Jan 18, 2022  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog

Course Descriptions


Course Numbers

West Texas A&M University follows a four-digit numbering system, known as the Texas Common Course Numbering System (TCCNS). The four-digit numbers are identified below:

  • First digit identifies the level (1 = freshman, 2 = sophomore, 3 = junior, 4 = senior, 5 = stacked undergraduate/masters, 6 or 7 = graduate, 8 = doctoral);
  • Second digit identifies the credit-hour value; and
  • Third and fourth digits establish the course sequence or type of course (92 = special topics, 93 = honors, 94 = individual/directed studies, 95 = problems, 96 = readings, 97 = research, 98 = internship, 99 = practicum).

0001–0999—developmental courses, do not count toward degree.

1000–2999—primarily freshman and sophomore courses.

3000–4999—open to students who have completed at least 30 hours and any prerequisite.

5000–5999—graduate level stacked with undergraduate.

6000–7999—graduate level (master’s/doctoral).

8000–8999—doctoral students only.

NOTE: Students who have taken and received credit for an undergraduate “stacked” course at WTAMU cannot take and receive credit for the corresponding graduate course.

Course Prefix

The course prefix indicates the assigned WTAMU course abbreviation and course number; e.g., ACCT 2301.

Course Abbreviation and Number in Brackets

A course abbreviation (prefix) and number in brackets indicates the corresponding common course number, established by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, if the common course number and/or prefix is different from the WTAMU number; e.g., [GOVT 1310].

Field-of-Study Curriculum (FOSC)

Field-of-study curriculum is a set of courses that satisfy lower-division requirements for a bachelor’s degree in a specific academic area. All public four-year institutions of higher education are required to accept Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board-approved field-of-study courses. Field-of-study curriculum is indicated with the abbreviation “FOSC” within the brackets indicating the common course number of a course; e.g., [MUSI 1181, 1182; FOSC].

Numbers

The numbers indicate semester credit hours, lecture clock hours per week and lab clock hours per week; e.g., 3 3 0 indicates three semester credit hours, three clock hours of lecture per week and zero clock hours of lab per week.

(HAZ)

Courses marked with (HAZ) may require the use of hazardous chemicals and/or equipment. To participate in these classes, an online “Student Laboratory Safety Training” is required and assigned through WTClass upon registration for the class. By registering for the class, the student agrees to 

  • Complete the assigned training by no later than 12th class day for fall/spring terms or 5th class day for summer terms; and
  • Acknowledge non-participation in activities if not completed by 18th class day for fall/spring terms; 10th class day for summer terms.

 

 

Theatre

(Offered through the Department of Art, Theatre and Dance.)

  
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    THRE 4320 - Educational Theatre & Program Management

    3 3 0
    Prerequisite(s): THRE 3199 , THRE 4312  and THRE 4345 . Principles of structure, organization, and management of classroom, curricular, co-curricular, and extra-curricular theatre programs in schools.
  
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    THRE 4331 - Portfolio and Career Management

    3 3 0
    Prerequisite(s): 60 credit hours. Study of portfolio development and career management for designers, stage managers and technicians. Hard and soft portfolios, websites, markets, interviews, contracts, unions, and graduate school opportunities.
  
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    THRE 4335 - Concepts in Scenic Design

    3 3 0
    Prerequisite(s): THRE 1373 , THRE 2331 , THRE 3335 . Theory and practice in scenic design creating stage settings through script, color and architectural analysis. Practical application through rendering and/or modeling and technical drawings.
  
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    THRE 4345 - Stage Management

    3 3 0
    Prerequisite(s): THRE 1371 , THRE 1373 . Designed as an introduction to the art and practice of managing a live production for theatre. Styles of management and techniques used in professional and educational theatre are explored. Emphasis on organization and communication.
  
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    THRE 4351 - Advanced Acting: Camera Technique

    3 3 0
    Prerequisite(s): THRE 1352  and THRE 2374 . Advanced study of acting with emphasis on camera technique and professional preparation.
  
