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College of Public Affairs and Community Service

Main Office
Chilton Hall, 302
P.O. Box 311340
Denton, TX 76203-1340
(940) 565-2239
Fax: (940) 565-4663

Web site: www.scs.unt.edu

Office of Student Services
Chilton Hall, 289
P.O. Box 305248
Denton, TX 76203-1340
(940) 565-4664
Fax: (940) 565-2352

David W. Hartman, Dean
Thomas L. Evenson, Associate Dean

Introduction

The College of Public Affairs and Community Service is composed of six academic departments and several centers and institutes. Undergraduate and graduate degree programs focus primarily on applied behavioral and social sciences. Degree programs are designed to integrate theory and practice and include a strong emphasis on student participation in the Dallas-Fort Worth region and beyond. The college offers programs leading to the Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Social Work, Master of Arts, Master of Science, Master of Public Administration and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. Further information on graduate degrees is available in the Graduate Catalog.

Programs are offered in gerontology, anthropology, applied economics, behavior analysis, criminal justice, emergency administration and planning, public administration, rehabilitation, social work and sociology. The college also sponsors public service programs.

Degree programs in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service require specific courses contained in parts of the University Core Curriculum (see “University Core Curriculum Requirements” in the Academics section of this catalog) to satisfy particular degree requirements. Students may consult academic advisers for a list of required courses. Students may be required to take extra courses if they fail to take these courses.

Academic Advising

Students who select a major leading to an undergraduate degree within the College of Public Affairs and Community Service should contact the Office of Student Services regarding advising.

Advisers help students select courses and answer questions concerning degree plans, application of transfer credit, individual career needs, and general academic requirements, policies and procedures.

Programs of Study

The school offers programs in the following areas:

The Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences is offered with a major in applied arts or applied sciences, depending on the professional concentration chosen. Degree requirements for a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences usually include completion of an occupational specialization in a junior or community college.

Two approaches can be taken to design an acceptable Applied Arts and Sciences degree program. The first is for the candidate to plan a program, with a PACS academic adviser, to meet a specific interest not met by any specific degree program available through the traditional disciplines, making use of existing courses from several disciplines.

Under the second approach, students may pursue one of several interdisciplinary themes that build upon existing junior or community college associate degree programs, including the following:

Degree Requirements and the University Core Curriculum

Occasionally a course required for a degree may also satisfy a requirement of the University Core Curriculum. In addition to taking the required course, a student may elect to take a different course from among those available to fulfill that core requirement; doing so, however, may add to the total number of hours required for the degree. Students who have questions regarding degree requirements and core requirements should consult a academic adviser.

Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences

This 124- or 127-hour degree program is specifically designed for students who wish to complete a bachelor’s degree after completing an occupational specialization or applied science program in a community college or a four-year college or university.

The program capitalizes on the unique resources and opportunities of the College of Public Affairs and Community Service to provide an interdisciplinary professional development curriculum designed to meet specific career needs of the individual student. The program is administered by the College of Public Affairs and Community Service, and interested students should contact the college’s advising office for more information.

Degree Requirements for the BAAS

1. Hours Required and General School Requirements: A minimum of 124 or 127 semester hours, of which 42 must be advanced, and fulfillment of degree requirements for the Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences degree as specified in the “General University Requirements” in the Academics section of this catalog and the College of Public Affairs and Community Service requirements.

2. Major Requirements:

Occupational Specialization, 21-44 Hours:

Requires completion of an occupational specialization (minimum of 21 hours) plus electives for a total of 44 semester credit hours. The occupational specialization is often transferred from a community college.

Professional Development, 45 Hours:

Requires completion of 45 hours in four separate professional development components.

3. Other Course Requirements: A combination of correspondence, credit by examination, extension or military service credit not to exceed 30 hours may be accepted toward the degree. No more than 18 hours of correspondence courses with a maximum of 6 hours of advanced work will be accepted.

Note: A lower-level course that is determined to be equivalent to a UNT upper-level course does not satisfy the requirement of advanced hours.

4. Minor Requirements: None required.

5. Electives: Varies with individual program. Any approved UNT courses the student and adviser deem appropriate to the degree may be selected. Caution must be exercised to ensure the student fulfills the university requirement of 42 hours of advanced-level course work.

6. Other Requirements:

Bachelor of Arts

Candidates for the Bachelor of Arts must meet the following requirements.

1. Hours Required and General School Requirements: A minimum of 124 or 128 semester hours, of which 42 must be advanced, and fulfillment of degree requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree as specified in the “General University Requirements” in the Academics section of this catalog and the College of Public Affairs and Community Service requirements.

2. Major Requirements: Completion of all requirements for a major as specified by the respective department.

3. Other Course Requirements: See individual program.

4. Minor Requirements: Completion of all requirements for a minor as specified by the respective department.

5. Electives: Varies with individual program. Any approved UNT courses the student and adviser deem appropriate to the degree may be selected. Caution must be exercised to ensure the student fulfills the university requirement of 42 hours of advanced-level course work.

6. Other Requirements: at least 24 of the last 30 hours in residence (see individual program).

Courses of Instruction

All Courses of Instruction are located in one section at the back of this catalog.

Course and Subject Guide

The “Course and Subject Guide,” found in the Courses of Instruction section of this book, serves as a table of contents and provides quick access to subject areas and prefixes.

BAAS with a Major in Applied Arts and Sciences

Following is one suggested four-year degree plan. Students are encouraged to see their adviser each semester for help with program decisions and enrollment. Students are responsible for meeting all course prerequisites.
*See the University Core Curriculum section of this catalog for approved list of course options.
**See an adviser in the Office of Student Services for approved list of course options.

Freshman Year

Fall Semester
Courses Hours
ENGL 1310, College Writing I* 3
HIST 2610, United States History to 1865* 3
Free Elective 3
Natural Sciences** 4
Wellness* 3
Total 16
Spring Semester
Courses Hours
ENGL 1320, College Writing II, or ENGL 2700, Technical Writing* 3
HIST 2620, United States History Since 1865* 3
PSCI 1040, American Government* 3
Free Elective 3
Natural Sciences** 4
Total 16

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester
Courses Hours
PSCI 1050, American Government* 3
Communication* 3
Cross-cultural, Diversity and Global Studies* 3
Elective 3
Mathematics* 3
Total 15
Spring Semester
Courses Hours
Free Elective 2
Humanities* 3
Occupational Specialization 3
Social and Behavioral Sciences* 3
Visual and Performing Arts* 3
Total 14

Junior Year

Fall Semester
Courses Hours
Occupational Specialization 3
Occupational Specialization 3
Professional Development - Component I 3
Professional Development - Component II 3
Professional Development - Component III 3
Total 15
Spring Semester
Courses Hours
Occupational Specialization 3
Occupational Specialization 3
Professional Development - Component I 3
Professional Development - Component II 3
Professional Development - Component III 3
Professional Development - Component IV** 3
Total 18

Senior Year

Fall Semester
Courses Hours
Occupational Specialization 3
Professional Development - Component I 3
Professional Development - Component II 3
Professional Development - Component III 3
Professional Development - Component IV** 3
Total 15
Spring Semester
Courses Hours
Occupational Specialization 3
Professional Development - Component I 3
Professional Development - Component II 3
Professional Development - Component III 3
Professional Development - Component IV** 3
Total 15

Actual degree plans may vary depending on availability of courses in a given semester. Some courses may require prerequisites not listed in the above plan.