College of Professional and Continuing Studies 


1610 Asp Avenue 
Norman, OK 73072-6405
Phone: (405) 325-1061
Toll free: (800) 522-4389
Internet: http://www.pacs.ou.edu



Administration

Administrative Officers 

Martha L. Banz, Ph.D., Interim Dean and Associate Provost for Continuing Education
Shad Satterthwaite, Ph.D., Associate Dean

Faculty Roster

Roksana Alavi, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Robert Dionne, Ed.D, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
John Duncan, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Paul Dyer, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Robert Edmondson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Steve Gullberg, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Todd Hubbard, Ed.D., Associate Professor
Paul Ketchum, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Nina Livesey, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Todd Wuestewald, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

Mission and Description of the College 

The mission of the College of Professional and Continuing Studies (PACS) is to provide access to transformational, world-class University of Oklahoma degrees, certifications, and programs for a diverse group of learners.  The College is best characterized by the populations it serves, as well as the specialized programming it offers.  Primarily focusing on the higher education needs of place-bound working adults, military-connected personnel, and those seeking specialized study in selected professional areas, the College offers a variety of degrees at both graduate and undergraduate levels, including several programs offered collaboratively with other OU Colleges.  To facilitate understanding of the complex world in which we live and building on its historical roots, the College emphasizes a holistic approach to learning, focuses on the immediate application of learning to one’s life and work, promotes lifelong learning opportunities, and encourages the work of active citizenship.  While its programs were originally developed for adult and non-traditional students, many of the seminars, colloquia, and conferences offered by the College also serve students enrolled in conventional academic programs, as well as the general public.

General Information

General Information


History of the College 

Formerly known as the College of Liberal Studies, the College of Professional and Continuing Studies (PACS) was renamed by action of the OU Regents in June, 2017.   Prior to 2017, the College of Liberal Studies (CLS) had been a division of University Outreach, alongside another academically-focused unit called Continuing Education Academic Programs (CEAP).  Following the retirement of its long-time Dean, Dr. James Pappas, in 2016, the decision was made to combine administrative oversight for CLS and CEAP into a singular College unit, now renamed as the College of Professional and Continuing Studies, to more accurately reflect the broadened scope of its programming.

During its first fifty years, the College gained national and international recognition as a leader in the nontraditional degree movement, as well as in the continuing studies and liberal arts arenas, and in programming for military-affiliated personnel.  Originally established in 1960, the College was created by University of Oklahoma faculty members committed to providing high-quality, degree-granting programs to recognize and accommodate the unique needs of adult and nontraditional learners.  Today, PACS provides educational opportunities for more than 4,300 degree-seeking students worldwide through its various online and hybrid degree programs.  It also serves thousands of other students who are not degree-seeking through PACS but are interested in the College’s academic and credit-based programs and services.

Faculty and Leadership 

The College of Professional and Continuing Studies utilizes a combination of its own departmental faculty, faculty from other University of Oklahoma colleges, and qualified practice professionals who serve as adjunct instructors to teach, advise and mentor PACS students.  Faculty and instructors are invited to participate in the College’s programs on the basis of their professionalism and commitment to the mission, values, and goals of the College.

Leadership for the College of Professional and Continuing Studies is vested in the Dean, Associate Dean, College Faculty, and Senior Staff.  The College also has an Executive Committee which serves in an advisory capacity, providing input on matters of program development, operation, policy, and overall quality.

General University Policies 

Students enrolled in the College of Professional and Continuing Studies are subject to the University of Oklahoma’s general policies, scholastic regulations, and standards as outlined in the University’s General Catalog. Questions concerning policies or procedures should be directed to the College office. 

Awards and Recognition 

Students and faculty of the College of Professional and Continuing Studies participate in recognition and award programs of the University of Oklahoma and the College. The awards are supported through gifts to the University of Oklahoma Foundation. 

Each fall semester, a bachelor’s student is recognized as the outstanding senior in the OU Parent’s Association award program. During the spring semester, an outstanding bachelor’s graduate receives the Jesse E. Burkett Award named for an early College administrator. Likewise, the MA Academic Achievement Award recognizes an outstanding master’s graduate for exemplary achievement. The George Henderson Leadership Award is also awarded each spring, recognizing a bachelor’s student who has displayed outstanding leadership ability in the College’s undergraduate Administrative Leadership program.  The Stick and Rudder Award is given each semester to the best prepared student pilot in the College’s Aviation program, as voted on by the flight instructors.  Each year, the College also selects a Banner Carrier to represent the College in Convocation and Commencement activities. 

Faculty awards include the Kenneth E. Crook Award and the Rufus G. Hall Faculty Achievement Award, both named in honor of faculty founders of the bachelor’s and master’s liberal studies degree program tracks.  The Superior Teaching Award is presented to the faculty member who best demonstrates superior teaching.  Faculty awardees are selected for their teaching excellence and meritorious service to the College. 

Scholarships 

The College of Professional and Continuing Studies provides a number of scholarship opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students through Alumni contributions to the University of Oklahoma Foundation and from the Bernard Osher Foundation.  The College offers Start-Up Scholarships each semester for newly-matriculated adult students entering the bachelor’s and master’s programs of the College.  Additionally, a variety of alumni and named (endowed) scholarships are awarded to undergraduate and graduate students in specific programs who are eligible on the basis of the guidelines provided for each scholarship.  Osher Scholarships provide funding for undergraduate students returning to college who have at least a five-year gap in their college coursework and are working on their first bachelor’s degree. Criteria and procedures related to PACS scholarships are available on the College’s website or by contacting the College directly. 

ADMISSION TO THE UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA 

College of Professional and Continuing Studies students must be admitted to the University of Oklahoma. Admission to the College, however, does not imply that an applicant is admissible to other academic divisions of the University. Graduate students must also be admitted to the Graduate College. Applications are available online and can also be ordered over the phone or by correspondence.

Questions concerning admissions should be directed to:
The University of Oklahoma
Prospective Student Services, College of Professional and Continuing Studies 
1610 Asp Avenue 
Norman, OK 73072-6405 
Phone: 405-325-3266; Toll-free: 800-522-4389; Fax: 405-325-7132 
email: pacsinfo@ou.edu
Prospective student website: http://pacs.ou.edu

Official transcripts being mailed directly should be sent to: 
College of Professional and Continuing Studies 
1700 Asp Avenue, Room B1 
Norman, OK 73072 

APPLICATION DEADLINES 
The College follows application deadlines as printed on its applications and website. Application for admission to the College of Professional and Continuing Studies can be made at any time of year, and students are encouraged to apply as early as possible to complete the admission process well in advance of anticipated attendance. The application is accompanied by supplemental materials described on the application form and in the sections above. Official transcripts from all previously attended institutions must be provided to complete the application folder.   

FEE STRUCTURE AND PAYMENT 

The application fee must accompany the application for admission at the time of its submission. Course tuition and fees for PACS degree programs are paid through the University of Oklahoma Office of the Bursar. Payment options are available and will be described on the bill students receive from the Bursar. For other information, please contact the Bursar’s Office at (405) 325-3121.

RESIDENT/NONRESIDENT STATUS 

Fees are based upon a student’s status as a resident or nonresident of the State of Oklahoma. Students are usually considered residents if they meet the following general criteria: a) they have lived in Oklahoma for a period of 12 months and have not been attending school; b) they have recently married an Oklahoma resident; or c) they have recently moved into Oklahoma to work full-time. 