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    THRE 4352 - Advanced Acting: Scene Study

    3 3 0
    Prerequisite(s): THRE 1352  and THRE 2374 . Advanced analysis and performance of dramatic text. Rehearsal and development of the two-character scene. Focus on language, action and relationships.
  
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    THRE 4361 - Theatre History I

    3 3 0
    Development of theatre from its beginnings through the 1500s. Chronological study of theatre as a worldwide institution.
  
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    THRE 4362 - Theatre History II

    3 3 0
    Development of theatre from 1600 through the present. Chronological study of theatre as a worldwide institution. Spring of odd years.
  
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    THRE 4374 - Advanced Voice and Speech

    3 3 0
    Prerequisite(s): THRE 2374 . Advanced study in vocal process, awareness, articulation, speech and language. Techniques may include Berry, Knight-Thompson, Fitzmaurice, Lessac, and/or Linklater.
  
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    THRE 4375 - Dialects

    3 3 0
    Prerequisite(s): THRE 2374 . Study of dialects and accents for stage and on-camera acting. Topics include speech anatomy, signature sound substitutions, the International Phonetic Alphabet, and application to character.
  
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    THRE 4393 - Honors

    3 0 0
    Prerequisite(s): senior standing and approval of theatre faculty. Completion of a senior thesis or research project by a student who is a candidate for graduation with honors in the department.
  
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    THRE 4394 - BFA Senior Project

    3 0 0
    Prerequisite(s): Completion of 90 hours. Satisfactory completion of THRE FRSH , THRE SOPH , THRE JUNR , and THRE SENR . Capstone experience for all BFA theatre and musical theatre majors. Advanced individual and exploratory work in the student’s major area as guided by a theatre faculty advisor and approved by the Director of Theatre.

Public Safety Management

(RELLIS campus only)

  
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    PSM 3301 - Political and Legal Foundations for Public Safety (RELLIS)

    3 3 0
    This course examines federal, state, and local laws that influence public safety, planning, code enforcement and legislative and political processes. RELLIS campus only.
  
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    PSM 3302 - Personnel Management for Public Safety (RELLIS)

    3 3 0
    This course examines the relationships and issues in personnel administration and human resource development within the context of public safety, including personnel management, organizational development, productivity, recruitment and selection, performance management systems, discipline, and collective bargaining. RELLIS campus only.
  
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    PSM 3303 - Introduction to Personal Philosophy of Leadership

    3 3 0
    This course will introduce and provide the student with a deeper understanding of self as it relates to the leadership philosophies, knowledge, skills, and abilities. Each student will study and explore their core values, ethics, decision making, and begin to develop a personal philosophy of leadership.
  
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    PSM 3304 - Fire Related Human Behavior

    3 3 0
    This course examines human aspects of the fire problem, including research and analysis of the problem and related issues in residential properties, wildland fires, assisted living/group home situations, commercial/industrial settings, and multiuse high rise building.
  
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    PSM 3305 - Fire Protection Structures and Systems Design

    3 3 0
    This course examines design principles involved in structural fire protection and automatic suppression systems, including fire resistance and endurance, flame spread evaluation, smoke control, alarm systems, sprinkler innovations, evaluation of sprinkler system designs, and specialized suppression systems.
  
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    PSM 3307 - Community Risk Reduction for Public Safety (RELLIS)

    3 3 0
    This course provides a theoretical framework for the understanding of the ethical, sociological, organizational, political, and legal components of community risk reduction, and includes the development of a comprehensive community risk reduction plan. RELLIS campus only.
  
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    PSM 3309 - Labor Relations for Public Safety

    3 3 0
    The course addresses the economic environment as it relates to public safety, of which labor management issues are a subset. Students will develop a perspective of the evolution of labor relations in the United States, the public safety services economy, and differences in labor and management interaction throughout the world.
  
