Dec 06, 2022  
2017-2018 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Applied Leadership, Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences, B.A.A.S.

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About the Applied Arts and Sciences Bachelor’s Program

Students seeking the 120-hour Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences (B.A.A.S.) degree must first obtain an applied associate degree from an approved institution. This degree program allows students who have earned an Associate of Applied Arts or Applied Sciences from a 2-year institution to complete a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in Applied Leadership with two additional years of study (minimum 63 student credit hours).  The degree is not open to Texas Tech students seeking to change their major. 

The program is administered by the Office of the Provost, and interested students should contact the student services center in University Studies (806.742.7100). For more information, visit:

Degree Requirements

  1. Hours Required and General/College Requirement
    A minimum of 120 semester hours, 40 of which must be at the junior/senior level, and fulfillment of degree requirements for the Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences degree as specified in the “General Requirements ” in the Academic Requirements  section of this catalog.
  2. Major Requirements
    • Occupational Specialization, up to 36 Hours. Comprised of courses related to a specific occupation, field, or subject. The occupational specialization typically consists of field-specific coursework completed for an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree at a community college. Active-duty military or veterans may receive credit for technical or other formal training courses under this component of the degree plan.  Students need to provide a DD214 to the B.A.A.S. advisor for consultation regarding academic credit to apply toward the degree. 
    • Professional Development Concentrations, 36 Hours. Consists of two separate concentrations that serve to enhance the skills acquired by the student through an applied associate’s degree or are complimentary themes of interest. Requires completion of 36 hours in two separate concentrations of 18 hours each.
      • Concentration I: 18 semester hours of organizational leadership concentration
      • Concentration II: 18 semester hours of human resource development concentration
  3. Core Curriculum Requirements, 44 Hours. Select any approved Texas Tech courses deemed by a B.A.A.S. advisor as appropriate to the degree. Caution must be exercised to ensure the student fulfills the university requirement of 40 hours of junior/senior level coursework.
  4. Capstone and Multicultural Requirement, 6 Hours. 3-hour multicultural course (Multicultural Requirement Effective Fall 2014 ) and the capstone course, INTS 4351 .

Communication Literacy Requirement. Students attending Texas Tech University for the first time in the Fall 2017 term or later will complete a Communication Literacy requirement in their program(s) of study.

Texas Tech University’s transition from the Writing Intensive requirement to the Communication Literacy requirement signals the university’s awareness that in addition to the fundamental role that writing plays in enabling students to explore, develop, focus, and organize a message, other types of communication must also be taught as appropriate for a student’s discipline. Throughout each program of study, then, students must be given ample opportunity to develop their skills in forms of communication central to that program.

Communication Literacy courses for the Applied Arts and Sciences major are HRDV 4301 , HRDV 4306  and INTS 4351 .

Recommended Upper-Division Curriculum

Third Year


Total: 15


Total: 15


  • Concentration Area 6 Semester Credit Hours
Total: 6

Fourth Year


  • Concentration Area 3 Semester Credit Hours
  • Concentration Area 3 Semester Credit Hours
  • Multicultural Elective 3 Semester Credit Hours
  • Core Electives 6 Semester Credit Hours *
Total: 15


Total: 15


Years three and four represent additional credits to be taken at Texas Tech. The total required number of hours is 120. Students must be advised by the B.A.A.S. advisor before starting the program at Texas Tech.

Prerequisites for courses selected in the concentration areas must be completed and, depending on the concentration, may not count toward the 18-hour minimum in each concentration.

If an entering student has not completed two years of a single foreign language in high school or has not transferred at least two semesters of a single foreign language from another college, the student must complete at least two semesters (or its equivalent) of a single foreign language at the first-year level as a graduation requirement. Visit Academic Requirements  for more information.

For the Life and Physical Sciences core requirement, 6 hours will fulfill the core curriculum requirements, but Texas Tech also requires for graduation a 2-hour science laboratory that is not part of the core curriculum.

* Texas Tech University requires 44 hours of core curriculum  in order to graduate from the institution.

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