Students stationed in Oklahoma during full-time military service will not be considered Oklahoma residents, but they are entitled to a non-resident tuition waiver if a statement of military status in Oklahoma is provided to the College of Professional and Continuing Studies each semester before or at the time of fee payment. Documentation of military status in Oklahoma can be obtained from base education offices. This policy also applies to spouses and children of those stationed in full-time military services in Oklahoma. The final determination for resident status is made by the University’s Admissions and Records office.

ENROLLMENT AND STATUS 

Current student status is effective for one year from the time of admission. If an admitted student does not enroll within one year, an application for readmission must be filed.

PACS reserves the right to cancel any course prior to the course’s starting date if there is not sufficient enrollment.

REFUND POLICY 

A student withdrawing completely from a College of Professional and Continuing Studies program may be entitled to a refund. Contact the College for the specific refund policy for each program option.

TUITION ASSISTANCE 

College of Professional and Continuing Studies students qualify for some University scholarships in addition to those offered by PACS. It takes a minimum of eight weeks to process financial aid materials, so students are encouraged to begin the financial aid process at least two months before the start of an academic session. For information concerning any financial aid matters, please contact Financial Aid Services, (405) 325-2929 or LSAid@ou.edu. Several federal, state, and local government agencies provide tuition assistance and other support for selected personnel. Likewise, many business and industrial corporations have educational assistance programs available for their employees. Prospective students are urged to explore these types of assistance. Those who receive financial support are responsible for ensuring that the necessary authorization forms are forwarded to the College of Professional and Continuing Studies in a timely fashion. Students are responsible for knowing and meeting any criteria in respect to their enrollment status and their financial support.

OTHER EXPENSES 

In addition to program fees and tuition, students will be responsible for obtaining textbooks and any other required study materials. Students will also assume responsibility for travel and living expenses associated with attending seminars as well as any material or field trip fees associated with these learning activities. 

VETERAN’S BENEFITS 

Veterans and their dependents eligible for education assistance in the College of Professional and Continuing Studies can receive reimbursement for tuition and fees. The students make payments to the University Bursar’s Office at the appropriate times, and the Veterans’ Administration payments are sent directly to the student as a reimbursement. The veteran should contact a local VA office to obtain the appropriate form, either 22-1995 or 22-1990, which should be forwarded with the application materials. The Office of Admissions and Records will certify eligibility and enrollment to the VA office.  

UNIVERSITY SERVICES AND OPPORTUNITIES 

College of Professional and Continuing Studies students have the same rights and responsibilities as other University students with respect to participation in most University programs and services such as the Scholar-Leadership Enrichment Program, athletic events, museum access, cultural events, and other campus activities. Some services for which conventional students pay an activity fee, such as the Goddard Health Center and the Huston Huffman Center, may be available to PACS students for a use or service charge.

GRADUATION 

Students will become a candidate for their chosen degree upon completion of all degree requirements for that particular program. Degrees are conferred at University graduation dates in December, May and August. PACS commencement ceremonies are held in May and December.

undergraduate study

Undergraduate Study 


Degree Offered 

The College of Professional and Continuing Studies offers six undergraduate degrees: Bachelor of Arts in Administrative Leadership, Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies, Bachelor of Arts in Lifespan Care Administration, Bachelor of Arts in World Cultural Studies, Bachelor of Science in Aviation, and Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. Courses for these degrees are available in a variety of delivery formats (online, onsite, hybrid), although not all formats are available for all courses throughout the College. Please consult the semester schedule for specific offerings each term.

The College’s undergraduate degrees are designed to facilitate understanding of the complex world in which we live. To do so, these programs emphasize a holistic approach to learning, while also focusing on the immediate application of learning to one’s life and work. The broad-based learning provided by General Education requirements and each program’s set of core courses, are supplemented by specialized study in particular areas of concentration, providing both breadth and depth of learning. Emphasis is also given throughout the College’s programs to promoting the work of active citizenship.

Goals of the Undergraduate Program 

Undergraduate students gain greater self-awareness and a realization of their potential through PACS curriculum, which is designed to help students achieve:

  • A greater ability for self-directed learning; 
  • An improved ability in oral and written communication; 
  • Knowledge of one’s own and other cultures; 
  • A multi-faceted view of human understanding - social, intellectual, scientific, artistic and philosophical; 
  • Better understanding of the contemporary problems of humanity and of the probable directions and effect of change; 
  • Increased understanding of each program’s relevant literary, scientific, and artistic works; 
  • An ability to read, interpret, and evaluate scholarly works and to utilize appropriate methods of inquiry; 
  • Understanding of the interrelatedness of human knowledge, with an appreciation for the contributions of all perspectives.
  • A high level of professionalism and the competencies, skills, and perspectives commensurate with mastery in the specific profession or discipline being studied

 

Course Delivery Options 

The College of Professional and Continuing Studies offers online (electronic delivery) and hybrid (classroom plus online) courses towards the completion of undergraduate degree programs. Although students have the flexibility to choose among several delivery options, not all formats are available for all courses throughout the College.   Please consult the semester schedule for specific offerings each term.

ONLINE (ELECTRONIC DELIVERY) 
Online undergraduate courses are typically offered in five, eight-week academic sessions throughout the year — two sessions during the fall, two during the spring, and one during the summer. Students pursuing programs available in a fully online format may choose to carry two courses (six hours) during each of the available academic sessions, allowing them to make full-time progress toward completion of the degree. 

Curricular material is provided to online students utilizing an asynchronous, highly interactive course environment utilizing the campus-wide learning management system (Canvas). Using this approach, students are not required to be online at the same time as their professors and classmates, but do benefit from substantial faculty-to-student and student-to-student interaction, and are able to complete their work utilizing various devices, including tablets and handhelds in addition to traditional desktop units. The University’s online course management system, Canvas, provides the overall framework for facilitation of the online learning process, including reading, research, writing, discussion/chat, and group activity, as well as to facilitate course assessment, grading, and feedback.

ON-SITE (HYBRID)
Most on-site undergraduate courses, such as those in the Aviation program tracks, utilize the normal 16-week semester schedule. Some on-site undergraduate courses tailored to the nontraditional working adult student, however, may be available in five, eight-week academic sessions throughout the year, or in other compressed formats (nights, weekends, etc.).  Accelerated on-site classes are delivered in a hybrid format, for example, meeting 1-2 evenings per week for a shorter period of time, supplemented by additional online assignments, or meeting for an intensive 1-2 weekends supplemented with online work. For information about course formats available in upcoming terms, consult the College’s course schedule.

Grading System 

All undergraduate options are letter-graded (A-F). Certain seminars and/or directed independent reading courses, however, may be S/U (satisfactory/ unsatisfactory) graded. A grade of “S” at the undergraduate level signifies that work was completed at the “D” level or better, and is necessary for receiving credit for a course. 

General Education Requirements Prior to September 1990 

For students who initially began and completed at least one credit hour prior to September 1990, the following four general education courses are required to be completed: English Composition I, English Composition II, United States History, and United States Government. 

