Areas of Emphasis

An Area of Emphasis gives RBA students the opportunity to show a focus as part of the RBA degree. Areas of Emphasis are not required for the degree and are not all available online.  An RBA area of emphasis, by state statute, requires a minimum of 15 hours of 3-400 level courses with a C or higher for each course. Substitutions are only allowed with the appropriate department’s written permission.

Computer-Related

Area of Emphasis in Digital Forensics (25 hours):
DFIA 261 – Intro to Linux (3 hrs); IST 264 – Technology Foundations (3 hrs); DFIA 400 — Intro to Digital Forensics (3 hrs); DFIA 440 — Digital Evidence (4 hrs); DFIA 460 — Applied Digital Evidence (4 hrs);  DFIA 462 — Network Forensics (4 hrs); DFIA 467 – Mobile Device Forensics (4 hrs)

Area of Emphasis in Information Assurance (23 hours):
DFIA 261 – Intro to Linux (3 hrs); IST 264 – Technology Foundations (3 hrs); CIT 352 – Network Admin & Protocols (3 hrs); DFIA 305 – Open Source Intelligence (3 hrs); DFIA 357 – Network Penetration and Attack (4 hrs); DFIA 454 – Network Defense (4 hrs); DFIA 461 – Cyber Warfare (3 hrs)

Area of Emphasis in Web Application Development (24 hours):
CIT 163 – Programming Practicum with C++; CIT 263 – Web Programming; CIT 313 – Web Programming II; CIT 365 – Database Information Management; CIT 410 – Electronic Commerce; ART 454 – Designing for Multimedia.  Other courses can be substituted with the permission of the CIT department chair

Area of Emphasis in Game Development (24 hours):
CIT163- Programming Practicum with C++; CIT 236 – Data Structures; CIT 340 – Game Development I; CIT 440 – Computer Graphics for Gaming; CIT 441 – Game Development II; CIT 443 – Game Development III;  ART 454 – Designing for Multimedia and choose one of the following: CIT 446 — 3D Modeling and Game Development or CIT 447 – Modeling/Simulation Development or CIT 448 – Mobile Game Development

Area of Emphasis in Instructional Technology and Library Science (15 hours):

ITL 350 — Advanced Digital Literacy; ITL 365 — Orientation to Technology Applications, ITL 466 — Production of Instructional Technology Material, ITL 400 — New Literacies and ITL 455 — Pedagogy of New Literacies.

Health-Related

Area of Emphasis in Worksite Wellness (18 hours):

HS 235: Intro to Worksite Wellness; HS 335: Worksite Health Assessment; HS 336: Organization and Administration of Worksite Wellness Programs; HS 345: Worksite Wellness Prescription; HS 346: Evaluation of Worksite Wellness Programs; 3 additional hours of 3-400 level coursework related to worksite wellness as decided by the HS chair.

Writing-Related

Area of Emphasis in Creative Writing in English (15 hours):
15 hours of 3-400 level courses listed as Creative Writing by Marshall’s Department of English.

Humanities-Related

Area of Emphasis in Religious Studies (18 hours):
Any 18 hours of 300-400 level Religious Studies courses. At least 6 hours must be taken through Marshall University.

Area of Emphasis in Literature in English (15 hours):
15 hours of 3-400 level courses listed as Literature by Marshall’s Department of English.

Social Science-Related

Area of Emphasis in Anthropology (18 hours):
ANT 201 (Cultural Anthropology), ANT 322 (Archeology), ANT 361 (Ethnographic Methods) or ANT 491 (Theory in Ethnology), and 3 additional Anthropology courses at the 300-400 level.

Area of Emphasis in Criminal Justice (18 hours):

CJ 200 (Intro to Criminal Justice) and 15 additional hours of Criminal Justice courses at the 3-400 level.

Area of Emphasis in Geography (18-19 hours):

3- 4 hours of 1-200 level Geography courses and 15 additional hours of Geography courses at the 3-400 level.

Area of Emphasis in Military Science (18 hours):

At least 15 hours of 3-400 level Military Science, including MS 301, 301L, 302, 302L, 401, 401L, 402, 402L.  Note that MS 101, 101L, 102, 102L, 201, 201L or MS 251 or departmental permission is required to begin this sequence with MS 301, designed for ROTC students.

Area of Emphasis in Political Science (15 hours):

15 hours of 3-400 level Political Science courses.

Area of Emphasis in Psychology (18 hours):
PSY 201 and 15 additional hours of Psychology courses at the 300-400 level.

Area of Emphasis in Sociology (18 hours):
SOC 200 (Introductory Sociology), SOC 344 (Social Research I), SOC 360 (Sociological Perspectives), and 9 additional hours of Sociology courses at the 300-400 level.

Area of Emphasis in Women’s Studies (18 hours):
WS 101 (Introduction to Women’s Studies) and 15 hours of WS designated courses at the 300-400 level.  To be acceptable courses must have the WS designator.

Education-Related

Area of Emphasis in Preschool Development (21 hours):
ECE 215 – Family Relationships: ECE 303 – Child Development; ECE 322 – Language, Literacy, and Numeracy for Young Children; ECE 323 – Assessment in Early Childhood; ECE 430 – Preschool Curriculum and Methods; CISP 320 – Special Education: Survey of Exceptional Children I; CISP 420 – Special Education: Survey of Exceptional Children II.

May 2017