2019-2020 Catalog with Addendum II 
    
    Jul 11, 2020  
2019-2020 Catalog with Addendum II

Catalog Changes Since Initial Publication



April 30, 2020 Addendum

New Programs

Other Changes


New Programs

Bachelor of Science in Management

Mark Phillips, Program Director
Box 29338
Abilene, TX 79699

Phone: 325-674-2993
Email: Mark.Phillips@acu.edu

Faculty

Mark Phillips, Professor

Introduction

The Bachelor of Science in Management program focuses on the principles and strategies for effective business management. Students will learn about business operations in a broad framework of general business disciplines including accounting and marketing. Students can choose from tracks focusing on leadership, human resources, and operations.

Upon completion of the program, students will:

  • Demonstrate mastery of the four fundamental management skills: planning, organizing, leading, and controlling.
  • Work effectively in teams.
  • Think, analyze, reason, and communicate appropriately, informed by evidence and values.
Admission Requirements

ACU’s online undergraduate programs are intended for non-traditional students interested in gaining a bachelor’s degree in an online modality. 

To be considered for admission:

  • Students must be out of high school for at least four years OR matriculate from institutions with an articulation agreement with ACU.
  • Students must see that the College of Graduate and Professional Studies receives the following:
    • Completed “Adult Online Undergraduate Program” application accompanied by a non-refundable processing fee.  
    • Official transcripts of all previous academic work. 
    • Students are not required to submit ACT or SAT test scores. 

Click on the program tracks below for degree plan details.

Bachelor of Science in Marketing

Mark Phillips, Program Director
Box 29338
Abilene, TX 79699

Phone: 325-674-2993
Email: Mark.Phillips@acu.edu

Faculty

Mark Phillips, Professor

Introduction

Today’s consumers have the “world at their fingertips,” literally. How can a business stay relevant? How can it adequately reach its target audience? Effective marketing is critical for businesses that want to be top of mind.

The Bachelor of Science in Marketing program focuses on the principles and strategies for business marketing. Students will learn about consumer behavior while also obtaining a deep understanding of the economic, legal, and social environment of global business. With advancing technology continually opening tremendous opportunities in innovation, students will gain the ability to evaluate, deploy, and use changing technologies to maximize value to all stakeholders.

This program provides students with the knowledge and skills to be successful in a variety of careers including:

  • Marketing Manager
  • Sales Representative
  • Brand/Product Manager
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Social Media Manager
  • Data Analyst
Admission Requirements

ACU’s online undergraduate programs are intended for non-traditional students interested in gaining a bachelor’s degree in an online modality. 

To be considered for admission:

  • Students must be out of high school for at least four years OR matriculate from institutions with an articulation agreement with ACU.
  • Students must see that the College of Graduate and Professional Studies receives the following:
    • Completed “Adult Online Undergraduate Program” application accompanied by a non-refundable processing fee.  
    • Official transcripts of all previous academic work. 
    • Students are not required to submit ACT or SAT test scores. 

Click on the program tracks below for degree plan details.

Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership, General Track

For a description of the EdD program and a list of admission requirements, please refer to the School of Educational Leadership  page.

Click here to see the degree plan for the new EdD in Organizational Leadership General Track .


Other Changes

Policy Revision - Remove high school foreign language deficiency language

The General Requirements for Associate’s and Bachelor’s Degrees were modified to remove the language pertaining to the high school foreign language admission deficiency, which no longer exists. A revision to use language more inclusive of online programs was also incorporated. The revised requirements now read as follows:

General Requirements for the Associate’s Degree

  1. The Associate’s degree requires a minimum of 64 semester hours applicable to that degree.
  2. A cumulative grade point (GPA) of at least 2.0 in courses from ACU is required.
  3. A minimum of 32 semester hours applicable to the degree must be completed at ACU.
  4. Latin honors are not awarded for the associate’s degree.
  5. Students must meet the specific course requirements for any degrees that ACU offers. Satisfactory completion of 64 hours and the ACU University Requirements for a major leading to a Bachelor’s degree are not sufficient to award an AA degree.

General Requirements for Bachelor’s Degrees

Graduation requirements include University Requirements, major requirements (departmental requirements) and electives. To determine the number of hours required for a given degree in any major, add the University Requirements, the major requirements and the electives, which may be adjusted to reach the minimum number of hours required for the degree sought.

