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Undergraduate Program / Curriculum

Students enrolled at RIT Kosovo™ (A.U.K) receive their degrees from RIT in Rochester, New York, USA. Two degree programs are available: a two-year Associate of Applied Arts and Sciences (AAS) and a four-year Bachelor of Sciences in Applied Sciences (BS).

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General Education

To meet the AAS degree requirement of RIT and the New York Education Department, students must complete a minimum of 24 hours in the liberal arts and sciences (also known as general education). To meet the BS degree requirement, students must complete a minimum number of 60 hours in the liberal arts and sciences.

General Education Curriculum

A new general education curriculum took effect in the fall semester of 2013. Students, who entered RIT Kosovo™ (A.U.K) during academic year 2012-13 or later as a first-year or transfer student, must follow the new general education curriculum. This curriculum consists of three categories: foundation, perspective, and immersion.

Foundation courses consist of “UWRT-150 FYW: Writing Seminar” and “ENGL-216 Literature from Around the World”.

The perspective category introduces students to important areas of inquiry that provide ways of knowing about the world. The perspectives represented in this category are ethical, artistic, global, social, scientific, and mathematical. The number of required credits in this category is 15 for the AAS degree and 24 for the BS degree.

Immersion is offered through a series of three related general education courses and provides a focus area linked by a theme or discipline and is a requirement of the BS degree.

The credits required in each of the three areas are summarized below in Tables 1 and 2.

 

Table 1. The New General Education Curriculum for the AAS Degree

 General Education Categories and Courses

Credits 
BS

 Foundation
    First-Year Seminar
    First-Year Writing-intensive course


3
3

 Perspective Courses*

15

 General Education Elective

3

 Minimum Total Credits

24


Table 2. The New General Education Curriculum for the BS Degree

General Education Categories and Courses

Credits (Semester Hours)
BS

Foundation Courses:
    First-Year Seminar
    First-Year Writing
Communicating in Business


3
3
3

Perspective Courses*

24

Immersion Courses*
    Three additional related courses
Arts & Science Elective Courses                                                                      


9

18

Minimum Total Credits

60

* Includes one writing-intensive course in either Perspective or Immersion category. Courses satisfying the Perspective and Immersion categories can be found at Gen Ed Approved Course List and Perspective Mapping.


General Education Framework

The framework for general education provides students with courses that meet specific approved general education learning outcomes and New York State Education Department liberal arts and sciences requirements. The general education framework intentionally moves through three educational phases designed to give students a strong foundation, an introduction to fundamentals of liberal arts and sciences disciplines, and the opportunity for deeper study and integrative learning through immersion in a cluster of related courses.

The general education curriculum consists of the following requirements:

 

Preparatory courses

Two courses in the first year that introduce students to the intellectual life of the university, and provide a focus on communication skills to prepare students for future coursework and life-long learning.
    
LAS Foundation 1: UWRT-150 Writing Seminar
LAS Foundation 2: ENGL-216 Literature from Around the World

Perspectives

  1. Perspective 1 (ethical): Courses focus on ethical aspects of decision-making and argument, whether at the individual, group, national, or international level. These courses provide students with an understanding of how ethical problems and questions can be conceived and resolved, and how ethical forms of reasoning emerge and are applied to such challenges.
  2. Perspective 2 (artistic): Courses focus on the analysis of forms of artistic expression in the context of the societies and cultures that produced and sustained them. These courses provide insight into the creative process, the nature of aesthetic experience, the fundamentals of criticism and aesthetic discrimination, and the ways in which societies and cultures express their values through their art.
  3. Perspective 3 (global): Courses in this category encourage students to see life from a perspective wider than their own and to understand the diversity of human cultures within an interconnected global society. Courses explore the interconnectedness of the local and the global in today’s world or in historical examples, and encourage students to see how global forces reverberate at the local level.
  4. Perspective 4 (social): Courses focus on the analysis of human behavior within the context of social systems and institutions. Because student success depends on the ability to understand how social groups function and operate, these courses provide insight into the workings of social institutions’ processes.
  5. Perspective 5 (natural science inquiry): Science is more than a collection of facts and theories, so students are expected to understand and participate in the process of science inquiry. Courses focus on the basic principles and concepts of one of the natural sciences. In these classes, students apply methods of scientific inquiry and problem solving in a laboratory or field experience.
  6. Perspective 6 (scientific principles): Courses focus on the foundational principles of a natural science or provide an opportunity to apply methods of scientific inquiry in the natural or social sciences. Courses may or may not include a laboratory experience.
  7. Perspectives 7A, 7B (mathematical): Courses focus on identifying and understanding the role that mathematics plays in the world. In these courses, students comprehend and evaluate mathematical or statistical information and perform college level mathematical operations on quantitative data.

