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Welcome to the College of Humanities, Social Sciences and Arts (CHSSA)

From your classes in the academic core curriculum to your selected major area of study to outstanding endeavors both within and beyond the traditional classroom setting, you will find yourself uniquely placed in our college. Our departments represent both traditional and emerging areas of study that will not only support your current interests but will also help you define new areas of enrichment. CHSSA offers so much to explore. We hope to have you on the journey with us soon!

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College of Humanities, Social Sciences and Arts :: Welcome from the Dean

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Welcome from the Dean

On behalf of the students, staff and faculty of the College of Humanities, Social Sciences and Arts, welcome! We are excited that you are interested in our college and its programs. Whatever your interests, there is an opportunity for you to participate in our college.

William F. Kuracina
Dean
College of Humanities, Social Sciences and Arts
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College of Humanities, Social Sciences and Arts :: Academic Degree Programs

Academic Degree Programs

Undergraduate

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Communication Studies (BA/BS)

The Communication Studies program produces graduates who understand and can solve communication problems, making them uniquely qualified to contribute to the growth and betterment of any team.

Where It Is Offered Commerce
Duration

4 years

Foreign Language

Required for BA not BS

Delivery Face-To-Face, Online
Total Credit Hours

120 hours

Thesis Requirements

No thesis required

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Criminal Justice (BACJ/BSCJ)

The broad field major in criminal justice is designed for students who wish to receive the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. The curriculum has a multi-disciplinary foundation, is social science oriented, is academic in content and emphasizes the development of knowledge and skills essential for a broad understanding of the criminal justice system. The objective of the major is to prepare you for entry-level positions in law enforcement, juvenile justice, courts, community-based corrections, institutional corrections and other related fields.

Where It Is Offered Commerce, Corsicana (Navarro College)
Duration

4 years

Foreign Language

No foreign language credits required

Delivery Combination, Face-To-Face
Total Credit Hours

120 hours

Thesis Requirements

No thesis required

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English (BA)

This 120 hour program is flexible and accommodates students with a wide variety of interests and career goals.

Where It Is Offered Commerce
Duration

4 years

Foreign Language

Required

Delivery Face-To-Face, Online
Total Credit Hours

120 hours

Thesis Requirements

No thesis required

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English (BA) Teaching Emphasis

This program offers three specialized tracks all designed to immerse you in the world of English and equip you to pass on your knowledge to the next generation of writers.

Where It Is Offered Commerce
Duration

4 years

Foreign Language

12 Hours

Delivery Face-To-Face
Total Credit Hours

120 hours

Thesis Requirements

No thesis required

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History (BA/BS)

Through this degree you will become trained in the discipline of history. You will gain knowledge of the human past, practice historical research and writing, and learn to analyze and interpret evidence and historical interpretations. This program is a good selection if you plan to pursue advanced degrees in history or a career in public history, historic preservation or government service.

Where It Is Offered Commerce
Duration

4 years

Foreign Language

Foreign language required for BA

Delivery Face-To-Face
Total Credit Hours

120 hours

Thesis Requirements

No thesis required

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History (BA/BS) Teaching Emphasis

Through this degree you will become trained in the discipline of history. Students will gain knowledge of the human past, practice historical research and writing and learn to analyze and interpret evidence and historical interpretations. This program orients these skills toward the knowledge needed to teach history at the 7-12 grade levels.

Where It Is Offered Commerce
Duration

4 years

Foreign Language

Foreign language required for BA

Delivery Face-To-Face
Total Credit Hours

120 hours

Thesis Requirements

No thesis required

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Human Services (BA/BS)

A bachelor’s degree in human services from A&M-Commerce will put you on course for a wide range of occupations with foundations in counseling.

Where It Is Offered Commerce, McKinney (CHEC), Online
Duration

4 years

Foreign Language

BA requires foreign language credit

Delivery Face-To-Face, Online
Total Credit Hours

120 hours

Thesis Requirements

No thesis required

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Liberal Studies (BA/BS)

The Liberal Studies program educates the whole person. Learn what it means to become a responsible citizen and globally-minded scholar with our diverse program.

