Degrees & Majors at NSU Tahlequah

Undergraduate Majors

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The Accounting Program at Northeastern State University is designed to prepare the accounting major for a career in the accounting profession, either public, private, or governmental. In addition, the accounting curriculum is designed to develop the accounting student’s ability to work effectively, to become mentally disciplined, to communicate orally and in writing, to be aware of professional responsibilities, to develop an appreciation of the accountant’s high standard of integrity, and objectivity in reporting. The Accounting Program is structured to provide the non-accounting major with basic accounting knowledge for use in a chosen major field and personal life.

The Bachelor of Arts in American Indian Studies is designed for all persons interested in the cultural heritage and history of American Indian peoples. The major is a multi-disciplinary liberal arts program with required courses in anthropology, history, literature, and political science or criminal justice. Electives can be chosen from a broad choice of subjects which focus on Native Americans and their experiences as well as their influences within society.

American Indian Studies majors must also select a minor or a second major. Suggested minors include: anthropology, business administration, criminal justice, health care administration, history, hospitality and tourism management, paralegal studies, public administration, sociology, and social welfare. A student may want to consider selecting a second major in one of the above areas, or combining American Indian Studies with another appropriate major.

The Business Administration major provides a diversified background in the various disciplines necessary for success in the field of business. Regardless of the future occupation of the student, a background in the basic business areas is an essential ingredient of effective business decision-making. The Business Administration major allows a student to tailor his or her degree to individual career objectives with more flexibility than other majors.

With guidance from an academic advisor, students choosing the Business Administration major complete the major requirements by selecting courses from the functional business areas which best meet their academic and career objectives.

The Communication Studies program at Northeastern State University offers you the opportunity to specialize in Communication in Relationships, Corporate Communication, Theory and Research, or Applied Performance and Delivery. Along with excellent classroom instruction, our award winning students have the opportunity to hone their communication skills in a variety of applied settings. The department houses the Forensics and Debate program and the Communication Lab. So as you can see, if you are interested in a career in a communication related field, Communication Studies has a place for you.

The Drama program at NSU is designed to prepare students to enter the professional theatre workforce as well as to pursue graduate studies in specific areas of theatre. NSU Drama provides students with constant opportunities for practical experience onstage and off. A graduate from the NSU Drama program boasts a generalist knowledge in all areas of theatre as well as an extensive resume balancing performance and hands-on technical experience.

Students graduate with a bachelor of arts degree in drama and have ample opportunity to pursue theatre scholarships throughout their college experience. Students interested in majoring or minoring are encouraged to contact the theatre coordinator immediately in order to begin plotting their roadmap to degree completion.

The entrepreneurship major exposes students to vital skills needed in starting a new business, expanding the family business, owning a franchise, starting a professional practice, or preparing for a fast track corporate career. Courses focus on the ability to identify new opportunities for creating value and translating imagination into action to exploit those opportunities. Students are grounded in relevant theory in addition to applied principles of entrepreneurship.

The following policies of the College of Business and Technology apply to the entrepreneurship major: entrance requirements, minimum grade requirements, experiential credit limitations, transfer credit limitation, English proficiency, upper division credit, liberal arts and sciences, and residency.

Being an environmental, health and safety professional involves protecting America’s workforce, the public and the environment from injury, illness and damage. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates approximately 20 percent growth in job opportunities in this field over the next 10 years.

The Finance major is divided into two areas of emphasis: the Financial Management Emphasis and the Financial Planning Emphasis. The Financial Management Emphasis prepares students to perform effectively in a variety of financial management activities. Graduates can pursue careers in small business, corporate financial management, banking, insurance, investment management, real estate, and mortgage companies. Course work involves the study of financial instruments, financial practices, the structure and functions of financial institutions, the legal and economic context within which financial operations are conducted, investment analysis, portfolio management, business forecasting, and economic analysis.