Preparation for Graduate Study 

All undergraduate degree programs offered by the College of Professional and Continuing Studies satisfy the baccalaureate degree requirement for admission to the Graduate College of the University of Oklahoma and to many other graduate institutions. Some graduate programs, however, may require the completion of specific courses for full graduate standing in the major and/or minor fields of study.  It is the important to inquire and learn of specific curricular and admission requirements before making application to a graduate program at OU or elsewhere, and it is the student’s responsibility to do so for any graduate program to which the student wishes to apply.

Admission Information 

Individuals wishing to pursue an undergraduate degree in the College of Professional and Continuing Studies must be fully admitted to the University of Oklahoma before beginning their coursework. Students under the age of 21 and with less than 24 college hours attempted are required to fulfill the University’s freshman admissions criteria. Students 21 years of age and older or with more than 24 hours attempted are required to meet admissions criteria determined by the College of Professional and Continuing Studies in conjunction with University’s normal admissions policies and procedures for transfer students.

All undergraduate students are required to submit OU and PACS supplemental applications, transcripts from all colleges and universities previously attended, resumé, and the designated application fee. Applicants seeking probationary admission to the University must also submit a 500-1000 word letter of academic appeal, two letters of recommendation, and be interviewed by the Dean or Associate Dean of the College (or their designee).

A minimum transfer GPA of 2.5 is required for full admission to the University with 0-59 college hours attempted. A minimum transfer GPA of 2.0 is required for full admission to the University with 60 or more hours attempted. All applicants with GPAs falling below these minimum requirements will be considered for probationary admission.

Additional Requirements for Graduation 

  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0. 
  • At least 30 hours earned from the University of Oklahoma. 
  • At least 40 upper-division hours earned. 
  • At least 60 hours earned from a four-year, baccalaureate-granting institution. 

Bachelor of Arts in Administrative Leadership 

Leadership is critical to any organization’s success, and employees with solid leadership skills stand out from the crowd. A bachelor’s degree in administrative leadership helps students develop creative, flexible thinking skills and learn how to apply them in a professional career. In this bachelor degree program, the combination of specific, work-related principle with the foundation of a well-rounded liberal education allows students to approach new ideas, projects and challenges by drawing upon multiple perspectives. Topics include organizational leadership, conflict resolution, ethics, marketing, cultural diversity and quality initiatives.

The Bachelor of Arts in Administrative Leadership is a 120-hour degree program that can be completed 100% online, or in a hybrid format.

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS 

General Education Requirements* 

  • Symbolic and Oral Communication 
    ENGL 1113 or LSTD 1113 
    ENGL 1213, EXPO 1213, or LSTD 1133 
    MATH 1473 or LSTD 1053, Math for Liberal Studies 
    Foreign Language 0-10 hours; students who have completed two years of the same language in high school are exempt from the general education foreign language requirement. 
  • Natural Sciences
    LSTD 2533, Science as a Process, (no laboratory) 
    One Natural Science course with a laboratory component 
  • Social Sciences
    P SC 1113 or LSTD 1333, Governing Ourselves 
    One Social Sciences course 
  • Humanities
    HIST 1483 or HIST 1493 or LSTD 1153, History of the United States 
    One Understanding Artistic Forms course** 
    One Western Civilization and Culture course** 
    One Non-Western Culture course** 
  • Senior Capstone Experience
    LSTD 4953, Study in Depth 

*General education requirements of the University of Oklahoma may be fulfilled by completing equivalent courses offered by the College of Professional and Continuing Studies. 
**One of these courses must be at the upper-division level. 

Major Requirements (30 Hours) 

  • LSTD 3003, Interdisciplinary Inquiry
  • LSAL 3113, Leadership in Organizations
  • LSAL 3133, Conflict Resolution 
  • LSAL 3153, Ethics in Leadership 
  • LSAL 3173, Goal Setting and Attainment 
  • LSAL 4123, Quality Initiatives in Organizations 
  • LSAL 4143, Cultural Diversity 
  • LSAL 4163, Non-Profit Management 
  • LSTD 3953, Study in Depth Prospectus
  • LSTD 4953, Study In Depth (Capstone) 

Major Electives (9 Hours) 

Free Electives to bring total applicable hours to 120. 

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS REQUIRED –     120 

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies

Receive a true interdisciplinary education with a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies. This degree program introduces students to several areas of study including humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences.  Although students typically choose one area of focus, they are exposed to a variety of academic areas, gaining an understanding of how each one influences the others. Topics include humanities of the ancient world and modern world, basic scientific process, challenges of government, and the ecology and evolution of a changing world.

The Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies is a 120-hour degree program that can be completed 100% online.

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS 

General Education Requirements* 

  • Symbolic and Oral Communication 
    ENGL 1113 or LSTD 1113 
    ENGL 1213, EXPO 1213, or LSTD 1133 
    MATH 1473 or LSTD 1053, Math for Liberal Studies 
    Foreign Language 0-10 hours; students who have completed two years of the same language in high school are exempt from the general education foreign language requirement. 
  • Natural Sciences 
    LSTD 2533, Science as a Process, (no laboratory) 
    One Natural Science course with a laboratory component 
  • Social Sciences 
    P SC 1113 or LSTD 1333, Governing Ourselves 
    One Social Sciences course 
  • Humanities 
    HIST 1483 or HIST 1493 or LSTD 1153, History of the United States 
    One Understanding Artistic Forms course** 
    One Western Civilization and Culture course** 
    One Non-Western Culture course** 
  • Senior Capstone Experience
    LSTD 4953, Study in Depth 

*General education requirements of the University of Oklahoma may be fulfilled by completing equivalent courses offered by the College of Professional and Continuing Studies. 
**One of these courses must be at the upper-division level. 

Major Requirements (45 Hours) 

  • LSTD 1003, Intro to Interdisciplinary Study, -or- LSTD 2023, Strategies for Success
  • LSTD 3003, Interdisciplinary Inquiry
  • LSTD 3113, Humanities of the Ancient World
  • LSTD 3333, Human Arrangements
  • LSTD 3513, Dynamic Universe
  • LSTD 3953, Study in Depth Prospectus
  • LSTD 4953/4954, Study In Depth (Capstone) 

Primary Area of Concentration Requirements (18 hours)
Students will select one of three areas of concentration to complete as their primary focus. Each area consists of four required courses and two elective courses.

  • Humanities
    LSTD 2203, Evil Acts, Religious Reasons
    LSTD 3133, Humanities of the Modern World
    LSTD 3173, Renaissance Art
    LSCJ 3113, Comparative Justice Systems
    Humanities Electives (2 courses)
  • Natural Sciences
    LSTD 3533, Ecology and Evolution
    LSTD 3573, Chemistry for Changing Times
    LSTD 4563, Weather and Climate
    LSLC 3113, Lifespan Development
    Natural Science Electives (2 courses)
  • Social Sciences
    LSAL 4143, Cultural Diversity in the World
    LSCJ 2283, Introduction to Criminal Justice
    LSTD 3343, Challenges in a Changing World
    LSTD 3363, Ethics in Social Sciences
    Social Science Electives (2 courses)

Secondary Area of Concentration Electives (6 Hours) 
Students will complete 6 hours of elective coursework from the two remaining Liberal Studies areas of concentration outside their primary curricular focus.

Free Electives to bring total applicable hours to 120. 

