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A-State Remains Closed Through Friday. March 6

Arkansas State University will remain closed through Friday, March 6, due to heavy snowfall and hazardous road conditions. This includes the main campus at Jonesboro and the Paragould center.

For the convenience of students, faculty/staff and the community:
  • The Acansa Dining Hall will operate under inclement weather hours, 10:30 a.m. - 8 p.m. on Thursday and 10:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. on Friday.
  • The Red Wolf Center will be open from noon - 5 pm during the closure.
  • The Dean B. Ellis Library will be open on Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and regular hours over the weekend.
  • GradStock has been rescheduled to March 9, from 9 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. at Cooper Alumni Center.
  • The Testing Center will be closed.
  • NEA Science Fair has been postponed to March 16 at Hames Room, Convocation Center.
  • Communications Day (March 7) has been cancelled.
  • The SunBelt basketball match-ups with South Alabama will be played as scheduled.
  • This weekend's baseball matchup with UTA has been moved to Smith-Wills Stadium in Jackson, MS. First game is Saturday, March 7 at 7 p.m. and a doubleheader on Sunday, March 8 at 1 p.m.
  • The Honors Reception event scheduled for Saturday, March 7 has been cancelled.

The university reminds students to monitor their official Arkansas State student email account for information regarding classes, as explained in an announcement from Provost Lynita Cooksey.

For further updates, watch the A-State website at AState.edu and official social media: Facebook.com/ArkansasState and on Twitter @ArkansasState.

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Undergraduate Certificate

Department: Computer and Information Technology


Regardless of the degree being sought, be it an associates or bachelors, an English or a Math degree, many students can strengthen their IT capabilities and thus their marketability, through training in computer-related subjects. In addition, people already in the workplace can enhance their job skills and likely their mobility by becoming knowledgeable about the technology that is essential to business success these days.

The BIS program is intended to deliver training that provides foundation working knowledge in information technology. The resulting certificate is independent of any degree program and can be used either to enhance whatever degree is being pursued by the student or to demonstrate IT accomplishments of the non-degree-seeking student. For the latter, the BIS certificate incorporates a basic communications component, a Business foundation component, and a strong basic IT component.

Degree Seeking Students

For degree-seeking students, the communications component will already have been met, and, for students with Business majors, the Business foundation will also have been completed, leaving five courses (15 hours) of IT-related training. This coursework can typically be used to satisfy the elective requirements of undergraduate degree programs. Hence, in most circumstances, the BIS certificate requirements can be met without the need for coursework beyond the approximately 120 hours stipulated in ASU degree plans.

While the BIS certificate is likely to be a valuable add-on for any curriculum, the degree-seeking student may wish instead to consider one of the two IT-related minors offered through the CIT department. Both the CIT minor and the eCommerce minor involve similar coursework that provide good enhancements to any bachelors degree.

Coursework Overview


Communications Component
Sem. Hrs.
ENG 1003, Composition I
ENG 1013, Composition II
Business Knowledge Component
Sem. Hrs.
ACCT 2033, Introduction to Financial Accounting
Business Electives
Information Technology Component
Sem. Hrs.
CIT 1503, Microcomputer Applications
CIT 2033, Visual Basic Programming
CIT 3403, Database Management
Total Required Hours:

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