Where It Is Offered Commerce
Duration

4 years

Foreign Language

No foreign language credits required

Delivery Face-To-Face
Total Credit Hours

120 hours

Thesis Requirements

No thesis required

Music

Music (BM) Teaching Emphasis

The Bachelor of Science (BS) in Music degree, combined with professional education requirements, provides students with the information and skills to be a music educator at all levels and prepares them to take the exams for teacher certification in Texas. Though students are prepared to teach instrumental and vocal music at all grade levels, the curriculum allows them to select one of three areas of emphasis: (1) elementary general—preparation for teaching general music in the elementary grades, (2) secondary choral—preparation for organizing and directing choral organizations at the secondary level; or (3) secondary instrumental—preparation for directing bands and orchestras at the secondary level.

Where It Is Offered Commerce
Duration

4 years

Foreign Language

No foreign language credits required

Delivery Face-To-Face
Total Credit Hours

120 hours

Thesis Requirements

No thesis required

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Music (BM/BA)

Our Bachelor of Music degree advances your knowledge in music theory, history, pedagogy, performance and more. Receive one-on-one instruction from our renowned faculty as you develop your skills and build your repertoire. Whether you aspire to teach or perform, our degree prepares you for a variety of careers.

Where It Is Offered Commerce
Duration

4 years

Foreign Language

No thesis required

Delivery Face-To-Face
Total Credit Hours

127 hours

Thesis Requirements

No thesis required

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Paralegal Studies (BA/BS)

Paralegal studies provides specialized classes to prepare you to work in law offices as a paralegal. Practicing attorneys teach courses in family law, real estate law, business law, probate, legal research and other areas. This is definitely a growing field with a promising job market.

Where It Is Offered Commerce
Duration

4 years

Foreign Language

BA: 12 hours | BS: NA

Delivery 100% Online
Total Credit Hours

120 hours

Thesis Requirements

No thesis required

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Photography (BFA)

Students can choose to focus on fine art or commercial photography, the latter encompassing advertising-purposed material.

Where It Is Offered Commerce
Duration

4 years

Foreign Language

No foreign language credits required

Delivery Face-To-Face
Total Credit Hours

120 hours

Thesis Requirements

No thesis required

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Political Science (BA/BS)

The undergraduate bachelor’s degree programs in political science are intended to introduce students to key concepts and methods used in the study of politics and government. Through courses in American politics, comparative politics, international relations, political philosophy and public policy, students develop skills in communication, critical and analytical thinking, and a deeper understanding of their personal and social responsibilities.

Where It Is Offered Commerce
Duration

4 years

Foreign Language

BA: 12 hours. BS: NA

Delivery Face-To-Face, Online
Total Credit Hours

40 hours

Thesis Requirements

No thesis required

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Sociology (BA/BS)

Sociology (BS) develops your cultural awareness and understanding of human behavior, organizational dynamics, social and people skills, cultural diversity and analytical skills.

Where It Is Offered Commerce, Online
Duration

4 years

Foreign Language

No foreign language credits required

Delivery Face-To-Face, Online
Total Credit Hours

120 hours

Thesis Requirements

No thesis required

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Spanish (BA)

The undergraduate Spanish program is dedicated to the study of languages and literatures of Latin America, Spain and the United States. The department offers a wide range and variety of courses, including beginners, intermediate and advanced courses in Spanish language and culture as well as courses designed for heritage speakers and native speakers.

Where It Is Offered Commerce, Mesquite
Duration

4 years

Foreign Language

No foreign language credits required

Delivery Face-To-Face, Online
Total Credit Hours

120 hours

Thesis Requirements

No thesis required

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Spanish (BA) Teaching Emphasis

Our program encourages and equips Spanish educators. No matter your proficiency level, we have language courses designed for you. You’ll study the history, politics, social structures and traditions of Spain and Latin America. Our combined Spanish and teaching program prepares you for the high school classroom. You’ll take courses in methods for teaching Spanish, issues in Spanish literature and culture, and Hispanic linguistics. After graduating, you’ll be certified to teach Spanish at the secondary level (grades 7-12).