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS REQUIRED – 120 

Bachelor of Arts in World Cultural Studies

The World Cultural Studies degree program is designed to increase a students’ ability to interact more effectively in the global community and enhance the professionalism and effectiveness of servicemembers and other individuals engaged in international activities. Students will learn to emphasize a broader global perspective when approaching cultural issues and concerns. Topics include humanities of the western and non-western cultures, basic scientific process, challenges of government, and the impacts of increasingly globalized cultures.

The degree plan currently emphasizes the study of Chinese culture, but will include the addition of other tracks in the future.

The Bachelor of Arts in World Cultural Studies is a 120-hour degree program completed 100% online.

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS 

General Education Requirements* 

  • Symbolic and Oral Communication 
    ENGL 1113 or LSTD 1113 
    ENGL 1213, EXPO 1213, or LSTD 1133 
    MATH 1473 or LSTD 1053, Math for Liberal Studies 
    Foreign Language 0-10 hours; students who have completed two years of the same language in high school are exempt from the general education foreign language requirement.
  • Natural Sciences 
    LSTD 2533, Science as a Process, (no laboratory) 
    One Natural Science course with a laboratory component 
  • Social Sciences 
    P SC 1113 or LSTD 1333, Governing Ourselves 
    One Social Sciences course 
  • Humanities 
    HIST 1483 or HIST 1493 or LSTD 1153, History of the United States 
    One Understanding Artistic Forms course** 
    One Western Civilization and Culture course** 
    One Non-Western Culture course** 
  • Senior Capstone Experience 
    LSTD 4953, Study in Depth 

*General education requirements of the University of Oklahoma may be fulfilled by completing equivalent courses offered by the College of Professional and Continuing Studies. 
**One of these courses must be at the upper-division level. 

Major Requirements (15 Hours) 

  • LSCS 3103, Introduction to World Cultural Studies
  • LSTD 3003, Interdisciplinary Inquiry 
  • LSTD 3153, Foundation of Ethics in Liberal Studies
  • LSTD 3953, Study in Depth Prospectus
  • LSTD 4953, Study In Depth (Capstone) 

Track Requirements (15 Hours) 

  • LSCS 3203, Contemporary Chinese Political Thought
  • LSCS 3223, Cultural Geography of China
  • LSCS 3243, Chinese Military
  • LSCS 3263, Chinese Cultural and Civilization
  • LSCS 3283, Conversational Chinese

Major Electives (9 Hours) 

Free Electives to bring total applicable hours to 120. 

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS REQUIRED – 120 

Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice 

The Criminal Justice degree program is designed for those who want to protect and serve the community. By providing a broad-based foundational understanding of the justice system, this program helps build leadership and conflict resolution abilities while integrating current, real-world issues. Whether students currently work or hope to work in law enforcement, corrections, homeland security, or juvenile justice, this bachelor’s program will help them develop skills to confront any challenge. Topics include theories of criminal behavior, basic scientific process, deviance/social controls, and statistics in criminal justice.

The Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice is a 120-hour degree program that is completed 100% online.

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS 

General Education Requirements*

  • Symbolic and Oral Communication 
    ENGL 1113 or LSTD 1113 
    ENGL 1213, EXPO 1213, or LSTD 1133 
    MATH 1473 or LSTD 1053, Math for Liberal Studies 
    Foreign Language 0-10 hours; students who have completed two years of the same language in high school are exempt from the general education foreign language requirement.
  • Natural Sciences 
    LSTD 2533, Science as a Process, (no laboratory) 
    One Natural Science course with a laboratory component 
  • Social Sciences 
    P SC 1113 or LSTD 1333, Governing Ourselves 
    One Social Sciences course 
  • Humanities 
    HIST 1483 or HIST 1493 or LSTD 1153, History of the United States 
    One Understanding Artistic Forms course** 
    One Western Civilization and Culture course** 
    One Non-Western Culture course** 
  • Senior Capstone Experience
    LSTD 4953, Study in Depth 

*General education requirements of the University of Oklahoma may be fulfilled by completing equivalent courses offered by the College of Professional and Continuing Studies. 
**One of these courses must be at the upper-division level. 

Major Requirements (30 Hours) 

  • LSTD 3003, Interdisciplinary Inquiry
  • LSTD 3153, Foundations of Ethics in Liberal Studies
  • LSCJ 3113, Comparative Justice Systems
  • LSCJ 3133, Theories of Criminal Behavior 
  • LSCJ 3173, Deviance and Social Control 
  • LSCJ 4123, Intro to Forensic Science/Criminalistics 
  • LSCJ 4143, Drugs in Society
  • LSCJ 3063, Statistics in Criminal Justice 
  • LSTD 3953, Study in Depth Prospectus 
  • LSTD 4953, Study In Depth (Capstone) 

Major Electives (9 Hours) 

Free Electives to bring total applicable hours to 120. 

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS REQUIRED –     120 

graduate study

Graduate Study 

Degrees Offered 

The College of Professional and Continuing Studies offers the Master of Arts in Administrative Leadership, Master of Arts in Human and Health Services Administration, Master of Arts in Integrated Studies, Master of Arts in Museum Studies, Master of Science in Criminal Justice, and Master of Prevention Science.  In conjunction with the Graduate College, the College of Professional and Continuing Studies also provides an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership, tailored to serve military-affiliated personnel deployed in Europe. This cohort-based doctoral program combines an intensive classroom format with two summer residency experiences on the University of Oklahoma's Norman campus. Students take all courses, except electives, as a cohort group.

Like all graduate degrees at the University, the College of Professional and Continuing Studies’ degree programs are administered by the University of Oklahoma Graduate College. To be eligible for admission to the College’s graduate programs, students must have an earned bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning and must meet other admission requirements as mandated by the Graduate College and by the individual graduate program to which the student is applying.

In addition to the graduate degrees listed above which are directly under the purview of the College of Professional and Continuing Studies, the College also partners with several other OU Colleges to deliver their advanced degrees to military-affiliated students in the United States and Europe through its Advanced Programs (AP) unit.  Programs delivered through AP include the Master of Arts in Communication, Master of Arts in Economics, Master of Arts in International Relations, Master of Education in Instructional Leadership and Academic Curriculum, Master of Human Resources, and Master of Social Work.

Graduate Certificates 

The College of Professional and Continuing Studies also offers three graduate certificates:  Certificate in Administrative Leadership, Certificate in Corrections Management, and Certificate in Restorative Justice.  These programs, which range from 12 to 15 credit hours, can either count toward a student's degree or, alternatively, students may pursue a graduate certificate instead of pairing it with a degree program.

GOALS OF THE GRADUATE PROGRAM 

The College of Professional and Continuing Studies Master’s degree programs are designed to help a student gain: 

  • Greater openness to new ideas and possibilities;
  • Enhanced skill to pursue major problems or themes through the interrelationships that connect disciplines to each other;
  • A higher level of competence in the evaluation of information, ideas, opinions, and value systems; 
  • Increased effectiveness in applying theoretical knowledge and understanding to professional situations; 
  • An enhanced capacity for creative thinking; 
  • Greater effectiveness in self-directed study; 
  • Improved ability in oral and written communications; 
  • The ability to function and thrive in a rapidly changing society. 