The Financial Planning Emphasis prepares students for careers as financial advisors. Financial planning is one of the fastest growing segments of the financial serviced industry. Career opportunities are found in financial planning firms of various sizes, law firms, brokerage firms, insurance companies, and accounting firms. Financial Planners are also hired by corporations to organize and maintain employee benefit plans and by bank trust departments. Course work centers around wealth creation and retention. Areas of study include investments, risk management, estate planning, taxation, and analysis of retirement-based programs.

The Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. owns the marks CFP®, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™, and CFP(with flame logo)®, which it awards to individuals who successfully complete initial and ongoing certification requirements. Northeastern State University does not certify individuals to use the CFP®, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™, and CFP(with flame logo)® certification marks. CFP Certification is granted only by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. to those persons who, in addition to completing an educational requirement such as the Northeastern State University Financial Planning Area of Emphasis (a CFP Board-Registered Program), have met its ethics, experience, and examination requirements.

Northeastern State University offers a Bachelor of General Studies (BGS) degree for adult students (over 21 years of age) who have already completed at least 50 hours of college credit with a minimum 2.00 cumulative grade point average. There are 38 areas of specialization available. One of the 18-hour core areas can be tailored to the individual needs of the student with approval of the program coordinator. For more information regarding the Bachelor of General Studies program, please call 918-444-5000.

A major in geography may be earned by completing the specified course work. A minor may be earned by selecting 18 hours from any geography courses. It is recommended that students take Geography 2243, Fundamentals of Geography, prior to attempting other geography courses. At least 18 hours of advanced (3000, 4000) courses are required on a geography major. Eighteen hours of this major must be earned at NSU. A grade of “C” or better is required on all courses in the major.

The Hospitality and Tourism Management program offers a Bachelor of Business Administration degree and provides students with the knowledge necessary for success in enterprises related to the meetings, travel, gaming and hospitality industries. The Hospitality and Tourism Management program is approved by the Professional Convention Management Association.

The program consists of three distinct but interrelated components: meeting and convention management, tourist destination development, and gaming. Students may select one option or elect to complete two or three areas.

The meeting and convention management program emphasizes managing and serving meetings, conventions, trade shows, and special events. The student who specializes in tourist destination development studies the development, management and marketing of tourist attractions and destinations. The gaming emphasis specializes in managing casinos and gaming operations.

The following policies of the College of Business and Technology apply to the Hospitality and Tourism Management Major: Entrance Requirements, Minimum Grade Requirements, Experiential Credit Limitation, Transfer Credit Limitation, English Proficiency, Upper Division Credit, Liberal Arts and Sciences and Residency.

Computerized information systems are common in every area of modern business. The demand for IS professionals who can design and maintain computerized information systems will continue to grow as we move into the 21st century. People majoring in IS become proficient in aspects of information system management common to all organizations, including: operating systems; local and global telecommunications; 5th generation programming; systems analysis; systems design; database and enterprise resource management; and e-business solutions.

The following policies of the College of Business and Technology apply to the Information Systems major: Entrance Requirements, Minimum Grade Requirements, Experiential Credit Limitation, Transfer Credit Limitation, English Proficiency, Upper Division Credit, Liberal Arts and Sciences and Residency.

The International Business major has been developed for students who are actively seeking to focus their education on the global dimensions of business. The International Business major has the objective of providing students with a solid basic business education and knowledge of the international dimensions of business. In addition to IBUS courses, students also choose an area of specialization to obtain depth in a field of business (e.g., marketing, finance, management, etc.) that will complement the international training and assist them in obtaining a first job.

The management major allows students to develop knowledge and skills in the behavioral, decision science and strategic aspects of the management field. A behavioral emphasis focuses on the team and its members and the importance of human relations in enabling the organization to meet its objectives. Decision science introduces many of the quantitative tools so important in the modern business environment. Computer applications and examples of quantitative problem solving play an important part in this aspect of the program. Strategic management focuses on the long-range survival of the company within a changing environment. Students learn to identify opportunities and threats and make decisions, through proper planning, to meet the challenges imposed by competition, regulation, changing technology and limitations imposed by resource scarcity.

