, 3113, 3173, 4003, 4053, or 4063. *Rehabilitation Science: 16 hours Take: RS 2003, 3004, 3013, 3023, and 3073. *Completion of block is not the equivalent to completion of a major in Rehabilitation Science.
Criminal Justice: 12 hours Take: CJ/SOC 2003 and 9 hours from the following: CJ/SOC 2043, CJ/POLS 3023, CJ/RS 3063, CJ/SOC 3103, or CJ/SOC 3153. English as a Second Language: 15 hours Take: ENGL 4023, 4703, 4713, and 4723 and 3 hours from the following: ENGL 3013, 3023, or 4013.
Public Relations: 15 hours Take: SPH 3033, 4153, JOUR 3173, 4173 and COMS 2003. Communication: 18 hours Take: SPH 2003, 3003, 3073, 3123, 4003, and JOUR 2133.
Information Technology: 19 hours Take: COMS 1333, 1403, 1411, 2003, 2233, 2700, 2703, and 3 hours of electives in Computer Science. Early Childhood Education: 15 hours Take: ECED 2001, 2002, 3023, 3033, EDMD 3013, and MATH 2033.
Writing: 18 hours 18 hours from the following:
ENGL 2043, 2053, 2063, 3513, 3013, *3083, *3093, *4093, JOUR 2143, JOUR 3153, or **BUAD 3023.
*Prerequisite: ENGL 2043
**Prerequisite: BUAD 2003 or COMS 1003
Literature: 18 hours 18 hours required from the following:
3 hours required from each of the 3 concentration areas:
American Literature and Folklore:AMST 2003, ENGL 2013, 3303, 3313, 3323, 4213, or 4383.
British and World Literature:ENGL 2003, 3243, 3413, 3423, 3453, 3463, 4283, or 4483.
Genre and Theme:ENGL 2213, 2223, 2233, 2263, 2283, 3103, 3173, 3203, 3223, 3293, or 4683.

Early Childhood Education
Associate of Science

Assistant Professors:
Aulgur, Giroir

The Associate of Science degree in Early Childhood Education is structured to provide a seamless acquisition of academic requirements for various career levels in occupations related to child care and early childhood education in the public and private sectors. The early childhood education courses provide the academic requirements for meeting assessment guidelines for the Child Development Associate (CDA) credential. The general education courses can be applied toward the Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education.

Learning Objectives for Early Childhood Education Degree

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of child development and learning
  • Know about, understand, and value the role of a child's family, culture, and community in children's lives
  • Work cooperatively with parents, using an understanding of the family as a context for young children's development
  • Demonstrate knowledge, skills, and dispositions of a reflective early childhood practitioner
  • Demonstrate knowledge of health, safety, nutrition, and administrative guidelines
  • Develop a thorough understanding of child development and the value of play in children's learning
  • Design developmentally-appropriate curriculum and classroom practices
  • Adhere to ethical practices in the field of early childhood education
Curriculum in Early Childhood Education
Suggested Sequence of Courses
Freshman Sophomore
Fall Spring Fall Spring
ENGL 1013 3 ENGL 1023 3 ART 21231 3 POLS 2003 or HIST 19031 3
Mathematics1 3 PHSC 10131 3 Social Sciences1 3 ECE 2991-92 9
BIOL 10141 4 PHSC 10211 1 Humanities1 3 GEOG 20131 3
SOC 10031 3 PE 2513 3 ECE 2513 3
ECE 2113 3 Physical Activity1 2 ECE 2613 3
  ECE 2313 3
    GEOG 20131 3        
Total Hours 16 Total Hours 18 Total Hours 15 Total Hours 15

1See appropriate alternatives or substitutions in "General Education Requirements".
2Enrollment must be approved by advisor.