Where It Is Offered Commerce
Duration

1 to 1.5 Years

Foreign Language

Foreign language credits or testing required

Delivery Face-To-Face
Total Credit Hours

36 Hours

Thesis Requirements

No thesis required

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Studio Art (BFA/BA)

Our Bachelor of Fine Arts and our Bachelor of Arts (BFA/BA) in Studio Art programs provide an intensive foundation in theoretical knowledge and professional skills. Develop a personal vision, high-level techniques and the ability to make sound artistic decisions.

Where It Is Offered Commerce
Duration

4 years

Foreign Language

No foreign language credits required

Delivery Face-To-Face
Total Credit Hours

120 hours

Thesis Requirements

No thesis required

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Theatre (BA/BS)

Our program equips you with acting techniques and skills, theatrical presentation, direction, production and management of theatre operations and insight on modern theatre and theatre of varying cultures which will prepare you for careers in acting, design, technology management, production, theatre management, education and sound management.

Where It Is Offered Commerce
Duration

4 years

Foreign Language

No foreign language credits required

Delivery Face-To-Face
Total Credit Hours

120 hours

Thesis Requirements

No thesis required

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Theatre (BA/BS) Teaching Emphasis

Our program equips you with the acting, directing and production skills needed for the high school classroom. You’ll take courses in stage management, theatre operations, costume design and lighting. Gain insight into modern theatre and theatre of varying cultures through our course offerings. Our combined theatre and education program prepares you for a career in teaching. You’ll take courses in pedagogy, learning processes and development, and classroom management. After completing a teaching residency, you’ll be certified to teach theatrical arts at the secondary level (grades 7-12).

Where It Is Offered Commerce
Duration

4 years

Foreign Language

No foreign language credits required

Delivery Face-To-Face
Total Credit Hours

120 hours

Thesis Requirements

No thesis required

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Visual Communication (BFA) Art Direction Emphasis

The concentration in Art Direction prepares students for professional positions as creative team leaders who target specific market audiences and produce client branding, single ads or campaigns in print, broadcast and interactive media. Courses in art direction and advertising emphasize the development of concepts from infancy through the finished product. The Art Direction student gains proficiency in creating headlines, copy, layout and storyboarding, partnering with copywriting students, as well as in directing the work of designers, photographers, illustrators, and other contributions. All visual communication courses above the sophomore level are taught at the Universities Center at Dallas (UCD) in Downtown Dallas.

Where It Is Offered Commerce, Downtown Dallas
Duration

4 years

Foreign Language

No foreign language credits required

Delivery Face-To-Face
Total Credit Hours

126 hours

Thesis Requirements

No thesis required

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Visual Communication (BFA) Design Emphasis

The concentration in Design prepares students choosing to pursue a career as a design professional. Instruction focuses on an applied conceptual skill set through the development and application of the creative process, conceptual thinking, and visual problem-solving. Courses focus on client-driven projects such as packaging, paper systems, and client visual branding development.

Where It Is Offered Commerce, Downtown Dallas
Duration

4 years

Foreign Language

No foreign language credits required

Delivery Face-To-Face
Total Credit Hours

126 hours

Thesis Requirements

No thesis required

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Visual Communication (BFA) New Media Emphasis

The concentration in New Media pairs creative thinking and refined design skills with computer-based multimedia and motion design. Students study a variety of media including motion graphics, modeling, animation, video, gaming concepts, interactive web, and mobile apps to become innovative multimedia designers. A broad understanding of software applications and the concepts underlying them give students the capacity to stay current in this evolving field of Visual Communication. All visual communication courses above the sophomore level are taught at the Universities Center at Dallas (UCD) in Downtown Dallas.