The following policies of the College of Business and Technology apply to the Management Major: Entrance Requirements, Minimum Grade Requirements, Experiential Credit Limitation, Transfer Credit Limitation, English Proficiency, Upper Division Credit, Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Residency.

Marketing is the performance of business activities which direct the flow of goods and services from producer to consumer or user in order to satisfy customers and accomplish the company’s objectives. With a capacity to produce an abundance of goods and services, businesses in the United States have been compelled to study the market in order to be properly able to respond to its demands. Marketing is a relatively new discipline having been developed in the twentieth century with most of its impetus since 1930. The study of marketing incorporates the use of most business subjects (accounting, management, law, etc.) and the behavioral sciences (psychology, sociology, anthropology.)

Before pursuing a major in music, all students must successfully complete a performance audition for entrance into the applied area of concentration (instrumental, piano, vocal). This requirement must be fulfilled before degree plans can be approved and advisors assigned.

Music majors are required to participate in at least one music ensemble per semester as specified in the individual degree plans. They are to pass Band (MUS 3611), or Chorus (MUS 3631).

Students pursuing a Bachelor of Music Education (Instrumental winds and percussion) are required to pass Band a minimum of seven semesters. Students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts (Jazz option - winds and percussion) are required to pass Band (MUS 3611)a minimum of two academic years after which MUS 3641(Jazz Band I ONLY) may satisfy the music organization requirement or as directed by the major advisor.

Instrumental music majors with an emphasis in guitar may choose an appropriate ensemble as prescribed by their advisor.

All music majors are required to take MUS 3863 World Music as part of the humanities hours in the general education requirements.

Minimum Grade Requirements (Music) - Students must earn a grade of “C” or better in music courses to be used in either major or minor. Grades lower than a “C” on NSU or transfer credit will not apply for music major or music minor.

All music majors must pass the Junior Standing Jury (except BA Music Business and Music Theatre students) as prescribed by the music area (keyboard, instrumental, vocal) before enrollment in any 4000 level applied music. Junior standing is also a prerequisite to MUS 3030, Half Recital and MUS 4031, Full Recital.

Students are to declare a major in music by the beginning of their sophomore year. Transfer students are to declare a major in music by the end of their first semester as an NSU student.

At least one fourth of the total semester hours in the major applied music area must be upper level credit from NSU (except BA Music Theatre and BA Music Business option students).

The Northeastern State University Social Work Program offers and upper-division professional social work curriculum built upon a liberal arts foundations which leads to a Bachelor of Social Work (B.S.W.) degree accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (C.S.W.E.). Its primary mission is to provide academic preparation and contribute to the professional and intellectual growth and development of individuals who desire to enter generalist social work practice in a wide range of social agencies and allied settings with diverse client systems for various sizes and types. Students who graduate from our B.S.W. program are eligible for an Oklahoma state license to practice generalist social work.

Undergraduate Minors

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Graduate Majors

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The Master of Arts in American Studies is an interdisciplinary program which seeks to promote a fuller understanding of American culture through the study of American literature, ethnic heritage, and institutions—political, social, religious, and economic. The program strives to develop a greater understanding of American society, past and present, and to nurture analytical aptitudes essential to further intellectual growth. Using an interdisciplinary approach, American Studies draws on a wide range of disciplines in the social sciences and humanities, including anthropology, art, criminal justice, English, geography, history, humanities, political science, sociology, and communication.

Northeastern State University offers a comprehensive program of study leading to the Masters of Business Administration. The program is designed for students who wish to prepare themselves for decision making positions in business and industry.   The program is designed to facilitate the full-time working student, offering only evening and weekend classes.

The purpose of the MBA Program is to graduate professionals who:

  1. Use an analytical and systems approach in problem solving and decision making;
  2. Communicate effectively;
  3. Have current, relevant knowledge in functional areas of business;
  4. Understand the economic, social, political, legal, and technological environment of business in a global context;
  5. Are prepared to be dynamic leaders and effective team members;
  6. Are professional in their attitude and approach to a career; and
  7. Appreciate the civic, social, and ethical responsibilities of business organizations and of business professionals.

