Online Bachelor of Applied Arts and Science
- Designed for graduates of Applied Arts and Science programs (AAS) who are seeking a bachelor’s degree for employment, licensing or promotion
- Applies technical degree credit from the AAS and may therefore lead to a bachelor’s degree more quickly and at less cost than a traditional bachelor’s degree
- Is fully accredited and 100% online for maximum convenience and flexibility
WHY AN ONLINE BACHELOR OF APPLIED ARTS AND SCIENCE?
The online BAAS provides the perfect pathway to a bachelor’s degree for working professionals anywhere with an AAS degree who need a BA as quickly as possible to advance in the workplace. Students get a minimum of 33 hours of transfer credit (they can get up to a maximum of 66 hours, depending on official transcript evaluation) which means they can potentially complete the BAAS and graduate with a bachelor’s degree within a shorter timeframe: a huge savings in time and money.
Graduates of this program will also leave with strong writing and communication skills which are widely applicable and useful in a variety of areas.
Finally, it also provides the opportunity for local-area students to continue with UTEP to receive a bachelor’s degree rather than moving to another part of the country for a bachelor’s degree.
The UTEP Career Center provides graduates with resources to help them pursue their career goals.
Faculty members in the program will be drawn from several departments in the College of Liberal Arts, including Communication, Rhetoric and Writing, and Security Studies among others.
The University of Texas at El Paso and its access and excellence mission are redefining public higher education not only in Texas, but also across the nation. At UTEP, we believe that an accessible and affordable education should be available to all. Online degrees such as these help make higher education a possibility for those who are unable to come to campus because of other responsibilities. Here’s what sets UTEP apart:
- UTEP is one of the major economic engines in the Paso del Norte region, adding $1.4 billion to the local economy annually.
- UTEP enrolls more than 25,000 students – about 80% of them Hispanic – and is the only doctoral research university in the nation with a majority Mexican-American student body. With its 36%-Hispanic faculty composition, UTEP also boasts one of the highest proportions of minority faculty among research universities in the United States.
- UTEP has attained a coveted R1 designation (top tier doctoral university with very high research activity) in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. UTEP is one of only 130 (4.5%) top tier universities among the 2,883 four-year higher education institutions across the U.S. to earn this prestigious R1 distinction, joining the ranks of such universities as Stanford, M.I.T., Michigan, Arizona and California-Berkeley.
- With $90 million in total annual research expenditures, UTEP ranks third among University of Texas System academic institutions in federal research spending. Funding is received from the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency, National Endowment for the Humanities and other agencies.
- UTEP is ranked as the best return on investment and one of the most affordable emerging research institutions in higher education in the country according to collegecost.ed.gov. Also, per collegescorecard.ed.gov, the average net price per year at The University of Texas at El Paso was significantly lower than other universities across Texas.
- Affordableschools.net also ranks UTEP as one of the top most affordable Latinx/Hispanic-Serving Institutions with online bachelor’s degrees.
- UTEP awards $88 million in scholarships annually and $192 million in financial aid (over 88% of UTEP students receive financial aid).
- The Brookings Institution in 2017 ranked UTEP as the No. 1 leader in equal access to higher education, based on a combination of research productivity and student social mobility.
- The Carnegie Corporation of New York also recently recognized the University for its institutional vision and commitment to quality, diversity, curricular innovation and investment in our community.
- UTEP is a part of the Military Times’ Best: Colleges 2018 rankings.
- Hispanic Business magazine consistently ranks graduate programs in both Business Administration and Engineering in the Top 10 in the nation.
- UTEP is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).
ONLINE BACHELOR OF APPLIED ARTS AND SCIENCE CURRICULUM
A total of 120 semester credit hours of coursework is required to successfully complete the BAAS. Of these, 33 must be awarded from an organized technical program (an AAS is required). The coursework also includes foundation courses plus two 15-hour concentrations that will be selected in consultation with the BAAS advisors. Concentrations may include Intelligence and National Security Studies, Communication Studies, and Writing Studies among others.
The foundation courses are intended to provide BAAS students with a background in writing and communication strategies and skill sets.
|Workplace Writing||Focus on critical decision making in professional contexts. Apply the principles of professional rhetoric to the composing process with an emphasis on strategies for planning, organizing, drafting, and presenting written and oral communication for a workplace context.|
|Learn how to professionally assemble, organize, draft and revise technical information for generating written documents and oral reports.|
|Advanced Composition: Argument||Study the development of argumentative writing by examining contemporary issues and ethical questions in this project-based course that includes collaborative work emphasizes stylistics.|
|Communication and Organizational Leadership||Analyze leadership as a communication process, focusing on concepts, theories and functions important in the leadership of organizations. Examine leaders as change agents, as creators of community, and as facilitators of diversity. Study evolving theories of leadership and the importance of communication in the enactment of leadership behaviors.|
|Organizational Communication||Examine theory and research on the communication process in organizations. Explore functional and interpretive theories and applications.|
|Communication Theory/Analysis||Survey significant communication theories using a history of similarities and differences among theories and theorists. Theories will range from intrapersonal processes to mass communication.|
|Research Methods||Review the various social science methodologies used in conducting research in the communication discipline. Topics include problems formulation, measurement of concepts, design, collecting, and analyzing data.|