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College of Applied Arts

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Welcome from the Dean

At the College of Applied Arts at Texas State University, the paths of alumni, faculty, staff, parents and current students begin and converge. Since the university started awarding degrees more than a century ago, we have advanced the value of education and knowledge in order to meet society’s needs. We use the skills and training of faculty and students to mentor, teach, inspire, discover and lead as we transform students to engage and become part of our global community.

The College of Applied Arts continues to change and grow with the university as we continue to attract students from throughout Texas and other states and countries. We are committed to recruiting and retaining the most diverse and best-qualified students from diverse communities. The range of academic degrees provides students an opportunity to select a career where they make a difference. We pledge to provide individual attention, quality instruction and research opportunities that will enhance the learning opportunities of all students. Please do not hesitate to contact us so we can continue to serve you better.
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Our Mission

The mission of the College of Applied Arts is to prepare undergraduate and graduate students for careers through programs of high quality in academic, professional and technical areas; to further faculty excellence in teaching supported by quality scholarship; and to enhance our involvement with local, state, national, and international constituencies. We do this by providing students with opportunities to collaborate with faculty, engage themselves with the community through internships, research, and classroom projects.
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Our Reputation

An academic degree from the College of Applied Arts carries with it a tradition of excellence. The following are examples of the achievements of our programs, faculty, and graduates:

Country music star George Strait graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture in 1979. He has since established an endowment to further excellence in agriculture at Texas State.

The Child Development Center, which is affiliated with the School of Family & Consumer Sciences, is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). In 1995, only 4% of childcare centers in Texas were accredited.

The School of Family and Consumer Sciences is the second largest in Texas and one of the largest in the nation.

The School of Criminal Justice is recognized nationally for its training programs in hostage negotiation.

Faculty in the Department of Agriculture have been named recipients of National Science Foundation Instrumentation and Laboratory Improvement grants.

The Air Force ROTC program produces pilots with the highest retention rates in the nation compared to all other AFROTC programs.

The Nutrition & Foods program in the School of Family & Consumer Sciences offers a post-baccalaureate Dietetic Internship program, which is accredited by American Dietetic Association. Upon completion of the program, interns are qualified to sit for the registration exam and obtain the Registered Dietitian (R.D.) credential.

The Institute of Criminal Justice Studies, a division of the School of Criminal Justice, has trained more than 30,000 criminal justice professionals from Texas and 43 other states.

On an annual basis, faculty receive state and national awards for the leadership they provide their professional organizations.

After completion of our Air Force ROTC program, Cadet Robert L. Rutherford was commissioned a Second Lieutenant. He later achieved the rank of General in the United States Air Force.

The Interior Design Program in the School of Family & Consumer Sciences is accredited by the Foundation for Interior Design Education Research (FIDER). Through this program, graduates are better prepared to obtain gainful employment since the rigorous qualifications of FIDER are strongly respected by interior design firms.

Child Development in the School of Family & Consumer Sciences has implemented an International Exchange program with The Stockholm Institute of Education.

The Department of Agriculture has the largest scholarship endowment of any department on the Texas State campus.

The Child Development Center is the home for the San Marcos Early Childhood Collaboration Project, one of three model programs in the state involving the collaboration of Head Start, the public colleges, and public child care.
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Support the College

As we look to further the mission and goals of the College of Applied Arts, the need for private support of the students, faculty and programming is greater than ever. Your support will make a difference. Your support will help us to ensure that tomorrow's leaders in the College of Applied Arts are receiving the very best education today at Texas State University. Please join and help us define the future. Please click here to support our college.
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CAA Graduate Studies

We are pleased to hear that you are interested in attending Texas State University for your graduate degree, and I hope you will enroll in one of the exciting graduate programs in the College of Applied Arts. As you consider our programs, it is important that you become well-acquainted with the web sites of the College of Applied Arts and the Graduate College. These sites provide information about our degree programs and the faculty and staff who can answer your questions. They also provide important information about the application process, upcoming deadlines, scholarships and financial aid, housing and transportation, and much more. You should also investigate the website of the department from which you wish to earn a degree. Departmental sites tell students about additional application requirements, degree and program expectations, faculty expertise, courses within the program, as well as teaching assistantship opportunities. Following, you'll find the names of the graduate faculty advisors to contact for an appointment to discuss your academic and career aspirations. You may also contact me, and I will be more than happy to assist you in any way I can.
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