  1. All Bachelor’s degrees from ACU require a minimum of at least 128 semester hours applicable to that degree. Teacher certification and certain other degrees may require more. (See specific degree requirements.)
  2. Each degree requires a major of at least 30 hours in addition to the University Requirements.
  3. A minimum of 18 hours in the major field must be upper level hours, and at least 9 of these upper level hours must be taken at ACU.
  4. The University Requirements consist of 56 hours for all degrees other than the BFA, BSN, and cooperative degrees. For the BFA and BSN, see the University Requirements for ACU section; for cooperative degrees, see the major section for details.
  5. Certain courses that are required by each major may also count as University Requirements. See the individual degree plan for details.
  6. No minor is required by the university. However, the major field may require a minor or supporting courses outside the major. Many departments offer minors of at least 18 hours, and a student may elect to add a minor to any degree. Minors have specific requirements (see the appropriate departmental section of this catalog or the departmental advisor for approved minors). Students may not complete a minor in the same field as their major.
  7. Most degree plans include a minimum of 6 semester hours of electives. However, courses taken to satisfy a deficiency in entrance requirements in foreign language may count as elective hours. Such courses may count toward the hours required for the degree.
  8. All courses numbered 0**, including but not limited to UNIV 011, UNIV 012, ENGL 003/ENGL 004, MATW 019, and English as Second Language (FLEN) courses, will not count toward hours required for a degree.
  9. No more than 5 hours of PEAC activity courses may count toward graduation. An unlimited number of kinesiology lecture courses may count toward general electives.
  10. A student must earn at least 40 hours from ACU to earn a degree, including the last 24, which must be earned from ACU.
  11. A minimum of 33 hours of upper level, i.e. advanced (300-499) work, is required, 24 of which must be earned from ACU, including 9 in the major field.
  12. An overall grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0 on courses from ACU is required for the BA and BS. An overall GPA of at least 2.25 is required for the BFA, BM, and BSN. A cumulative GPA of at least 2.75 is required for all teacher certification programs. Specific majors and colleges may have GPA requirements above these stated minimums.
  13. Each student will be required to take a course designated as “Writing-Intensive” in his or her major field. Writing-Intensive courses integrate instruction and practice in writing into upper-level content courses to assist students in becoming effective writers in a specific discipline. Students should contact their academic advisor to determine the correct Writing-Intensive course for their major.
  14. Each student will participate in a senior year integrative Capstone experience. This requirement will challenge the student to critically analyze, reflect, and write about the major discipline from the perspective of a Christian worldview. Capstone experiences may take the form of a single course or a cluster of courses designed to meet the Capstone goals.
  15. No changes, including majors, minors, concentrations, or changes to coursework, will be made to a student’s transcript after the degree has been awarded.

January 30, 2020 Addendum

New Programs

Other Changes


New Programs

Bachelor of Science in Integrated Studies

Sarah Lee, Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Programs and Program Director
16633 Dallas Parkway Suite 800
Addison, TX 75001

Phone: 214-305-9449
Email: Sarah.Lee@ACU.edu

Faculty

Sarah Lee, Associate Professor

Introduction

Students in the Bachelor of Science in Integrated Studies program will have the flexibility to focus their studies on two fields and complete one culminating course that focuses on the articulation of social responsibility and their vocational priorities. The goal of the program is to provide students with a broad education that encourages an interdisciplinary approach to practical and professional problems and contribute to society in unique ways. This is accomplished by preparing students to: 

  • Demonstrate the development of knowledge in two academic disciplines and have the ability to transfer knowledge among situations. 
  • Effectively communicate within a variety of contexts.  
  • Demonstrate the development of a sense of self that integrates personal strengths with vocational and social priorities.
Admission Requirements

Abilene Christian University’s Online Baccalaureate programs are intended for non-traditional students interested in obtaining a bachelor’s degree online. Students may enroll four years after completing high school. Students who have earned a GED must be at least 22 years of age. Exceptions to these requirements may be made for transfer students matriculating from an institution with an articulation agreement with ACU.

Degree Plan

Click here to see the degree plan for Integrated Studies, BS (INTG) .


Other Changes

Policy Revision - Hours Required for Undergraduate Degrees

The first item listed in the General Requirements for Bachelor’s Degrees in the Degree Requirements section of the Undergraduate Academic Information  has been revised to read as follows:

  1. The faculty of each ACU campus determine the minimum number of semester hours required to earn an ACU Bachelor’s degree for their respective campus. The main campus (Abilene) faculty require a minimum of 128 semester hours applicable to that degree. The Dallas campus faculty require a minimum of 120 semester hours applicable to that degree. Teacher certification and certain other degrees may require more. (See specific degree requirements.)

Program Revision - Admission Requirements to the MBA

The admission requirements for the Master of Business Administration (MBA) program within the School of Professional Studies  have been changed to the following:

MBA Admission Requirements
  • Application for admission with a nonrefundable processing fee.
  • An official transcript(s) in English (or translated to English) of all previous colleges attended. The transcript must indicate an earned bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college, university, or equivalent.
  • Minimum 3.0 undergraduate or graduate GPA for standard admission. Applicants with a 2.5 - 2.9 GPA and 2+ years of work experience can be reviewed for probationary admission.
  • Résumé and letter of intent required; letters of recommendation may be requested by the Program Director.
  • Course prerequisites for admission to the program include basic accounting, economics, and statistics.
  • Acknowledgment regarding the Christian identity of the university/program.
  • At least 2 years of demonstrated full-time responsibility in professional or entrepreneurial positions, OR a satisfactory GMAT score (50th percentile or better). Acceptable (equivalent) GRE score (50th percentile or better) may be substituted for the GMAT with the approval of the Program Director.
  • Program Director may waive GMAT or professional work requirement for ACU students who have above a 3.0 GPA.