Immersion

A series of three related general education courses that further broaden a student’s judgment and understanding within a specific area through deeper learning.


General Education Electives

The remaining general education elective credits may be specified by the academic programs in order for students to fulfill supporting requirements (e.g. math or science, foreign languages, etc.). Some of these credits will be free general education electives that can be chosen by the students themselves. Credits in the perspectives category that exceed the minimum requirement will be applied toward the elective credits.



Professional Education Requirements

For the AAS degree, RIT Kosovo™ (A.U.K) students must complete 36 credit hours of Professional Education requirements (aka Professional Core or Concentrations) in addition to the 24 general education credit hours. For the BS degree, RIT Kosovo™ (A.U.K) students must complete 60 credit hours of Professional Education Requirements starting from their junior year of study in addition to the 60 credit hours of General Education courses required. The last 30 credits of BS degree studies must be taken at the home institution and may not be transferred. Students wishing to graduate with the BS degree must choose to complete 2 of the 4 following Professional concentrations: Economics & Statistics, Management, Public Policy, or Multimedia and Web Design.


Professional Education Requirements for the AAS Degree

Multimedia and Web Design

Multimedia and Web Design at RIT Kosovo™ (A.U.K) is structured with the future in mind. Students are prepared with the theoretical framework and hands-on technical skills needed to organize, design and communicate ideas and information in the 21st century global market and to meet the projected national market needs in the greater Kosovo region in the fields of IT and communication. Because the required courses are the same as the Multi-media and Web Design concentration, this AAS degree is also an excellent starting point for pursuing a BS degree.

The course sequencing prepares students with targeted aspects of web design and development, print design and multimedia production, communication techniques and digital asset management. A student successfully completing the Multimedia and Web Design concentration will have developed vital skills in the fields of IT, graphic design, media management, communications, as well as developed essential skills for the private business sector.

Required courses:
TCOM – 270    Effective Web Design 1* (TCOM – 380)
TCOM – 271    Effective Web Design 2* (TCOM – 271)

Electives:
ISTE – 140    Web and Mobile I
ISTE – 141    Web and Mobile II* (ISTE – 140)
ISTE – 230    Introduction to Database and Data Modeling
ISTE – 260    Designing the User Experience* (ISTE – 140)
TCOM – 365    Video Productions
TCOM – 380    Design for Print and Web
TCOM – 383    Designing Vector Graphics* (TCOM – 380)

* These courses have prerequisites or co-requisites as noted in parentheses.

The student additionally must complete 12 credit hours in other professional areas. Those may come from any of the other three concentration areas as described in the following section.


Concentrations for BS Degree

Economics & Statistics Concentration (24 credits)

The economics concentration emphasizes the quantitative analytical approach to dealing with economic problems in both the public and private sectors, providing students with marketable skills and the intellectual foundation for career growth. Graduates are prepared for entry-level managerial and analytical positions in both industry and government and to pursue graduate studies in economics, business, and law.

The economics curriculum develops communication, computational, and management skills in addition to economic reasoning and quantitative abilities. The program's required courses develop student's abilities to apply economic analysis to real-world problems.

Liberal arts courses enhance oral and written communication skills. Business courses include accounting and finance. Quantitative analytical skills are developed by a course sequence that includes computer science, mathematics, and statistics.