The Master of Arts in Communication program is designed to provide an interdisciplinary approach to communication that will develop a more complete communicator. The program offers an opportunity for personnel directors, business executives, educators, journalists, advertising personnel, and public relations directors to enhance their written, oral, and mass communication knowledge and skills.

The mission of this program is to prepare persons for careers in counseling by providing opportunities for specialization in the therapy and treatment aspects of counseling leading to Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) licensure.

This program is designed to develop highly competent teachers and others who are dedicated to providing educational leadership in the field of early childhood. Effective instruction, curriculum development and assessment within an interdisciplinary approach to the study of Early Childhood, Reading and Special Education are emphasized. Courses are established to encourage candidates to use current theory and research to make decisions about effective practice.

The Master of Arts in English Program is designed to provide a quality graduate degree program that prepares the student for entry to the professional world or further graduate study at a comprehensive university. The M.A. in English program provides a generalist graduate degree that emphasizes the study of rhetoric, theory and practice in composition, research, critical skills and the literature of diverse cultures and historical periods, produces educated graduates with strong liberal arts experiences who can become valuable citizens in their communities; and serves as a resource center for the study of composition and diverse literatures in eastern Oklahoma.

The purpose of this program is to facilitate the continuing professional development of practicing health professionals and physical education teachers. It is not for the purpose of the initial preparation of teachers or to credential health professionals. The learned societies for health and kinesiology are National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) and the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), respectively. Therefore this program is designed to meet the NCATE Unit Candidate Performance Standards and the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) in health and physical education while incorporating the philosophy of the relevant learned society.

The proposed degree program consists of 32 hours of coursework and a capstone experience. The program consists of eight 5000 level three hour courses, six approved 5000 level electives and a two hour seminar designed to prepare the candidate for their written composition experience and their capstone paper.

The program is designed to be flexible so that it might meet the diverse professional development needs of practicing health professionals and physical education teachers. More specifically it needs to meet the needs of teachers who are currently practicing as well as for area health specialists. Therefore, the programs rely on strong academic advising that will take into consideration the current knowledge and skills of program applicants when developing individual degree plans.

This graduate-level program is designed to prepare you for leadership roles in college and university settings. Your knowledge will be enriched in leadership, research, responsibilities and challenges in higher education and other organizational settings. The knowledge and skills gained from this program opens opportunities for employment and research in community, tribal, national and global organizations.

The goal of the Master of Education in Instructional Leadership program is to create accomplished teachers who are reflective about their practice and who critically analyze what constitutes effective teaching and valuable learning.

NOTE: This degree is not structured for the purpose of insuring the completion of requirements for provisional or standard teaching certification in any area.

The Master of Science in Library Media and Information Technology prepares candidates to be library media specialists who can be described as those who “lead their profession in making information literacy (which encompasses reading, information handling and technology knowledge) attainable for all members of the learning community.” They know a wide range of source material and how to access it; they develop interdisciplinary collections to meet the demographic and cultural needs of the learning community; they partner with teachers to create exciting learning experiences in an information-rich environment. They understand the curriculum of the school thoroughly and serve as leaders in implementing quality teaching and learning.

The Master of Science in Library Media and Information Technology prepares candidates to be effective school library media specialists in the areas of learning and teaching, information access, and program administration. They are prepared to be school library media specialists who will provide leadership in the total education program, participate as active partners in the teaching/learning process, connect learners with ideas and information, and prepare students for life-long learning. They know how to instill a love of reading and can develop opportunities for their students to be effective managers of information.

The purpose of the Master of Education in Reading program is to facilitate classroom teachers’ in-depth understanding of the reading process and their knowledge of how children learn to read and write. The major emphasis is on effective instruction, curriculum development and assessment within an interdisciplinary approach to the study of Teaching, Early Childhood, and Special Education. The program is also designed to meet all of the International Reading Association’s (IRA) competencies for classroom teachers, reading teachers, reading consultants, and reading supervisors. Both the IRA competencies and the Oklahoma State Objectives for Reading Specialists are embedded within the coursework of this program. Students may elect to take the state certification test in reading upon completion of their master’s degree.