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    PSM 3310 - Data Analysis for Public Safety (RELLIS)

    3 3 0
    This course is designed for students beginning their major program of study and will examine data use in their respective professions. Emphasis will be placed upon an understanding of basic principles and techniques involved with analysis, synthesis, and utilization of data. RELLIS campus only.
  
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    PSM 3311 - Grant and Proposal Writing for Public Safety

    3 3 0
    Comprehensive presentation of public safety grants from government, public, and private funding sources. Course covers the funding application, approval process, and grant administration.
  
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    PSM 3315 - Applications of Public Safety Research

    3 3 0
    This course examines the rationale for conducting public safety research and research applications to include, but not limited to, structural fire safety, automatic detection and suppression, life safety, EMS response and responsibilities, law enforcement issues and trends.
  
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    PSM 3316 - Leadership Theories

    3 3 0
    Prerequisite(s): PSM 3303 . The student will explore various theories of leadership, including situational leadership, transformational leadership, and servant leadership. Case studies, video analyses, and other interactive learning processes will be used to explore dynamic leadership styles.
  
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    PSM 3392 - Special Topics in Public Safety Management

    3 3 0
    This course is a specialized study for the investigation of management problems relating to the student’s career objective. Studies of the management techniques as practiced in the profession. Topics may be suggested by both faculty and student. May be repeated a maximum of 2 times for a total of 9 hours.
  
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    PSM 4301 - Public Safety Ethics (RELLIS)

    3 3 0
    This course examines the basic principles of ethics related to public safety operations and management, with special attention given to current issues in the public safety sector. RELLIS campus only.
  
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    PSM 4302 - Emergency Services Organization and Management (RELLIS)

    3 3 0
    This course empowers students with knowledge, methods, and concepts for effective leadership of comprehensive public safety programs. RELLIS campus only.
  
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    PSM 4303 - Public Safety Administration

    3 3 0
    This course demonstrates the skills necessary to manage and lead a public safety department through the challenges and changes of the 21st century, such as persuasion, influence, and accountable budgeting. A central part of the course focuses on how the leadership of a public safety department develops internal and external cooperation to create a coordinated approach to achieving the department’s vision.
  
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    PSM 4304 - Disaster Planning and Control (RELLIS)

    3 3 0
    Developing response strategies for both natural and man-made disasters. Principles of emergency management include vulnerability analysis, hazard mitigation, disaster recovery and response. RELLIS campus only.
  
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    PSM 4305 - Analytical Approaches to Public Safety

    3 3 0
    This course examines tools and techniques of rational decision making in fire departments, including databases, statistics, probability, decision analysis, utility modeling, resource allocation, cost-benefit analysis, and linear programming.
  
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    PSM 4306 - Managerial Issues in Hazardous Materials

    3 3 0
    This course presents current issues related to management of a department-wide hazardous materials program. It includes issues that are pertinent to officers and managers, including regulations and requirements for hazardous materials preparedness, response, storage, transportation, handling, and use of dangerous materials. Emergency response planning and operational considerations are included.
  
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    PSM 4308 - Finance and Public Safety (RELLIS)

    3 3 0
    The course will evaluate economic models applied to public safety management and examines federal, state, and local regulations affecting revenue sources, resource allocation, and the budgeting process. RELLIS campus only.
  
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    PSM 4312 - Organizational Leadership

    3 3 0
    Prerequisite(s): PSM 3316 . The influence of organizational culture, values, and contemporary societal issues on leadership effectiveness will be explored. Additionally, the concepts of learning organizations, organizational health, defenses, and change will be examined. Participants will determine how a leader moves an organization from vision to action.
  
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    PSM 4313 - Applications and Challenges of Executive Leadership

    3 3 0
    Prerequisite(s): PSM 4312 . The student will examine challenges of leadership in public safety organizations and develop strategies that serve diverse and dynamic communities. The student will use a variety of learning modalities, including case studies, video analyses, and critical thinking scenarios exploring the ethics and challenges of leadership.
 

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