Although not a requirement of the RBA program, choosing an Area of Emphasis gives students the opportunity to show a focus as part of his/her degree.

Because academic departments determine specific courses, substitutions are generally not available. Areas of Emphasis in the RBA program require a minimum of 15 hours of 300-400 level courses with a “C” or higher in each course.

Currently available Areas of Emphasis include:

Computer Forensics (18 hours)

  • IST 264 – Topics in Computer Hardware Technologies
  • IST 463 – Digital Computer Evidence
  • CJ 314 – Crime Scene Investigation or  CJ 326 Computer Crime
  • and 3 courses from the following:
    • IST 446 – Digital and Multimedia Evidence
    • IST 447 – Search and Seizure Techniques in Digital and Multimedia Evidence
    • IST 448 – Forensic Uses of Digital Imaging
    • IST 449 – Data Recovery and Analysis

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 431 –  Advanced Web Programming
  • ART 454 – Designing for Multimedia.

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

Religion Studies (18 hours)

  • Any 18 hours of 300-400 level courses. At least 6 hours must be Marshall University courses.

Literature in English (15 hours)

  • No more than 6 hours can be taken at the 300 level
  • Choose 15 hours from:
    • ENG 350, 409, 411, 317, 413, 417, 436, 437, 438, 446, 462, 410, 412, 319, 414, 415, 433, 447, 321, 421, 422, 323, 423, 424, 434, 405, 475, 476, 478, 303, 340, 341, 342, 428, 450, or 451.

Creative Writing in English (15 hours)

  • Choose any 15 hours from the following courses, but no more than 6 hours may be from the 300 level:
    • ENG 303 – Appalachian Literature
    • ENG 360 – Introduction to Creative Writing
    • ENG 377 – Creative Writing: Poetry
    • ENG 378 – Creative Writing: Fiction
    • ENG 408 – Advanced Expository Writing
    • ENG 444 – Rendering the Landscape
    • ENG 491 – Creative Writing: Poetry Workshop
    • ENG 492 – Creative Writing: Fiction Workshop
    • ENG 493 – Creative Writing: Nonfiction Workshop.

Anthropology (18 hours)

  • ANT 201 (Cultural Anthropology)
  • ANT 332 (Archaeology)
  • ANT 361 (Ethnographic Methods) or ANT 491 (Theory in Ethnology)
  • 3 additional anthropology courses in the 300-400 level.

Psychology (18 hours)

  • Psy 201
  • 15 hours of 300-400 level psychology courses.

Geography (18-19 hours)

  • 3-4 hours of 100-200 level geography courses.
  • 15 hours of 300-400 level geography courses.

Sociology (18 hours)

  • SOC 200 (Introductory Sociology)
  • SOC 344 (Social Research I)
  • SOC 360 (Sociological Perspectives)
  • 9 additional hours of SOC courses at the 300-400 level.

Women’s Studies (18 hours)

  • WS 101 (Introduction to Women’s Studies)
  • any 15 hours of WS designated courses at the 300-400 level.  An acceptable course must have the WS designator.

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.