Pre-requisite course:
ECON – 101    Principles of Microeconomics
Required courses:
ECON – 201    Principles of Macroeconomics* (ECON-101)
ECON – 403    Econometrics I* (MTSC – 112 and MTSC – 211)

Electives:
ECON – 431    Monetary Analysis and Policy* (ECON-101 and ECON-201)
ECON – 444    Public Finance* (ECON-101 and ECON-201)
ECON – 448    Development Economics* (ECON-101 and ECON-201)
ECON – 405    International Trade and Finance* (ECON-101 and ECON-201)
ECON – 421    Natural Resource Economics* (ECON-101 and ECON-201)
ECON – 422    Benefit-Cost Analysis* (ECON-101 and ECON-201)
ECON – 441    Labor Economics* (ECON-101 and ECON-201)
* These courses have prerequisites or co-requisites as noted in parentheses.


Management Concentration (24 credits)

The management concentration prepares students for management and specialist careers in a variety of enterprises and organizations. Students develop the skills and concepts needed to become effective leaders, ethical decision makers, and creative innovators. The management curriculum provides both depth and flexibility in its offerings so that students may maximize their educational experience.

Required courses:
BUSI – 205    Managing the Workforce
ACBS – 201    Financial Accounting * (BUSI – 205)
ACBS – 203    Managerial Accounting * (ACBS – 201)

Electives:
ACBS – 353    Management Science * (MCTS -211)
BUSI – 221    New Venture Development * (ACBS – 201)
BUSI – 263    Advertising Principles* (BUSI-361)
BUSI – 361    Marketing Principles* (BUSI – 205)
HRDE – 386    Human Resource Management* (BUSI – 205)
BUSI – 410    Project Management* (BUSI – 205)
BUSI – 450    Intro to Logistics and Transportation * (BUSI – 205)
* These courses have prerequisites or co-requisites as noted in parentheses.


Multimedia and Web Design (24 credits)

Multimedia and Web Design concentration at A.U.K is structured with the future in mind. Students are prepared with the theoretical framework and hands-on technical skills needed to organize, design and communicate ideas and information in the 21st century global market and to meet the projected national market needs in the greater Kosovo region in the fields of IT and communication. It is also an excellent compendium to A.U.K's other concentration offerings and provides a useful skill set for private and family business operations.

The course sequencing prepares students with targeted aspects of web design and development, print design and multimedia production, communication techniques and digital asset management. A student successfully completing the Multimedia and Web Design concentration will have developed vital skills in the fields of IT, graphic design, media management, communications, as well as developed essential skills for the private business sector.

Required courses:
TCOM – 270    Effective Web Design 1* (TCOM – 380)
TCOM – 271    Effective Web Design 2* (TCOM – 271)

Electives:
ISTE – 140    Web and Mobile I
ISTE – 141    Web and Mobile II* (ISTE – 140)
ISTE – 230    Introduction to Database and Data Modeling
ISTE – 260    Designing the User Experience* (ISTE – 140)
TCOM – 365    Video Productions
TCOM – 380    Design for Print and Web
TCOM – 383    Designing Vector Graphics* (TCOM – 380)
* These courses have prerequisites or co-requisites as noted in parentheses.


Public Policy Concentration (24 credits)

This concentration provides students with a clear understanding of public policy, the policy process, and policy analysis. Students have the opportunity to develop perspectives on a variety of contemporary public policy issues, especially those that emerge from scientific and technological advancements. At the heart of the concentration is the Foundations of Public Policy (PUBL – 101) course, where students are introduced to the concept of public policy and the policy making process. The roles of stakeholders and interest groups are discussed in the context of contemporary cases in various policy arenas. Students are also introduced to some of the methodologies associated with policy analysis. Additional courses are offered from the areas of sociology; political science; and science, technology, and society.  The Public Policy Analysis course of study is offered especially for students who are considering the MS in public policy or who have an interest in analytical tools.

