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 Degree Programs

 Procedure Administrator: Assistant Provost
 Effective Date: January 17, 1977, February 24, 1977, June 23, 2010
 Index Cross-References:
 Procedure File Number: 2013
 Approved By: Dr. Herman J. Saatkamp, Jr., President

       To furnish guidelines, requirements, and responsibilities related to the academic
       programs leading to the award of a degree.
       A.     THE DEGREE PROGRAMS. Degree Programs are the mechanism through
              which students work toward mastery of a discipline with the breadth of the
              interdisciplinary. The College offers the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree, the
              Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree, the Bachelor of Science in Nursing
              (BSN) degree, and the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree. Students may
              also design their own 128-credit program for a liberal B.A.
              Graduate level degree programs include the following: Doctor of Physical
              Therapy, Master of Arts in Criminal Justice, Master of Arts in Holocaust and
              Genocide Studies, Master of Arts in Education, Master of Arts in
              Educational Leadership, Master of Arts in Instructional Technology, Master
              of Business Administration, Master of Science in Computational Science,
              Master of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Occupational Therapy,
              Master of Social Work, and Professional Science Master’s in Environmental
              Every degree program has an online guide that is revised to reflect any
              changes in curriculum and staff. This guide includes a general description of
              the program and its objectives, the requirements for admission to the
              program, all requirements for completion of the program, and a listing of the
              program faculty.
              Each program is supervised by a Program Coordinator who serves under a
              School Dean, who is responsible for the administrative support and
              continuing evaluation of the program.
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B.   LISTING OF DEGREE PROGRAMS. The following is a listing of all
     degree programs, the Faculty in which they are located, and the degree
           Arts, Studies in the
           Business Studies
           Communication Studies
           Computer Science and Information Systems
           Criminal Justice
           Environmental Studies
           Historical Studies
           Hospitality and Tourism Management Studies
           Languages and Culture Studies
           Liberal Studies
           Marine Science
           Philosophy and Religion
           Physics, Applied
           Political Science
           Sociology and Anthropology Studies
           Visual Arts/Studio
           Biochemistry/Molecular Biology
           Business Studies Chemistry
           Computational Science
           Computer Science and Information Systems
           Environmental Science
           Hospitality and Tourism Management Studies
           Marine Science

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      Physics, Applied
      Public Health
      Social Work
      Speech Pathology and Audiology
      Nursing (B.S.N.)
      Doctor of Physical Therapy
      Master of Arts in Criminal Justice
      Master of Arts in Holocaust and Genocide Studies
      Master of Arts in Education
      Master of Arts in Educational Leadership
      Master of Arts in Instructional Technology
      Master of Business Administration
      Master of Science in Computational Science
      Master of Science in Nursing
      Master of Science in Occupational Therapy
      Master of Social Work
      Professional Science Master’s in Environmental Science

      Bilingual/Bicultural Education Endorsement
      Communication Disorders Preparation Certificate
      English as a Second Language Endorsement
      Family Nurse Practitioner
      Learning Disabilities Teacher Consultant Endorsement
      Middle School Language Arts/Literacy Endorsement
      Middle School Math Endorsement
      Middle School Preschool- Grade 3 Endorsement
      Paralegal Studies
      Post-Master’s Forensic Psychology Certificate
      Post-Master’s Homeland Security Certificate
      Preparation for the Health Professions
      Special Education Endorsement
      Student Assistance Coordinator
      Supervisor Certificate Endorsement
PROGRAM STAFF. Faculty are hired into a single School Faculty, usually
with the understanding that they will join other faculty in teaching in the
interdisciplinary General Studies curriculum.

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D.   THE PROGRAM COORDINATOR. Each degree program elects a
     coordinator to serve under the guidelines set forth in the local collective
     bargaining agreement.
     The selection, duties, evaluation, and compensation are all specified in the
     applicable letter of agreement. These matters are negotiated every few
     years, and are governed by local collective bargaining negotiations.

E.   PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS. The degree program faculty determines
     what requirements students must meet to complete the degree program.
     These requirements are then approved by the Dean and Deans Council. The
     required and elective course work of the program must be within 64 credits
     (B.A.) or 80 credits (B.S.). The following is a listing of the components
     commonly found as parts of degree programs.
     1.    PROGRAM COURSES. These normally comprise about half of the
           64 or 80 credits and may include any combination of elective or
           prescribed courses offered under the program acronym.
     2.    COGNATE COURSES. These are courses under other program
           acronyms which are related to the student's major program. They may
           be any combination of specifically required courses or recommended
           courses or areas of study.
     3.    SENIOR THESIS or CAPSTONE COURSE. Programs may require
           students to write a thesis or take a capstone course as part of their
           degree program work. Whether it is based on independent research,
           some form of creative expression, library research, or designed in
           another way is at the discretion of the program.
     4.    INTERNSHIP. The programs may recommend or require that
           students work or observe for a period of time on a job related to their
           major. These internships are arranged by the student through the
     5.    COLLOQUIA. Programs may run colloquia on a short term or
           continuing basis and require participation by their students. These are
           non-credit experiences.
     6.    INDEPENDENT STUDY. Programs may suggest that students do a
           certain portion of their program work in the Independent Study mode.
     The Liberal B.A. Degree permits a student to design a complete 128 credit
     program suited to his/her own needs and plans. The Liberal B.A. permits
     students to design a complete 128-credit interdisciplinary program suited to
     their individual needs and plans. This program thus provides extraordinary
     opportunities for creativity in educational planning and allows students to
     take advantage of a wide range of Stockton’s faculty and other resources.
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To become a LIBA major, a student must prepare a carefully conceived
proposal for multidisciplinary study and must have that proposal approved
by a committee composed of the dean of general studies and two or three
faculty members.
Like any Stockton degree program, a Liberal B.A. program should show
coherence, breadth of education and depth of study in a particular area. Like
any Stockton Bachelor of Arts program, it should also reflect the College’s
commitment to the liberal arts in the general education of students. Liberal
Studies majors are not exempt from the General Studies requirements.
Although proposals resembling an existing degree program may be
approved, the LIBA major is not a means by which established programs can
be diluted. Students pursuing a specific career or graduate study are advised
to solicit and consider the advice of faculty in similar or related disciplines
and programs. The Liberal B.A. program is not intended to be a default
option for students in other majors.
Planning a Liberal B.A. takes time and commitment; considerable thought
and discussion are required, since the student proposing a Liberal B.A. is, in
effect, proposing that the College support an individually-tailored degree
program. Planning a Liberal B.A. also requires that the student assume a
large portion of the responsibility for his or her educational choices.
The organization of a Liberal B.A. course of study may take several forms
depending on the particular interests and needs of the student. The course of
study, and the proposal describing it, must reflect a central unifying purpose
or theme.

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