Nov 30, 2020  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog

Applied Arts and Sciences, BAAS


The Bachelor of Applied Arts & Sciences (BAAS) Degree is multidisciplinary, highly flexible, and can help students complete their degree at UNTD in record time.  Not only does this degree allow students to design their own program, but they can also bring coursework from community colleges, other universities, and the military for the degree plan.  Working with a team of talented and caring advisors, students can craft a degree that focuses on unique career goals and educational experiences.

Program Advisor: Dr. Mark Stanley, Phone: 972-338-1551, Email: Mark.Stanley@untdallas.edu

 

Building Blocks for the Degree


1. Texas Core Curriculum: All students are required to complete 42 hours of the Texas Core Curriculum to earn a degree.

2. Major Requirements: All students must complete 9 hours of foundational requirements.  Then, students choose from one of three options in their selection of concentrations/specializations:

  • Option 1: requires completion of three concentrations of 12 credit hours each.
  • Option 2: requires completion of one primary and one secondary concentration totaling 36 hours. The secondary concentration must consist of at least 12 hours. 
  • Specialized: requires completion of one primary concentration of 24 credit hours.

3. Residency Requirement: Students must complete at least 30 semester credit hours at UNT Dallas.  See General University Requirements for graduation.

4. Supporting Major Requirements: Students are able to utilize up to 21 hours of technical and/or vocational coursework for an occupational specialization.

5. Other Courses: Students must have a minimum of 120 credit hours to graduate with a degree from UNTD. Students may complete a minor, certificate program or general elective courses to meet this requirement.

 

Core Curriculum Recommendations


UNTD adheres to the Texas Core Curriculum established in Texas Education Code Chapter 61, Subchapter S.  Courses designated on the transcript as a Core Foundation Area will be applied to the Texas Core Curriculum.  As a new Freshman student starting at UNTD (or transfer student looking ahead to attend UNTD), taking the recommended UNTD courses (or equivalent) can reduce hours to degree and provide more opportunities for elective courses.

 

Texas Core Curriculum, 42 hours


  • Communication I: Varies
  • Communication II: Varies 
  • Mathematics: Varies
  • Life & Physical Sciences I: Varies 
  • Life & Physical Sciences II: Varies 
  • Language, Philosophy, and Culture: Varies
  • Creatives Arts: Varies 
  • American History I: Varies
  • American History II: Varies
  • Government & Political Science I: Varies
  • Government & Political Science II: Varies
  • Social & Behavioral Science: Varies
  • Component Area IVaries
  • Component Area II: Varies

  

Major Requirements, 9 hours


Must receive a grade of C or better in each course.

*Specialized Concentrations will have different major requirements. See an academic advisor. 

 

Foundation I, 3 hours


 

Foundation II, 6 hours


 

Professional Development Concentration Options: Select Option 1 or Option 2, 36 hours


 

Option 1

  • Concentration 1
  • Concentration 2
  • Concentration 3

 

Option 2

  • Concentration 1
  • Concentration 2

 

For Option 2, Concentration 1 will have 18-24 hours; Concentration 2 must have at least 12 hours.

 

UNT Dallas offers a number of professional development concentrations. See Sample Concentrations listed below for suggestions though it is possible to create other concentrations to best utilize credit and meet student professional goals. In addition, there are several specialized programs to support working professionals and special interests. See Specialized Degree Programs for more information.

 

Occupational Specialization Electives, up to 21 hours


Students can utilize technology and vocational credit to complete this degree.  Up to 21 hours can be incorporated here in the Occupational Specialization Electives or in a concentration as appropriate.

 

Sample Concentrations


 

Option 1

Concentration areas consisting of 12 hours can be selected from the following disciplines:

Alternative Dispute Resolution

The Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) concentration teaches students theories of conflict management and conflict resolution skills. Students learn procedures such as arbitration, mediation, negotiation, neutral fact-finding, panel review and other alternatives to litigation. (Students seeking ADR certification will need to take additional hours through the department of Counseling and Human Services. See Counseling and Human Services faculty for more information. HSML 3000 is also recommended.)

Applied Gerontology

The Applied Gerontology concentration focusses on the needs of the elderly and provides students with the background knowledge to act as caregivers. (Students seeking certification in Applied Gerontology will need to take additional hours through the department of Counseling and Human Services. See Counseling and Human Services faculty for more information. HSML 3000 is also recommended.)

Child Development and Family Studies

The Child Development and Family Studies concentration provides students with the knowledge and skillset to become practitioners in the areas of children as well as examining how families function systemically. (See Counseling and Human Services faculty for more information. HSML 3000 is also recommended.)

Communication and Technology

The Communication and Technology concentration gives students the knowledge and skills to succeed in the emerging field of digital communication. This exciting career is increasingly linked to corporate, entertainment, government, broadcasting, advertising, public relations, and nonprofit settings. 

Criminal Justice

The Criminal Justice concentration is directed at upholding social control, deterring and mitigating crime, and sanctions those who violate laws with criminal penalties and rehabilitation efforts as well as the study of law and ethics as they related to the phenomenon of crime.

