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Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences

The Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences (BAAS) is a nationally recognized program designed for highly skilled adults seeking a bachelor's degree. The 120-hour degree provides an expedited path to degree completion by recognizing and credentialing personal learning acquired outside the classroom. The process through which personal learning articulates to college credit is called Prior Learning Assessment (PLA), and the learning assessed is the type people acquire in their work, military service, technical degree programs, and/or other professional development programs and opportunities.

In addition to an expedited path to degree completion, the BAAS degree offers an opportunity to strengthen professional knowledge and skills within a chosen field of practice. Areas of study include:

  • Behavioral Sciences
  • Computer Technology
  • Criminal Justice
  • English
  • Instructional Technology (online program)
  • Liberal Arts
  • Mass Communications
  • Organizational Leadership (online program)
  • Political Science
  • Sociology


  • A minimum of 5 years post-secondary work experience that can be documented and/or an earned AAS/AAA/AAT from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Completion of ENGL 1301 and 1302 (or equivalent) with a grade of C or higher

One of the Nation's

"Twelve Most Innovative Colleges for Adult Learners" 

Washington Monthly, 2017

"Texas A&M Texarkana Illustrates Best Practices in PLA"  

The Journal of Continuing Higher Education, 2017

  • 7101 University Ave
  • Texarkana, TX 75503
  • p: 903.223.3000
  • f: 903.223.3104
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