Where It Is Offered Commerce, Downtown Dallas
Duration

4 years

Foreign Language

No foreign language credits required

Delivery Face-To-Face
Total Credit Hours

126 hours

Thesis Requirements

No thesis required

Graduate

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Applied Criminology (MS)

The entirely online Master of Science in Applied Criminology degree meets the needs of traditional students preparing to embark on new careers, as well as those currently working in the criminal justice field and those wishing to pursue professional advancement..

Where It Is Offered Online
Duration

18 Months

Foreign Language

No foreign language credits required

Delivery 100% Online
Total Credit Hours

36 Hours

Thesis Requirements

No thesis required

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Applied Linguistics (MA/MS) TESOL Emphasis

As a student in the Applied Linguistics program, you will engage in cutting-edge pedagogical and research strategies with others who are pursuing careers in teaching English to speakers of other languages. Whether you choose this field as a primary or complementary discipline, this program will prepare you for a variety of careers including teaching at the university level or teaching English as a second language abroad.

Where It Is Offered Commerce, Online
Duration

2 Years

Foreign Language

Required for MA, Optional for MS

Delivery 100% Online, Combination, Face-To-Face
Total Credit Hours

30 to 36 Hours

Thesis Requirements

Thesis and non-thesis options available

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Art (MA) Studio Art Emphasis

This master’s degree may be pursued either for personal enrichment or to advance one’s professional standings and credentials. Courses for the degree include painting, sculpture, photography, drawing, ceramics and mixed and multi-media art.

Where It Is Offered Commerce
Duration

2 Years

Foreign Language

No foreign language credits required

Delivery Face-To-Face
Total Credit Hours

36 Hours

Thesis Requirements

No thesis required

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Art (MA) Visual Communication Emphasis

The advanced degree with an emphasis in visual communication centers on meeting the needs of practicing professionals in the expanding field of visual communication who aspire to achieve a higher level of proficiency in creative innovation, design professional practice and design leadership. The program explores creative process innovation; design professional practice leadership, strategy, process and product; and creative marketing promotion grounded in a social and business perspective. Courses for this degree are taught at Universities Center at Dallas (UCD) in Downtown Dallas.

Where It Is Offered Downtown Dallas
Duration

2 Years

Foreign Language

No foreign language credits required

Delivery Combination
Total Credit Hours

30 to 36 Hours

Thesis Requirements

Thesis and non-thesis options available

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Art (MFA) Studio Art Emphasis

This degree is built from the ground up to meet the artist where they are and enhance every level of their artistic ability through intensive study and hands on training.

Where It Is Offered Commerce
Duration

3 years

Foreign Language

No foreign language credits required

Delivery Face-To-Face
Total Credit Hours

60 hours

Thesis Requirements

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Art (MFA) Visual Communication Emphasis

The advanced degree with an emphasis in visual communication centers on meeting the needs of practicing professionals in the expanding field of visual communication who aspire to achieve a higher level of proficiency in creative innovation, design professional practice and design leadership. The program explores creative process innovation; design professional practice leadership, strategy, process and product; and creative marketing promotion grounded in a social and business perspective. Courses for this degree are taught at Universities Center at Dallas (UCD) in Downtown Dallas.

Where It Is Offered Downtown Dallas
Duration

3 Years

Foreign Language

No foreign language credits required

Delivery Combination
Total Credit Hours

60 Hours

Thesis Requirements

Thesis Exhibition with Support Paper

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English (MA/MS)

Our Master of Arts in English is designed for students who, upon completion, demonstrate a foreign language proficiency while the Master of Science in English is for students without foreign language focus.

Where It Is Offered 100% online, Commerce
Duration

2 Years

Foreign Language

Foreign language required for MA

Delivery 100% Online, Face-To-Face
Total Credit Hours

30-36 Hours

Thesis Requirements

Thesis and non-thesis options available

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English (PHD)

The Ph.D. in English is designed for students wishing to teach in community or four-year colleges and universities. It stresses both substantive knowledge of the various divisions within the field of English and an extensive introduction to the profession, including classroom teaching, tutoring and computer-assisted instruction. The degree requires that each candidate serve as a teaching assistant.

