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. Substitutions are only allowed with the appropriate department’s written permission.

 

Computer-Related

Area of Emphasis in Digital Forensics (18 hours):
IST 264 – Topics in Computer Hardware Technologies; IST 463 – Digital Computer Evidence; CJ 314 – Crime Scene Investigation or  CJ 424 Computer Crime; and 3 courses from the following: IST 463 – Digital and Computer Evidence, IST 447 – Applied Digital Evidence and Electronic Discovery, IST 448 – Forensic Uses of Digital Imaging, or IST 449 – Data Recovery and Analysis.

Area of Emphasis in Web Application Development (21 hours):
IST 163 – Programming Practicum with C++; IST 263 – Web Programming; IST 303 – C# Net Programming; IST 365 – Database Information Management; IST 430 – Electronic Commerce; IST 436 –  Advanced Web Programming; ART 454 – Designing for Multimedia.

Area of Emphasis in Game Development (21 hours):
IST 163- Programming Practicum with C++;  IST 236 – Data Structures; IST 360 – Game Development I;  IST 438 – Computer Graphics for Gaming;  IST 439 – Game Development II;  IST 460 – Game Development III;  ART 454 – Designing for Multimedia

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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 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 2015