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Bachelor of Arts in Applied Studies

Explore multicultural perspectives, sociological change, technological advances and leadership theories in today’s workforce. This cross-disciplinary curriculum will build your technical and occupational skills and prepare you for success.

Applied Studies Degree Overview

Rather than focusing on a single academic area, the applied studies degree provides a well-rounded learning experience. The Bachelor of Arts in Applied Studies is a degree completion program suited for police officers, EMS workers, firefighters and other professionals seeking a degree for career advancement.


As a student, you will:

  • Learn leadership, applied communication and applied humanities.
  • Leverage the experience you have already gained and finish your degree for professional advancement.


  • Customize your choice of courses to align with your career path.


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2450 Martin Road, Fairfield, CA 94534
San Diego Campus
7460 Mission Valley Road, San Diego, CA 92108
Antelope Valley Campus
39115 Trade Center Drive, Suite 203, Palmdale, CA 93551
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3990 Concours Street, Suite 100, Ontario, CA 91764
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400 Sunrise Avenue, Suite 200, Roseville, CA 95661
Walnut Creek Campus
2950 Buskirk Avenue, Suite 315, Walnut Creek, CA 94597
Santa Maria Campus
1300 E. Cypress Street, Building A-1, Santa Maria, CA 93454
Victorville Campus
13911 Park Avenue, Suite 100, Victorville, CA 92392
Yuba City Campus
3301 East Onstott Road, Yuba City, CA 95991
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99 Pacific Street, Suite 375-B, Monterey, CA 93940
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Santa Clarita Campus
26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Room UCEN 204c, Santa Clarita, CA 91355

Admission Requirements

Applicants for this Bachelor's program must complete the formal application process with all required documents, which include:

  • Completed application
  • A minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA
  • Official transcripts from ALL colleges and universities attended
  • 12 or more transferable baccalaureate level credits or the equivalent

Only credits from regionally accredited institutions may be accepted in transfer. Failure to report any previous academic work at another college or university may be considered a violation of academic integrity.

active military?

Admissibility and minimum transfer credit awarded will be determined based on the Community College of the Air Force, SMART, AARTS or JST transcripts.

Short Transferable Credits?

Brandman’s School of Extended Education offers a 4 course program allowing you to earn up to the 12 credits needed for admission. Check out the Brandman Track to learn more.


BA in Applied Studies Program Curriculum

  • Bachelor degrees require students to complete a minimum of 120 semester units which include a combination of General Education requirements and program specific requirements. In the absence of sufficient transfer credit, students may need to take additional general electives to satisfy the 120 total units for the degree which a Brandman Academic Advisor will help you evaluate.


    Basic Skills 12
    ENGU103 Writing Communication I: Writing and Rhetoric 3
    ENGU 104 Written Communication II: Writing About Literature 3
    Quantitative reasoning 3
    Oral communication 3
    Breadth Requirements 24
    Humanities Select from 3 different areas: Communications, English, Fine Arts, Foreign Languages, Humanities, Liberal Studies, Philosophy, Religious Studies 9
    Natural Sciences Select 6 credits 6
    Social Sciences Select from 3 different areas: Criminal Justice, Early Childhood Education, Economics, History, Marketing, Organizational Leadership, Political Science/Legal Studies, Psychology, Social Sciences, Social Work, Sociology 9
    Liberal Education Foundations 6
    LBSU 302 Information Fluency and Academic Integrity 3
    LBSU 304 Liberal Arts Core Foundations 3
    Total Credits 42
  • In addition to the University General Education and elective requirements, the BAAS has a foundation requirement of 15 credits and a degree concentration of 21 additional credit hours at the upper division level, for which students may select any 21 credits of elective, upper division courses or may select one of the three degree concentrations below.

    Courses may be used to fulfill both major and general education requirements.

    LBSU 306

    Transition to Applied Studies


    COMU 315

    Intercultural Communication


    COMU 375

    Media Ethics


    ENGU 380

    Professional Writing


    LBSU 487

    Applied Studies Capstone 3
    Total Credits 15
  • COMU 300

    Communications and Media: Challenges and Opportunities


    COMU 301

    Advanced Public Speaking



    COMU 370


    Principles of Public Relations


    COMU 330

    History of Communication and Technological Revolutions


    COMU 420

    Strategic Social Media


    ENGU 348

    Writing and Producing for New Media in the 21st Century


    HUMU 345

    Art, Media Technology, and Culture

    Select upper division course (three credits) from Communications, English, or Psychology 3


    Total Credits



  • ENGU 348

    Writing and Producing for New Media in the 21st Century


    ENGU 350

    Ethical Leadership through Literature


    HISU 319

    Modern European History


    HISU 330

    America and Its Revolution: The Bonfires of Change


    HUMU 250

    Humanities in the Digital Culture


    HUMU 345

    Art, Media Technology, and Culture


    Select one upper division course from Humanities, English, Philosophy, History or Liberal Studies

    Total Credits 21
  • COMU 301

    Advanced Public Speaking


    ENGU 350

    Ethical Leadership through Literature


    OLCU 414

    Team Building


    OLCU 425 Leadership in Diverse and Multicultural Organizations


    PSYU 481 Organizational Psychology


    OLCU 300 Organizational Behavior


    or OLCU 303

    Organizational Development and Change

    Select one upper division course from Communication, Entrepreneurship, Human Resources, and/or Organizational Leadership


    Total Credits 21

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The Brandman program, at the end of the day, was real deal education. I wasn't interested in just paying a bunch of money to get a degree. I wanted a degree that gave me a skillset that I could use on the job.
Tom Schultz, Fire Chief | BA, Applied Studies,

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