Where It Is Offered Commerce
Duration

4 to 5 Years

Foreign Language

Foreign language optional

Delivery Combination, Face-To-Face, Online
Total Credit Hours

60 Hours

Thesis Requirements

Dissertation Required

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History (MA/MS)

You will have the opportunity for advanced study in historical interpretation, historical theory and research methods. Earning your master’s degree in history opens doors in academia, nonprofit, education and government.

Where It Is Offered Commerce, Online
Duration

2-3 Years

Foreign Language

Foreign language required for the MA degree

Delivery Combination
Total Credit Hours

36 Hours

Thesis Requirements

Thesis and non-thesis options available

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Music (MM)

Students in the Master of Music program choose either an emphasis in performance (applied music or conducting) or music education. The M.M. with an emphasis in performance develops specific music skills and abilities to a high degree in the fields of instrumental and vocal performance and conducting. The M.M. with an emphasis in music education focuses on teacher training at the elementary and secondary levels.

Where It Is Offered Commerce
Duration

2 years

Foreign Language

No foreign language credits required

Delivery Face-To-Face
Total Credit Hours

30 hours

Thesis Requirements

No thesis required

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Political Science (MA/MS)

Learn what it means to become an engaged citizen. Our master’s degree in Political Science expands your knowledge in government, political theory, foreign policy and international relations.

Where It Is Offered Commerce, Online
Duration

2 years

Foreign Language

Foreign language required for MA

Delivery Combination, Face-To-Face, Online
Total Credit Hours

30-36 hours

Thesis Requirements

Thesis and non-thesis options

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Sociology (MS)

The Master’s in Sociology at A&M-Commerce is designed to meet the needs of those pursuing public service careers, community college teaching opportunities, careers in research, administrative careers in both the public and private sectors, as well as preparing students for more advanced graduate work in sociology.

Where It Is Offered Online
Duration

2 years

Foreign Language

No foreign language credits required

Delivery 100% Online
Total Credit Hours

30 hours

Thesis Requirements

non-thesis only

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Spanish (MA)

The main goals of this degree program are to prepare Spanish language professionals who will become language instructors in high schools and/or community colleges, and to provide a strong foundation in Spanish literature and linguistics for those interested in pursuing a PhD in the areas of Spanish literature or Hispanic linguistics. Some of the classes we offer include: foreign language methodology, advanced writing, children’s literature, and Spanish and Latin American literature and cinema.

Where It Is Offered Commerce, Online
Duration

2 years

Foreign Language

No foreign language requirements

Delivery Combination
Total Credit Hours

30-36 hours

Thesis Requirements

Thesis and non-thesis options available

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Theatre (MA/MS)

Students can focus on the following topics: acting, lighting, modern theatre, theatre history, theatrical design, directing, management, playwriting, theatre pedagogy and theory. We provide our students with an easy admission process, access to scholarships and graduate assistantships, individualized attention from award-winning faculty and a flexible combination of online and face-to-face instruction. A&M-Commerce is the only A&M System university that offers this degree.

Where It Is Offered Commerce, Online
Duration

14 months to 2 Years

Foreign Language

Foreign language required for MA

Delivery Combination
Total Credit Hours

30-36 Hours

Thesis Requirements

Thesis and non-thesis options available

Graduate Certificates

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Computational Linguistics Graduate Certificate

This program offers a 15-credit hour graduate certificate intended to document foundational skills and expertise in computational linguistics and natural language processing (NLP). The coursework for the certificate aims to overcome the common lack of foundational knowledge in both pillars of this multidisciplinary field, computer science and linguistics, introducing the basic issues in these fields as they are relevant to computational linguistics.

Where It Is Offered Commerce
Duration

1 year

Foreign Language

No foreign language credits required

Delivery Face-To-Face
Total Credit Hours

15 hours

Thesis Requirements

No thesis required

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Criminal Justice Management Graduate Certificate

This certificate is designed to attract student practitioners seeking to advance within the decision-making and leadership roles within their field. The courses in this plan focus on management and policy issues. This certificate is ideal for you if you wish to specialize in management issues, such as evaluating, planning, organizing, staffing, directing, coordinating, reporting and budgeting.

