AREA OF EMPHASIS REQUIREMENT

  1. Areas of Emphasis are institutionally sanctioned program areas agreed upon by the Office of Outreach and Continuing Studies and the applicable academic college(s)/department(s) and approved by the chief academic officer of the University or his/her designee.
  2. The transcript of the BAS degree recipient will include the following phrase, “with a Bachelor of Applied Science, Area of Emphasis in …”
  3. The student will receive the Bachelor of Applied Science Emphasis designation when the student has completed the minimum of 24 semester hours of graded coursework, with a minimum grade of “C” in each course, in an institutionally sanctioned Area of Emphasis.

I. Social Policy (27 hours)

The Social Policy Studies Emphasis is an interdisciplinary Area of Emphasis (AOE) and consists of 27 hours – a 3-hour required course and 24 hours of electives selected from at least three (3) elective disciplines, nine (9) hours of which must consist of courses at the 400 level.

Students must complete all prerequisite for their required and elective courses.

Required Courses (3)
ENG 354 Scientific and Technical Writing 3 hours
Elective Courses (24)
Twenty-four hours from at least three disciplines listed below.
Communication Studies
CMM 319 Superior-subordinate Communication 3 hours
Criminal Justice
CJ 300 Administration of Criminal Justice 3 hours
CJ 325 Juvenile Justice 3 hours
CJ 326 Computer Crime 3 hours
CJ 410 Police Administration 3 hours
Geography
GEO 203 Economic Geography 3 hours
GEO 317 World Geography 3 hours
History
HST 342 American Legal History 3 hours
HST 440 West Virginia History 3 hours
Philosophy
PHL 302 Applied Ethics 3 hours
PHL 303 Ethics 3 hours
Political Science
PSC 333 Introduction to Public Administration 3 hours
PSC 429 Politics of Conflict and Revolution 3 hours
PSC 442 Politics of Welfare 3 hours

II. Administrative Communications (27 hours)

The Administrative Communications Emphasis is an interdisciplinary Area of Emphasis (AOE) and consists of 27 hours – 6 hours of required courses and 21 hours of electives selected from at least three (3) elective disciplines, nine (9) hours of which must consist of courses at the 400 level. Students must complete all prerequisites for their required and elective courses.
Required Courses (6)
JMC 330 Introduction to Public Relations 3 hours
ENG 354 Scientific and Technical Writing 3 hours
Elective Courses (21)
From three categories with 9 hours of 400 level courses required.
Group and Interpersonal Communication
CMM 308 Persuasive Communication 3 hours
CMM 315 Group Communication 3 hours
CMM 319 Superior-subordinate Communication 3 hours
CMM 322 Intercultural Communication 3 hours
CMM 345 Listening and Feedback 3 hours
CMM 413 Theories of Interpersonal Communication 3 hours
CMM 421 Gender and Communication 3 hours
Professional Communication
CMM 207 Business and Professional Communication 3 hours
CMM 302 Professional Presentations 3 hours
CMM 401 Organizational Communication 3 hours
CMM 406 Interviewing 3 hours
CMM 408 Leadership and Group Communication 3 hours
JMC 432 Corporate and Instructional Video 3 hours
Communication and Society
JMC 101 Media Literacy 3 hours
JMC 402 Law of Mass Communications 3 hours
JMC 436 Mass Communications 3 hours
JMC 445 Advertising in Modern Society 3 hours
JMC 450 Contemporary Issues in Radio and TV 3 hours
JMC 455 Wome, Minorities and the Mass Media 3 hours
CMM 316 Legal Communication 3 hours
CMM 402 Rhetorical Theory 3 hours
CMM 420 Communication and Conflict 3 hours
CMM 490 Internship 1-4 hours
Communication and the Public
JMC 102 Information Gathering and Research 3 hours
JMC 201 News Writing 3 hours
JMC 241 Graphics of Communications 3 hours
JMC 245 Fundamentals of Advertising 3 hours
JMC 360 Digital Imagining for JMC 3 hours
JMC 414 Reporting Public Affairs 3 hours
JMC 437 Public Relations Writing 3 hours
JMC 438 Public Relations Case Studies 3 hours

III. Digital Forensics (27 hours)

Required Courses
IST 264 Technology Foundations 3 hours
IST 463 Digital Evidence & Investigations 3 hours
CJ 314 Crime Scene Investigation 3 hours
CJ 326 Computer Crime 3 hours
IST 446 Digital and Multimedia Evidence 3 hours
IST 447 Applied Digital Evidence & Discovery 3 hours
IST 448 Forensic Uses of Digital Imaging 3 hours
IST 449 Data Recovery and Analysis 3 hours
IST 464 Network Security and Cybercrime 3 hours

IV. Web Application Development (33 hours)

Required Courses
IST 163 Programminc Practicum with C++ 3 hours
IST 263 Web Programming 3 hours
IST 303 C#.NET Programming 3 hours
IST 365 Database Information Management 3 hours
IST 430 Electronic Commerce 3 hours
IST 436 Advanced Web Programming 3 hours
ART 219 Digital Media 3 hours
ART 317 Illustration 3 hours
ART 318 Art and Design for Websites 3 hours
ART 453 Advanced Digital Media 3 hours
ART 454 Designing for Multimedia 3 hours

V. Game Development (33 hours)

Required Courses (15)
IST 163 Programming Practicum with C++ 3 hours
IST 236 Data Structures 3 hours
ART 219 Digital Media 3 hours
IST 438 Computer Graphics for Gaming 3 hours
ART 453 Advanced Digital Media 3 hours
Elective Courses (18)
Take six (6) of the following courses
IST 303 C#.NET Programming 3 hours
IST 360 Game Development 3 hours
IST 362 Network Protocols 3 hours
IST 365 Database Information Management 3 hours
IST 439 Game Development II 3 hours
IST 460 Game Development III 3 hours
ART 312 Typography 3 hours
ART 314 Graphic Design I 3 hours
ART 316 Graphic Design II 3 hours
ART 317 Illustration 3 hours
ART 318 Art & Design for Websites 3 hours
ART 454 Designing for Multimedia 3 hours