Undergraduate Catalog

Colleges

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 Department of Professional Studies 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
     Interdisciplinary Studies
     Public Relations

Associate of Science

Early Childhood Education

Bachelor 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) is an online Accelerated Degree Program (ADP) which offers a flexible degree completion path addressing the unique needs of particular target groups. The accelerated delivery format is designed to ease the financial, time, and geographic constraints adults face in completing a baccalaureate program. Students complete the necessary hours for the degree within a convenient yet directed scheduling format under the guidance of advisors who understand the unique needs of the adult learner. The primary target groups include:

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, interdisciplinary studies, or public relations. The degree will follow the same guidelines as all other bachelor’s degrees in requiring 35 hours of general education coursework and a minimum of 40 hours of upper division courses.

Prior Learning Assessment (PLA)

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.

Learning Objectives for Professional Studies Degree

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 Elective 3 Fine Arts & 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 Speech1,T 3 Technical Course2, T 3
Specialty Course 3 Mathematics1,T 3 Specialty Course 3 U.S. History/Government1,T 3
COMS 1003 or BUAD 2003T 3 Specialty Course 3 Fine Arts & Humanities1,T 3 Elective (3000-4000 Level) 3
Total Hours 16 Total Hours 16 Total Hours 15 Total Hours 15
Junior Senior
Fall Spring Fall Spring
Specialty Course 3 Technical Courses2, T 6 PS 3003 3 PS 4003 3
PS 3133 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) 1
Elective (3000-4000 Level) 3 PS 3143 3 Specialty Course 3
Total Hours 15 Total Hours 15 Total Hours 15 Total Hours 13
Degree Completion Plan Beginning in Spring Semester
Freshman Sophomore
Spring Fall Spring Fall
ENGL 10131,T 3 ENGL 10231,T 3 Elective 3 Fine Arts & 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 SpeechT 3 Technical Courses2, T 3
Specialty Course 3 Mathematics1,T 3 Specialty Course 3 U.S. History/Government1,T 3
COMS 1003 or BUAD 2003T 3 Specialty Courses2 3 Fine Arts & Humanities1,T 3 Elective (3000-4000 Level) 3
Total Hours 16 Total Hours 16 Total Hours 15 Total Hours 15
Junior Senior
Spring Fall Spring Fall
Specialty Course 3 Technical Courses2, T 6 PS 3003 3 PS 4003 3
PS 3023 3 Elective (3000-4000 Level) 6 Technical Courses2 6 Technical Courses2 9
Technical Courses2, T 6 PS 3143 3 Elective (3000-4000 Level) 3 Elective (3000-4000 Level) 1
PS 3133 3 Specialty Course 3
Total Hours 15 Total Hours 15 Total Hours 15 Total Hours 13
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 3103, CJ 3153 and 3 hours of CJ elective.
Public Relations: 18 hours
Take: COMS 2003, SPH 3033, SPH 4153, JOUR 3173, JOUR 3273, and JOUR 4173.
Agriculture Business: 18 hours
Take: AGBU 2063, AGBU 2073, AGBU 3133, AGBU 4003,AGBU 4013, and AGBU 4023.
Interdisciplinary Studies: 18 hours
(Courses selected with advisor approval)

Early Childhood Education

Associate of Science

Assistant Professors:
Aulgur, Giroir

The Associate of Science in Early Childhood Education is an online degree 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 Professional Studies degree in Early Childhood Education.

Learning Objectives for Early Childhood Education Degree

Curriculum in Early Childhood Education

Suggested Sequence of Courses
Freshman Sophomore
Fall Spring Fall Spring
ENGL 1013 3 ENGL 1023 3 Fine Arts & Humanities1,T 6 U.S. History/Government1,T 3
Mathematics1,T 3 Science with Lab1,T 4 ECE 2513 3 ECE 2991-92 9
Science with Lab1,T 4 Speech1,T 3 ECE 2613 3 NUR 23031 3
Social Sciences1,T 3 Social Sciences1,T 3
ECE 2113 3 ECE 2313 3
TECH 1001 1
Total Hours 17 Total Hours 16 Total Hours 12 Total Hours 15
1See appropriate alternatives or substitutions in "General Education Requirements".
2Enrollment must be approved by advisor.
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.