Where It Is Offered Commerce, Online
Duration

1 Year

Foreign Language

No foreign language credits required

Delivery 100% Online
Total Credit Hours

12 Hours

Thesis Requirements

No thesis required

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Criminal Justice Studies Graduate Certificate

If you are seeking to gain general knowledge in the field, whether you are new to concepts in criminal justice or are currently working in the criminal justice field, this might be the best fit for you. The flexibility of this certificate allows for a great deal of latitude in customizing courses to suit individual professional interests.

Where It Is Offered Commerce, Online
Duration

1 Year

Foreign Language

No foreign language requirements

Delivery 100% Online
Total Credit Hours

12 Hours

Thesis Requirements

No thesis required

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Homeland Security Graduate Certificate

This certificate is designed to attract members outside traditional criminal justice fields. Through this program, you will gain a broad understanding of homeland security issues while enhancing leadership capabilities among those who currently work in local, state and federal government and others who are interested in gaining greater knowledge about the field of homeland security. This certificate focuses on homeland security concepts, applicable management principles, policy analysis and the enhancement of critical thinking skills necessary to successfully address security challenges within the United States.

Where It Is Offered Commerce, Online
Duration

1 to 2 years

Foreign Language

No foreign language credits required

Delivery Online
Total Credit Hours

12 hours

Thesis Requirements

No thesis required

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Professional Advancement in English Studies Graduate Certificate

The Professional Advancement in English Studies Graduate Certificate provides students with the necessary English hours for students who wish to teach dual-credit or college-level courses in a field other than English. Students who pursue this certificate should already have a bachelor’s, master’s or PHD in a discipline other than English.

Where It Is Offered Commerce
Duration

1-1.5 Years

Foreign Language

Foreign language optional

Delivery Face-To-Face, Online
Total Credit Hours

18 Hours

Thesis Requirements

No Thesis required

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Public History Graduate Certificate

This certificate helps you develop specific skills related to public history. The practical, theoretical and analytical training provided in the certificate program will enhance your ability to compete for jobs in museums, historical societies, cultural resource centers, parks and historic preservation.

Where It Is Offered Commerce
Duration

1 to 2 years

Foreign Language

No foreign language credits required

Delivery Face-To-Face
Total Credit Hours

12 hours

Thesis Requirements

No thesis required

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Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Graduate Certificate

This certificate is ideal for students who either already hold a completed graduate degree or are actively in the process of earning a graduate degree and wish to earn this certificate in conjunction with their degree. In addition to the enhanced professional status that the Certificate in the Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) brings, this Certificate will enable the holder to meet the 18-hour SACS requirement to teach at the College level.

Where It Is Offered Commerce
Duration

1 year

Foreign Language

No foreign language credits required

Delivery Face-To-Face
Total Credit Hours

18 hours

Thesis Requirements

No thesis required

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Teaching History Graduate Certificate

You can become a certified early college or dual credit instructor with our Teaching History graduate certificate. Local school districts continue to expand their offerings of early college and dual credit history courses. There is a growing need for qualified teachers who can meet this need.

Where It Is Offered Commerce, Downtown Dallas, Mesquite, Online
Duration

12-24 months

Foreign Language

No foreign language credits required

Delivery Face-To-Face, Online
Total Credit Hours

18 hours

Thesis Requirements

No thesis required

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World History Graduate Certificate

Study historical themes, trends and transformations at the global level. This graduate certificate program provides you with training in global connections and cultures. You can complete the certificate independently or as part of your graduate degree.

Where It Is Offered Commerce
Duration

1 to 2 years

Foreign Language

No foreign language credits required

Delivery Face-To-Face
Total Credit Hours

12 hours

Thesis Requirements

No thesis required

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  • Commerce, TX 75428
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