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Biology

College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Natural Sciences

The biology program assists students in recognizing the significance of the biological sciences and in gaining proficiency in the use of the scientific method to solve problems through laboratory experiences. The Program offers a course of study leading to the Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of Science degree in Biology.

Business Administration

School of Business and Technology

Department Business Administration

The business administration program delivers a course of study preparing competent business professionals to meet the challenges of an interdependent world. The business administration program provides the tools to enable students to make an immediate contribution to the business environment.

Concentrations:

  • Accounting (BA)
  • Management (BA)
  • Marketing (BA)

Chemistry

College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Natural Sciences

The Chemistry program provides professional preparation for advanced training, research, and employment. It seeks to develop critical thinkers and teaches students to apply the scientific method in various academic and life applications. A Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree and minor are offered. The chemistry mission is to prepare students for careers in chemistry and chemistry related areas, such as, health, environmental, and forensics, in the industry, government, and education sectors as well as for pursuit of graduate and professional degrees and to provide a supportive learning environment in which students can develop to their maximum potential.

Communication

College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Humanities and Fine Arts

The goal of the program in communication is to provide students with educational preparation to exceed communication industry qualifications and produce graduates who are highly skilled and competitive for entry into the job market. The program also encourages students to seek advanced degrees beyond the baccalaureate in a number of fields such as public policy, integrated marketing communication, health communication, law, business, education and other fields. The Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree is offered.

Concentrations:

  • Communication Studies
  • Journalism

Computer Science

School of Business and Technology

Department of Computer Science

The Computer Science program prepares students with knowledge and skills needed to apply computing technology to solve problems in the rapidly changing world of information technologies. The program curriculum will enable students to acquire specific technical skills in such areas as: programming, operating systems, databases, systems analysis, and networking.

Computer Information Systems

School of Business and Technology

Department of Computer Science

The computer science program prepares students with knowledge and skills needed to apply computing technology to solve problems in the rapidly changing world of information technologies. The program prepares students for graduate and/or professional studies at institutions and organizations where they must keep pace with current knowledge to be successful.

Criminal Justice

College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences

The Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice is a four-year interdisciplinary program in the study of crime and the administration of the justice system. The “criminal justice system” study consists of law enforcement, courts, and corrections as a system for the administration of city, county, state, and federal laws and procedures. The University strives to endow students with the skills necessary for critical knowledge, communication, personal growth, and real-world application opportunities within the Criminal Justice discipline. The curriculum includes a historical overview of the stages of development through which the criminal justice system has evolved and the current state of the system. A broad range of analyses will be offered to meet the academic needs of both professional students who plan future careers in the criminal justice field and those already employed in the criminal justice system.

Education

College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Educator Preparation

The Educator Preparation Program at Huston-Tillotson University is framed within a social justice perspective that enhances educator candidate’s ability to apply research-based pedagogy in a wide range of educational settings. To fulfill this mission, the educator candidates engage in field-based experiences with diverse populations through collegial relationships, reciprocal dialogue, and authentic practices. HT educator candidates emerge as professionals with the competence and commitment to participate in and contribute to a complex and changing society. This program is committed to ethics and excellence in teaching, research, and service.

Concentrations:

  • Early Childhood (EC)-6 Generalist (BA)
  • EC-12 Special Education (BA)
  • 8-12 Technology Applications (BA)

English

College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Humanities and Fine Arts

The goal of the English Writing Arts and Literary Arts program is to help students develop the reading, writing, speaking, research, and critical thinking skills necessary for their professional, civic, and personal success. The English program is a fundamental component of the University’s core curriculum. All students take two semesters of first-year composition and rhetoric and one semester of sophomore literature. English also offers courses that meet the core curriculum writing intensive and diversity course requirements.

Environmental Studies

College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Natural Sciences

The study of Environmental Science

History

College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Humanities and Fine Arts

The study of History is an important part of the journey for intellectual development and human understanding. Through a study of History, we cultivate and develop an understanding of the varieties of the human experience. History helps students develop analytical skills to interpret both the past and the present as well as identify trends and explore human existence. History helps students appreciate both the possibilities and the limits of our own age.