Required course:
PUBL – 101    Foundations of Public Policy

Electives:
POLS – 220    Global Political Economy* (POLS-120)
POLS – 345    Politics and Public Policy* (POLS-120)
PUBL – 201    Ethics, Values and Public Policy
PUBL – 210    Introductions to Qualitative Policy Analysis
PUBL – 301    Public Policy Analysis* (PUBL-101)
SOCI – 340    Urban Planning and Policy* (SOCI-102)
STSO – 201    Science and Technology Policy
STSO – 421    Environmental Policies
* These courses have prerequisites or co-requisites as noted in parentheses.

 

Minors

At RIT Kosovo™ (A.U.K), a minor is defined as a thematically related set of courses consisting of no fewer than 15 semester credit hours taken from a discipline or an interdisciplinary area distinct from the student’s primary program of study. Completion of a minor results in a formal designation on a student’s academic transcript upon graduation. If a student choses to complete a minor, it is necessary to fill out a Minor Authorization form. Failure to complete this form will result in the student not being certified for the minor and the minor not being listed on the student’s official record.

Currently there are 3 minors offered at RIT Kosovo™ (A.U.K). Students can chose to complete one minor prior to graduation. Students, who are required to do an immersion at A.U.K. may take additional two courses in the same field to graduate with a minor.

Economics Minor (15 Credits)

An economics minor provides a systematic analysis of economic issues through the study of the allocation of scarce resources into production and the distribution of production among the members of society. This minor is closed to students with a concentration in economics.

Pre-requisite course:
ECON – 101    Principles of Microeconomics

Required courses:
ECON – 201    Principles of Macroeconomics* (ECON-101)
ECON – 403    Econometrics I* (MTSC – 112 and MTSC – 211)

Electives:
ECON – 405    International Trade and Finance* (ECON-101 and ECON-201)
ECON – 421    Natural Resource Economics* (ECON-101 and ECON-201)
ECON – 422    Benefit-Cost Analysis* (ECON-101 and ECON-201)
ECON – 431    Monetary Analysis and Policy* (ECON-101 and ECON-201)
ECON – 441    Labor Economics* (ECON-101 and ECON-201)
ECON – 444    Public Finance* (ECON-101 and ECON-201)
ECON – 448    Development Economics* (ECON-101 and ECON-201)
* These courses have prerequisites or co-requisites as noted in parentheses.

International Relations Minor (15 Credits)
The international relation minor exposes students to the fundamental concepts and approaches of international relations. Issues of conflict, cooperation, continuity, and change are explained through a variety of subjects and case studies.

Required Courses:
POLS – 120    Introduction to International Relations

Electives:
POLS – 325    International Law and Organizations
POLS – 330    Human Rights and Global Perspectives
POLS – 335    Politics in Developing Countries
POLS – 445    Terrorism and Political Violence
POLST-525     Special Topics in Politics Science

Public Policy Minor (15 Credits)

The public policy minor provides students with a foundation in the field of public policy and allows them to make connections between public policy and other fields of study.
Students select one of two tracks within the minor. The policy issues track develops a broad perspective of public policy and its relationship to other fields. The policy analysis track highlights the analytical tools used by the policy analyst to evaluate and understand policy formulation and impacts. Both tracks explore contemporary public policy issues, especially those connected to the science and technology fields. This minor underscores the role of public policy on science and technology-based problems. Students will obtain a deeper understanding of what public policy is and how it is integrated within a number of specific contexts. This minor is closed to students with a concentration in public policy.

Required courses:
PUBL – 101    Foundations of Public Policy
STSO – 201    Science and Technology Policy

Electives:
PUBL – 210    Introductions to Qualitative Methods
POLS – 345    Politics and Public Policy * (POLS-120)
PUBL – 201    Ethics, Values and Public Policy
PUBL – 301    Public Policy Analysis * (PUBL-101)
STSO – 421    Environmental Policy
* These courses have prerequisites or co-requisites as noted in parentheses.


Last Updated: October 2016

 

 

 


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