University of Houston-Downtown Launching Saturday Degree Programs
HOUSTON (July 30, 2018)—The most challenging aspect of college life can be actually finding the time to attend classes and ultimately complete a degree. That’s especially true for students who balance work, family and other obligations Monday through Friday.
This fall, the University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) will roll out two bachelor’s programs delivered on Saturdays to accommodate those students with weekday commitments. Students can enroll in UHD’s Saturday Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences (BAAS) or Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) programs. Courses for both undergraduate programs will be offered in UHD’s Shea Street Building, home of the Marilyn Davies College of Business.
Saturday degree offerings were developed after consultation with Houston Community College (HCC), which delivers weekend associate programs. Students completing HCC’s Associate of Applied Science degree can seamlessly transfer into UHD’s Saturday BAAS program. Those entering the weekend BBA program are required to have completed 42 hours of core curriculum and six prerequisite courses in math, accounting and economics.
UHD’s BAAS (offered through UHD’s University College) is designed to prepare students for leadership roles or promotions within their respective industries and disciplines. Coursework addresses human resources, budgeting, administration, project administration and other topics relevant to workforce needs.
The BBA program (offered through the University’s Marilyn Davies College of Business) focuses on general business and prepares students for immediate entry into the business community.
According to Daniel Villanueva, assistant vice president for Enrollment Management, Saturday degrees will allow students to complete 12 hours each semester. Two classes will be delivered during the first eight weeks of the semester and two additional courses will round out the final eight weeks of each session.
Although UHD’s Saturday programs were created in conjunction with HCC, they are open to all students who meet the University’s admissions requirements and have completed the appropriate prerequisite courses.
“These weekend degree programs reflect a commitment to student success from both UHD and its community college partners,” said Daniel Villanueva Jr., assistant vice president for Enrollment Management.
“We’re responding to the needs of our community and students. Programs, such as UHD’s Saturday degrees, complement similar offerings at HCC and Lone Star College to ensure students have opportunities to make a smooth transition from a community college into our University.”
About the University of Houston-Downtown:
The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD)—the second largest university in Houston—has served the educational needs of the nation’s fourth-largest city since 1974.
As one of four distinct public universities in the University of Houston System, UHD is a comprehensive four-year university led by Dr. Juan Sánchez Muñoz. Annually, UHD educates more than 14,000 students; boasts over 45,000 alumni and offers 43 bachelor’s and eight master’s degree programs within five colleges (Marilyn Davies College of Business; Humanities & Social Sciences; Public Service, Sciences & Technology; and University College).
UHD has one of the lowest tuition rates of any four-year university in Houston and Texas and is noted nationally as both a Hispanic-Serving Institution and a Minority-Serving Institution.