Kinesiology

College of Arts and Sciences

Department of  Kinesiology

The Kinesiology program at Huston-Tillotson University offers a program of comprehensive academic coursework and field experience to prepare students for careers and/or graduate study related to the promotion of physically active and healthy lifestyles. The degrees offered within the program provide opportunities for specialization in Human Performance, Physical Education, or Exercise Science. To fulfill this mission, students will engage in the development of content knowledge, professional dispositions, motor competency, and pedagogical skills.

Concentrations:

  • Physical Education (BA)
  • Human Performance (BA)
  • Exercise Science (BS)

Mathematics

College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Mathematics

The mathematics program provides challenging experiences in Mathematics, Physics, and Physical Science, which prepare graduates to pursue additional study in graduate, medical/dental, and other professional schools.

Music

College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Humanities and Fine Arts

The Music Program plays a vital role in the life of the University and the community. The training environment it provides continues to produce musicians of distinction for careers in a variety of professional fields including performance and music education. The faculty is comprised of dedicated professional musicians who are active in both performance and teaching.

Concentrations:

  • Voice (BA)
  • Instruments (BA)

Political Science

College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences

The curriculum in Political Science is designed to provide knowledge and understanding of the basic concepts of political science, the fundamental theories of the state and its evolution, the national and international political forces and the constitutional system. The major or minor sequence in Political Science may serve as basic undergraduate preparation for (1) entrance into graduate school, (2) entrance into law school, (3) a career in public service, or (4) the teaching of government, civics, or other related social studies in the public schools.

Psychology

College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Psychology is a relevant field of study for many professions and careers in psychology as well as other professions such as social work, counseling, education, medicine and health, business and industry, and law and criminal justice. The curriculum is flexible and can be tailored to meet each student’s needs and interests to prepare them for careers and/or advanced study in psychology or other areas.

Sociology

College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences

The curriculum in the field of Sociology is designed to:

  1. Provide broad knowledge and understanding of the organization, institutions, culture, and processes of society.
  2. Make clear the interrelatedness of Sociology and other social disciplines.
  3. Provide the viewpoints and tools essential for significant, systematic, and study and interpretation of social problems.
  4. Prepare students for advanced study in graduate and professional institutions and for work.
  5. Incorporate technology into the discipline.
  6. Help students master the nine core competencies.

MINORS

African American Studies

College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Humanities and Fine Arts

This interdisciplinary, comparative, and cross-cultural unit of courses allows students to examine critically important information derived from a variety of academic disciplines included in the broad fields of African Studies and African Diaspora Studies. The minor encompasses courses that cover the histories, sociopolitical constructs, religions, literature, music, and philosophies of African and African-descendant peoples. Beyond the acquisition of knowledge, the minor in African and African American Studies will introduce students to methodologies for the application of their acquired knowledge through internships, research projects, and perspectives about social change.

Environmental Studies

Pre-Engineering

College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Mathematics

Huston-Tillotson University and Prairie View A&M University have developed a cooperative dual-degree program in mathematics and engineering. The purpose of this program, identified as the Pre-engineering Program, is to provide an opportunity for students to combine educational experiences at a small liberal arts college and a large state-supported university that lead to baccalaureate degrees in mathematics and engineering. Under this program, Huston-Tillotson University students complete preliminary required courses and then transfer to Prairie View A&M University to complete degree requirements. Upon completion of all Pre- Engineering Program requirements, each student will be eligible to receive two degrees: a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Huston-Tillotson University and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Prairie View A&M University.

Pre-Law

College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences

In this program students will take an interdisciplinary course of study that will help prepare them to gain admission to, and graduate from, accredited law schools in the United States.

Professional Writing

College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Humanities and Fine Arts

The Professional Writing Minor is an interdisciplinary and designed to complement a wide variety of majors, including Business, History, Computer Science, Communication Arts, Political Science, Psychology, Natural Sciences, and Sociology.

Religious Studies

College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Humanities and Fine Arts

In this program students will become familiar with a diverse range of religious phenomena. They will be able to compare foundational beliefs among many religious traditions (including the Zulu religion, Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam) about such topics as human nature, the origin of the universe, life after death, gender roles, the relation between science and religion, the relation between religion and philosophy, and the grounding of ethics.