Thesis and Non-Thesis Options 

Students in the College of Professional and Continuing Studies degree programs may elect to complete their degree by either a thesis or a non-thesis option at the end of their program of study. In the thesis option, students carry out research and write a thesis which they defend before a committee of three faculty members. In the non-thesis option, students may select a research project or may take an additional 6 hours of elective coursework to complete the program, followed by a comprehensive examination over their course of study. All College of Professional and Continuing Studies students will complete some form of final examination before they are allowed to graduate: an in-person oral defense (required for the thesis or the research project) or a written comprehensive exam (required for the coursework option).

Grading System 

Students will receive letter grades (A-F) for some enrollments and S/U grades (satisfactory/unsatisfactory) for others. For graduate students, an S grade is given for work at the level of B or better. For more information, please contact the College of Professional and Continuing Studies.

Admission Information 

College of Professional and Continuing Studies graduate degree programs require students to apply and be admitted both to the Graduate College of the University of Oklahoma and to the College of Professional and Continuing Studies. Regular admission to the Graduate College requires a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution with an undergraduate cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. All prior graduate-level work will also be considered. The grade point average on graduate work must be 3.0 or above. Conditional admission may be considered if the cumulative grade point average is below 3.0.To determine admissibility with a low GPA, the College will review the applicant’s total application package, including the applicant essay. If conditional admission is allowed, provisions may be imposed for continuing enrollment.

The College of Professional and Continuing Studies must receive all application materials and official transcripts from all colleges and universities previously attended before the admission procedure can begin. All materials should be submitted directly to the College of Professional and Continuing Studies. The admissions process begins after all required admission materials are on file in the College.

Admitted applicants will receive notification of admission and registration information concerning the next scheduled enrollment period. Upon admission to the College, applicants have up to one year to enroll. Applicants should complete the admission process at least six weeks prior to the anticipated first enrollment.

ADVANCED PROGRAMS

Advanced Programs (AP) is an administrative unit of the College designated to manage and deliver advanced degrees to military-affiliated personnel throughout the United States and Europe on behalf of other OU Colleges, as noted in the list of Graduate Programs above. AP students are the quintessential adult learners who must balance the demands of raising families, advancing their careers, and defending the country while also pursuing their educational aspirations.  As with most adult learners, these students are unable to set aside their lives to pursue full-time education on a university campus, so AP works to make OU’s world-class graduate programming available to them wherever they may be deployed around the world.

Advanced Programs utilizes a unique course delivery model, which combines a personalized one-week or two-weekend intensive face-to-face course experience with a strong pre-class and post-class online learning component. A pacesetter among other nontraditional graduate programs for the military, OU has mastered the ability to bring the high-quality classroom experience for which OU is known to adult and military students all over the world. The flexibility of these programs, which can include both online courses as well as on-site learning opportunities at multiple sites, allows students to complete their degrees in an 18-24-month period.

As noted above, AP also partners with the OU Graduate College to deliver a unique and innovative interdisciplinary PhD program in Organizational Leadership, available to military-affiliated personnel in Europe.  This program combines the intensive classroom format with two summer residency experiences on the University of Oklahoma's Norman campus. Students take all courses, except electives, as a cohort group, with teaching done by regularly appointed, full-time OU faculty members.

The University of Oklahoma has been a partner with the Department of Defense and Military Voluntary Education Programs for more than 70 years, starting with training Naval aviators during WW II. Since 1964 more than 8,500 military personnel, family members, DoD personnel, and eligible civilians have graduated from these unique programs at 53 sites worldwide. Advanced Programs brings the resources of a comprehensive research university to students around the globe, and a quality administrative staff provides seamless customer service to students in their pursuit of educational excellence.

For more information call (405) 325-2250 or go to goOU.ou.edu.

Master of Arts in Administrative Leadership 

The Administrative Leadership graduate degree program focuses on the practices and knowledge bases needed to be a successful administrator in today’s workplace. Students explore both the theoretical aspects of leadership and applied practices. Combining the knowledge of specific, work-related principles with the mind-set of a liberal education allows students to approach new ideas, projects, and challenges by drawing upon multiple perspectives. 

Progress through the Administrative Leadership Program  

The online Administrative Leadership program allows students to determine the study time that best fits with their schedule. All assignments are completed using the course management system Canvas and any group activities are conducted through Canvas. Administrative Leadership online courses are semester-based and students receive letter grades.  Administrative Leadership students complete the following courses: 

Core Courses (18 hours) 

  • LSTD 5003, Introduction to Graduate Interdisciplinary Study
  • LSTD 5013, Interdisciplinary Foundations
  • LSAL 5113, Theories of Management and Leadership
  • LSAL 5133, Cultures of Organizations
  • LSAL 5193, Creating, Leading, and Managing Change
  • LSTD 5043, Research in Interdisciplinary Studies, -or-
    LSTD 5083, Qualitative Research Methods

Leadership Tracks (9 hours)

  • All students will select one leadership tracks for 9 hours of focused study. Students will complete 2 required courses in their selected track and 1 additional track elective course as approved by advisor and Graduate Liaison.

Organizational Leadership Track

  • LSAL 5223, Financial Leadership
  • LSAL 5283, Building High Performance Teams
  • Elective Courses (3 hours)

Volunteer and Non-Profit Leadership Track

  • LSAL 5323, Fundraising and Budgeting
  • LSAL 5353, Non-Profit Governance
  • Elective Courses (3 hours)

Governmental and Military Leadership Track

  • LSAL 5403, Leadership in History
  • LSAL 5463, U.S. Military Leadership: Insights & Applications
  • Elective Courses (3 hours)

Completion (six hours) from one of the following:

  • LSTD 5940, Research Project and oral exam
  • LSTD 5980, Master’s Thesis and oral defense 

Administrative Leadership elective Coursework and written comprehensive examination 

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS REQUIRED -    33 

Certificate in Administrative Leadership 

The Graduate Certificate in Administrative Leadership equips students with a more specialized understanding of the discipline, with 12 hours of required coursework, including studies in the culture of organizations, theories of management and leadership, the individual’s role in leadership and the intersection of ethics and leadership. An elective in decision-making, project management or organizational communication must also be applied to complete this certificate. 

Core Courses (12 hours) 

  • LSAL 5113, Theories of Management and Leadership
  • LSAL 5133, Cultures of Organizations
  • LSAL 5173, Individual and Leadership
  • LSAL 5153, Ethics in Leadership

Elective Course (3 hours) 
The student will select one of the following elective courses:

  • LSAL 5203, Leadership Issues in Decision Making
  • LSAL 5313, Organizational Communications
  • LSAL 5243, Project Management

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS REQUIRED -    15 

Master of Arts in Human and Health Services Administration

The Health and Human Services Administration (HHSA) graduate degree program addresses current issues and ethics in health care and provides students the opportunity to select a specific area for intensive study. This option is designed to accommodate students who are interested in furthering their preparation for advancement in the Human and Health Service Administration areas. The program provides a broad-based perspective of the health care and human service delivery systems, and is not designed to provide primary professional preparation. Students selecting this program must have a prior training and/or work history in an applicable area for job entry. This program is intended to serve as a mechanism for professional advancement by enhancing the student’s competency level and expanding his/her administrative knowledge base.

