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Published or Revised July 25, 2014
Academic Studies include communications, fine arts, social sciences, natural sciences and mathematics, kinesiology (physical education), as well as learning skills and teacher education along with library support services for all areas of the College.
Objectives of Academic Studies include: fostering an appreciation of the creative process; the ability to think critically and to communicate effectively; a desire for lifelong learning; and a strong identification with truth and reason.
Courses offered in Academic Studies are designed primarily for transfer. Many courses such as art, music, language, humanities, theatre, and a variety of studio classes serve a dual purpose. They are available for students planning to transfer to a university, and are also available to community members wishing to broaden their educational experience and enrich their lives.
Students selecting majors within Academic Studies should consult with an academic advisor. During the visit with their academic advisor, students will develop a degree plan for their major that sets forth the classes required in the core curriculum as well as suggested specialization courses in their major field of interest. By visiting with their academic advisor on a regular basis, students may make sure they are taking courses that apply not only toward Paris Junior College awarded Associate of Arts (AA) or Associate of Science (AS), but also transfer and apply to their intended baccalaureate degree.
Because most students taking Academic Studies courses plan to transfer to a university, a goal of the College is to assure the transferability of its courses; however, because of the diversity of the population served by the College, students planning to transfer courses to a university or four-year college should take the responsibility of discussing their plans with a counselor from their university-of-choice as well as an advisor on campus.
Academic Studies also provide general education courses for students pursuing technical or workforce training and degrees.
Students planning to continue their education toward a baccalaureate or advanced degree may complete core curriculum courses providing a sound background in the arts and sciences. The 42 hours of core curriculum courses are guaranteed to transfer and replace the first two year core requirements at all state-supported colleges and universities in Texas.
Agreements now exist between Paris Junior College and Texas A&M University-Commerce and Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant, Okla., to offer students the ability to continue their technical education through a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences (BAAS) degree.
These agreements enable students completing their Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree to transfer to TAMU - Commerce or SOSU to complete a BAAS degree.
The AAS degree is normally considered a terminal degree at community colleges, as the programs are technical in nature. However, many graduates, once in the workplace, are unable to advance to management positions without a bachelor's degree. AAS graduates in the past would normally have to complete many additional hours of college courses in addition to their major courses to complete a bachelor's degree.
Students now will be able to apply all of their technical credits earned in the AAS degree to the BAAS degree.
Each program has its own requirements, and students are urged to look at the university Web sites for more information. In each program students will also be able to take much, if not all, of the coursework online, thus saving the cost of transportation.
Paris Junior College's Learning Skills program offers instruction in reading, math and study skills, as well as tutoring in related areas, to promote student writing.
Students who lack the learning and study skills necessary for college success, or students who may want to enhance the skills they already have, are encouraged to participate in the services offered by the Learning Skills Department.
Paris Junior College offers selected courses online through its Distance Learning program, meaning you may take these classes by submitting your work through the Internet instead of traditional class visits.
Online courses allow you to learn from almost anywhere and at any time, and an increasing number of students are finding online classes easy to work into busy career and family schedules. PJC has an excellent staff of online instructors.