Course Descriptions

AASC 3301                Lifelong Learning and Portfolio Development

Required of all students who pursue completion of the BAAS and BGS degree program. This course lays the foundation for the program of study by investigating current issues in the philosophy of higher education, namely: establishing academic, personal, and professional goals for degree completion; introducing students to the portfolio process; and helping students to improve their abilities to think critically and to communicate more effectively.

Prerequisites: ENGL 1301 and ENGL 1302 or their equivalents with a grade of "C" or better..

Department Policy for AASC 3301
Students enrolled in the BAAS, ABAS, BGS, and ABGS programs must be enrolled in AASC 3301 by the second semester they are eligible to take the course. Students who drop the course will be re-enrolled the following semester; students who drop the course a second time without approval from the Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences will not be allowed to continue in the program. Students who do not pass the course with a C or higher will be re-enrolled each semester until a satisfactory grade is earned.


 AASC 3102 Narrative for Prior Experiential Learning Credit

Students are guided in the development of an outcome-based learning narrative which allows them the opportunity to translate knowledge and skills obtained through life and work experiences into academic credit.

Prerequisite: Grade of “C” or better in AASC 3301 and senior standing. Students will enroll in the class during their final semester of coursework.


 AASC 4301                Senior Seminar                                 

Required of all students who pursue completion of the BAAS and BGS degree program. This course completes the assessment of the personal, educational, and professional goals and outcomes set forth in AASC 3301.

Prerequisite: Grade of “C” or better in AASC 3301 and senior standing. Students will enroll in the class during their final semester of coursework.



Prior Experiential Learning Credit Details

How can I earn academic credit for what I already know?

Many students with work experience or vocational/technical coursework are interested in how they can potentially translate their knowledge into academic credit. The Bachelor of Applied Arts & Sciences degree program offers a process that allows students to draft a narrative that documents how their work/life experience is equivalent to college-level learning. In AASC 3102 Prior Experiential Learning students are directed through the organization of a written narrative that describes in detail what they have learned. A narrative will focus on a specific subject area. Upon satisfactory completion of AASC 3102, students can submit their narratives into the evaluation process (please note that an evaluation fee will be assessed). If a narrative demonstrates a student’s college level learning, then the evaluator will determine the number of credit hours to be awarded and the level of the credit hours.

Am I a good candidate for AASC 3102?

An ideal candidate for AASC 3102 would be an excellent writer, someone who has broad and varied knowledge and experiences regarding the subject(s) he or she would write about, and someone who would need electives to complete the BAAS degree. Consult an academic advisor to determine if you should enroll into this rigorous course.

Are there special requirements for the narrative?

Narratives must be bound, and the bound copy as well as a double-blind copy must be turned into the Advising Center office (Parker 106) with a receipt and the appropriate signed forms. The double-blind copy will be reviewed and evaluated.

How is the credit applied to my degree?

The evaluator can award two types of credit: Prior Experiential Learning Credit (PELC) and Technical Learning Credit (TLC). TLC is awarded when students document learning based on technical coursework. PELC is awarded when learning occurred during work or life experiences. A student may be awarded anywhere from 0-24 hours of PELC/ TLC credit with a maximum of 12 hours of upper (3000) level credit.

The following are other regulations concerning PELC/ TLC credit:

  • Entering the evaluation process does not guarantee that a student will receive PELC or TLC.
  • Students may not write a narrative in an area for which they have already received 6 transcripted hours of academic credit.
  • If credit is awarded it will appear as transfer credit on a student’s transcript; and, thus the maximum amount of credit that can be awarded is further limited by a student’s total transfer hours.
  • Credit awards may not appear on a student’s transcript until the semester following the evaluation.
  • Neither PELC nor TLC will count toward any other degrees at Lamar University or at any other institution.
  • Neither PELC nor TLC will count toward residency requirements at Lamar University.
  • Students may challenge the credit award they receive. A second evaluation of the original double-blind narrative will be performed by a different evaluator. The credit award, if any, that the second evaluator awards will stand whether it is higher or lower than the first award.