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Academic Programs at Harris-Stowe State University

Harris-Stowe State University offers its students a wide variety of academic opportunities including workshops, institutes, field experiences and course work. Upon request, specifically designed institutes and workshops are made available to interested groups. Most classes, however, are part of baccalaureate degree programs.

The University offers 15 Bachelor of Science degree programs. Each of these degree programs consists of two levels: (1) a lower-division level, which provides a general education foundation, and (2) an upper-division level, consisting of a specific set of professional studies that gives the degree program its name. Below are brief descriptions of the University's academic programs.

            Urban Ecology
Business Administration
Criminal Justice
            Juvenile Justice
            Law Enforcement
Early Childhood Education
Educational Studies
Elementary Education
Health Care Management
Hospitality and Tourism Management
Information Sciences & Computer Technology
            Computer Studies
            Management Information Systems
            Applied Mathematics
            Pure Mathematics
Middle School Education
Professional Interdisciplinary Studies
Secondary Education
Urban Education
            Public Administration
            Urban Affairs

General Education Studies
The Harris-Stowe State University general education curriculum serves as the foundation for professional studies and lifelong learning. At the same time, in accordance with the articulation agreement established by the Coordinating Board for Higher Education (CBHE) in Missouri, the University’s General Education curriculum is designed to accommodate transfer students. Harris-Stowe offers general education courses that are designed to address crucial academic skills and knowledge areas. The academic skills addressed are oral and written communication skills, higher-order thinking skills, technology and information management skills and valuing skills. These skills are addressed across the curriculum. The knowledge areas covered are the social and behavioral sciences, humanities and fine arts, mathematics and the biological and physical sciences. After completion of the 42 credit hour general education component, students will be able to: 

  • engage in higher-order thinking;
  • communicate effectively in written form;
  • communicate effectively in oral form;
  • manage information;
  • understand the moral and ethical values of a diverse society and understand that many courses of action are guided by value judgments about the way things ought to be;
  • understand the ways in which humans have addressed their condition through imaginative work in creative art and speculative thought;
  • understand fundamental mathematical concepts; and
  • understand the principles of the life and physical sciences.

Anheuser-Busch School of Business
The Harris-Stowe State University Anheuser-Busch School of Business presently offers five Bachelor of Science degrees: (1) Accounting; (2) Business Administration with
options in entrepreneurship, management, and marketing; (3) Health Care Management; (4) Hospitality and Tourism Management; and (5) Information Sciences and Computer Technology with options in computer studies and management information systems.

Each program area of specialization is based on a comprehensive liberal arts foundation and a well-defined core curriculum. These programs offer the student the opportunity to prepare to enter the business world as a professional. Each area of specialization contains the following components:

  • a broad general education base of 42 credit hours of course work in written and oral communication skills, mathematics, natural sciences, social sciences, computing and information technologies, and humanities and fine arts;
  • a general business core component;
  • a Bachelor of Science program core for each of the degrees and options offered by the School of Business; and
  • an internship, which is an essential part of the preparation for a business career. The internship field experience exposes the student to the actual business environment and helps bridge the gap between the classroom and a career in the business world.

The Accounting program prepares students to establish their career in the field of accounting in a private or nonprofit sector, or to continue their education at the master’s level to qualify to sit for the CPA exam. 

The Business Administration program offers students a broad educational grounding in a wide range of business. The program is primarily designed to provide the student with a solid and well-rounded education in business that prepares them for careers in any business field, and if desired, move on to an advanced degree. Students may choose a specialization area within the Business Administration degree; these specialization areas include entrepreneurship, management and marketing.

-Entrepreneurship emphasis                           
This program provides a quality educational program and experience to students interested in owning and managing their own business. The program strives to prepare
individuals by providing a curriculum in entrepreneurship as well as in other academic disciplines such as management, marketing, information systems, economics, accounting and finance.

-Management emphasis
This program is designed to prepare students for management and supervisory careers in the private or nonprofit sector, and if desired, for graduate studies. 

-Marketing emphasis
This program focuses on the study of all activities required to determine which products and services are most desired by consumers, as well as how to design and
implement programs to efficiently communicate and distribute products and services. Marketing students learn to make decisions about product design and quality pricing, advertising, channels of distribution and personal selling in ways to enhance consumer satisfaction and further the goals of the company or organization.

The Business Administration – Accelerated Program/ Adult Pathway to Success Program is designed to provide a unique opportunity for adults with a minimum of four years of business experience to complete a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration while working full-time during the day. The program can be completed in as little as 18 months for students who have completed an Associate of Arts degree, which meets the Missouri State General Education requirements or completed 60 semester hours from an accredited college or university that can be applied toward Harris-Stowe State University requirements for the Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration.

