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Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences

The Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences (BAAS) is designed for students who have completed a minimum of 18-30 credit hours of previous work in an occupational or technical field, and who want to utilize those hours toward completing a BA degree. Note that you must have 18 hours in a single field (you cannot mix and match fields). Examples of occupational course work could include military experience, as well as classes completed at technical schools and community colleges. These classes are in fields such as Cosmetology, Paralegal, Culinary Arts, Paramedic Training, and Dental Hygiene. We will combine these transfer hours with a professional component and electives to give students excellent administrative background for a variety of career options. The student will be able to use this degree in preparation for a graduate degree such as the MBA or MAA.

Major Requirements

Completion of 46 semester hours of the UIW Core Curriculum

Professional Developmental Module: (30 hours)

MGT 3340
Concepts and Functions of Management
Course Description

Introduction to the theories, concepts and functions of management. Topics include planning, organizing, leading, staffing, controlling, business and managerial ethics and decision making. Management concepts will be applied by analysis of available data and by seeking contemporary opportunities, issues and problem situations.

MGT 3354
Theories and Concepts of Personnel Management
Course Description

Theories and concepts used in managing business personnel. Topics include personnel planning, recruiting, selection, compensation, separation and retirement. Student will get a clear understanding of human resource management concepts, and the opportunity to develop skills important to the performance of human resource management activities.  Cognitive elements emphasized include Knowledge, Comprehension, Application, and Analysis.

Prerequisite: MGT 3340 and Junior Standing

HRES 3330
Human Resources and the Law
Course Description

This course presents the laws that organizations must comply with in order to implement policies, procedures and fair employment practices when making decisions about people, at different stages of the employment cycle, including: hiring, assessing performance, promotions, compensation and termination.

BMGT 3340 and BMGT 3354.

MKT 3331
Introductory Marketing Concepts and Strategies
Course Description

Introductory course providing comprehensive coverage of marketing concepts and strategies A managerial approach is used that focuses on the practices, problems and decisions of the marketing manager. The course introduces students to the internal and external environment, market structures, and changes in the marketing environment that affect other business functions.

MGT 4355
Organizational Behavior
Course Description

Presentation of theory and research in OB combined with experiential exercises to develop students’ ability to take responsibility for making and living with decisions about their behavior.  Awareness of the realities of organization interdependencies and their consequences for individuals.  Focus is on modifying behavior and predicting the effects upon productivity, satisfaction, and development of individuals as members of the business unit.

MGT 3340 and Junior Standing

HRES 3350
Course Description

This course presents the research and practice relevant to staffing an organization, including: sourcing, recruiting, pre-employment selection testing, interviewing, legal issues and job placement.

HR 3330.

ORGD 3340
Organizational Development
Course Description

This course presents the research, practice and ethics relevant to organizational development, including: consulting skills, tools and techniques for analyzing problems, developing, implementing and evaluating organizational development interventions, and ethical issues at each stage of the consulting process.

Prerequisite: BMGT 3340 and BMGT 3354

ORGD 3360
Teambuilding in Organizations
Course Description

This course presents the research and practice relevant to improving teamwork in organizations for permanent work groups, temporary project teams and virtual teams, for a variety of purposes, including: improving productivity, clarifying roles, resolving conflict and adapting to change.

ORGD 3340.

ORGD 4350
Leadership in Organizations
Course Description

This course presents the research and practice relevant to leadership in organizations, including: theories of leadership, leadership styles, leadership roles and activities, and skills necessary for effective leadership.

ORGD 3340 and BMGT 4355. Cross-listed with HRES 4350.

MGT 4390
Ethical Practices in Business
Course Description

This course will examine ethical issues in the context of business theory and practice. Course content will include the examination of ideas and perspectives in the field of business ethics and extend these ideas/perspectives to administrative practice and decision making. Focus will be to expand capacity for moral inquiry, dialog, and decision making in ways that will be useful in professional and civic lives.

Specialization Module: (18 - 30 hours)

18-30 hours normally taken at a community college in an occupational or technical field related to Business, Education, Humanities, Arts, or Sciences. Typically, this work constituted the major requirements for the associate’s degree at the community college.

Upper Level Elective Module: (14 - 26 hours)

14-26 hours as needed to meet the 120 total credits and 36-hour upper level requirement for graduation.

Total requirements must equal at least 120 credit hours to be eligible for graduation.