The School Administration program is designed to prepare persons for positions in educational administration. Persons admitted to this program will have the opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to administer elementary or secondary schools and other units of school administration such as departments of personnel, curriculum development, secondary education, elementary education, and federal programs.

The purpose of the program is to facilitate the continuing professional development of practicing K-12 science teachers. It is not for the purpose of the initial preparation of teachers. The program consists of four parts: Professional Education Core (15 hours), Science Content Core (9 hours), Guided Electives (9 hours), and a Capstone Experience (2 hours). In order to meet the diverse professional development needs of practicing K-12 science teachers, the program is flexible. More specifically it meets the needs of teachers who hold bachelor degrees in Secondary Science Education, the sciences, Mathematics, Elementary Education, Early Childhood Education, Special Education, and teachers who have alternative certification. Therefore, the program relies on strong academic advising that takes into account the current knowledge and skills of program applicants when developing individual degree plans. The Master of Education in Science Education program is administered through the Gregg Wadley College of Science & Health Professions.

The graduate program in Speech-Language Pathology is designed to provide students with the wide variety of academic and clinical practicum experience necessary for a career in various work settings available to a Speech-Language Pathologist. Students who complete the Master of Science degree will have the academic and clinical practicum experience necessary to meet requirements for the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, the license in speech-language pathology from Oklahoma State Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, and the Oklahoma State Department of Education Standard Certificate in Speech-Language Pathology.

Graduate Certifications

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For admission, the applicant must meet the following criteria:

  1. Qualified for a standard Oklahoma teacher’s license/certificate.
  2. Reading courses to include methods of instruction and materials in reading.
  3. Methods of teaching elementary language arts or literature for children and/or adolescents.
  4. Hold master’s degree granted by an institution accredited by a regional accrediting association.

The applicant shall:

  1. Complete 20 semester hours designed for this certificate.
  2. Pass the state teacher certification examination for reading specialist.

Recommended steps for completing certification

  1. Evidence of Master’s degree: (Transcript from issuing educational institution)
  2. Evidence of relevant work experience: (Company letter or job description, if applicable)
  3. Evidence of passing certification tests: (Official Certification Test Results)

Certification program must be completed within a timeframe of 3 years. Failure to complete the program within the three-year timeframe forfeits student’s right for renewal of alternative administrative certificate.

For admission, the applicant shall have a master’s degree from an accredited college or university.

The Applicant shall:

  1. Complete and maintain a 3.0 average.
  2. Pass the state certification test for school library media specialist.
  3. A valid teaching certificate or passing of the Oklahoma General Education Test and the Oklahoma Professional Teaching Examination.

The Applicant shall:

  1. Be admitted to the Graduate College prior to enrollment.
  2. Hold a valid teaching certificate; elementary, elementary-secondary library media specialist, vocational-technical or special education.
  3. Have completed prerequisite course work in Education of the Exceptional Child and Reading and Language Development in Young Children.

This special program for standard teacher certification in Visually Impaired is expected to be completed in two consecutive summer sessions. The program is comprised of two components and will be limited to 15 students each.

Optometry Major

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NSU College of Optometry is a four-year professional program that leads to the Doctor of Optometry (O.D.) degree. Doctors of Optometry are the major providers of primary vision care in America and are specially educated, clinically trained, and state licensed to examine the eyes for the presence or absence of vision problems, eye diseases, or other abnormalities. NSUOCO is accredited by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education of the American Optometric Association and is a member of the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry.

An admitted NSU College of Optometry student who satisfactorily completes the first two years of the four-year professional optometry program, who has met the basic admission standards of the College of Optometry, and satisfied the general education requirements of Northeastern State University, shall be eligible to receive the Bachelor of Science degree with a major in vision science.  Students transferring into the College of Optometry who have not completed a bachelor's degree will be required to complete a bachelor's degree at the time of or prior to completion of the second year of the professional program.