The Health Care Management program provides a quality education to students hoping to assume entry or mid-level management positions in a variety of health care settings: hospitals, managed care organizations, physician group practices, home care centers, long-term care facilities, public health institutions, hospices, health insurance firms, ambulatory care clinics, and consulting companies. The program strives to combine a professional curriculum with other academic disciplines such as management, marketing, information systems, economics, accounting, and finance.

The Hospitality and Tourism Management program provides an avenue for diverse students to enter the field of hospitality and tourism management and to promote the diversification goal of the industry. This program is optimal for those who want to manage a hotel chain, direct a cruise line or head a business in their field.

The Information Sciences and Computer Technology (ISCT) program prepares students to meet present and future technological and management challenges. The curriculum is designed to provide a solid foundation in computer hardware and software, systems design, communications and project/team management skills for the rapidly changing IT industry. The program has two emphasis areas: computer studies and management information systems.

-Computer Studies emphasis
Today’s businesses are looking for people who have a strong analytical background and who are proficient in technology. This program will prepare students to help businesses automate manual process, as well as, expand their reach through web-based technology. Students who graduate from this program are prepared for the roles of system analyst, software developer, and web developer.

-Management Information Systems emphasis
This program is designed to give students an understanding of the importance of information systems as a management tool in the planning, control, and decision-making
activities of the organization. The program of study introduces students to the concepts and methods of analyzing, designing, planning and managing simple or complex information systems. It emphasizes the managerial aspects of information systems by providing a solid base of business courses and computer science courses common to the Anheuser-Busch School of Business.

College of Arts & Sciences
The College of Arts & Sciences presently offers five Bachelor of Science degree programs. The curriculum of each includes general education courses, professional
courses and an internship in the student’s area of interest. Each program emphasizes reasoning, communication and technological skills.

The Biology program offers students a broad educational grounding in a wide area of biological sciences, allowing them to enter careers such as the diverse health care
industry, environmental or “green” jobs, biomedical, lab technician, biotechnology, as well as entering further training for veterinary, occupational science and therapy, physiotherapy, audiology, as well as postgraduate studies in related fields including optometry, podiatry, dentistry, wildlife management, and agriculture and nutrition.

The Criminal Justice program
offers two distinct degree programs in law enforcement and juvenile justice. Each program is designed to prepare students for leadership roles
in criminal justice agencies and or for entry into graduate programs in Criminal Justice with an emphasis in juvenile justice or law enforcement.

The Professional Interdisciplinary Studies program is designed for students whose academic and career needs are better met by content from multiple disciplines. This
program allows students to: (a) earn a Bachelor of Science degree by studying a broad range of courses from three of the other Harris-Stowe State University degree programs, (b) follow a plan of study that is tailored to specific interests and or career goals and (c) realize their potential for success in an ever-changing job market.

The Mathematics program is designed to provide students substantial grounding in the theory and applications of mathematics, giving them the breadth and depth necessary to pursue various careers in such areas as actuarial science, financial investment, insurance and other industrial and government employment areas or graduate studies in mathematics. The program has built-in flexibility that will enable the student to focus on areas of his or her interest in mathematics such as pure or applied mathematics or statistics. 

Urban Education is a degree program for students who are interested in careers in government or the nonprofit sector and for students interested in graduate work in public
policy, urban affairs or law. Students may choose to specialize in either public administration or urban studies.

College of Education
Harris-Stowe State University’s College of Education presently offers four Bachelor of Science degree programs. The curriculum of each includes general education
courses, pre-student teaching clinical experiences, professional courses, supervised student teaching and the state of Missouri exit assessment for teacher education.

Early Childhood Education (Birth-Grade 3) is a program for students who plan to teach at the early childhood level and includes a general education curriculum, foundations
for teaching courses, methods courses and clinical experiences.

Elementary Education (Grades 1-6) is a foundation program for students who plan to teach at the elementary school level and includes a general education curriculum, foundations for teaching courses, methods courses and clinical experiences.

Middle School Education (Grades 5-9) includes foundations for teaching courses, methods courses, and clinical experiences. The Middle School degree program includes the following areas of study: Social Studies, Mathematics and Natural Science.

Secondary Education (Grades 9-12) is for those who plan to teach at the secondary level. Students choose an option area from Unified Science-Biology, English, Mathematics or Social Studies. The foundation for secondary education includes a general education curriculum, foundations for teaching courses, methods courses and clinical experiences.

Teacher Certifications Harris-Stowe State University offers course work necessary to meet state of Missouri teacher certification requirements in the following areas: 

o   Cross-Categorical Special Education

o   Early Childhood Education

o   Elementary School Education

o   Middle School Education

o   Secondary Education

o   Reading Specialist




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