Progress through the Health and Human Services Administration Program  

The online HHSA program allows students to determine the study time that best fits with their schedule. All assignments are completed using the course management system Canvas and any group activities are conducted through Canvas. HHSA online courses are semester-based and students receive letter grades. HHSA students complete the following courses: 

Core Courses (18 hours)

  • LSTD 5003, Introduction to Graduate Interdisciplinary Study
  • LSTD 5013, Interdisciplinary Foundations
  • LSHA 5113, Strategic Planning and Evaluation in HHS Administration
  • LSHA 5133, Cultural, Social, and Diversity Issues in HHS Administration
  • LSHA 5153, Ethics in HHS Administration
  • LSTD 5043, Research in Interdisciplinary Studies, -or-
    LSTD 5083, Qualitative Research Methods

Electives (9 hours)

Completion (6 hours) from one of the following

  • LSTD 5940, Research Project and oral exam
  • LSTD 5980, Master’s Thesis and oral defense

HHSA elective Coursework and written comprehensive examination 

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS REQUIRED -    33 

Master of Arts Museum Studies  

The Museum Studies graduate degree program serves the career-development needs of individuals who work in museums and related institutions. Students initially trained in museum work and those entering the profession from other disciplines receive a focused, integrated approach to museum studies with practical application for the various dimensions of museum work. Students will learn from a variety of professionals and faculty members about museum responsibilities such as curatorship, exhibit management, fund raising, administration, education, conservation, and public relations.

Progress through the Museum Studies Program  

The online Museum Studies program allows students to determine the time that best fits their schedule. All assignments are completed using the course management system Canvas and any group activities are conducted through Canvas. Museum Studies online courses are semester-based enrollments and students receive letter grades. Museum Studies students complete the following courses: 

Core Courses (9 hours)

  • LSTD 5003, Introduction to Graduate Interdisciplinary Study
  • LSTD 5013, Interdisciplinary Foundations
  • LSTD 5043, Research in Interdisciplinary Studies, -or-
    LSTD 5083, Qualitative Research Methods 

Concentration Courses (9 hours)

  • LSMS 5113, The World of a Museum
  • LSMS 5190, Museum Project

One course from the following list

  • LSMS 5133, History and Architecture of Museums
  • LSMS 5163, Museum Management and Leadership
  • LSMS 5173, Museums, Cultures, and Communities
  • LSMS 5183, Collections Management

Electives (9 hours)

Completion (6 hours) from one of the following

  • LSTD 5940, Research Project and oral exam
  • LSTD 5980, Master’s Thesis and oral defense

Museum Studies elective Coursework and written comprehensive examination

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS REQUIRED -    33 

Master of Science in Criminal Justice 

The Criminal Justice graduate degree program focuses on the practices and knowledge bases needed to be a successful in the criminal justice workforce. Students explore both the theoretical aspects of criminal justice and applied practices. Combining the knowledge of specific, work-related principles with the mind-set of a liberal education, allows students to approach new ideas, projects, and challenges by drawing upon multiple perspectives.

Clusters of electives in the Criminal Justice program can be utilized to pursue specific areas of interest and to develop greater depth of expertise in particular areas of criminal justice study, such as leadership/administration, restorative justice, drug abuse policy & management, or corrections.

Progress through the Criminal Justice Program 

The online Criminal Justice program allows students to determine the study time that best fits with their schedule. All assignments are completed using the course management system Canvas and any group activities are conducted through Canvas. Criminal Justice online courses are semester-based and students receive letter grades. Criminal Justice students complete the following courses: 

Core Courses (18 hours)

  • LSTD 5003, Introduction to Graduate Interdisciplinary Study
  • LSTD 5013, Interdisciplinary Foundations
  • LSCJ 5063, Research Methods for Criminal Justice
  • LSCJ 5113, Theoretical Foundations of Criminal Justice 
  • LSCJ 5133, Criminal Justice Policy Development 
  • LSCJ 5153, Ethics Decision Making for Criminal Justice 

Electives (9 hours)

Completion (6 hours) from one of the following

  • LSTD 5940, Research Project and oral exam
  • LSTD 5980, Master’s Thesis and oral defense 

Criminal Justice elective Coursework and written comprehensive examination 

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS REQUIRED -    33 

Certificate in Corrections Management 

The Corrections Management Certificate provides opportunity for individuals working in corrections, probation and parole, and rehabilitative services fields. Six hours of required coursework include Penology and Ethical Decision-Making for Criminal Justice, and six elective hours in a wide range of topics are required to complete this certificate. Elective hours include courses such as Community Justice in the 21st Century, Restorative Justice Programs for Drug Offenders, Mental Illness and the Criminal Justice System, and Gangs in the United States. 

Core Courses (6 hours) 

  • LSCJ 5153, Ethical Decision-Making for Criminal Justice
  • LSCJ 5363, Penology

Elective Courses (6 hours) 
The student will select six hours of graduate electives as approved by the faculty advisor and graduate liaison.

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS REQUIRED -    12 

Certificate in Resorative Justice 

The Restorative Justice Administration Certificate emphasizes leadership, program and project development, victim and offender services and community-oriented approaches to crime prevention and restoration. Six hours of required coursework includes Ethical Decision-Making for Criminal Justice as well as Victimology and Restorative Justice. Six elective hours must also be applied to complete this certificate. Elective hours include courses such as Human Trafficking, Community Policing and Juvenile Justice. 

Core Courses (6 hours) 

  • LSCJ 5153, Ethical Decision-Making for Criminal Justice
  • LSCJ 5203, Victomology and Restorative Justice

Elective Courses (6 hours) 
The student will select six hours of graduate electives as approved by the faculty advisor and graduate liaison.

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS REQUIRED -    12 

Master of Prevention Science 

The Prevention Science program focuses on the practices and knowledge bases needed to be a successful in the prevention science workforce. The curriculum for this degree program is specifically designed to provide an academic preparation for individuals interested in pursuing the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium’s Certified Prevention Specialist (IC & RC CPS) credential. Students explore both the theoretical aspects of prevention science and applied practices. Combining the knowledge of specific, work-related principles with the mind-set of a liberal education allows students to approach new ideas, projects, and challenges by drawing upon multiple perspectives. 

Progress through the Prevention Science Program  

The online Prevention Science program allows students to determine the study time that best fits with their schedule. All assignments are completed using the course management system Canvas and any group activities are conducted through Canvas. Prevention Science online courses are semester-based and students receive letter grades. Prevention Science students complete the following courses: 

Core Courses (18 hours)

  • LSTD 5003, Introduction to Graduate Interdisciplinary Study
  • LSTD 5013, Interdisciplinary Foundations
  • LSPS 5113, Foundations in Prevention Science
  • LSPS 5133, Prevention across the Lifespan
  • LSPS 5173, Program Development, Implementation, and Evaluation
  • LSTD 5043, Research in Interdisciplinary Studies, -or-
    LSTD 5083, Qualitative Research Methods

Electives (9 hours)

Completion (6 hours) from one of the following

  • LSTD 5940, Research Project and oral exam
  • LSTD 5980, Master’s Thesis and oral defense

Prevention Science elective Coursework and written comprehensive examination 

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS REQUIRED -    33 

Other College Programs

Other College Programs

Adult learners are especially unique because many have clear and precise career and personal goals in mind, and have a clear sense of the educational and training programs that will help them achieve those goals. Some want full-time, yet flexible, degree program options as they seek to advance their careers whereas others seek learning as an end in itself, pursuing learning for learning’s sake. Therefore, in addition to the full-time degree program offerings noted above, the College of Professional and Continuing Studies is also committed to meeting the educational needs of a wide variety of learners and organizations seeking smaller scale academic options, including credit courses, workshops, academic conferences, certification programs, executive academic programs and academically-oriented professional training services.