Ethnic and Minority Studies

The Ethnic and Minority Studies concentration is a multidisciplinary approach to the study of various ethnicities and minorities. This concentration includes classes within the disciplines of history, psychology, and sociology.

History

Hospitality Management concentration combines skills from human resource management, operations management, finance, accounting, sales, and marketing as related to the hotel, food, and beverage industries.

Hospitality Management

Hospitality Management concentration combines skills from human resource management, operations management, finance, accounting, sales, and marketing as related to the hotel, food, and beverage industries.

Human Services Management and Leadership

Human Services Management and Leadership (HSML) concentration prepares students for careers as entry-level service practitioners in the non-profit sector and specializes in human services fields such as gerontology, substance abuse, dispute resolution, and other human services. (Students choosing the HSML concentration must take HSML 3000: Human Services in the Non-Profit Sector.)

Psychology

The Psychology concentration prepares students for career areas such as human services, public relations, correctional institutions, rehabilitation facilities, program development and research. 

Sociology

The Sociology concentration prepares students for careers in a wide variety of fields including education, social services, health, probation, criminal justice, and government.

Spanish

The Spanish is a communications centered career path focusing on the sales, marketing, and promotion in the sports and entertainment industries. It is program designed for either heritage speakers or non-native speakers offering real-world Spanish to enhance your career and employability in your chosen profession.  Students at all levels are welcome.  Transfer credits and placement by examination are encouraged.

Sports and Entertainment Marketing

The Sports and Entertainment Marketing concentration is a communications centered career path focusing on the sales, marketing, and promotion in the sports and entertainment industries.

Urban Agriculture

Urban Agriculture is the study of agriculture within an urban setting. Studies in urban agriculture give us a way to understand the principles of growing plants and animals for human consumption and use.   The concentration in Urban Agriculture prepares students to go into the agriculture industry, environmental science, agricultural journalism, health and nutrition, education, and scientific research.

 

Option 2


Concentration areas consisting of more than 12 hours can be selected from the following disciplines:

Alternative Dispute Resolution

The Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) concentration teaches students theories of conflict management and conflict resolution skills. Students learn procedures such as arbitration, mediation, negotiation, neutral fact-finding, panel review and other alternatives to litigation. (Students seeking ADR certification will need to take additional hours through the department of Counseling and Human Services.) [LINK]

Business

The Business concentration teaches students organizational, management, and other skills valuable in business settings.

Communication and Technology

The Communication and Technology concentration gives students the knowledge and skills to succeed in the emerging field of digital communication. This exciting career is increasingly linked to corporate, entertainment, government, broadcasting, advertising, public relations, and nonprofit settings. 

Ethnic and Minority Studies

The Ethnic and Minority Studies concentration is a multidisciplinary approach to the study of various ethnicities and minorities. This concentration includes classes within the disciplines of history, psychology, and sociology.

History

The history concentration includes a variety of courses in American, Mexican-American, Latin-American, Native-American, and Dallas history among others.

Hospitality Management

Hospitality Management concentration combines skills from human resource management, operations management, finance, accounting, sales, and marketing as related to the hotel, food, and beverage industries.

Psychology

The Psychology concentration prepares students for career areas such as human services, public relations, correctional institutions, rehabilitation facilities, program development and research. 

Sociology

The Sociology concentration prepares students for careers in a wide variety of fields including education, social services, health, probation, criminal justice, and government.

Spanish

The Spanish is a communications centered career path focusing on the sales, marketing, and promotion in the sports and entertainment industries. The Spanish concentration under BAAS Option 2, is an 18 -credit hour program designed for either heritage speakers or non-native speakers offering real-world Spanish to enhance your career and employability in your chosen profession.  Students at all levels are welcome.  Transfer credits and placement by examination are encouraged.

Sports and Entertainment Marketing

The Sports and Entertainment Marketing concentration is a communications centered career path focusing on the sales, marketing, and promotion in the sports and entertainment industries.

 

Specialized Degree Programs


See Program Advisor for more information. Primary concentration areas consisting of 24 hours can be selected from the following disciplines:

Urban Agriculture

Urban Agriculture is a specialized study of agriculture within an urban setting and can lead to a variety of careers. Studies in urban agriculture give us a way to understand the principles of growing plants and animals for human consumption and use.  This field allows us to produce these agricultural commodities in limited space while optimizing health benefits and decreasing environmental impacts. The UNT Dallas Bachelor of Applied Arts and Science with a concentration in Urban Agriculture prepares students to go into the agriculture industry, environmental science, agricultural journalism, health and nutrition, education, scientific research and advanced programs such as Veterinary School and graduate school. 

Emergency Services Administration

The Emergency Services Administration curriculum features a distinctive undergraduate curriculum focusing on Fire Science, Emergency Management, and Emergency Medical Services. This course of study provides students with a theoretically-grounded, policy focused, and empirically rigorous education in the field of Emergency Services. This concentration allows up to 84 hours (including Texas Common Core Curriculum) of transfer credit from community or technical colleges toward the 120 hours to complete the BAAS.

 

Additional UNTD Degree Requirements


  • All students must meet the General University Requirements as well as the major requirements.
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher
  • Applied Arts and Sciences major GPA of 2.0 or higher