ADVANCED PLACEMENT SUMMER INSTITUTE

The OU Advanced Placement Summer Institute for teachers is offered jointly by the College of Professional and Continuing Studies, The College Board, and the Oklahoma Department of Education. New and experienced AP and Pre-AP teachers gather on the University of Oklahoma campus each summer and spend a week exploring the latest methods and curriculum topics in all aspects of AP course content, organization, and methodology. Teachers conclude their institute experience at OU with renewed enthusiasm for the Advanced Placement Program and equipped with new ideas and resource materials to use in their classrooms.

CENTER FOR COMMUNITY, ENERGY AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT (CEED)

The Center for Community, Energy, and Economic Development (CEED) offers a variety of academic and educational programs for nontraditional adult learners. CEED administers the OU Civic Orchestra, the Economic Development Institute, and a variety of Engineering & Geoscience programs. 

Founded in 1962, the University of Oklahoma's Economic Development Institute (OU-EDI) provides an Executive Certification that has become the premier professional training program for those in the business of economic development. As a unit within PACS, OU-EDI's central focus is to provide economic development professionals and those aspiring to the economic development profession the proven, essential skills and knowledge to be successful economic developers and positively impact their communities and states. The institute holds its instructional programs in various locations around the country. Each session lasts one week, and participants study three core areas considered to be building blocks of economic development: business retention and expansion, real estate and finance. OU EDI also offers online courses allowing participants flexibility and the ability to accelerate through the program, should they choose to do so. OU-EDI draws its instructors from the ranks of today's leading economic development practitioners and educators across the country. The institute is accredited by the International Economic Development Council and is the only multi-year, professional level program of its type in the United States. In addition, OU-EDI provides the classroom knowledge necessary to obtain the Certified Economic Development (CEcD) designation from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). More than 4,500 economic development professionals have graduated from OU/EDI with more than 600 new enrollments annually.

In recognition of the critical need for career-long engineering education, PACS partners with the Gallogly College of Engineering and the Mewbourne College of Earth and Energy to provide several engineering and geoscience programs, including the annually held Corrosion Control Course, Blowout Prevention School, Laurance Reid Gas Conditioning Conference, Gas Compressor Short Course, and the International School of Hydrocarbon Measurement. Working closely with industry experts, professional engineering groups, and governmental agencies, these programs extend the expertise of the OU faculty to field practitioners, providing them with education in many aspects of technical research and development in engineering and the geosciences.  Investment and international economic development programs involving engineering and infrastructure projects are also pivotal new directions being taken by Engineering and Geoscience professionals, so educational programs addressing these newly emerging opportunities are also offered. The Blowout Prevention School features state-of-the-art methods for increasing operational efficiency, reliability, and safety as well as an understanding of the newly emerging technologies in blowout prevention. In addition, the Blowout Prevention School is accredited by the International Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC).

To serve the community at large, the OU Civic Orchestra provides advanced musicians throughout the community the opportunity to perform high quality orchestral literature. Participation may be used for credit by OU students or as a noncredit enrollment by students and others interested in orchestral music.

For more information on any of these programs, call (405) 325-3136, or email: edi@ou.edu

CENTER FOR CHAMBER OF COMMERCE EXCELLENCE (CCCE) 

The Center for Chamber of Commerce Excellence provides training for local government chamber executives and staff.  It teaches both the basic and advanced skills necessary to effectively manage a Chamber of Commerce office. The program focuses on enhancing the value of local chambers through increased staff knowledge and practical skills. It provides operational skills in finance, management, legal issues, member recruitment, and business growth. These skills are facilitated through two-day seminars taught by recognized chamber professionals.   For more information call (405) 325-3136, or visit chamberexcellence.ou.edu.

CENTER FOR ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE (CESL)

The Center for English as a Second Language (CESL) offers both an intensive English language program leading to proficiency, and acculturation to the American university classroom. Designed for highly motivated students who wish to master English quickly and thoroughly, CESL provides beginning, intermediate, and advanced level instruction throughout the year. CESL can assist in increasing the English language skills of international students who are academically qualified for admission to the University of Oklahoma but who need assistance to meet the University's English proficiency requirement. As a supplement to its primary focus, CESL also provides an ideal setting for second-language community members to gain greater English competency, should they wish to do so. International students are aided by international business and industry leaders who work closely with CESL and other OU offices to provide quality guidance and instruction. CESL also hosts special programs in conjunction with universities in other countries. For more information, call (405) 325-2351 or visit esl.ou.edu.

CENTER FOR INDEPENDENT AND DISTANCE LEARNING (CIDL)

The Center for Independent and Distance Learning (CIDL) serves both the university and external communities through its provision of online college-level courses, Testing Service activity, and Electronic Media and Photo Services. CIDL delivers college courses and degree programs to military personnel through contractual programs like the Navy College Program for Afloat (NCPACE) and GoArmyEd.

In partnership with other OU Colleges, CIDL offers a variety of selected, undergraduate online courses in 16 & 8 week terms. Each college-credit course contains subject matter identical to classes offered on campus. Credit through testing is provided to students through the University Testing Center, administered by CIDL. The Testing Center offers the College Level Examination Program (CLEP), Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education (DANTES) Standardized Subject Tests (DSST), and institutionally developed advanced standing examinations. The Testing Center also offers the American College Testing (ACT) residual exam and the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).  For more information, visit cidl.ou.edu.

CHINA OUTREACH

The China Outreach Institute connects the educational resources of the University of Oklahoma to organizations, businesses, and educational partners in China, striving to continually develop educational partnerships through those connections. The Institute offers training and development courses to businesses, academic and government institutions from China and serves as one of the Overseas Training Vendors for State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs, People's Republic of China. The Institute has been involved for many years in partnerships with a number of Chinese companies providing training for their personnel, including PetroChina, China National Offshore Oil Company and Dagang Oil Field. For more information on the Institute’s programs, call Sharon Gou at (405) 325-5101.

CONTINUING LEGAL EDUCATION (CLE)

In conjunction with the OU College of Law, Continuing Legal Education (CLE) programs are offered throughout the year. Continuing Legal Education programs provide lawyers with credit to fulfill mandatory annual educational requirements. For more information, visit law.ou.edu/CLE

DEVELOPMENTAL READINESS PROGRAMS

The Developmental Readiness consortium, a partnership between the OU College of Professional and Continuing Studies and Rose State Community College, offers OU students a convenient way to strengthen their academic foundation prior to beginning University-level courses required by their academic degrees. DMAT 0113, DMAT 0123, DENG 0113, DRDG 0122, and UCOL 1013 are offered as courses to assist students in assuring their readiness to succeed in regular University-level coursework. For more information on these programs, contact Dr. Nancy Matthews at nmatthews@ou.edu or (405) 325-5101.

ENGINEERING/GEOSCIENCES PROGRAMS

As noted in the CEED section above, Engineering/Geosciences Programs provides engineers with conferences, seminars, workshops, and courses in collaboration with the College of Professional and Continuing Studies. These include the annually held Corrosion Control Course, Blowout Prevention School, Laurance Reid Gas Conditioning Conference, Gas Compressor Short Course, and the International School of Hydrocarbon Measurement. For more information, call (405) 325-3136 or visit www.pacs.ou.edu

FAA CENTER OF EXCELLENCE

In 2016, the University of Oklahoma was awarded a ten-year designation as co-lead for the FAA’s newest Center of Excellence, focused on Technical Training and Human Performance (COE TTHP).  One of twelve FAA COE’s, this endeavor has been named the Center of Excellence: Solutions for Operational Aviation Research (COE-SOAR). It is a consortium of leading aviation research institutions dedicated to helping the FAA revolutionize technical training practices and take human performance to new heights. COE-SOAR serves as the front line of training innovation, working with the FAA to develop solutions which will lead to stronger personnel and safer, more efficient air transportation throughout the nation. Partnering with 25 academic member institutions and affiliates, and with more than 40 industry partners, the Center is responsible for conducting research and development on technical training for air traffic controllers, aviation safety inspectors, engineers, pilots and technicians. The COE examines human factors issues such as changes in learner expectations and best practices for innovation technologies in training a new generation of learners.

LEAN INSTITUTE 

The Lean Institute at the University of Oklahoma offers training in Lean, Supply Chain Operations and Six Sigma White Belt, Green Belt, and Black Belt certifications. OU first implemented the Lean Institute through a contract with Tinker AFB in order to assist the largest single site employer in Oklahoma with workforce transformation of Air Force logistical operations during the 1980s. Since the late 1980s, Lean and Six Sigma have become popular process improvement methodologies for the industry practitioner in many different fields and many organizations – such as Toyota, Motorola, Coca Cola, GE, John Deere, IBM, FAA, USAF, and Boeing – require knowledge and application of Lean and Six Sigma tools for competitiveness.  Although each can be applied separately, in combination, they become an invaluable tool set for breakthrough improvements in the manufacturing and the service sectors of both industry and government. Since its inception, Lean Institute has offered its process improvement training not only to individuals from the aforementioned industries but has also offered its training through specific, long-term partnerships with organizations as the Oklahoma Department of Human Services and the U.S. Postal Service.

This 40-hour (five days, eight hours per day) certification workshop focuses on the background, basic principles, elements, and primary application areas of LEAN (three days) and SIX SIGMA (two days) fundamentals. No specific background in any discipline is required as a prerequisite to register or to be successful in receiving certification. Customized programs are available for small businesses, hospitals, and other companies and organizations seeking to improve processes and work more efficiently. Students completing LEAN training have the opportunity to receive academic credit for completed work, following specific guidelines which document their learning through this program. For more information, visit lean.ou.edu

OSHER LIFELONG LEARNING INSTITUTE (OLLI)

The University of Oklahoma has been dedicated to providing programs for mature adults for more than three decades. Initially, these programs took the form of travel study opportunities and Elderhostel courses. In the 1980s, OU developed a dedicated learning unit to serve the learning needs of mature adults, which was known as Senior Adult Services (SAS). In 2006, SAS received a grant from The Bernard Osher Foundation in California to become one of 100 Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes in America. The grant allows the program to do more of what it does best — serve Oklahoma’s mature learners.  In 2010, the program was endowed with a $1 million gift from The Bernard Osher Foundation to sustain OLLI operations.

For many years, the College of Professional and Continuing Studies has also administered the Osher Scholarship program, which provides funding for undergraduate students returning to college, students who have at least a five-year gap in their college coursework and are working to complete their first bachelor’s degree. In 2013, PACS applied for and received a $1 million endowment gift to permanently endow the Osher scholarship that is administered through the College.

Today, OLLI at OU provides educational and enrichment opportunities for adult learners through both the aforementioned avenues, including Mornings with the Professor, Elderlearn, OU Book Club, Senior Seminars, and the Osher Scholarship program.  For more information, visit our website at olliatou.org. 

PRECOLLEGIATE PROGRAMS 

Precollegiate Programs provides academic and leadership programs for K-12 students, through a variety of academic enrichment activities.  The program reaches 5,000 youth each year through programs such as review and test preparation for the American College Testing (ACT) and Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT), Model United Nations of the Southwest, and STEM-oriented science camps such as Earth Cycles, an ExxonMobil Bernard Harris summer science academy, CSI summer camp, and Mini-College.  PACE also oversees Horizons Unlimited, a college-oriented program for gifted and talented youth, as well as several other summer STEM academies funded by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.  For more information, visit youth.ou.edu.

PROFESSIONAL, ACADEMIC, AND COMMUNITY EDUCATION (PACE)

Professional, Academic, and Community Education (PACE) partners with other colleges on the University of Oklahoma campus to offer university students additional opportunities to gain academic credit both online and traditionally in order to obtain their dream of earning a degree from a nationally recognized higher education institution. In addition, PACE collaborates to offer travel studies, training programs for educators, business, and industry partners, and administration of grants and contracts with public, private, and government agencies.
For more information, call (405) 325-5101 or visit pace.ou.edu.

SOONER FLIGHT ACADEMY

The Sooner Flight Academy provides aviation education programs and resources for children and teachers. The academy uses exciting aviation activities to promote science, technology, engineering, and math. Educational summer aviation camps are held in Norman. In addition, during the school year, Sooner Flight Academy offers a variety of educational programs such as field trips to the airport, “school’s out” day camps, Sooner Kids Science Club, and Ticket to Tomorrow programs held at schools across Oklahoma. For more information, visit flightcamp.ou.edu.

SOONER JUMP START  (SJS)

Sooner Jump Start (SJS) is a two-semester bridge program designed for international high school graduates who have no more than one semester of college and desire to matriculate into traditional, on-campus programs offered at the University of Oklahoma. The program consists of two phases, each aimed to cultivate students’ English and academic skills. During Phase I, students study at the OU Center for English as a Second Language, focusing on English and cultural immersion. During Phase II, students are enrolled in twelve face-to-face freshman credits through the College of Professional and Continuing Studies. Excellent teacher/student ratio and structured support enhance students’ opportunity for success.

In addition to the academic courses, SJS offers character education and personal growth training designed to facilitate personal development and leadership, preparing students for successful academic and professional futures. Throughout the program, students are guided in academic and daily life by a team of highly qualified graduate assistants. Additionally, the program immerses students in American culture through field trips to museums, sporting events, shopping excursions, and community service activities. Furthermore, all SJS students live in campus residence halls, sharing suites with American students. There, they experience a rich cultural and social environment and are introduced to many opportunities for language acquisition and leadership.  
For more information, call (405) 325-1203 or visit sjs.ou.edu.

TRAVEL STUDY 

The Travel Study program provides opportunities for students to study a variety of topics such as advertising, writing, music theatre, architecture, and language while being immersed in an international culture. Travel allows students to gain new perspectives about the world, to immerse themselves in a particular subject of interest, and to experience subjects in a way that cannot be attained in a traditional campus classroom environment.
For more information, call (405) 325-5101 or visit http://www.cafe.ou.edu/travelstudy.html.